Lawrence Technological University’s new 36,700-square-foot A. Alfred Taubman Engineering, Architecture, and Life Sciences Complex, designed by Pritzker-winning architect Thom Mayne and his firm, Morphosis, provides state-of-the-art facilities for a diverse array of programs, including robotics, biomedical engineering, and design. The bar-shaped building features a central carbon-fiber "orb" which contains a staircase and marks the entrance to the new facility. It is one of the first buildings in an ongoing expansion and renovation plan by Southfield, Michigan-based university. - Alex Klimoski
Borrowing colorful bales of cardboard from a nearby recycling plant, Rural Studio created the installation Forum for the 21st Milan Triennale, which ran from April 2 to September 11. Andrew Freear, director of the Auburn University-based studio, explained that the project existed within the constraints of creating little to no waste; using materials available in close proximity to the exhibition space, thereby minimizing transportation; and addressing the question, “How do architects and designers instigate a responsible attitude towards the resources that we utilize every day?”
For the Venice Architecture Biennale, which kicked off on May 28, Rural Studio designed a theater-like space in which to screen videos of the studio’s work in Hale County, Alabama. The materials used in Theater of the UseFULL — including insulation panels and metal spring-coil beds still wrapped in clear shipping plastic — will be donated to two Venetian organizations after the exhibition concludes in late November. The installation, says Freear, epitomizes the directive under which the Studio has operated since its inception: “to build not what can be built, but what should be built.” –Miriam Sitz
The AIA New York recently awarded the Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award to RECORD contributing photographer Iwan Baan. These are the five covers he shot for the magazine in the last year.
The 55th Salone del Mobile, Milan’s annual furniture fair—the most important of its kind globally—kicks off on April 12. Over 300,000 visitors are expected to descend on the Italian design capital during the week-long event. From young designers updating iconic pieces to top fashion houses making their mark on furniture, here’s a sneak peek. —Josephine Minutillo
This year, Serpentine Gallery has chosen four architects to design summer houses, drawing inspiration from Queen Caroline’s Temple in Kensington Gardens, London. The structures will accompany the main pavilion designed by Bjarke Ingels Group. See each architect's design below, and read more about this year’s Serpentine Pavilion.