Yes, you read that right; on the snowy, damp Friday night of March 16th, 1956 in Washington, D.C., crowds slipped into their seats at the Uline Arena to watch legendary Hall-of-Fame boxer Joe Louis make his wrestling debut against Cowboy Rocky Lee. Quite the interesting change to the standard wrestling card, huh?
The American Institute of Architects have presented its 25 Year Award since 1969 to honor a building that’s been around for 25 to 35 years; so not THAT old for buildings, however by our traditional standards can seem pretty old by our contemporary points-of-view. The AIA uses this award to recognize buildings with “enduring significance” that have “stood the test of time.” Some of the buildings that were recipients include the Seagram Building in 1984, the Salk Institute in 1990, and the Airforce Academy Cadet Chapel, the General Motors Technical Center, and the Eames House have all won the award, as well. This year’s winner, though, is less of a BUILDING, and more of a whole SERIES of BUILDINGS, as the D.C. Metro, designed by Chicago architect Harry Weese, took the honors for 2014. Continue reading “The D.C. Subway System wins AIA’s 25 Year Award!”
Man, Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin would be proud.
NBBJ’s proposed design for the Seattle campus for internet retail giant Amazon (which you can shop for whatever you want through the PractitioNERD Amazon Store) has three interlocking biospheres that intend on housing around 65,000 square feet of floor space, including trees — yes, TREES — in the double height spaces. The use of biospheres obviously refers to the company’s name “Amazon,” while showing strong environmental awareness, as well as connecting the philosophies of the Whole Earth Catalog publication, architect Buckminster Fuller and anthropologist Gregory Bateson of the linking of cybernetic discourse and architecture. Think of it as finally becoming an example of the actual (or soon-to-be actual) manifestation on the merging of 1960s-1970s hippie culture and counterculture architecture. Whew— I may need to sit down. Continue reading “Amazon’s New HQ are Biospheres; Like ‘BioDome’, but ALL the Way Around”
If you’re going to Washington D.C. (or will be in the area) before this Labor Day (September 3rd), you can’t miss the LEGO® Architecture exhibition at the National Building Museum, entitled “Towering Ambition”. The exhibit just added three new iconic buildings to the 15 already on display, and they…are…HUGE!!!
For those keeping track, this is not the first blog I’ve covered about the re-purposing of shipping container into buildings. As I said then, “this presents a possible solution to repurposing the number of discarded shipping containers into homes in developing countries, it also provides a solution for first-time home buyers who are looking are trying to save as much money as possible.” Apparently, many companies/corporations are starting to use this method for their places of business as well.