Archinect - News 2017-02-27T06:21:14-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149993624/how-new-york-city-s-luxury-housing-tax-could-finance-affordable-units How New York City's luxury housing tax could finance affordable units Alexander Walter 2017-02-23T19:44:00-05:00 >2017-02-23T19:46:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dd/dddho5o1gf223lzx.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While President Trump talks repeatedly about fixing America&rsquo;s inner cities, it&rsquo;s a good bet that in the coming years, New York and other large metropolitan areas will need to be more self-reliant in solving pressing problems, especially low-income housing. [...] Fortunately, there&rsquo;s an already tested alternative: an annual luxury housing tax, levied on new high-end condos and rentals, which would feed a self-sustaining fund dedicated to develop truly affordable units.</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/149993383/harvard-graduate-school-of-design-announces-richard-rogers-fellows Harvard Graduate School of Design announces Richard Rogers Fellows Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-02-22T16:01:00-05:00 >2017-02-22T17:07:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pe/peodk4jofzqsyrdh.jpg" width="650" height="516" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/harvard" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard&rsquo;s GSD</a> has announced the 2017 winners of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149973352/want-to-live-and-work-in-richard-rogers-wimbledon-house-apply-to-harvard-s-new-richard-rogers-fellowship" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Rogers Fellowship</a>, a new residency program to be hosted at the Wimbledon House. The Wimbledon House was designed by acclaimed architect <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/3917/richard-rogers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lord Richard Rogers</a> for his parents in the 60s and generously gifted to Harvard.The landmarked residence will house the fellows with the goal of bringing together experts and practitioners across disciplines who are focused on the built environment and its capacity to advance the quality of human life.&nbsp;</p><p>Central to Rogers' life and career were the questions of urbanism, sustainability and how people use cities. &ldquo;The spirit of the Fellowship&rdquo; said <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/533925/mohsen-mostafavi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mohsen Mostafavi</a>, Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design at Harvard GSD &ldquo;is intended to carry forward and expand on Richard&rsquo;s deep commitment to cities not as ends in themselves, but as a fundamental means to bettering human life. At the GSD, our work is organized around the urgent issues cities are facing globally, a pedagogical a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993373/architecture-billings-index-in-january-enters-2017-with-modest-decrease Architecture Billings Index in January enters 2017 with modest decrease Alexander Walter 2017-02-22T15:43:00-05:00 >2017-02-22T15:43:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wn/wnwn5wtnfiyyxrtm.jpg" width="650" height="408" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dipped slightly into negative territory in January, after a very strong showing in December. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the January ABI score was 49.5, down from a score of 55.6 in the previous month. This score reflects a minor decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 60.0, up from a reading of 57.6 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;This small decrease in activity, taking into consideration strong readings in project inquiries and new design contracts, isn&rsquo;t exactly a cause for concern,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;The fundamentals of a sound nonresidential design and construction market persist.&rdquo; &nbsp;</em></p><p><em>* Every January the AIA research department updates the seasonal factors used to calculate the ABI, resulting in a revision of recent ABI values.</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of January:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (54.2), Northeast (53.0), Midwest (52.4), West (48.8)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: institutional (54.6), commercial / industrial (53.4), mixed practice (48.1), multi-family residential (48.1)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 60.0</li><li>Design contracts index: 52.1</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vl/vlqk9hw2g94m4nca.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xf/xfm06lbhrd296mfe.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/do/dok39trdaedti51e.jpg"></p><p><em>All graphs represent data from January 2016 - January 2017, images via aia.org.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993165/duvall-decker-architects-combine-greater-agency-and-public-outreach-to-benefit-mississippi-and-the-profession-at-large Duvall Decker Architects combine greater agency and public outreach to benefit Mississippi (and the profession at large) Julia Ingalls 2017-02-21T18:12:00-05:00 >2017-02-25T22:16:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oh/oha4js2k8v0r3hw6.jpg" width="650" height="513" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since they founded Duvall Decker nearly 20 years ago, the Deckers, as they&rsquo;re known, have focused mostly on neglected corners in and around Jackson, Mississippi&rsquo;s capital. To pay the bills, the two have redefined for themselves the ambit of a small architectural practice. They have become developers and even branched into building maintenance: a soup-to-nuts strategy that has allowed them more than just financial breathing room.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Helping impoverished Mississippi communities? Check. Making money while creating a business model that empowers you with the decision-making powers of developers? Check. Being notable and effective enough to earn your own profile in <em>The New York Times</em> by Michael Kimmelman? Done, done, and done for Duvall Decker Architects, which also was named one of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149988668/the-emerging-voices-winners-for-2017" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2017's Emerging Voices</a> by the Architectural League of New York. What's especially enheartening about this profile is how by virtue of increasing the quality of their own professional lives, the architects have also vastly increased the well-being of their community. &nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993080/only-90-for-frank-gehry-s-wisdom Only $90 for Frank Gehry's wisdom? Julia Ingalls 2017-02-21T13:32:00-05:00 >2017-02-24T09:28:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/62/62eqb6r31azw0bgw.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Don't tell grad students carting around six-figure debt, but those who wish to learn from one of the masters of architecture can now do so for $90. <a href="https://www.masterclass.com/fg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MasterClass</a>, a San Francisco-based educational video company, is now taking pre-orders for an online class taught by none other than Frank Gehry himself. Students can sign up for the class, which offers "video lessons from the instructor, interactive exercises,&nbsp;course materials, peer interaction, and more."&nbsp;Here's a trailer of what you'll likely learn as Frank winds his way through his model archive (and memories of nearly six decades of professional practice):</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993075/aia-officially-states-it-is-pro-immigration-and-travel-positive AIA officially states it is pro-immigration and travel-positive Julia Ingalls 2017-02-21T12:43:00-05:00 >2017-02-23T20:15:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tc/tcs3e6dwp11azvv1.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What would America be without immigrants? More to the point, what would architecture be without the ability for those working within it to freely travel and collaborate with (much more affordable) talent from around the world? In recognition of these facts, the AIA has released an official statement that raises concerns about broad anti-immigration policies, and confirms the institute's dedication to reciprocal "free moment and association" around the globe. Here's the full text of the press release:</p><p><em>As discussion on immigration continues, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) today joins with many American businesses, industries and universities in calling for fair and impartial immigration policies, and in expressing deep concern about policies that restrict immigration from specific countries or regions based on overly broad factors, including religion.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;Beyond the essential considerations of fairness and equity, restrictions targeting specific areas of the world can have prof...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993018/di-b-do-francis-k-r-announced-as-serpentine-pavilion-2017-designer Diébédo Francis Kéré announced as Serpentine Pavilion 2017 designer Abigail Banfield 2017-02-21T11:36:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T13:25:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mo/mobxdnf91903zwg7.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>" Di&eacute;b&eacute;do Francis K&eacute;r&eacute;, the award-winning architect from Gando, Burkino Faso, has been commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017, responding to the brief with a bold, innovative structure that brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens. "</p></em><br /><br /><p><br>Di&eacute;b&eacute;do Francis K&eacute;r&eacute;, Photo by Erik Jan OuwerkerkSerpentine Galleries have revealed that this year's pavilion will be designed by Di&eacute;b&eacute;do Francis K&eacute;r&eacute;. The pavilion's design responds to the changeable British climate, whilst being influenced K&eacute;r&eacute;'s ecological design ethos which drives his Berlin-based practice. &nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xo/xosndasrhi7qqw11.jpg"></p><p>Last year's <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149950034/touring-big-s-2016-serpentine-pavilion-and-the-new-summer-houses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">design </a>by BIG drew in huge crowds, and acted as a discussion piece throughout the summer.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0c/0c10wv5md2q03c74.jpg"><br>Di&eacute;b&eacute;do Francis K&eacute;r&eacute;, Photo by Erik Jan Ouwerkerk</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992885/this-week-s-picks-for-london-architecture-and-design-events This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-02-20T14:40:00-05:00 >2017-02-20T14:40:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2g/2gaoqthlgg31r3s2.jpg" width="650" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As February draws to a close, we can feel spring already in the London air. If you are already full of&nbsp;'Spring Cleaning' motivation, make sure you don't miss the NLA's workshops this weekend on home improvement, featuring advice from leading architects.&nbsp;</p><p>See the month out with 'Tate Lates'; a Friday night at the Tate Modern, which promises (as always) a jam-packed evening of workshops and art, acompanyed by food, drink, and some of the <a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149952629/a-look-around-the-new-tate-modern-extension" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">best views in London</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/tag/747353/weekly-events-ldn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/events_location/694828/london-gb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/8998/don-t-move-improve" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Don&rsquo;t Move, Improve! | 25 February</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/v4/v4ntin66zsba0e3v.jpg"></p><p><em>Image: New London Architecture</em></p><p>This weekend, there is a fantastic opportunity for homeowners to improve rather than move homes. The NLA have developed a day full of workshops and talks on the ways in which dwellings can be adapted, regardless of scale,&nbsp;to better fit occupants. One-on-one consultations from experts will fine-tune these ideas, and workshops and walks for all will make this family pr...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992583/a-hud-official-has-been-fired-for-criticizing-trump A HUD official has been fired for criticizing Trump Nicholas Korody 2017-02-17T18:13:00-05:00 >2017-02-18T22:51:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sw/sw0suy0n16le686e.jpg" width="650" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A top aide to President Trump&rsquo;s housing secretary nominee, Ben Carson, was fired and led out of the department&rsquo;s headquarters by security on Wednesday after writings critical of Mr. Trump surfaced in his vetting, according to two people briefed on the matter. Shermichael Singleton, who was one of the few black conservatives in the Trump administration, had been working at the Department of Housing and Urban Development since Jan. 23 as a senior adviser.</p></em><br /><br /><p>&ldquo;My party in particular has allowed itself to be taken over by someone who claims to be a Republican but doesn&rsquo;t represent any of our values, principles or traditions,&rdquo; wrote Shermichael in <em>The Hill</em> in October of last year.</p><p></p><p>^ Take a listen to a recent <a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a> episode with our guest Emily Hunt Turner as she talks about her experience working at HUD as a lawyer.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992550/history-of-the-present-mexico-city History of the Present: Mexico City Places Journal 2017-02-17T15:51:00-05:00 >2017-02-20T10:21:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cm/cmrokpxnjmaxc0k3.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An unpopular president, a myth-making architect, and a multibillionaire tycoon are building an oversize airport in a nature preserve. Can they make Mexico great again?</p></em><br /><br /><p>The progressive capital of Mexico has&nbsp;a long history of massive infrastructure projects&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;<em>megaproyectos</em>&nbsp;&mdash; with egalitarian aims. Daniel Brook looks at the social, political, and environmental issues surrounding the latest&nbsp;&mdash; a $13bn new airport rising on a sinking lakebed. This article is part of <em>Places'</em> ongoing series, <a href="https://placesjournal.org/series/history-of-the-present/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">History of the Present</a>, on global cities in transition.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992511/ultimately-we-failed-robert-hammond-co-founder-of-the-high-line-on-the-park-s-relationship-to-the-chelsea-community "Ultimately, we failed"—Robert Hammond, co-founder of the High Line, on the park's relationship to the Chelsea community Nicholas Korody 2017-02-17T12:24:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T15:00:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/23/23uiq7ltu50ovbjh.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;We were from the community. We wanted to do it for the neighborhood,&rdquo; states Robert Hammond, a co-founder of the High Line in an <a href="http://www.citylab.com/cityfixer/2017/02/the-high-lines-next-balancing-act-fair-and-affordable-development/515391/?utm_source=nl__link3_020717" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interview</a> with City Lab. &ldquo;Ultimately, we failed.&rdquo;</p><p>The High Line might be popular, but it hasn&rsquo;t really benefited its adjacent community. Visitors are overwhelmingly tourists&mdash;and overwhelmingly white, despite the fact that one-third of the residents of Chelsea are people of color.</p><p>In the interview, they discuss the displacements that usually attend such high-profile design interventions, which are increasingly gaining favor in municipal governments.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992356/the-big-abstract-a-conversation-with-morgan-neville-director-producer-of-abstract-s-bjarke-ingels-documentary-on-netflix The BIG Abstract; A conversation with Morgan Neville, Director/Producer of Abstract's Bjarke Ingels Documentary on Netflix Paul Petrunia 2017-02-16T19:16:00-05:00 >2017-02-22T07:44:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pj/pjp3wsbfhbymjm6s.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Unless you've been living under a rock, you've already heard about <a href="https://www.netflix.com/title/80057883" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Abstract</a>, Netflix's incredible new documentary series on design. This week we're talking to Abstract's executive producer, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1365879/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morgan Neville</a>, who also directed the episodes featuring Bjarke Ingels and Christoph Niemann.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ut/utp24wk7423dst2f.jpg"></p><p>As one of the world's most groundbreaking and talented documentary filmmakers, there's a good chance you have already seen Morgan's work. If you haven't, a&nbsp;good place to start is "<a href="https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/20_feet_from_stardom/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">20 Feet from Stardom</a>", his Academy Award-winning doc that takes a look at the fascinating lives of the often-overlooked backup singers. His documentary on Yo-Yo Ma, "The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble", will be <a href="http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/the-music-of-strangers-yo-yo-ma-and-the-silk-road-ensemble/video/promo.html?autoplay=true" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">premiering on HBO in March</a>. I'm particularly looking forward to his upcoming Mr. Rogers documentary that he mentions in our conversation.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i3/i3qo7sscygn9wd6f.jpg"></p><p>Yes, Archinect Sessions makes a cameo in the episode, with a clip of us sharing some of Bjarke's harsh criticism from commenters in our forum.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992332/demolition-of-tadao-ando-s-piccadilly-gardens-in-manchester-now-council-approved Demolition of Tadao Ando's Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester now Council-approved Julia Ingalls 2017-02-16T12:55:00-05:00 >2017-02-20T09:46:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a8/a8lwh3vf947e89cq.jpg" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although plans to tear down Tadao Ando's Piccadilly Gardens have been floating about since last late last year, the Manchester City Council just gave its official approval to knock down Ando's quasi-Brutalist structure in favor of a "leisure-led" scheme last week, according to the <a href="https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/council-backs-demolition-for-tadao-andos-only-uk-building/10017301.article?blocktitle=news-feature&amp;contentID=17135" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Journal</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jv/jvcbu9j0k7p8pu74.jpg"></p><p>In a thoughtful piece written for <a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/home-and-garden/architecture/russell-smith-tadao-ando-and-the-problem-of-architecture-thats-toogood/article33006792/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Globe and Mail</a> last year, Russell Smith questioned the role of the experts who had commissioned Ando to design the Gardens versus the opinions of the locals who encountered it daily. He noted that a&nbsp;"sealant, for some reason, possibly economic, was not used to coat the large unadorned surfaces of the Manchester pavilion. That building, basically a shelter to house a small caf&eacute;, occupies half of Piccadilly Gardens, presenting one long curving blank wall of concrete to the south side. The concrete, under the steady British drizzle, did not wear well: it started to stain with dark streaks, to look like the depressing and crumbling masses of postwar brut...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992248/the-last-view-from-aleppo The last view from Aleppo... Nam Henderson 2017-02-15T23:46:00-05:00 >2017-02-16T00:01:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d2/d2b9b6z600ec4kir.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>My university became a hub of protest. Campus life alternated between classes and protests and raids by security forces...Yusuf, though trained as an architect, volunteered in all possible ways...We were desperate for the world to hear and help us. I had been frantically tweeting images and videos of destruction from eastern Aleppo.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in January architect and activist,&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://twitter.com/Linashamy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lina Shamy</a>,&nbsp;</strong>penned an editorial. Wherein she reflects on, her first-hand experience, a witness to urbicide in action.&nbsp;</p><p>Previously, another Syrian architect talked about,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945094/syrian-architect-talks-about-the-past-and-future-of-her-destroyed-hometown-of-homs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the past and future of her destroyed hometown of Homs</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149991988/ncarb-opens-up-official-certification-to-much-wider-field-of-architecture-students NCARB opens up official certification to much wider field of architecture students Julia Ingalls 2017-02-14T18:50:00-05:00 >2017-02-16T12:24:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1x/1x1r5dwbjrvt6f2o.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you didn't get a degree from a NAAB-accredited program, but have spent years accumulating Architectural Experience Program-worthy hours, you may now receive an official NCARB certification. How? Well, the details are spelled out in the press release below, but think of it as a potential reward for years spent working in the field while trying to pay for your education so you could work in the field. Some call it The School of Hard Knocks; others, "practical experience." Now feast your eyes on the full release:</p><p><strong>NCARB Streamlines Path to Certification for Architects</strong><br><em>Architects without a degree from an accredited program can pursue NCARB certification through&nbsp;a new path.</em></p><p>Washington, DC&mdash;The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has launched the first&nbsp;phase of its revised certification path for architects without a degree from a program accredited by the National&nbsp;Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The NCARB Certificate facilitates reciprocal licensure among t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149991937/can-work-stress-be-reduced-with-adaptive-rooms-unstudio-is-looking-into-it Can work stress be reduced with adaptive rooms? UNStudio is looking into it Julia Ingalls 2017-02-14T14:08:00-05:00 >2017-02-20T01:07:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1h/1hui8dzuy961w52u.jpg" width="650" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Part inhabitable mood ring, part psychological experiment, the exhibition "Work 3.0 &ndash; A Joyful Sense at Work"&nbsp;from <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1138/unstudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNStudio</a> and SCAPE is an attempt to create spaces that make work stress more bearable by testing out adaptable environments in the form of a "fully immersive, modular structure."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/60/605i2lq96w80t4bo.jpg"></p><p>This immersive structure, known as a RESET pod, will be on display at the iSalone deal Mobile in Milan from April 4th through 9th, and incorporates input from a neuroscientist, an ambient intelligence technology integrator, and a technologist/interaction designer. The feedback from visitors to the exhibition will help the designers determine what spaces do and don't work for office worker stress mitigation.&nbsp;</p><p>Here's the text of the full press release from UNStudio:&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/k1/k1hjam1g2gpo230h.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k1/k1hjam1g2gpo230h.jpg"></a></p><p><strong>Can </strong><strong>a space</strong><strong> adapt to your stress levels? UNStudio and SCAPE join forces with a multidisciplinary team of experts to tackle stress in the workplace.</strong></p><p>UNStudio and SCAPE have joined forces with a multidisciplinary team of experts for the ex...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149991447/how-to-put-an-end-to-housing-bubbles-once-and-for-all How to put an end to housing bubbles once and for all Nicholas Korody 2017-02-10T17:17:00-05:00 >2017-02-11T00:21:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f4/f4vfkpt79n20uw49.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Suppose there were a way to pump up the economy, reduce inequality and put an end to destructive housing bubbles like the one that contributed to the Great Recession. The idea would be simple, but not easy, requiring a wholesale reframing of the United States economy and housing market. The solution: Americans, together and all at once, would have to stop thinking about their homes as an investment.</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/149991325/editor-s-picks-463 Editor's Picks #463 Nam Henderson 2017-02-10T14:50:00-05:00 >2017-02-10T14:50:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tw/tw9z8p4ylep44v35.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149987675/small-studio-snapshots-milli-ns" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latest</a> in the newish series, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/845829/small-studio-snapshots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korod</a>y chatted with Los Angeles-based studio <a href="http://www.millionsarchitecture.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MILLI&Oslash;NS</a>. <a href="http://archinect.com/dtelmore" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Elmore</a>&nbsp;felt "<em>these guys sound legit in their intentions and I'm looking forward to seeing what they produce in the future...The rest of the article is uncommonly decipherable for architects</em>".</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/ma/magackflp4fnu9ri.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/colombostefano" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stefano Colombo</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/lucamarullo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luca Marullo</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/eugenio.cosentino" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eugenio Cosentino</a> went "<em>Looking for a picture that represents something related to the internet&rsquo; and ending up thinking &ldquo;about the desert.</em>"&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/5808858/max-headroom-f-aia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Max Headroom, F.AIA</a> got excited "<em>the phrase 'last existing encrypted space&rsquo; is genius on many many levels. &nbsp;exciting work!</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rd/rdimhrko8n97hkua.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>In an interview with NPR&rsquo;s MarketPlace Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149988023/carl-bass-ceo-of-autodesk-on-why-computers-are-superior-to-human-designers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">explained</a> how computers are superior (in some things) to human designers.&nbsp;<strong>JamesJoist</strong> got serious</p><p>"<em>Spoken like true transhumanist scum; I often think AutoCAD was one of the worst things to happen to architecture.&rdquo; As you might expect the overall reception was poor</em>."</p><p>Reacting to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149988324/get-lectured-carnegie-mellon-university-spring-17" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">all-female lineup f...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149991372/despite-recent-heavy-rains-california-s-water-woes-persist-as-do-the-world-s Despite recent heavy rains, California's water woes persist (as do the world's) Nicholas Korody 2017-02-10T12:30:00-05:00 >2017-02-13T23:26:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ui/ui7wh4d59pe3cckq.jpg" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the last few weeks, California has been pummeled with heavy rainstorms &mdash; a rare, and (for some) appreciated relief from the dry conditions that have plagued the state for the past few years. But those of us who were hoping the storms might have signified an end to the state&rsquo;s serious drought will be disappointed. According to hydrologists, there&rsquo;s probably no storm capable of ending the state&rsquo;s water shortage. We&rsquo;re just consuming way too much for the clouds to keep up. California is the country&rsquo;s largest agricultural producer. But that requires massive amounts of water, particularly for crops like almonds and walnuts.</p><p>And as if that isn&rsquo;t depressing enough, apparently one-third of the planet&rsquo;s major aquifers are being drained. Scientists believe that in the next few decades, global food production will be reduced by around 350 million tons due to water shortages. That&rsquo;s about the same as the entire U.S. grain harvest. In California, up to 22% of irrigated farmland may have to be...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149991301/fallingwater-institute-gains-4-spartan-yet-beautiful-dwellings-by-bohlin-cywinski-jackson Fallingwater Institute gains 4 spartan yet beautiful dwellings by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Julia Ingalls 2017-02-09T18:46:00-05:00 >2017-02-10T13:42:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/30/30dl0lbcsozqzj20.jpg" width="650" height="436" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Fallingwater Institute, which is located on the High Meadow farm next to the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright home, is adding four new "modest wood portals" to its 1960s era teaching facilities. The new dwellings, designed by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100056538/bohlin-cywinsky-jackson-and-eckersley-o-callaghan-tapped-for-apple-s-upcoming-madison-avenue-store" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bohlin Cywinski Jackson</a>, are created both to extend from the existing High Meadow structure while giving the Institute's summer residency students a spare, yet beautiful place, to work and live.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vv/vv0qd0zxcjcex3yr.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7t/7tfd43dipfe81q8w.jpg"></p><p>"The building's main entry welcomes visitors into a central screened porch, which joins the new architecture to an existing cabin and serves as the outdoor gathering and dining space," Bill James, project architect from Bohlin Cywinski Jackson's Pittsburgh office, notes in a press release. "A horizontal screen, made of Norway Spruce harvested and milled on site, extends from the main cabin and continues along the walkway leading to the dwellings."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x3/x3rsmpj0jz5bovnv.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n9/n9wpghps2cmzc1d8.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149991296/empathy-deficit-archinect-sessions-96 Empathy Deficit; Archinect Sessions #96 Paul Petrunia 2017-02-09T17:36:00-05:00 >2017-02-16T18:17:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a8/a8s0kwseyzr1gyxf.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week on the podcast we are joined by Emily Hunt Turner. Emily gives us an update on her restaurant/non-profit startup All Square, as <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149973238/working-out-of-the-box-emily-hunt-turner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">we previously featured in her Working Out of the Box feature</a>. We also talk about her time working as a lawyer for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, as she detailed the challenges and struggles in the past, and concerns with the direction of the department moving forward.&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 96 of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Empathy Deficit":</p><ul></ul><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>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/archinect/Archinect-Sessions-95.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149991295/a-wall-of-bulletproof-glass-will-soon-enclose-the-base-of-the-eiffel-tower A wall of bulletproof glass will soon enclose the base of the Eiffel Tower Nicholas Korody 2017-02-09T17:16:00-05:00 >2017-02-13T12:51:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vx/vxnmalxzgw3mw07j.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Following a spate of terror attacks including a machete attack last September, Parisian officials are making moves to protect the city&rsquo;s many monuments. Most recently, they&rsquo;ve announced that they&rsquo;ll enclose the base of the Eiffel Tower with a glass wall. Currently, the area is cordoned off with a series of metal grills, which were put in place in advance of the Euro 2016 football tournament. The new, permanent wall will be 2.5 meters high and made of bulletproof glass. It will run along the Quai Branly and the Avenue Gustave-Eiffel, as well as bisect the parks on either side of the Tower. Whereas, not long ago, visitors could simply stroll through the iron legs of Paris&rsquo; most iconic monument, now they will have to pass through security checks. In total, the wall is expected to cost around &euro;20 million.</p><p><a href="http://www.thelocal.fr/20170209/eiffel-tower-to-be-enclosed-by-bullet-proof-wall-of-glass" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">via the Local</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149991087/the-latest-social-design-circle-honorees-for-the-2017-curry-stone-design-prize The latest Social Design Circle honorees for the 2017 Curry Stone Design Prize Justine Testado 2017-02-08T18:24:00-05:00 >2017-02-08T19:10:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/64/647c0c7iw8r9u1l6.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With so many designers who dedicate their work to tackling society's most pressing problems, it can be tricky to select only one winner for a top social impact award like the Curry Stone Design Prize. So for 2017, the Curry Stone Foundation decided to change things up a bit. Instead of awarding only one winner, they will announce a total of 100 Social Design Practices and/or Individuals as a member of the Social Design Circle, which acknowledges the most socially engaged practices.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Throughout the year, new members of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149984696/meet-the-social-design-circle-the-100-architects-awarded-this-year-s-curry-stone-design-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Social Design Circle</a> will be announced every month in relation to the issue that the Curry Stone Design Prize is addressing for that particular month. For February, the topic is:&nbsp;&ldquo;Is The Right To Housing Real?&rdquo;</p><p>Here are the latest Social Design Circle members:</p><p><strong>Asian Coalition for Housing Rights</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rh/rhgzs3qg6s3i650x.jpg"></p><p><strong>Breaking Ground</strong>, New York, NY</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kl/kld8mbwu4lobd8q3.jpg"></p><p><strong>David Baker Architects</strong>, San Francisco, CA</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9w/9wl98yvcs4703w88.jpg"></p><p><strong>Jonathan Kirschenfeld</strong>, New York</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m6/m60imys4unri1syd.jpg"></p><p><strong>L'Oeuf Architects</strong>, Montreal</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/64/647c0c7iw8r9u1l6.jpg"></p><p><strong>Kraftwerk1</strong>, Zurich</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jk/jkwss05532e71tl3.jpg"></p><p><strong>Lacaton &amp; Vassal</strong>, Paris</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/73/73wn6sicpodn0do9.jpg"></p><p>Learn more about the honorees <a href="http://bustler.net/news/5446/the-latest-social-design-circle-honorees-of-the-2017-curry-stone-design-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149990851/brexit-lash-riba-announces-60-of-u-k-architects-have-seen-projects-delayed-cancelled Brexit-lash: RIBA announces 60% of U.K. architects have seen projects delayed/cancelled Julia Ingalls 2017-02-08T07:01:00-05:00 >2017-02-07T17:46:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ra/rasyryy3e4p8cee8.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The effects of last summer's Brexit are starting to be measured within the architectural community, and they're dramatic: according to a press release issued by RIBA, in a survey of its members 40% of U.K.-based non British EU nationals are thinking about leaving the country, while 60% of RIBA's members have seen their projects delayed, cancelled, or just plain scaled back. The news isn't all grim: according to the survey, many members are trying to look on the bright side (or at least trying to identify the bright side). As RIBA notes:</p><p><em>From trade agreements with new markets, reform of the UK&rsquo;s public procurement system and increased public sector and private sector investment, our members have made it clear&nbsp;</em><em>that with the right decisions the short-term impacts of Brexit can be mitigated, and the UK can position itself as a global facing nation.&nbsp;In response to the concerns and opportunities raised by its chartered members, RIBA has today published a set of five priority recommendation...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149990781/gensler-s-proposed-mixed-use-downtown-los-angeles-tower-to-incorporate-low-income-housing Gensler's proposed mixed-use Downtown Los Angeles tower to incorporate low-income housing Julia Ingalls 2017-02-07T13:25:00-05:00 >2017-02-17T13:16:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nq/nq0ytac6luk4uxmv.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Fifty-two stories, four visually distinct sections, and one playful, gaping hole constitute the major components of Gensler's proposed new 300+ unit residential building for downtown Los Angeles, which would rise from the ashes of a (soon-to-be) former auto dealership on 1600 South Figueroa Street. The 1.14 acre site would play host to the mixed-use building, which would feature 9,000 square feet of retail space in addition to a 3,000 square foot restaurant and a hotel.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u6/u6oojrcxscsbu3bx.jpg"></p><p>The residential units are a mixture of condos and rentals, and include several units set aside specifically for low-income residents. The very top of the tower features a playful, asymmetrically-placed hat-like assembly of penthouses, distinguishing it visually from the more restrained neighboring towers to the north (and creating a weird dialogue with the convention center).</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149990764/architecture-majors-work-the-hardest-in-college-study-reveals Architecture majors work the hardest in college, study reveals Julia Ingalls 2017-02-07T12:44:00-05:00 >2017-02-09T22:38:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4p/4pr5d6r6izvhx7ey.jpg" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A study conducted by Indiana University's National Study of Student Engagement reveals that architecture majors spend the most time outside of their classes studying, beating out even engineers. On average, an architecture major will spend 22.2 hours a week working on projects and generally furrowing their brows, while those head-in-the-clouds chemical engineers spend only 19.66 hours a week. Before taking home the "Living on Ramen in the Studio" prize, however, it's worth noting that pretty much every major has to spend some time outside of classes studying: even those undertaking PR + advertising spend an average of 12.17 hours in exterior academic pursuit, according to <a href="http://thetab.com/us/2017/02/06/ranked-majors-work-hardest-59673" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Tab</a>.</p><p><strong>Which major works the most hours?&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><ol><li>Architecture 22.2</li><li>Chemical engineering 19.66</li><li>Aero and astronautical engineering 19.24</li><li>Biomedical engineering 18.82</li><li>Cell and molecular biology 18.67</li><li>Physics 18.62</li><li>Astronomy 18.59</li><li>Biochemistry or biophysics 18.49</li><li>Bioengineering 18.43</li><li>Petroleum engineering 18.41</li><li>Mechanical engineerin...</li></ol> http://archinect.com/news/article/149990621/announcing-the-winners-of-the-2017-fairy-tales-architecture-competition Announcing the winners of the 2017 Fairy Tales Architecture Competition Justine Testado 2017-02-07T03:01:00-05:00 >2017-02-09T22:31:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l5/l5el9ia2huf2aiex.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149967065/fairy-tales-2017-blank-space-launches-fourth-annual-architecture-storytelling-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fairy Tales Architecture Competition</a> concluded another successful edition Monday evening with the anticipated reveal of its 2017 winners. The competition had its biggest winners announcement yet in front of a live audience at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C.</p><p>Like every year, the submissions blur the line between fictional and non-fictional. Narratives are depicted as storybook-friendly illustrations, but refer to themes like real-life current events&nbsp;or evergreen topics like the creative process, mundane everyday activities, and relatable human emotions.</p><p>The esteemed jury &mdash; which included&nbsp;Marion Weiss, Jing Liu, Stefano Boeri, Michael Maltzan, National Building Museum Executive Director Chase W. Rynd, and&nbsp;Archinect's very own Alexander Walter, among others &mdash;&nbsp;selected three prize winners, an American Institute of Architecture Students winner, and 10 honorable mentions.</p><p><strong>1ST PRIZE: &ldquo;Last Day&rdquo; by Mykhailo Ponomarenko | Ukraine</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/ca/caejx19ci4wc5x8y.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/87/8792h9u2s1wpjlru.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/de/de6tcivxud3gch39.jpg"></p><p>Synopsis:&nbsp;&ldquo;The entry utilizes classical painti...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149989528/win-ppi-s-are-5-0-review-manual-book Win PPI's ARE 5.0 Review Manual Book Sponsor 2017-02-06T19:35:00-05:00 >2017-02-14T13:15:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k8/k87qzz6r9nrx2ykw.jpg" width="650" height="445" border="0" title="" alt="" /><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bz/bzf803f2k3jstrzv.jpg"><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://ppi2pass.com/shop/are" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</strong></em>&nbsp;<p>PPI is proud to sponsor this week&rsquo;s Archinect giveaway. One lucky winner will walk away with an architecture dream bundle that includes:</p><ul><li>PPI&rsquo;s&nbsp;<strong><em>ARE 5.0 Review Manual Book</em></strong>&nbsp;written by David Kent Ballast, FAIA, CSI, NCIDQ-Cert. No. 9425, and Steven E. O Hara, PE ($250 value). Offers a comprehensive review of all six divisions of ARE 5.0 with hundreds of tables, figures, advice, tips, and strategies.</li><li>A LEGO set from the Architecture Collection,&nbsp;<strong>The White House</strong>&nbsp;(No Longer Available). With 560 pieces, this kit allows you to build a LEGO replica of the White House and includes a booklet with details on design and history. For ages 12+.</li><li>PPI&rsquo;s&nbsp;<strong>Stainless SteeI Water Bottle</strong>&nbsp;($24.95 value). Keeps fluids hot for up to 12 hours and cold for up to 24 hours.</li></ul><p>Opt into our newsletter and receive a 15% off promotion code valid through the end of February 2017. This offer is exclusive to Archinect and is only valid for residents of the United States.</p><p><strong>To enter the giveaway ...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149989850/bureau-spectacular-s-installation-to-be-exhibited-at-sfmoma Bureau Spectacular's installation to be exhibited at SFMOMA Julia Ingalls 2017-02-02T13:45:00-05:00 >2017-02-09T13:06:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6k/6kjghjs1q77ku5n0.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Not content to <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/113594682/jimenez-lai-storyteller-by-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">be merely groundbreaking</a>, Bureau Spectacular's imaginative work is increasingly becoming prestigious. The SFMOMA will display "insideoutsidebetweenbeyond," a large-scale installation the museum specifically invited Bureau Spectacular to design, from February 11th through August 13, 2017.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ms/msihsimer26hishg.jpg"></p><p>As&nbsp;Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher,&nbsp;Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design at SFMOMA explains, "Led by Jimenez Lai,&nbsp;the Los Angeles&ndash;based studio considers architecture to be a medium capable of rewriting sociological narratives. In this view, architecture is not solely functional; informed by client input and civic policy, buildings also reveal societal values. Noting the banality of developed cities worldwide, Lai suggests that boxy skyscrapers are the result of a drive for economic efficiency. In their place, Bureau Spectacular proposes an architecture that reflects a balanced democracy of creative individuals."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149989534/pro-tips-on-sketching-for-virtual-reality Pro Tips on sketching for virtual reality Julia Ingalls 2017-01-31T19:57:00-05:00 >2017-02-08T00:33:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vk/vkwr3w1jogv96lhh.jpg" width="650" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In any great hack, speed and convenience reduce formerly tedious, mind-numbing tasks into relatively easy operations. This appears to be the case with <a href="https://virtualrealitypop.com/vr-sketches-56599f99b357#.k4o8uj84o" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Volodymyr Kurbatov's tips</a> on hand sketching numerous POVs/scenarios for virtual reality simulations. He breaks down the process with helpful diagrams and downloadable templates, explaining in his distinctive syntax:</p><p><em>I&rsquo;m an old fashion guy who likes taking the pencil first.</em></p><p><em>So I tried to use 360 panorama grid to align my sketches to wide angle view. It was looking not very spectacular, till I scanned it and put on my face.</em></p><p><em>And it is working! So I&rsquo;ll be glad to share my process step by step.</em></p><ol></ol>