Archinect - News 2015-04-18T15:39:16-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/125532138/los-angeles-envisions-the-first-decentralized-world-s-fair-yes-including-hyperloop Los Angeles envisions the first "decentralized" World's Fair (yes, including Hyperloop) Alexander Walter 2015-04-17T19:51:00-04:00 >2015-04-18T00:13:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/03/037f10d58967a96918d736c0abc999f7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A group of venture capitalists, architects, engineers, and marketing gurus, under the name Los Angeles World's Fair (LAWF), are brewing plans for a two-year fair showing off the technology and culture of the future&mdash;including a Hyperloop, &ldquo;3D-printed gourmet delicacies,&rdquo; and self-driving cars. Theme: "The Connected City." Right now, they're trying to pull together $100,000 on Indiegogo to support economic and architectural feasibility studies for their plans [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Visit (and support if you're so inclined) the initiative's Indiegogo campaign <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/los-angeles-world-s-fair" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125524892/how-fault-creep-is-very-slowly-tearing-one-california-town-apart How fault creep is (very slowly) tearing one California town apart Alexander Walter 2015-04-17T17:45:00-04:00 >2015-04-17T17:47:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f3/f32962cd43dc8bd07b4907132a4dfd23.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>South of San Francisco, a whole town is being deformed by plate tectonics. [...] This is Hollister, California, a town being broken in two slowly, relentlessly, and in real time by an effect known as &ldquo;fault creep.&rdquo; A surreal tide of deformation has appeared throughout the city. As if its grid of streets and single-family homes was actually built on an ice floe, the entire west half of Hollister is moving north along the Calaveras Fault, leaving its eastern streets behind.</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/125433970/clarity-and-contradiction-part-ii-of-our-conversation-with-kevin-roche-and-a-discussion-about-patrik-schumacher-s-latest-facebook-rant-on-archinect-sessions-25 "Clarity and Contradiction": Part II of our conversation with Kevin Roche, and a discussion about Patrik Schumacher's latest Facebook rant on Archinect Sessions #25 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-16T18:30:00-04:00 >2015-04-18T15:26:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z0/z0bx2p3kuievgdaf.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Paul's back from Peru, just in time for our 25th episode! And thanks to Patrik Schumacher, it's mostly about criticism. We respond to a polemic/rant left by Schumacher on his Facebook page, "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124976094/patrik-schumacher-takes-to-facebook-in-defense-of-stars-and-icons" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Defense of Stars and Icons</a>", and consider not simply his argument, but its presentation &ndash; how publishing these ideas on a personal Facebook page ultimately says more about celebrity and criticism than Schumacher's exorbitant word count can. In the end, we applaud Schumacher &ndash; not for his argument necessarily, but for his performative act of posting such. Now, more than ever in the saturated critical sphere of new media, the medium is the message.</p><p>We also finish up the interview Amelia did with <a href="http://archinect.com/krjda" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Prize winner Kevin Roche</a>, and hear his thoughts on sprawl and the undeniable human instinct to gather. Roche is a quiet heavyweight in architecture, amassing an incredible extent of work across multiple eras of architectural history, all without paying any heed to "starchitecture", in any form. ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125447647/christopher-hawthorne-remembers-the-lacma-that-once-was Christopher Hawthorne remembers the LACMA that once was Alexander Walter 2015-04-16T17:42:00-04:00 >2015-04-16T17:42:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/056dqu8x77zqcvua.jpg" width="514" height="243" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the museum turns 50 this year and debate continues about LACMA Director Michael Govan's plan to replace the Pereira buildings (and a later addition by Hugh Hardy) with a giant new wing by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, it's worth remembering how the original LACMA campus was greeted &mdash; as well as a few things about the Los Angeles into which it was born.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123916644/christopher-hawthorne-dissects-zumthor-s-inkblot-with-lacma-director-michael-govan" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne dissects Zumthor's inkblot with LACMA Director Michael Govan</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125437188/amanda-baillieu-weighs-in-on-architect-free-open-source-architecture Amanda Baillieu weighs in on "Architect-free" Open Source Architecture Alexander Walter 2015-04-16T14:20:00-04:00 >2015-04-17T10:26:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u1/u1l178x5zaebk9gg.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We are told that the &ldquo;architecture of tomorrow&rdquo; needs to be networked, collaborative and inclusive, drawing its inspiration from crowdsourcing, open access and mass customisation. But to do this &ldquo;architecture must be put into the hands of people themselves&rdquo; and the architect possibly &ldquo;guillotined&rdquo;. [...] This is inflammatory stuff [...].</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/125432358/umsoa-to-propel-neighborhood-revitalization-with-650-000-from-knight-foundation UMSoA to Propel Neighborhood Revitalization with $650,000 from Knight Foundation Joachim Perez 2015-04-16T12:56:00-04:00 >2015-04-16T14:32:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wb/wbi0q80b6gm66wwv.jpg" width="255" height="254" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The School of Architecture has a long history of helping to reshape and revitalize the South Florida community,&rdquo; said Rodolphe el-Khoury, dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture. &ldquo;We are pleased that Knight Foundation has chosen to support this unique project that will have a lasting impact on communities in need of assistance.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.miami.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Miami</a>&nbsp;School of Architecture today announced a plan to bring &ldquo;third places&rdquo; &ndash; community spaces, marketplaces, incubators and training centers &ndash; into two underserved Miami neighborhoods with $650,000 from the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.knightfoundation.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John S. and James L. Knight Foundation</a>.</p><p>The Third Place Project will create spaces that provide resources and support to entrepreneurs, creatives and civic leaders in these neighborhoods, as a way to foster their ideas and break down barriers. It will also help transform these neighborhoods and create opportunities for local businesses, by establishing inexpensive spaces for startups and hubs for arts, culture and entertainment. The grant will support&nbsp;<a href="http://www6.miami.edu/momentum2/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami</a>.</p><p>&ldquo;A major challenge in the Miami metro area is the disconnect between extraordinarily wealthy neighborhoods and boom areas and long-struggling urban neighborhoods such as Allapatah, Little Haiti and Opa-locka,&rdquo; said&nbsp;<a href="http://arc.miami.edu/people/faculty/charles-c-bohl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charles Bohl</a>, associate professor an...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125370447/at-auschwitz-birkenau-preserving-a-site-and-a-ghastly-inventory At Auschwitz-Birkenau, Preserving a Site and a Ghastly Inventory b3tadine[sutures] 2015-04-15T21:06:00-04:00 >2015-04-15T21:06:12-04:00 <em><p>The strategy, she said, is &ldquo;minimum intervention.&rdquo; The point is to preserve the objects and buildings, not beautify them. Every year, as more survivors die, the work becomes more important. &ldquo;Within 20 years, there will be only these objects speaking for this place,&rdquo; she said.</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/125364007/ode-to-the-stack-los-angeles-s-iconic-infrastructure Ode to the Stack, Los Angeles's iconic infrastructure Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-15T15:40:00-04:00 >2015-04-16T10:33:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/89/89j3t1cpw0gnddtp.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Four Level, or Stack as it&rsquo;s sometimes known, was the first interchange of its kind when it fully opened in 1953. [...] It may seem a cliche to simply associate LA with its freeways, but the connection between the infrastructure and the city&rsquo;s image is strong. It&rsquo;s not just about driving, it&rsquo;s about a new form of urban living in the postwar era [...] &ldquo;LA kind of emerged at the forefront of that development and it became recognised as a freeway metropolis&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/125363205/blair-kamin-not-impressed-by-chicago-s-latest-housing-developments Blair Kamin not impressed by Chicago's latest housing developments Alexander Walter 2015-04-15T15:28:00-04:00 >2015-04-16T11:21:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mh/mheqgnmdftyh8bn5.jpg" width="514" height="184" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is a tale of two new West Loop high-rises and what they say about Chicago's apartment building boom, which has restored construction cranes to the skyline but has yet to give us architecture with a capital "A." The buildings &mdash; the underwhelming Arkadia Tower in Greektown and the better-than-average JeffJack Apartments west of Union Station &mdash; are the latest products of the construction surge [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Different city, similar lament:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125204801/jeff-sheppard-calls-downtown-denver-s-new-housing-developments-meaningless-uninspiring" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeff Sheppard calls downtown Denver's new housing developments "meaningless, uninspiring"</a>. Is <em>bland</em> the new dogma?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125359981/could-this-revolutionary-new-material-replace-concrete Could this revolutionary new material replace concrete? Nicholas Korody 2015-04-15T14:46:00-04:00 >2015-04-15T15:03:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bc/bcdwuzo19lysj7ap.jpg" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Perhaps the most important and widely-used building material, concrete also has an enormous environmental impact. This is largely because in order to produce one ton of cement &ndash; the material that binds together rock aggregate in concrete &ndash; about 900 kg of C02 are emitted. In fact, the concrete industry is responsible for roughly 5% of carbon emissions worldwide, making it one of the two largest industrial producers of the greenhouse gas.&nbsp;</p><p>But, thanks to an accidental discovery, a environmentally-friendly substitute to cement may be on the horizon. A recent <a href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/cement-alternative-absorbs-carbon-dioxide-like-sponge/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a> by PBS features the invention of environmental chemist David Stone: a cement-like material that isn't just carbon-neutral but actually carbon-<em>negative</em>. Called 'Ferrock,' the material primarily contains iron dust and silica, both of which can be sourced via recycling. In fact, in order to obtain silica (basically crushed glass), Stone has employed a local man to collect glass bottles that have been left in the desert. While m...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125304502/miami-center-for-architecture-and-design-forced-to-look-for-a-new-home Miami Center for Architecture and Design forced to look for a new home Alexander Walter 2015-04-14T21:06:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T21:07:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n9/n9ck9floviujtwlh.jpg" width="514" height="246" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Miami Center for Architecture and Design has two and a half years to find new digs. The landlord, Stambul, has declined to renew the lease on their current location, a grand two floor space in the Old U.S. Post Office which the Miami Chapter of the American Institute of Architects meticulously brought back to life.</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/125286004/chairman-of-eisenhower-memorial-commission-to-step-down Chairman of Eisenhower Memorial Commission to step down Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-14T15:29:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T15:45:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/75/7590ce6ddcac2abcc11d496ef5fca905.jpg" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Eisenhower Memorial Commission chairman Rocco Siciliano will step down as leader of the board but will remain a member [...] Siciliano, who is 93, is a World War II veteran who served as a special assistant to Eisenhower in the White House ... The commission&rsquo;s founding chairman, he suggested the board elect Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) to succeed him. [...] &ldquo;We need a tough Marine like him to bring this project to conclusion.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>This is the latest bump in the tumultuous saga that is Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial, however it doesn't necessarily mean the project will suffer more delays. Siciliano's suggested successor, Roberts, assured his fellow commissioners in an email that Eisenhower's family was coming around to the design. The project is slated for completion in 2018, pushed back 11 years from the original projection.</p><p>Prior related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110427299/eisenhower-memorial-clears-key-hurdle-on-gehry-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eisenhower Memorial clears key hurdle on Gehry design</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109173897/eisenhower-memorial-to-consider-plan-that-removes-most-of-frank-gehry-s-designs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eisenhower Memorial to consider plan that removes most of Frank Gehry's designs</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108251980/gehry-s-revised-eisenhower-memorial-loses-two-controversial-tapestries-but-concerns-remain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's Revised Eisenhower Memorial Loses Two Controversial Tapestries, But Concerns Remain</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106485841/eisenhower-memorial-politics-as-usual" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eisenhower memorial, politics as usual</a></li><li>... and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/45183/eisenhower-memorial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">many more</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/125280367/times-square-throughout-the-ages Times Square throughout the ages Alexander Walter 2015-04-14T13:42:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T13:44:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/27/27baa7a52fb1a626cc659d07fc2837d8.jpg" width="514" height="455" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Times Square has always been about reinvention &mdash; in order for the New York Times' headquarters to be built (and give the spot its name), the Pabst Brewing Company's Pabst Hotel had to be demolished. But in the late 1970s, after decades of grandeur followed by decades of decay, imagining the future of Times Square became a particularly pressing project. [...] Here are some plans for the future of Times Square, some of which never caught on and some of which still have a chance.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121142105/times-square-and-the-routine-of-chaos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Times Square and the routine of chaos</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120588790/jam-to-your-heart-s-desire-with-stereotank-s-heartbeat-installation-in-times-square" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jam to your heart's desire with Stereotank's "Heartbeat" installation in Times Square</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93000785/is-that-a-luge-in-times-square" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is that a luge in Times Square?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/125232179/editor-s-picks-411 Editor's Picks #411 Nam Henderson 2015-04-13T23:42:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T13:11:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f0125eqsxdf8e7k7.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/lamayac" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Laura Amaya</a>&nbsp;published an <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/124819398/interview-with-alfredo-brillembourg-founder-of-urban-think-tank" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interview</a> with Alfredo Brillembourg, founder and co-director of Urban-Think Tank.</p><p>&nbsp;Therein he signed off with this hopeful statement "<em>I would say we are, now in the 21st century, in the </em><strong><em><em>expanded field of architecture.</em></em></strong><em> We are challenged, but we believe that this is one of the most exciting times in history to be an architect</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>The NYT reported <a href="https://www.pratt.edu/academics/architecture/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pratt Institute&rsquo;s Architecture School</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124666656/pratt-institute-to-offer-masters-in-placemaking-and-management" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> will begin offering a master&rsquo;s program in "Urban Placemaking and Management"</a>,&nbsp;led by David Burney FAIA, who was also recently appointed <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124448438/david-burney-named-interim-executive-director-of-aiany-and-center-for-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interim Executive Director</a> of AIANY and the Center for Architecture.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Lightperson</strong> let it be known "<em>I'm all for placemaking in urban space if it is local (^) and isn't just high-line-washing or bike washing. Unfortunately this doesn't sound like a complete system of thought, but a trendy commodification and repackaging of what's hip</em>".</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ei/eifufls6gnscua7c.jpg"></p><p>Reacting to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124745471/redesign-of-dc-s-main-mies-library-tip-toes-around-the-good-and-the-bad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">newest updates</a> on plans for the Mecanoo led redesign of DC Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125209648/china-s-new-weapon-to-censor-the-internet China's New Weapon to Censor the Internet Nicholas Korody 2015-04-13T15:53:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T15:54:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/un/unugtzfymaekgwjc.jpg" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[The Great Cannon] allows China to intercept foreign web traffic as it flows to Chinese websites, inject malicious code and repurpose the traffic as Beijing sees fit. The system was used, they said, to intercept web and advertising traffic intended for Baidu &mdash; China&rsquo;s biggest search engine company &mdash; and fire it at GitHub, a popular site for programmers, and GreatFire.org, a nonprofit that runs mirror images of sites that are blocked inside China.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/125206423/case-studies-in-water-management-from-los-angeles-the-great-lakes-and-nyc Case studies in water management from Los Angeles, the Great Lakes, and NYC Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-13T14:41:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T14:41:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fd/fd300040721f2b05c477641d1375d336.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The issue of water supply in the context of climate change was the topic for the recent 5KL: Water symposium, organized by The Architectural League and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design. Twelve experts in water resource design and management &mdash; from architects to geographers to former government officials &mdash; addressed the carbon intensity of providing a clean and adequate water supply and how design and planning can contribute to that goal.</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/125204801/jeff-sheppard-calls-downtown-denver-s-new-housing-developments-meaningless-uninspiring Jeff Sheppard calls downtown Denver's new housing developments "meaningless, uninspiring" Alexander Walter 2015-04-13T14:09:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T15:46:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8f/8f5ml8qhj1hz48ow.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's a big deal when Denver's top architect publishes an essay saying this city is failing at design downtown. That we are building one mundane apartment building after the next. That we are wasting the opportunity to become a national leader and ruining the urban landscape by putting profit above civic pride. Jeff Sheppard said all that [...] in a guest editorial in last Sunday's Denver Post. And we'd be wise to hear him and do what he's suggesting: Knock it off immediately.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sheppard's opinion piece "Denver is a great city, so why the bad buildings?"&nbsp; in the <em>Denver Post</em> can be found <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_27843517/great-city-bad-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125198338/meier-makes-mark-in-miami Meier makes mark in Miami Richard Meier & Partners 2015-04-13T12:25:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T12:25:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xa/xac1otfn4gssxuz5.jpg" width="514" height="260" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Far from reducing his workload or resting on his considerable laurels, the 80-year-old Meier and his partners are also wrapping up construction on several other projects, including the HH Resort and Spa in Gangneung, South Korea; the Leblon office building in Rio de Janeiro; the 140-unit Rothschild Tower in Tel Aviv; the Cittadella Bridge in Alessandria, Italy; and Teachers Village, a mixed-use development in Newark, New Jersey.</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/124976094/patrik-schumacher-takes-to-facebook-in-defense-of-stars-and-icons Patrik Schumacher takes to Facebook "In Defense of Stars and Icons" Nicholas Korody 2015-04-10T14:59:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T13:30:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dy/dyfa52d9go6fb7lb.jpg" width="514" height="310" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Earlier today, Patrik Schumacher of Zaha Hadid Architects <a href="https://www.facebook.com/patrik.schumacher.10/posts/10205380818112860" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">posted</a> a nearly 1,400 word polemic on Facebook denouncing contemporary architecture criticism and defending the &ldquo;star-system&rdquo; that has been instrumental in his firm&rsquo;s success in the last few decades. Instead of &ldquo;seeing conspicuity and success merely as a red cloth and occasion to knock down icons (and to teach the virtues of the ordinary, obscure and underappreciated),&rdquo; Schumacher suggests that the role of the architecture critic should be to explicate and defend the work and status of successful architects to an ignorant public.</p><p>Schumacher sets out some &ldquo;heuristic principles&rdquo; that he hopes could guide his proposed role for the architecture critic. &nbsp;He states that so-called &ldquo;iconic architecture&rdquo; is the invention of critics rather than &ldquo;the architects&rsquo; discourse,&rdquo; which &ldquo;serves the purpose of filling the explanatory gap that inevitably opens up because the methodology and motivation behind the unusual appearance of a radically ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124912671/the-high-costs-of-high-urban-property-values The high costs of high urban property values Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-09T19:18:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:23:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/de/de01224b70fc0f8038a10e35abb52301.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The costs of this misfiring property market are huge, mainly because of their effects on individuals. High housing prices force workers towards cheaper but less productive places. [...] Tot up these costs in lost earnings and unrealised human potential, and the figures become dizzying. Lifting all the barriers to urban growth in America could raise the country&rsquo;s GDP by between 6.5% and 13.5%, or by about $1 trillion-2 trillion.</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/124892558/without-housing-reform-is-a-tower-of-david-coming-to-your-city Without Housing Reform, is a "Tower of David" Coming to Your City? Julia Ingalls 2015-04-09T18:12:00-04:00 >2015-04-12T23:09:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n0/n0sz7clc8us2rssg.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Justin McGuirk&rsquo;s Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture should be required reading for anyone looking for ways out of the bleak social inequality we&rsquo;re stuck in. There were 40 million more slum dwellers worldwide in 2012 than there were in 2010, according to the UN. Private markets clearly can&rsquo;t provide universal housing in any way approaching efficiency, and governments are often hostile to the poor.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his book, McGuirk analyzes numerous de facto housing solutions for overcrowded cities, including the infamous "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/327072/tower-of-david" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Torre David</a>" in Caracas, an abandoned high-rise which became an iconic squatter's structure partly because of government ineptitude and indifference.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124840314/american-disruption-at-home-and-abroad-gehry-s-facebook-hq-opens-and-airbnb-comes-to-cuba-on-archinect-sessions-episode-24 "American Disruption, at Home and Abroad": Gehry's Facebook HQ opens and Airbnb comes to Cuba on Archinect Sessions Episode #24 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-09T17:39:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T13:44:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/09/09dvz3pyhfvqzr0a.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whatever becomes of Facebook&rsquo;s corporate future &ndash; and therefore the consequential Internet &ndash; will play out in the world of Frank Gehry. The architect&rsquo;s new HQ for Facebook in Menlo Park, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124198433/gehry-s-new-facebook-campus-opens-for-business" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MPK20, opened earlier this week</a> with plentiful Instagrammed fanfare, and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124762362/facebook-hires-gehry-again-for-next-two-buildings-in-menlo-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook recently submitted plans to build two more Gehry buildings</a> in the area. As we discuss on this week&rsquo;s podcast, MPK20 is refreshingly old-school FOG, designed to embrace Facebook's &ldquo;work in progress&rdquo; feel that Gehry&rsquo;s rougher materiality embraces. It&rsquo;s Facebook&rsquo;s and FOG&rsquo;s world; we&rsquo;re just living in it.</p><p>This episode, we also discuss <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124359173/airbnb-now-open-for-business-in-cuba-despite-anemic-internet-access" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the arrival of Airbnb in Cuba</a> &ndash; whether this style of tourism could encourage architectural preservation, and what the company&rsquo;s disruptive cachet means when there&rsquo;s no status quo to disrupt. We&rsquo;re also featuring part 1 of an interview I did with Kevin Roche, the Pritzker Prize winning architect who got his start over sixty years ago, working with Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen. The 92-y...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124892554/amanda-levete-picked-to-design-melbourne-s-mpavilion Amanda Levete Picked to Design Melbourne's MPavilion Julia Ingalls 2015-04-09T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:28:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hw/hw342ur49ig0y07t.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;What is it that you can do in a pavilion that you can&rsquo;t do in a building? Buildings &ndash; you don&rsquo;t want them to move. How can we get this structure to respond in a very subtle way to the weather and perhaps amplify the sound of the wind moving through it?&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Whipsawing from tragedy to triumph, British architect and former Future Systems partner Amanda Levete has been awarded the design of the MPavilion, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112044968/mpavillion-is-a-kind-of-southern-hemisphere-serpentine-pavilion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Australia's sprightly so-called version of the U.K.'s Serpentine Pavilion</a>. Levete <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/56217164/amanda-levete-architect-portrait-of-the-artist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">founded her current firm</a>, Amanda Levete Architects, in 2009 after the death of her husband and design partner, Jan Kaplicky. The MPavilion, which is entering its second year, will run from October 5, 2015 to February 7, 2016 in Melbourne.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124832288/low-income-housing-in-los-angeles-a-look-at-the-past-present-and-future Low-income housing in Los Angeles: A look at the past, present and future Alexander Walter 2015-04-08T18:30:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T21:58:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zd/zd98obgmgg5omhnz.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The phrases "public housing" or "low-income housing" do not generally conjure thoughts of architectural innovation. [...] But it doesn't have to be that way, as several recent housing developments in Los Angeles prove. Instead, they pose the question: What if low-income housing was perceived as leading the vanguard of innovative, responsive architecture?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121757223/michael-maltzan-looks-to-the-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan Looks to the Future</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124830674/there-s-still-hope-blighted-new-orleans-lot-will-become-playground-that-gets-kids-excited-about-architecture There's still hope: Blighted New Orleans lot will become playground that gets kids excited about architecture Alexander Walter 2015-04-08T17:44:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:37:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3t/3tqaxhmqzwm0fjr9.jpg" width="500" height="889" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Students at several Central City schools soon will have a permanent place to learn about architecture, design and city planning after officials from PlayBuild, a nonprofit focused on architecture education, broke ground Tuesday on a &ldquo;design playground&rdquo; in New Orleans. The 2-year-old organization, along with Palmisano Contractors, is converting a vacant lot at Thalia and Willow streets into a space for children to play and learn.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Learn more about&nbsp;Playbuild NOLA (or find ways to get involved) <a href="http://www.playbuild.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124814566/john-portman-s-inadvertent-dystopian-fortresses John Portman's Inadvertent Dystopian Fortresses Julia Ingalls 2015-04-08T16:54:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:38:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sf/sfqt9wgnioe4kj0u.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;[Directors are] projecting a future by imagining how it would look in ruins,&rdquo; said Michael Hays, a professor of architectural theory at Harvard. &ldquo;All the flesh has been removed and you just see the architectural bones. I&rsquo;ve always thought Portman&rsquo;s buildings would make very beautiful ruins, because the essence of them is so powerful and so direct.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this larger piece about how Atlanta has become a favored setting for dystopian cinema, Harvard professor Michael Hays shares an unusual perspective on the work of John Portman as cinematic harbinger of doom.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124816981/could-scientists-engineer-synthetic-organisms-to-stop-climate-change Could scientists engineer synthetic organisms to stop climate change? Nicholas Korody 2015-04-08T14:12:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:39:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8c/8c69151b1b9262c3fc825b720f16e952.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Scientists and politicians the world over are looking for ways to halt or reverse [climate changes], a task that is fraught with difficulties in a world hooked on fossil fuels. One option increasingly discussed is terraforming&mdash;deliberately altering the environment in a way that cools the planet... Instead of creating global engineering projects, why not create life forms that do a similar job instead...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ricard Sole and his associates at the ICREA-Complex Systems Lab in Barcelona are experimenting with the potentials of using synthetic organisms to terraform the planet. One advantage to such a project &ndash; as opposed to other terraforming ideas that would require engineering feats of unprecedented scale &ndash; is that the landscape could be changed with minimal human input, using "the growth and colonizing potential that life offers."</p><p>Of course, as the article notes, the potential problems are also massive, like, for example, unintentionally triggering feedback mechanisms that accelerate global warming, or devastate global food supplies. Looking back at <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/114117296/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-pt-2-haunted-houses-living-buildings-and-other-horror-stories" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">other historical attempts to engineer biology</a>&nbsp;to suit human interests, this seems a more likely outcome than not. But Sole and his team are trying to develop preventative measures against such runaway growth. And as the article notes, one day this may be an urgent necessity: "if and when that day comes, let&rsquo;s hope we&rsquo;ll be glad of the researc...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124815371/revisiting-sharon-zukin-s-loft-living-and-nyc-gentrification Revisiting Sharon Zukin's "Loft Living" and NYC gentrification Justine Testado 2015-04-08T13:14:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:39:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e9/e9xbdih3kd3zj301.jpg" width="514" height="794" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Loft Living was first published, artists&rsquo; laments about real estate in New York City mirrored the concerns that have plagued residents for much of the last century. Namely, it&rsquo;s tough to find a suitable and affordable place to live. Since the late &rsquo;80s, the tenor of that complaint has shifted from one of anxiety to one of fear...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Guernica magazine interviewed sociologist Sharon Zukin following the 25th-anniversary release of her 1989 landmark book "Loft Living" last year. Revisiting her timely book -- which focuses on NYC's SoHo neighborhood when upscale real estate properties took over industrial lofts and artists' studios -- Zukin discusses urban theorist Jane Jacobs, perpetually soaring rent rates, NYC's changing demographics and affordability, and the influential yet seemingly overlooked role that arts communities play in the complex American "pastime" that is gentrification.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124816177/california-farmers-using-oil-wastewater-during-drought California Farmers Using Oil Wastewater during Drought Nicholas Korody 2015-04-08T13:12:00-04:00 >2015-04-09T07:55:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e6/e685a40771644fb5ed3a5f182b2bd6e3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For every barrel of oil Chevron produces in its Kern River oil field, another 10 barrels of salty wastewater come up with it. So Chevron is selling about 500,000 barrels of water per day...back to...the local water district that delivers water to farmers within a seven-mile slice of Kern County...But it&rsquo;s a risky dance; over time, high sodium can change the properties of the soil, making it impermeable, unable to take in any more water...Eventually, the soil becomes barren.</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/124744662/seattle-s-massive-bertha-tunnel-drill-is-up-for-repair-but-still-faces-a-shaky-outlook Seattle's massive Bertha tunnel drill is up for repair, but still faces a shaky outlook Justine Testado 2015-04-07T16:25:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T10:45:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i6/i63v3y12bioyszdm.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Megaprojects almost always fall short of their promises&mdash;costing too much, delivering underwhelming benefits, or both. Yet...cities still fall for them, seduced by new technologies and the lure of the perfect fix. A mix of factors has given Seattle a particularly acute sense of angst. The project depends on a singular piece of engineering. And Bertha&rsquo;s building a highway for cars in a city where workers overcrowd buses and commuters wrap themselves in waterproof everything to bike in the rain.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bedecked with amusingly cutesy illustrations, <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2015-bertha/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a> tells the exasperating tale of the giant tunnel drill dubbed <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/About/FollowBertha" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bertha</a>, which began digging the new State Route 99 tunnel underneath downtown Seattle in summer 2013 to replace the current street-level Alaskan Way Viaduct and ideally clear up the city's waterfront for a park. Named after Seattle's only female mayor Bertha Knight Landes, Bertha is reportedly the world's biggest tunnel drill at five stories tall, built with a 25,000-horsepower motor, 260 steel teeth, and has an $80 million price tag.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ff/ffky8mny9386xutf.jpg"><br><em>Bertha near completion back in 2012 before its shipment to Seattle</em>.</p><p>But in December 2013 after digging through about 1,000 feet, Bertha's seals busted from increasing temperatures and grit clogged up its teeth, so, it broke. Debate amongst Seattleites ensued. What the hell will happen to Big Bertha now? The project was originally <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/Schedule" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">scheduled</a> to be done this November.</p><p>Last week, <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Washington State</a>'s contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners safely haul...</p>