$5B Lincoln Yards megadevelopment unveiled for Chicago’s North Side

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e0/e0ceba478fddb65aa07cdb35d3468ae6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>Skyscrapers as tall as 70 stories are part of a developer&rsquo;s ambitious plan to bring 23,000 jobs and 5,000 homes to the Chicago River on the city&rsquo;s North Side.
Those are among new details that Chicago developer Sterling Bay unveiled Wednesday night during the long-anticipated first public meeting for its planned Lincoln Yards project, a more-than-$5 billion development planned for at least 70 acres along the river between Lincoln Park and Bucktown [...].



The master plan was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and CBT Architects with James Corner Field Operations as the landscape design contributor.
Image: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

HofmanDujardin imagines a Funerary Center that offers a contemporary, peaceful space for celebrating the deceased

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/98/981ae1a583c1bec78cf8f687d81072e2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Many funerary homes still around these days typically feel stuffy and gravely outdated, like you suddenly stepped back into a previous century.&nbsp;Based on their personal experiences, architects&nbsp;Michiel Hofman and Barbara Dujardin of the Amsterdam-based firm&nbsp;<a href="https://www.hofmandujardin.nl/" rel="nofollow" >HofmanDujardin</a> took their own approach to this typology by designing the Contemporary Funerary Center.&nbsp;
According to the architects, the design concept responds to the lack of modernized funerary spaces that bring a sense of ease to the bereaved. Immersed in a lush landscape, the 1,600 m2 building features a calming, pared down aesthetic with wide panoramic windows that bring in ample natural light and views of the surrounding landscape. A sequence of three rooms are shaped around a central area where a coffin can be placed.
Rendering: VEROVisuals.
Rendering: VEROVisuals.
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Watch Theaster Gates give moving speech as he receives Honorary Doctorate from UAL

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b3/b3f7c941a04101430cea008f4b88a5ec.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Receiving an Honorary Doctorate this morning from the <a href="https://archinect.com/schools/cover/7507145/central-saint-martins" rel="nofollow" >University of the Arts London</a>, American artist, curator, urbanist and facilitator&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/668714/theaster-gates" rel="nofollow" >Theaster Gates</a> gave an unforgettable address about the functions of creative practice. Known for his long-running work of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/113684/social-architecture" rel="nofollow" >socially engaged art</a> in the South Side of Chicago, his work&nbsp;focuses on space theory and land development, sculpture and performance.&nbsp;
In the following speech, Gates talks about what it means to be an artist and the importance of its continued pursuit. “I have never felt more confident that to be an artist is one of the greatest vocations in the world," he said. "You guys have the capacity to dream and fight and this world needs you right now more than it’s ever needed any creative class.” Watch the full speech below!

8 Beautiful Belgian Houses: The Expert on Ugly Belgian Houses Weighs In

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Sometimes an architect’s best intentions get lost along the way. Sometimes they get value-engineered out; sometimes they were never really there to begin with. That's where Ugly Belgian Houses comes in. The blog, run by discerning Belgian Hannes Coudenys, documents some of his home country's architectural misadventures - all with a sense of humor, of course!

Today, to celebrate Belgium's National Day, we asked the man behind the blog to select some beautiful Belgian houses. His choices - with a few words from him and the architects - after the break. 

1. House CR / dmvA

House CR / dmvA. Image © Sergio Pirrone House CR / dmvA. Image © Sergio Pirrone

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From the architects: "...[We] wanted to create an icon, a landmark, as a response to the often-ridiculous building regulations and the unadapted town planning regulations in Flanders. So [we] opted for white and smooth plasterwork as finishing material for all

Stephanie & Kevin / Atelier Vens Vanbelle. Image Courtesy of Atelier Vens Vanbelle
House in the Outskirts of Brussels / SAMYN and PARTNERS. Image © Marie-Françoise Plissart
VILLA MQ / Office O architects. Image © Filip Dujardin
Villa Moerkensheide / Dieter De Vos Architecten. Image © Filip Dujardin
House Bernheimbeuk / architecten de vylder vinck taillieu. Image © Filip Dujardin
Ark Shelter / Michiel De Backer + Jakub Senkowski + Martin Mikovčák. Image © Thomas Debruyne
DM Residence / CUBYC architects bvba. Image © Thomas Debruyne
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Arkles Bay Residence / Creative Arch

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  • Interior Design: Bonham Interior
  • Builder: Ken Wilson Builders Ltd
  • Engineer: Kirk Roberts
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Text description provided by the architects. This home in Whangaparaoa is nestled amongst the branches of protected Pohutukawa, looking through greenery to the Wade River as it flows into Arkles Bay. The brief for this project involved a new four-bedroom home, with complete privacy from the street and maximum views over the water. The decision to craft the angular forms of this home answers both of these requirements with a distinctive architectural resolution.

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Fulfilling this purpose, vertical metal cladding wraps up and over an enigmatic angular form that sits close to a cliff edge. From the street, glimpses of glazing, living areas, vertical cedar cladding and

© Simon Devitt
© Simon Devitt
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Biogenic, bacteria-powered solar cells can generate electricity even under overcast skies

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c8/c882a93afc7e1ac21d89e4f76a0618f1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>Their cell generated a current stronger than any previously recorded from such a device, and worked as efficiently in dim light as in bright light.
This innovation could be a step toward wider adoption of solar power in places like British Columbia and parts of northern Europe where overcast skies are common. With further development, these solar cells—called “biogenic” because they are made of living organisms—could become as efficient as the synthetic cells used in conventional solar panels.

While this isn't the first effort to build biogenic, bacteria-powered solar cells, scientists at the University of British Columbia claim to have discovered a novel, highly cost-effective, and much more sustainable way to use the photosynthesis capabilities of certain bacteria to convert light (even dim light) to energy.  "They genetically engineered E. coli to produce large amounts of lycopene—a dye that gives tomatoes their red-orange colour and is particularly effective at harvesting Continue reading "Biogenic, bacteria-powered solar cells can generate electricity even under overcast skies"

Fentress Architects to design USA Pavilion for World Expo 2020 in Dubai

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tr/trxmfqpbb9mxa3mn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Colorado-based <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/32757256/fentress-architects" >Fentress Architects</a> has been selected to design the USA Pavilion for the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/929900/expo-2020" >2020 World Expo</a> to be held in <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/10250/dubai" >Dubai</a>, the first Middle Eastern city selected to host the event&nbsp;in the Expo's 160-year history.&nbsp;The <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/414272/u-s-department-of-state" >U.S. Department of State</a>, responsible for our participation in international exhibition, has chosen the firm to work alongside Big Things Group, who will oversee fundraising, project management, construction and disassembly, to deliver the winning design.
Not-yet-revealed, the project is based on the theme “What Moves You” and will highlight American culture, leading technological revolutions in mobility, and much more. It will create a powerful metaphor for the dynamism of American culture and values of ingenuity, progress, and innovation. With over 25 million visitors expected at the Expo, the pavilion will build upon Fentress' experience in the region where their “Dancing Sisters” mixed-use towers opened in 2012. “Working across the U.S. has given Fentress Architects ...

Casa Kids Designed a Triple Bunk Bed Packed with Storage for Kids

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                                Brooklyn-based <a href="http://www.casakids.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Casa Kids</a> has carved out a solid niche in the children&#8217;s furniture market with their clever and practical solutions that include loft beds, bunk beds, cribs, desks, and storage pieces. The designs are modern and fresh, which means the adults will love them, but they&#8217;re also playful and fun so the kids will enjoy them. Along with their regular line of furniture, they design custom rooms where they make the most of every square inch. One such room is this cozy, narrow bedroom in New York City that needed to house three siblings. Seems impossible, right? Well, Casa Kids made it happen with a custom <a href="http://www.casakids.com/other-rooms/three-siblings"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">triple bunk bed</a> any kid, or kids, would die to have.
The design spans three beds high and comes complete with two staircases filled with drawers, plus two cabinets and five drawers on the front. The white structure features accents with a premium walnut
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Patterned Tile: What the Portuguese Can Teach Us About Style

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Look to the Portuguese for patterned tile that transforms a room. Image: CTI Kitchens

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  During any renovation or new build, the designer – or design-minded property owner – is tasked with balancing functionality and style. Choices present themselves at every turn. Will you prioritize form or function? Blending your vision with the realities of a space is a major undertaking. If you’re in the thick of this process and feel overwhelmed, we’ve got good news. Patterned tile can deliver both high impact and high function. Your days of deliberating are over! The patterned tile revival in the US leans into Mediterranean culture. If you’re looking for inspiration to turn a simple stretch of tile into a permanent art piece, go straight to the
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Meeting House Square Rainscreen / Sean Harrington Architects

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  • Manufacturers And Engineers: MDT tex
  • Client : Temple Bar Cultural Trust
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Text description provided by the architects. There is a saying in Ireland that you can have ‘four seasons in one day’ – from warm spring sunshine to intense summer light, and from lively autumn gales to a sudden wintry shower.  Because Irish skies are constantly changing, Seán Harrington Architects was commissioned to design an innovative solution to provide a convertible weather covering over a popular public square in Dublin’s Temple Bar area. 

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The landmark ‘Umbrella Project’ was recently installed in Dublin’s trendy Temple Bar area by Swiss-German manufacturer MDT-Tex, a market leader and innovator in outdoor coverings.  The four umbrellas were on a four-day

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An Architectural Guide to the Nantes: The French City of Weird and Wonderful Art

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Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne featuring Paysage Glisse by Tact Architectes and Tangui Robert. Image © LVAN Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne featuring Paysage Glisse by Tact Architectes and Tangui Robert. Image © LVAN Situated in the Loire region of France, Nantes could be regarded as a “tale of two cities” from many angles. Once a bustling node for European shipping, former vast, industrial warehouses have become a hotbed of cultural and artistic expression. Meanwhile, divided by the Loire river flowing towards the Atlantic, a maze of Haussmann-style terraces, ornate cathedrals, and monumental museums sit in contrast to an island of outlandish mechanical contraptions, and young, modern, free-spirited innovation. The sheer variety of artistic and architectural wonders alone make Nantes a destination for architects and designers. Merged with culinary excellence, highly-instagrammable hotels, and a determination by public and private officials to maintain and expand on the city’s vibrant, playful design scene, and Nantes becomes a must-see, undiscovered architectural gem. What follows in an architectural guide to
Place Graslin. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh
© Niall Patrick Walsh
Les Machines de L'ile. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh
Misconceivable by Erwin Wurm. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh
Sortie de Fontaine by Michel Blazy at the Place Royale. Image © Martin Argyroglo and LVAN
île de Nantes. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh
île de Nantes. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh
île de Nantes. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh
Les Machines de L'ile. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh
Les Machines de L'ile. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh
Les Machines de L'ile . Image © Niall Patrick Walsh
Les Machines de L'ile. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh
Ode to Sidestepping by Philippe Ramette. Image © Martin Argyroglo and LVAN
Metre a Ruban by Lilian Bourgret. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh
"fluides" by Celeste Boursier-Mougenot. Image © Laurent Lecat and LVAN
"fluides" by Celeste Boursier-Mougenot. Image © Laurent Lecat and LVAN
Last Garden by Michel Blazy. Image © Martin Argyroglo and LVAN
Last Garden by Michel Blazy. Image © Martin Argyroglo and LVAN
Canadienne. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh
Pickles. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh
Pickles. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh
La Cigale. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh
La Cigale. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh
Le Nid. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh
Le Nid. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh
Oceania Hotel de France. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh
Oceania Hotel de France. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh
Hotel La Perouse. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh
Hotel La Perouse. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh
The Rings by Patrick Puchain and Daniel Buren. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh
Va Marcher Sur La Lune by Detroit Architectes. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh
Cantine du Voyage. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh
Installation at La Cantine du Voyage by Appelle Moi Papa. Image © Philippe Piron and LVAN
Passage Pommeraye featuring Ode to Laziness by Philippe Ramette. Image © Marc Domage and LVAN
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne featuring Paysage Glisse by Tact Architectes and Tangui Robert. Image © LVAN
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne featuring Ode to Adaption by Philippe Ramette. Image © Marc Domage and LVAN
Musee D’Arts De Nantes. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh
Musee D’Arts De Nantes. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh
Theatre Graslin featuring Inside by Daniel Firman. Image © Martin Argyroglo and LVAN
Palais de Justice by Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh
Palais de Justice by Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh
Memorial to the Abolition to Slavery. Image © Philippe Ruault / Julian Bonder
Memorial to the Abolition to Slavery. Image © Philippe Ruault / Julian Bonder
The architecture school at Nantes featuring Bx Pallas by Block Architectes. Image © Philippe Piron and LVAN
The architecture school at Nantes featuring Formes Indexees by Block Architectes. Image © Philippe Piron and LVAN
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Maayan Zusman Designs a Modern Medical Office That Won’t Make You Cringe

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                                Let&#8217;s be honest. Most of us would rather avoid medical offices, not just because it means having to go see a doctor, but because most of them are bland, boring, and downright depressing. Thanks to <a href="https://www.maayanzusman.co.il/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Maayan Zusman</a>, this <a href="https://www.maayanzusman.co.il/kikar-hamedina-clinic"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">plastic surgery clinic</a> in Tel Aviv doesn&#8217;t fall into that sad category. Instead, the office offers a fresh approach, which made the doctor happy and his patients as well.
Instead of those uncomfortable chairs that awkwardly face each other in the waiting room, Zusman designed a dual sided structure down the middle with seats facing in opposite directions. This offers patients both additional privacy and connection. The upholstered cushions feature soft fabrics in fun colors like teal and mauve that are carried throughout the office. The floors are darkly stained and paired with white walls and cabinetry for a clean, modern aesthetic. Photography by Itay Benit.
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Our weekly wrap-up of new design competitions worth checking out

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wi/wi7qo2evfp83o13p.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>We get it. It can get a little overwhelming keeping up with the dozens of new <a href="http://bustler.net/competitions" >architecture competitions</a> launching worldwide on any given week &mdash; let alone having to stay on top of the multiple deadlines for each and every one. That's why <a href="http://bustler.net/news/tags/bustler-weekly-competition-picks/792691" >Bustler</a> is here to help! At the end of every week, we'll share a quick selection of our newest design <a href="http://bustler.net/submission/start_competition" >competition submissions</a> that we think are worth a look, as well as some ongoing ones you might have missed the first time. Check out our latest competition recommendations below.</p>         

Wardrobe.NYC’s “Anti–fast Fashion” Sport Collection

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/wardrobe_nyc-sport-collection/wardrobenyc-sportcapsule-8/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/wardrobenyc-sportcapsule-8-810x577.jpg" alt="Wardrobe.NYC&#8217;s &#8220;Anti–fast Fashion&#8221; Sport Collection" /></a>
                                As someone who has long harbored dreams of cleaning out their closet and starting completely anew with a capsule wardrobe – a collection of essential, complementary, and interchangeable pieces of clothing that work together no matter their combination – <a href="https://www.wardrobe.nyc/collections/02-sport-man"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Wardrobe.NYC&#8217;s</a> 10-piece set Sport collection seems an awful temptation to turn a musing into reality.
Conceived as an e-commerce-only venture by designer Josh Goot and stylist Christine Centenera, Wardrobe.NYC launched with an introductory made in Italy, 8-piece collection of tailored silhouettes cut from a minimalist eye. The “anti–fast fashion” ethos of the original collection for fashionistas looking to simplify their lives continues into the realm of athleisure wear for both men and women. The second round comes by way of a monochromatic, pre-packaged 10-piece collection priced at $1,500. To keep things simple and costs down, shoppers are limited to only choosing a size per item; no additional colors or styles are offered.
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La Solana House / HGR Arquitectos + DIANA ARNAU

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  • Architects: DIANA ARNAU, HGR Arquitectos
  • Location: Acapulco, Mexico
  • Architects In Charge: Marcos Hagerman / HGR Arquitectos + Diana Arnau
  • Area: 1050.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Diana Arnau
  • Construction: Andrés Rozada + Juan Rozada
  • Structural Design: BASAM Estructural
© Diana Arnau © Diana Arnau

Text description provided by the architects. La Solana consists of a renovation and extention of a house built in the 60’s by Oscar and Eduardo Hagerman. The house is located on an exclusive area overlooking the Acapulco bay. 

© Diana Arnau © Diana Arnau

The house is set on a 1210 sqm rocky, sloping ground. It has 5 bedrooms, each of them with closets, bathroom and terrace, a family room, kitchen, living room, dinning room, pool, outdoor bar and parking for 3 cars, with a total consruction of 1050 sqm, divided into 3 levels that adjust to the topography.

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The project  consists of 3 volumes.

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