Archinect - News 2015-05-28T16:20:08-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/128203380/editor-s-picks-417 Editor's Picks #417 Nam Henderson 2015-05-28T13:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T13:59:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/id/id9t45oo1ogntep0.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;spoke on the phone with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/127534748/stop-the-presses-paul-goldberger-s-take-on-critical-relevance-in-the-social-media-age" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Goldberger about the relevance of criticism in the social media age</a>.&nbsp;<strong>davvid</strong> was at least somewhat pleased "<em>Its about time we start talking about this stuff. I'm not convinced that Goldberger has a good handle on it, but at least he's trying</em>". Later <strong>DWLindeman</strong> added "<em>I've always admired Paul Goldberger's support of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown...What I still don't understand, was his support of the Foster plan for the main research branch of the New York Public Library</em>".</p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;reviewed the much hyped <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/127733607/one-night-stand-la-titillates-but-leaves-you-wanting-more" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A One-Night Stand for Art and Architecture</a>.&nbsp;<strong>b3tadine[sutures]</strong> wondered "<em>why does it come off to me as if this was my mom explaining sex to me?...Where are the closed circuit televisions, the oft rumored illicit video cameras, where is the risk?</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2v/2v0d7ww2hxfwyryt.jpg"></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/justine.testado" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a>&nbsp;posted the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127537159/designs-of-the-year-2015-narrows-down-to-six-category-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">news</a> that The Design Museum in London had selected the Category Winners for their <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/233930/designs-of-the-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designs of the Year</a> 2015.&nbsp;<strong>BulgarBlogger</strong>&nbsp;couldn&rsquo;t help complaining ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128171989/the-real-life-architecture-of-ex-machina The real-life architecture of "Ex Machina" Julia Ingalls 2015-05-28T10:29:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T12:31:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kt/kt1mf63ow4uay6nx.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whether you think Alex Garland's film "Ex Machina" is a mind-bending classic or a future camp hit (the Dancing Scene, anybody?), one thing is certain: the architecture of the real-life Hotel Juvet is stunning. Designed by <a href="http://www.jsa.no" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jensen &amp; Skovdin Architects</a>, the hotel is located in northwestern <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/342/norway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norway</a> near the town of Andalsnes in a place known as Valldal.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wf/wfix6nz6jts8z99a.jpg"></p><p>The Hotel Juvet has been designed to feature the splendor of the neighboring mountains and rushing river: each of the distinctive nine rooms features at least two walls made entirely of <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/archinect/glass/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">glass</a> to give the best possible views. Additionally, no one room looks into another, creating a sense of privacy while immersing guests in nature.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c3/c3jjatrm26xvgpq2.jpg"></p><p>The officially branded "<a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/72627556/landscape-architecture-vs-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">landscape</a> hotel" was designed and built in two principal stages: seven rooms and a spa building were erected in 2010, while an additional two rooms were added by 2013. The plan, which allows a total of up to 28 rooms to be built, was created with sustainability in mind. Conservation author...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128186493/graham-foundation-announces-2015-individual-grants Graham Foundation Announces 2015 Individual Grants Julia Ingalls 2015-05-27T19:21:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T11:04:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vp/vpv3cuduuen43uvg.jpg" width="514" height="666" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/31696/olafur-eliasson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson</a>, Charles Rice and Iwan Baan are among the artists, scholars, photographers, and other architecturally-oriented professionals who are being awarded individual grants by the Graham Foundation this evening. The awards ceremony and reception, which is being <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jdrgi6z1ntk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">live streamed</a> as of 6 PM CDT, is being held in The Madlener House, the foundation's headquarters since 1963.&nbsp;This year, the foundation is awarding $490,000 in grants for 63 projects to individuals who "advance new scholarship in the field&nbsp;of architecture, fuel creative experimentation and critical dialogue, and expand opportunities for public engagement with architecture and its role in contemporary society."&nbsp;The list of presenters at the ceremony includes&nbsp;Noritaka Minami,&nbsp;Candace Taylor, Lluis Ortega, and Tiffany Lambert, all of whom are 2015 grant winners.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cm/cmphhotvf737r0rl.jpg"></p><p>There are five principal categories in which the awards have been granted: Exhibition, Film/Video/New Media, Public Program, Publication, and Research. Some of the...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128177632/bradley-garrett-on-the-importance-of-gonzo-journalism-for-understanding-cities Bradley Garrett on the importance of gonzo journalism for understanding cities Nicholas Korody 2015-05-27T17:09:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T17:09:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5u/5u2cdovxrvqmm1xr.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Understanding the nuances of city stories, and tracing those tensions, requires immersion and patience. Whether we are writing about police work, protests, squatting, free parties, banking or parkour, the best socially engaged journalism &ndash; like the best university research &ndash; is rooted in participation, spiked with empathy, and resists being reduced to spectacle fodder. As any war correspondent will tell you, immersion can also be dangerous...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bradley Garrett recounts his own infiltration into urbex (urban exploration) communities, and provides a list of the "five most influential 'gonzo' ethnographies." If you aren't familiar with Garrett's work, be sure to check it out. In particular, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Explore-Everything-Place-Hacking-Bradley-Garrett/dp/1781681295" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City</em></a> is a must-read primer on sneaking into the secret corners of the city. In a way, urbex picks up where the Situationists left off, reimagining the urban environment as a giant, unending game board.</p><ol><li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/On-Run-Fieldwork-Encounters-Discoveries/dp/022613671X" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City</em> by Alice Goffman</a>&#8203;&nbsp;&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/em/emiq2qi9ulryg87s.jpg"></li><li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Women-Bullfighting-Consumption-Tradition-Mediterranea/dp/185973961X" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Women and Bullfighting: Gender, Sex and the Consumption of Tradition</em> by Sarah Pink</a>&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/39djf370q24xjp5e.jpg"></li><li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Hells-Angels-Strange-Terrible-Saga/dp/0345410084/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1432751726&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=Hell%E2%80%99s+Angels%3A+The+Strange+and+Terrible+Saga+of+the+Outlaw+Motorcycle+Gangs+by+Hunter+S+Thompson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Hell&rsquo;s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs</em> by Hunter S Thompson</a>&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0l/0lo2djtiqsi5xjpq.jpg"></li><li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Good-Company-A-Tramp-Life/dp/1594511837" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Good Company: A Tramp Life</em> by Douglas Harper</a>&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4r/4rptdwiyp141y6zm.jpg"></li><li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Good-Company-A-Tramp-Life/dp/1594511837" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Empire of Scrounge: Inside the Urban Underground of Dumpster Diving, Trash Picking, and Street Scavenging</em> by Jeff Ferrell</a>&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a0/a0zitytfb2ft5261.jpg"></li></ol> http://archinect.com/news/article/128171185/beatriz-colomina-and-mark-wigley-will-curate-3rd-istanbul-design-biennial Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley will curate 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-27T13:23:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T20:17:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zz/zzgcwl0x7ppqaycf.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a press release issued today, the Istanbul Design Biennial announced that powerhouse architectural historians, theorists and educators <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/483737/beatriz-colomina" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beatriz Colomina</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/8512/mark-wigley" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Wigley</a> will curate the 3rd Biennial, taking place in 2016. Both are based in New York City (and happen to be married) &ndash; Colomina teaches and is a curator at Princeton University, and Wigley recently stepped down from his <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/103338066/the-deans-list-mark-wigley-of-columbia-university-s-gsapp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">deanship at Columbia University's GSAPP</a>.</p><p>The Biennial's agenda is to bring together a diversity of ideas and people within the design community to an international forum, and consider global issues from a design-minded perspective. Colomina and Wigley will announce the Biennial's "conceptual framework" in December 2015.</p><p>Their selection also continues the Biennial's trend of selecting international architecture figures for its curators &ndash;&nbsp;2012's Biennial was headed by architects and researchers Emre Arolat (Istanbul) and Joseph Grima (Genoa), and 2014's was led by curator and writer&nbsp;Zo&euml; Ryan (Chicago-based). ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128107747/airbnb-rentals-cut-deep-into-san-francisco-housing-stock-report-says Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-26T17:05:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T10:43:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zc/zcupwpwpyehh334p.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Between 925 and 1,960 units citywide have been removed from the housing market by hosts renting out entire units on Airbnb for more than 58 days, the [San Francisco Budget &amp; Legislative Analyst's] report estimates. [...] The report draws a comparison between the number of evictions in neighborhoods with the most hosts, though notes there is no way to draw a direct connection. In the Mission, for example, there were 315 hosts last year and 323 evictions.</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/128098085/they-re-promising-us-jetpacks-again-and-deeper-basements They're promising us jetpacks again (and deeper basements) Alexander Walter 2015-05-26T17:02:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T11:21:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9a/9a5cd6a3f2557f65bbc03420d012ab62.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Floating cities and high rise farms are also predicted to shape Britain&rsquo;s landscape for future generations, according to some of the country&rsquo;s leading experts. In new research they outline the future form of the places where people will live and work. Spaceports for travel to the Moon and Mars are also expected to become a reality within the next 100 years, they say.</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/128102115/not-all-sidewalks-are-created-equal-in-d-c Not all sidewalks are created equal in D.C. Alexander Walter 2015-05-26T15:59:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T11:24:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6k/6kx1frdaqmclzevm.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Instead, he lives on Buena Vista Terrace SE, a grim stretch of low-rise apartments pushed up against the Maryland border. And on Buena Vista Terrace, just standing outside can get you in trouble. [...] The law is meant to fight disorderly conduct, but some lawyers and the people arrested for the &ldquo;crime&rdquo; say it&rsquo;s routinely used to harass people seen as undesirable: protesters, the homeless, and black men.</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/128097280/philip-johnson-s-tent-of-tomorrow-still-stands-but-what-should-happen-to-it Philip Johnson's Tent of Tomorrow still stands, but what should happen to it? Justine Testado 2015-05-26T14:13:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T14:13:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b5/b5z5be163de8f0wa.jpg" width="514" height="306" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>During the [1964-65 World's Fair], the elliptical Tent of Tomorrow was used as a versatile performance space...But not much has been done to preserve the structure since the fair ended in 1965...At the moment, there are no formal proposals, and ['Modern Ruin' film director Matthew Silva] admits it&rsquo;ll be hard to raise funds without one. But he hopes the film, as well as his advocacy group, will get people thinking about what can be done.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><p><a title="The NY Mets Are Trying to Save the 'Tent of Tomorrow'" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105404053/the-ny-mets-are-trying-to-save-the-tent-of-tomorrow" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The NY Mets Are Trying to Save the 'Tent of Tomorrow'</a></p><p><a title="Vandals break into the historic New York State Pavilion and set fire to a stolen van, damaging the 50-year-old terrazzo map" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104956551/vandals-break-into-the-historic-new-york-state-pavilion-and-set-fire-to-a-stolen-van-damaging-the-50-year-old-terrazzo-map" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vandals break into the historic New York State Pavilion and set fire to a stolen van, damaging the 50-year-old terrazzo map</a></p><p><a title='"Modern Ruin" documents the rise, fall, and revival efforts of historic New York State Pavilion' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93323418/modern-ruin-documents-the-rise-fall-and-revival-efforts-of-historic-new-york-state-pavilion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Modern Ruin" documents the rise, fall, and revival efforts of historic New York State Pavilion</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99380155/kickstart-this-archinect-s-kickstarter-picks-for-may-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for May 2014</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128095662/college-wins-5-5mm-lawsuit-against-firm-for-use-of-unlicensed-architects College wins $5.5MM lawsuit against firm for use of unlicensed architects Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-26T13:25:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T11:50:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eu/euwon1kuezmk8hu0.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The community college had sued architectural and design firm Burt Hill Inc., now known as Stantec Architecture and Engineering LLC, for using unlicensed architects with no higher-education project experience and interns from Drexel University after being promised services from "senior-level" professionals [...] Additionally, the community college claimed Burt Hill caused delays in the project and upped the final price of construction by over 50 percent from $28 million to $42 million.</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/128025752/france-mandates-green-roofs-for-all-new-buildings France Mandates "Green Roofs" for all new buildings Nicholas Korody 2015-05-25T16:51:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T11:08:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ns/nszec7ijj2dpo469.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that&nbsp;are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels. Green roofs, as they are called, have an isolating effect which helps to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building during the winter or&nbsp;cool it in the summer. They are capable&nbsp;of retaining rainwater and reducing problems with runoff,&nbsp;and also&nbsp;offer&nbsp;birds a place to call home in the urban jungle.</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/127735218/a-story-about-death-and-architecture A story about death and architecture Nam Henderson 2015-05-21T23:32:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T12:30:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1z/1z3sj71qgd8gyyvb.jpg" width="254" height="191" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I'd like to tell you a story about death and architecture...hospital architecture has earned its reputation...if we want better buildings for dying then we have to talk about it....where we die is a key part of how we die.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this talk, architect Alison Killing looks at buildings where death and dying happen &mdash; cemeteries, hospitals, homes. The way we die is changing, and the way we build for dying ... well, maybe that should too.</p><p>For those interested in more about the architecture of death, check out <a href="http://blog.ted.com/the-architecture-of-death-ted-fellow-alison-killing-rethinks-design-for-the-dying/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this</a>&nbsp;interview between&nbsp;<a title="Posts by Karen Eng" href="http://blog.ted.com/author/mmechinita/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Karen Eng</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;Alison Killing.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>h/t&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/AlJavieera/status/600334410508963840" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@AlJavieera</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127654273/inside-the-institute-archinect-sessions-goes-to-the-aia-national-convention-on-episode-30 Inside the Institute: Archinect Sessions goes to the AIA National Convention on Episode #30 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-21T19:55:00-04:00 >2015-05-24T22:05:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/08/08d6mzl5yywzasyk.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Sessions co-hosts met all together for the first time in the meatspace last week, making the pilgrimage to Atlanta, Georgia for the AIA National Convention. Immersed in the tens of thousands of attendees for three days, we met an impressive array of professionals across the architectural board, and dove deep into how the AIA sees itself and architecture today. This week's episode is entirely devoted to happenings at the Convention, including:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Farchinect.com%2Fnews%2Farticle%2F127308891%2Fncarb-will-phase-out-the-intern-title&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNFzEOMFG0yNtY0csGkzrVoohMM6EQ" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB's resolution of the intern-titling debate</a>, Bill Clinton's keynote speech, <a href="http://www.architectmagazine.com/aia-architect/aiadesign/cities-cleave_o" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna's talk on nontraditional practice</a>, the debut of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127593879/aia-launches-second-video-in-look-up-campaign-featuring-a-blind-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">second video in AIA's Look Up campaign</a>&nbsp;(featuring blind architect Chris Downey), our interview with Autodesk, and Ken's role as a delegate voting in the AIA's Business Session.</p><p>Listen to episode thirty of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Inside the Institute":</p><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 subsc...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/127715909/landmarked-four-seasons-restaurant-must-not-be-changed-nyc-landmarks-commission-rules Landmarked Four Seasons restaurant must not be changed, NYC landmarks commission rules Alexander Walter 2015-05-21T15:25:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T17:59:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/po/pomcx7r27oq2uzqf.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The interior of the Four Seasons restaurant, a vision of Modernist elegance with its French walnut paneling and white marble pool of bubbling water, should not be changed, New York City&rsquo;s Landmarks Preservation Commission decided [...]. The decision was a setback to Aby J. Rosen, the owner of the Seagram Building, which is home to the restaurant. Mr. Rosen had proposed what he characterized as minor changes to the interior that was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson in 1958.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Phyllis Lambert &mdash;&nbsp;part of the group of architects passionately opposing Rosen's revamp plans and personally interwoven with the history of the Seagram Building like no one else &mdash;&nbsp;penned this Op-Ed in the <em>New York Time</em>s last week: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/16/opinion/save-new-yorks-four-seasons.html?_r=0" target="_blank">Save New York's Four Seasons</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127711075/l-a-city-council-officially-votes-norms-restaurant-as-historic-and-cultural-landmark L.A. City Council Officially Votes Norms Restaurant as "Historic and Cultural Landmark" Julia Ingalls 2015-05-21T13:43:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T19:52:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xf/xfk7mkvct51sf9x4.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The effort to save Norms comes at a time when historic preservationists say postwar buildings &mdash; especially on a smaller scale &mdash; face an increased threat from development pressure.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Anyone who has ever grabbed a post-Largo meal or 2 a.m. existential coffee at Los Angeles&nbsp;restaurant&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123052385/los-angeles-famously-googie-norms-to-become-focal-point-in-new-community-of-shops" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norms</a> will be delighted to hear that The Los Angeles City Council has deemed the Googie-style building a cultural and historic landmark. Although this demarcation doesn't guarantee that it will never be knocked down, the move does require the Council to review proposed demolition to the site.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nv/nvl7jjhbc3jsnx6m.jpg"></p><p>As the Times notes, "Googie is an exuberant, postwar Southern California style of sharp angles and sweeping curves meant to grab the attention of passing drivers." Located on a vibrant stretch of La Cienega Boulevard that is home to the benign monolith of the Beverly Center, the recently revamped Largo at the Coronet, and a handful of Vegan restaurants, antiques dealers and vintage dive bars, Norms architecture is arguably reflective of a wilder time in Los Angeles's urban development. Demarcating the building tangibly preserves elements of an era that will likely become only rarer as Los Angeles...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127710267/race-to-build-dubai-s-second-tallest-tower-heats-up Race to build Dubai's second tallest tower heats up Alexander Walter 2015-05-21T13:25:00-04:00 >2015-05-23T08:10:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/66/66d8431d905cf455fb560a9b26054584.jpg" width="456" height="684" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubai is home to the iconic 828-metre high Burj Khalifa, the world&rsquo;s tallest tower, but companies here are now vying to claim second place on the list of tallest towers in the emirate. [...] the trend of building 'megatall' towers &mdash; those which reach more than 600 metres high &ndash; is likely to increase, particularly in the Middle East. [...] Currently, Dubai has 917 high-rises and 465 skyscrapers, states Emporis, which collates data on building worldwide.</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/127708656/in-the-midst-of-historic-drought-barclay-s-plans-a-residential-development-in-new-mexico-s-desert In the midst of historic drought, Barclay's plans a residential development in New Mexico's desert Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-21T13:02:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T13:08:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fy/fypss15ei72lag2h.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Barclay's] plan, to fabricate a &ldquo;master-planned community&rdquo; for nearly 100,000 people on what is today a field of sand dunes, is called Santolina. If fully populated, the development would be about the size of New Mexico&rsquo;s current second-largest city, Las Cruces, and bigger than Santa Fe [...] Columbia University&rsquo;s Earth Institute points to 2050 as a time when the drought will begin to worsen dramatically, right around when Santolina planners predict the development could approach full capacity</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/127656481/frei-otto-feared-society-was-ignoring-the-ecological-crisis Frei Otto feared society was ignoring the ecological crisis Nicholas Korody 2015-05-20T20:36:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T12:26:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a8/a89bc90a0b25e2d384cb2397bf62eeef.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The daughter of the man who was awarded what is considered the most prestigious prize in architecture said her late father was increasingly concerned society was not adequately confronting the looming ecological challenges. Frei Otto, a German, was named as the winner of the 2015 Pritzker Architecture Prize earlier this year, just days before his death... The award was received by...the architect&rsquo;s daughter who...said he had been worried that the concerns he tried to voice were not heard.</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/127649418/isis-militants-seize-control-of-ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra ISIS militants seize control of ancient Syrian city of Palmyra Alexander Walter 2015-05-20T17:51:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T18:59:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eh/eh71qgcn94e5zym3.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Islamic State militants swept into the desert city of Palmyra in central Syria on Wednesday, and by evening were in control of it [...]. Palmyra has extra resonance, with its grand complex of 2,000-year-old colonnades and tombs, one of the world&rsquo;s most magnificent remnants of antiquity [...] that has raised fears both locally and internationally that Palmyra, a United Nations world heritage site, could also suffer irrevocable damage.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127351681/ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra-under-threat-by-isis" target="_blank">Ancient Syrian city of Palmyra under threat by ISIS</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127639133/new-parsons-led-collaborative-aims-to-make-affordable-housing-healthier New Parsons-led collaborative aims to make affordable housing healthier Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-20T13:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T20:48:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jv/jv1wk4tnm4llip1y.jpg" width="514" height="259" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Our work creates actionable strategies, integrating healthy building protocols, healthy products and green science with design research to directly impact the health of our building materials,&rdquo; said Alison Mears, dean of the School of Design Strategies at Parsons and director of the [Healthy Materials Lab].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Co-founded by The New School's Parsons School of Design, Healthy Building Network, Green Science Policy Institute and Health Product Declaration Collaborative, the Healthy Materials Lab (HML) is focused on reducing the amount of toxic substances found in building materials, while also encouraging the adoption of new, less toxic materials. The HML sits at Parsons Design Lab, and will actively influence how building practice is taught to designers. Of particular focus to the Lab is affordable housing's construction methods.</p><p>The press release issued by Parsons quotes&nbsp;Bill Walsh, founder and executive director of Healthy Building Network:&nbsp;&ldquo;This partnership, with its focus on designing building products to improve human health, is unprecedented in the building materials industry".</p><p>For more about the partners involved, as listed in the press release:</p><p><a href="http://healthybuilding.net" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The Healthy Building Network</strong></a>&nbsp;was founded in 2000 to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals in building products as a means of improving human he...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127637921/architecture-billings-index-in-april-stuck-in-winter-slowdown Architecture Billings Index in April "stuck in winter slowdown" Alexander Walter 2015-05-20T13:07:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T22:10:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hj/hjrr7cxjfybkceqn.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Riding a stretch of increasing levels of demand for thirteen out of the last fifteen months, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dropped in April for the second month this year. [...] (AIA) reported the April ABI score was 48.8, down sharply from a mark of 51.7 in March. This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 60.1, up from a reading of 58.2 the previous month.</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/127601123/editor-s-picks-416 Editor's Picks #416 Nam Henderson 2015-05-20T11:26:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T12:53:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ii/iihz9cciagkxirnx.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;profiled the work,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126844507/art-architecture-andreas-angelidakis-between-the-monumental-and-the-particular" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">of Greek-born architect Andreas Angelidakis</a>.</p><p>Therein <a href="http://www.angelidakis.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Angelidakis</a> explains "<em>I guess the only thing I really 'design' is narratives for objects I find and put together, and this process does not need to be defined as completed by a realized object. You can keep designing even after the object is there, because it&rsquo;s a mental process</em>".&nbsp;<strong>davvid</strong> for one was "<em>so glad to see Andreas's work on Archinect!</em>"</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/xr/xr4ilxtu8kqbzwb3.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;provided six answers to the question <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126437029/there-are-tons-of-architecture-job-openings-these-days-why-aren-t-you-hired-yet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">There are tons of architecture job openings these days. Why aren't you hired yet?</a>&nbsp;<strong>flatroof</strong> quipped "<em>The &lsquo;there are so many jobs!!!&rsquo; articles are back. Must mean another recession is just around the corner</em>". <a href="http://archinect.com/scottsmith" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scott Smith</a>&nbsp;agreed "<em>I'm afraid you're so right. &nbsp;I feel the same way</em>".</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k8/k8lvr3ck9wcz82p8.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>The Barack Obama Foundation <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127174306/chicago-will-indeed-be-the-home-of-the-obama-presidential-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> that the Barack Obama Presidential Center will be located on Chicago's South Side, at a site near either <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Washington+Park/@41.7912863,-87.602053,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x880e2937b3777577:0xbdf71de5e3ae5278" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Washington Park</a> or <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Jackson+Park/@41.787135,-87.5946088,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x880e290a132258b1:0xf1889df3682e3083" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jackson Park</a>.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a>&nbsp;thought "<em>Blair Kamin's gave some excell...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127593879/aia-launches-second-video-in-look-up-campaign-featuring-a-blind-architect AIA launches second video in "Look Up" campaign featuring a blind architect Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-19T20:33:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T20:46:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4u/4u4pk9c0v66b4g42.jpg" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Entitled "An Architect's Story", the video features&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/98959074/chris-downey-architecture-for-the-blind" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Downey</a>, a blind architect and founder of "Architecture for the Blind" in San Francisco. The piece, which debuted at the <a href="https://twitter.com/archinect/status/599215511583510529" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA National Convention</a> last week, focuses on Downey's approach to architecture before and after unexpectedly becoming blind in 2008, and features talking-head interviews with Downey, one of his clients, and a student of his at UC Berkeley.</p><p></p><p>The documentary piece is starkly different in approach and style to the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120116665/aia-announces-upcoming-national-television-advertising-campaign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first installment of the "Look Up" campaign</a>. Yes, both have the kind of generically-inspiring music one would have equal luck finding in either a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQM0MDxEw4c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Koch Industries' ad</a>&nbsp;or <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ItBvH5J6ss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the trailer for a young-adult romantic drama</a>. But while the first spot, tasked with framing the "Look Up" identity, tended towards cinematic, fast-cut clips of dramatic or cerebral moments to churn up excitement about the profession, "An Architect's Story" is more focused on personal perspective. It strives to take Downey's insights fro...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127597504/nyc-s-public-housing-woes NYC's public-housing woes Alexander Walter 2015-05-19T20:24:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T20:28:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/8301c173afd8b98e7631ca949884db38.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Still, when Mayor Bill de Blasio today unveiled his plan for New York&rsquo;s troubled housing authority, NYCHA, dismantling these aging towers was not a piece of it. The plan calls for charging more for parking, redeploying staff to other agencies to save costs and leasing land within the housing complexes to private developers to save money. [...] So why does New York City still have so many high-rise housing projects?</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/127580581/bbc-journalists-arrested-for-reporting-on-qatar-s-world-cup-laborers BBC journalists arrested for reporting on Qatar's World Cup laborers Alexander Walter 2015-05-19T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T19:51:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c8/c8bdbc595d4d57aa0127c415c22637f7.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We were invited to Qatar by the prime minister's office to see new flagship accommodation for low-paid migrant workers in early May - but while gathering additional material for our report, we ended up being thrown into prison for doing our jobs. Our arrest was dramatic.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116273652/a-memorial-for-the-workers-dying-while-constructing-the-qatar-world-cup-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Memorial for the Workers Dying While Constructing the Qatar World Cup Stadium</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108467854/world-cup-slaves-scandal-qatar-holds-2-uk-rights-researchers-over-emigration-violations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Cup &lsquo;slaves&rsquo; scandal: Qatar holds 2 UK rights researchers over &lsquo;emigration violations&rsquo;</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/127579371/manhattan-community-board-pushes-moratorium-on-600ft-and-higher-construction Manhattan community board pushes moratorium on 600ft and higher construction Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-19T12:55:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T19:32:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/21/214bda1e23e33dc0d3188d389a7d01e5.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"There's actually such a lack of transparency that it is difficult to understand what developers and property owners are actually planning ... There's no mechanism for us or the city for us to understand ahead of time what's in the planning" [...] The board ultimately wants Mayor Bill de Blasio to take steps to create more comprehensive zoning laws that would assess the impact of large towers on open space and mitigate any potential impacts, like shadows on Central Park.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Listen to the full report from WYNC below:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127540172/airbnb-celebrates-london-s-deregulation-act-with-floating-house-on-river-thames Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames Alexander Walter 2015-05-18T20:39:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T08:39:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j9/j9en013pe04vbcdk.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Airbnb is sailing a full-size floating house along the Thames this week to celebrate new rules to support home sharing in London. The publicity stunt follows the passing of the Deregulation Act last month, which means Londoners are now free to rent their homes for up to 90 days a year without risk of fines or having to secure planning permission before doing so.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/du/du2x8h30xtwlc36c.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9q/9qavxb2ruikf3787.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p0/p08c23hhs1bobdnj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/06/0626kfh7nu6yhfz4.jpg"></p><p>For more information and your chance to stay in the floating house click <a href="https://www.airbnb.co.uk/night-at/floating-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127524458/mumbai-s-dharavi-slum-opportunities-challenges Mumbai's Dharavi 'slum': Opportunities & challenges Alexander Walter 2015-05-18T14:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T16:28:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d2/d25dc5739511aa7796381a8844da3e5c.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The slum, of course, is the hottest button in urbanism. Beneath the clich&eacute; that half the world&rsquo;s population lives in cities &mdash; and that urban populations will double by 2050 &mdash; is the fact that only bottom-up informal settlements, or slums, can absorb several billion new residents in the timeframe. [...] URBZ is notable in that it offers a third way at looking at Dharavi &mdash; as both a failure and a better path to success than stillborn smart cities or other attempts at top-down instant urbanism.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127175516/will-india-s-smart-city-initiative-exacerbate-social-stratification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will India's 'smart city' initiative exacerbate social stratification?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123737452/great-city-terrible-place-a-discussion-on-the-urban-future-of-india" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Great City...Terrible Place": A discussion on the urban future of India</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/127523248/chilean-architecture-is-coming-out-of-its-shell Chilean architecture is coming out of its shell Alexander Walter 2015-05-18T13:41:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T21:15:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/18/18e8f5ab80551bf3d9ce0619acef96c6.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chilean architects have begun to exert an influence well beyond the size and scale of their string-bean nation. [...] &ldquo;There are enough people working here in a way that shifts the art,&rdquo; explains Aravena, sitting in the middle of his firm&rsquo;s buzzing Santiago offices. &ldquo;There is healthy competition and there is critical mass. When you have a critical mass, you are not alone in trying to push boundaries.&rdquo; The result: remarkable buildings all over Chile.</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/127522043/jean-nouvel-s-super-tall-53w53-moma-tower-is-still-an-art Jean Nouvel's super-tall 53W53 MoMA tower is "still an art" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-18T13:19:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T19:12:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nh/nhz6x1546ep992ef.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nouvel&rsquo;s aspirations for 53W53, scheduled for completion in fall 2018, sound almost modest: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s going to try to hold its place, [...] It&rsquo;s going to try to be good enough for New York &hellip; it&rsquo;s going to try to make its own small contribution, and it&rsquo;s done in a way that ensures this contribution is readable, understandable, and it&rsquo;s maybe a bit more precious than others. And it&rsquo;s a little linked to this notion &ndash; a fairly disputed notion these days &ndash; that architecture is still an art, sometimes.&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>