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Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Greatest Buildings Never Built

Monumental victims of dwindling finances, public backlash and political roadblocks, many designs from the world’s most celebrated architects never broke ground. Promising much in their form and magnitude, the stunning structures exist only as colorfully rendered visions on a lost landscape. Here, man’s best unmade plans. In his classic novel “Invisible Cities,” Italo Calvino envisioned

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William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc. – Northeastern University Building F, in Boston

As the sixth building designed by the firm for Northeastern’s new West Campus, this 140,000 square foot mixed-use building completes the build-out of the 1.2 million square foot Master Plan. The building reinforces the university’s academic mission and commitment to creating a new mixed-use sector of campus. Creating a vibrant, high-density environment that is active

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US Architecture Billings Index remains in the black

Signs of recovery – but some practices just hanging on Work for architects in the US stayed close to break-even level during the first quarter of this year. The American Institute of Architects reported that the score for its Architecture Billings Index was 50.5 for March – down slightly on the 50.6 recorded the previous

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The American Institute of Architects select the 2011 COTE Top Ten Green Projects

Projects showcase excellence in sustainable design principles and reduced energy consumption The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The projects will be honored at the AIA 2011 National Convention and

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Rafael Viñoly Architects The Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building

UCSF, San Francisco, California A beautifully sinuous, serpentine building that makes use of every foot of available space. The Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building is designed to foster intensive collaboration and a cross-pollination of ideas among scientists representing a broad spectrum of labs and disciplines. Located on a steeply sloping urban hillside, the building presented the

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OpenBuildings launches new site and secures Series A funding

OpenBuildings, a global archive of buildings for architecture lovers and industry professionals, today announced it has secured a $2 million Series A funding round led by BlueRun Ventures and Index Ventures. John Malloy of BlueRun Ventures will join the board and the funding will be used to expand the team in London, UK and Sofia,

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Saudi Royal Family plans mile-high building

The Saudi Royal family today unveiled plans to construct the world’s tallest building – which will be an incredible one MILE high. Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia will be 1.6km tall (one mile) when it is completed and consist of hotels, offices, luxury apartments and a shopping center. The structure will be twice the height

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Campus Shuffle in Greenwich Village

New York University to spread over two million square feet around I’M Pei’s Silver Towers site.   Aerial View Of NYU’s Expansion Plans With The Silver Towers On The Left.  Courtesy NYU On March 16, NYU announced updates for their latest expansion plan, part of NYU 2031, that seemed to say the University had heard

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Top 10 Buildings: Women in Architecture

The SOFT HOUSE by KVA Matx in Germany. Making my selection of buildings this week led me to a surprising discovery about the representation of women in architecture. I started with a simple enough premise to select ten buildings by female architects off the top of my head. I was immediately picking out Zaha Hadid,

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National Architecture Week 2011 – Connect. Check in. Celebrate. April 10 – 16, 2011

National Architecture Week is a public awareness campaign from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) dedicated to increasing attention to the role architects play as a force for positive change in our communities and to elevate the public’s appreciation of design. Similar to previous years’ observances, National Architecture Week will be virtual and will be

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