Archinect - News 2015-09-01T06:19:58-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/135588601/the-evolo-2016-skyscraper-competition-is-accepting-entries-now-until-january-register-early The eVolo 2016 Skyscraper Competition is accepting entries now until January. Register early! Justine Testado 2015-08-31T18:55:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T20:12:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3bsafyagx038us12.jpg" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Floating in mid-air, inspired by traditional designs, or built out of carbon dioxide, the sky is indeed the limit in the annual eVolo Skyscraper Competition. Since eVolo first launched the contest in 2006, there's no question that the 2016 edition will be just as competitive.</p><p>Every year, participants worldwide are invited to&nbsp;reinvent the skyscraper: examining its definition, historical context, purpose, and exploring the potential for vertical living in the 21st century.&nbsp;The fun part is that entrants are given complete freedom in designing their skyscrapers.</p><p>Get a headstart on those submissions!&nbsp;You can sign up for<strong> early registration</strong> now until November 17, 2015 for $95. Then from November 18 until January 19, the registration fee will hike up to $135.</p><p>The final registration deadline is <strong>January 19, 2016</strong>. Submissions are due on <strong>January 26, 2016</strong> at 11:59 p.m. US Eastern Time.</p><p>This year's jury features: Matias del Campo, Thom Faulders, Greg Lynn, Marcelo Spina, and Skylar Tibbits.</p><p>Here's a t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135588607/sea-level-rise-accelerating-according-to-new-data-from-nasa Sea level rise accelerating, according to new data from NASA Nicholas Korody 2015-08-31T18:53:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T05:11:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bs/bs3eiwdl9uitamb3.jpg" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>NASA has <a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/5e92d30f16ca4e5a86f70cab104909d0.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">released</a> new images that show an acceleration in global sea level rise, from about 1 millimeter per year at the beginning of the last century to 3 millimeters per year today.</p><p>&ldquo;NASA&rsquo;s been looking down at the oceans from space for about the last 23 years,&rdquo; explains Josh Willis, a NASA climate scientist, in a video posted below. &ldquo;And when they do we see the sea levels are rising &ndash; rapidly. Much more rapidly than they have any time in the last thousand years."</p><p>Since 1992, NASA has noted about 7 centimeters of sea level rise total. While this may not seem like much, it's spread over about two-thirds of the planet's surface. And as the planet continues to heat up, glacier and ice sheets will melt, further contributing to sea level rise. According to Willis, the implications will be profound.&nbsp;</p><p>"We live in a society that loves the ocean. We love the beaches and we put a lot of infrastructure there," Willis states. "Across the world, there are hundreds of millions of people that will ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135588605/antonia-malchik-on-the-end-of-walking-in-america Antonia Malchik on the end of walking in America Alexander Walter 2015-08-31T18:39:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T18:48:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cg/cg69dtqtycwsbyky.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For decades, Americans have been losing their ability, even their right, to walk. [...] there are vast blankets and folds of the country where the ability to walk &ndash; to open a door and step outside and go somewhere or nowhere without getting behind the wheel of a car &ndash; is a struggle, a fight. A risk. [...] we encourage car travel and discourage moving on foot. More than discourage it, we criminalise it where deemed necessary.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135027032/ny-mayor-de-blasio-s-times-square-overhaul-runs-into-massive-opposition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NY Mayor de Blasio's Times Square overhaul runs into massive opposition</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134589596/mit-s-placelet-sensors-technologize-old-fashioned-observation-methods-for-placemaking" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's "Placelet" sensors technologize old-fashioned observation methods for placemaking</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90280641/why-can-t-one-walk-to-the-super-bowl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Can't One Walk To The Super Bowl?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135578877/obama-changes-the-name-of-tallest-mountain-from-mt-mckinley-to-denali Obama changes the name of tallest mountain from Mt McKinley to Denali Nicholas Korody 2015-08-31T15:49:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T20:50:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qj/qj9k8qn1jvy6fmsj.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Obama administration will change the name of North America's tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, a major symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives on the eve of President Barack Obama's historic visit to Alaska. By renaming the peak Denali, an Athabascan word meaning "the high one," Obama waded into a sensitive and decades-old conflict between residents of Alaska and Ohio.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Alaskans have informally called the mountain Denali for years, but the federal government recognizes its name invoking the 25th president, William McKinley, who was born in Ohio and assassinated early in his second term."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135578875/learn-about-desert-living-design-in-design-marfa-s-2015-symposium-and-home-tour-sept-18-19 Learn about desert-living design in Design Marfa's 2015 Symposium and Home Tour, Sept. 18 + 19 Justine Testado 2015-08-31T15:39:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T15:46:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jf/jfbaxstrutlol5ay.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://designmarfa.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Marfa</a> is ready to share fresh insight into desert-living design in their 2015 Symposium and Home Tour, happening on September 18 and 19 at the Crowley Theatre in the Texan town of Marfa.</p><p>Hosted by Design Marfa &mdash; the non-profit who created the Marfa Multi-Family Housing Competition &mdash; the two-day Symposium will feature relevant discussions led by an international array of architects and designers.</p><p>Events on Friday, September 18 include the earthen building-materials presentation, "Does This Structure Make Me Look Hot?" with Tucson architect Cade Hayes; DUST principal Brad Lancaster's session on harvesting rainwater; multidisciplinary designer Gina Coffman's presentation on how to increase walkability and bikesharing in our local communities; Los Angeles-based architect Linda Taalman on precision building systems in her "IT House" discussion, and more.</p><p>Then on September 19, <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/a_closer_look_at_77_by_paul_vincent_the_design_marfa_housing_competition_w/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marfa Multi-Family Housing Competition winner</a> Paul Vincent presents his proposal while juror Sharon Odum delv...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135577259/is-individual-expression-in-architecture-at-risk Is "individual expression" in architecture at risk? Nicholas Korody 2015-08-31T15:28:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T01:46:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rn/rndtlidh9xmud099.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona to the Sydney Opera House, the world's most recognizable landmarks display the character of the people who created them, but can individuality in architecture stand up to increasing pressure from developers to deliver universally popular designs? ...Daniel Libeskind warns that his profession is currently battling against commoditization and a "design by committee" approach that devalues the architect's role.</p></em><br /><br /><p>CNN Style has made Daniel Libeskind a guest editor for a series of articles around the theme, "Architecture and Emotion." In this article, Alyn Griffiths takes a look at "individuality" in architecture, with a general presumption that it's under attack.</p><p>While beginning with the caveat that every building is the product of "many minds and hands," the article is primarily oriented around Libeskind's belief that buildings best "engage people's emotions...&nbsp;when the architect's own vision and feelings are expressed through the design."</p><p>It's a bit unclear how much Libeskind was involved with the article itself, although he's quoted early on in the piece.&nbsp;"Individual expression is what makes people different from other animals," claims Libeskind. "It's what defines us as a species and yet, increasingly, individuality is a dirty word in architecture."</p><p>These are strong biological and sociological claims &ndash; with little backing offered. But assumptions aside, is their some validity to concerns tha...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135577264/plans-for-japan-s-tallest-skyscraper-announced Plans for Japan's tallest skyscraper announced Alexander Walter 2015-08-31T15:16:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T15:39:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1p/1pbn30ri8x3assrg.jpg" width="514" height="732" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mitsubishi Estate Co. says it will construct a 390-meter-high building, making it Japan&rsquo;s tallest, as part of redevelopment project near Tokyo Station. The structure will overtake the 300-meter-tall Abeno Harukas in the city of Osaka. Mitsubishi Estate hopes the new building will serve both as a centerpiece of a major business district and tourist destination, officials said Monday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More recent Tokyo architecture news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135346122/it-s-lights-out-at-the-old-okura-reconstruction-of-the-iconic-tokyo-hotel-starts-next-week" target="_blank">It's lights out at the old Okura: reconstruction of the iconic Tokyo hotel starts next week</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135183829/not-over-yet-zaha-hadid-releases-23-minute-film-pushing-for-tokyo-olympic-stadium" target="_blank">Not over yet: Zaha Hadid releases 23-minute film pushing for Tokyo Olympic Stadium</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134182334/tokyo-begins-farming-produce-beneath-its-subway-lines" target="_blank">Tokyo begins farming produce beneath its subway lines</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135574015/leading-up-to-its-september-20-opening-christopher-hawthorne-reviews-the-new-broad-museum Leading up to its September-20 opening, Christopher Hawthorne reviews the new Broad museum Alexander Walter 2015-08-31T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T14:21:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/66/66o1ycxp6yamsf4u.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The elements of the Broad that have been most closely scrutinized or most often reworked, in fact, are the most uneven. It is only in the relative shadows &mdash; in the peripheral or easily overlooked spaces, or in the rooms added or enlarged late in the design process &mdash; that the architecture of the museum really comes to life.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on <em>The Broad</em> on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/129351879/what-makes-an-artless-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What makes an artless museum?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120894579/so-what-s-new-at-the-broad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">So what's new at the Broad?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120048386/ds-r-s-broad-museum-set-to-open-on-sept-20-with-a-feb-15-preview" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DS+R's Broad Museum set to open on Sept. 20, with a Feb. 15 preview</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117439302/is-the-broad-museum-s-newly-unveiled-facade-living-up-to-its-renderings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is The Broad Museum's newly unveiled facade living up to its renderings?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135573196/about-overwork-whatever-doesn-t-kill-you-makes-you-slower About Overwork: Whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you… slower. Orhan Ayyüce 2015-08-31T13:48:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T21:29:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7z/7znij82ke856kpy9.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>That&rsquo;s when the ulcer started</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read on architects...</p><p>A personal note: During my travels to foreign countries I encounter one of the most frequented&nbsp;questions, "how come you guys in America work all the time?" &nbsp;Of course, I don't even bother to tell them "but we get TWO weeks of paid vacation after working diligently for three years" in order to prove them wrong! They would never understand how good we have it here.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135570777/get-lectured-usc-fall-15 Get Lectured: USC, Fall '15 Justine Testado 2015-08-31T13:14:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T15:07:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y8/y87uajgqg76g1euv.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/543658/2015-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2015</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 ready for another school year.&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.</p><p>Kicking off the new school year last Monday, our first featured poster comes from the University of Southern California School of Architecture for Fall 2015.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;<a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">connect@archinect.com</a>.</em></p><p>Listed below are selected upcoming events. Lectures are free and open to the public.</p><p>Sept 9<br><strong>Jose Sanchez</strong> /&nbsp;Assistant Professor, USC School of Architecture</p><p>Sept 28-Oct 16&#8203;<br><strong>Midterm Presentations &amp; Reviews</strong></p><p>Oct 12<br><strong>Graduate Open House</strong></p><p>Oct 21<br><strong>Junya Ishigami Drawing Workshop</strong> / Junya Ishigami + Associates - Tokyo</p><p>&#8203;Oct 26-30<br><strong>&#8203;Architecture in Italy</strong><br>Exhibition from Global Studies Program</p><p>Nov 4<br><strong>Kelly Shannon, P...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135569973/isis-attacks-second-ancient-palmyra-temple-this-month ISIS attacks second ancient Palmyra temple this month Alexander Walter 2015-08-31T12:59:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T13:01:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tr/truwemi19z018aup.jpg" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Islamic State has destroyed part of another ancient temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra, according to activists on social media and a group monitoring the conflict, this time targeting the Temple of Bel. [...] It is the second temple that Islamic State has attacked in Palmyra this month. On 25 August, the group detonated explosives in the ancient Baal Shamin temple, an act that the cultural agency Unesco has called a war crime aimed at wiping out a symbol of Syria&rsquo;s diverse cultural heritage.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135031859/isis-blows-up-2-000-year-old-baalshamin-temple-in-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS blows up 2,000-year-old Baalshamin temple in Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134645642/isis-beheads-leading-archaeologist-in-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS beheads leading archaeologist in Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130329275/isil-destroys-ancient-mausoleums-in-historic-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIL destroys ancient mausoleums in historic Palmyra</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135362232/don-t-forget-that-the-dry-futures-submission-deadline-is-tuesday-september-1 Don't forget that the Dry Futures submission deadline is Tuesday, September 1! Justine Testado 2015-08-29T12:00:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T12:14:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vh/vh79wzivx5iokcj4.jpg" width="514" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Got an inventive design idea on how to address the historic drought that's parching up California? Send your submissions to Archinect's <a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures</a>&nbsp;competition!&nbsp;Architects and non-architects worldwide are welcome to send entries that are imaginative, pragmatic, idealist, or even dystopic. The submission deadline is&nbsp;Tuesday, September 1 at 10 p.m. Pacific Time.</p><p>We're accepting submissions in two categories: Speculative and Pragmatic. Three prize winners in each category will be announced.</p><p>"Speculative" refers to proposals of the sci-fi variety, perhaps involving technologies that don't yet exist, or imagining alternative future scenarios for a drought-affected California. "Pragmatic" are the more standard, realistic proposals &ndash; ones that could feasibly be implemented today.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i0/i04xvfbctel6hs0b.jpg"></p><p>1st place winners in each category will receive a $1,000 cash prize, as well as a custom one-week survival kit, including a backpack. 2nd place winners get an emergency kit stocked with one-week of supplies, and 3rd ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135355800/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-old-new-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Old+New" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-08-28T19:07:00-04:00 >2015-08-29T16:06:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h3/h3fx34vajt5wuch1.jpg" width="514" height="386" 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="http://www.pinterest.com/archinect/old%2Bnew/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Old+New</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rq/rqdvueo1pkbfvxvj.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/676/library-of-birmingham/90594307" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Library</a> in Birmingham, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/mecanoo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecanoo</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5n/5nim7z0khdxu9p57.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/52596385/cr-che-et-logement-de-fonction-rue-pierre-budin/87500335" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cr&egrave;che et logement de fonction rue Pierre Budin</a> in Paris, France by <a href="http://archinect.com/ecdm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ECDM architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ec/ecpya4g5njlla37d.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/62986441/office-zotov-co/113873960" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Office Zotov&amp;Co</a> in Kiev, Ukraine by <a href="http://archinect.com/zotov" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zotov&amp;Co</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l6/l6w7zd7b0toexei1.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/sparkarchitects/project/spark-beijing-office2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SPARK Office</a> in Beijing, China by <a href="http://archinect.com/sparkarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SPARK</a>; Photo: Shu He</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/if/if5ft7n8dq6ltqyw.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/118858781/business-house-langenzipen-st-petersburg/124249077" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Business House Langenzipen</a> in St. Petersburg, Russia by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/118858781/nps-tchoban-voss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">nps tchoban voss</a>; Photo: Bernhard Kroll</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j1/j18o9mz5zkxjcsbe.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/851/performers-house-high-school/130699386" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Performers House High School</a> in Silkeborg, Denmark by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/851/schmidt-hammer-lassen-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">schmidt hammer lassen architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k9/k9eqi4jlyiee42kf.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/Wiel-Arets-Architects/project/v-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">V' House</a> in Maastricht, the Netherlands by <a href="http://archinect.com/Wiel-Arets-Architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wiel Arets Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/70tkhofq9yhlz7e4.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/111241443/businesspark-breitensee/111325887" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Businesspark Breitensee</a> in Vienna, Austria by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/holodeck" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOLODECK architects</a>; Photo:&nbsp;Wolfgang Thaler</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qf/qficom4qpy1hax7e.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/11636051/blackbird/92220466" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blackbird</a> in Chicago, IL by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/11636051/design-bureaux-inc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Bureaux, Inc</a></p><p>(Cover pic: <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/5012529/podere-bedano/129395204" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Poder...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135357408/woman-s-dream-tiny-home-clashes-with-canadian-law Woman's dream tiny home clashes with Canadian law Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-28T18:43:00-04:00 >2015-08-29T23:21:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sb/sb91otet3c9n27ep.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cheryl Smith planned to move "off the grid" and into a small house near Clark's Harbour, N.S., a year ago. But thanks to Canadian building regulations, the four-by-six metre structure remains half-built and empty. [...] Canadian laws require living spaces to have access to power to run smoke detectors and air exchange systems. But Smith said the point of moving into her tiny home was to disconnect from the power grid.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the tiny home world:</p><ul><li><a title="Seattle high schoolers push to provide moveable, minimalist shelters for the homeless" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126280652/seattle-high-schoolers-push-to-provide-moveable-minimalist-shelters-for-the-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle high schoolers push to provide moveable, minimalist shelters for the homeless</a></li><li><a title="The problem with tiny homes - they can get stolen" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117724661/the-problem-with-tiny-homes-they-can-get-stolen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The problem with tiny homes - they can get stolen</a></li><li><a title="Swedish architects design for un-permited small-space living" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117134090/swedish-architects-design-for-un-permited-small-space-living" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Swedish architects design for un-permited small-space living</a></li><li><a title="The Tiny House Lover's Guide to Romance" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100062620/the-tiny-house-lover-s-guide-to-romance" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Tiny House Lover's Guide to Romance</a></li><li><a title="Teenager builds tiny home to avoid mortgage trap" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/18810722/teenager-builds-tiny-home-to-avoid-mortgage-trap" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Teenager builds tiny home to avoid mortgage trap</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135346125/your-annual-reminder-that-burning-man-isn-t-that-special-of-an-idea Your annual reminder that Burning Man isn't that special of an idea Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-28T15:17:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T15:17:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1t/1t6dmr7b6sb6tnb0.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While Burning Man really is a one-of-a-kind, temporary event, there are&nbsp;communities&nbsp;full of similarly minded radical folk across the globe.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Burners 'round the globe will soon make the pilgrimage to Black Rock City,&nbsp;a "temporary metropolis dedicated to art and community" in Nevada's desert. The psychedelic social experiment born of&nbsp;"radical self-reliance" known as Burning Man begins this Sunday, and in its nearly 30-year history has attracted legions of loyalists, while also being criticized for a radicalism compromised by expensive ticket prices and a "buddy-buddy relationship with Silicon Valley billionaires"<a href="http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/03/burning-man-founder-is-cool-with-capitalism-and-silicon-valley-billionaire/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">*</a>.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://static4.businessinsider.com/image/55db67c1bd86ef12008b57c5-4992-3744/burning%20man%20.jpg"></p><p>By its nature, Black Rock City disappears when Burning Man ends &ndash; but many similarly radical communities around the world are being built to last. Sure, no giant effigies, but often, infrastructure!</p><p>This piece from ajc.com looks at some of the other experiments in communal living from around the world &ndash; from ecovillage Findhorn Foundation in Scotland to Copenhagen's autonomous Christiana and even autonomous micronations like the Principality of Sealand.</p><p>More news from The Burn:</p><ul><li><a title='300-mile wall "proposed" for the Bay Area to exile Burning Man festivalgoers, forever' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133736405/300-mile-wall-proposed-for-the-bay-area-to-exile-burning-man-festivalgoers-forever" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">300-mile wall "proposed" for the Bay A...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135346122/it-s-lights-out-at-the-old-okura-reconstruction-of-the-iconic-tokyo-hotel-starts-next-week It's lights out at the old Okura: reconstruction of the iconic Tokyo hotel starts next week Alexander Walter 2015-08-28T15:02:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T15:05:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0e2gova57fqjxpak.jpg" width="514" height="418" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tokyo&rsquo;s venerable Hotel Okura is getting a remake, starting next week. Over the course of the past 53 years since its opening on May 20, 1962, the Okura, located in Toranomon, has earned an unsurpassed reputation both at home and abroad as a luxury hotel to represent Japan. The hotel said in a statement that it will maintain the Japanese traditional aesthetics and the basics of the architecture style of Hotel Okura.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129095383/as-the-okura-says-sayonara-tokyo-doesn-t-seem-to-care-much" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As the Okura says sayonara, Tokyo doesn't seem to care much</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106634364/farewell-to-the-old-okura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farewell to the Old Okura</a></li></ul><p>And before the wrecking ball ends an era of Japanese 1960s Modernism to make way for the <em>new</em>, shiny, 41-story, $836M Okura Hotel,&nbsp;here a few more impressions of all its glory on the way out.</p><p>Rest in peace, old friend, and say hi to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/29855/demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the ones we've lost</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1l/1lumj7kdc18zwvyd.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2m/2myk5ksaigtecxuk.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o7/o7k2xx8ro5o0yojj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r4/r4glgmcz2uko837x.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/px/pxfqg5ye3cix1gux.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gc/gcmx4rhkzrrp6ytr.jpg"></p><p>All images via <em>Monocle Magazine</em>'s <a href="http://savetheokura.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">savetheokura.com</a> petition site.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135341282/why-hypoallergenic-landscaping-needs-more-priority-in-urban-planning Why hypoallergenic landscaping needs more priority in urban planning Justine Testado 2015-08-28T13:50:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T13:50:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nc/nccqugmcum2nxuhi.jpg" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Botany professor Paloma Cari&ntilde;anos] found it surprising that the design of these green spaces thought about landscaping, climate, and fashion criteria, but didn't think about pollen problems. [She] says that in the future, urban green spaces 'will become 'comfort islands' inside 'urban heat islands.''...Cari&ntilde;anos and her team stress that their research is a tool for planning and prevention. They hope that other cities will be able to use their methods to prevent high allergen levels.</p></em><br /><br /><p>You can read more of Cari&ntilde;anos' team's research in the <a href="https://dl.sciencesocieties.org/publications/jeq/abstracts/0/0/jeq2015.02.0075" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Journal of Environmental Quality</em></a>.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127173703/welcome-to-the-jungle-sou-fujimoto-lectures-on-applying-natural-infrastructure-to-urban-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the jungle: Sou Fujimoto lectures on applying natural infrastructure to urban design</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121124432/delhi-s-air-pollution-is-worse-than-beijing-s-a-new-app-measures-the-air-quality-in-real-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Delhi&rsquo;s air pollution is worse than Beijing's. A new app measures the air quality in real time</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122679179/kkt-architects-envision-tornado-shaped-tower-for-downtown-tulsa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KKT architects envision tornado-shaped tower for downtown Tulsa</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131795914/new-zealand-landscaper-shapes-church-out-of-trees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Zealand landscaper shapes church out of trees</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132648258/japan-s-largest-treehouse-is-also-a-high-tech-engineering-feat" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan's largest treehouse is also a high-tech engineering feat</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135337269/why-we-blame-buildings Why we blame buildings Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-28T12:40:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T12:40:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8f/8f1ce4da3b488d0b5529437c40529608.jpg" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Accepted wisdom has it that the continuing social unrest in the banlieues, as these suburbs are called, is a direct result of their built form: repetitive slabs and blocks of modern housing, often in large isolated estates. [...] In fact, environmental determinism accompanied the very making of the French suburbs in the postwar period and the development of modern urbanism more generally. Why is it that we assign so much power to 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/135338071/japanese-government-hopes-to-cap-olympic-stadium-costs-at-us-1-28-billion Japanese government hopes to cap Olympic stadium costs at US$1.28 billion Alexander Walter 2015-08-28T12:17:00-04:00 >2015-08-29T11:02:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2fb14d3ca77a7b361db7ae91c5d4c38e.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The government hopes to cap the cost of building the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at &yen;155 billion, much lower than the &yen;252 billion projected under a recently scrapped plan [...]. The government intends to make sure that the stadium will be built by April 2020. But given the International Olympic Committee&rsquo;s request that the venue be built by January of that year, it plans to ask a yet-to-be-named contractor to propose shortening its construction schedule, the sources said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more about the troubled New National Stadium Tokyo in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135183829/not-over-yet-zaha-hadid-releases-23-minute-film-pushing-for-tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Not over yet: Zaha Hadid releases 23-minute film pushing for Tokyo Olympic Stadium</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133027870/are-uncompetitive-japanese-contractors-to-blame-for-zaha-s-new-national-stadium-budget-blowout" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are uncompetitive Japanese contractors to blame for Zaha's New National Stadium budget blowout?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132566359/zaha-hadid-reportedly-not-giving-up-on-tokyo-stadium-plans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid reportedly not giving up on Tokyo stadium plans</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash; Abe calls for a redesign from scratch</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japanese slam highly unpopular Tokyo Olympic Stadium design with hilarious memes</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135286699/architecture-shapes-hyperreal-photographic-narratives-in-art-collection-schude Architecture shapes hyperreal photographic narratives in art collection "Schude" Julia Ingalls 2015-08-28T00:20:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T06:46:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0c/0c2rtpxa5zx6nwi4.jpg" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Photographer Ryan Schude's narrative panoramas are as informed by the artist's humor as they are by the structures in which they often take place. Consider "The Saturn," a typical Southern California <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/99407/next-series-apartment-stories" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dingbat</a> that is transformed into a tableau of subjects wondering where they went wrong. There's the man whose belongings are being unceremoniously tossed out of a window by an enraged lover to the woman staring out of her kitchen window to the mildly distressed dingbat itself. At least, that's one reading. Look closer: other stories begin to emerge.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5v/5vbvnezrf1islcqf.jpg"></p><p>Beginning as an editorial portraitist for a magazine, Schude "wanted to figure out how to do more than just show a documentary aspect of [a subject's] personality. I wanted to tell a story that would be more interesting than the person themselves, and take that concept and apply it to a much bigger scene with actual actors and create another story, depending on the location."&nbsp;The narrative within "The Saturn" evolved as he sought a location....</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135281881/participating-architects-announced-for-the-us-pavilion-of-the-2016-venice-biennale Participating architects announced for the US Pavilion of the 2016 Venice Biennale Nicholas Korody 2015-08-27T19:55:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T16:19:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9e/9etsg1j6li9p6a7z.jpg" width="514" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The list of architects chosen to participate in the US Pavilion for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132339475/chilean-architect-alejandro-aravena-named-architecture-director-of-2016-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the 2016 Venice Biennale</a> has just been announced. Curated by Cynthia Davidson and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128185684/monica-ponce-de-leon-appointed-as-new-dean-of-princeton-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Monica de Ponce Leon</a>, "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132106689/u-s-pavilion-at-the-2016-venice-biennale-the-architectural-imagination-now-open-for-submissions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architectural Imagination</a>" seeks to be "an exhibition of new speculative architectural projects commissioned for specific sites in Detroit but with far-reaching application for cities around the world."</p><p>Out of more than 250 submissions, the following 12 architecture firms were chosen:</p><ol><li><a href="http://archinect.com/anoffice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>a(n) Office</strong></a> (Detroit, Michigan)<br>Marcelo L&oacute;pez-Dinardi&nbsp;and V. Mitch McEwen</li><li><a href="http://bairballiet.com/bairballiet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>BairBalliet</strong></a> (Columbus, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois)<br>Kelly Bair and Kristy Balliet</li><li><strong><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/702/greg-lynn-form" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Greg Lynn FORM</a></strong> (Los Angeles, California)<br>Greg Lynn</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1044/mack-scogin-merrill-elam-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects</strong></a> (Atlanta, Georgia)<br>Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/mbpro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>MARSHALL BROWN PROJECTS</strong></a>&nbsp;(Chicago, Illinois)<br>Marshall Brown</li><li><strong><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/25492488/mos-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MOS Architects</a></strong> (New York, New York)<br>Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith</li><li><a href="http://www.pita-bloom.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Pita &amp; Bloom</strong></a> (Los Angeles, California)<br>Florencia Pita and Jackilin Hah Bloom</li><li><strong>Present Future</strong> (Houston, Texas)<br>Albert Pope and Jes&uacute;s Vas...</li></ol> http://archinect.com/news/article/135280266/leaving-town-this-bot-will-write-your-goodbye-letter-for-you Leaving town? This bot will write your goodbye letter for you Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-27T19:31:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T20:24:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w2/w24s0s7dm43xdiqm.jpg" width="514" height="102" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Of course, San Francisco has much to offer. The clothing stores, the cable cars, the botanical gardens. My neighbor the conveyor operator, Alan. The libraries, the sports bars, the bus stations. Sigh.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Leaving Everywhere" is a piece of net art that spits out "break-up" letters with cities by citing randomly-selected data from the US Census Bureau. Made by <a href="http://tinysubversions.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Darius Kazemi</a>, the letters are all essentially Mad Libs for arguing about cities, where Kazemi's algorithm fills in the blanks.</p><p>The letters are all structured more or less the same, expressing things loved about the city followed by its flaws, then some redeeming quality, a comment on racial demographics, and then sometimes, a Shakespeare quotation. This gives a deliciously arbitrary, and at times a bit unsettling, flavor to the data.&nbsp;</p><p>Here's a prime example, to Boston:</p><p><em>Boston, it is time for us to part. In just a few weeks I'll be moving to Newark, New Jersey.</em></p><p><em>I'm going to miss things about this city for sure. The bakeries, the Belarusian restaurants, the convention centers. The Greek restaurants, the flower shops, the toll booths. My local communications equipment operator, Delaney. It is with a heavy heart that I leave here.</em></p><p><em>That ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135112269/prepare-your-emergency-survival-kit-with-inspiration-from-some-of-the-dry-futures-competition-prize-packages Prepare your emergency survival kit with inspiration from some of the Dry Futures competition prize packages Justine Testado 2015-08-27T16:40:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T19:15:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oz/oz5hghzi3qon82ot.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whether you're venturing out into nature doing long-term research for a project or you're preparing for the next natural disaster that may strike your city, it's always a good idea to have a survival kit ready if things go awry and an emergency arises. If you haven't prepared a kit and need some starter suggestions on what to pack, Archinect hand-picked a selection of survival products that were kindly provided by a group of reputable brands for our <a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures</a> design competition. The top three prizes in each category will include these custom survival kits.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ts/ts3o0he028xxd5si.jpg"></p><p>Naturally, staying as healthy as possible is crucial in any survival situation. Devoted to creating durable everyday products equipped with life-saving capabilities, <a href="http://www.lifegear.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Life Gear</a>'s "Wings of Life" and "Grab and Go" Survival Packs include lightweight water-resistant backpacks to carry their accompanying essentials, including: 3-day supply of food and water for one person, poncho/thermal blanket, tarp, personal hygiene and first-aid k...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135269008/australia-s-biggest-bike-lane-skeptic-plans-to-remove-a-popular-sydney-cycleway Australia's "biggest bike-lane skeptic" plans to remove a popular Sydney cycleway Justine Testado 2015-08-27T15:33:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T15:34:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gt/gta4n2g3138hzq39.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Duncan Gay, self-described as 'the biggest bike-lane skeptic', and the] NSW government [are] about to get rid of a much-loved and much-used AU$5M protected cycleway in Sydney&rsquo;s city centre...Gay&rsquo;s move seems to go against the flow, with cycling increasingly feted as a potential congestion and pollution game changer in major cities around the world...But he is not alone.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previous bike-lane news on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128648270/copenhagen-tops-list-of-the-20-most-bike-friendly-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen Tops List of the 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131869805/as-bicycle-ownership-in-north-korea-rises-pyongyang-introduces-bike-lanes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As bicycle ownership in North Korea rises, Pyongyang introduces bike lanes</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124745474/la-gets-its-first-parking-protected-bike-lanes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Gets its First Parking-Protected Bike Lanes</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98147614/bike-lanes-don-t-cause-traffic-jams-if-you-re-smart-about-where-you-build-them" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bike Lanes Don&rsquo;t Cause Traffic Jams If You&rsquo;re Smart About Where You Build Them</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113031751/archinect-s-lexicon-bike-wash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Lexicon: "Bike-Wash"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135264996/archinect-s-employer-of-the-day-weekly-round-up-84 Archinect's Employer of the Day - Weekly Round-Up #84 Justine Testado 2015-08-27T15:30:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T14:40:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/at/atvu1ixbw1djsu1d.jpg" width="514" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Heads up to all you job seekers and active employers. Here's our weekly batch of employers for Archinect's&nbsp;<em>Employer of the Day</em>. If you've been following the daily feature on Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>,&nbsp;<em>Employer of the Day</em>&nbsp;is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.</p><p>In case you missed them, check out the latest&nbsp;<em>EOTD</em>&nbsp;features:</p><p>1. <a href="http://archinect.com/gruenassociates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Gruen Associates</strong></a> (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153453342807247.1073743207.159112812246&amp;type=3&amp;uploaded=7" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs/entry/135047176/project-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project Architect</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/to/tok801vllyuwld6p.jpg"></p><p>2. <a href="http://archinect.com/oonaghryanarchitectsinc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Oonagh Ryan Architects</strong></a> (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153448819867247.1073743205.159112812246&amp;type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs/entry/132723640/mid-level-designer-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mid-level Designer/Architect</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0v/0vk55z7urlbsawol.jpg"></p><p>3. <a href="http://archinect.com/Backengillamkroeger" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Backen, Gillam &amp; Kroeger Architects</strong></a> (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Archinect/posts/10153451751537247" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="http://archinect.com/Backengillamkroeger/jobs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Multiple listings</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/af/af7asvh79sm44ajy.jpg"></p><p>4. <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/102377/martinez-johnson-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Martinez + Johnson Architecture</strong></a> (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153439867507247.1073743203.159112812246&amp;type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/jobs/102377/martinez-johnson-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Multiple listings</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sp/spl67wyuc6w1ft1i.jpg"></p><p>5. <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/26759221/tyler-engle-architects-ps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Tyler Engle Architects</strong></a><strong>&nbsp;</strong>(<a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153437634787247.1073743202.159112812246&amp;type=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook feature</a>)<br>Currently hiring: <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs/entry/132952323/project-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project Architect</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zv/zvm5i9abytdz6ytg.jpg"></p><p>Keep track of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/369546/employer-of-the-day" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Employer of the Day</em></a>&nbsp;by liking Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="http://facebook.com/Archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>&nbsp;or follow the new&nbsp;<em>Employer of the Day</em>&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pinterest.com/archinect/employer-of-the-day/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pinterest board</a>.</p><p>Need job-hunting or hiring tips? Check out Archinect's ongoing&nbsp;<em><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/596985/employ-ed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EMPLOY(ED)</a></em>&nbsp;series.</p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/135264992/trial-by-fire-man-waits-out-raging-wildfires-in-concrete-home Trial by fire: man waits out raging wildfires in concrete home Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-27T15:01:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T18:44:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aw/aw9ztbemi6xrfmqc.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I was a little disappointed in the fire service,&rdquo; said Belles, standing on the charred hillside next to the dome in his semi-rural neighbourhood on the edge of town.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Wildfires currently blazing in Okanogan County, Washington, have just broken the record for the biggest in the state&rsquo;s history. With fire season just getting underway and September looking hot and dry, the so-called Okanogan Complex fires will likely persist for months.</p><p>In Omak, a small town in the county nearly surrounded by the fire, many residents have already fled, forced out by the blaze or sickly thick smoke. But self-described &ldquo;inventor&rdquo; John Belles decided to stick things out in his self-made concrete dome house.</p><p></p><p>Surrounded by 12-foot high flames and extreme heat, Belles stayed in the house, unharmed (but toasty), until the fire around him had died down, leaving only charred vegetation behind. He told the Guardian, &ldquo;It was incredibly hot but the house did what it said it would do. They said it was nonflammable, and it was.&rdquo;&nbsp;The house was undamaged, save for a destroyed electricity box.</p><p>Belles built the home himself 15 years ago, knowing full well of the fire danger in the area ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135264994/an-architect-helps-transform-dangerous-alleys-into-cultural-hotspots An architect helps transform dangerous alleys into cultural hotspots Julia Ingalls 2015-08-27T14:26:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T12:58:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/dbso38lazmtfij5d.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It soon became apparent that the alley was not a great place to be: Further down the way was a cardboard box used as a makeshift toilet. Once, he saw a pool of blood and the apparent weapon, a pointy umbrella... Vogel asked an architect friend what he should do. &ldquo;She said the answer was simple: All I needed to do was put people in it [the alley],&rdquo; said Vogel.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although the traditional civic approach to dangerous <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131041582/trust-for-public-land-initiative-will-soon-bring-greener-alleys-to-l-a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">alley</a> behavior (violence, drug use, impromptu <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128864326/japan-s-simple-logic-for-putting-toilets-in-elevators" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">toilets</a>) is to block off public access and turn them into garbage-only collection points, director of the International Sustainability Institute in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131950076/how-the-cascadia-earthquake-threatens-america-s-coastal-northwest" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle</a>&nbsp;Todd Vogel decided on the opposite approach: put the public back into them, en masse. Poetry readings, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102031475/prepping-for-world-cup-brazilian-police-build-mock-favelas-to-train-officers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Cup</a> viewings, circus acts, and neighborhood-maintained planters soon transformed the alleys into destination points and greatly enriched the city's civic life. Crucially, the initial idea for all of this came from an architect, of course.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ve/vejylft8o0dw17re.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135261768/cap-d-agde-a-naked-city-in-the-south-of-france Cap d'Agde: a naked city in the south of France Nicholas Korody 2015-08-27T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T14:04:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wc/wcfeh8lampd9ctru.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the mid-1960s, the De Gaulle-instigated Mission Racine to develop Languedoc-Roussillon&rsquo;s tourist economy created six modernist seaside resorts from scratch, each a day&rsquo;s boat ride apart &ndash; still one of the largest state-run development schemes ever. ...there was some ideological overlap between the purifying doctrines of naturism and modernism: Le Corbusier himself enjoyed airing his bits on the Cote d&rsquo;Azur and shared the same teacher as Cap d&rsquo;Agde&rsquo;s chief architect, Jean le Couteur.</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/135262577/pneumatic-garbage-tubes-to-be-installed-under-nyc-s-high-line Pneumatic garbage tubes to be installed under NYC's High Line Julia Ingalls 2015-08-27T13:17:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T13:29:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ms/msfthx729kn0urg2.jpg" width="514" height="379" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Related Companies, the city&rsquo;s largest developer, plans to &ldquo;tube up&rdquo; the residential towers in Hudson Yards, its massive real estate development atop the MTA&rsquo;s west side rail yard. The first large-scale pneumatic waste network to be constructed in the US since Roosevelt Island&rsquo;s, it will serve 5,000 apartments in six buildings, the first of which is scheduled for completion in 2018.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The scenic <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/2191/high-line" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line</a> may soon host more than tourists and weekenders: a proposed scheme to introduce <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/14295811/a-brief-history-of-the-pneumatic-tube-transport-systems-that-never-were" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pneumatic</a> garbage tubes into a series of Manhattan apartment buildings includes using the underside of the former elevated rail line to mount the tubes (the rendering below pictures them in purple).&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b9gts8uxr874za4o.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135262578/sorry-l-a-but-the-nation-s-worst-traffic-is-in-d-c Sorry L.A., but the nation's worst traffic is in D.C. Alexander Walter 2015-08-27T13:11:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T13:13:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9n/9nicj58mgkqlz20s.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For those who assume&nbsp;Los Angeles has the worst traffic in the United States: Not so fast. Drivers in Southern California spent a whopping 80 hours sitting in traffic in 2014, according to a new report by the Texas A&amp;M Transportation Institute and the traffic data company Inrix. But the city with the dubious distinction of most time lost behind the wheel is Washington, D.C., researchers say, where commuters clocked 82 hours of delays in a single year.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Other metro areas snatching top spots according to the&nbsp;<a href="http://d2dtl5nnlpfr0r.cloudfront.net/tti.tamu.edu/documents/mobility-scorecard-2015.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard</a> report:</p><ul><li>San Francisco-Oakland CA (78 hours)</li><li>New York-Newark NY-NJ-CT (74 hours)</li><li>San Jose CA (67 hours)</li><li>Boston MA-NH-RI (64 hours)</li></ul>