“The design reflects our investigations into the form of ancient cities and our appreciation for the desert landscape,” said Norman Foster, the firm’s chairman and founder, in a press release. “It also maximizes the opportunities presented by the elongated site – the dramatic canyon-like entrance will welcome people inside, and the channels between the high walls provide intuitive circulation, naturally leading visitors to the auditorium, exhibition and restaurant spaces.”
The Contemporary Austin, a community art museum, announced the three finalists in the competition to design the master plan for Laguna Gloria: Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture, and Snøhetta.
New York architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien gave a speech at a Next City 10th anniversary event about living for over 30 years in “one of the last bastions of bohemianism” in New York City: the artist studios above Carnegie Hall. In 2007, the Carnegie Hall Corporation announced its plans to evict the remaining studio residents. [Next City]
Check out this camouflaged log cabin made of wood that is covering plastic and a steel frame to look like a pile of firewood. [Viral Nova]
An artist from New York hung 20 miles of silk ribbon in San Francisco's Grace Cathedral. [Co.Design]
The United States, Turkey, and Hong Kong top the latest World Design Rankings. [Designboom]
Architect Thomas Heatherwick was inspired by a scene from Titanic for a design feature for his Garden Bridge. [Wired]
Historic preservationists are now using 3D scanners to record the minute details of historic properties, because they can take measurements without harming fragile materials. The Boston Public Library is using a 3D scanner in its $16 million renovation project on Boylston Street. The technology has been crucial in visualizing how modern additions and renovations will suit historic buildings. [The Boston Globe]
Jurors from Applied Architecture, Bing Thom Architects, and Lake|Flato Architects gave Bohlin Cywinski Jackson the Ron Thom Special Award for the firm’s Tsing Tao Pearl Hill Visitor Center in the 2013 Wood Design Awards. [Canadian Wood Council]
UC Berkeley moved a building designed by Julia Morgan uphill to the UC Botanical Garden. [SF Gate]
Guess the San Francisco landmark, as seen from above. [SF Gate]
Architect Madeline Arakawa Gins died at 72. [The New York Times]
British architect Kathryn Findlay died at 60. [Dezeen]
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