Toys Designed by Charles and Ray Eames Get a Child-Friendly Exhibit at Vitra Design Museum

Vitra Design Museum is now taking a closer look at Eames-designed toys in an exhibition, “Play Parade,” up until February 2018 in Weil am Rhein, Germany. While historic artifacts are protected, visitors are invited to interact directly with replicas. The first exhibit at the museum conceived especially for children and families, it nonetheless offers a chance for adults to appreciate the playful perspective of the couple.

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Society for the Advancement of Judaism (SAJ) | NEW YORK, NY

PKSB’s renovation created a sacred space that transformed the sanctuary into a new and highly refined setting that incorporated many of its original features. In keeping with traditional dictates, the ark was relocated to the eastern wall which faces Jerusalem.


This reconfiguration introduced a sense of intimacy in the sanctuary and greatly enhanced the relationship between the balcony and the ark. An interpretive memorial wall was installed in the niche on the northern wall where the ark was previously located.


Existing chandeliers were refurbished, and the stained glass windows were backlit in order to imbue the sanctuary with glowing light.


"Pirate Printers" Turn City Surfaces into Stamps to Create Unique Bags and Streetwear

Raubdruckerin – German for pirate printers – have been traveling around Europe turning city streets into printing presses to develop a range of t-shirts, hoodies and bags. The result is fashion not just for the street but from the street.


Taking inspiration from the urban landscape and the often over-looked surfaces of the city, Raubdrucken apply their eco-friendly ink to man-hole covers, grids and patterned streetscapes and relief-print the outcome directly on to the fabric of their line. It is proof that everything can be inspiration for good design, and that beauty and richness can be found in the mundane, the utilitarian or perhaps in this case, the misunderstood.

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Never Built New York Opens at the Queens Museum

Never Built New York opens this weekend at the Queens Museum. Never Built New York, co-curated by Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin, and designed by Christian Wassmann invites visitors to discover the New York City that might have been through original prints, drawings, models, installations, and animations. Showing from September 17, 2017 - February 18, 2018.

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Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem & Modern Housing Exhibit

Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem & Modern Housing is open to the public at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery on Columbia’s new Manhattanville campus. The exhibition is curated by the University’s Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture.

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The George and Annette Murphy Center Building Asphalt Green Sports & Art Center

Located off of FDR Drive, the once empty and abandoned shell is now an interactive monument and primary component to the successful Asphalt Green Sports and Arts Center.  PKSB was commissioned to adapt the old asphalt mixing plant into a new recreation facility. The program includes a multipurpose room, a 100-seat theater for plays and lectures, art studios, classrooms for dance and gymnastics and a modest-sized gym with suspended running track, locker rooms and shower facilities.


The architectural challenge was to fit the diverse program elements comfortably into a structure built for an entirely different use; the Asphalt Plant’s dramatic arch shape was designed in the 1940’s as a space-saving way to house asphalt mixing machinery.


Both to keep within the very tight budget and in reference to the building’s former industrial life, finishes are simple and “industrial”: cement plaster, glazed block, exposed ductwork, industrial windows. The existing steel framework was left intact.


The project was one of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s demonstration projects in energy conservation. As part of its energy conservation program, the building is super-insulated and generates its own heat. Waste heat is reused to produce hot water and heat the building.


The Museum at Prairiefire, located 20 miles south of Kansas City, Missouri

The Museum at Prairiefire, located 20 miles south of Kansas City, Missouri, is designed as a regional civic hub containing educational traveling exhibits from the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The project, designed by Boston-based museum architecture and planning firm Verner Johnson, was inspired by one of the most unique aspects of the Kansas tallgrass prairie: the prairie fire burns. These controlled fires, which can be traced back to Native Americans, suppress invasive plants that help rejuvenate native grasses, promoting plant and animal diversity.   

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Tappan Zee Bridge Project Set to Open to the Public

The long-awaited replacement for New York City’s longest bridge, the Tappan Zee, is set to open, announced Governor Andrew Cuomo. After four years of construction, the first of the $4 billion dollar project’s twin two-span cable-stayed structures will welcome automobile as well as pedestrian and bicycle traffic for the first time.

Renamed the late Mario M. Cuomo (after Cuomo’s father, himself a former NY Governor), the 3.1 mile bridge replaces its 61-year-old steel truss counterpart, built at one of the widest points of the Hudson River, connecting the New York counties of Rockland and Westchester.

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The Anthology Film Archives moves forward with library and cafe expansion

From the outside, the Anthology Film Archives appears to be a modestly sized brick building cornering the busy streets of E. 2nd St. and 2nd Ave. in the Lower East Side. But inside the classical masonry cube exists one of the most enticing gems in the independent film world. The Anthology, equipped with one of the largest film archives, is a crucial cultural institution that supports young filmmakers as well as independent cinema research and education. Now, more than 30 years after its last transformation, the building is finally getting the makeover it was always destined to have.


New York City–based Bone Levine Architects has been collaborating with the Anthology for the past four years to devise the best strategies for expanding the building to accommodate new programming and update the existing facilities.


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New Temple Israel of Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

It took decades of piecemeal construction—a new day school here, a dank brick chapel there—to build the Temple Israel of Hollywood (TIOH). But it would require 10 years of work by Koning Eizenberg Architecture to transform the 90-year-old Spanish Colonial Revival–style temple into a flexible and social campus for worship. So far, the project has yielded a collection of generous, sunlit spaces, including a sculptural multiuse chapel.

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Chicago Architecture Biennial to offer free tours of Wright-designed Johnson Wax


The Chicago Architecture Biennial and SC Johnson will host free tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed Johnson Wax corporate headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin. Located about 75 miles north of Chicago, the campus was built between 1936 and 1939. Along with the 14-story Johnson Wax Research Tower, the administration building was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976.


Tours will run from September 16th through January 7th, coinciding with the opening of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The tours are free, but seats need to be reserved online.

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Mulberry Streetscape, New York NY

The streetscape design transforms the underutilized and preserved section of Mulberry Street (SoHo, New York City), between Prince Street and E Houston, into a vibrant pedestrian boulevard.


The challenge of this project was maintaining the current vehicular functionality of the street while turning it into an area that both promotes pedestrian use and is aesthetically enticing.


The proposal achieves this by designation of the streets as controlled, adding street trees, lighting, seating and new surface pavement treatment with dynamic patterning.


Root House Interior, Ormond Beach, FL

In order to create an environment in which to house a remarkable collection of contemporary crafts, PKSB relied on the craftsman’s skills of its own architects. The solution, equally rich in space, light, and materials, provides an appropriate setting for the interaction between the client and his collections. The house interior has won a National Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects.

Responding to its location at the ocean’s edge, the house’s interior architecture enhances the sense of weightless suspension above the sea. Room divisions are traced by light, planar insertions, semi-transparent mesh screens, and movable pivot panels. The main organizer of the interior is a triple volume refectory. Fully glazed on the east, this space is a spatial extension of the ocean into the house. Views from the windowed wall make the surrounding buildings and much of the beach disappear, so that only the sea and sky are present.

A cantilevered bridge runs across the triple height refectory, connecting the more traditional and intimate living areas on either side. An active dialogue of materials, scales, and details resonates throughout the house. The kitchen is separated from the refectory by a curved maple screen. The custom-designed counter island is built of concrete with glass insets and an antique carved teak top. The kitchen’s eastern end has a casual dining area that looks out at the ocean.