Archinect - News 2014-04-20T04:36:37-04:00 U.S. Capitol building to receive much-needed facelift Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-27T13:42:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:26:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since the Civil War, the majestic dome of the U.S. Capitol has symbolized the unity of the United States, despite the discord in the government it overlooks. [...] But the dome has lately grown as fractured as the federal government, and Tuesday the Architect of the Capitol announced that a $59 million project to save it would begin next month. [...] There are now hundreds of cracks and deficiencies, and water already has stained parts of the Capitol&rsquo;s interior.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Better a small house than a skyscraper that signifies nothing Alexander Walter 2014-03-24T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-03-24T13:42:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The White House may be the centre of great power, but it is not in itself that big or that shouty. It&rsquo;s just a nice, white house, rather elegant, with a fine sweeping drive, but utterly dwarfed by the US Treasury next door &ndash; a fact that is, in itself, a bit of a clue to the relative significance of wealth in American society. [...] If the White House gleams simply because of the influence of the man inside it, the rest of the Washington complex is designed to make its case for significance.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Frank Gehry rebuffs pleas to revise Eisenhower memorial designs Archinect 2014-02-27T15:35:00-05:00 >2014-03-05T18:17:13-05:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Commission of Fine Arts [...] has praised Gehry&rsquo;s designs in the past but asked him to consider minor revisions. [...] In response, Gehry submitted a redesign that incorporates a few dozen more trees &ndash; but left the basic components of the memorial untouched. Gehry did not attend the presentation of the new designs last week, and an architect at his firm said: &ldquo;We are staying with the overall big ideas for the project.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> 5 Building Ideas From the D.C. Mayoral Architecture Debate Archinect 2014-02-20T14:35:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T18:35:58-05:00 <img src="" width="335" height="225" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With Jack Evans and Vince Gray headed to New York and Muriel Bowser and Andy Shallal otherwise occupied, the small candidate crowd at last night's architecture debate must have left the hosts feeling as lonely as sad architect archetype Ted Mosby. The lack of candidates at the District Architecture Center brought about a similar lack of political tension, but that didn't keep the candidates who did show up from having ideas about buildings.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Mecanoo and Martinez + Johnson chosen to redesign MLK Library in D.C. Justine Testado 2014-02-18T15:38:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T22:00:24-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Alas! The winning team to renovate the historic Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library has been selected. That team would be Mecanoo and Martinez + Johnson, who won over notable finalists Patkau + Ayers Saint Gross and STUDIOS + Freelon. Upon contract approval, Mecanoo and Martinez + Johnson will begin working with library staff and consultants to finalize the new library's design scheme.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Find out more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Top three teams prep for final design presentation of MLK Library renovation Justine Testado 2014-02-10T20:19:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T13:55:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="171" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The historic Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington D.C. is one step closer to finding the architectural team for its major renovation project -- and competition is stiff [...] After submitting their proposals, the top three teams will have one final presentation to persuade the review panel and the public this Saturday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. in the MLK Library's Great Hall.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Team 1: Mecanoo + Martinez and Johnson</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>Team 2: Patkau + Ayers Saint Gross</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Team 3: STUDIOS + Freelon</strong><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Get more details about each project on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> AIA Twenty-five Year Award given to Washington D.C., Metro Justine Testado 2014-01-14T13:31:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T18:37:45-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="412" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Still standing strong after its opening in 1976, the Washington D.C. Metro rail system designed by architect Harry Weese was deemed the recipient of the AIA's Twenty-five Year Award. The award recognizes a structure that demonstrates architectural resilience for 25-35 years. The structure must also show excellence in function, execution of its original program, and creative aspects in accordance with today's standards.</p></em><br /><br /><p> These are a few of the D.C. Metro's stations.<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Find out more about the D.C. Metro on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Shortlist for D.C.‘s MLK Library renovation narrowed down to 3 teams Alexander Walter 2013-12-30T15:41:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T22:04:51-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three finalist teams have advanced into the last round of the search for an architect to renovate &mdash; or possibly redesign &mdash; Washington D.C.'s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Back in October, the competition had already narrowed down the list of applicants to 10 teams with the invitation to create technical proposals on how they would approach renovating the Mies van der Rohe-designed library.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The three finalists are:</p> <ul><li> Patkau Architects / Ayers Saint Gross with Krueck + Sexton</li> <li> Martinez + Johnson Architects / Mecanoo Architects</li> <li> STUDIOS Architecture / The Freelon Group</li> </ul><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ten firms chosen for second stage of MLK Jr. Memorial Library renovation search</a></p> Ten firms chosen for second stage of MLK Jr. Memorial Library renovation search Justine Testado 2013-11-05T14:09:00-05:00 >2013-12-30T15:43:20-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The search to find the architect team to help redesign the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library continues as the competition narrowed down from 26 firms to 10 last month. These 10 teams were invited to create technical proposals on how they would approach renovating the Mies van der Rohe-designed library in Washington D.C. Firms are not expected to submit design concepts in this round. Proposals will be judged by a team of library, urban planning, architecture and preservation experts.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>UPDATE: </strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shortlist for D.C.&lsquo;s MLK Library renovation narrowed down to 3 teams</a></p> <p> The firms are:</p> <ul><li> Cunningham Quill Architects/1100 Architects</li> <li> Ennead Architects/Marshall Moya Architects</li> <li> Leo A. Daly/Richard Bauer</li> <li> Martinez and Johnson Architects/Mecanoo Architects</li> <li> OMA/Quinn Evans Architects</li> <li> Patkau Architects/Ayers Saint Gross</li> <li> REX/Davis Carter Scott Architects</li> <li> Shalom Baranes/Davis Brody Bond</li> <li> Skidmore Owings &amp; Merrill</li> <li> Studios Architecture/The Freelon Group</li> </ul> Upcoming DesignDC to include roundtable discussion on school safety and design Justine Testado 2013-09-12T13:17:00-04:00 >2013-09-16T23:13:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="267" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mark your calendars for the fast-approaching DesignDC, the annual conference of education and networking at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (Sept. 25-26) and the District Architecture Center (Sept. 27) in Washington, DC. For three full days, visitors can attend numerous education sessions that will cover just about every aspect in design. In light of a new school year, a significant topic in this year's conference is continuing the discussion on school safety.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Updated Frank Gehry design for Eisenhower memorial approved by commission Archinect 2013-06-24T12:11:00-04:00 >2013-07-01T20:02:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The vote came after Gehry presented the latest changes in the design, which included the restoration of bas-relief sculptures that had been eliminated in an earlier design and alterations in the statues of a young Dwight D. Eisenhower and of Eisenhower as president and World War II general. Excerpts from Eisenhower&rsquo;s Guildhall Address, delivered after the allied victory in Europe and considered his most important speech, were also approved for the memorial.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Hirshhorn ‘Bubble’ risks operating at a loss, internal Smithsonian report says Archinect 2013-05-16T13:13:00-04:00 >2013-05-20T11:40:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Hirshhorn Museum&rsquo;s proposed Seasonal Inflatable Structure, also known as &ldquo;the Bubble,&rdquo; a project announced in 2009 and intended as an architecturally and culturally transformative space on the Mall, would operate at a loss in each of three scenarios examined in an assessment done by the Smithsonian.</p></em><br /><br /><p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve said from the beginning, and the secretary [G. Wayne Clough] has said it, this is a bold project,&rdquo; said Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian&rsquo;s undersecretary for history, art and culture. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve encouraged this, but it has to be raised by private money. In terms of doing that, we&rsquo;re still trying to raise money for construction of the Inflatable Structure. We&rsquo;ve been at this for some years. We hope its time has come now, but if not, we look forward to a better time.&rdquo;</p> Smithsonian hires Bjarke Ingels Group to rethink historic D.C. campus Archinect 2013-02-28T16:02:00-05:00 >2013-03-02T09:24:00-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ingels has been asked to envision a gateway, one that invites visitors to learn, rest and escape and then leads them north to the rest of the Mall. B.I.G. will be responsible for site and building investigations, programming, campus planning, architectural and engineering design concepts and cost analysis. The area "suffers from some notable impediments, and the buildings within the landscape are not utilized in a fully functional and efficient way," the Smithsonian says.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> What the White House Looks Like Completely Gutted Archinect 2013-02-27T03:12:00-05:00 >2013-03-04T21:20:15-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Harry S Truman inherited a White House that was in horrendous shape. After the British nearly burnt it to the ground in 1814, the construction of 20th-century innovations&mdash;indoor plumbing, electricity, and heating ducts&mdash;had also taken its toll on the structure. The building was nearly 150 years old, and it showed its age. In November 1948, the building was in a near-condemnable state... So it had to be gutted. Completely.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Diller-Scofidio's Hirshhorn Bubble: One More Chance? Donna Sink 2013-02-07T16:18:00-05:00 >2013-02-07T23:31:46-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As a public-art stunt, the Seasonal Inflatable is troubling. The Hirshhorn should build it anyway.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>If and when the Inflatable is first inflated, perhaps in fall 2014&mdash;that&rsquo;s the latest, and perhaps the last, aspirational launch date&mdash;the architectural pavilion known informally as the Bubble and somewhat more officially as the Bloomberg Balloon could serve as another kind of proof: that Hirshhorn Director Richard Koshalek&rsquo;s trust in architecture in art is not misplaced, and that his faith in Washington as a cultural capital is not overdetermined.</em></p> <p> Kriston Capps writes a convincing article why Diller Scofidio's Bubble should not be bobbled.</p> Government Offers to Swap for a New F.B.I. Headquarters Archinect 2013-01-31T18:05:00-05:00 >2013-02-04T20:12:03-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For nearly 40 years, the F.B.I. has had its headquarters in a massive example of Brutalist architecture on Pennsylvania Avenue. But the federal government hopes to swap the building and its prime location for a sprawling new home in the suburbs, and there seem to be plenty of developers eager to help make that happen.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The General Services Administration, the federal government&rsquo;s landlord, held an &ldquo;industry day&rdquo; this month to lay out its wish list for new F.B.I. headquarters, drawing more than 450 interested developers, architects, brokers and consultants.</p> DC's Lorton Prison to be converted into apartments Archinect 2012-11-26T15:38:00-05:00 >2012-11-26T15:38:40-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At one time, the dorm housed as many as 40 or 50 prisoners packed together like sardines, according to Caperton. The plan is to convert the space into two or three one-bedroom apartments, which is a considerably more comfortable arrangement than the last residents of the building had. Caperton says that in the 1980s and '90s Lorton Prison had a reputation for being dangerously overcrowded.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Approval for Eisenhower Memorial planned for Washington likely delayed into 2013 amid dispute Archinect 2012-11-19T20:24:00-05:00 >2012-11-26T19:22:17-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I would hate to stop the process and lose the momentum, especially since a lot of time, money, and effort has been expended on this memorial,&rdquo; he wrote. &ldquo;However, given the continued opposition with the Eisenhower family, I question whether we can ever resolve the differences ... and whether it would be in our best interest to continue to move forward.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Preservationists back out before fight over FBI’s Hoover Building even begins Alexander Walter 2012-10-29T17:09:00-04:00 >2012-11-05T20:30:56-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The public doesn&rsquo;t typically consider the Brutalist buildings historical &mdash; they consider them ugly. The Hoover Building in particular was named the ugliest building on Earth earlier this year by a travel Web site. And now that Penn Quarter has evolved into a posh residential community, neighbors of the building want it gone.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Board Considers Renovation of Mies's Martin Luther King Library Archinect 2012-09-20T16:40:00-04:00 >2012-09-20T18:16:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The building, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, is a historical landmark but has been expensive and troublesome to maintain. The library&rsquo;s management, led by D.C. Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, has been considering whether it can be renovated or expanded in some way, or if the library needs to find a new home for the central library.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Washington’s landmarks get an landscape architectural guide Archinect 2012-09-20T16:35:00-04:00 >2012-09-20T18:16:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Smith is one of 20 landscape architects who have helped create a new online guide to the city&rsquo;s important outdoor spaces, some world famous, others, such as the Civil War memorial at U and Vermont Avenue NW, not as well known. The Web site, The Landscape Architect&rsquo;s Guide to Washington, D.C., was launched Sept. 13 by the American Society of Landscape Architects, and there is a version for mobile devices.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Interior Secretary Salazar to review Eisenhower Memorial designs Archinect 2012-06-08T12:13:00-04:00 >2012-06-08T12:14:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The embattled Eisenhower Memorial in Washington has drawn the interest of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who will be reviewing the designs by architect Frank Gehry. The request could result in yet another delay for the project, which has already been plagued by a number of disagreements.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Finalist Entries of DC’s National Mall Design Competition now on Display Alexander Walter 2012-04-10T20:48:00-04:00 >2012-04-16T20:46:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This week, the Trust for the National Mall opened the exhibition featuring the twelve final design concepts of the National Mall Design Competition in Washington, D.C. [...] The submissions, created by ten of the country&rsquo;s design heavy hitters, re-envision three prominent National Mall locations: Union Square, Sylvan Theater on the Washington Monument Grounds, and Constitution Gardens.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Watch: First Look at the Museum of African American History and Culture Archinect 2012-02-22T19:27:00-05:00 >2012-02-23T21:30:16-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="274" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When the Museum of African American History and Culture opens on the National Mall in 2015, it will be "not just a record of tragedy, but a celebration of life," as President Obama said during the ground breaking ceremony on the site today.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup to Design National Museum of African American History and Culture</a></p> Obama to speak at African American history museum’s groundbreaking Archinect 2012-02-16T13:15:33-05:00 >2012-02-16T18:32:10-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>President Obama will speak at the official groundbreaking next week for the Smithsonian's new African American history museum in Washington, museum officials announced. The National Museum of African American History and Culture will be situated on the National Mall and is expected to be completed by 2015 at an estimated price cost of $500 million, half of which is expected to be paid by the government.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Eisenhower Family Raises Objections to Planned Memorial Archinect 2012-02-07T18:31:00-05:00 >2012-02-14T17:02:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The design shows Eisenhower as a youth gazing out at images of his adult accomplishments against a backdrop of the Kansas plains. But the Eisenhower family objects to the design and is attempting to delay approval of the project in a dispute that has pitted a leading American family against one of the country&rsquo;s most recognized architects. The family says Mr. Gehry should portray Eisenhower as a man in the fullness of his achievements, not as a callow rustic who made good.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 'Unbuilt Washington' exhibit shows rare designs by Jefferson, Wright, Saarinen Archinect 2011-11-18T10:24:51-05:00 >2011-11-18T15:38:20-05:00 <img src="" width="400" height="310" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The exhibit also has models of grandiose never-built projects, like converting more than 62 acres of what's now Foggy Bottom into "The National Galleries of History and Art". "Nothing in the built environment is inevitable," commented Moeller, senior vice president of the National Building Museum. "It's very unpredictable. There are some accidents. Often as not, things don't go according to plan."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> American Institute of Architects embraces greater transparency in design Archinect 2011-11-11T15:22:45-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a clear, simple and concise concept,&rdquo; says Thomas Corrato, project architect with Hickok Cole, the Washington firm that created the design. &ldquo;The idea was about how to make the space a connection between architecture and the person on the street.&rdquo; The design also aims at changing how people perceive the profession. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re viewed as possibly compared to lawyers, and that&rsquo;s a low hurdle,&rdquo; says Michael Hickok, partner in Hickok Cole.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> GAO Report's Options For FBI Headquarters: Modernize, Rebuild Or Relocate Archinect 2011-11-10T11:41:52-05:00 >2011-11-10T11:43:05-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="215" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While the drawbacks of the Brutalist building, dedicated in 1975, have been known for years, two options mentioned in the GAO report, beyond modernizing the existing structure, could spell big changes for the building and downtown. The first: "[D]emolish the Hoover Building and construct a new headquarters on the existing site." And the second: "[A]cquire a new headquarters on a new site."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Why DC's Architecture Is So Boring Archinect 2011-11-09T12:02:08-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="300" height="224" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architects innovate through design, but developers also innovate by selecting architects and making decisions to invest in new neighborhoods or provide housing forms that they think other developers are neglecting. Although what developers do is not as obvious as architecture, that doesn&rsquo;t mean there aren&rsquo;t consequences to liming competition among them.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>