Archinect - News 2015-05-22T09:02:09-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/126726246/university-of-chicago-will-reportedly-win-race-for-obama-presidential-library 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e5/e50ws66i2n3oljzo.jpg" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nh/nh05izwqufyu9515.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qp/qpc8dd9rut3xy35t.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/517819/barack-obama-presidential-library" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124745471/redesign-of-dc-s-main-mies-library-tip-toes-around-the-good-and-the-bad 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/45/45ec9cffe6221eae919909e3ad389e70.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/119816278/10-frank-lloyd-wright-buildings-nominated-to-unesco-world-heritage-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Modernist architecture to the UNESCO World Heritage List</a> only earlier this year, all of them relatively...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117664390/another-big-concrete-panel-falls-off-zaha-hadid-designed-library 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3h/3h6v7etsox36evhy.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a>-designed <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/details_of_riba_european_award_recipient_library_and_learning_center_by_zah/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Library and Learning Center</a> at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, reports Austrian newspaper <a href="http://diepresse.com/home/bildung/universitaet/4631446/WU-Wien_Betonplatte-sturzt-von-Fassade-" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/102572395/2014-riba-national-award-winners" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/116581637/libraries-without-borders-creates-kit-for-refugee-camps 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a4/a4758298cb6e9f0bad57cab88a6d90c4.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/116038354/marx-s-reading-room-could-stay-shut-for-five-more-years 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2f1474ae6656b485768c139a948cc5f7.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/114195194/reading-room-a-catalog-of-new-york-city-s-branch-libraries 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e8/e88d088e4a9b09d2521a1f59e464d93d.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/113883612/new-york-state-of-mind-weekly-news-round-up-for-november-10-2014 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w6/w6q42hhhe6a5rzg9.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/113597893/smithsonian-hires-big-architecture-group-for-2-billion-south-mall-renovation-plan" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/113578619/lucas-museum-faces-lawsuit-from-friends-of-the-parks" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/113498245/two-window-washers-trapped-on-scaffolding-at-1-wtc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two window washers trapped on scaffolding at 1 WTC</a>: The two men were shortly&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/15/nyregion/world-trade-center-window-washers-just-grabbed-on-during-rescue-.html" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/113497437/the-courtyard-house-plug-in-a-house-within-the-house" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/113496634/the-race-to-save-architecture-in-myanmar-s-biggest-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Race to Save Archi...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108097712/glasgow-school-of-art-to-hold-conference-about-restoration-of-mackintosh-library 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f0158615b599c8a0d8cf63480138c29d.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/100285007/update-glasgow-school-of-art-fire" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glasgow School of Art fire</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106555672/university-of-maryland-postpones-architecture-library-closure-after-backlash 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/11/11238a0f36c29b6b918b1b3305b9ecd6.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104332294/precedents-for-experimentation-talking-libraries-with-shannon-mattern-and-nate-hill 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fb/fb8cdb852bf671ad7a56ab327c6850eb.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/100937967/new-york-public-library-project-reveals-details-and-costs-of-upgrade-plan 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/01ff0d6d6365a0d609c642ad72f4d9e0.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/tag/150561/new-york-public-library" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96112348/obama-library-officials-allow-parties-to-make-their-bid 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dw/dwlloqg2wumqqldf.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/95342125/breaking-out-of-the-library-mold-in-boston-and-beyond 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/03/0309648df9d460d234b313638fc85d53.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/94517401/108-eighth-grade-students-design-their-school-s-library-in-berkeley 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zu/zu0uv42zbhjgltz8.jpg" 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="http://www.realmcharterschool.org/" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mq/mqamkoqjr97gmmvu.jpg"><br><br>X-Space started out as a school project in <a href="http://www.studio-h.org/" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x6/x6wjt9e5ay8t0ltx.jpg"><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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vk/vkhrrgoofkash1gh.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hl/hldqnrqiytzi44sc.jpg"><br><br>Studio H launched a <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1903209704/xspace-a-library-designed-and-built-by-its-student" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> on Feb. 25 and has already raised o...</p> 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/92312338/future-of-berlin-airlift-site-hangs-in-balance 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ny/nyq3szoesoo0n7td.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/71335736/new-central-library-of-berlin-state-by-far-frohn-rojas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Central Library of Berlin State by FAR frohn&amp;rojas</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90698302/texas-library-offers-glimpse-of-bookless-future 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ff/ff0b24f2e9dfdd24b175fc6099248e16.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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/88469661/schmidt-hammer-lassen-to-design-new-ningbo-central-library-in-ningbo-china 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r8/r8oqbkbkj804qej7.jpg" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/et/et43xglscb94znhp.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8v/8vmqjpwxcyfczuwt.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/schmidt_hammer_lassen_to_design_new_ningbo_central_library_in_ningbo_china/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for more.</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/81603030/sanaa-wins-taichung-city-cultural-center-competition 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jo/jozgxz5tyfilfym7.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/tag/307060/taichung-city-cultural-center" target="_blank">here</a> to see more News posts about the Taichung City Cultural Center competition.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80377453/new-baghdad-library-takes-step-closer-to-realization New Baghdad library takes step closer to realization Archinect 2013-08-26T14:59:00-04:00 >2013-08-27T15:21:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5a/5adbf595bc0e832ccf719f37d604d6e6.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designs for a new Baghdad library boasting the largest single-space reading room in the world have taken a step closer to being realised after the architects got the green light to put the project out to tender in September. The Iraq National Library was devastated by fire and looting when allied troops entered the city in 2003. An estimated 60% of archival materials [...] and 25% of books, newspapers, rare books, historical photographs and maps were destroyed.</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/76247045/helsinki-central-library-competition-honorable-mention-helsinki-link-by-kutonotuk Helsinki Central Library Competition - Honorable Mention “Helsinki Link” by Kutonotuk Alexander Walter 2013-07-01T17:04:00-04:00 >2013-07-06T07:10:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ht/ht112c9oxwofjwvu.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Design and research collaborative Kutonotuk is sharing with us its proposal "Helsinki Link" which was awarded one of the four Honorable Mentions in the recent competition for the design of the new Helsinki Central Library.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75535894/helsinki-central-library-competition-picks-ala-architects-k-nn-s-as-winner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helsinki Central Library Competition Picks ALA Architects&rsquo; K&auml;&auml;nn&ouml;s as Winner</a></p> <p> If Kutonotuk doesn't immediately ring a bell, you may remember the odd but fascinating finalist entry for the 2013 MoMA PS1 YAP "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/67111228/my-hair-is-at-moma-ps1-finalist-entry-for-2013-moma-ps1-yap" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MY HAIR IS AT MOMA PS1</a>" by TempAgency, a collaboration between Kutonotuk and mcdowellespinosa.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75989252/helsinki-central-library-competition-3rd-prize-winner-liblab-by-playa-architects Helsinki Central Library Competition - 3rd Prize Winner “LIBLAB” by Playa Architects Alexander Walter 2013-06-27T21:17:00-04:00 >2013-07-01T18:54:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6dw2xfvnssay7x0z.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the recent competition for the design of the new Helsinki Central Library, the jury had decided not to award a Second Prize but to give a shared Third Prize to the entries &rdquo;LIBLAB&rdquo; and "Kasi&rdquo; instead [...]. Helsinki-based Playa Architects are the designers behind LIBLAB and have sent us some more information about their design concept.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75535894/helsinki-central-library-competition-picks-ala-architects-k-nn-s-as-winner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helsinki Central Library Competition Picks ALA Architects&rsquo; K&auml;&auml;nn&ouml;s as Winner</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75716528/chicago-public-library-maker-space-branch-to-open-lab-with-3-d-printers-laser-cutters-more Chicago Public Library 'Maker Space': Branch To Open Lab With 3-D Printers, Laser Cutters & More Alexander Walter 2013-06-21T13:33:00-04:00 >2013-07-06T07:52:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a6/a652cd3e58639c4eac9aba90ddac561a.jpg" width="514" height="215" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Libraries have long been the haven of readers, but now the Chicago Public Library is making their main branch a haven for makers. As part of the CPL's innovation lab, the Harold Washington branch will open its free "maker space" July 8. Crain's Chicago Business describes it as a "pop-up fabrication lab will offer the public access to 3-D printers, laser cutters, a milling machine and a vinyl cutter as well as a variety of supporting design software."</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/75651861/helsinki-central-library-entry-by-aakaa-mars-architectes Helsinki Central Library Entry by AAKAA & MARS Architectes Alexander Walter 2013-06-20T14:38:00-04:00 >2013-08-27T14:29:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uz/uzy6mk31ve1a6uqj.jpg" width="514" height="299" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earlier this week, we published the winners of the highly popular Helsinki Central Library competition. One of the five entries recognized with an Honorable Mention is the proposal Through the Looking Glass which is conceptualized around the idea of a "building like a bookcase." The design was a collaboration between French architecture firms AAKAA and MARS Architectes.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75535894/helsinki-central-library-competition-picks-ala-architects-k-nn-s-as-winner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helsinki Central Library Competition Picks ALA Architects&rsquo; K&auml;&auml;nn&ouml;s as Winner</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75592811/set-bal-public-library-entry-by-and-r Setúbal Public Library Entry by AND-RÉ Alexander Walter 2013-06-19T17:36:00-04:00 >2013-06-20T14:18:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dz/dz76eu06atl6ah5h.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Portuguese architecture firm AND-R&Eacute; (previously on Bustler) has sent us its stunning entry to the architectural competition for the new public library building in the city of Set&uacute;bal, Portugal.</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/75535894/helsinki-central-library-competition-picks-ala-architects-k-nn-s-as-winner Helsinki Central Library Competition Picks ALA Architects’ Käännös as Winner Alexander Walter 2013-06-18T21:32:00-04:00 >2013-06-18T23:40:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/la/laky29obq9vkrukg.jpg" width="514" height="263" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The international architectural competition for the design of the Helsinki Central Library [...] has announced the entry "K&auml;&auml;nn&ouml;s" by Finnish firm ALA Architects as the winning proposal. The jury selected K&auml;&auml;nn&ouml;s unanimously and described the entry as "impressive and casually generous." A Second Prize was not awarded, and the entries &rdquo;Liblab&rdquo; by Playa Architects and "Kasi&rdquo; by Verstas Architects were awarded a shared Third Prize. Additionally, five Honorable Mentions were awarded.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/61875100/helsinki-central-library-competition-announces-stage-2-finalists" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helsinki Central Library Competition Announces Stage 2 Finalists</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/72754194/hawaii-fights-for-obama-presidential-center Hawaii fights for Obama presidential center Alexander Walter 2013-05-08T12:54:00-04:00 >2013-05-13T19:55:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/06/06f2a20e8651bb8ecd3920c52ac48e19.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The president still has three years in office, but eventually his thoughts will turn to what comes afterward. [...] A presidential library has to be easily accessible to scholars and visitors, so Chicago has a clear advantage. That&rsquo;s why Honolulu&rsquo;s leaders named their public campaign carefully: The Hawaii Presidential Center Initiative, not a presidential library.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71840398/the-la-times-christopher-hawthorne-reviews-the-fittingly-blunt-bush-presidential-library" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The LA Times' Christopher Hawthorne reviews the "fittingly blunt" Bush presidential library</a></p>