Archinect - News 2014-11-22T16:25:35-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/114120516/archinect-s-lexicon-duplitecture Archinect's Lexicon: "Duplitecture" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-21T14:28:00-05:00 >2014-11-21T16:51:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3d/3d989npru4kv8u2q.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>duplitecture</strong>&nbsp;[d(y)o&#862;opl&#601;tek(t)SH&#601;r],&nbsp;noun: an intentional, functioning copy of a pre-existing, and often familiar, piece of architecture. For example, "Hangzhou's replication of Venice takes duplitecture to the city-level." This definition is Archinect's own wording.</p><p>A few examples in China, the site of the term's inspiration, include an Eiffel Tower in Hangzhou and Shanghais' "Thames Town" (images <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/02/duplitectural-marvels-exploring-chinas-replica-western-cities/273366/?single_page=true" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>). Ranging from single structures to entire communities, duplitecture is distinguished from mere models or miniatures (as are common in theme parks or historical institutions) by its use &ndash; duplitecture is not decorative or merely artistic.</p><p>The term was coined by Bianca Bosker in her 2013 book, <em><a href="http://biancabosker.com/OriginalCopies" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China</a>. </em>She points out that while China is&nbsp;notorious for knocking off intellectual property (in the case of consumer technology and fashion as well as duplitecture), copying isn't considered bad in and of itself. In Chinese aesthetic tradition,...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114124536/old-guy-fight-tribune-s-blair-kamin-vs-donald-trump Old Guy Fight! Tribune’s Blair Kamin vs. Donald Trump Alexander Walter 2014-11-20T17:14:00-05:00 >2014-11-22T00:39:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b1/b1af4e85c33389c5168487bf7f58eb86.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Watching two grown men in a social media hissy fit over a building sign is actually a lot more amusing than one might think. In this corner, Donald Trump, rich guy, who, in the view of one esteemed newspaper critic, has defiled our fine city by slapping his name on the side of his silvery, shiny building. In the other corner, Blair Kamin, decorated architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune and defender of building aesthetics.</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/114115688/the-architecture-of-loss-how-to-redesign-after-a-school-shooting The Architecture of Loss: How to Redesign After a School Shooting Alexander Walter 2014-11-20T14:22:00-05:00 >2014-11-21T10:30:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cc/ccf381e76f2c8bfa50335c50445d0a89.jpg" width="514" height="273" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Good architects strive to balance design and function while listening closely to a client&rsquo;s emotional needs for the space. Public projects often have the added layers of bureaucratic paperwork, &nbsp;media scrutiny, and community outreach. But rebuilding a school after a shooting presents a unique kaleidoscope of intense feelings. Architects must create an environment that not only promotes learning, but also helps the students&mdash;and their towns&mdash;heal from tragedy.</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/114114885/clemson-scraps-its-modern-building-plan Clemson scraps its modern building plan Alexander Walter 2014-11-20T14:07:00-05:00 >2014-11-22T14:39:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7131e6aaee42fd18177cc08d04f7941.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Clemson University has backed off its plans to build a modern architecture center at Meeting and George streets - a project applauded at first but later bitterly fought by two neighborhoods and preservation groups. Clemson announced its decision to change course on its $10 million Spaulding Paolozzi Center in the wake of a recent lawsuit filed challenging how the city's Board of Architectural Review handled its approval.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105020838/charleston-groups-sue-over-approval-of-clemson-architecture-center-s-proposed-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charleston groups sue over approval of Clemson architecture center's proposed design</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114043428/listen-to-episode-7-of-archinect-sessions-the-peaks-and-valleys-of-architectural-value-out-now Listen to Episode 7 of Archinect Sessions, "The Peaks and Valleys of Architectural Value", out now! Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-20T14:01:00-05:00 >2014-11-21T16:52:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/42h6wvcsz8y9dcec.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week on the podcast: continuing our earlier discussion on <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/112509888/the-state-of-debt-and-the-price-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">student debt</a>, special guest (and fellow Archinector)&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/quilian" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quilian Riano</a> joins <a href="http://archinect.com/paul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/ameliath" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/pedaldesignlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ken</a>&nbsp;to discuss&nbsp;the <a href="http://www.architecture-lobby.org/about/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Lobby's</a>&nbsp;advocacy for increasing the value of architecture, both monetarily and in the public eye. We also&nbsp;cover&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113496632/the-nyt-s-interview-with-karim-rashid-unlicensed-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Karim Rashid's recent inflammatory&nbsp;<em>New York Times</em>&nbsp;interview</a>.</p><p>Listen to episode seven of the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/47379/archinect-sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>&nbsp;podcast, "The Ups and Downs of Architectural Value":</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 subscribe</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>Stitcher</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=55711&amp;refid=stpr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to listen</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/preview/archinect/Archinect-Sessions-7.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p>As always, you can tweet questions/comments about podcast topics to #archinectsessions, or leave a message for us at (213)&nbsp;784-7421. Our next episode could feature...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114040210/saving-buildings-with-social-media-or-not Saving Buildings with Social Media (Or Not) Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-19T14:56:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T12:45:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0r/0rnmtjgjd68r29w8.jpg" width="514" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We call it &ldquo;destructoporn&rdquo; (since 2007, according to Urban Dictionary) and it comes, unbidden, via digital media. Where did I see that Tod Williams and Billie Tsien&rsquo;s Folk Art Museum, just thirteen years old, was down to steel and rubble? The art critic Jerry Saltz&rsquo;s Instagram. [...] The dailiness, even hourliness, of social media makes it a perfect vehicle for documenting each thump of the wrecking ball, each crunch of the backhoe. Its visual slant is ideal for activism wrapped up in pictures.</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/114037792/architecture-billings-index-shows-slower-expansion-in-october Architecture Billings Index shows slower expansion in October Archinect 2014-11-19T14:01:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T14:04:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7k/7kkx9jku04jbr0ps.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Headed by the continued strength in the multi-family residential market and the emerging growth for institutional projects, demand for design services continues to be healthy [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the October ABI score was 53.7, down from a mark of 55.2 in September. This score reflects an increase in design activity (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 62.7, following a mark of 64.8 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/113925415/postpolitical-infrastructures Postpolitical Infrastructures Orhan Ayyüce 2014-11-18T10:27:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:58:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/av/avtllgyopwl8t19o.jpg" width="514" height="791" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architect today is no &lsquo;fountainhead.&rsquo; It is rather sad to watch today&rsquo;s &lsquo;starchitects&rsquo;, designing their weird-looking signature buildings. These seem now always to be either museums or condos for billionaires. The brand-name architect just build useless luxury housing for the 1% and their trinkets. The actual design of the world is now in the hands of other people.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a title="Posts by McKenzie Wark" href="http://www.publicseminar.org/author/kenwark/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McKenzie Wark</a>&nbsp;pens a rather a wake up call of a book review on Easterling's new book&nbsp;<em>Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space </em>in which<em>&nbsp;</em>Easterling offers a set of subsidiary metaphors for contemporary infrastructure design: multipliers, switches, and topologies.</p><p><em>"The multipliers include: cars, elevators, mobile phones. The first, the car, was the multiplier that made possible one of the precursor forms of the greenfields city, the greenfields suburb. But &ldquo;Levittown was simple software.&rdquo; (74) Its repeated unit-forms were few. Sadly, it may be the case that the United States never quite acquired the higher-order practices of building forms at the next scale. Hence the endless attempts to solve spatial problems with yet more versions of the Levittown software.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lu/lu2cdyux014yons4.jpg"></p><p><em>The switch is something like an interchange highway. The switch is a macro-order feature compared to the multiplier, shaping where the multipliers can circulate. Topology might designate the art of patterning switches and ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113901319/inside-the-dutch-village-where-everyone-has-dementia Inside the Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-17T19:50:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T22:43:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/47/47f3e781364f92d3c16c10830676875b.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubbed &ldquo;Dementia Village&rdquo; by CNN, Hogewey is a cutting-edge elderly-care facility&mdash;roughly the size of 10 football fields&mdash;where residents are given the chance to live seemingly normal lives. With only 152 inhabitants, it&rsquo;s run like a more benevolent version of The Truman Show [...] Last year, CNN reported that residents at Hogewey require fewer medications, eat better, live longer, and appear more joyful than those in standard elderly-care facilities.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Adapting to an unprecedented aging population means adjusting elder-care expectations and forms. So-called <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113421877/designing-for-seniors-and-soldiers-toward-a-silver-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Silver" architecture</a>&nbsp;aims to address this growing population, but what about an urbanism of the elderly? Knowing that <a href="http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/streams-of-consciousness/2012/04/24/the-importance-of-being-social/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">active social bonds can actually have long-term health benefits</a>, why not "silver" urbanism?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113886034/when-did-the-art-world-get-so-conservative When Did the Art World Get So Conservative? Orhan Ayyüce 2014-11-17T15:32:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T17:03:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sz/szqsn7p3vcikifyj.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>How did we come to live in an insular tribal sphere where unwritten rules and rigid moralities &mdash; about whom to like and dislike, what is permissible to say and what must remain unsaid &mdash; are strictly enforced via social media and online disapproval, much of it anonymous? When did this band of gypsies and relentless radicals get so conservative?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Could this be translated to architecture? Sure thing... I think architecture has a built in conservatism to begin with. Just look what the architects are pooling for.., fighting territories for things those really don't matter, blaming each other for handrail details and teaching values of the empire while reinforcing its own specialized elitism to keep the trouble makers out. Look at the corporate schools, corporate offices and architects who offer nothing more than a fantasy drawings packaged as radicals riding on intern labored marketing renderings.</p><p>Who is kidding whom?&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113883612/new-york-state-of-mind-weekly-news-round-up-for-november-10-2014 New York state of mind: Weekly News Round-Up for November 10, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-17T14:53:00-05:00 >2014-11-17T19:30:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w6/w6q42hhhe6a5rzg9.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Thursday, November 13:</em></strong></p><p><a title="Smithsonian hires BIG architecture group for $2 billion South Mall renovation plan" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113597893/smithsonian-hires-big-architecture-group-for-2-billion-south-mall-renovation-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Smithsonian hires BIG architecture group for $2 billion South Mall renovation plan</a>: While approval is still pending, the large-scale renovation will include "two underground levels of visitor amenities" and could take up to twenty years to complete.</p><p><a title="Lucas museum faces lawsuit from Friends of the Parks" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113578619/lucas-museum-faces-lawsuit-from-friends-of-the-parks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucas museum faces lawsuit from Friends of the Parks</a>: The nonprofit advocacy group claims that cordoning off the Chicago waterfront for Lucas' museum violates the 14th Amendment, guaranteeing "equal protection and due process" for deciding what to do with land belonging to the state of Illinois.</p><p><strong><em>Wednesday, November 12:</em></strong></p><p><a title="Two window washers trapped on scaffolding at 1 WTC" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113498245/two-window-washers-trapped-on-scaffolding-at-1-wtc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two window washers trapped on scaffolding at 1 WTC</a>: The two men were shortly&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/15/nyregion/world-trade-center-window-washers-just-grabbed-on-during-rescue-.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rescued</a>&nbsp;by firemen, after uneven ascending cables left them dangling at a 65-degree angle 827ft in the air.</p><p><a title="The Courtyard House Plug-In: A House Within The House" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113497437/the-courtyard-house-plug-in-a-house-within-the-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Courtyard House Plug-In: A House Within The House</a>: People's Architecture Office created a modular interior set to install in Beijing's historic buildings, as a renovation alternative to demolition.</p><p><a title="The Race to Save Architecture in Myanmar's Biggest City" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113496634/the-race-to-save-architecture-in-myanmar-s-biggest-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Race to Save Archi...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113882002/tiny-house-village-built-with-and-for-the-homeless-opens-in-wisconsin Tiny house village built with and for the homeless opens in Wisconsin Nicholas Korody 2014-11-17T13:34:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:51:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u0/u0j06854xn0z4nn8.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A community of tiny houses for the homeless opened this weekend in downtown Madison, Wisconsin &mdash; built by a coalition of homeless individuals and members of Occupy Madison... Four people, including one couple, will move into the first set of three finished homes on privately owned land this week. The next phase of the project will see six homes, another bathroom, and community room complete with a kitchen and laundry facility built in the spring.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Who said Occupy was done?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113881193/the-academy-of-urbanism-awards-rotterdam-takes-top-prize The Academy of Urbanism Awards: Rotterdam takes top prize Nicholas Korody 2014-11-17T13:19:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:57:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/55/55x3ue308koxi99m.jpg" width="514" height="208" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rotterdam has been crowned as the best city in Europe at today&rsquo;s Urbanism Awards. The post-industrial city in the Netherlands beat off strong competition from Aarhus in Denmark and Turin in Italy. The award is one of five given out annually by the Academy to recognise the best, most enduring or most improved urban environments. Voted on by Academicians, each award covers a number of social, economic and environmental factors, including good governance and commercial success.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Additionally,&nbsp;Aberystwyth in Wales won the "Great Town" award. The lead assessor for the award, Tim Challans, stated, "The town&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/video-how-aberystwyth-recovered-devastating-6969139" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">resilience in recovering from the winter storms </a>demonstrates how its people are passionate about their home.&rdquo;</p><p>Holbeck Urban Village in the UK won the "Great Neighborhood" award.</p><p>Bridge Street / North Street in Taunton won the "Great Street" award.</p><p>St. Pancras International won the "Great Place" award.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113879586/homelessness-among-american-children-at-record-levels Homelessness Among American Children at Record Levels Nicholas Korody 2014-11-17T12:56:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:57:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/og/ogtmtqbp7kan48l6.jpg" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The number of homeless children in the United States has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child out of every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report. Titled "America's Youngest Outcasts," the report being issued Monday by the National Center on Family Homelessness (NCFH) calculates that nearly 2.5 million American children were homeless at some point in 2013.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More coverage of homelessness in the US, as well as architectural efforts to alleviate/mitigate the problem:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113424294/d-c-breaks-ground-on-housing-for-homeless-vets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">D.C. Breaks Ground on Housing for Homeless Vets</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111345242/honolulu-law-criminalizes-homelessness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Honolulu Law Criminalizes Homelessness</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108635812/los-angeles-funds-213m-policy-to-end-chronic-homelessness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles funds $213M policy to end chronic homelessness</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105013578/the-last-skid-row-in-america-faces-increasing-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Last Skid Row in America Faces Increasing Gentrification</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107953071/designing-bathrooms-for-the-homeless-and-everyone-else" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing Bathrooms for the Homeless (and Everyone Else)</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103861502/transformable-street-furniture-for-the-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transformable Street Furniture For The Homeless</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113051066/architecting-your-career-it-s-time-to-pursue-licensure Architecting Your Career: It’s Time to Pursue Licensure Sponsor 2014-11-14T17:16:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T17:33:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o2/o2gcv9f6zxk7w6vt.jpg" width="514" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://ppi2pass.com/shop/are/are-review-materials" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Just as a doctor, lawyer, dentist or engineer require licensure to protect public health, safety, and welfare&mdash;architects must also be licensed. A significant part of becoming licensed is taking and passing the Architecture Registration Exam&reg; (ARE).</p><p><a href="http://ncarb.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Council of Architectural Registration Boards</a> (NCARB) administers the ARE. NCARB is an organization that regulates the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for architect licensure. Its members represent architectural registration boards across the United States and U.S. territories.</p><p><strong>Why Become Licensed?</strong></p><p>You can go to college, graduate, and earn a degree in architecture, but the road to becoming an architect doesn&rsquo;t stop there.</p><p><strong>Benefits of Becoming Licensed</strong></p><ul><li>Without the license, you aren&rsquo;t a legally sanctioned architect. You are not legally allowed to call yourself an architect until you are licensed.</li><li>With a license, you have the legal right to sign, seal or stam...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/113597892/editor-s-picks-393 Editor's Picks #393 Nam Henderson 2014-11-14T13:38:00-05:00 >2014-11-14T14:39:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m4/m4jkzolv8i5a3lkm.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"394,000 US$!! This is the budget of homes in America that are 1/10th of this quality. Perhaps it's for two people, who are empty nesters, and entertain for a large extended family. The simplicity of materials and form, is exceedingly elegant". - b3tadine[sutures]</p></em><br /><br /><p>The latest edition of <strong>Showcase:</strong>&nbsp;features <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/113038199/showcase-slate-house-by-affleck-de-la-riva-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Slate House, located on a site in Laval, a suburb of Montreal. Designed by </a><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/113049452/affleck-de-la-riva-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Affleck de la Riva architects</a>, it stands in sharp contrast to the tract houses that surround it. &nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x8/x8yc4g8vqjbkoisy.jpg"></p><p><strong>b3tadine[sutures]</strong>&nbsp;exclaims "<em>394,000 US$!! This is the budget of homes in America that are 1/10th of this quality. Perhaps it's for two people, who are empty nesters, and entertain for a large extended family. The simplicity of materials and form, is exceedingly elegant</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q3/q3ckhgh76a70aa43.jpg"></p><p>As part of Archinect&rsquo;s continuing ACADIA 2014 coverage <a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;reviews the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/112824468/the-theory-of-everything-in-sandbox-city-will-wright-s-keynote-at-acadia-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">keynote by creator of SimCity Will Wright's</a>, which she labels "<em>almost a exegesis</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112961869/is-the-architectural-profession-still-relevant" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Minkjan spoke with Rory Hyde re: the ongoing relevancy of the profession and Future Practice</a>.&nbsp;<strong>Darkman</strong> felt the need to clarify "<em>Most architects I know build schools, hospitals, churches, malls, apartment buildings etc. It's just the media that feeds us the Versaces...and Ivy League universities</em>".</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113051064/architect-sou-fujimoto-s-futuristic-spaces" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Wall Street Journal published...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113597893/smithsonian-hires-big-architecture-group-for-2-billion-south-mall-renovation-plan Smithsonian hires BIG architecture group for $2 billion South Mall renovation plan Archinect 2014-11-13T21:10:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T20:02:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lo/lo0tpizu7n5spzkt.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Smithsonian officials are planning a $2 billion futuristic reimagining of the institute&rsquo;s southern campus that will create clear entrances, expand visitor services and upgrade mechanical systems to the historic Castle and the six buildings surrounding it. Architect Bjarke Ingels, partner at BIG in Manhattan, unveiled the proposal Thursday in the Smithsonian Institution Building, known as the Castle.</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/113578619/lucas-museum-faces-lawsuit-from-friends-of-the-parks Lucas museum faces lawsuit from Friends of the Parks Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-13T18:25:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T22:04:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ab/ab3c6b12195fee46a153a31d7737eeab.jpg" width="514" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Erecting such a building &ldquo;without authority of the General Assembly will diminish or impair the beneficial interest of plaintiffs and other Illinois citizens&rdquo; [...] such a designation conflicts with the trust, which calls for preserving property as &ldquo;a natural resource and as a free and open space not occupied by a giant building.&rdquo; [...] by acting without the approval of state lawmakers, the city and park district would have excessive power over the property &ldquo;for which they have no authority.&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/113577008/archinect-s-lexicon-casting-couch Archinect's Lexicon: "Casting Couch" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-13T18:17:00-05:00 >2014-11-13T20:07:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/beklfuvcbtf27ing.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>casting couch</strong>&nbsp;[kas-ting&nbsp;kouch], noun: the process by which an architect or firm is propositioned to do something unpleasant by an elite client with either the hopes of future commissions&nbsp;or to avoid risk of being discarded.</p><p>This term and definition were initially submitted anonymously to the "<a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/91155636/architecture-encyclopedia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture encyclopedia?</a>"&nbsp;forum discussion on January 15, 2014. As of yet, there are no other uses of the term in its architectural sense documented online. However, the term is widely used in reference to the entertainment industry, as "a couch in an entertainment executive's office on which aspiring actresses are reputed to perform sexual acts in exchange for desired roles;&nbsp;<em>broadly</em>&nbsp;<strong>:</strong>&nbsp; the practice of abusing one's power to obtain sexual partners." (<a href="http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/casting%20couch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Merriam Webster</a>)</p><p>The anonymous forum poster exemplifies "casting-couch architecture" as&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106441/diller-scofidio-renfro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio + Renfro</a>&nbsp;agreeing to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98032091/as-demolition-of-folk-art-museum-begins-archinect-reflects-on-historical-implications" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">demolish the neighboring Folk Art Museum</a>,&nbsp;to accommodate designs for MoMA's expanding galleries. Other generalist examples ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113518359/episode-6-of-archinect-sessions-money-changes-everything-is-out-now Episode 6 of Archinect Sessions, "Money Changes Everything", is out now! Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-13T17:30:00-05:00 >2014-11-22T13:12:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ta/tawru6c5mobc7b35.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week on the podcast: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/112509888/the-state-of-debt-and-the-price-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">student debt</a>, Chicago's "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113108869/first-ever-chicago-architecture-biennial-taking-shape-for-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">State of the Art of Architecture</a>", and our new series, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/522727/archinect-s-lexicon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Lexicon</a>.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/paul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/ameliath" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/pedaldesignlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ken</a>&nbsp;are joined by architecture students Jarrod and Elliott to discuss how student debt is changing their lives and careers. We also consider what Chicago has in store for its inaugural architectural biennial next year, and how architectural language (and English in general) is changing with the internet.</p><p>As always, you can tweet questions/comments about podcast topics to #archinectsessions, or leave a message for us at (213)&nbsp;784-7421. You could hear your voice on the next episode.</p><p>Listen to episode six of the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/47379/archinect-sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>&nbsp;podcast, "The State of Architecture is Debt":</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 subscribe</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>Stitcher</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=55711&amp;refid=stpr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to listen</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of yo...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/113571377/moma-s-uneven-growth-case-studies-conclude-with-exhibition-this-month MoMA's “Uneven Growth” case studies conclude with exhibition this month Justine Testado 2014-11-13T13:03:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T21:54:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ns/nsuzdoq1ilt7iso4.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>MoMA began its "Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities" initiative last year aiming to advance international discussion on disproportionate urban development and its potential consequences. To address this issue, six interdisciplinary teams spent 14 months in workshops designing proposals that investigate new architectural possibilities for six metropolises. Each case study will be exhibited to the public at MoMA starting on November 22.</p></em><br /><br /><p>But the discussion doesn't end there. MoMA also created a user-generated <a href="http://uneven-growth.moma.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tumblr</a> that collects examples of emerging modes of tactical urbanism taking place in the six cities.</p><p>Here's a glimpse:</p><p><strong>LAGOS</strong><br>By NL&Eacute; (Lagos, Nigeria and Amsterdam, Netherlands)<br>Zoohaus/Inteligencias Colectivas (Madrid, Spain)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0o/0ons4nm5za66uq8d.jpg"></p><p><strong>HONG KONG</strong><br>By MAP Office (Hong Kong, China)<br>Network Architecture Lab (Columbia University, New York, U.S.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s7/s7and5psdjvpi2kc.jpg"></p><p><strong>ISTANBUL</strong><br>By Superpool (Istanbul, Turkey)<br>Atelier d&rsquo;Architecture Autog&eacute;r&eacute;e (Paris, France)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m3/m37c1xfs7kyexzfw.jpg"></p><p><strong>MUMBAI</strong><br>By URBZ: user-generated cities (Mumbai, India)<br>Ensamble Studio/MIT-POPlab (Madrid, Spain and Cambridge, U.S.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/18/18hxwgs39hw2eswn.jpg"></p><p><strong>RIO DE JANEIRO</strong><br>By RUA Arquitetos (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)<br>MAS Urban Design at ETH (Zurich, Switzerland)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jh/jhveryk6ljc91i7n.jpg"></p><p><strong>NEW YORK</strong><br>By SITU Studio (New York, U.S.)<br>Cohabitation Strategies (CohStra) (Rotterdam, Netherlands AND New York, U.S.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ll/ll9izqxg6cri2hqq.jpg"></p><p>For further details and images from each case study, head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/moma_concludes_uneven_growth_workshops_case_studies_to_be_exhibited_this_mo/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113503877/njit-s-school-of-architecture-has-no-one-to-blame-but-itself-in-beef-with-kean-university "NJIT's school of architecture has no one to blame but itself" in beef with Kean University Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-12T17:23:00-05:00 >2014-11-21T16:54:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0k/0kcb4tutzhgrcjei.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112980377/archinect-sessions-5-barbara-bestor-the-michael-graves-school-material-witness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">episode 5</a>&nbsp;of&nbsp;<em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/47379/archinect-sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>&nbsp;</em>last week,&nbsp;co-host/NJIT grad <a href="http://archinect.com/pedaldesignlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ken Koense</a> took issue with NJIT's&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113495827/njit-blasts-kean-u-architecture-school-plans-calls-proposal-duplicative-wasteful" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">statement</a>&nbsp;against Kean University's upcoming <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112336336/kean-university-announces-the-michael-graves-school-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Graves School of Architecture</a>. Koense called NJIT's arguments against Kean "categorically ridiculous" and "smoke and mirrors, distracting people from the real issues at NJIT".&nbsp;Koense points to Urs Gauchat, NJIT's architecture dean, as the cause of the school's struggle to make enrollment:&nbsp;"If there's any problems at NJIT and schools of architecture in the state of New Jersey, it has to do with the current dean, and the current administration there," and that "NJIT's school of architecture has no one to blame but itself."</p><p>Listen to Koense's take on NJIT's statement below, or download the whole episode <a href="http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/0/0/b/00b5cd6972520e4c/Archinect-Sessions-5.mp3?c_id=7840625&amp;expiration=1415837977&amp;hwt=7fe2fe590e2a967fa1a298a2f5d6deab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>. You can subscribe to the podcast <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113497437/the-courtyard-house-plug-in-a-house-within-the-house The Courtyard House Plug-In: A House Within The House Alexander Walter 2014-11-12T13:48:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T20:02:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e2/e260424e59eb42fb7087eb599542dbfa.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Courtyard House Plug-in is a modular home that was created by People&rsquo;s Architecture Office to respond to the need of Beijing&rsquo;s historic neighborhoods for modern facilities. [...] This sort of living solution comes in handy when renovating old protected buildings and presents an alternative to tearing them down. &ldquo;Houses tend to degrade when they&rsquo;re vacant and unkempt,&rdquo; says Shen, so plug-ins may help keep places like Hutongs alive despite their beat up look.</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/113496632/the-nyt-s-interview-with-karim-rashid-unlicensed-architect The NYT's interview with Karim Rashid, unlicensed architect Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-12T13:47:00-05:00 >2014-11-22T10:06:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zh/zhspgrin0l0q4ohv.jpg" width="435" height="467" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Q. You&rsquo;re an established industrial designer. Why the focus now on building design? A. I&rsquo;ve always taken a great interest in real estate; in fact, if I had more capital, I&rsquo;d probably be developing a lot more projects myself. There&rsquo;s also money to be made in real estate &mdash; much more than one can as a designer. [...] Q. But you&rsquo;re not a licensed architect. A. I am doing 11 buildings in the world, but I don&rsquo;t have a stamp as an architect and I wasn&rsquo;t educated as an architect.</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/113496634/the-race-to-save-architecture-in-myanmar-s-biggest-city The Race to Save Architecture in Myanmar's Biggest City Alexander Walter 2014-11-12T13:37:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T18:49:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ec/ecctuvx48cyhpfd6.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Through six decades of assault [...] the apartment building on Upper Pansodan endured, its graceful arches and colorful patios sacrificing little of their elegance and charm to the torments of time, nature, and repression. Then in 2013, three years into Myanmar's unprecedented political and economic opening up, the building succumbed to a force that proved too great to resist: 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/113459671/mesmerizing-mosque-ceilings-built-by-muslims Mesmerizing Mosque Ceilings built by Muslims Orhan Ayyüce 2014-11-12T11:13:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T20:16:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6v/6vfcdjw7pq3qsg15.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I strongly disagree with the title. There is no such thing as Islamic Architecture or Islamic Culture. Islam is a multicultural faith with strong presence in Arab world, the Persian world, the Indian Subcontinent, in Eurasia and even in Europe. You cannot label an architectural style as Islamic just because it is used in a mosque. There are elements of the host culture present in this buildings. Mosques in Egypt or Turkey are significantly different from Mosques in Europe or India. -</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/113433152/in-honor-of-veterans-day-respecting-and-celebrating-our-veterans-through-architecture In honor of Veterans Day, respecting and celebrating our veterans through architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-11T18:33:00-05:00 >2014-11-11T18:33:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rz/rzwgwo0fel141jl1.jpg" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In honor of Veterans Day 2014, Archinect put together a collection of memorials and architectural projects devoted to U.S. veterans.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/29317513/architecture-for-recovery-ideo-and-michael-graves-design-a-home-for-disabled-military-veterans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Recovery: IDEO and Michael Graves Design a Home for Disabled Military Veterans</a>: The Wounded Warrior homes aim to personalize and make accessible veterans' living spaces, to help adapt back to life at home.</p><p><a title="D.C. Breaks Ground on Housing for Homeless Vets" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113424294/d-c-breaks-ground-on-housing-for-homeless-vets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">D.C. Breaks Ground on Housing for Homeless Vets</a>: Nearly half of the complex's mixed-income and affordable units will be reserved for homeless vets, with onsite facilities for case managers and social workers to engage with tenants.</p><p><a title='Designing for Seniors and Soldiers, Toward a "Silver" Architecture' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113421877/designing-for-seniors-and-soldiers-toward-a-silver-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing for Seniors and Soldiers, Toward a "Silver" Architecture</a>: Michael Graves' designs for the Wounded Warrior homes align with geriatrician Louise Aronson's desire to create a new architectural style for the elderly.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/67489/the-vietnam-veterans-memorial-turns-25" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Turns 25</a>: Maya Lin's design is now in its 32nd year.</p><p>Veterans Day also gives us a chance to reflect on how we historicize war and those involved, begging the que...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113367275/proposal-for-the-future-of-auschwitz-birkenau Proposal for the future of Auschwitz-Birkenau Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-11T14:51:00-05:00 >2014-11-13T22:13:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6u/6ujttfmy8dhzzr9b.jpg" width="514" height="217" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When a well-intentioned Alabama teenager tweeted a smiling <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2014/07/22/the-other-side-of-the-infamous-auschwitz-selfie/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">selfie taken at Auschwitz-Birkenau</a>, she attracted a deluge of hatred and outrage from across the internet. Lambasted as disrespectful, insensitive and inappropriate, the selfie was later explained as a means of memorializing her visit to the camp for her father, who had passed away exactly a year prior to her visit. Her gesture was <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/should-auschwitz-be-a-site-for-selfies" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">by no mean the first or last of its kind</a>, and represents an inevitable schism in memorial politics &ndash; as traumas recede from lived-past into historical contexts, how should cultural inheritance be balanced against personal experience? And how can this balance be articulated in the memorial space?</p><p>Currently, Auschwitz-Birkenau is memorialized in a variety of ways, but the structures themselves are not being actively preserved. In 1947, the Polish government established a memorial to all victims, and opened an exhibition of prisoner paraphernalia at Birkenau in 1955. Auschwitz I, the original death ca...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113421877/designing-for-seniors-and-soldiers-toward-a-silver-architecture Designing for Seniors and Soldiers, Toward a "Silver" Architecture Alexander Walter 2014-11-11T14:25:00-05:00 >2014-11-11T14:25:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1b/1b6c9e0aa9f2a0aa53b9113e615aa047.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a recent opinion piece in The New York Times, geriatrician Louise Aronson advocated for a new type of building, one designed with an aging population in mind, which, she suggests, might be dubbed &ldquo;silver&rdquo; architecture. [...] It being Veterans Day, this article got me thinking about architect Michael Graves, who recently designed a pair of houses for returning soldiers that follow through on many of Aronson&rsquo;s suggested parameters for silver design.</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/113354403/new-map-tool-reveals-nyc-s-vacant-lots-zoned-for-revitalization New map tool reveals NYC's vacant lots zoned for revitalization Diane Pham 2014-11-11T11:46:00-05:00 >2014-11-11T11:46:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jb/jbfppfc6r9rdlib0.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Developed with the help of a team of volunteer researchers, urban planners and designers, this new online tool allows anyone to view the staggering amount of publicly-owned lots that once had an urban renewal plan in the pipeline but were scrapped due to bureaucracy. By mapping out all of the vacant spaces across the city, 596 hopes that we as a community can take a top-down approach to turning these urban blights into public gardens, play lots, and spaces where people can &ldquo;co-create.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>From 1949-1974 NYC took on an urban renewal project that resulted in the bulldozing of "slums" across Manhattan. The vast majority of the proposals planned for the land floundered and today nearly 15,000 lots across the city lay vacant. 596 Acres, a grassroots land access nonprofit, had developed a map tool called Urban Reviewer that pinpoints all of these spots&mdash;most owned by the public&mdash;already zoned for action.&nbsp;</p>