OFFICE 52 at Carnegie Mellon

Form and Dichroic Light Scott Hall at Carnegie Mellon University Michelle LaFoe and Isaac Campbell OFFICE 52 Architecture Forward by Cesar Pelli, FAIA Introduction by Michael J. Crosbie, FAIA Leete”s Island Books, Maine USA Hard cover; 96 pages in color ISBN 9780918172709

 

 

In his introduction to Form and Dichroic LIght, Michael

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Expansion Strategies for a Challenging Campus Site

by Stanley Collyer

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Winning proposal by Office 52 (courtesy ©Office 52)

Already ranked as one of the top engineering programs in the U.S., Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is hardly resting on its laurels. Scott Hall, anew Nano‐Bio‐Energy Technologies building scheduled for completion in early 2016, will undoubtedly enhance the University’s standing as a cutting edge research institution. Contrary to most curricula in the field of engineering, Nanotechnology is not based on a narrowly defined area of study; rather it is interdisciplinary in nature and can span the sciences and even reach into the arts. As a landlocked campus, a major challenge facing Carnegie Mellon is finding space for the construction of new facilities. The site chosen for Scott Hall in 2011 was at the western edge of the historic campus property, perched at the top of a neighboring ravine, Junction Hollow, and barely separated from three adjacent buildings. Although the campus master plan had already pinpointed a location for the new building, the University conducted a design competition to explore alternative solutions to a challenging site and a demanding interdisciplinary program.

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Hightech Designs as Low- and Mid-Rise Research Models

 

Siemens Healthineers Campus, Bengaluru

 

Aerial View of site, Rendering: ©Eller + Eller Architekten

 

Siemens new Healthineers campus in Bengaluru, India, is hardly a milestone in the design of major R&D facilities. Although the winning design by Eller + Eller Architekten did include the necessity to go higher than the

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Department of State 2022 Design-Build Construction Contract for Curacao New Consulate Compound 

 

Client: U.S. Department of State Type: Open, RfQ Eligibility: Construction/Architecture teams with similar projects in size of at least $97.5M Fee: none Language: English Process: Shortlist of five teams with site visit and submission of designs in second stage Project budget: $130-165 million Timetable: 10 October 2022 – Request for clarifications deadline 20 October

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A Modern Concert Hall for Prague

 

Vltava Philharmonic Hall Design Competition

 

View to Concert Hall from bridge ©BIG

 

Classical music is still part of a vibrant musical scene in Prague, with at least four principal venues hosting concerts, ballet and opera. As a modern European city, the only missing venue from these choices is a state of

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Taipei’s New Music Center as 24/7 Destination

 

From RUR’s Competition Winning Design to Final Realization

 

RUR Taipei Pop Music Center performance hall view with artwork ©Philip Colbert

 

 

Whether large or small, design competition or straight commission, projects from design phase to realization can stretch over extended periods of time. It was no different with Taipei’s Pop Music

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Functionality to the Forefront

 

National Library of Korea Data Preservation Center Competition

 

Winning entry – Timeless Corridor’ of Shinhan Architects & Engineers Co., Ltd. (principal, Kim Sanghoon) and D&B architecture design group (principal, Cho Doyeun)

 

Retrofitting existing buildings is nothing new. The abandonment of old factory structures, especially in the northeast of the U.S., has

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The Rural Countryside as Classroom

 

Countryside Dilemmas – New Rural Planning

 

1st Place – ©Tianjin University Team

 

Planning used to be at the bottom of Chinese students’ lists of design priorities. One western architect, whose firm was at the forefront in the design and implementation of numerous planning projects in China, surmised that planning was

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An Ultimate Destination for Naturalists

 

Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Competition

 

Aerial view ©Snøhetta

 

Until now, the establishment of presidential libraries at the conclusion of their terms has followed the founding of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library after World War II. The first exception to this was the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, established in 1962.* Now a

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Science Island Design Competition Finalists

 

Finalist and Winning entry: ©SMAR Architecture Studio

 

Until the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1989, the occupied Baltic countries were known for their hi-tech contributions to the Soviet economy. As a carryover from that period, the Baltic nations still emphasize technology as a major factor in their economies. Thus, the establishment

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