Archinect - News 2017-01-22T15:37:18-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149987680/trump-begins-presidency-by-increasing-taxes-for-middle-class-homebuyers Trump begins presidency by increasing taxes for (middle-class) homebuyers Nicholas Korody 2017-01-20T19:11:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T19:12:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vo/vo3mvdrsm5tbf93i.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>IN ONE OF the first official acts of his presidency, Donald Trump has increased taxes on a million middle-class homebuyers. The Department of Housing and Urban Development on Friday reversed a scheduled 0.25 percent cut in mortgage insurance premiums issued by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). For a mortgage worth $200,000, this adds $500 to a homebuyer&rsquo;s annual costs. These insurance fees are effectively a tax on middle-class homeownership.</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/149987398/trump-may-eliminate-the-national-endowment-for-the-arts-here-s-why-that-matters-for-architecture Trump may eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts — here's why that matters for architecture Nicholas Korody 2017-01-19T13:38:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T17:56:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/w2/w2cy50fh1dcuzn0f.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to a report published by <a href="http://thehill.com/policy/finance/314991-trump-team-prepares-dramatic-cuts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>the Hill</em></a>, President-elect Trump is planning significant cuts to federal programs, including the departments of Transportation, Commerce and Energy. What else is on the chopping block? The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. And, according to the report, they&rsquo;re not just going to get budgetary cuts&mdash;they&rsquo;re going to be eliminated. This matters.</p><p>The United States already barely supports the arts at all in comparison to other developed countries. But still, the NEA and NEH are crucial for the survival of arts and cultural organizations around the country. Best known for supporting the fine arts, these organizations also support many architectural initiatives under the rubric of &ldquo;Design&rdquo;, a category which here covers: &ldquo;architecture, communications and graphic design, fashion design, historic preservation, industrial and product design, interior design, landscape architecture, planning, universal design, social i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987385/exquisite-play-on-materiality-defines-maison-de-quartier-de-chatelaine-balexert-by-stendardo-menningen-architectes Exquisite play on materiality defines "Maison de Quartier de Chatelaine-Balexert" by Stendardo Menningen Architectes Julia Ingalls 2017-01-19T13:24:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T13:30:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3b/3bo87i4wojljryc4.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designed as an easily accessible community center that, according to its architects, would preserve "a logical continuity and preservation of the existing landscape as well as construct synergies with the surrounding buildings," the Maison de Quartier de Chatelaine-Balexert benefits from a sophisticated material interaction.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gi/gi6qxqmv6q5tqiml.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ss/ssla5c1imwvfft1a.jpg"></p><p>The visual interplay between the concrete and wood, along with the angular, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/287976/dan-flavin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Flavin</a>-meets-<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149986466/the-proust-questionnaire-daniel-libeskind" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Libeskind</a>-interior lights, creates an exquisite structural passageway. It functions both as an intriguing space in itself and a&nbsp;facilitator&nbsp;of its surrounds.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kz/kzdwneyl97t0gqr8.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bf/bfrlnhu2hj2ps5ss.jpg"></p><p>Designed by Geneva-based&nbsp;Stendardo Menningen Architectes,&nbsp;the building was&nbsp;commissioned&nbsp;by the client Ville de Vernier and completed in 2016.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987236/144-finalists-advance-in-2017-knight-cities-challenge 144 finalists advance in 2017 Knight Cities Challenge Justine Testado 2017-01-19T12:53:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T12:53:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gu/guooswrr4gjxaenh.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now in its third edition, the Knight Cities Challenge asks one question: &ldquo;What&rsquo;s your best idea to make cities more successful?&rdquo;. Every year the Challenge's national call for ideas attracts a staggering number of applicants, who submit their strongest written ideas that they believe can improve everyday living in cities across the U.S. &mdash; particularly the 26 Knight communities. Out of more than 4,500 hopeful ideas, the jury narrowed down the competition pool to 144 finalist ideas.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out the full list of finalists <a href="http://bustler.net/news/5416/144-finalists-announced-in-2017-knight-cities-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987146/architecture-billings-index-in-december-ends-year-with-sharp-uptick Architecture Billings Index in December ends year with sharp uptick Alexander Walter 2017-01-18T14:13:00-05:00 >2017-01-21T17:37:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p7/p79mltb4xenwfpc5.jpg" width="650" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) concluded the year in positive terrain, with the December reading capping off three straight months of growth in design billings. [...] (AIA) reported the December ABI score was 55.9, up sharply from 50.6 in the previous month. This score reflects the largest increase in design services in 2016 (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 57.2, down from a reading of 59.5 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;The sharp upturn in design activity as we wind down the year is certainly encouraging. This bodes well for the design and construction sector as we enter the new year&rdquo;,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;However, December is an atypical month for interpreting trends, so the coming months will tell us a lot more about conditions that the industry is likely to see in 2017.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of December:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: Midwest (54.4), Northeast (54.0), South (53.8), West (48.8) &nbsp;</li><li>Sector index breakdown: commercial / industrial (54.3), institutional (53.3), mixed practice (51.9), multi-family residential (50.6) &nbsp;</li><li>Project inquiries index: 57.2 &nbsp;</li><li>Design contracts index: 51.2</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xy/xyq1fsuqkgg5y58b.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pn/pn37w3ur2b6oqdgp.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sa/saz6qgpnkdjwvddl.jpg"></p><p><em>All graphs represent data from December 2015 - December 2016, images via aia.org.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987132/donald-trump-taps-two-of-the-richest-developers-to-oversee-infrastructure-plan Donald Trump taps two of the richest developers to oversee infrastructure plan Nicholas Korody 2017-01-18T12:43:00-05:00 >2017-01-21T17:37:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9e/9ef1a3lmd21lj07j.jpg" width="650" height="440" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Donald Trump has chosen Richard LeFrak and Steve Roth, &ldquo;two of the wealthiest men in real estate&rdquo; according to <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/bisnow/2017/01/17/donald-trump-taps-richard-lefrak-steven-roth-to-lead-new-infrastructure-council/#3e0036e76f49" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forbes</a>,&nbsp; to head a &ldquo;council of builders and engineers&rdquo;. This new council will be tasked with overseeing Trump&rsquo;s plan to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure. As Archinect previously <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149975615/archinect-s-2016-us-presidential-election-guide-how-trump-and-clinton-stand-on-the-issues-architects-care-about-most" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reported</a>, the Republican infrastructure plan relies heavily on private-public partnerships, so it&rsquo;s not really a surprise that developers will be involved. That being said, scant details have been provided on how Trump plans to shore up the nation&rsquo;s crumbling infrastructure.</p><p>Roth founded Vornado, one of the most prominent real estate trusts in New York and Washington. Tornado is merging with JBG Smith, which is one of the short-listed bidders for the development of a new FBI headquarters&mdash;a $2 billion contract. The LeFrak family has played a sizable role in developing New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles and Miami.</p><p>In the past, the president had little to do with real estate decisions. That will likel...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987007/deborah-berke-designed-stylish-sustainable-tower-opens-in-indianapolis Deborah Berke-designed stylish, sustainable tower opens in Indianapolis Julia Ingalls 2017-01-17T17:13:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T11:09:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jv/jv4o4euan7x7flud.jpg" width="650" height="727" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Nine glassed-in, metal-fin bearing stories make up the new Deborah Berke Partners-designed Cummins Indy Tower, which officially opens this month. With its "projections and inflections," the building simultaneously juts and struts through the metropolis, creating a slender and ecologically conscious corporate HQ.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xg/xgqbe1tvenh6tg25.jpg"></p><p>Referring to Cummins' past collaborations with architects like Eero Saarinen and Kevin Roche, Deborah Berke notes that &ldquo;over the decades, Cummins has demonstrated a commitment to great design that benefits its employees, its customers, and the community. This building carries that legacy forward with an environmentally sustainable design that dignifies the work going on inside while enhancing the urban realm.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/93/9302jciuvy0oznl8.jpg"></p><p>The building&rsquo;s articulated facades and distinctive form serve a purpose&mdash;to create a comfortable, light-filled work environment for employees that adds to the vitality on Market Street. Adding some muscle to the great bones of downtown Indianapolis, the park is a public am...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986970/do-architecture-awards-matter Do architecture awards matter? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-17T14:16:00-05:00 >2017-01-21T18:56:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i3/i3qcc9bqrobr3j1j.jpg" width="650" height="493" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Almost singing the refrain, "What do awards have to do with it?" writer <a href="http://commonedge.org/do-architecture-awards-matter/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ben Willis </a>investigates the disconnect between the plethora of architectural awards, both those that recognize aesthetics and those that focus on data-driven technical specs, and the public's (and for that matter, other architects') incomprehension of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/145812094/why-is-the-pritzker-such-a-big-deal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">what these prizes mean</a>. With so many awards and so many buildings that fellow professionals have never visited or heard of before the merit is given, what exactly is the value of an architectural award? Using an Oscar analogy, Willis explains just what he's talking about: &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em>Whereas non-filmmakers have access to nearly all of the films considered for major film awards, most non-architects don&rsquo;t have first-hand experience with any of the buildings and designers being considered for awards. Many casual movie-goers know what defines an award-winning movie, and yet the criteria used to define award-winning buildings are often so disconnected from the public&rsquo;s experience...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986956/norman-foster-and-riba-announce-2017-survival-of-cities-traveling-scholarship Norman Foster and RIBA announce 2017 "survival of cities" traveling scholarship Julia Ingalls 2017-01-17T13:03:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T19:42:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xw/xwok8blvtwk53enb.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the tenth year in a row, RIBA and Norman Foster are offering a traveling scholarship in the form of &euro;7,000 (an increase over last year's &euro;6,000) to the destination of the winning student's choice. Students can't enter directly: RIBA and CAA validated schools are allowed to submit only one application each for one student by April 28th, whose merits will then be judged by a panel consisting of both financial backer Norman Foster and RIBA members. In a quasi-apocalyptic vein, the student's proposed research topic should "relate to the survival of our cities and towns and fall under one of the following themes:&nbsp;</p><ul><li>learning from the past to inform the future</li><li>the future of society</li><li>density of settlements</li><li>sustainability</li><li>use of resources</li><li>quality of urban life</li><li>transport"</li></ul><p>The full details of the application can be found <a href="https://www.architecture.com/Files/RIBAProfessionalServices/Education/Funding/2017/ApplicationForm2017.doc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986960/as-the-uk-and-us-shift-rightwards-architects-react As the UK and US shift rightwards, architects react Nicholas Korody 2017-01-17T12:38:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T19:43:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/00/00dt19dat123w3zn.jpg" width="650" height="401" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The last year has seen a dramatic political shift to the right in the Western world (and elsewhere), marked in particular by Brexit and the election of Donald J. Trump. Alongside the former, the Tories secured a firm grip on the UK, with Prime Minister Theresa May stepping in to fill the void left after David Cameron&rsquo;s departure. In the United States, the Republican party has an equally secure hold over the country and its future, controlling all three branches of government.</p><p>With this turn to the right, the built environment will undoubtedly change significantly. Cuts to government-subsidized housing are expected in both countries. Meanwhile, much-need infrastructural updates may&mdash;or may not&mdash;be on the horizon in the U.S., as they were one of the primary campaign promises of the President-elect.</p><p>Therefore, it&rsquo;s not really a surprise that architects on both sides of the Atlantic have voiced opinions on the direction their countries are heading. Two architectural organizations have just ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986836/geoff-manaugh-takes-a-look-inside-lax-s-impressive-airport-security-apparatus Geoff Manaugh takes a look inside LAX's impressive airport security apparatus Alexander Walter 2017-01-16T20:43:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T19:41:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/aj/ajs6wyk54r6wyj9u.jpg" width="650" height="455" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the summer of 2014, Anthony McGinty and Michelle Sosa were hired by Los Angeles World Airports to lead a unique, new classified intelligence unit on the West Coast. After only two years, their global scope and analytic capabilities promise to rival the agencies of a small nation-state. Their roles suggest an intriguing new direction for infrastructure protection in an era when threats are as internationally networked as they are hard to predict.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Being the world's fifth-busiest airport (74,937,004 travelers passed through LAX in 2015) makes this infrastructure megaproject one of the top-ranked terrorist and aviation targets in the country. With billions of dollars spent on the usual airport expansion and modernization projects in recent decades came also the need for enhanced anti-terrorism capabilities that gave birth to its own classified intelligence unit.</p><p>"Under the moniker of &ldquo;critical infrastructure protection,&rdquo; energy-production, transportation-logistics, waste-disposal, and other sites have been transformed from often-overlooked megaprojects on the edge of the metropolis into the heavily fortified, tactical crown jewels of the modern state," <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/01/threat-center/510644/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manaugh writes</a>. "Bridges, tunnels, ports, dams, pipelines, and airfields have an emergent geopolitical clout that now rivals democratically elected civic institutions."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986796/karim-rashid-launches-design-development-firm-kurv-architecture Karim Rashid launches design-development firm, Kurv Architecture Alexander Walter 2017-01-16T17:44:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T14:36:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eg/egb3irnsy62b7y9t.jpg" width="650" height="1005" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Never one to bore, Karim Rashid has announced that he&rsquo;s formed a new vertically-integrated firm that will incorporate architecture, investment, and development of new projects across New York City. Rashid has teamed up with his namesake firm&rsquo;s director of interior design, Alex Loyer Hughes, to form Kurv Architecture D.P.C. [...] Although there&rsquo;s overlap between Rashid&rsquo;s namesake firm and Kurv at the moment, Kurv will focus more on ground-up production rather than design alone.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"We are foremost,&nbsp;a design-development firm, specializing in the increased return of tangible added value&nbsp;through the implementation of unique award winning design," the mission statement on <a href="https://www.kurvarchitecture.com/about/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kurv's website</a> reads.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oy/oykes4rsvulrgbyv.jpg"></p><p>"The word design&nbsp;is used in the broadest sense to describe the full scope of the development process.&nbsp;Therefore, we work at all scales and stages of the process to ensure that increased value is returned as a result of our direct involvement."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xf/xf83mc93cfqnuspi.jpg"></p><p><em>Project images via&nbsp;kurvarchitecture.com.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986619/architecting-for-the-golden-years Architecting for the Golden Years Nam Henderson 2017-01-15T20:37:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T21:41:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/38/38jzbfp95qm28mbf.jpg" width="650" height="592" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Building industry professionals are taking note. Since the National Association of Home Builders started to offer a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist program in 2002, nearly 7,000 contractors, architects, interior designers and occupational therapists have become credentialed by attending a three-day course, according to Elizabeth Thompson, a spokeswoman for the association.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Kaya Laterman examines designing for an aging population. Renovations focused on age-in-place fixes, along with rise of NORCs (Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities) in NYC, are creating new market opportunities.&nbsp;</p><p>See also re:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125760915/find-your-ideal-neighborhood-with-this-new-livability-index-online-tool" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AARP&rsquo;s livability index</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/62461879/houses-designed-for-a-multigenerational-family" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">multi-generational architectures</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113421877/designing-for-seniors-and-soldiers-toward-a-silver-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toward a "Silver" Architecture</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942851/what-makes-an-age-friendly-city-older-citizens-worldwide-speak-out" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">age-friendly cities</a>.</p><p>Plus, some training/CEU sources via&nbsp;<a href="http://livinginplace.institute/calendar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Living in Place Institute</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.nahb.org/en/learn/course-overviews/design-build-solutions-for-aging-and-accessibility-caps-2.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NAHB</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986352/antarctic-architecture-is-getting-snazzier Antarctic architecture is getting snazzier Nam Henderson 2017-01-13T12:35:00-05:00 >2017-01-13T12:48:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2c/2c3gtcacsdedzz82.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Antarctic stations have become the equivalent of embassies on the ice.."They are showcases for a nation's interests in Antarctica - status symbols" says Prof Anne-Marie Brady, editor-in-chief of the Polar Journal and author of China as a Polar Great Power.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Matthew Teller reviews some of the latest designs for Antarctic research bases. At first they were simple wooden huts, then later&nbsp;"<em>a few wooden huts inside giant steel tubes</em>".&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gh/gh06pvaitfmkqiq5.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986255/death-is-in-the-details-photographic-survey-of-a-mall-about-to-be-torn-down Death is in the details: photographic survey of a mall about to be torn down Julia Ingalls 2017-01-12T20:23:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T23:11:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jk/jkckx2ptmyn3sxwy.jpg" width="650" height="453" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Its architecture is painfully lost in its own time and its updates only confuse by neither integrating well into the original structure or standing out as truly contemporary. The pink kiosks, orange tiles, teal chairs and green paneled rooms, the purple plush seating in the JC Penny dressing room, and the bright blue tiered entryways are, along with other decor flourishes, seemingly random, with no coherent pattern.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Declaring that "the&nbsp;dying mall narrative" already peaked a few years ago,&nbsp;Tag Hartman-Simkins decides to photographically zero in on the details of an old mall in Galesburg, Illinois that is about to be torn down and replaced with an updated, outdoor mixed-use space. His careful observations of everything from the floor tile to the overhead music to the way mirrors are arranged in dressing rooms create a nuanced and affecting portrait of long gone times.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986238/a-brutalist-coloring-book-lets-you-paint-it-black-and-gray-perhaps-even-blue A Brutalist coloring book lets you paint it black (and gray, perhaps even blue) Julia Ingalls 2017-01-12T18:47:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T23:20:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jq/jq13di3mimsnwc3i.jpg" width="640" height="458" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Depending on the level of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132512542/famous-architecture-as-rendered-through-google-s-creepy-deepdream" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">surreality</a> you favor in your coloring book exercises, The Brutalist Colouring Book from Belgian graphic designer Marc Thomasset allows you to create wildly imaginative or strictly literal renderings of various famous brutalist landmarks, including works by William Pereira and SOM (and even provides pre-made clouds for you):</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gf/gfyt5603iunks4tr.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tb/tbfqdpvqta5ke6pg.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/36/368xmfl4m1p239qv.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986207/it-s-better-to-turn-on-than-to-fade-away-archinect-sessions-94 It's Better to Turn on Than to Fade Away; Archinect Sessions #94 Paul Petrunia 2017-01-12T16:46:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T23:10:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tn/tnid5tts24gr1iz0.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week Donna, Ken, and Paul discuss Exhibit Columbus's Miller Prize announcement, gender equality in lecture school lineups, and the recent illumination of Detroit.</p><p>This episode was sponsored by <a href="http://ppi2pass.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>&nbsp;- use code ARC17 for 15% off your purchase.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 94 of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "It's Better to Turn on Than to Fade Away":</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-94.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986180/shenzhen-s-design-society-to-feature-v-a-gallery-for-its-october-2017-opening Shenzhen's Design Society to feature V&A gallery for its October 2017 opening Julia Ingalls 2017-01-12T13:38:00-05:00 >2017-01-18T00:36:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k2/k2vy2ey0xx6g7imp.jpg" width="625" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As brand-new collaborations go, the Shenzhen Design Society's choice to feature London's V&amp;A gallery as part of its cultural hub opening this October isn't too shocking, unless you consider that galleries of Chinese art and photography aren't necessarily a common feature of the global art world circuit. The inclusion of the gallery is partly a tribute to the V&amp;A's numerous exhibitions that showcased Chinese culture in Europe, including one of the first exhibitions on contemporary Chinese film and photography in 2005 (!).&nbsp;According to <a href="http://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2017/01/03/shenzhen-design-society/#ixzz4VZcDY8bh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lonely Planet</a>, the hub's goal is to "focus on the history of groundbreaking design, with the aim of opening a dialogue on how design can be a catalyst for social change."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986152/herzog-de-meuron-s-elbphilharmonie-celebrates-its-grand-opening Herzog & de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie celebrates its grand opening Julia Ingalls 2017-01-12T12:54:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T23:18:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o5/o5ud2zmeen1yu9md.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After months of antici.............pation, Herzog &amp; de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie has finally opened, and a slew of luminaries, including Angela Merkel and the architects themselves, were in attendance to celebrate the inaugural concert.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3h/3hrjrui1fmskpiuu.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6c/6c0a903oapyhdf01.jpg"></p><p>The event featured the debut of &ldquo;Zum Raum wird hier die Zeit,&rdquo; a composition by Wolfgang Rihm specifically&nbsp;commissioned&nbsp;for the hall's opening.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8j/8j77kx3xzindlixz.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f9/f9nejztyi7s6rmzt.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986054/editor-s-picks-461 Editor's Picks #461 Nam Henderson 2017-01-12T12:08:00-05:00 >2017-01-12T21:33:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6a/6ao9e45poftbfoc7.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;talked with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149982626/michael-rotondi-opens-up-about-the-faith-propelling-his-life-and-work" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Rotondi</a>, a man of deeply-held spiritual convictions, about his spiritual practice and how it affects his architectural and educational practices.</p><p>To wit;</p><p>"<em>What you learn from the Buddhists, the Tibetan Buddhists in particular, is that you work on yourself first and foremost because the&nbsp;</em><em>healthier you are the healthier you are going to make everybody in your sphere of influence&hellip;.Most importantly for me, architecture is a pretext for the relationships that you can begin to construct and develop over time. Life is one architecture in my world...I see my role as an architect and the role that architecture has in the world is much different.</em>"</p><p>Some readers (<strong>Tim W</strong>) cautioned "<em>mentoring of students in muddy thinking early on</em>"&nbsp;questioning the practical utility of "<em>pseudoscience, spiritual mash-ups</em>". Most others, saw (at least) some value in an "<em>open mind</em>"&nbsp;or at least "<em>model agnosticism</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wv/wvs5akmad9qgv61b.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/evanchakroff" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Evan Chakroff</a> shared his thoughts on <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149983483/no-particular-place-to-go-cuba-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a visit to Cuba</a>. The trip inclu...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985975/within-and-without-architecture Within and Without Architecture Places Journal 2017-01-11T17:36:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T15:23:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mv/mvl20dpohdozwrl5.jpg" width="650" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The imaginative possibilities of miniature things lie not in their being shrunken versions of a larger thing. The world of the miniature opens to reveal a secret life.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sometimes you encounter a thing that is not &ldquo;properly&rdquo; architectural, but which yet has something profound to say about the discipline. In her latest article for <em>Places</em>, columnist Naomi Stead is drawn by a cartoon from&nbsp;<em>The New Yorker&nbsp;</em>to consider the relationships between the miniature, the uncanny, and mise en abyme in architecture.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985928/society-of-architectural-historians-to-host-70th-annual-international-conference-in-glasgow Society of Architectural Historians to Host 70th Annual International Conference in Glasgow SAH1365 2017-01-11T13:55:00-05:00 >2017-01-11T14:02:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o1/o1vobrry45gdtum7.jpg" width="650" height="446" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s a privilege to be welcoming some 600 international professionals from the Society of Architectural Historians to Glasgow this summer. It&rsquo;s also a milestone meeting as it marks the first time the SAH has held its annual congress outside North America in more than 40 years and it comes during our national Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology&mdash;so it&rsquo;s altogether fitting that it has chosen Glasgow for its first-ever visit to Scotland.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <strong>Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)</strong> will hold its 70th Annual International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, from June 7&ndash;11, 2017, marking the first time SAH has met outside North America since 1973.&nbsp; An estimated 600 historians, architects, preservationists, and museum professionals from around the world will convene to present new research on the history of the built environment at the <strong>University of Strathclyde&rsquo;s Technology &amp; Innovation Centre</strong>. The conference program will feature paper sessions, keynote talks, roundtables, social receptions, and public events including architecture tours in and around Glasgow and a seminar on heritage and sustainability.</p><p><strong>Aileen Crawford, Head of Conventions at Glasgow City Marketing Bureau</strong>, said: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a privilege to be welcoming some 600 international professionals from the Society of Architectural Historians to Glasgow this summer. It&rsquo;s also a milestone meeting as it marks the first time the SAH has held its annual congress outside Nort...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985778/aamodt-plumb-architects-resigns-from-the-aia-over-robert-ivy-s-conciliatory-comments-toward-trump Aamodt/Plumb Architects resigns from the AIA over Robert Ivy's conciliatory comments toward Trump Julia Ingalls 2017-01-10T19:54:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T22:51:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tn/tnl048g5iqn1zhnf.jpg" width="639" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Don't pay your national AIA dues if you don't agree with the direction of the association. At least, that's what Mette Aamodt is doing this year. According to a press release issued by the firm, Aamodt explains that she:&nbsp;</p><p><em>is calling on architects to join her in refusing to work for clients&nbsp;engaged in discrimination, human rights violations, tyranny and exploitation. AIA&nbsp;National dues are due this week and every member has to make a choice about&nbsp;where they stand.</em></p><p><em>Together&nbsp;with her partner Andrew Plumb, Aamodt and their firm Aamodt / Plumb Architects&nbsp;is raising money to start a non-profit organization dedicated to education and&nbsp;advocacy around quality construction techniques, healthy materials and fair&nbsp;labor practices. &ldquo;We have just elected one of the world&rsquo;s worst developers as&nbsp;President, who exploits people and natural resources to build junk buildings&nbsp;that benefit no one but himself,&rdquo; says Mette Aamodt. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s time for architects&nbsp;to take a stand and fight back, rather than rolling ove...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985771/no-more-personal-cars-will-be-allowed-in-madrid-s-city-center No more personal cars will be allowed in Madrid's city center Julia Ingalls 2017-01-10T19:03:00-05:00 >2017-01-10T19:03:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wj/wjy7ob23n86a8qww.jpg" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Madrid's mayor, Manuela Carmena, is serious about kicking personal cars off the road in the city center. On a November 5 show on Spanish radio networkCadena Ser, she confirmed that Madrid's main avenue, the Gran V&iacute;a, will only allow access to bikes, buses, and taxis before she leaves office in May 2019, as noted by CityLab.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Are people in love with not having to drive to dense urban locales? (Answer: for the most part, yes.) Following the lead of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134108329/from-california-to-texas-car-culture-is-losing-its-monopoly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">numerous cities</a> that are seeking either to reduce car traffic or obliterate it altogether, Madrid's mayor actually outlawed personal vehicles from the city's main thoroughfare during the crucial days before Christmas (and later discovered that merchant profits were up over the previous year).</p><p>The latest updates in global car culture:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149973224/driverless-cars-hit-the-streets-of-milton-keynes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Driverless cars hit the streets of Milton Keynes</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941488/the-netherlands-moves-closer-to-leaving-gas-and-diesel-cars-in-the-dust" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Netherlands moves closer to leaving gas and diesel cars in the dust</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139616789/is-america-actually-shifting-away-from-its-car-obsession-not-entirely" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is America actually shifting away from its car obsession? Not entirely.</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985681/hyperloop-one-announces-35-semifinalists-in-17-countries-for-its-global-challenge Hyperloop One announces 35 semifinalists in 17 countries for its global challenge Julia Ingalls 2017-01-10T12:58:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T15:28:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nt/ntjlwuy428zfvfu9.jpg" width="650" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whether you envisioned Hyperloop One as an overhyped pneumatic tube or an inventive way to transport cargo and/or passengers, 35 teams from 17 countries around the world have just been announced as semifinalists in the contest to create working transit corridors for the technology. The 35 proposed routes are sited in countries including Argentina, Poland, Australia, India, the U.K. and the U.S. (the full list is below). Finalists will be announced in May after three global showcase events where each team has the chance to demonstrate how their proposal will economically benefit their region. The showcases will be held in New Delhi on February 28th, Washington D.C. on April 6th, and London on April 27th. Twenty of the proposals currently have governmental or other funding sources already lined up.&nbsp;</p><p>Corridors in&nbsp;the semifinalist round include:<br>AR Buenos Aires-Cordoba<br>AU Sydney-Melbourne<br>CA Ontario (cargo)<br>CA Toronto-Montreal<br>CA Vancouver (cargo)<br>CH Shanghai-Hangzhou<br>DE Autobahn<br>EE Tallin-Helsi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985387/on-the-ground-a-new-suburbanism On the ground, a “new suburbanism”? Nam Henderson 2017-01-09T16:01:00-05:00 >2017-01-09T22:47:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tf/tf5kaepgs0w7v83x.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2015, 18 percent of all existing housing units on Long Island were multifamily. While that is less than half the percentage in New York metropolitan suburbs over all, change is apparent across the island...12,500 condominium and rental units within half a mile of train stations had been approved over the last 11 years, 7,000 of which have been built. Another 10,000 units could be approved in five to six years.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Marcelle Sussman Fischler reports in from the&nbsp;suburbs around New York City, where luxury, amenity-rich, mixed-used TOD is offering up an urbanized suburbia.</p><p>Meanwhile in the Denver region, an innovative public-private financing tool <a href="http://confrontingsuburbanpoverty.org/case-studies/denver-transit-oriented-development-fund/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denver Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Fund</a>, is attempting to "<em>preserve and create affordable housing and community facilities</em>". Denver's official&nbsp;<a href="https://www.denvergov.org/content/dam/denvergov/Portals/193/documents/TOD_Plan/TOD_Strategic_Plan_FINAL.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transit Oriented Development Strategic Plan</a> from 2014.</p><p>Also previously,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/37912/the-new-suburbanism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New Suburbanism</a>&nbsp;by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.joelkotkin.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Joel Kotkin</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985447/don-t-want-ben-carson-to-become-secretary-of-hud-sign-this-letter Don’t want Ben Carson to become Secretary of HUD? Sign this letter Nicholas Korody 2017-01-09T14:32:00-05:00 >2017-01-09T15:05:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fj/fjvvpnbei9rgpcgb.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A growing list of urban planners, designers, architects, and scholars are putting their weight behind a petition intended to prevent Dr. Ben Carson from becoming <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980007/president-elect-trump-offers-hud-post-to-ben-carson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development</a> (HUD). He has <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980875/what-ben-carson-s-federal-inexperience-means-for-hud" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">no prior experience</a> with housing and holds widely-unpopular positions on public housing and other issues. For instance, Carson has described the Fair Housing Act as &ldquo;socialist&rdquo;, suggesting he would not enforce it.</p><p>Here's how the letter, which is still being edited and written collaboratively, begins:</p><p><em>We, the undersigned, are strongly opposed to the appointment of Dr. Ben Carson as the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. &nbsp;Apart from his personal views on a variety of political and social issues, we consider Dr. Carson completely unqualified to anticipate or promote appropriate solutions to the pressing housing and urban needs facing our country.</em></p><p><em>Created in 1965 to further the nation&rsquo;s housing and urban re...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984970/ceiling-tile-that-wirelessly-charges-devices-unveiled-at-ces-2017 Ceiling tile that wirelessly charges devices unveiled at CES 2017 Julia Ingalls 2017-01-05T17:24:00-05:00 >2017-01-08T23:41:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a6/a6ow59yowmvlbqdw.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The days of having to purchase astonishingly expensive replacement charging plugs accidentally left behind on trips, or for that matter of lugging around charging plugs in general, may be over. At this year's CES in Las Vegas, licensing company Ossia is unveiling a drop ceiling tile that purports to wirelessly charge a variety of devices, depending of course on how close the device is to the tile. The more tiles, the chargier: up to four Cota Tiles can be combined to provide the maximum radius and charge to those battery-draining devices. As the press release explains:</p><p><em>Each Cota Tile contains Ossia's wireless power smart antenna technology that automatically powers Cota-enabled devices &mdash; from tablets to smoke alarms.&nbsp;Cota Tile has proven safe for operation around people, pets and plants. It is environmentally friendly and does not interfere with Wi-Fi or other wireless technologies while continuously streaming power to multiple Cota-enabled devices, even as they move around a room. C...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984955/british-antarctic-survey-announces-construction-partner-to-modernize-uk-polar-research-facilities British Antarctic Survey announces construction partner to modernize UK polar research facilities Alexander Walter 2017-01-05T14:42:00-05:00 >2017-01-08T23:40:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0d/0d71dd3899081132ccfae5b2bc17ee97.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Construction expert BAM has been chosen to partner with British Antarctic Survey (BAS) to modernise UK Antarctic and other research facilities, enabling British scientists to continue delivering world class research into some of the most important issues facing our planet. [...] Commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), this long-term UK partnership will last between 7-10 years and is worth an estimated &pound;100m.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Construction near the South Pole comes with its own set of challenges which the winning bidder, BAM International, along with its UK arm, BAM Nuttall, promises to master with years of expertise&nbsp;in working in remote parts of the world.&nbsp;</p><p>The&nbsp;British Antarctic Survey's announcement yesterday went on to say:</p><p><em>"The Antarctic construction projects will present unique challenges given the continent is the highest, driest, coldest and windiest on Earth, and most construction work will need to be completed during the four month window of the Antarctic summer. Construction workers will live and work alongside science teams in harsh and remote environments, sometimes in sub-zero temperatures."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s7/s7kgchkg9oevdrqe.jpg"></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982575/architect-gustav-dusing-selected-for-inagural-antarctic-biennial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect Gustav Dusing selected for inagural Antarctic Biennial</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144576879/forget-it-jake-it-s-antarctica-nations-jostle-to-establish-influence-at-the-world-s-end" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forget it, Jake, it's Antarctica: nations jostle to establish influence at the world's end</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/66652455/halley-vi-antarctic-research-station-opens-february-5" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Halley VI Antarctic research station opens February 5</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984941/watch-a-meditative-and-breathtaking-aerial-survey-of-the-l-a-river Watch a meditative and breathtaking aerial survey of the L.A. River Julia Ingalls 2017-01-05T14:26:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T14:54:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e4/e4bgmir2p3mjyhai.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Only one thing is certain now that <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149966972/to-ignore-this-is-to-ignore-one-of-the-great-resources-of-the-region-frank-gehry-on-the-la-river-revitalization-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a> has undertaken the plan to revitalize the LA River: in the future, it will be different.</p><p>Check out Archinect's extensive coverage of the LA River Redevelopment, including interviews with major players like Mia Lehrer via the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/646036/next-up" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up</a> series...</p><p></p><p></p><p>This elegant aerial video by Chang Kim captures the current state of the concrete-channeled river, offering not only a meditative journey over freeway overpasses, opportunistic scrub brush and litter-choked rivulets, but a lush historic record of what this city's main water artery was, whatever it may eventually become. With a spare piano soundtrack composed by Nils Frahm, the video comes in at just under five minutes:</p>