A New Site in San Jose for Breeze of Innovation


Plaza de Cesar Chavez Photo: ©xAtsukex


The City of San Jose has finally reach a consensus on a site for Breeze of Innovation, the winning entry in the city’s recent Urban Confluence competition. Urban Confluence Silicon Valley announced they have made the important decision to consider building Breeze of Innovation at Plaza

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The Architect of GSA’s Finest Hour


Edward A. Feiner, FAIA (1947-2022)



Nothing is a boon to architecture more than a knowledgeable patron. And one of the foremost “patrons” of architecture in modern societies is government—at its various levels. Our federal government’s role in this is carried out mainly by the General Services Administration (GSA), which oversees the

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Grimshaw wins Nyugati Railway Station Competition

Aerial view ©Grimshaw Architects


After the conclusion of the second stage of the Nyugati Railway Station Competition, Grimshaw Architects has been declared the winner. This conclusion was reached by a jury after twelve teams had been shortlisted from the initial stage of the competition in an RfQ process. The shortlisted firms were:

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David Adjaye’s U.K. Holocaust Memorial Cancelled


Image ©David Adjaye

After numerous protests by preservationists, who maintained that they had no problem with the idea of a Holocaust Memorial, but that the site next to Westminster Abbey was wrong, the High Court sided with the opposition and quashed the £100M project won by London architect, David Adjaye. Our article about

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Ottawa Parliamentary Precinct Renewal Competition Presentations


On Monday, April 10 from 10am to 1pm (EDT) you can view the presentations of six firms shortlisted as finalists for the above competition. From this list, you may see that it should be interesting, especially for students that endeavor to be in a similar situation someday. The presentations will all be in

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Gyo Obata: How a Broad Horizon Paid Dividends


Gyo Obata Photo: courtesy HOK


If there are milestones in the world of architecture, the passing of Gyo Obata certainly marked one. Obata, along with Cesar Pelli, Richard Rogers and Helmut Jahn, belonged to a group of designers that had strong international connections, sometimes based on family histories. A second generation American

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The Thompson Center on the Verge of Survival?


A Progressive Developer Steps In


Updated version of Thompson Center Southeast view ©Jahn


In a September 28th article on our website, competitions.org, where we covered the Thompson Center competition sponsored by the Chicago Architectural Club, the stated purpose of the competition was to investigate possible designs that could re-imagine the building’s

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Richard Rogers: Purveyor of the High-Tech Message


Richard Rogers (1933-2021)


Image ©faber & faber



Could you imagine that a person who is anything but adept at drawing, and also dyslexic, would become one of the world’s great architects? Meet Richard Rogers, who was full of ideas, but engaged collaborators to fully realize them. One might even assume

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Helmut Jahn: A Life as Innovator

Blending Technology with Aesthetics


On May 8th of this year, the world lost one of its foremost architects in Helmut Jahn, 81, who died in St. Charles, a suburb of Chicago, his adopted home in America. Born and educated in Germany, he received his first degree in architecture from the Technical University in

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Jeffrey Ollswang – In Memoriam



If there was ever one to see the brighter side of life, it was Jeffrey Ollswang, architect, teacher and a glowing light in our firmament, who passed away last week at the age of 80. His personality can be summed up in a quote from the book he authored, together with his

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