Archinect - News 2014-08-01T20:30:57-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/105555912/jacko-s-neverland-ranch-is-up-for-sale-at-50-75m Jacko's Neverland Ranch is up for sale at $50-$75M Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-01T14:12:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T14:12:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7e/7ee04f797d7645b75bb63570746e095b.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 2,700 acre property in Santa Barbara, California, was bought by Jackson in 1988 at the height of his fame, a place where the pop legend was reputed to have found sanctuary and happiness away from the illness and controversy that plagued his adult life. [...] In 2008, heavily in debt, Jackson was forced to hand over ownership rights to Tom Barrack's Colony Capital and since then, as well as paying off $23million of unpaid debt, the company has coughed up $5million per year just in upkeep</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/105555105/a-transit-agency-for-the-future A Transit Agency for the Future Alexander Walter 2014-08-01T13:51:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T13:55:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/011b1f966180424e4679f1346d925d2a.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With so many crossovers in private operations, public data, and private uses, our future transit agency would blur the line between public and private sectors in a way we haven&rsquo;t yet pioneered. The challenge is one of governance, bureaucratic turf, organizational development, planning, and public policy, not simply one of technology. Technology is just a tool, and our human institutions can either make use of it or try to ignore 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/104941218/london-mayor-boris-johnson-nimbies-pretend-to-care-about-architecture-to-block-developments London Mayor Boris Johnson: Nimbies pretend to care about architecture to block developments Alexander Walter 2014-07-24T13:57:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T19:33:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6e/6e568b365da8a08ef58ba34730c1953a.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Homeowners who "pretend" to care about architecture are "nimbies in disguise" who in reality want to block any development in their local area, Boris Johnson has said. In a scathing assessment, the Mayor of London said homeowners are dishonestly claiming they care about new homes being affordable or well-designed, in fact they simply oppose new developments entirely. Mr Johnson has promised to increase house-building in the capital, and wants to see 45,000 new homes by 2018.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/92764874/boris-johnson-s-abuse-of-planning-power-is-an-assault-on-democracy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boris Johnson's abuse of planning power is an assault on democracy</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104862448/architecture-billings-index-increased-in-june Architecture Billings Index increased in June Archinect 2014-07-23T13:19:00-04:00 >2014-07-23T13:19:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3z/3zslr8g7e3jeep4u.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is signaling improving conditions for the overall design and construction industry. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the June ABI score was 53.5, up from a mark of 52.6 in May. This score reflects an increase in design activity (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 66.4, up noticeably from the reading of 63.2 the previous month and its highest level in a calendar year.</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/104785261/airbnb-host-forced-to-evict-squatter-in-palm-springs-rental Airbnb host forced to evict squatter in Palm Springs rental Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-22T13:49:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T13:49:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fq/fqnrmjd4l590us39.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A woman rented her 600-square-foot Palm Springs, California, condo to someone for a little over a month, and now she says the guy won't leave and is threatening to sue her. She's had to hire a lawyer and go through the entire eviction process, which could take 3-6 months, the same as if he were a long-term tenant. It's "been a nightmare," the host, Cory Tschogl, told Business Insider.</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/104715361/how-barcelona-and-philadelphia-are-turning-procurement-upside-down How Barcelona and Philadelphia Are Turning Procurement Upside Down Archinect 2014-07-21T15:38:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T15:38:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6d9a647f65639933d9cea870a754ab49.jpg" width="514" height="299" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rather than laying out exactly what it wants to buy (say, bike lockers), Barcelona is laying out six problems it wants to fix (such as reducing bike theft). Responses could involve buying things, but they might also suggest new services, regulatory changes or any other means of accomplishing the goal. Anyone around the world with a creative idea, including startup companies or even individuals, has a shot at a contract and all the market legitimacy that comes with that.</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/104708923/how-the-six-californias-plan-threatens-california-s-transportation-future How the “Six Californias” Plan Threatens California’s Transportation Future Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T13:34:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:43:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3e/3e8816490e0b4f17ea1191d6186bfd6b.jpg" width="514" height="602" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] tech guru and multimillionaire Tim Draper has put forth a plan which will solve the ills of the state by &ndash; wait for it &ndash; splitting it into six smaller states! This &ldquo;Six Californias&rdquo; plan [...], as you might expect, divides the state into six smaller chunks, maintaining county lines. [...] But there&rsquo;s another reason to oppose the plan that few people are talking about: it would do damage to the state&rsquo;s transportation systems, especially mass transit.</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/104708119/behind-the-scenes-at-bloomberg-s-ideas-camp-for-cities Behind the Scenes at Bloomberg’s Ideas Camp for Cities Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T13:29:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T13:29:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d2/d236ebbb44fd6df1cadedb6c1fc39c8f.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Serious money is in play in the Bloomberg Philanthropies&rsquo; &ldquo;Mayors&rsquo; Challenge&rdquo; for cities competing to show they have come up with promising innovations to cope with 21st-century challenges. &ldquo;It was a big surprise to hear we&rsquo;d share our ideas with competitors,&rdquo; says Gomes. &ldquo;But it works brilliantly. It&rsquo;s exactly what you need&mdash;everyone sharing and trying to help each other. It&rsquo;s crazy, but it works.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102860203/how-the-bloomberg-mayors-challenge-is-being-received-in-europe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge Is Being Received in Europe</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99422397/twenty-one-finalists-for-the-bloomberg-philanthropies-mayors-challenge-competition-in-europe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Twenty-one finalists for the Bloomberg Philanthropies&rsquo; Mayors Challenge Competition in Europe</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/104705706/herman-miller-buys-dwr-for-154-million-what-does-that-mean-for-chairs Herman Miller Buys DWR for $154 Million. What Does That Mean for Chairs? Archinect 2014-07-21T12:41:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T12:41:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/80/80af9e7d7d3324424cecf93e76f01d4d.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Herman Miller, the manufacturer of classic midcentury designs, will buy the contemporary retailer Design Within Reach (DWR) for $154 million in a bid to establish itself as a &ldquo;premier lifestyle brand.&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/104482643/do-your-homework-the-most-required-skills-to-work-at-the-top-50-architecture-firms Do your homework: The most required skills to work at the top 50 architecture firms Archinect 2014-07-18T17:58:00-04:00 >2014-07-23T13:07:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7e/7e5cisqry801goxi.jpg" width="514" height="573" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The folks at <a href="http://blackspectacles.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Black Spectacles</a> have shared with us some pretty insightful intelligence about what software skills and licensure/accreditation are most required to land you a job at the world's Top 50 architecture firms.</p><p>Compare below if you've got what it takes, and then head over to the <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Job Board</a> to land your next big gig. Many of the listed Top 50 firms are <a href="http://archinect.com/employers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">currently hiring</a>!</p><p>"We surveyed 928 job postings at the top 50 architecture firms, based on <a href="http://archrecord.construction.com/practice/top250/2013/top300-architecture-firms-1.asp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Architectural Record</em>'s July 2013 Top 300 Architecture Firms study</a>, and compiled the software requirements and the licensure/accreditation requirements listed for each job. We then sorted them by average, and then by the experience level required, from 0-3, 4-10 and 11-20+.</p><p>The results are in the infographic below."</p><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ad/ad7vvpw38fpfeb6i.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ad/ad7vvpw38fpfeb6i.jpg"></a></p><p><em>(Click on the graphic to get a more detailed view)</em></p><p>"In summary, for software skills, over 70% of architecture jobs require Revit skills, and over 50%<em> still </em>require AutoCAD skills. &nbsp;The #3 software skill required is Sketchup...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104480216/how-much-are-curators-really-paid How much are curators really paid? Alexander Walter 2014-07-18T14:30:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:03:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c4/c44e32df778961ca671cd9c910619b9d.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many in the art world were staggered by recent reports that the Italian curator Germano Celant is being paid &euro;750,000 to organise a pavilion for the Milan Expo 2015. Celant&rsquo;s fee, and the incredulity it provoked, raises questions about how much curators are typically paid for organising biennials and large-scale international exhibitions. The Art Newspaper surveyed around 40 international curators and biennial organisers [...].</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/104403021/stadium-sticker-shock-costs-explode-for-russia-s-2018-world-cup Stadium Sticker Shock: Costs Explode for Russia's 2018 World Cup Alexander Walter 2014-07-17T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:36:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6b/6bef4c6bd50cf02cdfad0f2316ebcd21.jpg" width="514" height="191" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Moscow wants to make Russia the "center of the sporting world," but the price tag will be steep. Four years before the 2018 World Cup, costs are exploding in the next host country, with the two most important stadiums each costing more than a billion euros.</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/104329059/edifice-complex-architecture-leaps-from-commodity-to-collectible Edifice Complex: Architecture Leaps From Commodity to Collectible Alexander Walter 2014-07-16T15:20:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T19:17:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gb/gbhjiub45b1qwlhw.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] the Crystal Bridges acquisition reflects an increasingly popular attitude toward architecturally significant homes among private collectors. Such buyers now see that historic homes can be collected, preserved, and appreciated much like fine art.</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/104326642/wait-you-can-trademark-the-layout-of-a-store Wait. You can trademark the layout of a store? Archinect 2014-07-16T14:39:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:42:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/05ced60f451da3ceee70083bc4ca0b8f.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The trademark effort was reportedly spurred by copycat competitors seeking to emulate the Steve Jobs-inspired minimalism (and massive business success) of Apple&rsquo;s retail store. Alleged store copycat Microsoft, by the way, has its own trademark on its not-at-all-inspired-by-Apple retail stores...</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/00/005c3a5e07ad382d4a0c137de80cf894.jpg"><br><em>Microsoft's trademark layout</em></p><p>Of course, it isn&rsquo;t just dueling technology giants trademarking their retail layouts. The term of art for this kind of intellectual property protection is &ldquo;trade dress,&rdquo; and it has long been a staple of the retail world.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104245331/china-town-meet-the-architecture-giant-with-asian-designs-on-london China town: meet the architecture giant with Asian designs on London Alexander Walter 2014-07-15T13:24:00-04:00 >2014-07-15T23:44:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dc/dc5859e1d5f029e81e5c71a43de515d3.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Our Chinese clients have their sights set on London, and they know what they want,&rdquo; says Keith Griffiths, the Welsh-born chairman of Aedas, who presides over the 1,400-strong practice from its Hong Kong headquarters. &ldquo;They are used to high rise, high density, truly mixed-use developments &ndash; having everything on one site, so you can live, work and play without ever leaving the building. We think that's the way London needs to densify.&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/103801214/editor-s-picks-375 Editor's Picks #375 Nam Henderson 2014-07-09T19:31:00-04:00 >2014-07-11T13:37:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wk/wk5amnthnglev6op.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Inspired by the 2014 Venice Biennale curated by Rem Koolhaas, <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/14977736/esther-sperber" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Esther Sperber</a>&nbsp;penned the <strong>Op-Ed</strong> in which she argues that contemporary architecture must shift&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/103324398/op-ed-from-ex-cite-to-in-cite-reflecting-on-rem-s-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From (EX)CITE to (IN)CITE</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;In response <strong>Thayer-D</strong> wrote "<em>There's no rule that says architects can't stimulate both the senses and the intellect, as many great architects have done in the past, yet it's architecture's public nature that makes it imperative to not lose sight of how most people engage with it, and that is not through words</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/justine.testado" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a>&nbsp;posted the news,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103107452/zaha-hadid-wins-the-design-museum-s-designs-of-the-year-award-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid wins the </a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103107452/zaha-hadid-wins-the-design-museum-s-designs-of-the-year-award-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">D</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103107452/zaha-hadid-wins-the-design-museum-s-designs-of-the-year-award-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">esign Museum&rsquo;s Designs of the Year Award 2014</a>.&nbsp;Despite (or perhaps due to?) some critics, <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a>&nbsp;commented&nbsp;"<em>I think all the criticism Zaha is getting for her stance on human rights is totally appropriate and deserved. &nbsp;And I have very mixed feelings about her body of work. But I find this building in particular hard to resist - it's just gorgeous. Perfectly balanced</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h4/h40o089rxrlbf2yp.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/hy-fi-the-livings-local-sustainable-10000-brick-mushroom-tower-at-moma-ps1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Creators Project</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103170947/interview-with-david-benjamin-creator-of-moma-ps1-s-hy-fi-mushroom-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> interviewed David Benjamin</a>, creator of MoMA PS1's...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103780218/these-bricks-are-like-lego-for-full-sized-buildings These bricks are like Lego for full-sized buildings Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-09T12:46:00-04:00 >2014-07-15T10:50:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/52/52a91d30ab89d4a776afe488f9c56546.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kite Bricks has developed "Smart Bricks" (S-Bricks) made out of high-strength concrete that can be used to make buildings rapidly, cheaply and energy efficiently. The bricks -- which are patent pending -- are much like Lego in that they come in a variety of forms for different purposes and can easily connect together, with rows of knobs along the top of bricks that slot into voids along the bottom of other bricks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out this video explainer for the S-Bricks:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103174960/international-elite-using-new-york-real-estate-to-stash-money International Elite Using New York Real Estate to Stash Money Nicholas Korody 2014-07-01T17:47:00-04:00 >2014-07-02T04:55:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zx/zxr16fb14rj0mspe.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to data compiled by the firm PropertyShark, since 2008, roughly 30 percent of condo sales in large-scale Manhattan developments have been to purchasers who either listed an overseas address or bought through an entity like a limited-liability corporation, a tactic rarely employed by local homebuyers but favored by foreign investors [...] &ldquo;The global elite,&rdquo; says developer Michael Stern, &ldquo;is basically looking for a safe-deposit box.&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/103168525/a-tale-of-two-cities-mixing-the-urban-poor-into-a-rich-urban-life A Tale Of Two Cities: Mixing The Urban Poor Into A Rich Urban Life Alexander Walter 2014-07-01T13:19:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T13:20:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/39cfe081e14ccf680bf5b2d56bcc6b74.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Skyscrapers and shanties, gleaming malls and rundown markets, palatial houses and the piss-poor guys who build them: Those are the divides in cities like Mumbai, Nairobi and Manila. Rich and poor do not much mingle. But a movement is afoot to change that. It aims to integrate the poor into the urban bloodstream, instead of shunting them from sight. For this "inclusive cities" movement, urban renewal doesn't require razing slums and markets.</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/103114684/russell-a-davidson-faia-elected-2016-aia-president Russell A. Davidson, FAIA, Elected 2016 AIA President Archinect 2014-06-30T20:18:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T20:19:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qz/qziev8sjqrxl6com.jpg" width="380" height="580" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Delegates to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) national convention in Chicago elected Russell A. Davidson, FAIA, (AIA Westchester Hudson Valley) to serve as the 2015 AIA first vice president/president-elect and 2016 AIA president. William J. Bates, AIA, and Francis M. Pitts, FAIA, will each serve as vice president from 2015 through 2016; John A. Padilla, AIA, as the Institute&rsquo;s Secretary from 2015 through 2016.</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/103098594/norman-foster-buys-back-architecture-firm-stake-from-private-equity-group-3i Norman Foster buys back architecture firm stake from private equity group 3i Archinect 2014-06-30T15:29:00-04:00 >2014-07-08T17:36:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/10/10131766c9a52f800620be2e7fd8d190.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Founder Norman Foster... sold a 40pc stake in the firm for &pound;84m in 2007 when commercial property valuations were soaring. The private equity group is selling its stake back to Foster &amp; Partners for &pound;108m, plus a further &pound;40m interest payment. Foster &amp; Partners faced a challenging environment during the recession and while estimates valued the business at &pound;300m in 2007, it had amassed a debt burden of &pound;340m by the year ending April 2009.</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/102575622/quirky-to-create-a-smart-home-products-company Quirky to Create a Smart-Home Products Company Archinect 2014-06-23T20:46:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T20:47:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/37377695fa5566cb2a5d29d6f7828a5d.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The company will lead an ambitious effort, beginning next month, to accelerate the adoption of smart-home products. It is setting up a separate company, Wink, whose main technology is software intended to be the equivalent of an open operating system, helping to seamlessly connect all kinds of automated home devices.</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/102549821/make-it-right-unveils-new-designs-for-native-american-housing-in-montana Make It Right unveils new designs for Native American housing in Montana Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-23T13:10:00-04:00 >2014-07-10T11:49:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bg/bgh3h61a4tx4tlj0.jpg" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://makeitright.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Make It Right</a> foundation has unveiled its new home designs for the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes of Fort Peck, Montana. Following LEED Platinum certification and <a href="http://www.c2ccertified.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cradle to Cradle</a> practices, the foundation is known for building sustainable homes for people in need. For the Ft. Peck project, Make It Right plans to build twenty solar-powered homes for tribal members, and develop a sustainable master plan for the reservation of over 6,000 people.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1a/1a36gohs95kb5mga.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fy/fy4jzp9krmbbf5kv.jpg"></p><p>Designers and architects involved included GRAFT, Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative, Architecture for Humanity, Method Homes and Living Homes. The homes will be available to tribal members with a household income of 60% or lower than the area's median income.</p><p>Find more information on the Ft. Peck project from Make It Right <a href="http://makeitright.org/where-we-work/montana/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1t/1tn708ikdlvgyihx.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102325797/google-adds-graffiti-to-its-art-portfolio Google Adds Graffiti to Its Art Portfolio Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-20T14:10:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T21:22:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a8/a8e8615bac7269e31a796c76580228d9.jpg" width="514" height="258" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Using images provided by cultural organizations worldwide, some of which were captured with Google&rsquo;s Street View camera technology, [the Google Cultural Institute's Street Art Project] includes street art from around the globe, including work that no longer exists [...] Google is the latest organization to wade into debates about how or whether to institutionalize, let alone commercialize, art that is ephemeral and often willfully created subversively.</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/102251007/mini-robots-may-outcompete-3d-printing-in-the-evolution-of-construction Mini-robots may outcompete 3D printing in the evolution of construction Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-19T14:59:00-04:00 >2014-06-24T17:52:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/63/63cf6ad58829190db98bbc1cdede1533.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A team of researchers from Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia are working on another solution: A swarm of tiny robots that could cover the construction site of the future, quickly and cheaply building greener buildings of any size. [...] "The robots can work simultaneously while performing different tasks, and having a fixed size they can create objects of virtually any scale, as far as material properties permit&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out the Minibuilders in action below:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102127180/editor-s-picks-372 Editor's Picks #372 Nam Henderson 2014-06-18T18:54:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T11:34:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6d3bb8jckzi0r7o1.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;Editorial Manager for Archinect, talked with director <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/101642075/this-incredible-derogatory-racialized-way-people-talk-about-the-space-director-kelly-anderson-s-cutting-room-interview-on-gentrification-and-activism-in-her-doc-my-brooklyn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kelly Anderson about her documentary "My Brooklyn"</a>&nbsp;and the &ldquo;incredible, derogatory, racialized way people talk about the space". The film &nbsp;will air multiple times as part of <a href="http://worldchannel.org/programs/america-reframed/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PBS World's America ReFramed series</a>, starting Tuesday, June 19, at 8pm (EST).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2t/2tamcejadj25vg7j.jpg"></p><p>Plus, the eighteenth edition <strong>Screen/Print</strong> featured an excerpt from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.arch.uic.edu/faculty/dejong.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Judith K. De Jong</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/101180316/screen-print-18-new-suburbanisms-by-judith-k-de-jong" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&rsquo;s new book, </a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/New-SubUrbanisms-Judith-De-Jong/dp/0415642175" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New SubUrbanisms</a>, which touched on <strong>Flattening: Formal and Spatial Practices</strong>.</p><p><strong>citizen</strong> complained "<em>The author seems to proclaim as breaking news the complex connectivity of central &amp; peripheral parts of metropolitan regions...This isn't new...others have been working for decades now with the premise of a metropolitan system in which the urban/suburban binary is less and less meaningful</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>Archinect discussed Fran&ccedil;ois Roche claim that Rem's Venice Biennale (is) "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101567226/fran-ois-roche-considers-rem-s-venice-biennale-obscene" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obscene</a>".&nbsp;<strong>boy in a well</strong> responded "I<em>s the Biennale a good place for a soap box because the event is organi...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102169777/in-detroit-a-groundbreaking-school-comes-back-as-condos In Detroit, a Groundbreaking School Comes Back as Condos Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-18T13:39:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T22:13:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4cpwjg6l1eyofiqp.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Due to plummeting enrollment and a troubled district, vacant school buildings&mdash;heck, just vacant buildings&mdash;are none too rare in Detroit. After 19 years of abandonment, the Nellie Leland School, however, is no longer vacant&mdash;it, as abandoned urban buildings are want to do, is back in session as condos. [...] Today, the school is known as Leland Lofts, a set of expansive condos in the Lafayette Park neighborhood near downtown Detroit, where a 1,465-square-foot, one-bedroom loft goes for $175K.</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/102098978/more-roads-won-t-ease-traffic-but-charging-drivers-more-at-peak-hours-will More roads won't ease traffic, but charging drivers more at peak hours will Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-17T15:40:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T22:12:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cb/cbe811ea1402a542ee50b8a0cd9b0160.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You can&rsquo;t build your way out of congestion. It&rsquo;s the roads themselves that cause traffic. The concept is called induced demand, which is economist-speak for when increasing the supply of something (like roads) makes people want that thing even more. [...] What [economists] Turner and Duranton (and many others who&rsquo;d like to see more rational transportation policy) actually advocate is known as congestion pricing. This means raising the price of driving on a road when demand is high.</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/102033886/the-biggest-house-in-the-us-according-to-curbed-is-now-underway-in-bel-air The Biggest House in the US (according to Curbed) is Now Underway in Bel Air Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-16T19:29:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T17:06:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f8/f80b6c3c2fa27b21043e4d4ec7d7b9bb.jpg" width="500" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Work is already underway in Bel Air on a megacompound that will include the largest single-family house in the US. The enormous project, at the dead-end of Airole Way above the Bel-Air Hotel, comes from megamansion developer Nile Niami, and is slated to total 85,000 square feet with a 70,000-square-foot main house. [...] The [Los Angeles Business Journal] guesses America's newest mega-megamansion will be listed "in the $150 million-plus range."</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/101782599/the-future-of-urban-farming-belongs-to-the-bugs The future of urban farming belongs to the bugs Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-13T13:21:00-04:00 >2014-06-13T13:22:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e6/e6b89a69bb6d7007dd3be66f2f654c47.jpg" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some people might mentally retch that the United Nations, believing the world's population could hit&nbsp;9 billion by 2050, thinks we should prepare to eat bugs. Not the folks at Sweden's Belatchew Arkitekter, though: They want to fast-track the insect-munching. Thus they've whipped up plans to build "vermin farms" upon Stockholm's major intersections, so that by 2018 everybody in the city will be guaranteed plentiful rations of six-legged foodstuffs.</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>