Archinect - News 2015-04-01T09:17:11-04:00 Izmir's charming DIY floating docks Alexander Walter 2015-02-13T14:15:00-05:00 >2015-02-13T20:24:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For months, three architects would meet at the waterfront of Izmir, Turkey&rsquo;s third-largest city. [...] Eventually it came to them &ndash; if you really wanted to bring people in Izmir together, transform the waterfront. But the very idea was daunting: Turkey&rsquo;s bureaucracy is infamous, and a large-scale project to redevelop the waterfront seemed impossible. So the friends [...] built eight floating docks out of plywood.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Living Breakwaters wins 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Justine Testado 2014-10-23T15:06:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T20:03:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Living Breakwaters" took the grand prize of the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, considered to be the highest award for social impact design. Designed by a multidisciplinary team led by SCAPE / Landscape Architecture, Living Breakwaters uses an "Oyster-tecture" ecological intervention concept to help create resiliency for coastal cities. As its starting point, the project uses the Northeastern Seaboard of the U.S., which suffered heavy damage from Hurricane Sandy.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Kate Orff of SCAPE will accept the Fuller Challenge prize and the US$100,000 cash award on behalf of the winning team at The Wythe in Brooklyn, NY on November 20.</p><p>The SCAPE team is composed of: SCAPE/LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE with Parsons Brinckerhoff, Dr. Philip Orton / Stevens Institute of Technology, Ocean &amp; Coastal Consultants, SeArc Ecological Consulting, LOT-EK, MTWTF, The Harbor School and Paul Greenberg.</p><p>Head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> to learn more about the project.</p> A second chance for a new St. Petersburg Pier Justine Testado 2014-08-18T19:34:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:16:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="437" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The City of St. Petersburg is up for attempt #2 in selecting a new architect to redesign the historic St. Petersburg Pier after the first proposal, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Lens"</a>,&nbsp; was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">met with controversy</a> and never built -- even after <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">revisions</a> were made.</p><p>In hopes that a new iconic Pier can be built this time around, the City recently set up a two-stage Request for Qualifications where balancing community input will be key. Once the September 5 deadline passes, each Statement of Qualification will be reviewed by the seven-member Selection Committee who will shortlist up to eight teams to be invited to Stage II. Shortlisted teams will each receive a $30,000 stipend and 10 weeks to submit a complete initial design concept.</p><p>After a technical review to analyze the concept's feasibility and budget, the committee will select the finalists, whose concepts will be presented to both the committee and the general public. The public will then have the chance to vote in a public survey. The committee will take resu...</p> DRIFT wins Pavilions Design Competition Nathan Smith 2014-06-20T09:49:00-04:00 >2014-06-24T17:56:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>DRIFT proposes a triangular arrangement of eight foot diameter balloons that create a dynamic canopy over bourbon tastings, educational spaces for children and other groups. Jurors praised the project for its unexpected playfulness and relationship to historic river imagery. The design was interpreted by the panel of jurors as a type of inverted raft with romantic allusions to the journeys of Huckleberry Finn as well as the flatboats that once populated Louisville&rsquo;s wharf in great numbers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>On October 15, 2014, Louisville will host the Centennial Festival of Riverboats to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Belle of Louisville.&nbsp; During the summer of 2013, the Waterfront Development Corporation announced an international design competition for a series of temporary pavilions to be used during the celebration.&nbsp; Designs were required to accommodate a variety of uses and relate conceptually to the event while adhering to a stipulated material budget and public safety requirements.&nbsp;</p><p>Interest in the project was far-reaching, attracting a variety of established firms and creative practices from thirteen countries including twenty United States.&nbsp;</p><p>The winning entry, <em>DRIFT</em>, was submitted by Brooklyn-based design practice stpmj.&nbsp; Design team members Seung Teak Lee and Mi Jung Lim are both natives of Seoul, Korea.&nbsp; Stpmj has an impressive track record with inventive design projects as evidenced by works such as <em>Invisible Barn</em>, a reflective structure proposed for the Socrates Sculptu...</p> XML’s Arts Pavilion proposal for the West Kowloon Cultural District Justine Testado 2014-02-04T00:01:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:21:17-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In light of the recent conclusion of the Arts Pavilion Design Competition for Hong Kong's developing West Kowloon Cultural District, Dutch design practice XML shared their competition entry "A&sup2;" with us. Although they were met with stiff competition and didn't place, their proposal is still worth knowing about.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Catch a glimpse of how XML would've designed the pavilion.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Find more project details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Arkitektgruppen Cubus’ 1st-place entry of the Mo i Rana Waterfront competition Justine Testado 2014-02-03T15:18:00-05:00 >2014-02-03T15:19:00-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="212" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Norwegian firm Arkitektgruppen Cubus AS from Bergen won first prize for the Mo i Rana Waterfront competition. The competition sought for solutions to link Mo i Rana in Northern Norway to the nearby fjord and railway -- both major transit systems that connect Mo i Rana to neighboring towns and the rest of the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Find full details of the project on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> “Echoing Plateau” by Toshiki Hirano - Semi-Finalist Entry for Waterfront Gateway Design Competition Justine Testado 2013-11-07T20:34:00-05:00 >2013-12-04T14:03:33-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="451" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Echoing Plateau" by Toshiki Hirano was one of twelve semi-finalist entries for the Waterfront Gateway Design competition to redevelop the waterfront and downtown communities in the historic City of New Rochelle in New York. Unfortunately, Hirano's team had to decline continuing in the competition when the team ran into issues finding a developer to work with after the first stage.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em><strong>Correction: </strong>The article previously (incorrectly) stated that "Echoing Plateau" was one of the four finalist entries &mdash; the text above and the title have since been updated accordingly.</em></p> "Around the Bay" photobook creates portraiture from Bay Area's manmade waterfront Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-09-04T20:18:00-04:00 >2013-09-04T20:40:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="398" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Although the Bay is a natural entity borne of great rivers draining the entire Central Valley of California, every inch of its shoreline today is the product of human activity, by either intent or incident.</p></em><br /><br /><p> On September 10, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Center for Land Use Interpretation</a> (CLUI) will release <em>Around the Bay: Man-Made Sites of Interest in the San Francisco Bay Region</em> -- the second book in its "Man-Made Sites of Interest" series. Aimed to coincide with the historic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opening of the Bay Bridge expansion</a>, the book will feature aerial portraits of locations along the Bay's waterfront, accompanied by historical explanations for the site's status. The CLUI was founded by Matthew Coolidge, who also authored <em>Around the Bay</em>, and devotes its exhibition and research spaces to "understanding the nature and extent of human interaction with the earth's surface, and in finding new meanings in the intentional and incidental forms that we individually and collectively create."</p> <p> With its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">headquarters in Culver City</a>, the CLUI has limited open hours for viewing its archives and current exhibitions. The book is available to purchase online through <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CLUI's bookstore</a>.</p> Phase 1 of The Wharf Underway in DC; Perkins Eastman Leads as Master Planner Archinect 2013-01-21T15:31:00-05:00 >2013-01-21T15:31:18-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Hoffman-Madison Waterfront, the master developer of the 3.2 million square foot Southwest Waterfront project (&ldquo;The Wharf&rdquo;), announced today the approval of its Phase 1 Planned Unit Development (PUD) by the District of Columbia Zoning Commission. The Zoning Commission&rsquo;s action approves all of the architectural designs and specific plans for each parcel of the project&rsquo;s first phase encompassing 1.5 million square feet of residential, hotel, office and retail uses along with three piers, numerous open spaces, gathering places and a 3-acre waterfront park.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> &ldquo;The unanimous approval last night by the commissioners participating in the hearings is exhilarating. It creates momentum for ground breaking later this year,&rdquo; said Monty Hoffman, Managing Member of Hoffman-Madison Waterfront. &ldquo;After more than six years of planning and substantial investment, we are preparing to launch one of the highest profile redevelopments in the country. We are ready to put shovels in the ground for this $...</p> Prince Arthur’s Landing by Brook McIlroy Alexander Walter 2012-11-28T17:14:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T19:42:38-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="312" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Canadian architecture, landscape and urban planning firm Brook McIlroy has shared with us Prince Arthur's Landing, an expansive downtown waterfront revitalization project for Thunder Bay, Ontario. The award-winning development opened in December 2011 and was designed by Brook McIlroy as lead consultant.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Creating a buzz on the waterfront anthony dong 2012-06-02T10:59:00-04:00 >2012-06-03T16:25:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A bunch of bees is inspiring what seems to escape so many people in Buffalo: waterfront development. With the help of a group of University at Buffalo architecture students, a local entrepreneur hopes to build on a giant bee hive he discovered in an abandoned office and turn a portion of Buffalo's historic waterfront into a design campus where manufacturers, architects and others will collaborate and mastermind new ways to use locally made materials</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>