North Bethesda Market II
Located on Rockville Pike, just outside of Washington, D.C., North Bethesda Market II (NOBE II) is a 970,000-square-foot mixed-use development with retail, office, and nearly 350 residential units. Designed by Studios Architecture for developer the JBG Cos., NOBE II is anchored at the northwest corner by a residential tower; the southern and eastern edges of the site are lined by lower retail and office volumes. A central plaza can play host to farmers markets, musical performances, and other entertainment.
An Olympic Feast
Three new stadiums for London’s 2012 Games combine structure innovation with sustainability to ensure a positive legacy long after the torch moves on.
Beyond world records and athletic prowess, the Olympic Games have long been known for the massive urban overhaul and construction projects that host cities undertake to prepare for the onslaught of visitors. With instant architectural icons such as the Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube, the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing are a hard act to follow. When the International Olympic Committee (IOC) selected London to host the 2012 Games, many wondered how the city could top the design and engineering feats of its predecessor.
During its bid, London, like all of the short-listed cities, had pulled out all the stops, including proposals for extravagant new buildings. As the London Organising Committee of Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA)—the joint organizations tasked with bringing the event to fruition—refined plans for capital development, the city’s pledge to the IOC to create “the first sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games” would become the vehicle by which the new structures would make their mark.
Maine architect Dean Bingham got creative in a stubborn economy and now runs a side business as a chocolate-truffle maker.
Sometimes, it pays to have two jobs. After practicing architecture for 35 years, Dean Bingham, AIA, started to sell hand-dipped, dark chocolate truffles in 2004. Bingham lives in Maine, a state with a population of only 1.3 million, where having two sources of income ensures good times during bad economies.