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MASS Design Group to lead tribal engagement process for Willamette Falls Riverwalk

The Willamette Falls Trust, the organization spearheading engagement, private fundraising, and programming efforts for the future Willamette Falls Riverwalk in Oregon City, Oregon, has partnered with nonprofit architecture firm MASS Design Group, whose U.S. offices include Boston, Poughkeepsie, and Santa Fe, to kick off a new and vital phase of engagement and outreach. Per a […]

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Mystery-shrouded Pasadena Bank of America building to get new owner, windows

A mid-rise office building in downtown Pasadena, California, that’s been subject to (not totally implausible) conspiracy theories over the years was sold earlier this month in a $72 million transaction to Atlas Capital Group as reported by The Real Deal. Completed in 1974, the building’s most notable features include its travertine-clad facade and a near-complete […]

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Finalists announced in Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library design competition

Despite being a speck of a city with a population just north of 100 and no chain restaurants to speak of, Medora can still claim bragging rights as “North Dakota’s #1 Destination.” This is in part because the historic former boomtown-turned-outdoor recreation hub serves as the gateway to the southern unit of Theodore Roosevelt National […]

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Los Angeles is turning developer fees into emergency arts grants

While cities across America grapple with the blow the novel coronavirus pandemic has dealt to their budgets, each has tried to figure out what to cut. In New York, that’s lifeguards, public design, and the parks budget; in Philadelphia, Mayor Jim Kenney has proposed cutting funding for arts and culture to $0. Los Angeles is […]

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Florida Department of Transportation will replace collapsed FIU bridge

Two years after a horrific pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami that left six dead, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced it would build a new crossing. The March 15 collapse was caught on camera as the 174-foot-long, 950-ton span, which was completed only five days prior and crossed eight […]

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Judge sides with developer in contentious Cupertino redevelopment battle

After a delay of more than a month due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Helen Williams issued a ruling last week in a hot-button case that has divided residents of the Northern California city of Cupertino, pitting pro-development YIMBY-ists against grassroots local activists attempting to halt work on a […]

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Nearly one million U.S. construction jobs were lost in April

With construction sites across the country still closed because of the novel coronavirus pandemic (although some are slowly reopening), it’s no wonder that the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly figures for April 2020 were as dismal as they were. Released May 8, the latest labor figures point to a precipitous drop in construction jobs across […]

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China to crack down on copycat architecture

As part of a sweeping new set of restrictions that prohibits regional governments from green-lighting skyscrapers over 1,640 feet while limiting the construction of towers over 820 feet, the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban Development is also putting the kibosh on the once-prevalent practice of erecting plagiaristic copycat structures and developments that, among other […]

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Herzog & de Meuron’s Chelsea FC stadium permanently sidelined

The saga of Herzog & de Meuron’s Westminster Abbey-inspired replacement stadium for Chelsea FC has sputtered to a final conclusion after the delay- and lawsuit-plagued $1.3 billion project was put on indefinite hold during its pre-construction phases in May 2018 due to the “unfavorable investment climate.” As reported by Building Design, planning permission, first granted […]

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Demolition work kicks off at Baltimore’s Lexington Market

Following an official groundbreaking ceremony in February, exterior demolition kicked off last week at Baltimore’s Lexington Market, a quintessential Charm City institution that’s been around since 1782—a feat that makes it the oldest continuously operating public market in the United States. The razing of the early 1980s-era arcade to make way for a “walkable, urban […]

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Pop-up coronavirus hospitals begin to wind down operations

In what can be interpreted as a sign that the social distancing measures instituted around the world over the past several weeks have proven effective, some of the largest temporary emergency treatment facilities erected to care for an influx of patients during the coronavirus pandemic are now discharging their final patients and shuttering their doors […]

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Handel Architects design high-rise complex surrounding Hollywood’s Capitol Records tower

An apparent contrast between the low-lying buildings of Hollywood’s Golden-era and a slew of recently constructed towers is currently shaping the skyline of central Los Angeles. The largest development to date in the latter group comes in the form of a billion-dollar high-rise complex one block north of the Hollywood and Vine intersection. Developed by […]

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Plans for OVG Manchester, the U.K.’s largest arena, revealed

Los Angeles-headquartered sports and live entertainment company Oak View Group (OVG) has revealed plans for a 23,500-seat multi-purpose arena­ in the English city of Manchester that, when complete, will be the largest indoor arena in the United Kingdom. The current title-holder is also in Manchester, the 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena, which recently unveiled early-stage plans to […]

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Artificial Intelligence developed to monitor social distancing on construction sites

With most Americans complying with nationwide stay-at-home orders enacted to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, a handful of states have nonetheless permitted construction sites to continue operations on “essential” projects. Site safety inspectors have therefore been left with the difficult task of ensuring that the workers they oversee are practicing all safety protocols […]

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ODA’s first Chinese project is a tiered, greenery-topped gathering spot in Chengdu

ODA, the New York-based firm perhaps best known domestically for helping to make stacked box-buildings a thing in Brooklyn and beyond, has revealed its first-ever project in China. Conceived as a master plan for the city of Chengdu, capital of the southwest Sichuan province, the project is a breezy and bountiful one-million-square-foot mixed-use development that […]

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Completed in nine days, massive NHS Nightingale hospital opens in London

NHS Nightingale Hospital London, an emergency medical facility dedicated to treating patients infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), opened late last week within the normally conventioneer-stuffed halls of the ExCeL London exhibition center following a super-expeditious retrofit. Thanks to a herculean collaborative effort carried out by the National Health Service (NHS), the British Armed Forces, […]

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New York puts freeze on all nonessential construction

Following in the cautious footsteps of cities like Boston and San Francisco, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has put the kibosh on all “nonessential” construction projects—and not just in booming New York City but also across the entire state during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “We’re closing down nonessential construction sites,” said Cuomo during one […]

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Eight architects design 16 buildings for the Greenwich Design District in East London

Up until the turn of the millennium, Greenwich Peninsula in East London was a noxious swamp long forgotten by the capital. That all changed in 2000, however, with the coming of the Millennium Dome designed by the Richard Rogers Partnership (today Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners). Since then the peninsula has been the go-to place […]

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