Archinect - News 2016-07-01T00:24:46-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149955313/ikea-recalls-over-35-million-malm-and-other-dressers-and-chests-due-to-child-fatalities IKEA recalls over 35 million MALM and other dressers and chests due to child fatalities Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-30T18:30:00-04:00 >2016-06-30T21:03:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wa/wa2oqmeoz02gzki1.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Well that's a downer. In response to multiple child deaths resulting from their distinctive particleboard units tipping over,&nbsp;IKEA is offering a full refund or a free wall-mounting kit for any MALM dresser or chest, and additional&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/about_ikea/newsitem/062816-recall-chest-and-dressers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">models</a>, made between January 2002 and June 2016. In total, that affects more than 35 million pieces of furniture sold in the U.S. and Canada.&nbsp;</p><p>According to the&nbsp;U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the unstable units pose&nbsp;"a serious tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in death or serious injuries to children." Last year, after two reported child deaths in 2014, IKEA announced that it would offer wall-anchoring repair kits to owners for free. Two additional deaths after the 2015 announcement prompted IKEA to go full-recall, asking consumers to stop using the units entirely, and keep them away from children.</p><p>According to the CPSC, one child dies every two weeks from furniture or TVs tipping over, and one is injured every 24 minutes. More i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149955304/trading-the-l-train-for-a-giant-inflatable-condom Trading the L Train for a giant inflatable condom? Julia Ingalls 2016-06-30T17:58:00-04:00 >2016-06-30T17:58:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2l/2livy9zkn1a5smpc.jpg" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In 2019, New York City's Hurricane Sandy-damaged L Train tunnel will shut down for repairs, making it tricky to get across the East River without a new form of transport. In a competition sponsored by the Van Alen Institute to find alternatives, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106465/aecom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AECOM</a> suggested building a fiber-glass fabric tunnel for pedestrians that could also double as a projection space.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wu/wulezgc3byuvpf6g.jpg"></p><p>The tunnel, which an AECOM designer likened to an inflatable condom in this <a href="https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20160630/east-williamsburg/williamsburg-music-club-owners-pushed-out-by-vice-returning-with-new-venue" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DNA info</a> article, would have segments above and below the water line in order to enable river traffic to pass over it.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dl/dlrtx0gshjmsnw6x.jpg"></p><p>However, the super-sized prophylactic&nbsp;ended up being a hard sell, losing out to the docking ferry proposal "Transient Transit" (pictured above) designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/38008/burohappold" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BuroHappold Engineering</a> and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/776/kohn-pedersen-fox-associates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kohn Pederson Fox Associates</a>&nbsp;for the competition's $1,000 prize.&nbsp;</p><p>All the latest in river-design news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934555/los-angeles-river-revitalization-prosperity-for-all-or-just-a-chosen-few" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles River revitalization: prosperity for all or just a chosen few?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936222/a-river-of-solar-power-a-scheme-for-the-tijuana-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A river of solar power: a scheme for the Tijuana river</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947815/why-are-heatherwick-s-proposals-succeeding-in-new-york-but-tanking-in-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why are Heatherwick's proposal...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149955298/construction-on-heatherwick-s-pier55-halted-due-to-court-order Construction on Heatherwick's Pier55 halted due to court order Nicholas Korody 2016-06-30T17:28:00-04:00 >2016-06-30T17:29:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d9/d9qfs8iplz9w16sq.jpg" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An appellate court on Thursday halted construction on Pier55... Crews had just begun work on the $130 million green space... The opponents, led by the City Club of New York, filed suit in state Supreme Court in June 2015, arguing that the Hudson River Park Trust, the entity that manages and operates the park, did not go through the proper channels to launch the project and didn't adequately study the potential environmental impacts of Pier55.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The 2.7 acre, Thomas Heatherwick-designed park, which is funded largely by the Diller-von Furstenberg family, has been controversial for both its design and for the alleged secrecy surrounding it.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ap/apyh1yhm4t9srtf6.jpg"></p><p>"The project is significantly imperiled at this point, and we are very happy about that," &nbsp;Richard Emery, the attorney representing the plaintiff stated. "We think this is a project borne of secrecy and deception, and should not be part of the city landscape without a very different approach to getting public and government approvals."</p><p>A spokesperson for Pier55 Inc, on other hand, said, "By continuing its misguided crusade, the City Club is obstructing the will of the local community and undermining a much-needed effort to create new public parks in New York City."</p><p>The state appellate court ordered work to be halted until September, when the case will be heard.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u1/u15ydrrlpgrx7ie0.jpg"></p><p>For more on Pier55 and other Heatherwick projects, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948451/london-s-garden-bridge-the-saga-continues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's garden bridge, the saga continues</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942976/construction-of-heatherwick-signe-nielsen-designed-pier-55-to-begin-this-summer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction of Hea...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149955219/a-bit-of-nervousness-brexit-s-effect-on-architecture-ft-special-guest-rob-hyde-from-manchester-school-of-architecture-on-archinect-sessions-70 A Bit of Nervousness: Brexit's effect on architecture ft. special guest Rob Hyde from Manchester School of Architecture on Archinect Sessions #70 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-30T13:45:00-04:00 >2016-06-30T15:07:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lb/lbdi5bxygghutg94.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last Thursday, Great Britain voted to leave the European Union, with a margin of 52% to 48%. The result was a huge surprise&mdash;especially for those in creative industries like architecture, many of whom <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937278/say-no-to-a-brexit-says-david-chipperfield" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">publicly supported</a> the Remain campaign. While no official exit strategy is yet in place, within hours of the 'Brexit' vote becoming clear, the British pound dropped 10% in value against the US dollar (the lowest it's been since the 1980s). Prime Minister David Cameron resigned shortly after, and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953793/architects-react-to-shocking-eu-referendum-result" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">many British architects are wondering what the hell will happen now</a>.</p><p>Speaking from his position as Principal Lecturer at the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/22150860/the-manchester-school-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester School of Architecture</a>, Rob Hyde joined us on the podcast this week to talk about the mood in the UK post-Brexit, and how architects are carrying on. Let us know what you think of the Brexit decision in the comments.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 70 of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "A Bit of Nervousness":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to a...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954987/la-s-donut-time-the-lgbtq-landmark-in-tangerine-is-now-permanently-closed LA's Donut Time, the LGBTQ landmark in “Tangerine”, is now permanently closed Justine Testado 2016-06-29T18:29:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T21:41:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nz/nz5g0791qlnh6271.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Anyone who's seen the iPhone-shot feature Tangerine or cruised by the doughnut shop at night knows that Donut Time wasn't just another of Los Angeles' dozens of purveyors of sweet, glazed pastries. Much more significant than that, it had long served as a haven for sex workers &mdash; many of them transgender women &mdash; who make a living on the streets nearby. "I didn't think it would ever go away. It's really sad," [Tangerine director Sean] Baker says. "I think the film caught an end to an era."</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to <a href="http://laist.com/2016/06/28/donut_time.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAist</a>, Donut Time's closure may be related to a massive mixed-use development proposed for that stretch along Santa Monica Boulevard, where (of course) gentrification is on the rise. It's not yet known if anything will replace Donut Time.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953892/stonewall-inn-formally-declared-as-national-monument" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stonewall Inn formally declared as national monument</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953536/queer-space-after-pulse-archinect-sessions-69-ft-special-guests-james-rojas-and-susan-surface" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Queer Space, After Pulse: Archinect Sessions #69 ft. special guests James Rojas and Susan Surface</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944866/apple-store-to-take-over-historic-theater-in-downtown-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple store to take over historic theater in Downtown Los Angeles</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141449075/carry-out-world-s-first-taco-bell-is-being-rescued-from-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carry out: world's first Taco Bell is being rescued from demolition</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954986/bart-and-la-metro-battle-via-twitter-haikus BART and LA Metro battle via Twitter haikus Julia Ingalls 2016-06-29T18:26:00-04:00 >2016-06-30T12:06:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t6/t6evsiamyvscl6i2.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Oh, SF BART Twitter account&mdash;back at it again with the going rogue. This time, instead of getting real with folks on the platform, they decided to have a little fun with the Los Angeles Metro account, challenging them to a full-on haiku battle on Twitter this past Friday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The official Twitter account for the BART isn't sycophantic or pandering: when confronted with customer concerns, it answers them with actual facts, even if those facts wouldn't gel with a traditional PR department. Now, however, the BART account has gone one step further and is outright having fun, challenging the LA Metro and New York's MTA to a haiku battle.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ec/eco7h2npz2flueaj.jpg"></p><p>While it's safe to say that both the BART and the LA Metro should keep their day jobs, having a playfully-minded transit system is not necessarily a bad thing.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wl/wl9b7vd2dtcfuvyc.jpg"></p><p>When not writing haikus, here's what else public transit is up to:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954705/alphabet-s-secret-plan-to-overhaul-public-transport-in-the-us" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alphabet's secret plan to overhaul public transport in the US</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946497/with-opening-of-expo-line-to-santa-monica-l-a-s-dream-of-a-subway-to-the-sea-finally-comes-true-again" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With opening of Expo Line to Santa Monica, L.A.'s dream of a "subway to the sea" finally comes true (again)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935978/seven-u-s-cities-competing-to-be-the-smartest-in-urban-transit-systems" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seven U.S. cities competing to be the "smartest" in urban transit systems</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954976/jet-like-maglev-pods-are-coming-to-abu-dhabi-s-yas-island 'Jet-like' maglev pods are coming to Abu Dhabi's Yas Island Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-29T17:36:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T17:37:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/86/86c4b12d634ec43c6cf12f4fc332a132.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>skyTran&rsquo;s computer-controlled, 2-person &ldquo;jet-like&rdquo; vehicles employ magnetic levitation technology instead of wheels. The patented high-speed, low-cost, elevated PRT system built at the NASA Ames Research Centre, will have cars zipping above traffic along magnetic lines from one destination to another across the island, a statement said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More transportation news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Hyperloop hopefuls turn to 'passive' maglev technology" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944419/hyperloop-hopefuls-turn-to-passive-maglev-technology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop hopefuls turn to 'passive' maglev technology</a></li><li><a title="Would self-driving cars be useful to people living outside urban cores?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950112/would-self-driving-cars-be-useful-to-people-living-outside-urban-cores" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Would self-driving cars be useful to people living outside urban cores?</a></li><li><a title="Aerial cable cars proposed for Chicago" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943941/aerial-cable-cars-proposed-for-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aerial cable cars proposed for Chicago</a></li><li><a title="World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938713/world-s-first-fully-autonomous-taxi-service-will-arrive-in-singapore-later-this-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year</a></li><li><a title="Women-only Uber alternatives face pushback from antidiscrimination laws" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937269/women-only-uber-alternatives-face-pushback-from-antidiscrimination-laws" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Women-only Uber alternatives face pushback from antidiscrimination laws</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954862/to-pour-concrete-in-mid-summer-phoenix-wait-until-the-moon-comes-out To pour concrete in mid-summer Phoenix, wait until the moon comes out Alexander Walter 2016-06-29T12:59:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T12:59:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6r/6rytu5lqy7s45is6.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A team of construction workers is pouring concrete onto the frame of a structure that will eventually become a wastewater treatment plant. It's 1 a.m. on a clear night in the suburbs of Phoenix. The temperature is still in the high 80s. But that's way down from the area's recent record high temperatures, up to 118 degrees. [...] "We try to pour and place and finish concrete when it's below 90 degrees," says Daniel Ward, the construction company's project director.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137273636/l-a-s-urban-heat-island-effect-accounts-for-temperatures-up-to-19-degrees-hotter" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A.'s urban heat island effect accounts for temperatures up to 19 degrees hotter</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91680625/can-phoenix-un-suburbanize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Phoenix un-suburbanize?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144514304/7-000-construction-workers-will-die-in-qatar-before-a-ball-is-kicked-in-the-2022-world-cup-new-ituc-report-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"7,000 construction workers will die in Qatar before a ball is kicked in the 2022 World Cup," new ITUC report finds</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954858/a-look-at-the-dioramas-of-apocalypse A look at the dioramas of apocalypse Julia Ingalls 2016-06-29T12:54:00-04:00 >2016-06-30T12:09:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/36/363bxulvy2g3e8f3.jpg" width="514" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Their ongoing series -- titled "The City" -- imagines a parallel universe where humankind is extinct and nature has already started to reclaim the concrete jungle. Think of it as a journey through apocalyptic architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Commercial diorama makers Kathleen Gerber and Lori Nix's dystopian art project, "The City," is a miniature labor of love. Each diorama takes about 7 to 15 months to build, primarily because of the intricate level of detail contained within each scene. Check out this post-apocalyptic casino, replete with distressed slot machines and chintzy carpet:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qy/qykhyzip8b9pefx8.jpg"></p><p>Or this bombed-out circulation desk scene with half-opened card catalog drawers (a physical object filled with index cards that people used to look up library materials before computer searches):</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fu/fugnvqbuedebsr1m.jpg"></p><p>Meanwhile, this subway scene features a decayed downtown, glimpsed through the permanently agape doors:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m6/m6ymd38v6xqri40o.jpg"></p><p>What's the latest in innovative model-making?&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942319/aspiring-japanese-surgeons-build-tiny-models-to-get-hired" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aspiring Japanese surgeons build tiny models to get hired</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94500498/a-master-model-maker" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Master Model Maker</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149952687/tour-hundreds-of-japanese-architectural-models-by-the-likes-of-shigeru-ban-and-kengo-kuma-at-tokyo-s-archi-depot" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tour hundreds of Japanese architectural models by the likes of Shigeru Ban and Kengo Kuma at Tokyo's 'Archi-Depot'</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954716/download-a-3d-model-of-a-column-from-palmyra Download a 3D model of a column from Palmyra Nicholas Korody 2016-06-28T20:48:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T07:05:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z2/z27ae7vkp22jr7mi.jpg" width="514" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In &lsquo;A World of Fragile Parts&rsquo;, La Biennale di Venezia and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&amp;A) explore the threats facing the preservation of global heritage sites and how the production of copies can aid in the preservation of cultural artifacts. Ecological uncertainty, violent attacks, and the increasing demands of tourism are just a few of the factors putting global heritage sites and cultural artifacts at risk of destruction and loss.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/611513/2016-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Biennale</a> exhibit "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948478/dispatch-from-the-venice-biennale-a-couple-of-things-that-don-t-quite-fit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A World of Fragile Parts</a>," the digital archaeology project #NEWPALMYRA made a chrome version of a capital from the recently-destroyed city of Palmyra. Now, anyone can download the 3D model and print it, use it in a model of their own, or simply spin it around.</p><p>Palmyra is an ancient city dating back to the Neolithic era that housed one of the world's most impressive collections of Roman colonial architecture. But last year, ISIL took control of the city and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936860/palmyra-after-isis-a-first-look-at-the-level-of-destruction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">destroyed</a> many of the ruins.</p><p>#NEWPALMYRA has been carefully remaking the destroyed archaeological site using digital means, and making their work freely available to the public. For more information, or to download the model, visit their <a href="http://www.newpalmyra.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">site</a>.</p><p>Play around with it here:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954611/call-it-the-brooklyn-wedge Call it the Brooklyn Wedge Nam Henderson 2016-06-28T14:42:00-04:00 >2016-06-28T14:42:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lt/ltk8ed3sa7fva6ci.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The ax blade of residential high-rises that slices the borough drives from Brooklyn Bridge Park through Downtown, grazing Fort Greene and reaching into Prospect Heights...the best way to preserve low-rise Brooklyn is for the Wedge to succeed by growing up rather than out. A great skyline remains concentrated and confined, its towers made meaningful by borders, its scale a contrast to be savored, not feared.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Justin Davidson examines the current and future state of high-rise construction in Brooklyn.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954589/future-sustainable-cities-will-be-built-with-bone Future sustainable cities will be built with... bone? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-28T13:28:00-04:00 >2016-06-28T14:49:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sf/sf7wjogaymffjd8g.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In bone, the proportions of protein and mineral are roughly equal &ndash; the mineral gives bone stiffness and hardness, while the protein gives it toughness or resistance to fracture. While bones can break, it is relatively rare, and they have the benefit of being self-healing [...] &ldquo;All of our existing building standards have been designed with concrete and steel in mind. Constructing buildings out of entirely new materials would mean completely rethinking the whole industry."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bioengineer Dr. Michelle Oyen of <a href="http://archinect.com/cambridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cambridge</a>&rsquo;s Department of Engineering and her lab are working on ways to build artificial compounds that mimic bone and eggshell. Eventually, once scaled up, the compounds could be used as building materials.</p><p>When the mineral compounds are "templated" onto the naturally occurring animal protein of collagen, Oyen believes that the two materials could make a "lattice-type structure," stronger than the bone itself. Because this combination takes far less energy to produce than say steel or concrete, it could be used as a more energy efficient building material.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="The scientists trying to harness the power of waves" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936413/the-scientists-trying-to-harness-the-power-of-waves" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The scientists trying to harness the power of waves</a></li><li><a title="US government agency develops new batteries that could revolutionize energy infrastructure" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149512391/us-government-agency-develops-new-batteries-that-could-revolutionize-energy-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">US government agency develops new batteries that could revolutionize energy infrastructure</a></li><li><a title="Making bricks from cigarette butts could drastically reduce environmental cost" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947979/making-bricks-from-cigarette-butts-could-drastically-reduce-environmental-cost" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Making bricks from cigarette butts could drastically reduce environmental cost</a></li><li><a title="A cardboard and carbon-emission economy: the long-term effects of our desire for instant gratification" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148273321/a-cardboard-and-carbon-emission-economy-the-long-term-effects-of-our-desire-for-instant-gratification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A cardboard and carbon-emission economy: the long-term effects of our desire for instant gratification</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149943942/matters-of-scale-with-bill-zahner-head-of-the-engineering-design-consultancy-behind-the-petersen-automotive-museum-s-redesign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Matters of Scale' with Bill Zahner, head of the engineerin...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954395/open-call-for-submissions-domesticity Open Call for Submissions: "Domesticity" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-28T10:22:00-04:00 >2016-06-30T17:58:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vy/vyxbhbweomdpmi1z.jpg" width="514" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Your dream home is not your grandmother&rsquo;s, and it certainly won&rsquo;t be your granddaughter&rsquo;s. As the modern family evolves in an increasingly unaffordable housing market, with populations pushing out of the suburbs towards downtown, current models of the single family home don&rsquo;t seem so tenable, or desirable, anymore. &lsquo;Smart&rsquo; devices and shared ownership options add invisible degrees of customization, while perhaps at the expense of domestic ownership as the key to financial stability.</p><p>With this shift in mind, architecture should undergo a Case Study 2.0 program. How can we define and design what &ldquo;domesticity&rdquo; can be for today&rsquo;s modern family?</p><p>The Call for Submissions under our July editorial theme, "Domesticity", is open immediately. We're accepting both editorial and project submissions. Details below:</p><p><strong>&#12299;</strong><strong>Project Submissions: Case Study 2.0</strong></p><p>The Case Study homes of the post-war era became icons of architectural idealism and pragmatism, while also setting the tone for what familial domestici...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954374/brexit-will-put-even-more-strain-on-towns-already-pressed-for-housing Brexit will put even more strain on towns already pressed for housing Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-27T17:32:00-04:00 >2016-06-27T20:16:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yr/yrjee1rnbfff5v34.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The areas most likely to benefit from EU structural funding voted predominantly to leave [...] With 12% of those working in construction migrants from the EU and with the construction industry already struggling to keep up with demand, any drop in skilled migrants will hit Britain&rsquo;s ability to build. [...] Analysts are already predicting a drop in supply of new homes, due to market volatility, predicted slowdown on skilled migration flows and share price drops for developers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="RIBA release a statement following EU referendum result" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953807/riba-release-a-statement-following-eu-referendum-result" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA release a statement following EU referendum result</a></li><li><a title="Architects react to shocking EU referendum result" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953793/architects-react-to-shocking-eu-referendum-result" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects react to shocking EU referendum result</a></li><li><a title="Tell us what does the EU referendum means to you" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953176/tell-us-what-does-the-eu-referendum-means-to-you" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tell us what does the EU referendum means to you</a></li><li><a title='Say no to a "Brexit," says David Chipperfield' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937278/say-no-to-a-brexit-says-david-chipperfield" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Say no to a "Brexit," says David Chipperfield</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954325/san-francisco-could-face-class-warfare-if-it-doesn-t-fix-its-economic-inequality San Francisco could face "class warfare" if it doesn't fix its economic inequality Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-27T15:31:00-04:00 >2016-06-28T12:10:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jb/jbht03mxggqcz45n.jpg" width="514" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If causal factors leading to housing unaffordability are not resolved over multiple generations, the social stratification will start to resemble countries like Russia, where a small elite control a vast share of the country&rsquo;s total wealth. The result? A society where the threat of class warfare would loom large. [...] San Francisco and the Bay Area have long been committed to values which embrace inclusivity and counterculture. To see these values fraying so publicly adds insult to injury</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from San Francisco's housing crisis on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="What these &ldquo;pre-rent control&rdquo; stats might reveal about SF's soaring housing costs" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945853/what-these-pre-rent-control-stats-might-reveal-about-sf-s-soaring-housing-costs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What these &ldquo;pre-rent control&rdquo; stats might reveal about SF's soaring housing costs</a></li><li><a title="Bay Area media ban together for homelessness advocacy" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945541/bay-area-media-ban-together-for-homelessness-advocacy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bay Area media ban together for homelessness advocacy</a></li><li><a title="Don't blame the tech bros: SF's housing crisis is bonkers because of zoning, not startups" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942330/don-t-blame-the-tech-bros-sf-s-housing-crisis-is-bonkers-because-of-zoning-not-startups" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Don't blame the tech bros: SF's housing crisis is bonkers because of zoning, not startups</a></li><li><a title='Man living in plywood "pod" in SF apartment told to knock it off by housing inspector' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940696/man-living-in-plywood-pod-in-sf-apartment-told-to-knock-it-off-by-housing-inspector" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Man living in plywood "pod" in SF apartment told to knock it off by housing inspector</a></li><li><a title="Exceeding height restrictions to break a housing logjam in San Francisco" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137879810/exceeding-height-restrictions-to-break-a-housing-logjam-in-san-francisco" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Exceeding height restrictions to break a housing logjam in San Francisco</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954316/architecture-in-the-age-of-transparent-hostility Architecture in the age of transparent hostility Alexander Walter 2016-06-27T15:14:00-04:00 >2016-06-28T13:07:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1y/1y2j686oafnkohdy.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the growing trend towards hostile architecture now openly admitting its political incentives, are we in an age of transparent hostility? [...] Whereas other instances of hostile architecture are marked by their deliberate obscurity, the Camden Bench was developed, constructed and deployed in plain sight, making it an all too visible reminder of persistent negligence, raising the question: will hostile architecture become an accepted feature of the built environment?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144961813/amid-london-s-austerity-measures-defensive-design-becomes-even-more-hostile" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amid London's austerity measures, "defensive design" becomes even more hostile</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953244/lapd-directs-officers-to-treat-homeless-people-with-compassion-in-new-vague-policy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAPD directs officers to treat homeless people &ldquo;with compassion&rdquo; in new vague policy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125922478/architecture-of-paranoia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture of paranoia</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954289/a-closer-look-at-boston-s-winthrop-square-redevelopment-bids A closer look at Boston's Winthrop Square redevelopment bids Alexander Walter 2016-06-27T14:00:00-04:00 >2016-06-27T15:00:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ly/ly0kg21f130i1lwt.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Frustrated by a succession of boring glass boxes, Mayor Marty Walsh has called for one more: adventurous architecture. [...] the city tries to sell off a decrepit garage in Winthrop Square. Earlier this month, each of six development teams presented its ideas in an open house at Faneuil Hall. On Monday, the Boston Redevelopment Authority revealed each team&rsquo;s bid for the garage.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Detailed presentations of the six final RFP responses can be found <a href="http://www.bostonredevelopmentauthority.org/work-with-the-bra/rfps-rfqs-bids/rfp-listing-page?id=78" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115730231/boston-mayor-marty-walsh-goes-up-against-boring-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston Mayor Marty Walsh goes up against boring architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126485922/rachel-slade-dares-to-ask-why-is-boston-so-ugly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rachel Slade dares to ask: "Why is Boston so ugly?"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132873614/art-college-professor-suggests-makeover-for-brutalist-boston-city-hall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954286/measured-genius-one-to-one-29-with-pierluigi-serraino-author-of-the-creative-architect Measured Genius: One-to-One #29 with Pierluigi Serraino, author of 'The Creative Architect' Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-27T13:16:00-04:00 >2016-06-30T16:54:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/32/32h2beip014ynjc6.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the late 1950s, some of the world's most prominent architects gathered in Berkeley, California, to take part in a landmark psychological experiment on creativity and personality. Eero Saarinen, Philip Johnson, Richard Neutra, William Pereira and dozens of other architects were put through a barrage of tests and surveys, to gain a better understanding of what creativity is, and its place in architecture. They also rated one another, and in the process exposed not only exposed their egos honestly, but also their insecurities.</p><p>For the first time, the story behind the study (along with its data and results) have been made public, in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.monacellipress.com/book/?isbn=9781580934251" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The Creative Architect</em></a>, by architect and author Pierluigi&nbsp;Serraino. I spoke with Serraino about the context of psychological research in the 1950s and the evolving personality behind being a &ldquo;creative&rdquo; architect.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/670405/one-to-one" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#29 with&nbsp;<strong>Pierluigi Serraino</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/neil-denari/id1057340260?i=356797877" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>Soun...</strong></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954196/the-havelis-of-shekhawati The havelis of Shekhawati Nam Henderson 2016-06-27T12:28:00-04:00 >2016-06-27T12:28:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i1/i1l5dvkpdxy8wobk.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ozymandian in their hubris and decay. There are over 2,000 buildings, most of them havelis, covered inside and out with frescoes that depict scenes from battle, myth, the ancestries of their owners and the coming of the Europeans. The havelis are mostly empty now, and their desolation, combined with their scale and opulence, produces a feeling of wonder.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Aatish Taseer extols, the faded opulence of, the painted houses found in the&nbsp;desert of Marwar,&nbsp;Rajasthan.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953959/going-going-back-back-to-cali-cali Going going, back back, to Cali Cali anthony dong 2016-06-24T22:12:00-04:00 >2016-06-30T18:42:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ry/ryctc8jrai0l7hde.jpg" width="400" height="225" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>No one benefits from continuing their seemingly unending litigation to protect a parking lot</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's like these cities think that he's building a Death Star.....</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953793/architects-react-to-shocking-eu-referendum-result Architects react to shocking EU referendum result Ellen Hancock 2016-06-24T11:02:00-04:00 >2016-06-27T06:56:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/og/ogtzjyn0r9soc39l.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>All the progress we have made will now be put on hold and the government&rsquo;s attention will be diverted while we try and work out how to deal with Brexit. - Rob Naybour, Weston Williamson + Partners</p></em><br /><br /><p>Today marks a historic turning point for the UK and European Union - the UK has voted to quit the EU. What lays ahead no one is really sure; Cameron has already resigned this morning and discussions for a second Scottish referendum have begun.&nbsp;</p><p>The majority within the architecture industry have strongly and vocally supported the Remain campaign celebrating the integral role the EU has played in inspiring and funding creative projects, free movement and the benefits of an internal single market. Most importantly community; a community based on respect and support that derived from the desolate situation after World War Two that at its core believed in humanity.</p><p>The referendum has revealed some alarming results about the state of the UK, a very clearly divided country. However the decision has been made and we must now face up to these consequences, we must now address what kind of a nation we want to be.</p><p>We asked top architects for their reactions to the result and how they think it wil...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953536/queer-space-after-pulse-archinect-sessions-69-ft-special-guests-james-rojas-and-s-surface Queer Space, After Pulse: Archinect Sessions #69 ft. special guests James Rojas and S. Surface Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-23T14:45:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T12:06:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yo/yoc5s7cair341vuu.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In light of the recent killing of 49 people&nbsp;at Pulse, a gay night club in Orlando known to many as a center for Queer and Latinx culture, our focus for this week&rsquo;s podcast is the role and significance of queer spaces in creating community and culture.</p><p>We wanted to use this time to encourage constructive discussion of why recognizing, and preserving (in some way), these 'third spaces' is so important. Not just for those who identify as queer or the Latinx community, but for creating diverse, welcoming urban spaces for all.</p><p>We&rsquo;re joined by two guests, <a href="http://archinect.com/susansurface" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">S. Surface</a>: a queer designer, curator, organizer, and the program director at Design in Public in Seattle, and James Rojas: an urban planner trained at MIT and specializing in cultural landscapes, who has written extensively about Latino urbanism.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 69 of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Queer Space, After Pulse":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Po...</strong></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953539/nyc-becomes-first-city-to-provide-free-tampons-and-pads-in-public-schools-prisons-and-shelters NYC becomes first city to provide free tampons and pads in public schools, prisons, and shelters Nicholas Korody 2016-06-23T14:19:00-04:00 >2016-06-24T13:47:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s2/s27efsw99sgx8ce2.jpg" width="514" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today, the New York City Council unanimously&nbsp;passed a set of bills requiring free menstrual-hygiene products in public schools, prisons, and shelters, making it&nbsp;the first city in the nation to pass so-called "menstrual equity" legislation.&nbsp;The city will budget for tampons and pads just like it does for toilet paper and hand soap.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Tampons and pads are not currently covered by public-assistance programs and some school-aged girls stay home or use products longer than they should when they get their periods. Women in prisons face rationing and degrading treatment from corrections officers."</em></p><p>For more public health-related news, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944855/billions-exposed-to-dangerous-air-as-pollution-grows-at-alarming-rates-around-the-world" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Billions exposed to dangerous air as pollution grows at alarming rates around the world</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934807/the-designers-reinventing-a-visit-to-planned-parenthood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The designers reinventing a visit to Planned Parenthood</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141016474/sick-people-in-scandinavia-can-check-into-these-patient-hotels-as-hospital-alternatives" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sick people in Scandinavia can check into these "patient hotels" as hospital alternatives</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937477/mapping-transgender-friendly-bathrooms-in-hostile-north-carolina" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mapping transgender-friendly bathrooms in hostile North Carolina</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953520/columbus-ohio-wins-dot-s-50m-smart-city-challenge Columbus, Ohio wins DOT's $50M Smart City Challenge Alexander Walter 2016-06-23T13:48:00-04:00 >2016-06-24T13:52:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/be5rxcuyr6wulpgu.jpg" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Columbus, Ohio, has won a $50m prize for its plans to smarten up its transport system. The money is made up of a $40m Smart Cities grant from the Department of Transportation (DOT), a $90m fund put up by private sector partners and a further $10m from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen&rsquo;s charity Vulcan, which will be used to finance electric vehicle infrastructure.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Columbus managed to beat six rival cities that were <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935978/seven-u-s-cities-competing-to-be-the-smartest-in-urban-transit-systems" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shortlisted</a> by the <a href="https://www.transportation.gov/smartcity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DOT</a> earlier this year:</p><ul><li>Austin, Texas</li><li>Denver, Colorado</li><li>Kansas City, Missouri</li><li>Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania</li><li>Portland, Oregon</li><li>San Francisco, California</li></ul><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953055/imagining-the-future-cyberattack-that-could-bring-down-new-york-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Imagining the future cyberattack that could bring down New York City</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124276402/rem-koolhaas-on-the-smart-landscape-and-intelligent-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas on the Smart Landscape and Intelligent Architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117114018/in-the-end-they-will-destroy-democracy-the-guardian-on-smart-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&lsquo;In the end, they will destroy democracy' &ndash; The Guardian on smart cities</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953526/is-los-angeles-becoming-a-real-city Is Los Angeles becoming a "real" city? Julia Ingalls 2016-06-23T13:35:00-04:00 >2016-06-24T15:46:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wq/wqij3dyzg2uihza6.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Could Los Angeles grow to become a &ldquo;real city&rdquo; like New York or London? Last year, LA gained at least 50,000 people, according to a recent report from the California Department of Finance, pushing the population to more than 4 million people for the first time in the city&rsquo;s history.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Part of the appeal of Los Angeles has been its refusal to be like other cities. For years, its objective "center" was a forbidding cluster of office towers with near zero street life, while in outlying, low-density neighborhoods, people partied in back yards that ran up against wildlife preserves, hiking trails, and quaint man-made lakes.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mk/mknj49a6tsicgbpi.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zn/znizf8f91o6wvkmu.jpg"></p><p>However, as other big, traditionally urban U.S. cities gradually became stupidly unaffordable (looking at you,<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/12384/new-york-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> New York</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/224/san-francisco" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco</a>) and Moby wrote that <a href="http://creativetimereports.org/2014/02/03/moby-los-angeles-first-city-of-the-apocalypse/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">one Op-Ed</a>, a sizable number of creative-class types decided to try their luck in a place with what then had half the rental costs and much more temperate weather.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6b/6bakcyosale0z8hd.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r3/r35taikvbq304fcp.jpg"></p><p>Now, with a rapidly growing subway system and a still undaunted, ebullient vibe, L.A. may be starting to take itself seriously as a city, which ironically could be its undoing, or the impetus for spectacular urban development. If history is any guide, it will be both, creating the newest weird, beautiful, idiosyncratic iteration we co...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953489/shop-to-design-syracuse-university-s-national-veterans-resource-complex SHOP to design Syracuse University's National Veterans Resource Complex Julia Ingalls 2016-06-23T13:33:00-04:00 >2016-06-24T09:22:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4p/4pcguuok95r5a03h.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What should a&nbsp;National Veterans Resource Complex look like, exactly? <a href="http://archinect.com/SHoP" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHOP Architects</a> has been given the official opportunity to find out, courtesy of <a href="http://archinect.com/syracuse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Syracuse University</a>. The early renderings for this project, which the school in a release is careful to note "are conceptual in nature and may not reflect the final NVRC design" show a rectilinear, sloping tiered structure with a massive central open-air courtyard.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t3/t3ub6hwzkvhzdn9v.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8o/8olib96gketlq9bt.jpg"></p><p>According to <a href="http://news.syr.edu/university-selects-shop-architects-to-design-national-veterans-resource-complex-first-conceptual-images-shared-with-campus-community-13427/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Syracuse University</a>, the NVRC "will include classroom spaces to accommodate local and national veteran-focused programming. It will also house a conference center and a roughly 1,000-seat auditorium, which will be available for use by the whole campus and fills a critical space void."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wo/woo1o7h9yy3ue3uw.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s3/s3d2qj8odyr9a1sr.jpg"></p><p>The facility will be designed to be LEED-certitified.&nbsp;</p><p>News on other notable military/governmental-themed designs:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131502328/gehry-s-modified-eisenhower-memorial-design-gets-green-light-from-national-capital-planning-commission" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design gets green light from National Capital Planning Commission</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90372397/bucky-fuller-s-war-shelters-persist-in-peacetime-thanks-to-new-jersey-preservationists" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bucky Fuller's war-shelters persist in peacetime thanks to New Jerse...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953511/open-architecture-collaborative-asks-how-do-you-open-architecture-in-new-social-media-campaign Open Architecture Collaborative asks "How do you open architecture?" in new social media campaign Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-23T13:29:00-04:00 >2016-06-23T13:56:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fu/fu3gkxbvr9azffoq.jpg" width="514" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://www.openarchcollab.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Open Architecture Collaborative</a>, the offshoot from the now-defunct Architecture for Humanity, launched its <a href="http://www.iopenarchitecture.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#iOpenArchitecture</a> social media campaign on Tuesday, aiming to expand the dialogue around design and architecture.</p><p>Participants (the campaign is directed towards&nbsp;"all members of the community") write down their answer to any of the three questions: "How do you open architecture? Why do you open architecture? Who do you open architecture for?", and take a photo of themselves displaying the sign with the hashtag #iOpenArchitecture.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/h8/h800j1it6b5oxx6m.jpg"></p><p>OAC explains the initiative as:</p><p><em>To open architecture is to agree that the design of spaces is more than just a technical trade, or the construction of a pretty building. It's a process that grants access to architecture for everyone. [...]</em></p><p><em><strong>In what way do you, or can you, open architecture with your community?</strong>&nbsp;We&rsquo;re asking you to take to social media to share your ideas with the world. Together we can introduce the power of design to those who aren&rsquo;t aw...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953515/cold-war-era-spy-photography-finds-second-life-as-climate-change-record Cold War-era spy photography finds second life as climate change record Nicholas Korody 2016-06-23T13:24:00-04:00 >2016-06-30T20:35:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aj/ajegogb7ji2xjrui.jpg" width="514" height="745" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was revealed earlier this month that declassified U.S. spy satellite photographs taken above the Antarctic have inadvertently also documented how that continent has been affected by climate change. In this case, deep in the archives of national intelligence agencies are satellite photos half a century old in which scientifically useful data has been hiding in plain sight. These now-outdated spy photographs have thus found an unexpected second life as important tools of planetary science...</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on the often unexpected sources of climate data, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942776/the-700-year-old-climate-data-recorded-by-japanese-monks" target="_blank">The 700-year old climate data recorded by Japanese monks</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935981/global-warming-may-be-much-more-catastrophic-and-happen-much-quicker-than-we-imagined" target="_blank">Global warming may be much more catastrophic (and happen much quicker) than we imagined</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146194305/last-year-was-the-warmest-since-at-least-1880" target="_blank">Last year was the warmest since (at least) 1880</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126783591/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-pt-3-getting-lost-in-the-ozone" target="_blank">Architecture of the Anthropocene, Pt. 3: Getting Lost in the Ozone</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953487/architecture-and-the-wall-teddy-cruz-and-fonna-forman-on-the-us-mexico-border Architecture and the Wall: Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman on the US-Mexico Border Nicholas Korody 2016-06-23T12:45:00-04:00 >2016-06-30T20:36:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dl/dl973v3erywh1hl1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>..We must expose rather than mask the institutional mechanisms driving uneven urban development. Such a revelation requires a corresponding expansion of our understanding of the scope of architecture itself&mdash;can we design human rights, for example? Can social justice become an architectural protocol? In other words, the most important materials with which architects must learn to work are not steel and concrete but critical knowledge of the underlying conditions that produce today&rsquo;s urban crises.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The article makes reference to the controversy generated a few months ago over a competition to design Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposed border wall between the US and Mexico. The editors of Bustler, Archinect's sister site, decided not to host the competition due to potential conflicts with our ethical standards, writing, "We are conflicted about the nature of the competition and fear that it promotes xenophobia. The competition goes against the ethical standards we strive to align ourselves with.&rdquo;</p><p>For more on the competition, check out the editorial on <a href="http://bustler.net/news/4754/us-mexico-border-wall-competition-provokes-controversy" target="_blank">Bustler.</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953303/elon-musk-thinks-tesla-could-be-worth-1-trillion-if-it-buys-solarcity Elon Musk thinks Tesla could be worth $1 trillion – if it buys SolarCity Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-22T19:31:00-04:00 >2016-06-23T18:47:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4d/4d6d336ab4e60cafbc305ae89e1c4d2a.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>SolarCity's solar panels with Tesla's electric vehicles and stationary storage batteries was "what the world needs, the ultimate solution" to a sustainable-energy future. "As a combined automotive and power storage and power generation company, the potential is there for Tesla to be a trillion-dollar market cap company," [Musk] added. [...] Musk said costs for both companies would go down significantly after the merger, but he did not give specifics.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Elon Musk already sits on the board and owns 22% of the Buffalo-based SolarCity, "the leading installer of residential solar panels" in the US. Musk is convinced that the merger is a no-brainer, but according to&nbsp;<em>Reuters</em>, analysts aren't so smitten with the prospect.</p><p>"While we don't doubt that some customers who are interested in electric vehicles and storage products are also interested in going solar, we don't necessarily buy that there is a meaningful cross-sell opportunity &ndash; especially currently," RBC Capital Markets analyst Joseph Spak told <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-solarcity-m-a-tesla-research-idUSKCN0Z81JD?mod=related&amp;channelName=globalEnergyNews" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Reuters</em></a>.</p><p>Another analyst, Brian Johnson of Barclays, doesn't have a rosy view either:&nbsp;"While no doubt the Tesla bulls will hail the combination as visionary, we believe the assumption of another $2.6 billion of debt to fold in a solar company with limited synergies and uncertain growth/cash prospects only reinforces our negative view of Tesla."</p><p>A <a href="http://The%20SolarCity%20team%20has%20built%20its%20company%20into%20the%20clear%20solar%20industry%20leader%20in%20the%20residential,%20commercial%20and%20industrial%20markets,%20with%20significant%20scale%20and%20growing%20customer%20penetration.%20They%20have%20made%20it%20easy%20for%20customers%20to%20switch%20to%20clean%20energy%20while%20still%20providing%20the%20best%20customer%20experience.%20We%E2%80%99ve%20seen%20this%20all%20firsthand%20through%20our%20partnership%20with%20SolarCity%20on%20a%20variety%20of%20use%20cases,%20including%20those%20where%20SolarCity%20uses%20Tesla%20battery%20packs%20as%20part%20of%20its%20solar%20projects." rel="nofollow" target="_blank">press release</a> issued by the Tesla Team yesterday noted how partnering with SolarCity would produce "...</p>