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Design Competition for California's Capitol Mall
The Capitol Mall Design Competition is an open ideas competition
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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
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, State Architecture Firm in City, Country
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Grzywinski+Pons in New York, New York HGA in Voorhees, New Jersey Fiedler Marciano Architecture in Syracuse, New York b720 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).
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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