Archinect - News 2015-01-26T17:44:25-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/119274317/about-the-fertile-relationship-between-architects-and-second-tier-cities About the fertile relationship between architects and second-tier cities Alexander Walter 2015-01-26T14:07:00-05:00 >2015-01-26T15:24:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xw/xwbw22eiol7xpxn2.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York, Boston, Chicago, and other major metros have a lot of construction activity, but also a lot of architects. It's a competitive field made more so by the sheer number of talented firms in the same handful of cities. That contributes to the culture of stress and overwork that many architects bemoan [...]. By contrast, an ambitious architecture practice can carve out a niche for itself in a second-tier city, where the scene is often dominated by "legacy" firms that play it safe.&nbsp;</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/119252599/what-is-interior-urbanism-a-review-of-monu-21-by-claudia-mainardi-and-giacomo-ardesio What is Interior Urbanism? - A Review of MONU #21 by Claudia Mainardi and Giacomo Ardesio MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2015-01-26T13:04:00-05:00 >2015-01-26T13:52:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2z/2zpgu6dehaz3iw81.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In 1969 Reyner Banham in his book <a href="http://books.google.es/books/about/Architecture_of_the_Well_Tempered_Enviro.html?id=kkI5pgQHM7cC&amp;redir_esc=y" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The Architecture of the Well-tempered Environment</strong></a> marked the shift between the concept of interior to that of an artificial environment. Technology and new human needs in fact had become an integral part of architecture, defining a new paradigm to describe indoor space, that it was not any longer a concern of the singular living-cell but rather of its internal atmosphere.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/426c6j0qhtct7gsi.jpg"></p><p>The <strong><a href="http://www.monu-magazine.com/issues.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">issue 21 of MONU</a></strong> describes the current development and the extreme consequences of what this Interior Urbanism means. As <a href="http://cargocollective.com/brendancormier" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em><strong>Brendan Cormier</strong></em></a><em> </em>emphasizes in his article <strong>Some Notes Towards an Interior Archipelago</strong>: &ldquo;90% of our lives are spent inside. Urban life is an interior affair.&rdquo; This statement manifests the necessity to invert the canonical approach to read and plan cities, unfolding a new possible stream of research which considers how architecture affects our everyday life.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pt/ptg020ff9sza3ven.jpg"></p><p>Climate, or the need to erase the atmospheric conditions, is one of the trigger factors of the production o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119270281/keep-china-s-expo-pavilions-weird Keep China's Expo pavilions "weird" Alexander Walter 2015-01-26T13:04:00-05:00 >2015-01-26T13:58:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/54/54febbd0f984f2bd56d5970d6c8bc027.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For six months starting on May 1st, Milan is hosting the World Expo, which has been held every five years since 1851 as a showcase for human progress. [...] Of the 53 countries constructing pavilions, China&nbsp;is&nbsp;building not one, but five.&nbsp;[...] Like many pavilions in the Expo, the designs of the Chinese-sponsored buildings are nothing if not adventurous&mdash;even though president Xi Jinping has called for an end to &ldquo;weird architecture&rdquo; [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111679285/end-of-weird-architecture-in-china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">End of weird architecture in China?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119268663/relocation-or-adaptation-copenhagen-braces-for-climate-change Relocation or Adaptation: Copenhagen Braces for Climate Change Nicholas Korody 2015-01-26T12:51:00-05:00 >2015-01-26T12:51:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n2/n2w17ui72olizmun.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Should a storm, flood or rising sea levels hit the Danish capital again, the bucolic mini-parks will turn into water basins, the hills essentially functioning as the sides of a bowl. Thanks to a new pipe system, the squares will even be able to collect water from surrounding buildings&rsquo; roofs. Surrounding streets will, for their part, be turned into &ldquo;cloudburst boulevards.&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/119069722/editor-s-picks-402 Editor's Picks #402 Nam Henderson 2015-01-24T20:42:00-05:00 >2015-01-25T17:51:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f1/f1ddke0646ev8nae.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;penned an essay on <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/117976955/white-space-the-architecture-of-the-art-fair" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">White Space: The Architecture of the Art Fair</a>, "<em>the so-called photographic-seamless</em>" and "<em>The aura of art works</em>".</p><p>&nbsp;His conclusion &nbsp;"<em>Art exists now in a strange truce, in which an object is used as the establishing point for a market as much as the market is used as the establishing mechanism of the object</em>".</p><p><strong>Olaf Design Ninja_</strong> &nbsp;thought it was a "<em>hefty piece</em>" and posed the question "<em>so now that the containers of art became art, the architecture, the art has moved on?</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jy/jynqyrbwqi8gjof1.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/117968112/upstarts-four-o-nine-architecture-and-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrei Zerebecky (left) and Lukasz Kos of Shanghai-based architectural firm Four O Nine</a>, for the latest edition of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/11336/upstarts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UpStarts</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u3/u3cfkq7lzb34ppds.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>CurbedLA <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118346265/thom-mayne-razing-ray-bradbury-s-house-to-build-his-own" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reported</a> that Ray Bradbury&rsquo;s home was demolished by architect Thom Mayne.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/22610164/eric-chavkin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Chavkin</a>&nbsp;was a "<em>friend and client</em>" of Bradbury and sorry to see the "<em>house go</em>".</p><p>For his part, <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;believed "<em>Three underground levels is pretty curious and strong....Going down three floors in Los Angeles is unusual and very artistic concept....</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119043175/quo-vadis-charleston-architecture Quo vadis, Charleston architecture? Alexander Walter 2015-01-23T14:15:00-05:00 >2015-01-26T13:56:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2h/2h5a5rakotqrn83p.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Long accustomed to basing its reputation on the grandeur of its old buildings, the city now finds it almost impossible to agree on how to build new ones. In recent months, traditionalists have blocked efforts to introduce contemporary architecture in the historic core [...]. Modernists are rolling their eyes at new buildings that copy traditional styles, arguing that they pervert a record of architectural progress long documented in mortar and stone.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Don't miss these heated discussions on the subject matter:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114114885/clemson-scraps-its-modern-building-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clemson scraps its modern building plan</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59031955/new-clemson-university-architecture-building-set-to-test-charleston-s-limits-on-context" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Clemson University architecture building set to test Charleston's limits on context</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/118960418/give-frank-gehry-back-his-east-river-project-in-nyc Give Frank Gehry Back His East River Project in NYC Diane Pham 2015-01-22T20:13:00-05:00 >2015-01-25T20:17:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ub/ubjtddv7b3qbod13.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Why not ask Howard Hughes to abandon its current plan and do something really wonderful and revive the Guggenheim plan for Gehry&rsquo;s gargantuan palace of titanium ribbons? The residential conversion of so many major office buildings is going, eventually, to create a need for new office buildings. Gehry&rsquo;s plan could be enlarged gracefully to accommodate both offices and condominiums and rebalance the famous Lower Manhattan skyline...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Does Gehry still the chops to revive Lower Manhattan? One former <em>New York Times </em>architecture critic, Carter B. Horsley, proposes bringing Gehry's aborted idea for South Street Seaport back to life. The plan would replace SHoP Architect's recently scaled-back design for the waterfront site.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118984560/photographer-documents-egypt-s-monumental-housing-developments-in-the-desert Photographer documents Egypt's monumental housing developments in the desert Alexander Walter 2015-01-22T19:59:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T13:32:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/47/47c513123473574131bd51d4bb3b9957.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Egypt is in the throes of a severe housing shortage [...]. But one thing the country has an abundance of is lonesome desert, and developers are turning there to construct immense projects that stick out in the emptiness like skyscrapers on Mars. London-based photographer Manuel Alvarez Diestro has a yen for the monumental [...] naturally he was interested in the colossal structures rising on the outskirts of Egyptian cities.</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/118970896/oliver-wainwright-takes-a-closer-look-at-beirut-s-downtown-redevelopment Oliver Wainwright takes a closer look at Beirut's downtown redevelopment Alexander Walter 2015-01-22T15:43:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T15:44:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/js/jsyfac3tl4tiicss.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Two decades after civil war blew the Lebanese capital to rubble, the city centre boasts immaculately rebuilt streets lined with Gucci and Prada stores &ndash; but the whole place is strangely deserted [...] the resulting place feels less souk than Duty Free airport lounge. It is a monotonous world of more swanky high street brands, from Burberry to Tag Heuer, staffed by idle shop assistants awaiting the promised customer footfall that has yet to arrive.</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/118967683/the-calvert-journal-asks-experts-how-to-fix-moscow The Calvert Journal asks experts: How to fix Moscow? Alexander Walter 2015-01-22T14:42:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T14:43:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cu/cu5zfv5r685gap6g.jpg" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Big, brash, and full of energy, Moscow is a city that knows how to make an impression. But for all its attractions &mdash; world-class museums, clubs and rapidly transforming food scene, to name a few &mdash; its downsides are impossible to ignore. [...] This week, The Calvert Journal considers Moscow&rsquo;s prospects, consulting experts at the Moscow Urban Forum, looking in detail at two projects in the pipeline &mdash; VDNKh and Zaryadye Park &mdash; and checking out some neighbourhoods that are already going places.</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/118827470/ep-13-archinect-sessions-elizabeth-timme-gives-no-f-cks Ep. 13 Archinect Sessions "Elizabeth Timme Gives No F*cks" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-22T09:36:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T18:21:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h0/h0afje3xe704n1aj.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At first we thought we could cram all of this week's amazing podcast content in under one hour. That dream was not to be, but we decided to give no f*cks, in honor of our guest <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/13923933/elizabeth-timme" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elizabeth Timme</a>. The tenacious and game-changing Timme spoke with Donna and Amelia (with the appropriate amount of f*cks) about her work with <a href="http://www.mas.la/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA M&aacute;s</a>, a&nbsp;non-profit design studio aimed at social justice issues in Los Angeles.</p><p>In other matters of justice, Paul sat down with <strong><a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Session</a></strong><a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>s</strong></a>'s legal correspondent,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dykema.com/professionals-brian_newman.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brian Newman</a>, about a recent lawsuit against <a href="http://archinect.com/som" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a> that went all the way up to California's Supreme Court, and the far-reaching implications for architects.</p><p>We also talk with <a href="http://archinect.com/aaron-willette" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Willette</a> about the <a href="http://btabb.archinect.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bigger Than A Breadbox / Smaller Than A Building</a> competition, aimed at revitalizing the pavilion's role in architectural research (deadline is February 15!). Willette runs the FABLab at <a href="http://archinect.com/taubmancollege" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taubman</a>, and&nbsp;is a long-time Archinector.</p><p>Finally, we let out a collective sad sigh for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118513336/architecture-for-humanity-to-shut-down" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity's closure</a>.</p><p>An...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118903791/albert-speer-talks-about-the-qatar-world-cup-and-the-search-for-sustainability Albert Speer talks about the Qatar World Cup and the search for sustainability Alexander Walter 2015-01-21T18:33:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T13:34:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aj/aja6n4tr1kipa1mu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Does it make sense for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup? German architect Albert Speer, whose office is in charge of the project, says yes -- and is doing all he can to ensure sustainability. In a SPIEGEL interview, he says how.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/49931535/desert-sands-soccer-sustainability-and-symbolic-capital" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Desert sands, soccer, sustainability and "symbolic capital"...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118882877/aia-reports-architecture-billings-index-on-solid-footing AIA reports Architecture Billings Index "on Solid Footing" Alexander Walter 2015-01-21T12:13:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T18:22:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rq/rql1x83mspc6lr3u.jpg" width="514" height="405" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There were ten out of twelve months of increasing demand for design services in 2014, and the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) points to a healthy outlook for the nonresidential construction industry. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the December ABI score was 52.2, up from a mark of 50.9 in November. [...] The new projects inquiry index was 58.2, following a mark of 58.8 the previous month. Design contracts posted a mark of 49.9, after a 54.9 score in November.</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/118733593/can-t-we-all-just-get-along-brian-newman-archinect-session-s-legal-correspondent-explains-the-many-modes-of-disputes-and-resolutions Can't we all just get along? Brian Newman, Archinect Session's legal correspondent, explains the many modes of disputes and resolutions Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-20T11:14:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T00:12:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ia/iaggq3xl0b6q302f.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>&nbsp;is proud to have&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dykema.com/professionals-brian_newman.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brian Newman</a>&nbsp;of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dykema.com/offices-los-angeles-california.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dykema Gossett PLLC</a>&nbsp;as our official legal correspondent, offering insight into the legal quagmire of architectural practice. Brian is a regular guest on the podcast, dishing out advice to make every architect better informed and protected under the law.</p><p>On <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117886154/archinect-sessions-is-back-with-episode-11-another-year-another-architecture-with-the-multi-talented-mitch-mcewen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Episode #11</a>, Another Year Another Architecture, Paul spoke with Brian about the many forms of disputes and resolution &ndash; from straight-up talking it out, to taking it to the Supreme Court. Listen below:</p><p>Or If the above embed doesn't work,&nbsp;<a href="https://soundcloud.com/archinect/brian-newman-archinect-sessions-legal-correspondent-on-arbitration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here</a>&nbsp;to listen.</p><p>Want to ask Brian something specifically, or suggest a future topic for him to cover on the podcast? Send your legal questions to us via email at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">connect@archinect.com</a>, through&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Twitter</a>&nbsp;#archinectsessions, or leave a message at&nbsp;(213) 784-7421.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118758339/miami-2100-exhibition-reinforces-the-urgent-need-for-designing-resilient-cities "Miami 2100" exhibition reinforces the urgent need for designing resilient cities Justine Testado 2015-01-19T22:59:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T18:16:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8u/8u2j9uahq0xv9h8i.jpg" width="514" height="266" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Miami, Florida is one of those cities that is projected to be underwater over the next 100 years. And with climate change and rising sea levels continuing to occur worldwide, it's never too early to start preparing for what natural disasters may lie ahead. Students at the Florida International University School of Architecture took a proactive approach to this grim outlook with the exhibition, <em>Miami 2100: Envisioning a Resilient Second Century</em>, currently at the <a href="http://coralgablesmuseum.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coral Gables Museum</a> until March 1.</p><p>Funded by the National Science Foundation, the exhibition showcases the projects conducted by graduate research studios and seminars in the school's Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture over the course of three years. With a solution-driven focus in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design, <em>Miami 2100</em> includes models, drawings, video interviews, and various digital materials and projections.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/33/336rmo5atnqcrcy7.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/63/63tot4bx8py7eb40.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tl/tlgmsces5r5gfkni.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n8/n8huonklt3igce1i.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dr/dra1og5409g6c3xe.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jy/jyouem2dtzcnkr9k.jpg"></p><p>Find more exhibition photos <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/fiucarta/sets/72157650202948491/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118738996/the-sky-is-falling-weekly-news-round-up-for-january-12-2015 The sky is falling! Weekly News Round-Up for January 12, 2015 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-19T18:05:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T18:16:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zw/zw3xc8vlzgwd0jvz.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, January 16:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Architecture for Humanity to shut down" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118513336/architecture-for-humanity-to-shut-down" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity to shut down</a>: The San Francisco HQ has laid off all employees and will file for bankruptcy, however it's unclear how this will affect operations of the many national/international <a href="http://archinect.com/architecture-for-humanity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AfH</a> outposts that function through volunteers.</li><li><a title="Work at Manhattan's 432 Park Ave tower ordered to stop after pipe falls from 81st floor" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118506093/work-at-manhattan-s-432-park-ave-tower-ordered-to-stop-after-pipe-falls-from-81st-floor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Work at Manhattan's 432 Park Ave tower ordered to stop after pipe falls from 81st floor</a>: The latest in a recent series of similar incidents, including <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118429026/cheesegrater-skyscraper-loses-another-bolt-the-third-one-in-three-months" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a bolt falling from London's cheesegrater</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118275523/it-s-a-bumpy-start-for-mons-as-european-capital-of-culture-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">falling art in Mons</a>, the 2015 European Capital of Culture, and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117664390/another-big-concrete-panel-falls-off-zaha-hadid-designed-library" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">concrete panels dropping</a> from Zaha Hadid's library in Vienna.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, January 15:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Norm's Coffee Shop, an LA Googie icon, is temporarily saved from demolition" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118449910/norm-s-coffee-shop-an-la-googie-icon-is-temporarily-saved-from-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norm's Coffee Shop, an LA Googie icon, is temporarily saved from demolition</a>: Along with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118442689/moments-in-fast-food-urbanism-first-taco-bell-may-be-demolished" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the first Taco Bell being in peril of demolition</a>, part of southern California's architectural heritage is being considered.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, January 14:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Jean Nouvel boycotts opening of his Philharmonie de Paris" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118368797/jean-nouvel-boycotts-opening-of-his-philharmonie-de-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel boycotts opening of his Philharmonie de Paris</a>: Despite the restaurant and exhibition space not being fully complete, Nouvel's Philharmonie hel...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/118735754/so-gentrification-is-just-a-myth-after-all So gentrification is just a myth after all? Alexander Walter 2015-01-19T14:22:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T20:44:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5f7v5wu87olpb4ib.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s time to retire the term gentrification altogether. Fourteen years ago, Maureen Kennedy and Paul Leonard of the Brookings Institution wrote that gentrification &ldquo;is a politically loaded concept that generally has not been useful in resolving growth and community change debates because its meaning is unclear.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s even truer today. Some U.S. cities do have serious affordability problems, but they&rsquo;re not the problems critics of gentrification think they are.</p></em><br /><br /><p>What's your take on John Buntin's <em>Slate</em> piece?&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118733414/george-lucas-open-to-moving-his-museum-to-los-angeles-if-chicago-isn-t-working-out George Lucas open to moving his museum to Los Angeles if Chicago isn't working out Alexander Walter 2015-01-19T13:42:00-05:00 >2015-01-19T17:51:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lq/lqvd5benki7qbqyi.jpg" width="514" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>George Lucas said Friday that complications in his plan to build his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on the Chicago lakefront may put Los Angeles back in the running. Last summer, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made a vigorous push to get the "Star Wars" creator to choose L.A., but the city lost out to Chicago. "We still have to get through some lawsuits and things in Chicago [...] But it's still a possibility that Chicago will be unable to do it," Lucas said.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/480355/lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118733125/infographic-the-cheapest-and-most-expensive-countries-to-live-in Infographic: the cheapest and most expensive countries to live in Nicholas Korody 2015-01-19T13:31:00-05:00 >2015-01-20T15:28:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3j/3jb2l3ovzzsub3b9.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This map shows the difference in living costs around the world using figures from the world's largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide. The Consumer Price Index, used to determine the difference in the living costs between countries takes into account the prices of groceries, transportation, restaurants and utilities. The CPI in the infographic is a relative indicator of a country's living costs compared to New York.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The top five cheapest countries are: India, Nepal, Pakistan, Tunisia, and Algeria.</p><p>The most expensive countries are: Switzerland, Norway, Venezuela, Iceland, and Denmark.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5p/5p5xt8a89g61vtfj.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118733119/what-happened-to-alexandria-s-cosmopolitanism What happened to Alexandria's cosmopolitanism? Nicholas Korody 2015-01-19T13:24:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T00:06:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c5/c54upyoo5l93ll7c.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>North Africa used to be a civilizational crossroads in which Muslims, Christians, and Jews not only lived alongside one another but also shared one another's language and culture. This mingled society, formed from many intense particularities, is what we call cosmopolitanism. It was born in the Middle East, and it now seems to be disappearing there, including from the one place where the cosmopolitan ideal reached its supreme realization: Alexandria.</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/118733118/as-manhattan-grows-supertaller-its-shadows-are-getting-superlonger As Manhattan grows supertaller, its shadows are getting superlonger Alexander Walter 2015-01-19T13:11:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T00:05:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ky/kymi2w83510p9oma.jpg" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But all New Yorkers are losing familiar vistas, and some are losing light and air, as supertall buildings sprout like beanstalks in midtown Manhattan. There are a dozen such &ldquo;supertalls&rdquo; &ndash; buildings of 1,000 feet or higher &ndash; in the construction or planning stages. And the buildings are not, as in Dubai or Shanghai&rsquo;s Pudong district, being constructed where nothing else had stood. They are, instead, crowding into already dense neighbourhoods where light and air are at a premium [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <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/118731512/astrophysicists-show-how-cities-on-earth-evolve-in-the-same-way-as-galaxies-in-space Astrophysicists show how cities on Earth evolve in the same way as galaxies in space Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-19T12:47:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T00:08:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k9/k9nt2aryqsf9kpb3.jpg" width="514" height="473" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Henry Lin and Abraham Loeb at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics have used models for showing how galaxies evolve based on matter density to propose a unifying theory for scaling laws of human populations. [...] All of which suggests that the underlying laws that govern some fairly complex human behaviours are the same as those that determined the formation of the very galaxy we live in.</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/118517352/100m-condo-sale-at-christian-de-portzamparc-s-one57-is-nyc-s-most-expensive-ever $100M Condo Sale at Christian de Portzamparc's One57 is NYC's Most Expensive Ever Diane Pham 2015-01-16T18:28:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T00:08:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/je/jez8wuqkz76th2kn.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A palatial unit occupying the 89th and 90th floor of One57 has just sold for a record-breaking $100,471,452.77&mdash;the most expensive condo purchase ever recorded Manhattan.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The penthouse sale&nbsp;at Christian de Portzamparc's One57 shatters a record previously held by&nbsp;Sanford Weill who bought an $88 million penthouse at the Robert AM Stern-designed 15 Central Park West in 2012. The arguably inflated purchase shows that NYC's real estate shows no signs of slowing down&mdash;and very little effort in bridging the insane wealth gap between citizens.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118516549/archinect-s-lexicon-hermit-crab Archinect's Lexicon: "Hermit Crab" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-16T18:09:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T00:07:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jx/jxpr8akzog8osk73.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Hermit Crab </strong>[h&#601;rm&#601;t&nbsp;krab], noun: a museum typology where the art is exhibited in a structure not originally or usually meant for exhibiting and/or selling art.</p><p>The term was coined by Nicholas Korody in his piece,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/117976955/white-space-the-architecture-of-the-art-fair" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">White Space: The Architecture of the Art Fair</a>:</p><p>"the Hermit Crab typology refers to the temporary takeover of an existing building that is not normally used for the display and sale of art works, such as with the use of hotel rooms by&nbsp;<a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;ved=0CB4QFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newartdealers.org%2F&amp;ei=enOwVPaSCM3uoATe9oCYCA&amp;usg=AFQjCNGvEER-EZtYsGTHgnFWuIftzNjD8A&amp;sig2=vvSOj5_cdH32NQG9Me7DKA&amp;bvm=bv.83339334,d.cGU" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NADA</a>&nbsp;(New Art Dealers Association), a periphery art fair of Art Basel Miami Beach. Such parasitic or interventionary events often still require architectural construction, but this consists primarily of interior design, chiefly the organization of walls and booths. [...]</p><p>New York&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;ved=0CB4QFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thearmoryshow.com%2F&amp;ei=h3OwVN-pMNfgoASRzYKYAQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNFF4dt5gUMj3VOXUxOtLMmuX3iPow&amp;sig2=w2qKyBeCA9Mcmg4OFT3QcA&amp;bvm=bv.83339334,d.cGU" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Armory Show</a>&nbsp;intentionally invokes the legacy of an older example of a Hermit Crab exhibition: the&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armory_Show" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1914 International Exhibition of Modern Art</a>&nbsp;which was held in one of the vast spaces of U.S. National Guard armories and helped introduce European modern art to American au...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118513336/architecture-for-humanity-to-shut-down Architecture for Humanity to shut down Paul Petrunia 2015-01-16T16:57:00-05:00 >2015-01-19T17:34:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nx/nx77tehladm5eah8.jpg" width="514" height="81" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We've just heard from Cameron Sinclair, co-founder and ex-director of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/9745/architecture-for-humanity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity</a>, that the organization has "pivoted its mission and is planning to close".</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Architecture-for-Humanity-closes-helped-6020800.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John King at the SF Chronicle</a>, "While there has been no official announcement of the organization&rsquo;s demise, all staff was laid off Jan. 1 by the board and the nonprofit shut its office near Union Square."<br>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/nz/nzyfnhdzz4yv8fvh.png"></p><p>Message from Cameron...</p><p><strong>Thank you for designing like you give a damn.</strong></p><p>We just heard the news that Architecture for Humanity, the organization we started more than 15 years ago, has pivoted its mission and is planning to close. We are deeply saddened by this.&nbsp;<br><br>Our hearts are with the staff and chapter members who worked so hard to build a wonderful organization that did so much for communities around the world. We made so many wonderful friends and will continue personally to support your work.&nbsp;<br><br>We ran the organization and grew it from just a small circle of volunteers to an international organization with ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118506903/urban-omnibus-travels-the-brooklyn-queens-divide Urban Omnibus travels the Brooklyn-Queens Divide Alexander Walter 2015-01-16T14:57:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T00:05:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/14/1442699b1c27aa5cfe9cf849854880e6.jpg" width="514" height="393" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As a researcher interested in the intersection of urban form and place, Joseph Heathcott set out to explore how one of New York&rsquo;s borders shapes the lived experience and physical environment of its surroundings. Through historical research, photography, and deep observation, he traces the city&rsquo;s only major internal land boundary &mdash; the Brooklyn-Queens border &mdash; and draws out the social and spatial conditions of this largely invisible urban seam.</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/118442689/moments-in-fast-food-urbanism-first-taco-bell-may-be-demolished Moments in Fast Food Urbanism: First Taco Bell may be demolished Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-15T19:20:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:54:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f7/f74tndob5fbwgjqd.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The building that housed the world&rsquo;s first Taco Bell is under &ldquo;imminent threat of demolition,&rdquo; according to the Downey Conservancy [...] Although Downey is more famously recognized as the site of the oldest operating location for [McDonald's], it is Taco Bell that built its very first location within the city. [...] &ldquo;The [Conservancy] recognizes that the building&rsquo;s current location may not be the best for its future and, as such, is also looking at opportunities to relocate"</p></em><br /><br /><p>Why does this matter? Not because Taco Bell is inherently newsworthy, but because fast food spots are arguably Downey's local urbanism icons. The city in southeast Los Angeles County is known for its Googie fast-food joints, historic McDonald's and drive-ins (as well as the birthplace of the Apollo space program) &ndash; so the Taco Bell is in good company. While not as iconic as a Googie structure, the Taco Bell is still emblematic of Downey's postwar California urban planning, awash in asphalt oceans where cars were king. Perhaps the chain's success in peddling drive-in fast food around the world may actually have perpetuated that kind of urbanism.</p><p>The building is currently vacant, leading Downey Conservancy to take up the preservation case, planning to possibly relocate it to &ldquo;another site within the city&rdquo;. Taco Bell has even joined the cause, despite not even being the building&rsquo;s most recent tenant, with the hashtag #SaveTacoBell. I wonder if <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114040210/saving-buildings-with-social-media-or-not" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexandra Lange</a> is tracking this.</p><p>Meanwhile,...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118430633/work-finally-resumes-at-brooklyn-s-modular-prefab-tower Work finally resumes at Brooklyn's modular prefab tower Alexander Walter 2015-01-15T15:02:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:49:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ab/abrp42xwo29tm563.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The world&rsquo;s tallest proposed modular tower may actually reach its full potential. Developer Bruce Ratner has finally resumed work on his 32-story residential building next to the Barclays Center after a five-month hiatus stemming from a dispute with construction giant Skanska over the pre-fabricated design. As a result of that legal fight, Ratner gained control of Skanska&rsquo;s factory in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where modules for the proposed tallest modular tower were made.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98217703/lego-high-rise-world-s-tallest-modular-apartment-tower-getting-snapped-together-in-brooklyn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lego High-Rise: World's Tallest Modular Apartment Tower Getting Snapped Together In Brooklyn</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/62343787/atlantic-yards-will-be-getting-32-story-shop-designed-modular-tower-after-all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atlantic Yards Will Be Getting 32-Story, SHoP-designed Modular Tower After All</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/118429026/cheesegrater-skyscraper-loses-another-bolt-the-third-one-in-three-months Cheesegrater skyscraper loses another bolt – the third one in three months Alexander Walter 2015-01-15T14:36:00-05:00 >2015-01-15T17:33:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/co/cosqmii955t0yp2f.jpg" width="514" height="684" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The owners of the 222-metre (734ft) &ldquo;Cheesegrater&rdquo; building, the second tallest building in the City of London, are to replace dozens of long bolts on its structure after it was revealed that another one had fractured. The bolts, among 3,000 on the building&rsquo;s 15,000-tonne frame, are each just under a metre long. Two snapped in November, with some debris falling to the ground from the fifth floor. Nobody was hurt, but an area below the tower is still cordoned off.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113034177/bolt-part-falls-off-cheesegrater-skyscraper-in-the-city-of-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bolt part falls off Cheesegrater skyscraper in the City of London</a></p><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117664390/another-big-concrete-panel-falls-off-zaha-hadid-designed-library" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another big concrete panel falls off Zaha Hadid-designed library</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118367994/talking-multicultural-modernism-with-ehrlich-architects-on-archinect-sessions-episode-12 Talking Multicultural Modernism with Ehrlich Architects on Archinect Sessions Episode #12 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-15T14:26:00-05:00 >2015-01-21T21:02:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hd/hdgzial19jdzqpyw.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In celebration of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/12555/ehrlich-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ehrlich Architects</a> winning the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115670015/ehrlich-architects-wins-2015-aia-architecture-firm-award-peter-eisenman-takes-the-topaz-medallion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 AIA Architecture Firm Award</a>, we had Steven Ehrlich and Takashi Yanai in-studio to reflect back on the firm's history and their work with "multicultural modernism". We also discuss the feelings around <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117960873/boston-wins-u-s-olympic-committee-s-bid-for-2024-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston's US Olympic bid nomination</a>, and former president Bill Clinton's appointment as keynote speaker to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117735950/president-bill-clinton-to-deliver-keynote-address-at-2015-aia-national-convention" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA's 2015 National Convention</a>. We also dump a fair amount of <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/118338212/karim-rashid-karma-s-a-bitch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">schadenfreude on Karim Rashid</a>.</p><p>This episode also features the voice of reason, aka our legal correspondent&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dykema.com/professionals-brian_newman.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brian Newman</a>, talking with Paul about the importance of contracts.</p><p>And, partly inspired by <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/118151802/just-lost-a-hole-clients" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this thread</a>, we'd like to open the call for your <strong>architecture horror stories</strong>.&nbsp;Send them to us, along with your architectural legal questions, comments or questions about the podcast, via twitter #archinectsessions, <a href="http://ed@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">email</a> or call us at (213) 784-7421.</p><p>Listen to episode twelve of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/47379/archinect-sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Talking Multicultural Modernism with Ehrlich Architects":</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 s...</a></li></ul>