Archinect - News 2017-04-26T13:44:30-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150004609/brutalist-sydney-map-celebrates-the-city-s-concrete-heritage Brutalist Sydney Map celebrates the city's concrete heritage Alexander Walter 2017-04-25T21:03:00-04:00 >2017-04-25T21:12:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sq/sqgn1p5y3fuiyrkv.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The family of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/928702/brutalist-map" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Brutalist Maps</em></a> architectural guide books just welcomed its newest member into this world and extends the reach to Australia: <em>Brutalist Sydney Map</em>&mdash;launched this week by Blue Crow Media in collaboration with Glenn Harper of <a href="https://www.instagram.com/Brutalist_Project_Sydney/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Brutalist_Project_Sydney</a> and Senior Associate Architect at <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/46114/ptw-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PTW Architects</a>&mdash;helps concrete aficionados locate and learn more about landmark buildings designed by Marcel Breuer, Herbert Beckhard, Harry Seidler &amp; Associates and many others.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lq/lq5hspr5tlssslfe.jpg"></p><p><em>"The guide features fifty of the most significant examples of Brutalist architecture in the city and suburbs of Sydney. Celebrated buildings such as the Sirius Apartments (likely to be sold without heritage listing) by Tao Gofers and the former NSW Housing Commission, Sydney Town Hall by Anchor Mortlock and Woolley, and Bidura Children&rsquo;s Court (now sold and likely to be demolished) by former NSW Government Architect are included alongside lesser known structures such as Buhrich House II by the &eacute;migr&eacute; architects Hugh an...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004637/cameron-sinclair-to-lead-airbnb-humanitarian-team-for-temporary-housing-project Cameron Sinclair to lead Airbnb humanitarian team for temporary-housing project Justine Testado 2017-04-25T19:47:00-04:00 >2017-04-26T09:33:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6c/6c5vwgv5y9qmvhgs.jpg" width="640" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sinclair has been working with Airbnb over the past year on various pilot projects, with the official [temporary housing] project launching this summer. The ultimate goal is for one million Airbnb users to register as &ldquo;hosts for good,&rdquo; signaling that they will provide housing for people impacted by natural disasters or otherwise displaced.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sinclair will lead Airbnb's in-house humanitarian team as part of <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/weaccept" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the company's goal</a> to provide free, short-term housing for 100,000 people in need over the next five years. Airbnb announced the #weaccept project in a commercial (linked below) that aired at this year's Super Bowl, not long after Trump's travel ban was issued and also in light of Airbnb guests reporting that they <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149949227/after-allegations-of-racial-discrimination-and-airbnbwhileblack-fallout-airbnb-looks-inward" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">experienced racial discrimination</a> from hosts on the website.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004572/will-luxury-apartment-owners-shut-down-the-tate-s-viewing-platform Will luxury apartment owners shut down the Tate's viewing platform? Julia Ingalls 2017-04-25T13:55:00-04:00 >2017-04-25T13:57:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/37/37jl60ykda6piaca.jpg" width="600" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Good walls make good neighbours &ndash; but not, it seems, when they are made entirely of glass. Five residents of the multi-million-pound Neo Bankside towers, which loom behind Tate Modern like a crystalline bar chart of inflated land values, have filed a legal claim against the museum to have part of its viewing platform shut down. They claim that its 10th-floor public terrace has put their homes into a state of &ldquo;near constant surveillance&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In an apparent case of art interfering with life, the owners of the apartments next to the Tate Modern's viewing platform are trying to legally erect some kind of visual barrier between them and the visitors of the museum (although the exotic technology of curtains has apparently not yet made it to the U.K.). This attempt at transforming the viewing platform into just a platform is raising ire for several good reasons, chiefly because it places the comfort of a few above the aesthetic pleasure of potentially millions. On the plus side, it has also caused Oliver Wainwright to write a highly enjoyable piece delving into barely restrained class tension and London's swollen luxury real estate market.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003779/waf-2017-announces-performance-as-theme-for-this-year-s-festival WAF 2017 announces "Performance" as theme for this year's festival Sponsor 2017-04-21T03:00:00-04:00 >2017-04-20T12:48:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wp/wpbfr0wqpjavzaoj.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/?utm_source=sponsoredpost2&amp;utm_campaign=archinect_entries&amp;utm_medium=social" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/wu/wub4dpnmobfmmx5i.png"></a><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="https://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/?utm_source=sponsoredpost2&amp;utm_campaign=archinect_entries&amp;utm_medium=social" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Architecture Festival</a>.</strong></em><p>The only global festival that combines awards, live judging, conferences and networking, the <a href="https://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/?utm_source=sponsoredpost2&amp;utm_campaign=archinect_entries&amp;utm_medium=social" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Architecture Festival</a>,&nbsp;has announced "Performance" as the theme for its tenth anniversary edition.&nbsp;</p><p>The notion of "performance" in architecture will be central to this year's World Architecture Festival seminar programme. Plus, the <a href="https://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/berlin-architect-tours?utm_source=sponsoredpost2&amp;utm_campaign=archinect_entries&amp;utm_medium=social" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architectural tours</a>&nbsp;will also be focused on "performance," with visits to Berlin's top performance venues including Hans Scharoun's Berlin Philharmonie, which inspired the concept of listening to music in the round when it opened in 1963.</p><p>Revealing the theme for 2017,&nbsp;<strong>WAF Programme Director, Paul Finch</strong>, commented: "This year we will examine the multiple aspects of "performance" that architecture has to embrace: aesthetic, technical, economic, and psychological.</p><p>We will be discussing buildings designed for performance &ndash; for example, theaters and concert halls &ndash; but also the role that buildings play in th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003944/touring-danish-playground-emphasizes-multi-faceted-nature-of-play-with-modular-elements-a-smoke-machine Touring Danish playground emphasizes multi-faceted nature of play with modular elements + a smoke machine Julia Ingalls 2017-04-20T13:06:00-04:00 >2017-04-20T13:06:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z5/z5d50l04kih6628k.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In addition to conceptually representing the inherent creativity of play, this&nbsp;touring modular playground made up of 35 white cubes mounted on safety rubber&nbsp;also features inlaid LEDs and a smoke machine, making it ridiculously cool for its target demographic.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0v/0vx66brkmcwz3a4f.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m3/m36u4se2qixinfoy.jpg"></p><p>As Stephan Gustin, one of the designers behind architecture firm Gustin Landscape's playground explains, "Kids are like grown-ups &ndash; we are all different, and since the &lsquo;classic&rsquo; playground design only considers&nbsp;physical play, it is this variation in personality that is a high priority for My Playground.&nbsp;We created a set of &lsquo;building blocks&rsquo; that can be configured in several ways to fit different places. We created these white cubes with&nbsp;refined decorations that have the feeling of a 'non-specific' landscape, meaning that you can create your own story, your own drama and your own fantasy. The cubes will then transform and blend into different environments. This could not happen if it looked&nbsp;like a giant ladybug - or classic swing...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003789/architecture-billings-index-in-march-ends-first-quarter-with-sizable-increase Architecture Billings Index in March ends first quarter with sizable increase Alexander Walter 2017-04-19T15:22:00-04:00 >2017-04-20T13:33:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2h/2hqkmoba5sz4xilr.jpg" width="650" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The first quarter of the year ended on a positive note for the Architecture Billings Index (ABI). [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was 54.3, up from a score of 50.7 in the previous month. This score reflects a sizable increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 59.8, down from a reading of 61.5 the previous month, while the new design contracts index dipped from 54.7 to 52.3.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;The first quarter started out on uneasy footing, but fortunately ended on an upswing &nbsp;entering the traditionally busy spring season,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &nbsp;&ldquo;All sectors showed growth except for the commercial/industrial market, which, for the first time in over a year displayed a decrease in design services.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI stats for the month of March:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: Midwest (54.6), South (52.6), Northeast (52.4), West (50.2)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (54.6), mixed practice (53.7), institutional (52.9), commercial / industrial (49.8)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 59.8</li><li>Design contracts index: 52.3</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zu/zuirvfen4w0x74mf.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/15/15o4vskzs13aov6b.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xu/xuf3f69qrkam7n0s.jpg"></p><p><em>All graphs represent data from March 2016 - March 2017, images via aia.org.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003547/so-called-parking-podiums-are-aesthetically-ruining-downtown-los-angeles So-called "parking podiums" are aesthetically ruining downtown Los Angeles Julia Ingalls 2017-04-18T13:58:00-04:00 >2017-04-18T19:53:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lt/ltxyqc06olrvbw49.jpg" width="650" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As L.A. pats itself on the back for its freshly angular skyline, a new architectural trend &mdash; enabled by another city ordinance &mdash; threatens to turn the beating heart of modern Los Angeles into a cold, lifeless and unwalkable place.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This excellent piece by the aptly named Steven Sharp delves into the uglification of downtown Los Angeles via the "parking podium," wherein large buildings dedicate their first few floors to a parking garage to meet code requirements for parking, thereby plunging the pedestrian realm back into an unwelcome "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122585949/the-days-of-infinite-thinking-what-city-of-quartz-means-for-los-angeles-25-years-later" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City of Quartz</a>" vibe. Putting the parking in the first few floors is cheaper than digging underground or creating surface lots, but honestly: <em>ugh!&nbsp;</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003538/indian-bar-legally-evades-closure-by-adding-250-meter-long-maze-entrance Indian bar legally evades closure by adding 250-meter long maze entrance Julia Ingalls 2017-04-18T12:38:00-04:00 >2017-04-18T13:11:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lu/lucoxqswicnjsau4.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since April 1 a large number of the bars, pubs and liquor shops across India has gone out of business, thanks to a Supreme Court order that the outlets should be at least 500m away from state and national highways...The Aishwarya Bar in North Paravoor, a Kochi suburb has built a 250m-long maze-like walkway to the entrance, theoretically making it more than 500m away from the highway.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a move that has even delighted the bureaucrats who initially drafted the rule that no bar could be within 500 meters of a highway, an Indian bar has managed to stay in business by virtue of building a 250 meter long maze that, like the snaking lines at an amusement park, greatly expands the literal number of feet one must traverse to get to the bar's actual entrance. While this clever invention may necessitate a designated walker to help steer patrons back out, it ranks among the best architectural interpretations of law we've seen in some time. Cheers!</p><p>h/t <a href="http://www.bldgblog.com/2017/04/entry-maze/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bldgblog</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003346/the-garden-bridge-a-sign-of-our-post-truth-times The Garden Bridge: a sign of our "post-truth" times? Nicholas Korody 2017-04-17T12:29:00-04:00 >2017-04-17T12:29:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/74/74dozoiuukrvhy3l.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The garden bridge, proposed to cross the Thames from the South Bank to Temple, is nothing if not a landmark of the post-truth era. It has wrung tens of millions out of the public purse on the basis of deceptions, distortions and facts that proved to be fake. First sold as &ldquo;a gift to the people of London&rdquo;, entirely paid for by private sector donations, it is now due to cost a minimum of &pound;60m in public money. Its estimated total cost has gone from &pound;60m to &ldquo;north of &pound;200 million&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Its claims to fundraising prowess are exaggerated, its promised transport benefits minimal. Its backers assert overwhelming public support on the basis of a poll that told those polled nothing of the costs and drawbacks of the project.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003345/the-aia-releases-8-new-principles-responding-to-climate-change The AIA releases 8 new principles responding to climate change Nicholas Korody 2017-04-17T12:25:00-04:00 >2017-04-21T12:39:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ii/ii0815dhx0sfx7of.jpg" width="650" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"Architecture and design can mitigate climate impact while simultaneously reducing operating costs for building owners," <a href="https://www.aia.org/resources/77541-where-we-stand-climate-change" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">says</a> AIA President Thomas Vonier, FAIA, in a recently-released press statement issued in conjunction with Earth Day. &rdquo;We need the federal government to keep and even expand incentives that are already producing major advances in energy efficient design and cutting the carbon footprint of buildings."</p><p>The statement continues with eight principles geared towards how architects can mitigate the worst effects of climate change. It urges government bodies to act to conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions. It also notes the huge expansion of jobs (2.1 million from 2011-2014) and economic growth (more than $167 billion in GDP from 2011-2014) that&rsquo;s already accompanied energy-conscious construction:</p><p>The principles are:</p><ol><li><em>The United States must lead the fight against climate change. The federal government must maintain America&rsquo;s global leadership in the design and constructi...</em></li></ol> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002960/editor-s-picks-467 Editor's Picks #467 Nam Henderson 2017-04-14T13:25:00-04:00 >2017-04-14T21:20:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/20/20fopsabzc0eutef.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a> started publishing excerpts from Archinect&rsquo;s fourth live podcasting event, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/908986/floating-worlds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up: Floating Worlds</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Looking at potential roles for architecture in the contemporary neoliberal economy, with a focus on issues pertaining to gender and identity, the event featured lectures/interviews with; Jack Self, <a href="http://www.christinebjerke.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christine Bjerke</a>, the Feminist Architecture Collaborative, one-third of Support.fm (and perhaps?) more&hellip;</p><p>Responding to some critics,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a>&nbsp;offered <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/150000055/working-through-architecture-and-its-refusal-an-interview-with-f-architecture-from-next-up-floating-worlds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">perspective</a> "<em>I've been publicly humbled several times recently for doing what I think a lot of commenters here are doing: reading/hearing something that makes me uncomfortable, so I get defensive about it and start delegitimizing it. I'm learning to just listen sometimes: to consider that the speaker has a platform for a reason (f-architecture is certainly doing stuff), and maybe I should listen *without commenting* and try to figure out why what they're saying makes me uncomfortable and examine what long-held beliefs I have t...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002920/archinect-sessions-episode-100-with-steven-holl Archinect Sessions Episode 100 with Steven Holl Paul Petrunia 2017-04-13T18:42:00-04:00 >2017-04-17T17:47:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rc/rcbxw9t8nrpsromt.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week, for our 100th episode of Archinect Sessions, we are excited to share our conversation with Archinect favorite <a href="http://archinect.com/stevenholl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl</a>. Our conversation spans a number of topics, including&nbsp;growing up in a small town in Washington state, his early career struggles, his inspirations, working in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/643/china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China</a>, globalism, his friendship with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/110/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha</a>, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/51168/pritzker-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Prize</a>,&nbsp;and the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150001771/the-steven-myron-holl-foundation-announces-a-new-summer-architecture-fellowship-in-rhinebeck-new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Myron Holl Foundation</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pw/pwye60sgiqc8gb1u.jpg"></p><p>Listen to "Archinect Sessions Episode 100 with Steven Holl":</p><ul></ul><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" 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://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/archinect/Archinect-Sessions-100.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes:</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gy/gy2ykan66jhktbw3.jpg"><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982422/steven-holl-architects-designed-library-in-malawi-approved" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Malawi Library</a> sketch</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mv/mvb79vh1ugbfk6mm.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bu/bujpp418cq5b9us3.jpg"><br>Steven Holl's Alvar Aalto medal&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/78/78m20a51me1bn9ez.jpg"><br><a href="http://www.stevenholl.com/books/28" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anchoring,&nbsp;1989, Princeton Architectural Press</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002911/l-a-s-petersen-museum-receives-2017-american-architecture-award L.A.'s Petersen Museum receives 2017 American Architecture Award Julia Ingalls 2017-04-13T16:58:00-04:00 >2017-04-17T10:57:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/al/al5nvzjda83yqgmh.jpg" width="650" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Despite receiving <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143075812/urban-blight-a-review-of-the-petersen-automotive-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a substantial drubbing from architectural critics</a>, the Petersen Museum has managed to garner a 2017 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athanaeum Museum of Architecture and Design (among 78 other finalists).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ye/yeghvpa3gpstropg.jpg"></p><p>The award, which has been given out since 1994, recognized the new design of the museum for transforming "the Petersen building into one of the most significant and unforgettable structures in Los Angeles." The award panel went on to note that:</p><p><em>Unlike most museum renovations, which involve complete building teardown, this is a repositioning project. To use the metaphor of a car, if the existing building is a car&rsquo;s chassis, the design is the body. The bones of the structure remain, and the existing concrete portico on Wilshire is removed. The rooftop becomes converted into a party space which can be rented out. A corrugated aluminum rain screen outboard wraps around the building on each of the three street frontages, giving the museum an entirely new look...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002869/silicon-valley-is-creating-a-homeless-crisis-in-rural-california Silicon Valley is creating a homeless crisis in rural California Nicholas Korody 2017-04-13T12:40:00-04:00 >2017-04-13T12:40:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/05/054ahu7vsd2fqxd3.jpg" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>California&rsquo;s Central Valley is best known for supplying nearly 25% of the country&rsquo;s food, including 40% of the fruit and nuts consumed each year. Yet today, backcountry places such as Patterson, population 22,000, are experiencing an increase in homelessness that can be traced, in part, to an unlikely sounding source: Silicon Valley.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As home prices rise staggeringly high in Silicon Valley and San Jose, aspiring homeowners have increasingly headed inland to the agricultural regions of the Central Valley, which lie alongside the I-5. In towns like Patterson, rents have risen from $900 to $1,600 over three years, forcing more and more people out of homes and into the street. According to the last census, in the county at large, there are&nbsp;1,400 homeless people with nearly 18,000 at threat of becoming homeless.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002696/oil-company-proposes-turning-l-a-oil-drilling-site-into-affordable-housing Oil company proposes turning L.A. oil-drilling site into affordable housing Justine Testado 2017-04-12T14:06:00-04:00 >2017-04-18T00:51:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r0/r0kqlbjwupuhx14q.jpg" width="650" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sentinel Peak Resources, which took over the roughly 1.1-acre site in December, now believes that affordable housing is the &ldquo;best beneficial use&rdquo; for the land [...] Neighborhood leaders said they were interested in closing and re-purposing the site, but are awaiting more details. They stressed that regardless of any plans, they still want the city to pursue their concerns about violations at the site, which Sentinel Peak Resources has so far brushed off.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the L.A. Times, &ldquo;No official plan has been drafted and details are scant, but [L.A. City Council President Herb] Wesson said he was &lsquo;unbelievably excited&rsquo; about the idea, arguing it could pave the way to convert other local drilling sites.&rdquo;</p><p>But converting the site &mdash; which is located at 4th Avenue and Washington Boulevard across the&nbsp;Carson-Gore Academy of Environmental Studies&nbsp;&mdash; could become pricey, and state regulators &ldquo;caution against building over wells, warning that even a properly plugged well can leak in the future.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002204/prewar-is-so-last-year Prewar Is So Last Year Nam Henderson 2017-04-10T16:12:00-04:00 >2017-04-13T23:05:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/um/umb6rexwccbnof67.jpg" width="650" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Moldings, profiles, traditional cabinets &mdash; they&rsquo;re not really interested in that. They&rsquo;re really interested in something more modern and definitely more linear....Of course, paring down with such attention to detail comes at a price. Where baseboards and moldings can be used to hide uneven edges, the cleaner lines favored by millennials require more precision....Yet dramatically altering the DNA of a prewar apartment could harm its resale value</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jill Krasny highlights a growing trend among younger, buyers. They may prefer older, prewar apartments to newer, cookie cutter options, yet aren't necessarily interested in the traditional finishes and historical details. Rather they are more interested in clean lines, "gap reveal" and&nbsp;open, modern spaces.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998422/creating-brand-recognition-with-3a-composites-usa-s-corporate-id-programs Creating Brand Recognition with 3A Composites USA's Corporate ID Programs Sponsor 2017-04-10T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-03-21T16:51:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e4/e4ims1tnqca643ww.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://3acompositesusa.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/od/od14et3vz1z8duru.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://3acompositesusa.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3A Composites USA</a></strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Every company wants to establish a brand on a local, regional, national or even international level. A company strives for an image that is recognizable by potential customers no matter where they are in the world. In fact, the first face-to-face interaction with a customer might be at a company&rsquo;s own location. This initial impression can make or break the customer&rsquo;s willingness to spend their money. Maintaining a well-loved and respected brand appearance is imperative to a company&rsquo;s success. This is where&nbsp;<a href="http://3acompositesusa.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3A Composites USA</a>&rsquo;s Corporate Identity programs&nbsp;fit in.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ho/howsfyt0mzlphc8t.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lk/lkgfsw8yz7essyoy.jpg"></p><p>When starting the design phase, a company must choose which colors and materials will fit their desired image. This can be a daunting process due to all of the available materials and the look these materials can potentially convey. To simplify this process, 3A Composites USA has focused on working closely with architects and designers to aid companies in their selections both i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002008/biting-independent-review-on-garden-bridge-is-a-reality-check-for-the-project-s-authorities Biting independent review on Garden Bridge is a reality check for the project's authorities Justine Testado 2017-04-07T20:23:00-04:00 >2017-04-07T20:24:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ve/ve6qs5345rt34q1i.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Today, the Greater London Authority released a biting investigative report on the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/529656/garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garden Bridge</a> conducted by senior Member of Parliament Margaret Hodge. Last October, Mayor Sadiq Khan formally appointed Hodge to lead the independent review, as part of Khan's promise to investigate the decisions surrounding the mismanaged project when he first came into office. Based on Hodge's findings, prospects on the controversial project are still looking grim; it would be better to ditch the project than risk wasting more public money.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e5/e5qh5ibbeup0wea5.jpg"><br><em>Rendering courtesy of Arup/Heatherwick Studio.</em></p><p>&ldquo;This review does not seek to assess whether building a Garden Bridge over the River Thames is a good idea; that is a matter for the Mayor, and I made clear at the start of this review process that I had no view,&rdquo; Hodge writes in the introduction. The report focuses on examining value for money for public funds. Hodge notes the likelihood of increasing project costs, which she states could rise to over&nbsp;&pound;200 million wit...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001624/transborder-wins-competition-for-holocaust-center-in-oslo Transborder wins competition for Holocaust-Center in Oslo Archinect 2017-04-06T20:23:00-04:00 >2017-04-08T12:53:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/to/todh46r73vnqgjty.jpg" width="650" height="553" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In tough competition with leading Norwegian offices (<a href="http://archinect.com/snohetta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a>, Jensen &amp; Skodvin, Jarmund Vigsn&aelig;s and Carl Viggo H&oslash;lmebakk) the young practice&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/transborderstudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transborder Studio</a>&nbsp;wins the invited competition for an extension of the Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities. The center is located in Oslo, Norway, in a villa from 1917.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/2y/2ygh0w1pc1lxjrm6.jpg"></p><p>Villa Grande has a turbulent history. Most affected is the villa by its notorious inmate during the occupation period leaving imprints of paranoia and nazi philosophy on the architecture. The villa&rsquo;s narrow, somewhat claustrophobic exhibition rooms are fitting as framework for exhibiting one of mankind&rsquo;s worst traumas. But the extension that will house an expanded HL-center exhibition activity should give a new spatial dimension and become a counterweight to this world of heavy architectural symbolism. Our proposal creates a subtle framework for new narratives of conditions of minority groups in the world. By cultivating the edge of the &ldquo;castle plateau&rdquo; wit...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001777/rump-tow RUMP TOW Gary Garvin 2017-04-06T14:17:00-04:00 >2017-04-06T16:05:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g2/g2mv31ngvfyq06fg.jpg" width="545" height="824" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture, we forget at our peril, is inherently violent. It invariably subtracts from the range of available possibilities, especially the perennially attractive option of building nothing at all. In this sense, construction sites are crime scenes. &mdash;Herbert Muschamp, NY Times</p></em><br /><br /><p>Three&nbsp;<a href="http://numerocinqmagazine.com/2017/03/31/rump-tow-gary-garvin/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">quick takes</a>&nbsp;on architecture, with links, of relevance to a certain tower.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001766/the-aia-releases-a-revamped-disaster-assistance-handbook The AIA releases a revamped 'Disaster Assistance Handbook' Nicholas Korody 2017-04-06T13:07:00-04:00 >2017-04-06T13:07:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7b/7baxa8uengl4yxoj.jpg" width="650" height="841" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The AIA has released a <a href="http://aiad8.prod.acquia-sites.com//sites//default//files//2017-03//Disaster_Assistance_Handbook_032017.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">revamped version</a> of its <em>Disaster Assistance Handbook</em>, which they claim is &ldquo;significantly enhanced&rdquo; and &ldquo;will serve as a go-to resource for architects, built environments professionals, municipal government officials and emergency managers involved in disaster mitigation, preparation, response, and recovery.&rdquo; Developed by a national team of AIA members and staff, alongside contributions from industry experts and government officials, the Handbook is oriented towards utilizing architects&rsquo; existing skill set to address different phases of a disaster.</p><p>&ldquo;As the frequency, severity and costs of natural and manmade hazards continue to impact the built environment, the unique skillsets that architects bring to all phases of emergency management are more critical than ever, &ldquo; states AIA&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149978362/architects-respond-to-the-aia-s-statement-in-support-of-president-elect-donald-trump" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">embattled</a> Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA. &ldquo;The new Handbook shows architects everywhere how they can work with local governments to prepare for and respond to disasters, and h...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001752/comedy-meets-architecture-as-michael-ian-black-chats-with-deborah-berke Comedy meets architecture as Michael Ian Black chats with Deborah Berke Julia Ingalls 2017-04-06T12:18:00-04:00 >2017-04-06T12:21:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uz/uzg0x4bc6ikth1k4.jpg" width="650" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although certain architects have attempted&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149997795/sadar-vuga-declare-humor-is-a-rare-quality-in-architecture-in-a-new-documentary-on-the-influential-slovenian-firm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">to inject humor into the profession</a>, architecture is generally not known for its slapstick and wry timing, which makes the pairing of interviewer Michael Ian Black (formerly of classic comedy show <em>The State</em>) and <a href="http://archinect.com/yale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale</a> <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149958873/deborah-berke-shares-her-vision-as-incoming-dean-at-the-yale-school-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dean of Architecture Deborah Berke</a> just...unusual, but great. You can listen to their talk about the role of architecture in everyday life&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/prx/how-to-be-amazing-with-michael-ian-black/e/53-deborah-berke-49443280" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>While you're at it, take a listen to Archinect's podcast conversation with Deborah Berke...</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001481/border-wall-submissions-are-in-including-proposals-with-solar-panels-tourist-destinations-nuclear-waste-storage-art-and-a-shared-co-nation Border Wall submissions are in, including proposals with solar panels, tourist destinations, nuclear waste storage, art, and a shared "co-nation" Joachim Perez 2017-04-05T19:29:00-04:00 >2017-04-07T15:36:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lj/ljy4hhzfts5b6me7.jpg" width="650" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The government won't identify companies until contracts are awarded around June 1 &mdash; and even then, only the winners &mdash; but some bidders released plans on their own</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although many political agendas have trickled into the realm of design, the border wall continues to be a hot topic for architects. Since the inception of this project, social media has highlighted the "We Won't Build Your Wall" campaign, which has been prevalent at a number of architectural schools in the U.S. and overseas. This campaign did not stop the U.S. government from soliciting ideas and proposals from contractors which were due Tuesday. The request for proposals (RFPs) deadline for the U.S.-Mexico border wall are in, and the Associated Press points out that companies will not be revealed until an award is given. However, some proposals&nbsp;have been released by the bidders themselves.</p><p>The sample list presented in the article give variations on the future wall with some employing different traits such as using art, renewable energy resources, novelty architecture, and nuclear waste storage. &nbsp;</p><p>___</p><p><strong>SOLAR PANELS</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r8/r8txqlcdjelhn7ha.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://www.strutchannelfittings.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gleason Partners LLC</a> of Las Vegas proposes solar panels to cover sections...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001538/rikers-island-proposed-for-laguardia-airport-expansion Rikers Island proposed for Laguardia Airport expansion DianePham 2017-04-05T18:46:00-04:00 >2017-04-05T18:46:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k2/k2iytqv639qfy0pk.jpg" width="650" height="417" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Island is uniquely positioned to accommodate an expanded LaGuardia Airport that would reduce delays and could serve as many as 12 million more passengers annually.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last week, New York Mayor Bill De Blasio&nbsp;announced that the city would close Rikers Island jail complex. The news followed a report by the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform which recommended such action. The report also included a number of innovative ideas for a post-jail Rikers, including expanding LaGuardia Airport onto the island and adding a new runway and more terminal space.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001517/the-new-york-times-compiles-a-glossary-of-climate-change-adaptive-building-strategies The New York Times compiles a glossary of climate change-adaptive building strategies Nicholas Korody 2017-04-05T12:46:00-04:00 >2017-04-05T14:34:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nx/nxi4p3m27pbm03wb.jpg" width="650" height="402" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Communities across the country are confronting the mounting evidence of climate change and developing means of fortifying buildings and infrastructure against rising sea levels and ever-more-intense storms, even as the Trump administration reverses policies premised on climate change. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re not spending money on that anymore,&rdquo; Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, told reporters in Washington recently. &ldquo;We consider that to be a waste of your money.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"People who live, work or build in flood plains like West Chelsea and elsewhere say they cannot be so dismissive. They are spending money."</em></p><p><em>The New York Times</em>&nbsp;has compiled case studies as well as an associated glossary of steps taken in New York City and its environs to help shore up the built environment against the encroachment of high waters, winds, and heavy rains. For example, the glossary features technical terms like a "500-year flood plain", or an area with a 0.2 percent chance of flooding any given year, as well as strategies, like "dry flood-proofing", or the use of impermeable materials and barriers to keep buildings dry.&nbsp;</p><p>Check it out this useful glossary <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/25/nyregion/a-guide-to-flood-resistant-building-terms.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001372/leaders-in-architecture-tend-to-be-leed-accredited-aia-study-reveals Leaders in architecture tend to be LEED-accredited, AIA study reveals Julia Ingalls 2017-04-04T19:17:00-04:00 >2017-04-04T19:20:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cm/cmf6prwat8kry2s2.jpg" width="650" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What sets apart high-performing architecture firms from their award-lacking brethren? Not surprisingly, a commitment to excellence, which according to the AIA is measured by several factors, including an emphasis on sustainability and diversity. While the <a href="https://www.aia.org/resources/72031-the-habits-of-high-performance-firms-" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">full report details</a> the findings from a study of the past twenty years of COTE Top Ten Award-winners, the top eight habits of these firms are:</p><ul><li>Unanimous signing of the AIA 2030 Commitment</li><li>Significantly high project performance for energy, water, and other metrics</li><li>Energy modeling, daylighting modeling, and post-occupancy evaluations as standard practice</li><li>Geographic concentration (47% on the West Coast)</li><li>Medium size (average staff number of 75)</li><li>A high percentage of women in staff (46%) and leadership positions (34%)</li><li>Low staff turnover (under 10%)</li><li>A high percentage of staff with LEED accreditation (48%)</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/150000605/georgia-gov-nathan-deal-declares-state-of-emergency-after-i-85-bridge-in-atlanta-collapses-from-fire Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declares state of emergency after I-85 bridge in Atlanta collapses from fire Justine Testado 2017-03-31T15:03:00-04:00 >2017-03-31T15:07:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/js/js9r9ancw4yyr2ln.jpg" width="640" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Transportation officials in Georgia are scrambling to cope with a crisis, after a huge fire caused a bridge on Interstate 85 to collapse in Atlanta on Thursday night. Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency, and with the heavily used road closed in both directions, drivers are being told to find other options &mdash; from detours to mass transit. Friday morning, officials said they don't yet know what caused the fire or how long repairs will take.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Atlanta's Interstate 85 was first built&nbsp;in 1953 and reconstructed in 1985 to accommodate increased traffic. The closure affects a crucial 3-mile portion, which carries up to 400,000 vehicles a day.&nbsp;U.S. DOT Secretary <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/860112/elaine-chao" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elaine Chow</a>&nbsp;directed Federal Highway Administration officials <a href="http://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot2817" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">to grant $10 million</a> in emergency funds to begin repairing the bridge.</p><p>&ldquo;Approximately 700 feet of the roadway &ndash; 350 feet northbound and 350 feet southbound &mdash; will be removed and replaced including support columns. Demolition will begin this weekend and will continue into Monday, April 3,&rdquo; the Georgia DOT <a href="http://www.dot.ga.gov/AboutGeorgia/Pages/GDOTAnnouncementDetails.aspx?postID=159" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> today.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150000563/sanaa-s-grace-farms-raises-uncomfortable-questions-about-the-role-of-corporate-money-in-public-projects SANAA's Grace Farms raises uncomfortable questions about the role of corporate money in public projects Orhan Ayyüce 2017-03-31T11:27:00-04:00 >2017-04-03T18:12:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/04/0486cbg5cxzz1b70.jpg" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Critic Curt Gambetta brings forward an age old uncomfortable question on corporate public spaces whose main purpose is often curtailed by exemplary&nbsp;architecture that is hard to reject. &nbsp;</p><p>His piece titled, "No free gifts," carefully borrowed from the&nbsp;anthropologist&nbsp;Mary Douglas, asks the question of, what would be the return of such corporate gifts. In his article, Mr. Gambetta alludes to large tax breaks and other conservative&nbsp;agendas of corporate cultures. After all, &ldquo;nothing in life is truly free.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p><em>"Much as &lsquo;radical transparency&rsquo; is demanded from senior management at Bridgewater, the openness of Grace Farms to its community feels forced, its agenda delegated from above. When I visited this winter, the library contained an assortment of suggested reading, a series of social justice greatest hits for anxious Northeast liberals to get up to speed on: Bell Hooks, postcolonialism and so on. </em><em>Next</em><em> to a series of flyers about the foundation&rsquo;s involvement with advocacy against sexual slaver...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150000479/dragon-proofing-why-skyscrapers-in-hong-kong-have-holes Dragon-proofing: why skyscrapers in Hong Kong have holes Julia Ingalls 2017-03-30T18:55:00-04:00 >2017-03-31T19:05:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8r/8rfuajo0i46dtobg.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Have you ever realized that Hong Kong skyscrapers have holes in them? They're called dragon gates, and according to the Chinese principle feng shui these holes allow dragons to fly from the mountains to the water each day. It's believed that blocking the dragon's path could bring misfortune. Buildings with bad feng shui, such as the Bank of China Tower, have been blamed for surrounding companies going out of business.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Double-paned, waterproofed windows for insulation? Check. Reinforced steel beams for stability during an earthquake? Check. Hole in the center of the building so dragons can fly through?&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150000085/editor-s-picks-466 Editor's Picks #466 Nam Henderson 2017-03-29T14:59:00-04:00 >2017-03-29T14:59:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9m/9muulufq3tm03lkg.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>WBYA?</strong> is a coalition of architects, activists, scholars, and educators that tackle the pressing question: who builds your architecture? Check out their <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149997468/who-builds-your-architecture-a-critical-field-guide" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Critical Field Guide</a>...</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n0/n0mnysngjxz6kney.jpg"></p><p>Plus, for the latest edition of <strong>Dean's List</strong>: <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;spoke with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149998432/dean-s-list-qingyun-ma-of-the-university-of-southern-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Qingyun Ma</a>, of the University of Southern California. <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce </a>felt them "<em>Wise words&hellip;</em>"&nbsp;while <strong>Thayer-D</strong> was intrigued "<em>I don't think I've ever heard a dean call for beauty so unequivocally...would this prioritization over-ride your call for social impact of building and also advancements of technology?</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4s/4sbiq2097onvy37y.jpg"></p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DOMODesigns?src=hash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DOMO Studio was roundly criticized</a>&nbsp;for it&rsquo;s "<em>softer, gentler</em>" (aka "<em>the Bushwick of xenophobic nationalism</em>") for the Trump, Mexican border wall. <strong>Olaf Design Ninja_</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149996309/these-architects-actually-proposed-building-the-border-wall-with-shipping-containers-and-micro-housing-units" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opined</a>&nbsp;"<em>this is a poorly thought-out knock-off of age old ideas that were far more refined then this joke. &nbsp;It's a joke architecturally without considering the politics behind it.</em>"</p><p>In a bit of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149996596/the-frank-lloyd-wright-school-of-architecture-to-remain-accredited" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">good news</a>, after years of uncertainty, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture...</p>