Kansas City, Missouri, may become the first major U.S. city to offer fare-free public transit. While the light rail system (opened in 2016) was already free, the City Council voted unanimously on Thursday to also make the bus routes open and accessible to all as well. The city’s new mayor, Quinton Lucas, said in a […]
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2019 Best of Design Award for Commercial — Office: 1000 Maine Designer: KPF Architect of Record: FOX Architects Location: Washington, D.C. The centerpiece of The Wharf, Washington, D.C.’s new waterfront district, 1000 Maine is the development’s first signature office space. Commissioned by PN Hoffman (now Hoffman & Associates) and Madison Marquette, the building channels the energy of […]
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2019 Best of Design Award for Retail: Apple Scottsdale Fashion Square Designer: Ennead Architects Location: Scottsdale, Arizona Apple has created a town square with its Scottsdale store, a place that establishes a shared civic space and turns the introverted mall experience outward to the city. The two-story, split-level store creates a public forum that stretches […]
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A permanent exhibition at the new headquarters of the Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida highlights the diligent work of the people contracted to help preserve the 93-year-old building around the show. For the last year, local photographer Barbara Banks has quietly observed construction at the M. Leo Elliott-designed […]
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WERK Arkitekter and Snøhetta recently released visuals of a new maritime community center on the coast of Esbjerg, Denmark. Lanternen (or “The Lantern” in English) is described by WERK as a building that will “reflect the forces of the sea and create a connection between the city and the water.” As its name suggests, like […]
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2019 Best of Design Award for Commercial — Hospitality: Furioso Vineyards Designer: Waechter Architecture Location: Dundee, Oregon Furioso Vineyards brings together vineyard, winery, and tasting room through an iconic architectural gesture. Located in Dundee, Oregon, in the heart of a winemaking region, the building distinguishes itself by embracing the vineyards first and foremost. Seemingly floating above […]
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However controversial Peter Zumthor’s redesign of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) may be to the general public, the L.A. City Council has a track record of unanimously siding with the Pritzker Prize-winning architect and the museum. Though the majority of the building’s elements have already been approved during the multi-year design phase, […]
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2019 Best of Design Award for Infrastructure: North Chiller Plant, University of Massachusetts Amherst Designer: Leers Weinzapfel Associates Location: Amherst, Massachusetts The new North Chiller Plant replaces a smaller plant and enhances the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus’s master plan by locating the new plant outside a major view corridor. The parallelogram footprint maximizes usage […]
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Budapest’s new mayor, Gergely Karácsony, has moved to block the construction of Hungary’s New National Gallery, due to the SANAA-designed building’s supposed “enormous impact on its environment.” Elected in October on a green platform, the Mayor has expressed his concerns over the building being built on “one of Budapest’s few and very precious green areas,” […]
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At the award ceremony on Tuesday evening, Turner Prize history was made when all four finalists were announced winners. After a plea to the judges, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo, and Tai Shani split the $52,000 prize equally in a ceremony held offsite from the prize’s typical home in London’s Tate Modern. In […]
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2019 Best of Design Award for Young Architects: bld.us Location: Washington D.C. bld.us was founded by Jack Becker and Andrew Linn to make healthy buildings in the mid-Atlantic region that pay tribute to their context and gain integrity as they age. Based in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C., bld.us looks for opportunities in economies […]
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2019 Best of Design Award for Green Building: Galenas Medical Cannabis Cultivation Facility Designer: Urban Green Design Location: Akron, Ohio The Galenas Medical Cannabis Cultivation Facility is a pharmaceutical-grade environment that meets highly technical specifications and a holistic sustainable design that enhances its community. The structure emphasizes passive design, integrates all systems to maximize efficiencies, is […]
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Snøhetta’s vision for an expanded outdoor garden at 550 Madison Avenue—the former AT&T Building in Manhattan’s Midtown East district—was unveiled by developer Olayan Group this week. Set to increase the existing plaza space by 50 percent, the privately owned public space (POPS) will transform what was once considered a dark, narrow plaza stuffed with freestanding […]
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2019 Best of Design Award for Facades: 130 William Designer: Adjaye Associates Location: New York City 130 William is Adjaye Associates’ first high-rise residential tower in the United States. Rising 765 feet, the 66-story luxury condominium building is an elegant insertion into the dense Manhattan cityscape, carving a distinctive silhouette. Conceived as a vertical micro-city, 130 William […]
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“We are in pursuits of an idea, a new vernacular, something to stand alongside the space capsules, computers and throw-away packages of an atomic/electronic age,” Warren Chalk, member of former British architecture studio Archigram once said. Chalk’s quote epitomized Archigram’s outlook and approach—daring, brave, looking firmly into the future, and slightly tongue-in-cheek. Archigram and its […]
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What with the founders of Malin + Goetz, Matthew Malin, and Andrew Goetz, having cut their teeth in the beauty and design industry respectively, it’s no wonder that their products, as well as their retail environments, are conceived with the purest aesthetic considerations in mind. The New York-based skincare label’s minimalist packaging—bright colored lettering against […]
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Shortly after Hernan Diaz Alonso became the dean of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 2015, a suite of four postgraduate programs (Architectural Technologies, Design of Cities, Fiction and Entertainment, and Design Theory and Pedagogy) were offered that confirmed the progressive, speculative stance the school first took when it opened in 1972. Yesterday, […]
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2019 Best of Design Award for Exhibition Design: Calder: Nonspace Designer: STEPHANIEGOTO Location: Los Angeles The design aimed to transform the Hauser & Wirth gallery to create a presence for the show. Deleting the strong classical framework of the existing South Gallery established a neutral context. Adding an illuminated, cloudlike ceiling scrim compressed and unified the two […]
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Benguerra Island, a small body of land off the coast of Mozambique in southeastern Africa, is about to become the site of an ambitiously-constructed luxury resort. Spread across 740 acres, Kisawa Sanctuary will feature 12 generously-sized bungalows, each of which will be set on a private acre of land with amenities including accessible beachfronts, swimming […]
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