Archinect - News 2015-11-28T04:36:58-05:00 Turning Alvar Aalto's Mount Angel Abbey library into a concert hall Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-25T18:03:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:49:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Music ensemble Third Angle will team up with choir group Cappella Romana for a new project, &ldquo;Frozen,&rdquo; on Oct. 3-4. They&rsquo;re giving a voice to one of Oregon&rsquo;s most famous buildings...the Mount Angel Abbey library in St. Benedict, Oregon [...] &ldquo;We&rsquo;re going down into a stairwell and we started singing, and we found a pitch that really resonated the hell out of the building...We want this to be, in effect, a harmony of the building. We want to reimagine the building as an instrument.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Massive renovation of U.N. Headquarters improves security but sacrifices Hammarskjöld Library Alexander Walter 2015-09-02T13:46:00-04:00 >2015-09-02T13:46:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When the 70th regular session of the General Assembly convenes on Sept. 15, it will do so in a complex of buildings that hasn&rsquo;t looked so good or felt so secure in generations. &ldquo;We now have a very safe compound,&rdquo; said Michael Adlerstein, [...] executive director of a seven-year, $2.15 billion renovation, known as the capital master plan, that is nearing completion. More visible than anything else is the robust yet crystalline new glass facade of the 39-story Secretariat building.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> First big-name architects confirmed for Obama Presidential Center Alexander Walter 2015-09-01T20:32:00-04:00 >2015-09-10T19:49:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Barack Obama's people announced last week that they are searching worldwide for an architect for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, they won no points for transparency. [...] Having consulted sources, I can now name 11 of the firms and observe that they are A) Of high caliber; B) Represent a broad geographic and aesthetic spectrum; and C) Include the established firms one would expect to be invited.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rumors have been running wild which architects were among the 50+ selected firms to receive RFQs from the White House for the design of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama Presidential Center</a> in Chicago.</p><p>While&nbsp;Martin Nesbitt, chairman of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barack Obama Foundation</a>, remains tight-lipped about names of the invited designers, more and more national and international architects surface 'as confirmed.' Blair Kamin claims in his latest <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Tribune</em> piece</a> that &mdash;&nbsp;according to his sources &mdash;&nbsp;he can already name 11 of the firms: among them, Pritzker winner Renzo Piano, Chicago locals Helmut Jahn, Perkins+Will, Krueck+Sexton,&nbsp;and Tigerman McCurry Architects, New Yorkers Robert A.M. Stern (who has already designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GWB's presidential library</a>) and&nbsp;Diller Scofidio + Renfro, as well as&nbsp;the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill, and others.</p><p>Kamin repeatedly points out London-based&nbsp;David Adjaye&nbsp;as the one to watch, potentially the first non-American architect who could land the job for an American presidential library.</p><p>R...</p> It's time to say goodbye to the library as we know it Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-24T12:22:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T19:28:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="292" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While I believe there will always be a place for the book in the hearts of academics, it is far less likely there will be a place for the book, or at least for every book, on the academic campus. [...] This is not to say that academic library construction and renovation have come to an end. But rather than being conceived of as on-campus book warehouses, academic libraries are today being reimagined as spaces in which learning, collaboration and intellectual engagement take center stage.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the world of library design:</p><ul><li><a title="Stacked: Archinect's comparison of Fujimoto and Tschapeller's library stacks" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stacked: Archinect's comparison of Fujimoto and Tschapeller's library stacks</a></li><li><a title="The tiny village library that draws Beijingers in droves" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The tiny village library that draws Beijingers in droves</a></li><li><a title="Redesign of DC's main Mies library tip-toes around the good and the bad " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Redesign of DC's main Mies library tip-toes around the good and the bad</a></li><li><a title="Another big concrete panel falls off Zaha Hadid-designed library" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another big concrete panel falls off Zaha Hadid-designed library</a></li><li><a title="Glasgow School of Art to hold conference about restoration of Mackintosh library" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glasgow School of Art to hold conference about restoration of Mackintosh library</a></li></ul> Coming soon: search for architect of Obama's presidential center Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-17T13:13:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T21:42:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The competition for the premier high-profile commission is expected to draw the interest of the leading &ldquo;starchitects&rdquo; across the globe. The foundation has stated in earlier documents associated with the site selection competition that the &ldquo;unified design vision&rdquo; calls for the building to be a &ldquo;responsible steward of the environment&rdquo; and one that &ldquo;embodies principles of biomimicry to create a living building.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Obama's presidential center:</p><ul><li><a title="Chicago will indeed be the home of the Obama Presidential Center" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago will indeed be the home of the Obama Presidential Center</a></li><li><a title="University of Chicago will reportedly win race for Obama Presidential Library" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Chicago will reportedly win race for Obama Presidential Library</a></li><li><a title="2014 Chicago Prize winners envision the Obama Presidential Library" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 Chicago Prize winners envision the Obama Presidential Library</a></li><li><a title="CALL FOR ENTRIES: What do you think the Obama Presidential Library should look like?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CALL FOR ENTRIES: What do you think the Obama Presidential Library should look like?</a></li></ul> Stacked: Archinect's comparison of Fujimoto and Tschapeller's library stacks Julia Ingalls 2015-08-13T20:53:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T17:25:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Instead of being mainly a weight distribution problem for architects, library book stacks are increasingly becoming art installations in cavernous contemplation halls. This is especially evident in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wolfgang Tschapeller</a>'s renderings for the Ho Fine Arts Library at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cornell University</a>, in which an ascending, four-story block of books is selectively accessed through staircases (see header image).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sou Fujimoto</a> takes a slightly different tack, creating a maze-like series of largely empty bookshelves that showcase the winding quest for knowledge more than the actual books they are ostensibly designed to hold.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>So which design is more effective, both in terms of reflecting the changing nature of how we access books and of creating spaces for contemplation and study? Fujimoto has the advantage here; he is designing a completely new building. His agility with blurring boundaries between indoors and out is exquisitely realized, creating an airy, if labyrinthine, experience.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="">&nbsp;</p><p>Tschapeller, on the o...</p> The tiny village library that draws Beijingers in droves Alexander Walter 2015-07-06T14:44:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T19:41:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The library is a tool to attract people to the village,&rdquo; said Mr. Li, a professor of architecture at Tsinghua University in Beijing. When visitors come to see the library, he said, they also spend money at the village&rsquo;s few restaurants, pay parking fees and donate money for the building&rsquo;s upkeep. &ldquo;The place is special,&rdquo; said Li Wenli, 45, an insurance saleswoman from Beijing [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Call it a rural Bilbao Effect or not, we're still quite excited that Archinect was one of the very first outlets to publish <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Li Xiaodong</a>'s stunning Liyuan Library building: First spotted on the popular <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>China Builds</em></a> blog and then, in a little more detail, as a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ShowCase installment</a>&nbsp;in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Features</a> section.</p><p>The poetic envelope for the small village library has been well recognized since then &mdash;&nbsp;last fall,&nbsp;Li Xiaodong was presented&nbsp;the inaugural <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 Moriyama RAIC International Prize</a> of $100,000 CAD.</p> Plans revealed for the future European Center of Judaism in Paris Alexander Walter 2015-06-30T20:59:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T08:41:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Construction has begun on the future Centre Europ&eacute;en du Juda&iuml;sme (European Centre of Judaism) in the 17th arrondissement of Paris [...]. The planned cost of the project is &euro;10m, with &euro;2.7m in state and regional public funding, and it is due to be completed in spring 2017. Covering 4,900 sq. m over eight floors, the Jewish centre will include a synagogue, library, theatre and classrooms. The new building has been designed by the local architects Bruno Fl&eacute;chet and St&eacute;phane Maupin [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> University of Chicago will reportedly win race for Obama Presidential Library Alexander Walter 2015-05-04T18:38:00-04:00 >2015-05-05T16:59:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>President Obama will choose the University of Chicago as the site for his presidential library, according to several reports and sources close to the Obama family. The proposal from the University of Chicago in Chicago&rsquo;s South Side Hyde Park neighborhood, which is near where the Obamas have a home, their daughters attended grammar school and Michelle Obama worked as a vice president of the university&rsquo;s medical center, is the apparent winner, reports and these sources say.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> Redesign of DC's main Mies library tip-toes around the good and the bad Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-07T15:52:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T20:41:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s hard to find a landmark building in Washington more polarizing than the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Designed by legendary German-born architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the city&rsquo;s central library was never much loved by Washingtonians. If anything, its popularity has gone downhill since its 1972 opening. [...] But now, as a four-year process wends its way toward a final design, it&rsquo;s clear Washingtonians shouldn&rsquo;t expect a major overhaul of Mies&rsquo;s flawed design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the&nbsp;<em>Washingtonian</em>, Mecanoo (the firm leading the redesign) will release updates to their redesign (along with local partner Martinez &amp; Johnson) later this month. But only after many of the proposed redesign elements have already been nixed: a "3-story rooftop addition"; replacing the brick stairway enclosure with glass; turning windowless rooms into wide, open spaces. But, it's likely that the redesign will include:</p><ul><li>a one-story addition with bordering "garden-like public space"</li><li>a ground-floor cafe</li><li>a lobby that opens up into "an amphitheater-like performance space"</li></ul><p>Redesigning the Mies building is problematic for many reasons, especially considering Modernism's fraught reputation in the US, and the shifting status of public libraries. From&nbsp;<em>Washingtonian:</em></p><p>"Modernism&rsquo;s status as preservation-worthy is still relatively tenuous. The United States nominated its first examples of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Modernist architecture to the UNESCO World Heritage List</a> only earlier this year, all of them relatively...</p> Another big concrete panel falls off Zaha Hadid-designed library Archinect 2015-01-05T17:15:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T11:49:20-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It keeps raining fiber-reinforced concrete at Vienna's latest educational facility: A large concrete facade panel weighing 80 kilograms (176 pounds) came crashing down from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a>-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Library and Learning Center</a> at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, reports Austrian newspaper <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Die Presse</em></a>.</p><p>According to the source, this has not been the first incident of failing cladding elements at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">award-winning building</a>, which opened only a little over a year ago: In July of 2014, another concrete panel measuring 1.2 by 2.5 meters had fallen off the structure. The fault of the first case was blamed on "assembly error" by the contractor and eventually repaired. An independent consultant will now investigate the second event and publish the result by Thursday.</p><p>Luckily nobody was injured in both incidents, however the school has now cordoned off the area around the building and allows students to enter only through the side entrance of the Library Cafe.</p> Libraries Without Borders Creates Kit For Refugee Camps Nicholas Korody 2014-12-22T15:10:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T21:40:56-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A typical library can take years to build. But a new library kit, designed to travel to remote refugee camps or disaster zones, can come together in less than 20 minutes. The Ideas Box...fits the equivalent of a small-town library on two standard shipping pallets. It comes with books and e-readers, tablets, laptops, cameras and other creative tools... Since camps might not have internet access or power, it comes with its own. The boxes that hold all of the devices convert into tables and chairs.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Marx’s Reading Room could stay shut for five more years Alexander Walter 2014-12-15T13:48:00-05:00 >2014-12-15T13:48:41-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The British Museum&rsquo;s round Reading Room might not fully reopen until 2020. One of London&rsquo;s grandest interiors, it was used by generations of scholars, including Karl Marx, when it housed the British Library. The historic reading desks are currently covered by a platform built in 2007, when the room was temporarily converted into a space for the museum&rsquo;s major exhibitions.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Reading Room: A Catalog of New York City’s Branch Libraries Alexander Walter 2014-11-21T15:07:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T22:40:09-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="402" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Between 2008 and 2013, I photographed the branch libraries of New York City&rsquo;s three public library systems: 212 branches in all[1], spread across the five boroughs. Through arrangements with each of the library systems, I worked mornings before the branches opened to the public. I traveled by subway and bus and made six to twelve pictures of each branch, interiors and exteriors, using a 4&times;5 inch view camera. My archive, to date, holds over 2,000 negatives.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> New York state of mind: Weekly News Round-Up for November 10, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-17T14:53:00-05:00 >2014-11-17T19:30:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Thursday, November 13:</em></strong></p><p><a title="Smithsonian hires BIG architecture group for $2 billion South Mall renovation plan" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Smithsonian hires BIG architecture group for $2 billion South Mall renovation plan</a>: While approval is still pending, the large-scale renovation will include "two underground levels of visitor amenities" and could take up to twenty years to complete.</p><p><a title="Lucas museum faces lawsuit from Friends of the Parks" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucas museum faces lawsuit from Friends of the Parks</a>: The nonprofit advocacy group claims that cordoning off the Chicago waterfront for Lucas' museum violates the 14th Amendment, guaranteeing "equal protection and due process" for deciding what to do with land belonging to the state of Illinois.</p><p><strong><em>Wednesday, November 12:</em></strong></p><p><a title="Two window washers trapped on scaffolding at 1 WTC" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two window washers trapped on scaffolding at 1 WTC</a>: The two men were shortly&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rescued</a>&nbsp;by firemen, after uneven ascending cables left them dangling at a 65-degree angle 827ft in the air.</p><p><a title="The Courtyard House Plug-In: A House Within The House" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Courtyard House Plug-In: A House Within The House</a>: People's Architecture Office created a modular interior set to install in Beijing's historic buildings, as a renovation alternative to demolition.</p><p><a title="The Race to Save Architecture in Myanmar's Biggest City" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Race to Save Archi...</a></p> Glasgow School of Art to hold conference about restoration of Mackintosh library Alexander Walter 2014-09-03T13:32:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T13:37:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architectural experts are to meet in Venice to discuss the restoration of Glasgow School of Art's (GSA) Mackintosh library, which was destroyed in a fire in May. The art school will host two meetings to explore key questions around the rebuilding of the unique library, one in the Italian city in October and the second in Glasgow next spring.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glasgow School of Art fire</a></p> University of Maryland postpones Architecture Library closure after backlash Alexander Walter 2014-08-14T13:16:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:30:41-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="200" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>University officials have postponed closure of the Architecture Library after receiving backlash from graduate students and alumni. The library was set to close before the fall semester because of budget and safety issues and lack of use, Libraries Dean Patricia Steele said last week. [...] To save the library, graduate student Adam Chamy started a petition, which has received more than 500 signatures.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Precedents for Experimentation: Talking Libraries with Shannon Mattern and Nate Hill Alexander Walter 2014-07-16T16:15:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:00:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The challenge requires sophisticated understanding of the resources &mdash; human, physical, digital, spatial, and civic &mdash; that libraries offer to their users. In the conversation below, Shannon Mattern, a scholar who works on libraries, archives, and media infrastructures, and Nate Hill, Deputy Director of the Chattanooga Public Library, talk about what these resources are, how they are evolving, and what design can contribute to how they are deployed.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> New York Public Library Project Reveals Details and Costs of Upgrade Plan Alexander Walter 2014-06-02T13:44:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T18:51:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The New York Public Library&rsquo;s revised renovation plan &mdash; to upgrade the Mid-Manhattan Library and create more public space in its flagship Fifth Avenue building &mdash; is expected to cost about $300 million, according to library officials who outlined new details of the project in interviews. [...] But officials, for the first time, revealed that the original plan, mostly scrapped last month in large part because of questions about the price tag, would actually have cost more than $500 million [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> Obama library officials allow parties to make their bid Archinect 2014-03-20T17:36:00-04:00 >2014-03-20T17:37:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The foundation established to lead the development of President Obama&rsquo;s library and museum opened the door Thursday for institutions and groups to begin making a pitch to host the site. The Barack Obama Foundation issued its long-awaited Request for Qualifications on its newly named website, inviting applicants to provide information about how their proposal would impact the community and how it would reflect the president&rsquo;s vision.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Breaking Out of the Library Mold, in Boston and Beyond Alexander Walter 2014-03-10T14:17:00-04:00 >2014-03-11T09:49:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Boston Public Library, which was founded in 1848 and is the oldest public urban library in the country, is moving rapidly in that direction. With a major renovation underway, this Copley Square institution is breaking out of its granite shell to show an airier, more welcoming side to the passing multitudes. Interior plans include new retail space, a souped-up section for teenagers, and a high-stool bar where patrons can bring their laptops and look out over Boylston Street.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 108 eighth-grade students design their school's library in Berkeley Justine Testado 2014-02-28T20:25:00-05:00 >2014-03-05T15:29:00-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What good is a school without a library? A team of 108 eighth-grade students at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">REALM Charter School</a> in Berkeley, CA let their curiosity take the lead in designing their school's own reading space, which they call X-SPACE.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>X-Space started out as a school project in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio H</a>, an in-school curriculum led by&nbsp;director Emily Pilloton and 8th-grade teacher Hallie Chen that lets students in grades 8-11 design and build in socially-engaged projects.<br><br>The idea and name of X-Space came from the students' desire for a place to study, to relax, to learn and discover "X"&nbsp;&mdash; the unknown. In short, they wanted a welcoming library space for fellow students at the growing charter school.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Another product of the project is the X-shaped "STAX" shelving system the students helped construct. The stackable shelves were designed from low-tech 13-ply finished plywood and made using high-tech CNC technology with the help of Autodesk CEO Carl Bass.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Studio H launched a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> on Feb. 25 and has already raised o...</p> 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> Future of Berlin Airlift site hangs in balance Alexander Walter 2014-01-28T17:07:00-05:00 >2014-02-03T18:17:56-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A debate has raged over the future of Tempelhof Airport in the south of the city since its closure in 2008. Its open space is currently used for concerts and city gardening. [...] Architect Jens Oberst, whose library was among two winning designs selected by Berlin's Senate for the site in December, told The Local that the referendum would not influence his plans. He said: "We&rsquo;re of the opinion that it is precisely our project which fits with a desire to have an open public space [...]"</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Central Library of Berlin State by FAR frohn&amp;rojas</a></p> Texas library offers glimpse of bookless future Alexander Walter 2014-01-07T19:27:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T19:58:41-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Texas has seen the future of the public library, and it looks a lot like an Apple Store [...]. Even the librarians imitate Apple&rsquo;s dress code, wearing matching shirts and that standard-bearer of geek-chic, the hoodie. But this $2.3 million library might be most notable for what it does not have &mdash; any actual books. That makes Bexar County&rsquo;s BiblioTech the nation&rsquo;s only bookless public library.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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> schmidt hammer lassen to design new Ningbo Central Library in Ningbo, China Justine Testado 2013-12-09T21:04:00-05:00 >2013-12-10T17:19:20-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>schmidt hammer lassen has been chosen to design the new 30,000 m2 Ningbo Central Library in the coastal city of Ningbo, China. shl's winning design will display the library's collection of more than 2 million books &mdash; including the largest number of historic and ancient books in Ningbo, one of China's oldest cities.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for more.</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> SANAA wins Taichung City Cultural Center competition Alexander Walter 2013-09-11T15:43:00-04:00 >2013-09-16T23:01:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="278" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The highly popular Taichung City Cultural Center International Competition in Taiwan just announced its much anticipated list of winners, and it's the Pritzker Prize-winning team of Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA with local partner Ricky Liu &amp; Associates to snatch the top honors.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>SANAA's winning ensemble of playfully arranged white, translucent boxes beat out designs by the four other recently shortlisted teams including Peter Eisenman Architects, Jean-loup Baldacci, MASS STUDIES and St&uuml;cheli Architekten.</em></p> <p> Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to see more News posts about the Taichung City Cultural Center competition.</p>