Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Las Vegas/Gehry Partners By:Joseph Giovannini Launch Slideshow     Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health   The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in downtown Las Vegas is composed of two buildings—a revenue-generating event space and the clinic’s research-and-treatment building—connected by a draped steel façade.   Although architect Frank Gehry’s sources are never strictly literal or singular, sand dunes of the desert suggested the twisting volumes of the four-story event hall.   The cubic massing of a hillside village in Morocco inspired the...

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Make it Right Project, New Orleans

The ambitious operation initiated by Brad Pitt continues to move forward with more houses in construction. By Shawn Kennedy Photo courtesy Make It Right Some Make It Right houses, designed by local and out-of-town architects, have been criticized for their modern designs. But the community is still growing, with first-generation houses embraced by occupants.   It’s been nearly three years since homeowners were given keys to the first group of new houses built in their storm-ravaged New Orleans neighborhood by actor Brad Pitt’s Make It Right (MIR) foundation. But the...

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Moshe Safdie Designs Golden Dream Bay in Qinhuangdao, China

By Fred A. Bernstein     Model photo courtesy of John Horner Moshe Safdie and his firm used their 40-year-old Habitat 67 project in Montreal, Canada, as the inspiration for their 2,400-unit housing development in Qinhuangdao, which will have apartments framing giant 20-story “windows.”.   After 40 years of building libraries, museums and government buildings around the world, Moshe Safdie may still be best known for Habitat 67, his experimental “town” of stacked housing units in Montreal. Now Safdie is building a much larger version of Habitat in Qinhuangdao in Hebei...

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Architects Eager to Help Devastated Japan

A slow, painstaking recovery effort continues in the Tohoku region of Japan, which was ravaged on March 11 by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and a 30-foot tsunami. Many architects are eager to help, whether that means raising money, lending design services, or mobilizing damage assessment teams. On March 30, architect Hisaya Sugiyama, head of Japan’s chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), sent a detailed and captivating letter to AIA members. In it, Sugiyama, who is principal of Tokyo’s Quincy Studio, put forward specific ideas about how the county should rebuild,...

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