Archinect - News 2017-05-26T18:45:35-04:00 Amnesty International reports new numbers of Quatar's FIFA World Cup 2022 migrant exploitation Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-05-26T12:55:00-04:00 >2017-05-26T12:56:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Migrants building a state-of-the-art stadium for the 2022 football World Cup in Qatar are abused and exploited &ndash; while FIFA makes huge profits.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously covered</a> in Archinect news, many migrant workers in Qatar face abuse and exploitation,&nbsp;forced labor&nbsp;or even&nbsp;death.</p><p>A recent report from Amnesty International reveals new numbers &mdash;&nbsp;over 90% of Qatar's workforce, an estimated 1.7&nbsp;million people, are migrant workers coming from Bangladesh, India and Nepal. 3,200 workers, mostly migrants, work on Khalifa Stadium every day. The majority of the&nbsp;workers seeking jobs in Qatar are escaping poverty in their home countries. They are often forced to pay recruitment fees ranging from anywhere between $500 to $4,300 that leave many in debt and hunger. Passports are taken away, making those people&nbsp;unable to leave their jobs or&nbsp;the country&nbsp;while being unpaid for months.</p><p>Considering the conditions and the threats that the migrant workers endure in Qatar, it is truly challenging to not regard&nbsp;their situation&nbsp;as one of the forms of modern-day slavery.</p> Poverty is "a state of mind," states HUD Secretary Ben Carson Nicholas Korody 2017-05-25T17:36:00-04:00 >2017-05-26T18:30:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Poverty is largely &ldquo;a state of mind&rdquo;, housing secretary Ben Carson has claimed, dismaying observers who had modest hopes for his tenure. Carson, the neurosurgeon who heads the agency charged with helping low-income Americans gain access to affordable housing, told Sirius XM radio: &ldquo;You take somebody who has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and put them on the street, and I guarantee in a little while they&rsquo;ll be right back up there.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>"And you take somebody with the wrong mindset, you can give them everything in the world, they&rsquo;ll work their way back down to the bottom," Carson continued. The remarks were widely condemned by experts on poverty and homelessness.</p><p>As the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Carson is in charge of providing affordable and public housing to the disenfranchised. According to almost universal consensus by experts, poverty is not a choice, but rather a condition attributable to a range of a factors, from where you were born to the color of your skin to bad luck.</p><p>Most Americans will live below the poverty line at some point in their life, research by the US government has discovered.&nbsp;In 2015, 13.5% (43.1 million) Americans lived in poverty. This far exceeds most other wealthy countries. And, according to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Low Income Housing Coalition</a>, "the United States has the greatest share of renters (28.5%) who are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of t...</p> Editor's Picks #469 Nam Henderson 2017-05-25T14:36:00-04:00 >2017-05-25T17:06:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stefano Colombo</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eugenio Cosentino</a> &amp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luca Marullo</a> published their second text in a series conceived for Archinect on deserts and radical islands. It is a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">heady exploration</a> of subcultures (ranging from Punk to Dark Valley, Dark Enlightenment and the Neoreactionaries) and how they "<em>can be seen to possess their own cosmologies</em>".</p><p><strong>Chris_Teeter</strong> was impressed<em> "this could be an intro text to an entire university course. covers a lot and summarizes it quickly and well. good work.</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a> chatted with Moshe Safdie on the 50th Anniversary of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Habitat 67, the Masterpiece He Completed at 25</a>. Safdie reflects "<em>It was a fairy tale. I hadn&rsquo;t built a building at that time. When they did approve it</em>".&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> offered up praise "<em>Great architect with rightfully earned respect.</em>"</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mackenzie Goldberg</a>&nbsp;rounded up <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Twitterverse Response to Obama's Presidential Library</a>. <strong>won and done williams</strong> concluded "<em>I take no issue with the siting or the loss of the athletic fields as long as the new bu...</em></p> Architecture Billings Index in April posts third consecutive month of growth Alexander Walter 2017-05-24T13:58:00-04:00 >2017-05-24T14:00:00-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After beginning the year with a marginal decline, the Architecture Billings Index has posted three consecutive months of growth in design revenue at architecture firms. [...] (AIA) reported the April ABI score was 50.9, down from a score of 54.3 in the previous month. This score still reflects an increase in design services [...]. The new projects inquiry index was 60.2, up from a reading of 59.8 the previous month, while the new design contracts index increased from 52.3 to 53.2.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;Probably even better news for the construction outlook is that new project work coming into architecture firms has seen exceptionally strong growth so far this year,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;In fact, new project activity has pushed up project backlogs at architecture firms to their highest level since the design market began its recovery earlier this decade.&rdquo; &nbsp;</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI stats for the month of April:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (55.3), Midwest (53.3), West (50.9), Northeast (50.7)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: institutional (54.0), mixed practice (53.4), commercial / industrial (52.4), multi-family residential (49.9)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 60.2</li><li>Design contracts index: 53.2</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>All graphs represent data from April 2016 - April 2017, images via</em></p> "Show audiences that it's okay to dream" by Kickstarting Never Built New York Julia Ingalls 2017-05-23T13:16:00-04:00 >2017-05-23T13:16:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architecture author and curator&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sam Lubell</a> is partnering with the Queens Museum to bring <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Never Built New York</em></a> into the physical display space with a little help from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>. The drive, which needs to raise another $26K in 29 days, hopes to physically model some of the innovative, occasionally wild designs that were proposed decades ago but never realized. Lubell believes the project would "show audiences that it's okay to dream" in terms of imagining large-scale, inventive solutions to contemporary urban problems. The modeling would take place on one of the largest scale models of New York City and its surrounds, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">as explained in the accompanying video to the Kickstarter drive.&nbsp;</a></p> This contemporary medieval-style castle is being built using only medieval tools Julia Ingalls 2017-05-23T13:13:00-04:00 >2017-05-23T19:27:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Funded mainly by tourist dollars, the French site of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guedelon</a> has been building a medieval-style castle for the last 17 years using only the technology and tools that would have been available circa 1245. The result, which has created a living lab of craftspeople visited by curious schoolchildren, is helping archaeologists to understand not only what it was like to live and work in the Middle Ages, but also is reviving physical crafting techniques that are increasingly archaic, if not forgotten, in a digital age. In addition to inducing a desire to visit wine country, this video explains how the castle design itself was conceived:</p> The Parker Center is set for demolition, what other midcentury icons are next? Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-22T20:12:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T20:12:20-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="529" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Parker Center, depending on who you ask, is either a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">midcentury</a> icon, or a powerful symbol of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>' racist past. Located downtown, the building was home to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAPD</a> up until 2009 when they relocated due to expensive retrofits needed on the site. Designed by Welton Becket&mdash;the architect behind some of LA's greatest identifiers such as the Capitol Records Building, the Theme Building and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cinerama Dome</a>&mdash;the former LAPD headquarters is seen by historic preservationists, particularly the LA Conservancy, as a historical landmark due to its midcentury stylings. However, beyond being an architectural landmark, the building, as home to the LAPD during an era of racist policing, also serves as a sobering reminder of LA's troubling past. The land upon which the center was constructed had been seized from Japanese property owners less than a decade after Japanese Internment and William H. Parker himself, whom the building was named after, was associated with ushering in policies of...</p> Global warming has caused meltwater to penetrate the Global Seed Vault in the Arctic Nicholas Korody 2017-05-22T12:39:00-04:00 >2017-05-26T13:10:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world&rsquo;s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity&rsquo;s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been breached after global warming produced extraordinary temperatures over the winter, sending meltwater gushing into the entrance tunnel.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Containing almost one million packets of seeds, the Global Seed Vault is intended to serve as something of a biological back-up in the era of mass, man-made environmental destruction. It's buried under permafrost, which was thought to ensure that the structure would remain impregnable for thousands of years. But already global warming has threatened this archive of living matter.</p><p>&ldquo;This is supposed to last for eternity,&rdquo; stated &Aring;smund Asdal at the Nordic Genetic Resource Centre, which operates the seed vault. Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to be the case.</p> High School Students Interpret Neutra's VDL House with Art Archinect 2017-05-19T19:31:00-04:00 >2017-05-19T19:31:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="1005" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Tomorrow evening the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neutra VDL House</a> will host an exhibition of work by high school students (age 16-18) from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts</a>, curated by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VAPA</a>&nbsp;high school student Avery Wilcox. Each artwork offers new interpretations of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neutra VDL House</a> expressed in a variety of mediums - film, ceramic, painting and photography. More importantly these artistic expressions, given the age of the makers, will allow all of us to see this historic house with fresh eyes.</p><p>The exhibition will take place tomorrow, May 20, from&nbsp;5-8pm.</p> RIBA responds to Liberal Democrats Manifesto Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-05-19T05:49:00-04:00 >2017-05-24T09:09:40-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"I am pleased to see that the Liberal Democrats have recognized the key role of the built environment sector in tackling issues such as energy demand, climate change and urban flooding through their plans for infrastructure and housing. &ldquo;Proposals for new housebuilding should be balanced with ambitions to deliver high quality, well designed and sustainable homes across the country.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the publication of the Liberal Democrats manifesto, published earlier today.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>On Brexit:</strong></p><p>&ldquo;I warmly welcome the commitment from the Liberal Democrats to protect the rights of existing EU citizens in the UK, and UK citizens in the EU. Our members need to see this issue resolved as a matter of urgency. The party&rsquo;s desire to open up access to university courses also chimes with RIBA&rsquo;s target to achieve greater diversity in the architecture profession through apprenticeships, with varied and affordable new routes to qualification.&rdquo;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>On planning and communities:</strong></p><p>&ldquo;The promise to devolve powers around housing, transport and skills, backed with resources for infrastructure projects is a welcome step to help local communities create better places to live, work and play. Meaningful devolution opportunities in areas such as housing can help to boost skills in the construction sector across the country.</p><p>&ldquo;The Liberal Democrats also wish...</p> RIBA responds to Conservatives Manifesto Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-05-19T05:49:00-04:00 >2017-05-20T11:30:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The Conservative Party&rsquo;s manifesto outlines its vision to further empower communities. Whoever forms the next government should ensure that plans to build high quality housing and infrastructure are linked with industrial and devolution strategies to encourage more jobs and a better quality of life for people across the country.&#8203;"</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the publication of the Conservatives manifesto, published earlier today.</p><p><em>"The RIBA welcomes the Conservatives&rsquo; acknowledgment that the UK&rsquo;s architects are the finest in the world. This is recognition of the vital role that good design has on improving quality of life, sustainability and social integration; and acknowledgement that architects are the design professionals that make this happen."</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>On Brexit: </strong></p><p>&ldquo;The RIBA has long been calling for the rights of non-UK EU nationals to be confirmed. I&rsquo;m happy to see it is included in the Conservative manifesto. Skilled architects come to the UK from across the world, giving us the edge in creativity and innovation; we need to ensure this continues into the future.</p><p>&ldquo;British architects have been clear about our key asks from Brexit through RIBA&rsquo;s &lsquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global By Design&rsquo;</a> report. The RIBA will continue to be a strong voice for the sector in the coming weeks and months.&rdquo;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>On planning and co...</strong></p> How much would Trump's wall actually cost? This calculator can help you find out Nicholas Korody 2017-05-18T12:21:00-04:00 >2017-05-18T16:31:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For those not already opposed to President Trump&rsquo;s proposed border wall for ethical reasons, a big hurdle is its (likely) staggering cost. The sheer length of the thing makes it pricey, and the irregular terrain and harsh climate of some of the regions bisected by the US/Mexico border would raise the price tag even higher.&nbsp;</p><p>To get a better feel for the realities of the wall, a team at the The Warsaw University of Technology led by Tadeusz Zwolinski and Mateusz Mucha spent six weeks putting together a calculator.</p><p>&ldquo;Each user can set main parameters like length, height or placement of guards,&rdquo; the explain. &ldquo;People interested in greater details could click on &lsquo;advanced mode&rsquo; and build &lsquo;own wall&rsquo; by setting a size of panels, crane operator's wage or cost of reinforced concrete.&rdquo;</p><p>Some might argue that since the calculator assists in the possibility of constructing the wall, it is itself problematic. But others might just find it interesting to play around with. Check it out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>... RIBA responds positively to Corbyn's new manifesto for Labour Nicholas Korody 2017-05-16T15:43:00-04:00 >2017-05-19T00:55:06-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="1004" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In mid-April, the Prime Minister Theresa May reversed her earlier stated decision and called for a snap election&mdash;a move that surprised many. While some called the move opportunistic, others supported the early election, including Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Labour, the opposition party. The Labour Party currently trails behind the Conservative Party, led by May, in national polls. Today, Corbyn released a manifesto, intended to make clear his party&rsquo;s positions and to drum up support for the embattled party.</p><p>The manifesto, dubbed &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">For the Many, Not the Few</a>&rdquo;, takes strong positions. Around &pound;50B sourced primarily from taxes on corporations and the country&rsquo;s wealthiest citizens would be used to fund major new public programs, from housing to education to healthcare to transit. The manifesto rules out rises in VAT, national insurance, and income tax for all but the top 5% of earners.</p><p>For some, the manifesto is seen as stridently leftist. By all accounts, it represents a stark difference to th...</p> Amazon's new Seattle headquarters will permanently house a homeless shelter Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-05-16T14:30:00-04:00 >2017-05-16T20:59:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The current shelter can house up to 200 people and features 60 rooms, which each have bathrooms and showers. The new, 47,000-square-foot space will be a little larger. About 220&nbsp;people in 65 rooms will be able to live there. As in&nbsp;the current shelter, rent and utility will be free, and residents will need to&nbsp;meet housing goals, like filling out employment applications, scheduling interviews, and enrolling in school or job-training programs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In 2016, when Amazon let Mary's Place, a homeless shelter, move into one of their properties, the arrangement appeared as a temporary favor. Nevertheless, as the company is completing the construction of&nbsp;its new headquarters in Seattle, the shelter is promised a permanent home inside of one of the new office buildings.</p><p>"In Seattle, the plan could also help burnish Amazon&rsquo;s image, which has taken some hits. It has been <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">targeted</a> by anti-gentrification activists, and its high-pressure work culture was the subject of a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Times investigation</a> two years ago.</p><p>...Amazon has also been <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bashed</a> for being disengaged from civic life relative to local stalwarts known for their philanthropic giving, like Boeing, Microsoft and Starbucks. More recently, that has begun to change, with gifts like Amazon&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">$10 million donation</a> for the construction of a new computer science building at the University of Washington." -NY Times</p><p>According to Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness annual&nbsp;report, mo...</p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-05-16T03:30:00-04:00 >2017-05-15T19:32:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With a focus on the housing market and the future of living in London, the topics covered in this week's events vary from flying cars and future regeneration, to DIY and the celebration of existing structures. Be sure to take the time to visit exhibitions which are coming to a close within the next couple of weeks. Notably the Tate's&nbsp;showcase&nbsp;of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Hockney</a>&nbsp;and the Saatchi Gallery's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From Selfie to Self-Expression</a> exhibitions are deserving of the attention they have gained since their openings earlier this year.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s&nbsp;latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><img alt="" src=""><em>Camden Lock Market, Image: Glenn Copus</em></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taking Stock: London&rsquo;s evolving markets | 19 May</a></strong></p><p>London's street markets are so often&nbsp;globally&nbsp;depicted as a hub of community activity, however how are they coping in today's climate? Over 300 markets across London supply and support their surrounding&nbsp;communities, and provide a&nbsp;sense of place. Speakers, including planners and designers, ...</p> Thousands protest in Moscow against planned demolition of Soviet-era housing blocks Alexander Walter 2017-05-15T14:46:00-04:00 >2017-05-15T15:02:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An interactive map of the former Soviet Union&rsquo;s Constructivist architectural heritage went online just days before the city of Moscow published a list of 4,500 apartment buildings proposed for demolition as part of a plan to relocate up to 1.6 million residents. Describe by many residents as a property grab [...] the demolition plan has proven so unpopular that thousands turned up for a demonstration against it in Moscow on Sunday 14 May carrying signs with slogans like &ldquo;My house is my castle&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The plan has also alarmed preservationists," <em>The Art Newspaper</em> writes. "Initially described as an effort to upgrade residents from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pre-fabricated mass housing</a> built under Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, the architectural targets have broadened and fears are mounting that it has become a carte-blanche for developers to destroy any building that stands in their way."</p><p><em>The Guardian</em>'s Alec Luhn <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">calls the demolition plans</a> "the most extensive Russian resettlement project in half a century," and some compare them to the forced collectivization of property under Stalin.</p> This Arizona-based company claims they've been selected to deliver prototypes for Trump's border wall Nicholas Korody 2017-05-15T13:27:00-04:00 >2017-05-16T13:39:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Some 20 businesses rose to the top of a pool of around 460 companies that submitted initial proposals for the US/Mexico border wall so desired by President Trump and his supporters. But, due to federal procurement rules, the names of these businesses are still under wrap.&nbsp;</p><p>Even the exact number of selected bidders hasn&rsquo;t been released, although all who were selected are expected to be notified this week. They will then submit more detailed proposals. From there, the list will be further whittled down, and companies will submit four to eight prototypes that will be built in the Otay Mesa neighborhood of San Diego in July.</p><p>The procurement laws haven&rsquo;t stopped DarkPulse Technologies, an Arizona-based company, from announcing that they&rsquo;ve been selected to work on prototypes. Their design comprises a ballistic concrete wall capable of withstanding up to 12 hours of tampering. It includes sensors that can alert Border Control of any tunneling.</p><p>Due to the extreme opposition to the proposed wa...</p> Megacities and the Future of Warfare Nam Henderson 2017-05-15T00:14:00-04:00 >2017-05-15T09:44:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The conclusions of the SSG research are clear: megacities are unavoidable, they are potentially the most challenging environment the Army has ever faced, and the Army is unprepared to operate in 2030 there will be 662 cities around the world with at least one million inhabitants (compared to 512 today) and 60 percent of the world&rsquo;s population will live in cities. The potential for operations in dense urban areas will rise correspondingly, presenting a challenge the Army cannot ignore.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in February,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Maj.&nbsp;John Spencer</a>&nbsp;made the case for why <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's Time to Create a Megacities Combat Unit</a>. A few days ago, he fleshed out the concept, by detailing "<em>What would such a unit look like?</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Interesting to note, that rather than the more au courant image of a generic middle eastern/Arab city, the Major used a photo of Ho Chi Minh/Saigon for the essay published in Feb. Though the more recent essay, did use a photo of the rooftops in Cairo. Future mil-tech referenced includes; hover bikes, enhanced&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">counter&ndash;unmanned aircraft systems</a>&nbsp;(C-UAS) and soldiers skilled at Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA).</p><p>If you are interested in further U.S. Army Futures Ideation, check out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SciTech Futures</a>, where past exercises have explored everything from;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Defending &ndash; and hacking &ndash; &ldquo;Intelligent&rdquo; buildings</a>&nbsp;and Autonomous Infrastructure <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Destruction</a>/<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Maintenance</a>&nbsp;bots, to the simpler&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crowd sourcing (of) innovation</a>.&nbsp;</p> Arckit launches a Kickstarter for its detailed Cityscape and Masterplan kits Julia Ingalls 2017-05-11T15:15:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T15:15:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arckit is expanding from house models</a> into entire cities and master plans, or at least will if they meet their Kickstarter goals.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Kickstarter showcases a series of models with various components including contoured top pieces, textured walls and even transparent, glass-like modular elements.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Contribute to the campaign and check out the video of their new implements <a href=";utm_campaign=e4c8ca7729-Kickstarter&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_6f068dd13a-e4c8ca7729-261857333&amp;mc_cid=e4c8ca7729&amp;mc_eid=ee457ac4ba" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> The experimental nature of Murray Music House, a single family home designed by Carazo Arquitectura Julia Ingalls 2017-05-11T14:03:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T14:10:39-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Blending elements of brutalism and pronounced geometric framing, the Murray Music House designed by Carazo Arquitectura is technically a single family home, designed for two parents and three children. The fundamental concept underlying its design is "Living Through the Experimentation," which helps to explain the use of changeable elements like ceiling-suspended fabric chairs and mesh netting in the hallways. By placing malleable objects into the solid frame of the home, the architects hope to constantly engage the occupants in creating new uses for spaces such as the bedroom, kitchen, and the hallway. &nbsp;"Experiencing a home like Murray Music includes exploration, giving another meaning and other use to spaces that normally have specific functions," as the architects explain.&nbsp;But these elements are not the only method of inspiring experimentation.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The rather severe geometry, which includes a black rectilinear frame hovering over the kitchen and a vertical slanted skylight with unabas...</p> NY Construction Alliance pushes for mandatory drug/alcohol testing on all NYC construction sites Justine Testado 2017-05-11T13:06:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T13:06:58-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Construction Alliance</a> is urging City Council to consider mandatory drug and alcohol testing on all New York City construction sites.&nbsp;</p><p>NYCA president Kenneth Thomas recently made the following statement:</p><p><em>&ldquo;New York Construction Alliance (NYCA) is committed to worksite safety and our members take proactive steps to prevent substance abuse-related incidents. In fact, our members already engage in proactive random drug tests on sites. Industry stakeholders such as the Associated Builders and Contractors and the Building Trades Employers Association have already expressed strong support for addressing the problem of drug and alcohol in the construction industry. </em></p><p><em>The City Council should consider how mandatory drug and alcohol testing could increase construction safety on New York City worksites. We look forward to discussing this issue with city officials and how a drug and alcohol testing mandate could help make our industry safer for all workers.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Associated Builders and Co...</a></p> This bacteria-infused concrete "heals" when cracked Julia Ingalls 2017-05-11T12:35:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T14:22:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While there's no word on what would happen if someone skinned their knee on this bacteria-infused concrete, the premise is certainly intriguing in theory: concrete that patches cracks in itself for up to 200 years after its initial formation. Here's a brief video outlining the process:</p> Editor's Picks #468 Nam Henderson 2017-05-10T12:51:00-04:00 >2017-05-10T14:01:55-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>ICYMI, back in April&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;published an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interview</a> with Bryan MacKay-Lyons and Talbot Sweetapple, about their contextually-sensitive, regionally specific, vernacular.&nbsp;<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Therein MacKay-Layons explains&nbsp;</p><p>"<em>The other non-object sense of our work is that we see the buildings as helmets that you wear[&hellip;] Being inside and understanding where you exist in the world in terms of the sun and the wind and the biography. We really designed the buildings to be like helmets to be inside of.</em>"</p><p><strong>Chemex</strong> was pleased</p><p>"<em>Nice interview. McK-L work and words, it seems, are the perfect example of good design inspired by tradition and context...Whenever I hear a client or friend complain about modern architecture, I show them McK-L or Holl.</em>"</p><p>Plus,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a> chatted with Will Wright instigator of L.A. AIA's "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Encompass</a>" conference.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> (one of the speakers) offered up a review "<em>great conference....It was carefully curated by AIA Los Angeles chapter to be inclusive...Discussions and stories of diver...</em></p> L.A. Mayor Garcetti proposes gondola lift to the Hollywood sign Julia Ingalls 2017-05-09T19:36:00-04:00 >2017-05-10T09:25:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To snap a photo of the Hollywood sign, tourists have clogged hillside streets and hiking paths, spurring battles in Hollywood Hills neighborhoods and in court over how people should be able to access the iconic landmark. Now Mayor Eric Garcetti has floated an alternative: Building a gondola to ferry visitors to the beloved sign.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Instead of having to evade trespassing laws (or take the long way around), those who want to visit the Hollywood sign up close may be able to simply take an aerial gondola lift if Mayor Eric Garcetti's recent remarks become a reality. As this article notes:</p><p><em>Garcetti spokesman George Kivork said in a written statement Monday that the mayor was "open to exploring ideas that ease congestion and encourages creative thinking when looking at ways to give Angelenos and tourists better access to the Hollywood sign and other iconic landmarks and destinations.&rdquo;</em></p> Socialism and Nationalism on the Danube Places Journal 2017-05-09T15:57:00-04:00 >2017-05-09T15:58:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Both Vienna and Budapest can be viewed as battlefields in an unfolding European crisis of identity and confidence that threatens the continent&rsquo;s political unity and raises fundamental questions about what exactly it means to be European, to be Europe. Can we read these crises at the level of architecture?</p></em><br /><br /><p>In light of contemporary political turmoil in the region, Owen Hatherley examines key moments in the architectural histories of two quintessentially European cities, from the development of Vienna's monumental public housing to Budapest's experimentation with an ethnonationalist style.&nbsp;</p> HUD head Ben Carson thinks creature comforts are not for those on Section 8 Julia Ingalls 2017-05-09T13:22:00-04:00 >2017-05-09T23:05:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As he toured facilities for the poor in Ohio last week, Mr. Carson, the neurosurgeon-turned-housing secretary, joked that a relatively well-appointed apartment complex for veterans lacked &ldquo;only pool tables.&rdquo; He inquired at one stop whether animals were allowed. At yet another, he nodded, plainly happy, as officials explained how they had stacked dozens of bunk beds inside a homeless shelter and purposefully did not provide televisions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a recent visit to a public housing facility in Columbus, Ohio, HUD head Ben Carson reiterated his stance that anyone receiving Section 8 housing vouchers or federal assistance should not get too comfortable, as this would lead them to simply want to stay in their federally provided digs. Ironically, studies have shown that for the chronic homeless population, remaining in one place is actually <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">much cheaper for the state</a> than having them constantly bouncing between shelters and the street once emergency room visits and legal fees are added into the mix. Carson did make allowances for those who are mentally ill or unable to provide for themselves, but in his view there is to be no rest for who he defines as the able-bodied.&nbsp;</p> University of Arizona appoints Nancy Pollock-Ellwand as new Dean of College of Architecture Julia Ingalls 2017-05-09T12:41:00-04:00 >2017-05-09T12:46:01-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Formerly a professor and Dean of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nancy Pollock-Ellwand</a> will become the Dean of the College of Architecture at the University of Arizona starting July 31st. As University of Arizona Senior Vice President for academic affairs and provost Andrew Cormie explained to AZBigMedia, &nbsp;&ldquo;Nancy brings a breadth of international expertise and insight to the UA, in her scholarly and professional work as well as in her extensive administrative experience at one of the top research universities in Canada. With a multidisciplinary approach to urban reform and heritage conservation, Nancy offers a collaborative perspective in the field of design, and she is known as a smart, thoughtful and engaging leader.&rdquo;</p> Small Details Matter; Archinect Sessions #101 Discusses the 2017 AIA National Conference Paul Petrunia 2017-05-08T15:06:00-04:00 >2017-05-09T23:24:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In this latest episode of Archinect Sessions, Ken and Donna&nbsp;share their experiences and thoughts on the 2017&nbsp;AIA National Conference. We discuss the conversation with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michelle Obama</a> and the keynotes by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Francis K&eacute;r&eacute;</a> (awesome), <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Murphy</a> (political), and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elizabeth Diller</a> (meh). &nbsp;We also address the positive changes displayed by the AIA this year, along with signs of complete lack of evolution by the Institute. Ken and Donna also share their excellent run-in and conversation with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Phil Freelon</a> and his wife <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nnenna</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to "Small Details Matter":</p><ul></ul><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" 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://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="">Ken and Donna waiting eagerly for Michelle Obama</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>The power couple, Phil &amp; Nnenna Freelon</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>Karen E. Hudson, gran...</p> When is architecture protected by intellectual property rights? This redditor wants to find out Nicholas Korody 2017-05-08T12:41:00-04:00 >2017-05-19T13:30:56-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Over on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">/r/legaladvice</a> thread on Reddit, user StrangeHomeBuilder asked for some help with a question about intellectual property rights and architecture. Basically, the redditor&rsquo;s house burnt down due to an electrical fire, which also destroyed all their personal belongings. They had bought the house, which is in &ldquo;cookie cutter suburbia in California&rdquo;, brand new, did a few semi-custom adjustments, and &ldquo;actually had a great time with the home builder.&rdquo;</p><p>After the fire, the homeowner reached out to the homebuilder to see about acquiring the original blueprints for the home or, at least, for the model. They also wanted to see if the original homebuilder would rebuild it for them. Eventually, the homebuilders responded saying they weren&rsquo;t set up to rebuild and also couldn&rsquo;t provide blueprints since they were their intellectual property.</p><p>The homeowner then went ahead with a &ldquo;local reputable homebuilder&rdquo;, attempting to recreate the original home through a combination of cell phone and Fa...</p> Color-changing green-hued aluminum composite material reflects sustainable design of new mixed-use community Sponsor 2017-05-08T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-04-19T12:49:17-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="974" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href=";utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=May2017" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=""></a><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href=";utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=May2017" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alucobond&reg;</a></strong></em><p>The Marine Gateway mixed-use development officially opened this spring in south Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, as the first major transit-oriented development integrated into Vancouver&rsquo;s Canada Line rapid transit rail system. It&rsquo;s also served by the South Vancouver Bus Loop.</p><p>Designed to achieve the principles of smart growth &ndash; which places a priority on sustainable, mixed-use communities designed to enhance quality of life &ndash; Marine Gateway was developed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PCI Developments Corp.</a>, of Vancouver, British Columbia, on a one-block former industrial site that is now a new urban town center.</p><p>&ldquo;PCI&rsquo;s goal for Marine Gateway was to transform a vacant and underutilized four-plus acre industrial lot into a vibrant, transit-oriented mixed-use town center that combines retail, entertainment, office, residential and transit onsite,&rdquo; said Andrew Grant, president, PCI Developments Corp. &ldquo;PCI saw the opportunity to directly integrate with rapid and bus tra...</p>