Archinect - News 2014-09-15T23:11:14-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/109028435/china-builds-its-dream-island-qatar-controversies-continue-the-internet-slows-down-weekly-news-round-up-for-september-7-2014 China builds its dream island; Qatar controversies continue; the internet slows down: Weekly News Round-Up for September 7, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-15T20:01:00-04:00 >2014-09-15T21:27:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q9/q9tcj8kfqm7lkll2.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, September 12</em></strong>:</p><ul><li><a title="Vincent Scully Prize 2014 awarded to journalist and TV host Charlie Rose" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108807760/vincent-scully-prize-2014-awarded-to-journalist-and-tv-host-charlie-rose" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vincent Scully Prize 2014 awarded to journalist and TV host Charlie Rose</a>: The prize was established by the National Building Museum in 1999, and is named after the famed Yale art history and architecture professor who helped establish Louis Kahn and Robert Venturi. Rose was distinguished by his interviews of leaders in urban design and development.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, September 11</em>:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Toronto set to unveil first museum of Islamic culture in North America" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108715362/toronto-set-to-unveil-first-museum-of-islamic-culture-in-north-america" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toronto set to unveil first museum of Islamic culture in North America</a>: The museum is backed by Aga Khan,&nbsp;a "lesser-known royal" and spiritual leader of an estimated 15 million Ismaili Muslims, approximately 100,000 of which now live in Canada. The museum is&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59363761/maki-to-design-muslim-cultural-centre-for-the-aga-khan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designed by Pritzker winner Fumihiko Maki</a>, and opens September 18.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, September 10:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="The long-lost design bible of the New York subway is (briefly) back in print" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108643850/the-long-lost-design-bible-of-the-new-york-subway-is-briefly-back-in-print" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The long-lost design bible of the New York subway is (briefly) back in print</a>: In 1967, the New York City Transit Authority asked designers&nbsp;Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda to create a solution to the subway system's inconsistent and confusing identity. Th...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/109022789/new-york-s-plan-to-storm-proof-fire-island-is-deeply-flawed-says-scientist New York’s Plan to Storm-Proof Fire Island Is Deeply Flawed, Says Scientist Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-15T13:43:00-04:00 >2014-09-15T15:12:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/06/06afa96fd3fe5c2ccb3d78515f8c3cba.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The project does not provide the storm damage mitigation and storm-surge protection that is promised, or at least the U.S. Geological Survey comments on the plan question the science behind those proposed benefits.&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;A project like this, where the science is being questioned by government scientists and the environmental impacts are clearly negative, it&rsquo;s a poster child for where we shouldn&rsquo;t do this. This stretch of Fire Island is a park, for goodness sake.&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/108733059/win-tickets-to-archleague-s-beaux-arts-ball-2014-craft-in-new-york-on-september-20 Win tickets to ArchLeague's Beaux Arts Ball 2014: Craft in New York on September 20 Justine Testado 2014-09-12T15:19:00-04:00 >2014-09-15T22:30:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/93/93uqykcwg3nmzzh3.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://archleague.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural League of New York</a>'s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108182106/the-arch-league-announces-2014-beaux-arts-ball-craft-co-chaired-by-tod-williams-billie-tsien" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beaux Arts Ball 2014: Craft</a> on September 20 is coming up! Tickets to the festive event are currently <a href="https://archleague.secure.force.com/ticket#sections_a0FA000000CUXBfMAP" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on sale</a>, but guess what: Archinect is giving away<strong> two pairs of tickets</strong> to<strong> two</strong> lucky readers! (two tickets for each winner)</p><p><strong>TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:</strong> In the comment section below, give at least one example of a building or architectural detail that exemplifies the art of "craft". <strong>Two winners will be chosen on Monday, September 15.</strong></p><p>Read on for more details...</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ed/ed5txq1u8qz7it2v.jpg"></p><p>Taking place this year at the historic Weylin B. Seymour's in Brooklyn, the ball's 2014 theme "Craft" celebrates the value of artisanship and multi-disciplinary collaboration in creating architecture. Nine architects and designers will work with <a href="http://nbnyprojects.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nuit Blanche New York</a> to create digital projection interpretations that will highlight the "craft" of the interior design of Weylin B. Seymour's, which is an 1875 George B. Post and Peter B.Wight-designed former Williamsburgh Savings Bank.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kc/kcgpjsu3hzsjo43i.jpg"></p><p>For the next two w...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108787651/breaking-up-with-renzo Breaking up with Renzo... Gregory Walker 2014-09-12T12:18:00-04:00 >2014-09-12T15:45:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uj/uj7qe35xanopkebf.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"And so, you know, having named my son after him, what was I going to do? Of course I said yes."</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Architect's Newspaper has an insightful interview with Zoltan Pali about his firm's decision to "consciously uncouple" with Renzo Piano's firm on the design for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts museum project. It's not always easy when you get matched up with someone, even if you've named your son after them...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108729035/do-rebel-architects-pose-for-elite-audiences-and-their-20k-a-semester-students Do "Rebel Architects" pose for elite audiences and their 20K a semester students? Orhan Ayyüce 2014-09-11T18:08:00-04:00 >2014-09-12T08:15:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iy/iydgbtmbqw912j0h.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>it seemed perverse to us that architecture has become all about the aesthetics of a few iconic buildings whose main function is the glorification of those with the money to build them. As one prize after another celebrates the work of a selected band of world famous "starchitects", it seemed like humanity's most pressing problems are how to fold metal into the most obscure shapes, and how implausibly high a building can go.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As curated by&nbsp;Daniel Davies on how architecture and design can be used to build a better world,&nbsp;Al Jazeera sheds a light on what really matters as architecture moves into domains of architects and geographies where the works is making difference in people's lives.</p><p><em>"They are architects not paid by international NGOs to parachute in solutions, but working in their own countries with issues they understand at a deep level. They are architects who work independently, rarely getting developer backing, but funding projects themselves. And they rarely get media coverage outside specialist architectural and academic circles."</em></p><p>Seems like real "rebels" don't pose for elite audiences and their 20K a semester students.</p><p>Also, <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/rebelarchitecture/2014/08/rebel-architecture-creator-view-2014810132621275358.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">curators view</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108721809/the-growth-of-a-skyscraper-one-wtc-in-photos The growth of a skyscraper: One WTC in photos Archinect 2014-09-11T15:49:00-04:00 >2014-09-11T15:50:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/05a1a8e72545fb6c2d6956e7270edcdb.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On this 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a shiny new skyscraper towers over what was once a smoldering pile. It&rsquo;s touted as &ldquo;an ever-present symbol of renewal and hope,&rdquo; but the process to build One WTC, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, has been arduous and much-delayed. The project, which has had its share of critics, is finally set to open in early 2015.</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/108715365/articulating-space-the-architecture-of-the-s-o-paulo-biennial Articulating Space: The Architecture of the São Paulo Biennial Alexander Walter 2014-09-11T13:59:00-04:00 >2014-09-11T14:01:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b9eb1bd65343bed480b23786b8bf8ee2.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The S&atilde;o Paulo Biennial, which opened on September 6, is traditionally a contemporary art festival, but this year&rsquo;s event puts new emphasis on architecture. Chief curator Charles Esche commissioned nearly 70 percent of the exhibition&rsquo;s artworks, collaborating with a five-person curatorial team that included an architect for the first time in the biennial&rsquo;s 63-year history (fun fact: it&rsquo;s the world&rsquo;s second-oldest contemporary art biennial).</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/108654291/editor-s-picks-384 Editor's Picks #384 Nam Henderson 2014-09-11T13:15:00-04:00 >2014-09-11T18:02:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ii/iitgpw41zr3uii3c.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest edition of the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/445980/cutting-room" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting Room</a> series&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/paul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Petrunia</a>&nbsp;got back in touch with Joseph Kosinski&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/732/kdlab-and-the-art-of-speed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">who was first interviewed back in 2004, for Les Jumelles, the </a><a href="http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/?ref=http%3A%2F%2Farchinect.com%2Ffeatures%2Farticle%2F732%2Fkdlab-and-the-art-of-speed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art of Speed</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/732/kdlab-and-the-art-of-speed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> film created for Nike as a member of </a><a href="http://www.kdlab.net/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KDLAB</a>.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/108112212/cutting-room-joseph-kosinski-talks-to-archinect-about-his-transition-from-architecture-to-hollywood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This time the conversation focused on his transition from architecture to Hollywood director</a>, with&nbsp;films such as 2010's <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1104001?ref_=nm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TRON: Legacy</a> or the visually stunning <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1483013?ref_=nm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oblivion</a>.&nbsp;<strong>todd</strong> was impressed "<em>Props to Joseph / &nbsp;KD Lab. &nbsp;WoW</em>".</p><p>Plus, <strong>Screen/Print #24:</strong> published an excerpt of <a href="http://blankspaceproject.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blank Space's</a>&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/107718872/screen-print-24-architectural-fantasies-from-fairy-tales-when-architecture-tells-a-story" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fairy Tales &mdash; When Architecture Tells A Story&#8203;</a>,&nbsp;a collection of fantastical stories written and designed by architects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c9/c9czbvabwewd34b3.jpg"></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108031809/is-shigeru-ban-goodwashing-in-aspen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dana Goodyear makes connections</a>,&nbsp;between Shigeru Ban&rsquo;s consistent rejection of the label of "<em>green architect</em>" and a question of "<em>greenwashing</em>" vs. "<em>what you might call goodwashing</em>".&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/22610164/eric-chavkin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Chavkin</a>&nbsp;points to "<em>A critical re-appraisal of Ban&rdquo; by Glen Small one &ldquo;of his SCI-Arc professors</em>". &nbsp;Yet, it is the implications regarding how an architect may control their own brand...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108660712/bjarke-ingels-world-craft-explains-how-architecture-can-turn-fiction-into-reality Bjarke Ingels' "World Craft" explains how architecture can turn fiction into reality Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-10T21:00:00-04:00 >2014-09-11T13:16:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rw/rw8glkc3q18ohp6q.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>World-renowned architect Bjarke Ingels challenges himself and all of us to think beyond the status quo and dream big. Why shouldn&rsquo;t you be able to ski down a power plant? He refers to his projects as &ldquo;promiscuous hybrids&rdquo;&mdash;they combine seemingly disparate elements and turn fiction into fact.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bjarke's video is part of the <a href="http://futureofstorytelling.org/about/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future of Storytelling summit</a>, which takes place in New York this October.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108641438/how-many-artists-does-it-take-to-make-an-arts-district How Many Artists Does It Take to Make an Arts District? Alexander Walter 2014-09-10T14:46:00-04:00 >2014-09-10T14:49:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/93/9377adb45a5e137edfa9abe37dda857e.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Just north of where the University of Pennsylvania transformed its surroundings, and amid Drexel University&rsquo;s big expansion plans, one Drexel school is looking for ways to coalesce that West Philly arts community. Mantua, long challenged by poverty, population decline and crime, has had a higher profile in the past year due to its Promise Zone designation and the raved-about art project, Funeral for a Home.</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/108635812/los-angeles-funds-213m-policy-to-end-chronic-homelessness Los Angeles funds $213M policy to end chronic homelessness Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-10T13:33:00-04:00 >2014-09-15T11:17:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dc/dc7e4a0a70bc39c4b1de6601aca121be.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The system, which was first tried in 2013 on skid row, was designed to identify the most vulnerable homeless people and get them off the streets. Long-term or chronically homeless people, who are often jailed or hospitalized, are a quarter of the homeless population but consume 75% of the county's resources [...] But the system, which has been described as match.com for homeless people, is also supposed to get families and others who fall into homelessness back in housing quickly</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previous accounts of homelessness in LA County, particularly in Skid Row:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105013578/the-last-skid-row-in-america-faces-increasing-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Last Skid Row in America Faces Increasing Gentrification</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108636618/what-s-a-software-company-doing-buying-an-architecture-firm What's A Software Company Doing Buying An Architecture Firm? Archinect 2014-09-10T13:29:00-04:00 >2014-09-12T18:04:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/56/56db25d07c4c9d1e57ec229759f761e1.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Software companies don&rsquo;t usually go around buying architecture and design firms, but The Living isn&rsquo;t your typical beards-and-Blue-Bottle band of architects. The 7-person shop in the Brooklyn Navy Yard was acquired earlier this year for a small, undisclosed price by design and engineering software maker Autodesk. The reason: The Living&rsquo;s expertise in blending all that&rsquo;s new in materials, 3-D printing and more arcane new fields such as biological manufacturing and algorithmic design.</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/108582827/the-next-helsinki-counter-competition-launches-in-response-to-guggenheim-helsinki-controversy The Next Helsinki counter-competition launches in response to Guggenheim Helsinki controversy Justine Testado 2014-09-09T21:07:00-04:00 >2014-09-12T09:25:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qc/qcna17w27zigz7xz.jpg" width="514" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On the same day that Stage One of the Guggenheim Helsinki competition will conclude, The Next Helsinki is launching their own international call for alternative solutions to attract the best ideas that they believe would better meet the needs and enhance the city of Helsinki, Finland. Launched by a group of independent arts organizations and chaired by Michael Sorkin, The Next Helsinki bluntly addresses the controversy that the Guggenheim Helsinki competition has sparked [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Below is <em>The Next Helsinki</em> announcement:</p><p>"Coinciding with the end of the official competition for the design of the controversial Guggenheim Helsinki, a group of independent arts organizations has issued a call for submissions for alternative ideas. This competition&mdash;titled The Next Helsinki&mdash;is designed to attract innovative ideas about how to more fully meet the city&rsquo;s cultural, spatial, and sustainability needs.</p><p>Following the success of the Guggenheim Bilbao in transforming that region&rsquo;s tourist economy, many city managers have been seduced by the fantasy that a high-concept museum, designed by a starchitect, will turn around its urban fortunes in a similar way. Advocates of this branding formula see Helsinki as an ideal candidate for a new Guggenheim franchise. Yet the proposal has generated a surprisingly heated public debate among Finland&rsquo;s citizenry, with pro and anti-Guggenheim sentiment running high.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Next Helsinki competition aims to elevate the debate by giving voice to b...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108274491/apple-2-campus-taking-shape-ncarb-names-names-and-cities-sell-out-news-round-up-for-september-2-2014 Apple 2 campus taking shape, NCARB names names, and cities sell out: News Round-Up for September 2, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-09T18:04:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T22:31:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s1/s16roovge6nuekej.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, September 5:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Beijing public transit commuters can now pay fares with empty bottles" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108254401/beijing-public-transit-commuters-can-now-pay-fares-with-empty-bottles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing public transit commuters can now pay fares with empty bottles</a>: Beijingers can insert a recyclable bottle and receive equivalent rebates in train fares or mobile phone credits.</li><li><a title="Community Bus Stops Transform Brazil" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108252788/community-bus-stops-transform-brazil" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Community Bus Stops Transform Brazil</a>: Thousands of Brazil's bus stops are unmarked, leading fed-up residents to install their own signage under the Que &Ocirc;nibus Passa Aqui?<em>&nbsp;</em>(Which Bus Stops Here?) program, one of the world's biggest community projects.</li><li><a title="Town Becomes a Beer Ad, but Residents Don&rsquo;t Feel Like a Party" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108251985/town-becomes-a-beer-ad-but-residents-don-t-feel-like-a-party" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Town Becomes a Beer Ad, but Residents Don&rsquo;t Feel Like a Party</a>: Crested Butte, Colorado, population 1,500, was outfitted for a three-day party to publicize Bud Light, with 1,000 partiers vetted and shipped in by Anheuser-Busch. The town's Mayor agreed to host the party to the tune of $500,000, in part to help boost the town's mostly tourist economy during the difficult "shoulder" season between summer and winter.</li><li><a title="Gehry's Revised Eisenhower Memorial Loses Two Controversial Tapestries, But Concerns Remain" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108251980/gehry-s-revised-eisenhower-memorial-loses-two-controversial-tapestries-but-concerns-remain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's Revised Eisenhower Memorial Loses Two Controversial Tapestries, But Concerns Remain</a>: Nitpicking continues over the Memori...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/108567534/architecture-and-the-unspeakable-upcoming-screenings Architecture and the Unspeakable - upcoming screenings johnszot 2014-09-09T15:56:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T15:56:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mi/mi5x9bky35k94ov7.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>John Szot will be presenting the short film "Architecture and the Unspeakable" at Jai &amp; Jai Gallery in Los Angeles on September 18th at 7:00pm and at the Woodbury University School of Architecture on September 19th at 6:30pm. Both evenings will include a brief presentation of the architectural proposals illustrated in the film, followed by Q&amp;A with the director/designer.</p><p>Facebook event listings:<br>LA -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/519983371466102" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/events/519983371466102</a>/<br>San Diego -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/720590088014135" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/events/720590088014135</a>/</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108562688/the-real-corporate-landlords-of-atlanta The Real Corporate Landlords of Atlanta Alexander Walter 2014-09-09T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T14:30:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/71/7126c6d39cac44e461dbb298d558b621.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not rare for us to go and try to make sure that no one buys the house of someone who&rsquo;s facing foreclosure,&rdquo; says Rob Call, an organizer for Occupy Our Homes Atlanta (OOHA). In Georgia, houses are publicly auctioned every first Tuesday of the month on each county courthouse&rsquo;s steps. "[...] these auctions were mostly vacant. No one was really trying to go after these homes, but then they were [suddenly] swamped with people bidding up houses with quick access to sizable cashier&rsquo;s checks.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99476731/by-2011-atlanta-had-demolished-all-of-its-public-housing-projects-where-did-all-those-people-go" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">By 2011, Atlanta Had Demolished All of Its Public Housing Projects. Where Did All Those People Go?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108557847/the-new-urban-cemetery The New Urban Cemetery Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-09T13:06:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T13:06:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b1/b13a3fcd4fbe37c3d69983460a66194b.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The idea of the Future Cemetery is to create a place for people to connect with death. What that actually means and looks like is still in development, Troyer says, but in the first stage of the project they did everything from projections to audio installations. Now, they&rsquo;re working on developing augmented reality experiences in cemeteries&mdash;elements that are only visible with certain devices and if you know they&rsquo;re there. The idea is to allow people to add to their own cemetery experience...</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/108467854/world-cup-slaves-scandal-qatar-holds-2-uk-rights-researchers-over-emigration-violations World Cup ‘slaves’ scandal: Qatar holds 2 UK rights researchers over ‘emigration violations’ Miles Jaffe 2014-09-08T14:44:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T09:06:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a8/a8r04apg75y1bcng.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Qatari authorities have confirmed they are holding two British researchers who are investigating the 2022 World Cup facilities, which is linked with a scandal over poor working conditions and dozens of deaths of foreign workers. ... "All of the actions that have been taken against the two Britons are consistent with principles of human rights enshrined in the constitution," read the statement released by the Qatari QNA news agency on Sunday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The silence from Zaha is deafening.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108482335/one-world-trade-center-how-new-york-tried-to-rebuild-its-soul One World Trade Center: how New York tried to rebuild its soul Alexander Walter 2014-09-08T13:20:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T21:45:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b8/b87f82a3e984e0317ef385b1d2384aa5.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Ground Zero was finally cleared after the fall of the twin towers, New Yorkers trusted that thoughtful, ambitious urban design could make the city whole again. Why have they been so badly let down?</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/108479913/first-sketchup-now-gehry-technologies-trimble-makes-another-big-acquisition First SketchUp, now Gehry Technologies - Trimble makes another big acquisition Paul Petrunia 2014-09-08T12:37:00-04:00 >2014-09-12T22:18:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/12/12wef84w4svw1ot5.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In what is being described as "a strategic alliance to collaborate to transform the construction industry" software company Trimble has acquired Gehry Technologies. The alliance will offer other architects and designers use of the technology to collaborate on projects more efficiently.</p><p>Press release:</p><p><strong>Trimble and Frank Gehry Announce Strategic Alliance to<br>Transform the Way the Construction Industry Works</strong><br><br><strong>SUNNYVALE and LOS ANGELES, Calif., Sept. 8, 2014</strong>&mdash;Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) and Frank Gehry announced today that they have entered into a strategic alliance to collaborate to transform the construction industry by further connecting the office to on-site construction technologies. As part of the alliance, Trimble has acquired <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/266/gehry-technologies" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry Technologies</a>, the software and consulting services business that has been instrumental in delivering Frank Gehry&rsquo;s visionary designs while keeping cost and schedule in line for his clients.<br><br>The alliance combines deep Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC)...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108433337/the-ruins-of-congonhas The Ruins of Congonhas Orhan Ayyüce 2014-09-08T00:14:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T21:32:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ju/jun366y5yzqq90fj.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our world "classic" will not be destroyed by barbarians. He is destroyed by us every day, eroded, imploded, sabotaged. And the aesthetic result is something that is far short of what art history calls "picturesque" .</p></em><br /><br /><p>Powerfully penned by Guilherme Wisnik.&nbsp;Original text is in Portuguese.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>The ruins of Congonhas<br>William Wisnik</strong></p><p>In the foreground of the ground, an uneven and cracked asphalt, taken by waste accumulated adrift, as boxes, bags, newspaper sheets, clothes and debris of fallen walls destroyed themselves just ahead.&nbsp;Then a sequence of columns lined concrete, even without horizontal beams or cradles that unite.&nbsp;Behind them, a shapeless mass of structures (mainly buildings) and fairly diverse in terms of their heights, but uniform in appearance plastic, forming a kind of wall to the second stage.&nbsp;And finally, above all, a very dirty white sky, which does not seem to offer redemption to the feelings of melancholy and abandonment that dominate the picture.&nbsp;Incidentally, everything is scratched and grimy image, feeling is intensified by granulation something dreamlike this series of black and white Mauro Restiffe made in the city of S&atilde;o Paulo.</p><p>The scene is located in Vila Congonhas, in the vicinity...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108285738/diplomacy-by-design Diplomacy by Design Archinect 2014-09-06T00:12:00-04:00 >2014-09-06T10:16:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2f3ab33c539ef32bcab4991c43a41457.jpg" width="514" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... post-conflict response often disregards the potential of shared spaces to foster reconciliation, the importance of urban plans in managing turbulent population dynamics, and the need for a public realm that enables normal life to continue. "The absence of any architect or planner or designer in the negotiating room is something that has to change,"...</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/108254401/beijing-public-transit-commuters-can-now-pay-fares-with-empty-bottles Beijing public transit commuters can now pay fares with empty bottles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-05T14:29:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T22:24:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5fa89990e5415835d890538aee79a29c.jpg" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Residents of Beijing can use one of the city&rsquo;s 34 newly installed recycling machines to trade empty bottles for phone card rebates or free public transit passes. Those who choose the phone card rebate just need to type in their phone numbers or scan their cards and the rebate will be automatically applied. The value of the rebate will correspond to the value of the type of bottle that was recycled.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read the original Chinese language report <a href="http://news.sina.com.cn/c/p/2014-08-14/140130684691.shtml" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108251985/town-becomes-a-beer-ad-but-residents-don-t-feel-like-a-party Town Becomes a Beer Ad, but Residents Don’t Feel Like a Party Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-05T13:50:00-04:00 >2014-09-05T19:13:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/75/759fd1c0f95fa621a1d19eee072a41b5.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;This is a mistake,&rdquo; said David Rothman, 55, who moved to Crested Butte 20 years ago, of the decision to let Anheuser-Busch take over the town to film a beer commercial. &ldquo;Frankly, it&rsquo;s vulgar and it&rsquo;s cheap.&rdquo; On Friday, the company will fly in 1,000 young adults for a weekend of spring-break-style revelry, a stunt designed to publicize Bud Light. [...] &ldquo;This town is already built for this exact type of event,&rdquo; said Nick Kelly, a spokesman for Anheuser-Busch.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A couple remarkable gems from the story:</p><ul><li><em>Party participants were selected from a pool of more than 150,000 people who submitted videos to Anheuser-Busch demonstrating that they were &ldquo;up for whatever.&rdquo;</em></li><li><em>A bridge welcoming visitors to &ldquo;Whatever, U.S.A.&rdquo; went up over Elk Avenue, right next to the heritage museum. A big, blue cowboy boot was placed in front of the mayor&rsquo;s office.</em></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/108251982/the-soviet-city-is-dead-long-live-beijing The Soviet city is dead: long live Beijing Alexander Walter 2014-09-05T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T22:24:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6ac9c7658d14f0c9ad7975ff5d63838e.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture theorist Jacob Dreyer explains how the Stalinist model of urbanism &ndash; a centrally planned component within a national economic unity &ndash; is thriving in modern China</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/108199808/ncarb-revises-intern-architect-title-for-architects-pursuing-licensure NCARB revises "Intern Architect" title for architects pursuing licensure Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-04T21:25:00-04:00 >2014-09-10T18:10:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uv/uve6ik1o2nlecebq.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) convened its new Future Title Task Force, which is comprised of interns and architects from across the country, to discuss the profession&rsquo;s title debate. The task force is charged with discussing the terminology used for those who are candidates for licensure and those who are architects.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The word "intern" contains a minefield of professional connotations. The job-title is <a href="http://archinect.com/search" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">often associated</a> with a position that is unpaid, undervalued, or disposable, flying in the face of employment laws and professional ethics. And in some ways, it's no different in the architecture industry: it's deplorably and repeatedly the case that unpaid internships play an integral role in professional practice. It seems strange then, that the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) uses the title "Intern Architect" as the official term for those educated enough to pursue licensure. Under this definition, the babe in the woods can have the same title as a seasoned vet.</p><p>This disconcerting overlap of meanings has led NCARB to reconsider the term used to describe practicing professionals seeking licensure. NCARB's newly formed Future Title Task Force met late last August to outline the issues of this sticky naming-debate, eventually to determine what architects, before and aft...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108188566/continued-delays-for-housing-at-atlantic-yards Continued Delays For Housing at Atlantic Yards Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-04T17:53:00-04:00 >2014-09-04T17:53:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/30/305a0071b65451013f804fdf33a5a347.jpg" width="200" height="150" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Work remains halted at the site of the modular residential tower next to the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn. The building is part of the 22-acre, mixed-use development formerly known as Atlantic Yards and now branded Pacific Park. [...] The dispute ... centers on the design and construction of the pre-fabricated units that make up the modular tower. The 34-story residential high-rise was supposed to be completed in July 2014. So far only 10 of the proposed 34 stories are finished</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/108175670/iabr-maarten-hajer-appointed-chief-curator-of-iabr-2016 IABR: Maarten Hajer appointed chief curator of IABR–2016– Orhan Ayyüce 2014-09-04T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T22:37:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jb/jbkv0w7pt1vtj719.jpg" width="514" height="664" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam has announced the appointment of Maarten Hajer as Chief Curator of IABR&ndash;2016&ndash;. The theme of the seventh edition of the IABR will be &ldquo;The Next Economy&rdquo; and it will open in May 2016.</p></em><br /><br /><p>One of the most prolific and progressive architecture and urban design biennales in existence, <a href="http://iabr.nl/en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IABR</a> announced yet another building block for a better world, better discourse and more meaningful step towards the future of our cities, resources and the environments that are in development. Titled "The Next Economy" the IABR 2016 promises to be concerned with the role of ever so developing economical factors every project must deal with in order to evolve.</p><p>It will be curated by&nbsp;Maarten Hajer who&nbsp;is internationally renowned for his exploration of the relationships between public policies, urban development and environmental issues. He is professor of Public Policy at the University of Amsterdam and currently serving a 7-year term as Director&ndash;General of the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.</p><p>As the Director of IABR <a href="http://2012.iabr.nl/EN/news/130124_ArchinectInterview.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Brugmans</a> says, <em>&ldquo;I do not believe in throwing good stuff away. Every IABR edition builds on earlier editions. We refocus, change perspective, pick up new ele...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108103352/planning-for-local-and-liveable-neighbourhoods-in-melbourne Planning for Local and Liveable Neighbourhoods in Melbourne Alexander Walter 2014-09-03T15:24:00-04:00 >2014-09-04T12:44:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sp/spmqtqu3wucjkcgr.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Melbourne is now a more expensive place to live than New York. The increasing cost of living, and in particular, the cost of housing risks seriously undermining the city&rsquo;s liveability. Plan Melbourne, the new metropolitan strategy for the city, recognises that housing affordability is one of the pressing issues facing Melburnians. The strategy offers a set of concepts aimed at shaping the city&rsquo;s future and &ndash; the government hopes &ndash; addressing housing affordability and choice.</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" target="_blank">Melbourne named world&rsquo;s most liveable city for fourth consecutive year</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108102546/architecture-vs-housing-the-case-of-sugar-hill Architecture vs. Housing: The Case of Sugar Hill Alexander Walter 2014-09-03T15:07:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T22:25:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b5/b57fa48b1af2db61382e95ace0eaf581.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We cannot rely on visionaries and authoritarians to generate more, and better, housing. They might deliver, with enormous risk and perseverance, through personal connections and their willingness to invest their own equity or to defer their developers&rsquo; fee, as BHC has done. But visionaries and authoritarians are few and far between. Rather, we need to formalize ways of rethinking and requantifying net-to-gross, studio-to-three-bedrooms, block-and-plank formulas.</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>