Archinect - News 2014-09-22T06:25:44-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/109173897/eisenhower-memorial-to-consider-plan-that-removes-most-of-frank-gehry-s-designs Eisenhower Memorial to consider plan that removes most of Frank Gehry’s designs Archinect 2014-09-17T12:41:00-04:00 >2014-09-22T04:42:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fb/fb2ea14332bb8b538524b8cec002ab3a.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Eisenhower Memorial Commission on Wednesday will review two approaches, including one that removes most of these elements. If that plan is selected, Gehry informed the commission, he will ask for his name to removed.</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/108807760/vincent-scully-prize-2014-awarded-to-journalist-and-tv-host-charlie-rose Vincent Scully Prize 2014 awarded to journalist and TV host Charlie Rose Justine Testado 2014-09-12T18:45:00-04:00 >2014-09-21T13:26:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ys/ysd0zxa17jbvwniq.jpg" width="514" height="258" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Talk show host and journalist Charlie Rose has been announced as the 2014 recipient of the esteemed Vincent Scully Prize. Established in 1999 by the National Building Museum and named after Professor Vincent Scully to honor his legacy and work, the prize recognizes exemplary practice, scholarship, or criticism in architecture, historic preservation, and urban design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Widely known as the anchor and executive producer of<em> Charlie Rose </em>and co-anchor of <em>CBS This Morning</em>, Rose will receive the prize in recognition for his insightful interviews with the world's leading thinkers that explore the value of good design as well as the growth and shaping of the urban cityscape.</p><p>A gala celebrating Rose and the award will take place at the <a href="http://www.nbm.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Building Museum</a> in Washington D.C. this November. Notable guests include architect Frank Gehry who will offer remarks on Rose. Mr. Rose will also present a special lecture during a public awards ceremony.</p><p>Previous recipients include <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80088428/vincent-scully-prize-awarded-to-friends-of-the-high-line-co-founders-joshua-david-robert-hammond" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line Co-Founders Joshua David &amp; Robert Hammond</a>, Paul Goldberger, Robert A.M Stern, and Phyllis Lambert.</p><p>Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/vincent_scully_prize_2014_awarded_to_journalist_and_tv_host_charlie_rose/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108251980/gehry-s-revised-eisenhower-memorial-loses-two-controversial-tapestries-but-concerns-remain Gehry's Revised Eisenhower Memorial Loses Two Controversial Tapestries, But Concerns Remain Alexander Walter 2014-09-05T13:36:00-04:00 >2014-09-05T13:37:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c2/c2392f48246bd2e7f4b5124c311acf1f.jpg" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] Frank Gehry has once again revised his design for a long-delayed memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, removing two controversial metal tapestries that would have flanked the installation and two columns. The revised design was shown today to the National Capital Planning Commission, whose members for the most part seemed receptive to moving forward with the plan. But discussion over remaining 80-foot columns &mdash; from placement to height to necessity &mdash; hinted at possible issues.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/45183/eisenhower-memorial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106866305/architecture-review-all-that-s-missing-from-shiny-sleek-citycenterdc-is-cityheartdc Architecture Review: All that’s missing from shiny, sleek CityCenterDC is CityHeartDC Alexander Walter 2014-08-18T14:14:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:17:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/7874e50120117f64d61fa182b849849f.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Minimalism does smell a little foul these days, ever more commercial, devoted to luxury rather than simplicity, a fantasy of the globalized everywhere. It is the design ethos of a world in which you bounce around a grid of generic places, which all feel familiar because they all have the same stores, the same brands and the same basic design. If you want to look at how this fantasy manifests itself architecturally, visit CityCenterDC [...].</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/106485841/eisenhower-memorial-politics-as-usual Eisenhower memorial, politics as usual Alexander Walter 2014-08-13T15:41:00-04:00 >2014-08-21T15:16:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/74/74auc5dbv45rxc11.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Regardless, there are two paths forward. One is to scrap the project and start over with an open public competition, which would cost around $17&thinsp;million, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The other is to push forward with the existing plan to finalize the memorial design and begin breaking ground. We favor the latter. [...] And the current design is nowhere near a &ldquo;monstrosity,&rdquo; as some have called it; it is a novel take on memorialization [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/45183/eisenhower-memorial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105803115/the-tall-dc-new-monumentalism-exhibit-questions-washington-d-c-s-building-height-restrictions The TALL DC: New Monumentalism exhibit questions Washington D.C.‘s building height restrictions Justine Testado 2014-08-04T19:10:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T19:27:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y9/y925l12zs8l7smr0.jpg" width="514" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The recent "TALL DC: New Monumentalism" exhibition took a critical approach to how outdated urban building standards -- specifically in D.C. -- can affect the built environment and the field of architecture, even as social demands and technology progress. Graduate students of Emerging Technologies and Media at The Catholic University of America proposed three skyscrapers among D.C.'s historical monuments to further encourage the questioning of this notion and the definition of "a monument".</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ic/icv1idr2u2l16gs4.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tj/tjdfo3f9mcp8wmck.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k8/k8r6t4i6dae1df1d.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g4/g45kxlelwxu167n1.jpg"></p><p>More photos and other details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/the_talldc_new_monumentalism_exhibit_questions_washington_dcs_building_heig/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105478812/requiem-for-a-nightmare Requiem for a Nightmare Alexander Walter 2014-07-31T14:09:00-04:00 >2014-07-31T14:45:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/44/44b994abce3bc8050040a954d82f86c3.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This week came the news that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is leaving its home in Washington, D.C. [...] Most importantly, from the perspective of thousands of D.C. residents, the District will finally be rid of the FBI's dark architecture. I will be sad to see the building go, as the city will almost certainly demand. Not only could it still potentially be put to good use, but whatever replaces the FBI Building will be regular, orderly, safe, and worse.</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/105424202/tod-williams-and-billie-tsien-presented-with-national-medal-of-arts-by-president-obama Tod Williams and Billie Tsien presented with National Medal of Arts by President Obama Justine Testado 2014-07-30T21:04:00-04:00 >2014-08-05T19:41:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/39aq7dxzhy81oc7k.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1492/twbta-tod-williams-billie-tsien" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams and Billie Tsien</a> were honored with the prestigious National Medal of Arts from the <a href="http://arts.gov" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Endowment for the Arts</a> (NEA). As the highest award bestowed to artists and arts patrons by the U.S. federal government, the medal specially recognizes individuals or groups for their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support, and availability of the arts in the country.</p><p>President Barack Obama individually presented the medals to Williams, Tsien, and all the recipients during the recent awards ceremony at the White House in Washington D.C.</p><p>Read on for more info:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n2/n2b74pgcavthf85q.jpg"></p><p>"Billie Tsien and Tod Williams [were acknowledged] for their contributions to architecture and arts education. Whether public or private, their deliberate and inspired designs have a profound effect on the lives of those who interact with them, and their teaching and spirit of service have inspired young people to pursue their passions"</p><p>The list of notable medal recipients also included:</p><ul><li><strong>Julia Alvarez</strong>, Noveli...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/105250586/d-c-s-war-over-pop-ups D.C.'s war over pop-ups Alexander Walter 2014-07-28T15:04:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T15:08:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/52/52b8a245bf25e22ba484503aefbf9e09.jpg" width="500" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Throughout his neighborhood of Lanier Heights, developers are buying up two-story townhouses and building an extra floor or two, additions that are known as pop-ups. They&rsquo;re also extending the structures as far back as allowed, to within 15 feet of the property line, obliterating backyards in the process. [...] A few doors down the other way is a deafening construction site, where a single-family home is being turned into eight units, taking full advantage of what was once the backyard.</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/103881621/delve-into-the-big-maze-at-the-national-building-museum-in-washington-d-c Delve into The BIG Maze at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. Justine Testado 2014-07-10T20:26:00-04:00 >2014-08-05T15:15:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3o/3o8ywliraommeyu6.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A life-size maze like the one BIG installed in partnership with the National Building Museum will attract plenty of attention, regardless if people know who BIG is or not. Constructed in the museum's iconic Great Hall, the maze was set up as an interactive sneakpeek for BIG's exhibition scheduled to open at the museum in January 2015.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As a follow-up to our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103322777/get-lost-in-big-s-human-scale-maze" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previous mention</a> of the maze, here's a little more detail behind it:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z2/z2v8m1m4xgpbdajh.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rf/rf2zqbuetu22xhe7.jpg"></p><p>Check out a time-lapse video of the maze's construction below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103322777/get-lost-in-big-s-human-scale-maze Get lost in BIG's human-scale maze Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-03T13:23:00-04:00 >2014-07-08T23:25:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3d/3de994b2221f19c888f2b02af62b5339.jpg" width="514" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The museum teamed up with international architecture firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group to construct a maze right in the Great Hall. [...] The museum&rsquo;s &ldquo;ubergoal is that people walk out of here looking at their built world differently,&rdquo; Frankel says. &ldquo;We think this is sort of on the microlevel of that &mdash; forcing people to look up [as they navigate the maze] will make them look at our building differently.&rdquo;</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/101014378/movedc-plan-proposes-more-cycletracks-transit-and-tolls-will-it-become-a-reality MoveDC plan proposes more cycletracks, transit, and tolls. Will it become a reality? Alexander Walter 2014-06-03T13:36:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T19:22:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/372d2231213ad72156dc517cd44f6e4d.jpg" width="500" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The latest draft of DDOT's citywide transportation plan, moveDC, calls for a massive expansion of transit and cycling facilities throughout the District, plus new tolls on car commuters. If it actually becomes the template for DC's transportation, the plan will be one of America's most progressive.</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/99881128/5-ways-to-build-health-into-your-architecture-as-seen-at-gw-s-new-75-million-public-health-school 5 ways to build health into your architecture, as seen at GW’s new $75 million public health school Alexander Walter 2014-05-16T13:34:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T23:57:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ry/ry0sqru9reu2ifv9.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You won&rsquo;t find any stairwells tucked away into the dark corners of George Washington University&rsquo;s newest academic building. That&rsquo;s because those stairs have literally taken center stage in the $75 million Milken Institute School of Public Health &mdash; designed by Boston-based Payette Architects and D.C.-based Ayers Saint Gross Architects [...] one of the first things visitors see upon entering the 115,000 square-foot building are the staircases winding every which way up a seven-story atrium.</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/99648466/washington-monument-set-to-reopen-today Washington Monument Set to Reopen Today Alexander Walter 2014-05-12T13:01:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T21:35:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9b/9ba91e11fc576ea4cc4992cb3743bbb0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>More than 150 cracks have been repaired, rainwater leaks have been sealed, and the 130-year-old Washington Monument is set to reopen Monday for the first time in nearly three years since an earthquake caused widespread damage. The memorial honoring George Washington has been closed for about 33 months for engineers to conduct an extensive analysis and restoration of the 555-foot stone obelisk that was once the tallest structure in the world.</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/99419973/what-it-s-like-to-be-a-walmart-architect What It’s Like To Be A Walmart Architect Alexander Walter 2014-05-08T13:54:00-04:00 >2014-05-13T23:03:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7a764a29a63676d817c82f175061d0b5.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>in Washington, D.C., the retail behemoth gave architects more creative license. The result is a move away from the blandness of Big Box in favor of place-based design. [...] I got a call from Gabe Massa of MMA Architects, who helped design this Walmart. I asked him how it was that this store managed to be so different and he laughed. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s a really loaded question,&rdquo; he said.</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/99320371/11th-street-bridge-park-competition-in-washington-d-c-shortlists-six-teams-for-phase-one 11th Street Bridge Park competition in Washington D.C. shortlists six teams for phase one Justine Testado 2014-05-06T20:24:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T20:25:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aw/awssl7hx015k5eyg.jpg" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Six teams of architects and landscape architects are still in the running for the 11th Street Bridge Park competition in Washington D.C. The nationwide competition is hunting for the best design to transform an old freeway bridge into D.C.'s first elevated park: the 11th Street Bridge Park.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Out of more than 40 teams and 80 firms that responded to an open call for submissions this past March, the jury selected the phase-one finalists -- who have all formed into the following interdisciplinary teams below:</p><ul><li>Balmori Associates / Cooper, Robertson &amp; Partners</li><li>Piet Oudolf with Glenn LaRue Smith/PUSH Studio / WXY architecture + urban design</li><li>OLIN / OMA</li><li>Stoss Landscape Urbanism / H&ouml;weler + Yoon Architecture</li><li>Wallace Roberts &amp; Todd (WRT) / NEXT Architects</li><li>Workshop: Ken Smith Landscape / Davis Brody Bond</li></ul><p>More info about the competition can be found on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/11th_street_bridge_park_competition_in_washington_d.c._shortlists_six_teams/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96639076/u-s-capitol-building-to-receive-much-needed-facelift 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jd/jdr6gollrhlyco36.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/96407909/better-a-small-house-than-a-skyscraper-that-signifies-nothing 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/71/718b485bc14f0c66c1337ed713acfc0b.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/94502911/frank-gehry-rebuffs-pleas-to-revise-eisenhower-memorial-designs 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/af/af8f51174f7f1a4cf0d36228baf77fb4.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/tag/45183/eisenhower-memorial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93962443/5-building-ideas-from-the-d-c-mayoral-architecture-debate 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/52/52a4frlca92rdcm0.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/93810515/mecanoo-and-martinez-johnson-chosen-to-redesign-mlk-library-in-d-c 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lw/lw12jzcc41vycego.jpg" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/05u4iayjqs436p9x.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mm/mmjnyfnj41hayso5.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4i/4i08xt2tg8kdxmv4.jpg"><br><br>Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/mecanoo_and_martinez_johnson_chosen_to_redesign_mlk_library_in_d.c/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93320193/top-three-teams-prep-for-final-design-presentation-of-mlk-library-renovation 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lg/lgh8po9yuw3ngjp8.jpg" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o2/o2nhohavkpnh05a3.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lt/ltrsjpnbcqb64tyd.jpg"><br><br><strong>Team 2: Patkau + Ayers Saint Gross</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q6/q6pexdlxq03hle0k.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/82/82bqrywocug87mjh.jpg"></p><p><strong>Team 3: STUDIOS + Freelon</strong><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m6/m6sdzohs4umh3el2.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ra/ra31u8halgt3ey6e.jpg"></p><p>Get more details about each project on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/finalist_design_ideas_for_mlk_jr._memorial_library_renovation/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91218557/aia-twenty-five-year-award-given-to-washington-d-c-metro 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r8/r8h1bc3z2ks3tome.jpg" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7s/7sg8a59ljo0tefue.jpg" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6z/6zr4cy34b8yvmc99.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/19/19fklsj8oh0iyfy3.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bm/bmt8r29ass4386tn.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Find out more about the D.C. Metro on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/aia_twenty-five_year_award_given_to_washington_d.c._metro/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90069645/shortlist-for-d-c-s-mlk-library-renovation-narrowed-down-to-3-teams 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cy/cy07dxmjs5udp0jg.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/85836061/ten-firms-chosen-for-second-stage-of-mlk-jr-memorial-library-renovation-search" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ten firms chosen for second stage of MLK Jr. Memorial Library renovation search</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85836061/ten-firms-chosen-for-second-stage-of-mlk-jr-memorial-library-renovation-search 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3bg20nl4h8reyexe.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/90069645/shortlist-for-d-c-s-mlk-library-renovation-narrowed-down-to-3-teams" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/81672923/upcoming-designdc-to-include-roundtable-discussion-on-school-safety-and-design 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ed/edc65fedd1ff2bf3a2ef5daf12435689.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/75794771/updated-frank-gehry-design-for-eisenhower-memorial-approved-by-commission 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rv/rvcgjaxhl3ovaufg.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/73293916/hirshhorn-bubble-risks-operating-at-a-loss-internal-smithsonian-report-says 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4l/4ld8181aniu1adl1.jpg" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/68530453/smithsonian-hires-bjarke-ingels-group-to-rethink-historic-d-c-campus 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lf/lfyi4le60md6vy2j.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/68426243/what-the-white-house-looks-like-completely-gutted 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cd/cd76e8ea358a4336464410a1d1925087.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>