Clinch Valley College of the University of Virginia

PKSB’s new, multi-purpose building for Clinch Valley College of the University of Virginia is an innovative solution to a number of site constraints on campus. The firm’s approach to the issues of circulation and handicapped access garnered a PA Award in 1995 for a structure that plays a key role in the transformation of a divided campus into a single, cohesive composition. Visually, as well as in plan, the building seeks to be part of its environment and the use of simple materials connects it both to the landscape and the campus.

The design was based on the University’s upper campus master plan and the need for a structure that would transform a divided campus into a single entity. An outdoor circulation zone was placed along the eastern façade of the building along the ridge of a steep hill to create a link between the main campus entry and the lower campuses. The western façade operates at a more formal scale, relating to the more distant buildings and the mountain landscape. Where the building forms a courtyard with its neighbors, the façades and entries are more intimate in scale and detail.

The building’s internal areas promote interaction among the many departments that share it, with a central portion containing computer labs, traditional and electronic classrooms, art studios, and a media center with a television production room. Each department is stacked vertically around a vertical circulation node with transparent elements that allow views from one department to another. A glass enclosure that rises through the building culminates in a double-height student lounge that benefits from views of the upper and lower campuses and the mountains beyond.

FIRST LOOK: See inside Penn Station’s brand new West End Concourse

Penn Station‘s long-awaited West End Concourse–the first tangible step towards Governor Cuomo’s ambitious plan to transform the James A. Farley Post Office into the new Moynihan Train Hall–is open for business, for the first time allowing Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road, and NJ Transit passengers to enter and board trains through the historic building across 8th Avenue.

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Studio Gang Architects Assembles Hive at the National Building Museum

Hive, the latest installment of Washington, D.C.’s National Building Museum’s Summer Block Party installation series, opens Thursday. Designed by Studio Gang Architects—the Chicago and New York-based firm founded by Jeanne Gang—Hive breaks down the vast scale of the museum’s neoclassical Great Hall into three more intimate, oculus-topped chambers made of stacked silver-and-magenta wound paper tubes.

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Williamsburg Community Center, Brooklyn, NY

The Center’s design combines the need for physical security with visual permeability. The concept for the building was derived from the chain-link fencing that surrounds the site and defines the different activities taking place within the park. In the new facility, this idea was translated into a series of protected indoor and outdoor spaces that can accommodate a greater range of recreational activities and community services.

To reduce the building’s bulk, its mass was splintered into a series of small pavilions that extend from a large, central multi-purpose space. Organized by function, the pavilions spill out into the park and define outdoor courtyards. Large semi-transparent walls provide visual connections between interior and exterior. Inside, operable screens divide the center into smaller areas so that simultaneous functions taking place can be glimpsed through the screens. Transparent and open, the center acts as a beacon that illuminates the park at night, making it easier to patrol.

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EARTH POTENTIAL by Katja Novitskova

EARTH POTENTIAL is an exhibition of new works by artist Katja Novitskova (b. 1984 Tallinn, Estonia; works in Amsterdam and Berlin) that explores the relationships among science, technology, fiction, and our image-based culture.

Scattered throughout the park are seven large aluminum sculptures featuring online-sourced, digitally-printed images of the Earth, celestial objects, and enlarged, seemingly alien but terrestrial organisms. Sourced by the artist from the Internet, these striking images were originally created through advanced imaging techniques like a microscope that can magnify an organism by 10,000 times or a satellite orbiting the Earth. These new sculptures explore worlds unseen by the naked eye by employing photography, scale, and juxtaposition to transform the park into a seemingly Sci-Fi landscape.

About The Exhibition: Publicartfund.org

Plans for Penn Station and the Farley Building

Governor Cuomo announced the plans last Friday, but he had originally floated the idea back in September. The Farley Building sits to the west of Penn Station and under Cuomo’s scheme, it will go from once holding letters to instead accommodating 700,000 square feet of retail, commercial, and dining areas with the Moynihan Hall serving as a train hall for Amtrak and LIRR services.

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Restoring Richard T. Foster's Round House - Wilton, Connecticut

Architect Richard T. Foster caused quite the stir when his mushroom-shaped house sprouted out of the rural Connecticut landscape in the spring of 1968. Not only did the structure resemble something from the Martian Chronicles, it rotated in both directions atop its trunk-like pedestal. When The New York Times asked Foster—a protégé of Philip Johnson—why such residential designs had yet to catch on, he shrugged: “Look how long it took man to get out of the cave.”

Nearly half a century later, Foster’s Round House—floating over the landscape like a marooned spacecraft—still feels thrillingly radical. But when a pair of Manhattanites purchased the house in 2010 as a weekend getaway, it became clear that it required some upgrades. The owners turned to Atlanta-based architects Merrill Elam and Mack Scogin to breathe new life into their unusual home.

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Lego launches Guggenheim Museum kit to mark Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th birthday

To coincide with the 150th anniversary of the birth of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Lego has made a new addition to its architectural model series: the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum.

Lego's 744-piece model-making kit recreates the museum's circular concrete rotunda, the 10-storey limestone tower behind, and the distinctive lettering on the facade. It also recreates part of Fifth Avenue in front, complete with the city's famous yellow taxis.

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Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive at MoMA

Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the most prolific and renowned architects of the 20th century, a radical designer and intellectual who embraced new technologies and materials, pioneered do-it-yourself construction systems as well as avant-garde experimentation, and advanced original theories with regards to nature, urban planning, and social politics. Marking the 150th anniversary of the American architect’s birth on June 8, 1867, MoMA presents Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive, a major exhibition that critically engages his multifaceted practice.

Through October 1, 2017. For more information on the exhibition go to MoMA.org

Hansel & Gretel at the Park Avenue Armory

Architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron have again joined forces with artist Ai Weiwei to design a site-specific installation inside New York’s Park Avenue Armory titled ‘Hansel & Gretel’, the immersive and interactive work examines the changing nature of public space in the era of mass surveillance. the installation is divided into two parts where the visitor is both the observed and the observer, with every movement tracked and monitored.

On view from June 7 - August 6, 2017

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The Lakeview Pantry, Chicago IL

For 47 years, the Lakeview Pantry on Chicago’s North Side has provided for the poor and hungry. Through food distribution and self-help initiatives and programs, the pantry has become a staple of its immediate neighbors as well as the greater Chicago community. When it came to establishing its first permanent space, the much-lauded organization turned to local firm Wheeler Kearns.

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MoMA Unveils Completed Renovation and Detailed Plans for Expansion

Barely a decade after completing a $425-million expansion by Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi in 2004, MoMA announced plans to expand again—this time enlisting New York-based Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) in collaboration with Gensler. While the museum has seen annual attendance double to almost 3 million since the Taniguchi addition, according to MoMA, attracting more guests is not the goal of this latest project. “We want the best possible public spaces for our visitors,” says MoMA director Glenn Lowry, adding that “pace and pause” are the guiding principles for the new scheme.

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