Archinect - News 2016-09-26T16:49:01-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149970651/this-week-s-picks-for-london-architecture-and-design-events This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-09-26T13:46:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T14:53:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e5/e5tcdlk3pnysj4bj.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week, plunge yourself into the art world with opening shows, private views and controversial subjects all on offer in London. Works on display throughout the exhibitions seek to challenge the viewer, and in the case of Guerrilla Girls, bring about big, tangible&nbsp;change through art.&nbsp;</p><p>Additionally, this week is one of the last chances to visit the incredible&nbsp;<a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149950561/inside-bjarke-ingels-serpentine-pavilion-the-work-becomes-a-pure-manifestation-of-that-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine Pavilion by BIG,</a> if you haven't already, ahead of its closure on the 9th October.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/747353/weekly-events-ldn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/events_location/694828/london-gb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/8322/silhouettes-and-shadows-david-bowie-remembered" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Silhouettes and Shadows: David Bowie Remembered |&nbsp;Open now until 26 October</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/rt/rtuag61zynuma203.jpg"></p><p><em>Bowie on the album cover of "Heroes", image: Masayoshi Sukita</em></p><p>David Bowie has been celebrated widely in London since his death at the beginning of this year. This exhibition remembers the star through&nbsp;photographs and&nbsp;accompanying stories from the photographers who knew and worked with him over the years. Including previously unseen prints, this exhibition seeks to...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970640/the-former-football-stars-tackling-england-s-affordable-housing-shortage The former-football stars tackling England's affordable housing shortage Nicholas Korody 2016-09-26T13:17:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T14:53:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/99/99sv3jgrn6fowww0.jpg" width="514" height="269" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A year ago, former England captain Rio Ferdinand, West Ham United skipper Mark Noble and ex-Brighton striker Bobby Zamora [unveiled] their Legacy Foundation &ndash; a regeneration charity with a plan to build a series of social and privately rentable housing schemes, backed by private investors. The stars (all three of whom have played for West Ham) are coming back to present their first project, worth &pound;400m, to build 1,300 homes on a 22-hectare site in a run-down area in Houghton Regis near Luton.</p></em><br /><br /><p></p><p>For more on housing-related issues in the UK, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149966148/as-a-new-class-of-super-rich-investors-displace-the-traditional-elite-average-londoners-are-pushed-further-and-further-outside-the-city-limits" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As a new class of super rich investors displace the traditional elite, average Londoners are pushed further and further outside the city limits</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965813/almost-half-of-londoners-support-limits-on-building-height" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Almost half of Londoners support limits on building height</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954374/brexit-will-put-even-more-strain-on-towns-already-pressed-for-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brexit will put even more strain on towns already pressed for housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947731/to-live-in-london-you-can-t-be-a-londoner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To live in London you can't be a Londoner</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149967497/gkd-metal-mesh-plays-disappearing-act-on-interior-office-building GKD Metal Mesh Plays Disappearing Act On Interior Office Building Sponsor 2016-09-26T08:00:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T18:38:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ch/ch9cgjayi2tm1mxo.jpg" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://www.gkdmetalfabrics.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/yl/yl0ptky6yzn93g5f.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.gkdmetalfabrics.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GKD Metal Fabrics</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>White <a href="http://www.gkdmetalfabrics.com/metalfabrics/omega_1510.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GKD metal fabric</a> plays a disappearing act on the interior of a commercial office building in Toronto, Canada. With sharp geometric lines and vibrant white walls set against concrete floors and metal railings, a few red bucket chairs starkly break up the monotone design. The overall aesthetic creates a futuristic lobby worthy of the busy, interconnected corporate office that caters to premium retail spaces below 14 floors of office space. GKD Omega 1510 was used to create partitions on the second level, hiding walkways and blending into the design allowing the metal fabric to become indistinguishable from the solid white walls.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ce/ce890y54uavu537q.jpg"></p><p>It&rsquo;s a brand new feature for GKD in North America for metal wire to arrive from Germany already treated with a white powder coating. The coated wire mesh was handled with extreme caution to avoid scratching the white surface. What GKD representatives expected to be a delicate process turned out to be stand...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970283/the-fight-for-sydney-s-brutalist-public-housing-landmark-continues The fight for Sydney's brutalist public housing landmark continues Alexander Walter 2016-09-23T14:13:00-04:00 >2016-09-24T23:44:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tw/tw1facngkzywlb4e.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Protesters gathered in Sydney&rsquo;s historic Rocks district on Saturday to rally against the New South Wales government&rsquo;s plans to sell off the Sirius building &ndash; which contains 79 social housing tenants &ndash; to developers for more than $100m. The 1970s Brutalist building was nominated for heritage listing by the NSW National Trust in 2014 but the government has refused to grant it, saying the proceeds from the sale are needed to build more public housing elsewhere in Sydney</p></em><br /><br /><p>Quartz also <a href="http://qz.com/788466/save-our-sirius-construction-workers-are-refusing-to-tear-down-a-brutalist-architecture-landmark-in-australia/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reported</a> that Australia&rsquo;s largest construction union Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) and the Unions NSW have called their members to refuse any participation in demolition work of the structure.</p><p><em>&ldquo;The Sirius building is not only an important piece of architectural history&mdash;it is one of the last areas of public housing in the district,&rdquo; explained Rita Mallia, president of the CFMEU in a Sept 16 statement.</em></p><p>Learn more about the case in this <a href="https://www.change.org/p/save-our-sirius-an-architectural-treasure-and-rare-symbol-of-the-triumph-of-little-people-over-powerful-lobby-groups-sirius-enables-the-continued-inclusion-and-contribution-of-people-with-disability-and-elderly-in-their-community" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">change.org petition</a> and on the cause's website <a href="http://saveoursirius.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">saveoursirius.org</a>.</p><p>Previously in the Archinect news: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133044789/just-add-balconies-sydney-deliberates-future-of-brutalist-housing-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Just add balconies? Sydney deliberates future of brutalist housing landmark</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970122/replica-of-palmyra-arch-presented-in-new-york Replica of Palmyra Arch presented in New York Nicholas Korody 2016-09-22T17:57:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T17:58:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w9/w9vd249as7xvwmy7.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A recreation of Palmyra&rsquo;s Arch of Triumph was unveiled in New York on Monday, almost a year after Islamic State militants destroyed the original structure. The 1,800-year-old Roman arch was blown up by the extremist group last October, but a team of archeologists at Oxford University&rsquo;s Institute for Digital archeology (IDA) set about recreating it, in an act of resistance to Isis&rsquo;s rampant acts of cultural destruction in Iraq and Syria.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The recreation, which is two-thirds the size of the original, was constructed with 3D printing technology using Egyptian marble. Historically, the arch marked the entrance to the Temple of Baal, which was later converted into a church and then a mosque.</p><p>The recreated arch was displayed last spring in Trafalgar Square. It will stay in New York &mdash; at City Hill park &mdash; for one week before heading to Dubai.&nbsp;</p><p>Watch a video of the construction here:</p><p></p><p>For more on Palmyra and the destruction caused by ISIL, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149964570/international-criminal-court-hears-first-case-of-cultural-destruction-as-war-crimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Criminal Court hears first case of cultural destruction as war crimes</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954716/download-a-3d-model-of-a-column-from-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Download a 3D model of a column from Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945094/syrian-architect-talks-about-the-past-and-future-of-her-destroyed-hometown-of-homs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Syrian architect talks about the past and future of her destroyed hometown of Homs</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941575/recreation-of-palmyra-s-arch-of-triumph-presented-in-trafalgar-square" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Recreation of Palmyra's Arch of Triumph presented in Trafalgar Square</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970079/grounded-research-alvin-huang-of-synthesis-design-architecture-on-bringing-computational-design-to-life-on-archinect-sessions-82 Grounded Research: Alvin Huang of Synthesis Design + Architecture on bringing computational design to life, on Archinect Sessions #82 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-22T17:15:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T14:57:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u1/u1n6opm0yt5b1mcb.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/alvinhuang" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvin Huang</a>, founder and principal of <a href="http://archinect.com/synthesisdna" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Synthesis Design + Architecture</a> in Los Angeles, joins us to talk about growing his practice into the award-winning firm it is today. Alvin dips back into his time in London, going to school at the AA and working with Zaha, and shares the terror and excitement that is starting your own firm. We also discuss taking criticism on social media, firm/teaching/life balance, and computation's role in design.</p><p>This past August, Synthesis received the <a href="http://synthesis-dna.com/news/Emerging_Practice_Award" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Presidential Honoree Emerging Practice Award from&nbsp;AIA | LA</a> &ndash; check out their work <a href="http://archinect.com/synthesisdna" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 82 of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Grounded Research":</p><ul></ul><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/archinect/Archinect-Sessions-82.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes:</strong></p><p>The Greg Lynn Show...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970082/the-end-of-shenzhen-s-baishizhou-urban-village The end of Shenzhen’s Baishizhou 'urban village' Alexander Walter 2016-09-22T15:37:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T15:37:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g6/g6xqpwih3loh4ni2.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Village&rdquo; may not seem like the right term for a cluster of tenement-style walkups that can house more than 100,000 people.&nbsp;Chengzhongcun&nbsp;hang onto the name partly because of the familiarity evoked by the traditions and small-scale businesses that thrive among their migrant populations, and partly because when modern Shenzhen began growing, these places really were just villages in the middle of the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961213/a-tragic-tale-of-live-and-let-die-development-on-shanghai-s-street-of-eternal-happiness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A tragic tale of live-and-let-die development on Shanghai's Street of Eternal Happiness</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962264/ai-weiwei-calls-modern-chinese-architecture-fatalistic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei calls modern Chinese architecture 'fatalistic'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944440/take-a-look-at-the-rapid-urbanization-of-china-s-pearl-river-delta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look at the rapid urbanization of China's Pearl River Delta</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970059/la-city-councilman-david-ryu-calls-for-rapid-roll-out-of-autonomous-vehicles LA City Councilman David Ryu calls for rapid roll-out of autonomous vehicles Nicholas Korody 2016-09-22T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T13:38:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/js/jsdgp8xbfr5t5jik.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;Ask any Los Angeles resident about L.A.&rsquo;s greatest challenges and the answer will most likely include: &lsquo;traffic&rsquo;,&rdquo; begins David E. Ryu, the L.A. City Councilman for the 4th District, in a <a href="https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/davidryucc/pages/314/attachments/original/1474482888/Ryu_Motion_-_Autonomous_Vehicles.pdf?1474482888" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">call</a> for the rapid implementation of autonomous vehicles in the city.</p><p>Citing their potential to reduce traffic, &ldquo;create greater transportation equity&rdquo;, and reduce vehicular deaths, Ryu proposes that the Department of Transportation quickly put together a report on the benefits of implementing autonomous transit.</p><p>&ldquo;In the 20th century, Los Angeles&rsquo; streetcars and freeways each set national standards and propelled our quality of life and economy forward,&rdquo; writes Ryu. &ldquo;Today, we are mired in gridlock, and it is time once again for our city to lead the way, this time into the 21st century as the trailblazer on autonomous vehicle technology."</p><p>For more on autonomous vehicles, check out these articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968712/the-view-from-inside-a-self-driving-uber-the-technology-is-not-quite-ready" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The view from inside a self-driving Uber: "the technology is not quite ready"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968301/japan-gunning-for-tokyo-to-take-on-driverless-vehicles-by-2020-olympic-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan gunning for Tokyo to take...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970030/introducing-bjarke-ingels-floating-student-housing-urban-rigger Introducing Bjarke Ingels' floating student housing, "Urban Rigger" Julia Ingalls 2016-09-22T12:48:00-04:00 >2016-09-23T18:25:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pl/plfmt6xuq49wvc3c.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Bjarke Ingels has found the elusive silver lining in global sea level rise and the European affordable housing crisis in the form of "Urban Rigger," a series of inexpensive student housing complexes that are designed to float in the sea, especially in those cities which have dense urban cores next to the waterfront. The idea here is to provide students with affordable digs that are close to class while simultaneously making the most out of changing climate conditions and post-industrial port repurposing. The first complete Urban Rigger has already been assembled in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/3691/copenhagen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uj/ujway5j3sgyzcnlk.jpg"></p><p>According to an article in <a href="https://www.fastcodesign.com/3063804/bjarke-ingelss-next-project-reinventing-student-housing?partner=rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FastCompany</a>, "Each unit, which can house 12 students at once, is composed of modular shipping containers. These modules are powered by a photovoltaic array and use a heat-exchange system that draws upon the thermal mass of water to warm and cool the interiors. Meanwhile, an aerogel developed by NASA insulates the interiors."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oz/ozzf38v52e8rg9gf.jpg"></p><p>For the latest on Bjarke Ingels:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968706/play-arkinoid-arcade-on-big-s-website" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Play "Arkinoid" arcade on BIG...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970029/the-olympics-are-a-dream-that-turn-into-a-nightmare-rome-s-mayor-pulls-2024-olympic-bid “The Olympics are a dream that turn into a nightmare." – Rome's mayor pulls 2024 Olympic bid Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-22T12:45:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T12:45:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yi/yipdi9xeowjirxuz.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Virginia Raggi, who was elected in June and has faced a tumultuous start to her tenure, said in a highly anticipated press conference that it would be irresponsible to move forward with the bid, given the debts that it would accrue and the burdens it would place on Roman taxpayers. [...] The 38-year-old lawyer said the city was still paying debts it had accrued for the Games in 1960, and would not stand for more &ldquo;cathedrals in the desert&rdquo; &ndash; abandoned stadiums &ndash; that the city could ill afford.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Take the Olympics, please!</p><ul><li><a title="Wilkinson Eyre, designers of Rio's biggest Olympic stadium, reflect on the Games' architectural legacy" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968313/wilkinson-eyre-designers-of-rio-s-biggest-olympic-stadium-reflect-on-the-games-architectural-legacy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wilkinson Eyre, designers of Rio's biggest Olympic stadium, reflect on the Games' architectural legacy</a></li><li><a title="How are London's Olympic grounds being used 4 years later?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961406/how-are-london-s-olympic-grounds-being-used-4-years-later" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How are London's Olympic grounds being used 4 years later?</a></li><li><a title="Boston backs out of 2024 Olympics bid" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132949093/boston-backs-out-of-2024-olympics-bid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston backs out of 2024 Olympics bid</a></li><li><a title="Japanese slam highly unpopular Tokyo Olympic Stadium design with hilarious memes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japanese slam highly unpopular Tokyo Olympic Stadium design with hilarious memes</a></li><li><a title="On decentralizing the Olympics" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149959104/on-decentralizing-the-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">On decentralizing the Olympics</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969640/editor-s-picks-454 Editor's Picks #454 Nam Henderson 2016-09-22T00:17:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T23:03:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7t/7t8d7jtnoqu34le9.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Responding to Brexit, <a href="http://archinect.com/EleanorMarshall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eleanor Marshall</a>&nbsp;considered <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149967395/rip-to-the-eu-1973-2016-five-monumental-buildings-in-the-uk-by-european-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">five buildings designed by European architects working in the UK from 1973 until 2016</a>; the lifespan of the UK&rsquo;s membership of the European Union.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/an/an8alj3brvuo3ao6.jpg"></p><p>"<em>If in the next few years major change hinders the eclecticism that the UK currently has we may be left with the tedious offspring of New London Vernacular and not much else.</em>"</p><p>Plus,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;looked at the example set by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149964897/7-famous-architectural-dropouts-and-autodidacts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">7 famous architectural dropouts and autodidacts</a>.&nbsp;<strong>Olaf Design Ninja_ </strong>&nbsp;quipped "<em>pales in comparison to the Harvard drop-out list</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>For those confused about the Guggenheim Helsinki <strong>discoverfinland</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149967436/finnish-government-pulls-funding-for-the-guggenheim-helsinki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">clarified</a> -</p><p>"<em>The whole project has been rejected twice. Helsinki locals are vocally opposed to it, about 60/40, local govt is opposed to it, and now it has been completely ruled out at a national level. Unfortunately, some of those who are in favour are also journalists, which leads to the international community thinking this is an actual issue. It isn't. In 2017 the reserve t...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969926/david-adjaye-on-designing-a-museum-that-speaks-a-different-language David Adjaye on Designing a Museum That Speaks a Different Language b3tadine[sutures] 2016-09-22T00:11:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T09:44:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yn/ynoanx0ygsy8wf1u.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I was completely moved by the corona motif. It seemed like a way to start to tell a story that moves from one continent, where people were taken, along with their cultures, and used as labor, then contributed towards making another country and new cultures. That history then continues in the decorative patterning of those panels.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/su/suo8imo4pwpoycug.jpg"><br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g9/g9usn5x2zp1xonr3.jpg"></p><p>Adjaye.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969755/architecture-billings-index-in-august-dips-below-50-overall-outlook-reported-as-positive Architecture Billings Index in August dips below 50, overall outlook reported as positive Alexander Walter 2016-09-21T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-09-21T13:40:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/no/novldair2rz9ru4a.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On the heels of six out of seven months of increasing levels of demand for design services, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) fell just below the positive mark. [...] (AIA) reported the August ABI score was 49.7, down from the mark of 51.5 in the previous month. This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 61.8, up sharply from a reading of 57.5 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;This is only the second month this year where demand for architectural services has declined and it is only by a fraction of a point,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &nbsp;&ldquo;Given the solid numbers for new design contracts and project inquiries, it doesn&rsquo;t appear that this is the beginning of a broader downturn in the design and construction industry.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of August:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (55.2), Midwest (52.8), West (49.0), Northeast (44.9)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: mixed practice (51.8), multi-family residential (50.9), commercial / industrial (50.8), institutional (50.7)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 61.8</li><li>Design contracts index: 52.7</li></ul><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a>&nbsp;in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149963790/architecture-billings-index-in-july-remains-in-positive-terrain-but-higher-volatility-expected-due-to-u-s-presidential-election" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in July remains in positive terrain but higher volatility expected due to U.S. presidential election</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958838/architecture-billings-index-in-june-positive-for-fifth-consecutive-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in June positive for fifth consecutive month</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953248/architecture-billings-index-reaches-highest-score-in-nearly-a-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index reaches highest score in...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969486/cooper-union-appoints-first-woman-president-laura-sparks Cooper Union appoints first woman president Laura Sparks Julia Ingalls 2016-09-20T18:46:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T23:27:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yx/yx9mlzsea6tyd20y.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's been a tumultuous year for Cooper Union:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135726149/cooper-union-to-return-to-tuition-free-model" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">after revoking and then reconsidering its free tuition policy</a> for students last year, the institution saw numerous prominent trustees resign. Now, Cooper Union has appointed executive director of the William Penn Foundation Laura Sparks as its first woman president, whose background in philanthropy and successful community engagement seems like an ideal match for the school. As Sparks noted about her appointment:</p><p>"I have been impressed with the passion, commitment and determination of Cooper&rsquo;s board and search committee to &lsquo;look forward&rsquo; while also acknowledging and respecting dissenting views and the voices of many throughout the wider school community. I am eager to meet more of the college&rsquo;s passionate, thoughtful and accomplished students, and to engage with its extraordinary faculty as we move the institution forward while holding true to its founding principles. I am confident that together we can reaffirm our sense of mission, stab...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969510/meet-ernst-neufert-father-of-building-standards Meet Ernst Neufert, father of building standards Orhan Ayyüce 2016-09-20T17:32:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T23:30:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xt/xtam831fp6zl8lfh.jpg" width="514" height="453" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Almost every kitchen counter in the United States is 36 inches tall. And 25 inches deep. Eighteen inches above the counters are the cabinets, which are 16 inches deep. Where do these sizes and dimensions come from? Have they always been so exact?</p></em><br /><br /><p>"In 1938 Hitler&rsquo;s chief architect Albert Speer hired Neufert to, as Speer put it, &ldquo;oversee the standardization of building parts, and the rationalization to building methods.&rdquo; He got to lead his own team of designers and technicians. They were called The Neufert Department.</p><p>He created the Octametric Brick, a standard-sized masonry unit that would come to replace any other sized brick in Germany (the bricks were 12.5 centimeters wide, or one-eighth of a meter, hence its name). Adoption of the brick, as Neufert saw, would create a standardized, modular world that all construction would occur in&mdash;no more custom shapes or sizes within buildings, no more worrying that cabinets would be the same height as the stove.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0u/0ujvl4c51e9gv0ri.jpg"></p><p>With the Octametric Brick, buildings could still look different and be different sizes, but everything, when reduced to its smallest part, would have this as a base unit. This overarching uniformity, based around the dimensions of a single brick, would be called the Octametric Sy...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969477/watch-new-documentary-tells-the-story-behind-mass-design-group-s-cholera-clinic-in-haiti Watch: new documentary tells the story behind MASS Design Group's cholera clinic in Haiti Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-20T14:24:00-04:00 >2016-09-21T12:40:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xm/xmwh3956r06uewnx.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Just nine months after a catastrophic earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, killing hundreds of thousands of people, a cholera epidemic broke out. While it became clear shortly after that the epidemic began with U.N. peacekeepers, who had been active in Haiti since 2004 and brought the disease from Nepal, the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/08/opinion/the-uns-responsibility-in-haitis-cholera-crisis.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.N. only just recently took formal responsibility</a>. With overwhelming rebuilding efforts and damaged infrastructure throughout the country, Haiti was made even more vulnerable, and the disease spread through consumption of tainted water and food.</p><p>To attend to the sick population, Haitian infectious disease specialist Dr. Jean-William Pape and his organization, Les Centres GHESKIO, set up and ran temporary treatment sites, but after two years, when the epidemic didn&rsquo;t seem to be shrinking back, Dr. Pape realized that unsanitary waste collection practices in the treatment centers were contaminating the groundwater, reintroducing the disease into the population.</p><p>So to cut off the cycle of r...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969277/riba-appoints-alan-vallance-as-new-chief-executive RIBA appoints Alan Vallance as new Chief Executive Ellen Hancock 2016-09-20T01:12:00-04:00 >2016-09-20T10:36:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3p/3p5uw2us5d02ld91.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Alan Vallance has been chosen as the new Chief Executive of the RIBA unanimously by the interview panel. He has been Interim Chief Executive at the institute since February this year and prior to that Interim Director of Finance. Previous to working at the RIBA he has worked in finance, consulting, strategic planning and general management in Europe and Australasia.&nbsp;</p><p>Regarding his appointment Alan Vallance said:</p><p>&ldquo;Architects are creative, visionary and collaborative professionals who ensure that our built environment serves and strengthens communities now and in the future. It is a privilege to have been appointed to the role of Chief Executive&nbsp;of the RIBA. I look forward to working with the Board and Council, the staff team and members in the UK and globally to deliver the RIBA&rsquo;s five year strategic plan and to further strengthen the RIBA&rsquo;s offer to current and future members.&rdquo;</p><p>Read more news relating to the Royal Institute of British Architects here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149967792/uk-architects-workloads-expected-to-decrease-for-the-first-time-since-2012" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK Architects&rsquo; Workloads Expected t...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969371/turn-the-lights-off-on-the-way-out-i-aki-balos-s-keynote-at-day-2-of-the-gsd-s-heliomorphism-conference Turn the lights off on the way out: Iñaki Ábalos's keynote at Day 2 of the GSD's Heliomorphism conference Anthony Morey 2016-09-19T19:31:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T22:56:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bp/bp6ixmqaz4umxblm.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968937/thom-mayne-and-jeanne-gang-play-it-safe-with-heliomorphism-keynotes-at-the-gsd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Day one of Heliomorphism</a>, the inaugural conference convened by the new research arm of the Harvard Graduate School of Design&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149964898/come-rain-or-shine-reviving-collective-urban-form-with-the-gsd-s-office-for-urbanization" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Office for Urbanization</a>,&nbsp;ended with Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects finally breaking through the jargon and superficiality of the topic at hand. The theme of the environment, solar performance along with sustainability were all absorbed and raised to the echelon of where they should exist; as already built in qualities of any project, not a topic or excuse for architectural exuberance. Thom Mayne&rsquo;s ability to recognize and exploit this only provided further proof of the scale, method, and nature of his work as worthy of his recognition and role as a leader in the discipline.</p><p>Sadly, during the second and final day of the conference we found ourselves again forcibly located at the epicenter of Ivy League semantic blurring and Copernican alignments. Day one seemed to have fallen into the shadows of the tone and wording at hand. The day was kicked off with a s...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969375/how-the-design-of-a-parliament-building-affects-the-politics-that-happen-inside How the design of a parliament building affects the politics that happen inside Nicholas Korody 2016-09-19T18:56:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T23:01:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ix/ixhmzql4g1odx8s0.jpg" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the past five years van der Vegt and Max Cohen de Lara, his partner at XML, have studied the halls of parliament of all 193 United Nations member states. In a new book, Parliament, the duo elegantly connects architecture to the political process. All 193 assembly halls fall into one of five organizational layouts: &ldquo;semicircle,&rdquo; &ldquo;horseshoe,&rdquo; &ldquo;opposing benches,&rdquo; &ldquo;circle,&rdquo; and &ldquo;classroom.&rdquo; And these layouts make a difference.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>If you can imagine how debating with someone seated beside you might feel different from arguing with someone standing at a pulpit, you can appreciate the impact.</em></p><p>For more on the intersections of the architectural and the political, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960427/looking-into-the-white-house-s-much-longer-history-of-slave-labor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking into the White House's &ldquo;much longer history&rdquo; of slave labor</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956644/hillary-clinton-campaign-ad-highlights-architect-screwed-by-trump" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hillary Clinton campaign ad highlights architect screwed by Trump</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938426/poland-to-remove-soviet-era-memorials" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Poland to remove Soviet-era memorials</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934054/budapest-s-building-boom-draws-critics-of-hungarian-leader-s-edifice-complex" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Budapest's building boom draws critics of Hungarian leader's "edifice complex"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969309/show-and-tell-moma-s-chief-curator-of-architecture-and-design-martino-stierli-on-one-to-one-38 Show and Tell: MoMA's chief curator of architecture and design, Martino Stierli, on One-to-One #38 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-19T17:04:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T22:56:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yh/yhsvrqv8ciyo8vw3.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Martino Stierli took over as MoMA's chief curator of architecture and design in 2015, when the museum was already undergoing major changes. Diller Scofidio + Renfro's redesign was underway, and the architecture and design galleries faced something of an uncertain future in the expanded museum layout. On the podcast, Stierli dispels the rumors that the galleries would be closed permanently, and discusses MoMA's strategies for exhibiting architecture, as well as his plans to diversify the museum's collection.</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;#38 with&nbsp;<strong>Martino Stierli</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>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="http://onetoone.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://onetoone.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/onetoone/One_To_One_Episode_38_Martino_Stierli.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969297/when-designing-for-mental-health-how-far-can-architects-go When designing for mental health, how far can architects go? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-19T13:23:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T23:01:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5d/5d8rehcgoneopzdu.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Genetics, early experiences, family relationships and social settings can&rsquo;t be addressed through urban design,&rdquo; McCay explains. &ldquo;But urban design can and should play a role, just as it does for physical disorders, which have equally complex causes.&rdquo; [...] But experts believe guidelines for healthy urban environments are currently failing to take this growing awareness into consideration. [...] &ldquo;understanding of these issues is not yet mainstream&rdquo; in the architectural community.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Layla McCay, director of the Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health, outlines the various ways urban design and mental health intersect:</p><p></p><p>Check out more videos from UDMH on <a href="http://www.urbandesignmentalhealth.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">their website</a>.</p><p>For more news on urban psychology:</p><ul><li><a title="Measured Genius: One-to-One #29 with Pierluigi Serraino, author of 'The Creative Architect'" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954286/measured-genius-one-to-one-29-with-pierluigi-serraino-author-of-the-creative-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Measured Genius: One-to-One #29 with Pierluigi Serraino, author of 'The Creative Architect'</a></li><li><a title="The high psychological cost we pay for boring buildings" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940354/the-high-psychological-cost-we-pay-for-boring-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The high psychological cost we pay for boring buildings</a></li><li><a title="Putting entire cities on the psychiatrist's couch" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130868125/putting-entire-cities-on-the-psychiatrist-s-couch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Putting entire cities on the psychiatrist's couch</a></li><li><a title='Designing and understanding the "Happy City"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/88462415/designing-and-understanding-the-happy-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing and understanding the "Happy City"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969280/this-week-s-picks-for-london-architecture-and-design-events This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-09-19T12:23:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T23:03:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/em/emywwwsujqlo6slw.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week&rsquo;s picks come with an energy and collaborative passion which is so&nbsp;characteristic of this time of &nbsp;year. With the London&nbsp;Design Festival raging on and the anticipation&nbsp;of a new season hanging thick in the air, it seems as though London has started afresh, seemingly recovering from the events of this summer. Walking around the city, and at events,&nbsp;it is hard to not feel that same energy buzzing all around.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/747353/weekly-events-ldn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with <a href="http://bustler.net/events_location/694828/london-gb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a><a href="http://bustler.net/events_location/694828/london-gb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'s latest happenings</a> and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/8277/turner-prize-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turner Prize 2016 | 27 September - 2 January 2017</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/ew/ewum7jniwxf8libb.jpg"></p><p><em>Assemble's Sugar House Studios, Turner Prize Winners, 2015. Image: Assemble</em></p><p>The Turner Prize, founded in 1984, is a celebration of artists under 50 years old who have created &ldquo;an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding&rdquo;. &nbsp;Past winners have included Grayson Perry, Antony Gormley, Damien Hirst, Richard Long, and <a href="http://uk.archinect.com/features/article/147196490/talking-with-assemble-before-they-won-the-turner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Assemble</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>This year&rsquo;s panel comprises of esteemed directors and cur...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969134/moma-makes-all-its-museum-exhibition-archives-available-online MoMA makes all its museum exhibition archives available online Orhan Ayyüce 2016-09-18T17:24:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T05:48:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vc/vczmue2alkxx4an2.jpg" width="514" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Exhibitions from our founding in 1929 to the present are available online. These pages are updated continually.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Go ahead and dig in! All there, including architecture. Now, that's a museum service.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963814/multi-layered-cube-like-fa-ade-achieves-diversity-in-residential-high-rise-design-with-fire-rated-aluminum-composite-material Multi-layered cube-like façade achieves diversity in residential high-rise design with fire-rated aluminum composite material Sponsor 2016-09-18T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T00:28:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gm/gm0n2wr58pdszz7r.jpg" width="514" height="770" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://www.alucobondusa.com/?utm_source=Archinect&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=September2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/un/une1gycg8tboij7b.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.alucobondusa.com/?utm_source=Archinect&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=September2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alucobond&reg;</a></strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>A big compliment to architects is hearing that one of their building designs has become a recognizable landmark. That&rsquo;s the case for architects at the Los Angeles office of <a href="http://arquitectonica.com/architecture/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Arquitectonica</strong></a> International Corp. who designed the Olume residential building in San Francisco&rsquo;s Mission District with a unique multi-layered cube-like metal fa&ccedil;ade featuring a total of five custom earth-toned colors of <a href="http://www.alucobondusa.com/products/?utm_source=Archinect&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=September2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Alucobond&reg; Plus</strong></a> aluminum composite material (ACM).</p><p>The 12-story 138,512-square- foot Olume multifamily residential community opened in March 2016 with owner Monogram Residential Trust, Inc., of Plano, Texas, offering 121 luxury rental units &ndash; including studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments &ndash; as well as two levels of subterranean parking. Monogram Residential Trust partnered with Martin Building Co., of San Francisco, to develop the boutique-style community.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gn/gn1cjrk1z5bhkwua.jpg"></p><p>Arquitectonica was brought in to re-design the fa&ccedil;ade of the building after the project&rsquo;s en...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968971/finland-has-greatly-reduced-its-homeless-population-here-s-how Finland has greatly reduced its homeless population — here's how Nicholas Korody 2016-09-16T19:13:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T00:28:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4x/4xl4wdd7chs42lj7.jpg" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Finland is the only European country where homelessness has decreased in recent years. At the end of 2015 the number of single homeless people was for the first time under 7,000 and this number includes people living temporarily with friends and relatives, who constitute 80% of all homeless people [...] The main explanation for this success is quite simple: when the national programme started housing first was adopted as a mainstream national homelessness policy.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The housing first model is quite simple: when people are homeless, you give them housing first &ndash; a stable home, rather than progressing them through several levels of temporary and transitional accommodation.</em></p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149944930/how-4-us-cities-are-applying-architectural-solutions-to-homelessness" target="_blank">How 4 US cities are applying architectural solutions to homelessness</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149966437/denver-collaborative-wants-to-offer-mobile-laundry-service-to-the-city-s-homeless" target="_blank">Denver collaborative wants to offer mobile laundry service to the city's homeless</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953244/lapd-directs-officers-to-treat-homeless-people-with-compassion-in-new-vague-policy" 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/149947503/portland-responds-to-homelessness-crisis-by-temporarily-allowing-rough-sleeping-on-sidewalks-and-in-parks" target="_blank">Portland responds to homelessness crisis by temporarily allowing 'rough sleeping' on sidewalks and in parks</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968937/thom-mayne-and-jeanne-gang-play-it-safe-with-heliomorphism-keynotes-at-the-gsd Thom Mayne and Jeanne Gang play it safe with Heliomorphism keynotes at the GSD Anthony Morey 2016-09-16T18:23:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T22:53:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4a/4avqypmug98lxzqd.jpg" width="514" height="167" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We once knew the world was flat.</p><p>We once knew earth was the center of the universe.</p><p>We once knew the sun was the center of the universe.</p><p>We once knew the Milky Way was the center of the universe.</p><p>Maybe the 3rd is not so far off in the end.</p><p>The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) officially launched its new research focused arm, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149964898/come-rain-or-shine-reviving-collective-urban-form-with-the-gsd-s-office-for-urbanization" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Office for Urbanization</a>, with a conference titled 'Heliomorphism'. Research has a long and varied history at the GSD and of course at Harvard in general. Exploiting and creating these opportunities for collaboration and exploration of disciplinary topics are at the highest aspirations for the Office.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/59/59lye2ylwxbxeb32.jpg"></p><p>Its goal is thus to become a transdisciplinary initiative designed to focus the intellectual and practical capabilities of the School on a range of applied design research projects, attendant to the contemporary city. While the school itself already contains a plethora of Design Labs, Groups, Lectures and conferences, the Office of Urbanization hopes to distinguish...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968921/this-man-is-building-an-entire-village-from-recycled-plastic-bottles This man is building an entire village from recycled plastic bottles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-16T14:37:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T00:16:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c7/c7df4x1s5jkn3oah.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"Humanity went through stone age, went through ice age, and today, going through plastic age. We need to find solution,&rdquo; explains Robert Bezeau, the man intent on amending the global reach of plastic waste by building houses out of it. A transplant to Panama from Montreal, he has started building an entire village from discarded plastic bottles, placing them inside metal cages, and then stacking them into a simple house structure.</p><p>A recent scientific study estimates that currently, there are over 150 million tons of plastic waste in our oceans, and by 2050, that amount could outnumber fish. In places like Bocas del Toro, where Bezeau is building his plastic village, a rapid influx of new residents produced waste at a rate the city couldn't handle, resulting in an overflow of plastic garbage.</p><p>To cope with the issue, Bezea began gathering plastic bottles from locals and using them as building insulation. Check out <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/500036/plastic-bottle-village/?utm_source=nl-video-series-if-our-bodies-could-talk-091516" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The</em> <em>Atlantic</em></a>'s&nbsp;video below for his story.</p><p></p><p>Bezea isn't the only one buildin...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968810/gsapp-united-how-student-unions-affect-architectural-labor-ft-a-l-hu-gsapp-march-student-and-organizer-with-graduate-workers-of-columbia-on-archinect-sessions-81 GSAPP United: how student unions affect architectural labor, ft. A.L. Hu, GSAPP MArch student and organizer with Graduate Workers of Columbia, on Archinect Sessions #81 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-15T18:50:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T00:42:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u8/u8gm1hfjrya9gii0.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a landmark decision last month, Columbia University graduate students won <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965110/following-a-landmark-decision-graduate-students-will-now-be-able-to-unionize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the right to unionize</a>&nbsp;in a case filed against the National Labor Relations Board. As a result,&nbsp;graduate students in private universities across the U.S. now have the right to collectively bargain. What effect does this have on architecture student labor, and the valuation of architecture overall?</p><p>We're joined this week by special guest <a href="https://twitter.com/a_l_hu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A.L. Hu</a>, a third-year GSAPP MArch student and key organizer with Graduate Workers of Columbia (GWC-UAW). Hu shared what's happening at the school after the landmark decision, and how these organizing efforts can affect the architecture profession overall.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 81 of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "GSAPP United":</p><ul></ul><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via o...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968815/struggles-persist-for-women-in-the-architectural-workforce Struggles persist for women in the architectural workforce Nicholas Korody 2016-09-15T18:49:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T19:44:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vt/vthon024eagop6xv.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The undergraduate major at Yale is made up of 28 students, just 12 of whom are male. The Yale School of Architecture, with over 200 graduate students, is 42 percent female [...] But despite the near gender parity in the classroom, discrepancies persist in the professional field, with very few women serving as partners or leaders of firms. According to a 2012 American Institute of Architects survey of 2,805 member firms, only 17 percent of firm partners and principals are women.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149952119/more-women-joined-the-profession-in-2015-than-ever-before" target="_blank">More women joined the profession in 2015 than ever before</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940473/how-sexist-is-architecture-female-architects-share-their-experiences" target="_blank">How sexist is architecture? Female architects share their experiences</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149897681/why-international-women-s-day-matters-for-architects" target="_blank">Why International Women's Day matters (for architects)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149358894/women-in-architecture-vs-now-in-architecture-mimi-zeiger-on-gender-and-architecture-today" target="_blank">"Women in architecture" vs. "now in architecture": Mimi Zeiger on gender and architecture today</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968710/the-architecture-of-grief-inside-oma-s-an-occupation-of-loss The architecture of grief: inside OMA's "An Occupation of Loss" Julia Ingalls 2016-09-15T13:09:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T00:14:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ts/tswbv7e60ow119fu.jpg" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In OMA and artist&nbsp;Taryn Simon's&nbsp;"An Occupation of Loss," professional mourners create unique performances of grief into an enormous sculpture of eight 45 foot concrete inverted wells that act as "a discordant instrument." It's not just for professional criers: during the day, visitors are encouraged to interact with the sculpture, exploring their own grief while recordings of the previous evening's performance are played in the background.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/88/883d428glpzlqbvt.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7d/7dx4qdjwf6q9qxbo.jpg"></p><p>On display at the&nbsp;Park Avenue Armory&rsquo;s Wade Thompson Drill Hall through September 25th, the sculpture will be moved to the Artangel in London next year.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c8/c84rsqebewx8euu3.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fr/fr701yjn8z3qm4xf.jpg"></p><p>As OMA's Shohei Shigematsu noted,&nbsp;&ldquo;The design was sonically-motivated, focusing on the performative act of loss&nbsp;rather than its physical manifestation, which has been historically marked by multiple scales &ndash; from tombstones to the World Trade Center Memorial. The industrial wells were configured into a readymade ruin that responds to both personal and monumental dimensions."</p><p>For the latest on OMA:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149966545/oma-mad-herzog-de-meuron-among-2016-designs-of-the-year-architecture-nominees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OM...</a></li></ul>