Archinect - News 2015-05-22T10:44:01-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/127711878/new-york-london-ranked-highest-in-2015-global-cities-index New York & London ranked highest in 2015 Global Cities Index Alexander Walter 2015-05-21T14:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T14:23:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m5/m5yxcyxv5xetp1q4.jpg" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York and London remain the world&rsquo;s most global cities, as they are the only cities to rank in the top 10 of both the Global Cities Index and the Global Cities Outlook according to the A.T. Kearney Global Cities 2015 [...]. San Francisco leads the Global Cities Outlook due to its strength in innovation. Other cities ranking at the top of the Global Cities Outlook include London (#2), Boston (#3), New York (#4), and Zurich (#5).</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pm/pmthe53mzemffmja.jpg"></p><p>For lovers of city rankings:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106959605/melbourne-named-world-s-most-liveable-city-for-fourth-consecutive-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melbourne named world&rsquo;s most liveable city for fourth consecutive year</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105942974/forbes-releases-baffling-coolest-cities-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forbes Releases Baffling "Coolest Cities" List</a></li></ul><p>For skeptics:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.citylab.com/work/2015/05/the-top-6-reasons-to-be-wary-of-city-rankings/393686/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Top 6 Reasons to Be Wary of City Rankings, Ranked</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127708656/in-the-midst-of-historic-drought-barclay-s-plans-a-residential-development-in-new-mexico-s-desert In the midst of historic drought, Barclay's plans a residential development in New Mexico's desert Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-21T13:02:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T13:08:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fy/fypss15ei72lag2h.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Barclay's] plan, to fabricate a &ldquo;master-planned community&rdquo; for nearly 100,000 people on what is today a field of sand dunes, is called Santolina. If fully populated, the development would be about the size of New Mexico&rsquo;s current second-largest city, Las Cruces, and bigger than Santa Fe [...] Columbia University&rsquo;s Earth Institute points to 2050 as a time when the drought will begin to worsen dramatically, right around when Santolina planners predict the development could approach full capacity</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/127639137/calatrava-i-have-been-treated-like-a-dog Calatrava: "I have been treated like a dog." Alexander Walter 2015-05-20T14:30:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T20:45:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ix/ixtzstglvfb7hkr3.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the U.S., he isn&rsquo;t getting asked to compete for new projects at all, he said, amid criticism of the rail project&rsquo;s delays and costs. [...] These overruns and years of delay have taken a toll on Mr. Calatrava&rsquo;s reputation, with local press and some observers painting him as an architect prone to overruns&mdash;a point he believes is quite unfair. &ldquo;It has not been easy for me,&rdquo; he said. After living in the city for 12 years and feeling pride in the city, &ldquo;I have been treated like a dog.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122737225/nymag-talks-to-santiago-calatrava-about-his-wtc-station-budget-reputation" target="_blank">NYMag talks to Santiago Calatrava about his WTC Station, budget, reputation</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115115396/how-cost-of-train-station-at-world-trade-center-swelled-to-4-billion" target="_blank">How Cost of Train Station at World Trade Center Swelled to $4 Billion</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108190179/legal-troubles-dog-famed-spanish-architect-santiago-calatrava" target="_blank">Legal Troubles Dog Famed Spanish Architect Santiago Calatrava</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73850206/path-fail-the-story-of-the-world-s-most-expensive-train-station" target="_blank">PATH/Fail: The Story of the World&rsquo;s Most Expensive Train Station</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/127637921/architecture-billings-index-in-april-stuck-in-winter-slowdown Architecture Billings Index in April "stuck in winter slowdown" Alexander Walter 2015-05-20T13:07:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T13:08:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hj/hjrr7cxjfybkceqn.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Riding a stretch of increasing levels of demand for thirteen out of the last fifteen months, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dropped in April for the second month this year. [...] (AIA) reported the April ABI score was 48.8, down sharply from a mark of 51.7 in March. This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 60.1, up from a reading of 58.2 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/127593879/aia-launches-second-video-in-look-up-campaign-featuring-a-blind-architect AIA launches second video in "Look Up" campaign featuring a blind architect Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-19T20:33:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T13:29:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4u/4u4pk9c0v66b4g42.jpg" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Entitled "An Architect's Story", the video features&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/98959074/chris-downey-architecture-for-the-blind" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Downey</a>, a blind architect and founder of "Architecture for the Blind" in San Francisco. The piece, which debuted at the <a href="https://twitter.com/archinect/status/599215511583510529" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA National Convention</a> last week, focuses on Downey's approach to architecture before and after unexpectedly becoming blind in 2008, and features talking-head interviews with Downey, one of his clients, and a student of his at UC Berkeley.</p><p></p><p>The documentary piece is starkly different in approach and style to the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120116665/aia-announces-upcoming-national-television-advertising-campaign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first installment of the "Look Up" campaign</a>. Yes, both have the kind of generically-inspiring music one would have equal luck finding in either a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQM0MDxEw4c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Koch Industries' ad</a>&nbsp;or <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ItBvH5J6ss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the trailer for a young-adult romantic drama</a>. But while the first spot, tasked with framing the "Look Up" identity, tended towards cinematic, fast-cut clips of dramatic or cerebral moments to churn up excitement about the profession, "An Architect's Story" is more focused on personal perspective. It strives to take Downey's insights fro...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127580581/bbc-journalists-arrested-for-reporting-on-qatar-s-world-cup-laborers BBC journalists arrested for reporting on Qatar's World Cup laborers Alexander Walter 2015-05-19T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T19:51:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c8/c8bdbc595d4d57aa0127c415c22637f7.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We were invited to Qatar by the prime minister's office to see new flagship accommodation for low-paid migrant workers in early May - but while gathering additional material for our report, we ended up being thrown into prison for doing our jobs. Our arrest was dramatic.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116273652/a-memorial-for-the-workers-dying-while-constructing-the-qatar-world-cup-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Memorial for the Workers Dying While Constructing the Qatar World Cup Stadium</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108467854/world-cup-slaves-scandal-qatar-holds-2-uk-rights-researchers-over-emigration-violations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Cup &lsquo;slaves&rsquo; scandal: Qatar holds 2 UK rights researchers over &lsquo;emigration violations&rsquo;</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/127579371/manhattan-community-board-pushes-moratorium-on-600ft-and-higher-construction Manhattan community board pushes moratorium on 600ft and higher construction Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-19T12:55:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T19:32:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/21/214bda1e23e33dc0d3188d389a7d01e5.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"There's actually such a lack of transparency that it is difficult to understand what developers and property owners are actually planning ... There's no mechanism for us or the city for us to understand ahead of time what's in the planning" [...] The board ultimately wants Mayor Bill de Blasio to take steps to create more comprehensive zoning laws that would assess the impact of large towers on open space and mitigate any potential impacts, like shadows on Central Park.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Listen to the full report from WYNC below:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127540172/airbnb-celebrates-london-s-deregulation-act-with-floating-house-on-river-thames Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames Alexander Walter 2015-05-18T20:39:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T08:39:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j9/j9en013pe04vbcdk.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Airbnb is sailing a full-size floating house along the Thames this week to celebrate new rules to support home sharing in London. The publicity stunt follows the passing of the Deregulation Act last month, which means Londoners are now free to rent their homes for up to 90 days a year without risk of fines or having to secure planning permission before doing so.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/du/du2x8h30xtwlc36c.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9q/9qavxb2ruikf3787.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p0/p08c23hhs1bobdnj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/06/0626kfh7nu6yhfz4.jpg"></p><p>For more information and your chance to stay in the floating house click <a href="https://www.airbnb.co.uk/night-at/floating-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127290187/ncarb-gives-preview-of-data-report-to-be-released-in-july-says-profession-is-healthy-and-growing NCARB gives preview of data report to be released in July, says profession is "healthy and growing" Justine Testado 2015-05-14T13:22:00-04:00 >2015-05-16T09:37:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o5/o5m6c3bwnkgl373g.jpg" width="467" height="243" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A record-high number of candidates actively working toward an architect license provides more evidence of a thriving talent pool for the architect profession, according to new 2014 data released today by [NCARB]. More than 37,000 aspiring architects were testing and/or reporting experience hours last year, a substantial part of the path to architectural licensure required by the 54 U.S. state and jurisdiction licensing boards.</p></em><br /><br /><p>NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong gave a first glimpse of key findings in the "NCARB by the Numbers" report today at the AIA Convention in Atlanta. Read the full press release <a href="http://www.ncarb.org/en/News-and-Events/News/2015/May-NBTNPreview.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a title='NCARB will resolve "Intern Architect" title debate at AIA National Convention' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126787225/ncarb-will-resolve-intern-architect-title-debate-at-aia-national-convention" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB will resolve "Intern Architect" title debate at AIA National Convention</a></li><li><a title="NCARB Launches ARE 4.0 Community" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121117990/ncarb-launches-are-4-0-community" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB Launches ARE 4.0 Community</a></li><li><a title="Inching closer to licensure at graduation, as schools show NCARB they're interested" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116357898/inching-closer-to-licensure-at-graduation-as-schools-show-ncarb-they-re-interested" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inching closer to licensure at graduation, as schools show NCARB they're interested</a></li><li><a title="NCARB announces reciprocity program across the US, Canada and Mexico" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115137911/ncarb-announces-reciprocity-program-across-the-us-canada-and-mexico" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB announces reciprocity program across the US, Canada and Mexico</a></li><li><a title="Latest NCARB survey indicates architecture is a growing profession in the U.S." href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114207237/latest-ncarb-survey-indicates-architecture-is-a-growing-profession-in-the-u-s" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Latest NCARB survey indicates architecture is a growing profession in the U.S.</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/127290790/mvrdv-s-nathalie-de-vries-elected-as-new-chair-of-the-royal-institute-of-dutch-architects MVRDV's Nathalie de Vries elected as new chair of the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects Alexander Walter 2015-05-14T13:05:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T20:49:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bf/bf33886da9dc08d9bf6b05638b25d8cb.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Members' Council of the BNA has elected Nathalie de Vries of MVRDV as the new chair of its board. Nathalie de Vries will take over the position on July 1st from Willem Hein Schenk, architect and partner of architecture firm De Zwarte Hond, which he has held since 2011.</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/127173702/bjarke-ingels-wants-to-make-the-world-of-the-future-more-like-our-dreams Bjarke Ingels wants to "make the world of the future more like our dreams” Julia Ingalls 2015-05-13T10:21:00-04:00 >2015-05-16T11:26:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r8/r8jo398xz9i3jbwm.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Striking a balance between Steve Jobs&rsquo; product-launching gravitas and the bounding playfulness of a TED-talker, Bjarke Ingels presented a summary of his firm&rsquo;s work on social infrastructure at the WIRED Business Conference in New York on Tuesday. Instead of displaying static plan sections and a PowerPoint from the last presidential administration, Ingels peppered his talk with creative imagery and a three minute, bass-groove laden video (replete with jaunty squiggle-style animations over live people) illustrating the underlying concepts of &ldquo;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122507983/bjarke-ingels-and-oliver-wainwright-talk-new-york-dryline" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Dryline</a>.&rdquo;</p><p>The projects that Ingels briefly highlighted, including the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85854633/big-in-arquitectura-viva-s-monographs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Danish National Maritime Museum</a>, the <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/48061920998730393/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hellerup Gymnasium</a>, and the <a href="http://vancouverhouse.ca" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vancouver House</a> all explored how to integrate and amplify the social dynamics of a given space by encouraging greater connectivity among likely inhabitants. This was done in some places by innovatively inverting expectations of what a space should be (converting a dock into a museum, for example) or by creating...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127118732/amid-historic-nuclear-negotiations-tehran-s-urbanism-is-shifting Amid historic nuclear negotiations, Tehran's urbanism is shifting Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-11T13:58:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T20:30:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b5/b54622b68267da60ba29ee066a0ae181.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If ongoing discussions with the United States and others prove successful, sanctions affecting the Iranian economy will likely be lifted, exposing the country to a forceful wave of globalization. But the shift from isolation to inclusion has already begun to transform Tehran. [...] It&rsquo;s a city that, at this moment, is intensely influenced by international relations, shaping itself into a burgeoning urban hub.</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/126897631/architecture-critic-mark-lamster-we-systemically-encourage-bad-building Architecture Critic Mark Lamster: "We systemically encourage bad building." Alexander Walter 2015-05-07T18:15:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T07:29:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d6/d6b6d8e648fe9c055027ccc0a5c00fc9.jpg" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Here is a constant refrain: Why is so much new building junk? [...] The truth is that architects don&rsquo;t have that much power. Architects don&rsquo;t design most buildings; they are designed by developers or contractors working from&nbsp;cookie-cutter plans. Perhaps an architect signs off. [...] In any number of ways&mdash;our building codes, our housing policies, our preservation statutes&mdash;we systemically encourage bad building.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126485922/rachel-slade-dares-to-ask-why-is-boston-so-ugly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rachel Slade dares to ask: "Why is Boston so ugly?"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126360178/the-new-5-over-1-seattle-where-everything-looks-the-same" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The new 5 over 1 Seattle, where "everything looks the same"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125363205/blair-kamin-not-impressed-by-chicago-s-latest-housing-developments" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blair Kamin not impressed by Chicago's latest housing developments</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125204801/jeff-sheppard-calls-downtown-denver-s-new-housing-developments-meaningless-uninspiring" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeff Sheppard calls downtown Denver's new housing developments "meaningless, uninspiring"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/126833043/google-loses-to-linkedin-in-silicon-valley-hq-pitch Google loses to LinkedIn in Silicon Valley HQ pitch Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-06T15:29:00-04:00 >2015-05-08T16:36:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2h/2hhum11ub2rvcprm.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a blow to Google&rsquo;s expansion plans, on Tuesday the Mountain View City Council voted to give the search giant roughly a quarter of the office space it had requested for the project, and instead awarded the lion&rsquo;s share of the city&rsquo;s future office development &ndash;- 1.5 million square feet &ndash;- to LinkedIn. Google received about 500,000 square feet, or about enough to build one of the four buildings it had proposed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>How this news will affect BIG and Heatherwick's design for the Googleplex expansion is as of yet undetermined. Earlier today, we learned that Google planned on <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126826379/new-googleplex-will-be-built-by-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">constructing its new HQ using "crabots"</a>, so clearly sights were set on the Mountain View City Council giving the go-ahead. David Radcliffe, Google's VP of real estate, said in an emailed statement:&nbsp;&ldquo;We know the City Council had a tough decision to make last night and thank them and our community for more than six hours of debate,&rdquo; and that Google would &ldquo;continue to work with the City on Google&rsquo;s future in Mountain View.&rdquo;</p><p>Details on BIG and Heatherwick's proposal <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126787225/ncarb-will-resolve-intern-architect-title-debate-at-aia-national-convention NCARB will resolve "Intern Architect" title debate at AIA National Convention Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-05T20:48:00-04:00 >2015-05-15T10:37:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/91b7fnloj88675mk.jpg" width="514" height="635" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Back in August of 2014, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108199808/ncarb-revises-intern-architect-title-for-architects-pursuing-licensure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB began reevaluating</a> whether the title "Intern Architect" was an appropriate label for those pursuing licensure. Currently used to call an architect experienced enough to be working towards licensure, but not yet licensed, "Intern Architect" is <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/623/unpaid-internship" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fraught</a> by the associations around the status of an "intern" in most professional cultures, as someone not inherently experienced and near the absolute bottom of an employment hierarchy.</p><p>Now, NCARB aims to settle the debate over the title in an announcement formally made at the <a href="http://convention.aia.org/event/homepage.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA National Convention</a> next week in Atlanta, Georgia.&nbsp;Culminating the efforts by NCARB's "Future Title Task Force" devoted to this issue, the announcement will not only mark changes in titling for the architecture profession, it will also set out new guidelines for US licensing boards.</p><p>If you plan on attending the AIA National Convention, NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong will address these issues&nbsp;on May 14 at 2pm (booth #2145),&nbsp;at the&nbsp;Georgia Worl...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126782986/did-tesla-almost-go-bankrupt-without-anyone-noticing Did Tesla almost go bankrupt without anyone noticing? Nicholas Korody 2015-05-05T19:39:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T08:53:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/od/odha88iu5relmwro.jpg" width="514" height="459" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Can a high-profile company led by a celebrity CEO come within two weeks of bankruptcy without anyone noticing? In early 2013, ...Tesla Motors came so close to running out of cash that its brash leader, Elon Musk, approached Google about buying the company, according to a new Musk biography. A surge in sales of the company&rsquo;s pricey Model S sedan staved off disaster. Musk broke off the Google talks, no longer needing a white knight. And no one outside the two companies knew about it.</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/126389943/editor-s-picks-413 Editor's Picks #413 Nam Henderson 2015-04-29T00:18:00-04:00 >2015-04-29T12:42:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ff/ffmlnpf7w9hs5aaj.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Senior editor <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;published the first in a series of mini-interviews for a new feature <strong>Touching Base</strong>: In which he profiled <a href="http://www.alkanoglu.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Volkan Alkanoglu</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/125518443/touching-base-with-volkan-alkanoglu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">, founding principal of </a><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/125517637/volkan-alkanoglu-design-llc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Volkan Alkanoglu | DESIGN LLC</a>. It was a reminder for&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a>&nbsp;of&nbsp;how small the world is, as her "<em>husband's company</em><em><a href="http://indianapolisfabrications.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Indianapolis Fabrications </a>made and installed Volkan's piece <a href="http://www.alkanoglu.com/Memorial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Memorial</a></em><em>&rdquo;. Plus, she did some &ldquo;shop drawing work on it!</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lk/lkob6tp22j462kha.jpg"><br><br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125745578/le-corbusier-militant-fascist-claims-overshadow-50th-death-anniversary" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two new books claim</a> Le Corbusier was a 'militant fascist'.&nbsp;<strong>Lightperson</strong> thought it was "<em>a leap to say he was a nazi because of a sort of anti-Semitic note to mom</em>". Yet, <strong>Jayness</strong> wanted to stand against false idols who aligned themself "<em>with those in power (Vichy, France), and which by default is the act of a coward. No amount of design or expressive talent can overcome this shortcoming</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pg/pgf8q09hty95bqtg.jpg"></p><p>Over at The Los Angeles Review of Books, Joseph Giovannini <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125751245/peter-zumthor-at-lacma-a-preacher-in-the-wrong-church" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">examined</a> plans for the new Peter Zumthor at LACMA.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;only wished "<em>Giovannini had given more hi-end decision-making board of truste...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125922478/architecture-of-paranoia Architecture of paranoia Alexander Walter 2015-04-22T21:19:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:35:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ai/ai5moqa35g4qurbd.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since terrorism has become one of the guiding forces in urban design, the incorporation of immense fortifications into everyday streets has spawned an entire industry of defensive architecture [...] The latest developments in this rising tide of urban paranoia are on display this week at the Counter Terror Expo in west London&rsquo;s Olympia, a sprawling trade show that proudly claims to showcase &ldquo;the key terror threat areas under one roof&rdquo;. It is an enormous supermarket of neuroses [...].</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/125893513/architecture-billings-index-in-march-reportedly-accelerates Architecture Billings Index in March reportedly "accelerates" Alexander Walter 2015-04-22T12:16:00-04:00 >2015-04-23T01:18:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/912q420dhq86bsc2.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the second consecutive month, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) indicated a modest increase in design activity in March. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was 51.7, up from a mark of 50.4 in February. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.2, up from a reading of 56.6 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/125745572/we-ve-got-enough-millionaires-george-lucas-wants-to-build-affordable-housing-on-his-own-land "We've got enough millionaires": George Lucas wants to build affordable housing on his own land Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-20T14:40:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T19:28:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7a871e9d25f0b21881cc3ce213551364.jpg" width="514" height="388" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When George Lucas tried to expand his production company studios&nbsp;in California&rsquo;s wealthy Marin County, the community pushed back. Then the &ldquo;Star Wars&rdquo; creator wanted to sell the land to a&nbsp;developer who would build affordable housing. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s inciting class warfare,&rdquo; Carolyn Lenert, then head of the North San Rafael Coalition of Residents,&nbsp;told The New York Times&nbsp;at the time. Now, two years after that project stalled, Lucas has decided to build the affordable housing and pay for it all himself.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Lucas has also been in the news lately for the design of his <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/480355/lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum of Narrative Arts</a> in Chicago.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125530526/copenhagen-could-ax-its-pioneering-city-bike-program-by-month-s-end Copenhagen could ax its pioneering city bike program by month's end Alexander Walter 2015-04-17T19:20:00-04:00 >2015-04-22T17:12:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9o/9olcrzjddqgd342w.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2013, Copenhagen&mdash;a city of ebullient cyclists&mdash;launched the mother of all city bike schemes. Its white bikes were fitted with motors and GPS-enabled tablets&mdash;expensive, but designed for a place&nbsp;whose people and visitors truly believed cycling was the best way forward. Now the city that pioneered its&nbsp;first shared bikes in 1995&nbsp;is facing a stark&nbsp;possibility: no bike share scheme at all.</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/125446040/jetblue-tapped-as-prospective-developer-for-jfk-twa-terminal JetBlue tapped as prospective developer for JFK TWA terminal Justine Testado 2015-04-16T17:34:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T20:31:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tw/tw4rom37t942824v.jpg" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[JetBlue Airways] reportedly wants to get into the hotel business by partnering with New York-based hotel developer MCR Development to turn the landmarked terminal into a 500-room hotel. The deal isn't final&mdash;the parties are in 'advanced negotiations'&mdash;so things could still fall apart...The Port Authority previously chose hotelier Andre Balazs as the developer, but Balazs backed out after realizing how long the project would take. He told the [WSJ] his company had 'more interesting opportunities.'</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/81462395/hotelier-andre-balazs-to-convert-jfk-s-historic-twa-terminal-into-a-hotel-and-conference-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hotelier Andre Balazs to convert JFK&rsquo;s historic TWA terminal into a hotel and conference center</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125432358/umsoa-to-propel-neighborhood-revitalization-with-650-000-from-knight-foundation UMSoA to Propel Neighborhood Revitalization with $650,000 from Knight Foundation Joachim Perez 2015-04-16T12:56:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T20:31:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wb/wbi0q80b6gm66wwv.jpg" width="255" height="254" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The School of Architecture has a long history of helping to reshape and revitalize the South Florida community,&rdquo; said Rodolphe el-Khoury, dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture. &ldquo;We are pleased that Knight Foundation has chosen to support this unique project that will have a lasting impact on communities in need of assistance.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.miami.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Miami</a>&nbsp;School of Architecture today announced a plan to bring &ldquo;third places&rdquo; &ndash; community spaces, marketplaces, incubators and training centers &ndash; into two underserved Miami neighborhoods with $650,000 from the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.knightfoundation.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John S. and James L. Knight Foundation</a>.</p><p>The Third Place Project will create spaces that provide resources and support to entrepreneurs, creatives and civic leaders in these neighborhoods, as a way to foster their ideas and break down barriers. It will also help transform these neighborhoods and create opportunities for local businesses, by establishing inexpensive spaces for startups and hubs for arts, culture and entertainment. The grant will support&nbsp;<a href="http://www6.miami.edu/momentum2/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami</a>.</p><p>&ldquo;A major challenge in the Miami metro area is the disconnect between extraordinarily wealthy neighborhoods and boom areas and long-struggling urban neighborhoods such as Allapatah, Little Haiti and Opa-locka,&rdquo; said&nbsp;<a href="http://arc.miami.edu/people/faculty/charles-c-bohl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charles Bohl</a>, associate professor an...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125198338/meier-makes-mark-in-miami Meier makes mark in Miami Richard Meier & Partners 2015-04-13T12:25:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T18:57:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xa/xac1otfn4gssxuz5.jpg" width="514" height="260" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Far from reducing his workload or resting on his considerable laurels, the 80-year-old Meier and his partners are also wrapping up construction on several other projects, including the HH Resort and Spa in Gangneung, South Korea; the Leblon office building in Rio de Janeiro; the 140-unit Rothschild Tower in Tel Aviv; the Cittadella Bridge in Alessandria, Italy; and Teachers Village, a mixed-use development in Newark, New Jersey.</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/124450844/does-your-administrative-staff-spend-too-much-time-correcting-errors Does Your Administrative Staff Spend Too Much Time Correcting Errors? Sponsor 2015-04-09T12:09:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:27:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/69/69m7uwpesi3dh41d.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.bqe.com/archioffice-project-management/?src=ArchinectEd4915" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE ArchiOffice</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><strong>Learn how this small architectural firm increased efficiency and improved cash flow</strong></p><p>William Duff Architects is passionate about serving clients through the creation of innovative, sustainable architecture delivered through exceptional project management. Founded in 1998, WDA has built a national, award-winning reputation for excellence in residential, retail, restaurant, and commercial Case Study projects. A firm of professional designers, they approach their work with intellectual curiosity, embrace collaboration, and are dedicated to helping clients achieve their goals.</p><p><strong>CHALLENGES</strong></p><p><strong>Assessing Project Status</strong><br>Project managers were unable to get an up-to-date view on project&rsquo;s status and cost. It became too much of a hassle to search for relevant project information using their old system. By the time they reviewed it, the information was already outdated, which caused project managers to ineffectively manage resource and staff availability. ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124448438/david-burney-named-interim-executive-director-of-aiany-and-center-for-architecture David Burney named interim Executive Director of AIANY and Center for Architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-03T18:50:00-04:00 >2015-04-06T14:46:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wp/wp547bpv77cbu7wt.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While the search for a permanent director continues, David Burney, FAIA, will serve as interim Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture, taking the place of former director Rick Bell FAIA.</p><p>Burney currently serves as an Associate Professor of Planning and Placemaking at the Pratt Institute's School of Architecture, as well as the Board Chair for the Center for Active Design. Previously, he was Commissioner of the City's Department of Design and Construction (2004-2014).</p><p>The complete press release from AIA NY is as follows:</p><p>New York, NY (April 3, 2015)&mdash;The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) and the Center for Architecture today named David Burney, FAIA, interim Executive<br>Director. Burney, an architect, urbanist, educator, and former Commissioner of the City&rsquo;s Department of Design and Construction (DDC),&nbsp;will serve in the post until the organization hires a permanent Executive Director.<br><br>Burney is credi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124388954/rev-robert-h-schuller-patron-of-architecture-1926-2015 Rev. Robert H. Schuller, patron of architecture, 1926-2015 Orhan Ayyüce 2015-04-03T00:25:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T14:31:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ls/lsajuv7bv31wssui.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Come as you are in the family car"</p></em><br /><br /><p>"ARTESIA, Calif. (AP) &mdash; The Rev.&nbsp;Robert H. Schuller, a California televangelist and author who beamed his upbeat messages on faith and redemption to millions of followers from his landmarkCrystal Cathedral&nbsp;only to see his empire crumble in his waning years, has died. He was 88."</p><p>The Rev. Schuller known as the pastor who invented religious marketing and branding was also a patron of architecture. He started his congregation as a rented space from Orange Drive-inTtheatre. Later, Schuller hired modernist architect <a href="http://www.ncmodernist.org/neutra.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Neutra</a> who completed <a href="http://www.mattconstruction.com/images/projects/_medium/tower-WEB_Size.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Tower of Hope</a>&nbsp;in 1968 and in 1980 <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_Cathedral" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crystal Cathedral</a> was dedicated as it was designed by Philip Johnson, a <a href="http://www.pritzkerprize.com/laureates/1979" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Prize</a>&nbsp;winning&nbsp;(its first in 1979)&nbsp;American architect. The latest addition was a <a href="http://www.mattconstruction.com/images/projects/_medium/Cryst_Cath_ext,_back_of_bldg_with_towers-WEB_SIZE.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Visitor Center</a> designed by a New York architect&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pritzkerprize.com/laureates/1984" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richar Meier</a> in 2003 who also won a Pritzker Prize in 1984.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124361601/stanford-now-offers-free-tuition-for-families-making-less-than-125-000-per-year Stanford now offers free tuition for families making less than $125,000 per year Alexander Walter 2015-04-02T15:29:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T14:29:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5s/5sujkpm2pfoe2i9y.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If a student's parents make less than $125,000 per year, and if they have assets of less than $300,000, excluding retirement accounts, the parents won't be expected to pay anything toward their children's Stanford tuition. Families with incomes lower than $65,000 won't have to contribute to room and board, either. [...] there's something that every college could emulate about Stanford's policy: it's incredibly simple and straightforward.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related (among a gazillion other references here on Archinect):&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/112509888/the-state-of-debt-and-the-price-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The State of Debt and the Price of Architecture, Part 1</a> &amp; <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/117986587/the-state-of-debt-and-the-price-of-architecture-2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123892522/activism-targeting-london-s-housing-crisis-bubbles-to-the-surface Activism targeting London's housing crisis bubbles to the surface Alexander Walter 2015-03-27T13:38:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T00:03:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/dba8e00212eefbdf4904fa4959033558.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Protestors against low-income housing demolition are not just fighting for their homes, but often for their ability to stay in London at all. The small amount of &ldquo;affordable&rdquo; housing being discussed as a replacement is really a figleaf.</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/123680434/la-s-arts-district-now-home-to-hyperloop-world-headquarters LA's Arts District now home to Hyperloop World Headquarters Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-24T19:41:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T23:31:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9e/9efd179dfb25e88c18d92eaa6c5bb14d.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A source close to [Hyperloop Technologies Inc.], who was not authorized speak publicly, confirmed the company has moved into the space, which was chosen in part so Hyperloop could be around artists and designers and other creative types in a space big enough to build large-scale hardware. [...] Funded by a reported $8.5 million in seed money, the company has raised an additional $20 million of the estimated $80 million it will need to build a five-mile Hyperloop test track</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>