Amazon’s Crazy Seattle Biodomes Get the Go-Ahead

West
Monday, November 4, 2013
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A night rendering of the Amazon biodomes (NBBJ).

A night rendering of the Amazon biodomes (NBBJ).

Seattle’s design review board has unanimously approved the three biodome scheme for the NBBJ-designed Amazon headquarters. The five-story building will include flexible brainstorming and work areas filled with plants and trees, while the ground level will include retail space and public viewing spots. Planned for the block is also an Amazon office tower of up to 38 stories, as well as a neighboring public park that will include a dog run area.

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Josh Lewandowski’s Year of Pointless Architectural Diagrams

International
Monday, November 4, 2013
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JOHN LEWANDOWSKI - PARALLAX IN TEAL AND PINK (COURTESY POINTLESS DIAGRAMS)

JOHN LEWANDOWSKI – PARALLAX IN TEAL AND PINK (COURTESY POINTLESS DIAGRAMS)

Josh Lewandowski, Minnesota-based architect and founder of furniture design firm Nordeast Industries, is on a mission to create beautifully complex, yet utterly meaningless architectural diagrams. He has started a blog where he will post one meaningless diagram each day for a year. On September 7th, he launched Pointless Diagrams, where he publishes his most eccentric sketches inspired by his own perceptions of architecture, furniture, engineering, Legos, cereal boxes, and more.

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Detroit Clears Land for a Downtown Park and a Massive Urban Forest

Midwest
Monday, November 4, 2013
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A rendering of the future park from DTE.

A rendering of the future park from DTE.

With Detroit bankrupt and under the authority of a state-appointed emergency manager, all options for the city’s future are on the table. But not all news out of the infamously depopulated city is about cutting back. A new park downtown broke ground this week, and plans surfaced for a massive urban forest on Detroit’s southeast side.

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New SimCity “Green Utopias” Offer Futuristic Glimpse of Imagined Cities

National
Monday, November 4, 2013
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SimCity: Cities of Tomorrow Allows Players to Plan Virtual Futuristic Utopias. (Courtesy EA, Inc)

SimCity: Cities of Tomorrow Allows Players to Plan Virtual Future Utopias. (Courtesy EA)

In 50 to 75 years, SimCity, the virtual city-building game just about every architect or planner has played around with at some point, imagines an average metropolis taking two routes—a sustainability-based, green utopia or a money-driven, oil-dependent corruption—and gives players the tools to construct these futures.

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Product> Water Retention Materials That Are Happy When Wet

Product
Friday, November 1, 2013
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Hybrid Green Roof System by Liveroof

Hybrid Green Roof System by Liveroof

The following selections can substantially aid in stormwater management, along roofs, walls, plazas, and more.

Hybrid Green Roof System
LiveRoof
This modular roofing system features Moisture Portal technology and hidden tray lips that connect the roots of each vegetation unit for even water and nutrient distribution across the entire system. In times of excess precipitation, drain channels disperse water at seven gallons per minute for each linear foot. LiveRoof features mature grasses and perennials for a monolithic appearance, but with modular benefits for maintenance and ease of installation. It comes with a 20-year module warranty.

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MAD Museum gets Out of Hand

Fabrikator
Friday, November 1, 2013
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The ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion by Achim Menges and Jan Knippers is part of MAD Museum's new exhibition. (Achim Menges)

The ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion by Achim Menges and Jan Knippers is part of MAD Museum’s new exhibition. (Achim Menges)

A cross-section of postdigital design work illustrates the role of parametrics in the built environment.

Spawned from his 2011 show on Patrick Jouin, Museum of Arts & Design (MAD) curator Ronald Labaco conceived Out of Hand as a more comprehensive show that clarified the role of digital design, from its capabilities to its significance in our daily lives. “People just didn’t get it,” said Labaco of Jouin’s 2011 MAD show. “Unless you’re immersed in it, it can be hard to understand so I thought if we showed something like this in the galleries again, we needed to provide information that can be digested more clearly.”

Staged across three floors of the museum, with two exterior sculptures, Labaco said the show is an important program for MAD among other New York art institutions like MoMA, Cooper Hewitt, and the New Museum. The goal to raise awareness of 3D printing is timely, by chance. “Paolo Antonelli’s Design and the Elastic Mind, and two shows from Material Connection were complements to my show for the uninitiated,” Labaco explained. Out of Hand’s broad scope includes digital designing and fabrication processes like CNC milling, digital weaving and knitting, laser cutting, and 3D printing to display how these technologies influence the built environment. “It’s a historical look at the last 8 years and works from as early as 2005 are incorporated because, in my mind, that was when the major shift between rapid prototyping and 3D printing really occurred,” said Labaco. Read More

City Council Gives Staten Island’s New York Wheel the Green Light.  (Courtesy NYC Mayor’s Office)(Courtesy NYC Mayor’s Office) It is official. The world’s tallest Ferris wheel will rise on Staten Island‘s waterfront. Today, New York City Council approved the New York Wheel, a mixed-use development project, designed by Perkins Eastman. The project will include a 100,000-square foot Terminal building in addition to retail, restaurants, open space, entertainment, and a 950-parking garage. The structure will implement green design strategies and  feature wind turbines and solar panels. Construction will commence in 2014 and be completed by 2016.  

 

Facades+ PERFORMANCE It’s a Wrap!

National
Thursday, October 31, 2013
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Facades+ attendees take a break.

Facades+ attendees take a break.

We just wrapped up the latest installment of our Facades+ conference series. It was our most successful event yet! The response was overwhelmingly positive as hundreds of eager professionals converged on Chicago to discuss the most exciting breakthroughs in facade technologies. With sold-out workshops, standing-room-only panels, and sponsors already signing up for next year, Facades+ PERFORMANCE surpassed our greatest expectations!

“The Facades+ conference hits the sweet spot between design, engineering, the industry, and the academy, so there’s really something for everyone,” said AN executive editor Alan G. Brake. “The Chicago conference, at the beautiful IIT campus ablaze with fall color, was one of the most successful to date. It was two days full of inspiring, behind the scenes stories of how great buildings are made and the important technical knowledge that is advancing the profession.”

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Pictorial> First Segment of Santiago Calatrava’s New York City Transit Hub Opens

East, Newsletter, Pictorial
Thursday, October 31, 2013
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(Branden Klayko / AN)

(Branden Klayko / AN)

Above ground, Santiago Calatrava‘s bird-like transit hub at the World Trade Center is just beginning to take flight, but underground, the first section of the project is already soaring. Officials cut the ribbon on Calatrava’s West Concourse tunnel connecting the World Trade PATH Station and Brookfield Place (formerly the World Financial Center). Comprised of sculptural steel ribs set against pristine, highly-polished white marble, the new space makes taking transit feel almost like a religious experience.

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Halloween Masterpiece: Dan Funderburgh’s Laser-carved Jack-o-lantern

East
Thursday, October 31, 2013
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Dan Funderburgh's Laser-carved jack-o-lantern, courtesy of DesignSponge

Dan Funderburgh’s Laser-carved jack-o-lantern. (Courtesy DesignSponge)

Happy Halloween! With Jack-O-Lantern’s popping up on stoops across the country, it was only a matter of time before some creative type ran one through a laser cutter. Brooklyn-based design bloggers at DesignSponge have launched a contest for the most creative pumpkin carvings and artist Dan Funderburgh rose to the challenge and delivered an incredible deconstructed pumpkin, carved from lasers instead of by hand. After playing with a few different design motifs, Funderburgh decided to go with an intricate pattern inspired by Mexican punched tin lanterns.

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Los Angeles Receives $100M for Affordable Transit Oriented Development

City Terrain, West
Thursday, October 31, 2013
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Los Angeles Light Rail (Courtesy Margaret Napier / Flickr)

Los Angeles Light Rail (Courtesy Margaret Napier / Flickr)

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a national philanthropic organization that provides monetary support for the shoring up of distressed communities, has pledged $100 million in capital to lead an effort to develop 15 low-income neighborhoods in the City of Los Angeles. Under the city’s Measure R, plans for expansion of light rail and rapid bus lines within these communities are currently underway. The monetary initiative by LISC will continue development beyond transit, expanding affordable housing, schools, businesses, and community facilities, and will complete market assessments of each neighborhood to strategize locale-specific investment.

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With Limited Land for Housing, Hong Kong Looks to Grow Underground

International, Urbanism
Thursday, October 31, 2013
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HONG KONG SKYLINE (WENZDAY01 / COURTESY FLICKR)

The housing problem in Hong Kong is critical. Studies estimate that the city of seven million will have to house another 600,000 people over the course of the next 30 years. With rapidly increasing urbanization rates, leading Chinese metropolises are speculating on fast and intelligent ways to manage population growth by creating additional housing within their existing borders. While some cities are growing taller and others are mulling developing rare and cherished park space, Hong Kong is taking a different approach. Officials and engineers have thought about something else: developing an extensive underground city.

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