The Architect's Newspaper - News Channel The Architect's Newspaper speaks directly to architects with the news, developments, trends, resources, and updates when and how they want it. Short, direct, and lively, we are the essential read in the field. Sat, 12 Feb 2011 00:09:39 +0000 en Mind The Gap Fri, 29 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Los Angeles about to complete overcrossing to bridge freeway divide downtown.</b>:<p>For seven years, several of Los Angeles’s scattered departments have been working on a way to bridge the intimidating chasm between the city’s Downtown Civic Center and the El Pueblo de Los Angeles historic district created by the massive 101 Freeway. Their solution, the “101 Freeway Overcrossing,” which will finally open later this month, provides a gestural “pedestrian enhancement” buttressed by large steel rings and a mesh-like kinetic awning spanning the sidewalk of Los Angeles Street.</p> <p>The $2 million project—a joint effort by LA’s (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Obit> Frei Otto, 1925-2015 Fri, 29 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Duks Koschitz recalls his encounters with the legendary German architect.</b>:<p>His lightweight roof constructions made him famous to the general public. Architects wanted to value his life achievements by honoring him with the 2015 Pritzker Prize, which the visionary architect received on March 23, 14 days after he passed away in his native Germany.</p> <table width="320" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="0" align="right"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="20"> </td> <td align="right"><a href="/uploads/Frei-Otto-Montreal-Expo67.jpg"><img width="300" height="427" alt="" src="/uploads/Frei-Otto-Montreal-Expo67.jpg" /></a><br /> (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News High-Design Parking Garage by IwamotoScott Fri, 29 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Digitally-fabricated folded aluminum screen animates a utilitarian structure.</b>: (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Review> Real Collaboration Thu, 28 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b><em>Building Together</em> by Roger Katan with Ronald Shiffman relates examples of planning with local communities.</b>:<p style="border-top: 5px solid rgb(0, 170, 238); margin: 6px 10px 25px 0pt; padding: 8px; background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% rgb(221, 221, 221); -moz-background-inline-policy: continuous; float: left; width: 220px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: helvetica,arial,sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 150%;"><a href=""><i><b>Building Together: Case Studies in Participatory Planning and Community Building</b></i></a><br /> By Roger Katan with Ronald Shiffman<br /> New Village Press, $19.95</p> <p>Among the most overused and least understood words these days ar (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News The Miesian Touch Thu, 28 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Updated plans released for Mies' MLK Library in Washington, D.C.</b>:<p>In early 2014, the District of Columbia Public Library announced that the Washington, D.C.-based Martinez + Johnson and the Dutch firm Mecanoo won the competition to reimagine its central branch, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library—a Mies van der Rohe-designed building that opened in 1972. In the teams’ submission, they pledged to “improve Mies in a contemporary Miesian way.”</p> <p>Now, after about a year of feedback, the library has released a new batch of images, after a $208 million renovation. However, a representative for Martinez + Johnson told AN tha (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Piercing the Sky Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>TxDOT is considering removing part of an elevated freeway next to downtown Houston, architects are proposing to save it and turn it into a public amenity.</b>:<p>The public debut of the Texas Department of Transportation’s $6 billion plan to re-route I-45 around downtown Houston has citizens, planners, and city leaders atwitter about whether to demolish or repurpose a section of freeway known as the Pierce Elevated.</p> <p>Houston needs an urban icon, said Marcus Martinez, a designer at the Houston office of national architecture firm Page. Martinez believes the Pierce can be saved and reprogrammed into an elevated park development connecting Buffalo Bayou, downtown, and adjacent neighborhoods. He has been working pro bono on a proposal calle (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News A Game of Tetris Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>5468796 Architecture stacks pixels in Toronto's East End.</b>:<p>Melding development interests with inspired design is no easy affair for an aspiring young firm, but Winnipeg’s 5468796 Architecture is, quite literally, pushing the box with a new residential project in Toronto. The firm, named after its incorporation number—5468796—has sought to inject a fresh take on architecture into its sleepy Canadian hometown since its founding in 2007. As the firm grows up, it is ready to expand its territory with its first project outside Manitoba.</p> <p>The so-called Tree House occupies a daunting formerly industrial site squeezed between dense (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Design at Work> Kickstarter Headquarters Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Ole Sondresen Architect creates a headquarters for the popular crowdfunding site in an old Brooklyn warehouse.</b>:<p>For Kickstarter, the popular crowdfunding site, the Do-it-Yourself, entrepreneurial mission is embedded not only in the thousands of creative projects it helps to bring to life, but also in its own ethos and day-to-day operations. So when it came to imagining a new headquarters for its rapidly growing team, the tech company did not take the obvious or easy route: It brought on Ole Sondresen Architect (OSA) <a href="">to convert one of the derelict structures in Greenpoint’s historic Eberhard Faber Pencil Co. factory complex into sustainabl (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Review> In Service of Architecture Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b><em>Sacred Spaces: Contemporary Religious Architecture</em> by James Pallister is a mix of celebrated and obscure spaces of worship from around the world.</b>:<p style="border-top: 5px solid rgb(0, 170, 238); margin: 6px 10px 25px 0pt; padding: 8px; background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% rgb(221, 221, 221); -moz-background-inline-policy: continuous; float: left; width: 200px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: helvetica,arial,sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 150%;"><a href=""><i><b>Sacred Spaces: Contemporary Religious Architecture</b></i></a><br /> By James Pallister<br /> Phaidon, $70</p> <p>Humanity has been inventing deities from earliest times; indeed our species seems hard-wired to crave transcendental authori (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Ando Add-on Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis brings back Tadao Ando to expand his 2001 gallery.</b>:<p>On May 1, St. Louis’ Pulitzer Arts Foundation wrapped up a major renovation project by Tadao Ando that expanded the gallery space of its celebrated building by 3,500 square feet. Ando also designed the original building completed in 2001.</p> <p>In its 14 years of existence, the Foundation has become known for its unique curatorial taste, often challenging preconceptions about art galleries. With an intention to curate an ever-changing collection, the museum does not display any permanent exhibitions except for two site-specific pieces by Richard Serra and Ellsworth Kelly.</p> <p>As (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Choice Seats: Creative Chair Designs Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Ready to revitalize a living room in a summer home, these freewheeling, fashionable chair designs offer comfort as well as outstanding styling.</b>: (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Hot Botany Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Landscape architects West 8 selected to master plan Houston Botanic Garden.</b>:<p>Houston’s flourishing arts and culture firmament stands to gain another leg-up, with master plans for the first Houston Botanic Garden underway. The non-profit organization has designated landscape architecture practice West 8 to helm plans for a new garden on the site of the 120-acre Glenbrook Park Golf Course, located between downtown and Hobby Airport. Houston Botanic Garden will take control of the site, which is currently leased to it by the City of Houston, if it can raise $20 million by the end of 2017.</p> <p>West 8, which was commissioned on April 1 following a national sear (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Obit> Jon Jerde, 1940-2015 Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Christopher Carradine remembers the revolutionary architect and Disney Imagineer.</b>:<p>Jon Jerde was so much more than an Architect revolutionary. He was actually more an Imagineer in 1984 than most of us then comfortable in our Disney ivory castle. My first encounter with Jon was hosted by legendary theme park and resort designer Wing Chao, when the two of us dared venture into his magic atelier in an antique red car station on Sunset Boulevard. The spectacular LA Olympics had just closed and Jon was riding a high he really never came down from. From Jon’s example we were inspired to reuse the scaffold and fabric architecture of his and Deborah Sussman’s venues t (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Glass & Concrete Arts Center by Machado & Silvetti Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Curved curtain wall and textured composite rain screen create a new focal point on the Hamilton College campus.</b>: (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News