Archinect - News 2015-08-02T22:48:15-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/133181511/archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-featured-by-msnbc-juror-and-nasa-hydrologist-jay-famiglietti-interviewed Archinect's "Dry Futures" competition featured by MSNBC; juror and NASA hydrologist Jay Famiglietti interviewed Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-31T14:16:00-04:00 >2015-08-01T00:38:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vi/viaox333s53i02kt.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Despite recent <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131348933/as-californians-let-their-lawns-turn-golden-water-conservation-targets-were-exceeded-in-may" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">successes in water conservancy</a> and summer rainfall in the state, the California drought is still &ldquo;probably worse than most people recognize,&rdquo; according to Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and juror on Archinect&rsquo;s <a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>. Famiglietti spoke with Jos&eacute; D&iacute;az-Balart on MSNBC&rsquo;s &ldquo;The Rundown&rdquo; earlier this morning, about the current state of California&rsquo;s water crisis and Dry Future&rsquo;s call to action for architects to respond.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gs/gsebgnjoe7mew7h8.jpg"></p><p>While the drought has been receiving widespread media attention, both within the state and nationwide, it can still be difficult to convince people of the severity of the situation. &ldquo;No snow in the mountains, reservoir levels are exceptionally low, groundwater levels are declining," Famiglietti told D&iacute;az-Balart. "We&rsquo;re in pretty rough shape.&rdquo;</p><p>Famiglietti&rsquo;s research on groundwater depletion began twenty years ago, working with NASA&rsquo;s GRACE project (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) to track an...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133183115/cities-don-t-see-much-economic-gain-from-sports-stadiums-says-stanford-economist Cities don't see much economic gain from sports stadiums, says Stanford economist Alexander Walter 2015-07-31T13:47:00-04:00 >2015-07-31T19:14:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nm/nmm3sm8fkalfj455.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When an NFL team wants to build a new stadium, it often argues that the facility would boost the local economy. But that is not true, says Roger Noll, a Stanford professor emeritus in economics. [...] "NFL stadiums do not generate significant local economic growth, and the incremental tax revenue is not sufficient to cover any significant financial contribution by the city," said Noll, a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121585222/how-to-shop-for-an-nfl-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How to shop for an NFL stadium</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/14152735/los-angeles-nfl-stadium-and-convention-center-project-would-boost-tax-revenue-studies-find" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles NFL stadium and Convention Center project would boost tax revenue, studies find</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133130715/will-turning-california-farmland-into-residential-development-help-save-water Will turning California farmland into residential development help save water? Alexander Walter 2015-07-30T21:00:00-04:00 >2015-07-31T13:22:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e2/e248abf9cc7c7712c74cddffdfeab88a.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The drought in California has gone on so long, and is so severe, that it's beginning to change the way people are designing residential communities &mdash; in unexpected ways, and unexpected places. [...] There will also be a system for treating and sending wastewater back into the aquifer underneath the city. [...] Not everyone is convinced it will use less water. Phil Desatoff is with a local water district that is suing Reedley over the development's environmental review.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Got some design solutions up your sleeve that could help&nbsp;alleviate California's ongoing historic drought? Check out Archinect's recently launched <strong><a href="http://www.dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures</a></strong>&nbsp;ideas competition, and submit your entry by September 1st.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133119466/frank-lloyd-wright-s-unity-temple-getting-a-23m-restoration Frank Lloyd Wright's "Unity Temple" getting a $23M restoration Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-30T18:15:00-04:00 >2015-07-30T18:15:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1p/1pnxfgljidagv3h4.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>this is the deluxe rehabilitation package, a stark contrast to the mostly emergency work that's been done through the years to keep the building grunting along. [...] &ldquo;It's one of Frank Lloyd Wright's greatest works, and it's a masterpiece of modern architecture ... It's a building that changed a lot of architects' ideas about what architecture could do.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The $23 million comes from a variety of sources, including part of a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130331695/getty-awards-over-1-75-million-to-fix-crappy-concrete-in-important-modern-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">$1.75M Getty grant to fix compromised concrete in "Important Modern Buildings"</a>, and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/83932/unity-temple-wins-200-000-federal-grant-to-aid-repairs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">$200K in federal funds for general repairs</a>. Unity Temple is also one of ten FLW buildings <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119816278/10-frank-lloyd-wright-buildings-nominated-to-unesco-world-heritage-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently nominated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132974853/now-and-then-thom-mayne-and-eui-sung-yi-on-archinect-sessions-season-finale Now and Then: Thom Mayne and Eui-Sung Yi on Archinect Sessions' season finale Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-30T11:00:00-04:00 >2015-08-01T00:13:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4w/4wbznzdww83buhpc.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/117998/thom-mayne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thom Mayne</a> and <a href="http://www.thenowinstitute.org/?page_id=1672" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eui-Sung Yi</a> join us to discuss their recently published book,&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.thenowinstitute.org/?tag=haiti-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Haiti Now</a>&nbsp;&ndash; </em>a herculean resource on post-disaster urbanism in Haiti, published by their urban think tank, the <a href="http://www.thenowinstitute.org/?page_id=2700" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NOW Institute</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o3/o3wqdm4ip8uiacti.jpg"></p><p>The rest of this episode takes a look back at the first forty episodes of Archinect Sessions, as we wrap up season one. Each new episode has expanded, and sharpened, our idea of what the podcast can and should be. We've spoken with some pretty heavy hitters, including&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132512541/latent-complexity-denise-scott-brown-and-katherine-darnstadt-latent-design-on-archinect-sessions-39" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denise Scott Brown</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125433970/clarity-and-contradiction-part-ii-of-our-conversation-with-kevin-roche-and-a-discussion-about-patrik-schumacher-s-latest-facebook-rant-on-archinect-sessions-25" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kevin Roche</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129273931/stargazing-with-patrik-schumacher-episode-33-of-archinect-sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123739063/starts-with-me-ends-with-us-a-conversation-with-tod-williams-and-billie-tsien-on-archinect-sessions-episode-22" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams and Billie Tsien</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119441449/session-14-his-bjark-is-bigger-than-his-bjite-a-chat-with-bjarke-ingels-at-the-opening-of-big-s-hot-to-cold-exhibition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127301057/problem-solving-with-thomas-heatherwick-on-archinect-sessions-29" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115666803/powers-of-10-with-christopher-hawthorne-architecture-critic-at-the-la-times-on-archinect-sessions-10" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114499218/michael-rotondi-in-studio-for-episode-8-of-archinect-sessions-a-sense-of-place" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Rotondi</a>, as well as some up and comers, like <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121658316/archinect-sessions-episode-18-moonwalking-or-the-expected-virtue-of-social-architecture-with-andr-s-jaque-winner-of-moma-ps1-s-yap" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andr&eacute;s Jaque</a> (winner of MoMA's 2015 YAP), <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120599250/all-work-and-all-play-archinect-sessions-episode-16-with-jimenez-lai-and-robert-ivy-ceo-of-the-aia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jimenez Lai</a>,&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130415330/hot-work-in-the-summertime-from-helsinki-to-london-to-nyc-archinect-sessions-35" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicolas Moreau and Hiroko Kusunoki</a>&nbsp;(winners of the Guggenheim Helsinki competition).</p><p>It's been a blast, but moving forward, we want to tighten up, dig deeper and move the proverbial furniture around.&nbsp;We'll start up season two in the coming weeks, but while we're on hiatus...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133044789/just-add-balconies-sydney-deliberates-future-of-brutalist-housing-landmark Just add balconies? Sydney deliberates future of brutalist housing landmark Justine Testado 2015-07-29T18:51:00-04:00 >2015-07-29T21:31:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/66/66jgnj56wkrnu8wm.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At what cost? The LAVA plan could be difficult to manage structurally, cost a significant amount of money and see Sirius occupants relocated anyway. But it could also be a more sustainable option than knocking down and rebuilding.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6o/6o5lhzvmnvggp7l7.jpg"><br><em>SIRIUS in 2014.</em></p><p>Alas, the curse of the "brutalist eyesore" continues with the <a href="http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/insidethecollection/2013/05/sirius-on-the-rocks/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">historic SIRIUS apartment building</a> in Sydney, designed by architect Tao (Theodore) Gofers in 1978-79. Adding a third option to the demolish-preserve debate that typically ensues, local architecture firm <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/52226868/lava-laboratory-for-visionary-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAVA</a> proposed the addition of "clip-on" curved balconies as an amenity upgrade that the firm says would spruce up the building's appearance while also preserve the original structure.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall" 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></p><p><a title="Paul Rudolph's Government Center won't be saved, despite preservationist pleas" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130791045/paul-rudolph-s-government-center-won-t-be-saved-despite-preservationist-pleas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Rudolph's Government Center won't be saved, despite preservationist pleas</a></p><p><a title="Now sitting empty, brutalist Berkeley Art Museum building faces unclear future" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121446283/now-sitting-empty-brutalist-berkeley-art-museum-building-faces-unclear-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Now sitting empty, brutalist Berkeley Art Museum building faces unclear future</a></p><p><a title="Brutalism's Bullies" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101803501/brutalism-s-bullies" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism's Bullies</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133038341/gentrification-through-a-cinematic-lens Gentrification through a cinematic lens Julia Ingalls 2015-07-29T16:54:00-04:00 >2015-07-29T16:54:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k4/k4p249gz17bmrk4n.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Real Estate Fiction, a two-part short film series that compiles clips from movies that deal with issues of gentrification and land-grabbing, isn't the magnum opus of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/78446579/the-science-fiction-of-never-built-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Plays Itself</a>, but it's infused with the same analysis-as-entertainment spirit. Part one of the 20-minute short features clips from <em>Batteries Not Included, Boyz'n'The Hood, Do The Right Thing, Le mani sulla citta</em>, and numerous other films from around the world, interspersed with brief critical dialogue at the beginning of each chapter heading.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vt/vtecehnclvrcrm9k.jpg"></p><p>Divided by chapters with titles including "Conspiracy Over the Urban Scene," the film artfully investigates the tensions between city dwellers and the pressures of (usually greedy) developers and speculators. It's entertaining primarily because it explores realities that so often make for exceptionally dry academic reading. The&nbsp;concise&nbsp;commentary touches on the complexities of urban development, speculation, and repurposing without offering the depth and nuance of a ful...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132959584/survey-why-glass Survey: Why glass? Julia Ingalls 2015-07-29T13:53:00-04:00 >2015-07-29T13:53:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ms/msd0mqfcrrxp5jgn.jpg" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ever since <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118968488/david-chipperfield-pledges-to-carefully-optimize-mies-van-der-rohe-s-neue-nationalgalerie" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mies Van Der Rohe's groundbreaking designs</a> popularized the deceptively simple glass facade, architects have experimented with the incorporation of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131024735/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-glass-pinterest-board" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the material</a> in their designs. Some, such as PLP Architecture, have opted to create commercial buildings that utilize an almost entirely glass facade in&nbsp;order&nbsp;to facilitate new types of professional interaction. Others, such as <a href="http://archinect.com/kosullivan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kevin O'Sullivan + Associates</a>, have tempered their use of glass with other materials to create a more integrated feel with the surrounding landscape. Archinect decided to survey these two firms about the challenges they faced in their design process. Here, in their own words, the architects speak about how they ultimately arrived on their new final designs.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jl/jlhuavvuvvqak24r.jpg"></p><p><strong>David Leventhal of PLP Architecture on the Deloitte HQ</strong></p><p>As Sylvia Lavin puts it, 'Architecture generally considers environmental design to be repulsive, an odious amalgam of pseudoscience, bad form and moralism.' The challenge for us was to conceive a gr...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133027870/are-uncompetitive-japanese-contractors-to-blame-for-zaha-s-new-national-stadium-budget-blowout Are uncompetitive Japanese contractors to blame for Zaha's New National Stadium budget blowout? Julia Ingalls 2015-07-29T13:43:00-04:00 >2015-07-29T13:51:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ny/ny6h15ws7ax239j5.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a> is not going away quietly, but cogently. In a statement forwarded by the Japan Olympic Committee, ZHA details the origins of what would eventually become the budget fracas over the cancelled New <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Stadium</a>, noting that early in the design process&nbsp;"we advised&nbsp;the JSC [<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan Sport Council</a>] that working to an immovable completion deadline, against a backdrop of&nbsp;rocketing annual increases in the cost of building in Tokyo, and in the absence&nbsp;of any international competition, the early selection of a limited number of&nbsp;construction contractors&nbsp;would not lead to a commercially competitive&nbsp;process."</p><p>Here's the full statement:&nbsp;</p><p>Our teams in Japan and the&nbsp;UK feel it is necessary to set the record straight on the Zaha Hadid Architects&nbsp;(ZHA) design for the new National Stadium for Japan, which has been developed&nbsp;to the client&rsquo;s brief and budget. It is also only right that the Japanese&nbsp;people are fully aware of the reasons for the reported budget increase and,&nbsp;with exact...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133025445/an-unsung-architectural-oasis An Unsung Architectural Oasis Nam Henderson 2015-07-29T12:49:00-04:00 >2015-07-29T15:14:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rk/rk230pwk1mtqfpmt.jpg" width="448" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>one of the city&rsquo;s better-kept secrets is how often these places occupy structures that could easily be counted among the more significant examples of mid-20th century architecture in the country. That is, if anyone were bothering to look.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Guy Trebay sings the praises of Tuscon for architectural tourism: from the&nbsp;Arizona Inn (listed on the&nbsp;<a title="National Register of Historic Places" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Register_of_Historic_Places" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Register of Historic Places</a>) to the&nbsp;iconic buildings and glowing signs of&nbsp;"<a href="http://www.tucsonaz.gov/files/pdsd/projects/drivingmap_color_print_final.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miracle Mile</a>&rdquo;. Or for the many examples of&nbsp;midcentury Modern architecture adapted to the local climate/terrain.</p><p>For more information on the preservation of Modern architecture in Tuscon, check out the website of&nbsp;<a href="http://capla.arizona.edu/mapptucsonorg/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAPP</a>&nbsp;or a&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.preservationleadershipforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Broadway-map-FINAL-web-10-31-12.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PDF</a>&nbsp;which offers&nbsp;a small glimpse into the rich architectural history of Broadway Boulevard.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132962812/pedestrians-and-light-rail-retake-sydney-well-george-street-at-least Pedestrians and light rail retake Sydney (well, George Street at least) Julia Ingalls 2015-07-28T19:28:00-04:00 >2015-07-29T10:24:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8w/8wd8tkiieqtudcdi.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The transformative effect of removing cars from a dedicated street or urban center and creating a pedestrian-friendly area isn't a new idea, but it's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116577617/prince-charles-calls-to-reclaim-the-streets-from-cars-with-his-10-point-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a popular one</a>. Sydney, Australia has decided to repurpose its relatively trafficky George Street into an elegant shopping and walking area bisected by light rail, with design input from French architect Thomas Richez. According to <a href="http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/sydneys-light-rail-renowned-french-architect-thomas-richez-to-advise-on-design-20150727-gildif.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Sydney Morning Herald</a> Richez, who has overseen the development of numerous public spaces in Africa and Europe, is now working with the city to create a zone that would foster a more relaxed vibe among pedestrians. As he explains,&nbsp;"The idea is, a good tramway line&nbsp;is like a reserve, a pleasant place, whether people use the transportation system or not."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n1/n1ksas4z1f6m352p.jpg"></p><p><em>The tramway in Reims, with the cathedral in the background. (Photo: Richez Associes)</em></p><p>Even in car-centric Los Angeles, institutions as varied as <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/15822/getty-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Getty Center </a>&nbsp;and commercial shopping cluster The Grove have employed similar non-pedestrian design strategies ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132957160/berlin-s-6-billion-airport-drama Berlin's $6 billion airport drama Alexander Walter 2015-07-28T15:22:00-04:00 >2015-07-28T21:55:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5faj96woz9b32vew.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architecture and engineering teams fought to keep up. As the terminal ballooned from 200,000 to 340,000 square meters (dwarfing Frankfurt&rsquo;s 240,000 and just shy of Heathrow Terminal 5&rsquo;s 353,000), they parceled out the work to seven contractors. That soon grew to 35, and they brought in hundreds of subcontractors, says Delius. [...] At the very moment Merkel and her allies are hectoring the Greeks about their profligacy, the airport&rsquo;s cost, borne by taxpayers, has tripled to &euro;5.4 billion.</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/132955550/photorealistic-cityscapes-drawn-in-pencil-only Photorealistic cityscapes drawn in pencil only Julia Ingalls 2015-07-28T14:53:00-04:00 >2015-07-28T14:54:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pb/pb1wrull2bo2jpg6.jpg" width="514" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Paul Cadden&rsquo;s work is astoundingly realistic.</p></em><br /><br /><p>If you think straining over Photoshop for hours on end sweating out the nuances of that latest rendering of a project is time-consuming, Paul Cadden voluntarily spends his time drawing photo-realistic versions of photographs with pencil. Only <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/56689885/computer-vs-pencil" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pencil</a>. According to the artist's website, "Although the drawings and paintings I make are based upon photographs, videos stills etc., the idea is to go beyond the photograph. The photo is used to create a subtler and much more complex focus on the subject depicted. The virtual image becomes the living image, an intensification of the normal. These objects and scenes in my drawings are meticulously detailed to create the illusion of a new reality not seen in in the original photo."&nbsp;The results, which frequently incorporate cityscapes, are worth a look:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/oy/oy21275wf2ywtusu.jpeg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/lr/lr2ctnanh686gqdx.jpeg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/cv/cvefzm3ewyss4rqc.jpeg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132949095/zaha-hadid-my-design-for-the-new-national-stadium-is-not-the-problem Zaha Hadid: My design for the New National Stadium is not the problem Julia Ingalls 2015-07-28T13:08:00-04:00 >2015-07-31T08:40:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ap/ap5bxwv3i79fzi9c.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to a statement issued on <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>'s website, the project-ending cost of the New National Stadium is not the fault of the design, but rather the "inflated costs of construction in Tokyo, a restricted and uncompetitive approach to appointing construction contractors, and a restriction on collaboration between the design team and appointed construction contractors." The stadium, whose controversial design has spawned a series of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">derisive memes</a>, was shut down after officials announced the cost would be 250 billion yen (approximately $2 billion U.S. dollars). The cost <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132028782/i-thought-what-when-i-heard-it-would-cost-252-billion-tadao-ando-says-about-national-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shocked</a> design committee chairman <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/99728/tadao-ando" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando</a>, who made a similar statement about the inflated construction costs in Japan.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0t/0t34rfhcg1yqo3q1.jpg"></p><p>In her statement, <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hadid</a> goes on to say that the arched roof structure was carefully designed so that it could be built in tandem with the seating bowl, and by Japanese engineering and design team estimates should only cost 23 billion yen. Hadid also notes that due to an increase in&nbsp;the&nbsp;price...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132949093/boston-backs-out-of-2024-olympics-bid Boston backs out of 2024 Olympics bid Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-28T12:50:00-04:00 >2015-07-28T12:50:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g9/g93b7jlojtug0l9y.jpg" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The United States Olympic Committee said Monday that it was withdrawing Boston as its proposed bid city because resistance among residents was too great to overcome in the short time that remained before the committee had to formally propose a bid city by Sept. 15. [...] U.S.O.C. intended to move quickly to prepare a bid from another city. While he did not mention Los Angeles by name, many people involved in the Olympics expect Los Angeles to enter the competition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news from the 2020 and 2024 Olympics:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash;&nbsp;Abe calls for a redesign from scratch</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129652792/david-manfredi-the-architect-behind-boston-s-2024-olympic-bid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Manfredi, the architect behind Boston&rsquo;s 2024 Olympic bid</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117960873/boston-wins-u-s-olympic-committee-s-bid-for-2024-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston wins U.S. Olympic Committee's bid for 2024 Games</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117806632/which-u-s-city-will-win-the-2024-olympic-bid-boston-la-dc-and-sf-duke-it-out" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Which U.S. city will win the 2024 Olympic bid? Boston, LA, DC and SF duke it out</a></li><li><p><a title="Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107949061/olympic-infrastructure-displaces-brazilian-families" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132892117/archinect-launches-dry-futures-competition-in-response-to-california-s-historic-drought Archinect launches "Dry Futures" competition in response to California's historic drought Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-28T12:11:00-04:00 >2015-07-31T08:40:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dz/dzklyfarv1dqpxt3.jpg" width="514" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Golden State's nickname has taken on a grave new meaning. The agricultural and economic powerhouse of the country is in the midst of a historic drought pervading the whole U.S. Southwest, at once turning sprawling front lawns into golden-brown scratch pads and inciting&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/04/30/403283276/drought-in-calif-creates-water-wars-between-farmers-developers-residents" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Chinatown</em>-style disputes</a> among developers, farmers, and residents over water rights. The situation is dire, and while <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131348933/as-californians-let-their-lawns-turn-golden-water-conservation-targets-were-exceeded-in-may" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">conservation efforts are succeeding</a>&nbsp;to a degree, plans must extend into the far future in order to contend with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122813531/california-has-about-one-year-of-water-left" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">depleted reservoirs and record low-levels of groundwater</a>. Cities can't always count on free-flowing taps.</p><p>Believing that&nbsp;architects are in a unique position to imagine how the built environment must adapt,&nbsp;Archinect is launching&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Dry Futures&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;</strong>&ndash; a&nbsp;new competition seeking imaginative, pragmatic, idealist, or perhaps even dystopic, design proposals for the future of California&rsquo;s drought. And the stakes couldn't be higher: in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122813531/california-has-about-one-year-of-water-left" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a recent op&shy;-ed for the <em>Los Angeles Times</em></a>, Jay Famiglietti, senior w...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132888101/a-portrait-of-fairmead-california-where-water-goes-to-crops-first-and-residents-second-if-at-all A portrait of Fairmead, California: where water goes to crops first, and residents second – if at all Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-27T17:55:00-04:00 >2015-07-27T17:56:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m2/m2g7jqotpgjne5ed.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These days, while the almond orchards are kept a perfect green, the surrounding landscape is a dull brown, and the yards in front of most of the houses are little more than dirt and weeds. At least 25 families have seen their wells go dry in recent months. Many others are rationing what little water remains. Those lucky enough to be on the city&rsquo;s system still have to strictly conserve to keep the town&rsquo;s only well from going dry.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The</em>&nbsp;<em>Nation</em>&nbsp;paints Fairmead &ndash; an agricultural town where many personal wells have dried up, pitting&nbsp;indigent residents further into poverty &ndash;&nbsp;as a cautionary tale for all those living in historic drought conditions.</p><p>More on California's historic drought:</p><ul><li><a title="Fog catchers: squeezing water out of thin air" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132873615/fog-catchers-squeezing-water-out-of-thin-air" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fog catchers: squeezing water out of thin air</a></li><li><a title='As a "last resort" in historic drought, Santa Barbara dusts off its desalination plant' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132659521/as-a-last-resort-in-historic-drought-santa-barbara-dusts-off-its-desalination-plant" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As a "last resort" in historic drought, Santa Barbara dusts off its desalination plant</a></li><li><a title="Combating drought conditions, California issues stark landscaping restrictions" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132426477/combating-drought-conditions-california-issues-stark-landscaping-restrictions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Combating drought conditions, California issues stark landscaping restrictions</a></li><li><a title="California's desert resorts struggle to abide by drought measures while maintaining a lush 'oasis' look" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129331751/california-s-desert-resorts-struggle-to-abide-by-drought-measures-while-maintaining-a-lush-oasis-look" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California's desert resorts struggle to abide by drought measures while maintaining a lush 'oasis' look</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132880075/toronto-ventures-into-sixth-bid-to-host-olympic-games Toronto ventures into sixth bid to host Olympic Games Justine Testado 2015-07-27T15:44:00-04:00 >2015-07-29T13:45:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/am/amyrsp6kitvlqqc4.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'Given the way that bids in the last few years, even the last decade, [have] attracted opposition in liberal democratic countries, the IOC is going to insist upon some clear measure of support &mdash; not just a council voting yes &mdash; but some demonstration of popular support...And to get that together in a few months is going to be a challenge,' said Bruce Kidd, [University of Toronto professor and member in two previous Olympic bid teams].</p></em><br /><br /><p>The president of the Canadian Olympic Committee confirmed this past Saturday that the office will support Toronto's bid for the 2024 Olympics. But given the outcomes of Toronto's last five attempts&nbsp;&mdash; plus a fast-approaching September deadline for cities to register their intent to host, prospects are hazy.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash;&nbsp;Abe calls for a redesign from scratch" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash;&nbsp;Abe calls for a redesign from scratch</a></p><p><a title="David Manfredi, the architect behind Boston&rsquo;s 2024 Olympic bid" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129652792/david-manfredi-the-architect-behind-boston-s-2024-olympic-bid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Manfredi, the architect behind Boston&rsquo;s 2024 Olympic bid</a></p><p><a title="Boston wins U.S. Olympic Committee's bid for 2024 Games" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117960873/boston-wins-u-s-olympic-committee-s-bid-for-2024-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston wins U.S. Olympic Committee's bid for 2024 Games</a></p><p><a title="Racing to Get Ready: Rio 2016 Olympics" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99707082/racing-to-get-ready-rio-2016-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Racing to Get Ready: Rio 2016 Olympics</a></p><p><a title="Populous&rsquo; Fisht Olympic Stadium for Sochi Winter Games" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/92473410/populous-fisht-olympic-stadium-for-sochi-winter-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Populous&rsquo; Fisht Olympic Stadium for Sochi Winter Games</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132822247/editor-s-picks-425 Editor's Picks #425 Nam Henderson 2015-07-27T15:07:00-04:00 >2015-07-27T16:52:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dz/dz7l8k4prll4a3ch.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest edition of <strong>Upstarts</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;interviewed <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/130410487/upstarts-design-bitches" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph of </a><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/55962127/design-bitches" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design, Bitches</a>, the Los Angeles-based firm.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0c/0cussfppr162j0vc.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;highlighted <a href="http://laplusjournal.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA+</a>, the new publication produced by the Landscape Architecture Department at the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/400/university-of-pennsylvania" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Pennsylvania&rsquo;s School of Design</a> in the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/132432116/screen-print-35-penndesign-s-la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latest edition</a> of <strong>Screen/Print</strong>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tl/tlftly450f5cnmd0.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132326552/liam-young-an-architect-s-skills-are-completely-wasted-on-making-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TANK Magazine published a chat with Liam Young</a>, wherein he argued "<em>an architect&rsquo;s skills are completely wasted on making buildings...Finding ways to operate in other disciplines just gives us much more agency</em>".&nbsp;<strong>davvid</strong> can get behind the idea "<em>that 'architect' is a strategy</em>", however <strong>Good_Knight</strong> is concerned "<em>Great....So in an era when only refining one's professional specialty is profitable...non licensed 'architects' (in reality an oxymoron) or shall I say wanna-be-poser architects are pushing to broaden and generalize the title even more.</em>"&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Mr Banks</strong> argued "<em>If architecture is a strategy rather than a profession, then surely anyon...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132866354/luxury-patterned-after-old-bohemian-farm-villages Luxury Patterned After Old Bohemian Farm Villages Richard Meier & Partners 2015-07-27T14:16:00-04:00 >2015-07-29T13:37:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eq/eq7dq15v4t0iu535.jpg" width="514" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The project, estimated at 400 million euros, or $433 million, features designs by the architects Eva Jiricna, Richard Meier and John Pawson, in addition to the 10 emerging firms, three of which are Czech and seven that are British.</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/132873615/fog-catchers-squeezing-water-out-of-thin-air Fog catchers: squeezing water out of thin air Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-27T13:35:00-04:00 >2015-07-31T08:41:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mn/mn06xfx9g2qu867m.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Simply look up into the sky at a single cloud, on average that white pouf holds 8 million gallons of water&#8202;&mdash;&#8202;enough to sustain 100,000 people for a day. Yet the water we harvest has become so scarce, its cost is greater than the devices invented to catch and deliver it. [...] How might we imagine new ways to collect water? How do we get it off my socks and into my coffee cup?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Fog catchers &ndash; contraptions that gather the moisture in our atmosphere for drinking water &ndash; have been used by humans and animals alike to survive in some of the driest places on earth. In Chile's&nbsp;Atacama desert, fog catchers have been in use for over half a century, and even are <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-32515558" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">used to gather water to brew local beer</a>. The Namib beetle (named for its habitat in the South African desert) has a pattern of bumps on its back that funnel trapped moisture into its mouth. Now, these simple water-capturing techniques are being looked to as one of the many potential relief systems in the American southwest's historic drought.</p><p>In one of their simplest forms, fog catchers are essentially fine-meshed nets, erected on the landscape at an angle suited to the area's fog and winds. The basic form was made drastically <a href="http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2013/how-to-get-fresh-water-out-of-thin-air-0830" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">more efficient by MIT and Chilean researchers</a> relatively recently, however there's more room for innovation in both smaller and larger-scale applications.&nbsp;In perpetually foggy places, s...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132659521/as-a-last-resort-in-historic-drought-santa-barbara-dusts-off-its-desalination-plant As a "last resort" in historic drought, Santa Barbara dusts off its desalination plant Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-24T18:55:00-04:00 >2015-07-24T18:55:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5l/5lf40k5cfe318677.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Santa Barbara City Council members on Tuesday unanimously approved spending $55 million to reactivate a mothballed desalination plant that could provide the city with nearly a third of its drinking water. [...] &ldquo;Desalination has been a last resort,&rdquo; Mayor Helene Schneider told The Times Tuesday night after the vote. &ldquo;The way the drought has continued these last four years, we are really getting at that last resort.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the historic drought in the U.S. southwest:</p><ul><li><a title="Gov. Brown issues order to reduce California's greenhouse gas emissions" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126421871/gov-brown-issues-order-to-reduce-california-s-greenhouse-gas-emissions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gov. Brown issues order to reduce California's greenhouse gas emissions</a></li><li><a title="California has about one year of water left" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122813531/california-has-about-one-year-of-water-left" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California has about one year of water left</a></li><li><a title="30% of the US in Drought" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106867107/30-of-the-us-in-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">30% of the US in Drought</a></li><li><a title='Relocation or Adaptation: "We may have to migrate people out of California"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105498113/relocation-or-adaptation-we-may-have-to-migrate-people-out-of-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Relocation or Adaptation: "We may have to migrate people out of California"</a></li><li><a title="Drought may force California to reverse flow of its Aqueduct" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98670776/drought-may-force-california-to-reverse-flow-of-its-aqueduct" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drought may force California to reverse flow of its Aqueduct</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132588869/bartlett-students-collaborate-with-mobile-urban-garden-project-in-london Bartlett students collaborate with mobile urban garden project in London Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-24T12:51:00-04:00 >2015-07-26T20:38:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z0/z01tyz2c1rfjyfly.jpg" width="514" height="677" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Kings Cross, a northern-London borough with an industrial history, has been undergoing massive redevelopment efforts since the turn of the millennium. Since then, the area has been referred to as an ongoing construction site, as a university, schools, affordable housing, and a public swimming facility have cropped up. And on July 22nd, undergraduate students at the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture unveiled seven structures built into a new public garden in the area.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ig/ig6mr7rvnjft82zf.jpg"></p><p>The structures were built in collaboration with an urban community garden project called <a href="http://www.globalgeneration.org.uk/skip-garden-and-kitchen-1/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skip Gardens</a> &ndash; referring to the &ldquo;skips&rdquo; or &ldquo;dumpsters&rdquo; (as they&rsquo;re known in the US) where the flora was planted, making the Gardens mobile. Now, the students&rsquo; projects have been installed in the midst of Skip Gardens, and are open to the public, offering new facilities for educational vents, cooking, farming and dining.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ob/ob5j2a45gowrs27s.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ts/tstmaosws9o7f59w.jpg"></p><p>The structures are varied, but often feature reclaimed materials. There&rsquo;s a chicken coop made from bamboo, a hydro...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132512541/latent-complexity-denise-scott-brown-and-katherine-darnstadt-latent-design-on-archinect-sessions-39 Latent Complexity: Denise Scott Brown and Katherine Darnstadt (Latent Design) on Archinect Sessions #39 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-23T20:24:00-04:00 >2015-07-26T12:15:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/py/pydtmettwo8u5vzl.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We're very excited to have Denise Scott Brown on this episode, to share some family history behind the Vanna Venturi house &ndash; the house that her husband and collaborator, Robert Venturi, built for his mother in 1965, and helped set a new tone for 20th century architectural history. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131958103/the-vanna-venturi-house-is-for-sale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The house is now for sale, listed at $1.75M.</a></p><p>Also joining us on this week's episode is Katherine Darnstadt of Latent Design in Chicago. A native Chicagoan who trained and practices as an architect there, Katherine shares her reflections on building a practice and connecting to a city. We met Katherine back in May at the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127654273/inside-the-institute-archinect-sessions-goes-to-the-aia-national-convention-on-episode-30" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA National Convention</a>, and have been itching to have her on the podcast since.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7t/7tzhptkvdv8mppbt.jpg"></p><p>We also touch on the bonkers news item that is <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan canceling the Zaha Hadid designs for its Olympic Stadium in Tokyo</a>, citing overwhelming construction costs.</p><p>And finally, we're nearing the end &ndash; of Archinect Sessions' first season. This episode is our second to last, and after #40 we'll be taking a short break, ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132584053/syracuse-university-student-and-faculty-work-a-review-of-trans-inter-ference Syracuse University student and faculty work: a review of Trans(inter)ference Julia Ingalls 2015-07-23T19:11:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T17:29:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gp/gpau4ma7q96dmhh8.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/351727/iconic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">iconic</a> in architecture? It's a debate that will never be settled precisely because the definition of "icon" is perennially changing to reflect the culture from which it derives. An icon, after all, is not necessarily a classic, and this inherent tension is partly what fuels Trans(inter)ference, an installation designed by Maya Alam in collaboration with Daniele Profeta and three <a href="http://archinect.com/syracuse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Syracuse University</a> students:&nbsp;Emily Greer, Waralee Kaewkoon and Thomas Byung H. Kim.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v2/v2bfpigd3etuch4c.jpg"></p><p>Made up from repurposed VHS tape strung over a frame system that has a rectangular series of partitions and a curved awning-like flourish, the work seems to never quite come into focus due to the fluttering of the tape. This constant subtle motion means that there is no one "right" way to perceive it: each observer's experience is free from a predetermined context. In this sense, Trans(inter)ference achieves its stated goal of being "an in-between object that weaves subject, object, and context into one."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vg/vgmzqh06ac59wl1f.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0e3qus96vyhkcef1.jpg"></p><p>Mounted in ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132571189/aia-group-initiative-for-nepal-vies-to-overcome-common-obstacle-of-delayed-rebuilding-efforts AIA group initiative for Nepal vies to overcome common obstacle of delayed rebuilding efforts Justine Testado 2015-07-23T16:34:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T18:05:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ir/irv5ca72ok07zcno.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>By planning ahead now, while the humanitarian response is underway, this reconstruction program can bring additional resources to those efforts, overlapping the relief phase so as to rebuild communities that feel like home - but in an accelerated manner. This is what we don't see currently happening when disaster strikes, and so this effort presents a unique opportunity to standardize a model that can be followed by others - nationally and internationally - moving forward.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As Nepal continues to deal with the aftermath of the deadly April 25 earthquake, the American Institute of Architects Foundation&nbsp;&mdash; now known as the Architects Foundation &mdash; <a href="https://www.architectsfoundation.org/architects-foundation-all-hands-volunteers-launch-two-year-3-million-clinton-global-initiative-commitment-to-action-to-help-rebuild-nepal/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently announced</a> with relief group All Hands Volunteers a two-year $3 million initiative for the reconstruction of villages devastated by the quake. Architects Foundation Executive Director Sherry-Lea Bloodworth-Botop sums up the three-phase initiative, which plans to use an accelerated, community-driven approach in the design and realization of rebuilding the homes. Additionally, the initiative includes providing training in construction practices to local communities.</p><p>More about the Nepal earthquake on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126441864/the-trauma-of-rebuilding-after-kathmandu-s-earthquake-what-can-architects-do-we-talk-with-a-nepalese-architect-on-the-ground-for-archinect-sessions-27" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The trauma of rebuilding": After Kathmandu's earthquake, what can architects do? We talk with a Nepalese architect on the ground for Archinect Sessions #27</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126442466/how-architects-can-help-nepal-and-learn-from-past-disastrous-mistakes-successes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Architects Can Help Nepal (And Learn From Past Disastrous Mistakes/Successes)</a></p><p><a title="Another powerful earthquake has hit Nepal" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127177940/another-powerful-earthquake-has-hit-nepal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another powerful earthquake has hit Nepal</a></p><p><a title="Shigeru Ban responds to the emergency in Nepal" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126947696/shigeru-ban-responds-to-the-emergency-in-nepal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban responds to th...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132566360/architects-are-not-the-creators-of-the-city-but-the-midwives-says-bjarke-ingels "[Architects] are not the creators of the city, but the midwives" says Bjarke Ingels Julia Ingalls 2015-07-23T13:51:00-04:00 >2015-07-27T12:15:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/if/if1e2w4z7ef1bb72.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a fifty-one minute conversation with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/2332/new-york-times" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Times</a> critic <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/15010/michael-kimmelman" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127173702/bjarke-ingels-wants-to-make-the-world-of-the-future-more-like-our-dreams" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a> does little to dispel his reputation as a media-friendly starchitect who dances his way around thorny design issues by reminding everyone of the rose. When Kimmelman brings up the wind issues that an 80th story outdoor space (such as the ones proposed for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129172637/renderings-of-big-designed-two-world-trade-center-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two World Trade Center</a>) is likely to encounter, Ingels relates an anecdote about how in Denmark the only car to have is a convertible, because even if the pleasant days are rare, they must be savored fully.</p><p>However, it is Ingels' redefinition of the architect's role, especially in the context of&nbsp;the&nbsp;discussion about how to shape the future cultural vibe of Manhattan, that makes Kimmelman shift in&nbsp;his&nbsp;seat:&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Ingels: [Architects] are not the creators of the city, but the midwives.</p><p>Kimmelman: You make the architect sound a little more passive or receptive than maybe I'm comfortable with. Do you think the architect is just receiving other peopl...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132509334/watch-the-teaser-trailer-for-fall-s-chicago-architecture-biennial Watch the teaser trailer for fall's Chicago Architecture Biennial Julia Ingalls 2015-07-23T10:09:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T17:26:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tm/tmmtu4ea2654qg4u.jpg" width="514" height="218" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With a list of over 90 participants and partners including U.K.-based <a href="http://assemblestudio.co.uk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Assemble</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/90423/bureau-spectacular-jimenez-lai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jimenez Lai</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/26953/studio-gang-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeanne Gang</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/65588/sou-fujimoto-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sou Fujimoto</a>, the inaugural <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123067654/chicago-architecture-biennial-announces-three-lakefront-kiosk-teams-between-local-architecture-schools-international-firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> will open to the public on October 3rd. Officially billed as "North America&rsquo;s largest international survey of contemporary architecture," the Biennial will feature a variety of installations, exhibitions, and events, which perhaps figures into the concept behind the freshly released&nbsp;teaser trailer (which we've embedded below): gradually intersecting red grid lines meet over famous Chicago landmarks, including <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/8288/anish-kapoor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anish Kapoor</a>'s "bean" or Cloud Gate. View it now:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132497273/the-clearing-memorial-to-norway-s-july-22-attacks-opens-on-the-tragedy-s-fourth-anniversary "The Clearing", memorial to Norway's July 22 attacks, opens on the tragedy's fourth anniversary Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-22T19:30:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:40:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sv/svc1dgegedgwyjs8.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Called Lysningen or &lsquo;The Clearing&rsquo;, it has been designed by the Bergen-based architects 3RW. [...] &ldquo;It is actually much better than I had thought,.&rdquo; [J&oslash;rgen Watne Frydnes, the general manager of Ut&oslash;ya,] said. &ldquo;The frame around the woods and the silence of nature, makes it feel like a well.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>On July 22, 2011, on the island of Ut&oslash;yah, a lone gunman named Anders Breivik attacked a youth summer camp run by the Norwegian Workers&rsquo; Youth League (AUF), killing 69 people. Today, on the fourth anniversary of the attack, a memorial to the victims officially opens on the island. Known as &ldquo;Lysningen" (The Clearing), the memorial is designed by Bergen-based firm 3RW, and was selected through a competition hosted by AUF.</p><p>The design features a large metal ring, inscribed with the victims' names, suspended from pine trees over a clearing made by 3RW.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d8/d8losmof5r3yqgbi.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2u/2uu18x6nvmbzypci.jpg"></p><p>Vegard Gr&oslash;slie Wennesland, a survivor of the Ut&oslash;ya attack who served on the memorial committee, <a href="http://3rw.no/3rw-wins-the-competition-to-propose-memorial-on-utoya/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">says of 3RW's design</a>: "the idea is both sophisticated and unpretentious. No matter what social, cultural or religious affiliation, you can feel welcome here. It will be a beautiful place for remembrance."</p><p>Another competition, for two public memorials &ndash; one in Ut&oslash;ya and one in Oslo, where Breivik perpetrated a bombing attack on the same day &ndash; was wo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132504519/500-square-feet-and-falling 500 Square Feet and Falling Julia Ingalls 2015-07-22T18:59:00-04:00 >2015-07-23T10:52:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bu/buh07kd4842mqga5.jpg" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The trend toward living in less square footage isn't just about battling rent hikes: in Orange County, the able-bodied and financially resourceful are choosing to habitate (and sometimes co-habitate) in so-called micro or mini-apartments. Although the definition varies, anything below 500 square feet is generally considered to be on the petite side. The smaller appliances, constricted shelving, and overall compactness of these places requires spatial creativity and a Spartan materialism. According to the <a href="http://www.ocregister.com/lansner/apartment-671316-one-siler.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orange County Register</a>, nursing student and 475 square foot apartment dweller Cayla Alexander says of she and her husband,&nbsp;&ldquo;We have three bowls and five plates. But when you really come down to it, do you need anything else?&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yb/yb94k36bq75mxxh4.jpg"></p><p>Perhaps the most extreme example of this trend is the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/66031295/new-york-mayor-bloomberg-announces-winner-of-adapt-nyc-micro-unit-apartment-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">My Micro NY</a>, a complex of 55 apartments designed by nARCHITECTS in New York City that range in size from 260 to 370 square feet. According to <a href="http://www.capsyscorp.com/nextlevelbuilding/?tag=micro-unit-apartment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CapsysCorps</a>, the units make use of tall ceilings, large windows an...</p>