Archinect - News 2016-05-04T21:10:38-04:00 Hudson Yards could generate nearly $19B for New York City, study claims Alexander Walter 2016-05-04T17:53:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T18:05:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A study commissioned by the developer indicated that total economic output of the companies projected to occupy Hudson Yards will contribute $18.9 billion to the city's gross domestic product. [...] Many projections in the report are also contingent on a host of economic indicators in the city, including demand for Class A office space. Out of the 10.4 million square feet Related will have to lease up, so far it has locked in commitments from tenants for 4 million square feet.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Hudson Yards project previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the Hudson Yards, c. 2019: the world's most ambitious "smart city" experiment</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's concept for a spiraling-landscape tower in NYC's Hudson Yards</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Plan to Build Skyscrapers That Barely Touch the Ground</a></li></ul> North Carolina loses AIA conference due to anti-LGBT HB2 bill passage Julia Ingalls 2016-05-04T13:51:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T19:27:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wilmington officials say the cancellation of an architect business conference due to HB2 will cost the city nearly $1 million. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced Monday it will nix its three-day conference scheduled for later this fall at the Wilmington Convention Center. AIA officials cited the passage of HB2 as the reason for the cancellation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Being a bigot isn't just ridiculous&mdash;it's costly! Supposedly pro-business Republican senators in North Carolina have managed to drive away Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, and now the AIA thanks to their passage of HB2, which <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Towelroad</a> describes as a bill that "bans all local LGBT rights ordinances in the state" while introducing "some of the most draconian anti-trans 'bathroom regulations' in the U.S." Talk about pissing it all away...</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on the fight for equality:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toilets for everyone: the politics of inclusive design</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mapping transgender-friendly bathrooms in hostile North Carolina</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As "gayborhoods" gentrify, LGBTQ people move into conservative America</a></li></ul> Mumbai high-rise at the center of Adarsh Society scam to be demolished, High Court rules Alexander Walter 2016-04-29T15:05:00-04:00 >2016-04-29T15:07:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In an order that sends a strong message against corruption, the Bombay High Court on Friday ordered the Union Environment Ministry to demolish 31-storey Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society. [...] The society, originally meant to be a six-storey structure to house Kargil war heroes and war widows, was converted into a 100-metre-tall building with politicians, bureaucrats and army officers allegedly conspiring to get flats allotted to them in the cooperative society at below-market rates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to learn more about the&nbsp;Adarsh Housing Society scam and corruption scandal.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Top 13 floors of India's tallest skyscraper were built illegally, High Court says</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">India on the brink: what's in store for the country's architectural future</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first Slum Museum is coming to Mumbai</a></li></ul> 11 workers have died so far during Rio Olympic construction, audit finds Alexander Walter 2016-04-26T13:46:00-04:00 >2016-04-26T13:47:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Eleven people died while working on Olympic facilities or Games-related projects between January 2013 and March 2016, according to a report released Monday by Rio de Janeiro's Regional Labor and Employment Office. The report, released by Elaine Castilho, the auditor for the Rio Olympic Games works, also notes that no workers died in the preparations for the 2012 Summer Games in London.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With the Rio Olympics opening in less than four months, sports federation concerned over problem with venues</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazil's economy is a mess and its President is facing impeachment. Can Rio make it to the Olympics?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"7,000 construction workers will die in Qatar before a ball is kicked in the 2022 World Cup," new ITUC report finds</a></li></ul> How Havana tries to come out of its crumbling shell without betraying Cuba's revolutionary roots Alexander Walter 2016-04-25T19:26:00-04:00 >2016-04-25T19:49:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m on a walking tour with two dozen international architects and urban designers, as we imagine a theoretical future for Havana. The walk is part of a charrette&mdash;an exercise that gives professionals and community members a voice on urban development when there is no formal mechanism to do so, as has been the case in crumbling Havana. [...] As the Cuban government slowly loosens restrictions on private enterprise, one wonders if the gentrification of Havana is inevitable.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China and US compete to invest in a newly-opened Cuba</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selling Cuba (Gehry's already there)</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access</a></li></ul> Connectivity matters most in global urban economic growth Justine Testado 2016-04-22T13:57:00-04:00 >2016-04-22T13:57:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cities are mankind&rsquo;s most enduring and stable mode of social organization, outlasting all empires and nations over which they have is not population or territorial size that drives world-city status, but economic weight, proximity to zones of growth, political stability, and attractiveness for foreign capital. In other words, connectivity matters more than size. Cities thus deserve more nuanced treatment on our maps than simply as homogeneous black dots.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Global strategist Parag Khanna gives his outlook on the economic future of the world's megacities.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Connectivity, not territory: why we need to make a new map for the US</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How neoliberalism is changing us (for the worse)</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">These are the most economically distressed cities in the United States</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing's challenges to become the center of Jing-Jin-Ji &mdash; a supercity of 130 million people</a></p> With the Rio Olympics opening in less than four months, sports federation concerned over problem with venues Alexander Walter 2016-04-22T13:24:00-04:00 >2016-04-22T13:33:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>International sports federations&nbsp;expressed concern&nbsp;Tuesday&nbsp;over problems with venues for the Olympics&nbsp;in Rio de&nbsp;Janeiro, including power failures at the gymnastics arena&nbsp;this week. Members of the Association of Olympic International Sports&nbsp;Federations reviewed preparations for the Rio Games,&nbsp;which open in&nbsp;less than four months on&nbsp;Aug. 5. "They miss some very important details in each field of play,"&nbsp;ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said at the&nbsp;group's annual&nbsp;meeting.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Another <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tragic setback occurred yesterday</a> when a seaside section of a recently inaugurated elevated bike path collapsed after being hit by a powerful wave, killing two people and injuring at least three others. A possible third victim may have been swept out into the ocean.</p><p>More Rio 2016 headlines in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazil's economy is a mess and its President is facing impeachment. Can Rio make it to the Olympics?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rio cancels construction contract for unfinished Olympic tennis center &ndash; 200 days before the games open</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazilian engineering companies building Olympic venues "very probably" broke laws, accepted bribes</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Rio's Olympic venues be ready in time for the 2016 Games?</a></li></ul> How neoliberalism is changing us (for the worse) Nicholas Korody 2016-04-21T12:50:00-04:00 >2016-04-25T12:13:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We tend to perceive our identities as stable and largely separate from outside forces. But over decades of research and therapeutic practice, I have become convinced that economic change is having a profound effect not only on our values but also on our personalities. Thirty years of neoliberalism, free-market forces and privatisation have taken their toll, as relentless pressure to achieve has become normative.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"If you&rsquo;re reading this sceptically, I put this simple statement to you: meritocratic neoliberalism favours certain personality traits and penalises others."</em></p><p>In this op-ed, Paul Verhaeghe asserts that neoliberalism has weakened social ties and pitted workers against one another in a constant struggle to become "successful." In the process, we've started to develop personality traits that resemble a checklist of psychopathy characteristics.&nbsp;</p><p>Neoliberalism's effects aren't confined to the workplace, but rather extend into the urban fabric. Read more:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Next Up Mini-Session #16: TOMA</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Is neoliberal capitalism the right model to shape our future cities?</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Charter Citizen</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Resilience and neoliberalism</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Is "individual expression" in architecture at risk?</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Architecture after capitalism, in a world without work</a></li></ul> V&A East project update Ellen Hancock 2016-04-21T12:02:00-04:00 >2016-04-21T12:05:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="555" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A key part of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">V&amp;A</a>&rsquo;s expanding family of sites dedicated to the past, present and future of the designed world, V&amp;A East is a brand new civic space and cultural destination that will form part of the Olympic legacy project taking shape at Stratford Waterfront.</p><p>The seven-storey building is being designed by award-winning architectural practice <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">O&rsquo;Donnell-Tuomey</a> and is part of the masterplan developed with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Allies and Morrison</a> for the new educational and cultural district in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London. At 18,000 sq metres, V&amp;A East will sit directly opposite <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid&rsquo;s London Aquatics Centre</a> and adjacent to a group of partners with which the V&amp;A has great creative synergy: Sadler&rsquo;s Wells, UAL&rsquo;s London College of Fashion and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCL (University College London).</a></p><p>V&amp;A East will be an entirely new kind of civic institution. At its core will be the ability and remit to respond quickly to current affairs, and to use objects, the V&amp;A collection, collaborations and displays to in...</p> Zaha Hadid Architects to continue under Patrik Schumacher's leadership Julia Ingalls 2016-04-20T17:30:00-04:00 >2016-04-23T07:22:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Zaha Hadid Architects issued a formal <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">statement</a> announcing that the firm will continue to move forward, with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher</a> acting as de facto leader.&nbsp;In addition to finishing the 36 projects they had started or had under contract before <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dame Hadid died</a> on March 31st, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZHA</a> will also be taking on new work. According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>, in addition to opening new offices in Mexico City and Dubai, the firm "also hopes to push further into aviation, having won a contract for a new airport in Beijing." In tomorrow's episode of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>,&nbsp;Schumacher will share his personal and professional reflections on Hadid's legacy, and elaborate on how he'll carry Hadid's "DNA" and his&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">p</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">arametricist</a>&nbsp;ideas into new arenas.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&ldquo;We want to tell the world that we&rsquo;re still a viable, vibrant address for major work of cultural importance," Schumacher told the NYT.&nbsp;&ldquo;My ambition is to become more visible as a leader of the field to clients."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>He also stated that he wants to continue moving forward on ...</p> Architecture Billings Index concludes first quarter on continued positive note Alexander Walter 2016-04-20T12:41:00-04:00 >2016-04-20T12:52:14-04:00 <img src="" width="280" height="159" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index reflects consecutive months of increasing demand for design activity at architecture firms. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was 51.9, up from the mark of 50.3 in the previous month. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.1, down from a reading of 59.5 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The AIA states these key ABI highlights for the month of March:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (52.4), Northeast (51.0), West (50.4), Midwest (49.8)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (55.7), commercial / industrial (51.8), mixed practice (50.0), institutional (48.0)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 58.1</li><li>Design contracts index: 51.8</li></ul><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a> in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index slightly up in February at 50.3</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index begins year with modest dip into negative terrain</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index ends the year in positive terrain at 50.9</a></li></ul> Berkeley balcony collapse investigation: no criminal charges from the DA, but five contractors could face license revocation Alexander Walter 2016-04-19T17:25:00-04:00 >2016-04-19T17:59:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Californian district attorney investigating a balcony collapse that killed six students &ndash; five Irish and one Irish American &ndash; and seriously injured seven others in June last year has said she will not be bringing manslaughter charges because a successful prosecution seems unlikely.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"But another state agency, California&rsquo;s Contractors State License Board (CSLB), has determined that five contractors involved in building the balcony probably violated California law, and has submitted its findings to the state&rsquo;s Attorney General&rsquo;s office. The move could lead to the suspension or revocation of the contractors&rsquo; licenses."</em></p><p>The tragic Berkeley balcony collapse previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">13 lawsuits emerge after deadly balcony collapse in Berkeley</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After deadly balcony collapse, Berkeley building and safety codes tighten</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry rot to blame for Berkeley balcony collapse; existing building codes called into question</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">6 dead after Berkeley balcony collapses</a></li></ul> Experimenting with a universal basic income in Nairobi Nicholas Korody 2016-04-19T14:56:00-04:00 >2016-04-19T17:00:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the old days of policymaking by aphorism&mdash;give a man a fish, feed him for a day!&mdash;simply handing money to the poor was considered an obviously bad idea. How na&iuml;ve&mdash;you can&rsquo;t just give people money. They&rsquo;ll stop trying! They&rsquo;ll just get drunk! The underlying assumption was that the poor weren&rsquo;t good at making decisions for themselves: Experts had to make the decisions for them. As it turns out, that assumption was wrong.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"[...] GiveDirectly, has decided to try to permanently end extreme poverty across dozens of villages and thousands of people in Kenya by guaranteeing them an ongoing income high enough to meet their basic needs&mdash;a universal basic income, or basic income guarantee."</em></p><p>[Update: according to GiveDirectly, while their pilot project will likely be in East Africa, near their current projects, it will not be in Nairobi.]</p><p>For more on the growing conversation around universal basic incomes, check out past Archinect coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture after capitalism, in a world without work</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"How Much a Dollar Costs": Thom Mayne's hard road to success and what "Postcapitalism and a World without Work" could mean for architecture, on Archinect Sessions #57</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Utrecht to experiment with universal, unconditional "basic income"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architecture</a></li></ul> Gibson Street Baths in Newcastle due to be sold in auction Ellen Hancock 2016-04-19T04:43:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T01:08:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Newcastle&rsquo;s Grade II-listed&nbsp;The Gibson Street Baths building&nbsp;was constructed in 1906 by FH Holford as a public swimming pool and wash house. Informal planning guidance says the building could be converted for a range of uses, from private or student residential accommodation to leisure and sports facilities, a hotel, studios or restaurant. &lsquo;The planners are going to be very flexible,&rsquo; says Riggall. &lsquo;The city council really wants to see it brought back into use&rsquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More UK news stories:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA launches 2016 funding for new architecture research</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brunel&rsquo;s Thames Tunnel transformed into an underground theatre</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Bricks &amp; Stones" Pinterest Board</a></li></ul> Why American infrastructure funding keeps facing such an uphill battle Alexander Walter 2016-04-18T14:19:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T01:07:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Infrastructure was once at the heart of American public policy. Works such as the Los Angeles Aqueduct, Hoover Dam, and the Interstate Highway System transformed the economy. Today, we spend significantly less, as a share of G.D.P., on infrastructure than we did fifty years ago [...] polls show that infrastructure spending is popular with a majority of voters across the income spectrum. Historically, it enjoyed bipartisan support from politicians, too. If it&rsquo;s so popular, why doesn&rsquo;t it happen?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">America has an infrastructure problem &ndash; and it's getting critical</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reinstating "awe" in America's infrastructure</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DC in grid lock after unexpected Metro shutdown</a></li></ul> California pledges to pick up (some of the) cost overruns of LA 2024 Olympic bid Alexander Walter 2016-04-14T18:19:00-04:00 >2016-04-14T18:21:28-04:00 <img src="" width="400" height="807" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Associated Press reports a California legislative panel advanced a bill Tuesday committing the state to cover up to $250 million in cost overruns as part of Los Angeles&rsquo; bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. The Senate Governmental Organization Committee approved the bill in a 7-0 vote after proponents said they&rsquo;re confident they can provide the Games without the serious deficits that have challenged other recent host cities. They pointed to Los Angeles&rsquo; profitable hosting of the 1984 Olympics.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA 2024 plays up a sunny disposition in their logo for the Olympic bid</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. seeks to accelerate infrastructure projects in advance of potential Olympics</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA mayor Garcetti confident that 2024 Olympics in his city would pay for themselves</a></li></ul> Is Apple's campus design about making the corporation your entire life? Julia Ingalls 2016-04-14T13:04:00-04:00 >2016-04-17T19:45:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Apple finishes its new $5 billion headquarters in Cupertino, California, the technorati will ooh and ahh over its otherworldly architecture, and Apple will pat itself on the back for yet another example of "innovation." ...But few are aware that Apple&rsquo;s monumental project is already outdated, mimicking a half-century of stagnant suburban corporate campuses that isolated themselves&mdash;by design&mdash;from the communities their products were supposed to impact.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This fascinating article delves into the soul-sucking thinking behind isolated corporate behemoth design, which essentially captures the employee for the entire day and encourages a detached, "Who cares; I've got mine!" thinking towards maintaining urban infrastructure. Consider this:</p><p><em>Connecticut General&rsquo;s new corporate estate included snack bars, ping-pong tables, shuffleboards, bowling alleys, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, a barbershop, beauty parlor, game room, media library, meditation room, and gas station, as well as offsite services like dry-cleaning, shoe repair, flowers, and grocery delivery&mdash;more than half a century before Google and Facebook added such benefits. "All these perks had a certain element of welfare capitalism," Mozingo says, "this idea that the all-inclusive physical environment is going to foster certain kinds of behavior, which are profitable for the company."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>This thinking extended into the employee's need for a car:&nbsp;</p><p><em>Even the shift to personal vehicles rathe...</em></p> Faraday Future holds groundbreaking ceremony for $1B Nevada factory Nicholas Korody 2016-04-14T12:27:00-04:00 >2016-05-03T00:31:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="247" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Electric car company&nbsp;Faraday Future held a groundbreaking ceremony for&nbsp;its $1 billion manufacturing facility outside Las Vegas this afternoon, attended by Nevada governor Brian Sandoval, North Las Vegas mayor John Lee, and a host of other officials. There wasn't any actual "ground" broken, though, really &mdash; Faraday still needs to grade the land, which it says it will do "soon."</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>[...]</em></p><p><em>"Faraday's VP of Global Manufacturing Dag Reckhorn says that they are "moving extremely quickly for a project of this size" &mdash; a 3 million square-foot factory on 900 acres that the company claims will bring 4,300 jobs to the region over a decade &mdash; with plans to build in just two years instead of the normal four."</em></p><p>Watch the cached livestream here (video starts at 32:59):</p><p></p><p>Listen to our recent&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a> conversation with <strong>Richard Kim</strong>&nbsp;of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Faraday Future</strong></a>:</p><p></p><p>For more on the future of self-driving automobiles, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Tesla having its "iPhone moment" with the launch of the Model 3?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The "Impossible" Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?</a></li></ul> Serpentine Galleries appoints Yana Peel as new CEO Justine Testado 2016-04-13T15:32:00-04:00 >2016-04-14T08:11:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hong Kong-based philanthropist and entrepreneur Yana Peel has been appointed chief executive of the Serpentine Galleries in London. The [Serpentine's] trustees took the unusual decision to choose a fellow trustee to fill the new post. Julia Peyton-Jones, who put the institution on the international map, is stepping down as co-director this month after 25 years at the helm. Peel will work in partnership with Hans Ulrich Obrist...[who] takes on the new role of artistic director.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After 25 years, Serpentine co-director Julia Peyton-Jones is leaving</a></p><p><a title="The Serpentine Pavilions from the past: Where are they now?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Serpentine Pavilions from the past: Where are they now?</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG to design 2016 Serpentine Pavilion, alongside smaller "Summer Houses" by Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi, Barkow Leibinger, Yona Friedman and Asif Kahn</a></p> Big Risk for Bigger Reward in Small Architecture Firms Sponsor 2016-04-13T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-04-13T12:22:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE ArchiOffice</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Are you an architect who always had that special entrepreneurial drive? Were you mentored by another successful architect or by a friend or family member who was successful in their own business endeavor and aspired to be like them? Perhaps you were forced to open your own firm by necessity after getting downsized by a previous employer during the recent recession?</p><p>No matter what your background is, you as an entrepreneur and owner of a small firm comprise a strong portion of the architecture industry. According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kermit Baker</a>, chief economist at The American Institute of Architects, 63 percent of all AIA member-owned architecture firms have five or fewer employees.</p><p>Good news, smaller firms have reported a growing share of professional billing. Baker reported that for firms with five or fewer employees, the overall share of professional billing increased from 8 percent in 2005 to 9 percent in 2013. On the other end of the spectrum, firm...</p> Yasmeen Lari, Pakistan's first woman architect: "We need to democratize architecture" Alexander Walter 2016-04-12T14:07:00-04:00 >2016-04-26T10:06:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>All of us, including myself have been engaged in catering to the 0.1 per cent through our work. Our training has always been in material and designing architecture for that one per cent. The kind of world we live in today, we need to democratise architecture. I know that it may give an impression that I am saying this only because I am retired now, but I have become deeply involved in how architecture can provide social justice and (grounds) for an equitable society.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Relocation or Adaptation: Earth Home Project Brings Relief to Pakistanis Reeling from Floods</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Save the only Neutra In Pakistan</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect of Osama bin Laden's hideout discovered the fate of his designs on Archinect!</a></li></ul> The anti-starchitect approach of Malaysia's Veritas Design Group Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-08T17:56:00-04:00 >2016-04-11T13:47:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the firm founded by Harvard-trained David Mizan Hashim has made a name over three decades as a stalwart of the Malaysian architecture scene [...] It is now the country&rsquo;s second-largest architecture firm, with 330 staffers led by 14 architect principals; 5 of them head Veritas offices overseas. [...] &ldquo;I purposely don&rsquo;t want all decisions to come from me,&rdquo; [Hashim] says ... &ldquo;My strategy is planned obsolescence.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Do western architects disrespect eastern architecture?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Do western architects disrespect eastern architecture?</a></li><li><a title="Looking to start your own practice? Keep this in mind..." href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking to start your own practice? Keep this in mind...</a></li><li><a title='60 Minutes profiles Bjarke Ingels, the "Starchitect"' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">60 Minutes profiles Bjarke Ingels, the "Starchitect"</a></li><li><a title='"Stepping Out" &ndash; the personal preface to starting your own practice, on Archinect Sessions #44' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Stepping Out" &ndash; the personal preface to starting your own practice, on Archinect Sessions #44</a></li></ul> A day in the life of a (fictional) architecture intern Nicholas Korody 2016-04-06T13:50:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T09:49:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="697" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>7:31 am Ugh, forgot I&rsquo;m working for a dude. 7:34 am I wonder if the dude has a family. 7:36 am Weird how I know all the female architects&rsquo; parental statuses but I don&rsquo;t know the dudes&rsquo;. 7:37 am I should stop referring to GREATEST ARCHITECT OF ALL TIME as &ldquo;dude,&rdquo; even in my head. Begin referring to him as GOAT. (Greatest Of All Time.) 8:00 am Why is the subway late? Should I walk? If I walk I&rsquo;m gonna get sweaty.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While this fictional young architecture intern may confuse pandas with penumbras, she doesn't seem to have any problems affording her new internship for the "Greatest Architect of All Time."</p><p>That's not the case for all interns, however.&nbsp;For a look at the economics of interning in 2016, check out&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">The internship test or: why even become an architect at all?</a></p><p>And for even more on architecture internships, here's some more Archinect coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Is Twitter the architectural intern's unofficial labor union? Exposing the reality behind unpaid internships across borders and industries</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: the Architecture Lobby's uninvited installation takes aim at the field's labor issues</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">AIA speaks out against unpaid internships in new emerging professionals campaign</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Employers Have Greater Leeway on Unpaid Internships, Court Rules</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Archinect's Lexicon: "Intern"</a></li></ul> Chief creative officer Miguel McKelvey on WeLive's "relatively neutral" interior design Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-04T19:20:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T22:17:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"We wanted the unit itself to be relatively neutral but warm and inviting," [McKelvey] says. "If you look at WeWork as a brand I think the way we design has a more masculine vibe. It&rsquo;s a little bit heavier and there are some strong contrasts. In the units in WeLive we wanted to have more lightness. Not necessarily masculine and feminine, but just a variable so someone can come in and easily make minimal [changes] and have an impact."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working Out of the Box interview with Miguel McKelvey</a> for more on WeWork's design process.</p><p>More news from WeWork and WeLive:</p><ul><li><a title="Can WeWork re-engineer the spatial dynamics of society?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can WeWork re-engineer the spatial dynamics of society?</a></li><li><a title="WeLive, WeWork's co-living venture, opens for beta testing in New York City" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WeLive, WeWork's co-living venture, opens for beta testing in New York City</a></li><li><a title="More details emerge about WeWork's residential endeavor WeLive" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More details emerge about WeWork's residential endeavor WeLive</a></li><li><a title="WeWork moves into residential development with WeLive" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WeWork moves into residential development with WeLive</a></li></ul> Connecticut contractor ordered to pay $3M for racial discrimination, harassment Nicholas Korody 2016-04-04T13:06:00-04:00 >2016-04-04T19:26:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A painting contractor based in New England has been ordered to pay two former employees more than $1.5m each by a court in New Haven, Connecticut. The court ruled that the company had discriminated against the men on racial grounds.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The lawsuit alleged that a Sudanese-American employee, Yosif Bakhit, and an African-American employee, Kiyada Miles, of the firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Safety Marking</a> faced a "pattern of abuse," racist harassment including insults and slurs, and racial discrimination, including being passed over for promotions that were instead given to less qualified white employees.</p><p>According to allegations, a caucasian colleague painted Miles' arm white and said to him, "That&rsquo;s the only way you are going to move up in the company.&rdquo; Bakhit reported an incident in which a foreman asked him to open an aspirin bottle then said,&nbsp;&nbsp;&ldquo;I just wanted to see a black man pick cotton.&rdquo;</p><p>Following a two-week trial, a federal jury ordered Safety Marking to give $1.4M in punitive damages to each man, as well as compensation from former colleagues named in the lawsuit.</p><p>For related coverage, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">So Far to Go, So Much to Gain &ndash; discussing diversity with Elsie Owusu on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #9</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National council member a...</a></li></ul> Buying homes by “the four-pack” Nam Henderson 2016-04-03T19:48:00-04:00 >2016-04-04T07:17:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to the Knight Frank Wealth Report, released on Wednesday, the population of multimillionaires in major cities around the world now changes radically from month to month...The American rich, he says, are moving from second-home ownership to more of a hub-and-spoke model.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Robert Frank reports on the seasonal nature of&nbsp;today&rsquo;s ultrawealthy and the resulting resortification, of architecture and real estate in&nbsp;major global cities.</p> Foster + Partners' get the go-ahead on controversial Whiteleys renovation Ellen Hancock 2016-04-01T04:31:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T22:24:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Foster + Partners&rsquo; plans for the overhaul of London&rsquo;s Grade II-listed Whiteleys shopping centre have got the go-ahead &ndash; despite opposition from locals. Westminster City Council approved the contentious scheme last night, but will now look into setting conditions concerning the scale of two residential towers that form part of the proposal, alongside a gym, hotel, cinema and new shops.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on listed projects, take a look at previous coverage here:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another Grade II listed building loses its protected status in north east England</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sex Pistols graffiti secures famous Tin Pan Alley building Grade 2* listed status</a></li></ul> University of Waterloo School of Architecture's former GM on trial for fraud Julia Ingalls 2016-03-30T12:50:00-04:00 >2016-03-30T18:25:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A University of Waterloo employee secretly arranged for his mother to be paid $148,000 from the school&rsquo;s coffers, his fraud trial heard Tuesday. Jeffrey Lederer is charged with fraud, theft and uttering forged documents. He was employed by Waterloo until 2011, when he was asked to leave his position as general manager of the university&rsquo;s architectural school.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although he's no Bernie Madoff, just how does the former General Manager's illegal fund finagling rank in the annals of architectural rip-offs?</p><p>Here's a tour of recent questionable architectural appropriations:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sean John rips off Pentagram's poster for Yale School of Architecture</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Getting ripped off as Foreign Architect in Shanghai? HELP.</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect Eli Attia sues Google for stealing invention that streamlines design and construction</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Is China Stealing Cities, Towns, and Buildings?</a></li></ul> WeWork + Airbnb = PodShare? New live-work space emerges in Los Angeles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-29T13:06:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T01:48:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="205" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>PodShare's site is laden with millennial-friendly tech buzzwords, like the sharing economy, pod culture, nomadic freelancers, access not ownership, and even &ldquo;Podestrians,&rdquo; the company's name for guests, each of whom get profiles on its website. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re creating a social network with a physical address,&rdquo; said Beck. &ldquo;Our open-floor model offers the highest rate of collisions for social travelers. We do not identify with hostels&mdash;we are a co-living space or a live-work community.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Can WeWork re-engineer the spatial dynamics of society?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can WeWork re-engineer the spatial dynamics of society?</a></li><li><a title="WeLive, WeWork's co-living venture, opens for beta testing in New York City" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WeLive, WeWork's co-living venture, opens for beta testing in New York City</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The rise of communal living in New York</a></li></ul> Bank of England proposes new limits for "buy-to-let" landlords Nicholas Korody 2016-03-29T13:00:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T23:40:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Buy-to-let landlords should face new limits on the amount they can borrow, the Bank of England has proposed. It suggested that lenders should be much stricter when deciding whether or not to grant landlords a mortgage. Instead of just taking their rental income into account, the Bank wants lenders to look at their wider financial situation as well. If adopted, the new rules could reduce lending to landlords by up to 20% over the next three years.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), the newly-proposed standards should "curtail inappropriate lending, and the potential for excessive credit losses."</p><p>The new strictures would take into account the costs a landlord accrues in order to rent a property, tax liabilities associated with the property, a landlord's "personal tax liabilities, 'essential expenditure' and living costs," and, in cases where it supports the loan, a landlord's extra income.</p><p>For more on the real estate landscape of the UK, check out some past Archinect coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Pay to stay" may boot 60,000 UK families from their homes</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The (state-facilitated) death of the council house</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New restrictions on public space in England and Wales could make "unusual or unpopular" behavior criminal</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian reveals how developers play the planning system to get around affordable housing</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robin Hood Gardens residents dare Lord Rogers to spend a night in the blighted estate</a></li></ul>