Archinect - News 2015-10-09T20:11:06-04:00 AMO designs a "Timeless Ruin" for Miu Miu's 2016 S/S show Nicholas Korody 2015-10-09T15:19:00-04:00 >2015-10-09T15:19:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>AMO &ndash; the think tank counterpart to OMA &ndash; extensively works with fashion labels. They've designed stores and runways for brands like Prada and Miu Miu for years, crafting (often) conceptually-charged, and (always) visually-punchy environments to consume the latest and greatest sartorial inventions.</p><p>For the 2016 Spring/Summer Miu Miu show in Paris, AMO designed a large geometric volume &nbsp;clad in reflective industrial materials that served both as backdrop and pathway for the models, who walked around it on Wednesday.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Jammed into the hypostyle of August Perret's monumental Palais d'Iena, the structure &ndash; or folly &ndash; is intended to play off the architecture, both obscuring and offering glimpses of the building's famous tapered columns.<br><br>"Timeless Ruin" &ndash; as its called in the press announcement &ndash; is intended to introduce "a dramatic counterpart to the rigorous linearity of the Palais." It's a pleasant-enough name and probably intended to reflect AMO's thinking about Perret's architecture, but ...</p> SANAA's meandering "River" community center opens to the public Justine Testado 2015-10-09T15:15:00-04:00 >2015-10-09T18:34:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Within the green open spaces of Grace Farms in New Canaan, Connecticut stands the new arts and community center, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the River</a>, which finally opened its doors to the public today. The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grace Farms Foundation</a> selected <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANAA</a> to design the building in 2010, not long after&nbsp;Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">won the Pritzker Prize</a> that year. SANAA first revealed their design <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in 2012</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The new 83,000-square foot structure consists of transparent-walled multi-functional volumes and covered walkways that wind down the park's rolling terrain, hence its River name. Its milky exterior complements the nearby woodlands and meadows at Grace Farms, while the clear glass walls show off the surrounding community gardens, athletic fields, and trails that SANAA designed in collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OLIN</a>. Fifty-five 500-foot-deep geothermal walls heat and cool the building.</p><p>The River's scheme boasts a 20,900 sq.ft. indoor amphitheater; a staffed library; a Commons dining and living room that can accommodate up to 300 p...</p> Private money attracts big-name architects to design new museums in Beirut Alexander Walter 2015-10-09T15:01:00-04:00 >2015-10-09T15:05:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A raft of museums, most backed by private money, are springing up in what is, for many, an unlikely cultural hub: Beirut, the capital of Lebanon [...] The design competition launched on 1 October; the architect Zaha Hadid is on the jury along with Hans Ulrich Obrist and Julia Peyton-Jones of London's Serpentine Galleries. Salam&eacute;, who founded the A&iuml;shti fashion chain, invested $100m in funding a contemporary art museum, designed by the British architect David Adjaye, in Jal El Dib [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Get Lectured: Princeton University, Fall '15 Justine Testado 2015-10-09T13:20:00-04:00 >2015-10-09T15:12:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="795" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" 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>Our next featured poster comes from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Princeton University School of Architecture</a>.</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</em></strong></p><p>Unless noted, lectures take place at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays in Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Oct 14</strong><br>Jinhee Park / Principal, SsD - New York, Seoul<br>"Micro-Urbanism"</p><p><strong>Oct 21</strong><br>Dr. Lukasz Stanek / University of Manchester<br>"Team 10 East"</p><p><strong>Oct 28</strong><br>Jan De Vylder / Architect-Manager, Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu, BVBA - Gent, Belgium<br>"About this. And that."</p><p><strong>Nov 9</strong><br>Monica Ponce de Leon / MPdL Studio; Dean, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Univers...</p> The 27 patterns that make up the world's cities and suburbs Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-09T12:30:00-04:00 >2015-10-09T12:46:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="726" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What's interesting about these 27 categories that Wheeler has defined, covering the full range of development patterns in two dozen metropolitan regions he has studied worldwide, is that most of them are new. [..] "We have had an explosion of different types of built landscapes in the last century," says Wheeler, who is working on a book about these patterns.</p></em><br /><br /><p>An example of the patterns identified by Stephen Wheeler, professor at UC Davis' Department of Human Ecology,&nbsp;culled from meticulous work with Google satellite imagery:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>You can view more of his maps <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Editor's Picks #431 Nam Henderson 2015-10-09T10:37:00-04:00 >2015-10-09T12:10:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Laura Amaya</a>&nbsp;interviewed Giancarlo Mazzanti, founder and principal of El Equipo de Mazzanti. The two <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussed</a> "<em>architecture for social inclusion...from a political point of view</em>", play or leisure, and "<em>an architecture made of parts...or open work</em>".&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Meanwhile the latest editions of <strong>Deans List</strong>: featured <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kenneth Schwartz of Tulane School of Architecture</a>&nbsp;and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amale Andraos of Columbia University's GSAPP</a>.&nbsp;<strong>vado retro</strong> agreed that Tulane is a "<em>great school in a great city. enjoy it while it is still above water.</em>"</p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br>In a collaboration with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Biennial</a>, Archinect offered up an Chicago installment of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Next Up</em></a>, the live-podcasting event.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher</a>&nbsp;shared some criticism of the event and participants "<em>one still wonders whether these laudable concerns should usurp the space that was presumably meant to be allocated to contemporary architecture</em><em>.</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Herzog &amp; de Meuron <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">released</a> the first look at their design for the new Vancouver Art Gallery, a significant update on the Gallery's ol...</p> Canary Wharf may be host to western Europe's tallest residential tower Julia Ingalls 2015-10-09T04:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T20:11:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="577" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Developer Greenland Group has submitted plans for a 67-storey tower that would provide 869 new homes on West India Quay. If approved, the building will be western Europe&rsquo;s tallest residential building at 241m.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOK</a>, the yet-to-be-approved tower would feature a west wing of affordable units, retail on the ground floor, and according to the rendering below, an incredible amount of sunshine:&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Archinect's Must-Do Picks for Archtober 2015 - Week 2 (Oct. 9-16) Archinect 2015-10-08T19:01:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T19:04:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Looking for exciting things to do in New York City this month? Lucky you, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archtober</a> is back for another year with a rich program of engaging exhibitions, lectures, conferences, films, tours, parties, and other activities to celebrate the value of architecture and design in everyday life.</p><p>For the fifth year, Archinect &amp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> are proud to once again be Archtober's digital media sponsors.</p><p>From the extensive <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">roster of Archtober events</a>, here are some highlights to take note of from Oct. 9-16:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Paul Rand Closing Party with Kyle Cooper | Oct. 9</strong></a><br><em>Join us for the grand finale of the exhibition Everything Is Design: The Work of Paul Rand. Star designer Kyle Cooper will reflect on how Rand impacted him as Cooper's teacher at Yale University. Donald Albrecht, MCNY&rsquo;s Curator of Architecture and Design, will join Cooper afterwards for a brief conversation. We will keep the Rand gallery open for late viewing and signature &ldquo;Rand&rdquo; cocktails!</em><br>&nbsp;</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>National Design Week | Oct. 10-18</strong></a><br><em>National Design Week celebra...</em></li></ul> Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: "Rock Print" from ETH Zürich and MIT Nicholas Korody 2015-10-08T17:49:00-04:00 >2015-10-09T11:45:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Rock Print, one of the most technologically-impressive installations at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, is the collaborative project of Gramazio Kohler Research of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ETH Z&uuml;rich</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT</a>&rsquo;s Self-Assembly Lab. A towering stone assemblage put together by robots and secured with nothing more than thread, the installation is a reminder that feats of technical ingenuity can also be poetic.</p><p>According to the catalogue description, Rock Print &ldquo;brings forward a new category of potentially random-packed, poly-disperse structures that can be automatically fabricated in nonstandard shapes.&rdquo;</p><p>The project differs from existing jammed materials in that it operates on the macroscale, giving it potential architectural applications. And looking at its alien form, well-framed by a doorway into its room in the Chicago Cultural Center, the mind begins to run wild with the formal possibilities.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Perhaps most remarkable is that with the snip of a knife, the assemblage would fall to pieces (and it will, come clos...</p> Long Island City ‘Micro’ Units Will Have Three Bedrooms Alyssa Alimurung 2015-10-08T17:45:00-04:00 >2015-10-09T20:07:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="392" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A micro apartment is typically less than 350 square feet, but the term &ldquo;micro&rdquo; is getting an expansion (figuratively and literally) in Long Island City. A new rental complex will offer 57 two- and three-bedroom units ranging from 490 to 735 square feet, according to the Wall Street Journal. The project at 37-10 Crescent Street is being developed by Ranger Properties.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Mastering behavioral master planning: inside The Global Studio Julia Ingalls 2015-10-08T17:07:00-04:00 >2015-10-09T09:23:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="206" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For his master's architecture thesis, Geoff Piper proposed reorganizing a Kenyan village with an estimated 70% HIV infection rate so that instead of being isolated in their post-colonial individual land plots, people would regularly cross paths. "There was a funeral every few days," Piper explains, "because for people living in these separate plots, it wasn't easy to grasp the extent of the [HIV] problem." By reorganizing the village to create more frequent public meetings, Piper hoped to raise awareness and stop the spread of the disease. A little over a decade later, Piper is now one of the six principal members of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Global Studio</a>, a collaborative design-build organization that teams with non-profits to master plan settlements around the world. The Global Studio's expertise isn't just technical: it's the rare and difficult art of working successfully with people, whether it's the particular culture of non-profits, tenant farmers, or savvy village teens.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"We're willing and try ver...</p> Damien Hirst's surprisingly restrained gallery space opens in London today Alexander Walter 2015-10-08T15:30:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T15:01:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For an artist who used to chop up cows and ambush people with his foreskin, his new south London HQ is notably subdued. The facade is not encrusted with dead butterflies nor diamond skulls, nor is there the clinical air that his eerie white production facility in Gloucestershire exudes. In fact, it looks a bit like a block of luxury docklands apartments &ndash; a couple of old brick warehouses with a polite in-keeping brick extension. Has the 50-year-old prankster finally grown up?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Opening of Damien Hirst&rsquo;s new London art space scheduled for October</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Damien Hirst's gallery development draws closer to completition</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Damien Hirst's London art space due to open next spring</a></li></ul> Stanley Tigerman on the Chicago Architecture Biennial: "I am stunned, if not thrilled" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-08T14:38:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T17:32:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Stanley Tigerman, the Chicago architect whose 1977 conference, "The State of the Art of Architecture," became the namesake for the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, has issued a statement effusively praising the Biennial's execution.</p><p>Co-artistic directors of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Sarah Herda (director of the Graham Foundation, which hosted Tigerman's 1977 conference) and Joseph Grima, are using the Biennial to illustrate shifting tides in the profession, as architects seek to address multitudes of pressing contemporary issues through architecture, and subsequently diversify the idea of a "traditional" architect.</p><p>Tigerman's initial conference addressed the profession as it dealt with the collective hangover from modernism, and faced an existential crisis of sorts to retain a cohesive cultural and professional identity.</p><p>The Biennial opened on October 3, and Tigerman, in the below letter to the editor, expresses his satisfaction with its execution, his admiration for t...</p> Wim Wenders discusses the role of architecture and landscape in his films Julia Ingalls 2015-10-08T14:06:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T14:06:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I slowly became more and more of a storyteller and less and less of a painter until I embraced film-making as the only profession that really included everything I liked. It was photography and architecture, music and writing and acting&mdash;everything I liked together into one package that was called &ldquo;film-making&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In an interview with The Economist, film director <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wim Wenders</a> speaks about the relationship of landscape and architecture in his work, and how focusing on a scene absent of anyone often amplifies the stories of everyone.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"I try to make places tell their stories about us," he says. Indeed: from "Paris, Texas" to "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wings of Desire</a>" to "Pina," Wenders' filmmaking agilely pairs emotional and physical terrain.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Frank Gehry designs his first yacht, "Foggy" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-08T13:15:00-04:00 >2015-10-09T08:53:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Fashioned out of traditional larch wood but accented with titanium and a glass latticework that glimmers like a school of fish, she looked schizophrenic, a hybrid of past and future. [...] Gehry is an avid yachtsman, and sailing informs much of his most famous work&mdash;think of the billowing motif of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, New York's IAC building, and, most recently, the Louis Vuitton Foundation [...] "On a boat like this, it's about romance and romantic encounters," the architect says.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It took him nearly 87 years, but Frank Gehry has finally designed his first yacht, for developer Richard Cohen &ndash; joining the ranks of <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CB0QFjAAahUKEwjfsY_TrrPIAhWNNYgKHQnXDGY&amp;;usg=AFQjCNFnq44NcMkyoSmEBRAxQA8Y4kS3BA&amp;sig2=UDxLx44xsS6FkOBgtxUNtA&amp;bvm=bv.104615367,d.cGU" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>, <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CB0QFjAAahUKEwjKwK_arrPIAhVLMogKHbeOBhI&amp;;usg=AFQjCNExDuVHrYqYBfro_R36yg3miY6IUA&amp;sig2=JDDCurEL0yRt9OeF5uXp0Q" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster</a>, Renzo Piano and John Pawson who have all taken a stab at nautical design.&nbsp;Gehry's personal sailboat, a Beneteau First 44.7 named&nbsp;"Foggy 1", resides in Marina del Rey.</p><p>Check out more shots of the boat and its interior in the image gallery.</p> Get Lectured: University of Oregon, Fall '15 Justine Testado 2015-10-08T09:30:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T19:02:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="862" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" 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>Our next featured poster comes from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Oregon, Department of Architecture</a>.</p><p>All lectures free and open to the public.<br>EUG = Eugene campus, Lawrence Hall<br>PDX = Portland campus, White Stag Block</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</em></strong></p><p>Listed below are upcoming events.</p><p><strong>Billy Leddy &amp; Marsha Maytum</strong> / Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects - San Francisco<br>EUG - Oct. 12, 5:30 p.m. at LA 206<br>PDX - Oct. 13, 5:30 p.m. at Room 150</p><p><strong>Luis Hoyos</strong> / California Polytechnic State University, Pomona<br>EUG - Oct. 19, 5:30 p.m. at LA 206<br>PDX - Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m. at Room 150</p><p><strong>Carrie Strickland &amp; William Neburka...</strong></p> Southwark planners nix 'crude and literal' rocket-shaped flats Julia Ingalls 2015-10-08T04:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T12:12:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Planners have panned a rocket-shaped tower proposed for a site in Southwark by Russian practice Studio 44, saying it would be a &lsquo;wilfully insensitive insertion on the skyline&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio 44</a>'s Russian-investment-backed apartment scheme, which was based on Yuri Gagarin's 1961 space flight, has been scathingly rejected by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southwark</a> planners. The developer and designers behind the proposed 30-flat development (which made no provisions for affordable housing, despite having enough units to do so) apparently did not heed the warnings of planners during the 2011 pre-application submission, when planners indicated that the design likely wouldn't fly.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Images via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p> Repositioning and possible name change of Georgia Tech's College of Architecture underway Alexander Walter 2015-10-07T20:55:00-04:00 >2015-10-07T20:43:54-04:00 <img src="" width="379" height="223" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Georgia Tech is launching a strategic repositioning of its College of Architecture, including a possible name change. "The College of Architecture currently faces several reputational challenges as it seeks to implement its strategic plan that took effect in 2014," Tech said in a posting on its website on Tuesday. "Student enrollment levels in the undergraduate architecture program need significant improvement. [...] its research contributions show similar opportunities for improvement."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Photos (and video) of Amanda Levete's MPavilion Julia Ingalls 2015-10-07T20:40:00-04:00 >2015-10-07T20:45:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 2015 pavilion, founded and commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, was designed by AL_A, the studio of award-winning British architect Amanda Levete. The pavilion is made up of 13 large and 30 smaller petal-like shades, supported by four metre high columns.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Made from carbon fiber poles and roof petals, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amanda Levete's newly opened MPavilion</a> (which runs through February 7th, 2016) also has an acoustic component, courtesy composer&nbsp;Matthias Schack-Arnott of Speak Percussion.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Sunset Ritual," as the L.E.D. lighting and music show is known, welcomes the night in Melbourne, Australia.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Check out a far more swooping, aurally pleasing view of the MPavilion in this video:</p> The climate is getting hotter, and we're not doing nearly enough Nicholas Korody 2015-10-07T20:27:00-04:00 >2015-10-07T20:27:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To stand a fair chance of keeping warming to just 2&deg;C by the end of the century&mdash;the de-facto goal of global climate policy&mdash;the stock of atmospheric carbon dioxide must be kept under 1 trillion tonnes ... If emissions continue on their present course around 140 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases will be released each year and temperatures could rise by 4.5&deg;C by 2100. And even if countries fully honour their recent pledges, temperatures may still increase by 3.5&deg;C by then.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the article, the author lays out an argument that "when negotiators meet in Paris, they need to keep in mind that the world is already suffering from the effects of global warming." At the crux of it lies the fact that the current, so-called "ambitious" plans of the world's largest economies, like the US and China, still fall short of what's needed.</p> A melancholic tour of Sad Topographies Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-07T18:32:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T09:29:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Humans have sculpted the landscape in their image ever since the age of the anthropocene began &ndash; but aside from our delusions of grandeur (Mt. Rushmore) or engineering marvels (Panama Canal), our sadder, more pathetic selves have also made their mark on the Earth.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sad Topographies</a>, a selection of spitefully named geographical features culled from Google Maps screengrabs, gathers the instances where we couldn&rsquo;t help but project our miseries onto an unassuming Earth. The collection includes such melancholic gems as Mt. Despair, Crazy Woman Creek, and Mistake Island.</p><p>Let's take a despondent tour, starting with a walk down Sad Road...</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Continuing woefully through Hopeless Pass...</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;Before questioning our life choices by Point No Point...</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Followed by shamefully relieving ourselves "Where the devil urinates"...</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>In the terrifying shadow of Bloody Dick Peak...</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>As we consider shuffling off our mortal coil along Shades of Death Road...</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Until asking ourselves why we even try anymore as the sun sets out...</p> Werner Sobek believes we could live in entirely renewable-energy-powered cities by 2020 Julia Ingalls 2015-10-07T15:02:00-04:00 >2015-10-07T15:08:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After building 2014's&nbsp;Aktivhaus B10, a house that generates twice as much energy as it uses for its own needs via renewable sources, architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Werner Sobek</a> believes that we have all the technology we need to live in entirely emissions-free cities in only five years. He also understands that to make this shift, he will need the full support of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">construction</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">automotive industries</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&ldquo;The automotive industry is driving forward the creation of ever more powerful, longer-lasting <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">batteries</a>," Sobek said. "At the same time, the construction industry is working on such solutions as a retrofittable building automation system that can noticeably reduce the energy consumption of existing buildings in a very short amount of time.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Sobek believes that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the efficient city model</a> could be brought into being via a "Sisterhood Principle" of data sharing, whereby multiple houses, even city districts, exchange information about what energy they are using, storing, and generating, and correspondingly ...</p> Chinese glass-bottom walkway cracks below tourists – 3,540 feet above ground Alexander Walter 2015-10-07T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T12:25:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A section of a new glass-bottomed walkway at Yuntai Mountain Geological Park in Henan Province, China, cracked at around 5 p.m. Monday afternoon, causing the tourists on it to understandably freak out. [...] The walkway is suspended at a height of about 1,080 meters, or 3,543 feet. [...] Glass walkways and bridges have become extremely popular in China: The walkway at Yuntai opened on Sept. 20, and just days later a 900-foot glass suspension bridge opened in Yunnan province.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"A spokesperson for the Yuntai Mountain tourism bureau told People's Daily Online that the cracks occurred after a tourist dropped a stainless steel mug on the walkway."</em></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China opens 590-foot-high glass-bottom bridge</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glass Cracks Below Tourists in Chicago Skydeck</a></li></ul> Hello Wood's "Project Village" shifts architectural focus from urban to rural Julia Ingalls 2015-10-07T13:41:00-04:00 >2015-10-07T13:57:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is a village? More importantly, how rapidly can one be formed? The 150 academics, students and practicing architects participating in Project Village set out to answer these questions by constructing an entire community in a week, including a stage, a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pub</a>, and a residential building.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Because the team, led by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hello Wood</a>, was assembled from a group of multi-national participants, there was no pre-existing notion of one national architectural heritage. The resulting installations therefore reflected&nbsp;a globalized 21st century cultural context within&nbsp;the sparse infrastructure of a rural setting, and correspondingly referenced issues such as private property, immigration, and multi-faith communities.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Project Village, which debuted in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hungary</a>, is the first stage of a three year process. According to a press release, "During the first phase the creators have established a Village that&rsquo;s primarily focusing on engaging with communities, generating social interactions and testing it as a ...</p> Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: Tomás Saraceno's spiders Nicholas Korody 2015-10-07T13:10:00-04:00 >2015-10-07T15:31:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the first few seconds you&rsquo;re blind in the darkness. Then a reflex forces your pupils wider and your photoreceptor rod cells become more sensitive, sending a neural signal that alerts you to four glowing cubes that seem to be floating in mid-air in front of your body. It takes another few seconds for the glow to connect to its source, illuminate the supports of the plexiglass boxes, and finally render their content legible: a series of startlingly-complex and impossibly-delicate spiderwebs.</p><p>Here drawing back the curtain doesn&rsquo;t destroy the magic. Quite to the contrary, Tom&aacute;s Saraceno&rsquo;s collaboration with various arachnids for the first&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> has a power that extends beyond some mere trick of the light and runs deeper than a one-liner about non-human construction. It's a reprise of a project he's exhibited before, notably at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tanya Bonakdar Gallery</a>, but within an architectural context it conjures a particular significance.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>The Argentine-born, Berlin-based Sara...</p> Neutra's Case Study House 20, formerly owned by "The Simpsons" co-creator Sam Simon, is for sale Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-07T12:51:00-04:00 >2015-10-07T12:57:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But this is no ordinary celebrity party pad; the unusual property is a showstopper even for the ritzy Pacific Palisades real estate market, and is actually comprised of two different homes. First is Case Study 20 Bailey House, designed by famed architect Richard Neutra and fully restored by Simon. [...] The second part of the estate is a certified LEED Gold, four-bedroom contemporary main house, which Simon built in 2010.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The entire estate, including both Case Study 20 and Simon's 2010 four-bedroom, is listed at $18M.</p> University of Chicago, "where fun comes to die," to get its first ever undergraduate architecture program Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-06T18:18:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T22:38:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The art history department recently announced a new minor program in architectural studies, enabling students to pursue a program of study dedicated specifically to architecture for the first time ever. [...] The architectural studies program is currently being offered only as a minor. &ldquo;We would like to set up a dedicated major, perhaps even an interdisciplinary one, in the future,&rdquo; Taylor said, but an option to major specifically in architectural studies is not yet available.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A city for the future but devoid of people Nicholas Korody 2015-10-06T18:07:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T22:37:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the arid plains of the southern New Mexico desert, between the site of the first atomic bomb test and the U.S.-Mexico border, a new city is rising from the sand. Planned for a population of 35,000, the city will showcase a modern business district downtown, and neat rows of terraced housing in the suburbs. It will be supplied with pristine streets, parks, malls and a church. But no one will ever call it home.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Planned by the telecommunications and tech firm Pegasus Global Holdings, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CITE</a> (Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation) is a $1 billion plan to build a model city to test out and develop new technologies.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>With specialized zones for agriculture, energy, and water treatment, the city would also play host to tests for new tech like self-driving cars, responsive roads, and "smart homes" of all kinds.</p><p>CITE would have built-in sensors throughout, as well as a central control room to oversee operations.&nbsp;<br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>CITE does not plan to have humans inhabiting the city to allow for faster testing and fewer potential mishaps. But that presents its own issues: after all, these technologies are ultimately intended for social use, and even "smart cities" have to be populated by humans.</p><p>"The inhabitants of cities are not just interchangeable individuals that can be dropped into experimental settings," Professor Steve Rayner, co-director of the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities, tells CNN.&nbsp;"Th...</p> The house that a "calculus rock star" built Justine Testado 2015-10-06T14:45:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T23:09:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[The Canadian mathematician James] Stewart unlikely architectural trailblazer. He devoted many years of his life, and much of his income, to building his dream home in an upmarket Toronto neighbourhood. Integral House &ndash; named after the 'integral', a concept in calculus &ndash; is a shrine to calculus, the mathematics of flowing change. Stewart died last December, aged 73, and Integral House is now for sale at &pound;11.4m [approx. $17.4 million]</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about mathematical design on Archinect:</p><p><a title="The Golden Ratio: Relevant or not?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Golden Ratio: Relevant or not?</a></p><p><a title="Mesmerizing Mosque Ceilings built by Muslims" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mesmerizing Mosque Ceilings built by Muslims</a></p><p><a title="Win a copy of MORPHING by Design Topology Lab founder Joseph Choma" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Win a copy of MORPHING by Design Topology Lab founder Joseph Choma</a></p> New Philadelphians and the end of gentrification guilt Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-06T13:47:00-04:00 >2015-10-07T12:46:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;There's absolutely nothing wrong with a development that primarily aims to bring new people into the neighborhood, including people who don&rsquo;t have the same profile as the people who already live there,&rdquo; [...] Couldn&rsquo;t the restaurant&rsquo;s cheerleaders see how it was a little sad that in a place where mostly black students had once learned about carpentry and the culinary arts, mostly white people were now drinking ros&eacute;?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>