Archinect - News 2014-04-23T13:41:59-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/98552348/has-manhattan-become-too-manhattanized Has Manhattan Become Too 'Manhattanized'? Alexander Walter 2014-04-23T13:29:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T13:33:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cf/cffa87754b8592134dbbd9c7da323c0a.jpg" width="450" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a city where real estate values are as dizzying as the skyscrapers, the angst over Manhattan&rsquo;s changing profile and streetscape is becoming louder. The most recent outcry came over the demolition of a five-story building on West 57th Street, former home of Rizzoli Bookstore. [...] "There won't be anything left to love if we don't stop this kind of development," State Senator Liz Krueger said during a rally protesting the Rizzoli building's pending demolition.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98551137/london-s-skyline-needs-more-tower-blocks-not-more-luxury-flats London's skyline needs more tower blocks, not more luxury flats Alexander Walter 2014-04-23T13:13:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T13:16:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/60/606387462b4d7c220c2b8560534073ea.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Whenever a campaign wants to stop some new development it will use the phrase "tower block". This isn't what the developers would call them &ndash; they prefer "stunning developments" or "luxury apartments". There is a national campaign afoot against new towers, specifically against the astonishing 230 mostly residential ones planned for the capital. Inevitably, the campaign has referred to tower blocks and "the mistakes of the 1960s" knowing this is emotive language [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98550529/architecture-billings-index-indicated-contraction-in-march Architecture Billings Index indicated contraction in March Archinect 2014-04-23T12:57:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T12:59:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ch/chvnoavvvlzpgrkg.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was 48.8, down sharply from a mark of 50.7 in February. This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 57.9, up from the reading of 56.8 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98513147/philip-johnson-was-a-nazi-propagandist Philip Johnson Was a Nazi Propagandist Archinect 2014-04-22T21:28:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T13:19:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b9642eec233e55a9dfbdc2367a5c2927.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Philip Johnson was a terrible, hateful human being. And he wasn't just some casual Nazi sympathizer whispering, "maybe Hitler has some good ideas" in shadowy bars, either. He actively campaigned for Nazi causes in the U.S. and around the world. Johnson visited Germany in the 1930s at the invitation of the government's Propaganda Ministry. He wrote numerous articles for far right publications. He started a fascist organization called the Gray Shirts in the United States...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98510132/editor-s-picks-364 Editor's Picks #364 Nam Henderson 2014-04-22T21:24:00-04:00 >2014-04-22T23:40:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bo/bocrgxzfuh5bbcjr.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest edition of the <strong>Working out of the Box</strong> feature Archinect talked with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/97819483/working-out-of-the-box-emily-fischer-of-haptic-lab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Emily Fischer, Founder of </a><a href="http://www.hapticlab.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Haptic Lab</a>. &nbsp;</p><p>In the interview she explains how she started "<em>The very first quilted map I made was designed to be a wayfinding tool for the visually impaired; my mother was diagnosed with glaucoma and macular degeneration while I was a student at TCAUP</em>&rdquo;.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/2752895/fred-scharmen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fred Scharmen</a>&nbsp;commented "<em>Those kites are amazing!</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0k/0kov5h91i95pauon.jpg"></p><p>Meanwhile issue <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/97260768/screen-print-12-the-cairo-review-s-future-of-the-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#12 of Screen/Print highlighted The Cairo Review's "Future of the City"</a>&nbsp;along with <a href="http://onetwelveksa.wordpress.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One:Twelve</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/98156717/screen-print-13-one-twelve-s-black-and-white" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> (the student-run journal from the Knowlton School of Architecture) seventh issue, </a><a href="http://static.squarespace.com/static/529f9366e4b0edf62d290de9/t/5315fef7e4b04a00bc14abd5/1393950455290/Issue_007_Final.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Black and White</a>.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>As demolition of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98033714/coming-soon-to-moma-lots-of-knocking-next-door" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Folk Art Museum</a>&nbsp;began <a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia</a>&nbsp;and Paul moderated a conversation between Archinect Contributors &nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/pedaldesignlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ken Koense</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/quilian" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quilian Riano</a> and <a href="http://www.artsjournal.com/culturegrrl/author/lrosenbaum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lee Rosenbaum</a>, who writes about art museums for the Wall Street Journal.</p><p><strong>vado retro</strong> was curious "<em>Would we have the same outrage say if a hospital were the ones tearing down the FAM...Our response of outrage is a...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98496231/timea-tihanyi-s-constructs-not-printed-made Timea Tihanyi's Constructs - Not Printed, Made Donna Sink 2014-04-22T21:12:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T12:52:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k2/k2ef380bnchk07ka.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...the little structures will remind you of every last thing: foreclosed houses...the Olympic stadium in Beijing...the Colosseum, the crumbling ruins next door to the Colosseum. Each building maps a path through Tihanyi's mind, and yours. You visit every teeny room...climb every ladder...Then you return to your big self, looking down on layers of sheen and pale color emanating from the surfaces, as if layers of translucent skin have been laid on top of flesh. How could you not love these?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Art critic Jen Graves (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize ultimately won by<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98041785/inquirer-s-architecture-critic-inga-saffron-wins-pulitzer-prize-for-criticism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Inga Saffron</a>) reviews the tiny building-like constructions made by artist Timea Tihanyis.&nbsp; But while architecture aficionados will find these little structures initially reminiscent of 3D printed models, their laborious, fragile craftsmanlike construction reveals them as being made of Merleau -Ponty's "<a href="http://sensualanimist.com/2012/04/13/phenomenology-of-perception-maurice-merleau-ponty/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the flesh of the world</a>".&nbsp; In other words (fighting words?), revealing them to be much more like architecture.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98511939/aia-announces-the-2014-cote-top-ten-green-projects AIA announces the 2014 COTE Top Ten Green Projects Justine Testado 2014-04-22T21:05:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T12:52:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gx/gxg2hz3ezjuyz1u3.jpg" width="514" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since it's Earth Day, here are the 18th annual Top Ten Green Projects just announced by the AIA and their Committee on the Environment (COTE). The awards program is the best known in the field for recognizing excellence in sustainable architecture and ecological design. Additionally, AIA and COTE awarded one project as the Top Ten Plus Project, which honors a past Top Ten Green Project that demonstrates through quantifiable metrics the impact of sustainable design and technology.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The winners will be honored at the AIA 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago this June.</p><p>Have a look at this year's winning projects below.</p><p>Pictured above: <strong>Arizona State University Student Health Services; Tempe, Arizona</strong><br>by Lake|Flato Architects + Orcutt|Winslow&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Bud Clark Commons; Portland, Oregon </strong><br>by Holst Architecture</p><p><strong><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1b/1b52bfjyjvvft0xp.jpg"></strong></p><p><strong>Bushwick Inlet Park; Brooklyn, New York </strong><br>by Kiss + Cathcart, Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nq/nqe6qon687xq8rwd.jpg"></p><p><strong>Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt (EGWW) Federal Building Modernization; Portland, Oregon&nbsp;</strong><br>by SERA Architects in association with Cutler Anderson Architects<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e0/e0zsb641tkmb8b36.jpg"></p><p><strong>Gateway Center - SUNY-ESF College of Environmental Science &amp; Forestry; Syracuse, NY</strong><br>by Architerra</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s1/s10a4d1e7zenagv1.jpg"></p><p><strong>John &amp; Frances Angelos Law Center; Baltimore</strong><br>by Behnisch Architekten and Ayers Saint Gross</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9h/9hg29h9qnlpin5w1.jpg"></p><p><strong>Sustainability Treehouse; Glen Jean, West Virginia Design</strong><br>by Mithun (Architect); BNIM (Executive Architect/Architect of Record)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0u/0uc8dalke9i1t3v2.jpg"></p><p><strong>The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Headquarters; Los Altos California</strong><br>by EHDD</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yn/ynf49dpjw50t2yth.jpg"></p><p><strong>U.S. Land Port of Entry; Warroad, Minnesota</strong><br>by Snow K...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98505295/3xn-to-design-the-new-international-olympic-committee-hq-in-lausanne 3xn to design the new International Olympic Committee HQ in Lausanne Justine Testado 2014-04-22T18:12:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T12:52:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5v/5vkxsb1wdoncn2tb.jpg" width="514" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>3xn was chosen by the International Olympic Committee as the architectural partner to design the new IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. The IOC selected the Danish firm after a collective decision by the IOC Architecture College during a March 25 meeting... The design for the new headquarters will be revealed at a later date arranged by the IOC.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The winning concept for the IOC Headquarters will be located on a 24,000 square meter site on the banks of Lake Geneva providing an &lsquo;Olympic campus&rsquo; of administrative buildings for 500 employees. 3xn has worked continuously on their proposal since last July when they were <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/76375076/international-olympic-committee-announces-design-shortlist-for-its-new-lausanne-hq" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shortlisted with 12 international all-star practices</a>.</p><p>Head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/3xn_to_design_the_new_international_olympic_committee_hq_in_lausanne/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for more info.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98495028/christchurch-s-replacement-cathedral-has-boosted-a-fledgling-furniture-sector Christchurch's replacement cathedral has boosted a fledgling furniture sector Alexander Walter 2014-04-22T13:52:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T12:52:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8e/8e96929b3fc743822233a460c3c7f431.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Two years after the 2011 earthquake destroyed Christchurch's neo-Gothic cathedral, the building has been resurrected. It has also undergone something of a public transfiguration. [...] In the past few years cardboard has also become increasingly popular in small-scale design. Hipster boutiques, museum gift shops and high profile public events such as the State of Design Festival now stock cardboard lighting, storage units, stools and kids' toys.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98494414/airbnb-faces-opposition-from-nyc-affordable-housing-group Airbnb faces opposition from NYC affordable housing group Alexander Walter 2014-04-22T13:35:00-04:00 >2014-04-22T13:37:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eb/eb5aee79bdd9f6014fef6cb78c753eb1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Real Affordability for All Coalition &mdash; made up of 50 tenant advocate and labor union groups &mdash; is accusing Airbnb of &ldquo;throwing gasoline on a fire&rdquo; by contributing to a growing affordable housing crisis. &ldquo;After years of operating an illegal enterprise in New York, your company is now apparently interested in paying your fair share of taxes and announcing that development as though you are some kind of charitable organization bestowing your riches on our city [...]&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98493806/the-space-of-poetry-exhibition-in-boston-examines-the-built-environment-of-poetry “The Space of Poetry” exhibition in Boston examines the built environment of poetry Justine Testado 2014-04-22T13:25:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T12:52:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/93/93jhnhsoczaq2d09.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Who knew that architecture could let you perceive poetry in a new angle or two. Currently at Boston Architectural College's 951 Boylston Street Building until May 1, "The Space of Poetry" exhibition reveals the intricate ties between the written art form and architectural history, theory, and design &mdash; all by Cara Armstrong, a trained architect and poet who works as an educator, writer, and illustrator.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As an exhibition extra, the gallery is inviting everyone to a free talk on April 30 at 5 p.m. We can be sure this won't be like your typical poetry analysis class.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wv/wvn23ncvai87gk2x.jpg"></p><p>"The exhibition delves into the space of poetry by bringing it together with architecture history, theory and design, encouraging viewers to look critically at poetic construction and promoting a more evocative understanding of architecture and writing...</p><p>Using the lens of architecture and art, [Armstrong] visually considers story, structure, music, and imagination as building blocks. Then, through architectural analysis techniques such as solid/void analysis and diagramming, she translates individual poems into a set of spatial relationships that becomes art in its own right. This allows the work of poets such as John Donne, Jean Valentine, and Jane Mead to converse across time and brings to light similarities in form, structure, and meaning."</p><p>Find more details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/the_space_of_poetry_exhibition_in_boston_examines_the_built_environmen1/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98492592/watch-the-only-extant-footage-of-union-station-s-1939-opening Watch the Only Extant Footage of Union Station's 1939 Opening Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-22T12:55:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T12:52:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e7/e72jmwxaa709s4x1.jpg" width="514" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was 75 years ago&mdash;the year Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz were released and World War II began&mdash;that Los Angeles's lovely Union Station first opened for business. There was a big Downtown celebration on May 3, 1939 to mark the opening of what is viewed as the nation's last great rail station, and Ward Kimball, an award-winning Disney animator and part-time rail nerd (one of Disney's Nine Old Men and the man who created Tweedledee/Tweedledum and Jiminy Cricket), filmed the occasion.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98453364/too-rich-too-thin-too-tall Too Rich, Too Thin, Too Tall? Alexander Walter 2014-04-21T20:32:00-04:00 >2014-04-22T21:49:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/50/50aed62feff2325ca1271bd18056c8df.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These days, it is not just a woman who can never be too rich or too thin. You can say almost exactly the same thing about skyscrapers, or at least about the latest residential ones now going up in New York City, which are much taller, much thinner, and much, much more expensive than their predecessors. And almost every one of them seems built to be taller, thinner, and pricier than the one that came before.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Did Paul Goldberger just say that <em>women can never be too thin</em>?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98448530/hortus-conclusus-andersen-1st-prize-for-h-c-andersen-house-of-fairytales-denmark “Hortus Conclusus Andersen” - 1st-prize for H C Andersen House of Fairytales, Denmark Justine Testado 2014-04-21T18:35:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T12:52:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x5/x5v4nrl8zs4p81c5.jpg" width="514" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The fairytale wouldn't be complete without the "Hortus Conclusus Andersen" from the Hans Christian Andersen Museum's House of Fairytales competition. Designed by Transborder Studio of Oslo, the proposal was the lucky first-prize winner of the international ideas competition that drew in nearly 500 entrants. These results are only the beginning, as the H C Museum plans for a more restricted design competition for the House of Fairytales.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j9/j9iwklb4o5rsw0n6.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3j/3jclsm5peiajmrbn.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4j/4j4qqpkxfazfxrlq.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5o/5olgcc7jlozzlid8.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4i/4iupjicxleg5z92k.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vo/vo6lgmm1qr45rkas.jpg"></p><p>Get more details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/hortus_conclusus_andersen_-_1st-prize_for_h_c_andersen_house_of_fairytales/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98446122/2014-berkeley-prize-winners-announced 2014 BERKELEY PRIZE Winners Announced Alexander Walter 2014-04-21T17:27:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T17:43:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u4/u4730u3pqslbn95x.jpg" width="514" height="534" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winners of the 16th annual international BERKELEY PRIZE competition were just announced. The 2014 challenge revolved around the topic: 'The Architect and the Healthful Environment.' 141 undergraduate architecture students from 28 countries responded to this year&rsquo;s call to describe examples of healthful and unhealthful environments in their respective cities and to compare them analytically.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98439454/nyc-architecture-firm-launches-large-balloon-over-the-city-to-collect-building-height-data NYC architecture firm launches large balloon over the city to collect building height data Archinect 2014-04-21T14:59:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T14:59:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/th/thxyo98kespufslw.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The NYPD said the balloon would remain aloft for about nine hours Sunday in lower Manhattan and more than 13 hours Monday in Midtown. Police said the balloon will be about 800 feet in the air as it collects data for a private architecture firm conducting height surveys of Manhattan buildings.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98438848/le-corbusier-s-chandigarh-vulgarized Le Corbusier's Chandigarh "vulgarized" Alexander Walter 2014-04-21T14:39:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T14:42:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dl/dly0idf2wyj0v40r.jpg" width="514" height="215" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] architectural historian William J R Curtis has set off the alarm bells by warning about the looming threat of destruction on Chandigarh's architectural heritage, terming the damage to buildings as "vulgarization" and "massacre." According to Curtis, there is a clear and present danger to the legacy of city creator Le Corbusier and that the restoration measures are needed to be taken now.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Curtis believes that astronomical rise in land prices has posed the greatest threat to heritage in an increasingly materialistic society where there is a "price for everything and value of nothing."</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98437632/unfinished-spaces-ksr-architects-and-2014-wheelwright-prize-finalists-are-among-this-week-s-winners "Unfinished Spaces", KSR Architects, and 2014 Wheelwright Prize finalists are among this week's winners Justine Testado 2014-04-21T14:33:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T14:42:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ce/cemab2boyx0u6d4r.jpg" width="514" height="468" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Every Monday, we highlight some of the most recent competition-winning projects, finalists, commissions, and awards on <a href="http://bustler.net" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> from the previous week that we think are worth checking out.</p><p>Here's Recap #5 for the week of April 14-18, 2014:</p><p><a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/american_academy_in_rome_announces_2014-2015_rome_prize_winners/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>American Academy in Rome Announces the 2014-2015 Rome Prize Winners</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pt/pto4rfvums1e0id9.jpg"></p><p>The <a href="http://www.aarome.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Academy in Rome</a> announced the winners of the 118th annual prestigious <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/competition/2014_rome_prize/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rome Prize Competition</a> at a festive ceremony in New York City. Winners of the prestigious prize will receive a fellowship, which includes a stipend and live/working space, and are invited to live in Rome for six months to two years as members of the Academy community.</p><p><a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/wheelwright_prize_2014_finalists_announced/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Wheelwright Prize 2014 finalists announced</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uu/uuvs4gfj6th9coac.jpg"></p><p>Seven finalists were announced for <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/competition/wheelwright_prize_2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Wheelwright Prize 2014</a>. Since 2013, the prize is applicable to any architect who graduated within the last 15 years from a professionally accredited architecture degree program. Emphasizing international research, the winner must spend at least six months worki...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98438242/inga-saffron-it-s-not-just-architecture-it-s-city-life-criticism Inga Saffron: It's not just architecture, it's city life criticism Alexander Walter 2014-04-21T14:29:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T09:58:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4b/4b43ee5cb773103de6c59f515b2e1102.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Inga Saffron, who writes the "Changing Skyline" column for the Philadelphia Inquirer, won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism this week. She talks with Dave Heller about the state of criticism today, and the changing attitudes towards cities.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98041785/inquirer-s-architecture-critic-inga-saffron-wins-pulitzer-prize-for-criticism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inquirer's architecture critic Inga Saffron wins Pulitzer Prize for criticism</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98438240/addressing-infrastructure-problems-with-landscape-architecture Addressing Infrastructure Problems With Landscape Architecture Alexander Walter 2014-04-21T14:23:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T14:25:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/48/48c1caa056d1919b33fb9980a72150f9.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most people are not completely clear on what a landscape architect does, but according to Susannah Drake, founder of interdisciplinary design firm dlandstudio, it boils down to a mix of art, science, and politics. &ldquo;I care very deeply about the practicality and the sustainability, and I care about smart design detail. But fundamentally I think that design work, particularly in an urban setting, is about creating comfort, and beauty, and livability,&rdquo; Drake said.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98436419/czech-communist-architecture-may-be-protected Czech Communist architecture may be protected Alexander Walter 2014-04-21T13:34:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T14:41:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4cd267818e2b651bda5d75f18f7345f1.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The new commission for cultural heritage protection, an adviser to the Czech National Heritage Institute (NP&Uacute;) director, has recommended that the state start protecting relatively young works of architecture from the second half of the 20th century [...] &ldquo;Unlike the architecture of the interwar Czechoslovakia, the post-war architecture has been omitted by protection programs so far, also because its valuable pieces are more difficult to distinguish."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98435205/nyc-chief-city-planner-amanda-burden-on-public-space-and-densification NYC chief city planner Amanda Burden on public space and densification Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-21T13:07:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T16:28:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xk/xkww242yn2k1pe1m.jpg" width="376" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If there is any one lesson that I have learned in my life as a city planner, it is that public spaces have power. It's not just the number of people using them, it's the even greater number of people who feel better about their city just knowing that they are there. Public space can change how you live in a city, how you feel about a city, whether you choose one city over another, and public space is one of the most important reasons why you stay in a city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Amanda Burden served as New York City's chief planner under Mayor Bloomberg, leading such revitalization projects as the High Line and Brooklyn's waterfront. You can watch the full TED talk below, or read the complete transcript <a href="http://www.ted.com/talks/amanda_burden_how_public_spaces_make_cities_work/transcript" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98393621/from-divergence-a-thoughtful-calm From Divergence, a Thoughtful Calm Nam Henderson 2014-04-20T20:12:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T14:41:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vd/vdapo38u1saljp6z.jpg" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The telling details are two walls of red granite at the entrance, as well as the tiered reflecting pools in back. The first was Mr. Conforti&rsquo;s idea and the second, Mr. Ando&rsquo;s.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ted Loos provides a status update for&nbsp;the dozen-year $145 million expansion of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.clarkart.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute</a>, which is finally scheduled to open in July.</p><p>Previously on Archinect&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/23301/ando-s-clark-progress" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/15960/ando-set-to-begin-clark-expansion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98279226/exhibition-recap-instruments-reimaging-the-music-room Exhibition recap: Instruments: Reimaging the Music Room Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-18T20:46:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T14:42:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/11/11e8d3dbc369231b96a9c525a2f13d2a.jpg" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Instruments: Reimaging the Music Room&rdquo; is a fascinating exhibition of student work from the Piet Zwart Institute&rsquo;s Master Interior Architecture &amp; Retail Design program, studying the role of sound in the domestic space. Each work creates a physical manifestation, or conduit, of the soundscapes that pervade our most private spaces, either raucously or imperceptibly.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/13/13aa6fdf43be94b7207607641b1ca947.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/19/19072084056b1cfb216ae30b53901296.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/21/21d040f0cb6b72c9f6a33657ffa26705.jpg"></p><p>Find more info, photos and videos by visiting the news listing on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/exhibition_recap_instruments_reimaging_the_music_room/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98271389/chicagoisms-exhibition-renders-the-windy-city-s-architectural-history-anew “Chicagoisms” exhibition renders the Windy City’s architectural history anew Justine Testado 2014-04-18T17:00:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T14:42:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vr/vr4fs8d4l4fvf7hy.jpg" width="514" height="528" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you find your way into the Windy City anytime soon, catch a glimpse of the recently debuted "Chicagoisms" exhibition at The Art Institute of Chicago now until Jan. 4, 2015. Exploring Chicago's enduring influence in modern architecture and urban planning, the exhibition presents five new interpretations and critical analysis of "Chicagoisms" designed by contemporary architects and designers.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6v/6vo0hlvenxtuqo6f.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6h/6hfig5xg24ee0jij.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2h/2hajsgh4sogobse5.jpg"></p><p>Find the event details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/chicagoisms_exhibition_renders_the_windy_citys_architectural_history_anew/" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98266550/unfinished-spaces-documentary-receives-2014-sah-award-for-film-and-video “Unfinished Spaces” documentary receives 2014 SAH Award for Film and Video Justine Testado 2014-04-18T15:10:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T14:42:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9l/9li4bkscb2c4yrlp.jpg" width="514" height="535" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Unfinished Spaces by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray continues to gain recognition since its initial release in 2011. In addition to previous grants and awards, the documentary film recently won the 2014 Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) Award for Film and Video at the 2014 Annual Conference in Austin, Texas. Established in 2013, the annual award is given to the most distinguished international work of film or video on the history of the built environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Reflective of its Cuban Revolution setting in 1961, Unfinished Spaces tells the complex tale of Cuba's historic National Art Schools project commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to visionary architects Ricardo Porro, Vittorio Garatti, and Roberto Gottardi. Construction of the school complex immediately began and artists from all over the country attended the school. But the project was abruptly halted as soon as the Revolution came to fruition.</p><p>Forty years later, the schools continue to operate but have remained unfinished. Castro has invited the exiled architects back to finally complete their unrealized dream.</p><p><strong>See the official trailer below.</strong></p><p>Also check out Archinect's previous coverage of <em>Unfinished Spaces</em> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59098906/unfinished-spaces-premieres-tomorrow-night-on-pbs-archinect-talks-to-the-filmmaker" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98265346/an-interview-with-man-behind-the-stealing-banksy-auction An interview with man behind the “Stealing Banksy?” auction Alexander Walter 2014-04-18T14:37:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T17:16:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4c0b54bf777ef6a1b997a07e37340276.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Next week in London, The Sincura Group will be holding a similar auction of street pieces formally by Banksy. That&rsquo;s the same company that last year successfully sold the Banksy &ldquo;Slave Labour&rdquo; wall at auction for just over $1 million. They&rsquo;ve titled their auction Stealing Banksy? and it will include approximately 18 works, at least 7 of which are street pieces formally by Banksy that have been removed from their original locations, some of them specifically removed for this sale.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98264743/how-do-i-become-a-legoland-modeller How do I become … a Legoland modeller Alexander Walter 2014-04-18T14:25:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T15:54:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/03/03f2d8157a4571848ca29bd7e92df359.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When David Fautley takes his work home with him his children don't complain &ndash; they join in, because Fautley is a Lego modeller. "We did Dortmund football stadium in Germany last January which needed 3,000 mini-figures, so I had the boys and five of their friends come round for three nights after school to complete it. With slices of pizza going round, you can imagine they thought it was fantastic."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98261110/sou-fujimoto-discusses-limbo-dichotomies-and-nature-in-his-architecture Sou Fujimoto discusses limbo, dichotomies and nature in his architecture Natalie Hein 2014-04-18T13:47:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T21:16:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/56/56tps3f280egmqop.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This past Tuesday, The Architectural League of New York hosted a lecture at Cooper Union by architect Sou Fujimoto, entitled &ldquo;Between Nature and Architecture&rdquo;. Despite the great number of practitioners and students in attendance (almost a full-house), the event felt more like an intimate conversation with the architect, as he shared his unique brand of architectural investigation. Each project he presented helped substantiate his lifelong interest in blurring the boundaries of established architectural conceptions. Fujimoto explained that he is inspired by dissolving such falsely dichotomous themes as: nature and architecture, the house and the city, complexity and simplicity, or inside and outside, in order to examine the new possibilities that exist &ldquo;in between.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1y/1y8esce8bbx8agi9.jpg"></p><p>The lecture progressed rather linearly, tracing his practice's themes from their conceptual foundation in his &ldquo;younger ideas&rdquo; through to their mature forms. As he talked us through some of his earliest conceptual sketches,...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98262926/winning-designs-of-cambodian-sustainable-housing-competition-now-built Winning designs of Cambodian Sustainable Housing competition now built Justine Testado 2014-04-18T13:45:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T14:42:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dg/dgzm65c2dr8ukpuo.jpg" width="514" height="278" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's a well-known fact that a safe and comfortable home is essential to one's well-being. From Building Trust International's 2013 "The Future of Sustainable Housing in Cambodia" competition, over 600 registered entrants proposed sustainable housing solutions for low-income families in Cambodia. The jury -- which also comprised of the families who moved into their new homes -- chose 3 joint-winning designs recently constructed in Phnom Penh.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The winners are:</p><p><strong>Courtyard House</strong> by <a href="http://www.lumleykoller.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jess Lumley &amp; Alexander Koller</a> (UK)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/og/ogli2i8nj6otkyen.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ky/kyeao9brp6fy06yl.jpg"></p><p><strong>Open Embrace</strong> by Keith Greenwald and Lisa Ekle (USA)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ve/veyhx3moq1nbrs5l.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sb/sbmvvdldsgwz10ch.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jn/jni1yvjlquz72tw1.jpg"></p><p><strong>Wet + Dry House</strong> by Mary Ann Jackson, Ralph Green, Muhammad Kamil &amp; Nick Shearman of <a href="http://www.vdd.com.au" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Visionary Design Development Pty Ltd.</a> (Australia)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0eyrkrukt035ys29.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1y/1y9rsf7q1zkqznm5.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y4/y4ktwj1jku0y5klh.jpg"></p><p>More details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/winning_designs_of_cambodian_sustainable_housing_competition_now_built/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Also check out our recent feature of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97566131/moved-to-care-competition-winners-highlight-the-importance-of-safe-healthcare-for-all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building Trust International's "Moved to Care" competition results</a>.</p>