Archinect - News 2014-08-02T03:01:02-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/105555322/plans-approved-for-damien-hirst-s-village-on-the-british-coast Plans approved for Damien Hirst's village on the British coast Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-01T14:07:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T14:07:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/04/0422ea7f8e7fafe3b443d085c90d8858.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Outline plans for the project were approved by the North Devon Council this week. The village will officially be known by the surprisingly prosaic name Southern Extension, and will include shops, a primary school, a sports pitch and woodlands. [...] The project will include 75 affordable homes, and will be built over the next 10 to 15 years. Renderings show an extremely typical suburban town filled with identical houses and strolling pedestrians.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Hirst is collaborating with the <a href="http://www.rundellassociates.com/practice-profile" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Rundell Associates</a>, who have yet to complete such a large scale project. Related news from the world's richest living artist:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/38548368/artist-damien-hirst-s-eco-homes-vision-to-regenerate-town-is-unveiled" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Artist Damien Hirst's eco-homes vision to regenerate town is unveiled</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104862450/damien-hirst-s-london-art-space-due-to-open-next-spring" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Damien Hirst's London art space due to open next spring</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/105555105/a-transit-agency-for-the-future A Transit Agency for the Future Alexander Walter 2014-08-01T13:51:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T13:55:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/011b1f966180424e4679f1346d925d2a.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With so many crossovers in private operations, public data, and private uses, our future transit agency would blur the line between public and private sectors in a way we haven&rsquo;t yet pioneered. The challenge is one of governance, bureaucratic turf, organizational development, planning, and public policy, not simply one of technology. Technology is just a tool, and our human institutions can either make use of it or try to ignore it.</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/105554296/the-new-elevator-technology-that-will-let-cities-soar-far-higher The new elevator technology that will let cities soar far higher Alexander Walter 2014-08-01T13:28:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T13:33:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2d/2d9797b7cf9bdca79639231f5a2b53ff.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Enter the UltraRope, a new kind of lift cable developed by Finnish elevator company Kone. Eschewing woven steel cable in favour of carbon fibre, the UltraRope is described as &ldquo;lift-hoisting technology&rdquo; [...]. Strong and lightweight, the UltraRope will supposedly allow lifts to travel up to 1km in a single run, double what&rsquo;s currently possible with a steel cable. The UltraRope is 90% lighter than the equivalent steel cable, thereby reducing the load and enabling far taller continuous runs.</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/105498113/relocation-or-adaptation-we-may-have-to-migrate-people-out-of-california Relocation or Adaptation: "We may have to migrate people out of California" Nicholas Korody 2014-07-31T20:55:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T08:03:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/by/byilu6jdtu4i8qbc.jpg" width="514" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Suffering in its third year of drought, more than 58 percent of the state is currently in "exceptional drought" stage [...] Exceptional drought, the most extreme category, indicates widespread crop and pasture losses and shortages of water in reservoirs, streams and wells [...] If the state continues on this path, there may have to be thoughts about moving people out, said Lynn Wilson, academic chair at Kaplan University and who serves on the climate change delegation in the United Nations.</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/105497309/recycled-water-in-urban-parks-could-be-spreading-drug-resistant-germs Recycled Water in Urban Parks Could Be Spreading Drug-Resistant Germs Nicholas Korody 2014-07-31T20:04:00-04:00 >2014-07-31T20:05:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9k/9k01cofqvl83za4s.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sprinkling city parks with recycled water may create a breeding ground for hard-to-treat microbes [...] Even after the recycled water is treated in a sewage plant, it may carry microbes, drug-resistance genes and antibiotics that had washed down the drain. Sprayed into the environment, that water can spread microbes that could cause difficult-to-treat infections, the researchers 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/105480419/i-quant-ny-visualizing-nyc-s-open-data I Quant NY: Visualizing NYC's Open Data Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-31T14:54:00-04:00 >2014-07-31T14:54:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hk/hkoldccb4mmnnvyz.jpg" width="514" height="636" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Quantitative Analysis of NYC Open Data: Every data set that the city releases tells a story. This blog is all about telling those stories, one data set at a time.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ben Wellington's "<a href="http://iquantny.tumblr.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">I Quant NY</a>" blog is a gem in data-driven journalism's crown. Featuring visualizations of data sets from&nbsp;New York City's remarkable Open Data Portal, the blog covers a wide-variety of civic topics, everything from mapping fire hydrant usage to rate of taxi complaints by borough.&nbsp;</p><p>Wellington began using the Open Data Portal as coursework for his statistics class, teaching urban planning students at the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/72600/pratt-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pratt Institute</a>.</p><p>h/t to <a href="http://www.citylab.com/tech/2014/07/graphing-new-yorkers-lives-through-the-open-data-portal/375277/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City Lab</a>, who spoke with Wellington about his blog and teaching stats to city planners.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105478814/sharif-el-gamal-commissions-jean-nouvel-to-design-islam-museum-next-to-wtc Sharif El-Gamal Commissions Jean Nouvel to Design Islam Museum Next to WTC Diane Pham 2014-07-31T14:50:00-04:00 >2014-07-31T21:30:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6c/6cdq5snam5hapw43.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sharif El-Gamal, CEO of real estate developer Soho Properties, announced today that his company acquired 49-51 Park Place from Consolidated Edison for $10.7 million. He also revealed that none other than Pritzker Prize-winning starchitect Jean Nouvel will be designing the site&rsquo;s three-story Islam museum and prayer space.</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/105478812/requiem-for-a-nightmare Requiem for a Nightmare Alexander Walter 2014-07-31T14:09:00-04:00 >2014-07-31T14:45:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/44/44b994abce3bc8050040a954d82f86c3.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This week came the news that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is leaving its home in Washington, D.C. [...] Most importantly, from the perspective of thousands of D.C. residents, the District will finally be rid of the FBI's dark architecture. I will be sad to see the building go, as the city will almost certainly demand. Not only could it still potentially be put to good use, but whatever replaces the FBI Building will be regular, orderly, safe, and worse.</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/105477200/poor-doors-not-the-worst-thing-about-social-housing 'Poor doors': not the worst thing about social housing Alexander Walter 2014-07-31T13:41:00-04:00 >2014-07-31T13:44:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8e/8ededcf11af2df5f218c63cafb9c1136.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Of course these so-called 'poor doors' are shocking, but they are a symptom, not the problem," says Michael Edwards, senior lecturer at the Bartlett school of planning at UCL. "We've simply stopped building proper social housing, and until that's addressed then fiddling around with front-door arrangements is like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104733850/tale-of-two-cities-nyc-approves-poor-door-for-luxury-high-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tale of Two Cities: NYC approves &lsquo;poor door&rsquo; for luxury high-rise</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104791712/iabr-2014-urban-by-nature-part-3-exploring-the-underground IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE– Part 3: Exploring the Underground Sponsor 2014-07-30T20:53:00-04:00 >2014-07-30T20:59:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pu/pu5bufxphi7oqy30.jpg" width="514" height="233" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>IABR&ndash;2014&ndash;URBAN BY NATURE&ndash;</em>, the sixth edition of the <a href="http://iabr.nl/en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR)</a>, claims that we can only solve the world&rsquo;s environmental problems if we solve the problems of the city.</p><p>Looking through the lens of landscape architecture,&nbsp;<strong>IABR&ndash;2014&ndash;</strong>&nbsp;redefines the way we deal with urban challenges by analyzing the relationship between urban society and nature, and between city and landscape.<br>This edition of the biennale argues that cities are an integral part of huge urban landscapes, complex systems that have become our natural environment. This perspective has many implications for the way we plan and design our urban environment. Perceiving it as an organism opens up possibilities to develop spatial interventions that make use of its metabolism.<br>With the use of new and innovative design strategies that effectively address the city as the bigger urban landscape that it is, we can make the city more resilient and thus truly contribute to a more sustainable future...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105422593/mysterious-sinkholes-appear-near-construction-site-of-supertall-skyscraper-in-seoul Mysterious Sinkholes Appear Near Construction Site of Supertall Skyscraper in Seoul Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T20:44:00-04:00 >2014-07-30T20:44:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8f/8f1cxf8nl1cyggyg.jpg" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the developers of the world's sixth tallest building near Seoul, a mysteriously shrinking lake and the appearance of small sinkholes in residential neighborhoods couldn't have come at a more inopportune time [...] With about 70 of its 123 floors completed, the Lotte World Tower is now undergoing a review by experts and has put on hold the opening of adjacent low-rise buildings that form part of its complex.</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/105417750/hidden-cameras-in-berlin-will-record-century-of-urban-development Hidden cameras in Berlin will record century of urban development Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-30T19:15:00-04:00 >2014-07-30T19:15:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ef/efcf9a2154080b0a6b44796fb2fcdf47.jpg" width="514" height="379" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As we speak, pinhole cameras are being placed in secret locations all over Berlin. Each will each take a single photograph with a 100-year exposure. Volunteers will place the cameras in neighborhoods throughout the city, keeping the location a closely guarded secret until they grow old or ill, at which time they will pass the information on to someone in the next generation. In 2114, the people they&rsquo;ve told will retrieve the cameras from their hiding spots</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/105411297/long-time-residents-worry-about-changes-to-los-angeles-art-district Long-time Residents Worry About Changes to Los Angeles Art District Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T17:31:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T00:57:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/80/80dftum18wufgz0m.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...In the 1970s, the streets east of Little Tokyo and west of the L.A. River made up a dingy district of hollowed-out warehouses that landlords rented to artists who needed a lot of space for little money [...] Then a decade ago, what started with a new restaurant on this block and then another up that street, turned into an avalanche of development [...]</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/105404053/the-ny-mets-are-trying-to-save-the-tent-of-tomorrow The NY Mets Are Trying to Save the 'Tent of Tomorrow' Diane Pham 2014-07-30T17:17:00-04:00 >2014-07-30T17:18:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cx/cx3kg99hnqrkgtko.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With change in Queens arriving rapidly, the Mets can preserve a piece of team history&mdash;and public good will&mdash;by helping to restore a part of the World's Fair from 50 years ago.</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/105350225/editor-s-picks-378 Editor's Picks #378 Nam Henderson 2014-07-30T15:14:00-04:00 >2014-07-30T17:40:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ke/kerbjdzs7y6mb4jn.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;Editorial Manager for Archinect, penned another essay in the "<em>non-conclusive series</em>"&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/330501/aftershock" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AfterShock</a></strong>.&nbsp;Titled <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/104803779/aftershock-3-brains-and-the-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brains and the City</a>,&nbsp;in it she explores a new world of EEG urbanism, GSAPP&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.thecloudlab.org/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cloud Lab</a>, brain computer interfaces and human architect-slash-neuroscientist designer(s).&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/5808858/chris-teeter" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Teeter</a>&nbsp;is very interested in this line of research. He believes, "<em>I think as a good option for finding a 'legitimacy' to the art and science of architecture, neuroscience, and more specifically phenomenology-neuroscience-architecture is a very exciting path what tons of potential.</em>"&nbsp;<strong>Thayer-D</strong>&nbsp;is "<em>Looking forward to the next installment, conclusive or not</em>".</p><p>Plus, <strong>#21&nbsp;</strong>of <strong>Screen/Print</strong>: featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/104868902/screen-print-21-log-31-new-ancients" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Log 31,&nbsp;"<em>New Ancients</em>"</a></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br>As an offshoot of the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/378110/deans-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deans List</a> editorial series, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104719391/fresh-deans-picking-the-brains-of-a-few-newly-appointed-leaders-in-architecture-education" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect interviewed a few of the newly appointed leaders in architecture education</a>, to survey their plans for the position at the very beginning of their tenure.&nbsp;<strong>anonitect</strong> defended Donna Sink's earlier comments which "<em>are tot...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105403243/more-bad-news-with-hadid-s-qatar-stadium More Bad News with Hadid's Qatar Stadium Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T15:02:00-04:00 >2014-07-30T19:47:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aw/awi98cctmgcim00v.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Migrant workers building the first stadium for Qatar's 2022 World Cup have been earning as little as 45p [&asymp;75&cent;] an hour, the Guardian can reveal [...] More than 100 workers from some of the world's poorest countries are labouring in ferocious desert heat on the 40,000-seat al-Wakrah stadium, which has been designed by the British architect Zaha Hadid [..]</p></em><br /><br /><p>This is just the most recent in a slew of bad PR for the British-Iraqi architect. Earlier, <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/02/26/qatar-zaha-hadid-stadium/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">she was rebuked</a> for asserting that architects have neither power over nor responsibility for the conditions of workers on their buildings. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103115491/zaha-s-baku-win-ignites-protests-over-forced-eviction-and-suspicions-over-worker-s-rights-and-human-trafficking" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">She won the 2014 Design Museum award for a building in&nbsp;Azerbaijan</a> that has been criticized for both its construction practices and more generally for being a symbol of support for the country's dictatorial leader. Her designs for a new stadium in Tokyo were called <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103705443/protests-pay-off-as-hadid-alters-tokyo-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">too big, too expensive, and inappropriate for its urban context.&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;And the awarding of the Iraqi Parliament project to her <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102706634/it-s-official-zaha-hadid-will-design-the-iraq-parliament-regardless-of-the-fact-she-came-3rd-in-the-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">was also met with controversy</a>&nbsp;(the emerging Islamic State is probably threatening the viability of the project anyway).</p><p>Still, ZHA don't seem to have any trouble finding clients!</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105397603/ny-times-enters-the-starchitect-debate NY Times Enters the "Starchitect" Debate Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T13:58:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T11:32:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k3/k3ti8x3ufdkbdw74.jpg" width="514" height="590" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Witold Rybczynski, the architect and emeritus professor of urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania, complained recently about &ldquo;starchitects&rdquo; who often work in cities they are unfamiliar with, creating buildings that are out of sync with their surroundings. In an interview, he argued in favor of local architectural talent, or &ldquo;locatecture.&rdquo; Are superstar architects ruining city skylines?</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this "Room for Debate" at <em>the New York Times,&nbsp;</em>Allison Arieff, Vishaan Chakrabarti, Beverly Willis, and Angel Borrego Cubero all provide their opinions on the much-used and controversial portmanteau.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105394389/architecture-competitions-are-risky-but-we-can-build-on-that Architecture Competitions Are Risky, but We Can Build on That Archinect 2014-07-30T11:55:00-04:00 >2014-07-30T11:55:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1d/1dfa16a4fb0ceedea9c02c7fb6487457.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Design competitions play a fascinating role in the history of architecture, with losing entries often as important in defining the progress of architectural thought and theory as the actual winning and built projects: the projects that might have been built becoming as influential as those that perhaps should never have been built.</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/105359871/reality-check-shanghai Reality Check Shanghai Metropolitan Monk 2014-07-30T01:08:00-04:00 >2014-07-30T11:30:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qt/qtgqvcpai26tbys1.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In celebratory June-July 20114 issue of <a title="MARK Magazine #50 Jun-Jul14 | Frameweb" href="http://www.frameweb.com/magazines/mark/mark-50" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark magazine #50</a>, <a title="MovingCities | website" href="http://movingcities.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MovingCities</a> published &lsquo;<strong><a title="Reality Check Shanghai | MARK Magazine#50 | MovingCities" href="http://movingcities.org/bertdemuynck/on-china/reality-check-shanghai-mark-magazine50/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reality Check Shanghai</a></strong>&lsquo; revisiting three Shanghainese buildings previously published and applauded in Mark: the <a title="Himalayas Centre | website" href="http://zendaihimalayas.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Himalayas Centre</a> by <a title="Arata Isozaki | website" href="http://www.isozaki.co.jp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arata Isozaki</a>, the 2010 Shanghai World Expo site and the <a title="Giant Interactive Group&rsquo;s headquarters | Morphosis" href="http://morphopedia.com/projects/giant-interactive-group-corporate-headqu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Giant Interactive Group&rsquo;s headquarters</a> by <a title="Morphosis | website" href="http://www.morphosis.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphosis</a>. <em>What has become of them?</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uk/uk1j2253fzbvi8rs.jpg"></p><p>Excerpt from &lsquo;<strong><a title="Reality Check Shanghai | MARK Magazine#50 | MovingCities" href="http://movingcities.org/bertdemuynck/on-china/reality-check-shanghai-mark-magazine50/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reality Check Shanghai</a></strong>&lsquo;:</p><p>" Making architecture in China is not easy; occupying it is even more difficult. In recent years, amazing stories have appeared in various media about China&rsquo;s shoddy construction culture, copycat designs, empty icons, and building projects apparently doomed to remain unfinished forever. [...] The area where once the European, Asian and American pavilions were located is in a serious state of disrepair. The French pavilion seems to be under (re)construction, the skin of <a title="EMBT | website" href="http://www.mirallestagliabue.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EMBT</a>&rsquo;s Spanish pavilion has been removed, some of the Portuguese pavilion&rsquo;s cork has disappeared, and a few of my favourites &ndash; pavilions...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105331734/the-best-new-yorker-articles-on-buildings-cities-and-landscapes The Best New Yorker Articles on Buildings, Cities, and Landscapes Places Journal 2014-07-29T18:45:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T18:46:02-04:00 <em><p>Cities that are growing and cities that are shrinking, climate change, environmental health and equity, resource scarcity, technological change &mdash; all demand that we rethink how we plan, design, construct, and maintain the built environment. These challenges also demand that serious design journalism and scholarship move from the margins to the center of the larger cultural discussion.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last week The New Yorker opened up part of its archive, setting off a mad dash through the corridors in search of great summer reading.</p><p>The editors at Places Journal have rounded up some of the best articles on architecture and urbanism, including profiles of David Adjaye and Bjarke Ingels, interviews with window-washers and elevator testers, reviews of the Google car and the Oslo Opera House, and searing reports from Elizabeth Kolbert and George Packer.</p><p>Places also announces a major transition: "After five valuable years in partnership with Design Observer, we're deepening our commitment to public scholarship and critical journalism by launching a new, independent website at <a href="http://www.placesjournal.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.placesjournal.org</a>."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105327718/will-blexting-help-with-detroit-blight Will “Blexting” Help With Detroit Blight? Alexander Walter 2014-07-29T15:12:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T15:15:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9d/9d3dfb9154366e1f6543526a9296ff20.jpg" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Motor City Mapping app will make it possible for users to snap photos of properties and text them to the public database. (They are trying to brand a new word to describe this process &mdash; the awful-sounding &ldquo;blexting.&rdquo;) These will be quality-checked before going onto the database, and the hope is that users will participate in training sessions before pointing, clicking and sending. Several &ldquo;blexting bootcamps,&rdquo; will be held in coming weeks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103247268/despite-successes-blight-still-threatens-detroit-s-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Despite Successes, Blight Still Threatens Detroit&rsquo;s Future</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105305181/even-bacteria-are-architects Even bacteria are architects Nam Henderson 2014-07-29T12:02:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T16:24:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wy/wytksoxwi9m5f7j3.jpg" width="500" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Until present, we knew of similar patterns created from saline solutions and isolated proteins, but this is the first report that demonstrates how whole bacterial cells can manage the crystallisation of sodium chloride (NaCl) and generate self-organised biosaline structures of a fractal or dendritic appearance.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Recent work by researchers from the &nbsp;Laboratory of BioMineralogy and Astrobiological Research at the&nbsp;University of Valladolid-CSIC, Spain, has discovered that bacteria manipulate salt to build shelters to hibernate.</p><p>&nbsp;h/t @<a href="https://twitter.com/bldgblog/status/492843414644215809" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geoff Manaugh</a></p><p>Also, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/72714152/cities-of-the-future-built-by-drones-bacteria-and-3-d-printers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously and related</a>..?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105250586/d-c-s-war-over-pop-ups D.C.'s war over pop-ups Alexander Walter 2014-07-28T15:04:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T15:08:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/52/52b8a245bf25e22ba484503aefbf9e09.jpg" width="500" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Throughout his neighborhood of Lanier Heights, developers are buying up two-story townhouses and building an extra floor or two, additions that are known as pop-ups. They&rsquo;re also extending the structures as far back as allowed, to within 15 feet of the property line, obliterating backyards in the process. [...] A few doors down the other way is a deafening construction site, where a single-family home is being turned into eight units, taking full advantage of what was once the backyard.</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/105248978/what-urban-physics-could-tell-us-about-how-cities-work What ‘urban physics’ could tell us about how cities work Alexander Walter 2014-07-28T14:40:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T14:43:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/77/771104930d61d39d18360c36f9ade9e3.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What does a city look like? If you&rsquo;re walking down the street, perhaps it looks like people and storefronts. Viewed from higher up, patterns begin to emerge: A three-dimensional grid of buildings divided by alleys, streets, and sidewalks, nearly flat in some places and scraping the sky in others. Pull back far enough, and the city starts to look like something else entirely: a cluster of molecules. At least, that&rsquo;s what it looks like to Franz-Josef Ulm, an engineering professor [...].</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/105246556/beyond-the-supersquare-looks-at-south-american-modernism ‘Beyond the Supersquare’ Looks at South American Modernism Alexander Walter 2014-07-28T13:52:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T13:53:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a16e15686986b0aae37c77589a5ffd39.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the mid-20th century, certain Latin American cities looked like the most modern on earth. Not only was their architecture imaginative, but so was the thinking behind it: ideas, amounting to faith, that design could positively shape civic life across lines of money and class; that art and architecture were inseparable; that while Europe and the United States were the cultural powers of the day, South America had a shot at tomorrow. Then the momentum broke.</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/105244141/blowing-up-mosul-s-historic-mosques-is-a-war-crime Blowing up Mosul's historic mosques is 'a war crime' Alexander Walter 2014-07-28T13:12:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T13:17:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c9/c959e36acd74f41e6a9791f1ef3d3819.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Leading British archaeologist and member of the House of Lords, Colin Renfrew, says the destruction of historic mosques in Mosul, northern Iraq, by Islamic state militants (Isis) &ldquo;is a disaster for the cultural heritage of Iraq, and indeed of Islam&rdquo;. The Prophet Jirjis mosque and shrine in Mosul was destroyed on 27 July, according to unconfirmed press reports. The 14th-century mosque was the latest in a series of holy sites targeted by the jihadist group.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104956548/islamic-state-jihadis-destroy-ancient-mosque-in-mosul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Islamic State jihadis destroy ancient mosque in Mosul</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105242532/george-lucas-announces-mad-and-studio-gang-as-architects-for-his-museum-of-narrative-art-in-chicago George Lucas announces MAD and Studio Gang as architects for his Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago Archinect 2014-07-28T12:44:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T13:30:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6q/6qvs8aumpd8dxpbb.jpg" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Star Wars" creator George Lucas on Monday will announce an architectural team for his controversial planned museum on Chicago's lakefront: an avant-garde Chinese designer whose credits include Toronto-area skyscrapers dubbed the "Marilyn Monroe Towers" and Chicago's Jeanne Gang, shaper of the undulating Aqua Tower here.</p></em><br /><br /><p></p><p>Read our recently published <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/100175622/a-new-nature-interview-with-ma-yansong-of-mad-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interview with Ma Yansong of MAD</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105198393/parametrizing-the-sound-of-the-street-sonar-installation Parametrizing the sound of the street - SONAR installation Ana Rolim 2014-07-28T12:08:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T12:08:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/am/amfg9h66eywauwvt.jpg" width="514" height="209" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The SONAR installation was conceived and built during the 1st Parametric Design Workshop at Universidade Cat&oacute;lica de Pernambuco (UNICAP), Brazil. Applying Grasshopper and Rhinoceros as key design tools, the idea was to capture the lively relationships that take place on the main integration axis in the Campus to where social gatherings, daily conversations and meals converge, bringing these into the Architecture School building, a typical modernist structure punctuated by long boring corridors.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Parametrizing the sound of the street -&nbsp;SONAR installation</strong></p><p>Do the sounds of the street have shape?</p><p>This installation was conceived and built during the 1st Parametric Design Workshop at Universidade Cat&oacute;lica de Pernambuco (UNICAP), Brazil, a pioneer initiative in the State, which focused on applying Grasshopper and Rhinoceros softwares as a design tool. For six days, a group of 25 architecture students and young architects, under the guidance of professors Victor Sardenberg, Ana Luisa Rolim and Robson Canuto da Silva, gathered to discuss theoretical aspects of and practice parametric design, aiming to build temporary low-budget installations at UNICAP campus. The Sonar was one of these installations.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cl/clm3rnmdarjqhqrr.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eb/ebxszpgbfo67f2md.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qx/qx7kt4t21llehkjl.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zz/zzpz1egixki4q774.jpg"></p><p>As opposed to typical campuses in Brazil, mostly designed under modern architecture principles that reproduced the garden city model, privileging the maximization of open spaces, the campus at UNICAP occupies traditional urban blocks in the heart of the city of Recife - a major capital in ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104790101/iabr-2014-urban-by-nature-part-2-the-urban-metabolism IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE– Part 2: The Urban Metabolism Sponsor 2014-07-25T17:53:00-04:00 >2014-07-25T19:00:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rq/rq683ir2b84tpqfu.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>IABR&ndash;2014&ndash;URBAN BY NATURE&ndash;</em>, the sixth edition of the <a href="http://iabr.nl/en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR)</a>, claims that we can only solve the world&rsquo;s environmental problems if we solve the problems of the city.</p><p>Looking through the lens of landscape architecture,&nbsp;<strong>IABR&ndash;2014&ndash;</strong>&nbsp;redefines the way we deal with urban challenges by analyzing the relationship between urban society and nature, and between city and landscape.<br>This edition of the biennale argues that cities are an integral part of huge urban landscapes, complex systems that have become our natural environment. This perspective has many implications for the way we plan and design our urban environment. Perceiving it as an organism opens up possibilities to develop spatial interventions that make use of its metabolism.<br>With the use of new and innovative design strategies that effectively address the city as the bigger urban landscape that it is, we can make the city more resilient and thus truly contribute to a more sustainable future...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105020034/can-better-design-save-lives-in-hospital-trauma-centers Can better design save lives in hospital trauma centers? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-25T14:40:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T19:48:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c9/c99c1b6fd6af000406d353d2b0759c49.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles partnered with the Department of Defense to build out the OR360, a new innovation center where doctors and military personnel can simulate hypothetical scenarios in order to simplify and streamline trauma care. [...] Designed by CannonDesign, the nearly 10,000-square-foot space is the hospital&rsquo;s answer to the big question of: How can you make trauma care, both in hospitals and in military situations, faster and more effective?</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>