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Book Briefs #30

"Book Briefs" are an ongoing series of posts with two- or three-sentence first-hand descriptions of some of the numerous books that make their way into my library. These briefs are not full-blown reviews, but they are a way to share more books worthy of attention than can find their way into reviews on this blog. Show More Summary

Eclipse Architecture?

The United State's eclipse fever culminates in tomorrow's total solar eclipse cutting a path across the country from West Coast to East Coast. Although New York City will only see a 71% eclipse, the fever is just as strong here as in the path of the total eclipse. Show More Summary

MTA's 'Wave' Crossings

The Dream: [A design, by Grimshaw, for the approach to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge with a chain-metal "wave" covering the toll gantry. | Image from "Reimagining New York's Crossings"] The Reality: [My photo of the toll gantry on approach...Show More Summary

Today's archidose #976

Here are some of my photos of The Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park (FLWHEP). The Usonian house in Kirkwood, Missouri, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Russell and Ruth Kraus in the 1950s. Since 2001 the non-profit FLWHEP has owned the house, has restored it, and runs tours of it. Show More Summary

What I Did on My Summer Vacation #2: St. Louis

Last week I wrote about one project I visited during my work-vacation in Zurich, so here I'm posting about one building from my family vacation in Missouri. On that trip we also went to see a couple chapels by E. Fay Jones, as well as Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, and a Frank Lloyd Wright house in suburban St. Show More Summary

Today's archidose #975

Here are some photos of the Medicus Medical Center (2017) in Wrocklaw, Poland, by JSK Architekci. (Photographs: Maciek Lulko) To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose poolTo contribute your Instagram images for consideration, just::: Tag your photos #archidose

What I Did on My Summer Vacation #1: Zurich

When in Zurich in June I was able to get around the city a fair amount even though I was there for work. Some of the places are highlighted in a post at World-Architects, but here I wanted to delve into one of the most impressive places I visited: Kantonsschule Freudenberg in the city's Enge district. Show More Summary

Today's archidose #974

Here are some photos of the Jan Michalski Foundation in Montricher, Switzerland. The canopy and offices were designed by Mangeat Wahlen Architectes Associés and completed in 2013, with various "treehouses" – residences for writers – added later beneath the canopy by other architects. Show More Summary

Building at Laumeier, 3 Years Later

Three years ago I posted about the Aronson Fine Arts and Education Center, which was under construction at Laumeier Sculpture Park. At the time I found it curious how a rendering of the project did not match the Brooks + Scarpa design...Show More Summary

Today's archidose #973

Here are some photos of La Granja Escalators (2000) in Toledo, Spain, by Jose? Antonio Marti?nez Lapen?a & Eli?as Torres Architects. The project is one of one hundred featured in my forthcoming book 100 Years, 100 Landscape Designs.Show More Summary

Book Review: Magnetic City

Magnetic City: A Walking Companion to New York by Justin DavidsonSpiegel & Grau, 2017Paperback, 240 pagesWalking tours and New York City go together as books. Amazon brings up nearly 250 titles in a search for "New York Walking Tour" and I have at least a half-dozen such books in my library. Show More Summary

Competition / International Competition in Architecture - Jacques Rougerie Foundation / Jacques Rougerie Foundation

Call for action: International competition in architecture 2017 - Jacques Rougerie Foundation Architects, engineers, designers, all of them participate to the development and the construction of an upcoming world at their own level.Show More Summary

Competition / Vimania ARchitecture competition / AR/VR consortium

Augmented reality provides us with new research field of architecture. Now you do not need architectural models. We can see the building as it is with all the details. At the same time, it remains virtual model. These properties are augmented reality give us new opportunities. Show More Summary

Competition / Tiny House Design Competition / Volume Zero

Home is a domain that is intimate to all of us. Beyond its everyday function as a physical shelter for people and their activities, it connects with its user on a personal and emotional level. The modern day scenario of environmental...Show More Summary

Competition / LBC-LA Collaborative Student Competition 2017 / Living Futures

“Imagine a building designed and constructed to function as elegantly and efficiently as a flower: a building informed by its bioregion’s characteristics, and that generates all of its own energy with renewable resources, captures and...Show More Summary

Competition / COSTA DEL SPRAWL ideas competition / Estudio ESSE

For a second year the Costa del Sprawl ideas competition seeks creative solutions to improve the social, urban, and architectural situation in some of Costa del Sol’s sprawling neighbourhoods. This year’s competition is focused on the...Show More Summary

Competition / Architecture at Zero / PGE, AIACC, SFSU

The Architecture at Zero competition challenge is to create a zero net energy bayside community education and visitor’s center, in support of the mission of the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC). This facility is...Show More Summary

Competition / 24h competition 19th edition - Ct?s / Ideas Forward

Ideasforward wants to give young creative people from around the world the opportunity to express their views on the future of societies through their innovative and visionary proposals. We are an experimental platform seeking progressive ideas that reflect on emerging themes. Show More Summary

Competition / The Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition / Malcolm Reading Consultants, on behalf of the National Infrastructure Commission

This free-to-enter, two-stage ideas competition is seeking forward-thinking, imaginative proposals to integrate sustainable placemaking with development and new infrastructure. The focus for the competition is the arc encompassing four of the UK’s fastest-growing and most productive centres: Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Oxford. Show More Summary

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