Archinect - News 2016-10-24T21:27:46-04:00 Rub elbows with experts at ACADIA's conference workshops Aaron Willette 2016-10-24T20:14:00-04:00 >2016-10-24T20:33:47-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="174" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture</a> (ACADIA) conference is considered a premiere venue for the dissemination of cutting-edge work focusing on advanced computation and digital fabrication techniques, and Archinect is proud to be a media sponsor for the workshop portion of the event. A yearly event that attracts top-tier instructors and participants from around the globe, the 2016 workshops will take place from October 24-26th at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Michigan&rsquo;s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning</a>. Organized around the conference title &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Posthuman Frontiers: Data, Designers and Cognitive Machines</a>&rdquo;, seven workshops will spend three days exploring design philosophies in which computation, fabrication, material science, and sensory feedback are integrated into cohesive processes that exert their agency in the physical realm.</p><p>As part of its coverage of the ACADIA workshops Archinect has invited students from Taubman College to share their experience as parti...</p> The sinking towers of San Francisco Nicholas Korody 2016-10-24T14:33:00-04:00 >2016-10-24T14:33:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="866" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Facing a legal and public-relations nightmare with its sinking and leaning Millennium Tower, the San Francisco highrise&rsquo;s developer is redesigning the foundation of its newest luxury condo project up Mission Street &mdash; with the idea of going all the way down to bedrock. [...] the 58-story Millennium Tower at 301 Mission St. [has] sunk 16 inches and is leaning 2 inches to the northwest. That condo high-rise sits on a concrete slab with piles driven 60 to 80 feet deep, well short of bedrock.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>In contrast, the 706 Mission St. tower was designed without any piles. Instead, it was to be held up by a four-story basement garage sitting on a bowl-shaped concrete slab, 12 feet thick at the center and 5 feet thick at the edges.</em></p><p>The Millenium Tower is already sinking even though it was built just a few years ago. The problems plaguing the site raise questions about the integrity of buildings built on bay fill that aren't anchored to bedrock. The SF Chronicle <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">broke</a> the story a few months ago.</p><p>More news from the Bay Area:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Golden Gate Bridge needs additional $124M to build suicide barrier</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco rejects &ldquo;tech tax&rdquo; that would require big companies to fund housing initiatives</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luxury condos sink in San Francisco's Millennium Tower</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco could face "class warfare" if it doesn't fix its economic inequality</a></li></ul> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-10-24T14:21:00-04:00 >2016-10-24T14:22:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="448" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Spend this week exploring exhibitions; whether the work is that&nbsp;of an artist at their prime, a concept drawing from a student, or appreciating the forgotten modern dwellings in historical Highgate, this week is a celebration of hard work and&nbsp;creative pursuits. And, as we move into the end of October, don't miss the opportunity to give yourself a fright with a Halloween tour of historic London.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uniqlo Tate Lates | 28 October</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>'Hackoustic', image: Axel bluhme</em></p><p>Opening up the gallery to the post-work crowd, the Tate Modern's new monthly event will bring art, talks, music, workshops, and food to Friday evenings. This month, take the opportunity to see something different, from film and music to iconic artists, there is so much to see. To honour this new series,&nbsp;the Tate has even created a new cocktail, which will be served on&nbsp;the viewing level of the new extension, the Switch House, bringi...</p> GKD Mediamesh Display Delights Shoppers In Northern China Mall Sponsor 2016-10-24T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-10-24T12:20:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GKD Media Mesh</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>The port city of Dalian in northern China is a city of contrasts. A vibrant center of trade and industry, this rapidly growing metropolis plays an equally important role in the region as one of the country's most popular vacation destinations. In the city center of Dalian, the Beijing office of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NBBJ</a> architectural firm designed the Eton Place Dalian tower complex as a superlative multifunctional development: five mixed-use towers standing 41 to 81 stories high and a six-story mall transform the 6.23-hectare site into an exclusive microcosm of urban life. The connecting element between the two highest towers is the spacious mall, with a roof designed in a manner reminiscent of a park. Over six floors, it offers a representative atmosphere for high-class boutiques, a luxury department store, elite gastronomy and a supermarket. Large <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mediamesh</a> screens from GKD running around the corners of the building seize the attention of passers-by ...</p> Jean Nouvel's prefab 'Simple' home can be reconfigured from the inside out Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-21T18:20:00-04:00 >2016-10-21T20:27:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The modular, prefab 'Simple' house took only two days to build, and is now installed in Paris' Tuileries Garden, part of the FIAC art fair. Nouvel affectionately referred to Simple as "a mobile home that stays still," describing the moveable windows and partitions within the structure.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Produced with Revolution Precrafted, a prefab company producing "limited-edition" properties, the structure is made of lightweight aluminum exterior panels, with wood and foam interior lining. "All of the essential notions relating to housing must be condensed into a single object that can be built very quickly and inhabited by one, two, three or four people within the same volume," said Jean Nouvel of the home.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Ranging in designs from 40-160-square-meters, versions of the Simple house are available to purchase from Revolution, but for now the home will exist simply as a pavilion on the Tuileries grounds until October 28.</p><p>Check out more photos in the gallery below.</p><p><em>h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Spaces</a></em></p> A Friend in Deed: Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin discusses his rocky relationship with Donald Trump, on Archinect Sessions #86 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-20T15:37:00-04:00 >2016-10-21T11:23:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Blair Kamin, Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic for the&nbsp;<em>Chicago Tribune</em>, has had a tempestuous relationship with Donald Trump for years. As a developer working in Chicago, Trump's buildings have been critiqued by Kamin, and as often happens when Trump is criticized, he does not shy away from firing back personal attacks&mdash;calling him "dopey" and "a lightweight" when <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kamin decried the developer's decision</a> to slap a 20-foot-tall "TRUMP" sign on his downtown Chicago hotel. But instances like the "sign feud" aside, Kamin has also experienced <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump's kinder side</a>, and can attest to the complex (to say the least) personality of the business man both before and after his profoundly strange pivot onto the national political stage.&nbsp;</p><p>We invited Kamin on the podcast to discuss his relationship with the developer-candidate, how it's impacted his role as a critic, and how the 2016 campaign has invoked issues related to the built environment (or not).&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 86 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Session...</strong></a></p> Landscape architecture firms report decline in billable hours and new gigs Julia Ingalls 2016-10-20T14:53:00-04:00 >2016-10-20T15:15:47-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest survey from ASLA, the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Society of Landscape Architects</a>, reveals that the 188 landscape architecture firms that responded to the survey are planning to hire fewer people and seem to have fewer stable billable hours than they did the previous quarter. Only&nbsp;78.38 percent of surveyed firms reported stable billable hours for the third quarter of 2016, down from the previous quarter's&nbsp;82.67 percent. Check out the full report <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>For more on architecture and economics:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index declines further; reflecting uncertainty over U.S. presidential election</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Vancouver's 15% tax on overseas buyers helping to cool the housing market?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The era of aspirational pricing is over</a></li></ul> Seized “Skopje 2014” documents could lead to criminal investigation Justine Testado 2016-10-20T14:36:00-04:00 >2016-10-20T14:36:49-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Documents that Macedonia's Special Prosecution, SJO, seized on Tuesday with a court order from the Culture Ministry refer to a million-euros-worth tender to build the Museum of VMRO and Macedonian Struggle for Independence...The SJO [...] says it will reveal the start of two new investigations. If one refers to "Skopje 2014", it will be the first-ever serious criminal investigation into this costly project which, according to BIRN&rsquo;s database, has cost 667 million euros already.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Balkan Insight reports that&nbsp;the hefty&nbsp;&euro;667 million+ price tag (approx. $730 million+) of the grandiose revamp &ldquo;was mainly due to the signing of 123 contracts with firms and individuals for its construction, many of which were annexes to the original contract.&rdquo;</p><p>Balkan Investigative Reporting Network's database:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skopje 2014 Uncovered</a>.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Macedonians protest to protect modernism</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Macedonian Makeover: Europe's Flailing Capital of Kitsch</a></p> Housing must be considered a human right, not a commodity Nicholas Korody 2016-10-20T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-10-24T08:04:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Housing must now be recognised as a human right, no different than the right to vote or express yourself freely. This means understanding that housing cannot be viewed first and foremost as an economic driver or a commodity to add to an investment portfolio; that forced eviction is not development; that land has more than monetary value; and that the private market must be regulated.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>It also means housing homeless people rather than making them criminals for trying to stay alive, and it means recognising that everyone has the right to live in the city regardless of socio-economic status.</em></p><p>Many of the world's major cities are gripped with housing crises. For more on this, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">LA has a housing crisis &ndash; but the problem isn't those fancy new towers</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Housing crises aren't random &mdash; they're the product of our political system</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">The root of London's housing crisis lies beyond its borders</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">London's housing crisis is creating a chasm between the rich and poor</a></li></ul> Tom Wiscombe redesigns the L.A. billboard (and is chosen over Zaha Hadid's proposal) Julia Ingalls 2016-10-20T12:39:00-04:00 >2016-10-23T21:53:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="479" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although Los Angeles has had its battles over <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">supergraphics</a>&mdash;those painted on advertisements that often stretch multiple stories on a building's facade&mdash;the billboard as a concept has received substantially less attention, unless the provocative imagery on it causes fender benders. However, Tom Wiscombe's proposal for digital, vertically aligned, two-sided billboards that allow people to walk inside of them injects new life into an otherwise sleepy structure, making them less car-centric and more about public space.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The proposed billboards, which were chosen via a West Hollywood RFP over designs submitted by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler</a>, and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAK Center</a>, will be placed in public plazas along West Hollywood's section of Sunset Boulevard.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on Tom Wiscombe:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Liberal Education: Tom Wiscombe on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #14</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a peek at Tom Wiscombe's "underground" Old Bank District Museum scheme for L.A.</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow New NCCA Entry by Tom Wiscombe Design</a></li></ul> Architecture Billings Index declines further; reflecting uncertainty over U.S. presidential election Alexander Walter 2016-10-19T14:42:00-04:00 >2016-10-20T13:07:25-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the first time since the summer of 2012, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) posted consecutive months of a decline in demand for design services. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the September ABI score was 48.4, down from the mark of 49.7 in the previous month. This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). &nbsp;The new projects inquiry index was 59.4, down from a reading of 61.8 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;This recent backslide should act as a warning signal,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &nbsp;&ldquo;But this drop-off in demand could be continued hesitancy in the marketplace to move forward on projects until the presidential election is decided. The fact that new work coming into architecture continues to slowly increase suggests that billings will resume their growth in the coming months.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of September:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (53.4), Midwest (50.1), West (49.5), Northeast (44.0)</li><li>Sector index breakdown:commercial/industrial (50.4), mixed practice (49.8), institutional (49.0), multi-family residential (48.8)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 59.4</li><li>Design contracts index: 51.4</li></ul><p>The&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a>&nbsp;in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in August dips below 50, overall outlook reported as positive</a></li><li><a href="" 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></ul> Austria flip-flops over future of Hitler's birth house Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-19T13:13:00-04:00 >2016-10-19T13:17:18-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="454" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A day after the Austrian government said it was planning to tear down the house where Adolf Hitler was born, the interior minister now says it is likely to be redesigned. The idea is to prevent the property from being a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis. [...] "the new plan comes after members of a government-appointed commission on the future of the house suggested that erasing the house would give the impression Austria was trying to erase its past."</p></em><br /><br /><p>The tricky business of architectural preservation:</p><ul><li><a title="Plans unveiled to save Aberdeen home of Mitsubishi founder" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plans unveiled to save Aberdeen home of Mitsubishi founder</a></li><li><a title="RIP: Bruce Goff's Bavinger House demolished" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIP: Bruce Goff's Bavinger House demolished</a></li><li><a title='No guarantees for historic residential architecture in "real-estate limbo"' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No guarantees for historic residential architecture in "real-estate limbo"</a></li><li><a title="The price of keeping Britain's 'Downton Abbeys' from crumbling" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The price of keeping Britain's 'Downton Abbeys' from crumbling</a></li><li><a title="Preserving Central Asia's ancient architecture through code" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Preserving Central Asia's ancient architecture through code</a></li></ul> Five Can’t-Miss ARE Updates from NCARB Sponsor 2016-10-19T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-10-19T12:17:34-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>It&rsquo;s an exciting time to be an ARE candidate. With the release of ARE 5.0, new information is revealing itself daily. Keeping up with these updates can be difficult, but not impossible. Read on to discover essential ARE updates from NCARB that will help you on your path to licensure.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>1. Earn a $100 Gift Card by Contributing to the Cut Score</strong></p><p>If you&rsquo;re among the first 600 candidates to take the ARE, not only will you contribute to the cut score (defined points on the score scale that determine the passing standard), but you will receive a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">$100 gift card from NCARB</a>. NCARB will temporarily hold the release of ARE 5.0 score reports until the cut score of each division is decided, so encourage other ARE 5.0 candidates you know to test early.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>2. Navigate the New Testing Interface with NCARB&rsquo;s Demo Exam</strong></p><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARE 5.0 Demonstration Exam</a> is an interactive tool that helps you become familiar with the interface of the new test, and can be accessed easily through yo...</p> Can Cleveland combat climate change with compact communities? Julia Ingalls 2016-10-18T12:54:00-04:00 >2016-10-18T12:54:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although Cleveland often serves more as a punchline than a solution (the Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1969 due to pollution), a climate change conference convened by the United Nations and currently being held in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quito</a>, Ecuador sees new potential in the city. As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">StreetsBlog</a> reports, if Cleveland can transform its current suburbia into denser neighborhoods, the metropolis could serve as a model for numerous water and climate-challenged cities in how to adapt to the demands of an increasingly populated globe. As a paper entitled "Where to put the next billion people" states:</p><p>"Cleveland could play a significant role in the fight against climate change by developing a strategy for more compact communities and with a more open and encouraging immigration policy, the report concludes.</p><p>The influx of immigrants should probably be planned better.</p><p>Cleveland&rsquo;s outer suburbs and nearby rural towns hold the key. If the suburbs can figure out strategies to retrofit themselves as dense, walkable com...</p> Open Call for Submissions: "XS" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-18T12:23:00-04:00 >2016-10-18T13:03:46-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last time, we went <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">XXL</a>. Now, we want the opposite&mdash;the tiny, the slight, the subtle and obscure: the XS. We're looking for the small but fierce interventions, tweaks, ideas and yes, even buildings that push architecture in a constructive direction by going small.</p><p><strong>&#12299;PROJECT SUBMISSIONS: Small World</strong></p><p>Working in architectural scale can be thought of along the same lines as eating an elephant&mdash;a big meal, one small bite at a time. But some bites can stand alone as their own project, operating on a smaller scale than usual, perhaps with a surprising new function. Send us the projects (built or not) you consider to be part of architecture's smaller working scales&mdash;the <strong>XS creations making an XXL impact</strong>.</p><p><strong>&#12299;EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS</strong><strong>: Napkin Critic</strong></p><p>Good criticism makes its points clearly and succinctly. Hooking readers also means establishing a perspective and communicating ideas economically. So, this editorial call challenges your critical editing skills to produce the most compelling pieces of <strong>architect...</strong></p> Editor's Picks #456 Nam Henderson 2016-10-18T12:09:00-04:00 >2016-10-19T12:04:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;talked with Denise Scott Brown about <em>Learning from Las Vegas</em>. To be published as three edited parts, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first</a> details her early biography and architectural influences.&nbsp;In <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">part 2</a> she explains the unique pedagogical methods she pioneered, alongside <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Venturi</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>"<em>I was applying urban planning pedagogy to architecture; teaching students to oscillate from analysis to synthesis in the design process, and to see their creativity as lying in both.</em>"</p><p>Part 3, TBD...</p><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Willette</a>&nbsp;continued the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Matters of Scale</a> series, highlighting the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">work of C.W. Keller + Associates</a>, an engineering and fabrication company who have worked with firms such as; Utile Architects, NADAA and Michael Maltzan Architecture.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>R.I.P. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bing Thom</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Prison expert Isabel Hight made the case for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why the design of prisons matters</a>.&nbsp;<strong>vileradius</strong> noted (for anyone interested n this subject) the "<em>folks at CLOG did a pretty great book on this awhile back (</em><em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></em><em>/)</em>"</p><p>Reminiscing ...</p> Archinect presents Next Up: The L.A. River, at the A+D Museum on Saturday, October 29! Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-18T12:06:00-04:00 >2016-10-24T13:03:45-04:00 <img src="" width="1200" height="926" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest installment of Archinect's live podcasting series, <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up</a></em>,&nbsp;we're&nbsp;focusing on the L.A. River, and the&nbsp;wide swath of urbanist concerns within its ongoing master planning efforts.</p><p>It could be the project that makes, or breaks, Los Angeles. With a complex historical legacy and an often-misunderstood ecology, the L.A. River&rsquo;s 51-mile stretch is at once a huge urban opportunity, and to many, an even bigger eyesore. Thirty years ago, nonprofit Friends of the Los Angeles River was founded to protect and advocate for the river, and shortly after, the City of L.A. began looking at ways to take better advantage of the immense resource. Since then, many more communities and stakeholders have joined the conversation, raising concerns of ecology, sustainability, gentrification, public space, affordable housing, social equity&mdash;a wealth of complexities that testifies to what a lightning rod of urbanist discourse the River has become.</p><p>While conversations about the L.A. River&rsquo;s future ha...</p> One-to-One #42 with ACADIA workshop co-chairs Catie Newell and Wes McGee Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-17T17:25:00-04:00 >2016-10-23T23:24:34-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Aside from their role as workshop co-chairs for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ACADIA</a> conference, this week's One-to-One guests are both architects who work and teach at&nbsp;Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. Their focus on fabrication led them to their roles at ACADIA, with McGee directing Taubman's FABLab and Newell serving as Director of the Master of Science in Material Systems and Digital Technologies.</p><p>ACADIA stands for the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture, and this year's conference, "Posthuman Frontiers: Data, Designers and Cognitive Machines" (October 27-29) attests to the extreme collaborative depths humans and machines have come to in architecture. I spoke with Catie and Wes about what they have planned for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">conference workshops</a>, taking place October 24-26, and just how close architects are to achieving the singularity.</p><p>You can see our coverage of prior ACADIA conferences <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#42 with&nbsp;<strong>Catie Newell and Wes McGee</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iT...</strong></li></ul> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-10-17T17:06:00-04:00 >2016-10-23T23:23:46-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week, there are plenty of opportunities to look at architecture's origins, both collectively and personally. Whether you admired the experimental, striking work of Cedric Price as you first explored an architectural career, or whether this spark was born from playing <em>The Sims</em>, this week is a chance to reflect and question your origins.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lygia Pape Exhibition | 22 October - 19 November</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Image: Tt&eacute;ia 1C, 2001/2016, by Lygia Pape. Image: Ken Adlard</em></p><p>What is architecture without light? Neo-Concrete artist Lygia Pape's work is well know for its take on light; showing the subject as both medium and focus. This exhibition will showcase her talent for representing concepts of expression and relationship between reason and nature through geometric forms.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cedric Price Works&nbsp;1952-2003: A Forward-Minded Retrospective | Open now until 29 October</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Image: Cedric Price Estate</em></p><p>Cedric Price studied at t...</p> America's 'inner city' dichotomy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-17T14:00:00-04:00 >2016-10-17T14:00:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In reality, the central neighborhoods of many major American cities are thriving. [...] &ldquo;Inner city,&rdquo; in short, is imprecise in describing today&rsquo;s urban reality. It captures neither the true geography of poverty or black America, nor the quality of life in many communities in central cities. But politically, its 1970s-era meaning lingers. [...] But in any context, it is hard to shake the phrase&rsquo;s association with an era when American cities looked very different from the way they do today.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Republican Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump, in recent debates with Hillary Clinton, had referred to the "inner cities" as&nbsp;&ldquo;a disaster education-wise, job-wise, safety-wise, in every way possible,&rdquo; and as places that if "You walk down the street, you get shot."</p><p>In fact-checking response, the&nbsp;<em>Times </em>lays out the drastic improvements in safety and home values that have occurred in these areas since the 1960s and '70s, when the "inner cities" were tagged as centers of violence and drugs. "The inner city is the place that burned when King was assassinated. It was Watts. It was the place Ronald Reagan had to try to conduct the war on drugs,&rdquo; as described by N. D. B. Connolly, historian at Johns Hopkins University.</p><p>Nowadays, the <em>Times</em>&nbsp;referred to&nbsp;a study by the Federal Housing Finance Agency that found an increase in home values in the middle of large cities over the last 25 years&mdash;an uptick happening at a faster pace than anywhere else in the U.S. The article also points to statistics ...</p> MONU #25 looks at Independent Urbanism MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2016-10-17T12:28:00-04:00 >2016-10-21T01:19:05-04:00 <img src="" width="520" height="700" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A city in a country that recently gained independence is likely to undergo processes of radical transformation and massive restructuring and re-imagining that are not only societal, political, and economic in nature, but can also impact the planning system of a city and influence its built-up environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A city in a country that recently gained independence is likely to undergo processes of radical transformation and massive restructuring and re-imagining that are not only societal, political, and economic in nature, but can also impact the planning system of a city and influence its built-up environment. <em> <strong>Jasna Mariotti</strong></em> makes this quite clear in her contribution to<strong> MONU</strong>, entitled <strong>"What Ever Happened to Skopje?"</strong>. This new issue of our magazine deals with various phenomena impacting cities of countries that became newly<em><strong> independent</strong></em> which we call <strong>"Independent Urbanism"</strong>. She shows how the centre of Skopje in Macedonia has been remodeled according to an image of the city that never existed as such. Obviously, many<em><strong> "independent" cities</strong></em> are facing major struggles and difficulties in finding their new identity that usually have a lot to do with the fact that the<em> "birth of a country"</em> is a contested process often involving political turmoil, institutional instability, and economic turbulence...</p> Watch David Adjaye and James Turrell discuss light, space, and architecture Alexander Walter 2016-10-14T18:40:00-04:00 >2016-10-16T23:01:08-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last week, the White House held its very own arts and culture festival in D.C., South by South Lawn (SXSL). Organizers arranged a list of panel discussions and programs that brought together a diverse troupe of creatives for a "festival of ideas, art, and action.&rdquo; SXSL kicked off with a conversation between illustrious light artist James Turrell and award-winning architect David Adjaye, which was streamed live on The Creators Project&rsquo;s Facebook Page.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Over the course of their chat, which was moderated by LACMA director Michael Govan,&nbsp;the two artists unpacked their general philosophies on art, light, space, and culture, and discussed some of the influences that have driven their processes and works."</em></p><p></p><p>Video via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Creators Project</a>.</p><p>Similar stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Adjaye on Designing a Museum That Speaks a Different Language</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Adjaye is releasing a vinyl record with his brother</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Light Perception Manipulation: The Future of Architecture</a></li></ul> Airbnb adds a Frank Lloyd Wright home, the Cooke House Julia Ingalls 2016-10-13T20:54:00-04:00 >2016-10-16T23:00:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There are dozens of Frank Lloyd Wright houses across the country that fans of the architect can visit. There are a handful that can be rented. There is only one where you can sleep overnight for $148, which includes a personal guided tour by the 90-year-old owner and breakfast in a Wright-designed &ldquo;great room.&rdquo; The Cooke House in Virginia Beach, Va., built in 1959, is one of Wright&rsquo;s last commissioned works.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on Frank Lloyd Wright:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lloyd Wright's LA Samuel-Novarro House for sale</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">When 'Frank Lloyd Wright' and 'historic designation' are holding back your home&rsquo;s value, what&rsquo;s a seller to do?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Jersey&rsquo;s Oldest and Largest Frank Lloyd Wright House Listed for $2.2M</a></li></ul> Grab 'Em by the Brick: The winning designs behind the Stirling Prize, the Aga Khan Award, and the other Trump border competition, on Archinect Sessions #85 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-13T16:40:00-04:00 >2016-10-16T22:59:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We discuss the latest big news from the awards-world of architecture, as we saw <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Caruso St John take home the Stirling Prize</a> for their Newport Street Gallery, and the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aga Khan Award</a>&nbsp;recipients ranged from a female Muslim starchitect to lesser-known female Muslim architects. We also take a slanted look at the hilarious winners of the satirical <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Good Walls Make Good Neighbors, Mr. Trump"</a> ideas competition.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 85 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Grab 'Em by the Brick":</p><ul></ul><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" 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://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p>This episode is sponsored by AIA Advantage Partner, BQE Software, and the makers of ArchiOffice. ArchiOffice is the only Office and Project Management Software built with the needs of arch...</p> Ettore Sottsass works in David Bowie's Memphis collection head to auction Julia Ingalls 2016-10-13T13:22:00-04:00 >2016-10-16T22:55:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On November 11th in London, Sotheby's will be auctioning off the late great David Bowie's Memphis, Milano collection, which includes works by architect and designer Ettore Sottsass, Aldo Cibic, and&nbsp;Michele De Lucchi, among others. The works embody the <a href="http://The%20'80s%20strike%20back:%20Memphis%20and%20the%20rebirth%20of%20postmodernism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Memphis movement</a>'s 1980s philosophy of 'New Design' which basically serves as the thesis for postmodernism, or as the movement's website puts it, "a new expressivity in the form of new shapes, materials and patterns."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on the intersection between music and design:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Adjaye is releasing a vinyl record with his brother</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Libeskind turns 70; designs Musical Labyrinth for Frankfurt Opera</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prince's Minneapolis estate to become a museum</a></li></ul> As conflict wages in Syria, Turkey's Erdogan eyes future real-estate prospects Nicholas Korody 2016-10-13T12:39:00-04:00 >2016-10-18T02:50:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Turkey&rsquo;s president looks at northern Syria and sees what others don&rsquo;t: a massive real estate project. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose army is attempting to clear 5,000 square kilometers in northern Syria of Islamic State, talks about building entire cities when his soldiers&rsquo; work is done. In regular addresses, he describes a future in which refugees return home to Turkish-built apartment blocks supplemented by Turkish-built schools and social facilities.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>That may be the only way to get some of the nearly 3 million Syrians in Turkey to return home and begin reconstructing their country, he says.</em></p><p>For more on the Syrian conflict, check out past coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">A well, a windmill, a mirror: Sigil's real and symbolic interventions in Syria</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Water Wars: the Islamic State and the Mosul Dam</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Replica of Palmyra Arch presented in New York</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Ruimteveldwerk maps 'modes of movement' for asylum seekers in Oslo</a></li></ul> FunderMax Individualdecor – If you can think it, we can print it Sponsor 2016-10-13T12:37:00-04:00 >2016-10-16T22:39:06-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FunderMax</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Make your imagination into individual, large-sized decor concepts. With various formats and motifs spanning over multiple formats, your fantasy becomes reality.</p><p>As a small inspirational source, we present to you a few application examples. FunderMax Individualdecor has made all of them possible.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Unique applications</strong></p><ul><li>Individual facades</li><li>Wall claddings</li><li>Creative solutions for balcony and floors</li><li>Exclusive furniture and attractive shop fitting</li><li>Gates and doors</li><li>Bathrooms</li></ul><p>Create fantastic projects &ndash; Interior and Exterior! Find all information about FunderMax Individualdecor on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p><strong>MAX EXTERIOR INDIVIDUALDECOR</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Ideas with Form</strong></p><p>With individual designs from FunderMax, you have the freedom to provide facades, balconies and outdoor-applications with creative and completely unique designs.</p><p>Your design can be printed on single panels, or as in the image below, across several panels. Ideal for large designs and special visual effects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Possible exterior a...</strong></p> The (2016-2017) Amazing Expanding Arts Universe Nam Henderson 2016-10-12T23:53:00-04:00 >2016-10-15T23:17:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Between now and next fall, Mr. Holl&rsquo;s office will dedicate five major arts projects in the United States. In the same period, dozens of new cultural commissions will open around the world, many by the biggest names in the architectural business, including David Adjaye, Herzog &amp; de Meuron, Rem Koolhaas/OMA, Thomas Heatherwick, Fumihiko Maki, Mecanoo, and Robert A. M. Stern.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Despite earlier&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">predictions</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rumors</a> to the contrary, Reed Kroloff reports on the&nbsp;<strong>Millions of Square Feet, Billions of Dollars</strong>: (from the new Tate Modern and&nbsp;Elbphilharmonie, to&nbsp;The&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Kaohsiung Arts Center</a>&nbsp;in Taiwan)&nbsp;of&nbsp;new cultural commissions.</p> If London Garden Bridge is cancelled, NAO report says taxpayers could lose £20m Justine Testado 2016-10-12T19:58:00-04:00 >2016-10-12T19:58:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ministers have repeatedly given more public money to London&rsquo;s planned garden bridge, despite official advice against doing so, and risk losing more than &pound;20m if the controversial project is cancelled, according to a report from the National Audit Office...The Garden Bridge Trust has yet to secure the necessary sub-lease on the area of the South Bank where the bridge will land, the report notes, while the main contractor [is] on standby and construction has been delayed for at least 18 months.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For previous news on this ongoing struggle:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London mayor Sadiq Khan blocks extra funds for garden bridge</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Allies and Morrison propose an alternative to the garden bridge</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's garden bridge, the saga continues</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sadiq Khan investigates troublesome details in Thames garden bridge project</a></p> Bartlett Director Bob Sheil discusses mental health in architecture education Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-12T19:30:00-04:00 >2016-10-15T23:17:22-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="974" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s an issue that oscillates according to many factors, mainly debt, but also the competitiveness of and between students and likewise of and between staff. We monitor it very carefully and are continuously seeking to improve our approach, extend support, and address the culture that surrounds the issue. We welcome this discussion which also needs to spotlight overworking, a culture of competition and production that is too intense, and an unhealthy disregard for rest and repose.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Learn more about what's happening at The Bartlett under Bob Sheil in our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deans List</a>.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="When designing for mental health, how far can architects go?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">When designing for mental health, how far can architects go?</a></li><li><a title="UK architecture students seeking mental health care is on the rise, according to Architects' Journal survey" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK architecture students seeking mental health care is on the rise, according to Architects' Journal survey</a></li><li><a title="Architects constitute the fifth most likely profession to commit suicide " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects constitute the fifth most likely profession to commit suicide</a></li></ul>