Brad Pitt unveils plans for New Orleans homes

Brad Pitt launched his own regeneration project for Katrina-ravaged New Orleans yesterday, unveiling designs for a range of eco-friendly and flood-proof homes.

Pitt, who had ambitions to be an architect if he had not taken up acting, commissioned 13 architectural firms to produce houses that would incorporate solar power and other environmentally-sound designs.

Brad Pitt unveils plans for New Orleans homes | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited.

Architecture Firms Involved

Architect Safdie won’t be drawing up master plan

Moshe Safdie, the world-renowned architect behind Montreal’s Habitat 67, has been squeezed out of drawing up the master plan for the future hospital of the McGill University Health Centre, The Gazette has learned.

The MUHC announced with great fanfare in November 2006 that it had hired Safdie to design the hospital to be built on the site of the former Glen railway yard in the city’s west end.

Architect Safdie won’t be drawing up master plan.

Major New Art Museum to Help Spark Presidio Rejuvenation

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Doris and Donald Fisher today unveiled an elegant conceptual design for the proposed Contemporary Art Museum at the Presidio (CAMP), which will house the Fishers breathtaking collection of modern art and significant art education programs for the public.

The graceful, light-filled building is envisioned by Gluckman Mayner Architects as a contemporary response to the scale, material and topography of the Presidios Main Post that will complement the surrounding historic buildings and landscape.

Major New Art Museum to Help Spark Presidio Rejuvenation BUSINESSWIRE

 Gap founder Donald Fisher has unveiled the design of the museum he wants to build in San Francisco’s Presidio – a sedate but glassy modern building bearing little resemblance to the historic military structures that would be its neighbors.

Proposed Presidio museum would be modern addition to historic military site SFGATE

Community Housing Development in Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG — “Higher and deeper” is the theme for the affordable units at the proposed Domino Sugar Refinery development on the waterfront in Williamsburg.

“That’s the key,” said Michael Lappin, president of the Community Preservation Corp., adding, “We have pledged both a higher percentage of units and a deeper income level” than other developments in Brooklyn.”

Real Estate Brooklyn coverage Bay Ridge Eagle Brooklyn, 2007 NY information :: daily paper in Brooklyn.

RIBA Presidents Medals Student Awards 2007 announced

The winners of the RIBA President’s Medals Student Awards 2007 in association with Atkins were announced in a ceremony at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) last night. These prestigious awards promote excellence in the study of architecture, rewarding talent and encouraging architectural debate world-wide.

RIBA Presidents Medals Student Awards 2007 announced.

Fragmented Nature – New Herzog & de Meuron Project

The new Miami Art Museum has the potential to be a breathtaking, beautiful building, one that could simultaneously express new ideas about architecture and its place in the environment and pay homage to the rhythms, climate and patterns of Miami. The design proposal unveiled Friday is pretty enthralling. It is both daring and familiar: an airy, elegant, ethereal pavilion that captures the sunlight and embraces the bay breezes.

The architects for the new MAM, the Basel-based Herzog & de Meuron, are known for their ability to take a fragment of nature — the composition of a leaf, the structure of a root — and reinterpret it, abstractly, as architecture. And indeed that is the case in the proposed design for this $220 million museum to be located in the northeastern corner of what will be called Museum Park (the current Bicentennial Park).
more at Miami Herald

The making of an eco-deco mansion

“Is that ‘echo’ with an ‘h’?” asks architect Paul Dowsett cheekily, referring to the extensive list of eco-friendly and sustainable technologies his firm, Scott Morris Architects, is incorporating into the renovation and expansion of this historic mansion.

There is a duality to the project. Firstly, Mr. Daniels’s team – which, in addition to Mr. Dowsett, includes project manager Nick Egizii, landscape architect Ron Holbrook, interior designer Phillip Moody and Simon Boone of Generation Solar – will be restoring as many of the home’s art deco features as possible. They include the domed foyer ceiling, the sweeping terrazzo staircase and the amazing sprung-floor ballroom in the basement.

“I’m fanatically devoted to Toronto and to preserving what we can of the housing stock,” explains Mr. Daniels, a self-confessed heritage lover. Reconsidering, he corrects himself: “Preserving is not the right word because this is not a preservation, this is a reimagining of something but trying to respect as much of what the original building has to offer.”

Since the home’s deco features seem to stop somewhere past the foyer (perhaps because the original owner got a case of cold feet), Mr. Daniels is “reimagining” what might have been and installing deco trim, moulding and other finishes throughout. more at Globe and Mail – Dave Leblanc

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