The Cooper Union’s Student Work Collection Highlights Early Work From Star Architects and More

An expansive, free online database, The Cooper Union’s Student Work Collection contains projects from 1,500+ of the institution’s graduates—as well as those from its Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture. This public archive includes (text, audio and photographic) components from roughly 4,500 projects, stretching back to the 1930s, many of which were unpublished. Many of the school’s celebrated alumni, Elizabeth Diller and Daniel Libeskind included, …

Danish Architect Dorte Mandrup’s The Whale Visitor Center in the Arctic Circle

A few miles from the shore of Norwegian town Andenes, on the island Andøya in the Arctic Circle, a deep-sea valley (called bleiksdjupa) frequently welcomes migrating whales. Breaching the dramatic landscape near the town, The Whale attraction will open its doors to visitors hoping to catch a glimpse. Inside, it will also tell the story of the magnificent marine mammals, their relationship to humans and their …

Detroit’s Orchestra Hall, with Scientifically Verified Nearly Flawless Acoustics, Turns 100

Designed by C Howard Crane, an architect known for “theater palaces,” Detroit’s ornate, spectacular Orchestra Hall turns 100 years old on 23 October. With scientifically verified, nearly flawless acoustics, the venue houses the Detroit Symphony Orchestra—who are embarking on a program that will honor the 1919 season. Orchestra Hall’s shoebox shape favors sound over sight lines and its high ceiling with cloud panels perfect the …