Archinect - News 2016-09-29T08:00:53-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149971130/why-the-design-of-prisons-matters Why the design of prisons matters Nicholas Korody 2016-09-28T17:22:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T18:49:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x4/x4brrsujjw35wx89.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the world&rsquo;s prisons are home to an estimated 10 million people globally and this number is rising. The world&rsquo;s prison population has gone up 10% since 2004, and in some countries, such as Indonesia, the increase has been as high as 183% [...] Architecture sends a silent message to everyone walking into any place. It tells you what to expect and where the limits of behaviour are. Prisons are the same.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>In my view, design is crucial to creating an environment in which prisoners can live and not become institutionalised. This means providing spaces for staying in contact with families, work, education, and playing sport.</em></p><p>For more on carceral architectures, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936033/rikers-island-is-an-environmental-and-human-catastrophe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rikers Island is an environmental (and human) catastrophe</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148979164/what-do-museums-have-in-common-with-prisons-more-than-you-might-think-according-to-artist-andrea-fraser" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What do museums have in common with prisons? More than you might think, according to artist Andrea Fraser</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140874308/raphael-sperry-president-of-architects-designers-planners-for-social-responsibility-on-the-hauntingly-real-computer-game-prison-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Raphael Sperry, President of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, on the "hauntingly real" computer game, "Prison Architect"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139459279/how-one-california-prison-is-betting-on-architecture-to-decrease-recidivism-rates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How one California prison is betting on architecture to decrease recidivism rates</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149971071/national-building-museum-selects-studio-gang-to-design-2017-summer-block-party-installation National Building Museum selects Studio Gang to design 2017 "Summer Block Party" installation Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-28T13:37:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T14:06:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t8/t80fzo6jo1bcinru.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Studio Gang has worked with the museum before, on its 2003&nbsp;<em>Masonry Variations&nbsp;</em>exhibition and as a part of the 2009&nbsp;<em>Transforming Skylines and Communities</em>&nbsp;series. While designs for the installation won't be fleshed out until early 2017, it will most likely follow in the playful, accessible style of previous Summer Block Party installations by <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103881621/delve-into-the-big-maze-at-the-national-building-museum-in-washington-d-c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135574011/the-beach-to-be-reincarnated-in-arts-competition-for-d-c-s-dupont-underground-initiative" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Snarkitecture</a>, and most recently, <a href="http://archinect.com/jcfo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Corner Field Operations</a>.</p><p>The museum's aim is for the designers to create "innovative, interactive experiences that temporarily transform the Museum&rsquo;s historic home and challenge visitor perceptions of the built environment." Studio Gang's appointment to next year's installation comes on the heels of the closing of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956425/dive-into-james-corner-s-field-of-icebergs-now-at-the-national-building-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Corner Field Operations' "ICEBERGS" pavilion</a>&nbsp;earlier this month.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Jeanne Gang wins Architect of the Year in 2016's Women in Architecture Awards" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149827841/jeanne-gang-wins-architect-of-the-year-in-2016-s-women-in-architecture-awards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeanne Gang wins Architect of the Year in 2016's Women in Architecture Awards</a></li><li><a title="A peek at Jeanne Gang's Flintstones-esque addition to the Museum of Natural History" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140468024/a-peek-at-jeanne-gang-s-flintstones-esque-addition-to-the-museum-of-natural-history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A peek at Jeanne Gang's Flintstones-esque addition to the Museum of Natural History</a></li><li><a title="Jeanne Gang and the Greening of Chicago" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/66226408/jeanne-gang-and-the-greening-of-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeanne Gang and the Greening of Chicago</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968937/thom-mayne-and-jeanne-gang-play-it-safe-with-heliomorphism-keynotes-at-the-gsd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thom...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970953/obama-calls-for-zoning-overhaul-blames-existing-laws-for-rising-inequality-and-unaffordable-rents Obama calls for zoning overhaul, blames existing laws for rising inequality and unaffordable rents Nicholas Korody 2016-09-27T18:35:00-04:00 >2016-09-29T06:08:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i3/i3yospkmfg2uf75b.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Obama administration Monday is calling on cities and counties to rethink their zoning laws, saying that antiquated rules on construction, housing and land use are contributing to high rents and income inequality, and dragging down the U.S. economy as a whole [...] The White House published a &ldquo;toolkit&rdquo; of economic evidence and policy fixes to help local political leaders fight back against the NIMBYs that tend to hold sway over municipal zoning meetings.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965354/take-a-vr-tour-of-yosemite-national-park-with-president-obama" target="_blank">Take a VR tour of Yosemite National Park with President Obama</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960250/obama-chooses-jackson-park-as-the-site-for-his-presidential-center" target="_blank">Obama chooses Jackson Park as the site for his Presidential Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953892/stonewall-inn-formally-declared-as-national-monument" target="_blank">Stonewall Inn formally declared as national monument</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955229/tod-williams-billie-tsien-architects-selected-to-design-the-obama-presidential-center" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects selected to design the Obama Presidential Center</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970910/salk-institute-to-be-refurbished-by-the-getty-conservation-institute Salk Institute to be refurbished by The Getty Conservation Institute Julia Ingalls 2016-09-27T14:38:00-04:00 >2016-09-27T15:31:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kp/kpgqrsw4f1x25ilh.jpg" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Fungal biofilm and water sealant failure have added a black patina to the Salk Institute's iconic teak paneling, making the material vulnerable to decay. In order to save what is considered to be one of the world's finest architectural projects (and coolest structural alignment of the sunset save for perhaps <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956860/this-week-s-picks-for-nyc-architecture-and-design-events" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manhattanhenge</a>), the Getty Conservation Institute undertook three years of careful study and is now ready to start implementing those improvements. &nbsp;</p><p>According to Getty Conservation Institute project specialist Sara Lardinois, &ldquo;The GCI sought to address issues on a long-term basis while preserving cultural significance and addressing the needs of those managing the site. Our aim was to help the Salk Institute incorporate a conservation approach into its overall site management at a critical point in the building&rsquo;s history&mdash;the 50-year mark often coincides with the need for a first major repair in modern buildings.&rdquo;</p><p>For more on all things Louis Kahn:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86856293/kimbell-s-135-million-expansion-has-light-needs-soul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kimbell&rsquo;s $135 Million Expansion ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970903/efficiency-enhancing-drones-could-dramatically-reduce-construction-costs Efficiency-enhancing drones could dramatically reduce construction costs Julia Ingalls 2016-09-27T13:32:00-04:00 >2016-09-27T14:18:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d9/d968m37f6j0hwr49.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to this&nbsp;<a href="http://fortune.com/2016/09/13/commercial-drone-construction-industry/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fortune</a> article, it's estimated that the construction industry wastes billions of dollars annually in poorly organized and distributed materials, a practice that could be eliminated with omnipresent flying drones. The trick is to create software that can process what the drones see on each construction site into data that humans can quickly comprehend and efficiently implement. Autodesk is investing in developing software and hardware that can convey this information, which may dramatically cut construction costs (and perhaps make <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149956313/deciding-how-to-bill-clients-is-complicated-what-are-the-basic-fee-structures-behind-residential-projects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architects rethink how they bill for projects</a>).</p><p>For more on drones:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149963306/designing-for-drones-a-condo-tower-with-drone-friendly-balconies" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing for drones: a condo tower with drone-friendly balconies</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944052/this-drone-video-takes-you-on-a-fascinating-flight-through-the-guts-of-seattle-s-bertha-tunneling-machine" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This drone video takes you on a fascinating flight through the guts of Seattle's Bertha tunneling machine</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937488/here-comes-the-dronescraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Here comes the "dronescraper"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969837/bau-2017-events-services-and-information-for-architects BAU 2017: Events, services and information for architects Sponsor 2016-09-27T12:30:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T14:44:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ek/ek3fkdnyzq4sj855.jpg" width="514" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://bau-muenchen.com/index-2.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/j6/j61xesw3wsntsonz.png"><img alt="" src="http://bs.serving-sys.com/BurstingPipe/adServer.bs?cn=tf&amp;c=19&amp;mc=imp&amp;pli=18609115&amp;PluID=0&amp;ord=%5Btimestamp%5D&amp;rtu=-1"></a><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://bau-muenchen.com/index-2.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BAU 2017<img alt="" src="http://bs.serving-sys.com/BurstingPipe/adServer.bs?cn=tf&amp;c=19&amp;mc=imp&amp;pli=18609115&amp;PluID=0&amp;ord=%5Btimestamp%5D&amp;rtu=-1"></a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>On about 185,000 m2 of exhibition space, BAU will be presenting a display of architecture, materials and systems for commercial and residential construction and interior design, for both new-build and R&amp;M projects. This next edition of the show, which takes place in Munich from January 16 to 21, 2017, will again be filling up all the available halls at the exhibition center. Here around 2,000 exhibitors from more than 40 countries will be showcasing a comprehensive range of materials and technologies for planning and construction. In particular architects &ndash; many coming from all over the world &ndash; regard this event as an unmissable source of information and inspiration.</p><p>BAU brings together all the technologies, products and materials that are used in planning and building. This cross-functionality approach makes BAU an essential information source for everyone involved in planning and building: from investors, planners and architects through to s...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970812/open-call-for-submissions-xxl Open Call for Submissions: "XXL" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-27T12:26:00-04:00 >2016-09-27T13:18:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hj/hjxy256tuhd2txst.jpg" width="514" height="388" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s going to be &ldquo;yuge&rdquo;. It&rsquo;s an inflated descriptor thrown around a lot these days, but architects have always been trained to think big, whether laying out bathroom plumbing or master planning cities. Sometimes those ideas get built; sometimes others build on those ideas. This October on Archinect, we&rsquo;re exploring the many ways architects go big, with XXL.</p><p>Our open call for submissions under XXL focuses on one of the biggest strokes of architectural expression: infrastructure.</p><p><strong>&#12299;PROJECT SUBMISSIONS: Map It</strong></p><p>Transportation infrastructure is getting an unanticipated overhaul. As new networks like on-demand or <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/623347/ride-sharing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ride-sharing</a> services begin to intermesh with older, more static ones, updated expectations of living and getting around have emerged. Speed, access, and sustainability are obvious concerns, as are how they&rsquo;ll encourage (or prohibit) future urban development.</p><p>Whatever your chosen mode of transportation, create <strong>a fantasy transportation map</strong> in the city (or country, or planet) of your c...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970752/engineering-giant-arup-announces-imminent-layoffs-following-brexit-vote Engineering giant Arup announces imminent layoffs following Brexit vote Nicholas Korody 2016-09-26T17:27:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T22:55:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l7/l7xltwerj1b9c1gp.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Article 50 still hasn&rsquo;t been triggered, but the fallout from Brexit is already impacting the UK and its economy. And, as many predicted, architecture isn&rsquo;t immune to its effects. In one of the first major post-referendum announcements pertaining to the discipline, engineering giant Arup has stated that it will lay off up to 10% of staff at its London Buildings Division.</p><p>As reported by the <a href="http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/news/arup-plans-redundancies-uk-a7fter-b7rexit-v7ote/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global Construction Review</a>, the multi-disciplinary firm will cut some 90 jobs. Final decisions will be made by the end of next month. This falls in line with predictions that the construction industry will be among the hardest hit in the aftermath of the June 23rd decision. Uncertainty hovers over many big projects in the capital, such as the planned skyscraper known as <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/638116/the-pinnacle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Pinnacle</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3b/3bb2zptb4z9unvvi.jpg"></p><p>In an email sent to staff and quoted by the Global Construction River, Nigel Tonks, head of Arup&rsquo;s Buildings London office, states: &ldquo;We are seeing signs of delays in investment decisions, particularly in the commercial s...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970651/this-week-s-picks-for-london-architecture-and-design-events This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-09-26T13:46:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T23:03:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e5/e5tcdlk3pnysj4bj.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week, plunge yourself into the art world with opening shows, private views and controversial subjects all on offer in <a href="http://bustler.net/events_location/694828/london-gb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>. Works on display throughout the exhibitions seek to challenge the viewer, and in the case of Guerrilla Girls, bring about big, tangible&nbsp;change through art.&nbsp;</p><p>Additionally, this week is one of the last chances to visit the incredible&nbsp;<a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149950561/inside-bjarke-ingels-serpentine-pavilion-the-work-becomes-a-pure-manifestation-of-that-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine Pavilion by BIG,</a> if you haven't already, ahead of its closure on the 9th October.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/747353/weekly-events-ldn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/events_location/694828/london-gb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/8322/silhouettes-and-shadows-david-bowie-remembered" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Silhouettes and Shadows: David Bowie Remembered |&nbsp;Open now until 26 October</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/rt/rtuag61zynuma203.jpg"></p><p><em>Bowie on the album cover of "Heroes", image: Masayoshi Sukita</em></p><p>David Bowie has been celebrated widely in London since his death at the beginning of this year. This exhibition remembers the star through&nbsp;photographs and&nbsp;accompanying stories from the photographers who knew and worked with him over the years. Including previously unseen prints, this exhibition seeks to...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970640/the-former-football-stars-tackling-england-s-affordable-housing-shortage The former-football stars tackling England's affordable housing shortage Nicholas Korody 2016-09-26T13:17:00-04:00 >2016-09-27T23:34:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/99/99sv3jgrn6fowww0.jpg" width="514" height="269" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A year ago, former England captain Rio Ferdinand, West Ham United skipper Mark Noble and ex-Brighton striker Bobby Zamora [unveiled] their Legacy Foundation &ndash; a regeneration charity with a plan to build a series of social and privately rentable housing schemes, backed by private investors. The stars (all three of whom have played for West Ham) are coming back to present their first project, worth &pound;400m, to build 1,300 homes on a 22-hectare site in a run-down area in Houghton Regis near Luton.</p></em><br /><br /><p></p><p>For more on housing-related issues in the UK, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149966148/as-a-new-class-of-super-rich-investors-displace-the-traditional-elite-average-londoners-are-pushed-further-and-further-outside-the-city-limits" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As a new class of super rich investors displace the traditional elite, average Londoners are pushed further and further outside the city limits</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965813/almost-half-of-londoners-support-limits-on-building-height" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Almost half of Londoners support limits on building height</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954374/brexit-will-put-even-more-strain-on-towns-already-pressed-for-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brexit will put even more strain on towns already pressed for housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947731/to-live-in-london-you-can-t-be-a-londoner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To live in London you can't be a Londoner</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149967497/gkd-metal-mesh-plays-disappearing-act-on-interior-office-building GKD Metal Mesh Plays Disappearing Act On Interior Office Building Sponsor 2016-09-26T08:00:00-04:00 >2016-09-27T23:38:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ch/ch9cgjayi2tm1mxo.jpg" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://www.gkdmetalfabrics.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/yl/yl0ptky6yzn93g5f.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.gkdmetalfabrics.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GKD Metal Fabrics</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>White <a href="http://www.gkdmetalfabrics.com/metalfabrics/omega_1510.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GKD metal fabric</a> plays a disappearing act on the interior of a commercial office building in Toronto, Canada. With sharp geometric lines and vibrant white walls set against concrete floors and metal railings, a few red bucket chairs starkly break up the monotone design. The overall aesthetic creates a futuristic lobby worthy of the busy, interconnected corporate office that caters to premium retail spaces below 14 floors of office space. GKD Omega 1510 was used to create partitions on the second level, hiding walkways and blending into the design allowing the metal fabric to become indistinguishable from the solid white walls.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ce/ce890y54uavu537q.jpg"></p><p>It&rsquo;s a brand new feature for GKD in North America for metal wire to arrive from Germany already treated with a white powder coating. The coated wire mesh was handled with extreme caution to avoid scratching the white surface. What GKD representatives expected to be a delicate process turned out to be stand...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970283/the-fight-for-sydney-s-brutalist-public-housing-landmark-continues The fight for Sydney's brutalist public housing landmark continues Alexander Walter 2016-09-23T14:13:00-04:00 >2016-09-27T23:39:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tw/tw1facngkzywlb4e.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Protesters gathered in Sydney&rsquo;s historic Rocks district on Saturday to rally against the New South Wales government&rsquo;s plans to sell off the Sirius building &ndash; which contains 79 social housing tenants &ndash; to developers for more than $100m. The 1970s Brutalist building was nominated for heritage listing by the NSW National Trust in 2014 but the government has refused to grant it, saying the proceeds from the sale are needed to build more public housing elsewhere in Sydney</p></em><br /><br /><p>Quartz also <a href="http://qz.com/788466/save-our-sirius-construction-workers-are-refusing-to-tear-down-a-brutalist-architecture-landmark-in-australia/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reported</a> that Australia&rsquo;s largest construction union Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) and the Unions NSW have called their members to refuse any participation in demolition work of the structure.</p><p><em>&ldquo;The Sirius building is not only an important piece of architectural history&mdash;it is one of the last areas of public housing in the district,&rdquo; explained Rita Mallia, president of the CFMEU in a Sept 16 statement.</em></p><p>Learn more about the case in this <a href="https://www.change.org/p/save-our-sirius-an-architectural-treasure-and-rare-symbol-of-the-triumph-of-little-people-over-powerful-lobby-groups-sirius-enables-the-continued-inclusion-and-contribution-of-people-with-disability-and-elderly-in-their-community" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">change.org petition</a> and on the cause's website <a href="http://saveoursirius.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">saveoursirius.org</a>.</p><p>Previously in the Archinect news: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133044789/just-add-balconies-sydney-deliberates-future-of-brutalist-housing-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Just add balconies? Sydney deliberates future of brutalist housing landmark</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970122/replica-of-palmyra-arch-presented-in-new-york Replica of Palmyra Arch presented in New York Nicholas Korody 2016-09-22T17:57:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:27:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w9/w9vd249as7xvwmy7.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A recreation of Palmyra&rsquo;s Arch of Triumph was unveiled in New York on Monday, almost a year after Islamic State militants destroyed the original structure. The 1,800-year-old Roman arch was blown up by the extremist group last October, but a team of archeologists at Oxford University&rsquo;s Institute for Digital archeology (IDA) set about recreating it, in an act of resistance to Isis&rsquo;s rampant acts of cultural destruction in Iraq and Syria.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The recreation, which is two-thirds the size of the original, was constructed with 3D printing technology using Egyptian marble. Historically, the arch marked the entrance to the Temple of Baal, which was later converted into a church and then a mosque.</p><p>The recreated arch was displayed last spring in Trafalgar Square. It will stay in New York &mdash; at City Hill park &mdash; for one week before heading to Dubai.&nbsp;</p><p>Watch a video of the construction here:</p><p></p><p>For more on Palmyra and the destruction caused by ISIL, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149964570/international-criminal-court-hears-first-case-of-cultural-destruction-as-war-crimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Criminal Court hears first case of cultural destruction as war crimes</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954716/download-a-3d-model-of-a-column-from-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Download a 3D model of a column from Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945094/syrian-architect-talks-about-the-past-and-future-of-her-destroyed-hometown-of-homs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Syrian architect talks about the past and future of her destroyed hometown of Homs</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941575/recreation-of-palmyra-s-arch-of-triumph-presented-in-trafalgar-square" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Recreation of Palmyra's Arch of Triumph presented in Trafalgar Square</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970079/grounded-research-alvin-huang-of-synthesis-design-architecture-on-bringing-computational-design-to-life-on-archinect-sessions-82 Grounded Research: Alvin Huang of Synthesis Design + Architecture on bringing computational design to life, on Archinect Sessions #82 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-22T17:15:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:43:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u1/u1n6opm0yt5b1mcb.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/alvinhuang" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvin Huang</a>, founder and principal of <a href="http://archinect.com/synthesisdna" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Synthesis Design + Architecture</a> in Los Angeles, joins us to talk about growing his practice into the award-winning firm it is today. Alvin dips back into his time in London, going to school at the AA and working with Zaha, and shares the terror and excitement that is starting your own firm. We also discuss taking criticism on social media, firm/teaching/life balance, and computation's role in design.</p><p>This past August, Synthesis received the <a href="http://synthesis-dna.com/news/Emerging_Practice_Award" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Presidential Honoree Emerging Practice Award from&nbsp;AIA | LA</a> &ndash; check out their work <a href="http://archinect.com/synthesisdna" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 82 of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Grounded Research":</p><ul></ul><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>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/archinect/Archinect-Sessions-82.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes:</strong></p><p>The Greg Lynn Show...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970082/the-end-of-shenzhen-s-baishizhou-urban-village The end of Shenzhen’s Baishizhou 'urban village' Alexander Walter 2016-09-22T15:37:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:32:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g6/g6xqpwih3loh4ni2.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Village&rdquo; may not seem like the right term for a cluster of tenement-style walkups that can house more than 100,000 people.&nbsp;Chengzhongcun&nbsp;hang onto the name partly because of the familiarity evoked by the traditions and small-scale businesses that thrive among their migrant populations, and partly because when modern Shenzhen began growing, these places really were just villages in the middle of the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961213/a-tragic-tale-of-live-and-let-die-development-on-shanghai-s-street-of-eternal-happiness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A tragic tale of live-and-let-die development on Shanghai's Street of Eternal Happiness</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962264/ai-weiwei-calls-modern-chinese-architecture-fatalistic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei calls modern Chinese architecture 'fatalistic'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944440/take-a-look-at-the-rapid-urbanization-of-china-s-pearl-river-delta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look at the rapid urbanization of China's Pearl River Delta</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970059/la-city-councilman-david-ryu-calls-for-rapid-roll-out-of-autonomous-vehicles LA City Councilman David Ryu calls for rapid roll-out of autonomous vehicles Nicholas Korody 2016-09-22T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:32:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/js/jsdgp8xbfr5t5jik.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;Ask any Los Angeles resident about L.A.&rsquo;s greatest challenges and the answer will most likely include: &lsquo;traffic&rsquo;,&rdquo; begins David E. Ryu, the L.A. City Councilman for the 4th District, in a <a href="https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/davidryucc/pages/314/attachments/original/1474482888/Ryu_Motion_-_Autonomous_Vehicles.pdf?1474482888" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">call</a> for the rapid implementation of autonomous vehicles in the city.</p><p>Citing their potential to reduce traffic, &ldquo;create greater transportation equity&rdquo;, and reduce vehicular deaths, Ryu proposes that the Department of Transportation quickly put together a report on the benefits of implementing autonomous transit.</p><p>&ldquo;In the 20th century, Los Angeles&rsquo; streetcars and freeways each set national standards and propelled our quality of life and economy forward,&rdquo; writes Ryu. &ldquo;Today, we are mired in gridlock, and it is time once again for our city to lead the way, this time into the 21st century as the trailblazer on autonomous vehicle technology."</p><p>For more on autonomous vehicles, check out these articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968712/the-view-from-inside-a-self-driving-uber-the-technology-is-not-quite-ready" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The view from inside a self-driving Uber: "the technology is not quite ready"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968301/japan-gunning-for-tokyo-to-take-on-driverless-vehicles-by-2020-olympic-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan gunning for Tokyo to take...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970030/introducing-bjarke-ingels-floating-student-housing-urban-rigger Introducing Bjarke Ingels' floating student housing, "Urban Rigger" Julia Ingalls 2016-09-22T12:48:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:22:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pl/plfmt6xuq49wvc3c.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Bjarke Ingels has found the elusive silver lining in global sea level rise and the European affordable housing crisis in the form of "Urban Rigger," a series of inexpensive student housing complexes that are designed to float in the sea, especially in those cities which have dense urban cores next to the waterfront. The idea here is to provide students with affordable digs that are close to class while simultaneously making the most out of changing climate conditions and post-industrial port repurposing. The first complete Urban Rigger has already been assembled in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/3691/copenhagen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uj/ujway5j3sgyzcnlk.jpg"></p><p>According to an article in <a href="https://www.fastcodesign.com/3063804/bjarke-ingelss-next-project-reinventing-student-housing?partner=rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FastCompany</a>, "Each unit, which can house 12 students at once, is composed of modular shipping containers. These modules are powered by a photovoltaic array and use a heat-exchange system that draws upon the thermal mass of water to warm and cool the interiors. Meanwhile, an aerogel developed by NASA insulates the interiors."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oz/ozzf38v52e8rg9gf.jpg"></p><p>For the latest on Bjarke Ingels:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968706/play-arkinoid-arcade-on-big-s-website" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Play "Arkinoid" arcade on BIG...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970029/the-olympics-are-a-dream-that-turn-into-a-nightmare-rome-s-mayor-pulls-2024-olympic-bid “The Olympics are a dream that turn into a nightmare." – Rome's mayor pulls 2024 Olympic bid Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-22T12:45:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:21:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yi/yipdi9xeowjirxuz.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Virginia Raggi, who was elected in June and has faced a tumultuous start to her tenure, said in a highly anticipated press conference that it would be irresponsible to move forward with the bid, given the debts that it would accrue and the burdens it would place on Roman taxpayers. [...] The 38-year-old lawyer said the city was still paying debts it had accrued for the Games in 1960, and would not stand for more &ldquo;cathedrals in the desert&rdquo; &ndash; abandoned stadiums &ndash; that the city could ill afford.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Take the Olympics, please!</p><ul><li><a title="Wilkinson Eyre, designers of Rio's biggest Olympic stadium, reflect on the Games' architectural legacy" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968313/wilkinson-eyre-designers-of-rio-s-biggest-olympic-stadium-reflect-on-the-games-architectural-legacy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wilkinson Eyre, designers of Rio's biggest Olympic stadium, reflect on the Games' architectural legacy</a></li><li><a title="How are London's Olympic grounds being used 4 years later?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961406/how-are-london-s-olympic-grounds-being-used-4-years-later" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How are London's Olympic grounds being used 4 years later?</a></li><li><a title="Boston backs out of 2024 Olympics bid" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132949093/boston-backs-out-of-2024-olympics-bid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston backs out of 2024 Olympics bid</a></li><li><a title="Japanese slam highly unpopular Tokyo Olympic Stadium design with hilarious memes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japanese slam highly unpopular Tokyo Olympic Stadium design with hilarious memes</a></li><li><a title="On decentralizing the Olympics" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149959104/on-decentralizing-the-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">On decentralizing the Olympics</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969640/editor-s-picks-454 Editor's Picks #454 Nam Henderson 2016-09-22T00:17:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:15:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7t/7t8d7jtnoqu34le9.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Responding to Brexit, <a href="http://archinect.com/EleanorMarshall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eleanor Marshall</a>&nbsp;considered <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149967395/rip-to-the-eu-1973-2016-five-monumental-buildings-in-the-uk-by-european-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">five buildings designed by European architects working in the UK from 1973 until 2016</a>; the lifespan of the UK&rsquo;s membership of the European Union.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/an/an8alj3brvuo3ao6.jpg"></p><p>"<em>If in the next few years major change hinders the eclecticism that the UK currently has we may be left with the tedious offspring of New London Vernacular and not much else.</em>"</p><p>Plus,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;looked at the example set by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149964897/7-famous-architectural-dropouts-and-autodidacts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">7 famous architectural dropouts and autodidacts</a>.&nbsp;<strong>Olaf Design Ninja_ </strong>&nbsp;quipped "<em>pales in comparison to the Harvard drop-out list</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>For those confused about the Guggenheim Helsinki <strong>discoverfinland</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149967436/finnish-government-pulls-funding-for-the-guggenheim-helsinki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">clarified</a> -</p><p>"<em>The whole project has been rejected twice. Helsinki locals are vocally opposed to it, about 60/40, local govt is opposed to it, and now it has been completely ruled out at a national level. Unfortunately, some of those who are in favour are also journalists, which leads to the international community thinking this is an actual issue. It isn't. In 2017 the reserve t...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969926/david-adjaye-on-designing-a-museum-that-speaks-a-different-language David Adjaye on Designing a Museum That Speaks a Different Language b3tadine[sutures] 2016-09-22T00:11:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:21:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yn/ynoanx0ygsy8wf1u.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I was completely moved by the corona motif. It seemed like a way to start to tell a story that moves from one continent, where people were taken, along with their cultures, and used as labor, then contributed towards making another country and new cultures. That history then continues in the decorative patterning of those panels.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/su/suo8imo4pwpoycug.jpg"><br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g9/g9usn5x2zp1xonr3.jpg"></p><p>Adjaye.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969755/architecture-billings-index-in-august-dips-below-50-overall-outlook-reported-as-positive Architecture Billings Index in August dips below 50, overall outlook reported as positive Alexander Walter 2016-09-21T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T23:27:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/no/novldair2rz9ru4a.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On the heels of six out of seven months of increasing levels of demand for design services, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) fell just below the positive mark. [...] (AIA) reported the August ABI score was 49.7, down from the mark of 51.5 in the previous month. This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 61.8, up sharply from a reading of 57.5 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;This is only the second month this year where demand for architectural services has declined and it is only by a fraction of a point,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &nbsp;&ldquo;Given the solid numbers for new design contracts and project inquiries, it doesn&rsquo;t appear that this is the beginning of a broader downturn in the design and construction industry.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of August:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (55.2), Midwest (52.8), West (49.0), Northeast (44.9)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: mixed practice (51.8), multi-family residential (50.9), commercial / industrial (50.8), institutional (50.7)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 61.8</li><li>Design contracts index: 52.7</li></ul><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a>&nbsp;in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149963790/architecture-billings-index-in-july-remains-in-positive-terrain-but-higher-volatility-expected-due-to-u-s-presidential-election" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in July remains in positive terrain but higher volatility expected due to U.S. presidential election</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958838/architecture-billings-index-in-june-positive-for-fifth-consecutive-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index in June positive for fifth consecutive month</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953248/architecture-billings-index-reaches-highest-score-in-nearly-a-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index reaches highest score in...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969486/cooper-union-appoints-first-woman-president-laura-sparks Cooper Union appoints first woman president Laura Sparks Julia Ingalls 2016-09-20T18:46:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T23:27:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yx/yx9mlzsea6tyd20y.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's been a tumultuous year for Cooper Union:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135726149/cooper-union-to-return-to-tuition-free-model" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">after revoking and then reconsidering its free tuition policy</a> for students last year, the institution saw numerous prominent trustees resign. Now, Cooper Union has appointed executive director of the William Penn Foundation Laura Sparks as its first woman president, whose background in philanthropy and successful community engagement seems like an ideal match for the school. As Sparks noted about her appointment:</p><p>"I have been impressed with the passion, commitment and determination of Cooper&rsquo;s board and search committee to &lsquo;look forward&rsquo; while also acknowledging and respecting dissenting views and the voices of many throughout the wider school community. I am eager to meet more of the college&rsquo;s passionate, thoughtful and accomplished students, and to engage with its extraordinary faculty as we move the institution forward while holding true to its founding principles. I am confident that together we can reaffirm our sense of mission, stab...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969510/meet-ernst-neufert-father-of-building-standards Meet Ernst Neufert, father of building standards Orhan Ayyüce 2016-09-20T17:32:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T23:30:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xt/xtam831fp6zl8lfh.jpg" width="514" height="453" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Almost every kitchen counter in the United States is 36 inches tall. And 25 inches deep. Eighteen inches above the counters are the cabinets, which are 16 inches deep. Where do these sizes and dimensions come from? Have they always been so exact?</p></em><br /><br /><p>"In 1938 Hitler&rsquo;s chief architect Albert Speer hired Neufert to, as Speer put it, &ldquo;oversee the standardization of building parts, and the rationalization to building methods.&rdquo; He got to lead his own team of designers and technicians. They were called The Neufert Department.</p><p>He created the Octametric Brick, a standard-sized masonry unit that would come to replace any other sized brick in Germany (the bricks were 12.5 centimeters wide, or one-eighth of a meter, hence its name). Adoption of the brick, as Neufert saw, would create a standardized, modular world that all construction would occur in&mdash;no more custom shapes or sizes within buildings, no more worrying that cabinets would be the same height as the stove.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0u/0ujvl4c51e9gv0ri.jpg"></p><p>With the Octametric Brick, buildings could still look different and be different sizes, but everything, when reduced to its smallest part, would have this as a base unit. This overarching uniformity, based around the dimensions of a single brick, would be called the Octametric Sy...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969477/watch-new-documentary-tells-the-story-behind-mass-design-group-s-cholera-clinic-in-haiti Watch: new documentary tells the story behind MASS Design Group's cholera clinic in Haiti Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-20T14:24:00-04:00 >2016-09-21T12:40:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xm/xmwh3956r06uewnx.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Just nine months after a catastrophic earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, killing hundreds of thousands of people, a cholera epidemic broke out. While it became clear shortly after that the epidemic began with U.N. peacekeepers, who had been active in Haiti since 2004 and brought the disease from Nepal, the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/08/opinion/the-uns-responsibility-in-haitis-cholera-crisis.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.N. only just recently took formal responsibility</a>. With overwhelming rebuilding efforts and damaged infrastructure throughout the country, Haiti was made even more vulnerable, and the disease spread through consumption of tainted water and food.</p><p>To attend to the sick population, Haitian infectious disease specialist Dr. Jean-William Pape and his organization, Les Centres GHESKIO, set up and ran temporary treatment sites, but after two years, when the epidemic didn&rsquo;t seem to be shrinking back, Dr. Pape realized that unsanitary waste collection practices in the treatment centers were contaminating the groundwater, reintroducing the disease into the population.</p><p>So to cut off the cycle of r...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969277/riba-appoints-alan-vallance-as-new-chief-executive RIBA appoints Alan Vallance as new Chief Executive Ellen Hancock 2016-09-20T01:12:00-04:00 >2016-09-20T10:36:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3p/3p5uw2us5d02ld91.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Alan Vallance has been chosen as the new Chief Executive of the RIBA unanimously by the interview panel. He has been Interim Chief Executive at the institute since February this year and prior to that Interim Director of Finance. Previous to working at the RIBA he has worked in finance, consulting, strategic planning and general management in Europe and Australasia.&nbsp;</p><p>Regarding his appointment Alan Vallance said:</p><p>&ldquo;Architects are creative, visionary and collaborative professionals who ensure that our built environment serves and strengthens communities now and in the future. It is a privilege to have been appointed to the role of Chief Executive&nbsp;of the RIBA. I look forward to working with the Board and Council, the staff team and members in the UK and globally to deliver the RIBA&rsquo;s five year strategic plan and to further strengthen the RIBA&rsquo;s offer to current and future members.&rdquo;</p><p>Read more news relating to the Royal Institute of British Architects here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149967792/uk-architects-workloads-expected-to-decrease-for-the-first-time-since-2012" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK Architects&rsquo; Workloads Expected t...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969371/turn-the-lights-off-on-the-way-out-i-aki-balos-s-keynote-at-day-2-of-the-gsd-s-heliomorphism-conference Turn the lights off on the way out: Iñaki Ábalos's keynote at Day 2 of the GSD's Heliomorphism conference Anthony Morey 2016-09-19T19:31:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T22:56:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bp/bp6ixmqaz4umxblm.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968937/thom-mayne-and-jeanne-gang-play-it-safe-with-heliomorphism-keynotes-at-the-gsd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Day one of Heliomorphism</a>, the inaugural conference convened by the new research arm of the Harvard Graduate School of Design&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149964898/come-rain-or-shine-reviving-collective-urban-form-with-the-gsd-s-office-for-urbanization" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Office for Urbanization</a>,&nbsp;ended with Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects finally breaking through the jargon and superficiality of the topic at hand. The theme of the environment, solar performance along with sustainability were all absorbed and raised to the echelon of where they should exist; as already built in qualities of any project, not a topic or excuse for architectural exuberance. Thom Mayne&rsquo;s ability to recognize and exploit this only provided further proof of the scale, method, and nature of his work as worthy of his recognition and role as a leader in the discipline.</p><p>Sadly, during the second and final day of the conference we found ourselves again forcibly located at the epicenter of Ivy League semantic blurring and Copernican alignments. Day one seemed to have fallen into the shadows of the tone and wording at hand. The day was kicked off with a s...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969375/how-the-design-of-a-parliament-building-affects-the-politics-that-happen-inside How the design of a parliament building affects the politics that happen inside Nicholas Korody 2016-09-19T18:56:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T23:01:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ix/ixhmzql4g1odx8s0.jpg" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the past five years van der Vegt and Max Cohen de Lara, his partner at XML, have studied the halls of parliament of all 193 United Nations member states. In a new book, Parliament, the duo elegantly connects architecture to the political process. All 193 assembly halls fall into one of five organizational layouts: &ldquo;semicircle,&rdquo; &ldquo;horseshoe,&rdquo; &ldquo;opposing benches,&rdquo; &ldquo;circle,&rdquo; and &ldquo;classroom.&rdquo; And these layouts make a difference.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>If you can imagine how debating with someone seated beside you might feel different from arguing with someone standing at a pulpit, you can appreciate the impact.</em></p><p>For more on the intersections of the architectural and the political, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960427/looking-into-the-white-house-s-much-longer-history-of-slave-labor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking into the White House's &ldquo;much longer history&rdquo; of slave labor</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956644/hillary-clinton-campaign-ad-highlights-architect-screwed-by-trump" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hillary Clinton campaign ad highlights architect screwed by Trump</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938426/poland-to-remove-soviet-era-memorials" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Poland to remove Soviet-era memorials</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934054/budapest-s-building-boom-draws-critics-of-hungarian-leader-s-edifice-complex" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Budapest's building boom draws critics of Hungarian leader's "edifice complex"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969309/show-and-tell-moma-s-chief-curator-of-architecture-and-design-martino-stierli-on-one-to-one-38 Show and Tell: MoMA's chief curator of architecture and design, Martino Stierli, on One-to-One #38 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-19T17:04:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T22:56:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yh/yhsvrqv8ciyo8vw3.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Martino Stierli took over as MoMA's chief curator of architecture and design in 2015, when the museum was already undergoing major changes. Diller Scofidio + Renfro's redesign was underway, and the architecture and design galleries faced something of an uncertain future in the expanded museum layout. On the podcast, Stierli dispels the rumors that the galleries would be closed permanently, and discusses MoMA's strategies for exhibiting architecture, as well as his plans to diversify the museum's collection.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/670405/one-to-one" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#38 with&nbsp;<strong>Martino Stierli</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/neil-denari/id1057340260?i=356797877" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</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://onetoone.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://onetoone.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/onetoone/One_To_One_Episode_38_Martino_Stierli.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969297/when-designing-for-mental-health-how-far-can-architects-go When designing for mental health, how far can architects go? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-19T13:23:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T23:01:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5d/5d8rehcgoneopzdu.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Genetics, early experiences, family relationships and social settings can&rsquo;t be addressed through urban design,&rdquo; McCay explains. &ldquo;But urban design can and should play a role, just as it does for physical disorders, which have equally complex causes.&rdquo; [...] But experts believe guidelines for healthy urban environments are currently failing to take this growing awareness into consideration. [...] &ldquo;understanding of these issues is not yet mainstream&rdquo; in the architectural community.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Layla McCay, director of the Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health, outlines the various ways urban design and mental health intersect:</p><p></p><p>Check out more videos from UDMH on <a href="http://www.urbandesignmentalhealth.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">their website</a>.</p><p>For more news on urban psychology:</p><ul><li><a title="Measured Genius: One-to-One #29 with Pierluigi Serraino, author of 'The Creative Architect'" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954286/measured-genius-one-to-one-29-with-pierluigi-serraino-author-of-the-creative-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Measured Genius: One-to-One #29 with Pierluigi Serraino, author of 'The Creative Architect'</a></li><li><a title="The high psychological cost we pay for boring buildings" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940354/the-high-psychological-cost-we-pay-for-boring-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The high psychological cost we pay for boring buildings</a></li><li><a title="Putting entire cities on the psychiatrist's couch" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130868125/putting-entire-cities-on-the-psychiatrist-s-couch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Putting entire cities on the psychiatrist's couch</a></li><li><a title='Designing and understanding the "Happy City"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/88462415/designing-and-understanding-the-happy-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing and understanding the "Happy City"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969280/this-week-s-picks-for-london-architecture-and-design-events This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-09-19T12:23:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T23:03:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/em/emywwwsujqlo6slw.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week&rsquo;s picks come with an energy and collaborative passion which is so&nbsp;characteristic of this time of &nbsp;year. With the London&nbsp;Design Festival raging on and the anticipation&nbsp;of a new season hanging thick in the air, it seems as though London has started afresh, seemingly recovering from the events of this summer. Walking around the city, and at events,&nbsp;it is hard to not feel that same energy buzzing all around.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/747353/weekly-events-ldn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with <a href="http://bustler.net/events_location/694828/london-gb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a><a href="http://bustler.net/events_location/694828/london-gb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'s latest happenings</a> and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/8277/turner-prize-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turner Prize 2016 | 27 September - 2 January 2017</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/ew/ewum7jniwxf8libb.jpg"></p><p><em>Assemble's Sugar House Studios, Turner Prize Winners, 2015. Image: Assemble</em></p><p>The Turner Prize, founded in 1984, is a celebration of artists under 50 years old who have created &ldquo;an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding&rdquo;. &nbsp;Past winners have included Grayson Perry, Antony Gormley, Damien Hirst, Richard Long, and <a href="http://uk.archinect.com/features/article/147196490/talking-with-assemble-before-they-won-the-turner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Assemble</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>This year&rsquo;s panel comprises of esteemed directors and cur...</p>