Archinect - News 2014-09-02T19:49:56-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/108031809/is-shigeru-ban-goodwashing-in-aspen Is Shigeru Ban "Goodwashing" in Aspen? Nicholas Korody 2014-09-02T17:12:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T19:02:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5k/5kuxb89gmsd4xlif.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Shigeru] Ban in Aspen represents a high-culture culmination of this goodwashing force. His museum, a beautiful structure faced with a woven screen and featuring a timber truss, uses his signature paper tubes non-structurally, as decoration in the corporate board room and the gift shop&mdash;all the style of his humanitarian work with none of the substance. -Dana Goodyear</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/108025362/national-league-of-cities-creates-advisory-network-to-help-cities-deal-with-sharing-economy-businesses National League of Cities creates advisory network to help cities deal with sharing economy businesses Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-02T15:58:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T15:58:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ud/udweonry4x4aeemy.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The National League of Cities announces the formation of a network composed of business, policy leaders and city officials to identify the regulatory challenges posed by the disruptive technologies that power the sharing economy. The Sharing Economy Advisory Network will create and promote model solutions that can be adopted by communities across the nation ... The Network will also look to identify ways that cities can support and encourage the growth of new businesses in this space.</p></em><br /><br /><p>City governments aren't often so nimble when it comes to adjusting regulations related to the "sharing economy". Without formal industry precedents, it's difficult for cities to know how to integrate these new services into preexisting policies, or whether they should be outlawed entirely. So in an attempt to not simply dismiss these services out of hand, or heedlessly let them run wild, U.S. city leaders are putting together The Sharing Economy Advisory Network.</p><p>The Network aims to identify problems related to the sharing economy, and model solutions to help cities adapt as new services crop up, ideally learning to use these "disruptors" to maximize local growth opportunities. The sooner cities recognize and prepare for the inevitability of more sharing-economy services, the better.&nbsp;Well-known disruptors like <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98494414/airbnb-faces-opposition-from-nyc-affordable-housing-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105939750/uberpool-you-can-now-carpool-and-split-fares-with-uber" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber</a> question not only the legal limits of civic intervention, but clash ideals of public interest vs. private economy. And those disputes are far from over.&nbsp;Some sh...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108017305/sharpen-your-skills-with-archinect-black-spectacles-live-digital-design-workshops-start-on-september-27th Sharpen your skills with Archinect & Black Spectacles. Live digital design workshops start on September 27th. Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-02T15:28:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T19:00:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v3/v3e3c7junkpabat1.jpg" width="514" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Keeping up with new design and rendering softwares is a never-ending job. Industry standards change, plug-ins multiply, and technology simply improves. And more often than not, the onus of learning these updates falls on the individual architect or designer &mdash; school programming moves at too glacial of a pace, and employers can&rsquo;t lose the time spent teaching.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/c7/c74kf2rcqhhjec5f.jpg"></p><p>To better equip individuals with the tools to educate themselves, Archinect has partnered with <strong><a href="http://blackspectacles.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Black Spectacles</a></strong>, an online library for live, digital design workshops and courses specific to architecture and design. As part of our collaboration, Archinect is offering discounted access to five of Black Spectacles' live workshops, to attend either in-person or online.</p><p><strong><a href="http://blackspectacles.com/blog/level-1-digital-design-workshops#.VAYHeWR4blt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Register for Black Spectacles workshop here.</a> Archinectors can get $100 off a workshop by registering with the code "Archinect100".</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uo/uocapqrm12dlz9wt.jpg"></p><p>Founded in 2010 by architect and educator Marc Teer, Black Spectacles works with architects at top-notch firms to create road-tested worksho...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107953071/designing-bathrooms-for-the-homeless-and-everyone-else Designing Bathrooms for the Homeless (and Everyone Else) Nicholas Korody 2014-09-02T15:22:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T15:22:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h2/h2ppx7aiwjtk6p2i.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the U.S., homeless-rights advocates say that in most cities it is difficult to find public toilets &mdash; making sanitation an issue that homeless people face on a daily basis [...] Even if there are public bathrooms, many are not open around the clock, leaving the homeless with no other option but to go in public areas &mdash; an act that is criminalized in most cities. Critics say such policies unfairly punish homeless people for life-sustaining actions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Often restricted private bathrooms in restaurants or cafes, homeless people have very few options but to defecate in public &ndash; a dehumanizing and unsanitary situation. American cities are not particularly well-known for creating infrastructure and urban furniture that accommodates their sizeable homeless populations. Often designers are complicit in creating exclusionary devices rather than using their skills to open the city and make it more livable for even the most marginalized populations.&nbsp;&nbsp;Last month, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104801373/exclusionary-strategies-laws-and-designs-used-to-oust-homeless-population" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">we looked at unwelcoming bench designs as a tactic of exclusion as well as various counter-designs</a>. The city of Santa Monica should be added to that list, after replacing benches at Big Blue Bus stations with stools designed by&nbsp;Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects. The uncomfortable stools, pictured below, have <a href="http://la.curbed.com/archives/2014/08/big_blue_bus_ditches_benches_because_people_might_sit_on_them.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">caused a small controversy</a>. Big Blue Bus explicitly admitted they were intended to prevent "loitering."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fg/fg7vbfea8m0kmmyk.jpg"></p><p>Like loitering laws that criminalize a basic, life-sustaining activity (sleepin...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107953878/what-does-the-syrian-refugee-crisis-mean-to-architecture What Does the Syrian Refugee Crisis Mean to Architecture? Nicholas Korody 2014-09-02T15:22:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T16:37:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mb/mbjcjlk5dt7lcgrf.jpg" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As a result of the Syrian civil war, there are now 3 million Syrian refugees registered in neighboring countries &mdash; an exodus that began in March 2011 and shows no sign of abating, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday. The record figure was 1 million refugees more than a year ago, and an additional 6.5 million are displaced within Syria, meaning that "almost half of all Syrians have now been forced to abandon their homes and flee for their lives," it said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As the Islamic State rampages through Syria and Iraq, thousands are being displaced to add to the growing refugee population created by a civil war against Bashar al-Assad. <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/107492865/water-wars-the-islamic-state-and-the-mosul-dam" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Islamic State actively uses infrastructure, specifically hydoinfrastructure, as a militaristic tactic exacerbating conditions for these displaced people.</a>&nbsp; Many architects have developed projects specifically oriented to the global refugee crisis, of which Syria is part. In a past <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/105264254/architectures-of-the-disaster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article</a>, I asserted that this is not just a general ethical imperative, but also specific to architecture. The problems of a refugee camp or urban enclave are often architectural issues that require design solutions. Additionally, architecture can be considered complicit in the forces generating the crisis as millions are displaced because of climate changes, which architecture contributes to significantly.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107949061/olympic-infrastructure-displaces-brazilian-families Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families Nicholas Korody 2014-09-02T15:21:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T15:21:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rp/rpmhst4y30tijhod.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Later this month, about 900 of the 1,500 families who live in Vila Uni&atilde;o will start to move out to make way for the TransOl&iacute;mpica rapid bus system (BRT) to be built for the 2016 Rio Olympics. It is one of the biggest favela resettlements since Rio was chosen to host the games, with some 500 families also resettled from 2010 to 2011 for the construction of the TransOeste BRT.</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/108022943/neo-classical-falls-foul-of-brazil-s-love-of-baroque Neo-Classical falls foul of Brazil’s love of Baroque Alexander Walter 2014-09-02T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T14:22:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0d/0d308a37dba5b9a9e58a26c59d5e4dc1.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Through the free-flowing talent of Costa, Niemeyer, Burle Marx and Athos Bulc&atilde;o, Bras&iacute;lia&mdash;the only city built in the 20th century that is listed by Unesco&mdash;has captivated the world since 1960. But the federal capital has not made Modernism sacred in the country as a whole and the protection of Modern architecture is still in its infancy.</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/108020530/why-modern-architecture-struggles-to-inspire-catholics Why Modern Architecture Struggles to Inspire Catholics Alexander Walter 2014-09-02T13:45:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T13:46:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ee/ee66e2fcca2a7dec4c615d748e92dd89.jpg" width="355" height="473" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Outside a few rare examples such as Ronchamp, I sense that Modernism has failed to deliver an architecture that connects with most Catholics and other traditional Christians. Much of this has to do with fact that Modernism as a cultural movement is inherently atheistic as it is based on a secular materialist philosophy.</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/108020528/architecture-s-rebellion-at-the-2014-venice-biennale Architecture's Rebellion at the 2014 Venice Biennale Alexander Walter 2014-09-02T13:33:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T13:37:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/47/47ab24537cfb3df43d08748e30b0e2ce.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This year's Biennale reveals that neither modernism nor contemporary architectural practice is as it seems. The best architecture today may not be revolutionary, but then today more than ever the desirability of revolutions are in doubt. Situated modernism has for many years been and continues to dominate architectural practice with the opposite of flattening results.</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/108019723/what-can-forensic-architecture-reveal-about-the-conflict-in-gaza What can ‘forensic architecture’ reveal about the conflict in Gaza? Alexander Walter 2014-09-02T13:25:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T13:26:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/45/45d7da87b1cc887805e8e2775b6342c9.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Weizman has also made a name for himself as the chief proponent of &ldquo;forensic architecture&rdquo;, by which he analyses the impacts of urban warfare for clues about the crimes that were perpetrated there. To Weizman, buildings are weapons. When he looks out across the landscape of the occupied Palestinian West Bank [...] he sees a battlefield. &ldquo;The weapons and ammunitions are very simple elements: they are trees, they are terraces, they are houses. They are barriers.&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/107714855/mit-s-mindrider-helmet-draws-mental-maps-as-you-bike MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-29T14:55:00-04:00 >2014-08-29T14:55:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ki/ki1tej55t4vjul8o.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Originally developed at MIT, MindRider is a new helmet that shows, in real time, how your rides, movement, and location engage your mind. The MindRider app maps and tracks your engagement, and allows you to share your maps with others. These maps provide quantified insight that empower you to maximize your riding experience, and they are a great resource for riding communities and street advocacy.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Unlike many other biometric monitoring devices, the MindRider helmet isn't just about recording your physical activities; it's about harvesting data from normal routines to better inform public policy. The MindRider "reads" electrical activity between the brain's neurons, but the technology isn't invasive enough to determine anything beyond where on the route you're concentrating ("Hotspots") or coasting ("Sweetspots"). For an individual rider, boiling down the data into these two categories simplifies the ride experience, but with enough participants, the service can paint the cycling personality of an entire city, and provide a highly personal way to publicly engage with cycling. Maybe it can even make drivers empathize with stressed out cyclists.</p><p>While the actual helmet isn't commercially available quite yet,&nbsp;MindRider recently reached its&nbsp;<a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1168534473/mindrider-maps-nyc-a-mental-picture-of-bike-riding" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>&nbsp;goal&nbsp;to create "The MindRider Guide to New York City", a map and guidebook to the city's mental cycling infrastructure. Whether tha...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107713249/palm-springs-new-architecture-and-design-center-to-open-in-november Palm Springs: New Architecture and Design Center to open in November Alexander Walter 2014-08-29T13:51:00-04:00 >2014-08-29T13:56:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/76/76890b9c0093aad29708b4da9635038f.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Each year Palm Springs dedicates a week to celebrating Midcentury Modernism architecture in the desert city. Now, it has more reason to celebrate. The Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion, is set to open Nov. 9. It will provide a place to showcase the sleek style pioneered by architects such as Richard Neutra, Donald Frey and E. Stewart Williams. The project is an expansion of the Palm Springs Art Museum, which also is housed in a Williams building.</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/107644165/editor-s-picks-382 Editor's Picks #382 Nam Henderson 2014-08-28T20:00:00-04:00 >2014-08-31T10:27:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k3/k3s98yw13gw8mj7z.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest edition of the <strong>Working out of the Box:</strong> series featured, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/107115513/working-out-of-the-box-julia-watson-of-studio-rede" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Watson (landscape architect turned sacred space conservationist) of Studio Rede</a>.</p><p><strong>&nbsp;jla-x</strong> had two comments; first, that the interview with/work of Studio Rede is "<em>Fantastic</em>!" and second "<em>love this series</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0s/0sxmlen0mgebl1jh.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;explored the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106655266/art-architecture-bruno-zhu-in-a-symphony-of-objects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">current work of Bruno Zhu</a>, a photographer and bookmaker. Speaking of a recent work &lsquo;<strong>Builder</strong>&rsquo;, he offers up the following explanation, it "<em>is quite na&iuml;ve and stubborn. It&rsquo;s mostly about one place and photographed in similar compositions, while intended to read as a range of different things. But the project&rsquo;s critical ambition was to question the validity of a report, and how its authority could be its biggest weakness</em>".&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Douglaswittnebel </strong>felt there was a "<em>Very interesting focus on the construction and details, it seems that the mysteries are really the biggest part of the series, the unknowns and the questions of why and when</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3a/3aur14i96ccp0a51.jpg"></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107018227/deborah-sussman-designer-has-died-at-age-83" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designer Deborah Sussman passed away last week</a>, ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107640149/alvar-aalto-gets-a-close-look-from-google-s-cultural-institute Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-28T15:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-29T13:56:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a4/a4g2cod81x1tz6nw.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Google's satellite imaging allows us to virtually tour remote or inaccessible locales the world over, and with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106578172/new-google-satellites-could-be-able-to-see-your-face-from-the-sky" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently improved resolutions</a> and initiatives from the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/463876/google-cultural-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Cultural Institute</a>, our gaze can go farther and more intimately into places we may never physically visit. Google's interest in maintaining this visual resource has implications as far-reaching as its imagery, but it's also a boon for architecture education, where access to imagery and certain spaces can be highly exclusive, and retaining a global (and historical) perspective is exceedingly important.</p><p>To this end, <a href="http://www.finnisharchitecture.fi/2014/08/alvar-aalto-goes-virtual/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's Cultural Institute has partnered with the Alvar Aalto Foundation</a> in order to make the famous Finnish architect's spaces (and of course <a href="https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/exhibit/a-stool-makes-history/QRQs-mBx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his&nbsp;famous stool</a><a href="http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/exhibit/a-stool-makes-history/QRQs-mBx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&nbsp;no. 60</a>) available online in 360-degree panoramas, detailing every surface. The partnership's collection focuses on eight sites, including Aalto's studio, S&auml;yn&auml;tsalo Town Hall, and the&nbsp;House Kantola, as well as an exhibition at the Aalto Museum in...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107638546/the-astrodome-the-world-s-largest-indoor-garden The Astrodome: The World's Largest Indoor Garden? Alexander Walter 2014-08-28T14:28:00-04:00 >2014-08-29T13:56:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2a/2ad4690957195590633c62f811537f3c.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's been a long time since the Houston Oilers or any other team called the Astrodome home, and voters rejected a bond measure to adapt and reuse this domed cathedral last year. But Emmett's not giving it up. Yesterday, he led the press on a tour of the Astrodome to introduce his own plan to restore it: By creating the world's largest indoor park. This isn't the first scheme mounted by preservationists who see a future for the dome.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86311571/winners-of-the-reimagine-the-astrodome-ideas-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of the Reimagine the Astrodome ideas competition</a></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/88517100/can-buildings-be-too-young-to-save" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can buildings be too young to save?</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/107636936/pittsburgh-s-place-in-the-placemaking-movement Pittsburgh’s Place in the Placemaking Movement Alexander Walter 2014-08-28T14:09:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T17:03:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/91287b6b3ba352429a2da2c961f5c946.jpg" width="514" height="274" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Pittsburgh has done it again! After being named &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Most Livable City&rdquo; by Forbes in 2010 and one of the &ldquo;Best All-American Vacations&rdquo; earlier this year by The Travel Channel, it was recently named as the second &ldquo;most livable city&rdquo; in the United States by the Economist Intelligence Unit&rsquo;s 2014 livability survey [...]. Pittsburgh is ripe for Placemaking [...], making it the perfect host city for this seminal gathering of Placemaking leaders and walking and bicycling professionals.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106959605/melbourne-named-world-s-most-liveable-city-for-fourth-consecutive-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melbourne named world&rsquo;s most liveable city for fourth consecutive year</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107635330/the-british-countryside-family-who-are-designing-entire-cities-in-iraq The British countryside family who are designing entire cities in Iraq Alexander Walter 2014-08-28T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-08-29T13:56:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c3/c3185589171dfa72c8e7c90ece3a5111.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The cities we&rsquo;re working on were neglected by Saddam Hussein, so they have little basic infrastructure,&rdquo; says Elliot Hartley, 36, a director of Garsdale Design. But why can&rsquo;t Iraqis redesign their own cities? &ldquo;There has been a massive brain drain of professionals from Iraq over the years, and a lack of investment in local government planning departments, which means that the skills aren&rsquo;t there &ndash; yet,&rdquo; [...]. More improbably yet, only one member of the family firm [...] has set foot in Iraq.</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/107560614/napa-quake-a-reality-check Napa Quake a 'Reality Check' Nicholas Korody 2014-08-27T16:13:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T17:05:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/td/tdlakooes7beepu8.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most of the Bay Area roads, bridges, water systems, dams and levees fared well in Sunday's 6.0 earthquake near Napa, but the damage in the picturesque Wine Country town was a jolting reminder of the vulnerability of public services for 7 million people. A Big One -- such as a 7.0 earthquake on the Hayward Fault that runs beneath heavily populated Oakland and Berkeley -- would inflict more damage to key infrastructure, experts said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Overall, the damage caused by the Napa earthquake could have been a lot worse. But a Los Angeles Times <a href="http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-81171338/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article</a>&nbsp;documenting how even retrofitted historic buildings were damaged showcases the profound vulnerability of older structures in California. According to the article: "The destruction highlights one of the greatest fears of seismic engineers &mdash; that the retrofitting of unreinforced masonry buildings still leaves weak joints between bricks." Just yesterday, another LA Times <a href="http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-81189922/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article</a> claimed that thousands of brick buildings across the state have not been retrofitted, disproportionately in low-income areas. And while low-cost retrofitting certainly mitigates the risk of a building "pancaking," but doesn't &nbsp;preclude other potential dangers like falling bricks or collapsed walls. Additionally, commentators are <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Earthquake-provides-wake-up-call-for-state-s-5709269.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pointing</a> to the Napa earthquake as a "wake-up call" to officials that the state's aging infrastructure is in desperate need of an upgrade. For example, a Forbes <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/williampentland/2011/11/04/americas-most-dangerous-urban-bridges/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article</a> detaile...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107561423/the-next-generation-airport-is-a-destination-in-its-own-right The Next-Generation Airport Is a Destination in Its Own Right Alexander Walter 2014-08-27T14:45:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T12:07:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/38/382d2e4a4c17dbc4bd1340f4bb57652e.jpg" width="514" height="269" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With views of the downtown skyline, the $1.1 billion new Indianapolis airport has been celebrated for its sense of place, and for treating its passengers as "guests," much the way the hotel industry does. It has its own civic plaza, a light-filled central space with 35-foot ceilings that functions as the nexus of activity&mdash;every passenger, whether arriving or departing, passes through&mdash;where half of all the airport's shops and restaurants reside. [...] What is Indy doing right?</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/107487204/the-uphill-climb-to-gender-equity-continues The uphill climb to gender equity continues... Justine Testado 2014-08-26T17:39:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T12:37:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m8/m8mzr42equgp8gyl.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Women are architecture's original rebels. Over 120 years ago, they insisted that architecture schools and professional organisations open their doors to women, arguing that the field would thrive (or wither) according to the diversity of its students and practitioners...And yet despite this long history of challenging architecture to be inclusive, women have been given little credit for their contributions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Despina Stratigakos, historian and University at Buffalo architecture professor highlights in her Opinion article how women in architecture have challenged <em>and continue</em> to challenge the deep-rooted patriarchy in the field of architecture throughout the past century. Although there is a growing number of women who are studying architecture, holding leadership roles in schools and firms, and forming organizations, the same problems of gender inequality still exist to this day. From that, another question remains: Is anyone even paying attention?</p><p>Related:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107094586/in-architecture-a-glass-ceiling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Architecture, a Glass Ceiling</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100116404/phyllis-lambert-named-as-2014-golden-lion-for-lifetime-achievement-recipient" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Phyllis Lambert named as 2014 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement recipient</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93072348/mecanoo-s-francine-houben-named-aj-woman-architect-of-the-year-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecanoo&rsquo;s Francine Houben named AJ Woman Architect of the Year 2014</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/92961355/arab-women-in-architecture-film" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arab Women in Architecture Film</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107481560/hearing-begins-for-modernist-north-carolina-home-threatened-with-demolition Hearing begins for "modernist" North Carolina home threatened with demolition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-26T14:38:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T12:39:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zc/zcfwr7srrpxf66bq.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Today is day two in court for architect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/104168979/louis-cherry-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louis Cherry</a> and his wife, Marsha Gordon, for the hearing that will decide the fate of their new home in the historic Oakwood neighborhood of Raleigh, North Carolina. Back in March, a neighbor complained that the "modernist" style of Cherry's home didn't jive with the neighborhood's tone, and successfully appealed to have the building's permits revoked. Construction was halted, and now the decision of whether the house can be finished, demolished, or forcibly modified to local design standards has been brought to court.</p><p>We first covered this issue back in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99374118/architect-fights-for-his-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">May</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104168976/don-t-like-your-neighbors-house-sue-them" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">July</a>, and the preservationist-NIMBYism that it's raised. Opening statements for the case were held yesterday, although it could take months for the judge to issue a final decision.</p><p>UPDATE: The hearing has been adjourned, according to <a href="https://twitter.com/RaleighReporter/status/504307602264956928" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@RaleighReporter</a>, Colin Campbell (reporter for <em>The News &amp; Observer</em>, <em>North Raleigh News</em> and <em>Midtown Raleigh News</em>).</p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/NCMHTweets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@NCMHTweets</a>&nbsp;reported from inside the court...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107480758/why-haven-t-china-s-cities-learned-from-america-s-mistakes Why haven't China's cities learned from America's mistakes? Alexander Walter 2014-08-26T13:43:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T11:44:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8e/8e5c23594fcc3e06cecd76188cbde600.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the wake of economic reforms in the 1990s that helped set off the largest urban migration in history, China had the rare opportunity to embrace cutting-edge city-building approaches as it expanded its skyline. It could have avoided the mistakes that made Los Angeles into the land of gridlock, or bypassed the errors that turned the banlieues of Paris into what one American planner calls &ldquo;festering urban sores&rdquo;. But China looked back instead of forward.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Meanwhile in Africa: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106017728/urban-china-chinese-urbanism-in-africa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban China: Chinese Urbanism in Africa</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107479955/mexico-city-s-new-and-vivacious-architecture Mexico City’s new and vivacious architecture Nam Henderson 2014-08-26T13:41:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T08:51:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lv/lv6mx4g7o756h177.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>They would lead me and two friends through a collection of new and old galleries, museums, neighborhoods, institutions and restaurants, as well as buildings of their own designs, to give me a sense of what stands out to Mexico City architects when they turn their gaze toward home.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sam Lubell visited Mexico City recently, and was led on tours of the city's architecture (old and new) by&nbsp;Fernando Romero and&nbsp;Michel Rojkind.</p><p>Also see previous -&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104641522/the-chromatic-feats" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The chromatic feats...</a>, wherein&nbsp;Guy Trebay rediscovers&nbsp;Mexico City and the houses of the great Mexican architect&nbsp;Luis Barrag&aacute;n.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107478346/4-public-housing-lessons-the-u-s-could-learn-from-the-rest-of-the-world 4 Public Housing Lessons the U.S. Could Learn From the Rest of the World Alexander Walter 2014-08-26T12:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T16:13:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b7/b718069f289296cd8130c629da81c6cc.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Public housing in the United States is associated with failure and misery. The very words conjure up visions of concrete tower blocks, drug-related violence and concentrated poverty. But contrary to popular belief, public housing in the U.S. has not been an utter disaster [...]. Many of public housing&rsquo;s failures can be traced to the American political and economic context, especially easy to see when compared with the success of similar policies around the world.</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/107420491/martin-filler-issues-a-retraction-regarding-his-mistake-in-his-critique-of-zaha-hadid Martin Filler issues a retraction regarding his "mistake" in his critique of Zaha Hadid Archinect 2014-08-25T18:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T14:03:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/23/23pvywq1sx3xukl4.jpg" width="514" height="265" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The critic Martin Filler has acknowledged a significant error in a scathing article he wrote for the New York Review of Books about the architect Zaha Hadid.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Full statement to New York Review of Books...</p><p><em>In my review of Rowan Moore&rsquo;s &ldquo;Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture,&rdquo; I quoted comments by the architect Zaha Hadid, who designed the Al Wakrah stadium in Qatar, when she was asked in London in February 2014 about revelations a week earlier in The Guardian that hundreds of migrant laborers had died while working on construction projects in Qatar. I wrote that an &ldquo;estimated one thousand laborers &hellip; have perished while constructing her project thus far.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>However, work did not begin on the site for the Al Wakrah stadium, until two months after Ms. Hadid made those comments; and construction is not scheduled to begin until 2015. There have been no worker deaths on the Al Wakrah proiect and Ms. Hadid&rsquo;s comments about Qatar that l quoted in the review had nothing to do with the Al Wakrah site or any of her projects.</em></p><p><em>I regret the error.</em><br>&nbsp;</p><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107169286/zaha-hadid-sues-architecture-critic-martin-filler-over-book-review/50" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid sues architecture critic Martin Filler over book review</a></p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/107407617/a-failed-public-housing-project-could-be-a-key-to-st-louis-future A Failed Public-Housing Project Could Be a Key to St. Louis' Future Alexander Walter 2014-08-25T14:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T11:03:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/55/55fb00a924984901898453be5a57a3e8.jpg" width="514" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today the Pruitt-Igoe site is once again in the spotlight, but this time because of a new bid to &ldquo;get the economic flywheel going in the right direction again,&rdquo; in the words of private developer Paul McKee, the force behind the proposed NorthSide Regeneration project. [...] The lynchpin of it all would be to get the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency&mdash;the high-tech eyes and ears of the Defense Department&mdash;to relocate to where the towers of Pruitt-Igoe once stood.</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/107406810/solar-energy-that-doesn-t-block-the-view Solar energy that doesn't block the view Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-25T14:47:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:09:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/830f20a87af8a3f32bf1ef3cc27412cb.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface.</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/107404399/life-after-brooklyn Life After Brooklyn Alexander Walter 2014-08-25T13:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-26T08:52:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o2/o2wbz09vwxyty48e.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Fed up with rising rents, bidding wars and neighborhoods that no longer resemble the low-rise bohemian enclaves they found when they arrived, many Brooklynites are moving out. They include decade-long renters who can no longer keep up with price hikes, qualified buyers who have been outbid one too many times, and young families who simply can&rsquo;t find the space they want at prices they can afford.</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/107402795/better-economy-means-more-homes-being-razed Better economy means more homes being razed Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-25T13:26:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T18:14:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/67/67cdd14a3f1e1c6e55aaf333afe1354e.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For some historic preservationists on the North Shore, the economic downturn in 2008 had a silver lining, bringing a lull in tear-downs and new-home construction that gave scores of vintage properties a reprieve from the wrecking ball. But six years later, officials in north suburban Winnetka tasked with preserving historic homes say that reprieve has clearly ended. They report that demolition permits have nearly doubled, with 36 issued in 2013, up from 19 in 2009.</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/107040762/lawsuits-legos-and-landmarks-weekly-news-round-up-for-august-18-2014 Lawsuits, Legos and landmarks: Weekly News Round-Up for August 18, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-25T13:13:00-04:00 >2014-08-25T13:15:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l9/l9vl7n242h9ujwrt.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 22:</strong></p><ul><li><strong><a title="Zaha Hadid sues architecture critic Martin Filler over book review" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107169286/zaha-hadid-sues-architecture-critic-martin-filler-over-book-review" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid sues architecture critic Martin Filler over book review</a></strong>: <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hadid</a> is responding to allegedly defamatory comments made by Filler regarding her <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/134029/2022-world-cup-in-qatar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2022 World Cup stadium in Qatar</a>.</li><li><strong><a title="The Demolition of 5 Pointz Has Begun" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107170089/the-demolition-of-5-pointz-has-begun" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Demolition of 5 Pointz Has Begun</a></strong>: The "Graffiti Mecca" was <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86311570/5-pointz-graffiti-mecca-in-long-island-city-faces-imminent-destruction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">slated for demolition last November</a>, when the property owners' "broken window" theory justification beat out the artists' protests. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105478813/new-renderings-of-what-will-replace-grafitti-art-mecca-5pointz-emerge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two residential towers will be built in 5 Pointz's place</a>.</li><li><strong><a title="Study confirms LA is least affordable city for rentals in US" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107185375/study-confirms-la-is-least-affordable-city-for-rentals-in-us" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Study confirms LA is least affordable city for rentals in US</a></strong>: Depressing <a href="http://archinect.com/ucla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a> study confirms that in the city with the highest proportion of renters in the country, the average renter spends nearly 47% of their income on rent. The news is part of&nbsp;a nearly fifty year old trend in the renting market.</li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 21:</strong></p><ul><li><strong><a title="Lego House in Billund, Denmark, begins construction by laying giant Lego brick&ndash;shaped foundation stones" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107096998/lego-house-in-billund-denmark-begins-construction-by-laying-giant-lego-brick-shaped-foundation-stones" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lego House in Billund, Denmark, begins construction by laying giant Lego brick&ndash;shaped foundation stones</a></strong>: Even if <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> hadn't designed it, Bjarke would have laid the first brick.</li><li><strong><a title="Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after landmark court ruling" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107097802/istanbul-s-illegal-towers-to-be-demolished-after-landmark-court-ruling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after...</a></strong></li></ul>