Archinect - News 2017-06-23T15:10:39-04:00 Renzo Piano's new museum in Spain shuns the 'Bilbao Effect' Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-23T13:41:00-04:00 >2017-06-23T13:41:46-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Almost 20 years since Frank Gehry&rsquo;s $100m titanium-clad Guggenheim Bilbao opened, another city on Spain&rsquo;s north coast is getting a major contemporary art centre designed by an internationally acclaimed &ldquo;starchitect&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano</a>'s first big commission in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spain</a>, The Centro Bot&iacute;n, is opening today.&nbsp;The architect claims that its comparisons&nbsp;with the museum that became <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a model for culture-driven regeneration schemes worldwide</a> are too simplistic. According the president of the Fundaci&oacute;n Bot&iacute;n&rsquo;s visual arts committee, Vicente Todol&iacute;,&nbsp;the center's primary mission is to serve the local community by providing the city with appropriate cultural infrastructure.</p> <p>The 10,300 sq. m building is covered in thousands of light-diffusing ceramic tiles, prioritizing "luminosity and lightness" and making it almost invisible from the city center.&nbsp;Split into two, the structure&nbsp;houses 2,500 sq. m of galleries and a 300-seat auditorium respectively. (This compares to around 11,000 sq. m of exhibition space across 19 galleries at the Guggenheim Bilbao.) With vast amount of green space around, the museum is raised on four-meter pillars to preserve the views of the waterfront.<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p><em></em></p><p><em>In Spain, which is still trying to recover from...</em></p> Archinect Sessions & Bureau Spectacular team up at the Arroyo Seco Weekend festival this Saturday in Pasadena Paul Petrunia 2017-06-22T17:45:00-04:00 >2017-06-22T19:24:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="902" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For those of you in the Los Angeles area, you are already aware of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arroyo Seco Weekend</a> music festival, taking place in Pasadena this weekend. The festival is a new event hosted by the same people that run <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coachella</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Desert Trip</a>, and other amazing art/music/culture events.&nbsp;</p> <p>For this inaugural festival, Archinect has teamed up with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jimenez Lai/Bureau Spectacular</a>.&nbsp;Hosted by Archinect's Paul Petrunia and Nicholas Korody, we will&nbsp;be running our 5th Next Up podcasting event inside of Bureau Spectacular's project "Field House."&nbsp;</p> <p>If you're coming to the&nbsp;festival, come by and say hi, or pull up a blanket and stick around for a few to listen to our conversations.&nbsp;<br></p> Lineup &amp; Schedule <ul><li><strong>Mimi Zeiger</strong>: 1 PM<br>Mimi Zeiger is a Los Angeles-based&nbsp;critic, editor and curator that has covered art, architecture, urbanism&nbsp;and design for a number of publications including <em>The New York Times</em>, Domus<em></em>, <em>Architectural Review</em>, and <em>Architect. </em>She&nbsp;is also author of <em>New Museums, Tiny Houses,</em>&nbsp;<em>Micro Green: Tiny&nbsp;Houses i...</em></li></ul> Dutch prisons converted into homes for refugees Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-21T18:09:00-04:00 >2017-06-21T18:09:28-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the country&rsquo;s crime rate and prison population have steadily declined for years, dozens of correctional facilities have closed altogether. So when the number of migrants started to rise&mdash;more than 50,000 entered the Netherlands last year alone&mdash;the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA) saw a solution.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Many <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">prisons</a> in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Netherlands</a> have been repurposed to house <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">refugees</a> who are waiting to be granted asylum status,&nbsp;a process that&nbsp;usually takes at least six months. Free to come and go as they please, the refugees are not allowed to work but are encouraged to learn Dutch and build connections with the surrounding community. </p> Architecture Billings Index in May shows gains in all sectors and "balanced growth" Alexander Walter 2017-06-21T13:53:00-04:00 >2017-06-21T13:54:22-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="412" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Design services at architecture firms continue to project a healthy disposition on the construction industry as the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) recorded the fourth consecutive month of growth. [...] (AIA) reported the May ABI score was 53.0, up from a score of 50.9 in the previous month. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings).</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;The fact that the data surrounding both new project inquiries and design contracts have remained positive every month this year, while reaching their highest scores for the year, is a good indication that both the architecture and construction sectors will remain healthy for the foreseeable future,&rdquo; AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;This growth hasn&rsquo;t been an overnight escalation, but rather a steady, stable increase.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The AIA reports these key ABI stats for the month of May:</p> <ul><li>Regional averages: South (56.1), West (52.3), Midwest (50.4), Northeast (46.5)</li><li> Sector index breakdown: mixed practice (55.8), multi-family residential (51.3), commercial / industrial (51.2), institutional (51.2)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 62.4</li><li>Design contracts index: 54.8</li></ul><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><p><em>All graphs represent data from May 2016 - May 2017. Images provided by the American Institute of Architects.</em><br></p> Inside Richard Meier’s White-Walled World Richard Meier & Partners 2017-06-21T11:51:00-04:00 >2017-06-21T11:52:22-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American architect &ndash; part of the New York Five and one of the city&rsquo;s most iconic modernists &ndash; talks to Port about his body of work and branching out from his beloved colour white</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 17 Architecture Schools now offer a faster track to becoming an architect Sponsor 2017-06-21T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-21T15:40:52-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href=";utm_medium=banner1500x500&amp;utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032917&amp;utm_term=direct&amp;utm_content=leaderboard" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p> <p><strong><em>This post is brought to you by <a href=";utm_medium=banner1500x500&amp;utm_campaign=aresponsorpost032917&amp;utm_term=direct&amp;utm_content=leaderboard" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</em></strong></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seventeen US architecture schools</a> now offer their students a faster track to becoming an architect; NCARB&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure</a> (IPAL).&nbsp; Students in IPAL programs will document the same number of hours of work experience, pass the same exams, and earn the same architecture degree as their non-accelerated counterparts &ndash; but they will have the opportunity to accomplish all of this before they graduate from college. &nbsp;</p> <p>California leads the way, with three participating institutions (New School of Architecture and Design, University of Southern California and Woodbury University), but IPAL is making an impact in architecture schools from coast to coast, and NCARB has pledged to work with state licensing boards to increase the number of jurisdictions which will accept this alternative to the traditional sequence of school, then work, then testing.</p> <p>Typically, architectural training begins with graduation from a professional degree...</p> Former US Embassy Building Is Declared Culturally-Inappropriate for Canadian Indigenous Center Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-20T19:20:00-04:00 >2017-06-21T13:59:52-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Classical revival is perhaps the architectural style most identified with colonization. This building, which references Washington architecture, is a building of formal rooms, offices, and&nbsp;hierarchies, echoing structures of European authority.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This June the federal government announced that the US' former embassy building in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ottawa</a>&nbsp;will become a space dedicated to Inuit, M&eacute;tis and First Nations communities which the task force of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RAIC</a> finds to be a deeply inappropriate space for an Indigenous Centre. </p> <p><em>"Canada's Indigenous communities have, for too long, been forced into leftover spaces that fail to connect in any meaningful way to their cultures and unique connectivity to place" </em>says the task force, composed of about 30 mostly Indigenous architects, architectural students, interns and academics. </p> <p>Dr. Patrick Stewart, the chair of the task force suggests that the federal government should provide capital dollars for the design and construction of a structure based upon Indigenous knowledge and&nbsp;through the use of Indigenous architects. </p> Yale students are raising awareness about homelessness and affordable housing Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-20T18:35:00-04:00 >2017-06-20T19:02:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="378" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Inside the pavilion is a long table embedded with exhibits and audio stations telling the stories of people who are either experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless, along with excerpts from data sets, state reports, urban theory, poetry, and literature.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Working&nbsp;with New Haven-based homeless services provider <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Columbus House</a>,&nbsp;students from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale School of Architecture</a>&nbsp;designed an interactive pavilion that will be featured at this year&rsquo;s festival together with&nbsp;an exhibition of student work in the YSoA architecture gallery showing proposals for affordable two-unit dwellings. </p> <p>&ldquo;The built environment affects us all, and it is our belief that architects and designers have an important role to play in addressing many of the most vexing issues of our time, including the shortage of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">affordable housing</a> and making our cities more inclusive," states&nbsp;Deborah Berke, Dean of the YSoA. </p> <p>The pavilion is open to the public 10AM - 4PM through June 24, and the exhibition will be on display Monday-Friday, 9AM - 5PM, and Saturday, 10AM - 5PM. through Aug. 12 at the YSoA gallery, 180 York St.</p> The Corner of Lovecraft and Ballard Places Journal 2017-06-20T17:22:00-04:00 >2017-06-20T17:23:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For Lovecraft, the ubiquitous angle between two walls is a dark gateway to the screaming abyss of the outer cosmos; for Ballard, it&rsquo;s an entry point to our own anxious psyche.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em></em>H.P. Lovecraft and J.G. Ballard both put architecture at the heart of their fiction, and both made the humble corner into a place of nightmares. Will Wiles delves into the malign interiors of their imagined worlds and&nbsp;the secret history of the spaces where walls meet.&nbsp;</p> <p><em></em></p> Grenfell Tower Fire: Up to 30K Other Buildings Clad in the Same Material Likely Responsible for the Fire Nicholas Korody 2017-06-19T12:23:00-04:00 >2017-06-20T10:13:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>There are tens of thousands of buildings in more than 87 tower blocks across the United Kingdom clad in the same aluminum composite that experts claim was largely responsible for the severity of the blaze that erupted on Grenfell Tower in Kensington and claimed at least 79 lives. The material, which is banned in the United States and elsewhere, is intended to improve the aesthetics of the towers, in part to raise nearby property values.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the case of Grenfell Tower, by just spending &pound;5,000 more on the&nbsp;&pound;8.6 million refurbishment, a fire resistant cladding could have been used and saved these lives. This is not new information. Back in 2000, an inquiry said all cladding systems should use non-combustible materials, following a blaze in Scotland responsible for the death of an elderly man. In addition to the cladding, a lack a sprinkler systems has been blamed for the fire. Just one of eight councils has said it put sprinklers into their flats&mdash;18 out of 2,925.</p> <p>Experts, such as archit...</p> New York Man Found Guilty of Pretending to be an Architect, Faces up to 7 Years in State Prison and $155K in Restitution Nicholas Korody 2017-06-19T12:08:00-04:00 >2017-06-19T16:16:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Back in April, we reported that Paul J. Newman, 49, was charged in three counties with pretending to be an architect. The man was neither registered nor licensed, yet worked on numerous housing projects in the Capital Region. Caught in an investigation dubbed &ldquo;Operation Vandelay Industries,&rdquo; Newman was accused of drafting architectural renderings for over 100 projects, as well as foundation inspections, field reports, engineer letters, and energy compliance certificates.</p> <p>Now, Newman has entered felony guilt pleas in all thee counties. He will be sentenced anywhere from 2 1/3 to 7 years in state prison. He will also have to pay over $155K in restitution.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Throughout the course of his fraudulent career, the defendant repeatedly demonstrated a disregard for the public safety of New Yorkers and a determination to cheat the system,&rdquo; said Attorney General Schneiderman. &ldquo;The state law is clear &ndash; no license, no architectural work for you. No one is above that standard.&rdquo;</p>... Trump appoints his "event planner" as a head of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Region II Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-16T17:55:00-04:00 >2017-06-19T10:55:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="436" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>President Trump has reportedly appointed a longtime Trump family supporter and event planner with no housing experience to oversee federal housing programs in New York. Lynne Patton will lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development&rsquo;s (HUD) region that oversees New York and New Jersey, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Appointed on Wednesday, Lynne Patton, has zero experience in housing, and is now in charge of&nbsp;running the office that oversees federal housing programs in New York.&nbsp;</p><p>Patton falsely claims to have a law degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law in Connecticut. Yale University is also listed on her LinkedIn profile with no official explanation.</p><p>Her relationship with Trump family began in 2009 when she became responsible for arranging tournaments at Trump golf courses. Patton later served as the liaison to the Trump family during his presidential campaign, arranged Eric Trump&rsquo;s wedding and helped run the Eric Trump Foundation, a charity that's now under investigation.&nbsp;</p> Grenfell Tower Fire: Corbyn calls for empty flats in the adjacent area to be requisitioned as evidence grows that negligence responsible for the blaze Nicholas Korody 2017-06-16T13:47:00-04:00 >2017-06-16T13:47:18-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Reports indicate that a cladding, banned in the United States, added to the Grenfell Tower was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">largely responsible</a> for the intensity of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fire</a> that claimed <em>at least </em>30 lives earlier this week in North Kensington. It was just &pound;2 cheaper per square meter than an alternative, fire resistant version. Disturbingly, the cladding was added to appease wealthy residents nearby, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">states</a> Emma Dent Coad, the Kensington MP, and to &lsquo;regenerate&rsquo; the area through development.</p><p>Anger has risen as the fire increasingly looks less like a tragic accident and more and more like the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">result</a>&nbsp;of outdated regulations and funding cuts. For example, sprinkler systems are not mandatory in public housing blocks&mdash;raising fears that some 4,000 similar blocks are at risk of similar tragedies. It is important to note that black and minority ethnic people are disproportionately housed in such flats.</p><p>When a fire erupted in 2009 in another tower block, analysis made clear inadequate measures were being taken to address fi...</p> Machines Don't Care; A Conversation about Exhibit Columbus's Student-Built Structures Paul Petrunia 2017-06-15T19:24:00-04:00 >2017-06-15T19:24:39-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Today&rsquo;s show follows up on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions episode </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">83</a>, when we discussed this first year of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Exhibit Columbus</a>. The inaugural exhibition of Exhibit Columbus opens this summer, on August 26, and will include <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">six built structures, designed by teams from six different Midwestern universities</a>, investigating the built environment of Columbus. On today&rsquo;s show, we will be discussing these projects along with Joshua Coggeshall and Janice Shimizu from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ball State University</a> team, and Martin Summers from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Kentucky</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=""></a></p><p>Listen to "Machines Don't Care":</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>:&nbsp;subscribe&nbsp;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> London tower block fire kills twelve; previous warnings about "very poor fire safety standards" may have gotten ignored Alexander Walter 2017-06-14T14:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-23T11:31:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="812" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Twelve people have died in a west London tower block fire and the number of deaths are expected to rise, police have said. [...] Grenfell Tower underwent a two-year &pound;10m refurbishment as part of a wider transformation of the estate, that was completed last year. [...] Before and during the refurbishment, the local Grenfell Action Group claimed that the block constituted a fire risk and residents warned that site access for emergency vehicles was "severely restricted".</p></em><br /><br /><p>While it's still too early to determine the cause of the fire, the <em>BBC</em> reports that "before and during the refurbishment, the local Grenfell Action Group claimed that the block constituted a fire risk and residents warned that site access for emergency vehicles was "severely restricted"."</p><p>Latest updates on the disastrous blaze can be found in <em>The Guardian</em>'s live feed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p><strong>UPDATE, June 14, 2017, 2:06 PM EST:</strong></p><p>Latest reports raise the fear that the tower may be seriously in danger of collapsing with structural cracks appearing in the corners. Firefighters have been pulled out of the tower.</p><p><img src=""><em>Image via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@mrgeorgeclarke</a> on Instagram.</em></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#GrenfellTower Tweets</a></p> Man Writes 91 Songs About the Washington, D.C. Metro System Julia Ingalls 2017-06-13T17:28:00-04:00 >2017-06-13T17:29:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It took six years, but every subway station in the Washington, D.C. area is now immortalized in song. For musician Jason Mendelson, it&rsquo;s his magnum opus.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Magentic Fields wrote 69 songs about love; professional tax manager and sometime musician Jason Mendelson has managed to record 91 songs about the Washington, D.C. Metro system, with one song for each subway stop.&nbsp;</p><p><img src=""></p>Map of the Washington, D.C. Metro.<p>While music critics will not be equating these two works anytime soon, it's rare for an entire transportation system to be memorialized in song (although <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">[Get Your Kicks On] Route 66</a>,&nbsp;along with Kraftwerk's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Autobahn</a>, come to mind). It's worth noting that Mendelson doesn't play favorites: in the video accompanying the article, he proclaims that "There are no boring commuter stops."</p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-06-13T03:30:00-04:00 >2017-06-23T11:31:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As we move into the third week of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Festival of Architecture</a>, the city is certainly not slowing down in its love for the built environment.&nbsp;Get involved in this week's workshops and exhibitions, which range from drawing London's skyline to eating it.&nbsp;</p><p>Don't miss your very last chance&nbsp;to visit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Circling the Square</a>&nbsp;and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japanese House</a> before they close.</p><p>You can check out all of the best London Festival of Architecture events <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here</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=""><br><em>Image: HCMA Architecture + Design</em></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Night Time Is The Right Time | Until 15 August</a></strong></p><p>In collaboration with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor of London</a>, this exhibition and event programme by the The Built Environment Trust explores our city after-hours. Looking at a range of reasons to be up after the sun, including social media and essential maintenance works, the exhibition will question the need and the potential of developing cities to work on a 24-hour basis.</p><p><img alt="" src=""><br><em>Image: Anna Parker</em></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beyond...</a></strong></p> Ho Chi Minh City′s historic architecture is quickly disappearing Alexander Walter 2017-06-12T17:38:00-04:00 >2017-06-12T17:42:30-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Others are concerned the demolition of its famed French architectural gems will render Ho Chi Minh City indistinguishable from other Asian megacities. "In the 1960s and 1970s it was very much French, but now it's very Americanized, McDonald's on every corner," said Hiep Nguyen, born in Ho City Minh City and author of several books on its architectural history.&nbsp; "A streetscape without a story has no value," he added.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"City officials are now writing a nine-point plan to classify buildings and mark some for protection," <em>DW</em> writes, "but admit such a huge task could take years to be implemented."</p> NCARB data reveals diversity is increasing amongst emerging professionals Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-12T17:14:00-04:00 >2017-06-12T17:14:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="466" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Every year, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB</a>&nbsp;releases a report that looks at architects' path to licensure as a way to provide insight into the profession. Paying particular attention to trends in how diverse the architecture population is becoming, how regulation of architects is changing, and any developments in licensing credentials, the report offers a benchmark for understanding where the profession may be moving.&nbsp;</p><p>While the full report will come out July, the 2017 edition of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB by the Numbers</a> has released their study on gender and diversity trends. In sum, they have found that licensure candidates and new architects are more diverse than ever.</p><p>NCARB found that racial and ethnicity diversity is increasing among licensure candidates. In 2016, 42 percent of new AXP participants and 30 percent of new ARE candidates identified as non-white&mdash;up three percentage points for both groups. That being said, diversity among newly licensed architects and NCARB Certificate holders remained the same.</p><p>In comparison, gend...</p> Editor's Picks #470 Nam Henderson 2017-06-12T13:36:00-04:00 >2017-06-13T21:02:34-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>ICYMI <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey</a> launched Archinect&rsquo;s latest series <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cross-Talk</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Each session of Cross-Talk will be oriented around one topic.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Each topic will be addressed by four texts.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Each text will be produced by a different author. </em></p><p><em>Each writer will have their own stance. </em></p><p><em>Each stance will be meant to agitate others.</em></p><p><em>Each agitation will produce a possible crack in reason. </em></p><p><em>Each crack will reveal a possible new position.</em></p><p>The first installment explored&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">agonism</a>. Reacting to one of the pieces <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a> wrote "<em>I've never, ever thought of myself as struggling against gravity as an architect...But reading this and thinking about the current project that is obsessing me - renovating a 100 year old abandoned brick building - I realize I constantly fight against decay, or entropy, or disuse.</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hannah Woods</a> published <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects of Social Responsibility</a>, in which she "<em>engages with architects adopting a range of business models to pursue social responsibility and looks deeper into ways the profession is ...</em></p> A 13-story building topples over in Alexandria, Egypt Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-07T14:25:00-04:00 >2017-06-07T15:06:22-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Incidents like these take place relatively frequently in Egypt where building regulations are often flouted and additional floors added without planning permission.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The building's failure is attributed to a weak foundation caused by its&nbsp;excessive height. Issued a removal order in 2002, just two years after its construction, the building was occupied up until last Wednesday when it&nbsp;leaned on its neighbor across the street.&nbsp;Its much overdue demolition began shortly after.&nbsp;</p><p>The affected families have been provided emergency housing at local schools, and been promised new apartments by Ministry of the&nbsp;Social Solidarity.The owner of the toppled&nbsp;building in Azareeta was arrested.</p> A solar-paneled US/Mexico border wall? Nicholas Korody 2017-06-07T12:56:00-04:00 >2017-06-07T17:46:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>President Donald Trump floated putting solar panels on his planned Mexican border wall in a meeting with legislative leaders Tuesday afternoon, according to White House and Capitol Hill officials. It was unclear why Trump brought up the topic, but he presented the panels as a way to fund the wall, which is expected to cost billions of dollars, according to three people familiar with the conversation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Of course, this comes on the heels of intense criticism of the President's decision to <a href="" target="_blank">withdraw</a> from the Paris Agreement.&nbsp;</p> Archinect LAX >< DET Mini Sessions; A Conversation With Architect Lorcan O'Herlihy About His Approach to Architecture and Urban Design in LA and Detroit Paul Petrunia 2017-06-06T15:57:00-04:00 >2017-06-06T21:45:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Today we finish off our series of conversations, or "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mini-Sessions</a>", with architects and designers in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit</a>, sharing our conversation with Lorcan O'Herlihy. Lorcan is an Irish-American architect, with offices in Los Angeles and Detroit. His recently published book, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amplified Urbanism, was recently reviewed on Archinect</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Where did you grow up?</strong></p> <p>I was born in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dublin Ireland</a> and I came here at a very young age to Los Angeles. I was two years old. My family was in the film business. My dad was a film actor so my early years was traveling extensively between the United States and Europe. I went back to Ireland at the age of eight and went to school there through 15, my formative years were spent in Dublin. I came back here at the age of 15 and began studying architecture in university when I was 16.</p> <p><strong>Sixteen is so young to be starting architecture!</strong></p> <p>I was 16 years old as a freshman at University. I was extremely green.</p> <p><strong>Where was that?</strong></p> <p>I have an MA in History and Theory from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ar...</a></p> MoMA celebrates Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th birthday with comprehensive exhibition of his archives Julia Ingalls 2017-06-06T13:58:00-04:00 >2017-06-07T23:36:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you've ever wanted to see the original physical model of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City in person, you're in the luck: starting June 12th (with a <a href=";" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">live-streamed press preview on June 8th, which you can watch here</a>), the Museum of Modern Art will display its Frank Lloyd Wright archive to celebrate the legendary architect's 150th birthday. <em>Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive</em>, which includes drawings, building fragments, never before seen photographs, film clips and other iconic leavings, will be publicly viewable until October 1st. (PS: For further Frank Lloyd Wright coverage, keep your eyes peeled: Archinect is working on some special pieces for FLW's actual birthday, June 8th.)</p> Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Releases a Statement Affirming its Responsibility to Combat Climate Change Joanna Kloppenburg 2017-06-06T13:43:00-04:00 >2017-06-06T13:44:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Royal Architectural Institute of Canada</a> (RAIC) proclaimed yesterday its commitment to enforcing measures of sustainability within the Canadian architecture community. The statement was released in support of a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">letter</a> published by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in the wake of President Donald Trump&rsquo;s announcement last week that the United States plans to withdraw from the Paris Agreement initiated to curb climate change.&nbsp;</p><p>The RAIC&rsquo;s statement reads:</p><p><em>&ldquo;The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) affirms the continued commitment of the Canadian architecture community to designing a more sustainable world and making the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement a reality.</em></p><p><em>&lsquo;Each of us has a responsibility in our work and with our everyday choices to ensure a sustainable future,&rsquo; says RAIC President-Elect Michael Cox, FRAIC. &lsquo;The RAIC applauds and whole-heartedly endorses the American Institute of Architects&rsquo; commitment to continue to exercise that responsibility.&rsquo;</em></p><p><em>The RAIC join...</em></p> With the Middle East in diplomatic crisis, what will happen to Qatar's building projects? Nicholas Korody 2017-06-06T12:53:00-04:00 >2017-06-08T09:00:55-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a stunning move, seven Muslim countries&mdash;Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Libya, Yemen, and the Maldives&mdash;have <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">severed</a> ties to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Qatar</a>, a small nation of about 2.7 million people on the north-east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. The crisis underscores the deep divisions running even within Sunni Islam that are often overlooked by the West, which tends to view the Muslim world through the dichotomous prism of Sunni and Shia.&nbsp;</p><p>These countries accuse Qatar of sponsoring terrorism, which is to say, primarily, Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood held power briefly in Egypt following the 2011 Revolution before being overthrown in a coup led by General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. They are active in many of the seven aforementioned countries.</p><p>Qatar also funds Al Jazeera, the widely-watched news channel known for supporting political Islamism and for critiquing the regimes controlling Saudi Arabia and other countries. And Qatar has been criticized for m...</p> Harvard withdraws acceptance offers from students who created offensive memes Julia Ingalls 2017-06-06T12:36:00-04:00 >2017-06-07T18:40:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Students sent each other memes and other images mocking sexual assault, the Holocaust, and the deaths of children, according to screenshots of the chat obtained by The Crimson. Some of the messages joked that abusing children was sexually arousing, while others had punchlines directed at specific ethnic or racial groups. One called the hypothetical hanging of a Mexican child &ldquo;pi&ntilde;ata time.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ten students who managed to beat out nearly 38,000 others to gain admission to Harvard lost their chance to attend the university after sharing offensive online memes in a private Facebook chat. After discovering the memes, which ironically were traded over a platform designed by a former alumnus over a decade ago, the College withdrew the students' offers of admission, upholding the institution's strong commitment to ethics. &nbsp;</p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-06-06T03:30:00-04:00 >2017-06-05T17:22:06-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Week two of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Festival of Architecture</a>, and the pace is ramping up. Expect to find yourself in an internal war when deciding on what to do on Saturday - Architectural Yoga, or watching 'Boris Bike' racing&hellip;</p><p>&nbsp;There are plenty of workshops and exhibitions to go to, especially over the weekend, and many exhibitions and open studios throughout the week. The vast majority are free, and are 'drop-in', so what are you waiting for?</p><p>&nbsp;You can check out all of the best London Festival of Architecture events <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here</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=""><br><em>Image: Sinclair Johnston</em></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Smellery of Smithfield | Until 2 July</a></strong></p><p>Until July, catch this 'smellscape' at the Smithfield (a place which is already locally known for its distinctive odour), to explore how smells can unlock memory. Local stories and histories will also be included in this olfactory installation.</p><p><img alt="" src=""><em>Image: Footprints of London</em></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Once there was a Church | 7 June</a></strong></p><p>This walking tour will...</p> Two arrested in Oakland Ghost Ship case Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-05T20:50:00-04:00 >2017-06-06T13:15:43-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Leaseholder Derick Almena and tenant Max Harris each were charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter in the December fire at Oakland's Ghost Ship warehouse, said Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in December, tragedy struck as a blaze broke out during a show at Oakland's Ghost Ship&mdash;a DIY-venue located in a two-story warehouse. One of the two exits had been blocked, leading to chaos as party-goers attempted to exit to safety. The incident lead to the devastating loss of 36 young men and woman.&nbsp;</p><p>The leaseholder, Derick Almena, and the tenant, Max Harris, received much criticism for the incident, having endangered both the concert-goers and those living in the warehouse by not ensuring the site was up to code. Assistant District Attorney Teresa Drenick said the two men "knowingly created a fire trap with inadequate means of escape. They then filled that area with human beings and are now facing the consequences of their action." The two were arrested earlier today and each faces up to 39 years in prison if convicted of all charges.&nbsp;</p><p>Back when the incident happened, it prompted discussions of the safety and vitality of DIY venues such as Ghost Ship, and focused attention on t...</p> The US is withdrawing from the Paris Agreement — here's the AIA's response Nicholas Korody 2017-06-01T18:12:00-04:00 >2017-06-02T15:06:30-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Just a few hours ago, President Donald Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the non-binding Paris Agreement intended to mitigate climate change. The President of the American Institute of Architects Thomas Vonier, FAIA has issued a statement in response, reaffirming its commitment to reducing the (vast) contributions of the built environment to global warming.</p><p>Here it is in full:</p><p><em>"The United States must remain a leader in the battle to cease harmful and needless practices that damage the planet and its climate, acting out of both environmental concerns and national economic interests. Instead of helping our economy, as the Administration contends, withdrawing from the Paris Agreement will put us behind our major global competitors.</em></p><p><em>The AIA will not retreat from its long-established efforts to conserve energy and to deploy renewable resources in buildings. We will continue to lead in efforts to curb the use of fuels and technologies that needlessly pollute our atmos...</em></p>