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2016 Building of the Year

One of my duties at World-Architects is curating the Building of the Week feature, which ends in each year with Building of the Year voting. The results are in: American-Architects Building of the Year 2016 is the Sharon Fieldhouse in Clifton Forge, Virginia, designed and constructed by the design/buildLAB at Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design.

Today's archidose #941

Here are a some photos of the Maison de Verre (1932) in Paris, France, which Pierre Chareau designed for gynecologist Dr. Jean Dalsace. The house is owned now by architectural historian Robert Rubin, who allows visits by appointment months in advance. Show More Summary

Book Briefs #28: A Half-dozen Journals

"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 worthwhile books than I'm able to review. Show More Summary

Today's archidose #940

Here are a some photos of the National Art Schools in Havana, Cuba, which were designed by Ricardo Porro, Roberto Gottardi and Vittorio Garatti in the early 1960s but then abandoned in 1965 when the Communist Party came to power. Made...Show More Summary

Book Review: eVolo Skyscrapers 3

eVolo Skyscrapers 3 edited by Carlo AielloeVolo, 2016Hardcover, 656 pagesEvery year since 2006 the eVolo Skyscraper Competition has asked architects, students, engineers, designers, and artists from around the world to submit "outstanding...Show More Summary

BBP's New Berm

I've been a fan of the berm at Brooklyn Bridge Park, an earthwork that drowns out the sounds of the double-decker BQE, ever since visiting it and realizing just how well it worked. I wrote about the feature, part of Michael Van Valkenburgh's...Show More Summary

Today's archidose #939

Here are a handful of photos of the Netzquartier 50Hertz (2016) in Berlin, Germany, by LOVE architecture and urbanism. (Photographed by Artur Salisz) 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

Coloring Book of the Moment

I'll admit I have a love-hate attitude toward the trend of coloring books geared toward grown-ups. Although I like coloring books, even for adults (the mix of patience, concentration, relaxation, and mind/hand skill is beneficial) their...Show More Summary

Old+New Book Review: Architecture in Austria

"Old + New" is a new series that pairs two books: one old and one new. Most of the reviews on this blog are fairly recent titles sent to me by publishers, but I wanted to expand the reviews to include older books from my library. ToShow More Summary

Today's archidose #938

Here are a handful of photos of the Campus North Residential Commons and the Frank and Laura Baker Dining Commons (2016) in Chicago, Illinois, by Studio Gang Architects. (Photographed by Trevor Patt) To contribute your Flickr imagesShow More Summary

Dance x Digital Arts

Dance x Digital Arts is the inaugural event of the Performance Interactions Lecture Series held by Bartlett’s new master programme: M.Arch Design for Performance & Interaction. It will explore the intersection between dance, art & technology with talks from digital artists Memo... Read More

Planning for a Distant Future

A couple nights ago I watched the PBS documentary Containment, a sobering look at the practicalities and uncertainties of dealing with nuclear waste. The film bounces back and forth between a few places around the world – a nuclear weapon...Show More Summary

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Mies in London

This looks promising: the REAL Foundation has gained exclusive access to the long-inaccessible and unpublished archive of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's unbuilt Mansion House in London, and they're planning on publishing the first-ever book on the project, Mies in London. Show More Summary

Book Review: Architectural Guide Berlin

Architectural Guide Berlin by Dominik SchendelDOM Publishers, 2016Paperback, 192 pagesIn November last year I traveled to Berlin to cover the World Architecture Festival (WAF) for World-Architects (some highlights are here). Previously...Show More Summary

Today's archidose #937

Here are some photos of The Ulma Family Museum of Poles Saving Jews in World War II (2016) in Markowa, Poland, by Nizio Design International. (Photographed by Piotr Krajewski)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

Vote for Building of the Year

At American-Architects – the U.S. platform of World-Architects – I oversee the Building of the Week feature. As in past years, the beginning of the year entails voting for the "Building of the Year" from the year before. So click here or on the image below to browse through the projects and vote for your favorite. Voting ends on January 31, 2017.

Today's archidose #936

Here are some photos of Shanghai Tower (2016) in Shanghai, China, by Gensler. (Photographed by Fernando Herrera) 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

Top 5 of 2016, 5/5: Favorite Books

To wrap up this calendar year, I'm doing a week of posts that look back at other posts during 2016. This last one lists my six (five was too difficult) favorite books that I reviewed or "briefed" in 2016. Note that while these booksShow More Summary

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