New York’s Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum reopens

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        <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/news/"><strong>News:</strong></a> the <a title="Cooper Hewitt archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/cooper-hewitt/">Cooper Hewitt</a> Smithsonian Design Museum in Manhattan reopens to the public today after a three-year renovation project including new fittings by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/12/12/cooper-hewitt-smithsonian-design-museum-new-york-reopens/" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>

Alan Faena is working “with the best minds” in architecture to bring Argentina to Miami Beach

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        <a title="Interviews archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/features/interviews"><strong>Interview:</strong></a> after building the most talked-about urban development in Buenos Aires, Argentinian hotelier and property developer Alan Faena has now turned his attention to Miami Beach, where he has commissioned architects including <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2013/12/16/rem-koolhaas-foster-and-partners-baz-luhrmann-and-catherine-martin-at-faena-miami-beach/">Rem Koolhaas and Norman Foster</a> to create the Faena District Miami Beach. In a rare interview, he told Dezeen about his plans (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/12/11/alan-faena-interview-miami-beach-development-oma-foster-partners/" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>

Rem Koolhaas’ Faena Forum in Miami shown in new renderings and model

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        <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/news/"><strong>News:</strong></a> the Pantheon-like interior of <a title="Rem Koolhaas archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/rem-koolhaas/">Rem Koolhaas</a>' arts and culture centre in Miami Beach has been revealed by developer Faena during this year's <a title="Design Miami 2014 archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/events/2014/design-miami-2014/">Design Miami</a> and Art Basel events (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/12/10/rem-koolhaas-oma-faena-forum-interior-cultural-venue-miami-beach/" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>

Timber disks speckle the concave facades of Studio Gang’s Michigan college building

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        Narrow slices of log are set into the concave walls of this Michigan <a title="Colleges archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/colleges/">college campus</a> building, designed by <a title="Studio Gang archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/studio-gang/">Studio Gang</a> to accommodate human rights and social justice studies (+ slideshow).  <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/12/09/timber-disks-concave-facades-studio-gang-woodland-campus-kalamazoo/" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>

Massimo Uberti sculpts neon tubes into a room for Bentley

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        <strong>Design Miami 2014:</strong> Italian artist Massimo Uberti has bent neon tubes into the shape of a room for an <a title="Installations archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/design/installations">installation</a> commissioned by British motor company Bentley (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/12/02/massimo-uberti-light-installation-room-bentley-design-miami-2014/" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects sits on a forested New York hillside

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        This <a title="Houses archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/houses">house</a> in rural New York state by Anmahian Winton Architects is made up of timber-clad volumes that project from a hillside towards views of the surrounding forest (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/12/01/anmahian-winton-architects-red-rock-house-new-york-forested-hillside-site/" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>

Compartes Melrose / AAmp Studio

Architects: AAmp Studio
Location: Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA 90069,
Architects In Charge: Andrew Ashey, Anne-Marie Armstrong
Area: 500.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Andrew Ashey

Signage / Packaging: Jonathan Grahm
Contractor: CT West Construction Inc.

From the architect. The design for Compartes Melrose is centered on the brand’s use of triangles, featured prominently in its packaging and bars.
Responding to the two entries at the front and rear of the space, the plan is organized around a triangular marble counter & floor.
The counter — oriented to the two entries – lifts to reveal a triangular tiled floor that leads to the feature wall: a brass shelved ‘star’ that alludes to LA’s deco past and serves as a graphic burst of the brand’s colorful chocolate bars. Brass aside, the space remains entirely black and white to accentuate the brand’s beautifully colored branding.
Located above a banquette made for snacking is a neon sign highlighting the brand’s slogan, “Chocolate is Art!” scripted in Jonathan’s hand.
Compartes was established in 1950 in LA’s Brentwood neighborhood, where the chocolates are still made by hand today. The newly opened Melrose Place location is the brand’s second retail space, and will serve as the concept store for future growth in other US cities.
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Pinterest Round Up of Our Favorite Nap Time Retreats

If there is one thing that will make you crave a nap, it’s a Thanksgiving feast. To help you through the post-meal hangover, we have complied some images of our favorite nap time retreats from Pinterest. Relax, enjoy and thank you for being an ArchDaily reader. Continue after the break for all the images… Copper House II / Studio Mumbai Chalet C7 / Nicolás del Río + Max Núñez
Casa Cuatro Ojos / Edward Ogosta Architecture
6th 1448 Houghton ZM / SAOTA
Casa na Areia / Aires Mateus
Kooyong Residence / Matt Gibson Architecture
 The Factory / Ricardo Bofill
Westcliff Pavilion / GASS
Stacking green / Vo Trong Nghia + Daisuke Sanuki + Shunri Nishizawa
Be sure to check out ArchDaily’s Pinterest for more! Four-cornered Villa / Avanto Architects Four-cornered Villa / Avanto Architects © Kuvio Copper House II / Studio Mumbai Copper House II / Studio Mumbai - Courtesy of Studio Mumbai 6th 1448 Houghton ZM / SAOTA 6th 1448 Houghton ZM / SAOTA © Elsa Young Stacking green / Vo Trong Nghia + Daisuke Sanuki + Shunri Nishizawa Stacking green / Vo Trong Nghia + Daisuke Sanuki + Shunri Nishizawa © Hiroyuki Oki Casa na Areia / Aires Mateus Casa na Areia / Aires Mateus © Nelson Garrido Kooyong Residence / Matt Gibson Architecture Kooyong Residence / Matt Gibson Architecture © SMG Chalet C7 / Nicolás del Río + Max Núñez Chalet C7 / Nicolás del Río + Max Núñez © Erieta Attali Casa Cuatro Ojos / Edward Ogosta Architecture Casa Cuatro Ojos / Edward Ogosta Architecture © Edward Ogosta Architecture The Factory / Ricardo Bofill The Factory / Ricardo Bofill © Richard Powers Ten Broeck Cottage / Messana O’Rorke Ten Broeck Cottage / Messana O’Rorke © Messana O’Rorke Westcliff Pavilion / GASS Westcliff Pavilion / GASS © Bernard Viljoen

Vitra retrospective goes on show in Philadelphia

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        The Philadelphia Museum of Art is hosting an exhibition of products by Swiss brand <a title="Vitra archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/vitra">Vitra</a> to celebrate the company's American ties (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/11/26/vitra-retrospective-design-architecture-communication-exhibition-philadelphia-museum-art/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>

Revitalizing Olmsted Center / BKSK

Architects: BKSK
Location: Parks Department, 156th, Bronx, NY 10455,
Architect In Charge: Joan Krevlin
Design Team: Harpreet Dhaliwal, Jennifer Preston, Christian Eusebio, Ivan Chabra
Photographs: Courtesy of BKSK

Civil Engineer/Stormwater Management Consultant: Sherwood Design Engineers
Landscape Architect: Judith Heintz with Wallace, Roberts & Todd (WRT)
Structural Engineer: Weidlinger Associates
M/E/P: Buro Happold
Exterior Wall Consultant: James Gainfort Consulting Architects
Leed Commissioning: Viridian
Lighting Design: Horton Lees Brogden
Construction Administration: NYC Department of Design & Construction

From the architect. At Olmsted Center, home of the Capital Projects Division of the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, Phase I of an exciting two-part renovation and expansion is now complete.  Designed by New York-based BKSK Architects, the 60,000 square foot project responds to growing flooding concerns while also commemorating the site’s civic legacy and 50th anniversary.
Located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, Olmsted Center originally served as the Administration Building for the 1964/65 World’s Fair before being converted into Parks Department offices. The current renovation and expansion preserves the site’s legacy as a home base for stewards of public recreation, education, and overall enjoyment, while also providing today’s Parks Department with additional space. Notably, the location is four feet below the FEMA-defined 100-year floodplain, resulting in the site’s submersion during Hurricane Sandy and catalyzing the project team’s robust approach to resiliency. When Phase II is complete, a network of water features will further the project’s extensive flood control strategies, while also conveying the beauty and power of water. Key features will include wetland retention areas and a raised water channel system. Partially due to these water management approaches, the project is on track for LEED Gold certification.
While staff members have been on site throughout Phase I construction, ensuring business continuity, they moved into their completed 10,000 square foot addition in August 2014. The exterior and interior architecture, both designed by BKSK Architects, provide a unified expression that features abundant daylight and park views as well as distinctive exposed steel, honoring the original structure’s design. The addition houses new offices, a public procurement/bidding room, and meeting rooms. Phase II will focus on the exterior restoration of the original structure, the continuation of flood management strategies, and additional landscape improvements.
The renovation and expansion of Olmsted Center is one of many projects by BKSK Architects that supports and celebrates the collective future of New York City, both culturally and environmentally. Other completed projects in Flushing include two interactive parks for the New York Hall of Science and the LEED Platinum-certified Queens Botanical Garden.
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Westway House / LRSTUDIO

Architects: LRSTUDIO
Location: McAllen, Texas,
Architect In Charge: Luis López
Area: 290.0 m2
Year: 2012
Photographs: LRSTUDIO

Collaborators: Julio de León (EU), Samantha Núñez (MEX)
Site Area: 1238 m2
Facade: Metal Cladding, Madera Cumarú, Siding de Madera Pino para Exterior
Flooring: Madera de Pino para exterior, Concreto Pulido, Piso Cerámico en interior, Duela de Madera en interior

From the architect. Casa Westway is a renovation projects of a single family house built in the late 50’s in downtown of McAllen Texas. The original house wasconstructed as a single rectangular footprint with a typical south Texas two pitched roofswhich represents a very distinctive house prototype of his time in this region.
The main idea was to break the shape of the gabled roof into several pieces by unfolding planes.
This gave us the chance to create cross relationship which transforms roof into façade and façade into roof, and provided interior spaces richer value of natural light and articulation.
Each room were linked to social area to provide a more fluent relationship between spaces and continued to exterior patio in order to extend the living room to outdoor space along with the roof system.
This materiality of the roof seeks to create an expression that will change over time to look for an intimate dialogue with the neighboring house.
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New York’s 2018 skyline revealed in visualisations

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        <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/news/"><strong>News:</strong></a> these renderings show what <a title="New York City archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/new-york-city">New York</a>'s skyline will look like in 2018, when many of the city's new tall <a title="Skyscrapers archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/skyscrapers">skyscrapers</a> will be complete (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/11/19/new-york-2018-future-skyline-visualisations/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>

New York’s 2018 skyline revealed in visualisations

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        <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/news/"><strong>News:</strong></a> these renderings show what <a title="New York City archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/new-york-city">New York</a>'s skyline will look like in 2018, when many of the city's new tall <a title="Skyscrapers archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/skyscrapers">skyscrapers</a> will be complete (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/11/19/new-york-2018-future-skyline-visualisations/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>

Renzo Piano reconfigures Harvard Art Museums around a grand courtyard atrium

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        Italian architect <a title="Renzo Piano archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/renzo-piano">Renzo Piano</a> has upgraded the facilities of the Harvard Art Museums in Boston, Massachusetts, by adding a new gallery wing and transforming a former courtyard into a top-lit atrium (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/11/18/renzo-piano-harvard-art-museums-boston-renovation-expansion-courtyard-atrium/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>

Clive Wilkinson’s office for The Barbarian Group is “one huge table through a room”

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        <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/inside-festival-2014/"><strong>Inside Festival 2014:</strong></a> architect <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/clive-wilkinson/">Clive Wilkinson</a> explains why his studio arranged a New York office around a huge looping desk in our next <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/features/movies/">movie</a> from this year's <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/inside-festival-2014/">Inside Festival</a>. <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/11/18/movie-clive-wilkinson-architecture-office-barbarian-group-new-york-one-huge-table-video-interview/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>

Thomas Heatherwick to build $130 million “treasure island” on New York’s Hudson River

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        <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/news/"><strong>News:</strong></a> first it was <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2013/11/04/new-images-heatherwicks-garden-bridge-across-the-thames/">a garden bridge to span London's River Thames</a>, now British designer <a title="Thomas Heatherwick archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/thomas-heatherwick/">Thomas Heatherwick</a> is proposing a floating island park for the Hudson River in New York (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/11/17/thomas-heatherwick-130-million-treasure-island-hudson-river-new-york-pier-55/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>

OMA reveals trio of “peanut-shaped” towers for Miami’s Coconut Grove

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        <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/news/"><strong>News:</strong></a> <a title="OMA archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/OMA">OMA</a>'s New York office has unveiled plans to build three residential <a title="Towers archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/towers">towers</a> beside the bay in Miami's Coconut Grove neighbourhood. Practice partner Shohei Shigematsu explains the design to Dezeen in an exclusive interview (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/11/14/oma-coconut-grove-miami-trio-peanut-shaped-towers-park-grove/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>

BIG presents $2 billion plans for Smithsonian campus overhaul

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        <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/news/"><strong>News:</strong></a> <a title="BIG archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/big/">Bjarke Ingels' firm</a> has unveiled its plans for a "radical reinterpretation" of the <a title="Smithsonian Institution archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/smithsonian-institution/">Smithsonian Institution</a> campus in Washington DC, creating new entrances and underground extensions (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/11/14/big-bjarke-ingels-smithsonian-campus-overhaul-washington-dc/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>

Grimshaw’s Fulton Center welcomes first New York subway commuters

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        <a title="News archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/news"><strong>News:</strong></a> the first commuters have travelled through <a title="Grimshaw archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/grimshaw/">Grimshaw</a>'s newly completed New York subway <a title="Railway stations archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/railway-stations">station</a> and retail space, the Fulton Center. <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/11/12/grimshaw-fulton-center-transit-hub-new-york-subway-opens/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>

Knight Foundation Announces $5M Open Call for Ideas to Improve American Cities

What makes a city successful? Miami-based Knight Foundation aims to answer this question with their latest contest, the Knight Cities Challenge. Innovators across all disciplines are invited to propose their idea to improve one of 26 Knight communities, cities across the United States with an established network of support for the foundation’s initiatives. Proposals should focus on three key levers of city success: attracting and retaining talent, expanding economic opportunity, and creating a culture of robust civic engagement in the chosen community. “No project is too small — so long as your idea is big,” says Carol Coletta, Vice-President of community and national initiatives for . Click here to view the embedded video. Initial applications require only two 150 word abstracts describing the project’s ambitions. Submissions from around the world are welcome, but all projects must be executed in one of Knight’s 26 communities in partnership with a local contact. After a jurying process, finalists will be required to submit a complete proposal to receive a share of the $5M endowment for the challenge. Finalists will be scored according to “impact, innovation, inspiration, learning and capacity.” Applications are due at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on November 14th and must be submitted online. Learn more about the foundation and the Knight Cities Challenge here.