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Spotlight: Charles and Ray Eames

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Charles (June 17, 1907 – August 21, 1978) and Ray Eames (December 15, 1912 – August 21, 1988) are best known for their personal and artistic collaboration, and their innovative designs that shaped the course of modernism. Their firm worked on a diverse array of projects, with designs for exhibitions, furniture, houses, monuments, and toys. Together they developed manufacturing processes to take advantage of new materials and technology, aiming to produce high quality everyday objects at a reasonable cost.

Kornerstone International Academy / hyperStiy Architects

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  • Architects: hyperStiy Architects
  • Location: Yinchuan, Ningxia, China
  • Design Team: Yang Shi, Shaojun Li, Yifei Mi, Xin, Li Dijin, Li Cui, Li Bixuan Sui
  • Area: 6000.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Weiqi Jin
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Text description provided by the architects. With the change of educational concept in contemporary Chinese families, expectations for their children are not only limited to their accumulation of knowledge, but also hope that they can learn from intimate relationships, good habits and good personality in their growth.

LA Metro Releases New Renders of Airport Connector Station by Grimshaw

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Grimshaw Architects and Gruen Associates have released updated renderings of the Metro station connecting Los Angeles International Airport to light rail. Expected to open in 2023, the $500-million transit hub will span across a 9.5 acre site adjacent to the Crenshaw/LAX Line’s maintenance yard. The design was made to create a fully inter-modal facility that will become a new point of arrival into the city.

“Re-Habit” Transforms Empty Big Box Stores into Housing for the Homeless

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Los Angeles-based KTGY Architecture + Planning’s Research and Development studio has unveiled an idea to reuse millions of square feet of empty retail stores as housing for the homeless. The “Re-Habit” concept calls for the installation of bathrooms, dining, sleeping, gardening, and job training facilities, transforming obsolete big-box stores into agents of social change.

The concept comes at a time when vast big box stores such as Macy’s, JC Penney, and Sears are closing in record numbers, leaving large vacant footprints throughout the urban landscape.

The Center for Early Education Campus Redevelopment / Johnson Favaro

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  • Architects: Johnson Favaro
  • Location: West Hollywood, California, United States
  • Lead Architects: Johnson Favaro
  • Area: 10000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2020
  • Photographs: Benny Chan

A Definitive List of the Best U.S. Architecture Schools 2019

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Earlier this month, we published the results of DesignIntelligence’s annual ranking of U.S. architecture schools, listing the top Undergraduate and Graduate schools for 2019. Using feedback from architecture and interior design professionals, the full analysis delves deeper than a generic “Most Admired Architecture Schools” list, and instead breaks the rankings down into twelve categories, focusing on technology, design theory, and more.

Free and open to the public, the full list on DesignIntelligence’s website offers comprehensive top-10 listings at both Undergraduate and Graduate level across the twelve categories, attained from surveys from approximately 6000 professionals, 360 academics, and 5500 students. Below, we have summarized the findings in a top-5 format, with the full listings ready to be explored on the official website here.

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Book Review: Michigan Modern

Michigan Modern: An Architectural Legacy by Brian D. Conway with photographs by James Haefner
Visual Profile Books, 2018
Hardcover, 300 pages


[Eero Saarinen's General Motors Technical Center (1956) graces the cover.]

When thinking "modern architecture" what places come to mind? In the United States, at least, it's probably the Chicago Loop's commercial architecture, or Southern California's residential architecture, or even Columbus, Indiana's surprising density of modern architecture of all types. But Michigan? Most likely that doesn't bubble to the top. Yet even a cursory glance at this lovely coffee table book of 34 buildings in Michigan from the late 1920s to earlier this decade reveals that is a huge oversight. The state -- or at least concentrated portions of its southern half -- is crammed with some amazing modern architecture.


[Frank Lloyd Wright's Dorothy Turkel House (1957) is one of the book's many highlights.]

Folly / Cohesion Studio

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  • Architects: Cohesion Studio
  • Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, United States
  • Lead Architect/ Designer: Malek Alqadi
  • Area: 950.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Sam Frost
© Sam Frost © Sam Frost

Text description provided by the architects. Folly is a peculiar prototype built to serve as a conversation piece, lend interest to its surroundings through an architectural medium. Upon arrival, Folly sets the tone to disconnect from the norm, the expected, and provokes you to connect with the surroundings. I perceived it as a design paradigm, a small space with a big experience, modern and innovative while grounded within its environment. Surrounded by Joshua Tree National Park stands two cabins with siding weathered naturally to a tawny finish. Within these simple gabled forms lies a complex network that enables them to operate entirely off the grid.

The Best Architecture Schools in the U.S. 2019

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The results of DesignIntelligence's annual ranking of architecture schools in the USA are now being determined with a change in the survey question previously used to determine rankings. This year, instead of being asked "Which programs in the United States are best preparing students for a future in the profession?", architecture and interior design professionals responded to two new questions: "What schools do you most admire for a combination of faculty, programs, culture, and student preparation for the profession?" and "From which schools have you hired the greatest number of (undergraduate or graduate) students in the last five years?". 

Why the shift? DesignIntelligence (DI) explains in a sneak peek of the report on Architectural Record, "Asking for “the best” assumed objectivity, while asking for “the most admired” is a mix of objectivity and the experiential factor. We made this move because we felt that “the most admired” was a broader question."DI also notes the marked increase in survey responses this year, suggesting that it "may reflect the urgency of improving architectural education."

Space Saloon Rethinks Design-Build through a Workshop in California's High Desert

Extent. Image © Daniel Schwartz Extent. Image © Daniel Schwartz

The experimental design group Space Saloon has completed their first workshop, LANDING, to create exploratory projects and installations that rethink design-build and hands-on education. Curated by Danny Wills and Gian Maria Socci, the mobile educational camp investigates perceptions of place to develop projects that make territories and environments legible. Studying material, cultural, and energy-based phenomena, students from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and the International Program in Design and Architecture at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok (INDA) came together in the high desert of Morongo Valley, California.