Archinect - News 2014-12-21T15:53:40-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/116215069/archinect-s-lexicon-one-story-peanut-butter Archinect's Lexicon: "One-story peanut butter" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-19T19:07:00-05:00 >2014-12-21T14:16:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0l/0lkogkjp0nz23sox.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>one-story peanut butter</strong>, noun:&nbsp;in reference to urban sprawl, how it spreads and oozes.</p><p>The term comes courtesy of Archinector and <a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>&nbsp;co-host, <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a>, who <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/91155636/architecture-encyclopedia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recalls</a> W. Kirby Lockard&nbsp;(1930-2007), Professor of Architecture at <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/1908078/university-of-arizona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Arizona</a>, using it to describe sprawl during an urban design studio in 1988:</p><p>"The only other recollection I have is that he said it as if "...this is the way we build now". That was in the mid-80s, when sprawl really ballooned, I think. The movie <em>Poltergeist</em> was an indictment of it, certainly. The studio class was looking at different ways to build in the desert, in an environmentally friendly and climate-appropriate way - this was before terms like green and eco and sustainable were popular - so we studied historic Native American settlements and Italian hill towns and talked about transit vs. car."</p><p>"He spoke about how, in Tucson, which is a valley, "suburban sprawl was one story going mountain to mountain, spread out like peanut butte...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116360308/berkeley-researchers-solve-the-mystery-of-the-ultra-strong-and-durable-ancient-roman-concrete Berkeley researchers solve the mystery of the ultra-strong and durable ancient Roman concrete Archinect 2014-12-19T18:10:00-05:00 >2014-12-20T21:21:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ha/ha84t3ys87i9u39s.jpg" width="514" height="414" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The mortar resists microcracking through in situ crystallization of platy str&auml;tlingite, a durable calcium-alumino-silicate mineral that reinforces interfacial zones and the cementitious matrix. The dense intergrowths of the platy crystals obstruct crack propagation and preserve cohesion at the micron scale, which in turn enables the concrete to maintain its chemical resilience and structural integrity in a seismically active environment at the millennial scale.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/116357898/inching-closer-to-licensure-at-graduation-as-schools-show-ncarb-they-re-interested Inching closer to licensure at graduation, as schools show NCARB they're interested Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-19T17:19:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T17:19:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4s/4s1is20tam1wulsc.jpg" width="514" height="673" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thirty-eight universities with programs accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) responded to NCARB&rsquo;s recent Request for Interest &amp; Information regarding the proposal for a rigorous, alternative path to licensure upon graduation. [...] Of the schools that responded, 32 (representing 26 percent of institutions with NAAB-accredited degree programs) declared interest in submitting a formal proposal for consideration by NCARB&rsquo;s Licensure Task Force.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a title="NCARB announces it will create program for architecture students to graduate with licensure" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100731688/ncarb-announces-it-will-create-program-for-architecture-students-to-graduate-with-licensure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB announces it will create program for architecture students to graduate with licensure</a>, and&nbsp;<a title="NCARB's &quot;licensure at graduation&quot; announcement rubs Archinectors both ways" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101114955/ncarb-s-licensure-at-graduation-announcement-rubs-archinectors-both-ways" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB's "licensure at graduation" announcement rubs Archinectors both ways</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116345046/the-future-is-in-the-past-christopher-hawthorne-looks-at-architecture-trends-in-2014 "The future is in the past" – Christopher Hawthorne looks at Architecture trends in 2014 Alexander Walter 2014-12-19T13:23:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T13:26:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/du/dugzzqf7vqdk9vmq.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These were the words of the year in architecture: Basic. Fundamental. Primitive. Ancient. If fashion had normcore &mdash; the flaunting of a bland, practical and Gap-like aesthetic, the plain sweatshirt as statement of principles &mdash; architecture reset itself this year in an even more fascinating (if occasionally desperate) way. In a culture and an economy being dizzyingly remade by technology, architecture chose to embrace not the future, where architects [...] can seem superfluous, but the past.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more Christopher Hawthorne listen to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115666803/powers-of-10-with-christopher-hawthorne-architecture-critic-at-the-la-times-on-archinect-sessions-10" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">episode 10 of Archinect Sessions</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116345045/downtown-la-fire-determined-to-be-arson-architecture-hate-crime Downtown LA fire determined to be arson... Architecture hate crime? Archinect 2014-12-19T13:18:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T13:22:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7f/7f052d629be835d46d9fbe9b834aad5c.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The ATF national response team, at the end of its investigation, reaches one of three conclusions &ndash; incendiary, accidental, or undetermined. Given Thursday&rsquo;s conclusion that the fire was determined to be "incendiary," or deliberately set, local authorities will probably launch an arson investigation to identify those responsible for the blaze.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115492470/huge-downtown-los-angeles-fire-burns-towering-apartment-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Huge downtown Los Angeles fire burns towering apartment project</a></p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116300139/editor-s-picks-398 Editor's Picks #398 Nam Henderson 2014-12-18T23:33:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T13:25:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1l/1luphfdqkj2hwf22.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vy/vytjo2gn7mc4dovm.jpg"></p><p>For the latest <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/1149/working-out-of-the-box" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box</a>: Archinect talked with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/115598578/working-out-of-the-box-santiago-borja" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">artist and architecture theorist, </a><a href="http://www.s-borja.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Borja</a>.&nbsp;He relates that one thing he learned from architecture school is&nbsp;</p><p>"<em>a sense of structural logic that most artists lack. They imagine things they have no clue how to build. Having said that, you could maybe say the same thing about architects</em>&hellip;"</p><p><strong>midlander</strong> was impressed "<em>The installations are refreshing - they react to the architecture without following an architectural logic...these look free of the forced logic which constrains a lot of architects working in installation. My compliments to the artist!</em>"</p><p>Plus, did you notice, <a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a new sidebar graphic/ad</a> was launched for Archinect Sessions?</p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115663589/moshe-safdie-to-receive-the-2015-aia-gold-medal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;announced&nbsp;Moshe Safdie will receive the 2015 AIA Gold Medal.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/hsolie" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harold-Sprague Solie</a>,&nbsp;agreed with many commentators "<em>about time. I worked in his office during my first year out of school and it was an amazing experience</em>". Contrarily,&nbsp;<strong>HotelSphinx</strong>&nbsp;admires "<em>Habitat, as do most architects - but...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116273652/a-memorial-for-the-workers-dying-while-constructing-the-qatar-world-cup-stadium A Memorial for the Workers Dying While Constructing the Qatar World Cup Stadium Nicholas Korody 2014-12-18T15:22:00-05:00 >2014-12-20T17:09:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/60/60yb98ydxke250oh.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Qatar&nbsp;World&nbsp;Cup&nbsp;Memorial project is a scalable building that raises awareness about the number of workers who died during the construction of the stadiums for the 2022&nbsp;World&nbsp;Cup&nbsp;in Qatar. It is in the form of a tower made of concrete modules, each one representing a deceased worker. The higher the number, the higher the tower...If the death rate is not reduced, the Qatar&nbsp;World&nbsp;Cup&nbsp;Memorial could reach a height of 1.5 kilometers (nearly a mile).</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l9/l9uy4hbchiatxf0n.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://www.1week1project.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1W1P</a> &ndash; 1Week1Project &ndash; is a collaborative effort by French architects Axel de Stampa and Sylvain Macaux, graduates of l'Ecole d'Architecture in Paris-Belleville. They challenged themselves to produce a "spontaneous architecture" per week for a year, or fifty-two projects. At this point, they have produced 25 predominately-speculative projects, from this memorial to the workers who have died (and are continuing to die) while constructing the World Cup Stadium for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to an ephemeral installation for the interior of the Eiffel Tower that would light up every time someone used #eiffeltower on social media.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2p/2psgfcbare9neuiu.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tg/tgaetdfi2p0cpwbg.jpg"></p><p>With the Qatar World Cup Memorial, they invoke the memories of the<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/18/qatar-world-cup-india-migrant-worker-deaths" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> more than 500</a> foreign workers who have died in the country since 2012. While Zaha Hadid, designer of the World Cup Stadium in Qatar, has become the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94437641/zaha-hadid-defends-qatar-world-cup-role-following-migrant-worker-deaths" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">subject of controversy</a> for alleged statements rejecting an architect's responsibility for conditions on their projects, 1W1P proposes a distinctly d...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116274455/urban-land-institute-releases-new-report-about-the-role-of-micro-units Urban Land Institute releases new report about the role of Micro Units Alexander Walter 2014-12-18T15:18:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T15:21:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3n/3nxfocwwqbb4f210.jpg" width="514" height="382" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New research from the Urban Land Institute suggests that micro units&mdash;typically larger than a one-car garage, but smaller than a double&mdash;have staying power as a housing type that appeals to urban dwellers in high-cost markets who are willing to trade space for improved affordability and proximity to downtown neighborhoods.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's the direct link to the report&nbsp;<em><a href="http://uli.org/wp-content/uploads/ULI-Documents/The-Macro-View-on-Micro-Units.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Macro View on Micro Units</a></em>.</p><p>Click <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/204975/micro-units" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> for more on the topic of <em>Micro Units</em> on Archinect.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116269641/beyond-the-grid-s-vision-to-make-a-lower-manhattan-neighborhood-more-resilient Beyond the Grid's vision to make a Lower Manhattan neighborhood more resilient Alexander Walter 2014-12-18T13:58:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T14:13:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c2/c291e146935a81e97511da5241ecb06b.jpg" width="514" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While independent communications infrastructure, renewable energy, and resilient heating and power systems may all be major priorities in contemporary urban development, the three aren&rsquo;t typically incorporated into the same project. Beyond The Grid &mdash; an ambitious plan underway in the Two Bridges neighborhood of Lower Manhattan &mdash; does just that. And the fact that the&nbsp;proposal has been created in this&nbsp;neighborhood is no accident.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/116264825/archinect-sessions-xs-predictions-for-2015 Archinect Sessions XS: Predictions for 2015 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-18T13:05:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T11:09:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zd/zdprb9gn6ejan6es.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week, with the encroaching holiday craziness picking up steam, we're releasing a mini-version of&nbsp;<strong>Archinect Sessions&nbsp;</strong>to cap off the 2014 podcasting season. For this special XS session,&nbsp;Paul, Amelia, Donna and Ken make predictions for the world of architecture in 2015, and discuss our plans for the year's end. We'll return from the hiatus with a new episode airing on January 8th.</p><p>Listen to "<strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/47379/archinect-sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>&nbsp;</strong>XS: Predictions for 2015":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to subscribe</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>Stitcher</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=55711&amp;refid=stpr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to listen</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/archinect/Episode20XS20Predictions.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes</strong>:&nbsp;Keep up-to-date on the latest&nbsp;<strong>Archinect Sessions&nbsp;</strong>news by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">following our Archinect profile</a>.</p><p>Donna's tree set-up:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/30/30ir24swi40gjsh7.gif"></p><p><a href="http://waitbutwhy.com/2014/09/but-what-about-greenland.html?doing_wp_cron=1418861427.2013139724731445312500" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santa's address in Greenland</a></p><p><a href="http://qz.com/312460/theres-a-new-country-claiming-sole-ownership-of-the-north-pole/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denmark's claim to the North Pole</a></p><p><a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/18/us-sony-cybersecurity-theaters-idUSKBN0JV2MA20141218" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sony ha...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116213462/archiculture-a-documentary-film-that-explores-the-architectural-studio-premieres-online Archiculture, a documentary film that explores the architectural studio, premieres online Archinect 2014-12-18T06:10:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T06:10:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/14/146vhyknjqttnfr6.jpg" width="514" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Archiculture takes a thoughtful, yet critical look at the architectural studio. The 25-minute film offers a unique glimpse into the world of studio-based, design education through the eyes of a group of students finishing their final design projects. Interviews with leading professionals, historians and educators help create crucial dialog around the key issues faced by this unique teaching methodology and the built environment these future architects will create.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read our interview with filmmakers David Krantz and Ian Harris about the film, from 9 years ago (!!!) <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/72531/a-mere-sliver-of-time-archiculture-the-documentary" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116207034/harvard-s-new-undergraduate-design-program-teaches-architecture-as-liberal-art Harvard's new undergraduate design program teaches "architecture as liberal art" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-17T18:47:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T19:30:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k3/k3bzmjva1hsu4eo7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These three streams&mdash;history and theory, design imagination, and the physical act of making&mdash;are the central components of the undergraduate track in architecture studies, a joint program from the Graduate School of Design (GSD) and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences&rsquo; (FAS) department of history of art and architecture. [...] The first students in the track, housed within the art-history concentration, graduated last spring.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Graduate School of Design at Harvard has long been revered as one of the world's top institutions, but only recently has that pedigree been extended into an undergraduate architecture program. As recently as a few years ago, there were no architecture studio courses available to Harvard undergrads &ndash; those interested in architecture would concentrate in the department of History of Art and Architecture, a liberal arts program which isn't tailored towards the 5-year accredited BArch programs of similar undergraduate institutions. But for the first time in Fall of 2012, the GSD and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (where History of Art and Architecture is housed) opened a new, collaborative program for undergraduates. Students who enroll in this track of studies will take two studio courses in architecture, within the context of a wider-ranged liberal arts education &ndash; the foundational idea being that architectural design thinking is its own form of liberal-arts practice, and that t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116192545/u-s-in-the-race-for-2024-olympics-no-host-city-picked-yet U.S. in the race for 2024 Olympics, no host city picked yet Alexander Walter 2014-12-17T13:52:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T18:26:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d9/d91cd8e9a3ac7dad00793df53d26feda.jpg" width="514" height="241" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The United States Olympic Committee board of directors unanimously approved a U.S. bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the USOC announced today. Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., remain under consideration, with the selection of a U.S. bid city to be made in early 2015.&nbsp;[...] &ldquo;All four cities have presented plans that are part of the long-term visions for their communities,&rdquo; said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/116190131/aia-reports-outlook-for-architecture-billings-index-remains-positive AIA reports outlook for Architecture Billings Index "remains positive" Alexander Walter 2014-12-17T13:07:00-05:00 >2014-12-17T13:08:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2a/2anu1ys9sfdoqai1.jpg" width="514" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Buoyed by sustained demand for apartments and condominiums, coupled with state and local governments moving ahead with delayed public projects, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has been positive for seven consecutive months. [...] (AIA) reported the November ABI score was 50.9, down from a mark of 53.7 in October. This score reflects a slight increase in design activity [...]. The new projects inquiry index was 58.8, following a mark of 62.7 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/116114669/study-links-walkable-neighborhoods-to-prevention-of-cognitive-decline Study Links Walkable Neighborhoods to Prevention of Cognitive Decline Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-16T13:33:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:19:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hy/hyurqgf4n94497og.jpg" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a study&nbsp;presented last weekend to the Gerontological Society of America, University of Kansas assistant professor&nbsp;Amber Watts examined 26 subjects with mild Alzheimer&rsquo;s Disease and 30 healthy control subjects.&nbsp;She tracked health outcomes over two years, controlling for home price, income, gender, and education. [...] "Our findings suggest that people with neighborhoods that require more mental complexity actually experience less decline in their mental functioning over time.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/116110641/how-to-rebuild-architecture-another-back-to-the-drawing-board-op-ed How to Rebuild Architecture: Another "Back to the Drawing Board" Op-Ed Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-16T12:24:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T21:18:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t3/t35p3owpvosdehj0.jpg" width="514" height="378" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture, of the capital &ldquo;A&rdquo; variety, is exceptionally capable of creating signature pieces, glorious one-offs. We&rsquo;re brilliant at devising sublime (or bombastic) structures for a global elite who share our values. We seem increasingly incapable, however, of creating artful, harmonious work that resonates with a broad swath of the general population [...] We&rsquo;ve taught generations of architects to speak out as artists, but we haven&rsquo;t taught them how to listen.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/116076935/from-beirut-open-letter-to-mr-rem-koolhaas From Beirut: Open Letter to Mr. Rem Koolhaas Orhan Ayyüce 2014-12-16T11:11:00-05:00 >2014-12-20T21:43:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/58/581xvhernmk7srhw.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In light of the above, we are appealing to you in your roles as founder and lead architect of the firm, and as an educator and a public intellectual, to side by us in advocating to your client, but also to planning and urban authorities in Beirut the preservation of a site with unique characteristics, and withdraw services on this project. If such advocacy efforts falter, we urge you to dissociate yourself and your firm from this contentious project.</p></em><br /><br /><p>We have recently learned that the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has been commissioned to develop a design for a projected development on a prime sea-front location in Beirut (Lebanon): the Dalieh of Raoucheh. Proposing a private development over such a prime social, national, archeological and geological landmark in Lebanon has generated an ongoing public outcry, in the form of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1452074595037881/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">protests</a>, letters to officials,<a href="http://www.beirutreport.com/2014/05/the-fight-for-dalieh-one-of-beiruts.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussions</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/19679" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">media mobilization</a>. We are writing today to alert you to the disturbing facts behind the project, and solicit your support in outlining an alternative vision for Beirut&rsquo;s seafront.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116047218/relocation-or-adaptation-is-a-2-degree-limit-for-global-warming-not-enough Relocation or Adaptation: Is a 2-Degree Limit for Global Warming Not Enough? Nicholas Korody 2014-12-15T18:35:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:32:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uy/uyegezm7bezkvfhg.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...As a practical matter, limiting global warming to no more than 2C seemed like the most ambitious target that could possibly be achieved, since it would require virtually ending fossil fuel emissions within 30 to 40 years... Yet even as the 2C target has become a touchstone for the climate talks, scientific theory and real-world observations have begun to raise serious questions about whether the target is stringent enough."</p></em><br /><br /><p>As is documented in the article, the recent climate talks in Lima ended with an agreement to try to limit the long-term warming of the planet to below 2 degree celsius above the global average temperature at the start of the Industrial Revolution. This limit has been central to talks aimed at mitigating global warming, but, as the author notes, may not be enough. Already, the disastrous and damaging effects of global warming are felt worldwide. Moreover, scientists are realizing they had underestimated&nbsp;the potential rapidity of sea level rise from the melting glaciers of Greenland and Antarctica.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ac/achj1t7xh4wpwtq5.jpg"></p><p>To put this in perspective, in order to remain below the 2 degree threshold, the building sector alone must steadily transition to carbon neutrality by 2030, a radical change in the way architecture and construction currently operate. According to the project <a href="http://architecture2030.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture 2030</a>, whose name alone shows the centrality of the 2 degree limit, this could feasibly be accomplished if:</p><ul><li>"All new build...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/116043998/protesting-context-not-form-of-ottawa-s-victims-of-communism-memorial Protesting context, not form, of Ottawa's "victims of communism" memorial Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-15T15:41:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T21:15:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4n/4ny3kmapi3ll923i.jpg" width="514" height="244" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Blumberg doesn&rsquo;t understand why a memorial to victims of communism was given such an &ldquo;incredibly prominent, almost sacrosanct&rdquo; site. &ldquo;It is so centrally placed that it would seem to quite overshadow Canada&rsquo;s true history.&rdquo; [...] "I have a massive problem, a huge problem, with this memorial going on that site. I think it completely misrepresents and skews what Canada is all about.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115812125/winner-of-the-canadian-national-memorial-to-victims-of-communism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winner of the Canadian National Memorial to Victims of Communism</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116037548/sports-stadium-architecture-welcome-to-the-new-temples-of-pleasure Sports stadium architecture: Welcome to the new temples of pleasure Alexander Walter 2014-12-15T13:27:00-05:00 >2014-12-16T06:59:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/018d3e7e07c39f01602c5f396c1fea95.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"It's like creating a contemporary cathedral in some ways [...]" "Often the stadium is meant to become the pride of a city, a landmark object, and as such, a monument representing the latest achievements in architecture." Since ancient Greeks built the first Olympic stadium in fine white marble, the arena has been as much about inspiring awe, as staging competition. Today's architects must go even further.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115653141/hadid-and-japanese-at-loggerheads-over-turtle-like-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hadid and Japanese at loggerheads over &lsquo;turtle-like&rsquo; Olympic stadium</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116032713/architectural-historian-discovers-chartres-cathedral-has-started-faking-it Architectural historian discovers Chartres Cathedral has started faking it Archinect 2014-12-15T12:05:00-05:00 >2014-12-16T12:40:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vi/vicscbqog5rvkand.jpg" width="450" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The first portion she pointed out was a pale ochre wall patterned with thin, perpendicular white lines mimicking mortar between masonry blocks. Looking upward we then saw panels of blue faux marbre, high above them gilded column capitals and bosses (the ornamental knobs where vault ribs intersect), and, nearby, floor-to-ceiling piers covered in glossy yellow trompe l&rsquo;oeil marbling, like some funeral parlor in Little Italy.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/115976543/architect-eli-attia-sues-google-for-stealing-invention-that-streamlines-design-and-construction Architect Eli Attia sues Google for stealing invention that streamlines design and construction Archinect 2014-12-14T18:36:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:35:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bc/bc8d37a2645bed60e230eb992386001c.jpg" width="514" height="252" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The suit charges that Google and senior executives stole Eli Attia's invention, which is a technology that shortens and makes significantly cheaper the design and construction process, mainly for high-rise and large buildings. Google estimates that the invention has potential revenue of $120 billion annually.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/115824990/student-led-rural-studio-continues-to-prove-the-value-of-socially-engaged-architecture Student-led Rural Studio continues to prove the value of socially engaged architecture Justine Testado 2014-12-12T19:29:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T21:55:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3i/3iwgzm8fmh2jszhv.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Rural Studio, Auburn University's off-campus undergraduate program in Newbern, Alabama, continues to gain recognition for their student-led design/build projects that assist the communities in one of the South's most under-served regions. Rural Studio has won several awards from 1995 until most recently as the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115670015/ehrlich-architects-wins-2015-aia-architecture-firm-award-peter-eisenman-takes-the-topaz-medallion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 recipient of the AIA's Whitney M. Young Jr. Award</a>. Named after the civil rights-era Urban League leader, the annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Award is given to an architect or architecturally related organization whose work greatly contributes toward progressive social advocacy and responsibility.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ss/sso3tjvown0ztlif.jpg"></p><p>Established in 1993 by D.K. Ruth and Samuel Mockbee, the student-led Rural Studio has completed parks, museums, a fire station, Boys and Girls Clubs, parks, and homes throughout western Alabama -- a region where 40 percent of the population lives under the poverty line. One of Rural Studio's projects that has attracted attention in recent years is the 20K House Product Line, which is ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115812933/chicago-rethinks-rules-for-developers-to-increase-affordable-housing Chicago Rethinks Rules for Developers to Increase Affordable Housing Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-12T15:34:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:35:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jx/jxj2gbnmylu7mk6u.jpg" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the new [Affordable Requirements Ordinance] would require that at least 25 percent of affordable units be built on site, removing the ability to opt out totally. [...] Developers would also be allowed to meet the affordable unit requirement by building or rehabbing on other lots within a mile of the main site. The aim is to create affordable units in the neighborhoods where they&rsquo;re most scarce, rather than to continue to concentrate them in the city&rsquo;s poorer communities.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/115807298/tulsa-mayor-hasn-t-ruled-out-a-sidewalk-next-to-new-flagship-park Tulsa Mayor Hasn’t Ruled Out a Sidewalk Next to New Flagship Park Alexander Walter 2014-12-12T13:54:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:36:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f9/f959d5a959b31e4ddba71154ce76ec02.jpg" width="514" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earlier this week we reported on Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett&rsquo;s decision to prevent construction of a sidewalk on Riverside Drive that would provide walking access to a major new city park. Local advocates say the lack of a sidewalk will make the park harder to get to on foot, and they don&rsquo;t buy the mayor&rsquo;s explanation that people will be safer if there&rsquo;s no sidewalk tempting them to walk.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"<em>Residents who want the sidewalk have charged that the mayor nixed it after wealthy homeowners complained that it would attract &ldquo;undesirables.&rdquo;</em>"</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115806490/david-adjaye-contextualizing-approaches-to-urbanization David Adjaye: Contextualizing Approaches to Urbanization Alexander Walter 2014-12-12T13:31:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:36:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c7/c73a6ec22b049a2d7a52c964088ec6b3.jpg" width="514" height="215" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The undoing of the master narratives of modernism should not be taken as an opportunity for an architecture of spectacle and fantasy, but instead one that, utilizing the lessons of the past, speaks to the complexities of the present and the forces that shape us. It is crucial to deconstruct the idea that design can be universal and instead, to think in terms of an architecture that derives inspiration from the specificity of geography, culture and place.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/115805685/50-years-of-gentrification-will-all-our-cities-turn-into-deathly-canberra 50 years of gentrification: will all our cities turn into 'deathly' Canberra? Alexander Walter 2014-12-12T13:22:00-05:00 >2014-12-14T09:35:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7f/7f5e5590afc12f6d79732487d759377f.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Economist Intelligence Unit puts Melbourne in first place, followed by Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto, Adelaide and Calgary. There is never any mention, on any list, of London or New York, Paris or Hong Kong. There are no liveable cities where you might actually want to live. [...] Liveability, it seems, is defined by a total absence of risk or chance, pleasure or surprise. It is an index of comfort, a guide to places where you can go safe in the knowledge you&rsquo;ll never be far from a Starbucks.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/115745518/archinect-s-lexicon-serendipity-machine Archinect's Lexicon: "Serendipity Machine" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-12T12:43:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:36:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w9/w96tfm99um2resw7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>serendipity machine</strong>, noun:&nbsp;a space (often workplace) that has been designed to maximize chance encounters towards beneficial, ideally innovative, results. This definition is Archinect's own wording, culled from a variety of "serendipity" citations in design briefs &ndash; but most notably, from&nbsp;Sebastian Olma's book,&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Serendipity-Machine-Disruptive-Business/dp/9081693573" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Serendipity Machine</a></em>&nbsp;(2013).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/70j9w4y1j2je8i58.jpg"></p><p>Self-described "consultant on all things to do with the creative economy", Olma is likely to be the originator of the term. He&nbsp;describes the "serendipity machine" as it pertains to the workplace in his book:</p><p><em>The&nbsp;importance of unexpected conversations and knowledge exchange&nbsp;in innovation has been noted in the management literature for&nbsp;many years. What is new is actually building a business &ndash;&nbsp;a machine &ndash; that systematically facilitates serendipity.&nbsp;This book presents a disruptive business model that allows you to do exactly that. It is based on a study of Seats2meet.com, the Dutch network&nbsp;of physical coworking, office and meeting spaces.&nbsp;By reinven...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115799243/illegal-air-corridor-apartment-built-between-two-high-rises-in-china Illegal "air corridor" apartment built between two high-rises in China Archinect 2014-12-12T11:22:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:37:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eh/eh1h3i3b9l74oywl.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An illegally built corridor connecting two high-rise buildings in a residential area on Dongge Road of Nanning, Guangxi has become a cause for concern after images of the thing were posted online. The corridor joins two separate apartment buildings and was constructed and used by only one tenant.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/115666803/powers-of-10-with-christopher-hawthorne-architecture-critic-at-the-la-times-on-archinect-sessions-10 Powers of 10 with Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic at the LA Times, on Archinect Sessions #10! Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-11T17:39:00-05:00 >2014-12-17T18:55:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rx/rxz6s6dg1ryqf7xj.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How far we've come: this week, we're thrilled to have <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-bio-christopher-hawthorne-staff.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne</a> on the podcast, architecture critic for the <em>Los Angeles Times</em>. Paul, Amelia, Donna and Ken talk with Christopher about his recent 3-part series on <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-immigration-architecture-full-coverage-htmlstory.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architecture and immigration in southern California</a>, the role of the architecture critic at a major national newspaper, and his take on new media journalism.</p><p>We're also proud to introduce our inaugural bit with Archinect's lawyer-correspondent, <a href="http://www.dykema.com/professionals-brian_newman.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brian Newman</a> at <a href="http://www.dykema.com/offices-los-angeles-california.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dykema Gossett PLLC</a>, where we submit our architectural legal queries to an <em>actual lawyer. </em>And per usual, we check in on recent news, discussing the stormy marketing campaign for a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115279170/this-new-steampunk-luxury-apartment-building-for-new-york-should-fill-you-with-unbearable-shame" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steampunk luxury condo building</a>.</p><p>And has it really already been ten episodes? To celebrate <strong>Archinect Sessions</strong>' rite-of-passage into double digits, we reflect on how it's been going so far &ndash; what we'd like to change, criticism we've received, and our favorite episodes.</p><p>Send your architectural legal questions, comments or questions abou...</p>