Archinect - News 2017-03-28T14:17:52-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149999552/5-key-drivers-of-the-healthy-building-movement 5 key drivers of the healthy building movement Nam Henderson 2017-03-26T20:20:00-04:00 >2017-03-26T20:20:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/w2/w2ziopwrbsrt8403.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The wide-ranging efforts include improving indoor air quality and even increasing activity levels of building occupants. Allen and colleagues at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have defined nine foundations for healthier buildings, such as better water quality, reducing noise, regulating temperature, and maximizing light.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As part of the <a href="http://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/urban-expeditions/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Urban Expeditions</em></a><em>&nbsp;</em>series,<em>&nbsp;</em>Brian Howard explored some of the latest trends in green design, which go far beyond energy and water efficiency to issues of public health/wellness.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149999167/st-louis-segregation-and-how-history-shapes-the-urban-landscape St. Louis, segregation and how history shapes the urban landscape Liam Otten 2017-03-24T20:32:00-04:00 >2017-03-24T20:34:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j9/j904o3pabmxd22e8.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Segregation is no accident.</p><p>Nearly five decades after the Fair Housing Act of 1968, American cities remain racially, culturally, spatially and economically divided. Entrenched conditions and persistent biases undermine the policies and priorities that would heal lingering wounds.</p><p>So argues&nbsp;<a href="http://samfoxschool.wustl.edu/portfolios/faculty/catalina_freixas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Catalina Freixas</a>, assistant professor of architecture in the Sam Fox School of Design &amp; Visual Arts. Last semester, Freixas and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hssu.edu/profiles_full.cfm?prflID=114" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Abbott</a>, professor of history and director of the Center for Neighborhood Development at Harris-Stowe State University, launched &ldquo;Segregation by Design.&rdquo;&nbsp; Developed as part of&nbsp;<a href="http://cenhum.artsci.wustl.edu/Divided-City-Initiative" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Divided City</a>&nbsp;initiative, their class &mdash; which will be offered again next fall &mdash; explores both the historic roots and present-day reality of urban separation.</p><p>In this Q&amp;A, Freixas discusses St. Louis, segregation and the hidden histories that shape our urban landscape.</p><p><strong>You&rsquo;re from Argentina but joined the Sam Fox School faculty in 2004. What drew you to the topic of American segregation?</strong></p><p>My researc...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149999280/looking-back-at-a-time-when-architecture-was-thought-to-be-a-cure-for-mental-illness Looking back at a time when architecture was thought to be a cure for mental illness Nicholas Korody 2017-03-24T12:34:00-04:00 >2017-03-27T00:41:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gv/gvt87keb3itf755g.jpg" width="650" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When the Government Hospital for the Insane opened in Anacostia in 1855, the asylum&rsquo;s supervising physician, Charles Nichols, predicted that 50 percent of the mentally ill people treated there would make a full recovery. What made him so confident? The building. He&rsquo;d designed it in accordance with the most cutting-edge theories of the day, which called for sunny, well-ventilated asylums in the countryside</p></em><br /><br /><p>The "Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeth's 1852-2017" is a new exhibit opening at the National Building Museum this weekend. It looks at past theories that contended that design could have a major and healing effect on mental illness. Fresh air was encouraged, as was scattering patients across a campus.</p><p>While presumably nicer than precedents: &ldquo;It turns out that&rsquo;s not true. You can&rsquo;t fix brain chemistry with architecture.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149999146/kwong-von-glinow-design-office-is-named-the-recipient-of-the-2016-chicago-prize Kwong Von Glinow Design Office is named the recipient of the 2016 Chicago Prize Archinect 2017-03-23T16:37:00-04:00 >2017-03-23T19:50:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1b/1bo71jtjczt19729.jpg" width="650" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Chicago Architecture Club named Lake Forest's <a href="http://www.kwongvonglinow.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kwong Von Glinow Design Office</a> the recipient of the <a href="http://www.chicagoarchitecturalclub.org/2016-CHICAGO-PRIZE-COMPETITION-ON-THE-EDGE" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Chicago Prize</a>. &nbsp;This is a biennial prize given for the design of an international competition. &nbsp;This year's competition, titled <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149981531/send-your-ideas-to-the-2016-chicago-prize-on-the-edge-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">On the Edge</a>, asked architects and designers to rethink Lake Shore Drive's connection to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4611/chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a>'s waterfront. &nbsp;Kwong Von Glinow Design Office's proposal, titled <em>Lattices on the Drive</em>, seeks to enhance the pedestrian's relationship to Lake Shore Drive. &nbsp;At each underpass which leads to the Lake, an access point at the media brings pedestrians up to a steel-frame viewing deck from which they can see the Lake, the city, and of course, Lake Shore Drive. &nbsp;An exhibition of their winning proposal will be in the lobby of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/289683/chicago-architecture-foundation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Foundation</a> through June.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4m/4m4svbvzpkgjvj9i.jpg"></p><p>Lap Chi Kwong and Alison Von Glinow co-founded Kwong Von Glinow Design Office in Chicago in 2016. &nbsp;Both partners earned their Masters of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of D...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149999145/il-lumen-ating-a-conversation-with-jenny-sabin-winner-of-2017-s-moma-ps1-yap Il[LUMEN]ating; A conversation with Jenny Sabin, winner of 2017’s MoMA PS1 YAP Archinect 2017-03-23T16:26:00-04:00 >2017-03-28T08:01:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ne/nehr5z931a3dlhra.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In this week's episode, we talk to Jenny Sabin&mdash;<a href="http://www.jennysabin.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architect, artist</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://sabinlab.aap.cornell.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">researcher</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://aap.cornell.edu/people/jenny-sabin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">educator</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149992863/jenny-e-sabin-is-the-winner-of-moma-ps1-s-2017-young-architects-program" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">winner</a>&nbsp;of the 2017 Young Architect's Program at MoMA PS1.</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149999095/gimme-customizable-shelter-pop-up-modular-homeless-housing-project-tailor-made-for-each-community Gimme (customizable) shelter: pop-up modular homeless housing project tailor-made for each community Julia Ingalls 2017-03-23T12:44:00-04:00 >2017-03-24T12:18:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y5/y59d7jjt1oaq5fze.jpg" width="650" height="479" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Assembled from containers placed within a scaffolding net, WE Architecture's Jagtevj 69 aims to create alluring public space while simultaneously providing temporary housing for the homeless.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/df/dfkbi7s77vb5odhl.gif"></p><p>The proposal stresses that it's a temporary solution; by creating a variety of different spaces for different activities, the project ultimately provides an opportunity for social networking for both the community and the homeless population in "urban gardens and semi-public activities." These activity-specific spaces, which include workshops, yoga studios, and offices, form each modular unit, making it easy to swap out or add different functions as needed.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/80/80zo1uos91ppcwex.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/73/73mu8ss6dd23p8v6.gif"></p><p>Currently envisioned for a site in Copenhagen, the proposal is designed to be disassembled and then reassembled in different locations, making it a kind of traveling social aid that is also custom tailored to the needs of its particular community.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998973/sam-jacob-explores-the-age-of-post-digital-drawing-for-metropolis Sam Jacob explores the "Age of Post-Digital Drawing" for Metropolis Orhan Ayyüce 2017-03-22T23:35:00-04:00 >2017-03-26T17:51:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7x/7xf3ayjw43n6lrrv.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Instead of striving for pseudo-photo-realism, this new cult of the drawing explores and exploits its artificiality, making us as viewers aware that we are looking at space as a fictional form of representation. This is in strict opposition to the digital rendering&rsquo;s desire to make the fiction seem &ldquo;real.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sam Jacob brings a current and analytical view to an essentially important and generative architectural tongue, the drawing. He writes about its anachronistic&nbsp;existence in the transitionally digital threshold years and how it is re-emerging&nbsp;and manifesting itself via the post-digital fictionalism. The article&nbsp;alludes&nbsp;to the demise of the money shot type of&nbsp;hyper-realism&nbsp;as well as the return of the fictional and sensorial collage, at this time via google, illustrator and the photoshop.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998882/architecture-billings-index-in-february-climbs-back-into-positive-terrain Architecture Billings Index in February climbs back into positive terrain Alexander Walter 2017-03-22T13:56:00-04:00 >2017-03-23T13:28:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gc/gckzusl8kj374pc0.jpg" width="650" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) returned to growth mode in February, after a weak showing in January. [...] (AIA) reported the February ABI score was 50.7, up from a score of 49.5 in the previous month. This score reflects a minor increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 61.5, up from a reading of 60.0 the previous month, while the new design contracts index climbed from 52.1 to 54.7.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;The sluggish start to the year in architecture firm billings should give way to stronger design activity as the year progresses,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;New project inquiries have been very strong through the first two months of the year, and in February new design contracts at architecture firms posted their largest &nbsp;monthly gain in over two years.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of February:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: Midwest (52.4), South (50.5), Northeast (50.0), West (47.5)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: institutional (51.8), multi-family residential (49.3), mixed practice (49.2), commercial / industrial (48.9)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 61.5</li><li>Design contracts index: 54.7</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qj/qjhlblofa9f9jv27.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7a/7a2wrzsdf2glru2m.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/te/tevmiikk9vmvrbnq.jpg"></p><p><em>All graphs represent data from February 2016 - February 2017, images via aia.org.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998863/severe-flooding-in-peru-exposes-vulnerable-architecture-and-infrastructure Severe flooding in Peru exposes vulnerable architecture and infrastructure Nicholas Korody 2017-03-22T12:23:00-04:00 >2017-03-22T12:28:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b8/b87kobi1748bvd77.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The worst flooding in two decades has struck Peru, causing a death toll of 72 people since the beginning of the year. The floods are caused by a series of &ldquo;highly unusual rains&rdquo; produced by the warming of surface waters along the country&rsquo;s northern coasts. The waters have inundated hospitals and left villages in isolation, and are expected to continue to ravage the country for another two weeks.</p><p>The toll on the built environment has been <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/17/peru-floods-ocean-climate-change" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">severe.</a> 115,000 homes have already been damaged. More than 100 bridges have been destroyed. The flooding has caused the drainage systems in cities along the coast to fail, creating pools of water that host dengue-carrying mosquitoes. In response, the Peruvian government has started to fumigate. Meanwhile, Lima hasn&rsquo;t had water service since the beginning of the week.</p><p>The disaster has also caused a spike in prices&mdash;up to 5 per cent. Meanwhile, 22 inmates at a juvenile detention center have escaped. In the city of Trujillo, a cemetery flooded, exhuming b...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998865/the-aia-responds-to-the-trump-administration-budget-for-the-fiscal-year-2018 The AIA responds to the Trump Administration budget for the Fiscal Year 2018 Nicholas Korody 2017-03-22T12:20:00-04:00 >2017-03-23T17:36:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2f/2f2a3j68gqklgrkb.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last week, the Trump administration submitted its budget to Congress for the 2018 Fiscal Year. The budget included slashing several programs, many of which will affect community projects.</p><p>In response, the AIA has issued a statement:</p><p><em>"This budget includes many cuts that will have severe long-term ramifications for our communities and economy. It does away with programs that foster a cleaner environment and strong neighborhoods and it eliminates programs with a proven track record of job creation in the design and construction industry.</em></p><p><em>"We are concerned about a proposed 31 percent cut in the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Within EPA alone, 50 programs and 3,200 positions would be eliminated. Future federal support for the National Endowment for the Arts, which provides grants to architecture programs and conferences sponsored by the AIA, is also being cut.</em></p><p><em>"The Federal government plays a vital role in promoting community development, performing research into sustain...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998588/architecture-employees-don-t-think-supervisors-think-it-s-important-they-get-licensed Architecture employees don't think supervisors think it's important they get licensed Julia Ingalls 2017-03-21T13:25:00-04:00 >2017-03-21T16:22:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cd/cd0se5zvzmbkk6bs.jpg" width="650" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Combining all the tension of a passive-aggressive relationship with the clarity of survey-derived data, a new study released by the AIA and NCARB reveals that while both employees and supervisors think attaining licensure is important, employees don't think supervisors think it's important.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0t/0tb7k850bdrhgny0.jpg"></p><p>Dubbed the "perception gap," this disparity is quite sharp: as <a href="http://blog.ncarb.org/2017/March/AIA-NCARB-Supervisor-Perception-Survey.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the NCARB blog notes</a>,</p><p><em>While the results revealed that almost all supervisors surveyed (98 percent) believe it is important for emerging professionals to obtain licensure, just 66 percent of emerging professionals reported believing that their supervisor thinks it is important for them to become licensed. In fact, just 27 percent of emerging professionals indicate they believe it is &ldquo;very important&rdquo; to their supervisors for them to obtain licensure, while 88 percent of supervisors indicated that it was &ldquo;very important&rdquo; to them for the emerging professionals they supervise to get licensed.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lv/lv20r5y9irwpfnbz.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998584/how-does-one-design-against-magic-used-to-trap-self-driving-cars How does one design against "magic" used to trap self-driving cars? Julia Ingalls 2017-03-21T12:45:00-04:00 >2017-03-26T23:06:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fe/fevhbt2v7w5028jf.jpg" width="650" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As if the challenges of politics, engineering, and weather weren't enough, now self-driving cars face another obstacle: purposeful visual sabotage, in the form of specially painted traffic lines that entice the car in before trapping it in an endless loop. As profiled in <a href="https://creators.vice.com/en_us/article/meet-the-artist-using-ritual-magic-to-trap-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vice</a>, the artist behind "Autonomous Trip 001," James Bridle, is demonstrating an unforeseen hazard of automation: those forces which, for whatever reason, want to mess it all up. Which raises the question: how does one effectively design for an impish sense of humor, or a deadly series of misleading markings?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998406/bernardo-fort-brescia-laurinda-spear-philippe-starck-and-marcel-wanders-transform-the-urban-landscape-of-quito Bernardo Fort-Brescia, Laurinda Spear, Philippe Starck and Marcel Wanders transform the urban landscape of Quito trama 2017-03-20T18:19:00-04:00 >2017-03-20T18:19:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vl/vlfuz7hqa9dqlmrq.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designers Philippe Starck and Marcel Wanders, and architects Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Laurinda Spear (Arquitectonica), along with the ecuadorian architect Tommy Schwarzkopf from Uribe &amp; Schwarzkopf are responsible for this transforming moment in the ecuadorian architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Quito, the capital of Ecuador and the first Cultural Heritage of Humanity, is in the process of renewing its urban and architectural image. Four architectural projects designed by important international studios, which are being built simultaneously, contribute decisively in this process, while others are in the design process.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7a/7axyhkixmwu249qa.jpg"><br><em>Oh Residencias, Bernardo Fort-Brescia, Laurinda Spear, Arquitectonica and Marcel Wanders, Tommy Schwarzkopf, Uribe &amp; Schwarzkopf, Quito, Ecuador</em></p><p>Designers Philippe Starck and Marcel Wanders, and architects Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Laurinda Spear (Arquitectonica), along with the ecuadorian architect Tommy Schwarzkopf from Uribe &amp; Schwarzkopf are responsible for this transforming moment in the ecuadorian architecture.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e7/e7i0li5o39zpyh2r.jpg"><br><em>YOO CUMBAYA / Bernardo Fort-Brescia, Laurinda Spear, Philippe Starck , Tommy Schwarzkopf, Uribe &amp; Schwarzkopf, Quito, Ecuador</em></p><p>The construction of a new transportation system; the subway and the exit of the airport from the heart of the city, have mad...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998385/to-win-recognition-china-s-smaller-cities-bet-on-starchitecture To win recognition, China's smaller cities bet on starchitecture Alexander Walter 2017-03-20T14:38:00-04:00 >2017-03-21T11:21:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zl/zllkm3vd57a6fyl0.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From egg-shaped concert halls to skyscrapers reminiscent of big pairs of pants, China&rsquo;s top cities are famously full of curious monuments to architectural ambition. But as land prices in the main metropolises have shot into the stratosphere, developers have been scrambling to buy up plots in the country&rsquo;s second and third-tier cities, spawning a new generation of delirious plans in the provinces.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"From Harbin &ldquo;City of Music&rdquo; to Dezhou &ldquo;Solar Valley&rdquo;, provincial capitals are branding themselves as themed enclaves of culture and industry to attract inward investment, and commissioning scores of bold buildings to match."</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998377/are-skyscrapers-making-you-sick-a-new-7-million-study-is-trying-to-find-out Are skyscrapers making you sick? A new £7 million study is trying to find out Nicholas Korody 2017-03-20T14:15:00-04:00 >2017-03-21T13:15:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sr/sru11z3ii0z9jnjz.jpg" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;More and more people are living and working in high-rises and office blocks, but the true impact of vibrations on them is currently very poorly understood,&rdquo; states Alex Pavic, Professor of Vibration Engineering at the University of Exeter.</p><p>&ldquo;Humans spend 90 per cent of their lives in buildings which vibrate non-stop, but there is still very little reliable information about the effect of structural vibration.&rdquo;</p><p>To fill this lacuna, a &pound;7 million study will look at the effects of skyscrapers on human inhabitants, with a particular focus on potential roles triggering motion-sickness, sleepiness and even depression.&nbsp;</p><p>When you&rsquo;re in a skyscraper, you may feel stable but, in fact, the building is probably slightly moving in response to wind or external forces like nearby construction. This is especially true in buildings constructed after the 1970s, when floor slabs became thinner and lighter. Alongside wider spaces between columns, this means newer buildings tend to not dampen vibrations as ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997965/multnomah-county-to-test-backyard-granny-flats-program-in-hopes-to-ease-portland-s-homelessness-crisis Multnomah County to test backyard-granny flats program in hopes to ease Portland's homelessness crisis Justine Testado 2017-03-17T15:32:00-04:00 >2017-03-19T16:34:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l1/l16ao85qaprfhs0i.jpg" width="600" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Under the terms of the project, [Multnomah County] would build the granny flats and homeowners would get to keep them&mdash;a substantial property upgrade. In return, a homeowner would commit to a five-year lease of the backyard structure to a homeless family, without pocketing any rent. "We're taking risks," says Mary Li, director of the Multnomah Idea Lab, a county policy center. "My hope is, we prove this concept, and we do 300 of these in the next 12 months."</p></em><br /><br /><p>As the homelessness crisis worsens in Portland, city and Multnomah County officials are under pressure to find solutions. One pilot project the county will test out is &ldquo;A Place for You&rdquo;, wherein the county would offer to essentially pay homeowners to build them a roughly 200-square-foot in their backyard. Homeowners would then agree to a five-year lease to let a homeless family live in the flat. The county is also working on an effort to waive property taxes on the granny flats when they are used by homeless families, Willamette Week reports.</p><p>County officials hope to build the first four houses by June 30, and up to 300 if the program works out.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997935/the-issue-with-the-median-as-indicator-of-housing-affordability The issue with the median as indicator of housing affordability Alexander Walter 2017-03-17T13:39:00-04:00 >2017-03-17T13:41:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pq/pqt33y78hg0l47f8.jpg" width="650" height="451" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The standard yardstick for judging housing affordability is to look at the median level of rents or home prices. As we all remember from statistics, the median is the observation in the middle of the distribution. And while for many purposes, it&rsquo;s a reliable indicator of typical prices, in some neighborhoods, particularly those with a mix of expensive and cheap housing, the median is actually a weak indicator of affordability.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"For an illustration of this problem, imagine two neighborhoods. In both places, the median home costs $300,000. But in the first neighborhood,&nbsp;every&nbsp;home costs exactly $300,000, while in the second, there are a range of homes from $100,000 to $500,000. Although both neighborhoods have the same median home price, the second neighborhood has some homes affordable to low-income people, while the first neighborhood does not. So&nbsp;rather than the median, or 50th percentile, home price, we really care about something like the 25th percentile: the home for which 75 percent of homes are more expensive."</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997791/new-competition-from-archistophanes-complicity-and-defiance-in-architecture New Competition from Archistophanes: Complicity and Defiance in Architecture Sponsor 2017-03-16T17:50:00-04:00 >2017-03-16T17:56:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oo/ooss65xgx3rs1qvt.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="https://realitycues.com/2017/03/15/defiance/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reality Cues</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Architecture is historically complicit with the policies of those in power, both symbolically and functionally. It offers not only representations of power, but also vehicles for enacting power in its most grandiose, oppressive, and physically enduring expressions, from palaces and corporate skyscrapers to border walls and prisons.</p><p>Art that opposes power, on the other hand, is more fluid. Graffiti, protest songs, and written manifestos cost nothing and are easily disseminated&ndash;all things that architecture has historically never been. As such, there is no canon of activist built architecture. And while there have been revolutionary movements and utopian visionaries in the history of architecture, only now through Photoshop and the internet can an architecture of protest and revolution truly form and proliferate, through imagery that is arguably more provocative in imagined scenarios than built projects in their real-life executions.</p><p>We are on...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997786/nothing-constant-but-change-in-the-open-workshop-s-malleable-monuments Nothing constant but change in The Open Workshop's "Malleable Monuments" Julia Ingalls 2017-03-16T17:33:00-04:00 >2017-03-17T11:23:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/da/da1761ao2epdeedy.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With a stated goal of "reconciling and choreographing how the human and environmental subject and their individual, transforming, ephemeral, and often contradictory characteristics continuously recompose a permanent work," The Open Workshop's <em>Malleable Monuments</em> exhibition is a tour of three years worth of work by the Toronto/San Francisco-based collective.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fy/fyleii78xhw70uw6.jpg"><br><em>Photo by&nbsp;Abraham Chan</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8z/8zcbriw34qjj7qs3.jpg"><br><em>Photo by&nbsp;Abraham Chan</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i9/i9wroltppz67422r.jpg"><br><em>Photo by&nbsp;Abraham Chan</em></p><p>With projects including consulting on the redesign of Bruce Mau's office and accolades like the&nbsp;Architectural League of New York Young Architects Prize and the Emerging Leaders Award from Design Intelligence, The Open Workshop is building a solid reputation while delving into the ephemeral. With taxonomic drawings divided into four categories (Frameworks, Living Archives, Articulated Surfaces, and&nbsp;Rewiring States), the exhibition also investigates its constantly evolving territory through two large installations.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kd/kdnu5bpptnftsin8.jpg"><br><em>Photo by&nbsp;Abraham Chan</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wc/wc69oek84j0tups8.jpg"><br><em>Photo by&nbsp;Abraham Chan</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/yb/ybu3iw11fvrt3max.jpg"></p><p>The <a href="http://bustler.net/events/9089/malleable-monuments" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">exhibition,...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997738/fearing-a-drop-in-skilled-workers-brexit-britain-looks-to-prefab-housing Fearing a drop in skilled workers, Brexit Britain looks to prefab housing Alexander Walter 2017-03-16T15:01:00-04:00 >2017-03-16T15:02:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eg/egplvjqhf78u0und.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The prospect of Brexit choking off the supply of EU workers is reshaping Britain's homebuilding industry, with big companies increasingly looking to factory-manufacture houses in sections that can be slotted together on-site with minimal labour. Many of Britain's leading housebuilders, including Berkeley, Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon and Your Housing, told Reuters they were either planning new developments of prefabricated homes or considering doing so.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"You can almost feel the fear among the contractors and housebuilders where they've been surviving on labor from outside the country," says&nbsp;Mark Stevenson, a managing director of construction supplier Kingspan.&nbsp;"We're being pulled in a direction that customers want us to go in, from more work from the building site into the factory."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997716/studio-ma-s-masterful-texture-wins-aia-arizona-s-firm-of-the-year-award Studio Ma's "masterful texture" wins AIA Arizona's "Firm of the Year" Award Julia Ingalls 2017-03-16T13:21:00-04:00 >2017-03-16T13:27:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gp/gpq0v9dgql4uoc6f.jpg" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://www.studioma.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Ma</a> may be small, but their work is mighty, at least according to the Arizona chapter of the AIA. The woman-owned firm, which has completed projects for Princeton University as well as a series of museums, public libraries and mixed-use housing developments, won the AIA's "Firm of the Year" award for the wide variety and complexity of their work, which the institute described as being "both smart and palpable, with a masterful use of texture."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m6/m66rr8r2ocrq4ovj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ea/eau53fel4a6jxj1m.jpg"></p><p>This is yet another in a series of accolades for the firm, including being placed in the "Design Vanguard" by Architectural Record. &ldquo;In our work, we strive to create building solutions that resonate with the surrounding context both large and small, in harmony with their greater environment,&rdquo; said owner Christiana Moss. &ldquo;This is essential to our client promise, to deliver innovative, sustainable and unique designs to forward-thinking institutions and individuals.&rdquo; Congratulations, all!</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wu/wuto09masblbsch4.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bq/bq1oguu5qbbsvorc.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997710/oma-s-dubai-based-concrete-is-pretty-transparent OMA's Dubai-based "Concrete" is pretty transparent Julia Ingalls 2017-03-16T12:40:00-04:00 >2017-03-17T15:17:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yf/yf4215npfkbakrbp.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>By placing a semi-transparent facade onto a series of former industrial warehouses in Dubai, OMA has created an arts-oriented, multi-disclipinary space called "Concrete." The completed version doesn't quite match the firm's optimistic renderings (<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935045/oma-releases-renderings-of-event-project-space-in-dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in part because the concrete ameliorating foliage isn't present in these photos</a>) but one thing is certain: this is the first finished project of OMA's in Dubai, and Rem Koolhaas thinks that the design is very much of its place and time.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2r/2reck2545stcl411.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4d/4d32lj3e7r8nafev.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ge/ge8b5kdeiskxsm3e.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Dubai is one of the cities that has had a deep impact on our work, and I am very happy that this particular building is our first effort here," Rem said. "In Concrete, we are not introducing a new shape but instead were able to infiltrate an existing building with an arts institution. This building is totally produced in Dubai; it is not a foreign ideal, and that I think is significant.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t6/t6n51unr84ffg2v5.jpg"></p><p>The 600 square meter building's first art exhibition, "Syria: Into the Light," will be viewable until April 3rd.&nbsp;</p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/149997407/rip-the-national-endowment-of-the-arts RIP the National Endowment of the Arts Nicholas Korody 2017-03-15T13:08:00-04:00 >2017-03-16T12:33:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9g/9gxz73axft09gijp.jpg" width="650" height="651" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/education/322704-an-obituary-the-national-endowment-for-the-arts-52-of-unnatural" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Hill</a>&nbsp;</em>has penned an obituary for the National Endowment of the Arts, following its defunding at the hands of the Trump administration and the current Republican-controlled government. As the obit notes, the NEA has been threatened many times before, notably in the 80&rsquo;s and 90&rsquo;s following a string of controversial, NEA-funded exhibitions. At the onset of the Reagan Administration, the government tried to give the department, which uses up a tiny amount of the national budget, the ax. Later, controversy boiled when the NEA sponsored an exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe photos depicting gay men in sexualized and aestheticized fashions.</p><p>At the end of the day, the NEA was already a drastically underfunded organization, particularly when compared to government-sponsored art funding in other countries. Still, the move leaves the United States as the only country in the world without a federal arts presence, according to <em>the Hill</em>. That&rsquo;s pretty shocking.</p><p>As I outlined in a previous article...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997179/i-melt-with-you-indoor-city-installation-explores-dissolving-spatial-boundaries-in-an-era-of-climate-change I Melt With You: "Indoor City" installation explores dissolving spatial boundaries in an era of climate change Julia Ingalls 2017-03-14T17:44:00-04:00 >2017-03-16T12:06:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vo/vo2szjkdle1c6nve.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With layered narration from writers and the input of a climate scientist, the 40-foot long table installation known as "Indoor City" designed by Founder Rome Prize Fellows Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem (<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/55229883/modu-formerly-phu-hoang-office-and-rachely-rotem-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MODU</a>)&nbsp;with Jonathan Berger, Hussein Fancy, Christoph Meinrenken, Jack Livings and Matthew Null,&nbsp;tackles the dire conceptual heft of designing for massive systemic weather change.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1s/1s5trzz1v49164a7.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ng/ngq5nlj59soq5g4c.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n5/n5lsnv6uxgvrcyw5.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/pr/prtpzs9mtzc66k64.gif"></p><p>By placing carbon ice on the installation, the idea is to track how divisions between urban spaces and the environment release more carbon dioxide into the air, thereby creating more stress on the environment (and making the urban spaces quite unpleasant to live in as a result). The project advocates for a more integrated design concept while allowing visitors to enjoy what amounts to a trippy installation. Here's a video of the installation, which is part of the 2017 Cinque Mostre show and&nbsp;will be viewable in person at the American Academy in Rome until April 4th:&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997104/christopher-gray-wry-architecture-author-researcher-dies-at-age-66 Christopher Gray, wry architecture author/researcher, dies at age 66 Julia Ingalls 2017-03-14T12:48:00-04:00 >2017-03-14T12:48:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lf/lf2un1qciw3akz8a.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Rooting himself less in a strictly academic tradition and more in an observed, on-the-street context, architecture author and researcher Christopher Gray catalogued what he considered to be beautiful and surprising for <em>The New York Times</em> from 1987 to 2014 in his "Streetscapes" column. He also started a kind of architectural detective business known as the Office for Metropolitan History in 1975, which would research the history, deeds, old photographs and any other paperwork connected with a particular building in the days before the instant compendium of the internet. His work was often used to add depth and context to the work of other architects/critics including <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/33199/robert-a-m-stern-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert A.M. Stern</a>, who <em><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/nyregion/christopher-gray-architecture-writer-and-researcher-dies-at-66.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times</a></em> quoted as saying about Gray that he "was generous with his time and always willing to share what seemed like his almost infinite knowledge of the city&rsquo;s architectural and social history.&rdquo; Gray, who died Friday at age 66 from complications due to pneumonia, leaves behind over 1,40...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997049/691-new-homes-in-north-london-given-the-go-ahead-by-sadiq-khan 691 New Homes in North London given the go-ahead by Sadiq Khan Abigail Banfield 2017-03-14T11:54:00-04:00 >2017-03-14T11:54:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j3/j3m1ozidjxgvf3qp.jpg" width="636" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Announcing the decisions, Khan said he had fully considered all the evidence available and was &ldquo;confident&rdquo; both high-density developments would deliver hundreds of genuinely affordable homes for Londoners. &ldquo;Building the homes Londoners urgently need will mean town centres and suburbs becoming denser, so we expect developers to continue to come up with high-quality designs which don&rsquo;t have a negative impact on their surroundings.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Overruling councillors in two north London Boroughs, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has approved an Allies and Morrisson scheme in Tottenham Hale and another in Harrow by Moss Architecture; both will be high-density housing developments which together will deliver 691 new homes for Londoners within 30 minutes of central London.</p><p>Khan spoke of the schemes&rsquo; close proximity to transport, and potential to provide affordable homes, as key factors in giving these developments the green-light. He also noted the changes made to these schemes to ensure the protection of &ldquo;our precious Green Belt&rdquo;. This decision comes at a time where overcrowding and unaffordable housing is prevalent in the press and in parliament. &nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149996606/the-conspicuous-ethics-of-the-dubai-frame-opening-date-delayed-to-later-this-year The conspicuous ethics of the Dubai Frame, opening date delayed to later this year Justine Testado 2017-03-13T14:49:00-04:00 >2017-03-14T10:31:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0q/0qfoh6dzfi8vvsgy.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Raised as a monument to Dubai&rsquo;s aspirations as a center of international commerce, the Frame is now a physical manifestation of the crude system that erected it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Considering the already controversial nature of the Dubai Frame, The New York Times recently <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/business/dubai-frame-building-stolen-design.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">published a piece</a> on the project in relation to the city's &ldquo;entrenched system [that notoriously] leaves outsiders vulnerable to mistreatment&nbsp;&mdash; from professionals sketching blueprints to construction workers laying foundations [...]&nbsp;a system in which kinship can outweigh contract terms&rdquo;.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kv/kvtoe0m6wo1np09s.jpg"></p><p>Based on the 2008-09 ThyssenKrupp&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/winners_announced_for_thyssenkrupp_elevator_architecture_award_2008-2009" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">competition-winning design</a>&nbsp;by architect Fernando Donis, the 150-meter-tall Dubai Frame structure in Za'abeel Park has drawn plenty of opposition over the years, most notably from Donis himself.&nbsp;Donis&nbsp;filed a lawsuit against the Dubai Municipality for stealing the copyright to his design and for breaching the&nbsp;international UNESCO-UIA regulations from the competition. &ldquo;At the end they took it, built it and will profit from it, without having involved us nor paid us,&rdquo;&nbsp;Donis&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143590227/archinect-speaks-to-designer-of-controversial-dubai-frame-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously told Archinect</a>&nbsp;in 2015.</p><p>After multiple delays, the opening date of the Dubai Frame was pushed bac...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149996891/the-dictatorial-aesthetic-of-donald-trump The dictatorial aesthetic of Donald Trump Nicholas Korody 2017-03-13T12:17:00-04:00 >2017-03-14T13:06:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cj/cjhz6zab54w89g0n.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Trump&rsquo;s design aesthetic is fascinatingly out of line with America&rsquo;s past and present. If you doubt it, note that the interiors of the apartments his company actually sells bear no resemblance to the one he lives in. But that doesn&rsquo;t mean his taste comes from nowhere. At one level, it&rsquo;s aspirational, meant to project the wealth so many citizens can only dream of. But it also has important parallels...</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The best aesthetic descriptor of Trump&rsquo;s look, I&rsquo;d argue, is dictator style.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149996834/editor-s-picks-465 Editor's Picks #465 Nam Henderson 2017-03-13T11:51:00-04:00 >2017-03-14T10:31:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ra/ra5i5wtzhjjbtfa5.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;profiled an on-going project '<a href="http://http://archinect.com/features/article/149994216/decoding-gender-discrimination-in-design-with-qspace" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coded Plumbing</a>', by <a href="http://qspacearch.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">QSPACE</a>, a "<em>queer architecture research organization</em>"&nbsp;which "<em>juxtaposes the language of these bills with the language of building codes, plumbing codes and best-practice standards, finding that design regulations parallel the binarism of these laws and ordinances&mdash;in other words, the assertion of strictly two, distinct and opposite gender identities. In the process, design enforces and materializes this binary in space, creating environments that are hostile to, or potentially unsafe for, certain bodies...The exhibitions engage the way gender norms are structured into seemingly apolitical building codes.</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wy/wy2dhk08h9nj94o3.jpg"><strong>Non Sequitur</strong> noted <em>"I have a very large project for a very large client and they specifically asked for only toilet stalls... no urinals anywhere in the project. So, just walk into whatever room and all you see is 8 identical stall doors. Pick one and do your thing. Still have to label them M &amp; F for permit, but that's ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149996595/in-new-report-u-s-infrastructure-scores-a-d In new report, U.S. infrastructure scores a D+ Nicholas Korody 2017-03-10T17:53:00-05:00 >2017-03-13T14:25:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2g/2g07kjrm5132qp1c.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The American Society of Civil Engineers releases a report every four years that details the conditions and performance of American infrastructure. The group gives a letter grade&mdash;like with a school report card&mdash;and this year, America got a failing D+.</p><p>Some of the dismal findings include:</p><ul><li>Only 51% of U.S. households report that they&rsquo;re able to get to a grocery store using public transportation.</li><li>35,092 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2015.</li><li>The need for wastewater infrastructure exceeds $271B.</li></ul><p></p><p>Check out the full report <a href="http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/ASCE-Failure-to-Act-2016-FINAL.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>