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Cultural Facilities

The Elephant Museum in Thailand sits on 5,400 sm in Surin Province. Images: Spaceshift Studio

October 13, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The complex, in Surin Province, was built with 480,000 clay bricks.

The Providence Public Library is now sporting a revamped wing, auditorium, and special collections area that encompasses tens of thousands of books, manuscripts, photos, and other artifacts. Photos: Anton Grassl

September 25, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The $29 million project adds light and collaborative space to a 67-year-old wing.

September 24, 2020 | National Trust for Historic Preservation

Annually, this list spotlights important examples of our nation’s architectural and cultural he...

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The 1.5-acre Roosevelt Plaza Park in Camden, N.J., replaced a parking garage, office buildings, and ground-floor retail. Image: Cooper's Ferry Partnership

June 19, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Fifteen examples of how parks and green spaces emerged from parking lots, garages, and underpas...

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Lanternen aerial

All renderings courtesy Snøhetta

December 04, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project’s design was developed with WERK Arkitekter.

Theatre Row, the five-theater Off-Broadway complex, recently underwent an extensive renovation as part of a larger reimagining of the complex’s role in New York City's nonprofit theater community. Marta Sanders of Architecture Outfit designed the renovation, which was unveiled last summer. Image:

December 01, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A new study identifies the challenges these theaters face, and offers possible solutions that inc...

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The Whale exterior from land

All renderings courtesy MIR and Dorte Mandrup

November 11, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Dorte Mandrup won an international competition to design the project.

Pulse memorial museum exterior

All renderings courtesy Coldefy & Associés.

November 01, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The design was selected from 68 entries.

The restoration of the Harlem Fire Watchtower in North Manhattan, which took two years to complete, required new cross bracing. Images: Courtesy of Thornton Tomasetti 

October 29, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The nearly $8 million project required major structural interventions.

Top Cultural Sector Construction Firms for 2019 MilwaukeeLibrary3

Milwaukee Public Library Mitchell Street Branch, designed by HGA. The library was created from the former Hills Department Store originally built in 1919. Photo courtesy HGA


October 03, 2019 | BD+C Staff

Whiting-Turner, Turner, PCL, Clark Group, and Gilbane top the rankings of the nation's largest cu...

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Top Cultural Sector Engineering Firms for 2019 Sunset-Park-Library-Updated-Rendering

The Sunset Park Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, designed by Magnusson Architecture and Planning, comprises eight stories and 21,000 sf. The library encompasses the first two and a half floors of the building, while the remaining five and a half floors house 50 affordable residences for qualified low-income occupants. Rendering courtesy Magnusson Architecture and Planning


October 03, 2019 | BD+C Staff

Jacobs, Arup, EXP, BRPH, and Thornton Tomasetti head the rankings of the nation's largest cultura...

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Top Cultural Sector Architecture Firms FOR 2019 MilwaukeeLibrary1_use

The HGA-designed Mitchell Street Branch of the Milwaukee Public Library was created from the former Hills Department Store originally built in 1919. Photo: Courtesy HGA


October 03, 2019 | BD+C Staff

Gensler, Populous, DLR Group, Stantec, and Perkins and Will top the rankings of the nation's larg...

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2019 Cultural Facilities Giants Report Macalester_University

Macalester College’s new Theater, Dance, and Classroom building in St. Paul, Minn., designed by HGA, includes a flexible performance space that allows for different seating and performance configurations. Photo: Courtesy HGA


October 03, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor 

The future of libraries is less about being quiet and more about hands-on learning and face-to-fa...

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Steven Holl Architects, The Kennedy Center expands for the first time since its 1971 debut

An aerial view of The REACH (left, in front of the Kennedy Center), whose three pavilions are connected underground. Images: Richard Barnes, Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects.

September 11, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The REACH, with three pavilions on a generous lawn, adds openness and light to this performance s...

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Denny Substation in Seattle redefines this building type by its inclusion of neighborhood-focused amenities. Image: Benjamin Benschneider

August 28, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Denny Substation includes 44,000 sf of open space that invites local residents and visitors t...

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Aerial view of shanghai grand opera house

All images courtesy Snøhetta

August 23, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The Opera House is part of a new urban master plan for Shanghai.

The Linde Center offers three intimate spaces that support the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Center, a new initiative called the Tanglewood Learning Institute, whose programming will include online programs. Image: Robert Benson Photography

August 19, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

It recently debuted three climate-controlled event spaces and an indoor-outdoor café

All renderings courtesy Steven Holl Architects

July 15, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Their winning proposal was supported by six of the seven members of the jury.

All photos: Laurian Ghinitoiu

July 11, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project gives Bordeaux an art-filled public space from the waterfront to the city’s new urban...

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All renderings courtesy MAD

July 01, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

MAD beat out four other proposals for the opportunity to design the theater.

David Baker Architects wins 2019 HUD 'best in affordable housing' honor

Williams Terrace, Charleston, S.C., designed by David Baker Architects. The project echoes the iconic Charleston single house, with piazzas that function much like porches. These wide, open-air corridors provide external circulation and surround an airy central courtyard. Photo: Luker Photography, courtesy AIA


June 27, 2019 | AIA

The firm's Williams Terrace project is the first dedicated housing for Charleston, S.C.’s low-inc...

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Row New York Boathouse, courtesy Foster + Partners

Rendering courtesy Foster + Partners


June 27, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project will sit on the banks of the Harlem River in Sherman Creek Park.

May 17, 2019 | Jonathan Barnes, Contributing Editor

Former ConocoPhillips CEO and wife have donated millions for culture and education.

Austin-area Boys & Girls Club opens headquarters with robust local financial support

The new building will allow the club to offer its after-school programming to another 500 kids. Image: Tre Dunham

May 07, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Facility is expanding its after-school programming.

The 236,800-sf Olympic House will bring the International Olympic Committee's administration under one roof. Image: 3XN

March 25, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The building, nestled in a large park, is striving to meet three different sustainability standar...

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San Diego's newest library branch provides a larger state-of-the-art resource for a growing uptown community. Image: Brady Architectural Photography

February 10, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

It features larger gathering spaces and more technology than its predecessor.

The main reading room in the Chicago Public Library's new West Loop branch. Image: Tom Harris

January 18, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Its exterior design reflects the neighborhood’s industrial history, while its interior fosters co...

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October 24, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The San Antonio City Council voted 9-2 in favor of the makeover.

The Bay Theater in Pacific Palisades, Calif., a flagship for the Cinepolis luxury theater chain, is undergoing a major renovation that will promote social interaction as well as entertainment. Image: Retail Design Collaborative

August 10, 2018 |

Comfort and service are keys to attracting repeat customers, says an expert whose firm specialize...

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Italian Cultural Center
June 11, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Further evidence of the positive impact of the cultural centers on neighborhood development and e...

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