Archinect - News 2017-02-22T03:42:36-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149993202/matter-design-s-five-fields-play-structure-reinvents-the-purpose-of-play Matter Design's Five Fields Play Structure Reinvents the Purpose of Play Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-02-21T21:01:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T21:01:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hh/hhksloebkzr7gl7g.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The intent is to not ask what the structure does, but how it imagines new possibilities</p></em><br /><br /><p>It has been said that play is the exultation of the possible. The Five Fields Play Structure then, is the fullest realization of this theory on play. Conceived by <a href="http://www.matterdesignstudio.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Matter Design</a>, an interdisciplinary design practice founded in 2008 by Brandon Clifford and Wes McGee, the structure proudly has no purpose. It is a blank canvas meant for childish exploration and the cultivation of their imagination. &nbsp;</p><p>The design resists any directive and rejects specified, singular usage. Twenty-foot tall vertical elements seem to contribute to the structure at one moment, but then extend into the landscape. Doors and stairs, while standard architectural elements, are rethought to lead to nowhere and color is used as a suggestive rather than a clear label on entries and key moments. Another prominent design strategy was to provide multiple means of access to any location. These decisions allow the structure to become a landscape for childish imagination where play is no longer dictated by the structure, b...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993165/duvall-decker-architects-combine-greater-agency-and-public-outreach-to-benefit-mississippi-and-the-profession-at-large Duvall Decker Architects combine greater agency and public outreach to benefit Mississippi (and the profession at large) Julia Ingalls 2017-02-21T18:12:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T18:12:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oh/oha4js2k8v0r3hw6.jpg" width="650" height="513" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since they founded Duvall Decker nearly 20 years ago, the Deckers, as they&rsquo;re known, have focused mostly on neglected corners in and around Jackson, Mississippi&rsquo;s capital. To pay the bills, the two have redefined for themselves the ambit of a small architectural practice. They have become developers and even branched into building maintenance: a soup-to-nuts strategy that has allowed them more than just financial breathing room.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Helping impoverished Mississippi communities? Check. Making money while creating a business model that empowers you with the decision-making powers of developers? Check. Being notable and effective enough to earn your own profile in <em>The New York Times</em> by Michael Kimmelman? Done, done, and done for Duvall Decker Architects, which also was named one of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149988668/the-emerging-voices-winners-for-2017" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2017's Emerging Voices</a> by the Architectural League of New York. What's especially enheartening about this profile is how by virtue of increasing the quality of their own professional lives, the architects have also vastly increased the well-being of their community. &nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992524/get-lectured-school-of-the-art-institute-of-chicago-spring-17 Get Lectured: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Spring '17 Justine Testado 2017-02-21T18:01:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T18:02:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ri/rix6uk7gx7evxpik.jpg" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/871644/2017-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter &amp; Spring 2017</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/336082/get-lectured" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a> is back in session for Winter and Spring 2017.<em> Get Lectured </em>is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss. Mark those calendars!</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>connect@archinect.com</em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><p>Check out what upcoming events are happening at the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/6087533/school-of-the-art-institute-of-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SAIC Department of&nbsp;Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects</a> for Spring '17.</p><p><strong>Feb 24</strong><br>Studio Swine<br>4:15 pm-5:45 pm at LeRoy Neiman Center Ground Floor, 37 Wabash Ave</p><p><strong>Mar 2</strong><br>Rossana Hu<br>4:15-5:45 pm at LeRoy Neiman Center</p><p><strong>Mar 9</strong><br>Center for Genomic Gastronomy<br>Tasting and Symposium: 12-2 pm at&nbsp;US Food Fanatic Auditorium, 900 North Branch St<br>Lecture: 6-8 pm at LeRoy Neiman Center</p><p><strong>Mar 16</strong><br>Jeanne Gang<br>6-8 pm at Fullerton Auditorium, 111 S Michigan Ave&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Ma...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993113/this-week-s-picks-for-chicago-architecture-and-design-events This week's picks for Chicago architecture and design events hcscully 2017-02-21T14:26:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T14:27:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9u/9uwz5htdth2h3lpv.jpg" width="650" height="376" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Spring is&nbsp;continuing&nbsp;to bring&nbsp;visiting&nbsp;architects lectures to Chicago this week.&nbsp;We also&nbsp;have volunteer opportunities for designers and global&nbsp;research presentations.</p><p>Here is your list of things to do in <a href="http://bustler.net/events_location/2072497/chicago-il-us" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a> over the next couple of weeks.</p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/9009/lecture-junya-ishigami" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Junya Ishigami |&nbsp;February 21</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/ss/sscp0utbiadllwxl.jpg"></p><p><em>junya.ishigami+associates</em></p><p>The Golden Lion award winner for best project at the 12th international architecture biennale will speak on tectonics and environment as he comes to IIT this week. His work, though minimal insertions, shows a connection of purity from art to architecture.</p><p><a href="http://bustler.net/events/9010/colonizing-heritage-the-adaptive-reuse-of-myanmar-s-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Colonizing Heritage: The Adaptive Reuse of Myanmar's Architecture |&nbsp;February 22</strong></a></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/48/48417i0b49mmutx0.jpg"></p><p><em>placesjournal.org</em></p><p>The Martin Roche Travel Scholarship recipient Devon Morris will be at the Chicago design Museum this week to speak on his travels to Myanmar. In a constant state of globalization, many countries have to find new approaches to historical conservation and continual re-use of architecture.</p><p><a href="http://bustler.net/events/9011/chicago-volunteer-expo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Chicago Volunteer Expo |&nbsp;February 26</strong></a></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/bq/bqhhoidxq4yjlskg.jpg"></p><p><em>eventbrite.com</em></p><p>There are plent...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993080/only-90-for-frank-gehry-s-wisdom Only $90 for Frank Gehry's wisdom? Julia Ingalls 2017-02-21T13:32:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T23:46:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/62/62eqb6r31azw0bgw.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Don't tell grad students carting around six-figure debt, but those who wish to learn from one of the masters of architecture can now do so for $90. <a href="https://www.masterclass.com/fg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MasterClass</a>, a San Francisco-based educational video company, is now taking pre-orders for an online class taught by none other than Frank Gehry himself. Students can sign up for the class, which offers "video lessons from the instructor, interactive exercises,&nbsp;course materials, peer interaction, and more."&nbsp;Here's a trailer of what you'll likely learn as Frank winds his way through his model archive (and memories of nearly six decades of professional practice):</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993075/aia-officially-states-it-is-pro-immigration-and-travel-positive AIA officially states it is pro-immigration and travel-positive Julia Ingalls 2017-02-21T12:43:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T22:57:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tc/tcs3e6dwp11azvv1.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What would America be without immigrants? More to the point, what would architecture be without the ability for those working within it to freely travel and collaborate with (much more affordable) talent from around the world? In recognition of these facts, the AIA has released an official statement that raises concerns about broad anti-immigration policies, and confirms the institute's dedication to reciprocal "free moment and association" around the globe. Here's the full text of the press release:</p><p><em>As discussion on immigration continues, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) today joins with many American businesses, industries and universities in calling for fair and impartial immigration policies, and in expressing deep concern about policies that restrict immigration from specific countries or regions based on overly broad factors, including religion.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;Beyond the essential considerations of fairness and equity, restrictions targeting specific areas of the world can have prof...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993018/di-b-do-francis-k-r-announced-as-serpentine-pavilion-2017-designer Diébédo Francis Kéré announced as Serpentine Pavilion 2017 designer Abigail Banfield 2017-02-21T11:36:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T13:25:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mo/mobxdnf91903zwg7.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>" Di&eacute;b&eacute;do Francis K&eacute;r&eacute;, the award-winning architect from Gando, Burkino Faso, has been commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017, responding to the brief with a bold, innovative structure that brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens. "</p></em><br /><br /><p><br>Di&eacute;b&eacute;do Francis K&eacute;r&eacute;, Photo by Erik Jan OuwerkerkSerpentine Galleries have revealed that this year's pavilion will be designed by Di&eacute;b&eacute;do Francis K&eacute;r&eacute;. The pavilion's design responds to the changeable British climate, whilst being influenced K&eacute;r&eacute;'s ecological design ethos which drives his Berlin-based practice. &nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xo/xosndasrhi7qqw11.jpg"></p><p>Last year's <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149950034/touring-big-s-2016-serpentine-pavilion-and-the-new-summer-houses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">design </a>by BIG drew in huge crowds, and acted as a discussion piece throughout the summer.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0c/0c10wv5md2q03c74.jpg"><br>Di&eacute;b&eacute;do Francis K&eacute;r&eacute;, Photo by Erik Jan Ouwerkerk</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992929/naomi-milgrom-appoints-oma-s-rem-koolhaas-david-gianotten-for-fourth-mpavilion Naomi Milgrom appoints OMA's Rem Koolhaas, David Gianotten for fourth MPavilion Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-02-20T23:52:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T01:03:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ax/axna0rlw9udj7mo5.jpg" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In pavilions you can test things you cannot do within buildings -Rem Koolhaas</p></em><br /><br /><p>Naomi Milgrom has appointed high-profile architects Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten of Netherlands-based architecture firm OMA to design the fourth MPavilion temporary culture venue for Melbourne. MPavilion is Australia&rsquo;s leading architectural commission and design event conceived and created by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation in 2014. Every year,&nbsp; one new temporary pavilion, designed by a leading international architect, is erected in Melbourne&rsquo;s historic Queen Victoria Gardens.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r1/r137z8jxvffi9k3m.jpg"></p><p>Rem Koolhaas, founder of OMA and winner of the 2000 Pritzker Prize, is a controversial architect known for his large-scale projects such as CCTV "Pants Building" in Beijing and De Rotterdam "Vertical City" pictured above. On this year's appointment, Ms. Milgrom said &ldquo;Rem Koolhaas is one of the world&rsquo;s most provocative and influential architects. His contribution to the cultural landscape as an urban thinker together with OMA&rsquo;s multi-disciplinary approach to architecture reflects MPavilion&rsquo;s desire to inspire d...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992885/this-week-s-picks-for-london-architecture-and-design-events This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-02-20T14:40:00-05:00 >2017-02-20T14:40:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2g/2gaoqthlgg31r3s2.jpg" width="650" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As February draws to a close, we can feel spring already in the London air. If you are already full of&nbsp;'Spring Cleaning' motivation, make sure you don't miss the NLA's workshops this weekend on home improvement, featuring advice from leading architects.&nbsp;</p><p>See the month out with 'Tate Lates'; a Friday night at the Tate Modern, which promises (as always) a jam-packed evening of workshops and art, acompanyed by food, drink, and some of the <a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149952629/a-look-around-the-new-tate-modern-extension" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">best views in London</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/tag/747353/weekly-events-ldn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/events_location/694828/london-gb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/8998/don-t-move-improve" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Don&rsquo;t Move, Improve! | 25 February</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/v4/v4ntin66zsba0e3v.jpg"></p><p><em>Image: New London Architecture</em></p><p>This weekend, there is a fantastic opportunity for homeowners to improve rather than move homes. The NLA have developed a day full of workshops and talks on the ways in which dwellings can be adapted, regardless of scale,&nbsp;to better fit occupants. One-on-one consultations from experts will fine-tune these ideas, and workshops and walks for all will make this family pr...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992863/jenny-e-sabin-is-the-winner-of-moma-ps1-s-2017-young-architects-program Jenny E. Sabin is the winner of MoMA PS1's 2017 Young Architects Program Nicholas Korody 2017-02-20T12:32:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T16:28:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ob/ob48hb7fo9sy6f97.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Ithaca-based design practice Jenny Sabin Studio has been named the winner of the 2017 Young Architect's Program at MoMA PS1. The annual competition awards an emerging architecture firm the opportunity to design a site-specific installation in the courtyard of the Long Island City art institution. Jenny Sabin Studio beat out five other practices with her entry&nbsp;<em>Lumen.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/48/484h9rie662ly95l.jpg"></p><p><em>Lumen&nbsp;</em>is made of responsive tubular structures in a lightweight knitted fabric. The installation will include a canopy of photoluminescent, solar active textiles, which absorb and deliver light.&nbsp;<em>Lumen&nbsp;</em>will also feature a misting system, satisfying the competition stipulation that the installation include water in order to help cool down visitors to the&nbsp;<em>Warm Up&nbsp;</em>event.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Jenny Sabin's catalytic immersive environment, <em>Lumen</em>, captured the jury's attention for imaginatively merging public and private spaces," states Sean Anderson, Associate Curator in MoMA's Department of Architecture and Design. "With innovative constructi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992751/a-key-characteristic-of-the-design-is-efficiency-sn-hetta-s-design-for-the-french-laundry-s-new-10m-kitchen A key characteristic of the design is efficiency; Snøhetta's design for the French Laundry's new $10M kitchen Nam Henderson 2017-02-20T00:39:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T12:49:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r9/r94v8ff93mv3rnzj.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The joint effort led to aesthetics that showcase a sleek, stylish yet minimalist concept...new digs are steeped in functionality...The improvements were the result of research...The ceilings are reminiscent of flowing table cloths, both for aesthetics and practical use, as they obscure equipment on the kitchen&rsquo;s ceiling.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vc/vc2xfeck3zh9fco9.jpg"></p><p>Justin Phillips goes inside the French Laundry&rsquo;s new $10 million kitchen. The expansion/revamp/upgrade was a collaboration between Chef Thomas Keller and Snohetta.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992739/a-living-fossil-of-life-in-shanghai A living fossil of life in Shanghai Nam Henderson 2017-02-19T21:58:00-05:00 >2017-02-19T21:59:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8g/8g5kjjmeo4aohkeo.jpg" width="650" height="974" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>They were basically city blocks that functioned as gated communities, with guards manning the front entrance. The whole essence of old Shanghai was that life was lived horizontally &mdash; all the activity happened at street level...Commissioned mostly by Western developers, the first shikumen appeared in the 1870s...local contractors who built them drew upon the interior floor plans of traditional Chinese courtyard homes and local decorative motifs.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i6/i69chyn8lwlctfiv.jpg"></p><p>Taras Grescoe pens a paean to shikumen, alleyway complexes entered through a stone-framed kumen (gateway), which at one point housed approximately 80 percent of the population of Shanghai. While fewer authentic examples remain, the city has in recent years&nbsp;begun redeveloping, "<em>fake vintage</em>" versions, most famously; the site of clandestine First National Congress of the Communist Party meetings and Xintiandi.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992578/big-s-winning-design-for-the-new-san-pellegrino-flagship-factory BIG's winning design for the new San Pellegrino flagship factory Justine Testado 2017-02-17T20:18:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T11:53:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1g/1gj4549ixcz6wyyb.jpg" width="650" height="618" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In hopes to bring tourism into the area, San Pellegrino will soon have a brand new flagship factory in San Pellegrino Terme, where the sparkling-water brand has resided since 1899. Bjarke Ingels Group had the winning proposal to design the new bottling factory in a competition against MVRDV, Sn&oslash;hetta, and Architetto Michele De Lucchi.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t0/t07c7k7l64c6ljdw.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7f/7fh5v8p7bt6g526m.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dr/dri7a0krbqmumr2q.jpg"></p><p>At 17,500 m2, the&nbsp;&euro;90 million building pays tribute to its mountainous environment and San Pellegrino's heritage. &ldquo;Rather than imposing a new identity on the existing complex, we propose to grow it out of the complex,&rdquo; Bjarke Ingels said in a statement. &ldquo;We propose to wash away the traditional segregation between front and back of house, and to create a seamless continuity between the environment of production and consumption, and preparation and enjoyment.&ldquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z7/z7jzu1m39sufr1xa.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jb/jbkujczapcgyoq5d.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lb/lbjo0ohymwvj8wlj.jpg"></p><p>In addition to the production facility, the new building will include offices for San Pellegrino staff and public spaces open to visitors. BIG's design reinvents elements of classic Italian architect...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992583/a-hud-official-has-been-fired-for-criticizing-trump A HUD official has been fired for criticizing Trump Nicholas Korody 2017-02-17T18:13:00-05:00 >2017-02-18T22:51:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sw/sw0suy0n16le686e.jpg" width="650" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A top aide to President Trump&rsquo;s housing secretary nominee, Ben Carson, was fired and led out of the department&rsquo;s headquarters by security on Wednesday after writings critical of Mr. Trump surfaced in his vetting, according to two people briefed on the matter. Shermichael Singleton, who was one of the few black conservatives in the Trump administration, had been working at the Department of Housing and Urban Development since Jan. 23 as a senior adviser.</p></em><br /><br /><p>&ldquo;My party in particular has allowed itself to be taken over by someone who claims to be a Republican but doesn&rsquo;t represent any of our values, principles or traditions,&rdquo; wrote Shermichael in <em>The Hill</em> in October of last year.</p><p></p><p>^ Take a listen to a recent <a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a> episode with our guest Emily Hunt Turner as she talks about her experience working at HUD as a lawyer.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992550/history-of-the-present-mexico-city History of the Present: Mexico City Places Journal 2017-02-17T15:51:00-05:00 >2017-02-20T10:21:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cm/cmrokpxnjmaxc0k3.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An unpopular president, a myth-making architect, and a multibillionaire tycoon are building an oversize airport in a nature preserve. Can they make Mexico great again?</p></em><br /><br /><p>The progressive capital of Mexico has&nbsp;a long history of massive infrastructure projects&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;<em>megaproyectos</em>&nbsp;&mdash; with egalitarian aims. Daniel Brook looks at the social, political, and environmental issues surrounding the latest&nbsp;&mdash; a $13bn new airport rising on a sinking lakebed. This article is part of <em>Places'</em> ongoing series, <a href="https://placesjournal.org/series/history-of-the-present/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">History of the Present</a>, on global cities in transition.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992536/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-kitchen-spaces-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Kitchen Spaces" Pinterest Board Archinect 2017-02-17T15:37:00-05:00 >2017-02-17T15:38:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cj/cjuk7gdf4mh2ebvq.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip: </strong>use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/archinect/kitchen-spaces/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Kitchen Spaces</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g4/g4cmuyt3396agjwr.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/149990915/harvey-road/149990916" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvey Road House</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/149990915/erbar-mattes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Erbar Mattes</a>; Photo: St&aring;le Eriksen</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rh/rhzprjngc9miefbw.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/GENASSEMBLY/project/boerum-hill-townhouse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boerum Hill Townhouse</a> in Brooklyn, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/GENASSEMBLY" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">General Assembly</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ss/ss8tyhsl82q49xo1.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/studio304/project/hollybank-avenue" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hollybank Avenue</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/studio304" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio 304</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6a/6a40cyshzqbg9svg.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/domaen/project/ell2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ELL</a> in Beverly Hills, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/domaen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Domaen LTD</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1a/1a5cm0aixl0vuv2t.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/interurbanstudios/project/double-concrete-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Double Concrete House</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/interurbanstudios" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inter Urban Studios</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bf/bfol8a5qnkqwbfnk.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/83073930/slip-house/149978327" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Slip House</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/83073930/carl-turner-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carl Turner Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l5/l5wcpovs95sqdq01.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/desaichia/project/photographer-s-loft" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photographer's Loft</a> in New York, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/desaichia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Desai Chia Architecture</a>; Photo: Paul Warchol</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tu/tus7gx991uritd2r.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/133595838/laurentian-ski-chalet/149963173" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Laurentian Ski Chalet</a> in St. Donat, Canada by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/133595838/robitaillecurtis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RobitailleCurtis</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jq/jqfjftsf71a6vynm.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/auarchitects/project/slot-house-london-w12" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Slot House</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/auarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Au Architects</a>; Photo: David Butler Photography</p><p>(Cover pic: <a href="http://archinect.com/klopfarchitecture/project/renewed-classic-eichler-by-klopf-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renewed Classic Eichler</a> in&nbsp;Sunnyvale, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/klopfarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Klopf Architectur...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992511/ultimately-we-failed-robert-hammond-co-founder-of-the-high-line-on-the-park-s-relationship-to-the-chelsea-community "Ultimately, we failed"—Robert Hammond, co-founder of the High Line, on the park's relationship to the Chelsea community Nicholas Korody 2017-02-17T12:24:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T15:00:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/23/23uiq7ltu50ovbjh.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;We were from the community. We wanted to do it for the neighborhood,&rdquo; states Robert Hammond, a co-founder of the High Line in an <a href="http://www.citylab.com/cityfixer/2017/02/the-high-lines-next-balancing-act-fair-and-affordable-development/515391/?utm_source=nl__link3_020717" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interview</a> with City Lab. &ldquo;Ultimately, we failed.&rdquo;</p><p>The High Line might be popular, but it hasn&rsquo;t really benefited its adjacent community. Visitors are overwhelmingly tourists&mdash;and overwhelmingly white, despite the fact that one-third of the residents of Chelsea are people of color.</p><p>In the interview, they discuss the displacements that usually attend such high-profile design interventions, which are increasingly gaining favor in municipal governments.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992403/mcgregor-coxall-to-design-bird-airport-wetland-park-in-tianjin McGregor Coxall to design “bird airport” wetland park in Tianjin Justine Testado 2017-02-16T21:12:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T18:49:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ru/ruji34q138civb0t.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Australian practice McGregor Coxall had the winning scheme to transform a degenerate landfill site into a new migratory-bird wetland sanctuary park in Tianjin, China. The Asian Development Bank and the Port of Tianjin co-launched the park design competition in response to the increasing loss of critical bird habitats and declining shorebird populations in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, which an estimated 50 million migratory shorebirds use every year. The EAAF extends to Alaska and Russia's Taimyr Peninsula in the north, East Asia and parts of Southeast Asia, and Australia and New Zealand in the south.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/as/asdlnm9zl6q6c748.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t2/t29mky7ig0h0nddu.jpg"></p><p>As a pilot project in China's national <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149973118/the-absorbing-design-of-china-s-anti-flood-sponge-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sponge city program</a>, the project in the Lingang region is a 60-hectare masterplan of constructed wetlands, parkland, and urban forest.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ru/ruji34q138civb0t.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lr/lrl6lmuylvk9k2rp.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6m/6m1wmicr9z9s9nhe.jpg"></p><p>Described as a &ldquo;bird airport&rdquo; by the architects, the wetland sanctuary will allow weary migratory birds to feed and rest, while human visitors can check out the Water Pavilion education and research center or t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992437/the-resounding-success-of-allied-works-architecture-s-national-music-center The resounding success of Allied Works Architecture's "National Music Center" Julia Ingalls 2017-02-16T20:39:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T13:20:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2q/2q4fc60gfv2l34rz.jpg" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Incorporating both physical and intangible elements of Canada's musical history, the National Music Center by Allied Works is a nine-towered, terra-cotta tile clad complex that not only ropes a 112-year old hotel/blues club into the mix, but creates the kind of spaces suited for gazing dreamily into one's future.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/rw/rw9hayjyf11477y2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/qa/qaypnq4qbql97gpe.jpg"></p><p>According to&nbsp;Brad Cloepfil, Principal at Allied Works Architecture, the structure was "inspired by the light, landscape and geography of the northern prairie."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/cp/cpo69lgz4ipx30fb.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ka/ka8w5hkxzboktvnl.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/2a/2at1om7kuudeucx2.jpg"></p><p>He goes on to note that "Studio Bell was created to&nbsp;amplify&nbsp;the rich history and future possibilities of Canadian music. The building aspires to create a sense&nbsp;of wonder and mystery, inspiring the visitor to explore. Nine separate towers rise five floors above the&nbsp;street, each resonating with music and activity. The building is alive with the life of music throughout its&nbsp;exhibition, recording, editing, performance and education spaces. The distinct vessels of music are&nbsp;bound together by the space between them, moments ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992231/get-lectured-university-of-wisconsin-milwaukee-spring-17 Get Lectured: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Spring '17 Justine Testado 2017-02-16T20:32:00-05:00 >2017-02-16T20:38:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gr/gr42p92n8k8kdsp8.jpg" width="650" height="1228" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/871644/2017-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter &amp; Spring 2017</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/336082/get-lectured" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is back in session for Winter and Spring 2017.&nbsp;<em>Get Lectured</em>&nbsp;is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss. Mark those calendars!</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em><a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>connect@archinect.com</em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><p>See which lecture events are coming up at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning as well as the school's 2017 Urban Edge Award.</p><p><strong>Feb 17</strong><br>Fionn Byrne &amp; Joyce Hwang</p><p><strong>Mar 16</strong><br>Sergio Lopez-Pineiro &amp; Aleksandr Mergold</p><p><strong>Mar 31</strong><br>James Draeger</p><p><strong>Apr 7</strong><br>Marc Swackhamer</p><p><strong>Apr 15</strong><br>Walter Hood</p><p><strong>2017 <a href="http://uwm.edu/sarup/make/partners/urban-edge/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Edge Award</a> events</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7f/7fjnjppf1x34jczu.jpg"></p><p>You can view PDFs of the posters <a href="http://files.archinect.com/public/lecture_posters/2017.SPG_UWMSARUP.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.<br>For more event info, click <a href="https://uwm.edu/sarup/category/events/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> or visit <a href="http://uwm.edu/sarup" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">uwm.edu/sarup</a>.</p><p>Check out previous posters on the Get Lectured&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pinterest.com/archinect/get-lectured/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pinterest</a>&nbsp;page!&nbsp;</p><p><strong><em>Want another wa...</em></strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992356/the-big-abstract-a-conversation-with-morgan-neville-director-producer-of-abstract-s-bjarke-ingels-documentary-on-netflix The BIG Abstract; A conversation with Morgan Neville, Director/Producer of Abstract's Bjarke Ingels Documentary on Netflix Paul Petrunia 2017-02-16T19:16:00-05:00 >2017-02-17T14:44:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pj/pjp3wsbfhbymjm6s.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Unless you've been living under a rock, you've already heard about <a href="https://www.netflix.com/title/80057883" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Abstract</a>, Netflix's incredible new documentary series on design. This week we're talking to Abstract's executive producer, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1365879/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morgan Neville</a>, who also directed the episodes featuring Bjarke Ingels and Christoph Niemann.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ut/utp24wk7423dst2f.jpg"></p><p>As one of the world's most groundbreaking and talented documentary filmmakers, there's a good chance you have already seen Morgan's work. If you haven't, a&nbsp;good place to start is "<a href="https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/20_feet_from_stardom/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">20 Feet from Stardom</a>", his Academy Award-winning doc that takes a look at the fascinating lives of the often-overlooked backup singers. His documentary on Yo-Yo Ma, "The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble", will be <a href="http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/the-music-of-strangers-yo-yo-ma-and-the-silk-road-ensemble/video/promo.html?autoplay=true" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">premiering on HBO in March</a>. I'm particularly looking forward to his upcoming Mr. Rogers documentary that he mentions in our conversation.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i3/i3qo7sscygn9wd6f.jpg"></p><p>Yes, Archinect Sessions makes a cameo in the episode, with a clip of us sharing some of Bjarke's harsh criticism from commenters in our forum.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992419/flying-cars-take-to-the-air-in-dubai Flying cars take to the air in Dubai Nicholas Korody 2017-02-16T16:59:00-05:00 >2017-02-16T17:03:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xw/xw9t6o43c1qgqgy6.jpg" width="650" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Hot on the heels of announcing a new <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149992185/the-uae-announces-plans-to-build-a-miniature-city-on-mars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">initiative</a> to build a miniature city on Mars, the Dubai government has unveiled the first successfully-tested Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV)&mdash;aka a flying car. Apparently, they will begin operations as early as July.</p><p>Manufactured by the Chinese company EHANG, the vehicle measures 3.9 m in length, 4.02 m in width, and 1.6 m in height. It&rsquo;s a one-seater that can carry a load of up to 100kgs. The &ldquo;flying car&rdquo; can fly for a maximum of 30 minutes at a crushing speed of 160 kph. The maximum cruising height is 3000 feet.</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/dubai/dubai-to-test-flying-cars-this-july" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Khaleej Times</em></a>, the vehicles have no key ignition, but rather a touch screen where the rider puts in their destination. While the vehicle is auto-piloted, the trip is monitored via a command center.</p><p>Watch a video of it in action here:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992355/archinect-s-employer-of-the-day-weekly-round-up-123 Archinect's Employer of the Day Weekly Round-Up #123 Justine Testado 2017-02-16T14:09:00-05:00 >2017-02-16T14:09:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n1/n12efg11l3jy5e1h.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Looking for a job? Archinect's&nbsp;<em>Employer of the Day</em>&nbsp;Weekly Round-Up can help start off your hunt amid the hundreds of <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">active listings</a>&nbsp;on our job board. If you've been following the feature on our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <em>Employer of the Day</em> is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.</p><p>In case you missed them, here are some of the latest <em>EOTD</em>-featured firms.</p><p>1. <strong><a href="http://archinect.com/SafdieRabines" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Safdie Rabines Architects</a></strong> (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/159112812246/photos/?tab=album&amp;album_id=10154764770812247" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs/entry/149991021/architect-project-manager" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect/Project Manager</a></p><p><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7m/7mo7a9fnohpaljsf.jpg" title="" alt=""></p><p>2. <a href="http://archinect.com/forbesmassie" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Forbes Massie</strong></a> (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/159112812246/photos/?tab=album&amp;album_id=10154774861422247" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="http://archinect.com/forbesmassie" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D Artist</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/32/328n7ajax66glu5v.jpg"></p><p>3. <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/82847461/vertebrae" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Vertebrae</strong></a> (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/159112812246/photos/?tab=album&amp;album_id=10154772445032247" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs/entry/149989919/designer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designer</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yk/ykgepzqm7u5dieka.jpg"></p><p>4. <a href="http://archinect.com/kpad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Karin Payson architecture + design</strong></a> (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Archinect/photos/a.208542262246.172486.159112812246/10154781483232247/?type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs/entry/149985525/intermediate-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Intermediate Architect</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rn/rn82paszhes11bia.jpg"></p><p>5. <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/20461688/stevens-institute-of-technology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Stevens Institute of Technology</strong></a> (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Archinect/posts/10154777761302247" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs/entry/149979658/senior-facilities-planner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Senior Facilities Planner</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lg/lg8bl7fufaxth800.jpg"></p><p>Keep track of <em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/369546/employer-of-the-day" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Employer of the Day</a>&nbsp;</em>by following&nbsp;Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="http://facebook.com/Archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Twitter</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pinterest.com/archinect/employer-of-the-day/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pinterest</a>, or the <a href="https://www.instagram.com/archinectjobs/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Jobs Instagram</a>.</p><p>Want more job-hunting and hiring tips? Check out Archinect's <em><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/596985/employ-ed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EMPLOY(ED)</a></em>, our <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149950635/how-to-write-a-great-architecture-job-ad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How to write a great arc...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992362/tour-the-optical-illusion-of-giovanni-vaccarini-s-facade-system-for-the-spg-headquarters Tour the optical illusion of Giovanni Vaccarini's facade system for the SPG Headquarters Julia Ingalls 2017-02-16T13:59:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T00:42:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3f/3f9q90o8oi776m2a.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Relax, you don't need new glasses: the closely spaced, suspended panes of glass on Giovanni Vaccarini's&nbsp;SPG Headquarters in Geneva purposefully create a blurred/vibrating effect, especially when viewed from a distance.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/88/889a4xg8ztmckkif.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i7/i7a4x3jy90gu7aoz.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8d/8d9v066udcp2mxmr.jpg"></p><p>However, producer The Piranesi Experience and&nbsp;filmmaker Claudio Esposito have made a film about the SPG called "Deep Into the Surface" which, according to the filmmakers "investigates the abstract and conceptual dimension that architect Giovanni Vaccarini imparted to the fa&ccedil;ade system that characterizes the building of the SPG Headquarters in Geneva. A game made of simple rules, whose reiteration produces a complex play of elements to the point that its perception varies with weather and lights. The photography by Fabio Paolucci and the original soundtrack by Populous underline the exploration of these qualities and let the spectator perceive the depth of the surface and its apparent movement." You be the judge:&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992332/demolition-of-tadao-ando-s-piccadilly-gardens-in-manchester-now-council-approved Demolition of Tadao Ando's Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester now Council-approved Julia Ingalls 2017-02-16T12:55:00-05:00 >2017-02-20T09:46:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a8/a8lwh3vf947e89cq.jpg" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although plans to tear down Tadao Ando's Piccadilly Gardens have been floating about since last late last year, the Manchester City Council just gave its official approval to knock down Ando's quasi-Brutalist structure in favor of a "leisure-led" scheme last week, according to the <a href="https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/council-backs-demolition-for-tadao-andos-only-uk-building/10017301.article?blocktitle=news-feature&amp;contentID=17135" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Journal</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jv/jvcbu9j0k7p8pu74.jpg"></p><p>In a thoughtful piece written for <a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/home-and-garden/architecture/russell-smith-tadao-ando-and-the-problem-of-architecture-thats-toogood/article33006792/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Globe and Mail</a> last year, Russell Smith questioned the role of the experts who had commissioned Ando to design the Gardens versus the opinions of the locals who encountered it daily. He noted that a&nbsp;"sealant, for some reason, possibly economic, was not used to coat the large unadorned surfaces of the Manchester pavilion. That building, basically a shelter to house a small caf&eacute;, occupies half of Piccadilly Gardens, presenting one long curving blank wall of concrete to the south side. The concrete, under the steady British drizzle, did not wear well: it started to stain with dark streaks, to look like the depressing and crumbling masses of postwar brut...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992151/archinect-presents-next-up-floating-worlds-at-the-neutra-vdl-on-saturday-march-4 Archinect presents Next Up: Floating Worlds at the Neutra VDL on Saturday, March 4! Nicholas Korody 2017-02-16T12:15:00-05:00 >2017-02-16T13:42:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/qx/qxehi6zl1j0l7w50.gif" width="1500" height="1157" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We don&rsquo;t draft designs in a void and cities don&rsquo;t spring straight from our imaginations. Architecture is itself a designed object, circumscribed and delimited by the social, political, and economic conditions of the era. But, likewise, these conditions aren&rsquo;t exactly natural&mdash;they&rsquo;re designed by a host of actors and forces. For a new generation of architects, the most-pressing design challenge of the twentieth century isn&rsquo;t to create new forms, but to re-design the architecture of architecture, itself. And, the first step in this process, like with any project, is visualization.</p><p>For the fourth iteration of Archinect&rsquo;s live podcasting series <strong><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/646036/next-up/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up</a></em></strong>, we&rsquo;re taking a look at potential roles for architecture in the contemporary neoliberal political economy, with a focus on issues pertaining to gender and identity. In a sense, what we&rsquo;re looking at is how architecture is itself designed&mdash;and, specifically, how we can redesign the systems in which it is enmeshed. In what ways are people chal...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992248/the-last-view-from-aleppo The last view from Aleppo... Nam Henderson 2017-02-15T23:46:00-05:00 >2017-02-16T00:01:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d2/d2b9b6z600ec4kir.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>My university became a hub of protest. Campus life alternated between classes and protests and raids by security forces...Yusuf, though trained as an architect, volunteered in all possible ways...We were desperate for the world to hear and help us. I had been frantically tweeting images and videos of destruction from eastern Aleppo.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in January architect and activist,&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://twitter.com/Linashamy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lina Shamy</a>,&nbsp;</strong>penned an editorial. Wherein she reflects on, her first-hand experience, a witness to urbicide in action.&nbsp;</p><p>Previously, another Syrian architect talked about,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945094/syrian-architect-talks-about-the-past-and-future-of-her-destroyed-hometown-of-homs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the past and future of her destroyed hometown of Homs</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992185/the-uae-announces-plans-to-build-a-miniature-city-on-mars The UAE announces plans to build a miniature city on Mars Nicholas Korody 2017-02-15T17:42:00-05:00 >2017-02-20T11:59:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s6/s6eixk7khddjtsur.jpg" width="650" height="310" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has announced intentions to build a &ldquo;miniature city&rdquo; on Mars within the next 100 years, reports <em><a href="http://www.arabianbusiness.com/uae-plans-build-mini-city-on-mars-by-2117-663448.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arabian Business</a></em>. Sheikh Mohammed, who also serves as the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, launched the project at the World Government Summit. Entitled the 2117 Mars project, the endeavor aims to develop scientific capabilities, and may result in the conversion of local universities into research facilities.</p><p>"There are no limits to the imagination and aspirations of human beings," Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.</p><p>Apparently, the UAE counts as one of the major investors in space travel. Back in November, Sheikh Mohammed approved the designs for a Mars probe, which should reach the planet by 2021. It will study changes in the planet&rsquo;s atmosphere.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r6/r6xtxtzp4g2af95y.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0e/0ev6uw79rgxj5r95.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tr/trvtnauc2s6218zy.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992122/finalists-announced-for-the-european-union-prize-for-contemporary-architecture-mies-van-der-rohe-award Finalists Announced for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture—Mies van der Rohe Award Nicholas Korody 2017-02-15T12:51:00-05:00 >2017-02-20T01:08:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b5/b5uknoi9l645lrea.jpg" width="650" height="441" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The European Commission and the Fundaci&oacute; Mies van der Rohe have revealed the five finalists for the 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture &mdash; Mies van der Rohe Award. The Award, the official architecture prize of the EU, comes with &euro;60,000.</p><p><strong>This year&rsquo;s finalists are:</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z9/z9t6dg45iuluggeo.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lz/lzaf95u7eily2fqh.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ur/ur9rdsj69p93656e.jpg"></p><p>Name of work: deFlatKleiburg, Amsterdam, NL</p><p>Offices: NL Architects and XVW architectuur, Amsterdam</p><p>Authors: Walter van Dijk(NL) and Xander Vermeulen Windsant (NL)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fc/fc274tlafodod2i5.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wl/wl21ro6dzmf2e3u0.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z3/z3s52znj6okyxv2k.jpg"></p><p>Name of work: Ely Court, London, UK</p><p>Office: Alison Brooks Architects, London</p><p>Authors: Alison Brooks (UK)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b5/b5uknoi9l645lrea.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8e/8e4wzogu9t8k9oxj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wh/whl80ng39fwhbean.jpg"></p><p>Name of work: Kannikeg&aring;rden, Ribe, DK</p><p>Office: Lundgaard&amp;Tranberg Architects, Copenhagen</p><p>Authors: LeneTranberg (DK) and BojeLundgaard (DK)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i2/i2ktikt3eiz2nke9.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/90/90lna9788ptfortb.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1t/1t0pggrhehbr1ubl.jpg"></p><p>Name of work: Katyn Museum, Warsaw, PL</p><p>Office: BBGK Architekci, Warsaw</p><p>Authors: Jan Belina-Brzozowski (PL) and Konrad Grabowiecki(PL)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jj/jjfon9mrkzrdtjrq.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9n/9n6mtwv7fiaxdbfk.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o7/o7dapqzzg10z7fo1.jpg"></p><p>Name of work: Rivesaltes Memorial Museum, Rivesaltes/Ribesaltes, FR</p><p>Office: Rudy Ricciotti, Bandol</p><p>Author: Rudy Ricciotti(FR)</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149991998/a-trump-tower-in-l-a-thankfully-that-was-only-part-of-never-built-los-angeles A Trump Tower in L.A.? Thankfully, that was only part of "Never Built Los Angeles" Julia Ingalls 2017-02-15T00:51:00-05:00 >2017-02-15T09:13:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ay/ay9tojarz03g4388.jpg" width="650" height="414" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In LA, Trump bragged he was going to spend a billion dollars on what he claimed would become the world&rsquo;s tallest building. His architect Bill Fain delivered a gilded 125-storey office tower etched in a diamond-patterned exoskeleton...David Martin also devised a skyscraper: &lsquo;When I told Ivana [Trump] the basis of the idea was to put two diamonds together, she lit up,&rsquo; Martin said. &lsquo;I think they were divorced a week later.&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i9/i98r752b2cdlgfxc.jpg"></p><p>Whether you've been following the tumultuous life of proposed architecture projects in Los Angeles or not (a stretch of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/234482/grand-avenue-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grand Avenue</a>, for example, has been undergoing elaborate proposals designed in part by Frank Gehry for almost forty years) "Never Built Los Angeles," a book by architectural critics at large Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin, shows us via<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/cities/gallery/2017/feb/09/unbuilt-los-angeles-city-might-have-been-in-pictures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> The Guardian</a>&nbsp;the almost-reality of a Los Angeles-based Trump Tower designed by Johnson Fain back in 1989.</p>