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    ArchitectureWeek Notes No. 526
    Dear ArchitectureWeek Readers,

    ArchitectureWeek No. 526 is now available on the Web, with these new design and building features, and more.

    Design Competition

    Design Competition for California's Capitol Mall

    The Capitol Mall Design Competition is an open ideas competition provided through the partnership of the City of Sacramento and the American Institute of Architects Central Valley Chapter. The competition seeks forward-thinking, innovative and implementable urban and architectural designs for the Capitol Mall corridor. Submission deadline Sept 13, 2011:

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    The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is currently under construction in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Image: Antoine Predock Architect

    PREDOCK'S CANADIAN MUSEUM FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
    by Christopher Curtis Mead

    "You never know, even if you think you do, where you're going." —Antoine Predock

    The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is intended to be an educational museum of ideas rather than objects, where we can "explore the subject of human rights, with special but not exclusive reference to Canada," according to the museum's web site.

    Israel Asper, the media magnate who envisioned the museum, wanted a place where Canadians could "look beyond ourselves, and our parochial interests, to reach for the stars and create an iconic structure that would symbolize Canada's commitment to human rights," according to his widow, Babs Asper.

    Canada's fifth national museum, and the first to be located outside the national capital of Ottawa, the Museum for Human Rights is presently under construction in Winnipeg, the provincial capital of Manitoba, on a historic site called the Forks at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, where First Nations people once met peacefully to resolve disputes.

    Antoine Predock's winning project, designed in an international competition, represents the museum as "a symbolic apparition of ice, clouds and stone set in a field of sweet grass," as the architecture firm describes it.   >>>

     
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    A strikingly elegant design, at least from a distance — a spectacular feat of structural engineering and construction in the making — and arguably, an absurdly anachronistic monument to the derangement of a world ruling class, out of control, addicted to fossil fuel profiteering, careening toward collective destruction. Image: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture/ Courtesy Kingdom Holding Company

    People and Places
    by Nancy Novitski

    Architecture Firm in City, StateArchitecture Firm in City, Country Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture in Jeddah, Saudi ArabiaGrzywinski+Pons in New York, New YorkHGA in Voorhees, New JerseyFiedler Marciano Architecture in Syracuse, New Yorkb720 Arquitectos with Jaime Lerner Arquitetos Associados in Porto Alegre, Brazil

    Jeddah, Saudi Arabia — 2011.0802
    Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Holding Company has revealed the design for Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, slated to become the tallest building in the world. The supertall tower will be at least 173 meters (568 feet) taller than the current record-holder, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, which is 828 meters (2,717 feet) tall. Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) of Chicago, Illinois, is leading an interdisciplinary design team that includes Thornton Tomasetti as structural engineering consultant and Environmental Systems Design, Inc. (ESD) as building services engineering consultant. Adrian Smith previously designed the Burj Khalifa while at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM).

    Kingdom Tower's slender, subtly asymmetrical massing was inspired by the folded fronds of young desert plant growth, according to the architects. The three-petal footprint is well suited to residential units, and the tapering wings will produce an aerodynamic shape that helps reduce structural loading due to wind vortex shedding. The project will feature a high-performance exterior wall system and a series of notches that create pockets of shadow and provide outdoor terraces.

    The mixed-use tower will include a Four Seasons hotel, Four Seasons serviced apartments, Class A office space, luxury condominiums, and a record-high observation deck. At level 157, a sky terrace roughly 30 meters (98 feet) in diameter will provide outdoor amenity space for use by the penthouse floor.

    The 530,000-square-meter (5.7 million-square-foot) tower project will be the centerpiece and first construction phase of Kingdom City, Jeddah Economic Company's new urban development on over 530 hectares (1,310 acres) of land in north Jeddah, near the Red Sea. The overall Kingdom City master plan is being designed by HOK, while AS+GG designed the master plan for the 23-hectare (57-acre) Kingdom Tower Waterfront District surrounding the tower.

    Schematic design is complete and design development is underway. Foundation drawings are complete and the piling for the tower is currently being tendered. The overall construction cost of the tower is expected to be SR4.6 billion (about US$1.2 billion) and the overall estimated cost of the entire Kingdom City project is anticipated to be SR75 billion (about US$20 billion).   >>>

     
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    Marcel Breuer created this icon of Modernism, an archetype of the modern art museum, on a small urban site. Photo: Ezra Stoller/ Courtesy W.W. Norton

    Breuer's Whitney Museum
    by Eric M. Wolf

    On June 17, 1963, the Whitney announced to the public its plans to build a new facility in a new location...

    This new project would become the Whitney Museum of American Art that we know today.

    Not only a radical design, Breuer's building would become an architectural icon of New York City and a symbol of the radicalism and controversy that would surround much of the Whitney Museum's activities and commitment to often controversial trends in contemporary art (perhaps best encapsulated in the Whitney's biennials).

    The new location on the Upper East Side would place the Whitney Museum in the "Museum Mile" district of Manhattan. Though one block east of the "mile" itself (the Whitney would be on Madison Avenue rather than Fifth Avenue), it would be five blocks north of the Frick Collection on 70th Street and Fifth Avenue (more or less the southernmost of the museums of the district) and seven blocks south of the main entrance of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on 82nd Street.

    The Whitney would also be located very near to the Guggenheim Museum and the Jewish Museum, two institutions that, at that time, had major commitments to contemporary art. However, the new Whitney was far enough from all of these institutions to reassert its own identity and autonomy.   >>>

     
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    Connect each of the following pre-Columbian sites with the culture that created it.

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    C. Monte Albán
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    You are designing a house near a creek and are concerned about flooding. An expert tells you that the site is unlikely to suffer from headwater flooding but that you might want to raise the building or set it back from the creek because of the possibility of a backwater flood. What is the difference between these two types of flood?


     
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    ""Here is a bungalow of unusually attractive design and plan. It is especially suited to the country but would look well in a suburban location, though it would need a good-sized site to enable its full beauty to be seen. A garage is suggested in the illustration, tied into the house by a brick wall. In this arrangement, the garden and lawn would be at the opposite end with a terrace outside the living room windows... "

     

     
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