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  • 08/19/17--14:08: Editor's Picks #473
  • Anthony Morey introduced Cross-Talk #2: Pedagoy. ryanbacha complained "the architectural academies of old generated inside their walls self-referential pedagogies. God forbid the layman being able to understand anything you said in this article." Responding to the criticism Anthony Morey countered, referencing agonism "The goal of this series is to allow for individuals to create stances, positions, and talk—the operative word in Cross Talk being talk."

    Later, Schoon argued with JuneJuly"I disagree with the notion that an architect can't be both artist and engineer.  Certainly a person can exist with high degrees of both technical knowledge and aesthetic sensibility.  Is the traditional architecture education the way to get there?  Probably not."

    On the other hand, after listening to Archinect Sessions: #106, fictional\_/Chris_Teeter offered his thanks "excellent thinking Anthony Morel, wished others did the same level of thinking".


    The AIA voiced its support of bipartisan leg...

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    But what is the repertoire of concepts, ideas and visions that inform the work of urban planners in the Global South — in Asia, Latin America and Africa? Are they still under the spell of their colonial and postcolonial masters? Or have they developed their own ideas and their own yardsticks, commensurate with the respective culture of their country and region?

    "This insight leads to the most important quality of sustainable urban planning in countries of the Global South," urban planning expert Einhard Schmidt-Kallert writes in his commentary piece on Citiscope, arguing that "Planners need to develop urban planning visions that take into consideration the needs of all citizens, of the urban middle class as well as those of the urban poor in informal settlements. Those visions need to translate these needs into a comprehensive concept plan for an entire city, thus overcoming fragmentation and segregation."

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    The shortlist for the Beazley Designs of the Year has been announced! Among the projects nominated are a hijab designed by Nike, the Olympic refugee flag, Kanye West's Life of Pablo merchandise and Ikea furniture that doesn't require tools for installation. The awards celebrate innovative, global design across six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphic, Product and Transport. 

    Projects shortlisted in the "Architecture" category are below and the full list of nominations can be seen here

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    This new residential building makes a strong contribution to New York’s NoHo neighborhood, a landmarked district characterized by elegant loft structures built during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The modern design resonates with the surrounding historic buildings by echoing their low-rise scale, regular rhythm of structural bays, large windows, and highly crafted facades. Terracotta, a material traditionally used to create architectural ornament, forms 10 Bond Street’s distinctive exterior. Individual terracotta panels are custom cast with a curved profile, glazed in a deep russet reminiscent of the area’s brick neighbors, and trimmed with weathered steel. Inside, the 7 story-building contains a maisonette, nine private apartments with open, loft-like layouts, and a penthouse with a brise-soleil covered terrace and roof garden. Retail shops on the ground level facing the busier Lafayette Street, welcome the public and link the building programmatically to the neighborhood...

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    This contemporary art gallery is located in West Chelsea. The neighborhood’s industrial heritage inspired the design’s simple monumentality. Made from exposed concrete, the façade has a simultaneously rough and refined expression with a grittiness that resonates with nearby industrial structures and an elegance that creates a distinguished identity for the gallery. The teak storefront and windows provide a warm contrast to the concrete. 

    The gallery is built to museum standards and specifically designed to accommodate works by estate artists—modern masters such as Dan Flavin and Donald Judd. Gallery spaces are diverse in their scale, materiality, and lighting, offering a flexible range of environments for art. The main exhibition space is an expansive 5,000 sf column-free gallery. Concrete floors bring an industrial sensibility to the space, along with four north-facing sawtooth skylights.  Public exhibition space continues on the second floor with a more intimate series of gallerie...

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    A few years back, a small daycare institution for 30 children was demolished on the site making room for a new kindergarten for 6 times as many children - making it the biggest daycare institution in the Copenhagen neighborhood of Frederiksberg. Aiming for creating a safe everyday life for the children, the project consists of 11 small houses joint together with different orientation. From the outside, the day-care institution appears as a playful village for children, but from the inside, it is none the less coherent and efficient. The houses are small, compact and functional in everyday life, whilst still being exciting and challenging for children.

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    Located on the boundary between the town and the country, in outskirts of Plasencia, SelgasCano's dreamy auditorium sits on a steep hillside—the edge between the nature and the city. Gently occupying the lot, cantilevering off the ground, the building stands out from the mountain landscape, its surprising materiality and colors both—complementing and contrasting the shrubby semi-urban setting.

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    Today the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) announced that the curators of the German Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale 2018 will be Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit of GRAFT together with Marianne Birthler. The architects were selected by the ministry on the recommendation of the selection committee for their submission to the open competition entitled “UNBUILDING WALLS”, which responds to current debates on nations, protectionism and division.

    As the world grows together, walls are increasingly being discussed and built that divide people from one another. Walls can denote division, power and exclusion, but also protection.

    In 2018, Germany will be reunified for 28 years – exactly as long as the inner German border wall (1961-1989) existed. In the German Pavilion, GRAFT and Marianne Birthler take this parallel as an opportunity to explore the effects of division and the process of healing as a...

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    Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2017

    Ready or not, the start of the school year is coming up. Back for Fall 2017 is Archinect's Get Lectured, an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. Check back regularly to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss. Mark those calendars!

    Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to

    Here's a preview of some of the upcoming lecture events at SCI-Arc for Fall '17.

    Sept 15
    Selected Thesis Exhibition Opening Reception

    Sept 22
    Tu Casa es mi Casa A Roundtable Discussion

    Sept 27
    Mark Wigley Lecture

    Oct 2
    Hernan Diaz Alonso and Peter Testa Conversation 

    Oct 4
    Oana Stanescu Lecture

    Oct 11
    Monica Ponce de Leon Lecture

    Oct 18
    Lisa Iwamoto Lecture

    Oct 20
    Ruy Klein (David Ruy& Karel Klein): Apophenia                                    Exhibition Opening Reception

    Oct 25 
    David Benjamin ...

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    In its scale, this faintly quaint, eloquently designed contraption aspires to conjure up the spirit of those 19th-century exemplars of elegant engineering like the Brooklyn Bridge or the Eiffel Tower: industrial-era monuments of structural form, both necessary and sufficient, ingenious but not space age, encapsulating the aspirations of a city.

    While the Shed, an art and performance space designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group will be in construction for at least another year, the structure is already capable of conducting its five minute moving act along the High Line. Weighing in at 8 million pounds, it glides on a half-dozen exposed steel “bogies,” or wheels, six-feet in diameter, 'with tapered bearings so meticulously engineered that the system requires just six 15-horsepower motors'.

    When opened, the shell will drape over the Shed’s sprawling plaza at Hudson Yards, which can then be made into a movie palace or a gallery for art or a theater with bleacher seats — a flexible new 17,000 square foot public space for New York at what promises to be one of the city’s busiest pedestrian intersections after all the commercial skyscrapers around it are built.

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    The Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge sits across the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C. Named after the prominent American abolitionist, the bridge was built in 1950 and today, makes crossing the river possible for 77,000 daily commuters. 

    Over the decades, the bridge has deteriorated faster than maintenance can keep up with, as is quite common among America's aging infrastructure. Despite a $27 million renovation in 2007, large corrosion holes in the structural beams necessitated its complete replacement and in 2012, city officials announced plans to replace and realign the bridge. 

    After initial bridge designs were rejected by the National Capitol Planning Commission and the United States Commission of Fine Arts for being "uninspired," DDOT has now revealed a much bolder look for the suspension bridge. 

    Mayor Muriel E. Bowser on Thursday unveiled the design of the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge. (DDOT)

    Consisting of three sets of parallel white arches, the 1,600 foot lo...

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    "The effort to turn Fresh Kills Landfill into a verdant and vibrant destination for wildlife and outdoor recreation received a huge boost on Monday as the city awarded a $22.9 million contract for the construction of the first major section of Freshkills Park."

    Lomma Construction Corp. will lead works on the first 21 acres of the North Park. The area will be kept largely natural with simple additions including a seven-acre seed farm, an observation tower for birdwatching, a picnic lawn, composting restrooms, a waterfront overlook deck, a bicycle repair station, a forested plateau, bike/pedestrian pathways, and limited parking for visitors. James Corner Field Operations is responsible for the master plan of the park.

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    The competition pool is narrowing down for the 2017 Fuller Challenge, which is now in its 10th year. Today, the Buckminster Fuller Institute announced 17 semi-finalist projects who still have a chance to win the grand prize to support their mission. The renowned competition seeks the most innovative “whole systems” design projects that simultaneously address dire issues in a broad range of domains, including architecture, community planning, education, public health, economic development, environmental and social justice, and more. Last week, the first Catalyst Program project selections were revealed.

    Chosen out of more than 460 submissions from around the world, the semi-finalist projects went through a rigorous four-month evaluation period by the Challenge Review Committee. 

    “These Semifinalists were drawn from a truly exceptional pool of initiatives,” Fuller Challenge Founding Director Elizabeth Thompson said in a statement. “We were very gratified — having been at this for ten ye...

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    Essey is an engineer at Uber and an early adopter of the Internet of things. He can control his lights with his Amazon Echo or an array of touchpad sensors he has installed throughout the home. Sensors tell him when there's water in the basement or a leak under the sink. While Essey's setup might sound a little like science fiction, it's a prototype of the future. Some critics are worried these devices won't be secure and that companies will use them to spy on us to make money.

    As the Internet of things becomes more ingrained in our daily lives, some people are turning ordinary homes into smart homes. One way of doing that is by integrating smart appliances (dishwasher, fridges, microwaves, toasters, etc). That strategy, however, can be expensive and not very efficient, since most of the devices are costly and often are not smart enough to communicate with each other, especially if produced by different manufacturers.

    The other way is to get sensors, and put them on everything you want to monitor. "But then those get really unwieldy and you've got all these things sticking around and they look ugly and socially obtrusive," Gierad Laput, a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University says. Laput and his team, in fact, built such a sensor. When plugged into the wall, the 2-inch-square circuit board senses about a dozen different facets of its environment: vibrations, sounds, light color and so on. The sensor communicates wirelessly with a computer, which inte...

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    “You can argue that any sculpture is art in some way, but it’s a loose argument,” Schoonmaker said Tuesday. “I don’t know that these statues are worthy of preservation as art objects so much as historical objects – made to preserve a lost cause, a lost war. They weren’t made with great artistic intent, but with political intent. And intent matters in this case.”

    With the tragic events occurring in Charlottesville, much ink has been spilled over the topic of Confederate memorials: Should we keep them? Should we take them down? Is keeping them up a celebration of slavery and is taking them down erasing an important part of our past that we must face?

    With so much attention given to the particular statue of Robert E. Lee that caused the alt-right to riot in Virginia, it might be a surprise that a number of confederate monuments have been taken down in recent years with much less bloodshed. In May, another statue of the Confederate general was hoisted away in New Orleans amongst a cheering crowd of onlookers and a number of cities across the country have had plans in the works to take down monuments commemorating leaders of the Confederacy. With the events that occurred over the weekend, many of these cities are looking to expedite the process—the Mayor of Baltimore even had all Confederate statues in his city dismantled overnight. 

    This begs t...

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    This week we're joined by Inga Saffron, the Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer. If you haven't read her latest piece on Henry Wilcots, the relatively unknown architect responsible for finishing Louis Kahn's masterpiece in Dhaka, go read it now. We talk with Inga about her experience meeting with Wilcots, architecture criticism pre and post-internet, Philadelphia and more.

    Photo from 1970 of Wilcots and Kahn discussing the roof structure of the National Assembly building in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

    Listen to "Every City Needs a Crank":

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    At a press conference this morning in the under-construction space, Governor Cuomo announced that major work has begun on transforming the James A. Farley Building into the state-of-the-art, 225,000-square-foot Moynihan Train Hall. Along with the news that the $1.6 billion project will create 12,000+ construction jobs and 2,500 permanent jobs, come new renderings of the station, showing more exterior views and looks at the 700,000-square-foot shopping and dining concourse.

    Via office of Governor Cuomo

    Via office of Governor Cuomo

    Via office of Governor Cuomo

    Via office of Governor Cuomo
    Via office of Governor Cuomo

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    EB-5 filings show that Ritz-Carlton New York has plans to build the “Ritz-Carlton New York (Madison Park)” at Broadway and East 28th Street. Building permits filed in January 2016 call for a 40-floor, 580-foot tall tower designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, which will contain 164 units, several eating/drinking establishments, a club lounge on the 29th floor and a rooftop bar on the 32nd.

    Viñoly's leafy design will join "hotel row" where one can already find the Ace, Nomad, and Flatiron hotels. A Virgin Hotel expected to open in 2019.

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    It's rare that underused structures in Los Angeles get a second chance at life, with most developers opting for the wrecking ball instead of an innovative redesign. In the case of an underused public terrace at the Max Factor Building at Cedars Sinai, Ball-Nogues Studio (who spoke to Archinect about this design at the Arroyo Seco Festival) has transformed the space into a destination spot with their signature blend of eye-catching aesthetics and nuanced materialism in the form of the "Healing Pavilion."

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    Looking for a job? Archinect's Employer of the Day Weekly Round-Up can help start off your hunt amid the hundreds of active listings on our job board. If you've been following the feature on our FacebookEmployer of the Day is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.

    In case you missed them, here are some of the latest EOTD-featured firms.

    1. Selldorf Architects (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Controller

    Photo © Jason Schmidt. Courtesy of Selldorf Architects

    2. Goettsch Partners (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Project Architect/Junior Architect in China

    Image credit: Goettsch Partners.

    3. Lang Architecture (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Development and Construction Manager

    Photo courtesy of Lang Architecture.

    4. Sidell Pakravan Architects (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Project Designer

    Image credit: Sidell Pakravan Architects.

    5. The University of Sydney (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

    Project credit: Alasdair Mot...

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    Building within the 2.3 square-mile Dubai Creek Harbour complex, Emaar is looking to eclipse its most famous creation the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest structure since 2010. To do so has required laying 236ft deep foundation piles—a world record—set to be capped with 1.59 million cubic feet of concrete. When completed, the 3,045ft tower will best the Burj by a massive 322ft.

    The Emaar Properties and Dubai Holdings joint venture is inspired by the lily flower and mosque minarets, say its developers, and will feature a 68-mile array of supporting cables. Swiss-Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has designed a 360-degree observation deck and a capacious Hanging Gardens of Babylon-style floor into the structure, with views over the nearby Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary.

    With the new tower, the developer is looking to beat the record height of its most famous creation the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest structure since 2010, by 322 feet. Located within the 2.3 square-mile Dubai Creek Harbor complex, the Dubai Creek Tower required the deepest foundation piles ever made—set to be capped with 1.59 million cubic feet of concrete. 

    Image courtesy of Emaar Properties

    An image from Emaar Properties dated August 13 shows workers constructing the pile cap frame on to which 1.59 million cubic feet of concrete will be poured.

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    Every year, the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter recognizes individuals, firms, practitioners, and advocates that demonstrate the transformative nature of architecture. The Presidential Honoree program, as it is called, distinguishes those whose passion, talent, and dedication has made an undeniable contribution, improving upon the region, city, community and lives of residents in Los Angeles. This year, the program honors a life long builder whose beginnings include collaboration with the esteemed Lois Kahn, a developer who is redefining how Angelenos view supportive housing, a writer who communicates her passion for the design process to deepen the public’s understanding of architecture, among many others. 

    AIA|LA President, Douglas Teiger spoke of this year's awards, noting that "we bestow the 2017 AIA|LA Presidential Honoree awards at time when some of the region’s most pressing challenges call on the role of the architect. This year’s recipients demonstrate o...

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    After a three-year search that included more than 30 potential sites, the American Institute of Architects Houston Chapter selected the 1906 Riesner Building, to be the home of Architecture Center Houston, which is expected to open in mid-September. Originally, the three-story Riesner Building was a typical commercial building for its time, complete with double French doors facing the street.

    The winning entry for the 'Re-Imagine Architecture Center Houston' competition, designed by Murphy Mears Architects, proposed to devote the first floor of ReACH to flexible office and meeting space, restore the original brick and openings in the West façade, and re-purpose the Boiler Room for events, exhibition. 

    West facade elevation. Image courtesy of Murphy Meyers Architects

    Rendering of the interior. Image courtesy of Murphy Mears Architects

    The city can look forward to bigger and better exhibits in the Architecture Center. Past offerings have featured Women in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Stage Design, Environmental Graphics and the work of talented local artists and craftsmen. 

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    Facades using the product, called Solar Squared, will be able to generate electricity while allowing greater amounts of daylight. The blocks also provide improved thermal insulation, developers say. Solar Squared’s design consists of an array of optical elements that focus sunlight on small-sized solar cells. These are incorporated within the glass bricks during manufacture and they collect diffuse components of sunlight, making it useful for capturing solar energy in urban areas.

    Academics from the Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Science department of England's University of Exter have developed a solar power technology that fits into glass bricks. Its modular design is scalable, allowing for flexible structural integration. We now have the capability to build integrated, affordable, efficient, and attractive solar technologies as part of the building's architecture, in places where energy demand is highest, whilst having minimal impact on the landscape and on quality of life.

    The team is currently looking for test sites to demonstrate the effectiveness and potential of Solar Squared and seeking investment for their new start up. For more information visit Build Solar's website.

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    Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter was appointed as advisor and architect for the new mixed-use headquarters of fashion company Bestseller in Brande, Denmark. Located in the company's hometown of Brande, the project will accommodate retail spaces for up to 30 shops, areas for offices, education, and public events, and even hotel facilities for traveling business guests.

    Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter.

    But the centerpiece of the mixed-use will be a slender tower that Bestseller says will stand at over 200 meters tall. (Anyone else thinking about Morphosis' proposed 381-meter luxury hotel tower in Vals?) More architectural details about the tower are yet to be released. But with Dorte Mandrup's current renderings, the tower will surely stick out in the small railway town of Brande (Population: 7,065 as of 2014). The architects say the building will be Denmark's tallest tower, once built.

    Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter.

    According to project leader Anders Krogh Vogdrup, the mixed-use pr...

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    In case you haven't checked out Archinect's Pinterest boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect Firm and People profiles.

    (Tip: use the handy FOLLOW feature to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)

    Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board Stairs.

    MOUNTAIN:house in Barlett, NH by INTERSTICE Architects; Photo: Greg Pemru

    Project Floor Area Ratio Game in Ulsan, South Korea by On Architecture INC.; Photo: Joonhwan Yoon

    BSA I SPACE I in Boston, MA by Höweler + Yoon; Photo: Andy Ryan

    Small House in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by atelier tho.A

    PRESTON in Venice, CA by OBERMEYER

    Mulberry House in New York, NY by SHoP Architects

    MEK House in Memphis, TN by archimania

    Bulgaria 533 in Mexico City by Dellekamp Arquitectos; Photo: Sandra Pereznieto

    Caroline's Place in London, UK by Amin Taha Groupwork

    Click here to see more "Ten Top Images on Archinect's Pintere...

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    Melbourne, Australia has been ranked as the most “liveable” city in the world for the seventh consecutive year by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The EIU’s benchmark annual report titled “The Global Liveability Report 2017,” ranks 140 cities in order of best living conditions. Melbourne’s 97.5 score is down to perfect assessments in health care, education, and infrastructure, as well as hitting over 95 in stability, and culture and environment.

    As in previous years, the top 10 list is mostly comprised of major cities in Australia and Canada, while Vienna— once again — barely misses the first spot by 0.1 percentage points overall. Auckland, Helsinki, and Hamburg manage to claim some coveted spots at the top for their respective countries. 

    The world's top cities for liveability in 2017 are:

    1. Melbourne, Australia
    2. Vienna, Austria
    3. Vancouver, Canada
    4. Toronto, Canada
    5. Calgary, Canada
    6. Adelaide, Australia
    7. Perth, Australia
    8. Auckland, New Zealand
    9. Helsinki, Finland
    10. Hamburg, Germany

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    The infrastructure council, which was still being formed, would have advised Trump on his plan to spend as much as $1 trillion upgrading roads, bridges and other public works. Its cancellation follows Trump’s announcement Wednesday that he was disbanding two other business advisory panels.

    After multiple CEO's began quitting both the American Manufacturing Council and the Strategic and Policy Forum in protest of Trump's response to Charlottesville, the 45th President has decided to not move forward with the Council on Infrastructure, still in the process of being formed. The council was to have 15 members across real estate, finance, and labor sectors that would advise the President on the funding, support and delivery of infrastructure projects. The announcement of its abandonment comes on the heels of an executive order that would expedite reviewing and permitting processes on major construction projects.

    Fixing the country's crumbling infrastructure has been one of the key promises coming out of Trump's Presidential campaign. Some may remember his odd citing during a Presidential debate of LAX as an example of the United States' "third-world" infrastructure. While stated with the comically brash impulsiveness number 45 has become known for, America's deteriorating ...

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    Out of 18 competitive teams, Pezo von Ellrichshausen and Swiss artist Felice Varini were chosen to design a temporary public art installation for the Hull UK City of Culture 2017 in Hull, England. Their winning proposal, “A Hall for Hull”, features 16 perforated, galvanized-steel columns, which will be specifically arranged in a grid formation in front of Hull Minster to highlight the symmetry of the church's facade. 

    Visitors can occupy any of the 6-meter-tall columns to experience various lighting conditions created from the perforations. The rigid geometry of the installation will be carefully distorted by the artwork of Felice Varini, who's known for his playfully mind-bending art installations.

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    Our origins as a design-build firm continue to inspire and inform our design process, as we seek solutions that embody the qualities of economy, beauty and craft. We take on both large and small projects, and are always looking for new design challenges and opportunities.