Archinect - Features 2016-06-01T03:33:30-04:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/149943942/matters-of-scale-with-bill-zahner-head-of-the-engineering-design-consultancy-behind-the-petersen-automotive-museum-s-redesign 'Matters of Scale' with Bill Zahner, head of the engineering-design consultancy behind the Petersen Automotive Museum's redesign Aaron Willette 2016-05-31T09:56:00-04:00 >2016-05-31T15:36:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0x/0xg8uj69wcru156o.jpg" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the second installation of the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/678152/matters-of-scale" target="_blank"><strong>Matters of Scale</strong></a> series I&rsquo;m talking to Bill Zahner, president and CEO of the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/678152/matters-of-scale" target="_blank">A. Zahner Company</a>. For many people Bill doesn&rsquo;t need an introduction&mdash;he&rsquo;s been involved with the engineering and fabrication of metal fa&ccedil;ade systems for the likes of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/gehry" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/577/herzog-de-meuron" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106441/diller-scofidio-renfro" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio + Renfo</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/776/kohn-pedersen-fox-associates" target="_blank">Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates</a>, and many, many others.&nbsp;When initially planning the Matters of Scale series, Bill&rsquo;s name was first on my list of people that I wanted to include in the larger conversation, and I&rsquo;m elated to be able to include him so early in the series.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149944931/parasite-the-bandage-over-the-nomadic-wound paraSITE: the bandage over the nomadic wound Julia Ingalls 2016-05-27T11:04:00-04:00 >2016-05-29T23:18:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xf/xftqf55cevtar1tu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Using the air discharged from publicly accessible HVAC units, artist Michael Rakowitz has created a series of inflatable temporary plastic shelters for the homeless he calls &ldquo;paraSITE.&rdquo; The work, which began in 1998 and was later added to the MoMA&rsquo;s Architecture and Design online collection, is both a form of social protest and an ingenious, budget-conscious design (most units cost around $5 to construct).</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149947194/previewing-the-2016-venice-biennale-anupama-kundoo-s-building-knowledge Previewing the 2016 Venice Biennale: Anupama Kundoo's "Building Knowledge" Nicholas Korody 2016-05-26T12:14:00-04:00 >2016-05-29T23:07:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xg/xgvghkcfwawwebx2.jpg" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In advance of the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/743426/2016-venice-biennale" target="_blank">2016 Venice Biennale</a>, we've spoken with the curators behind a few select pavilions to check in on the status of their exhibitions. For this feature, we spoke with Anupama Kundoo about her project, <em>Building Knowledge</em>.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149944930/how-4-us-cities-are-applying-architectural-solutions-to-homelessness How 4 US cities are applying architectural solutions to homelessness Julia Ingalls 2016-05-23T18:29:00-04:00 >2016-05-29T23:24:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/91bgehprdw8q9rbq.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Housing First, a federal policy for ending chronic <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/314845/homelessness" target="_blank">homelessness</a> that grew out of initiatives in Los Angeles and New York in the late 1980s and early 1990s, provides what appears to be the most effective solution to homelessness in the United States: actually housing people. Since implementing Housing First programs in Utah&nbsp;in 2005, Salt Lake City reported up to a 91% reduction in their rate of the chronically homeless.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149946026/photographing-the-jungle-of-calais-refugee-camp Photographing the 'Jungle' of Calais' refugee camp Nicholas Korody 2016-05-20T10:20:00-04:00 >2016-05-22T15:33:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dr/drrlj74ea7btrpuf.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The northernmost vertex in the hexagon of Metropolitan France, the port city of Calais is nearly 100 kilometers closer to Brussels than to Paris. On a clear day, you can see the White Cliffs of Dover, one of the most iconic of England&rsquo;s natural wonders, from its shores. Several centuries ago, Calais belonged to the English crown&mdash;its &ldquo;greatest jewel.&rdquo; More recently, the Germans seized it and then razed it. Calais is, in a way, the quintessential European border town. Here, Europe&rsquo;s incessant identity crises and territorial struggles surface in physical form.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149944447/previewing-the-2016-venice-biennale-spain-s-unfinished Previewing the 2016 Venice Biennale: Spain's "Unfinished" Laura Amaya 2016-05-12T11:37:00-04:00 >2016-05-24T03:20:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n5/n5axb9t1mkvyeuel.jpg" width="514" height="560" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I&ntilde;aqui Carnicero, principal of RICA Studio, has been selected along with Carlos Quint&aacute;ns to co-curate the Spanish Pavilion at the 2016 Architecture Biennale in Venice, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/643354/reporting-from-the-front" target="_blank">&ldquo;Reporting from the Front&rdquo;</a>. I&ntilde;aqui is active both in the academic field and in professional practice, which he combines to push the limits of architectural explorations.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149942986/beatriz-colomina-on-playboy-architecture-and-the-masculine-fantasy Beatriz Colomina on "Playboy Architecture" and the masculine fantasy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-11T10:38:00-04:00 >2016-05-15T23:53:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rk/rkdl4zgj2d6omwdg.jpg" width="514" height="235" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>Playboy</em> gets lip service as a leader in the sexual revolution, a vanguard publisher of emerging talent in fiction and interviews, and of course, a historic showcase for sexy ladies. While the publication has since lost its centerfolds, it is now being celebrated for its role in architecture and design &ndash;&nbsp;establishing both of those fields as firmly within the Playboy&rsquo;s domain. Now on display at the Elmhurst Art Museum, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940809/the-enduring-influence-of-playboy-architecture" target="_blank">&ldquo;Playboy Architecture: 1953-1979&rdquo;</a> presents photos, films, architectural models and archival issues that illustrate how the ruling designs of the era fueled <em>Playboy</em>&rsquo;s masculine fantasy, and the other way around.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149943012/how-chicks-with-bricks-finds-female-solidarity-and-humour-in-the-uk-s-building-industry How 'Chicks with Bricks' finds female solidarity (and humour) in the UK's building industry Robert Urquhart 2016-05-04T11:06:00-04:00 >2016-05-10T23:47:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b6/b67dltom35egqmn4.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With an easy to remember name, an inclusive attitude and a pragmatic sense of duty, <a href="http://www.chickswithbricks.com/" target="_blank">Chicks with Bricks</a> has been holding networking events in London since 2005 with the aim of inspiring and connecting women in architecture and construction.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149943348/previewing-the-2016-venice-biennale-the-british-pavilion-s-home-economics Previewing the 2016 Venice Biennale: the British Pavilion's "Home Economics" Robert Urquhart 2016-05-03T02:03:00-04:00 >2016-05-17T15:29:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f8/f8p1kbhvs7ha4s0y.jpg" width="514" height="726" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In advance of the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/743426/2016-venice-biennale" target="_blank">2016 Venice Biennale</a>, we've spoken with the curators behind a few select pavilions to see how they're grappling with Alejandro Aravena's theme, "Reporting from the Front". For this feature, we spoke with the curators behind the British Pavilion, "Home Economics".</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149940803/tectr-tinder-for-architecture Tectr: Tinder for architecture? Julia Ingalls 2016-04-29T10:45:00-04:00 >2016-05-03T08:33:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wt/wtfq5m8j190vsh6v.jpg" width="514" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you've ever blushed at the veiny ridges of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/63273060/gehry-s-8-spruce-street-wins-emporis-skyscraper-award" target="_blank">8 Spruce Street</a>, or wanted to trace the outer lip of the now shuttered design for the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" target="_blank">Tokyo Olympic Stadium</a>, Tectr may be for you. The 18+, NSFW experimental dating/hookup game, designed by Silverstring Media, pairs users with architectural structures, from empty foyers to ramrod straight skyscrapers.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/148988000/transparent-motives-the-ins-and-outs-of-sex-specific-architecture Transparent Motives: the ins and outs of sex-specific architecture Julia Ingalls 2016-04-15T08:20:00-04:00 >2016-04-22T17:46:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tg/tgoq9nd1ybtjlqhb.jpg" width="514" height="218" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If sex is the ultimate form of openness, then the architecture designed specifically to facilitate it could, up until recently anyway, be described as opaque. Even those more flagrant hot spots, like Emperor Nero&rsquo;s Domus Aurea or Japan&rsquo;s ubiquitous <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/50672/tmn-on-love-hotels" target="_blank">love hotels</a>, tended to be built to obscure their purpose, at least from the outside. Indeed, it is only within the last few decades that the notion of sex as an activity that could be displayed, or at least not obscured, has come into a more public architectural vogue. Transparency, in its <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127173703/welcome-to-the-jungle-sou-fujimoto-lectures-on-applying-natural-infrastructure-to-urban-design" target="_blank">boundary blurring form</a>, is a defining characteristic of architecture for sex.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149938601/architectural-panel-tape-proves-its-strength-with-spf-architects-double-stick-project Architectural panel tape proves its strength with SPF:architects' Double Stick project Alexis Petrunia 2016-04-09T10:49:00-04:00 >2016-04-18T00:04:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tg/tge31qrgfxs1lgrm.jpg" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The &ldquo;Double Stick&rdquo; residence comes by its name honestly. With an impressive anodized aluminum fa&ccedil;ade held in place by a high performance, two-sided architectural panel tape, this 5,000-square-foot single-family dwelling designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/78556/spf-a-studio-pali-fekete-architects" target="_blank">Studio Pali Fekete architects</a>&nbsp;is a stellar expression of modern design and engineering.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149938311/the-internship-test-or-why-even-become-an-architect-at-all The internship test or: why even become an architect at all? Nicholas Korody 2016-04-06T09:11:00-04:00 >2016-04-11T14:53:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2y/2yfo9ubiqoglyutn.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The question of internships frames something of a litmus test in architecture &ndash; although they tend to indicate more about the hiring firm than the hire. Exploited labor or necessary rite-of-passage? It&rsquo;s a debate that&rsquo;s been raging for decades almost exclusively through this binary, even as the context in which it&rsquo;s been waged has transformed considerably. While certain practices have moved to institute fair compensation into their intern programs, life for many architecture interns today remains a struggle.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149936428/african-modernism-architecture-of-independence-showcases-a-history-of-no-easy-answers "African Modernism: Architecture of Independence" showcases a history of no easy answers Nick Cecchi 2016-03-27T11:44:00-04:00 >2016-04-02T17:44:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ix/ix7ait35ntwm8vqy.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"African Modernism: The Architecture of Independence" is a sprawling and immersive exhibition that uses every inch of available gallery space at Chicago&rsquo;s Graham Foundation. Curated by <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144431565/win-african-modernism-a-book-that-investigates-nation-building-in-five-african-countries" target="_blank">Manuel Herz</a> with input for this particular exhibition by <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/604700/sarah-herda" target="_blank">Sarah Herda</a>, head of Graham Foundation, the show is based on Herz&rsquo;s voluminous tome of the same name. At over 700 pages, Herz&rsquo;s scholarly investigation and cataloging of modern architecture in Ghana, Senegal, Cote d&rsquo;Ivoire, Kenya, and Zambia provided a surplus of projects and information, requiring a careful distillation to produce the exhibition.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/148987999/when-designing-for-money-breaks-the-bank-architecture-mold When designing for money breaks the bank architecture mold Julia Ingalls 2016-03-25T13:26:00-04:00 >2016-04-02T17:28:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hs/hs6ruluyd15zpoqf.jpg" width="514" height="765" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Think bank architecture and its associated headquarters and you may find yourself stultified by visions of doric columns, artless atriums, and bland corporate highrises. However, these six structures by prominent practitioners are a survey of the unusual and intriguing. Here&rsquo;s what each financial institution says about its social/historical context, as well as the role of money at that time.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149935222/architecture-after-capitalism-in-a-world-without-work Architecture after capitalism, in a world without work Nicholas Korody 2016-03-18T10:32:00-04:00 >2016-04-03T01:13:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/he/he5an36wlqwwncce.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;A spider conducts operations that resemble those of a weaver, and a bee puts to shame many an architect in the construction of her cells,&rdquo; writes Karl Marx in <em>Das Kapital</em>, likely the most direct invocation of architecture in his influential, and controversial, writings. &ldquo;But what distinguishes the worst architect from the best of bees is this, that the architect raises his structure in imagination before he erects it in reality.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149934079/timothy-morton-on-haunted-architecture-dark-ecology-and-other-objects Timothy Morton on haunted architecture, dark ecology, and other objects Nicholas Korody 2016-03-11T14:29:00-05:00 >2016-04-02T18:05:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6y/6yl38rrm1gs1v3oa.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;How you design a building directly <em>is</em> ecological awareness,&rdquo; states Timothy Morton, Professor and Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at <a href="http://archinect.com/rice" target="_blank">Rice University</a>. &ldquo;And your design is a game that will inculcate all kinds of ecological awareness. So realize that and act accordingly...&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/148360892/the-far-reaching-work-by-state-of-the-art-weirdos-mos-architects The far-reaching work by "state-of-the-art weirdos" MOS Architects Alexis Petrunia 2016-03-11T14:12:00-05:00 >2016-04-03T00:53:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/17/17gyjgo6dx1rrx9z.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/25492488/mos-architects" target="_blank">MOS</a> has developed an impressive cache of work over a relatively brief period of time, including a range of designs unequivocal to the company&rsquo;s unique, and at times quirky, style. Their approach considers economic climates and environmental limitations, but evades conventional aesthetics. Take it from the firm&rsquo;s website; MOS rejects the ordinary. A succinct self-description concludes that their company is &ldquo;a collective of designers, architects, thinkers and state-of-the-art weirdos.&rdquo;</p><p>With the recent release of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1616892463/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0763669903&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=archinectarchite&amp;linkId=Z7RWU7IPK6BIJ7GS" target="_blank"><em>MOS: Selected Works</em></a>, it seems fitting to reflect on a selection of projects that highlight the company&rsquo;s discernible attitude toward conceptual design and architecture.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/145736562/liz-diller-gets-high-discussing-the-high-line-s-development-with-christopher-hawthorne Liz Diller gets high: discussing The High Line's development with Christopher Hawthorne Julia Ingalls 2016-02-19T18:07:00-05:00 >2016-02-24T13:02:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5p/5pw0ergqh76bgomn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Few would have predicted that a &ldquo;used-condom-strewn&rdquo; elevated railway line running through what used to be seedy Chelsea would become one of New York City&rsquo;s biggest cultural attractions. And yet, according to Elizabeth Diller in conversation with <em>Los Angeles Times</em>&nbsp;architecture critic&nbsp;Christopher Hawthorne at LAX Art on February 16, last year over seven million people walked Diller, Scofidio + Renfro&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/2191/high-line" target="_blank">High Line</a>. That&rsquo;s about four million more than attended MoMA or even all of the Yankees games, making The High Line not just a renovated railway, but a literal cultural bridge between the pedestrian and the aesthetic realms.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/148350430/children-s-drawings-inspire-cobe-s-kindergarten-in-copenhagen Children's drawings inspire COBE's kindergarten in Copenhagen Alexis Petrunia 2016-02-18T08:53:00-05:00 >2016-04-07T20:12:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ft/ft4luxexgsrcjezl.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Needless to say, children require very little to have a lot of fun. An imaginary world can be transformed from the most modest of settings. Really, all that&rsquo;s needed is a bit of space (albeit safe and relatively clean), and a great imagination &ndash;something that little ones have an endless supply of.</p><p>So when it comes time for kids to embark on the short-lived, yet impactful journey that is kindergarten, the most nurturing of environments are those that foster diversity, social connectivity, and creativity. The Danish architecture firm <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/46834/cobe" target="_blank">COBE</a> has used that ethos to cultivate an amazing setting for children attending preschool in the Copenhagen neighborhood of Frederiksberg. The educational institution encompasses a unique campus, a blank canvas of sorts for young minds to re-imagine a world of their own.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/145736561/getting-the-chair-how-cinematic-villains-seats-illuminate-character Getting the chair: how cinematic villains' seats illuminate character Julia Ingalls 2016-02-14T00:07:00-05:00 >2016-02-22T00:10:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a0/a0bcrn18q809z3ov.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Imagine Hannibal Lecter in a lawn chair: not quite as menacing, right? While furniture in <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/472439/material-witness" target="_blank">film</a> can be a subtle part of the mise-en-scene, for cinematic villains, their signature chair often defines their character, even if that character is rotten right down to the studs. What chairs do the best job of bringing out the worst of an empire-crazed nihilist, or a serial killer, or a limelit psychopath? To answer that question, we had these ten evildoers take a seat according to their preferred vice.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/146286835/ayalto-integral-transforms-europa-point-s-18th-century-barracks-into-a-bright-and-open-complex-for-gibraltar-university Ayalto Integral transforms Europa Point’s 18th century barracks into a bright and open complex for Gibraltar University Alexis Petrunia 2016-02-12T19:21:00-05:00 >2016-03-18T09:00:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r5/r52c6yrlgmbq5ur3.jpg" width="514" height="574" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With consideration paid to the historical integrity of an eighteenth century bunker, <a href="http://archinect.com/Ayalto" target="_blank">Ayalto Integral</a> has transformed a cultural landmark on Europa Point into a bright and open space for students of Gibraltar University.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/146888284/a-prize-winning-installation-pays-tribute-to-a-historical-quebec-village A prize-winning installation pays tribute to a historical Quebec village Alexis Petrunia 2016-02-10T17:03:00-05:00 >2016-03-11T16:46:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tj/tjc6grqwkdexv7fx.jpg" width="514" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Vercheres, a small village near Montreal, has recently integrated a unique memorial to honor those who originally settled the region in 1740. A local firm, <a href="http://www.lesateliers-guyon.com/" target="_blank">Les Ateliers Guyon</a><strong>,</strong> has designed a cluster of benches with white oak sails rooted along the shore of the St. Lawrence River. <em>Sails Benches </em>echoes the arrival of 18th century explorers, while reflecting a particular artistic aesthetic that Les Ateliers Guyon has become known for. The project has recently garnered accolade from the prestigious World Interiors News Awards in London, receiving first place in the &lsquo;Furniture Category&rsquo;.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/147285647/adelaide-s-pink-moon-saloon-is-a-snug-fit-for-a-local-alleyway Adelaide's Pink Moon Saloon is a snug fit for a local alleyway Alexis Petrunia 2016-02-09T20:34:00-05:00 >2016-02-21T23:26:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/17/173hzw532yvtiqma.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://www.pinkmoonsaloon.com.au/" target="_blank">The Pink Moon Saloon</a> in Adelaide, Australia, almost looks like something inspired by a Roald Dahl book. The restaurant takes on the appearance of a traditional woodland hut, yet randomly resides between two ordinary office buildings in the midst of a bustling city avenue. The traditional fa&ccedil;ade resembles the type of cottage one might imagine nestled amongst a more rural landscape; or at least juxtaposed within an environment less urban than the twelve-foot wide alleyway it&rsquo;s been built into.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/147196490/talking-with-assemble-before-they-won-the-turner Talking with Assemble – before they won the Turner will galloway 2016-02-09T13:10:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T21:40:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fd/fdnqreariay72ixl.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>My first meeting with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/617484/assemble" target="_blank">Assemble</a> was at their studio in London, in a search to find and speak with interesting people who think that building stuff at 1:1 scale sounds pretty normal. I wanted to convince them to host a workshop at Keio University, where I teach, and I succeeded: our run in with Assemble ended with students building a very rough and very temporary Onsen (the Japanese term for bathing facilities near hot springs), and an equally rough kitchen on a construction site at our university campus.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/146812853/the-architect-s-guide-to-doing-taxes The architect's guide to doing taxes Julia Ingalls 2016-02-04T20:35:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T00:33:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2d/2d2dftya1tv9jpth.jpg" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whether you own your own firm, are working for someone else, or are <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142529093/stepping-out-the-personal-preface-to-starting-your-own-practice-on-archinect-sessions-44" target="_blank">just getting started</a>, you'll inevitably have to deal with one thing: taxes. Now that we're well into 2016, here is some architecturally-specific tax advice, courtesy of Karen Timmermans, CPA, a partner in the accounting firm Gray, Gray &amp; Gray (which, fittingly, specializes in the needs of its architectural clients).</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/146303682/a-tunnel-worth-travelling-constructing-amsterdam-central-station-s-cuyperspassage-that-s-a-true-dutch-spectacle A tunnel worth travelling: constructing Amsterdam Central Station’s Cuyperspassage that’s a “true Dutch spectacle” Alexis Petrunia 2016-02-03T12:07:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T00:32:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0k/0krb28w69pe8zi7u.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A long-awaited tunnel that directs "slow-moving traffic" has recently been completed at the Amsterdam Central Station. Meant to provide an efficient pathway for pedestrians and cyclists, the Cuyperspassage guides commuters from the old historic section of the city to "New Amsterdam". <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/64208796/benthem-crouwel-architects" target="_blank">Benthem Crouwel Architects</a> have collaborated with <a href="http://www.irmaboom.nl/" target="_blank">Irma Boom Office</a> and ceramic company <a href="http://archinect.com/Tichelaar" target="_blank">Royal Tichelaar Makkum</a> to create a unique passageway that reflects what the architecture firm calls &ldquo;a true Dutch spectacle.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/146210511/modular-benches-provide-maximum-functionality-and-versatility-for-lake-jasper-house Modular benches provide maximum functionality and versatility for Lake Jasper House Alexis Petrunia 2016-02-02T13:41:00-05:00 >2016-02-19T14:07:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p3/p3149abcvtu9wy0a.jpg" width="514" height="271" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Lake Jasper House, designed by <a href="http://www.architecturama.ca/" target="_blank">Architecturama</a>, stands in the midst of a forested haven in Chertsey, Canada. The Quebec-based architecture firm has thoughtfully combined a minimalist aesthetic with maximum functionality, optimizing the use of the house&rsquo;s interior space. In keeping with their manifesto, Architecturama has approached their design with the intention &ldquo;to have a present, living and enthusiastic architecture that engages the senses,&rdquo; in addition to reducing an environmental footprint in any way conceivable.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/146054413/to-each-their-own-home-a-peek-into-the-home-less-exhibition-at-usc To each their own home: A peek into the “HOME(less)” exhibition at USC Justine Testado 2016-01-19T09:30:00-05:00 >2016-01-25T15:27:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1w/1wo94qeljj0acvkt.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For many of those who regularly navigate the streets of Los Angeles, seeing at least one homeless person is not only common, it&rsquo;s expected. So normal is the sight of&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/5497/homeless" target="_blank">homelessness</a>&nbsp;in the city that residents can easily become desensitized to it, making them less likely to question it, and at its worst, making the homeless population effectively invisible. Local designers and Colorblock partners Sofia Borges and Susan Nwankpa wanted to address this in their co-curated photo exhibition, &ldquo;HOME(less)&rdquo;, currently on display at the&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" href="http://archinect.com/uscarchitecture" target="_blank">University of Southern California</a>. The photos raise awareness of L.A.&rsquo;s glaring homelessness crisis, while simultaneously highlighting the impactful relationship between people and their personal spaces in the urban environment.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/145673128/aravena-s-pritzker-a-critical-round-up Aravena's Pritzker: A Critical Round-Up Nicholas Korody 2016-01-14T14:25:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T12:06:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rg/rg7pwns6cssvoz9s.jpg" width="514" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What to make of this year&rsquo;s Pritzker Prize awarding? With today&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145643352/chilean-architect-alejandro-aravena-director-of-this-year-s-venice-biennale-named-2016-pritzker-prize-laureate" target="_blank">announcement</a>, the Chilean architect <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/598317/alejandro-aravena" target="_blank">Alejandro Aravena</a> has secured his place within the upper echelon of the architecture community. In fact, 2016 is shaping up to be his big year: he&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132339475/chilean-architect-alejandro-aravena-named-architecture-director-of-2016-venice-biennale" target="_blank">curating this summer&rsquo;s Venice Biennale</a>, which is expected to be something of a showcase for the type of high-design yet socially-aware and economically-pragmatic practices that his own &ldquo;Do Tank,&rdquo; <a href="http://archinect.com/Alejandro_Aravena" target="_blank">Elemental</a>, typifies.</p>