Reimagining the Dallas Museum of Art

  Six Firms Compete to Rethink the Future of a Major Museum   (The scheduled announcement of the competition winner is to occur in August. Until that time we will refrain from commenting on the merits of the individual entries. In viewing the presentation boards of the six shortlisted firms below, readers should not draw any conclusions as ...
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Four Plans to Unify Disparate Parts of the Portland Museum of Art’s Campus

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Rafael Viñoly: Buoyed by His Early Successes in Competitions

    Figure 1 Industrial Union Tower (1967)   Rafael already made a name for himself in the late sixties as a university student in Buenos Aires. While I was a student serving as an intern in a downtown office in Buenos Aires, one of my peers came back with a story about an incident during his university exam ...
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Butrint National Visitor Center, Albania

  Courtesy Malcolm Reading Consultants, ©Kengo Kuma & Associates   A UNESCO World Heritage Site Again on the World Stage   How does one approach a challenge when creating a design worthy of a park with a history dating back to antiquity? This was what four design teams faced when shortlisted for the design of a Visitor Center for the ...
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A Korean Heritage Site Sets the Tone

  Chungji National Heritage Museum Competition       For those unfamiliar with Korean Heritage and its symbols, the choice of the jury for a new complex to house artifacts, now located at various scattered sites, would seem to beg more information, especially when one views the designs of the non-selected finalists—all quite modern. Some of this can certainly be ...
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Bringing Design and Construction in Closer Proximity

  University of Florida’s College of Design Construction and Planning’s New Addition   Development phase image courtesy ©Brooks + Scarpa   If architects have had one complaint concerning the planning and realization of a project, it has been with planners and especially construction managers, both of whom often display a lack of knowledge about architecture. The survival of a well-conceived ...
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Shedding More Light on a Non-Profit’s Work Spaces

  Houston Endowment’s New Headquarters on the Bayou   Southwest view Houston Endowment Headquarters – Photo Ivan Baan, courtesy Kevin Daly     Following in the footsteps of other major non-profits—The Ford Foundation and LA’s California Endowment Center in particular—the Houston Endowment’s new headquarters, located on a grassy knoll just above the Buffalo Bayou in the city’s outskirts, has also made ...
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Transforming a Helsinki Harbor Site

The Makasiiniranta South Harbor Competition     Helsinki South Harbour and Tori Quarter Suomen Ilmakuva Helsinki. Image credit/ Tietoa Finland, Janne Hirvonen     As a prelude to a competition for the design of a new Architecture and Design Museum to be located in Helsinki’s South Harbor, the City of Finland staged an open competition to establish a roadmap for the ...
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Respect for the Old, In with the New

  Image courtesy Budapest Development Agency ©Grimshaw Budapest’s Nygati Rail Station Competition   Completed in 1877, Budapest’s Nygati Railway Station has witnessed many of the twists and turns of Hungarian history: the Austro-Hungarian Empire, revolutions of post-World War I and 1956, and various shades of expansion and shrinkage in their territory. Its important location in Europe’s history as a ...
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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 the art concert hall. Other European ...
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