Yesterday the New World Symphony opened their new orchestral academy, designed by Frank Gehry Partners, in Miami Beach, Florida. Named the New World Centre, the building houses a 756-seat performance hall surrounded by large acoustically reflective “sails,” that encompass the audience with sound and serve doubly as video projection surfaces. The hall is diverse and multipurpose; the stage is made up of ten platforms, each on its own mechanical lift, that can be moved and adjusted depending on the particular theater experience. Gehry Partners worked with Nagata Acoustics and Theatre Projects Consultants to create the world-class performance hall.
USGBC's Emerging Professionals has partnered with the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency to host the 5th annual Emerging Talent Design Competition. The competition requires participating teams to use shipping containers as building material and inspiration, in order to create sustainable and beautiful designs for a new multipurpose structure in Long Beach.
Cyan Building is a LEED Gold certified workforce housing building created by THA Architecture, Inc. and GBD Architects in Portland, Oregon. The building is sixteen stories, with 354 apartments, 6,000 square feet of rental space, a 13,000 square foot public garden, and access to public transportation. It is constructed from 75 percent recycled materials, and is 20% more efficient than the building code requires.