The AIA has announced their annual national design award winners, which seem to include just one residential project, among the museums, theaters, and office complexes...
One Jackson Square — New York City
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Photo: Raimund Koch
"This 35-unit luxury residential building, located in Manhattan's Greenwich Village is home to the highest concentration of early architecture in New York City. The building volume steps down from 11 stories to seven stories, from north to south, accommodating the zoning laws and mediating the varied scales of the surrounding neighborhood. Undulating bands of glass identify individual floors, creating a ribbon-like series of convexities and concavities along the street wall."
It's an elegant, exciting project, reminiscent of state-of-the-art designs we've seen recently in Europe.
The signature residential building on the cover of ArchitectureWeek No. 502 is perhaps even more inspiring. While the overall form is simple, and the detailing is not nearly so gorgeous, we love the effective realization of undulating balconies as a way to populate the high-rise facade, create organic variation in light and shadow, and splash an amazing visual onto the Chicago skyline.
Ripple Effect — Michael J. Crosbie, ArchitectureWeek, 2011.0105
"The Aqua Tower plan is a sleek modern rectangle, with a wavy line of balconies surrounding it like a crazy bubble. But is a union of parametric design and Retro Modernism the essence of Aqua? Only if you view the tower as a stylistic exercise..."
Click thorough to ArchitectureWeek for our full story, including 26 images (14 free) >>>
Residential Design and Building News
'Growth' May Not Always Mean 'Prosperity' - Charlotte Observer, 2011.0111
Slump in Home Building Consents in November - NZ Herald, 2011.0111
Fall in Property Prices Signals Risky Year Ahead - Independent, 2011.0111
Area Home Sales Up 8 Percent in December - Baltimore Sun, 2011.0111
U.S. Housing Finance: Sharp Splits Presage Slow Revamp - Reuters, 2011.0111
Central London Home Rents Rise by Most in Three Years in 2010 - Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 2011.0110
Delinquency Crisis Hits Reverse Mortgages - U.S. News & World Report, 2011.0110
Stephanie Rubin, Landscape Architect - San Francisco Chronicle, 2011.0110
Bursting at the Seams? Add on to Your Home - Calgary Herald, 2011.0110
In Ottawa, Historic School turned Condos - Ottawa Citizen, 2011.0110
New Zealand Probably Avoided a Recession in 2010 on Confidence, Building - Bloomberg, 2011.0110
Wall Collapse at Queens Construction Site Kills One Worker and Injures Three - New York Times, 2011.0110
Construction Concerns: Newer, Lightweight Wood Products Burn Faster, Hotter - Vancouver Sun, 2011.0110
In Hard Times, States Still Spend to Protect Farms - New York Times, 2011.0110
Contemporary Beverly Hills House Has Old-World Flair - Los Angeles Times, 2011.0109
Researching Your Home's History Comes from Unexpected Sources - MLive.com, 2011.0109
How to Build Heritage - Financial Times, 2011.0107
New Developments Include 'Fifth Walls' and Other Trimmings - New York Times, 2011.0107
Crafting the Custom Library from Cover to Cover - Seattle Times, 2011.0107
Change to Civil War-Era Building Disputed - New York Times, 2011.0106
One Bright Spark in US Housing - Apartments - CNBC, 2011.0106
Superblock Plan Rejected after Civil Rights Leaders Protest - Baltimore Sun, 2011.0106
McMansions Affect Community Character in Montgomery - Greater Greater Washington, 2011.0106
Swedish Architecture Firm Proposes Buildings on Rails - Wired, 2011.0105
Chile Sunday Earthquake Scares Off People - World News Heard Now, 2011.0105
Ripple Effect - ArchitectureWeek, 2011.0105
Ha Noi Determined to Stop Building of Skinny Houses - Viet Nam News, 2011.0104
Prices Still Soaring in a Toronto District Newly Fashionable - New York Times, 2011.0104
U.S. Home Foreclosures May Top 100,000 in January - NPR, 2011.0103
Who Has NI's Best House? - BBC, 2011.0103
Developer's Plan to Replace 1895 Home in Northwest Portland Stirs Debate - Oregonian, 2011.0103
For B. Of A., Mortgage 'Put Backs' Aren't Over - MarketWatch, 2011.0103
Before Move-in Day, Evicting the Old Auras - New York Times, 2011.0103
Developer Finally Seeing Sales at Ill-Timed Tower in Brooklyn - Wall Street Journal, 2011.0103
In Carlsbad, Keeping a Modernist Vision Intact - Los Angeles Times, 2011.0102
Recession Could Be Opportunity to Reshape, Improve Communities - Las Vegas Sun, 2011.0102
How I Missed the 'Housing Recovery' of 2010: Caroline Baum - Bloomberg, 2011.0102
Clients Demanding Smaller, Greener, More Contemporary Homes - Austin-American Statesman, 2011.0101
A Look at Future Directions for the Kitchen - Kitchen & Bath, 2011.0101
Manhattan Status Symbols: Washers and Dryers - New York Times, 2010.1231
In London, Private Homes on Display - New York Times, 2010.1231
People and Places
by Nancy Novitski
Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Gensler in Los Angeles, California ...
Philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad and architect Elizabeth Diller have revealed the design for The Broad Art Foundation, a contemporary art museum planned for downtown Los Angeles, California. Diller Scofidio + Renfro of New York City designed the three-story, 120,000-square-foot (11,000-square-meter) museum, merging the two key components of the building: public exhibit space, and the archive and storage space that will support the foundation's worldwide art lending library... >>>
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Verizon Wireless Finally Gets Apple's iPhone - Wired, 2011.0111
iPad 2 May Be Announced in 'Next 3-4 Weeks' - PC Magazine, 2011.0108
Tesla Wants Some Engineering Cred - Wired, 2011.0106
Bertrand Sicot Appointed CEO of SolidWorks - TenLinks, 2011.0105
Autodesk Aims for the Cloud - ArchitectureWeek, 2011.0105
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