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Zaha Hadid’s long-awaited plan for an all-timber stadium in England approved

Last week, Eco Park Stadium by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) was finally approved for construction in Gloucestershire, England, after years of delays. The new home of the Forest Green Rovers F.C. will bring carbon-neutral facilities to the local community while maintaining the natural qualities of the existing site. It is the first soccer stadium in […]

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2019 Best of Design Awards winners for Unbuilt — Landscape

2019 Best of Design Award for Unbuilt – Landscape: The Boston Children’s Hospital Green Master Plan Designer: Mikyoung Kim Design Location: Boston, Massachusetts The landscape vision for the Boston Children’s Hospital Green Master Plan came out of an immersive, three-year, community-based process that resulted in a design that integrated restorative gardens to the patients, families, […]

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Love in a Mist (The Politics of Fertility) deftly blends design with pregnancy politics

We might look back on 2019 as a year of perpetual crises, should we survive their enduring damages. The Amazon rainforest burned for weeks under a far-right populist in Brazil, as land long-held by indigenous peoples was effectively cleared for cattle. At the moment of writing, there is ongoing, large-scale and violent civil unrest in […]

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2019 Best of Design Awards winners for Research

2019 Best of Design Award for Research: Delirious Facade Designer: LAMAS Delirious Facade is a design research project by LAMAS that uses image-processing artificial intelligence as a generator for architectural form and ornament. The project manipulates existing Toronto facades and uses their visual signatures as the material for hybrid facades created with Google’s open-source Deep […]

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COOKFOX skirts the East River with 3D-molded precast concrete panels

Brought to you with support from The waterfront surrounding Brooklyn’s former Domino Sugar Refinery continues to rise at a dizzying pace and, similar to DUMBO to the south, this spate of growth is led by Two Trees Development—ongoing projects include PAU’s reinvention of the Domino Sugar Refinery and the recently announced BIG-designed towers. Unlike other […]

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David Hartt brings the tropics to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Beth Sholom Synagogue

Orchids sprout their spindly stems skywards in search of water on rainy days. Leaves bunch in boxes, fighting one another for space in the light, vibrant pink. Not so distantly, a piano can be heard. This is the scene at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Beth Sholom Synagogue in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. It is a scene reminiscent […]

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ACADIA 2019 showcased the state of digital design

The presentations and activities at this year’s ACADIA (Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture) conference gave attendees a glimpse of potentially disruptive technologies and workflows for computational architectural production. The conference was held this year in Austin from October 24 through 26 and was organized by The University of Texas School of Architecture faculty […]

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Announcing the winners of the 2019 AN Best of Design Awards

  After expanding our categories to a whopping 47 and receiving over 800 submissions, the 2019 AN Best of Design Awards were our most successful yet. Of course, this made the judging more difficult than ever. Projects came from firms big and small across every corner of the North American continent. While we are always […]

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What do architects want for the holidays?

Putting together your wish list? Feeling the call of consumption? Stuffing a stocking for that special someone? We’ve crafted a list of some seriously covetable objects to help you out, including an Alessi lunch box and ceramic tiles designed by Gio Ponti. This compilation of curiosities will measure up to any architect’s standards. Sacred Ground: […]

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Where are the so-called Eco-Visionaries coming to save our planet?

To planet Earth, the city of Venice being a designated UNESCO World Heritage site is meaningless. It can, and will, treat the city with abject indifference as was demonstrated earlier this month. In more recent climate chaos news, floods have devastated other parts of Italy, causing a viaduct to collapse near the city of Savona; […]

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Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade will undergo transformative master plan

Following a presentation made to the Santa Monica City Council on November 5, significant updates have been approved for the Third Street Promenade, a pedestrian-only shopping street that over the last three decades has become one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations. “Our predecessors were bold in 1989 and it’s time to be bold […]

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Venice is slammed with floods as architectural treasures are submerged

Over the last 24 hours, the city of Venice, Italy, has experienced record-breaking flooding—the highest its been in over 50 years. According to city officials, 85 percent of Venice was underwater by yesterday evening with peak water heights reaching just over six feet.  Mayor Luigi Brugnaro called for a state of emergency, citing the flooding […]

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