Archinect - News 2014-04-23T02:49:15-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/98510132/editor-s-picks-364 Editor's Picks #364 Nam Henderson 2014-04-22T21:24:00-04:00 >2014-04-22T23:40:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bo/bocrgxzfuh5bbcjr.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest edition of the <strong>Working out of the Box</strong> feature Archinect talked with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/97819483/working-out-of-the-box-emily-fischer-of-haptic-lab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Emily Fischer, Founder of </a><a href="http://www.hapticlab.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Haptic Lab</a>. &nbsp;</p><p>In the interview she explains how she started "<em>The very first quilted map I made was designed to be a wayfinding tool for the visually impaired; my mother was diagnosed with glaucoma and macular degeneration while I was a student at TCAUP</em>&rdquo;.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/2752895/fred-scharmen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fred Scharmen</a>&nbsp;commented "<em>Those kites are amazing!</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0k/0kov5h91i95pauon.jpg"></p><p>Meanwhile issue <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/97260768/screen-print-12-the-cairo-review-s-future-of-the-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#12 of Screen/Print highlighted The Cairo Review's "Future of the City"</a>&nbsp;along with <a href="http://onetwelveksa.wordpress.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One:Twelve</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/98156717/screen-print-13-one-twelve-s-black-and-white" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> (the student-run journal from the Knowlton School of Architecture) seventh issue, </a><a href="http://static.squarespace.com/static/529f9366e4b0edf62d290de9/t/5315fef7e4b04a00bc14abd5/1393950455290/Issue_007_Final.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Black and White</a>.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>As demolition of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98033714/coming-soon-to-moma-lots-of-knocking-next-door" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Folk Art Museum</a>&nbsp;began <a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia</a>&nbsp;and Paul moderated a conversation between Archinect Contributors &nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/pedaldesignlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ken Koense</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/quilian" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quilian Riano</a> and <a href="http://www.artsjournal.com/culturegrrl/author/lrosenbaum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lee Rosenbaum</a>, who writes about art museums for the Wall Street Journal.</p><p><strong>vado retro</strong> was curious "<em>Would we have the same outrage say if a hospital were the ones tearing down the FAM...Our response of outrage is a...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98494414/airbnb-faces-opposition-from-nyc-affordable-housing-group Airbnb faces opposition from NYC affordable housing group Alexander Walter 2014-04-22T13:35:00-04:00 >2014-04-22T13:37:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eb/eb5aee79bdd9f6014fef6cb78c753eb1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Real Affordability for All Coalition &mdash; made up of 50 tenant advocate and labor union groups &mdash; is accusing Airbnb of &ldquo;throwing gasoline on a fire&rdquo; by contributing to a growing affordable housing crisis. &ldquo;After years of operating an illegal enterprise in New York, your company is now apparently interested in paying your fair share of taxes and announcing that development as though you are some kind of charitable organization bestowing your riches on our city [...]&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98435205/nyc-chief-city-planner-amanda-burden-on-public-space-and-densification NYC chief city planner Amanda Burden on public space and densification Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-21T13:07:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T16:28:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xk/xkww242yn2k1pe1m.jpg" width="376" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If there is any one lesson that I have learned in my life as a city planner, it is that public spaces have power. It's not just the number of people using them, it's the even greater number of people who feel better about their city just knowing that they are there. Public space can change how you live in a city, how you feel about a city, whether you choose one city over another, and public space is one of the most important reasons why you stay in a city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Amanda Burden served as New York City's chief planner under Mayor Bloomberg, leading such revitalization projects as the High Line and Brooklyn's waterfront. You can watch the full TED talk below, or read the complete transcript <a href="http://www.ted.com/talks/amanda_burden_how_public_spaces_make_cities_work/transcript" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98218313/tight-job-market-in-u-s-cities-prompts-higher-pay Tight Job Market in U.S. Cities Prompts Higher Pay Archinect 2014-04-17T19:11:00-04:00 >2014-04-17T19:42:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/81/81627d2b3b7e5316897e320f41068fc8.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Companies across the U.S. from Texas to Virginia and Nebraska are struggling to fill positions with metropolitan jobless rates below the 5.2 percent to 5.6 percent level the Federal Reserve regards as full employment nationally. [...] &ldquo;The competition for people is really fierce right now,&rdquo; said Gar Muse, principal with Cooper Carry, an architectural firm that has increased staff to 50 in Alexandria from 40 in 2010 and plans to hire more.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Looking to hire or get hired? The <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect job board</a> is the leading platform for architecture jobs.</p><p>Wanna find out how much architects in your city are making? Check out Archinect's <a href="http://salaries.archinect.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Salary Poll</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98204993/cities-need-goldilocks-housing-density-not-too-high-or-low-but-just-right Cities need Goldilocks housing density – not too high or low, but just right Alexander Walter 2014-04-17T13:31:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T20:44:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/00/003508c69ab984a03ea84c4a73835db5.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In so-called hot cities [...] battles are raging over height limits and urban density, all on the basis of two premises: 1) that building all these towers will increase the supply of housing and therefore reduce its costs; 2) that increasing density is the green, sustainable thing to do and that towers are the best way to do it. I am not sure that either is true.</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/98088369/this-chinese-city-s-property-market-is-even-chillier-than-its-22-degree-weather This Chinese City’s Property Market Is Even Chillier Than Its -22-Degree Weather Alexander Walter 2014-04-15T13:22:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T12:48:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2c/2cdffb7d701f65bb7c58015bb4222fed.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cities like Yingkou in China&rsquo;s northeast rust belt were among the earliest cities in the country to be overbuilt. [...] Yingkou, along with other cities, sold vast tracts of lands to developers to build apartments for the workers who &ndash; they hoped &ndash; would populate the new factories, malls and industrial parks to come. [...] But investments have been slow to materialize, and newcomers are scarce in Yingkou, a city of 2.4 million with a population that hasn&rsquo;t grown much in the past few years.</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/98055102/editor-s-picks-363 Editor's Picks #363 Nam Henderson 2014-04-15T00:03:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T10:58:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ch/chb84zpu2lud9je5.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;published <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/97664287/interview-jos-oubrerie" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">an interview with Jos&eacute; Oubrerie</a>, who he met in February at the Standard Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, and later drove with to the Schindler House on Kings Road.&nbsp;Queried about the current state of architectural education Oubrerie, claims</p><p>"<em>The job they do is even bigger problem because 95% what Americans build is not architecture. Nothing historic, they are big but they are not architecture</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vy/vya5k0x604t612ir.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/evanchakroff" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Evan Chakroff</a>&nbsp;commented "<em>It's interesting that Jose mentions the French Cultural Center in Damascus. I've tried to find documentation of the project for years, without much luck. Jose includes a few faded slides in his lectures from time to time, but it remains a bit of a mystery.....</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4v/4vxa52gz9uq0w79q.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/phokaides" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Petros Phokaides</a>, Loukas Triantis and Iris Polyzos penned an editorial <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/97029910/op-ed-response-to-screen-print-6-monu-s-greater-urbanism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Response to Screen/Print #6, MONU's "Greater Urbanism"</a>.</p><p><br><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3j/3jakq8hhbc6pdsj6.jpg"></p><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97490472/frank-gehry-unveils-plans-for-his-first-buildings-in-england" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guardian unveiled</a> plans for Frank Gehry&rsquo;s first buildings in England.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;couldn&rsquo;t help wondering "<em>From what I see, they are proposing to build a ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97795335/mad-founder-ma-yansong-celebrates-opening-of-la-office-with-lecture-in-hollywood MAD founder Ma Yansong celebrates opening of LA office with lecture in Hollywood Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-11T15:43:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T19:27:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j4/j44vyfhdg3au02e2.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Co-presented by <a href="http://www.space15twenty.com/files/Ma-Young.png" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hennessey + Ingalls, the A+D Museum and the Cal Poly LA Metro Program</a>, Ma Yansong lectured last night on MAD's history and the trials of Chinese architecture. Now with offices in Los Angeles and Beijing, MAD is poised to fulfill the high expectations bestowed on it as a Chinese firm cultivating a style unique from any western exceptionalism, while also building outside of Asia. Yansong's talk took place at Space 15 Twenty in Hollywood -- a public, outdoor courtyard surrounded by hip storefronts and eateries. Free to people wandering through, the venue was refreshingly informal for an event type usually restricted to hallowed academic halls.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/84/84s7vaczik79qjhy.jpg"></p><p>Yansong presented works from throughout MAD's existence, focusing particularly on each project's context and relationship to nature -- whether or not it was ever built. Considering that many of MAD's projects in China are located in new, developing cities, where the urban context can run quite thin, the building's relationship to n...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97717344/applications-to-cooper-union-stumble-in-wake-of-decision-to-charge-tuition Applications to Cooper Union stumble in wake of decision to charge tuition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-10T17:59:00-04:00 >2014-04-10T21:14:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/36/36oisajfp7snr1iu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Cooper Union], which announced last April that it would charge undergraduate students tuition for the first time, released figures on Friday that showed overall applications were down this year by just over 20 percent. [...] The new figures indicate that the admission rate nearly doubled, from 7.7 percent last year to 14.4 percent this year, which still places Cooper Union among the most selective schools in the country.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The freshmen class of Fall 2014 will be the first in Cooper Union's history to pay tuition. It remains to be seen whether Cooper Union's reputation overtime will falter, as quality considerations are matched against tuition rates and student debt, and students are given fewer options to pursue affordable education.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97642521/dispatches-from-5468796-architecture-s-table-for-twelve-new-york-city Dispatches from 5468796 Architecture's Table for Twelve | New York City Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-09T14:09:00-04:00 >2014-04-15T12:10:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yv/yvngl2xklukme00e.jpg" width="514" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Archinect is delighted to present&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/77818/5468796-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5468796 Architecture</a>'s travelogue for their award-winning research project,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/355906/table-for-12" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Table for Twelve</em></a>. The Winnipeg-based firm received the 2013 Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture from the Canada Council for the Arts, awarded to emerging Canadian architects with outstanding artistic potential. The $50,000 prize is supporting the firm&rsquo;s worldwide travels to both strengthen their skills and expand their presence within the international architectural community.</p><p>5468796&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Table for Twelve</em><em>&nbsp;</em>is a series of dinner parties held at architectural epicenters around the world, in the hopes that picking the brains of local talent will help them identify the drivers behind a strong design culture. Archinect plays host to their global dispatches through this travel blog, updated upon each city&rsquo;s dinner.</p><p>From 5468796:</p><p><strong>THE TRIP</strong></p><p>5468796 Architecture&rsquo;s Johanna Hurme reflects on the sixth edition of Table for Twelve, which took place in New York City on March 12th. A full li...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97583068/3-d-printing-market-predicted-to-grow-to-16-2-billion-by-2018 3-D printing market predicted to grow to $16.2 billion by 2018 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-08T19:05:00-04:00 >2014-04-10T16:21:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eo/eo4sjnfpgeuuftkp.jpg" width="514" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The size of the [3-D printing] market ... is expected to grow to $3.8 billion this year and soar to $16.2 billion globally by 2018. [...] "This is a market with enormous growth potential now that the main barriers to up-take are being addressed," Shepherd said. "As it matures, there is clear and substantial potential across numerous sectors, such as engineering and architecture, aerospace and defense, and medical ... for 3-D printing to have a dramatic impact within five years."</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/97564519/interest-in-a-property-grows-with-one-key-addition-an-architecture-prize Interest in a Property Grows With One Key Addition: An Architecture Prize Alexander Walter 2014-04-08T13:23:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T19:14:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f5/f5db8f0f0a59b5f0fc11c47130e42831.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When he won the Pritzker Prize on March 24, the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban had a very busy day.[...] The day after Mr. Ban won the Pritzker, the Douglas Elliman broker Holly Parker had a very busy day, too. &ldquo;The phone started ringing, and it just hasn&rsquo;t stopped,&rdquo; said Ms. Parker, who, thanks to Mr. Ban, has won a prize of her own. Since October 2012, she has been trying to sell [...] condominium inside the Metal Shutter Houses in West Chelsea, Mr. Ban&rsquo;s only completed project in New York.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96419252/shigeru-ban-named-as-2014-pritzker-prize-laureate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban named as 2014 Pritzker Prize Laureate</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97103111/high-rise-proposal-in-lower-9th-ward-could-bring-much-needed-development-but-at-what-social-cost High-rise proposal in Lower 9th Ward could bring much needed development, but at what social cost? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-02T14:38:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:31:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qb/qb5kj7jhsfcvisiy.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The plan&rsquo;s backers say it represents a rare chance at economic revitalization for the neighborhood. Its opponents say it would destroy the fabric of Holy Cross, and might represent the first step toward changing the traditionally low-rise New Orleans waterfront into something very different [...] &ldquo;The argument is that the Lower Ninth Ward has to take what it can get,&rdquo; says DeBacher. &ldquo;We believe that we deserve&mdash;as any community deserves&mdash;good development, not just any development.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/97046863/housing-is-having-a-bad-month-thanks-to-the-letter-l Housing is having a bad month, thanks to the letter "L" Alexander Walter 2014-04-01T20:21:00-04:00 >2014-04-01T20:22:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8b/8be04026c632d6b8145bff1a1e5d714b.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some pretty lackluster news from the housing market today. Construction spending rose a measly .1% in February. Part of that was because of the wild weather we saw this winter, but economists say that only accounts for part of the lacklusterness. It seems we&rsquo;re not building or buying homes like we used to. Pending home sales fell in February to their lowest level in more than 2 years. The housing market made big gains last year, but so far 2014 isn&rsquo;t looking so hot.</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/96979991/editor-s-picks-361 Editor's Picks #361 Nam Henderson 2014-04-01T17:34:00-04:00 >2014-04-03T10:01:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9q/9qx4no0f9j1w16yq.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest <strong>ShowCase: </strong>was a private <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/96413581/showcase-residence-in-weinheim-by-wannenmacher-m-ller-architekten" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">residence in Weinheim by Wannenmacher-M&ouml;ller Architekten</a>.&nbsp;<strong>megan_eleven</strong> commented "<em>I like the interior. The outside looking, I think, is not like a home, not warm enough~ I still prefer a house giving people warm and love.......This one, it looks a little cold~Just my opinion....</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yb/ybij9637nmlckv2v.jpg"></p><p>Plus, the eleventh edition of <strong>Screen/Print:</strong> featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/95560741/screen-print-11-oase-s-building-atmosphere" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">an article by Juhani Pallasmaa published in 2013 in OASE #91: "Building Atmosphere</a>". The essay examines the "<em>haptic and &lsquo;dense&rsquo; spaces</em>"&nbsp;found in Frank Lloyd Wright&rsquo;s buildings and the "<em>the importance of atmospheres in architecture</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ur/urom20pu2q4ms4l2.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/justine.testado" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a>&nbsp;reported the news that <a href="http://archinect.com/shigeru_ban" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban</a> was &nbsp;announced as the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96419252/shigeru-ban-named-as-2014-pritzker-prize-laureate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u1/u132g20eb718onnh.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ik/ikvlikzmxl8d7j0f.jpg"></p><p>For his part <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/91227491/peyton-westlake" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peyton Westlake</a>&nbsp;felt it was a "<em>Savvy choice by the Pritzker; award an architect who does projects for all social types (disaster and ny condos alike) in beautifully constructed and detailed ways...Still, it feels about five years late</em>".</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96481159/patrik-shumacher-backhanded-compliment-to-shigeru-ban" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher</a> off...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96959825/one-day-the-only-people-doing-architecture-in-china-will-be-chinese-architects One Day, The Only People Doing Architecture in China Will Be Chinese Architects Archinect 2014-03-31T17:15:00-04:00 >2014-04-01T17:13:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cs/csn43q5q022clpns.jpg" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... when it comes to buildings that have cultural significance &ndash; like museums and arts centers, those buildings have also been dominated by foreign architects like Zaha Hadid or Norman Foster, who designed the Beijing Airport for example. But I think with the Pritzker Prize winner being a Chinese, Wang Shu, in 2012, you &lsquo;ll find that when a building is important culturally and needs to relate to more to the Chinese culture, more and more that work will be done by Chinese architects.</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/96950936/high-culture-and-hard-labor High Culture and Hard Labor Alexander Walter 2014-03-31T14:33:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T19:30:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/68/68a3ca5a0c532ad70c0b83711d20496b.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If liberal cultural and educational institutions are to operate with any integrity in that environment, they must insist on a change of the rules: abolish the recruitment debt system, pay a living wage, allow workers to change employers at will and legalize the right to collective bargaining. Otherwise, their gulf paymasters will go on cherry-picking from the globalization menu [...] while spurning the social contract that protects basic human rights.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/377969/qatar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96639078/rem-koolhaas-s-g-star-raw-hq-is-like-two-brands-having-unprotected-sex Rem Koolhaas's G-Star Raw HQ is like 'two brands having unprotected sex' Alexander Walter 2014-03-27T13:42:00-04:00 >2014-04-03T18:28:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1e/1e8b6b7216a1aea973dc72a048e2c7d1.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We've never been this vulgar,&rdquo; says the practice's founding partner Rem Koolhaas, sitting in the building's boardroom, flanked either side by neat men in military denim jackets, like officers from some future fashion police. [...] brazenly conflating G-Star's brand values with their own, aligning their manifestos, house styles, ways of working and even presenting a shared aesthetic of raw industrial chic &ndash; with concrete and steel fragments of OMA buildings overlaid on to G-Star models.</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/96639074/u-s-architecture-firm-prospers-in-china-through-focus-fit U.S. Architecture Firm Prospers In China Through Focus, Fit Alexander Walter 2014-03-27T13:32:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:26:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7r/7rqoivlo980yhk6v.jpg" width="360" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China&rsquo;s economic boom has enriched many of the country&rsquo;s largest real estate entrepreneurs.[...] Yet China&rsquo;s building surge in recent years has also helped overseas architects to prosper in the world&rsquo;s most populous nation. One U.S. firm to find success is Altoon Partners of Los Angeles. Although relatively small compared with the largest global architecture firms, Altoon was &ldquo;unfazed by the muscle of (its) competitors&rdquo; when it entered the market, and has focused tightly on its strengths[...]</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/96110734/there-s-reason-to-celebrate-chicago-s-lakefront-path-project There's reason to celebrate Chicago's lakefront path project Alexander Walter 2014-03-20T17:09:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T19:21:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/90/90cxrn64ftq1uxqi.jpg" width="200" height="105" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Great cities don&rsquo;t rest on the laurels of their great public spaces. They make them greater. That&rsquo;s what Chicago is doing here, despite the objections of naysayers who argued during the recession that the project was an unnecessary and unaffordable extravagance. But recessions come and go. We only cheat ourselves if we use downturns as an excuse to lower our sights and not build a better future. Now the future and better times are here.</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/96109124/what-makes-a-city-work-former-new-york-mayor-michael-bloomberg-thinks-he-knows What makes a city work: Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks he knows Archinect 2014-03-20T16:32:00-04:00 >2014-03-20T16:32:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z4/z4m2jvjz9gh145fh.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is not how most people think of Mr. Bloomberg, who recently stepped down after 12 years as mayor and who is the city&rsquo;s richest resident. Under his leadership, New York became a land of wealth and plenty, at least for some &ndash; in Midtown Manhattan, glassy new high-rises contain the third homes of Russian billionaires; downtown, tourists order $38 steak frites at Balthazar and walk the High Line, an innovative park built with donations from the rich.</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/96014903/architecture-billings-index-increased-slightly-in-february Architecture Billings Index increased slightly in February Archinect 2014-03-19T11:27:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T21:25:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9m/9m6roe9k7e3cv8vz.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the February ABI score was 50.7, up slightly from a mark of 50.4 in January. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 56.8, down from the reading of 58.5 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/95868476/how-women-are-climbing-architecture-s-career-ladder How Women Are Climbing Architecture's Career Ladder Alexander Walter 2014-03-17T13:48:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T18:46:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7add406a4fc4c0af61dd7e5562d86abe.jpg" width="514" height="377" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 1980, when Marsha Maytum was a fledgling designer at the San Francisco architecture firm EHDD, the majority of women on construction sites were centerfolds. [...] Nearly 35 years later, progress has been measurable but mixed. Women make up 25 percent of architecture staff in the U.S., though they now earn 42 percent of the architecture degrees.</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/95482582/green-lane-project-brings-protected-bike-lanes-to-six-u-s-cities Green Lane Project brings protected bike lanes to six U.S. cities Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-12T15:07:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T20:30:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mt/mtdg12d0egbk9fus.jpg" width="514" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Cycling advocacy group <a href="http://www.peopleforbikes.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People for Bikes</a> has selected six U.S. cities to receive funding and consultation for new protected bike lanes, as part of its <a href="http://www.peopleforbikes.org/green-lane-project/pages/about-the-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Green Lane Project</a>. The annual Project collaborates with cities over two years to expedite the installation of protected bike lanes, one of the ways People for Bikes aims to establish bike-friendly, lower-stress streets. This past January, the group <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91832887/protected-bike-lanes-strengthen-city-economy-report-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">published a report</a> documenting how protected bike lanes help local businesses, drawn partially from cities selected by their Green Lane program.</p><p>This year's cities are Atlanta, GA, Boston, MA, Denver, CO, Indianapolis, IN, Pittsburgh, PA and Seattle, WA. During its first two programs (2012 and 2013), the Green Lane Project was responsible for nearly half of the entire nation's increase in protected bike lanes, growing from 80 to 142. Previous cities that benefited from the program include Austin, TX, San Francisco, CA, Portland, OR, and Washington, DC -- now serving as mentors for future cit...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95485817/london-s-current-obsession-its-own-identity-crisis London's Current Obsession: Its Own Identity Crisis Alexander Walter 2014-03-12T14:54:00-04:00 >2014-03-12T19:19:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e4/e4497bd3153ad6eea370ed1c946b86ad.jpg" width="514" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Is London in danger of losing its soul? The question may sound melodramatic, but this is just what many of the British capital&rsquo;s commentariat have been discussing over the past few days. [...] Barely a day goes by without a local news story about the phenomenal rise of London property values. In just the past few weeks, we've learned that price levels are "approaching madness." [...] London buyers start to bid consistently 25 percent above the asking price.</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/95409266/the-numbers-behind-america-s-mass-transit-resurgence The Numbers Behind America's Mass Transit Resurgence Alexander Walter 2014-03-11T15:00:00-04:00 >2014-03-11T15:03:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dd/ddac1517f931e4b98c5283712d9fa3b4.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So it&rsquo;s official: Americans are choosing public transportation in record numbers. The American Public Transportation Association announced this morning that the U.S. made 10.7 billion mass transit trips in 2013, the highest figure in 57 years. The story here is not of a sudden resurgence, but rather a slow, steady climb over the last decade, back toward ridership levels not seen since the 1950s.</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/95127694/from-drab-to-fab-jersey-city-s-alluring-architecture-is-making-chilltown-hot From drab to fab, Jersey City's alluring architecture is making "Chilltown" hot Alexander Walter 2014-03-07T18:36:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:17:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e4/e469fb2692b63c38919600a27f2db2ec.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As Jersey City has cast off its stigma as a back-office-and-apartment haven of cheap rents and cheaper-looking buildings, more and more professionals and families are calling &ldquo;Chilltown&rdquo; and &ldquo;JC&rdquo; home. They&rsquo;re ditching the suburbs of their parents, but also the stratospheric prices and stuffy attitudes of Manhattan and, increasingly, Brooklyn. The so-called sixth borough has finally become a destination in its own right [...].</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/95034331/the-monuments-of-tech-architecture-in-the-age-of-planned-obsolescence The monuments of tech: architecture in the age of planned obsolescence Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-06T13:55:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T20:54:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0u/0uw6pixqxaxthc7w.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Silicon Valley long prided itself on building world-changing technologies from the humble garage, or the nondescript office park. The new spaces are more distinctive, as companies seek to build a consumer profile [...] [There] is a sense that nothing is permanent, that any product can be dislodged from greatness by something newer. It&rsquo;s the aesthetic of disruption: We must all change, all the time. And yet architecture demands that we must also represent something lasting.</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/94941597/freelon-group-bought-by-perkins-will Freelon Group bought by Perkins + Will Gregory Walker 2014-03-05T11:21:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T23:25:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4j/4jaliyz9d7fieozl.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;With Phil Freelon, his experienced team of 40 designers, and other professionals who intend to join Perkins+Will, we look forward to offering clients a deeper level of cultural design expertise,&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>This one just hurts. Even though we'd run across the Freelon Group on project RFP's occasionally, I've long admired how he's built up his firm and was able to compete against the bigger companies, especially in the cultural arena. So, to see them sell off to P+W...is there anyone left who they haven't acquired?&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94803964/twitter-installs-19th-century-log-cabins-in-san-francisco-hq Twitter installs 19th century log cabins in San Francisco HQ Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-03T15:12:00-05:00 >2014-03-05T15:28:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bo/boip9z41tc4bgpns.jpg" width="514" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In keeping with the designer's forest-themed interior motif, a pair of homesteader cabins from the late 1800s are being installed in Twitter's new digs in the historic Western Furniture Exchange and Merchandise Mart building, a 1937 art deco landmark on Market Street. [...] In this spirit of reuse and reclamation, Lundberg saw the cabins as a novel way of breaking up the wide open spaces of a gutted floor in the old furniture mart that will become a casual dining area.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Taking architectural anachronism to a whole new level, Twitter turns the open-plan office on its head by installing original one-room wood cabins from Montana as lunching spaces. Designers for Twitter's offices feel the choice is coherent with the company values of reuse and reclamation, while also strengthening the brand's bird imagery as related to the forest/nature.</p><p>What's left behind is the sour sense of irony coating such a move. In a city fuming with affordable housing and gentrification disputes, it's a bit hilarious for Twitter to insert original homesteading-iconography into its own HQ.</p>