Archinect - News 2015-07-05T19:25:33-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/131021521/detroit-issues-arrest-for-vandal-shepard-fairey Detroit issues arrest for "vandal" Shepard Fairey Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-03T12:48:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T18:46:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f25f8uojoooagi8b.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>World famous street artist Shepard Fairey - the man whose &ldquo;Hope&rdquo; poster massively boosted Obama&rsquo;s 2008 presidential campaign &ndash; has described an attempt to arrest him by Detroit police as &ldquo;hilarious&rdquo; after he was commissioned to do a mural in the city. Last night authorities issued an arrest warrant for Fairey, 45, on graffiti charges with Police Sergeant Rebecca McKay issuing a statement warning: &ldquo;Just because he&rsquo;s a well-known artist does not take away from the fact that he is also a vandal.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Detroit's most recent charge against Fairey is for damages amounting to $9,100, caused by nine of Fairey's works. Detroit police are asking that he turn himself in, and say that he'll be arrested should he ever return to Detroit. Fairey doesn't seem to be phased, calling the charges "hilarious".&nbsp;Throughout his career, Fairey has been arrested 17 times.&nbsp;</p><p>More accounts of so-called "vandalism", both solicited and not:</p><ul><li><a title="Detroit's struggle to distinguish between graffiti (boo!) and murals (yay!)" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121203889/detroit-s-struggle-to-distinguish-between-graffiti-boo-and-murals-yay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit's struggle to distinguish between graffiti (boo!) and murals (yay!)</a></li><li><a title="Manchester man gets potholes fixed by drawing giant penises around them" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126358573/manchester-man-gets-potholes-fixed-by-drawing-giant-penises-around-them" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester man gets potholes fixed by drawing giant penises around them</a></li><li><a title="&quot;Kant is a moron&quot; graffitied on the philosopher's home " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123372967/kant-is-a-moron-graffitied-on-the-philosopher-s-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Kant is a moron" graffitied on the philosopher's home</a></li><li><a title="Art Critic or Vandal?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/60170/art-critic-or-vandal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art Critic or Vandal?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130954884/poor-doors-of-perception-discriminatory-design-collapsing-balconies-and-virtual-realities-on-archinect-sessions-36 Poor Doors of Perception: discriminatory design, collapsing balconies, and virtual realities on Archinect Sessions #36 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-02T20:11:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T03:02:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2o/2ojh6bs014pj194z.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week, we dip into the swamp of whether so-called "poor doors" (separate entrances for affordable and market-rate housing tenants) are discriminatory, highlighting discussion points made in the wake of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130736452/new-york-s-poor-doors-are-no-more" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York's decision to make them illegal</a>. We also follow up on the investigation into a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129726748/6-dead-after-berkeley-balcony-collapses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">balcony collapse in Berkeley, California</a> that led to six deaths, and ask Brian Newman, Archinect Sessions' Legal Correspondent, what legal recourse is possible for everyone involved.</p><p>Virtual built environment wizards Thomas Hirschmann and Anthony Murray, founders of documentation and preservation firm <a href="http://www.thethirdfate.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Third Fate</a>, also join us for an interview. Their work seeks to document, preserve and activate the built environment through virtual realities.</p><p>Listen to episode thirty-six of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Poor Doors of Perception":</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 listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>Stitcher</strong>:&nbsp;...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130959709/transforming-a-garbage-heap-into-a-public-park Transforming a garbage heap into a public park Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-02T17:37:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T09:20:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bf/bfa30e26897ea7417f0518ffca8732a0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since the capping and closure of Fresh Kills&rsquo; five mounds, this 2,200-acre expanse of wetlands, marshlands, dry lowlands, forests, and grasslands has evolved into an unusual combination of natural and engineered beauty.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Originally a patch of creeks and marshland on the western shore of Staten Island, the area now known as Fresh Kills became a major landfill for New York City in 1948, once Robert Moses bought the land for housing development. His plan was to solidify the marshland with waste for a few years, and then build. But construction never happened, and for the remainder of the 20th century, the area served as a 2,200-acre garbage heap (by comparison, Central Park covers 843 acres). People hated it, and in 2001 managed to get the city to close it down, and begin the process of transforming it back into its (more or less) former ecological state, to be used as a public park known as Freshkills.</p><p>Learn more about Freshkills' storied past:</p><ul><li><a title="Transforming Freshkills Park from Landfill to Landscape" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59492930/transforming-freshkills-park-from-landfill-to-landscape" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transforming Freshkills Park from Landfill to Landscape</a></li><li><a title="A pretty picture of the future for Fresh Kills" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/19613/a-pretty-picture-of-the-future-for-fresh-kills" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A pretty picture of the future for Fresh Kills</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130952473/david-adjaye-talks-about-woven-architecture-and-his-new-d-c-museum David Adjaye talks about woven architecture and his new D.C. museum Alexander Walter 2015-07-02T16:00:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T09:12:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n6/n624h0llzkh730o0.jpg" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Adjaye is overseeing the newest installment of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum&rsquo;s &ldquo;Selects&rdquo; series, which spotlights the little-known West African textiles in the museum&rsquo;s permanent collection. [...] It also offers the celebrated architect a chance to explore the surprising connections between textile making and building design. &ldquo;What&rsquo;s interesting to me is this idea of fabric and weaving as a kind of abstraction of making places that people come together in,&rdquo; he says.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/39005328/watch-first-look-at-the-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First Look at the Museum of African American History and Culture</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130950063/what-architects-have-learned-from-rebuilding-port-au-prince What architects have learned from rebuilding Port-au-Prince Alexander Walter 2015-07-02T14:31:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T09:12:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5b/5b02794ef54b4d3e8b1407b941e7b5ed.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the five-and-a-half years since an earthquake killed more than 220,000 people here and displaced 1.5 million more, most of headlines from Haiti&rsquo;s capital have been about dysfunctional projects, mismanagement and the overall slow pace of&nbsp;reconstruction. Yet some innovative urban development work is going on here, often under the radar.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128802521/four-years-and-half-a-billion-dollars-later-the-red-cross-has-built-six-houses-in-haiti" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Four years and half a billion dollars later, the Red Cross has built six houses in Haiti</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117117228/mass-design-group-s-new-open-air-clinics-in-haiti-reviewed-by-michael-kimmelman" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MASS Design Group's new Open-Air Clinics in Haiti, reviewed by Michael Kimmelman</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/13229440/rebuilding-haiti-houses-for-haiti-s-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rebuilding Haiti: Houses for Haiti's homeless</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/11877479/haiti-simbi-hubs-wins-aa-school-and-foster-partners-sustainability-and-infrastructure-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Haiti Simbi Hubs Wins AA School and Foster + Partners Sustainability and Infrastructure Prize</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130872169/new-satellite-images-show-progress-in-china-s-island-building-project New satellite images show progress in China's island-building project Nicholas Korody 2015-07-01T14:19:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T10:30:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gg/ggmfojl6oanwnxxy.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New satellite imagery of remote islands in the South China Sea shows several Chinese island-building projects are finished. In five of seven island projects, attention has turned to the next phase: building bases with potential military uses on the islands.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Taking a cue from the Gulf states, China has been <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108502429/china-is-busy-building-islands-in-the-south-china-sea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">engaged</a> in a massive island-building project in the South China Sea. New images from the Washington Post show the staggering progress that is being made, with the first buildings cropping up. While relatively small, the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_China_Sea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">South China Sea</a> is one of the most important shipping channels in the world &ndash; and may also hold a massive reserve of oil and gas deposits. Control of the waterway has become a source of increasing geopolitical tension in the region and internationally, with the United States and other countries asking China to cease island-building operations. But according to the Chinese, the artificial islands are a legal expression of their sovereignty.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tf/tfnv5bhxd743uwfn.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fp/fp9548ptpse80123.jpg"></p><p>While artificial islands may seem incredibly modern &ndash; if not downright sci-fi &ndash; there's <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificial_island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">evidence</a> that humans have been doing it for some time now. The massive Aztec city of Tenochtitlan largely consisted of artificial islands, or <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinampa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>chinamitl</em></a>, surrounding a smaller natural island in Lak...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130872172/a-stark-contrast-ulm-stadthaus-set-to-host-a-retrospective-exhibition-of-richard-meier-partners A stark contrast: Ulm Stadthaus set to host a retrospective exhibition of Richard Meier & Partners Richard Meier & Partners 2015-07-01T14:18:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T08:58:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/98/98jvosvn3tce56cu.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new exhibition on the work of New York-based Richard Meier &amp; Partners Architects is set to open at the Ulm Stadthaus Exhibition and Assembly Building in Ulm, Germany on 8 July.</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/130798286/berlin-s-make-city-festival-puts-the-focus-back-on-residents Berlin's "Make City Festival" puts the focus back on residents Laura Amaya 2015-07-01T04:42:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T08:41:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8a/8av6my19rrt19d58.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>During the tempestuous postwar years, Berlin was a city divided. Occupied by Soviet powers in the East and western Allies in the West, the city was split into separate states, and in 1961, the Berlin Wall was built between the two. Nearly thirty years later,&nbsp;Berlin's reunification process began with a loosening of The Wall's border restrictions in 1989, followed by eventual demolition in the early 1990s. By that time, the urban schism between East and West had become striking &ndash;&nbsp;The East, capital of Soviet East Germany, saw the erection of mass housing blocks lining wide avenues with little character. The West, on the other hand, stood as an exclave of capitalist democracy, representing a juxtaposition of individualism against communist ideals. Coming to terms with a convoluted past therefore stands at the center of Berlin&rsquo;s urban identity.</p><p>Berlin has since evolved to become an increasingly integrated city, in that citizens are taking an active part in its development. The multimodal ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130791045/paul-rudolph-s-government-center-won-t-be-saved-despite-preservationist-pleas Paul Rudolph's Government Center won't be saved, despite preservationist pleas Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-30T13:04:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T11:31:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uo/uoe65erwwj0lp839.jpg" width="514" height="253" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We can now get back to doing the public&rsquo;s business and return a functioning&nbsp;Government Center to Goshen,&rdquo; the Orange County executive, Steven M. Neuhaus, said in a statement. &ldquo;It is my hope that this delay will not impact the bid prices.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>As of this past April, the fate of New York's Orange County Government Center, a boxy brutalist designed by Paul Rudolph, was <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122280042/orange-county-legislators-fail-to-save-paul-rudolph-s-government-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pretty much sealed</a>. Preservationist had previously fought to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115580114/paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-gem-to-be-repurposed-as-arts-hub" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">restore the structure</a>&nbsp;in the face of much-needed updates to the Center, but their proposals were dismissed, and (at least partial) demolition was looking more or less imminent.</p><p>Now, another loss has cleared the way for work to begin. A lawsuit filed by local residents, claiming that the building was worth saving for both its architectural significance and the existence of a cheaper, alternate plan for an updated government center that spared Rudolph's building, has been rejected.</p><p>Work on the building will begin in early July.</p><p>Chart the rocky history of Rudolph's Orange County Government Center below:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122280042/orange-county-legislators-fail-to-save-paul-rudolph-s-government-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orange County legislators fail to save Paul Rudolph's Government Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122125723/michael-kimmelman-on-why-paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-building-is-worth-saving" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman on why Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County building is worth saving</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119441450/future-of-paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-building-still-uncertain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future of Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange Count...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130736452/new-york-s-poor-doors-are-no-more New York's "poor doors" are no more Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-29T20:01:00-04:00 >2015-07-02T14:47:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fq/fq1rtbvmjuatx8c5.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The separate entrances for the rich and poor came about due to a loophole in the Inclusionary Housing program enacted in 2009 that allowed developers to get subsidies if they provided affordable housing either on or off-site.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last year, a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104733850/tale-of-two-cities-nyc-approves-poor-door-for-luxury-high-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">luxury NYC high-rise</a> had its request for separate entrances &ndash; one for its affordable housing-unit tenants, another for its market-rate tenants &ndash; approved, fanning the fires of discriminatory design debates <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104733850/tale-of-two-cities-nyc-approves-poor-door-for-luxury-high-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here on Archinect</a>. Now, the loophole in a NY-rent stabilization law that made such <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/482412/poor-doors" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"poor doors"</a> possible has been closed, thanks to a new provision from NYC mayor Bill de Blasio.</p><p>Another instance of "poor door" discriminatory housing in Canada:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126953722/another-case-of-poor-door-for-proposed-vancouver-high-rise#CommentsAnchor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another case of "poor door" for proposed Vancouver high-rise</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130715505/north-korean-architect-of-new-pyongyang-airport-reportedly-executed-by-kim-jong-un North Korean architect of new Pyongyang airport reportedly executed by Kim Jong Un Alexander Walter 2015-06-29T13:31:00-04:00 >2015-06-29T17:34:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gi/gijnxxr7k0jnddis.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>North Korea's propaganda machine has spent days promoting a new airport in Pyongyang, showcasing the building's sleek glass walls and espresso stations. But the images, which feature Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, fail to mention that the building's principal designer was likely executed last year because Kim was unhappy with the design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While the starving population of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/77319/north-korea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Korea</a> will likely never going to enjoy the airport's amenities (under the current circumstances), it has shown more direct feedback to other key-interest projects of the supreme despot, like the&nbsp;46-story&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128713347/north-koreans-hesitate-to-move-into-kim-jong-un-s-shiny-new-apartment-towers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taedong River Apartment Towers</a> which remain unoccupied from floors 20 and up due to frequent power shortages and unreliable elevators.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130714691/london-is-eating-itself London is eating itself Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-29T13:10:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T22:55:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/me/meyjlu0oai5ehkif.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Although the cranes swing, much of the new living zones now being created range from the ho-hum to the outright catastrophic. The skyline is being plundered for profit, but without creating towers to be proud of or making new neighbourhoods with any positive qualities whatsoever. If London is an enormous party, millions of people are on the wrong side of its velvet rope.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rowan Smith sets a signpost in London's rampant development, checking in on the industries and businesses struggling in the midst of city-wide growth. Smith points out that while things like a bevy of cranes and a thriving multicultural food scene may look like more feathers in London's urban hat, these developments are precipitating big losses for other industries, and if unchecked, would quash the city's personality entirely.&nbsp;</p><p>More on London's recent developmental issues:</p><ul><li><a title="The Guardian reveals how developers play the planning system to get around affordable housing" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130502087/the-guardian-reveals-how-developers-play-the-planning-system-to-get-around-affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian reveals how developers play the planning system to get around affordable housing</a></li><li><a title="Robin Hood Gardens residents dare Lord Rogers to spend a night in the blighted estate" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130268199/robin-hood-gardens-residents-dare-lord-rogers-to-spend-a-night-in-the-blighted-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robin Hood Gardens residents dare Lord Rogers to spend a night in the blighted estate</a></li><li><a title="Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130196665/considering-the-future-of-work-at-the-2015-london-festival-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architecture</a></li><li><p><a title="Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127540172/airbnb-celebrates-london-s-deregulation-act-with-floating-house-on-river-thames" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130714690/two-uber-executives-detained-in-france Two Uber executives detained in France Nicholas Korody 2015-06-29T13:06:00-04:00 >2015-06-30T20:05:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a7/a7yrtfe6hyjo8vht.jpg" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Uber France CEO Thibaud Simphal and Uber Europe GM Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty were both taken into custody today in Paris [...] The two executives were charged with two different allegations. First, according to them, Uber is running illegal taxi operations. Uber has been struggling with this charge in many countries, starting with the U.S. Second, the police said that Uber France is concealing digital documents...</p></em><br /><br /><p>After <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130426595/paris-erupts-in-riot-as-taxi-drivers-protest-uber" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">protests last week</a> turned violent, French authorities have detained two executives of the ride-sharing company Uber, although officials stated that they were brought into custody on charges unrelated to the protests. Uber is facing ferocious criticism in France, with taxi-drivers complaining that drivers for UberPOP don't have professional licenses and don't pay the same taxes as traditional car services. The conflict highlights tensions in France, a country with a long tradition of hard-fought labor rights, as it grapples with new technologies and economic models.&nbsp;</p><p>Last week's rioting, which resulted in 70 damaged cars, gained international attention in part due to tweets from Courtney Love, who found herself at the center of the mel&eacute;e, and sparked a lively <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130426595/paris-erupts-in-riot-as-taxi-drivers-protest-uber" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussion</a> on Archinect.</p><p>The conversation oriented around issues of technological disruption, bureaucratic regulation and workers' rights, with some, like <strong>jla-x,</strong>&nbsp;drawing comparisons to architecture.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Donna Sink</strong>&nbsp;asked: "the co...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130672103/fifty-shades-of-green-bruno-latour-on-the-ecomodernist-manifesto “Fifty shades of green”: Bruno Latour on the ecomodernist manifesto Orhan Ayyüce 2015-06-29T01:38:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T23:51:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ld/ld0o66hcx4zzm46j.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is where we encounter this strange animal, this monster, &ldquo;ecomodernism&rdquo;, that I am not sure we should learn to love, and that triggers in me, I have to confess, a deep antipathy. It sounds much like the news that an electronic cigarette is going to save a chain smoker from addiction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ecomodernism? Sounds good but majorly flawed according to Bruno Latour, who takes on its modernity, PR and philosophical tardiness.</p><p>"Wake up you ecomoderns, we are in the Anthropocene,&nbsp;not in the Holocene, nor are we to ever reside in the enchanted dream of&nbsp;futurism. Down to earth is the message I hear, but unfortunately not in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ecomodernism.org/manifesto/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ecomodernist</a> manifesto."</p><p>Anything from electronic cigarettes <em>"to the dreams of Californian cornucopias,"</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;"to shake the Americans out of their complacent behaviour &ndash; &rdquo;the American way of life is not negotiable&rdquo;- into a form of possibilism: &rdquo;yes after all, our way of life is negotiable"..."Well, it is negotiable,&nbsp;up to a limit."</p><p><a href="http://entitleblog.org/2015/06/27/fifty-shades-of-green-bruno-latour-on-the-ecomodernist-manifesto/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More in;&nbsp;<em>Presentation to the panel on modernism at the Breakthrough Dialogue,&nbsp;Sausalito, June 2015,&nbsp;</em><strong>by Bruno Latour</strong></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130502087/the-guardian-reveals-how-developers-play-the-planning-system-to-get-around-affordable-housing The Guardian reveals how developers play the planning system to get around affordable housing Alexander Walter 2015-06-26T18:49:00-04:00 >2015-06-28T10:09:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/24/24qnmyo04ppr5ay5.jpg" width="514" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seen exclusively by the Guardian, the document sheds new light on why so little affordable housing is being built across England; why planning policy consistently fails to be enforced; and why property developers are now enjoying profits that exceed even those of the pre-crash housing bubble.</p></em><br /><br /><p>And the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/110562/affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">affordable housing</a> crisis is certainly not restricted to the greater London area as many recent headlines on Archinect show:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124122059/no-room-for-affordable-housing-in-sf-build-it-in-oakland" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No room for affordable housing in SF? Build it in Oakland</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125745572/we-ve-got-enough-millionaires-george-lucas-wants-to-build-affordable-housing-on-his-own-land" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"We've got enough millionaires": George Lucas wants to build affordable housing on his own land</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129656013/developers-in-california-can-be-required-to-include-low-income-housing-courts-declare" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developers in California can be required to include low-income housing, courts declare</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129874643/kevin-daly-s-backyard-bi-h-ome-provides-affordable-housing-for-humans-and-wildlife" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kevin Daly's Backyard BI(h)OME provides affordable housing for humans and wildlife</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115812933/chicago-rethinks-rules-for-developers-to-increase-affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Rethinks Rules for Developers to Increase Affordable Housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105477200/poor-doors-not-the-worst-thing-about-social-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Poor doors': not the worst thing about social housing</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130500481/utrecht-to-experiment-with-universal-unconditional-basic-income Utrecht to experiment with universal, unconditional "basic income" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-26T18:22:00-04:00 >2015-06-27T01:16:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/08/0875c4b5c76fd5bb44bca45fdd5dfa5a.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"What happens if someone gets a monthly amount without rules and controls?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Imagine if everyone was given a living wage, without any regulatory or qualifying hoops to jump through? The Dutch city of Utrecht, in a partnership with University College Utrecht, is running such a dramatic social experiment, starting at the end of the summer, offering an "unconditional form of payment to individuals, which covers their living costs". To start, the experiment will only provide the so-called "basic income" to those already receiving welfare, using a group of citizens receiving the normal welfare benefits as the control group.</p><p>Other news from The Netherlands:</p><p><a title="Dutch court mandates reduction of greenhouse gas emissions" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130329271/dutch-court-mandates-reduction-of-greenhouse-gas-emissions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dutch court mandates reduction of greenhouse gas emissions</a></p><p><a title="How to Think Like the Dutch in a Post-Sandy World" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97821088/how-to-think-like-the-dutch-in-a-post-sandy-world" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How to Think Like the Dutch in a Post-Sandy World</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130485204/jeanne-gang-s-proposed-160-folsom-tower-in-s-f-faces-sudden-local-opposition Jeanne Gang's proposed 160 Folsom tower in S.F. faces sudden local opposition Justine Testado 2015-06-26T13:58:00-04:00 >2015-06-30T17:31:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zc/zcme77cwlmla1tac.jpg" width="514" height="755" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These are strange days in San Francisco, where the clamor to build needed housing &mdash; especially at affordable levels &mdash; is matched only by the self-righteous vigor with which actual proposals for that housing tend to be opposed...But if we want a well-planned city with distinctive new buildings for all its citizens, projects like this show that good design and good policy can go hand in hand.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Developer Tishman Speyer's nearly one-year-old proposal for a 400-foot-tall residential tower, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119969657/jeanne-gang-praises-san-francisco-s-architecture-ecosystem-as-context-for-new-residential-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">which Jeanne Gang designed</a>, at 160 Folsom St. is suddenly <a href="http://www.saverinconpark.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">facing opposition</a> from local groups. With former mayor Art Agnos at the forefront of the opposition, the groups argue that the building promotes "economic segregation" and is yet another example of "developers wreaking vengeance" on the city, as <em>S.F. Chronicle</em>'s urban design critic John King states in the article.</p><p>Opponents claim the 400-foot tower would overshadow the nearby Rincon Park and the Embarcadero waterfront, although that area is already developed with large structures like the Gap HQ, the Hills Plaza complex, and the Infinity luxury condo complex&nbsp;&mdash; where Agnos and other opponents recently held their kickoff meeting, interestingly enough.</p><p>In terms of exterior design, King writes that Gang's corkscrew tower would be "a great addition" to San Francisco's skyline, and that the tower's visual distinction has the potential to "g...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130424991/new-list-of-america-s-most-endangered-historic-places-keeps-fragile-memories-alive New list of America's Most Endangered Historic Places keeps fragile memories alive Alexander Walter 2015-06-25T19:15:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T22:56:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ug/ugt0har7bw42kv86.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This year&rsquo;s list of America&rsquo;s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places is our most diverse list ever. Several of the places on the 2015 list focus on chapters in our history that have sometimes been overlooked, reinforcing the message that preserving the full American experience means everyone has a seat at the table and that all voices are heard.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The 2015 List of America's Most Endangered Historic Places, compiled by the National Trust for Historic Preservation,&nbsp;comprises:</p><ul><li>A.G. Gaston Motel, Alabama</li><li>Carrollton Courthouse, Louisiana</li><li>Chautauqua Amphitheater, New York</li><li>East Point Historic Civic Block, Georgia</li><li>Fort Worth Stockyards, Texas</li><li>Grand Canyon, Arizona</li><li>Little Havana, Florida</li><li>Oak Flat, Arizona</li><li>Old U.S. Mint, California</li><li>South Street Seaport, New York</li><li>The Factory, California</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130415330/hot-work-in-the-summertime-from-helsinki-to-london-to-nyc-archinect-sessions-35 Hot Work in the Summertime: From Helsinki to London to NYC, Archinect Sessions #35 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-25T17:20:00-04:00 >2015-06-29T23:35:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tu/tud1llbcqwbulrf0.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Lots of summer blockbuster news to discuss on this week's podcast. The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130249664/a-black-museum-for-the-white-city-of-the-north-moreau-kusunoki-architectes-selected-to-design-guggenheim-helsinki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">winner of the Helsinki Guggenheim competition was announced</a> (a young husband-wife firm from Paris took the cake), <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/54077942/selgascano" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SelgasCano</a>'s&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130175687/selgascano-s-psychedelic-chrysalis-serpentine-pavilion-is-now-open" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"psychedelic chrysalis" Serpentine Pavilion opened</a>, and <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/129810359/as-cosmo-gets-ready-to-warm-up-we-sit-down-with-andr-s-jaque-of-the-office-for-political-innovation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andres Jaque's COSMO for MoMA PS1's "Warm Up"</a> began its water cycle. And while not quite blockbusting, in what could easily be the premise for a Vincent Price flick, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130268199/robin-hood-gardens-residents-dare-lord-rogers-to-spend-a-night-in-the-blighted-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">residents of the blighted Robin Hood Gardens dared Lord Rogers</a> to spend a night in their quarters.</p><p>Special guests&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/quilian" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quilian Riano</a> and Peggy Deamer of <a href="http://www.architecture-lobby.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture Lobby</a> join our news discussion this week, dropping their excellent and incisive commentary on ethical practice into every topic. We are collaborating with the Lobby to measure satisfaction with work-life balance in architecture &ndash; take the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129882702/archinect-the-architecture-lobby-wants-to-know-how-satisfied-you-are-with-your-job" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3-question survey here</a>.</p><p>Listen to episode thirty-five of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Hot Work in the Summertime":</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 listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below ...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130412101/serpentine-galleries-launch-build-your-own-pavilion-for-really-young-architects Serpentine Galleries launch Build Your Own Pavilion for (really) young architects Alexander Walter 2015-06-25T15:26:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T22:38:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ou/ou7lmxj42tfbtnhc.jpg" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In this first year of Build Your Own Pavilion, young people aged 8 to&nbsp;14 are invited to submit their Pavilion designs online and at workshops&nbsp;across the UK during the summer of 2015. The platform and workshops&nbsp;give an insight to the basic principles of architectural design and&nbsp;workshop students will be given the Pavilion brief and a toolkit that&nbsp;begins with sketching by hand, working with simple modeling materials&nbsp;and progressing to 3D design and print technologies.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Earlier this week, London's Serpentine Galleries launched the much anticipated <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130175687/selgascano-s-psychedelic-chrysalis-serpentine-pavilion-is-now-open" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 summer pavilion</a> &mdash; a vibrant and playful space slug designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/54077942/selgascano" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SelgasCano</a>.</p><p>To celebrate fifteen years of pavilions (and continuing the theme of "playfulness"), the Galleries also launched <em><a href="http://buildyourownpavilion.serpentinegalleries.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Build Your Own Pavilion: Young Architects Challenge</a>, </em>an initiative that "enables young people to upload their own designs&nbsp;for a Pavilion to an online gallery, gain insight and learn about the&nbsp;architectural process from the world&rsquo;s leading architects, download&nbsp;tools for designing and building their own Pavilions."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/re/rea0rye4wu7x6gbo.jpg"></p><p>Besides the website, <em>Build Your Own Pavilion </em>also offers design &amp; engineering workshops for children throughout the UK, organized in partnership with Kidesign. See some images and a video of previous workshops below.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jt/jtfatdtvqo67voul.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j0/j0d6bkyneeme161z.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130408874/yamasaki-s-posthumous-critique-of-the-new-world-trade-center Yamasaki's posthumous critique of the new World Trade Center Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-25T14:07:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T22:40:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l1/l1ldgv455cz2szg8.jpg" width="514" height="517" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I must ask myself if we want to design buildings for people to fit some preconceived idea of a glass world. Is this really the future of cities?" &ndash; Minoru Yamasaki</p></em><br /><br /><p>While the critical response to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108482335/one-world-trade-center-how-new-york-tried-to-rebuild-its-soul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new 1WTC</a> has been, at best, one of resigned acceptance, the original Twin Towers didn't receive much fanfare either when they first opened in 1973. Ada Louise Huxtable, then architecture critic for <em>The New York Times</em>, <a href="http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/01/08/seven_great_lines_from_archicritic_ada_louise_huxtable.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wasn't much of a fan</a> of Minoru&nbsp;Yamasaki's design:&nbsp;"I, for one, am not in thrall to size; build very big and you can build very bad&mdash;and the very bad will be inescapable."</p><p>Yamasaki responded, defending his monoliths of slitted windows with an attack on the very concept that characterizes the new 1WTC and Manhattan's skyline today &ndash; glass: "As for mirror glass, I detest it, because buildings with it look to me as if they have cataracts, showing no live within. On the interior, it produces strange reflections of lights, objects and people which gives me a feeling I can only describe as eerie."</p><p>Yamaski's complete letter was published in <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/29902179/clog" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CLOG's</a> 2014 "World Trade Center" issue. For more news on the World Trade Center:</p><p><a title="Foster's Out, Ingels' In: BIG-Designed Two World Trade Center to House News Corp. and 21st Century Fox" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128713345/foster-s-out-ingels-in-big-designed-two-world-trade-center-to-house-news-corp-and-21st-century-fox" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster's Out, Ingels' In: ...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130355051/dry-rot-to-blame-for-berkeley-balcony-collapse-existing-building-codes-called-into-question Dry rot to blame for Berkeley balcony collapse; existing building codes called into question Alexander Walter 2015-06-24T21:05:00-04:00 >2015-07-02T12:29:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o7/o7zqm95ml4l3vprg.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a report released a week after the incident, officials with Berkeley&rsquo;s Building and Safety Division confirmed suspicions that dry rot had deteriorated the wood beams supporting the balcony. They also said they found no construction code violations.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's been a week since the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129726748/6-dead-after-berkeley-balcony-collapses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tragic balcony collapse</a> occurred, and while the victims' families try to cope with the grief, experts have been searching frantically for the cause of the accident. Was the fault in the structural design? Is the contractor to blame for poor execution? Speculations quickly ran wild, and the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129726748/6-dead-after-berkeley-balcony-collapses#CommentsAnchor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">comment section</a> of Archinect's news post quickly flared up.</p><p>The newly released report seems to have determined the cause of the collapse, but the debate on how to improve existing building codes (and properly enforce them) has just begun.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130333304/hanoi-s-alleys-struggle-to-accommodate-their-new-neighbors-high-rise-developments Hanoi's alleys struggle to accommodate their new neighbors: high-rise developments Alexander Walter 2015-06-24T16:17:00-04:00 >2015-06-25T12:37:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c1/c119ef1a1dfc5a4b06eda341b50fe9f7.jpg" width="514" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>High-rise buildings and apartments are crowding small alleyways and residential areas, investors ignoring the huge pressure they are putting on already weak infrastructure. [...] Hai, a resident of Thanh Xuan District, said locals are most worried about the danger of fire [...] High-rise developments also put a huge strain on local power and water supplies, struggling sewage systems and storm-water drainage, creating more hazards for neighbouring residents.</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/130331695/getty-awards-over-1-75-million-to-fix-crappy-concrete-in-important-modern-buildings Getty awards over $1.75 million to fix crappy concrete in "Important Modern Buildings" Julia Ingalls 2015-06-24T13:58:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T22:49:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eh/eh3v8kq58sxsd4w1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Modern architecture is a defining artistic form of the 20th century at considerable risk, often due to the cutting-edge building materials that characterized the movement." -Deborah Marrow</p></em><br /><br /><p>In news that will surely make <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/540461/prince-charles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prince Charles</a> sigh with displeasure, the Getty Foundation announced it is awarding $1.75 million of grants to help preserve 14 structures in the modern style, including <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4673/frank-lloyd-wright" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright</a>&rsquo;s Unity Temple, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/14374/walter-gropius" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walter Gropius</a>&rsquo; residence &lsquo;The Gropius House,&rsquo; and the&nbsp;Rietveld Schr&ouml;der House. This is the second year the foundation has awarded the grants, and has chosen the buildings because (ironically)&nbsp;concrete as a building material has proven to be less than solid.&nbsp;&ldquo;The use of concrete, while visually striking and radical for its time, has created a unique set of challenges for conserving some of the world&rsquo;s most important modernist structures,&rdquo; noted Antoine Wilmering, a senior program officer at the Getty Foundation. &ldquo;Our new grants offer an excellent opportunity to advance research and conservation practices for this material. The accumulated knowledge that will result from the projects will be of tremendous benefit to the field.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9y/9ylq832nkvdfa3b2.jpg"></p><p>While&nbsp;the&nbsp;first year's gra...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130329275/isil-destroys-ancient-mausoleums-in-historic-palmyra ISIL destroys ancient mausoleums in historic Palmyra Nicholas Korody 2015-06-24T13:39:00-04:00 >2015-06-24T14:34:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m7/m7k74ocnpdmwbs5z.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Members of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have destroyed two historic mausoleums in the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria's top antiquities official said Wednesday, raising fears that the armed group could next target the town's famed Roman ruins. Maamoun Abdulkarim, the head of the government's Antiquities and Museums Department, told [AP] that ISIL destroyed the grave of Mohammad Bin Ali, a descendant of Imam Ali, cousin of Islam's Prophet Muhammad...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title='ISIS allegedly not interested in bulldozing Palmyra architecture but intends to "pulverize" statues' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128169576/isis-allegedly-not-interested-in-bulldozing-palmyra-architecture-but-intends-to-pulverize-statues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS allegedly not interested in bulldozing Palmyra architecture but intends to "pulverize" statues</a></li><li><a title="ISIS militants seize control of ancient Syrian city of Palmyra" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127649418/isis-militants-seize-control-of-ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS militants seize control of ancient Syrian city of Palmyra</a></li><li><a title="Ancient Syrian city of Palmyra under threat by ISIS" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127351681/ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra-under-threat-by-isis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ancient Syrian city of Palmyra under threat by ISIS</a></li><li><a title="ISIS continues destruction of ancient artefacts, burns Mosul library, smashes antique statues" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121736292/isis-continues-destruction-of-ancient-artefacts-burns-mosul-library-smashes-antique-statues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS continues destruction of ancient artefacts, burns Mosul library, smashes antique statues</a></li><li><a title="ISIS militants seize control of ancient Syrian city of Palmyra" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127649418/isis-militants-seize-control-of-ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS militants seize control of ancient Syrian city of Palmyra</a></li><li><a title="ISIS Threatens Southern Tunisian Towns Including the Star Wars Set for Tatooine" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123741480/isis-threatens-southern-tunisian-towns-including-the-star-wars-set-for-tatooine" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS Threatens Southern Tunisian Towns Including the Star Wars Set for Tatooine</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130329271/dutch-court-mandates-reduction-of-greenhouse-gas-emissions Dutch court mandates reduction of greenhouse gas emissions Nicholas Korody 2015-06-24T13:04:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T22:13:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oj/oj3xfdzobsktd93t.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Dutch court has ordered the government to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020 in a groundbreaking climate case that activists hope will set a worldwide precedent. A judge in The Hague said the state must &ldquo;ensure that the Dutch emissions in the year 2020 will be at least 25 percent lower than those in 1990.&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/130326849/architecture-billings-index-back-in-positive-terrain-in-may Architecture Billings Index back in positive terrain in May Alexander Walter 2015-06-24T12:26:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T22:27:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s1/s1a4mx0g688cav3l.jpg" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Led by growing demand for new schools, hospitals, cultural facilities and municipal buildings, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) increased in May following its second monthly drop this year. [...] (AIA) reported the May ABI score was 51.9, up from a mark of 48.8 in April. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 61.5, up from a reading of 60.1 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/130277835/editor-s-picks-421 Editor's Picks #421 Nam Henderson 2015-06-24T09:24:00-04:00 >2015-06-24T12:07:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/45/452nj382f50v1px1.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;penned <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/129351879/what-makes-an-artless-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What makes an artless museum?</a>,&nbsp;which reviewed the February Sky-lit event/preview of the new Broad Museum.&nbsp;Therein she argues that it provided "<em>an opportunity for the architecture to be treated as a relational art object, but not so it could be handled with velvet gloves</em>".&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/5808858/chris-teeter" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Teeter</a>&nbsp;commented "<em>great article, it's worth 2 or 3 reads&hellip;</em>" <a href="https://twitter.com/DonnaSinkArch/status/610831652332310528" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a>&nbsp;wrote "<em>A meaty essay...on the Broad Museum (meat, contraceptive sponges, art, raw spectacle: it's a big topic</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mi/midmkk31l72rwc51.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;explored the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126838477/don-t-be-a-tool-role-of-software-vs-vision-in-architectural-employment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Role of Software vs. Vision in Architectural Employment</a>.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/13473220/derek-kaplan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Derek Kaplan</a>&nbsp;thought it was a "<em>Great article on a topic that needs more discussion.</em>"<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yv/yv5xsrmd2c8di1q9.jpg"></p><p>Charles Correa, named "<em>India&rsquo;s Greatest Architect</em>"&nbsp;by RIBA, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129791024/charles-correa-legendary-indian-architect-dies-at-84" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">died</a> at 84.&nbsp;<strong>jla-x</strong> eulogized "<em>He was pretty great. &nbsp;I studied his residential developments extensively as a student...He will be missed</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sm/sm7co71paw68qmzs.jpg"></p><p>Despite recovering from several major surgeries for cancer, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129654403/tadao-ando-amid-serious-health-concerns-just-being-alive-isn-t-sufficient" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando spoke with </a><a href="http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/newsroomtokyo/aired/20150611.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NHK World</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129654403/tadao-ando-amid-serious-health-concerns-just-being-alive-isn-t-sufficient" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> about</a>; recent projects, the durability of...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130273820/ncarb-switches-up-the-way-it-certifies-foreign-architects NCARB switches up the way it certifies foreign architects Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-23T19:56:00-04:00 >2015-06-23T19:58:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ow/owcef9472bb2eptc.jpg" width="514" height="197" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The path for foreign architects seeking licensure in the US just got a lot more familiar. NCARB has decided to discontinue the&nbsp;Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) Program, its previous credentials for architects already licensed in another country to gain US licensure, and stripped it down to two major requirements: completion of IDP and ARE.</p><p>This essentially treats foreign architects more like architects in the US, removing the previous BEFA requirement that foreign architects have practiced (with a license) for at least seven years before being eligible to get a US license. BEFA requirements will persist until July 1, 2016, at which point the new requirements go into effect.</p><p>Read NCARB's press release announcing the change <a href="http://www.ncarb.org/News-and-Events/News/2015/June-CertificateAlternatives.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>. A run-down of the soon-to-be-defunct BEFA requirements are outlined below, paraphrased from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ncarb.org/Certification-and-Reciprocity/Alternate-Paths-to-Certification/Broadly-Experienced-Foreign-Architect-Program/BEFA-Process-Overview.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB</a>:</p><ul><li>Graduate with a professional degree in architecture from an accredited/validated/officially recognized architecture program</li><li>Be currently credentialed as...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130257726/shigeru-ban-beauty-as-a-basic-human-need Shigeru Ban: Beauty as a basic human need Alexander Walter 2015-06-23T14:56:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T21:48:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/29/299zzpwxgribru9l.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Aesthetics is a primary concern for Ban&mdash;not despite, but especially in humanitarian scenarios. He believes that beauty is a basic need, an aspect of a person&rsquo;s dignity. Erecting beautiful, if simple, structures can ensure that a refugee camp is not labeled a slum. So, when examining available materials in Kobe, he fussed about the color of the beer crates, choosing Asahi&rsquo;s more neutral plastic bins over Kirin&rsquo;s glaring red crates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last week, Ban visited several U.S. cities on a brief lecture tour, captivating audiences with his thoughts about "the Temporary and the Monumental." Read Archinect's report from his Los Angeles lecture at LACMA <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129959849/between-the-temporary-and-the-monumental-a-review-of-shigeru-ban-s-lecture-at-lacma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>