Archinect - News 2015-02-28T18:07:46-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/121761235/los-angeles-historic-places-made-accessible-and-searchable-for-all Los Angeles' historic places, made accessible and searchable for all Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-27T21:17:00-05:00 >2015-02-27T22:00:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aq/aqe7oi67qg0bmnb2.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s not uncommon to live in Los Angeles and still feel like a tourist. The author and seminal California-commentator Carey McWilliams <a href="http://www.publicartinla.com/Downtown/figueroa/Pershing_Square/mcwilliams.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">remarked</a> that it took seven years of living in Los Angeles before he no longer felt in exile, and the city has struggled with a history of atomization and segregation in the 60ish years since. There aren&rsquo;t as many glaring <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121511324/make-architects-founder-accuses-architects-of-taking-credit-for-engineers-work" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shiny erections</a> or obvious historical landmarks (maps to star homes don&rsquo;t count) declaring themselves on the landscape, but Los Angeles is dense with urban cultural significance is dense, lying just out of sight. But now, thanks to a new online resource called <a href="http://www.historicplacesla.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HistoricPlacesLA</a>, that history is becoming much more accessible.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hc/hc5bdac1izan7egi.jpg"></p><p>A joint project from The Getty Conservation Institute and the City of Los Angeles, HistoricPlacesLA&nbsp;is essentially an online database of all of the significant physical urban elements in LA &ndash; from buildings to bridges, parks to streets, districts to ditches. Everything in the inventory is described in detail, mapp...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121673624/archinect-s-lexicon-ethnoburb Archinect's Lexicon: "Ethnoburb" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-27T14:01:00-05:00 >2015-02-27T18:58:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wk/wkal1rzw1f9tzl57.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>ethnoburbs</strong>&nbsp;(noun):&nbsp;"suburban ethnic clusters of residential areas and business districts in large American metropolitan areas. They are multi-ethnic communities, in which one ethnic minority group has a significant concentration, but does not necessarily comprise a majority."</p><p>Dr. Wei Li, currently a professor of Asian Pacific American Studies at <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/2905511/arizona-state-university" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ASU</a>, coined the term while a PhD student at <a href="http://archinect.com/uscarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">USC</a> in the 1990s. The above definition is quoted from the abstract of "<a href="http://usj.sagepub.com/content/35/3/479.short" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anatomy of a New Ethnic Settlement: The Chinese Ethnoburb in Los Angeles</a>",&nbsp;Li's 1998 paper where the term was first published,&nbsp;when Li was an&nbsp;assistant professor of geography and Asian American studies at the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/20338981/university-of-connecticut" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Connecticut</a>.</p><p></p><p><em>(Google's ngram charting published instances of "ethnoburb".)</em></p><p>The word grew out of Li's research on Los Angeles, where high concentrations of non-white ethnicities were settling in suburban areas, such as the San Gabriel Valley, during the 1980s and 1990s. The term has since been applied to demograph...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121692925/hy-bol-pavilion-at-city-college-of-new-york HY-Bol Pavilion at City College of New York jscelsa 2015-02-27T12:46:00-05:00 >2015-02-27T13:43:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mj/mjii61dklitskyzd.jpg" width="514" height="449" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The HY-Bol Pavilion, designed and built in the summer of 2014 by students of the Spitzer school of Architecture at City College New York, was the culmination of a series of courses devoted to the expression of complex geometric curvature. Contemporary architecture theory has witnessed an new debate on how topology and smooth surface curvature should either embrace or dismiss the historic concepts of tectonics in architecture, a term which has re-appeared sporadically and influentially throughout Architectural History. As a generic umbrella for the term, all of the readings of the word in question seem to share the idea that the tectonic represents an ineffable quality of visual synergy between the needs of construction and structure with the harmonious visualization and pronunciation of those needs.</p><p>"Architecture is <em>Building-plus-value</em>." This equation is not simply the addition of unrelated elements... The identity named by this equation - the "is," or "equals" - is enabled by the di...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121736292/isis-continues-destruction-of-ancient-artefacts-burns-mosul-library-smashes-antique-statues ISIS continues destruction of ancient artefacts, burns Mosul library, smashes antique statues Alexander Walter 2015-02-27T12:42:00-05:00 >2015-02-28T02:29:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5b/5bfef1bd282836ee279770669bc2ec28.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Islamic State militants ransacked Mosul&rsquo;s central museum, destroying priceless artefacts that are thousands of years old, in the group&rsquo;s latest rampage which threatens to upend millennia of coexistence in the Middle East. The destruction of statues and artefacts that date from the Assyrian and Akkadian empires, revealed in a video published by Isis on Thursday, drew ire from the international community and condemnation by activists and minorities that have been attacked by the group.</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/121694530/editor-s-picks-406 Editor's Picks #406 Nam Henderson 2015-02-27T12:32:00-05:00 >2015-02-27T12:51:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/08/082z5gnoykszrpho.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;published another edition of Archinect&rsquo;s <strong>UpStarts:</strong>&nbsp;featuring <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/121127644/upstarts-martha-read-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martha Read Architects</a>.&nbsp;Referring to the design for a Marina authorities Building in Porto Montenegro,&nbsp;<strong>Olaf Design Ninja_</strong> commented "<em>it's like it's dancing, right Kristofer?...a little twist on the water kind of thing</em>"</p><p><br><strong>&nbsp;News</strong><br>Architecture professor Jane Porter <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121051328/she-had-got-it-razan-abu-salha-remembered-by-her-architecture-professor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wrote an essay in memory o</a>f Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha.&nbsp;<strong>Lye__Nerd____Sky__Nerd</strong> thought the whole thing tragic beyond words and proposed the establishment of "<em>a scholarship fund in her name</em>". On a related note check out <a href="http://storycorps.org/listen/yusor-abu-salha-and-mussarut-jabeen/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this</a> StoryCorps interview with from May 2014 with Yusor Abu-Salha &ndash; one of the other victims of the shooting in Chapel Hill &ndash; recorded a StoryCorps interview with Mussarut Jabeen (L), who was her 3rd grade teacher.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9g/9gucsw3lpif7kzkj.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;reported in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121126039/s-ha-zkan-looks-globally-to-find-architectural-innovation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">from S&uuml;ha &Ouml;zkan recent talk at SCI-Arc</a> which "<em>convincingly explicated the radicalism of socially-aware architecture, even when it appears traditional</em>".&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;argued he "<em>is either guilty by associati...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121665563/chinese-coal-mining-company-destroys-nearly-every-building-in-protected-village-dating-back-to-ming-dynasty Chinese coal mining company destroys nearly every building in protected village dating back to Ming dynasty Alexander Walter 2015-02-26T14:37:00-05:00 >2015-02-27T12:17:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/96/96442bf5d726d6fb93f17abeecd1175b.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Chinese government has promised to protect a rural mountain village that contains some of the country&rsquo;s oldest temples and residences. [...] Despite designating Banpo as a protected heritage site in 2007, the Jincheng city government nonetheless allowed the Shanxi Jincheng Anthracite Mining Group to displace the village later that year. [...] Nearly every building was destroyed and those that remained were left in ruins.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;Corporations are people, my friend.&rdquo;</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121663958/the-future-of-3d-printing-will-be-neoclassical-villas The future of 3D printing will be...neoclassical villas? Alexander Walter 2015-02-26T14:03:00-05:00 >2015-02-28T17:10:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/35/3584bad1dbce4a457da9cc721f4fa118.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Outside, across the car park of this otherwise unremarkable industrial estate, is a grand, neoclassical mansion that recently became a global internet sensation . It is the world&rsquo;s first 3D-printed villa. [...] Not all architects are convinced that 3D printing is good for architecture as a discipline. [...] "It may come without economic cost at a small scale but in architecture, if we are not careful, this is at the expense of integrity.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98258696/rapid-construction-china-style-10-houses-in-24-hours" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rapid Construction, China Style: 10 Houses in 24 Hours</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121658316/archinect-sessions-episode-18-moonwalking-or-the-expected-virtue-of-social-architecture-with-andr-s-jaque-winner-of-moma-ps1-s-yap Archinect Sessions Episode #18: Moonwalking Or (The Expected Virtue of Social Architecture) with Andrés Jaque, winner of MoMA PS1's YAP Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-26T13:38:00-05:00 >2015-02-28T13:35:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/88/88ko6t5ebyy8z599.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Winner of this year's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/47555/young-architects-program" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program</a>, Andr&eacute;s Jaque of the&nbsp;<a href="http://andresjaque.net/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Office for Political Innovation</a>, joins us on the podcast this week to discuss his winning design, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120059665/yap-2015-winner-andr-s-jaque-office-to-install-cosmo-at-moma-ps1-this-summer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">COSMO</a>. In a continued thread from last year's YAP, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/92921888/yap-winner-the-living-selected-to-re-design-moma-ps1-s-courtyard-this-summer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Living's "Hy-Fi"</a>, Jaque's COSMO focuses on issues of sustainability and ecology &ndash; its main element is a series of pipes that will purify water with biological treatments.</p><p>Before winning the YAP, Jaque's office already had a piece in MoMA's permanent collection,&nbsp;<em>IKEA Disobedients&nbsp;</em>(2011), the museum's first "architectural performance" acquisition.&nbsp;COSMO will be installed from June 23 through September 7.</p><p>As always, you can send us&nbsp;your architectural legal issues, comments or questions via twitter #archinectsessions,&nbsp;<a href="http://ed@archinect.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">email</a>&nbsp;or call us at (213) 784-7421. And if you can, we'd love for you to rate us on iTunes or Stitcher!</p><p>Listen to episode eighteen of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Moonwalking Or (The Expected Virtue of Social Architecture) with Andres Jaque, winner of MoMA P...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121601302/controversy-surrounds-plans-to-replace-the-golf-courses-of-new-orlean-s-city-park Controversy surrounds plans to replace the golf courses of New Orlean's City Park Nicholas Korody 2015-02-25T18:43:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T17:20:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j2/j2t3z2xiyprpa1pl.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You can't see it now among the overgrown cart paths and weed-choked lagoons but a championship golf course will soon rise in City Park [...] City Park's long-awaited, oft-delayed $24.5 million golf complex finally broke ground and will one day be a boon for the local golf community.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jeff Duncan of <em>The Times-Picayune&nbsp;</em>gushes over the slated-development and its&nbsp;7,300-yard Rees Jones-designed course. Boasting "a&nbsp;new clubhouse, driving range and practice facility," project-designers hope it will attract the attention of the Zurich Classic. But not everyone is happy about the plans: a <a href="https://www.change.org/p/new-orleans-city-park-cancel-plans-for-development-of-the-championship-level-golf-course-in-northern-city-park?recruiter=239564841&amp;utm_source=share_petition&amp;utm_medium=facebook&amp;utm_campaign=autopublish&amp;utm_term=des-lg-share_petition-reason_msg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Change.org petition</a> has already attracted almost 1,200 signatories hoping to shut down the project.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z6/z6pvjxckn2lgpled.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The sixth-largest park in the US, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_Park_%28New_Orleans%29" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City Park</a> was unique among the country's great public parks in that it was largely self-supported. The park hosted three 18-hole golf courses in addition to an amusement park, botanical gardens, several sports stadiums and the New Orleans Museum of Art. But when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, many of the facilities were destroyed. In the wake of the storm, the park quickly became overgrown.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uh/uhtvtez5x6l19qy5.jpg"></p><p>For some, the post-Katrina park is an improvement on its older, privatized existence. According to the petition, this "naturally reclaimed urban oasis" has&nbsp;"been creati...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121598884/a-new-use-for-the-eiffel-tower A New Use for the Eiffel Tower Nicholas Korody 2015-02-25T18:07:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T12:16:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9y/9y0li5ri0wu1r6l2.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While hard to imagine today, Paris&rsquo;s most iconic monument was largely reviled when it was first built for the 1889 World&rsquo;s Fair. On February 14, 1887, as construction was just beginning, a group of some of most notable Parisian artists, writers, architects and intellectuals &ndash; <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/1987-04-23/news/mn-722_1_eiffel-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">including</a> Charles Garnier, &Eacute;mile Zola, Alexandre Dumas <em>fils</em>, and Guy de Maupassant &ndash; launched a petition against the Eiffel Tower. "We, the writers, painters, sculptors, architects and lovers of the beauty of Paris, do protest with all our vigour and all our indignation, in the name of French taste and endangered French art and history, against the useless and monstrous Eiffel Tower,&rdquo; their statement <a href="http://www.discoverfrance.net/France/Paris/Monuments-Paris/Eiffel.shtml#" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">read</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z0/z0qjo9dz0ox21pps.jpg"></p><p>Today, concerns over the use-value of the most-visited paid monument in the world seem comical. But throughout its history, the question of utility has been central to conversations about the Eiffel Tower. Gustave Eiffel, the engineer who designed the 906 ft. tall structure, defensively <a href="http://paris-eiffel-tower-news.com/eiffel-tower-stories/eiffel-tower-controversy.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">touted</a> it&rsquo;s scientific ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121590852/architecture-for-humanity-to-file-for-bankruptcy Architecture for Humanity to file for bankruptcy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-25T15:30:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T15:17:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l1/l1vty4mw35z33uta.jpg" width="514" height="81" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a letter to "the countless volunteers, supporters, design fellows, and former staff of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/9745/architecture-for-humanity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity</a>",&nbsp;&nbsp;Board Chair Matt Charney announced that the organization will file for bankruptcy this week. AfH <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118513336/architecture-for-humanity-to-shut-down" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">closed&nbsp;somewhat abruptly</a> this past January. Charney's letter states:</p><p>I thank you for all that you gave to this organization over the past fifteen years.</p><p>This week,&nbsp;Architecture for Humanity will file for bankruptcy. While we are saddened by the organization&rsquo;s closure, the mission of Architecture for Humanity is far from ending. Our affiliated international network of designers and allied professionals have resolved to carry on their work at the local level. Over 30 volunteer chapters on five continents, now self-governed, have recommitted to the mission and are emphatically and collectively forging a new path forward. We are overwhelmed by this response, and could not be more proud of those who volunteer their time and expertise to bring design services to where they are m...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121585222/how-to-shop-for-an-nfl-stadium How to shop for an NFL stadium Alexander Walter 2015-02-25T13:38:00-05:00 >2015-02-25T13:48:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/37z7fymt4c5obdr6.jpg" width="514" height="224" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the last 20 years, just one NFL stadium has been built solely through private funding. [...] Still, when it comes to getting the best deal out of an arena, leaving taxpayer money off the tab is only a good start. Studies have repeatedly shown that sports teams don&rsquo;t have the far-reaching economic impacts that one might assume, and experts have noted that stadiums aren&rsquo;t as catalytic as some franchise owners might tout.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117649876/is-la-finally-going-to-get-a-football-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is LA Finally Going to Get a Football Stadium?</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/56308055/special-law-for-nfl-stadium-project-unconstitutional-lawsuit-claims" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Special law for NFL stadium project unconstitutional, lawsuit claims</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/37135555/farmers-field-bringing-football-back-on-a-need-to-know-basis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farmers Field: Bringing Football Back on a Need-to-Know Basis</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/121582807/let-s-talk-about-money-in-architecture Let's talk about money in architecture Alexander Walter 2015-02-25T13:00:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T22:31:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1c/1c9ycp5c0zgp68vl.jpg" width="480" height="640" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Although money is often seen as a taboo topic in art schools, a group of Yale alumni is urging professional architects to place more value on the relationship between money and architecture. The Yale Architectural Journal&rsquo;s latest edition, titled &ldquo;Money,&rdquo; discusses the controversial role of money in the field of architecture. [...] ranging from Frank Gehry to Yale School of Architecture Professor Keller Easterling, the issue urges architects to reconsider the financial side of their work.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about&nbsp;<em>Perspecta 47: Money</em> <a href="http://architecture.yale.edu/school/publications/perspecta-47-money" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121509716/the-sudden-rise-fall-of-oregon-s-second-largest-city The sudden rise & fall of Oregon's second largest city Alexander Walter 2015-02-24T14:14:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T21:25:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/82/8247d7d93218e9da4b047622822abc5c.jpg" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The mere utterance of Vanport was known to send shivers down the spines of "well-bred" Portlanders.&nbsp;Not because of any ghost story, or any calamitous disaster&mdash;that would come later&mdash;but because of raw, unabashed racism. Built in 110 days in 1942, Vanport was always meant to be a temporary housing project, a superficial solution to Portland&rsquo;s wartime housing shortage.&nbsp;[...] In a few short years, Vanport went from being thought of as a wartime example of American innovation to a crime-laden slum.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://www.citylab.com/housing/2015/02/the-citzen-reporters-of-rios-slums-best-cityreads-of-the-week/385688/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t CityLab</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121508911/the-troubles-of-evacuating-one-of-the-world-s-tallest-residential-buildings-during-a-fire The troubles of evacuating one of the world's tallest residential buildings during a fire Alexander Walter 2015-02-24T13:49:00-05:00 >2015-02-24T19:21:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2a/2a1319cb2883182bb6881b940eeda3b4.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Residents affected by the fire that broke out in The Torch tower in Dubai Marina at the weekend have been moved to a nearby hotel while the extent of the damage is assessed. [...] More than 1,000 people fled after a fire broke out at around 2am on Saturday in one of the tallest residential buildings in the world. [...] The exact cause of the fire is yet to be determined.</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/121507305/trahan-architects-release-short-film-of-louisiana-state-sports-hall-of-fame-and-regional-history-museum Trahan Architects Release Short Film of Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum cbryan 2015-02-24T13:35:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T21:54:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/10/104p7kstayr8jxqn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://spiritofspace.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spirit of Space</a>, in collaboration with <a href="http://www.trahanarchitects.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trahan Architects</a>, has created a short film featuring the award-winning design of the Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The museum was recently awarded the prestigious <a href="http://www.aia.org/practicing/awards/2015/interior-architecture/louisiana-st-sports-hof/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 AIA Institute Honor Award</a> and will be honored at the upcoming <a href="http://convention.aia.org/event/homepage.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA National Convention</a> in Atlanta, Georgia.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hc/hcvx7wdauf54gzig.jpg"></p><p><em>From Spirit of Space:</em></p><p>The Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum, designed by Trahan Architects, evokes the past as much as it signals the future. Set in the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase, the museum employs 21st century technology to execute a design language inspired by the carving and scouring of the nearby Cane River and the historic architecture of Natchitoches.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/25/2508aew6awm41d8r.jpg"></p><p>The film carries viewers past the historic district's references, around the pleated copper fa&ccedil;ade and into the sculpted interior.&nbsp; The cast stone panels define a fluid pathway that flows around, up and through th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121446283/now-sitting-empty-brutalist-berkeley-art-museum-building-faces-unclear-future Now sitting empty, brutalist Berkeley Art Museum building faces unclear future Alexander Walter 2015-02-23T18:18:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T22:57:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/78fd189e1db5473fea39f1c46d3402d8.jpg" width="450" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On December 21, 2014, the Berkeley Art Museum permanently closed its iconic Modern building in preparation for a move to a nearby new building in 2016. Considered by many to be the Bay Area&rsquo;s most remarkable example of Brutalism [...]. Although the building is a local landmark and listed on the National Register, its intricate concrete forms pose seismic safety risks, leaving a future for the building unclear.</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/121435019/bamiyan-cultural-centre-online-petition-calls-for-jury-to-revise-winning-decision Bamiyan Cultural Centre online petition calls for jury to revise winning decision Justine Testado 2015-02-23T15:00:00-05:00 >2015-02-24T15:20:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mp/mp2bkitdkz3q4rxw.jpg" width="514" height="184" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>Note: This post has been updated to correctly list the petition organizers, the number of signatures, and includes a comment from the team.</em></p><p>Shortly after the UNESCO Office in Afghanistan <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121048115/unesco-afghanistan-reveals-bamiyan-cultural-centre-competition-results" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced the anticipated results</a> of the <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/competition/bamiyan_cultural_centre_design_competition/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bamiyan Cultural Centre Design Competition</a> on February 18, competition entrants Kia Massoudi along with Nick Roseboro, Fabio Pradarelli, and Alessandro Orsini of New York-based firm Architensions set up an online petition expressing opposition against the Jury's selection of the winners. It currently has 89 signatures.</p><p>A total of 1,070 online submissions to the single-stage competition, which invited professional architects worldwide to propose designs for the new Bamiyan Cultural Centre in the Bamiyan Valley of Afghanistan, near the World Heritage property of the Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of Bamiyan. The Jury selected "Descriptive Memory: The Eternal Presence of Absence" by Carlos Nahuel Recabarren, Manuel Alberto Martinez Catalan, and Fran...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121431802/alicia-eler-s-ode-to-jon-jerde-and-the-mall-as-part-of-the-american-experience Alicia Eler's ode to Jon Jerde and the mall as "part of the American experience" Alexander Walter 2015-02-23T13:49:00-05:00 >2015-02-24T21:57:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/by/by7d7xmin4a75euv.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I love the mall as much as I love the urban walking experience, museums and movie theaters. Today the stripmall is not just a part of my everyday life in Los Angeles [...] it is also a memory from my own suburban adolescence growing up in Illinois. Jon Jerde, the LA architect both celebrated and loathed for his role in spreading shopping malls across US suburbia, died this month. Some might scoff at his life&rsquo;s achievement. I am not one of them.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120367884/jon-jerde-founder-and-chairman-of-the-jerde-partnership-has-died" target="_blank">Jon Jerde, founder and chairman of The Jerde Partnership, has died</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121430195/new-documentary-showcases-bolivia-s-spaceship-architecture New documentary showcases Bolivia's “spaceship architecture” Alexander Walter 2015-02-23T13:29:00-05:00 >2015-02-23T13:34:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a6/a629fa0159803f6668d5a9a37935620a.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architect Freddy Mamani Silvestre&rsquo;s extravagant urban mansions&nbsp;in El Alto, Bolivia, have been derided&nbsp;as kitschy-looking&nbsp;cohetillos,&nbsp;meaning &ldquo;spaceships&rdquo;&mdash;giving his work the nickname &ldquo;spaceship architecture.&rdquo; But the admirers of Freddy Mamani, as he is generally known, say his colorful&nbsp;&ldquo;new Andean&rdquo; style has also served to reinvent a city once aesthetically monochromatic, and that he has found a way to bring traditional Andean and Tiwanaku cultures into an urban setting.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100518260/neo-andean-architecture-sprouts-in-bolivia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Neo-Andean' architecture sprouts in Bolivia</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121377224/a-breakneck-tour-of-contemporary-architecture-in-rome A breakneck tour of contemporary architecture in Rome Nam Henderson 2015-02-22T20:58:00-05:00 >2015-02-22T21:28:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3k/3k0hynxhbmf4oa0m.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It looks foreboding in pictures, but in reality it&rsquo;s a lovely, tree-lined complex set at the street level with a string of cafes and shops.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sam Lubell traveled to Rome with the proverbial <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116110641/how-to-rebuild-architecture-another-back-to-the-drawing-board-op-ed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">grandparent</a>(s), for some architectural tourism. They visited a church,&nbsp;museums and stadiums, and largely praised the "<em>striking new buildings</em>".</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121222398/apec-announces-expedited-international-registration-among-architects-in-canada-australia-and-new-zealand APEC announces expedited international registration among architects in Canada, Australia and New Zealand Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-20T21:01:00-05:00 >2015-02-21T17:28:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pm/pmgv7k3afxz6q8cj.jpg" width="514" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Now licensed architects in Canada, New Zealand and Australia will have a much easier time becoming registered in any of those countries. The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, or <a href="http://www.apecarchitects.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">APEC</a>, just announced its Architect Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) among the registration boards of the three countries, so that architects with at least seven years of &ldquo;senior experience&rdquo; in one country can have their registration expedited in another. Representatives from the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA), the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) and the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB) signed the MRA on February 21 at the New Zealand Parliament.</p><p>The Government to Government Trans-Tasman MRA already entitled New Zealand architects to registration in Australia (and vice versa). Meanwhile Canada is having it large, as it is already part of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115137911/ncarb-announces-reciprocity-program-across-the-us-canada-and-mexico" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a similar MRA with the U.S. and Mexico</a>.</p><p>Read the full press release, drafted by CALA, AACA and NZRAB, <a href="https://www.nzrab.org.nz/Editable/Assets/Newslink2015/AU_Canada_NZ_APEC_MRA_Press_Statement_18_2_15.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/121199869/amsterdam-s-ugly-architecture-from-the-70s-proves-resilient-against-gentrification Amsterdam's "ugly" architecture from the 70s proves resilient against gentrification Alexander Walter 2015-02-20T13:44:00-05:00 >2015-02-27T20:20:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/66/66eed296c58bc113faa1a3079ec2496f.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In times when the rest of the city is rapidly becoming extremely expensive, Amsterdam&rsquo;s ugly light gray and pink-yellow housing blocks are staying affordable, with rents contingent on income. Their continued presence in the city is becoming a memorial for a once-existing Amsterdam, in which almost all space in the city was equally distributed.</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/121152540/editor-s-picks-405 Editor's Picks #405 Nam Henderson 2015-02-20T13:15:00-05:00 >2015-02-20T14:57:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i2/i2y4w7zgzjw31r40.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest edition of <strong>Deans List:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>,&nbsp;Editorial Manager <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/120370300/deans-list-monica-ponce-de-leon-of-university-of-michigan-s-taubman-college" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interviewed</a> Monica Ponce de Leon of University of Michigan's Taubman College.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tj/tj0lhodoy8do30v0.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;Therein, Professor Ponce de Leon admits she hates branding and describes how/why the school has "<em>purposefully taken out of the curriculum courses that are specifically geared towards skill-building, in order to open up more space within the curriculum for critical thinking</em>".</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1970535/will-galloway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Galloway</a>&nbsp;was impressed "<em>great comments from Ponce de Leon. I'd only hear her name before. Definitely a fan, now</em>".</p><p><br><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qk/qkh7j4s9j2g88ep1.jpg"></p><p>Commenting on <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120599250/all-work-and-all-play-archinect-sessions-episode-16-with-jimenez-lai-and-robert-ivy-ceo-of-the-aia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">episode 16 of </a><a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>, which discussed the <a href="http://www.ilookup.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#ilookup</a> campaign with Robert Ivy FAIA, EVP/CEO of the AIA.&nbsp;<strong>vado retro</strong> argued "<em>It is a question is how does our profession draw that population to consider choosing a design professional for their biggest investment...How do we add value...It won't be through Godard references, however</em>".</p><p>Renown critic and photographer Fred Bernstein and Jeff Goldberg, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120640202/first-look-at-rick-joy-s-princeton-train-station" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tag-team a first look...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121126039/s-ha-zkan-looks-globally-to-find-architectural-innovation Süha Özkan Looks Globally to Find Architectural Innovation Nicholas Korody 2015-02-20T11:12:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T22:53:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o0/o0lcp4uqq0fqvaev.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is the architectural legacy of May 1968? The question framed&nbsp;S&uuml;ha &Ouml;zkan&rsquo;s talk last Tuesday at <a href="http://www.sciarc.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>, which he began by invoking his own memories of being a young man in Paris during that year's turbulent month of student-worker protests. &ldquo;Let us be reasonable and ask for the impossible,&rdquo; &Ouml;zkan said, quoting the famous slogan that was &ldquo;uttered in the streets of Paris while stones were thrown.&rdquo;</p><p>For &Ouml;zkan, the demonstrations of &rsquo;68 introduced a new set of values into &ldquo;the architectural agenda.&rdquo; He described the preceding parts of the twentieth century as defined by &ldquo;polarities and oppositions&rdquo;: west vs east; capitalism vs communism; developed vs underdeveloped; blue vs red; north vs south; conservative vs progressive; right vs left. With &rsquo;68, a set of new values were introduced, disrupting this binary structure. According to &Ouml;zkan, these new values included participation, plurality, freedom, non-discrimination and peace. Today, during the beginning decades of the 21st century, &Ouml;...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121142105/times-square-and-the-routine-of-chaos Times Square and the routine of chaos Alexander Walter 2015-02-19T19:38:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T21:16:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e4/e436a4f90d5b09a50a3bc38917bc6dd6.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Times Square runs on spectacle. Bigger and brighter is always better. And though plenty of New Yorkers wear their criticism of Times Square as a badge of local honor [...] one of the most iconic public spaces in the world. In recent years, as stretches of Broadway formerly open to vehicular traffic have been repurposed as pedestrian plazas, opportunities to activate the &ldquo;crossroads of the world&rdquo; with events, performances, and public art installations have ballooned.</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/121118801/archinect-sessions-episode-17-from-the-101-to-the-60-to-the-10-to-the-111 Archinect Sessions Episode #17: "From the 101 to the 60 to the 10 to the 111" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-19T14:20:00-05:00 >2015-02-27T12:45:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sl/slpub1w4zevcizmf.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Far away from the snowscapes peppering the rest of the country, the salt flats and dry martinis of Palm Springs exists in a time and place apart. An original enclave of midcentury modernism, Palm Springs has been able to preserve that heritage thanks in large part to <a href="http://www.modernismweek.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Palm Springs Modernism Week</a>, a series of events, lectures and tours whose proceeds go straight back into local architectural preservation and advocacy.</p><p>On this episode, we discuss Palm Springs' modernism in the midst of the city's generational transition, and feature a conversation Paul and Amelia had with PSMOD board member, Mark Davis. We also check in on another (contested) southern Californian icon &ndash; the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120894579/so-what-s-new-at-the-broad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Broad Museum, which </a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120894579/so-what-s-new-at-the-broad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opened</a> for a one-day public sneak peek last Sunday.</p><p>As always, you can send us&nbsp;your architectural legal issues, comments or questions via twitter #archinectsessions,&nbsp;<a href="http://ed@archinect.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">email</a>&nbsp;or call us at (213) 784-7421.</p><p>Listen to episode seventeen of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "From the 101 to the 60 to the 10 to the 111"&nbsp;:...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121123627/what-financial-crisis-museums-across-the-u-s-benefit-from-the-greatest-intergenerational-wealth-transfer-in-history What financial crisis? Museums across the U.S. benefit from the "greatest intergenerational wealth transfer in history" Alexander Walter 2015-02-19T13:46:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T17:30:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ne/ne2gk1tvu04uka6a.jpg" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cultural giving among America&rsquo;s top philanthropists fell slightly in 2014, according to an annual ranking of the 50 largest charitable donors released last week by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. This news might come as a surprise to US museum directors, who have been swiftly&mdash;and quietly&mdash;raising eight-, nine-, and ten-figure donations from eager patrons. Their ambitious capital campaigns make the austerity measures of the recent recession feel like a distant memory.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117891787/who-pays-for-the-new-private-museums-after-the-death-of-their-aging-founders" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Who pays for the new private museums after the death of their aging founders?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121051330/do-israelis-have-any-idea-how-bad-it-is-in-gaza Do Israelis have any idea how bad it is in Gaza? Orhan Ayyüce 2015-02-18T15:30:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T14:09:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tv/tvfdkuu69xee057w.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m extremely concerned that if you leave Gaza in the state it&rsquo;s currently in, you&rsquo;ll have another eruption, and violence, and then we&rsquo;re back in a further catastrophe, so we&rsquo;ve got to stop that,-Tony Blair</p></em><br /><br /><p>Even a hawk like&nbsp;Tony is worried.</p><p>"The scope of destruction in Gaza remains enormous. According to the UN, over&nbsp;<a href="http://972mag.com/bombing-homes-in-gaza-it-was-supposed-to-be-their-shelter/101965/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">96,000 homes were either damaged or destroyed</a>&nbsp;by Israeli air strikes. The donor states that have pledged to transfer money&nbsp;<a href="http://972mag.com/un-aid-agency-to-gazans-sorry-but-theres-no-money/101917/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">have yet to do so</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://972mag.com/photos-in-gaza-rebuilding-is-still-over-the-horizon/98646/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">re-building is going nowhere</a>, many are still&nbsp;<a href="http://972mag.com/photos-amid-rubble-and-trauma-gaza-goes-back-to-school/96818/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">seeking refuge in UNRWA schools</a>&nbsp;and the winter storms have&nbsp;<a href="http://972mag.com/photos-war-ravaged-gaza-faces-winter-storm/102727/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">only increased the damage</a>&nbsp;to the homes and neighborhoods that survived. "</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121046504/vatican-s-renovated-public-restrooms-provides-showers-haircuts-for-the-homeless Vatican's Renovated Public Restrooms Provides Showers, Haircuts for the Homeless Nicholas Korody 2015-02-18T15:02:00-05:00 >2015-02-25T22:54:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tv/tv68l6a1gc097k76.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Vatican said Friday it had finished renovations on public restrooms just off St. Peter's Square that will include three showers and a free barber shop for the city's neediest. Each "homeless pilgrim," as the Vatican called the clients, will receive a kit including a towel, change of underwear, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, razor and shaving cream. The showers will be open every day but Wednesday, when the piazza is full for the pope's general audience. Haircuts will be available Mondays.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The sleek, clean facilities &ndash; with grey walls, white washbasins and a "hi-tech looking" barber's chair &ndash; opened two days ago. According to Pope Francis'&nbsp;chief alms-giver, Monsignor Konrad Krajewski, the initiative is intended to help the homeless secure jobs and residences, something that is often incredibly difficult if they are perceived as dirty and smelly. Staffed by volunteer barbers, the facilities will be open everyday except Wednesday, when Bernini's famous square is filled with people attending the Pope's general addresses.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7fao6ws05qppg76.jpg"></p><p>Emerging out of the new Pope's stated imperative to (re)orient the Catholic Church around its poorest constituents, the bathrooms come after the Church recently distributed umbrellas and sleeping bags to the homeless. Additionally, over Christmas, the Church distributed 1,600 phone cards to migrants &ndash; chiefly Muslim and from North Africa &ndash; on the island of Lampedusa.</p><p>Projects like the new bathroom facilities are a great way to address the issue of homeles...</p>