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Paisano Green Community in El Paso, Texas by Workshop 8 Architecture (designed using Vectorworks and Sketchup Pro)

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Article source: Workshop 8

In February of 2010 The Housing Authority of The City of El Paso held a national design competition to help them create the “greenest affordable housing development in the country”. This 73-unit, LEED Platinum, senior housing neighborhood represents a bold new direction in affordable housing and HACEP is leading the way. The project is a mix of one and two bedroom units, nine single room occupancies (SROs), and a central, iconic community building housing office and meeting space — all of which are designed to be wheel-chair adaptable and have 100% visitability.

New Paisano Green Community Renderings

  • Architects: Workshop 8 Architecture
  • Project: Paisano Green Community
  • Location: El Paso, Texas
  • Software used: Vectorworks and Sketchup Pro
  • Roma Campanile
    HOPE VI/Choice Neighborhood Grant Manager
    HUD/Office of Public Housing Investments
  • client contact
    Housing Authority of the City of El Paso
    Gerald Cichon, Chief Executive Officer


Via Verde in Bronx, New York by Dattner Architects and Grimshaw Architects

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Article source: Dattner and Grimshaw

Designed by world-renowned architects, Dattner and Grimshaw, Via Verde is Green Urban Living, re-imagined. Located at 700 and 704 Brook Avenue at East 156th Street in the Melrose section of the Bronx, Via Verde is a 20 story, 222-unit green workforce housing development built to promote healthy living. The building is comprised of 71 cooperative and 151 rental homes.

Courtyard (Images Courtesy Phipps Houses, Jonathan Rose Companies, Dattner Architects, and Grimshaw)

  • Architect: Dattner Architects and Grimshaw Architects
  • Name of Project: Via Verde
  • Location: Bronx, New York
  • Photography: Phipps Houses, Jonathan Rose Companies, Dattner Architects, and Grimshaw


Netscape: SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion 2011 in Los Angeles, California by Oyler Wu Collaborative

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Article source: Oyler Wu Collaborative

Every year in early September, as graduate students at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles put the finishing touches on their thesis projects, a Sci-Arc faculty member and students prepare a temporary pavilion for the annual graduation ceremony.  This year, faculty members Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu of Oyler Wu Collaborative, along with their students, designed a pavilion entitled Netscape for the event that stretches across the northern end of the SCI-Arc parking lot, providing seating for 900.  Consisting of 45,000 linear feet of knitted rope, 6000 linear feet of tube steel, and 3000 square feet of fabric shade louvers, the pavilion creates a sail-like canopy of rope and fabric that floats above the audience.  With its fabric louvers tilted toward the western sky, the canopy is designed to provide shade for the specific date and time.

Image Courtesy Scott Mayoral

  • Architects: Oyler Wu Collaborative
  • Project: Netscape: SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion 2011
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Principal Architects: Dwayne Oyler, Jenny Wu
  • Project Team, Oyler Wu Collaborative: Nick Aho, Chris Eskew, Matt Evans, Andy Hammer, Michael Ho, Richard Lucero, Sanjay Sukie, Yaohua Wang
  • Project Team, SCI-Arc: Jacob Aboudou, Casey Benito, Paul Cambon, Julian Daly, Hung Diep, Jesus Guerrero, Clifford Ho, Duygun Inal,  Mina Jun, David Kim, Noorey Kim, Jacques Lesec, Zachery Main, Tyler McMartin, Richard Nam, Kevin Nguyen, Manuel Oh, Carlos Rodriquez, Bryant Suh, Kyle von Hasseln, Liz von Hasseln, Jie Yang
  • Engineering: Nous Engineering
  • Principal Engineer: Matt Melnyk
  • Photography: Scott Mayoral, Dwayne Oyler


Kent Denver Dining Hall in Englewood, Colorado by Semple Brown Design, P.C.

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Article source: Semple Brown Design, P.C.

The new dining hall is in a 210-acre campus that hosts a mix of environments including sports fields, native grasslands, lakes, wetlands and a variety of wildlife. The original 8,000 square foot structure was built in 1968 and with subsequent enrollment increases it had become inadequate for the required 750 meals per day the school serves. The new facility had to address this hindrance as well as reveal the cycle of food culture catalyst for a more holistic dining and food education experience.


Outdoor Plaza (Images Courtesy Ron Pollard Photography)

  • Architect: Semple Brown Design, P.C.
  • Name of Project: Kent Denver Dining Hall
  • Location: Englewood, Colorado, USA
  • Total Size: 20,000 square feet, 8,000 square feet existing/renovation, 12,000 square feet of new construction
  • Cost: $4,500,000
  • Completion: March 2011
  • Photography: Ron Pollard Photography


OCA Interior Renovation for SWA in Sausalito, California by Ojanen Chiou architects (designed using AutoCAD and SketchUp)

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Article source: Ojanen Chiou architects LLP

The home office of internationally renowned landscape architecture firm SWA Group is a 12,000sf (1,200sm) warehouse located near San Francisco Bay that was originally used in the manufacture of Liberty ships during WWII from1942-1945.  Ojanen_Chioiu architects LLP was commissioned to re-conceptualize the 1980’s-era entry lobby that had outlived its functionality and lacked a strong spatial or material resonance with the firm’s work and identity.

OCA interior renovation for SWA

  • Architects:Ojanen Chiou architects LLP
  • Project: Morphing Cor-ten: Interior renovation at SWA Group’s main office (designed using AutoCAD and SketchUp)
  • Location: Sausalito, California, USA
  • Project Area: 1,500 square feet
  • Client: SWA Group
  • Structural engineer: Ish Jhamb & Associates
  • General contractor: Meylan construction
  • Steel Fabrication: SculptureTech LLC
  • Program: Reception area, waiting area, work area, storage room and conference room.
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Sketchup and Photoshop


Kenmore Library in Washington by Weinstein A|U (designed using Vectorworks)

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Article source: Weinstein A|U

The Kenmore Library serves a suburban community largely bypassed by recent redevelopment. Located in an emerging downtown core that is a mix of 1960s retail buildings, surface parking, and a busy highway, the library responds to needs for community space and integration of public and commercial uses.

North View (Images Courtesy Lara Swimmer)

  • Architect: Weinstein A|U
  • Name of Project: Kenmore Library
  • Location: Kenmore, Washington, USA
  • Design Team: Matt Aalfs,AIA,  Ed Weinstein, FAIA
  • Size: 19,000 sf
  • Photographs: Lara Swimmer
  • Software used: Vectorworks 2008 for documentation and 3d modeling


University of Kansas Hospital Authority, Medical Office Building by Cannon Design

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Article source: Cannon Design

Accommodating 400,000 clinic visits a year, the new Medical Office Building at the University of Kansas Medical Center provides a complete range of ancillary testing and care to ambulatory adult and pediatric patients in a convenient, comfortable environment.  The six-story, 214,000 sf building houses 10 outpatient specialty clinics and provides consolidated office space for more than 200 ambulatory-care physicians and 200 residents previously dispersed throughout the medical center’s campus.


Exterior View (Images Courtesy Gayle Babock, Architectural Imageworks, LLC)

  • Architect: Cannon Design
  • Project: University of Kansas Hospital Authority, Medical Office Building
  • Location: Kansas City, Kansas, USA
  • Size: 185,000 sf
  • Engineers: Burns & McDonell International (MEP); Professional Engineering Consultants (Civil); Kleinfelder (Geotechnical)
  • Photography: Gayle Babock, Architectural Imageworks, LLC


The CityDeck in Green Bay, Wisconsin by Stoss Landscape Urbanism

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Article source: Stoss Landscape Urbanism

The CityDeck is the heart of a multi-phase redevelopment project along Green Bay’s Fox River. The project aims to allow for significantly increased access to the river and to diversify social and ecological life along it.


The site is a 2-acre strip of land, typically measuring 50 to 60 feet wide, that runs along the edge of the Fox River in downtown Green Bay. It is about one-quarter-mile in length and is situated between two bridges that cross the river. At the project’s beginning, adjacent parcels were empty, abandoned (a large yellow warehouse), or in use as parking lots. Nearby buildings turned their back on the riverfront. Unsurprisingly, there was little social or civic life here, and no reason to visit; the elevated walk along existing bulkhead walls prevented any direct access down to the river—as well as up to the city from boats.

Images Courtesy Mike Roemer

  • Architect: Stoss Landscape Urbanism
  • Project Name: The CityDeck
  • Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
  • Client: City of Green Bay
  • Completion Date: Phase 1 opened in stages in 2009 and 2010. Phases 2 and 3 are scheduled for completion in 2011-2012.
  • Photographer: Stoss Landscape Urbanism, Mike Roemer, Jeff Mirkes
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Rhino, and Adobe CS


Erie Street Plaza in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by Stoss Landscape Urbanism (designed using AutoCAD and Rhino)

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Article source: Stoss Landscape Urbanism

Erie Street Plaza is a small urban plaza in the Historic Third Ward district of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The 13,000-square-foot plaza lies at the point where the Milwaukee River meets the Federal Channel as it empties into Lake Michigan. It is the final link in a series of public space activators along the Milwaukee Riverwalk, a three-mile pedestrian and bicycle corridor that connects downtown Milwaukee to the emerging and redeveloping Third Ward, Beerline Districts, and the lakefront beyond.


The yellow glow mimics the lights from the industrial buildings across the river (Images Courtesy John December)

  • Architect: Stoss Landscape Urbanism
  • Project Name: Erie Street Plaza
  • Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
  • Completion Date: 2010
  • Size: 13,000 sf (0.25 acres)
  • Photographer: Stoss Landscape Urbanism, John December
  • Software used: Primarily Rhino and AutoCAD, with additional use of Illustrator and Photoshop


College of DuPage Technology Education Center in Glen Ellyn, Illinois by DeStefano Partners (designed using Autodesk Revit)

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Article source: DeStefano Partners

The LEED Silver Certified Technology Education Center (TEC) is a 178,000 sf facility (plus a 12,000 sf separate greenhouse) accommodating a diverse set of programs and educational spaces, including laboratory, classroom and office areas to support the College technology-based career training courses. The TEC is intended to support a broad sustainable and educational agenda, promoting environmental consciousness through the synthesis of technological expertise and design principles.

Exterior at Dusk with Multi colored Corridors (Images Courtesy Barbara Karant / Karant + Associates, Inc.)

  • Architect: DeStefano Partners, Chicago, Illinois
  • Name of Project: College of DuPage Technology Education Center
  • Location: Glen Ellyn, Illinois
  • Completion Date: April 2010
  • Type: New construction
  • Size: 178,000 sf (plus 12,000 sf separate Greenhouse)
  • Photographer: Barbara Karant / Karant + Associates, Inc.
  • Software used: Autodesk Revit


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