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The Annex / Martin Fenlon Architecture

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SOM Scale + Form at the 2018 Venice Biennale

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Today, a new exhibition opened in Venice featuring the work of the global architecture and engineering practice Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). Presented at the European Cultural Centre, "Time Space Existence" is a collateral exhibition of the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture. The show includes work from leading architects, photographers, sculptors, and universities from around the world.

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"Time Space Existence" invites participants to explore these three fundamental themes as they relate to the design of the built environment. By presenting architectural design projects together with photography and sculpture, the exhibition seeks to establish a dialogue between current and past projects, ideas, and thoughts in art and architecture. The wide-ranging exhibition includes models, concepts, and research, placing architectural installations in context with work by contemporary artists.

Common Misconceptions about Living In Nicer Climates

Is there anything that can make us grumpier than seeing someone who lives in a nice climate post photos of their gorgeous weather when you seem to stuck in the endless winter season? Damn you, social media. The truth is, though, there are a lot of things people don’t realize about living in nicer climates. Until one actually makes the leap and moves to a city or state with this kind of weather, one might not realize some of these untruths, if you will. Wondering what some of these common misconceptions about living in nicer climates are? Read on.

It’s Hot, or At Least Warm, All the Time

One of the funniest things about living in a state like California is people assume there is hot weather here all year long. It’s interesting to watch what people pack when they come for a visit, as they will bring shorts even in the winter. And, while it is possible to get “shorts weather” during these months, it’s more likely going to be “pants and a tee weather”, or something of the sort. And evenings are cool in the Golden State, even in the summertime. Visitors often forget to pack jackets, assuming that balmy days always lead to balmy evenings. Not so! In fact, in California, in particular, there are very few warm evenings—save maybe for the month of August.

Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex / Flad Architects

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  • Mechanical, Electrical, Security: Affiliated Engineers, Inc.
  • General Vertical Circulation, Construction Administration: American Design Inc.
  • Civil/Site: Bloom Companies, LLC
  • Commissioning Agent (Hired By State): Grumman/Butkus Associates
  • Information Technology: Intelligent Network Solutions, Inc.
  • Landscape Architecture: Ken Saiki Design Inc.
  • Audio/Visual : Professional Audio Designs
  • Plumbing And Fire Protection : Thunderbird Engineering, Inc.

31 Winners Announced for 2018 MCHAP Outstanding Projects Prize

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture by Adjaye Associates. Image © Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture by Adjaye Associates. Image © Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC

The Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) has announced the 31 winning schemes for the “2018 Outstanding Projects” award, chosen from 200 nominations. Awarded on a biennial basis, the awards seek to recognize the most distinguished architectural works built on the continents of North and South America.

The 31 projects will now form a shortlist for the MCHAP Prize, with winners to be announced in July 2018. Hosted by the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), the winner will be honored in a grand prize ceremony at Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Crown Hall in October. In the last series, top honors went to SANAA's Grace Farms in New Canaan, Connecticut, USA.

10 Chapels in a Venice Forest Comprise The Vatican's First Ever Biennale Contribution

Aerial view. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Aerial view. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

With the opening of the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale comes a look at the first ever contribution by the Holy See, an exhibition that brings together architects to design chapels that, after the Biennale, can be relocated to sites around the globe.

Located in a wooded area on the Venetian island of San Giorgio Maggiore, 10 chapels by architects including Norman Foster, Eduardo Souto de Moura, and Smiljan Radic, are joined by the Asplund Chapel by MAP Architects. This 11th structure serves as a prelude to the other chapels, while reflecting on Gunnar Asplund's 1920 design for the Woodland Chapel.

Ayzenberg Group / Corsini Stark Architects

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  • Architects: Corsini Stark Architects
  • Location: Pasadena, California, United States
  • Partner In Charge : Rick Corsini
  • Design Team: Manabu Leventhal, Brenda Delgadillo, Aaron Bentley, Ben Chen
  • Area: 9200.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Steve King Photography
© Steve King Photography © Steve King Photography

Text description provided by the architects. This project involves the renovation of a two story, 12,400 SF building and addition of a three-story, 9,200 SF building that then interconnect with three-story and one-story buildings long-occupied by the agency.

AD Classics: Yale University Art Gallery / Louis Kahn

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Yale University’s School of Architecture was in the midst of pedagogical upheaval when Louis Kahn joined the faculty in 1947. With skyscraper architect George Howe as dean and modernists like Kahn, Philip Johnson, and Josef Albers as lecturers, the post-war years at Yale trended away from the school’s Beaux-Arts lineage towards the avant-garde. And so, when the consolidation of the university’s art, architecture, and art history departments in 1950 demanded a new building, a modernist structure was the natural choice to concretize an instructional and stylistic departure from historicism.[1] Completed in 1953, Louis Kahn’s Yale University Art Gallery building would provide flexible gallery, classroom, and office space for the changing school; at the same time, Kahn’s first significant commission signaled a breakthrough in his own architectural career—a career now among the most celebrated of the second half of the twentieth century.

Carla Juaçaba Presents Her Chapel Design for the Vatican at the 2018 Venice Biennale

View of the Chapel. Image © Carla Juaçaba View of the Chapel. Image © Carla Juaçaba

Selected along with nine other architects by the VaticanCarla Juaçaba has shared images of her proposed chapel design as part of the Venice Architecture Biennial, which marks the city-state's first time participating in the largest architectural event in the world.

The proposed chapel design seeks a harmonious integration between the water and trees that surround Venice, with the nearby vegetation outlining the interior space of the chapel. The space between the treetops - which offers a view of the sky - functions as the ceiling of the chapel.

Renasant Bank - Shell + Interiors / brg3s Architects

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