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Paul Andersen takes quirkiness seriously in the design of Motherhouse

Architects have often designed homes for their mothers early in their careers: Robert Venturi’s Vanna Venturi House and Charles Moore’s Kathryn Moore House are just two of the most famous examples. A mother’s unwavering belief in her child can be the catalyst for a successful career. Independent Architecture principal Paul Andersen conceived Motherhouse as an […]

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Thoughtbarn decorates an ethically sourced e-retailer’s headquarters like its customers’ homes

Located in the heart of downtown Dallas, 400 Record was recently given a face-lift and an entirely new look—that is, on the inside. In 2015, Gensler gutted the 17-story tower after its tenant, the media company A. H. Belo Corporation, split into two entities and left the structure downright empty. The 11th floor is now […]

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3D-printed houses completed for Austin’s homeless population

ICON, a robotics and advanced materials startup based in Austin, Texas, made headlines on the grounds of the 2018 South by Southwest Festival when it presented a prototype for a 3D-printed home created under 24 hours at a cost of $10,000. Two years later, the company applied its tools to the city’s affordable housing crisis […]

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AECOM designs Center for Cyber Innovation for the United States Air Force Academy

Since 1954, the United States Air Force Academy has been training cadets on its 18,500-acre-campus on the edge of Colorado Springs, 60 miles south of Denver, Colorado. The Academy is regarded as the site of several midcentury architectural gems, beginning with the striking Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)-designed Cadet Chapel completed in 1963. In 2015, […]

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro tapped to restore Frank Lloyd Wright-designed theater in Dallas

Dallas’s iconic but ailing Kalita Humphreys Theater, the only completed freestanding theater designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and the only public Wright building in Texas, will be restored based on a master plan devised by New York City-based Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R). Mark Lamster, architecture critic at the Dallas Morning News, writes that the announcement, […]

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Houston launches multi-billion-dollar resiliency master plan

Last Wednesday, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner revealed plans for a multi-billion-dollar initiative designed to prepare the city against future climate change-related disasters. The 186-page document, Resilient Houston, elaborates on methods the coastal city can adopt to become better prepared for future storms, sea-level rise, and the urban heat island effect. “Houston, as the energy capital […]

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Change.org petition seeks to save half-imploded Dallas office tower

Forget football, frozen margaritas, and the Texas State Fair. It would appear that the one thing capable of truly bringing the entire city of Dallas together is a failed mid-rise demolition. In the seconds following a much-anticipated planned implosion of the former Affiliated Computer Services tower on February 16, it became abundantly clear that 300 […]

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Trump administration begins blasting through an Arizona National Monument to erect border wall

With just under nine months until the United States presidential election, the Trump administration is pushing ahead with last-ditch efforts to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and it seems not even a National Monument can stand in its way. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) contractors have recently been instructed to blast through Monument […]

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Michael K. Chen takes the future to task at KBIS

Hoping to offer a clear vision for how architectural products, furnishings, and finishes can be applied in interior projects, a growing number of trade fairs have begun to mount contextualized installations at their annual events. In the mid-twentieth century, this type of presentation was pivotal in putting forward radical ideas. Taking center stage at last […]

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LandDesign will bring a park to the site of a former Dallas mall

The nationally-based LandDesign has been named the landscape architect for the Park Heritage portion of the Dallas Midtown development, which will turn a former mall in the city into a new, centrally-located mixed-use community. Park Heritage, designed in conjunction with architecture firms 505 Design and OMNIPLAN, will include 1.8 million square feet of office space, […]

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The first Atari Hotel will break ground in Phoenix later this year

The burgeoning “corporate gimmick hotel” space is expanding even further, as gaming company Atari announced that it would be opening eight gaming hotels across the U.S., with the first set to break ground in Phoenix this spring. Atari has partnered with GSD Group, who will develop and design the hotels, and local Phoenix developer True […]

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Nonprofit Vital Spaces converts Santa Fe’s empty buildings into art spaces

Vital Spaces, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Santa Fe, New Mexico is dedicated to the adaptive reuse of local vacant buildings into spaces for art events, exhibitions, and studios. Local real estate investor Jonathan Boyd was inspired to establish Vital Spaces after observing the city’s overwhelming number of empty spaces, high rent, and underrepresentation […]

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