Smithsonian selects 6 firms for design competition

The Smithsonian has announced the selection of six firms who will participate in a two-month design competition that will determine which one firm is asked to submit a formal proposal for the design of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum is scheduled to be constructed on a five-acre plot of land on Constitution Avenue between the Washington Monument and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Devrouax & Purnell Architects/Planners, P.C, and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects, LLP

Diller Scofidio + Renfro in association with KlingStubbins

Foster + Partners/URS joint venture

Freelon Adjaye Bond in association with SmithGroup

Moody Nolan Inc. in association with Antoine Predock Architect PC

Moshe Safdie and Associates Inc. in association with Sultan Campbell Britt & Associates

SOURCE: Media-Newswire.com & Smithsonian

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Its A Dream Come True (from Evening Times)

Evening Times reports

“ON February 19, Princess Anne will officially open North Glasgow College’s eyecatching new building in Springburn. Evening Times writer ANN FOTHERINGHAM was treated to a sneak preview before its unveiling next month . . .The impressive £42million landmark building, designed by RMJM Architects, is just across the road from the old college, but they are light years apart in terms of design and facilities.”

SOURCE: Evening Times – Its A Dream Come True

Sellar Group in talks over 250 metre residential skycraper – CNplus.co.uk

Nick Whitten at CNplus.co.uk reports “Developers are understood to be holding talks with Mayor of London Boris Johnson over plans for 250 metre high skyscraper nicknamed the Breadsticks.

Sellar Property Group is reportedly working with Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron on the plans for the three predominantly residential glazed towers at a site next to the Shard in London Bridge.”

read more @ the SOURCE: CNplus.co.uk – Sellar Group in talks over 250 metre residential skycraper.

Green light for university plans – BBC NEWS

BBC News reports “Multi-million pound plans to transform the Luton campus of the University of Bedfordshire have gone on display.

Luton Borough Council has approved the project and building will start as soon as the site has been cleared.

It has been designed by Cambridge-based architects RMJM”

[SOURCE: BBC NEWS | UK | England | Beds/Bucks/Herts | Green light for university plans]

Sienna Architecture will close its doors – OregonLive.com

OregonLive.com reports “One of Portland’s most venerable architecture firms is closing its doors, another victim of a stumbling economy.

Sienna Architecture Co., founded in 1951….in October, Sienna downsized its downtown Portland office from 45 to 25 and retained only four of its nine Seattle employees” sadly now it is set to close its doors.

[SOURCE: OregonLive.com – Sienna Architecture will close its doors]

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