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Landmarks Preservation Commission sends Brooklyn Music School expansion back to the drawing board

The Brooklyn Music School in Fort Greene hit a roadblock Tuesday in its plans to more than double in size when New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) questioned the design of the proposed expansion and declined to grant its approval. Of the nine commissioners participating in the two-hour virtual public hearing, everyone but the […]

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CAW Architects’ new educational kitchen lent a hand to a local food bank

Just as the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing people to work in different ways, it’s forcing buildings to work in different ways, too. The Center, a new culinary and educational complex in West Oakland, California, designed by Palo Alto-based CAW Architects and operated by the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), was in the final phases of […]

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Yale architecture students win HUD affordable housing competition

This past spring, a team of students from Yale University won the 2020 Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Innovation in Affordable Housing (IAH) Student Design & Planning Competition for a housing proposal for Santa Fe, New Mexico. The team’s entry features a colorful, tiered design that references local Pueblo-style architecture and a funding model that […]

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AN kicks off our Post-Pandemic Potentials discussion series

It was only a few weeks ago that the wave of pandemic seemed to be receding. In the US, the majority of states were beginning to reopen for business, some more cautiously than others. May’s unemployment figures had just been published, startling analysts who had expected the slump of March and April to continue: employers […]

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OMA reveals updated design for 63,000-seat Rotterdam stadium

The Office of Metropolitan of Architecture (OMA) and landscape architecture firm LOLA have revealed the final design of Feyenoord Stadium, a new Rotterdam stadium (a hometown venue for both firms) described by OMA a “future-proof infrastructure for football and daily activities in the surrounding communities.” To be nestled directly along the River Maas as the […]

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Matter Design looks to the past to design a more animated architecture

The Cambridge, Massachusetts–based practice Matter Design, directed by Brandon Clifford and partners Jo Lobdell and Wes McGee, is rethinking what performance and sustainability mean in architecture. “In the past few years the conversations we were having were falling outside of the conventional discipline of architecture,” Clifford said. “If you start to talk about sustainable building […]

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Holst Architecture completes color-drenched co-housing for low-income Portlanders

Women-owned Portland, Oregon-based architecture firm Holst Architecture has unveiled Argyle Gardens, a co-housing development consisting of “deeply affordable housing” in North Portland’s Kenton neighborhood. Colorful executed, community-centered, and convenient to light rail, shopping, and parks, the 72-unit compound is spearheaded by Transition Projects, a venerable organization dedicated to provides safe and supportive means of shelter […]

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Wrightwood 659 will stage first U.S. retrospective of Balkrishna Doshi this fall

The first U.S. retrospective of Pritzker Prize-winning Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi will debut in Chicago this September, thanks to the privately-owned Wrightwood 659 gallery. Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People will run from September 9 through December 12, 2020, in partnership with the Vitra Design Museum of Germany, where the show originally ran in the […]

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The authors of a forthcoming book on quarantine discuss its past, present, and future

Spatial investigators Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley lapped the rest of the country on quarantine. The married couple was in the middle of drafting a book on the cultural, epidemiological, and spatial facets of quarantine—then titled The Coming Quarantine—when the first cases of the novel coronavirus were being discovered stateside. After Twilley returned from a […]

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Op-ed: The upshot of Sidewalk Labs’ canceled Toronto project

In May, Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs announced that it would cancel its high-profile Quayside project because of “unprecedented economic uncertainty.” The statement marked the end of a three-year initiative to create a living, urban “testbed for emerging technologies, materials, and processes.” Reversing the traditional order of city planning, Sidewalk Labs imagined building a new urban district […]

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New York City’s surfeit of office space will survive the COVID-19 crisis, but will look a little different on the other side

On March 11, 2020, Edge, a $36-per-head cantilevered sky-deck attraction on the 100th floor of 30 Hudson Yards, opened to literal fanfare. Early that morning, a private grand opening ceremony kicked off with a brass band and concluded with a performance by aerial dancers, who leaped from the peak of the 1,300-foot-tall skyscraper and proceeded […]

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Los Angeles’s A+D Museum will shutter its physical space, move online permanently

Downtown Los Angeles’s A+D Museum, a home for progressive architecture, avant-garde exhibitions, and speculative futures, has announced that it will be closing its physical home and “decentralizing.” Yesterday, June 17, the museum posted the following announcement on its website: “The A+D Museum is thrilled to announce an organizational restructure that reprioritizes our audience and impact […]

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