Archinect - News 2017-08-23T04:21:05-04:00 Lille, France and Sydney, Australia named as World Design Capital 2020 finalists Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-12T14:59:00-04:00 >2017-07-12T14:59:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The World Design Organization today announced that Lille, France and Sydney, Australia have made the shortlist to become&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Design Capital 2020</a>, for their effective use of design to drive economic, social, cultural, and environmental development in their cities.&nbsp;City visits will be conducted prior to final WDC 2020 selection, to better assess the scope and capacity of each of the cities&rsquo; proposed programs. The winner will be announced on 14 October 2017 in Torino, Italy during WDO&rsquo;s 30th General Assembly.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Once an industrial center facing economic upheaval,&nbsp;<strong>Lille</strong>&nbsp;aims to engage its 2.1 million inhabitants (including companies, local authorities, research and training centers, cultural destinations and civic spaces) in collaborative design-driven projects. Under the theme,&nbsp;<em>Eldorado: the greatest design experiment</em>, it places design at the heart of its economic, societal and environmental transformation. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sydney</a></strong>,&nbsp;in collaboration with Parramatta and other surrounding suburbs,&nbsp;wil...</p> Studio Gang Architects selected to design new U.S. Embassy in Brazil Julia Ingalls 2016-03-09T12:55:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T23:14:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="454" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Out of a shortlist of six firms, The Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations has chosen <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Gang Architects</a>, run by MacArthur fellow and winner of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016's Architect of the Year from the Women in Architecture Awards, Jeanne Gang</a>,&nbsp;to design a multi-building campus for the new U.S. Embassy based in Brasilia, Brazil. Studio Gang Architects, which has tackled such easy breezy projects in the past as a proposal to reverse the flow of the Chicago River, was chosen in part for its "more than&nbsp;20 years of collaborative experience executing projects with complex constraints at challenging sites," according to a press release. The new embassy, which will rebuild the existing compound on its 12 acre site, will feature a Marine Security Guard Residence, a Chancery, and various support facilities.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on what the Gang has been up to:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeanne Gang's proposed Wanda Vista tower could be Chicago's third-tallest</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeanne Gang's proposed 160 Folsom tower in S.F. faces sudden local...</a></li></ul> NCMH Announces the 2015 Matsumoto Prize for Modernist Residential Design kimweiss 2015-02-09T19:04:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T19:53:18-05:00 <img src="" width="376" height="146" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href=";si=4874025633841152&amp;pi=d1b9dcf5-8c15-4f92-9b67-239877b1711e" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Carolina Modernist Houses</a>&nbsp;(NCMH) announces the&nbsp;<strong>2015 George Matsumoto Prize for North Carolina Modernist residential design, </strong><strong>sponsored by</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong><a href=";si=4874025633841152&amp;pi=d1b9dcf5-8c15-4f92-9b67-239877b1711e" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leland Little Auctions</a>, the Southeast&rsquo;s premier estate auction gallery, based in Hillsborough, NC.</p><p>NCMH created the Matsumoto Prize in 2012 to honor&nbsp;<a href=";si=4874025633841152&amp;pi=d1b9dcf5-8c15-4f92-9b67-239877b1711e" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Matsumoto, FAIA</a>, one of the founding faculty members of North Carolina State University's School of Design (now College of Design). Matsumoto designed&nbsp;some of North Carolina's most well-known and well-loved mid-century Modernist houses.</p><p><strong>The Matsumoto Prize uniquely features $6000 in awards, a&nbsp;<a href=";si=4874025633841152&amp;pi=d1b9dcf5-8c15-4f92-9b67-239877b1711e" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">blue-ribbon jury</a>&nbsp;of internationally known architects, and online public voting.</strong></p><p>According to George Smart, NCMH Executive Director, &ldquo;The Matsumoto Prize promotes new talent and provides motivating honors and incentives for a new generation of architects. It also contributes to wider public recognition of Modernism in all its forms -- architecture, art, furniture, and fashion -- and recognizes the signif...</p> WORKac, Henning Larsen and SO – IL compete to design UC Davis art museum Archinect 2012-12-06T14:00:00-05:00 >2012-12-10T18:50:55-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The university believes this to be the first design-build competition for an art museum in this country. Each team gets four months to design a museum and prepare a bid for the museum.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The teams competing to build the museum are:</p> <ul><li> Contractor: Kitchell; design architect: WORKac; executive architect: Westlake Reed Leskosky</li> <li> Contractor: Oliver and Co.; design architect: Henning Larsen Architects; executive architect: Gould Evans</li> <li> Contractor: Whiting-Turner; design architect: SO &ndash; IL; executive architect: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson</li> </ul> Richard H. Driehaus says, "It isn’t too late to get the Eisenhower memorial right" AEAarchNews 2012-03-19T11:55:00-04:00 >2012-03-20T23:11:07-04:00 <img src="" width="555" height="280" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Controversy has erupted over the memorial to President Dwight Eisenhower proposed by Frank Gehry for a site next to the Mall. The memorial&rsquo;s large size and unconventional emphasis on Eisenhower as a &ldquo;barefoot boy from Kansas&rdquo; drew objections from the Eisenhower family, which in December called for it to be redesigned. A mounting public debate has since coalesced around familiar cultural positions.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related:</p> <ul><li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry: 'There's a backlash against me'</a></li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Driehaus and Krier do battle against Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial design</a></li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eisenhower Family Raises Objections to Planned Memorial</a></li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eisenhower family calls for timeout in approval of memorial</a></li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry refines his Eisenhower Memorial design</a></li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry Partners Selected for Eisenhower Memorial</a></li> </ul>