Archinect - News 2015-09-01T10:14:31-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/135636799/binational-urbanism-on-the-road-to-paradise-released Binational Urbanism – On the Road to Paradise Released BOARD 2015-09-01T10:13:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T10:13:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ft/ftr3p7vj5y3qxpky.jpg" width="514" height="415" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Binational urbanism has the potential to become one of the most interesting forms of life in the twenty-first century.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Amsterdam-based publishing house <a href="http://www.trancity.nl/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">trancityxvaliz</a> just released Bernd Upmeyer&rsquo;s new book entitled <a href="http://www.trancity.nl/publicaties/binational-urbanism.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Binational Urbanism &ndash; On the Road to Paradise&rdquo;</a>.<br><br>&ldquo;Never before was the mobility of individuals higher than it is today. People work and live not only in different places, but often even in different countries. Binational Urbanism examines the way of life of people who start a second life in a second city in a second nation-state, without saying goodbye to their first city. They live in constant transit between two homes, between two countries.</p><p>Binational urbanists come from all strata of society, from the highly educated and cosmopolitan creative classes to the working class. Through their continuous change of location, binational urbanists appear to be living in a state that is characterized by a constant longing, or a constant homesickness, for the other city. The author interviewed people of Turkish origin currently living in Germany, who commute regularly between cities in Germany a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135577259/is-individual-expression-in-architecture-at-risk Is "individual expression" in architecture at risk? Nicholas Korody 2015-08-31T15:28:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T01:46:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rn/rndtlidh9xmud099.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona to the Sydney Opera House, the world's most recognizable landmarks display the character of the people who created them, but can individuality in architecture stand up to increasing pressure from developers to deliver universally popular designs? ...Daniel Libeskind warns that his profession is currently battling against commoditization and a "design by committee" approach that devalues the architect's role.</p></em><br /><br /><p>CNN Style has made Daniel Libeskind a guest editor for a series of articles around the theme, "Architecture and Emotion." In this article, Alyn Griffiths takes a look at "individuality" in architecture, with a general presumption that it's under attack.</p><p>While beginning with the caveat that every building is the product of "many minds and hands," the article is primarily oriented around Libeskind's belief that buildings best "engage people's emotions...&nbsp;when the architect's own vision and feelings are expressed through the design."</p><p>It's a bit unclear how much Libeskind was involved with the article itself, although he's quoted early on in the piece.&nbsp;"Individual expression is what makes people different from other animals," claims Libeskind. "It's what defines us as a species and yet, increasingly, individuality is a dirty word in architecture."</p><p>These are strong biological and sociological claims &ndash; with little backing offered. But assumptions aside, is their some validity to concerns tha...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135574015/leading-up-to-its-september-20-opening-christopher-hawthorne-reviews-the-new-broad-museum Leading up to its September-20 opening, Christopher Hawthorne reviews the new Broad museum Alexander Walter 2015-08-31T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T14:21:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/66/66o1ycxp6yamsf4u.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The elements of the Broad that have been most closely scrutinized or most often reworked, in fact, are the most uneven. It is only in the relative shadows &mdash; in the peripheral or easily overlooked spaces, or in the rooms added or enlarged late in the design process &mdash; that the architecture of the museum really comes to life.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on <em>The Broad</em> on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/129351879/what-makes-an-artless-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What makes an artless museum?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120894579/so-what-s-new-at-the-broad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">So what's new at the Broad?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120048386/ds-r-s-broad-museum-set-to-open-on-sept-20-with-a-feb-15-preview" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DS+R's Broad Museum set to open on Sept. 20, with a Feb. 15 preview</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117439302/is-the-broad-museum-s-newly-unveiled-facade-living-up-to-its-renderings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is The Broad Museum's newly unveiled facade living up to its renderings?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135264994/an-architect-helps-transform-dangerous-alleys-into-cultural-hotspots An architect helps transform dangerous alleys into cultural hotspots Julia Ingalls 2015-08-27T14:26:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T12:58:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/dbso38lazmtfij5d.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It soon became apparent that the alley was not a great place to be: Further down the way was a cardboard box used as a makeshift toilet. Once, he saw a pool of blood and the apparent weapon, a pointy umbrella... Vogel asked an architect friend what he should do. &ldquo;She said the answer was simple: All I needed to do was put people in it [the alley],&rdquo; said Vogel.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although the traditional civic approach to dangerous <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131041582/trust-for-public-land-initiative-will-soon-bring-greener-alleys-to-l-a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">alley</a> behavior (violence, drug use, impromptu <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128864326/japan-s-simple-logic-for-putting-toilets-in-elevators" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">toilets</a>) is to block off public access and turn them into garbage-only collection points, director of the International Sustainability Institute in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131950076/how-the-cascadia-earthquake-threatens-america-s-coastal-northwest" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle</a>&nbsp;Todd Vogel decided on the opposite approach: put the public back into them, en masse. Poetry readings, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102031475/prepping-for-world-cup-brazilian-police-build-mock-favelas-to-train-officers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Cup</a> viewings, circus acts, and neighborhood-maintained planters soon transformed the alleys into destination points and greatly enriched the city's civic life. Crucially, the initial idea for all of this came from an architect, of course.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ve/vejylft8o0dw17re.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135212787/editor-s-picks-428 Editor's Picks #428 Nam Henderson 2015-08-27T12:18:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T13:29:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x6/x6g1j0m61g484udv.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;interviewed Smiljan Radi&#263;. They discussed <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/134655300/architecture-at-the-limits-of-instability-an-interview-with-smiljan-radi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture at the limits of instability</a>.&nbsp;Therein Radi&#263; explains&nbsp;</p><p>"<em>In Chile, it&rsquo;s better to do it really brut rather than try to do it perfectly...And here to do something brut it's cheap, but in Europe it's really expensive.</em>"&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5c/5cd8rfpshyjazh07.jpg"></p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;posted an <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134433610/architecture-of-segregation/50" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article</a> by Paul Jargowsky (a fellow at The Century Foundation) which lays out the facts and statistics of decline and poverty's impact on American cities.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan</a>&nbsp;editorialized "<em>architecture must pay much more attention to this issue and start producing solutions instead of getting shamelessly high on celebrating star architect designed luxury condominiums for the globally rich clientele and elitist minimalist lakeside homes, and teaching their renderings in schools...We are inadequate and limited with our current scope as architects.</em>" &nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/118068376/marc-miller" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marc Miller&nbsp;</a>later added "<em>It's a hard road, but the ability to define what you do- or the working towards that is one of the things that defines ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135191070/frank-gehry-s-renderings-for-l-a-s-sunset-strip-revealed Frank Gehry's renderings for L.A.'s Sunset Strip revealed Julia Ingalls 2015-08-26T15:00:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T11:50:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zc/zc9yt8s7rzkpwwz9.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Initial renderings of the $300 million development depict a cluster of five architecturally distinct buildings distributed across the 2.6- acre site around a central plaza. In total, the project will comprise 333,600 square feet, and have 249 residential units. One of the architects&rsquo; primary goals was to make the site as approachable as possible to invite the surrounding community in to shop, dine, or simply relax in the plaza.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Renderings and model photos were released today of <a href="http://archinect.com/gehry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a>'s proposed design for the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122524873/new-gehry-mixed-user-in-the-works-at-gateway-to-the-sunset-strip" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">8150 Sunset Boulevard project</a>. Positioned at the so-called Gateway to the Sunset Strip at the curving intersection of Crescent Heights Boulevard, Havenhurst Drive and Sunset Boulevard, Gehry's mixed-use, three-story retail center and 11-story residential tower (which is expected to achieve LEED silver status) emphasizes pedestrian access and preserving Sunset's relatively low streetscape:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uc/uc7iqh41o0m6a7zm.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m0/m0yyd9r45amyrg8a.jpg"></p><p>Gehry reportedly said of the project,&nbsp;&nbsp;&ldquo;[Residents and future visitors] should feel that they are part of L.A., a part of L.A. that has a culture that comes with it.&rdquo;</p><p>More on Gehry's latest projects:</p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133963543/gehry-to-prioritize-hydrology-in-la-river-revitalization-strategy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry to prioritize hydrology in LA River revitalization strategy</a>&nbsp;</p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131502328/gehry-s-modified-eisenhower-memorial-design-gets-green-light-from-national-capital-planning-commission" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design gets green light from National Capital Planning Commission</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135183829/not-over-yet-zaha-hadid-releases-23-minute-film-pushing-for-tokyo-olympic-stadium Not over yet: Zaha Hadid releases 23-minute film pushing for Tokyo Olympic Stadium Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-26T13:47:00-04:00 >2015-08-29T20:48:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ox/ox8ik7saqpc19m4j.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In an architectural "hail Mary" move, Zaha Hadid Architects put out a 23-minute video stating their case for Japan to keep their embroiled design for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Stadium. When Japanese prime minister<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Shinzo Abe announced approximately five weeks ago that ZHA's design was being dropped</a>, citing concerns over an inflated &yen;252 billion&nbsp;price-tag since the initial competition-winning submission, ZHA denied that the design was to blame for the increased cost, and instead placed the responsibility on the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133027870/are-uncompetitive-japanese-contractors-to-blame-for-zaha-s-new-national-stadium-budget-blowout" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">less-than-competitive Japanese contractor market</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bi/bijg96amncca6xlk.jpg"></p><p>In the slick, info-laden 23-minute video, Dame Hadid herself makes the case for the stadium: "it was a&nbsp;very serious team of people, of engineers, of architects, who looked at this project for two to three years, so it was an enormous investment. I think it&rsquo;s a very important project because it has a lot beyond the Olympics, it has a legacy life.&rdquo; That legacy life is the core justification for every design element that may, at first...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135186246/do-contemporary-office-designs-upend-work-life-balance Do contemporary office designs upend work/life balance? Julia Ingalls 2015-08-26T13:26:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T17:34:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fz/fzb6yag3yesywo8o.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our world is now ideas driven and our environment needs to be energetic, inspiring and even provocative. Employers also want people to stay longer at work and making the space awesome certainly helps.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Many architects are designing home/work boundary-eroding office designs, which purposefully mimic the comforts of home to encourage creative employees to stay later. These designs have been embraced by a who's who of movers and shakers including Google, Facebook, and Disney. But is this shift toward longer hours a great boost to productivity?<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ru/ruk3uib2dea4bf91.jpg"></p><p>In <em>The New Yorker</em>, Tim Wu cites stories of "people [being] scolded for not responding to e-mails after&nbsp;midnight." He&nbsp;argues that <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/you-really-dont-need-to-work-so-much" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">You Really Don't Need to Work So Much</a>, making the case that "in white-collar jobs, the amount of work can expand infinitely through the generation of false necessities&mdash;that is, reasons for driving people as hard as possible that have nothing to do with real social or economic needs." What agency should architects take in shaping future work environments?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>For more on workplace design:</p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/133034307/work-on-work-exhibition-turns-public-space-into-office-space" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Work on Work" exhibition turns public space into office space</a></p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a title="Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130196665/considering-the-future-of-work-at-the-2015-london-festival-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architectu...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135109039/what-happens-to-the-moma-ps1-young-architecture-program-pavilions-after-warm-up-is-over What happens to the MoMA PS1 Young Architecture Program pavilions after Warm Up is Over? Nicholas Korody 2015-08-25T13:51:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T19:28:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gp/gpvk4gf7ec4d5vtz.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For nearly two decades, the Young Architect's Program (YAP) has brought both young and established talent to MoMA PS1's courtyard to form a welcome space for overheated crowds that often interact with the work during the institution's popular Warm Up series [...] So what happens to the pavilions and their creators once the DJs pack up their gear, the throngs of people leave, and the summer is over?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Artnet news looked at the afterlife of some of YAP pavilions that have graced the MoMA PS1 courtyard in Queens. Here's a quick summary of some of the featured anecdotes:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l0/l0ye5uqbrznqwz3c.jpg"></p><p><strong>SHoP Architects "Dunescape," 2000</strong></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/shop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHoP Architects</a>, the firm behind the recently-inaugurated Barclays Center in Brooklyn, designed "Dunescape" comprising cedar structures that you could climb over and in. At the end of the summer, the wood was donated to a trade school where it used for woodworking practice.</p><p>More on SHoP Architects:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128246762/uber-hq-headed-to-san-francisco-s-mission-bay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber HQ headed to San Francisco's Mission Bay</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118430633/work-finally-resumes-at-brooklyn-s-modular-prefab-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Work finally resumes at Brooklyn's modular prefab tower</a></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f9/f9s96i9ihw6rbhr1.jpg"></p><p><strong>Tom Wiscombe Architecture&nbsp;"Light-Wing," 2003</strong></p><p>The designer behind the "Old Bank District Museum" projects slated for Downtown LA, <a href="http://archinect.com/tomwiscombe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tom Wiscombe</a>'s pavilion for MoMA PS1 featured shallow pools and a translucent roof. The structure was built with aluminum pipe and mesh, which was later sold for scrap.&nbsp;</p><p>More on Tom Wiscombe Architecture</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122304156/take-a-peek-at-tom-wiscombe-s-underground-old-bank-district-museum-scheme-for-l-a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a peek at Tom Wiscombe's "underground" Old Bank District Muse...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135037491/extending-an-abandoned-vocabulary-the-new-yorker-profiles-robert-a-m-stern Extending an abandoned vocabulary: The New Yorker profiles Robert A.M. Stern Alexander Walter 2015-08-24T15:12:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T19:31:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1m/1m7c2hwj97kpaclm.jpg" width="514" height="727" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York has seen twenty-first-century buildings in early-twentieth-century drag before, but 30 Park Place stands out, both for its size [...] and for its location&mdash;cheek-by-jowl with some of the most ambitious buildings to emerge from the current high-rise boom [...] &ldquo;We&rsquo;re transposing a nineteen-thirties language to lower Manhattan, which has gotten overrun with glass and abstraction,&rdquo; the architect said in a recent interview. &ldquo;People want to look at buildings and make connections.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Robert A.M. Stern Architects in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113360045/robert-a-m-stern-to-step-down-as-dean-of-yale-school-of-architecture" target="_blank">Robert A.M. Stern to step down as Dean of Yale School of Architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129791831/this-250m-mega-penthouse-might-become-new-york-s-priciest-home" target="_blank">This $250M mega penthouse might become New York's priciest home</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109657265/nyc-s-most-expensive-condo-to-be-listed-at-130-million" target="_blank">NYC&rsquo;s Most Expensive Condo to Be Listed at $130 Million</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85774946/unfashionably-fashionable-justin-davidson-on-robert-a-m-stern-s-buildings" target="_blank">"Unfashionably Fashionable" - Justin Davidson on Robert A.M. Stern&rsquo;s Buildings</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130808744/win-drawing-from-practice-architects-and-the-meaning-of-freehand-by-j-michael-welton Win "Drawing from Practice, Architects and the Meaning of Freehand" by J. Michael Welton Justine Testado 2015-08-21T14:32:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T21:10:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7q/7q9fwri8mfxu4gtg.jpg" width="514" height="643" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/details/9780415725095/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Drawing from Practice, Architects and the Meaning of Freehand"</a> by architectural writer J. Michael Welton is a practitioner's handy reference for freehand-drawing inspiration and an adept resource to anyone who's curious about the creative processes behind some of today's most influential architects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8x/8x9rrbdykf3glldm.jpg"></p><p>The 221-page book includes more than 200 full-color drawings from an international range of architects. With ample research, Welton guides readers through the creative process of 26 of today's most prominent architects, from the initial sketch to the final product.</p><p>The book explores the drawings of:</p><p>Aidlin Darling Design, Alberto Alfonso, Deborah Berke, Marlon Blackwell, Peter Bohlin, Warren Byrd, Ellen Cassilly, Jim Cutler, Chad Everhart, Formwork, Phil Freelon, Michael Graves, Frank Harmon, Eric H&ouml;weler and Meejin Yoon, L&eacute;on Krier, Tom Kundig, Daniel Libeskind, Brian McKay Lyons, Richard Meier, Bill Pedersen, Suchi Reddy, Witold Rybczynski, in situ studio, Laurinda Spear, Stanley Tigerma...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134744557/average-1950s-nyc-apartment-rented-for-60-mo-about-530-in-2015-dollars Average 1950s NYC apartment rented for $60/mo, about $530 in 2015 dollars Julia Ingalls 2015-08-21T09:12:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T18:28:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a157mvkozjiq2mx5.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the US median wage at $5,000 a year, New Yorkers spent 1/10 of their salaries on rent [in the 1950s]...These days a depressing number of young New Yorkers spend over half their income on housing. Rent hikes have transformed a once-democratic city into a playground for the privileged.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Don't adjust for inflation: it will just depress you. This article in The Los Angeles Review of Books historically traces the drastic rise of housing costs for renters from the middle of the 20th century to the present day through a series of inflation adjustments, edgy banking moves, and the morphing shape of the economy.</p><p>For more on this topic:</p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134283671/a-little-reminder-that-u-s-rent-affordability-is-at-its-worst-according-to-zillow" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A little reminder that U.S. rent affordability is at its worst, according to Zillow</a>&nbsp;</p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133421471/shipping-container-village-crops-up-in-oakland-offering-alternative-to-sky-high-sf-rents" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shipping container village crops up in Oakland, offering alternative to sky-high SF rents</a></p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132504519/500-square-feet-and-falling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">500 Square Feet and Falling</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134651280/assemble-crafts-its-own-model-becomes-the-first-architecture-studio-to-be-nominated-for-turner-prize Assemble crafts its own model, becomes the first architecture studio to be nominated for Turner Prize Nicholas Korody 2015-08-19T15:16:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T22:32:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ew/ew6utttws1en1f3p.jpg" width="514" height="401" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Founded five years ago, Assemble forged their reputation using otherwise valueless materials (demolition waste, reconstituted foam) and places (the abandoned gas station, the nook beneath a highway overpass) to develop ingenious temporary venues [...] Their practical vision has more to do with how buildings are used than with their grandeur; and it is often the users, as much as the architects, who steer the projects.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4o/4ov81c1xqy6b46bk.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://assemblestudio.co.uk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Assemble</a> has been gaining a lot of attention recently for the inventive, recession-friendly approach to architecture. From converting an abandoned gas station into a cinema to placing a folly under a highway overpass, they're discovering new and unexpected modes (and locations) for architecture, without even having a licensed practitioner on board.</p><p>This October, Assemble will participate in the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134199282/chicago-architecture-biennial-finalizes-list-of-participants" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a>. And they're the first design studio to be nominated for the <a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tramway/exhibition/turner-prize-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turner Prize</a>!</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/we/weczyxp6p8372aff.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134644835/herzog-de-meuron-named-2015-riba-jencks-award-winners Herzog & de Meuron named 2015 RIBA Jencks Award winners Julia Ingalls 2015-08-19T13:27:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T22:30:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/71/71k3g5x8czalf18j.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Herzog &amp; de Meuron have the widest approach to architecture varying their style for each job. In this sense they epitomise the global search for an architecture of pluralism, one flexible enough for very different cultures...The high quality of the work is as notable as the wit; the amount of production as much as its personality. -RIBA President Stephen Hodder</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/577/herzog-de-meuron" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron</a>, whose works include the recently approved yet controversial <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130867323/paris-approves-its-first-skyscraper-of-the-21st-century" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tour Triangle in Paris</a>&nbsp;and the redevelopment of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130331694/herzog-de-meuron-to-redevelop-berlin-s-infamous-tacheles-cultural-center-locals-fear-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berlin's&nbsp;Tacheles cultural center</a>,&nbsp;received the 2015 <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84291195/benedetta-tagliabue-wins-2013-riba-jencks-award" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA Jencks Award</a> for being a practice "that has recently made a major contribution internationally to both the theory and practice of architecture." In a statement by RIBA President Stephen Hodder, he noted that "the contribution to our profession from Jacques and Pierre is constantly profound."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bb/bbqi694fokb3bo50.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5q/5qv325xq7wtbqpx7.jpg"></p><p>The award, which includes a &pound;1,000 pound honorarium and the opportunity to deliver a lecture to RIBA chaired by Mr. Charles Jencks, will be officially presented on October 29th in London.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134577514/zaha-hadid-designs-sculptural-safety-canopy-over-the-high-line Zaha Hadid designs sculptural safety canopy over the High Line Alexander Walter 2015-08-18T16:16:00-04:00 >2015-08-18T17:08:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/10/108bbzqq6rlr0pqr.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Whenever one of the millions of buildings under construction flanking the High Line hit a certain height, the developer is required to put up a shed over the park [...] except, it seems, when it's for a building by [...] Zaha Hadid. Then it's not just a shed protecting passersby, it's a 112-foot long sculptural installation&mdash;in this case entitled Allong&eacute;&mdash;designed by Hadid to give a sneak preview of the swooping forms of her building, which has just hit High Line level [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7t/7tjn4auyiivl9308.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7c/7c893d7ab6d79145501b9308d5236f4f.jpg"></p><p>Photos of ZHA's <em>Allong&eacute;</em> scaffolding/canopy by Scott Lynch. Head over to <a href="http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2015/08/18/zaha_hadid_unveils_a_swooping_canopy_over_the_high_line.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Curbed NY</a> to see more images.</p><p>The initial announcement of Hadid's High Line condo building on Archinect in 2013 was a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/77134027/zaha-hadid-architects-commissioned-to-design-high-line-condo-to-be-first-hadid-project-in-nyc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">topic not without much commentary</a>.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/77134027/zaha-hadid-architects-commissioned-to-design-high-line-condo-to-be-first-hadid-project-in-nyc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0b/0bev6c939tvbop3g.jpg"></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134269190/construction-begins-on-zaha-hadid-s-luxe-new-one-thousand-museum-in-miami Construction begins on Zaha Hadid's luxe new One Thousand Museum in Miami Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-14T17:06:00-04:00 >2015-08-23T19:56:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e5/e5hf8cn2aakajpl8.jpg" width="514" height="799" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Next week, the concrete pour will begin on Zaha Hadid Architect's new residential tower overlooking downtown Miami's Museum Park. The 62-floor tower, located at 1000 Biscayne Blvd., includes "museum-quality" town homes and three degrees of penthouses: half-floor, full-floor and single duplex. The entire building will house only 83 residences, with luxury amenities for "swimming, socializing, fitness, and pampering".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yl/ylmphskba46adnw8.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t6/t6yektygurqdmk5d.jpg"></p><p>According to ZHA's brochure on One Thousand Museum (OTM), every bit of the building's interior will be scented by 12.29 olfactory consultants. OTM will also be Miami's first residential tower to boast a private helipad. OTM has not specified whether it will scent the interior of its residents' helicopters.</p><p>The twisting, root-like structural design in the building's facade, built with glass-fiber reinforced concrete, is meant to live up to the tower's "museum-quality" standard of living, as are its grounds, designed by landscape architect Enzo Enea.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lx/lxo8syeb5oo11aqu.jpg"></p><p>The building is slated fo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134181529/kevin-roche-the-quiet-architect-documentary-announced-for-2016 "Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect" documentary announced for 2016 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-14T12:22:00-04:00 >2015-08-19T07:43:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j7/j7vzmtt1j2uaw3j4.jpg" width="514" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Wavelength Pictures, a London-based production company, has been awarded <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133956285/exclusive-graham-foundation-announces-winners-of-2015-grants-to-organizations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">grant funding by the Graham Foundation</a> to put out "Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect", a feature-length documentary about the eponymous, Pritzker Prize-winning Irish-American architect. Wavelength has previously produced features profiling architects Oscar Niemeyer and Rem Koolhaas, among other artists, but this will be its first documentary.</p><p>Roche's career has been a long and storied one &ndash; at 93, he is still working at <a href="http://archinect.com/krjda" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates LLC</a>, the firm he founded out of Eero Saarinen's office after his death. Roche first moved from Ireland to study architecture with&nbsp;Mies van der Rohe at the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/393/illinois-institute-of-technology-iit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Illinois Institute of Technology</a>, and has since compiled an impressive portfolio of institutional and corporate projects, spanning over the past half-century.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wb/wbf19ulq62et2hbz.jpg"></p><p>The film uses Roche's lengthy career to discuss many issues contemporary to architecture in the 20th century and its development into the 21st. Fitt...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134203292/stacked-archinect-s-comparison-of-fujimoto-and-tschapeller-s-library-stacks Stacked: Archinect's comparison of Fujimoto and Tschapeller's library stacks Julia Ingalls 2015-08-13T20:53:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T17:25:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/km/km8u2841c9vlsdk0.jpg" width="514" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Instead of being mainly a weight distribution problem for architects, library book stacks are increasingly becoming art installations in cavernous contemplation halls. This is especially evident in&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/gallery/39924433/0/6-points-for-a-neue-angewandte-by-wolfgang-tschapeller" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wolfgang Tschapeller</a>'s renderings for the Ho Fine Arts Library at <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/1544387/cornell-university" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cornell University</a>, in which an ascending, four-story block of books is selectively accessed through staircases (see header image).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i9/i9avs0jzccat8k57.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/65588/sou-fujimoto-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sou Fujimoto</a> takes a slightly different tack, creating a maze-like series of largely empty bookshelves that showcase the winding quest for knowledge more than the actual books they are ostensibly designed to hold.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tz/tzckwapjazloa63v.jpg"></p><p>So which design is more effective, both in terms of reflecting the changing nature of how we access books and of creating spaces for contemplation and study? Fujimoto has the advantage here; he is designing a completely new building. His agility with blurring boundaries between indoors and out is exquisitely realized, creating an airy, if labyrinthine, experience.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a1zz0d5zwucx935p.jpg">&nbsp;</p><p>Tschapeller, on the o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134199282/chicago-architecture-biennial-finalizes-list-of-participants Chicago Architecture Biennial finalizes list of participants Justine Testado 2015-08-13T18:59:00-04:00 >2015-08-16T12:17:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7p/7pstlma5pot1kbbi.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With a little under two months left until the big opening weekend in October, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/465082/chicago-architecture-biennial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> rounded up a final list of over 100 established and up-and-coming architects, designers, and artists in the contemporary scene. Since the initial roster was announced <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125277951/chicago-architecture-biennial-participants-announced" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">back in April</a>, approximately 40 firms were added by Biennale Co-Artistic Directors <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128711733/sarah-herda-co-director-of-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-on-establishing-the-city-as-the-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sarah Herda</a> and Joseph Grima alongside a notable advisory committee comprising David Adjaye, Elizabeth Diller, Jeanne Gang, Frank Gehry, Sylvia Lavin, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Lord Peter Palumbo, and Stanley Tigerman.</p><p>The participants, who represent more than 30 countries, were chosen following intensive research into contemporary architectural practices and issues around the world. The selection committee made visits to multiple cities including Beijing, Cape Town, Mexico City, and more.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/br/brqimcfemoakb6e0.jpg"></p><p><strong>And now, the final CAB line-up:</strong></p><p>Al Borde (Quito, Ecuador)</p><p>all(zone) (Bangkok, Thailand)</p><p>Andreas Angelidakis (Athens, Greece)</p><p>Andr&eacute;s Jaque / Office for P...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134187975/the-hurricane-katrina-cottages-where-are-they-now The Hurricane Katrina Cottages: where are they now? Julia Ingalls 2015-08-13T14:49:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T16:49:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/de/decj8w1qjqmnjj8q.jpg" width="514" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&lsquo;"It&rsquo;s hard to think about ways to drain the swamp when alligators are biting your ass.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Immediately after a natural disaster, most residents want to get things back to normal, even if that "normal" wasn't particularly ideal. The story of the Katrina Cottages, a series of 400 to 800 square foot residences that would provide temporary relief housing in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina and also act as "seed" housing for safer, long-term neighborhoods, is a nuanced and occasionally frustrating look into the political dimensions of recovery.&nbsp;</p><p>For more on disaster and recovery efforts:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130199080/new-orleans-public-housing-10-years-after-hurricane-katrina" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Orleans public housing 10 years after Hurricane Katrina</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126442466/how-architects-can-help-nepal-and-learn-from-past-disastrous-mistakes-successes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Architects Can Help Nepal&nbsp;(And Learn From Past Disastrous Mistakes/Successes)</a>&nbsp;</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126441864/the-trauma-of-rebuilding-after-kathmandu-s-earthquake-what-can-architects-do-we-talk-with-a-nepalese-architect-on-the-ground-for-archinect-sessions-27" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions #27 "The trauma of rebuilding"</a>&nbsp;</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97103111/high-rise-proposal-in-lower-9th-ward-could-bring-much-needed-development-but-at-what-social-cost" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High-rise proposal in Lower 9th Ward could bring much needed development, but at what social cost?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134127656/a-brief-history-of-twisted-apartment-buildings A brief history of twisted apartment buildings Julia Ingalls 2015-08-13T13:41:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T16:49:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9v/9v0kkn3q3e8gw1l0.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This 21st century trend started with Sweden's 2005 Turning Torso building, then quickly was adapted and modified by Frank Gehry for what became 2011's 8 Spruce Street in Manhattan. Now the twisted apartment building seems to have become its own typology, to judge by recent proposed works by both&nbsp;Urban Agency and <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/65588/sou-fujimoto-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sou&nbsp;</a><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/65588/sou-fujimoto-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fujimoto</a>:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/co/co8hkx25ia0awdl3.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>Urban Agency's code-savvy twisting apartment building.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xi/xiv69l8g4okqiudy.jpg"></p><p><em>&uarr; Sou Fujimoto's Abre Blanc apartment building.</em></p><p>Urban Agency's apartment building twists not just for an aesthetic thrill, but as a way to legally increase the total floor space by 40 percent by artfully shimmying through France's planning laws. Sou Fujimoto's unfurling, frond-like patios on Abre Blanc are thoughtfully designed purposefully to suit the structure's surrounding Mediterranean climate by embracing an outdoor lifestyle. <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1276712/mad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD</a>'s "<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/release/1276712/mad-s-absolute-towers-tops-out/1276731" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marilyn Monroe"</a>&nbsp;2010-2012 Absolute World towers in Mississauga, ON took a more curvaceous and populist approach, as the final design was voted on&nbsp;by the Canadian public aft...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134183942/jason-danziger-heals-psychosis-with-design Jason Danziger heals psychosis with design Julia Ingalls 2015-08-13T13:33:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T16:49:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bq/bq6k4wd5x674l0sg.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Danziger addressed the issues of perception: How does a patient with a shifted perception experience space? He focused on color, the distribution of light, material, and shape.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While designing for medically healthy clients can occasionally drive an architect insane, an entirely different set of challenges is involved in creating a safe and healing environment for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96244091/mental-health-survey-at-university-of-toronto-s-faculty-of-architecture-reveals-worrisome-results" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mentally ill</a> patients. Architect Jason Danziger found himself asking questions like: what makes a bed recognizable to someone in a clinically altered state of mind? Danziger's resulting design for the Soteria at St. Hedwig Hospital in Berlin, executed as part of an ongoing collaboration with medical director Dr. Martin Voss,&nbsp;won him the 2015 BDA Berlin Prize.</p><p>More at the intersection of architecture and mental health:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/104803779/aftershock-3-brains-and-the-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AfterShock #3: Brains and the City</a></li><li><a title="Mental Health Survey at University of Toronto&rsquo;s Faculty of Architecture Reveals Worrisome Results " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96244091/mental-health-survey-at-university-of-toronto-s-faculty-of-architecture-reveals-worrisome-results" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mental Health Survey at University of Toronto&rsquo;s Faculty of Architecture Reveals Worrisome Results</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="UCLA's Patricia Greenfield Tracks Urban Psychology With Words" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79381636/ucla-s-patricia-greenfield-tracks-urban-psychology-with-words" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA's Patricia Greenfield Tracks Urban Psychology With Words</a></li></ul><p><em>Update: A previous version of this piece did not mention Dr. Martin Voss' role in the Soteria project.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134125232/zaha-hadid-architects-win-danjiang-bridge-competition Zaha Hadid Architects win Danjiang Bridge competition Nicholas Korody 2015-08-12T19:15:00-04:00 >2015-08-14T11:55:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lq/lq4m6vkml0tmvt78.jpg" width="514" height="880" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Zaha Hadid Architects has been announced as the winner of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.djcomp.com.tw/en/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Danjiang Bridge competition</a>. Sited at the mouth of the Tamsui River, the bridge will provide a critical link between several highways on Taiwan's northern coast.</p><p>The Danjiang Bridge is intended to bring economic growth to Taipei's Port District. In addition, the new bridge will dramatically reduce commuting times "between activities and industries in Tamsui and Bali," according to the competition brief. It will include a light rail.&nbsp;</p><p>ZHA Director Patrik Schumacher took to Facebook to announce the results.</p><p>"The Danjiang Bridge...is destined to make a conspicuous landmark against the backdrop of Tamsui's famous sunset," Schumacher wrote.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/di/din76pgyaw39ubp7.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hj/hj4f7w0i4le58iqz.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134030277/van-der-rohe-s-lafayette-park-and-three-other-sites-named-national-historic-landmark Van der Rohe's Lafayette Park and three other sites named National Historic Landmark Alexander Walter 2015-08-11T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-08-13T18:41:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lk/lktzb904z2otkq1r.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Lafayette Park, the neighborhood northeast of downtown dotted with high-rises and townhouses, and known for its modern architecture, has attained the status of national historic landmark. [...] The neighborhood consists of a 78-acre housing development designed and realized by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, considered a master of modern architecture. It was founded by developer Herb Greenwald to help keep the middle class in the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The three other sites that also recently gained landmark status are:</p><ul><li>George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia</li><li>Red Rocks Park and Mount Morrison Civilian Conservation Corps Camp in Jefferson County, Colorado</li><li>First Peoples Buffalo Jump in Cascade County, Montana</li></ul><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/12264/mies-van-der-rohe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MvdR</a>-related in Archinect's <em><a href="http://archinect.com/features" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Features</a></em> section: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/133573310/completing-mies-van-der-rohe-s-brick-country-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Completing Mies van der Rohe's Brick Country House</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133956285/exclusive-graham-foundation-announces-winners-of-2015-grants-to-organizations Exclusive: Graham Foundation announces winners of 2015 Grants to Organizations Julia Ingalls 2015-08-11T09:01:00-04:00 >2015-08-12T22:59:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8a/8ay99f325qadmgj4.jpg" width="514" height="402" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From Kiev to Los Angeles, from mind-bending artist&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/14793/dan-graham" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Graham</a> to stately architect <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/128118195/the-forever-unfinished-business-curated-thoughts-from-our-conversation-with-kevin-roche" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kevin Roche</a>, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/130920/graham-foundation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Graham Foundation</a> has announced the 49 international winners of its 2015 Grants to Organizations. Each year, the Foundation gives out two sets of grants: one for individuals including architects, writers, and artists, and one specifically for organizations, such as museums, universities, publishers, and trusts. The grant categories include film, exhibitions, public programs, and publications. This year, $496,500 was awarded to 49 winners from a competitive pool of 200 entries featuring both emerging and established organizations.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zn/znhmwdtzocqk19qq.jpg"></p><p>In keeping with the Graham Foundation's mission to foster innovative explorations of architecture and art, the winning projects encompass a variety of perceptual and investigative terrain, from the MoMA's exploratory exhibition on <a href="http://archinect.com/toyo_ito" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toyo Ito</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/sanaa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANAA</a> and other Japanese architectural firms, to the creation of several new projects for this fall's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132509334/watch-the-teaser-trailer-for-fall-s-chicago-architecture-biennial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architectur...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132034420/let-j-rgen-mayer-h-help-plan-your-next-trip-to-berlin-with-his-own-travel-tips Let Jürgen Mayer H. help plan your next trip to Berlin with his own travel tips Justine Testado 2015-08-10T13:11:00-04:00 >2015-08-12T22:52:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mo/mo1tlt22vfir10md.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>No two people, let alone architects, perceive even the most frequented cities in the same way. How do designers experience their cities as locals?&nbsp;Plus, with summertime in full swing, planning a vacation is on everyone's mind. Archinect got in touch with <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/2501/j-mayer-h-und-partner-architekten" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">J. MAYER H.</a> founder J&uuml;rgen Mayer H., who shared his own list of places to see and places to eat at in Berlin, specially curated for the architecturally inclined traveler.</p><p>Nearly 26 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, travelers now have easier access to sites all around the once "Divided City", including several of the places that J&uuml;rgen Mayer H. suggested below. Give his tips a try to discover something new or revisit familiar favorites.</p><p><strong>Teufelsberg:</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ap/ap74541qlhjazscs.jpg"></p><p>This former spy station is a perfect bike ride escape from the city. The towers are ruins which you can climb and have a picknick with a spectacular view.</p><p><strong>Bierpinsel:</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zu/zup0c3xwgq1naih3.jpg"></p><p>Some extravagant monuments of the 70s have a questionable future and the Bierpinsel is one of them.</p><p><strong>Kaiser-Wilhelm-Ged&auml;ch...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133907266/editor-s-picks-426 Editor's Picks #426 Nam Henderson 2015-08-10T09:55:00-04:00 >2015-08-11T17:12:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1w/1wv8f29tphdkkk8y.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;reviewed "<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/133034307/work-on-work-exhibition-turns-public-space-into-office-space" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Work on Work</a>" the current exhibition at Los Angeles&rsquo; Architecture + Design Museum, co-organized by Gensler and UCLA&rsquo;s cityLAB.&nbsp;</p><p>Therein she writes "<em>This feeling of being at an un-airconditioned business conference is not helped by the next section of the exhibit, in which the banners stop talking about history and start getting real about Gensler and cityLAB's speculation on the future of the work environment...the privileged and oversimplified overtones of the exhibit, paired with its refusal to envision a more distinguished balance between productivity and (unstructured, unmonitored, human) downtime make it a bit chilling.</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gh/ghiedlko02xoj99a.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;Editorial Manager for Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/133512302/looking-to-frank-gehry-after-paris-but-before-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dissects</a> the upcoming monographic LACMA (by way of the Pompidou) <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111797408/an-architect-s-big-parisian-moment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Frank Gehry&rdquo;</a> exhibition, opening September 13.&nbsp;Responding to her question about critical distance given Gehry&rsquo;s involvement,&nbsp;<strong>midlander</strong> writes&nbsp;"<em>It's inherently difficult to create a critical exhibit on a living architect....</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133660145/oana-stanescu-the-architect-behind-kanye-s-volcano-talks-to-ny-times-about-pushing-design-boundaries-via-pop-culture Oana Stanescu, the architect behind Kanye's volcano, talks to NY Times about pushing design boundaries via pop culture Justine Testado 2015-08-06T18:45:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T10:31:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yc/ycutqhqufoyr5imh.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For a serious architect who has designed public housing in Dallas and a bridge in Slovenia, it may come as a surprise that Oana Stanescu&rsquo;s best-known work is a 50-foot-high volcano that Kanye West ascended onstage during his grandiose Yeezus tour...Along with Dong-Ping Wong, her partner in the West Village architectural firm Family, Ms. Stanescu is making a name for herself in design circles for her ability to merge pop culture with utilitarian design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more Family on Archinect, you can check out <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/21448823/architecture-school-of-tm-romania" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oana's archived Archinect School Blog</a>, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119446273/pool-installation-to-open-at-the-ace-hotel-in-ny-next-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">+POOL</a>, and the firm's <a href="http://archinect.com/Family" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">other cool projects</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133655328/archinect-s-critical-round-up-the-week-s-best-architectural-critiques-so-far Archinect's critical round-up: the week's best architectural critiques so far Julia Ingalls 2015-08-06T17:48:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T10:32:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5m/5m82619o83ots5q0.jpg" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Over at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-hawthorne-405-freeway-design-20150730-column.html#page=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Times</a>, Christopher Hawthorne eloquently pans the new addition to the 405 freeway, noting that "The expanded 405 might be the first L.A. freeway project to look haggard and disjointed the day it opened." His review comes at a time when infrastructure, especially in California, is starting to (violently) show signs of its age: last year, the University of California Los Angeles briefly flooded thanks to an aged <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105398405/water-main-breaks-on-sunset-blvd-floods-ucla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">water main</a>&nbsp;breaking, and in July a freak thunderstorm collapsed a portion of interstate 10. Hawthorne's displeasure is focused primarily on the 405's haphazard design to please multiple neighborhoods, its tacky soil-nail construction retaining walls ("This technique is something like the comb-over of freeway design"), and its simple underwhelming-ness as a public works project.</p><p>Meanwhile, James S. Russell's thoughtful examination of Thomas Heatherwick in the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/02/arts/design/the-price-of-thomas-heatherwicks-imagination.html?partner=rssnyt&amp;emc=rss&amp;_r=2&amp;utm_content=bufferb2c3c&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=twitter.com&amp;utm_campaign=buffer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Times</a> delves into one of the perennially feisty debates of the architectural realm: just ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133651310/fun-game-spot-the-double-standards-in-this-zaha-bashing-piece Fun game: spot the double-standards in this Zaha-bashing piece! Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-06T15:49:00-04:00 >2015-08-11T15:51:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/33/3345a4a72648ae1d5da86c8e776eefb5.jpg" width="514" height="211" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zaha Hadid is the most famous woman architect in the world. Would women or, indeed, architecture, be better off without her pushily hard-won, global celebrity? [...] Hadid began a global strut in billowing drapery by Prada or Issey Miyake. She became the champion of an architecture that was more about personal &lsquo;vision&rsquo; than public utility. [...] From the air, Hadid&rsquo;s 2022 World Cup stadium with its almond-shaped opening and labial folds looks bogglingly like giant pudenda.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sure, roasting starchitects is fun, and &ndash; at its best &ndash; can volley constructive criticism towards those architects most visible in the public eye as "Architects", ideally improving the profession at large. And then there's a piece like&nbsp;<em>The Heckler</em>'s, which discredits any otherwise pointed jabs at Zaha by wrapping them in sexist stereotypes. See if you can spot them all!</p>