Archinect - News 2015-09-01T10:10:33-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/132950705/downtown-jerusalem-gets-a-libeskind-designed-pyramid-tower Downtown Jerusalem gets a Libeskind-designed Pyramid Tower Alexander Walter 2015-07-28T13:20:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T20:39:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hu/hucwm5j216gdy6pl.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new high-rise building called the Freedom Pyramid will change the face of Jerusalem&rsquo;s downtown area. The project, conceived by architects Daniel Libeskind and Yigal Levi, will see a multi-purpose tower comprising commercial shopping and residential units atop the old Eden theater. The idea for a high-rise at this location, adjacent to Mahaneh Yehuda market, first hit headlines in 2011. But a Jerusalem municipal committee only now approved the construction.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em><strong>Correction: </strong>Studio Daniel Libeskind has informed us that the correct project title is "The Pyramid." The incorrect title "Freedom Pyramid" has been the result of an unauthorized press leak.</em></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1493/studio-daniel-libeskind" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Daniel Libeskind</a> also provided us with new renderings of the project as well as some more information about The Pyramid:</p><p><em>The Jerusalem Municipality approves a mixed-use tower designed by Studio Libeskind (New York/Milan/Zurich) in conjunction with local architect Yigal Levi.</em></p><p><em>Located adjacent to the Mahane Yehuda market, commonly known as &ldquo;The Shuk&rdquo;, in the heart of the city, the 105-meter, 26-story complex entitled The Pyramid will feature 200 apartments, a boutique hotel, a public plaza lined with shops, and a roof-top observatory and restaurant that will provide sweeping views of the ancient city.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;The Pyramid mediates between ancient traditions and myths, while providing a 21st century reinterpretation of that great form,&rdquo; said architect Daniel Libeskind. &ldquo;The design complements the context...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126289493/the-pier-park-wins-new-st-petersburg-pier-competition "The Pier Park" wins New St. Petersburg Pier competition Alexander Walter 2015-04-27T15:38:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T21:00:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fu/fuliaa0cexbjvyt9.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After public comments were provided, the committee discussed the concepts, the input they had received, and deliberated on the ranking. The final ranking of the Design Concepts by the Selection Committee is as follows: The Pier Park by Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, ASD, Ken Smith Destination St. Pete Pier by St. Pete Design Group ALMA by Alfonso Architects, inc. City staff will now present these rankings to City Council for approval at a meeting in the near future.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"We established a pier process that citizens on every side of this issue agreed would result in a fair and objective decision," said St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. "I am proud that we have stayed true to that process and that it has been transparent and open to the public throughout. I thank the Selection Committee for their diligence and their hard work. This was not an easy job, but it was a necessary one. The iconic St. Petersburg Pier has often been the source of passionate debate in the Sunshine City, but it is also a source of great pride. I'm looking forward to the day we cut the ribbon on a new St. Petersburg Pier."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ie/ie9lnn74pnse12mj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qt/qtq2ggqffyl6a4by.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7r/7rgrcds51ko1ctxz.jpg"></p><p>Click <a href="http://www.newstpetepier.com/docs/the_pier_park.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to see the full <em>The Pier Park</em> proposal (PDF).</p><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125373667/three-teams-left-to-compete-for-st-petersburg-pier-redesign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Three teams left to compete for St. Petersburg Pier redesign</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117198270/new-st-pete-pier-finalists-2-0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New St. Pete Pier &ndash; Finalists 2.0</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/125373667/three-teams-left-to-compete-for-st-petersburg-pier-redesign Three teams left to compete for St. Petersburg Pier redesign Justine Testado 2015-04-15T19:11:00-04:00 >2015-04-16T13:55:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xz/xz7frq3rof9c0g1p.jpg" width="514" height="171" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Just three proposals left in the second attempt of the St. Petersburg Pier design competition in St. Petersburg, Florida. Back in 2012, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/35170798/michael-maltzan-s-the-lens-wins-st-petersburg-pier-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Lens"</a> by Michael Maltzan Architecture and Tom Leader Studio won the original competition, but that design was kicked to the curb after local group <a href="http://www.concernedcitizensofstpete.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concerned Citizens of St. Pete</a> fiercely <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/36804974/the-lens-draws-sharp-comments-at-town-hall-meeting" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opposed</a> it -- mostly because it eliminated the pier's iconic <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74124101/the-pier-st-petersburg-s-iconic-inverted-pyramid-closes-this-friday-to-be-demolished-in-august" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">inverted pyramid</a> that was built in 1973. The group's request to preserve the pyramid became a requirement for RFQ #2.</p><p>A final shortlist of seven new proposals was revealed last December. The Pier Selection Committee convened on March 20 to discuss each proposal, and then narrowed down the list to the following three proposals and their current designs:</p><p><strong>ALMA by Alfonso Architects</strong><br><a href="http://www.newstpetepier.com/docs/ALMA.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Original proposal</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2y/2yam1sfff6s207rk.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yz/yziv3l1dudtl5q1t.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t4/t4cp033xktzpv2ao.jpg"></p><p><strong>Destination St. Pete Pier by St. Pete Design Group</strong><br><a href="http://www.newstpetepier.com/docs/destination_stpete_pier.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Original proposal</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mo/moersoey29mte5rp.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fn/fnf0xdlphlgp9m6n.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n1/n1tx09mjx0b2llj7.jpg"></p><p><strong>The Pier Park by Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, ASD, Ken Smith</strong><br><a href="http://www.newstpetepier.com/docs/the_pier_park.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Original proposal</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r4/r4cp3ba5um4lv4uz.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fh/fhdwagh8ryovdpgb.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7p/7p0ndr9ak39z9ibz.jpg"></p><p>Each team is now preparing responses to an additio...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119351406/a-closer-look-at-the-giza-2030-master-plan-blessing-or-curse-for-egypt A closer look at the Giza 2030 master plan: blessing or curse for Egypt? Alexander Walter 2015-01-27T14:11:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T21:31:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/90/903193fceff50b329a9dac3518a0c4c7.jpg" width="514" height="277" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Is this the promising future of Giza 2030? What is the status of Giza 2030 after the Egyptian Revolution in 2011? Would it be a curse or a blessing if I were from Giza? And my message to the current Egyptian regime is this: if this is the future of Egyptian cities, please leave the situation as it is.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118984560/photographer-documents-egypt-s-monumental-housing-developments-in-the-desert" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photographer documents Egypt's monumental housing developments in the desert</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117198270/new-st-pete-pier-finalists-2-0 New St. Pete Pier – Finalists 2.0 Archinect 2014-12-30T17:51:00-05:00 >2015-01-01T21:08:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ny/ny5sab15nlm3vusn.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Second time's the charm&nbsp;&mdash; that's what the eight finalists of the <a href="http://www.stpete.org/newstpetepier/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New St. Pete Pier </a>competition must be thinking.</p><p>After the first attempt of an architectural competition to redesign the iconic pier in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/21284/st-petersburg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">St. Petersburg</a>, FL was off to a bad start (remember? <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/2145/michael-maltzan-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan</a>'s entry <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/35170798/michael-maltzan-s-the-lens-wins-st-petersburg-pier-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Lens"</a> was first crowned as winning entry and, after a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/36804974/the-lens-draws-sharp-comments-at-town-hall-meeting" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">heated debate</a>, quickly fed to the sharks and never realized), the City of St. Petersburg <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106880788/a-second-chance-for-a-new-st-petersburg-pier" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">launched a second RFQ</a> for the pier's redesign.</p><p>The latest brief incorporated one of the core arguments brought forward against "The Lens" by the group&nbsp;<a href="http://www.concernedcitizensofstpete.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concerned Citizens of St. Pete</a> &mdash; the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74124101/the-pier-st-petersburg-s-iconic-inverted-pyramid-closes-this-friday-to-be-demolished-in-august" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preservation of the signature Inverted Pyramid</a> structure built in 1973.</p><p>Eight finalists have now been presented to the public; each team equipped with a $30,000 stipend to develop initial design concepts, cost estimates and detailed reports.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/43/43wd52spatz1f048.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; Discover Bay Life by VOA - <a href="http://www.stpete.org/newstpetepier/docs/discover_bay_life.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">View concept (PDF)</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/36/367683s2pdwlkjcr.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; The Pier Park by Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, ASD, Ken Smith - <a href="http://www.stpete.org/newstpetepier/docs/the_pier_park.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">View concept (PDF)</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wh/whn4brd1qmlppov4.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/63951640/big-news-planning-commission-approves-durst-s-57th-street-pyramid-apartments BIG News: Planning Commission Approves Durst’s 57th Street Pyramid Apartments Archinect 2012-12-22T17:57:00-05:00 >2012-12-27T17:29:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d1/d1pf0xslzirhnkl4.jpg" width="514" height="378" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Our approval will facilitate development of a significant new building with a distinctive pyramid-like shaped design and thoughtful site plan that integrates the full block site into the evolving residential, institutional, and commercial neighborhood surrounding it,&rdquo; Ms. Burden said before voting in favor of the project.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/62200078/conceptual-artist-christo-is-building-a-gigantic-sculpture-out-of-oil-barrels-in-abu-dhabi Conceptual artist Christo is building a gigantic sculpture out of oil barrels in Abu Dhabi Archinect 2012-11-26T16:08:00-05:00 >2012-11-29T11:44:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2fnve0ufyz2z3j5i.jpg" width="514" height="292" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Christo is creating for Abu Dhabi a colossal structure that he claims will be the world's biggest permanent sculpture. Estimated construction costs of $340m (&pound;212m) would also make it the world's most expensive. A 150-metre-high, flat-topped pyramid would be taller than St Paul's Cathedral or St Peter's Basilica and would overshadow the Great Pyramid of Giza &ndash; creating Abu Dhabi's answer to Egypt's pyramids or Mecca's Kaaba.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/15545236/hoxha-s-pyramid Hoxha’s Pyramid Alexander Walter 2011-08-02T17:27:59-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2s/2sw5nny0gqm5kir3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Albanians have been trying to figure out what to do with the pyramid for years. Just last month, the parliament passed a law to tear it down. Even so, opponents of the demolition are gathering petitions to save the building. And the current president is deciding whether to sign the bill or side with the protesters.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>