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The 22 Most Anticipated Projects of 2022

January 13, 2022 Eric Baldwin 0

As the new year kicks off, we’re taking a look ahead to the projects we’re most looking forward to in 2022. With a mix of cultural and commercial programs, the designs are located across five continents, with many under construction for multiple years. Designed across a wide range of scales, they represent a mix of interconnected landscapes, museums, and new skyscrapers. 

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Gateway to the Future: Rethinking Campus Design

January 6, 2022 Eric Baldwin 0

Architecture grows from context. In campus planning, an institution or organization outlines a strategy for longer term land use and the immediate context. As SCUP outlines, campus design can be nurturing, inviting and stimulating. “It can be the physical manifestation of an institution’s mission, a reminder of the promise and potential waiting to be unleashed.” Today, campus design encompasses integrated approaches bringing open space, buildings, circulation and utility together.

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Design Ethics: Rethinking Practice in 2021

December 30, 2021 Eric Baldwin 0

Ethical practice spans all parts of architecture. From intersectionality and labor to the climate crisis, a designer must work with a range of conditions and contexts that inform the built environment and the process of its creation. Across cultures, policies and climates, architecture is as much functional and aesthetic as it is political, social, economic, and ecological. By addressing the ethics of practice, designers can reimagine the discipline’s impact and who it serves. 

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The Rise of Co-Living: Designing for Communal Life

December 28, 2021 Eric Baldwin 0

Communal living is nothing new. Throughout history, housing has long been tied to both shared needs and a concentration of resources. Today, between population growth and an increase in urban density and real estate prices, architects and urban planners have been pursuing alternatives for shared living. These new models explore a range of spatial and formal configurations with a shared vision for the future.

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Baker’s Dozen: 13 More Sweet Projects Filled with Delight

December 21, 2021 Eric Baldwin 0

Bakeries are timeless. While industrialization and commercialization have transformed the art of baking and baked goods, bakeries remain important community spaces for gathering and defining neighborhood identity. These iconic spaces are still defined by a common programmatic understanding that combines areas to gather, socialize, shop, and work. Found across cultures, they are diverse as they are functional and expressive.

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Straight to the Pool Room: Australia’s Elegant New Pavilions

December 9, 2021 Eric Baldwin 0

Outback architecture embraces the outdoors. From the world-famous Sydney Opera House to aboriginal desert huts, Australian architecture rises from the elements while learning from them. In terms of vernacular shelters, barns, sheds, and verandahs often became community centers or places to congregate. These humble beginnings would transform over the following centuries as people began to build for the “Australian dream.” Whether using traditional pisé construction or fabricating wildly new forms, architects began capitalizing upon historical building methods and reinterpreting them.

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Straight to the Pool Room: Australia’s Elegant New Pavilions

December 9, 2021 Eric Baldwin 0

Outback architecture embraces the outdoors. From the world-famous Sydney Opera House to aboriginal desert huts, Australian architecture rises from the elements while learning from them. In terms of vernacular shelters, barns, sheds, and verandahs often became community centers or places to congregate. These humble beginnings would transform over the following centuries as people began to build for the “Australian dream.” Whether using traditional pisé construction or fabricating wildly new forms, architects began capitalizing upon historical building methods and reinterpreting them.

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Coastal Design: The New Waterfront Parks Making Waves

December 7, 2021 Eric Baldwin 0

Between rising water levels and global migration to cities, architects and designers need to critically reimagine the relationship between coastal landscapes and public space. Cities are facing entirely new risks and environmental conditions. Resiliency, infrastructure, and ecology are increasingly common terms, reflecting the growing demand to address the spatial and formal challenges faced by cities worldwide. Rethinking boundaries and edges, designers have unique opportunities to help shape public understanding of these conditions through waterfront parks.

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Ancient History: China’s Legacy of Monuments and Memorials

December 2, 2021 Eric Baldwin 0

Few countries showcase living history like China. From the iconic Forbidden City to diverse landscapes and building styles, China has a rich cultural and architectural legacy. As the world’s largest construction market, the country continues to invest in new projects. At the same time, this rapid urbanization and accelerated development is juxtaposed with ancient building sites intertwined with layers of history and collective memory.

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Lion House: Rewriting the Story of Chicago’s Historic 1912 Wildlife Center

November 30, 2021 Eric Baldwin 0

The historic lion house has long been a central element of Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. When global architecture firm Goettsch Partners (GP) set out to renovate and expand the structure, the aim was to preserve the original building while increasing the usable area and creating a new spatial experience. The facility is home to a pride of four African lions, as well as Canada lynx, red pandas and snow leopards.