Learning and brick-building share a deep affinity: to build with brick is to join a conversation that’s almost as old as civilization itself. Academic structures are often brick, so it’s a common choice for new ones.
Gas Works Park in Seattle. Two modernist parks joined the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) this month, boosting the often uphill battle to preserve America’s important post-war landscapes. Gas Works Park in Seattle, designed by Richard Haag, and Peavey Plaza in Minneapolis, designed by M. Paul Friedberg, have won official recognition. “These two landscapes are now part of an august group of seminal works of landscape architecture,” says Charles Birnbaum, President of the Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of America’s landscape heritage. Each park represents “the work of a master in
NBBJ’s design for Amazon’s new and massive Seattle headquarters was revealed in greater detail this month. Renderings of the project’s street level presence, unveiled in a meeting with the city’s Design Review Board (DRB) on August 14, show asymmetrical towers, mid-rise buildings of varying size, and mid-block open spaces, representing a scale of development unprecedented in Seattle’s history. The 3.3-million-square-foot project spanning three city blocks is on track to start construction next year. It will consolidate Amazon’s currently dispersed operations in leased buildings into an owner-developed campus between Seattle’s commercial core and the neighborhood of South Lake Union. The project’s