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Flying Facades: 175-Pound Panel Falls Off Zaha Hadid’s Vienna Library

A facade panel weighing 175 pounds made from fiberglass reinforced concrete fell off the Zaha Hadid-designed Library and Learning Center at the Vienna University of Economics and Business on January 2, according to reports by Dezeen and Austrian newspaper Die Presse. An area in front of the building where the panel landed was cordoned off, and the building remains open. Nobody was hurt during the incident or immediately after — though it’s unlikely that anybody was deeply shocked by the flying facade either. Continue Reading

Lifting the Veil of the Broad’s Finished Facade

The Broad Museum dropped some big news about one of the most highly-anticipated buildings of 2015 just as 2014 was wrapping up. The Diller Scofidio + Renfro-designed museum, which is currently under construction on Grand Avenue in the Bunker Hill neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles, announced on December 31 that scaffolding has been removed on its nearly completed facade — referred to as “the veil” by the architects and the institution. Continue Reading

Instagram’s Newest Filter Is Inspired by Mies Van Der Rohe

Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe pioneered the architectural manipulation of images long before the invention of AutoCAD — just look to his collages from last summer’s “Cut ‘n’ Paste” show at the Museum of Modern Art for proof. He began creating imagined landscapes through photomontage, and continued to do so through collage and a variety of other methods for the duration of his career. It’s fitting, then, that Instagram has chosen to name one of its five new filters, dubbed Ludwig, after the pioneering modernist.

The honor, however, was bestowed upon Mies not for his history with image manipulation, but because of his affiliation with minimalism, reports CNET. The filter is a “minimalist look with a hint of desaturation. It also enhances the light,” according to the site. Instagram gave the website a similar line: “We named it Ludwig because of the famous minimalist mantra ‘less is more,’ coined by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It works especially great with portraits, architecture, and geometric shapes,” the app developers told CNET. Continue Reading

Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces Lakefront Competition

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel announced yet another feature of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial today: Lakefront Kiosk Competition, an architectural competition organized by the biennial in partnership with the Chicago Park District. The winner of the competition will receive the BP Prize, named in honor of the biennial’s prominent corporate sponsor, British Petrolium. “Our parks are a vital part of our city’s heritage, and the Lakefront Kiosk Competition is an opportunity to bring progressive design to one of Chicago’s most celebrated urban spaces,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in the statement. Applications are due March 23, 2015 and the winner will be announced in April 2015.

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Studio Gang Will Design Museum of Natural History Expansion

A model of the American Museum of Natural History at present.

Jeanne Gang’s firm Studio Gang will design an addition to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, reports the New York Times. The expansion will run along Columbus Avenue near the Museum’s Upper West Side campus and will be “a $325 million, six-story addition designed to foster the institution’s expanding role as a center for scientific research and education,” according to the Times. “Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation would stand on a back stretch of the museum grounds near West 79th Street that is now open space,” the paper notes.

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Architecture Comes to the Annenberg Space for Photography Tomorrow

Annenberg Space for Photography announces “Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change,” on view from December 13, 2014 to May 3, 2015.  Sink or Swim explores the human story of resilience, from adaptation for survival to ambitious infrastructure planning, in some of the richest and poorest of the world’s coastal communities. Rather than showing pristine architectural photography, the photographs present viewers with various human responses to changes in their landscapes that could be intensified by sea level rise. Sink or Swim aims to establish dialogue through the juxtaposition of diverse responses to a challenge shared by millions worldwide. Continue Reading

Moshe Safdie Wins 2015 AIA Gold Medal

Moshe Safdie has won the 2015 Gold Medal award, the highest honor accorded by the American Institute of Architects to one of its distinguished members, the national institution announced today. The Gold Medal honors an individual for the breadth of his (or her — architect Julia Morgan, who posthumously won last year’s Gold Medal, was the first female to receive the prize) body of work, and the AIA cited a variety of structures spanning Safdie’s 50-year practice as the cause for celebration: The Salt Lake City Main Public Library; The Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem, Israel; Marina Bay Sands in Singapore; and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. His “comprehensive and humane approach to designing public and cultural spaces across the world has touched millions of people and influenced generations of younger architects,” said the AIA in a statement. Continue Reading

Venice Architecture Biennale Closes With Record-Breaking Attendance Figures

This year’s 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, which closed yesterday, was the most controversial architecture iteration of the festival in recent memory — and the most popular, according to statistics released by the Biennale over the weekend. A record number of visitors made their way through the Giardini and Arsenale from June 7 through November 23: 228,000 according to a statement released by the exhibition.

Curators, partners, and designers of OfficeUS, the American Pavilion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. Continue Reading

Renzo Piano Selected to Design Kum and Go Corporate Headquarters

The name Kum & Go might inspire dirty jokes, but the Midwestern convenience retailer wants a clean, airy office for its corporate headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa. That, ostensibly, is why the gas station chain selected Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano to design its new corporate offices. “The 120,000 square foot building will be located at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park in downtown Des Moines. After competing teams submitted written proposals, six finalists were interviewed last month before [Renzo Piano Building Workshop] won the project. In the next few months, a local architect and general contractor will be chosen as the design process begins,” reports Bustler. Continue Reading

Collective Design Announces Partnerships with New Exhibitors and Stefano Tonchi

This year’s fair.

Collective Design, a commercial fair and educational platform of 20th century and contemporary collectible design, will bring its third edition to New York City from May 13 to 17, with a host of new participants and programs in tow, the fair announced in a statement today. Six new galleries have been added to its roster of exhibitors, alongside a dedicated display of Italian design curated by W Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Stefano Tonchi. Though this year’s edition of the fair took place at Moynihan Station in Midtown, the 2015 iteration will relocate to the Skylight Clarkson Sq. in west SoHo, the fair also announced.

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