Image courtey HDR and Corgan Associates Construction is under way on Parkland Hospital, a 2.1 million-square-foot project in Dallas by HDR and Corgan Associates. It has been hailed for increasing coverage, streamlining the delivery of care, and lowering costs. But the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, the federal health insurance law that has generated controversy since its 2010 passage, has also led to the layoffs of dozens of architects at two firms, HDR and Jain Malkin, according to staff. This past summer and fall, HDR, an Omaha-based global architecture and engineering practice with a large healthcare portfolio,
Image courtesy Visualhouse/KPF Kohn Pedersen Fox’s master plan for the Hudson Yards development sprawls along the Hudson between Tenth and Twelfth Avenues, and West 30th and West 33rd Streets. After years of debate and delays, Hudson Yards—an ambitious plan to create a new mixed-use neighborhood from scratch over railroad tracks on Manhattan’s west side—is finally breaking ground. Excavations for the first office tower on the site, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), which also created the master plan, will begin by the first week of December, according to a source at the Related Companies, its co-developer with Oxford Properties
The AIA releases its 2012 firm survey. Courtesy Cooper Carry/TVS Architects The Marriott Marquis Convention Hotel, designed by Cooper Carry and TVS Architects, is under construction in downtown Washington, D.C. The Great Recession has hardly been good to architects. But the extent to which it fundamentally changed the industry was not always clear. Now comes a sweeping 40-page report released this month from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the industry’s leading trade group, that specifically details the recession’s damage and what firms did to cope. And those survival strategies may portend new ways of doing business. The bad news
Architects are increasingly finding opportunities for inventive work in one of the world's most densely populated regions. The exterior of the Hong Kong outpost of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). The former justice building was adapted for SCAD by Leo A. Daly.
New renderings of One World Trade Center released last week give a more detailed look at a slimmed-down design for the Lower Manhattan Skyscraper’s 408-foot spire. Not only could the design change keep the tower from reaching a symbolic height, it might also compromise its bid to be the tallest building in the United States. Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) and structural consultant Schlaich Bergermann und Partner’s original design for the spire enclosed it in a tapering shield of white fiberglass plates. But last year, in a move that saves $20 million in construction costs, the development team of the
The Bachman-Wilson House (1954), designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is looking for a buyer to relocate it. A Hillsborough, New Jersey, house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright that’s been ravaged by floods over the years is looking for a buyer who can relocate it. The 1954 concrete-and-mahogany structure, known as the Bachman-Wilson house, sits next to the Millstone River, which has jumped its banks seven times in the last two decades, according to owner and current resident Sharon Tarantino.And the last time, in August 2011, during Tropical Storm Irene, the flooding was extreme; six feet of water surged through the
Architecture firms are increasingly offering in-house design awards in an effort to boost morale and inspire creativity. Photo courtesy Perkins+Will (Left to right) Casey Jones, Ron Bogle, Nancy Easton, and Steve Turckes assess entries in Perkins+Will's annual design competition in 2011. Ed Feiner, the former chief architect of the General Services Administration, made a name for himself creating the agency’s well-regarded Design Excellence program, which raised the creative bar for government buildings. Today, he’s taking on a similar challenge at Perkins+Will (P+W), which he joined in 2009. As director of the firm’s design Leadership Forum, started in collaboration with chief
Image courtesy Richard Meier & Partners New Headquarters of Vinci Partners, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Click to view more images. Related Links: Richard Meier Tapped for Two W Hotels in Mexico Interview: Richard Meier Continuing a recent push into Latin America, Richard Meier has brought his taut and planar aesthetic to Brazil, where the New York architect has been hired to design a seven-story office in Rio de Janeiro. The boxy, 50,000-square-foot building, which is to be located one block from the beach in the trendy Leblon neighborhood, will become the new headquarters of Vinci Partners, a global investment firm.