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    The joint effort led to aesthetics that showcase a sleek, stylish yet minimalist digs are steeped in functionality...The improvements were the result of research...The ceilings are reminiscent of flowing table cloths, both for aesthetics and practical use, as they obscure equipment on the kitchen’s ceiling.

    Justin Phillips goes inside the French Laundry’s new $10 million kitchen. The expansion/revamp/upgrade was a collaboration between Chef Thomas Keller and Snohetta.

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    In the words of this week's interviewee, running one's own practice is not for everyone! This gives us all the more reason to take a look inside the small studios that have found a way to make it work.

    This week, we take a look at Studio Modh, a Brooklyn-based studio founded by Philip Ryan, formerly of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

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    The Ithaca-based design practice Jenny Sabin Studio has been named the winner of the 2017 Young Architect's Program at MoMA PS1. The annual competition awards an emerging architecture firm the opportunity to design a site-specific installation in the courtyard of the Long Island City art institution. Jenny Sabin Studio beat out five other practices with her entry Lumen.

    Lumen is made of responsive tubular structures in a lightweight knitted fabric. The installation will include a canopy of photoluminescent, solar active textiles, which absorb and deliver light. Lumen will also feature a misting system, satisfying the competition stipulation that the installation include water in order to help cool down visitors to the Warm Up event. 

    “Jenny Sabin's catalytic immersive environment, Lumen, captured the jury's attention for imaginatively merging public and private spaces," states Sean Anderson, Associate Curator in MoMA's Department of Architecture and Design. "With innovative constructi...

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    Here's a mini-podcast on Descartes, whiteness, and grids.  Let's liberate geometry from empire.  Especially in honor of today's American holiday. 

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    As February draws to a close, we can feel spring already in the London air. If you are already full of 'Spring Cleaning' motivation, make sure you don't miss the NLA's workshops this weekend on home improvement, featuring advice from leading architects. 

    See the month out with 'Tate Lates'; a Friday night at the Tate Modern, which promises (as always) a jam-packed evening of workshops and art, acompanyed by food, drink, and some of the best views in London

    Check back regularly to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!

    Don’t Move, Improve! | 25 February

    Image: New London Architecture

    This weekend, there is a fantastic opportunity for homeowners to improve rather than move homes. The NLA have developed a day full of workshops and talks on the ways in which dwellings can be adapted, regardless of scale, to better fit occupants. One-on-one consultations from experts will fine-tune these ideas, and workshops and walks for all will make this family pr...

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    Mexico City practice, MAPmx has completed a residential apartment located in Mexico City. The strategy for the design of the 360 sqm apartment was to place a wooden peace into the main space. This element divides public and private program and also contains private areas, such as bedrooms, bathrooms, and storage spaces, it works as a poshe with program inside of the element. Producing multiple interiorities, the one outside of the wooden object, which hosts living room, dining room, study space and family room, and the three bedrooms and bathrooms inside of the wooden element. This element also gives rhythm and continuity to the space, producing different guidelines inside of apartment; it begins as a wall with a piece of ceiling and as is extends towards the family room, the ceiling folds and wraps to and becomes part of the wall and furniture of the space. The construction process gave us the opportunity to explore a hybrid system using digital tools for the design and local craft...

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    The Royal Pavilion is a cultural centre located at the head of Southend Pier, the world’s longest pleasure pier.

    The sweeping geometric form and harmonising palette of materials of the building celebrates the topography of the windswept site integrating it into the scenic landscape. The dynamic roof shape, which measures up to 9 metres from floor level, houses a large multi-purpose events space with floor to ceiling glazed elevations. Orientated South facing, the entrance façade is set back beneath the roof forming a sheltered entrance and café terrace from which to enjoy views out onto the water.

    The cultural centre has sloping walls and a twisting hyperbolic paraboloid roof form designed in partnership with structural engineers Price & Myers. Due to the challenging conditions of the site, contractors Kier fabricated the building off site at Tilbury Docks and craned it into place in one piece. Durable materials have been specified throughout to help achieve a long lifespan.

    During the...

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    London-based studio Nex — has transformed an unloved 1960’s office building into a vibrant, high-tech Photography Centre for the first phase of Brighton University’s new campus upgrade. 

    The retrofit of the 3400m2 building is a response to the Faculty of Art & Design’s need to accommodate increased student numbers to the internationally recognised school in recent years. As well as refurbishments of the existing estate, the campus will comprise new spaces for increased public access. Following an appointment to undertake a feasibility masterplan, Nex — has reworked three floors of an existing building, located on 154 Edward Street in central Brighton. The practice converted a former 600m2 basement car park into a specialist photography production lab. Daylight was brought into the basement through a new double height-space, by removing part of the ground floor, to allow ground floor windows to illuminate the area. These newly opened up spaces will be used for digital and print photo ...

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    In pavilions you can test things you cannot do within buildings -Rem Koolhaas

    Naomi Milgrom has appointed high-profile architects Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten of Netherlands-based architecture firm OMA to design the fourth MPavilion temporary culture venue for Melbourne. MPavilion is Australia’s leading architectural commission and design event conceived and created by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation in 2014. Every year,  one new temporary pavilion, designed by a leading international architect, is erected in Melbourne’s historic Queen Victoria Gardens.

    Rem Koolhaas, founder of OMA and winner of the 2000 Pritzker Prize, is a controversial architect known for his large-scale projects such as CCTV "Pants Building" in Beijing and De Rotterdam "Vertical City" pictured above. On this year's appointment, Ms. Milgrom said “Rem Koolhaas is one of the world’s most provocative and influential architects. His contribution to the cultural landscape as an urban thinker together with OMA’s multi-disciplinary approach to architecture reflects MPavilion’s desire to inspire d...

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  • 02/21/17--02:13: Faux-Mo
  • Faux (adjective) – made in imitation, artificial.  Not genuine, fake or false.Modern (noun) – a person who advocates or practices a departure from traditional styles or values.Since Parametric Post-Modernism, never caught on, surprisingly! going to take a stab at a word/phrase with homage to Po-Mo.


    The google graphs above indicate the word ‘Faux’ has become very popular in the last few decades and ‘Modern’ started to fade around the 1940’s.

    It appears we’ll never be ‘modern’ again as a society, since ‘modern’ is now as traditional as a Big Mac is American Pie (und vee all live in Amerika;)

    If you haven’t noticed, modern architecture is as common as McDonalds – Billions Served:  Dwell magazine, the overuse of the phrase “open concept” on HGTV,  on and on…

    “A significant architecture must incorporate both internal and external expressions.  The external language, which engages inventions of culture at large, is rooted in a figurative, associational, and anthropomorphic attitude.” ...

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    Designed by Aedas, Gmond International Building is a representative regeneration project in the old town in Shenzhen. The project will house the headquarters for Tellus-Gmond, Grade 5A lettable office spaces and a jewellery trading centre. The well-facilitated transport hub nearby brings enormous circulation to the complex and generates excellent development potentials.

    The architectural form of this 200-metre super high-rise is referenced to the traditional Chinese totem of bamboo which symbolises prosperity and moral integrity. The ascending podium massing recaptures a growing bamboo, featuring exterior landscaped staircases, public platforms, eco-friendly rooftop gardens and an art centre that will also serve as a jewellery exhibition venue. The podium façade expresses as large bamboo leaves to enclose the commercial component forming an interesting duet with the blooming tower.

    Project: Gmond International Building
    Location: Shenzhen, PRC
    Architect: Aedas
    Client: Shenzhen Gmond Inves...

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    " Diébédo Francis Kéré, the award-winning architect from Gando, Burkino Faso, has been commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017, responding to the brief with a bold, innovative structure that brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens. "

    Diébédo Francis Kéré, Photo by Erik Jan OuwerkerkSerpentine Galleries have revealed that this year's pavilion will be designed by Diébédo Francis Kéré. The pavilion's design responds to the changeable British climate, whilst being influenced Kéré's ecological design ethos which drives his Berlin-based practice.  

    Last year's design by BIG drew in huge crowds, and acted as a discussion piece throughout the summer. 

    Diébédo Francis Kéré, Photo by Erik Jan Ouwerkerk

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    What would America be without immigrants? More to the point, what would architecture be without the ability for those working within it to freely travel and collaborate with (much more affordable) talent from around the world? In recognition of these facts, the AIA has released an official statement that raises concerns about broad anti-immigration policies, and confirms the institute's dedication to reciprocal "free moment and association" around the globe. Here's the full text of the press release:

    As discussion on immigration continues, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) today joins with many American businesses, industries and universities in calling for fair and impartial immigration policies, and in expressing deep concern about policies that restrict immigration from specific countries or regions based on overly broad factors, including religion.

    “Beyond the essential considerations of fairness and equity, restrictions targeting specific areas of the world can have prof...

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    Don't tell grad students carting around six-figure debt, but those who wish to learn from one of the masters of architecture can now do so for $90. MasterClass, a San Francisco-based educational video company, is now taking pre-orders for an online class taught by none other than Frank Gehry himself. Students can sign up for the class, which offers "video lessons from the instructor, interactive exercises, course materials, peer interaction, and more." Here's a trailer of what you'll likely learn as Frank winds his way through his model archive (and memories of nearly six decades of professional practice):

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    Spring is continuing to bring visiting architects lectures to Chicago this week. We also have volunteer opportunities for designers and global research presentations.

    Here is your list of things to do in Chicago over the next couple of weeks.

    Junya Ishigami | February 21


    The Golden Lion award winner for best project at the 12th international architecture biennale will speak on tectonics and environment as he comes to IIT this week. His work, though minimal insertions, shows a connection of purity from art to architecture.

    Colonizing Heritage: The Adaptive Reuse of Myanmar's Architecture | February 22

    The Martin Roche Travel Scholarship recipient Devon Morris will be at the Chicago design Museum this week to speak on his travels to Myanmar. In a constant state of globalization, many countries have to find new approaches to historical conservation and continual re-use of architecture.

    Chicago Volunteer Expo | February 26

    There are plent...

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    For their recently-acclaimed residential project, awarding-winning practice Coffey Architects has transformed a dark and impractical mews house of 8x3m into an innovative modern multi-functional space. Modern Mews is a 112m2 reworking of a typical four-storey London Mews House, completed for £380K which enjoyed windows only to the front of the property creating difficulty for habitable and
    comfortable rooms to the back of the house.

    The clients’ main desires were to create a home full of light and to feel connected to one another whilst in the house, even when spending time on different floors as well as making better use of the different spaces.

    In response, the architects approached the whole project as one large piece of joinery adding clarity and connectivity to the whole house. In order to avoid any “dead space”, the main staircase was moved to the centre of the property.

    The architects then fitted a beautiful honey-coloured oak staircase, which adds warmth and tactility and connec...

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    Warping Space-time


    Warping Space-time is a series of photomontages inspired by ideas expressed in physics that explore the potentials of the concepts of time and three-dimensional space regarded as fused in a four-dimensional continuum. The photomontages visually play with the idea of multiple dimensions and universes, yet to be discovered. Various numbers of layers in each of the photos appear to have been peeled away from the original image, and manipulated in ways that suggest a symbolic warping of space and time. Some of the photomontages started with images of landscapes, and others of people, or structures. After the manipulation, each subject takes on a different symbolic associated with the visualization of the space-time warping. I hope that the viewers of these photomontages will be inspired to think more creatively about the potentials inherent within universe in which we live.

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    Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter & Spring 2017

    Archinect's Get Lectured is back in session for Winter and Spring 2017. Get Lectured is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. Check back frequently 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

    Check out what upcoming events are happening at the SAIC Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects for Spring '17.

    Feb 24
    Studio Swine
    4:15 pm-5:45 pm at LeRoy Neiman Center Ground Floor, 37 Wabash Ave

    Mar 2
    Rossana Hu
    4:15-5:45 pm at LeRoy Neiman Center

    Mar 9
    Center for Genomic Gastronomy
    Tasting and Symposium: 12-2 pm at US Food Fanatic Auditorium, 900 North Branch St
    Lecture: 6-8 pm at LeRoy Neiman Center

    Mar 16
    Jeanne Gang
    6-8 pm at Fullerton Auditorium, 111 S Michigan Ave 


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    Since they founded Duvall Decker nearly 20 years ago, the Deckers, as they’re known, have focused mostly on neglected corners in and around Jackson, Mississippi’s capital. To pay the bills, the two have redefined for themselves the ambit of a small architectural practice. They have become developers and even branched into building maintenance: a soup-to-nuts strategy that has allowed them more than just financial breathing room.

    Helping impoverished Mississippi communities? Check. Making money while creating a business model that empowers you with the decision-making powers of developers? Check. Being notable and effective enough to earn your own profile in The New York Times by Michael Kimmelman? Done, done, and done for Duvall Decker Architects, which also was named one of 2017's Emerging Voices by the Architectural League of New York. What's especially enheartening about this profile is how by virtue of increasing the quality of their own professional lives, the architects have also vastly increased the well-being of their community.  

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    The documentary film “A Legacy of Mies and King” will have it US premiere screening at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Wednesday March 1, 2017. The film deals with the modernisation of Washington DC’s central library, which was designed in the sixties by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and named after Martin Luther King, Jr.

    The film follows architect Francine Houben as she investigates the past and present in order to design a world-class library of the future. Francine delves into the archives, meets contemporaries of Mies and King, speaks to current visitors of the library, and participates in a Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Peace Walk. During her quest, both the building's namesake and the original architect look over her shoulder critically.

    A Q&A with Francine Houben, creative director of Mecanoo Architecten, and DC Public Library executive director Richard Reyes-Gavilan will follow the screening.

    Mecanoo architecten worked with local partner Martinez+Johnson...

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    The intent is to not ask what the structure does, but how it imagines new possibilities

    It has been said that play is the exultation of the possible. The Five Fields Play Structure then, is the fullest realization of this theory on play. Conceived by Matter Design, an interdisciplinary design practice founded in 2008 by Brandon Clifford and Wes McGee, the structure proudly has no purpose. It is a blank canvas meant for childish exploration and the cultivation of their imagination.  

    The design resists any directive and rejects specified, singular usage. Twenty-foot tall vertical elements seem to contribute to the structure at one moment, but then extend into the landscape. Doors and stairs, while standard architectural elements, are rethought to lead to nowhere and color is used as a suggestive rather than a clear label on entries and key moments. Another prominent design strategy was to provide multiple means of access to any location. These decisions allow the structure to become a landscape for childish imagination where play is no longer dictated by the structure, b...

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    An office that reinforces the culture of a newly formed company through circulation, light and playfulness.


    A historic industrial space in Victoria, London, has been re-imagined to provide a fitting new home for U+I. 


    U+I is a property regeneration company, launched in November 2015 as the merger of Development Securities and Cathedral Group. The creative, open and brave office design reflects the values of a company that will challenge convention and is looking to the future with confidence.  


    The existing red brick Victorian building, built in 1894, has a rich history of change. It has been a Royal Mail sorting office and home to an auction house. The new design strikes the balance of celebrating the history of the building and creating a contemporary working space.


    The new design reveals and amplifies the features of the original building. It does this by opening up and exploiting long industrial spans; revealing original Victorian details and further tailors the original fabric ...

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    Coffey Architects have completed the new Science Museum Dana Research Centre, part on an ongoing plan to redevelop the entire campus. The Centre was launched on 31 March at its inaugural conference celebrating the Museum’s research community.

    The new Centre occupies two floors of the museum’s Wellcome Wolfson Building and a calm, light-filled environment has been created within thanks to thousands of tiny openings in the canopy above the main reading room, allowing the space to be suffused with a warm glow. The dappled light effect was inspired by the contemplative conditions that might have been experienced by Isaac Newton while he sat under the apple tree. This double-height canopy also filters sound, as well as views to the landscape outside. Timber-lined bookshelves, walls and desks ensure that researchers can work in a naturally warm and welcoming setting.

    The central reading room houses the main library activities, with a staircase providing access to the bright upper mezzanine ...

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    Coffey Architects have completed the Modern Side Extension, an uncompromisingly modern solution to the expansion of a terraced home.

    The clients of the Modern Side Extension found themselves in a position common to countless thousands of other people in the UK, which makes the house we designed for them of generic value to others. Living in a three-bedroom terraced house, they wanted

    to expand and remodel for open-plan living on a limited budget. They especially wanted to avoid the cold and clinical aesthetic of many contemporary homes.

    The project is constructed from brick, glass and aluminium bi-fold sliding doors. The modernity is borne of a seemingly effortless structural solution that allows the existing volume of the house to slip past a brick pier, a continuation of the party wall.

    The composition is a subtle game of solid and void, breaking down the threshold between new and old, inside and outside. 

    The resulting typological solution can be replicated on adjacent properties, the...

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    London-based studio Nex — has transformed an unloved 1960’s office building into a vibrant, high-tech

    Photography Centre for the first phase of Brighton University’s new campus upgrade.

    The retrofit of the 3400m2 building is a response to the Faculty of Art & Design’s need to accommodate increased student numbers to the internationally recognised school in recent years. As well as refurbishments of the existing estate, the campus will comprise new spaces for increased public access. Following an appointment to undertake a feasibility masterplan, Nex — has reworked three floors of an existing building, located on 154 Edward Street in central Brighton. The practice converted a former 600m2 basement car park into a specialist photography production lab. Daylight was brought into the basement through a new double height-space, by removing part of the ground floor, to allow ground floor windows to illuminate the area. These newly opened up spaces will be used for digital and print photo re...

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  • 02/22/17--11:16: FC Residence by deDraft
  • In the next phase of works to this Highgate property the young family briefed us further to remodel their existing lower living accommodation, including the excavation of a basement over the footprint of the property including light-wells to the front and rear and a full width rear extension providing panoramic views and better links over the long rear garden.

    Our outline design to date includes a long basement running from front to rear gardens with natural light entering via deep light-wells featuring gently curving soffits. These light-wells create external spaces for both private and family use away from the activities occurring in the main house. It is the intentions that metalwork both suspended above and adjacent to these ‘wells’ will over time drape itself into the voids – vegetating and softening them against the rough rendered walls and brick parquet floors.

    The dividing walls of the below-ground spaces are formed by solid wood joinery integrating tall, wide sliding doors de...

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  • 02/22/17--11:16: JM Residence by deDraft
  • The full refurbishment of this large 330sq.m family home in Golders Green, North London was completed in October 2014. The original detached property was built in the 1960’s and sits at the top of a architecturally interesting cul-de-sac of unique one-off houses ranging from 1950 to 2000. The property features many unique design features including a timber framed loggia that could enclose the rear decorative cast-iron terrace with bespoke infill glazed panels. An original natural copper roof and impressive large double-aspect projected window openings create interesting features when viewed from various locations.

    The existing structure was substantially altered internally to address the demands of family life and to create spacious interconnected private and communal spaces. On the re-modelled ground floor we have created a spacious open-plan kitchen as the central hub for daily life with full height double / sliding doors to the perimeter offering the potential for privacy when des...

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  • 02/22/17--11:16: The Imperial by deDraft
  • deDraft undertook the refurbishment of this attractive public house on the prestigious Kings Road, Chelsea. Formerly ‘The Imperial Arms’ the pub was a popular football pub due to its close proximity to Stamford Bridge. The client brief involved the reconfiguration of the interior to include a 50 seater restaurant to the rear served from a new bespoke kitchen whilst retaining the front of house bar and occasional drinking. The existing building has seen frequent alterations throughout its evolution and as a result the core services and finishes required urgent attention to allow the new establishment to function to its intended capacity.

    The modernised, warm and welcoming ‘Imperial’ pub facing Kings Road has been stripped back to bare brickwork exposing the existing structure giving an industrial rawness. New furnishing and fittings in muted tones and suspended / wall mounted lighting freshen up the aesthetic and create a warmth throughout.

    We are currently working on the conversion of...

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    Ian MacGregor, the president and chief executive of North West Upgrading Inc. and a self-described “guy who works in the oil business”, is reportedly planning to fund and develop a cluster of architectural icons in the idyllic foothills of Alberta. Dubbed the Carraig Ridge, the community will be located between Cochrane and Canmore. Already, the 650-acre site hosts “the Rock House” designed by Seattle-based architect James Cutler of Cutler Anderson Architects.

    MacGregor, compelled by the beauty of the region, says he bought the $20-million site to avoid its division into a series of smaller parcels. Despite his profession, the developer is committed to preserving the area’s environment. He brought some notable conservation planners, including Randall Arendt and Christopher Alexander, to scope out the site.

    Now, the development will host 44 lots between two and five acres. Each parcel is priced at $1.05 million—unless you’re willing to put up an extra million to get a sleek home design...

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    What is the role of an ethically and aesthetically astute architect in a market-driven economy? For Rem Koolhaas, the obstacles of reality shouldn't hinder architects who wish to contribute works that enhance the public realm. In this discussion with Michael Schindhelm excerpted from Happy Tropics 1, Koolhaas explains how by working in Asia, he has not only witnessed the increasing cultural influence of the East versus the West, but also retained his idealism, drive, and desire for collaboration.