‘Sukkah City’ Competition Entry By visiondivision

The concept is designed by visiondivision as their competition entry for ‘Sukkah City‘, where designers / architects were asked to design a modern Sukkah – a temporary hut created for an annual Jewish Harvest Festival – in Union Square, New York City. Called ‘Hollow’ the structure consists of an organic pavilion that changes the conditions for social interaction and behavior, using compression to hold the structure together.

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Choi+Shine Wins BSA Unbuilt Architecture Award For ‘Land of Giants’

Brookline, MA-based Jin Choi & Thomas Shine of Choi+Shine recently received the 2010 Boston Society of Architects Unbuilt Architecture Award for their “Land of Giants” project. The project was originally submitted for an Icelandic pylon competition, where it received an honorable mention. The competition was to find a new typology for Iceland’s high voltage power lines and pylons.

This design transforms mundane electrical pylons into statues on the Icelandic landscape by making only small alterations to existing pylon design.

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MOCA Cleveland By FOA

Residents are hopeful that Foreign Office Architects (FOA)’s first museum design (and the firm’s first major US building) will help Cleveland’s urban-revitalization project move forward. Farshid Moussavi of the FOA London has designed a geometric volume that dominates the Uptown area’s site, creating a bold icon for the new Museum of Contemporary Art. Prior to this, the MOCA rented a 23,000 square feet of space on the second floor of the Cleveland Play House complex, but with this 34,000 sqf new home, the museum will be able to showcase a bigger selection and accommodate more visitors.

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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Renovation By CO Architects

CO Architects continues its restoration, renovation, and modernization of the venerable Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) with an innovative expansion and re-imagination of the institution’s North Campus, which dates back to the 1920s. The $30-million project’s elements include a redesigned front façade with entry bridge, pedestrian-friendly terraces and communal areas, a new two-level car park, and a major landscape program encompassing 3.5-acres of recovered green spaces with programmed gardens and outdoor learning environments. The outdoor garden spaces are created in collaboration with landscape design firm Mia Lehrer + Associates. Currently under construction, the North Campus is set to open 2011/2012, and is overseen by project manager Cordell Corporation.

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Chalupa Architekti To Design New Czech Embassy In Washington, DC

The proposal for the new Embassy of the Czech Republik in Washington, DC by Prague-based Chalupa Architekti has been awarded the first prize. Design collaborators for this entry were Adam Gebrian, Petr Babak / Laborator, Zdenek Sendler, Vit Musil + Radim Petruska / miss3.

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975 Meter High Tower Planned For Miami

Plans have been floated for a new superscraper in Miami that could steal the world’s tallest crown from Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. Despite Miami’s financial woes, having a reported 100,000 plus properties in foreclosure according to the Miami Herald, KOBI KARP has submitted designs for Miapolis – a “city within a city” planned for Watson Island.

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Lower East Side Hotel // New York // USA // ODA

Located in the Bowery, the Lower East Side Hotel (L.E.S.) designed by the Office for Design and Architecture (ODA) will feature over 220 rooms with minimalistic interiors to allow the ‘guests to use their personal aesthetic as an impromptu installation’. By designing tempered and laminated interior cylinders for the shower, toilet and closet, and using stark colors teamed with expansive city views, the small rooms seem larger than their dimensions.

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Miami Marine Stadium Named To The 2010 Watch List Of The World Monuments Fund

Miami Marine Stadium // Florida // USA

The Miami Marine Stadium named to 2010 Watch List of the World Monuments Fund (WMF).

WMF is the foremost organization dedicated to the preservation of significant architectural and cultural heritage sites worldwide. Every two years, they publish The Watch List, a list of significant sites that are considered in danger. The Miami Marine Stadium made the list-along with other sites such as New Gourna Village in Luxor, Egypt, the Desert Castles of Ancient Khorzim in Uzbekistan, Taliesen and Taliesen West (Frank Lloyd Wright), the Historic City Center of Buenos Aires, and Antoni Gaudi’s Temple Expiatori De La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.  Inclusion in this list brings the Marine Stadium extraordinary international recognition.

Penny Lambeth and Violette Sproul will be initiating a major naional press campaign to capitalize on endorsements of World Monuments Fund and Jimmy Buffett.