Archinect - News 2016-05-31T23:41:05-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149948693/how-will-president-obama-s-move-to-require-overtime-pay-change-architecture How will President Obama's move to require overtime pay change architecture? Nicholas Korody 2016-05-31T19:44:00-04:00 >2016-05-31T22:11:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iy/iy63u178pm87ehl5.jpg" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For decades, bosses [in certain professions] have groomed their assistants to be the next generation of big shots by working them long hours for low wages. Call it the &ldquo;Devil Wears Prada&rdquo; economy, after the novel depicting life working for a fictionalized Anna Wintour, the longtime Vogue editor. But now, with the Obama administration moving to require time-and-a-half overtime pay for most salaried employees making less than $47,476 a year, that business model is suddenly under assault.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The change presents more than an economic challenge for the companies that rely on the willingness of young, ambitious workers to trade pay and self-respect for a shot at a prestige job down the road."</em></p><p>The article doesn't explicitly reference architecture, but as Archinect's <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149938311/the-internship-test-or-why-even-become-an-architect-at-all" target="_blank">past coverage</a> on the state of internships in the field makes clear, it could. Many firms employ a business model that involves underpaying interns and other young workers &ndash; or not paying them at all.</p><p>Like many of the employers quoted in the article, some architects contend that this culture breeds better architects in the long run. Additionally, since some firms won't be able to afford overtime hours, their interns will end up getting less "training time" (and fewer opportunities to impress the highers-up).</p><p>Thoughts?</p><p>For related coverage, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149938311/the-internship-test-or-why-even-become-an-architect-at-all" target="_blank">The internship test or: why even become an architect at all?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126838478/is-twitter-the-architectural-intern-s-unofficial-labor-union-exposing-the-reality-behind-unpaid-internships-across-borders-and-industries" target="_blank">Is Twitter the architectural intern's unofficial labor union? Exposing the reality behind unpaid ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149948679/a-girls-only-summer-camp-for-aspiring-architects-and-engineers A girls-only summer camp for aspiring architects and engineers Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-31T17:58:00-04:00 >2016-05-31T23:06:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mq/mqsuoyzqify20vb2.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Girls Inc. was looking for ways to get their girls interested in fast-paced, high-paying jobs where women traditionally have been left out. Architecture and engineering certainly fit the bill. [...] the girls will travel to various construction sites and talk to professionals in the field. Girls Inc. also is looking to build a new, bigger facility, and the summer camp girls will play a large part in the initial design, even being given a chance to pitch their project</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the gender gap in architecture:</p><ul><li><a title="How sexist is architecture? Female architects share their experiences" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940473/how-sexist-is-architecture-female-architects-share-their-experiences" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How sexist is architecture? Female architects share their experiences</a></li><li><a title="Why Zaha Hadid's gender and ethnicity mattered so much" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938434/why-zaha-hadid-s-gender-and-ethnicity-mattered-so-much" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Zaha Hadid's gender and ethnicity mattered so much</a></li><li><a title="Results from The Architectural Review's 2016 Women in Architecture Survey are... not heartening" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149348435/results-from-the-architectural-review-s-2016-women-in-architecture-survey-are-not-heartening" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Results from The Architectural Review's 2016 Women in Architecture Survey are... not heartening</a></li><li><a title="Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110407197/where-are-the-women-measuring-progress-on-gender-in-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149948676/a-tale-of-two-parks-debate-rages-over-a-new-plan-for-a-maker-park-in-brooklyn A tale of two parks: debate rages over a new plan for a "Maker Park" in Brooklyn Nicholas Korody 2016-05-31T17:39:00-04:00 >2016-05-31T17:42:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/32/32lyp640s82xrkyr.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The original plan [for a new park in Brooklyn] would tear down the graveyard of rusting oil refineries that sit on the site, which stretches from Greenpoint to Williamsburg along the East River, and return the reedy riverbank to something closer to nature. The new idea, called Maker Park, would keep the refineries and turn them into a sort of industrial theme park &mdash; &ldquo;a beautiful and otherworldly industrial topography,&rdquo; according to the website of its advocates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The plot of land in question is along the Bushwick Inlet in Brooklyn.</p><p>The times keep a-changin' in Brooklyn.&nbsp;In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941395/lpc-approves-brooklyn-s-first-1-000-foot-tower-new-renderings-and-details" target="_blank">LPC Approves Brooklyn&rsquo;s First 1,000+ Foot Tower; New Renderings and Details</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142358854/an-apartment-boom-grows-in-brooklyn" target="_blank">An apartment boom grows in Brooklyn</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141822131/explore-the-history-of-brooklyn-in-one-block" target="_blank">Explore the history of Brooklyn in "One Block"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140807613/first-rendering-revealed-for-brooklyn-s-first-skyscraper" target="_blank">First rendering revealed for Brooklyn's first skyscraper</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149948655/dispatch-from-the-venice-biennale-rewarding-obscurity Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: rewarding obscurity Andrea Dietz 2016-05-31T17:22:00-04:00 >2016-05-31T17:46:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0ewozzdlur1mpkwz.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Much will be published over the coming days about the Biennale's national pavilion winners&mdash;Spain&rsquo;s &ldquo;Unfinished&rdquo; (with the Golden Lion) and Japan&rsquo;s &ldquo;en: Art of Nexus&rdquo; and Peru&rsquo;s &ldquo;Our Amazon Frontline&rdquo; (with special mentions). It is a phenomenon that conceals the terrain, limiting the perspective of the majority, and inaccurately reduces the dynamism of the lived experience. At the same time, after the fascination with the nominations wears off, it garners those passed over with a certain mystique. In the interest of representation and curiosity, then, it seems fitting to acknowledge a (very) small sampling of the more and wider.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kw/kwyd6vakp6f6whum.jpg"></p><p>Oh, Canada. This year, per curator Pierre B&eacute;langer, the Canadians overcame &ldquo;a list of every possible bureaucratic, logistical, and material blockade imaginable multiplied times three&rdquo; in order to participate in the Biennale. With their permanent pavilion closed for construction and an agitator&rsquo;s stance, the &ldquo;Extraction&rdquo; team&rsquo;s contribution is all fight. They t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149948615/is-aravena-s-venice-biennale-merely-an-expression-of-pc-culture Is Aravena's Venice Biennale merely an expression of PC-culture? Nicholas Korody 2016-05-31T12:44:00-04:00 >2016-05-31T17:42:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ca/cavyf3tw6z60sj4t.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Aravena&rsquo;s main show, though full of timely and meaningful projects, doesn&rsquo;t succeed terribly well strictly as an exhibition &mdash; as a sensory and visual experience on its own terms... In part this weakness may be explained by the quick time frame; it also seems to flow from Aravena&rsquo;s generous sensibility, his interest in opening his arms wide to the architecture of the moment and featuring a range of voices usually not heard in Venice. In that sense a desire for inclusion is his Achilles&rsquo; heel.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Some architects &mdash; some architects left out of the show, that is &mdash; complained in Venice that what Aravena has produced is little more than a politically correct biennale [...]&nbsp;</em><em>Yet the tone is more tolerant and curious than strident or doctrinaire. Ultimately the PC charge is a caricature, a reflection mostly of the anxiety of a Western architectural elite realizing that its influence is waning even in Venice, the place it has long gathered every two years to toast itself."</em></p><p>More dispatches from&nbsp;<em>Reporting from the Front</em>:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948081/dispatch-from-the-venice-biennale-mediterranean-connections-through-the-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: Mediterranean connections through the crisis</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948478/dispatch-from-the-venice-biennale-a-couple-of-things-that-don-t-quite-fit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: a couple of things that don&rsquo;t quite fit</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947992/dispatch-from-the-venice-biennale-cool-kids-and-guerrilla-interventions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: 'Cool' kids and guerrilla interventions</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947957/dispatch-from-the-venice-biennale-uruguay-s-underground-germany-s-construction-site-britain-s-housekeeping-and-more-from-the-national-pavilions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: Uruguay's underground, Germany's construction site, Britain's housekeeping and more from the national pavilions</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149948081/dispatch-from-the-venice-biennale-mediterranean-connections-through-the-crisis Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: Mediterranean connections through the crisis Laura Amaya 2016-05-31T09:36:00-04:00 >2016-05-30T18:29:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gy/gybg1izm74kfnws0.jpg" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141508400/venice-biennale-director-alejandro-aravena-our-challenge-must-be-to-go-beyond-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alejandro Aravena&rsquo;s brief</a> for the Fifteenth International Architecture Exhibition at the 2016 Venice Biennale calls for projects that &ldquo;are scrutinizing the horizon looking for new fields of action, facing issues like segregation, inequalities, peripheries, access to sanitation, natural disasters, housing shortage, migration, informality, crime, traffic, waste, pollution and the participation of communities.&rdquo; Some curators have taken a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947992/dispatch-from-the-venice-biennale-cool-kids-and-guerrilla-interventions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">belligerent approach</a>, while others have used it to connect places that are geographically separated by culturally linked.</p><p><a href="http://pavilionofturkey16.iksv.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Darzan&agrave;</a>, the Turkey Pavilion on the second floor of the Arsenale Sale d&rsquo;Armi, displays a single object: a vessel. Its name, Ba&#351;tarda, references the hybrid ships characteristic of Turkey and Italy from the eleventh to the nineteenth century. They are ships with no clear origin, the illegitimate children of assembled parts of undefined origin. &ldquo;We want to change the negative connotation of the word,&rdquo; declares Mehmet K&uuml;t&uuml;k&ccedil;&uuml;o&#287;lu, one o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149948451/london-s-garden-bridge-the-saga-continues London's garden bridge, the saga continues Ellen Hancock 2016-05-31T04:44:00-04:00 >2016-05-31T09:12:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/td/tdlkcgun193ceaes.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Labour MP has formally asked the government&rsquo;s independent spending watchdog to investigate how the trust behind London&rsquo;s proposed garden bridge has spent almost two-thirds of the government funding for the project before construction has begun. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had millions of pounds of public money spent and we have no idea what it&rsquo;s actually been spent on, and it was spent before it even got full planning permission,&rdquo; Hoey said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although Khan originally showed reservations, it was revealed last week that he would back the project pertaining to certain conditions.&nbsp;</p><p>Read more on the controversial project here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947815/why-are-heatherwick-s-proposals-succeeding-in-new-york-but-tanking-in-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why are Heatherwick's proposals succeeding in New York but tanking in London?</a></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945629/sadiq-khan-investigates-troublesome-details-in-thames-garden-bridge-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sadiq Khan investigates troublesome details in Thames garden bridge project</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145677142/infrastructure-or-advertisement-sky-to-sponsor-the-garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Infrastructure or advertisement? Sky to sponsor the Garden Bridge</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141841403/has-london-finally-found-a-thames-bridge-that-everyone-can-get-behind" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Has London finally found a Thames bridge that everyone can get behind?</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149948478/dispatch-from-the-venice-biennale-a-couple-of-things-that-don-t-quite-fit Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: a couple of things that don’t quite fit Andrea Dietz 2016-05-30T19:04:00-04:00 >2016-05-30T19:18:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b6/b6i38ayvtebjwk7g.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Decided at Dinner (When Digestion Begins)</strong></p><p>The theme of this year&rsquo;s Nordic Countries&rsquo; Pavilion, &ldquo;In Therapy: Nordic Countries Face to Face,&rdquo; captures a quality underpinning this year&rsquo;s Biennale positioning and consistent across its many contributions. Finland, Norway, and Sweden, by pulling back their facades of model nationhood and revealing their inner turmoil in an architectural play on psychoanalysis, have set-up an apt analogy for an impression that builds up throughout the Biennale experience. Their stepped pyramid installation, a metaphor for Abraham Maslow&rsquo;s <em>Hierarchy of Needs</em>, aligns architectural projects with the hurdles to mental health and well-being &ndash; and establishes an association that puts the rest of the Biennale on the couch, as well.</p><p>Aravena invited the sharing and the world obliged &ndash; with all of its issues, in a prolific expression of words and multi-media translations.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yo/yo9b5bpld78yji3l.jpg"></p><p><strong>A Little Bit of Context</strong></p><p>One of the Biennale&rsquo;s three Special Projects, &ldquo;A World of Fragile Parts,&rdquo; t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149948239/dispatch-from-the-venice-biennale-unfinished-processes-and-unseen-industries Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: Unfinished processes and unseen industries Laura Amaya 2016-05-30T18:20:00-04:00 >2016-05-31T14:20:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fg/fgihk44lcfw0fksj.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The lady on the ladder chosen as the image for the 2016 Biennale Architettura sees, amidst &ldquo;great disappointments[,] creativity and hope,&rdquo; states Paolo Baratta, president of the Venice Biennale. &ldquo;[S]he sees them in the here-and-now, not in some uncertain aspirational, ideological future.&rdquo; Several pavilions choose this approach to portray &ldquo;trends going [&hellip;] towards renewal&rdquo;; encouraging instances of the how profession addresses the challenges outlined by Aravena.</p><p>This year&rsquo;s recipient of the Golden Lion for Best National Participation, Spain&rsquo;s Unfinished, showcases 55 different projects that have reimagined the &ldquo;unfinished remains of [&hellip;] the largest construction enterprise in Spanish history,&rdquo; as described by co-curator <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149944447/previewing-the-2016-venice-biennale-spain-s-unfinished" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">I&ntilde;aqui Carnicero</a>. The Pavilion, located at the entrance of the Giardini, feels open and easy to navigate. The language of the unfinished comes out in every detail. Suspended metal stud frames make of the main room a playful sequence to the exhibition. Additional project...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149948248/humans-and-other-things-that-nest Humans and other things that nest Nam Henderson 2016-05-30T12:42:00-04:00 >2016-05-30T12:42:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m3/m3wgyvc12eroebbo.jpg" width="514" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When I talk about small spaces, I&rsquo;m not talking about photogenic shelters constructed from found materials by Silicon Valley billionaires. I am not talking about cabin porn. I am talking about the universal human instinct to burrow, regardless of your personal dimensions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Molly Young penned a&nbsp;Letter of Recommendation: for Tiny Spaces. She opens by noting that many of the homes she grew up in, shared a commonality - "<strong>smallness</strong>".</p><p>On a related note, earlier this year <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;pointed out&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146129250/the-tiny-house-fantasy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Tiny House Fantasy</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947974/open-call-for-submissions-privacy Open Call for Submissions: "Privacy" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-30T10:53:00-04:00 >2016-05-30T17:24:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hp/hplodyxdttbbxam7.jpg" width="514" height="401" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Privacy: just the word is probably enough to elicit a cringe. Boundaries transgressed, information accessed, space trespassed&mdash;whether digitally or spatially, our private selves are vulnerable in more ways than ever, while simultaneously, our ability to connect and communicate with everything other than ourselves has expanded fantastically. The potential, and the paranoia, is immense.</p><p>How then might architecture respond and adapt to imposing structures of privacy? Effective immediately, we're accepting submissions to our editorial theme for June 2016: "Privacy".</p><p><strong>&#12299;Editorial Submissions: Privacy Trespassed</strong></p><p>Not too long ago, the notion of a glass home was scandalous. Within the last decade, commercialized cooperative models of living and working (i.e. &ldquo;co-working&rdquo; and &ldquo;co-living&rdquo; spaces) have removed many of the traditional arenas for privacy in homes and offices worldwide. In what other ways has our notion of privacy been rearranged by shifts in architecture? Send us your reflections, ana...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149948200/the-city-must-become-adaptable The city must become adaptable Nam Henderson 2016-05-30T06:39:00-04:00 >2016-05-30T11:36:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nl/nlo065zx9nctsb5i.jpg" width="514" height="475" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the moment, we remain largely wedded to superficial visual futures. The likelihood is that the prevailing chrome and chlorophyll vision of architects and urbanists will become as much an enticing, but outdated, fashion as the Raygun Gothic of The Jetsons or the cyberpunk of Blade Runner</p></em><br /><br /><p>Darran Anderson peers into the near future, at the intersection of climate change, technology, megacities and "<em>survivability</em>".&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/bruces/status/735868173614993410" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bruce Sterling</a>&nbsp;remarked&nbsp;"<em>It's pretty good</em>" and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ArchitectureFiction&amp;src=typd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#ArchitectureFiction</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BigCities&amp;src=typd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#BigCities</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23AfraidofSky&amp;src=typd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#AfraidofSky</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23OldPeople&amp;src=typd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#OldPeople</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947992/dispatch-from-the-venice-biennale-cool-kids-and-guerrilla-interventions Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: 'Cool' kids and guerrilla interventions Laura Amaya 2016-05-27T18:05:00-04:00 >2016-05-28T02:35:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gg/ggty9d0tkd9u0h4x.jpg" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The general atmosphere at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, <em>Reporting from the Front</em>, is one of excitement, of subversion. The Fifteenth edition of the Biennale explicitly calls for instances where architecture is an &ldquo;instrument of self-government, of humanist civilization, and a demonstration of the ability of humans to become masters of their own destinies.&rdquo; In that spirit, the usual suspects of a Biennale move to the sidelines, giving way to those working on the ground to prove that architecture can make a difference.</p><p><em>Cool Capital</em>, the <a href="http://southafrican2016pavilion.co.za/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">South Africa Pavilion</a> at the Arsenale, brings Pretoria to the limelight by challenging the historical interaction between citizens and public space. &ldquo;Pretoria has a huge political baggage and negative connotation&rdquo;<em>, </em>curator Pieter Mathews explains, adding that &ldquo;guerrilla interventions want to look at the city with new eyes; take whatever is good from the past and use it.&rdquo; The Pavilion features selected works from the <a href="http://www.coolcapital.co.za/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cool Capital platform</a>&mdash;the fi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947979/making-bricks-from-cigarette-butts-could-drastically-reduce-environmental-cost Making bricks from cigarette butts could drastically reduce environmental cost Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-27T15:06:00-04:00 >2016-05-30T12:32:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/30/30k38khw7c17a74r.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>adding butts can cut the energy needed to fire bricks by up to 58 per cent. Fired-clay bricks incorporated with cigarette butts were also lighter with better insulation properties &ndash; meaning reduced household heating and cooling costs. Importantly, bricks incorporated with 1 per cent cigarette butts maintained properties very similar to those of normal bricks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="New glow-in-the-dark cement could illuminate roads &amp; structures" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944693/new-glow-in-the-dark-cement-could-illuminate-roads-structures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New glow-in-the-dark cement could illuminate roads &amp; structures</a></li><li><a title="UCL researchers present a new kind of self-cleaning nano-engineered window " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146283620/ucl-researchers-present-a-new-kind-of-self-cleaning-nano-engineered-window" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCL researchers present a new kind of self-cleaning nano-engineered window</a></li><li><a title="MIT researchers have created a new material that stores and releases solar energy" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145501201/mit-researchers-have-created-a-new-material-that-stores-and-releases-solar-energy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT researchers have created a new material that stores and releases solar energy</a></li><li><a title='How "smart" tintable glass will reduce our needs for air conditioning' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127790631/how-smart-tintable-glass-will-reduce-our-needs-for-air-conditioning" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How "smart" tintable glass will reduce our needs for air conditioning</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947957/dispatch-from-the-venice-biennale-uruguay-s-underground-germany-s-construction-site-britain-s-housekeeping-and-more-from-the-national-pavilions Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: Uruguay's underground, Germany's construction site, Britain's housekeeping and more from the national pavilions Andrea Dietz 2016-05-27T13:40:00-04:00 >2016-05-30T16:46:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jx/jx3g8yat642esuxo.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>May 26, 2016</em></p><p>Aravena&rsquo;s Biennale for architecture to give a damn might imply a specific kind of project, but, after one day on the ground, it is clear that there is no one way for it to respond. For one thing, there is a truly incomprehensible quantity of material to cover. The volume alone speaks to the complex of energy and passion coming worldwide from the discipline. After an incomplete first pass around the Giardini and a tactical visit to the Arsenale, Venice&rsquo;s two main Biennale sites, I am struck by the inconsistency and individuality across and within these many contributions. Noteworthy trends may, at some point, emerge from the crowd, but, for now, I can list a few, non-representative soundbites only:</p><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149945782/previewing-the-2016-venice-biennale-the-united-states-architectural-imagination" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">US Pavilion, &ldquo;The Architectural Imagination,&rdquo;</a> gives us architecture as we have come to expect it. Through twelve proposals for four Detroit sites, it posits the speculative as the instrument of societal uplift, offering up wild thinking as the means of igniting change. It do...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947716/dispatch-from-the-venice-biennale-a-call-for-architects-to-give-a-damn Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: a call for architects to give a damn Andrea Dietz 2016-05-26T19:05:00-04:00 >2016-05-30T00:47:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aa/aa3rg9vxdv35y2xg.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>May 25, 2016:</em></p><p>At <em>La Biennale Architettura di Venezia</em>, architecture packages itself for a global forum. It is a distinct occasion through which the world&rsquo;s constructs and place-makings converge in a single microcosm. Against the backdrop of a sinking city, designers and works tapped to represent national architectural accomplishment invoke a comparative sizing-up. In displays, with ceremony, at a flurry of events and celebrations, architecture gets to sift through its disciplinary priorities. This gathering of architectural seeing and being seen is significant for the scene it projects into the expanded field.</p><p>This year, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/611511/venice-biennale-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>15</em><em>th</em><em> International Architecture Exhibition</em></a>, the tone to the official introductory texts suggests a dissatisfaction with past performances. Paolo Barrata, Biennale President, announces the 2016 show with an identification of tendency in those previous years to &ldquo;deplore the present&rdquo; as &ldquo;characterized by increasing disconnection between architecture and civil society....</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947827/google-launches-waze-carpool-with-cost-neutral-pricing Google launches Waze Carpool with cost-neutral pricing Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-26T18:46:00-04:00 >2016-05-26T18:46:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4a/4a55oiexfqtfwcbd.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The pilot program is limited to about 25,000 employees of companies including Walmart and Adobe Systems... Waze will match riders with drivers already heading along similar routes during the morning and evening rush hours. [...] Waze Carpool is charging riders just $0.54 a mile, which is also what the IRS recommends companies reimburse their employees per mile for business-related travel. &ldquo;Waze Carpool focuses on covering costs, not generating an income,&rdquo; the company explains.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Google purchased Waze, the Israeli GPS-based navigation system with real-time travel details submitted by users, in 2013 for $1.15B. With a fleet of already operating autonomous vehicles, Google stands to leverage its Waze transit data in big ways for an autonomous taxi service that could hit companies like Uber and Lyft hard.</p><p>That $0.54 rate for the Carpool rides is also significant because it won't lead to the same insurance-scrutiny that has plagued other ridesharing companies:</p><p><em>Waze Carpool&rsquo;s $0.54 rate is also important from a regulatory standpoint. As Waze explains, car insurance policies in states including California typically cover &ldquo;not for profit, share-the-expense carpooling.&rdquo; By framing its operations that way, Waze Carpool may be able to avoid the scrutiny around insurance coverage that has at times sidelined Uber and Lyft.</em></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Women-only Uber alternatives face pushback from antidiscrimination laws" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937269/women-only-uber-alternatives-face-pushback-from-antidiscrimination-laws" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Women-only Uber alternatives face pushback from antidiscrimination laws</a></li><li><a title="Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942771/google-uber-lyft-ford-and-volvo-join-forces-to-lobby-for-autonomous-vehicles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947815/why-are-heatherwick-s-proposals-succeeding-in-new-york-but-tanking-in-london Why are Heatherwick's proposals succeeding in New York but tanking in London? Julia Ingalls 2016-05-26T18:25:00-04:00 >2016-05-28T18:49:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p2/p26pmrtkr6a4xo45.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The Garden Bridge is a land grab,&rdquo; says Michael Ball of Thames Central Open Spaces. &ldquo;That is, a major piece of public space and amenity &ndash; the South Bank, the River Thames, and the views across central London &ndash; would be sequestered for private interests, albeit cloaked in some appearance of charity and beneficence. When I saw Pier 55 I realised it was an even more blatant example of the same idea.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this piece design critic par excellence <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71565097/dreams-built-and-broken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexandra Lange</a> analyzes two similar <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127301057/problem-solving-with-thomas-heatherwick-on-archinect-sessions-29" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a> designed-projects, London's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137426307/london-s-garden-bridge-endangered-by-public-funding-shortfall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garden Bridge</a> and New York's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942976/construction-of-heatherwick-signe-nielsen-designed-pier-55-to-begin-this-summer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pier 55</a>, in the hopes of discovering why one seems to be resonating with the public while the other has inspired <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129420910/satirical-folly-for-london-competition-mocks-garden-bridge-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">satiric contests to replace it</a>. Murky funding issues, misleading renderings, <em>Absolutely Fabulous</em> tie-ins: it's all here.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ft/ft10qc8yc4kz85m5.jpg"></p><p>For more on the saga of the Garden Bridge:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945629/sadiq-khan-investigates-troublesome-details-in-thames-garden-bridge-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sadiq Khan investigates troublesome details in Thames garden bridge project</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145677142/infrastructure-or-advertisement-sky-to-sponsor-the-garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Infrastructure or advertisement? Sky to sponsor the Garden Bridge</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140810831/london-garden-bridge-will-track-visitors-phone-signals-submitted-plan-says" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Garden Bridge will track visitors' phone signals, submitted plan says</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947548/valorizing-the-normal-reflections-on-the-2016-aia-national-convention-ft-special-guest-fred-scharmen-on-archinect-sessions-65 Valorizing the Normal: Reflections on the 2016 AIA National Convention, ft. special guest Fred Scharmen on Archinect Sessions #65 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-26T18:22:00-04:00 >2016-05-30T00:47:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/87/87mbf8887xrleh6k.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Donna, Ken and <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/2752895/fred-scharmen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fred</a> all converged in the meatspace that was the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/706026/2016-aia-national-convention" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA National Convention</a> last week in Philadelphia&mdash;to explore the massive Expo floor, visit local architecture, vote on resolutions and watch those keynotes (!) by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944859/julia-louis-dreyfus-terry-gross-replace-kevin-spacey-as-aia-keynote-speakers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Louis-Dreyfus</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/12353/neri-oxman" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neri Oxman</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148364911/rem-koolhaas-to-deliver-keynote-on-day-3-of-aia-national-conference" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas</a>. Spoiler alert: Rem's was the most boring.</p><p>For more information about the resolutions up for debate at the convention, check out <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944875/due-protest-pushing-back-against-hb-2-and-fighting-for-interns-on-archinect-sessions-64-ft-special-guest-gregory-walker" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our episode with Gregory Walker</a> covering unpaid internships and WTC-truthers.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/65/65ut6om2rod9as2g.jpg"></p><p>And don't forget to check out our ongoing coverage of the 2016 Venice Biennale &ndash; we collaborated with the <a href="http://archinect.com/taubmaninvenice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taubman students setting up the US Pavilion</a>, have a bunch of interviews with curators in the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/743426/2016-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Features</a>, and will soon be publishing dispatches from Venice to the News.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 65 of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Valorizing the Normal":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947732/alejandro-zaera-polo-sues-princeton-university-for-libel Alejandro Zaera-Polo sues Princeton University for libel Justine Testado 2016-05-26T14:36:00-04:00 >2016-05-28T10:14:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n4/n4cveq6savj3s1vu.jpg" width="514" height="774" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Former Princeton architecture dean <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/66433523/azpa-alejandro-zaera-polo-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alejandro Zaera-Polo</a> filed a lawsuit to the Superior Court of Mercer County&nbsp;earlier this week against Princeton University, claiming that the school is guilty of libel and breach of contract. Zaera-Polo was asked <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110250557/zaera-polo-steps-down-as-dean-of-princeton-s-school-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">to resign</a>&nbsp;from his position by President Christopher L. Eisgruber in October 2014 due to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123120685/zaera-polo-responds-to-alleged-wikipedia-plagiarism-in-biennale-texts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">plagiarism allegations</a> in texts that were used in the Exhibition Elements of Architecture at the 2014 Venice Biennale.</p><p>In an <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123120685/zaera-polo-responds-to-alleged-wikipedia-plagiarism-in-biennale-texts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">official response last March</a>, Zaera-Polo&nbsp;wrote that his purpose of removing the academic citations in the texts was to create a more casual narrative for the general public, and that he &ldquo;explicitly [states] the non-academic nature of the document, its speculative and polemic intent, and its non-suitability as a source.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Neither the Superior Court of Mercer County's records department nor Zaera-Polo's attorneys have provided a copy of his complaint, reports say. Princeton University issued this statement regarding Zaera-Polo's pend...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947531/jan-gehl-never-ask-what-the-city-can-do-for-your-building-always-ask-what-your-building-can-do-for-the-city Jan Gehl: "Never ask what the city can do for your building, always ask what your building can do for the city." Alexander Walter 2016-05-25T20:18:00-04:00 >2016-05-26T10:29:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cc/cccc856ad05c91c45f2afc1ee0b379d9.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m not so critical about New York, because they have this very firm grid-pattern. Even the newer buildings are lined up on good streets. If you stand in front of the Empire State Building, you can&rsquo;t really guess how tall it is, because it meets the street in a friendly way. [...] It&rsquo;s not so important how high the building is, or how much it looks like a perfume bottle, it&rsquo;s more important how it interacts with the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135033470/jan-gehl-s-perspective-on-making-a-good-urban-habitat-for-homo-sapiens" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jan Gehl's perspective on making "a good urban habitat for homo sapiens"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115580917/is-jan-gehl-winning-his-battle-to-make-our-cities-liveable" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Jan Gehl winning his battle to make our cities liveable?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149814167/how-to-design-that-elusive-perfect-town" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How to design that elusive "Perfect Town"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947505/london-fails-to-achieve-any-targets-for-affordable-housing London fails to achieve any targets for affordable housing Nicholas Korody 2016-05-25T17:32:00-04:00 >2016-05-25T17:59:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x2/x29xrkqjwmqgw4iz.jpg" width="514" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Private property developers are outmanoeuvring councils in housing negotiations and routinely delivering fewer affordable homes than town halls want, an industry analysis has revealed. Amid growing anger at the sale to foreign buyers of almost two-thirds of London&rsquo;s tallest residential skyscraper, which includes no affordable housing, it has emerged that not one London borough which set targets met them in the last six years.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on the increasingly dire state of housing in London, take a look at some past coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143145697/london-s-bleak-housing" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942752/950-for-a-mouldy-central-flat-welcome-to-london" target="_blank">&pound;950 for a mouldy 'central' flat? Welcome to London.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941650/the-root-of-london-s-housing-crisis-lies-beyond-its-borders" target="_blank">The root of London's housing crisis lies beyond its borders</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938805/london-s-housing-crisis-is-creating-a-chasm-between-the-rich-and-poor" target="_blank">London's housing crisis is creating a chasm between the rich and poor</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947503/portland-responds-to-homelessness-crisis-by-temporarily-allowing-rough-sleeping-on-sidewalks-and-in-parks Portland responds to homelessness crisis by temporarily allowing 'rough sleeping' on sidewalks and in parks Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-25T17:25:00-04:00 >2016-05-26T09:39:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ek/ek2akmzxw48tqi7l.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Portland has embarked on a gentler approach &ndash; letting the homeless bunk down on city sidewalks or pitch tents on public rights of way during evening hours, with the understanding they pack up and move out by 7 a.m. The city's "safe sleep policy" is aimed at breaking up the homeless encampments where crime and drug use can fester by allowing people to sleep in public places and sidewalks without fear of being harassed by authorities.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the homelessness crisis throughout the US:</p><ul><li><a title="Increasing development translates to more homeless housing" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945995/increasing-development-translates-to-more-homeless-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Increasing development translates to more homeless housing</a></li><li><a title="Homes of the homeless, seized: L.A. cracks down on free housing" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148962253/homes-of-the-homeless-seized-l-a-cracks-down-on-free-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Homes of the homeless, seized: L.A. cracks down on free housing</a></li><li><a title="&quot;It&rsquo;s about recognizing someone as existing&quot;: Photo exhibit depicts L.A.'s homelessness crisis" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146052779/it-s-about-recognizing-someone-as-existing-photo-exhibit-depicts-l-a-s-homelessness-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"It&rsquo;s about recognizing someone as existing": Photo exhibit depicts L.A.'s homelessness crisis</a></li><li><a title="Bay Area media ban together for homelessness advocacy" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945541/bay-area-media-ban-together-for-homelessness-advocacy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bay Area media ban together for homelessness advocacy</a></li><li><a title="LA's homeless population has increased by 11% in a single year" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943944/la-s-homeless-population-has-increased-by-11-in-a-single-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's homeless population has increased by 11% in a single year</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947436/inside-the-zaha-hadid-designed-50-million-high-line-penthouse Inside the Zaha Hadid-designed $50 million High Line penthouse Julia Ingalls 2016-05-25T14:00:00-04:00 >2016-05-26T15:47:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pz/pz0teexe9oivb3t8.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The cherry atop 520 West 28th, Penthouse 37 contains five bedrooms and six-and-a-half bathrooms, including a corner master suite with two windowed dressing rooms and his-and-hers baths nestled on its lower level, which also houses three guest en-suite bedrooms, a utility room, and a wet bar.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Running at a little over $7,269 a square foot, Zaha Hadid's one and only <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/145736562/liz-diller-gets-high-discussing-the-high-line-s-development-with-christopher-hawthorne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line</a>-adjacent luxury penthouse design features a sinuous metal exterior with floor to ceiling glass windows between 10th and 11th avenues in Chelsea.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106323/ismael-leyva-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ismael Levya Architects</a> worked with Zaha Hadid Architects to create the 39-unit condominium, which offers starter units at $25 million.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4e/4en41taxlhvfbjwj.jpg">&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e9/e98noesdix20rtsu.jpg"></p><p>The latest on Zaha Hadid Architects:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945845/to-thrive-post-zaha-koolhaas-says-zha-should-emulate-high-fashion-brands" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To thrive post-Zaha, Koolhaas says ZHA should emulate high fashion brands</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941758/zha-after-zaha-patrik-schumacher-on-zaha-and-what-s-next-for-the-firm-on-archinect-sessions-61" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZHA after Zaha: Patrik Schumacher on Zaha and what's next for the firm, on Archinect Sessions #61</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944678/hans-ulrich-obrist-and-etel-adnan-remember-zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hans Ulrich Obrist and Etel Adnan remember Zaha Hadid</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947413/it-s-now-more-common-for-young-adults-in-the-us-to-live-with-their-parents-than-in-any-other-scenario It's now more common for young adults in the US to live with their parents than in any other scenario Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-25T13:00:00-04:00 >2016-05-26T11:29:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vg/vg3gpif0xmzg24ym.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In that age group, 32.1 percent of people [ages 18-34] live in their parents' house, while 31.6 live with a spouse or partner in their own homes and 14 percent live alone, as single parents or in a home with roommates or renters. The rest live with another family member, a nonfamily member or in group-living situations such as a college dorm or prison. [...] the rise in the number of young adults living at home started before the economic crash &mdash; and so did the possible contributing factors.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The analysis, done by the Pew Research Center, also makes clear that this isn't the all-time high for young adults living at home &ndash; that topped out in 1940, at 35%. Still, at that time, it was more common for young adults to have shacked up with a spouse or partner.</p><p>Pew is also careful to couch the analysis in the context of other demographic developments, such as the rise of male unemployment and the fact that young adults working today make "less than they would have in their parents' day". And interestingly, as women made more, the rate of women living at home increased as well.</p><p>More on shifting residential demographics:</p><ul><li><a title="WeWork + Airbnb = PodShare? New live-work space emerges in Los Angeles" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937012/wework-airbnb-podshare-new-live-work-space-emerges-in-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WeWork + Airbnb = PodShare? New live-work space emerges in Los Angeles</a></li><li><a title="Ten Top Images on Archinect's &quot;Living Spaces&quot; Pinterest Board" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149047393/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-living-spaces-pinterest-board" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Living Spaces" Pinterest Board</a></li><li><a title="More details emerge about WeWork's residential endeavor WeLive" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135806594/more-details-emerge-about-wework-s-residential-endeavor-welive" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More details emerge about WeWork's residential endeavor WeLive</a></li><li><a title="The rise of communal living in New York" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133408596/the-rise-of-communal-living-in-new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The rise of communal living in New York</a></li><li><a title="Millennials, not forming enough households" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103274600/millennials-not-forming-enough-households" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Millennials, not forming enough households</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947412/earth-s-first-3d-printed-office-created-in-17-days-for-half-the-labor-cost Earth's first 3D printed office created in 17 days for half the labor cost Julia Ingalls 2016-05-25T12:36:00-04:00 >2016-05-25T12:36:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/47/47e34aeari4hsu7t.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A very large 3D printer measuring 20 x 120 x 40 ft (6 x 36 x 12 m) did most of the work, printing the building by extruding a cement mixture layer by layer, in a similar method by which WinSun's 3D-printed homes were made (WinSun is involved in this project too). There were also some additional smaller mobile 3D-printers used too, however. It took 17 days to print the basic building, but it then required finishing both internally and externally.</p></em><br /><br /><p>How many people does it take to 3D print an office? Well, according to <a href="http://m.arabianbusiness.com/dubai-ruler-unveils-world-s-first-3d-printed-office-632747.html#.V0Uzk_l9670" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arabian Business</a>, "The labour involved in the printing process included one staff to monitor the function of the printer, in addition to a group of seven people to install the building components on site as well as a team of 10 electricians and specialists to take care of the mechanical and electrical engineering." Also: the building was completed in 17 days, and saved 50% on labor costs when compared to traditional built projects of a similar size.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8v/8v3ygmz9mqq6w5rz.jpg"></p><p>Located in Dubai's Emirates Towers complex, the 250 square meter office was installed on &nbsp;its site in two days.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vc/vchn7ip5qu5lowsv.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/63/636bqa72z9237tz0.jpg"></p><p>For more on innovations in large-scale 3D printing:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129807944/amsterdam-could-get-a-new-3d-printed-bridge-built-by-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amsterdam could get a new 3D-printed bridge built by robots</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144582510/3d-printing-will-recreate-destroyed-palmyra-arch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D printing will recreate destroyed Palmyra arch</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121663958/the-future-of-3d-printing-will-be-neoclassical-villas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The future of 3D printing will be...neoclassical villas?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947410/cash-strapped-rome-issues-sos-to-wealthy-citizens-for-funds-to-restore-its-historic-sites Cash-strapped Rome issues SOS to wealthy citizens for funds to restore its historic sites Nicholas Korody 2016-05-25T12:14:00-04:00 >2016-05-25T12:26:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wx/wx3ykauqsjbfphn6.jpg" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rome has issued a &euro;500m (&pound;380m) SOS to companies, wealthy philanthropists and its own citizens to help restore many of the Italian capital&rsquo;s historic sites and prevent others from falling into ruin. The Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus and the walls, aqueducts and sewerage system of what was once the most powerful city on Earth have all been earmarked as needing help ranging from a relatively minor clean up to full-blown structural works.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Saddled with debts of some &euro;12bn, Rome cannot afford to do it on its own."</em></p><p>Or: in search of&nbsp;noblesse oblige during the age of austerity politics.</p><p>Of course, Rome isn't the only European city struggling under the weight of debt. Check out these related articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942324/tensions-build-at-athen-s-port-of-piraeus-the-first-stop-for-many-refugees-seeking-asylum-in-europe" target="_blank">Tensions build at Athen's port of Piraeus, the first stop for many refugees seeking asylum in Europe</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144961813/amid-london-s-austerity-measures-defensive-design-becomes-even-more-hostile" target="_blank">Amid London's austerity measures, "defensive design" becomes even more hostile</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131266197/architecture-in-crisis-reports-from-greece" target="_blank">Architecture in crisis: reports from Greece</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/52493341/zaha-hadid-says-austerity-is-not-an-excuse-for-low-quality-housing" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid says austerity is not an excuse for low-quality housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147756307/pay-to-stay-may-boot-60-000-uk-families-from-their-homes" target="_blank">"Pay to stay" may boot 60,000 UK families from their homes</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947217/austin-considering-mandating-affordable-housing-units-in-some-areas Austin considering mandating affordable housing units in some areas Nicholas Korody 2016-05-24T20:06:00-04:00 >2016-05-24T20:07:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9v/9vvnrgq380bg9ey8.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A City Council committee could take the first steps Tuesday toward mandating that developers include affordable units in new housing complexes to be built in several East Austin neighborhoods. The proposal by Council Member Greg Casar, who chairs the council&rsquo;s Planning and Neighborhoods Committee, comes as soaring rents have pushed poorer and minority residents out of the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The plan would mark a significant shift in direction from the current, incentive-based approach that allows developers to build larger buildings in exchange for including affordable housing units. As it stands now, developers can also pay a fee to the city's housing fund in order to build bigger buildings.</p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143145697/london-s-bleak-housing" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946409/new-york-can-t-be-what-it-used-to-be-thanks-to-zoning" target="_blank">New York can't be what it used to be, thanks to zoning</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944864/the-self-segregation-of-america-s-wealthiest-class" target="_blank">The self-segregation of America's wealthiest class</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945799/la-has-a-housing-crisis-but-the-problem-isn-t-those-fancy-new-towers" target="_blank">LA has a housing crisis &ndash; but the problem isn't those fancy new towers</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947131/hyperloop-as-transportation-s-new-girlfriend-mysterious-unencumbered-exciting-expensive 'Hyperloop as transportation’s new girlfriend: mysterious, unencumbered, exciting, expensive.' Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-24T13:12:00-04:00 >2016-05-29T10:38:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5f7be73712d9a74da16d977d29c18c00.jpg" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;What we&rsquo;re seeing right now is what I saw in 1996,&rdquo; said Mr. Lloyd, a former president of sales and development at Cisco. &ldquo;We all had I.P. routers and everything was done a certain way. At Cisco, we said, &lsquo;You can carry that over the Internet,&rsquo; and everyone said, &lsquo;No.&rsquo; But those high-speed networks made the Internet possible.&rdquo; Hyperloop, he said, &ldquo;will do to the physical world what the Internet did to the digital one.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Allison Arieff (editorial director at SPUR and former <a href="http://dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures</a> judge) has some questions for Hyperloop One (formerly Hyperloop Technologies) after a propulsion test demonstration in the Nevada desert. While the company has managed remarkably fast developments in its tube technology for such high-speeds as the Hyperloop demands, it's nowhere near reality &ndash; and Arieff clearly articulates the (many) remaining concerns of such technology, after mere feasibility.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944742/bjarke-ingels-group-aecom-join-forces-with-hyperloop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop</a></li><li><a title="Hyperloop hopefuls turn to 'passive' maglev technology" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944419/hyperloop-hopefuls-turn-to-passive-maglev-technology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop hopefuls turn to 'passive' maglev technology</a></li><li><a title="Hyperloop announces plans for first European routes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934230/hyperloop-announces-plans-for-first-european-routes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop announces plans for first European routes</a></li><li><a title="Reality checking the Hyperloop hyperbole" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146116363/reality-checking-the-hyperloop-hyperbole" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reality checking the Hyperloop hyperbole</a></li><li><a title="The town that Hyperloop built" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122049432/the-town-that-hyperloop-built" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The town that Hyperloop built</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946994/from-sundlaugs-to-rockpools-and-the-basin From sundlaugs, to rockpools and The Basin Nam Henderson 2016-05-24T00:07:00-04:00 >2016-05-24T00:12:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6p/6punct6j79wwck6f.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These public pools, or sundlaugs, serve as the communal heart of Iceland, sacred places whose affordability and ubiquity are viewed as a kind of civil right....The pool is Iceland&rsquo;s social space: where families meet neighbors, where newcomers first receive welcome, where rivals can&rsquo;t avoid one another.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Dan Kois considers how&nbsp;communal pools and the sociability of soaking, are "<em>a key to Icelandic well-&shy;being.</em>"&nbsp;</p><p>On a related note, Dan Hill recently published an <a href="https://medium.com/@cityofsound/the-pool-as-piazza-e580577810f7" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">essay</a>&nbsp;reflecting on&nbsp;<em>&lsquo;The Pool&rsquo;</em>, a book published as part of&nbsp;The Australian pavilion for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. The interviews collected&nbsp;therein he finds, make&nbsp;a case for the pool as the authentically antipodean contribution to urbanism, a distinctly Australian public place, the country&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>piazza</em>.</p>