Over the past few years, you’ve likely walked by at least one pop-up shop in your city. They started with the rise of social media and changing retail landscape, and have since grown into an increasingly popular marketing tactic for brands across the globe. Last November, we discussed the impact Instagram has made on architecture, driving businesses to create spaces that are “Insta-friendly.”
Townsite Transformed, an architectural competition sponsored by the AIA Committee on Design (AIA COD), recently announced the winning submissions. The competition focused on challenging architects and aspiring architects to design a replacement for the Townsite Homes development in Henderson, Nevada. The original development has outlived its intended use and has fallen into disrepair, creating neighborhood blight. John Myefski, President + Principal of Myefski Architects and AIA COD Leadership Group member, was the Jury Chair for this year's contest.
This past weekend, April 4-7, the AIA Committee on Design (COD) hosted their annual domestic conference in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Premised on the theme, 'The Innovators & Maintainers: Innovation in Architecture, Infrastructure & Technology', members and participants studied benchmark projects evaluating how new programming, design iterations, and technological advancement affect the human experience.
There has been a clear shift toward public transportation centers becoming mediums for innovation in design as technology advances, the climate changes, and consumers demand more from their spaces. For years, larger airports with even bigger budgets have paved the way for public transit centers, implementing forward-thinking design elements and investing in impressive amenities. For example, Jewel Changi in Singapore has a calming butterfly garden, Hong Kong has an IMAX theater and golf course, and Seoul Incheon offers travelers an indoor skating rink.
Set to be complete in August 2020, Hub on Campus Champaign is a 17-story mixed-use development designed to bring an extraordinary lifestyle experience to UIUC students. The building's convenient location in 'Campustown' is adjacent to the University of Illinois campus and walking distance to Greek life and popular nightlife spots. The MA team is working with Chicago-based developer, Core Spaces, to design the project.
The Kompas Fellowship is a rare opportunity for recent college graduates to gain hands-on professional experience before moving on to graduate school. Boasting an impressive portfolio and innovative idea, Angel Tang (University of Michigan, ’19) has been selected as the 2019-2020 Fellow. Starting this summer, she will spend 80% of her time assisting the MA team with real-life projects and 20% of her time exploring an independent research venture.
The International Design Awards (IDA) recognize and celebrate smart and sustainable multidisciplinary design, promoting legendary design visionaries as well as emerging talent. Chosen among hundreds of impressive submissions, Myefski Architects’ design of the Royal Danish Theatre was selected as the winner of the Conceptual Architecture category, receiving the ‘Gold’ designation.
Sponsored by the Glencoe Historical Society as part of the city’s 150th-anniversary celebration, the Glencoe Hall of Fame was established to honor current and past Glencoe residents that have made the town a better place. The Hall of Fame selection committee received over 250 nominations for the inaugural class, resulting in the official selection of 150 members. John Myefski, President + Principal of Myefski Architects and long-time Glencoe resident, was inducted into this historic group for his many contributions to the community.