Archinect - News 2016-07-30T10:58:08-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149960678/melania-trump-s-website-disappears-after-architecture-degree-claim-is-debunked Melania Trump's website disappears after architecture degree claim is debunked Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-29T18:01:00-04:00 >2016-07-30T00:42:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mv/mvzelhr4onqxz6x0.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As you may remember <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958855/yeah-so-about-melania-trump-s-architecture-degree" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">from last week</a>, Melania Trump's (and the RNC's) claim that she has an architecture degree was debunked, after scrutiny from multiple news sources:</p><p><em>The ensuing wave of critical attention towards Melania Trump [for plagiarizing Michelle Obama] dug up other questionable details about her position in the campaign&mdash;among them, its claim that she obtained &ldquo;a degree in design and architecture at University in Slovenia&rdquo;, according to her bio in the&nbsp;<a href="http://convention.gop/post/147558746375/2016-gop-convention-program-announced" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GOP Convention&rsquo;s program</a>. The same information appears on Melania Trump&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.melaniatrump.com/my-world/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">official website</a>.</em></p><p><em>An obvious red flag, pointed out by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.snopes.com/melania-trump-architecture-degree/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">snopes.com</a>, is that &ldquo;There is no &lsquo;University in Slovenia,&rsquo; nor is there a &lsquo;University of Slovenia.&rsquo;&rdquo; Previous to the RNC, multiple profiles of Melania Trump (including those for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gq.com/story/melania-trump-gq-interview" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GQ</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/05/09/who-is-melania-trump" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New Yorker</a>) had looked into her academic background and reported that she did indeed attend the school of architecture at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, to become a designer, but dropped out to pursue modelin...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960649/jems-architecki-s-polish-conference-center-is-built-on-an-old-coal-mine Jems Architecki's Polish conference center is built on an old coal mine Sponsor 2016-07-29T14:52:00-04:00 >2016-07-29T15:59:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7d/7dafhs92nj3boq3a.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://www.figueras.com/us/?utm_source=Archinet%20Editorial2%20USA%202016%20%20&amp;ut" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/e9/e98zt4b7q8a4ynl0.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.figueras.com/us/?utm_source=Archinet%20Editorial2%20USA%202016%20%20&amp;ut" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Figueras International Seating</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Katowice, a city of 300,000 inhabitants in the South of Poland, wants to leave its past of mining industry behind. In the heart of the city, and on what was formerly a mine and its inevitable mountains of mining residue, today we find there the new City Conference Centre: <a href="http://www.figueras.com/us/projects/convention-centers/1541_katowice-international-conference-center.html?utm_source=Archinet%20Editorial2%20USA%202016%20%20&amp;utm_medium=Edit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MCK &#8208; International Conference Centre (ICC)</a>, designed by the most internationally known group in Poland, Jems Architecki.</p><p>The building, a unique block of 388,500m3, was erected (or submerged, depending how you look at it) in the new cultural area of the city, right next to the <em>Spodek</em> (saucer in English), the emblematic building of 1962, symbol of the city and which needed to be complemented in both aesthetics and in what it had to offer. Together they form Poland's largest Conference Centre.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cf/cfwwpu8igercmr98.jpg"></p><p>After three years of construction, the ICC shows colossal dimensions. The structure is divided in two and at the intersection, the architects have created hills that ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960637/war-of-the-shrubbery-when-hoa-disputes-turn-ugly "War of the Shrubbery:" when HOA disputes turn ugly Alexander Walter 2016-07-29T14:05:00-04:00 >2016-07-29T21:53:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/86/86jv1vxdiwpzachu.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s the all-too-common hazard that buyers of multimillion-dollar homes often overlook: Disagreements between homeowners can turn even the nicest neighborhoods into war zones. These disputes can happen anywhere, but in wealthy communities, the tendency to lawyer up quickly can ignite small sparks into all-consuming conflagrations. Collateral damage to neighbors can include legal costs, a soured neighborhood feeling and more difficulty in selling homes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104168976/don-t-like-your-neighbors-house-sue-them" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Don&rsquo;t Like Your Neighbors&rsquo; House? Sue Them.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107481560/hearing-begins-for-modernist-north-carolina-home-threatened-with-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hearing begins for "modernist" North Carolina home threatened with demolition</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956770/couple-sues-architect-for-allegedly-copying-their-dream-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Couple sues architect for allegedly copying their dream house</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960645/even-the-wealthy-are-having-trouble-buying-homes-in-silicon-valley-so-lenders-are-offering-zero-down-loans Even the wealthy are having trouble buying homes in Silicon Valley, so lenders are offering "zero-down loans" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-29T14:01:00-04:00 >2016-07-29T14:01:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d0/d0jo40fwsa53lybg.jpg" width="514" height="251" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Lenders often give special treatment to the wealthy, of course, but the tech industry has created a particularly ripe crop of clients who are rich or on their way. [...] &ldquo;Lenders get so caught up trying to stay competitive and finding a market edge, they basically allow greed to overcome common sense ... Easy money does fuel and accelerate the inevitable bubble.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Facebook enters the housing market &ndash; and it's probably not a good thing" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960015/facebook-enters-the-housing-market-and-it-s-probably-not-a-good-thing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook enters the housing market &ndash; and it's probably not a good thing</a></li><li><a title="Google acquires LinkedIn's HQ in huge, unexpected property swap" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957713/google-acquires-linkedin-s-hq-in-huge-unexpected-property-swap" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google acquires LinkedIn's HQ in huge, unexpected property swap</a></li><li><a title="What's the newest project for Silicon Valley investors? Building cities" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954668/what-s-the-newest-project-for-silicon-valley-investors-building-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What's the newest project for Silicon Valley investors? Building cities</a></li><li><a title="Silicon Valley is set to get over 10K more housing units &ndash;&nbsp;is this the beginning of the end of its housing crisis?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149915339/silicon-valley-is-set-to-get-over-10k-more-housing-units-is-this-the-beginning-of-the-end-of-its-housing-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Silicon Valley is set to get over 10K more housing units &ndash;&nbsp;is this the beginning of the end of its housing crisis?</a></li><li><a title="Apple's next, HOK-designed Silicon Valley spaceship revealed" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138032380/apple-s-next-hok-designed-silicon-valley-spaceship-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's next, HOK-designed Silicon Valley spaceship revealed</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960643/uk-architecture-students-seeking-mental-health-care-is-on-the-rise-according-to-architects-journal-survey UK architecture students seeking mental health care is on the rise, according to Architects' Journal survey Justine Testado 2016-07-29T13:57:00-04:00 >2016-07-29T13:57:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qp/qp9iz2faaq45ttvn.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nearly 90% of the 447 respondents said they had had to work through the night at some point. Almost one-third said they have to do it regularly. Two-thirds of undergraduates said their debt at the end of their course would be &pound;30,000 or above. Despite that, almost a third said they had been asked to work in practice for free... [One student respondent] said: &ldquo;A culture of suffering for your art is promoted within education.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126714152/when-the-pressure-is-on-dedicated-architecture-students-show-how-to-power-nap-like-a-pro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">When the pressure is on, dedicated architecture students show how to power nap like a pro</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956324/architects-constitute-the-fifth-most-likely-profession-to-commit-suicide" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects constitute the fifth most likely profession to commit suicide</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113518359/episode-6-of-archinect-sessions-money-changes-everything-is-out-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Episode 6 of Archinect Sessions, "Money Changes Everything", is out now!</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960435/brexit-means-brexit-architects-rob-hyde-katy-marks-and-mark-middleton-on-how-brexit-could-change-uk-architecture-and-how-architects-could-change-brexit-on-archinect-sessions-74 Brexit means Brexit: architects Rob Hyde, Katy Marks and Mark Middleton on how Brexit could change UK-architecture (and how architects could change Brexit), on Archinect Sessions #74 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-28T18:18:00-04:00 >2016-07-29T12:18:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dq/dqvv2wsoken0tywm.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We're now about a month past the UK's historic 'Brexit' vote to leave the European Union, and, well, lots has happened. David Cameron stepped down as Prime Minister, and was replaced two weeks ago by fellow Conservative, Theresa May. The economy has drastically slowed down as the value of the pound against the dollar dipped to historic lows, and while there's plenty of gloomy prospects, there are even more unknowns.</p><p>To check in on how UK architecture is getting on, and it's sights for a post-EU future, we are joined by architects <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955219/a-bit-of-nervousness-brexit-s-effect-on-architecture-ft-special-guest-rob-hyde-from-manchester-school-of-architecture-on-archinect-sessions-70" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rob Hyde</a> (principal lecturer at the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/22150860/the-manchester-school-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester School of Architecture</a>), <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/148738958/working-warrior-an-interview-with-katy-marks-of-citizens-design-bureau" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Katy Marks</a> (founder of <a href="http://archinect.com/citizensdesignbureau" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Citizens Design Bureau</a>), and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957192/creative-currency-post-brexit-mark-middleton-of-grimshaw-weighs-the-good-and-bad-for-uk-firms-as-split-with-eu-looms-on-one-to-one-30" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Middleton</a> (partner at <a href="http://archinect.com/grimshaw" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw</a> in London). We last spoke with Rob&nbsp;in our first Brexit check-in, "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955219/a-bit-of-nervousness-brexit-s-effect-on-architecture-ft-special-guest-rob-hyde-from-manchester-school-of-architecture-on-archinect-sessions-70" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Bit of Nervousness</a>".</p><p>While the separation from the EU could be severe for UK architects&mdash;in particular its threat to the EU's "<a href="http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=457" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">free movement</a>" that entitles its members to live and work in any of its constituent countries&mdash;our guests were...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960393/it-s-been-one-month-since-brexit-how-are-you-coping It's been one month since Brexit. How are you coping? Ellen Hancock 2016-07-28T15:24:00-04:00 >2016-07-29T04:54:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0o/0otoauyllwkd4w5t.jpg" width="514" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On June 23rd, 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union. In the following month, the pound dropped&nbsp;10% in value against the US dollar (the lowest since the 1980s), PM David Cameron resigned, Boris Johnson resigned, Nigel Farage too (not before insulting all of the European parliament), and the Labour party are squabbling like children.</p><p>After everyone else jumped ship, Theresa May now resides at No.10 and must deal with the aftermath of Brexit. With her new cabinet in place (we are still hoping Boris' appointment as Foreign Secretary is a joke) and the promise that Article 50 will not be triggered until the new year, what happens next?</p><p>Fill out our <strong><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc1t3aqlaUhFY7CaqIL4X_qwsgSqIFj3Y-itjZSRGGWUDBIyw/viewform" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">survey</a></strong> and tell us how Brexit has affected you already, and what you think the future holds for a UK outside of the EU.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960423/a-look-at-penda-s-elegant-san-shan-bridge A look at penda's elegant San Shan Bridge Julia Ingalls 2016-07-28T14:55:00-04:00 >2016-07-28T18:24:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gs/gsfhlg7ulsly89cb.jpg" width="514" height="914" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's rare that spectacle and nuance combine effortlessly, but an exception can be made for the lithe sculptural form of the San Shan Bridge. The bridge, which translated into English means "three mountains," will serve as a shapely conduit between Beijing and the river valleys of&nbsp;Zhangjiakou during the&nbsp;2022 <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149959104/on-decentralizing-the-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic</a> Winter Games. According to architects <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/84234128/penda" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">penda</a>, "the formal inspiration for the San Shan Bridge is a conjunction of its undulating&nbsp;surrounding and the meaning of the Olympic symbol, which consists of &#64257;ve interlaced&nbsp;rings of equal dimensions...&nbsp;&lsquo;Entering the rings&rsquo; on the way to the&nbsp;Olympic competitions, should be seen as an contextual icon for the Games."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0c/0c01mkwb7qsco7m2.jpg"></p><p>The bridge is a fresh and visually striking play on the use of Olympic imagery: as it crosses the Gui River, it not only makes reference to the well-worn ring symbol, but has a certain DNA helix quality. Vegetation flanks the alabaster pedestrian walkways, which expand into viewing platforms.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/io/ioae6pwdz9bjwp5d.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ow/owmsln7jtr7n29ul.jpg"></p><p>Aside from its sculptural elegan...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960406/how-republicans-and-democrats-differ-when-it-comes-to-infrastructure How Republicans and Democrats differ when it comes to infrastructure Nicholas Korody 2016-07-28T13:36:00-04:00 >2016-07-28T18:10:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tt/tt6u1g3iqu9xk10l.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On issues related to the funding, mass transit, biking, and the environment, the two parties have staked out dramatically different views about how they envision the future of the nation&rsquo;s transportation system. Democrats are proposing an expansive increase in federal support for transportation investment, with a focus on building access to opportunity, bolstering access to non-automobile modes, reducing the impacts of climate change, and maintaining the role of unions.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Republicans, on the other hand, propose no increase in federal spending (though Mr. Trump may disagree), an elimination of the federal role in funding non-automotive transportation, an emphasis on pollution-spewing modes and energy sources, and a reduction in the role of unions.</em></p><p>For more on the state of American infrastructure, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957644/carrying-a-racist-legacy-highways-today-play-a-central-role-in-civil-rights-activism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carrying a racist legacy, highways today play a central role in civil rights activism</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956785/los-angeles-selects-hdr-to-manage-its-1-4-billion-sidewalk-repair-program" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles selects HDR to manage its $1.4 Billion Sidewalk Repair Program</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944472/department-of-transportation-secretary-threatens-to-shut-down-dc-metro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Department of Transportation Secretary threatens to shut down DC Metro</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960055/open-call-for-submissions-games Open Call for Submissions: "Games" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-28T12:25:00-04:00 >2016-07-28T18:48:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7y/7y2foa3aqli69izz.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Monopoly is an undeniable classic. Originating over a century ago in the U.S., in the era of Rockafellers and Carnegies, it was first known as &ldquo;The Landlord&rsquo;s Game&rdquo;&mdash;a didactic tool protesting the power of, well, monopolies. Its current form of winner-takes-all buyouts has dominated since the 1930s, providing a place for family and friends the world over to fight tooth and nail for every last dollar and property on the board.</p><p>Monopoly&rsquo;s structure is simple enough, and its sheer ubiquitousness places its ideas of property and ownership firmly within our globalized collective unconsciousness&mdash;that it is also almost entirely a game of chance is one significant vestige of its original anti-monopolist didacticism.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://99percentinvisible.org/app/uploads/2015/11/landlord-game.jpg"></p><p>To architecture, Monopoly can be thought of as a frame of mind&mdash;a perspective through which to model the economic mechanisms (for good or evil) behind growth, and decline, of urban development, eventually leading to the infancy of a city. Games and simulations offer architects ferti...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960248/the-nyc-that-could-have-been-never-built-new-york-to-be-released-this-fall The NYC that could have been – 'Never Built New York' to be released this fall Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-27T20:16:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T20:17:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nj/njoz9vy43wu0clla.jpg" width="514" height="396" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The authors and curators behind 2013's&nbsp;<em><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/78446579/the-science-fiction-of-never-built-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Never Built Los Angeles</a>,&nbsp;</em>a collection of fantastical and aborted projects from LA's 20th century urban history, have now turned their attention eastward, to New York City.</p><p>In <em>Never Built New York,</em>&nbsp;Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin (with a foreword by Daniel Libeskind) uncover nearly 200 urban projects from the last two centuries that, for any host of reasons, failed to launch. Some of the showcased never-beens are Buckminster Fuller's glass-domed (Brooklyn) Dodgers Stadium, Stephen Holl's Bridge of Houses (destined for the spot where the High Line is now), and what would have been&nbsp;Frank Lloyd Wright&rsquo;s final project: his dream city, the Key Plan for Ellis Island.</p><p>The book comes out in the U.S. on October 1. More info <a href="http://www.artbook.com/9781938922756.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960208/california-lawmakers-turn-to-granny-flats-to-help-ease-housing-shortage California lawmakers turn to "granny flats" to help ease housing shortage Nicholas Korody 2016-07-27T14:52:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T14:52:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u0/u0sav2m0f8hlxkt3.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To help ease California&rsquo;s housing crisis, Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are turning to people&rsquo;s backyards. Multiple bills with the endorsement of Brown are moving through the Legislature to make it easier for homeowners to build small units on their properties, whether in their garages, as additions to existing homes or as new, freestanding structures. [Mayor] Eric Garcetti and other supporters hope the relaxed rules will spur backyard home building to combat a housing shortage..</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on Los Angeles' major housing crisis, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953091/los-angeles-sues-property-owner-who-allegedly-evicted-tenants-for-airbnb-flip" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles sues property owner who allegedly evicted tenants for Airbnb flip</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945799/la-has-a-housing-crisis-but-the-problem-isn-t-those-fancy-new-towers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA has a housing crisis &ndash; but the problem isn't those fancy new towers</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944418/meditating-on-the-past-future-housing-of-los-angeles-with-morgan-fisher-and-karina-nimmerfall-at-the-mak-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meditating on the "Past Future Housing" of Los Angeles with Morgan Fisher and Karina Nimmerfall at the MAK Center</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960169/renderings-of-the-dubai-steps-revealed Renderings of the Dubai Steps revealed Julia Ingalls 2016-07-27T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T14:13:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p2/p2wjphhyq299kb36.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Five hundred steps, 25 stories, and 100 meters of height make up the Dubai Steps, as well as what appears to be a steely reflective outer casing with circular perforations. An aesthetic cross between the spinal column of a terminator and the euphoric ascendance of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947764/a-video-tour-of-mvrdv-s-the-stairs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV's Rotterdam stair</a> installation, the Dubai Steps appear to terminate in a large open-air platform from which climbers can take in the rapid development of the desert city that surrounds them.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6r/6rq49eg031i272ab.jpg"></p><p>Elaborately patterned lattices host vegetation and what appear to be shaded alcoves on each landing, which should hopefully mitigate what will undoubtedly be a physically exhausting climb in one of the world's hottest climates. It's prime real estate for bottled water vendors...</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dg/dg4xb3xm2cr06pp3.jpg"></p><p>Dubai's latest design additions:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143590227/archinect-speaks-to-designer-of-controversial-dubai-frame-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect speaks to designer of controversial Dubai Frame project</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935045/oma-releases-renderings-of-event-project-space-in-dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA releases renderings of event + project space in Dubai</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147749077/santiago-calatrava-to-design-a-seemingly-supertall-observation-tower-in-dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Calatrava to design a seemingly supertall observation tower in Dubai</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960102/oban-festival-of-architecture-showcases-scottish-innovation Oban Festival of Architecture showcases Scottish innovation Ellen Hancock 2016-07-27T13:19:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T13:19:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/io/iobiua48qt5xwsm6.jpg" width="514" height="207" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An exhibition of Scottish architecture held as part of a major festival in Italy is to be staged for the first time in Scotland. Prospect North, one of three architecture exhibitions being staged in Oban, was first shown at the Venice Architecture Biennale. It explores the stories of 15 Scots communities who have used design and architecture to make a difference.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more articles on Scottish projects and featured firms:</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/features/article/149959770/former-juror-rory-olcayto-breaks-down-the-2016-stirling-prize-nominees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Former juror Rory Olcayto breaks down the 2016 Stirling Prize nominees</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149957645/riba-2016-stirling-prize-shortlist-announced-includes-herzog-de-meuron-wilkinson-eyre" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA 2016 Stirling Prize Shortlist announced: includes Herzog &amp; de Meuron, Wilkinson Eyre</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/features/article/149948007/edinburgh-s-maker-architects-a-visit-to-gras" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Edinburgh's maker-architects: a visit to GRAS</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149953793/architects-react-to-shocking-eu-referendum-result" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects react to shocking EU referendum result</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/features/article/149938251/the-unbranded-hybrid-approach-of-the-edinburgh-school-of-architecture-and-landscape" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The unbranded, hybrid approach of the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/features/article/149936854/glasgow-s-collective-architecture-finds-success-and-freedom-in-employee-ownership" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glasgow's Collective Architecture finds success and freedom in employee ownership</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960017/median-an-urbanism-exhibition-from-the-most-privileged-and-uninhabitable-location-in-los-angeles-the-middle-of-the-road MEDIAN: an urbanism exhibition from "the most privileged and uninhabitable location in Los Angeles—the middle of the road." Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-26T18:28:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T13:20:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wa/wafxtk2ald9610yt.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Now through August 25, take an immersive, tongue-in-cheeky video tour through Los Angeles at&nbsp;WUHO Gallery, with&nbsp;David Hartwell and Bill Ferehawk's "MEDIAN".</p><p>Enter the narrow, deep gallery space and be at the center of MEDIAN&ndash;an "experimental moving image installation" projected onto the length of WUHO's walls, in parallel. From the viewer's position in the middle of the gallery, atop a double-yellow line, they assume the perspective of "the most privileged and uninhabitable location in Los Angeles&mdash;the middle of the road." Through a mixture of film and animation, the projected narrative takes LA's roadside urbanity to whacky, cartoonish, stereotyped, and whimsical ends.</p><p>Take a look below:</p><p></p><p>More information on MEDIAN available <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/event/920/median-an-experimental-moving-image-installation-opens-at-wuho-gallery-in-hollywood-on-july-14/149957252" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>. WUHO Gallery is open Friday, Saturday and Sundays, noon to 5pm.&nbsp;The exhibition is presented by LA Forum.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960015/facebook-enters-the-housing-market-and-it-s-probably-not-a-good-thing Facebook enters the housing market – and it's probably not a good thing Nicholas Korody 2016-07-26T17:38:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T08:59:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7j/7jef0wki7op0g3mr.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Facebook could be your next landlord. In an effort to drum up support for the controversial expansion of its headquarters, the social media giant is trying to give back to the community by building at least 1,500 housing units that can be rented by the general public&mdash;not just Facebook employees [...] Facebook has pledged that 15 percent of the new units it creates will go to low- or middle-income families.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>...Which is great until you realize that 85 percent of the building will probably be ridiculously expensive and probably populated by local tech bros.</em></p><p>For more on Silicon Valley urbanism, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943493/silicon-valley-campuses-at-risk-as-sea-levels-rise" target="_blank">Silicon Valley campuses at risk as sea levels rise</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145046942/mark-zuckerberg-s-resolution-for-2016-build-an-at-home-ai-like-jarvis-in-iron-man" target="_blank">Mark Zuckerberg's resolution for 2016: build an at-home AI "like Jarvis in Iron Man"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957713/google-acquires-linkedin-s-hq-in-huge-unexpected-property-swap" target="_blank">Google acquires LinkedIn's HQ in huge, unexpected property swap</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954668/what-s-the-newest-project-for-silicon-valley-investors-building-cities" target="_blank">What's the newest project for Silicon Valley investors? Building cities</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959956/why-it-just-isn-t-possible-to-build-affordable-housing-in-the-current-u-s-housing-market Why it just isn't possible to build affordable housing in the current U.S. housing market Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-26T13:03:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T11:31:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zm/zmwtxdfpp8nmr5rj.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nudge down the design and development fees, pay the construction workers less, drop the interest rate as low as it will go, spend nothing on maintenance, even assume that someone gave the land for free &mdash; and the buildings still aren't feasible. A 50-unit apartment is still millions short. "Even if you try to tweak a lot," Poethig says, "for people of extremely low incomes, there&rsquo;s just going to be this gap to the cost of development and production of housing."</p></em><br /><br /><p>A very enlightening (and depressing, but with tentative solutions!) <a href="http://apps.urban.org/features/cost-of-affordable-housing/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interactive</a> from the Urban Institute uses data from Denver, Colorado's housing market to show how building affordable housing just doesn't "pencil out"&mdash;meaning, as Emily Badger puts it for the <em>Washington&nbsp;</em><em>Post</em>, "The costs of building&nbsp;them outstrip&nbsp;what&nbsp;the people who may live in them could afford to pay in rent."</p><p>As Badger explains it, this is mostly due to an imbalance between public and private involvement in the affordable housing system. It isn't profitable for developers to make affordable units, because the tenants just can't pay enough, but public subsidies often can't bridge the gap either. She sums it up:</p><p><em>To the extent that government should step in when the&nbsp;private market&nbsp;can't, affordable housing is a prime example. The larger&nbsp;problem, though, is that we hardly devote the kind of public resources to this market failure&nbsp;that it demands.</em></p><p>Denver was chosen because "It doesn't have a white-hot&nbsp;housing market like...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959951/aia-s-consensus-construction-forecast-projects-continued-but-moderate-growth-in-2017 AIA's Consensus Construction Forecast projects continued but moderate growth in 2017 Alexander Walter 2016-07-26T12:44:00-04:00 >2016-07-30T01:04:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ss/ssu2js14s6s4bzru.jpg" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After a strong 2015, there is a growing sense that the construction industry expansion will be more tempered over the next eighteen months. [...] The American Institute of Architects&rsquo; (AIA) semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast, a survey of the nation&rsquo;s leading construction forecasters, is projecting that spending will increase just less than six percent for 2016, with next year&rsquo;s projection being an additional 5.6% gain.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;Healthy job growth, strong consumer confidence and low interest rates are several positive factors in the economy, which will allow some of the pent-up demand from the last downturn to go forward,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. &nbsp;&ldquo;But at the same time, the slowing in the overall economy could extend to the construction industry a bit &ndash; with the biggest drop off expected in the industrial facility sector over the next year and a half.&rdquo;</em></p><p>For the full report and an interactive version of the infographic above, head over to <a href="http://new.aia.org/articles/14861-healthy-advances-forecast-for-nonresidential-building-market-through-2017" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">aia.org</a>.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><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 nearly a year</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945983/architecture-billings-index-displays-continued-modest-growth-in-april" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index displays continued modest growth in April</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959841/how-patients-would-redesign-the-psychiatric-ward How patients would redesign the psychiatric ward Justine Testado 2016-07-25T21:04:00-04:00 >2016-07-30T00:59:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gd/gdm8e5hpwuxwwqfe.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[James] Leadbitter called it &ldquo;a playful and exciting space for redesigning madness, a utopian attempt at what a mental health hospital could be like.&rdquo; Each structure...is an abstract interpretation of the feedback from the workshops, designed to offer varying levels &ldquo;of privacy and intimacy ranging from total isolation to complete togetherness.&rdquo; &ldquo;This is only a small glimpse of a project that has huge potential to influence the way we think about the design of mental health care environments,&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More than 300 patients, architects, and psychiatrists pitched their ideas on how they would redesign the psychiatric ward for &ldquo;Madlove: A Designer Asylum&rdquo;, a collaborative project conceived by artist and activist James Leadbitter, who has suffered from mental illness and has stayed at several psychiatric wards himself. Leadbitter wanted to address the direct negative effects that&nbsp;terribly designed wards have on patients.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958839/do-cities-make-you-go-crazy-on-the-link-between-urban-living-and-psychosis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Do cities make you go crazy? On the link between urban living and psychosis</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956324/architects-constitute-the-fifth-most-likely-profession-to-commit-suicide" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects constitute the fifth most likely profession to commit suicide</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138879113/an-environmental-psychologist-on-why-boring-design-is-bad-for-your-health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An environmental psychologist on why boring design is bad for your health</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959843/turning-plastic-trash-into-lego-like-building-materials Turning plastic trash into "LEGO"-like building materials Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-25T20:36:00-04:00 >2016-07-30T00:59:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/23/230ad98c3665373dedb0b1f7b04be878.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The [plastic] materials are thoroughly cleaned, before being ground into a rough power, mixed, melted and extruded into a range of shapes &ndash; mostly beams, blocks and pillars &ndash; which lock together to form buildings. Importantly, [Conceptos Pl&aacute;sticos] also trains communities in how to build these structures, giving them ownership over their homes [...] Like LEGO blocks, these interlocking structures don&rsquo;t need adhesive to be strong and sturdy, which makes them a good option for mobile shelters.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Rotterdam considers paving its roads with recycled plastic " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131579411/rotterdam-considers-paving-its-roads-with-recycled-plastic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rotterdam considers paving its roads with recycled plastic</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/103711909/student-works-this-house-made-of-trash-teaches-a-lesson-in-green-housekeeping" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Student Works: This house made of trash teaches a lesson in green housekeeping</a></li><li><a title="Taiwan tests recycling's limits with bus stops out of bottles" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/68576882/taiwan-tests-recycling-s-limits-with-bus-stops-out-of-bottles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taiwan tests recycling's limits with bus stops out of bottles</a></li><li><a title="Raumlabor&rsquo;s &lsquo;Big Crunch&rsquo; is an Incredible Building Made from Discarded Materials" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/11626444/raumlabor-s-big-crunch-is-an-incredible-building-made-from-discarded-materials" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Raumlabor&rsquo;s &lsquo;Big Crunch&rsquo; is an Incredible Building Made from Discarded Materials</a></li><li><a title="747 Recycled Airplane Wing House Completed in Malibu" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/10131653/747-recycled-airplane-wing-house-completed-in-malibu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">747 Recycled Airplane Wing House Completed in Malibu</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959805/athletes-refuse-to-move-into-rio-s-olympic-village-citing-blocked-toilets-leaking-pipes-and-exposed-wiring Athletes refuse to move into Rio's Olympic Village, citing “blocked toilets, leaking pipes and exposed wiring” Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-25T17:09:00-04:00 >2016-07-26T14:18:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eh/ehxnzf9js8zolcba.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sunday was supposed to be move-in day for many athletes, but the leader of the Australian Olympic delegation said its athletes would not be checking in because of problems with the gas, electricity and plumbing. [...] delegations from Britain, New Zealand and other countries were experiencing similar problems in the village, which is in an area of western Rio called Barra da Tijuca.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The official start to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will go ahead on August 5, despite ongoing concerns over the spread of the Zika virus, political upheaval, economic distress, polluted competition waters, and now, questionable athlete facilities.</p><p>More from the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/25/sports/olympics/rio-olympic-village-australia.html?smid=fb-nytimes&amp;smtyp=cur&amp;_r=0&amp;mtrref=go.redirectingat.com&amp;gwh=B99BF27C1089AE628073F1496F6FFE5E&amp;gwt=pay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>New York Times</em></a>:</p><p><em>Olympic officials said they expected the issues to be resolved within a few days. They said the village had officially opened Sunday morning and, as planned, a few hundred delegation members had moved in.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;There are some adjustments that we are dealing with and will be resolved in a short while,&rdquo; said Carlos Nuzman, the president of the organizing committee. &ldquo;Every Olympic village, because of their magnitude, needs some adjustments until it becomes perfect. The important thing is that everything will be resolved before the Games, without disturbing the athletes.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Get caught up on what's happening in Rio:</p><ul><li><a title="Rio mayor admits Olympics were a &ldquo;missed opportunity&rdquo;, but believes the city has been unfairly portrayed" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957955/rio-mayor-admits-olympics-were-a-missed-opportunity-but-believes-the-city-has-been-unfairly-portrayed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rio mayor admits Olympics were a &ldquo;missed opportunity&rdquo;, but believes the city has been unfairly por...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959702/jeanne-gang-s-polis-project-an-experiment-in-empathetic-policing Jeanne Gang's 'Polis Project' — an experiment in empathetic policing Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-25T13:20:00-04:00 >2016-07-29T00:55:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/28/28109cc15efc972a9f8be0471c8af7b1.jpg" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Conceived by MacArthur &ldquo;genius&rdquo; and architect Jeanne Gang, the simple project is part of her broader proposal to reimagine isolated, fortress-like police precincts as welcoming community centers. In her vision, better police precincts could house a barber shop, a garden, a gym, and lounges with free wi-fi&mdash;all designed to draw community members to hang out in stations and eventually build friendlier and more trusting relationships with the cops sworn to protect them.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In Gang's project, the West 10th district's police station in North Lawndale, Chicago, includes a basketball half-court right next to it, as an attempt to create shared spaces between police and the community whom they serve. Gang's 'Polis Project' was first exhibited at the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, and was conceived in response to the report on "21st Century Policing" commissioned by President Obama.</p><p></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Does Jeanne Gang's architecture inspire social justice?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149959077/does-jeanne-gang-s-architecture-inspire-social-justice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Does Jeanne Gang's architecture inspire social justice?</a></li><li><a title="How Jeanne Gang wants to make police stations community-friendly" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938535/how-jeanne-gang-wants-to-make-police-stations-community-friendly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Jeanne Gang wants to make police stations community-friendly</a></li><li><a title="Revising the city in the aftermath of violence" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957258/revising-the-city-in-the-aftermath-of-violence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Revising the city in the aftermath of violence</a></li><li><a title="LAPD directs officers to treat homeless people &ldquo;with compassion&rdquo; in new vague policy" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953244/lapd-directs-officers-to-treat-homeless-people-with-compassion-in-new-vague-policy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAPD directs officers to treat homeless people &ldquo;with compassion&rdquo; in new vague policy</a></li><li><a title="A bird's-eye view of LA with Geoff Manaugh and the LAPD" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936161/a-bird-s-eye-view-of-la-with-geoff-manaugh-and-the-lapd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A bird's-eye view of LA with Geoff Manaugh and the LAPD</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959566/newcastle-degree-show-in-london-2016 Newcastle Degree Show in London 2016 Erin Whalley 2016-07-25T04:07:00-04:00 >2016-07-29T00:39:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qe/qessa8xz569hou9b.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Newcastle&rsquo;s degree show, despite being heavily edited for its London venue, manages to present a large range of design that emphasises just how creative the study of architecture can be. The breadth of research is inspiring, with studies covering everything from Walt Disney wonderlands, to the highly geophysical formation of sand patterns. It is a credit to the current architectural climate that students are encouraged and supported to find resolved architectural expressions for such diversity.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pc/pc6kpyjbvampp8x4.jpg"></p><p>(Greg Walton, MArch.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hn/hndz25sq478jazo0.jpg"></p><p>(Simon Baker, March.)</p><p>Amongst the fantastical explorations (one example of which delves into an analysis of C.S.Lewis, and how architectural form can be found within his fictional worlds) are an equal number of technological forays. Some of these look into harnessing new sustainable energy sources, other provide possible methods for cleaning waterways of litter.&nbsp;</p><p>A current trend that can be seen across architecture and design at the moment, and is exhibited in several projec...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959446/from-seedbed-to-lobby-for-the-time-being From 'Seedbed' to 'Lobby for the time being' Nam Henderson 2016-07-23T15:30:00-04:00 >2016-07-25T16:09:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cl/cl7aj7ijet0743z1.jpg" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As far as the art world was concerned, his leap into architecture &mdash; designs for things like public parks, airport rest areas and a man-made island &mdash; was almost as if Mr. Acconci decided to enter the witness protection program. But he disappeared right in the art world&rsquo;s midst, continuing to teach generations of art students</p></em><br /><br /><p>On the occasion of Vito Acconci's first&nbsp;<a href="http://momaps1.org/exhibitions/view/411" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">retrospective in the United States</a>,&nbsp;in more than three decades, Randy Kennedy held a&nbsp;series of interviews over three months&nbsp;with the artist.&nbsp;</p><p>See also; in the <strong>News:</strong> (via&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/89572/vito-power-less" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architect's Newspaper</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/92686/j-vito" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the J. Crew catalog</a>&nbsp;and a&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85524/vice-on-vito" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vice/VBS.TV six part interview</a>) or&nbsp;Lian Chikako Chang's <a href="http://archinect.com/lian/vito-acconci-again-and-again" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">live-blog of a lecture</a> he gave in&nbsp;Piper, back in 2011)</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959398/executive-director-of-open-architecture-collaborative-responds-to-lawsuit-against-architecture-for-humanity Executive Director of Open Architecture Collaborative responds to lawsuit against Architecture for Humanity Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-22T18:04:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T23:45:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x9/x9h8gywaxcs9mnzs.jpg" width="514" height="503" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Whatever the outcome, we will learn from their actions. I am confident that those who committed wrongdoing will be held accountable, and that any malfeasance will come to light. I am also confident that the final story will adequately celebrate all the good that AFH did.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148196237/architecture-for-humanity-s-next-chapter-garrett-jacobs-executive-director-of-afh-offshoot-the-chapter-network-on-one-to-one-11" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garrett Jacobs</a>, executive director of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149933953/introducing-open-architecture-collaborative-the-rebranded-offshoot-of-architecture-for-humanity-affiliates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Open Architecture Collaborative</a>, responded to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957412/architecture-for-humanity-is-being-sued-for-3m-for-mismanaging-funds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">$3M lawsuit against AFH</a> via a statement on medium, taking care to make clear as crystal the fact that while OAC grew out of AFH, it is "unequivocally an independent organization, a California LLC and Public Benefactor Corporation, and is pursuing our own 501(c)3 federal nonprofit status." As such,&nbsp;OAC won't be affected by the lawsuit.</p><p>After AFH <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118513336/architecture-for-humanity-to-shut-down" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shuttered</a> and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121590852/architecture-for-humanity-to-file-for-bankruptcy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced bankruptcy</a>&nbsp;in early 2015, many volunteers felt as if the rug had been pulled underneath them, unsure of what led to such an end. About a year later, the OAC was founded on the basis of the strong community of volunteers who hoped to continue AFH's mission. While the lawsuit may not affect the OAC structurally or its members directly, it could certainly change the way the volunteers regard AFH&mdash;potentially compromising its much-lauded reputation as a non-profit focused on humanitarian design.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Architecture for Humanity's Next Chapter: Garrett Jacobs, executive director of AFH-offshoot the Chapter Network, on One-to-One #11" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148196237/architecture-for-humanity-s-next-chapter-garrett-jacobs-executive-director-of-afh-offshoot-the-chapter-network-on-one-to-one-11" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Hu...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959341/contemporary-art-gentrification-artwashing Contemporary art + gentrification = 'artwashing'? Nicholas Korody 2016-07-22T13:16:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T23:47:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6z/6zsiz4ashmalp0g9.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Artwashing. What a great new political watchword. As in, watch out that your neighbourhood doesn&rsquo;t get &ldquo;artwashed&rdquo; too. Just look how Tate Modern has wrecked London and how the Guggenheim trashed Bilbao. Get away, ye galleries! Let&rsquo;s keep urban wastelands as bleak as they already are! It&rsquo;s a neat reversal of the thinking that has seen cities all over the world embrace art galleries, museums and biennials in pursuit of regeneration.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The editorial hones in on struggles by residents of the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights to push back against a rapid influx of galleries, which they view as the avant-garde of gentrification.</p><p>For more on the community's efforts to resist becoming the next Silverlake/Echo Park/Culver City/etc., check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958163/boyle-heights-activists-want-all-art-galleries-to-gtfo-of-their-neighborhood" target="_blank">Boyle Heights activists want all art galleries to GTFO of their neighborhood</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149949634/5-myths-about-gentrification-according-to-a-gsapp-urban-planning-professor" target="_blank">5 myths about gentrification, according to a GSAPP urban planning professor</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941499/how-a-group-of-boyle-heights-residents-are-fighting-gentrification" target="_blank">How a group of Boyle Heights residents are fighting gentrification</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943937/a-telltale-sign-of-gentrification-in-los-angeles" target="_blank">A telltale sign of gentrification in Los Angeles</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959268/design-leads-environmentally-friendly-education-for-hertfordshire-pupils Design leads environmentally friendly education for Hertfordshire pupils Jessica Bonehill 2016-07-22T11:49:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T23:47:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/62/620uxspss49y3thx.jpg" width="514" height="226" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Howe Dell Primary in Hatfield could well be the UK&rsquo;s most eco-friendly school. It has toilets that flush using rainwater, sedum roofs made of plants and vegetation, and classroom sink-tops made from recycled yoghurt pots. But the school&rsquo;s design doesn&rsquo;t just help protect the environment, it also uses nature to improve children&rsquo;s academic performance and behaviour.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tb/tbwgjn5o5e5hlcow.jpg"></p><p>Howe Dell Primary&rsquo;s &pound;10 million, eco-friendly design is used by teachers to promote sustainability to a new generation of pupils. Capita Architects were given free reign to push the limits of sustainable design in the project, which was funded by the council, and that was exactly what they did. The school features solar panels, a wind turbine, and a heating system that uses a series of pipes just below the surface of the school playground for passive gain that is then utilised to heat the school.&nbsp;</p><p>This groundbreaking design was awarded ECO Green Flag accreditation (the highest level awarded to sustainable schools in the UK) and places pupils in close proximity to nature. To this end, the design&rsquo;s wetland area and sedum roofs are used to study birds and the school places sustainability at the core of the curriculum. This learning is even extended to the playground where learning stations allow pupils to examine the habitats of micro-beasts. In this way, the whole building is understoo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958947/salvaged-love-archinect-sessions-73-with-michael-bricker-founder-of-people-for-urban-progress-the-indianapolis-non-profit-repurposing-architectural-trash-into-local-treasures Salvaged Love: Archinect Sessions #73 with Michael Bricker, founder of People for Urban Progress, the Indianapolis non-profit repurposing architectural trash into local treasures Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-21T15:55:00-04:00 >2016-07-30T10:55:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w9/w9xfedghexj5cju3.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When Indianapolis began demolishing its RCA Dome in 2008, Michael Bricker saw a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. To save the stadium's white, Teflon-coated fiberglass roof from the landfill, Bricker salvaged 13 acres of it, and turned it into shade structures for the city, as well as locally-designed accessories. With this project, People for Urban Progress was born.</p><p>Bricker is the Founder and Executive Director of <a href="http://www.peopleup.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People for Urban Progress</a>, aka PUP, based in Indianapolis. The non-profit is focused on diverting building materials from wasting away in landfills, and repurposing it for local improvements. Trained as an architect and also working as a production designer, Bricker has gone on with PUP to turn old stadium seats into bus stops, and fabric from Superbowl XLVI into handbags.&nbsp;Sessions' own Donna Sink is a board member at PUP, and Bricker joined us on the podcast to discuss the organization's goals and design ethos.</p><p>As a bonus for Sessions listeners, get 15% off anything in <a href="http://www.peopleup.org/shop/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PUP'...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959148/automating-busy-work-with-a-robot-intern Automating busy work with a 'robot intern' Nicholas Korody 2016-07-21T15:27:00-04:00 >2016-07-21T15:27:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zb/zbnbusyhlqq0aspe.jpg" width="514" height="310" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you're a designer who works with clients, here's something you're probably familiar with: the project that never ends. The actual designing may take a matter of hours, but presenting the idea to a client, making little tweaks and edits, finding a middle ground between your vision and theirs? That process can take months [...] For his graduate project, Ingemann Breitenstein spent time in product design studios across London researching the inefficiencies in that designer-client process.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The result is an algorithm that takes a basic idea for a product and generates countless variations on its design&mdash;as directed by a physical controller. Ingemann Breitenstein calls the machine the&nbsp;</em>Unpaid Intern<em>&mdash;a tongue-and-cheek nod to the mindless photoshopping and last minute tweaking it could conceivably reduce."</em></p><p>For more on the automated world-to-come, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149935222/architecture-after-capitalism-in-a-world-without-work" target="_blank">Architecture after capitalism, in a world without work</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953055/imagining-the-future-cyberattack-that-could-bring-down-new-york-city" target="_blank">Imagining the future cyberattack that could bring down New York City</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938713/world-s-first-fully-autonomous-taxi-service-will-arrive-in-singapore-later-this-year" target="_blank">World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946004/google-to-announce-a-voice-activated-smart-home-device" target="_blank">Google to announce a voice-activated, smart home device</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959104/on-decentralizing-the-olympics On decentralizing the Olympics Justine Testado 2016-07-21T14:23:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T01:37:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ht/htgz9jxmofjoobql.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>More broadly, this reconfiguration would make the games, for the first time, a truly global event. Dozens of countries that could never afford to host the Olympics in their current form &ndash; Kenya, Thailand, Chile, to name a few &ndash; might easily host a single Olympic sport. Rather than being an occasion for nationalistic displays by a single, powerful host country, the Olympics would become a celebration of human diversity.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With overwhelming evidence that hosting the Olympics is a huge burden for several cities, Paul Christesen, a Professor of Classics at Dartmouth, makes a case for the possible advantages of having Olympic sports competitions take place in different cities throughout the globe. He also makes suggestions on how decentralizing the Games can be carried out to other aspects of the event.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957955/rio-mayor-admits-olympics-were-a-missed-opportunity-but-believes-the-city-has-been-unfairly-portrayed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rio mayor admits Olympics were a &ldquo;missed opportunity&rdquo;, but believes the city has been unfairly portrayed</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951809/the-rapid-gentrification-of-rio-s-favelas-in-advance-of-the-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The rapid gentrification of Rio's favelas in advance of the Olympics</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940794/california-pledges-to-pick-up-some-of-the-cost-overruns-of-la-2024-olympic-bid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California pledges to pick up (some of the) cost overruns of LA 2024 Olympic bid</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942166/logo-design-chosen-for-2020-tokyo-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Logo design chosen for 2020 Tokyo Olympics</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145735758/tokyo-olympics-refusing-to-pay-zaha-hadid-for-work-on-the-national-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tokyo Olympics refusing to pay Zaha Hadid for work on the national stadium</a></p>