Archinect - News 2015-04-28T10:36:05-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/126287085/will-los-angeles-be-seeing-more-housing-development-along-its-la-river Will Los Angeles be seeing more housing development along its LA River? Alexander Walter 2015-04-27T14:49:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T04:36:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z6/z6prfekc4pgrlk80.jpg" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If Los Angeles aims to add more housing, it should look at the neighborhoods lining its long-maligned river to do it. [...] The city could make a big dent in Mayor Eric Garcetti's goal of adding 100,000 housing units by 2021 if it streamlines permitting and creates incentive zones in places along the river [...]. The report comes in the wake of a billion-dollar plan by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to revamp 11 miles of the L.A. River north of downtown [...].</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/126280652/seattle-high-schoolers-push-to-provide-moveable-minimalist-shelters-for-the-homeless Seattle high schoolers push to provide moveable, minimalist shelters for the homeless Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-27T12:52:00-04:00 >2015-04-27T13:12:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/84/84cf8ba3e99f5e84a500c282323e5d2d.jpg" width="514" height="306" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After past run-ins with the city, the nomadic Nickelsville has shifted from temporary place to temporary place. Most recently, the group struggled with a location, after Seattle decided to authorize and regulate three homeless encampments in the city. &ldquo;There&rsquo;s a need for a transportable, insulated, tiny house that provides privacy and isn&rsquo;t going to be a huge burden for them when they move,&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/126214765/oma-s-prada-foundation-arts-complex-in-milan OMA's Prada Foundation Arts Complex in Milan Nam Henderson 2015-04-26T19:17:00-04:00 >2015-04-27T04:24:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/95/950yyzmdzokk1g7r.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some of the spaces are as Mr. Koolhaas found them; others have been reconfigured but look as though they haven&rsquo;t been touched. The three new buildings are made of glass, white concrete and an aluminum</p></em><br /><br /><p>Carol Vogel writes about the Prada Foundation&rsquo;s new arts complex in Milan, designed by&nbsp;OMA.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126213162/architecture-is-now-a-tool-of-capital-complicit-in-a-purpose-antithetical-to-its-social-mission ‘Architecture is now a tool of capital, complicit in a purpose antithetical to its social mission’ Quilian Riano 2015-04-26T18:40:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T10:31:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vy/vypgnjzhkwjqdf1k.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As large housing estates are being demolished and the age of great social democracies recedes, taking with it any notion of an architecture for the public, OMA partner Reinier de Graaf asks if there is any alternative to building capital</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/126205945/deadly-7-9-magnitude-earthquake-in-nepal-destroys-architectural-landmarks Deadly 7.9-magnitude earthquake in Nepal destroys architectural landmarks Paul Petrunia 2015-04-26T13:41:00-04:00 >2015-04-26T17:09:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c6/c67343eaa98587586ca13e7de13de098.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The powerful temblor measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale on Saturday practically levelled the nation's tangible cultural history, robbing it of its architectural jewels, including the landmark Dharhara Tower, in an eerie reminder of the 1934 quake that claimed over 10,000 lives. The 19th century nine-storey minaret, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which once offered a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley, turned into graveyards for over 200 people.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Follow <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NepalEarthquake&amp;src=tyah" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#NepalEarthquake</a> on Twitter for up-to-the minute updates</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125764129/archinect-sessions-episode-26-modernism-peru-s-common-denominator-a-conversation-with-lima-architect-sebasti-n-bravo Archinect Sessions Episode #26: Modernism - Peru's Common Denominator; A Conversation with Lima Architect Sebastián Bravo Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-23T15:39:00-04:00 >2015-04-25T19:03:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/beav76flni453rdo.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week on the podcast, Paul shares an interview he did in Lima with <a href="http://archinect.com/bravoarquitectos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sebasti&aacute;n Bravo</a>, a local architect and maker of <a href="http://www.pacapaca.pe/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">award-winning pisco</a>. Studying and practicing architecture in a city with a very fresh history of terrorism and ongoing political corruption is no easy feat, and the rapidly urbanized/urbanizing city makes practicing all the more challenging, but Bravo is up to the challenge.</p><p>We also briefly discuss a recent workshop Paul attended with the <a href="http://archinect.com/ACSA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture</a>, which took a close look at why enrollment rates at architecture schools are falling, and the stereotypical misunderstandings of what skills high schoolers need to study architecture. In the news, we consider what it means for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125745572/we-ve-got-enough-millionaires-george-lucas-wants-to-build-affordable-housing-on-his-own-land" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Lucas to be building affordable housing in Marin County</a>, whether <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125510369/liquid-metal-discovery-paves-way-for-shape-shifting-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">metal really can move by itself</a>, and briefly look to the deluge of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125835685/archinect-s-critical-round-up-for-the-new-renzo-piano-designed-whitney-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Whitney Museum reviews</a>.</p><p>Listen to episode twenty-six of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Modernism - Peru's Common Denominator":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/125922478/architecture-of-paranoia Architecture of paranoia Alexander Walter 2015-04-22T21:19:00-04:00 >2015-04-22T21:23:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ai/ai5moqa35g4qurbd.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since terrorism has become one of the guiding forces in urban design, the incorporation of immense fortifications into everyday streets has spawned an entire industry of defensive architecture [...] The latest developments in this rising tide of urban paranoia are on display this week at the Counter Terror Expo in west London&rsquo;s Olympia, a sprawling trade show that proudly claims to showcase &ldquo;the key terror threat areas under one roof&rdquo;. It is an enormous supermarket of neuroses [...].</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/125909615/book-review-designed-for-the-future-80-practical-ideas-for-a-sustainable-future Book review: Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable Future Nicholas Korody 2015-04-22T18:40:00-04:00 >2015-04-22T18:42:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ls/lspw0ezv0s5tj87z.jpg" width="514" height="582" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I have to admit to a degree of wariness when I first opened <a href="https://www.papress.com/html/book.details.page.tpl?isbn=9781616893002" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World</em></a>, a new book edited by Jared Green and published by Princeton Architectural Press. The introduction makes some bold claims for a rather slim book with little text. &ldquo;We have the answers. We are both the cause of the problems and the solution to them,&rdquo; Green writes with supreme optimism. The book is a collection of eighty projects that leading architects, urban planners, artists, critics and thinkers chose as a response to the question: &ldquo;What gives you hope for the future?&rdquo; The criteria for their responses stipulated that they must discuss a project they admire, not their own. And the results are as varied as one might imagine for a question that is both vague and expansive.&nbsp;</p><p>More than anything else, the responses highlighted the mutability of the term &ldquo;sustainable&rdquo; within contemporary architecture discourse. &nbsp;Some of the responses, such as that of Katrin Kling...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125896734/downtown-la-s-vision-of-an-architecture-and-design-super-cluster Downtown LA's vision of an architecture and design super cluster Alexander Walter 2015-04-22T14:23:00-04:00 >2015-04-22T15:43:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/61/613d037fc62a6c7e00da2587b7ee633f.jpg" width="500" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When the Architecture + Design Museum announced their impending move to the Arts District late last year, their short-term (two-year) lease had some wondering what was in the cards for the museum's future. [...]after their lease is up, the A+D Museum is hoping to move again&mdash;into a new building that will house it, the American Institute of Architects' Los Angeles chapter (AIA/LA), and the much-anticipated Center for Architecture and Urban Design Los Angeles (CALA), a non-profit "design commons."</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/125895927/heart-of-the-community-program-selects-six-new-cities-to-receive-placemaking-grants Heart of the Community program selects six new cities to receive placemaking grants Alexander Walter 2015-04-22T13:11:00-04:00 >2015-04-22T13:11:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/24/24eaf1c2f814fa7f1e8a240f4266b125.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This morning, Southwest Airlines announced that non-profit organizations in six U.S. cities will receive Placemaking grants to help them reimagine and reactivate important but underutilized public spaces in their city. [...] Albuquerque, New Mexico: Civic Plaza Ft. Myers, Florida: Lee County Regional Library Jacksonville, Florida: Hemming Park Milwaukee, Wisconsin: 4th &amp; Wisconsin Area Portland, Maine: Congress Square Park St. Louis, Missouri: Strauss Park</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/125893513/architecture-billings-index-in-march-reportedly-accelerates Architecture Billings Index in March reportedly "accelerates" Alexander Walter 2015-04-22T12:16:00-04:00 >2015-04-23T01:18:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/912q420dhq86bsc2.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the second consecutive month, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) indicated a modest increase in design activity in March. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was 51.7, up from a mark of 50.4 in February. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.2, up from a reading of 56.6 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/125842117/labor-violations-affirmed-in-latest-report-of-nyu-abu-dhabi-construction Labor violations affirmed in latest report of NYU Abu Dhabi construction Justine Testado 2015-04-21T20:26:00-04:00 >2015-04-21T20:26:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fw/fwrorhtwem5x5i0c.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An independent investigation into the construction of New York University&rsquo;s Abu Dhabi campus has found that despite the school&rsquo;s best intentions and efforts, about one third of the workforce at the site &mdash; roughly 10,000 workers &mdash; was not covered by the school&rsquo;s labor guidelines, and thus faced unfair and exploitative practices [that were reported in previous allegations].</p></em><br /><br /><p>To add to that, construction of the NYUAD main campus is nearly complete and the workers have already moved on to other jobs.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/25019275/abu-dhabi-saadiyat-guggenheim-stalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Abu Dhabi: Saadiyat Guggenheim Stalls</a></li><li><a title="High Culture and Hard Labor" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96950936/high-culture-and-hard-labor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Culture and Hard Labor</a></li><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></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/125772968/editor-s-picks-412 Editor's Picks #412 Nam Henderson 2015-04-21T12:20:00-04:00 >2015-04-21T20:31:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3n/3na4tpamshhrxgvj.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest edition of <strong>Deans List</strong>; <a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;profiled <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/124988136/deans-list-michael-speaks-of-syracuse-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Speaks, the Dean at </a><a href="http://archinect.com/syracuse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Syracuse Architecture</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9s/9sa25ejmbxlk0qn1.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/pedaldesignlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ken Koense</a>&nbsp;commented "T<em>he SU Architecture program stands in stark contrast to what is happening, and has recently occurred at NJIT. Credible, steady leadership at Syracuse, instability in the leadership at NJIT.</em>"&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/Jolanda_Morkel/status/587905337564520448" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jolanda Morkel</a>&nbsp;felt the piece was "<em>Wwll worth a read</em>".</p><p><br><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dg/dg171x48u82h5mdf.jpg"></p><p>The roster of over 60 architecture firms and artists who will exhibit their work at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125277951/chicago-architecture-biennial-participants-announced" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">was announced</a>.&nbsp;<strong>jla-x</strong> proposed "<em>Archinect field trip anyone</em>"? Meanwhile <strong>Lightperson</strong> tried not to get his hopes up "<em>I'm excited to see the new crop of architecture ideas but also get the feeling this will be another Tactical Urbanism show from the usual suspects, the cool European curators</em>".</p><p>Denver Post Fine Arts Critic, Ray Mark Rinaldi <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_27843517/great-city-bad-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">explained</a> why locals should listen to Jeffrey Sheppard&rsquo;s (co-founder and design principal for Roth Sheppard Architects in Denver) <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125204801/jeff-sheppard-calls-downtown-denver-s-new-housing-developments-meaningless-uninspiring" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">criticism...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125795460/monu-22-on-transnational-urbanism-released MONU #22 on Transnational Urbanism released MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2015-04-21T12:12:00-04:00 >2015-04-21T12:12:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c1/c1yqou9pv7fiuvou.jpg" width="514" height="694" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To prepare our cities for the emergence and growth of transnational lifestyles we need to invent new urban and architectural forms that are adapted to these new ways of life. This is what the French sociologist and assistant Mayor of Paris, Jean-Louis Missika, emphasized in an exclusive interview with MONU entitled &ldquo;Libert&eacute;, Digitalit&eacute;, Cr&eacute;ativit&eacute;&rdquo; on the topic of &ldquo;Transnational Urbanism&rdquo;. (Bernd Upmeyer, Editor-in-Chief, April 2015)</p></em><br /><br /><p>To prepare our cities for the emergence and growth of transnational lifestyles we need to invent new urban and architectural forms that are adapted to these new ways of life. This is what the French sociologist and assistant Mayor of Paris, <em><strong>Jean-Louis Missika</strong></em>, emphasized in an exclusive interview with <strong>MONU</strong> entitled <strong>&ldquo;Libert&eacute;, Digitalit&eacute;, Cr&eacute;ativit&eacute;&rdquo;</strong> on the topic of <strong>&ldquo;Transnational Urbanism&rdquo;</strong>. This new issue of <strong>MONU</strong> focuses on the impact of <strong>transnational processes</strong> on cities in general and the consequences of <strong>transnational relations</strong> between individuals, groups, firms, or institutions for cities in particular. We deemed it necessary to dedicate an entire issue to the phenomenon of <strong>transnationalism</strong> in relation to the city, to architecture, and its influence on cities in spatial as well as social, political, economical, and cultural terms, as these days, more than ever before, and due to the development of technologies that have made transportation and communication infinitely more accessib...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125760915/find-your-ideal-neighborhood-with-this-new-livability-index-online-tool Find your ideal neighborhood with this new 'Livability Index' online tool Alexander Walter 2015-04-21T08:30:00-04:00 >2015-04-24T18:10:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/425841707b45964c73896bc9072b86db.jpg" width="514" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Every year, surveys and lists are published that purport to know the &ldquo;best places to live in America,&rdquo; but AARP&rsquo;s new livability index is based on exhaustive research and data, providing scores for all of the 200,000-plus Census block groups in the country. Each neighborhood has scores that take into account seven categories: transportation, environment, health, civic and social engagement, and educational and employment opportunities.</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/125760110/a-look-at-boris-johnson-s-legacy-to-london A look at Boris Johnson’s legacy to London Alexander Walter 2015-04-20T18:49:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:14:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2e/2ebd5a70e4008970bdb2e4901210c2c9.jpg" width="300" height="180" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Boris Johnson&rsquo;s term as London mayor has produced a surprising mix of spectacular and workaday projects &ndash; along with some famous follies. But will he leave the city looking better than it did seven 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/125748007/bad-news-for-good-taste-burnt-da-vinci-apartments-expected-to-be-rebuilt-in-10-months Bad news for good taste - burnt Da Vinci apartments expected to be rebuilt in 10 months Justine Testado 2015-04-20T17:17:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:15:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/65/65o7by3j7rjozf5b.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A rise from the ashes had always been in [developer Geoff] Palmer's mind for this charred housing project; he'd said in a statement back in December that the devastation at the building on the south side of Temple Street was just a 'temporary loss.' Now that all the wreckage from the fire has been cleared off the site, construction can begin.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The kind of "renaissance" (sorry) that many locals are <em>probably</em> not very thrilled about...</p><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a title="L.A. fire officials reveal new details about potential suspect in Da Vinci arson case" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124206488/l-a-fire-officials-reveal-new-details-about-potential-suspect-in-da-vinci-arson-case" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. fire officials reveal new details about potential suspect in Da Vinci arson case</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116345045/downtown-la-fire-determined-to-be-arson-architecture-hate-crime" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downtown LA fire determined to be arson... Architecture hate crime?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115492470/huge-downtown-los-angeles-fire-burns-towering-apartment-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Huge downtown Los Angeles fire burns towering apartment project</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/125747197/former-nyc-dot-commissioner-janette-sadik-khan-on-how-to-change-the-transportation-status-quo Former NYC DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan on how to change the transportation status quo Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-20T15:55:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T15:15:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/63/631cf9aed42650f22c84f39f59298735.jpg" width="514" height="456" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sadik-Khan shared with the Seattle audience what she and NYC DOT accomplished from 2007 to 2013, how they overcame the stasis of nearly a century of car-centric planning, and how other cities could follow in New York&rsquo;s footsteps. [...] her insights into New York&rsquo;s process for implementing change &mdash; namely designing bold projects and getting them installed fast &mdash; are valuable for other city DOTs hoping to mimic her success. [...] &ldquo;The new blueprint is &hellip; not anti-car. It&rsquo;s pro choice.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/125748002/life-in-the-ocean-micronation-of-sealand-population-2 Life in the ocean micronation of Sealand, population: 2 Alexander Walter 2015-04-20T15:14:00-04:00 >2015-04-21T14:58:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i1/i1v5rir1fdftqyjl.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Michael Bates grew up seven nautical miles off the coast of England, on a platform made of concrete and metal. Michael, the son of Roy Bates, is the Prince of the Principality of Sealand, a contested micronation [...]. Today, as futurists, tech billionaires and libertarians start looking to the sea for the next stage of cities and governance, Sealand serves as a tiny example [...]. What can the experiences of the Bates family tell those who dream about ocean living?</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/125745572/we-ve-got-enough-millionaires-george-lucas-wants-to-build-affordable-housing-on-his-own-land "We've got enough millionaires": George Lucas wants to build affordable housing on his own land Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-20T14:40:00-04:00 >2015-04-21T07:38:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7a871e9d25f0b21881cc3ce213551364.jpg" width="514" height="388" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When George Lucas tried to expand his production company studios&nbsp;in California&rsquo;s wealthy Marin County, the community pushed back. Then the &ldquo;Star Wars&rdquo; creator wanted to sell the land to a&nbsp;developer who would build affordable housing. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s inciting class warfare,&rdquo; Carolyn Lenert, then head of the North San Rafael Coalition of Residents,&nbsp;told The New York Times&nbsp;at the time. Now, two years after that project stalled, Lucas has decided to build the affordable housing and pay for it all himself.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Lucas has also been in the news lately for the design of his <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/480355/lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum of Narrative Arts</a> in Chicago.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125532138/los-angeles-envisions-the-first-decentralized-world-s-fair-yes-including-hyperloop Los Angeles envisions the first "decentralized" World's Fair (yes, including Hyperloop) Alexander Walter 2015-04-17T19:51:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T21:02:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/03/037f10d58967a96918d736c0abc999f7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A group of venture capitalists, architects, engineers, and marketing gurus, under the name Los Angeles World's Fair (LAWF), are brewing plans for a two-year fair showing off the technology and culture of the future&mdash;including a Hyperloop, &ldquo;3D-printed gourmet delicacies,&rdquo; and self-driving cars. Theme: "The Connected City." Right now, they're trying to pull together $100,000 on Indiegogo to support economic and architectural feasibility studies for their plans [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Visit (and support if you're so inclined) the initiative's Indiegogo campaign <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/los-angeles-world-s-fair" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125524892/how-fault-creep-is-very-slowly-tearing-one-california-town-apart How fault creep is (very slowly) tearing one California town apart Alexander Walter 2015-04-17T17:45:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T20:43:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f3/f32962cd43dc8bd07b4907132a4dfd23.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>South of San Francisco, a whole town is being deformed by plate tectonics. [...] This is Hollister, California, a town being broken in two slowly, relentlessly, and in real time by an effect known as &ldquo;fault creep.&rdquo; A surreal tide of deformation has appeared throughout the city. As if its grid of streets and single-family homes was actually built on an ice floe, the entire west half of Hollister is moving north along the Calaveras Fault, leaving its eastern streets behind.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/125433970/clarity-and-contradiction-part-ii-of-our-conversation-with-kevin-roche-and-a-discussion-about-patrik-schumacher-s-latest-facebook-rant-on-archinect-sessions-25 "Clarity and Contradiction": Part II of our conversation with Kevin Roche, and a discussion about Patrik Schumacher's latest Facebook rant on Archinect Sessions #25 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-16T18:30:00-04:00 >2015-04-22T17:26:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z0/z0bx2p3kuievgdaf.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Paul's back from Peru, just in time for our 25th episode! And thanks to Patrik Schumacher, it's mostly about criticism. We respond to a polemic/rant left by Schumacher on his Facebook page, "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124976094/patrik-schumacher-takes-to-facebook-in-defense-of-stars-and-icons" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Defense of Stars and Icons</a>", and consider not simply his argument, but its presentation &ndash; how publishing these ideas on a personal Facebook page ultimately says more about celebrity and criticism than Schumacher's exorbitant word count can. In the end, we applaud Schumacher &ndash; not for his argument necessarily, but for his performative act of posting such. Now, more than ever in the saturated critical sphere of new media, the medium is the message.</p><p>We also finish up the interview Amelia did with <a href="http://archinect.com/krjda" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Prize winner Kevin Roche</a>, and hear his thoughts on sprawl and the undeniable human instinct to gather. Roche is a quiet heavyweight in architecture, amassing an incredible extent of work across multiple eras of architectural history, all without paying any heed to "starchitecture", in any form. ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125447647/christopher-hawthorne-remembers-the-lacma-that-once-was Christopher Hawthorne remembers the LACMA that once was Alexander Walter 2015-04-16T17:42:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T20:31:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/056dqu8x77zqcvua.jpg" width="514" height="243" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the museum turns 50 this year and debate continues about LACMA Director Michael Govan's plan to replace the Pereira buildings (and a later addition by Hugh Hardy) with a giant new wing by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, it's worth remembering how the original LACMA campus was greeted &mdash; as well as a few things about the Los Angeles into which it was born.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123916644/christopher-hawthorne-dissects-zumthor-s-inkblot-with-lacma-director-michael-govan" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne dissects Zumthor's inkblot with LACMA Director Michael Govan</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125437188/amanda-baillieu-weighs-in-on-architect-free-open-source-architecture Amanda Baillieu weighs in on "Architect-free" Open Source Architecture Alexander Walter 2015-04-16T14:20:00-04:00 >2015-04-17T10:26:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u1/u1l178x5zaebk9gg.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We are told that the &ldquo;architecture of tomorrow&rdquo; needs to be networked, collaborative and inclusive, drawing its inspiration from crowdsourcing, open access and mass customisation. But to do this &ldquo;architecture must be put into the hands of people themselves&rdquo; and the architect possibly &ldquo;guillotined&rdquo;. [...] This is inflammatory stuff [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/125432358/umsoa-to-propel-neighborhood-revitalization-with-650-000-from-knight-foundation UMSoA to Propel Neighborhood Revitalization with $650,000 from Knight Foundation Joachim Perez 2015-04-16T12:56:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T20:31:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wb/wbi0q80b6gm66wwv.jpg" width="255" height="254" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The School of Architecture has a long history of helping to reshape and revitalize the South Florida community,&rdquo; said Rodolphe el-Khoury, dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture. &ldquo;We are pleased that Knight Foundation has chosen to support this unique project that will have a lasting impact on communities in need of assistance.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.miami.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Miami</a>&nbsp;School of Architecture today announced a plan to bring &ldquo;third places&rdquo; &ndash; community spaces, marketplaces, incubators and training centers &ndash; into two underserved Miami neighborhoods with $650,000 from the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.knightfoundation.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John S. and James L. Knight Foundation</a>.</p><p>The Third Place Project will create spaces that provide resources and support to entrepreneurs, creatives and civic leaders in these neighborhoods, as a way to foster their ideas and break down barriers. It will also help transform these neighborhoods and create opportunities for local businesses, by establishing inexpensive spaces for startups and hubs for arts, culture and entertainment. The grant will support&nbsp;<a href="http://www6.miami.edu/momentum2/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami</a>.</p><p>&ldquo;A major challenge in the Miami metro area is the disconnect between extraordinarily wealthy neighborhoods and boom areas and long-struggling urban neighborhoods such as Allapatah, Little Haiti and Opa-locka,&rdquo; said&nbsp;<a href="http://arc.miami.edu/people/faculty/charles-c-bohl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charles Bohl</a>, associate professor an...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125370447/at-auschwitz-birkenau-preserving-a-site-and-a-ghastly-inventory At Auschwitz-Birkenau, Preserving a Site and a Ghastly Inventory b3tadine[sutures] 2015-04-15T21:06:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T20:31:25-04:00 <em><p>The strategy, she said, is &ldquo;minimum intervention.&rdquo; The point is to preserve the objects and buildings, not beautify them. Every year, as more survivors die, the work becomes more important. &ldquo;Within 20 years, there will be only these objects speaking for this place,&rdquo; she said.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/125364007/ode-to-the-stack-los-angeles-s-iconic-infrastructure Ode to the Stack, Los Angeles's iconic infrastructure Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-15T15:40:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:46:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/89/89j3t1cpw0gnddtp.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Four Level, or Stack as it&rsquo;s sometimes known, was the first interchange of its kind when it fully opened in 1953. [...] It may seem a cliche to simply associate LA with its freeways, but the connection between the infrastructure and the city&rsquo;s image is strong. It&rsquo;s not just about driving, it&rsquo;s about a new form of urban living in the postwar era [...] &ldquo;LA kind of emerged at the forefront of that development and it became recognised as a freeway metropolis&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/125363205/blair-kamin-not-impressed-by-chicago-s-latest-housing-developments Blair Kamin not impressed by Chicago's latest housing developments Alexander Walter 2015-04-15T15:28:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T21:11:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mh/mheqgnmdftyh8bn5.jpg" width="514" height="184" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is a tale of two new West Loop high-rises and what they say about Chicago's apartment building boom, which has restored construction cranes to the skyline but has yet to give us architecture with a capital "A." The buildings &mdash; the underwhelming Arkadia Tower in Greektown and the better-than-average JeffJack Apartments west of Union Station &mdash; are the latest products of the construction surge [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Different city, similar lament:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125204801/jeff-sheppard-calls-downtown-denver-s-new-housing-developments-meaningless-uninspiring" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeff Sheppard calls downtown Denver's new housing developments "meaningless, uninspiring"</a>. Is <em>bland</em> the new dogma?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125359981/could-this-revolutionary-new-material-replace-concrete Could this revolutionary new material replace concrete? Nicholas Korody 2015-04-15T14:46:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:45:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bc/bcdwuzo19lysj7ap.jpg" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Perhaps the most important and widely-used building material, concrete also has an enormous environmental impact. This is largely because in order to produce one ton of cement &ndash; the material that binds together rock aggregate in concrete &ndash; about 900 kg of C02 are emitted. In fact, the concrete industry is responsible for roughly 5% of carbon emissions worldwide, making it one of the two largest industrial producers of the greenhouse gas.&nbsp;</p><p>But, thanks to an accidental discovery, a environmentally-friendly substitute to cement may be on the horizon. A recent <a href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/cement-alternative-absorbs-carbon-dioxide-like-sponge/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a> by PBS features the invention of environmental chemist David Stone: a cement-like material that isn't just carbon-neutral but actually carbon-<em>negative</em>. Called 'Ferrock,' the material primarily contains iron dust and silica, both of which can be sourced via recycling. In fact, in order to obtain silica (basically crushed glass), Stone has employed a local man to collect glass bottles that have been left in the desert. While m...</p>