Boston Public Library’s Philip Johnson Branch To Be Renovated

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Thursday, May 2, 2013
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Boston Public Library Johnson Building (Courtesy Boston Public Library)

Boston Public Library Johnson Building. (Courtesy Boston Public Library)

Library officials and developers hope to give Boston Public Library’s Philip Johnson-designed branch a facelift, but as the Boston Herald reported, local residents question who these proposed changes will really benefit. Standing besides Charles Follen McKim’s 1895 Beaux Arts masterwork on Copley Square, and across the street from the site of the recent marathon bombings, the mid-century monolith, which was completed in 1971, has been likened by many to a bunker or mausoleum and derided for its “greyness” and “bleakness.” With nearly half of Boston’s library users regularly visiting this branch, some think it’s about time for an upgrade.

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On View> MoMA Takes a Shower With New Rain Room Installation

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Thursday, May 2, 2013
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Photo of ‘Rain Room’, Courtesy of rAndom international

The gentle drumming sound of rainfall is one that many of us find soothing, but it is a natural phenomena that we can only experience at a safe distance without suffering the consequence of being drenched. With their one-of-a-kind installation, Rain Room, the designers at rAndom international made what you thought was impossible possible—presenting anyone who is curious for a new sensation with the opportunity to fully experience standing unprotected in the rain without ever getting wet.

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Your help is needed to help rebuild the Battery Urban Farm!

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013
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The Battery Urban Farm before Sandy (Courtesy The Battery Conservancy)

The Battery Urban Farm before Sandy (Courtesy The Battery Conservancy)

The Battery Urban Farm came to life in November 2010 motivated by eight students from the Environmental Club at Millennium High School who wanted to create a vegetable garden. Once the Battery Conservancy got involved the idea began to grow and was realized in five months. By 2012 the one-acre farm grew to serve 1,800 students from 30 schools, teaching them the basics about farming and eating healthy, as well as community organizations, local residents, commuters, tourists, and local restaurants. However, the growing and teaching came to a halt after Hurricane Sandy devastated much of lower Manhattan, flooding Battery Urban Farm and destroying the Battery Conservancy offices. Now they are asking for your help to rebuild in order to keep the veggies growing.

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UConn Establishes Transportation Safety Research Center.  UConn Establishes Transportation Safety Research Center The University of Connecticut is now home to a recently established Transportation Safety Research Center that will operate as a vital resource for law enforcement and state residents, among others. Developed in collaboration with the Connecticut Department of Transportation, the center has already improved the compilation and processing of car crash data through performing studies to further understand factors that lead to car crashes on state roadways. Statistics concerning distracted driving, seatbelt use, and pedestrian safety will be available to the public online in an effort to build an electronic repository of statewide crash information. (Photo: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announces the new program; Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

 

Product> Lightfair 2013 Finds From the Floor

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
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Fino by Amerlux.

Lightfair International held its 2013 edition at Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center from April 21–25. More than 500 exhibitors, including 80-plus first-timers, filled over 200,000 square feet of exhibition space with the latest lighting technologies, from solar fittings to roadway fixtures, and rounded out a robust conference program with ample networking opportunities. Following are a handful of standout products from Lightfair’s exhibitors.

Fino
Amerlux

Designed for corporate and hospitality settings, the wall mounted Fino produces indirect light for washing floors or ceilings. Aluminum construction with an extruded latching system was designed to be set within sheet rock for hairline seams. Once installed, light from a replaceable LED board bounces off an internal reflector to produce a soft, even glow. Fino is available in increments of 6-inch lengths.

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Glimpse Miami’s Abandoned Marine Stadium and the New Perez Art Museum Miami

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
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Marine Stadium (Courtesy of Nicole Anderson/AN)

Marine Stadium. (Courtesy Nicole Anderson/AN)

Last month AN compiled a list of the most high profile projects taking place in Miami, and on a recent trip to the Magic City, we had the opportunity to visit two of these sites: the shuttered Marine Stadium and Herzog and de Meuron’s new building for the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM).

While new developments flood Miami, preservationists are fighting to save and revive the abandoned Marine Stadium on Virginia Key by Cuban-born architect Hilario Candela. In 2009, the graffiti-covered venue that once held powerboat racing events and large-scale concerts, was placed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of “11 Most Endangered Historic Places.”

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IDEAS CITY Winning Pavilion “MirrorMirror” To Reflect the Bowery On Saturday

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
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"MirrorMirror" Pavilion. (Courtesy Davidson Rafailidis)

“MirrorMirror” Pavilion. (Courtesy Davidson Rafailidis)

The Storefront for Art and Architecture and the New Museum in New York City have announced the winners of the StreetFest Tenting Competition for their upcoming IDEAS CITY Festival, arriving Saturday in front of the New Museum on the Bowery. The international competition asked architects to re-imagine the typical street fair tent with a more compelling and sustainable form. Winner Davidson Rafailidis—lead by Georg Rafailidis and Stephanie Davidson of Buffalo—were chosen for their entry, MirrorMirror, which will premiere at 6:00pm on Saturday May 4th.

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Wind Delays Topping Out at One World Trade

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Monday, April 29, 2013
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One World Trade reaches its peak. (Courtesy Port Authority)

One World Trade reaches its peak. (Courtesy Port Authority)

Anticipation was running as high as the tower itself as construction crews were standing by to raise the final two sections of the spire to the top of One World Trade Center today, a move that would have officially made the tower the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere at 1,776 feet, but high winds brought on delays. The final two sections of the 408-foot-tall spire, capped by a shining, pointed beacon, were scheduled to rise this afternoon, but the Port Authority decided to wait for for clearer skies to top-off the tower.

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Rockefeller Foundation Issues Grants To Support Bus Rapid Transit

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Monday, April 29, 2013
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Chicago BRT Proposal. (Courtesy CDOT)

Chicago BRT Proposal. (Courtesy CDOT)

The Rockefeller Foundation has announced that four cities will receive a combined $1.2 million in grants to foster research, communications, and community outreach efforts in an endeavor to educate local stakeholders about the advantages of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems. The Foundation’s solution to “Transform Cities” and promote fiscal growth and quality of life proposes better mass transit investments. Boston, Chicago, Nashville, and Pittsburgh will participate in the project.

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Fake Proposal For an Urban Beach Gets Raleigh Thinking About Vacant Land

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Friday, April 26, 2013
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Rendering of Raleigh Beach. (Courtesy Raleigh Beach)

Rendering of Raleigh Beach. (Courtesy Raleigh Beach)

After a long, cold winter, many of us are itching to lock away our wool coats, slip into our flip-flops, and dash to the beach. That’s especially the case for Matt Tomasulo, the artist behind the Raleigh Beach proposal that would transform the corner of West Hargett Street into an alluring summertime oasis in inland North Carolina. His Raleigh Beach rendering depicts sunbathers soaking up the sun while lying on the sand as swimmers cool-off in the pools.

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Ten Years in the Making, WSP Consolidates

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Friday, April 26, 2013
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Construction of 3 World Trade in January. (Joe Woolhead)

Construction of 3 World Trade in January. (Joe Woolhead)

Mergers and consolidations continue in the A/E/C industry. The four legacy firms that make up the US division of engineering firm WSP—WSP Flack + Kurtz, WSP Cantor Seinuk, WSP Environmental & Energy, and WSP SELLS—are consolidating under the WSP name.

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Jose Ignacio Ábalos Vazquez appointed Harvard GSD Architecture Chair

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Friday, April 26, 2013
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Preston Scott Cohen, Iñaki Ábalos and Mohsen Mostafavi (Courtesy Harvard GSD)

Preston Scott Cohen, Iñaki Ábalos and Mohsen Mostafavi (Courtesy Harvard GSD)

The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) has announced the appointment of Iñaki Ábalos as chair of the Department of Architecture. Ábalos is currently a Professor in Residence at the GSD where he has lead studios, lectures, and seminars grounded in technology and history,with a focus on the thermodynamics of architecture. As a founding member of both Ábalos + Sentkiewicz Arquitectos and Ábalos and Herraros, his work has focused on the intersection between architecture, technology, landscape, and culture. He will assume his new post July 1, replacing current chair Preston Scott Cohen. Read More

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