Archinect - News 2015-05-25T03:29:22-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/127735218/a-story-about-death-and-architecture A story about death and architecture Nam Henderson 2015-05-21T23:32:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T12:30:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1z/1z3sj71qgd8gyyvb.jpg" width="254" height="191" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I'd like to tell you a story about death and architecture...hospital architecture has earned its reputation...if we want better buildings for dying then we have to talk about it....where we die is a key part of how we die.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this talk, architect Alison Killing looks at buildings where death and dying happen &mdash; cemeteries, hospitals, homes. The way we die is changing, and the way we build for dying ... well, maybe that should too.</p><p>For those interested in more about the architecture of death, check out <a href="http://blog.ted.com/the-architecture-of-death-ted-fellow-alison-killing-rethinks-design-for-the-dying/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this</a>&nbsp;interview between&nbsp;<a title="Posts by Karen Eng" href="http://blog.ted.com/author/mmechinita/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Karen Eng</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;Alison Killing.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>h/t&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/AlJavieera/status/600334410508963840" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@AlJavieera</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127654273/inside-the-institute-archinect-sessions-goes-to-the-aia-national-convention-on-episode-30 Inside the Institute: Archinect Sessions goes to the AIA National Convention on Episode #30 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-21T19:55:00-04:00 >2015-05-24T22:05:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/08/08d6mzl5yywzasyk.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Sessions co-hosts met all together for the first time in the meatspace last week, making the pilgrimage to Atlanta, Georgia for the AIA National Convention. Immersed in the tens of thousands of attendees for three days, we met an impressive array of professionals across the architectural board, and dove deep into how the AIA sees itself and architecture today. This week's episode is entirely devoted to happenings at the Convention, including:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Farchinect.com%2Fnews%2Farticle%2F127308891%2Fncarb-will-phase-out-the-intern-title&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNFzEOMFG0yNtY0csGkzrVoohMM6EQ" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB's resolution of the intern-titling debate</a>, Bill Clinton's keynote speech, <a href="http://www.architectmagazine.com/aia-architect/aiadesign/cities-cleave_o" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna's talk on nontraditional practice</a>, the debut of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127593879/aia-launches-second-video-in-look-up-campaign-featuring-a-blind-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">second video in AIA's Look Up campaign</a>&nbsp;(featuring blind architect Chris Downey), our interview with Autodesk, and Ken's role as a delegate voting in the AIA's Business Session.</p><p>Listen to episode thirty of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Inside the Institute":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subsc...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/127715909/landmarked-four-seasons-restaurant-must-not-be-changed-nyc-landmarks-commission-rules Landmarked Four Seasons restaurant must not be changed, NYC landmarks commission rules Alexander Walter 2015-05-21T15:25:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T17:59:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/po/pomcx7r27oq2uzqf.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The interior of the Four Seasons restaurant, a vision of Modernist elegance with its French walnut paneling and white marble pool of bubbling water, should not be changed, New York City&rsquo;s Landmarks Preservation Commission decided [...]. The decision was a setback to Aby J. Rosen, the owner of the Seagram Building, which is home to the restaurant. Mr. Rosen had proposed what he characterized as minor changes to the interior that was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson in 1958.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Phyllis Lambert &mdash;&nbsp;part of the group of architects passionately opposing Rosen's revamp plans and personally interwoven with the history of the Seagram Building like no one else &mdash;&nbsp;penned this Op-Ed in the <em>New York Time</em>s last week: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/16/opinion/save-new-yorks-four-seasons.html?_r=0" target="_blank">Save New York's Four Seasons</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127711075/l-a-city-council-officially-votes-norms-restaurant-as-historic-and-cultural-landmark L.A. City Council Officially Votes Norms Restaurant as "Historic and Cultural Landmark" Julia Ingalls 2015-05-21T13:43:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T19:52:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xf/xfk7mkvct51sf9x4.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The effort to save Norms comes at a time when historic preservationists say postwar buildings &mdash; especially on a smaller scale &mdash; face an increased threat from development pressure.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Anyone who has ever grabbed a post-Largo meal or 2 a.m. existential coffee at Los Angeles&nbsp;restaurant&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123052385/los-angeles-famously-googie-norms-to-become-focal-point-in-new-community-of-shops" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norms</a> will be delighted to hear that The Los Angeles City Council has deemed the Googie-style building a cultural and historic landmark. Although this demarcation doesn't guarantee that it will never be knocked down, the move does require the Council to review proposed demolition to the site.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nv/nvl7jjhbc3jsnx6m.jpg"></p><p>As the Times notes, "Googie is an exuberant, postwar Southern California style of sharp angles and sweeping curves meant to grab the attention of passing drivers." Located on a vibrant stretch of La Cienega Boulevard that is home to the benign monolith of the Beverly Center, the recently revamped Largo at the Coronet, and a handful of Vegan restaurants, antiques dealers and vintage dive bars, Norms architecture is arguably reflective of a wilder time in Los Angeles's urban development. Demarcating the building tangibly preserves elements of an era that will likely become only rarer as Los Angeles...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127710267/race-to-build-dubai-s-second-tallest-tower-heats-up Race to build Dubai's second tallest tower heats up Alexander Walter 2015-05-21T13:25:00-04:00 >2015-05-23T08:10:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/66/66d8431d905cf455fb560a9b26054584.jpg" width="456" height="684" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubai is home to the iconic 828-metre high Burj Khalifa, the world&rsquo;s tallest tower, but companies here are now vying to claim second place on the list of tallest towers in the emirate. [...] the trend of building 'megatall' towers &mdash; those which reach more than 600 metres high &ndash; is likely to increase, particularly in the Middle East. [...] Currently, Dubai has 917 high-rises and 465 skyscrapers, states Emporis, which collates data on building worldwide.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/127708656/in-the-midst-of-historic-drought-barclay-s-plans-a-residential-development-in-new-mexico-s-desert In the midst of historic drought, Barclay's plans a residential development in New Mexico's desert Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-21T13:02:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T13:08:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fy/fypss15ei72lag2h.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Barclay's] plan, to fabricate a &ldquo;master-planned community&rdquo; for nearly 100,000 people on what is today a field of sand dunes, is called Santolina. If fully populated, the development would be about the size of New Mexico&rsquo;s current second-largest city, Las Cruces, and bigger than Santa Fe [...] Columbia University&rsquo;s Earth Institute points to 2050 as a time when the drought will begin to worsen dramatically, right around when Santolina planners predict the development could approach full capacity</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/127656481/frei-otto-feared-society-was-ignoring-the-ecological-crisis Frei Otto feared society was ignoring the ecological crisis Nicholas Korody 2015-05-20T20:36:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T12:26:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a8/a89bc90a0b25e2d384cb2397bf62eeef.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The daughter of the man who was awarded what is considered the most prestigious prize in architecture said her late father was increasingly concerned society was not adequately confronting the looming ecological challenges. Frei Otto, a German, was named as the winner of the 2015 Pritzker Architecture Prize earlier this year, just days before his death... The award was received by...the architect&rsquo;s daughter who...said he had been worried that the concerns he tried to voice were not heard.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/127649418/isis-militants-seize-control-of-ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra ISIS militants seize control of ancient Syrian city of Palmyra Alexander Walter 2015-05-20T17:51:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T18:59:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eh/eh71qgcn94e5zym3.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Islamic State militants swept into the desert city of Palmyra in central Syria on Wednesday, and by evening were in control of it [...]. Palmyra has extra resonance, with its grand complex of 2,000-year-old colonnades and tombs, one of the world&rsquo;s most magnificent remnants of antiquity [...] that has raised fears both locally and internationally that Palmyra, a United Nations world heritage site, could also suffer irrevocable damage.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127351681/ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra-under-threat-by-isis" target="_blank">Ancient Syrian city of Palmyra under threat by ISIS</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127639133/new-parsons-led-collaborative-aims-to-make-affordable-housing-healthier New Parsons-led collaborative aims to make affordable housing healthier Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-20T13:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T13:46:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jv/jv1wk4tnm4llip1y.jpg" width="514" height="259" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Our work creates actionable strategies, integrating healthy building protocols, healthy products and green science with design research to directly impact the health of our building materials,&rdquo; said Alison Mears, dean of the School of Design Strategies at Parsons and director of the [Healthy Materials Lab].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Co-founded by The New School's Parsons School of Design, Healthy Building Network, Green Science Policy Institute and Health Product Declaration Collaborative, the Healthy Materials Lab (HML) is focused on reducing the amount of toxic substances found in building materials, while also encouraging the adoption of new, less toxic materials. The HML sits at Parsons Design Lab, and will actively influence how building practice is taught to designers. Of particular focus to the Lab is affordable housing's construction methods.</p><p>The press release issued by Parsons quotes&nbsp;Bill Walsh, founder and executive director of Healthy Building Network:&nbsp;&ldquo;This partnership, with its focus on designing building products to improve human health, is unprecedented in the building materials industry".</p><p>For more about the partners involved, as listed in the press release:</p><p><a href="http://healthybuilding.net" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The Healthy Building Network</strong></a>&nbsp;was founded in 2000 to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals in building products as a means of improving human he...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127637921/architecture-billings-index-in-april-stuck-in-winter-slowdown Architecture Billings Index in April "stuck in winter slowdown" Alexander Walter 2015-05-20T13:07:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T13:08:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hj/hjrr7cxjfybkceqn.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Riding a stretch of increasing levels of demand for thirteen out of the last fifteen months, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dropped in April for the second month this year. [...] (AIA) reported the April ABI score was 48.8, down sharply from a mark of 51.7 in March. This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 60.1, up from a reading of 58.2 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/127601123/editor-s-picks-416 Editor's Picks #416 Nam Henderson 2015-05-20T11:26:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T12:53:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ii/iihz9cciagkxirnx.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;profiled the work,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126844507/art-architecture-andreas-angelidakis-between-the-monumental-and-the-particular" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">of Greek-born architect Andreas Angelidakis</a>.</p><p>Therein <a href="http://www.angelidakis.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Angelidakis</a> explains "<em>I guess the only thing I really 'design' is narratives for objects I find and put together, and this process does not need to be defined as completed by a realized object. You can keep designing even after the object is there, because it&rsquo;s a mental process</em>".&nbsp;<strong>davvid</strong> for one was "<em>so glad to see Andreas's work on Archinect!</em>"</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/xr/xr4ilxtu8kqbzwb3.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;provided six answers to the question <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126437029/there-are-tons-of-architecture-job-openings-these-days-why-aren-t-you-hired-yet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">There are tons of architecture job openings these days. Why aren't you hired yet?</a>&nbsp;<strong>flatroof</strong> quipped "<em>The &lsquo;there are so many jobs!!!&rsquo; articles are back. Must mean another recession is just around the corner</em>". <a href="http://archinect.com/scottsmith" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scott Smith</a>&nbsp;agreed "<em>I'm afraid you're so right. &nbsp;I feel the same way</em>".</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k8/k8lvr3ck9wcz82p8.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>The Barack Obama Foundation <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127174306/chicago-will-indeed-be-the-home-of-the-obama-presidential-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> that the Barack Obama Presidential Center will be located on Chicago's South Side, at a site near either <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Washington+Park/@41.7912863,-87.602053,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x880e2937b3777577:0xbdf71de5e3ae5278" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Washington Park</a> or <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Jackson+Park/@41.787135,-87.5946088,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x880e290a132258b1:0xf1889df3682e3083" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jackson Park</a>.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a>&nbsp;thought "<em>Blair Kamin's gave some excell...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127593879/aia-launches-second-video-in-look-up-campaign-featuring-a-blind-architect AIA launches second video in "Look Up" campaign featuring a blind architect Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-19T20:33:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T13:29:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4u/4u4pk9c0v66b4g42.jpg" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Entitled "An Architect's Story", the video features&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/98959074/chris-downey-architecture-for-the-blind" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Downey</a>, a blind architect and founder of "Architecture for the Blind" in San Francisco. The piece, which debuted at the <a href="https://twitter.com/archinect/status/599215511583510529" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA National Convention</a> last week, focuses on Downey's approach to architecture before and after unexpectedly becoming blind in 2008, and features talking-head interviews with Downey, one of his clients, and a student of his at UC Berkeley.</p><p></p><p>The documentary piece is starkly different in approach and style to the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120116665/aia-announces-upcoming-national-television-advertising-campaign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first installment of the "Look Up" campaign</a>. Yes, both have the kind of generically-inspiring music one would have equal luck finding in either a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQM0MDxEw4c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Koch Industries' ad</a>&nbsp;or <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ItBvH5J6ss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the trailer for a young-adult romantic drama</a>. But while the first spot, tasked with framing the "Look Up" identity, tended towards cinematic, fast-cut clips of dramatic or cerebral moments to churn up excitement about the profession, "An Architect's Story" is more focused on personal perspective. It strives to take Downey's insights fro...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127597504/nyc-s-public-housing-woes NYC's public-housing woes Alexander Walter 2015-05-19T20:24:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T20:28:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/8301c173afd8b98e7631ca949884db38.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Still, when Mayor Bill de Blasio today unveiled his plan for New York&rsquo;s troubled housing authority, NYCHA, dismantling these aging towers was not a piece of it. The plan calls for charging more for parking, redeploying staff to other agencies to save costs and leasing land within the housing complexes to private developers to save money. [...] So why does New York City still have so many high-rise housing projects?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/127580581/bbc-journalists-arrested-for-reporting-on-qatar-s-world-cup-laborers BBC journalists arrested for reporting on Qatar's World Cup laborers Alexander Walter 2015-05-19T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T19:51:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c8/c8bdbc595d4d57aa0127c415c22637f7.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We were invited to Qatar by the prime minister's office to see new flagship accommodation for low-paid migrant workers in early May - but while gathering additional material for our report, we ended up being thrown into prison for doing our jobs. Our arrest was dramatic.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116273652/a-memorial-for-the-workers-dying-while-constructing-the-qatar-world-cup-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Memorial for the Workers Dying While Constructing the Qatar World Cup Stadium</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108467854/world-cup-slaves-scandal-qatar-holds-2-uk-rights-researchers-over-emigration-violations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Cup &lsquo;slaves&rsquo; scandal: Qatar holds 2 UK rights researchers over &lsquo;emigration violations&rsquo;</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/127579371/manhattan-community-board-pushes-moratorium-on-600ft-and-higher-construction Manhattan community board pushes moratorium on 600ft and higher construction Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-19T12:55:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T19:32:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/21/214bda1e23e33dc0d3188d389a7d01e5.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"There's actually such a lack of transparency that it is difficult to understand what developers and property owners are actually planning ... There's no mechanism for us or the city for us to understand ahead of time what's in the planning" [...] The board ultimately wants Mayor Bill de Blasio to take steps to create more comprehensive zoning laws that would assess the impact of large towers on open space and mitigate any potential impacts, like shadows on Central Park.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Listen to the full report from WYNC below:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127540172/airbnb-celebrates-london-s-deregulation-act-with-floating-house-on-river-thames Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames Alexander Walter 2015-05-18T20:39:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T08:39:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j9/j9en013pe04vbcdk.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Airbnb is sailing a full-size floating house along the Thames this week to celebrate new rules to support home sharing in London. The publicity stunt follows the passing of the Deregulation Act last month, which means Londoners are now free to rent their homes for up to 90 days a year without risk of fines or having to secure planning permission before doing so.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/du/du2x8h30xtwlc36c.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9q/9qavxb2ruikf3787.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p0/p08c23hhs1bobdnj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/06/0626kfh7nu6yhfz4.jpg"></p><p>For more information and your chance to stay in the floating house click <a href="https://www.airbnb.co.uk/night-at/floating-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127524458/mumbai-s-dharavi-slum-opportunities-challenges Mumbai's Dharavi 'slum': Opportunities & challenges Alexander Walter 2015-05-18T14:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T16:28:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d2/d25dc5739511aa7796381a8844da3e5c.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The slum, of course, is the hottest button in urbanism. Beneath the clich&eacute; that half the world&rsquo;s population lives in cities &mdash; and that urban populations will double by 2050 &mdash; is the fact that only bottom-up informal settlements, or slums, can absorb several billion new residents in the timeframe. [...] URBZ is notable in that it offers a third way at looking at Dharavi &mdash; as both a failure and a better path to success than stillborn smart cities or other attempts at top-down instant urbanism.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127175516/will-india-s-smart-city-initiative-exacerbate-social-stratification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will India's 'smart city' initiative exacerbate social stratification?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123737452/great-city-terrible-place-a-discussion-on-the-urban-future-of-india" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Great City...Terrible Place": A discussion on the urban future of India</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/127523248/chilean-architecture-is-coming-out-of-its-shell Chilean architecture is coming out of its shell Alexander Walter 2015-05-18T13:41:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T19:04:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/18/18e8f5ab80551bf3d9ce0619acef96c6.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chilean architects have begun to exert an influence well beyond the size and scale of their string-bean nation. [...] &ldquo;There are enough people working here in a way that shifts the art,&rdquo; explains Aravena, sitting in the middle of his firm&rsquo;s buzzing Santiago offices. &ldquo;There is healthy competition and there is critical mass. When you have a critical mass, you are not alone in trying to push boundaries.&rdquo; The result: remarkable buildings all over Chile.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/127522043/jean-nouvel-s-super-tall-53w53-moma-tower-is-still-an-art Jean Nouvel's super-tall 53W53 MoMA tower is "still an art" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-18T13:19:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T18:45:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nh/nhz6x1546ep992ef.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nouvel&rsquo;s aspirations for 53W53, scheduled for completion in fall 2018, sound almost modest: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s going to try to hold its place, [...] It&rsquo;s going to try to be good enough for New York &hellip; it&rsquo;s going to try to make its own small contribution, and it&rsquo;s done in a way that ensures this contribution is readable, understandable, and it&rsquo;s maybe a bit more precious than others. And it&rsquo;s a little linked to this notion &ndash; a fairly disputed notion these days &ndash; that architecture is still an art, sometimes.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/127366753/u-s-needs-reliable-rail-systems-where-traveling-106-mph-is-considered-slow-u-s-pirg-asserts-amid-amtrak-debate U.S. needs reliable rail systems where 'traveling 106 mph is considered slow', U.S. PIRG asserts amid Amtrak debate Justine Testado 2015-05-15T20:40:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T22:24:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kx/kxmvkdfc644hiqgq.jpg" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In an unfortunate sequence of events, reports earlier this week state that the U.S. House Appropriations Committee <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2015/05/amtrak-budget-house-panel-crash-117904.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">voted to cut Amtrak funding</a> by an estimated $260 million -- one day after a fatal Amtrak passenger-train derailment in Philadelphia on May 12. As investigations on the accident ensue, public debate regarding the nation's transportation needs has reignited.</p><p>In one response, the <a href="http://www.uspirg.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Public Interest Research Group</a> consumer organization released their latest statement by Transportation Campaign Director John Olivieri. Olivieri stresses in a "if they can do it, so can we" manner that it's about time American policy makers catch up with international competitors and invest on designing a safe high-speed passenger rail system.</p><p>Below is Olivieri's statement from the U.S. PIRG website:</p><p>"'This is a horrible tragedy, and our condolences go to those whose family and friends have been lost or injured. Events like this must be prevented.'</p><p>'Our policy makers should take the long view. We...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127354098/germany-to-help-fund-renovations-of-tel-aviv-s-historic-bauhaus-buildings Germany to help fund renovations of Tel Aviv's historic Bauhaus buildings Nicholas Korody 2015-05-15T15:29:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T22:02:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2g/2g29s1dz57dnw2l2.jpg" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thousands of Bauhaus buildings are concentrated in a central district of Tel Aviv, called the "White City." It became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003. These houses were built by Jewish architects who fled Nazi Germany and emigrated to what was the British Mandate of Palestine at the time. They designed their houses according to the principles developed by Walter Gropius [...] Germany plans to invest 2.8 million euros ($3.2 million) to help preserve the cultural heritage.</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/127301057/problem-solving-with-thomas-heatherwick-on-archinect-sessions-29 Problem-solving with Thomas Heatherwick on Archinect Sessions #29 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-15T10:15:00-04:00 >2015-05-15T12:31:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ah/ahy270ay3j3tgbdz.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Prior to his artist talk at the Hammer Museum last week, nearing the culmination of his massively successful "<a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=5&amp;ved=0CC0QFjAE&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Farchinect.com%2Fnews%2Farticle%2F116128341%2Fheatherwick-studio-showcases-their-multi-disciplinary-design-skills-in-the-provocations-exhibition&amp;ei=rCZVVZuTIoGUNvG_gKgM&amp;usg=AFQjCNEsTRy-VpT8pbr6j9odoFYoQkAWpQ&amp;sig2=2vmCnnmcIzBOb5itt7FZ-w&amp;bvm=bv.93564037,d.eXY&amp;cad=rja" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Provocations</a>" show, Thomas Heatherwick spoke with Paul and Amelia about his firm's personality and design approach. We discuss his interview on this week's single-focus episode, touching on his diverse project list, his "doubting Thomas" identity, and his attitudes towards "franchised" architecture.</p><p>If you're in Los Angeles, "Provocations" will be at the Hammer Museum through May 24. To hear more about the exhibition, listen to our conversation with curator Brooke Hodge, featured on "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122606084/archinect-sessions-episode-20-three-funerals-and-a-curator" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Three Funerals and a Curator</a>".</p><p>Listen to episode twenty-nine of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "A talk with Thomas Heatherwick"</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to 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 podcas...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/127308891/ncarb-will-phase-out-the-intern-title NCARB will phase out the "intern" title Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-14T20:49:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T18:15:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4g/4g5zji6z5iviykm0.jpg" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126787225/ncarb-will-resolve-intern-architect-title-debate-at-aia-national-convention" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">great intern-titling debate</a> has been resolved &ndash; "intern" is getting the boot.</p><p>This Thursday at the AIA National Convention in Atlanta, NCARB President Dale McKinney announced that NCARB's Board of Directors had unanimously agreed to "discontinue the use of the word intern, intern-architect, or any other regulatory "title" describing those pursuing licensure." The "sunsetting" of the term "intern" was proposed by the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108199808/ncarb-revises-intern-architect-title-for-architects-pursuing-licensure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future Title Task Force</a>, a committee of interns and licensed architects, who&nbsp;devoted a year of research and discussion to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109578481/ncarb-announces-major-changes-to-idp-program" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">evaluating the IDP program</a> and specifically, the naming debate around the word "intern" and the different progressive phases around licensure. Under this proposal, there exists no specific title for those seeking licensure. The Task Force's proposal also included continuations of two policies: that "architect" can only apply to licensed architects, and that "architect emeritus" would continue to be used for identifying those who are licensed but no...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127304066/crowded-skies-sunlight-as-the-new-amenity-for-the-super-rich Crowded skies: Sunlight as the new amenity for the super rich Alexander Walter 2015-05-14T18:37:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T20:48:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0y/0yofa17h51chktyy.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] shadows even turn light into another medium of inequality. Light becomes a resource that can be bought by the wealthy, eclipsed for the poor. [...] multimillion-dollar apartments in the sky will darken parts of the park a mile away. Enjoyment of the park in the park &ndash; a notably free activity in a high-cost city &ndash; will be dimmed a little to give billionaires views of it from above.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98843123/welcome-to-the-permanent-dusk-sunlight-in-cities-is-an-endangered-species" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the permanent dusk: Sunlight in cities is an endangered species</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127295020/frei-otto-what-does-society-really-need Frei Otto: "What does society really need?" Alexander Walter 2015-05-14T14:41:00-04:00 >2015-05-15T12:32:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ex/ex670w1l5llslxoh.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Pritzker Architecture Prize, undoubtedly the most prestigious architecture award in the world, is having its ceremony in Miami this week. [...] Otto often questioned how his work could benefit mankind. When speaking with Icon magazine in 2005, he was critical of grandiose structures such as Buckminster Fuller&rsquo;s vision of an enormous dome over Manhattan, asking to himself: &ldquo;What does society really need?&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122595638/frei-otto-wins-2015-pritzker-prize" target="_blank">Frei Otto wins 2015 Pritzker Prize</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127290790/mvrdv-s-nathalie-de-vries-elected-as-new-chair-of-the-royal-institute-of-dutch-architects MVRDV's Nathalie de Vries elected as new chair of the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects Alexander Walter 2015-05-14T13:05:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T20:49:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bf/bf33886da9dc08d9bf6b05638b25d8cb.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Members' Council of the BNA has elected Nathalie de Vries of MVRDV as the new chair of its board. Nathalie de Vries will take over the position on July 1st from Willem Hein Schenk, architect and partner of architecture firm De Zwarte Hond, which he has held since 2011.</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/127258260/editor-s-picks-415 Editor's Picks #415 Nam Henderson 2015-05-14T09:32:00-04:00 >2015-05-15T12:32:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1j/1jsczvbcyz04bgw6.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/NickCecchi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nick Cecchi</a>&nbsp;penned a <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126542532/the-motley-life-and-uncertain-legacy-of-lina-bo-bardi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">review</a> of &lsquo;<em>Lina Bo Bardi: Together</em>&rsquo; on view at the Graham Foundation through July 25th.&nbsp;He found the</p><p>"<em>narrow focus wisely limits Together to investigating the conditions and experiences that helped shape Bo Bardi&rsquo;s mature approach to architecture...Bo Bardi&rsquo;s work and life resist reduction and compartmentalization into terms easily digested. To experience and understand Together is to experience the sum of conflicting experiences, opinions, and buildings Bo Bardi brought into this world</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s1/s1u86rz23q82wc1z.jpg"></p><p><strong>midlander</strong> commented "t<em>hat drawing of chairs is beautiful! I love her work. It's rugged and big without being standoffish. Knew nothing about her background - interesting</em>".</p><p>Plus,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;published <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126783591/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-pt-3-getting-lost-in-the-ozone" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Getting Lost in the Ozon</a>e,&nbsp;the third installment of the recurring feature <strong>Architecture of the Anthropocene</strong>.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>This week at the <a href="http://convention.aia.org/event/homepage.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA National Convention</a> in Atlanta, Georgia, NCARB <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126787225/ncarb-will-resolve-intern-architect-title-debate-at-aia-national-convention" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">aims</a> to settle the debate over the title &ldquo;Intern Architect&rdquo; with an address by CEO Michael Armstrong ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127173702/bjarke-ingels-wants-to-make-the-world-of-the-future-more-like-our-dreams Bjarke Ingels wants to "make the world of the future more like our dreams” Julia Ingalls 2015-05-13T10:21:00-04:00 >2015-05-16T11:26:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r8/r8jo398xz9i3jbwm.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Striking a balance between Steve Jobs&rsquo; product-launching gravitas and the bounding playfulness of a TED-talker, Bjarke Ingels presented a summary of his firm&rsquo;s work on social infrastructure at the WIRED Business Conference in New York on Tuesday. Instead of displaying static plan sections and a PowerPoint from the last presidential administration, Ingels peppered his talk with creative imagery and a three minute, bass-groove laden video (replete with jaunty squiggle-style animations over live people) illustrating the underlying concepts of &ldquo;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122507983/bjarke-ingels-and-oliver-wainwright-talk-new-york-dryline" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Dryline</a>.&rdquo;</p><p>The projects that Ingels briefly highlighted, including the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85854633/big-in-arquitectura-viva-s-monographs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Danish National Maritime Museum</a>, the <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/48061920998730393/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hellerup Gymnasium</a>, and the <a href="http://vancouverhouse.ca" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vancouver House</a> all explored how to integrate and amplify the social dynamics of a given space by encouraging greater connectivity among likely inhabitants. This was done in some places by innovatively inverting expectations of what a space should be (converting a dock into a museum, for example) or by creating...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127185825/a-competition-entry-for-evolo-2015-that-doesn-t-include-a-skyscraper A competition entry for Evolo 2015 that doesn't include a skyscraper studiostag 2015-05-13T00:39:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T21:52:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/10/10oiag8e24r40gqf.jpg" width="514" height="584" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We have new technologies in architecture those makes us feel excited when we see them applied on a facade, a roof etc. or simply used for designing. That gives us ideas about what we can design with which technologies. And we honestly believe that designing a building with high ecologic qualities is the only responsibility we have. In most of the cases that's correct. But do you really not responsible what happens while that building is being constructed.</p><p>In a construction site thousands of vehicles brings you materials. Those lorries, trucks etc. are not eco-friendly at all! You construct support structures only to construct the main thing and you say you can recycle those. Recycling is a good deed but the process itself has lots of disadvantages like unsafe and unhygienic recycling sites, and the recycled materials starts to have a shorter lifespan. And do you have any excuse of having people work on dangerous construction sites, especially when you construct a skyscraper! Even tho...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127173703/welcome-to-the-jungle-sou-fujimoto-lectures-on-applying-natural-infrastructure-to-urban-design Welcome to the jungle: Sou Fujimoto lectures on applying natural infrastructure to urban design Julia Ingalls 2015-05-12T17:39:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T17:56:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/96/96qus826b1js2yyw.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When an architect talks about &ldquo;transparency,&rdquo; as Sou Fujimoto did during his well-attended lecture at UCLA&rsquo;s Decafe at Perloff Hall on Friday, it&rsquo;s always a relief when it refers to more than a literal degree of opacity. Presenting nine of his projects in a lecture than ran ten minutes over time, Fujimoto framed his practice in terms of applying the complex organizational structure of nature to urban environments. Fujimoto grew up in relatively bucolic Hokkaido and later moved to Tokyo, where he perceived the mess of urban density with its skyscrapers and street-level food stalls as a kind of steel and glass forest, replete with pockets of intimacy and inspiring vistas. This central concept of the forest and its alternating layers of transparency and density neatly encapsulates the bulk of Fujimoto&rsquo;s work. But the &ldquo;transparency&rdquo; in Fujimoto&rsquo;s work extends far beyond the stagger of windows and literal glass houses: here is an architecture that seems to embody the 21st notion of priva...</p>