Archinect - News 2017-04-28T23:50:26-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150005054/vito-acconci-pioneering-artist-and-architect-is-dead-at-77 Vito Acconci, pioneering artist and architect, is dead at 77 Nicholas Korody 2017-04-28T13:35:00-04:00 >2017-04-28T17:50:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lz/lz0vybrddosftjs6.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Vito Acconci, pioneering conceptual artist and architect, passed away today at the age of 77. After starting his career as a poet, Acconci gained recognition for his influential performance and video works. A man of many parts, he then transitioned into working with audio/visual installations before beginning to work primarily as a landscape architect and designer.</p><p>During the early &lsquo;80s, Acconci created works like&nbsp;<em>Instant House</em>, a sculpture that assembles into an inhabitable structure when a person sits on a swing, with each interior wall covered in an American flag, and on each exterior wall, a Soviet flag. In 1983, Acconci made his first permanent installation,&nbsp;<em>Way Station I (Study Chamber)&nbsp;</em>at Middleburg College<em>,&nbsp;</em>a sculpture so controversial (it likewise juxtaposed the flags of capitalist countries with communist states) that it was burned down. Later, it was reinstalled.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fa/fadd8f2ocikwq47c.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9r/9r0i3jpmb4unx093.jpg"></p><p>By the late &lsquo;80s, Acconci had founded <a href="http://acconci.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Acconci Studio</a> and focused on designing furniture as well as theoretical d...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150005044/can-you-guess-how-many-architects-there-are-in-each-state Can you guess how many architects there are in each state? Nicholas Korody 2017-04-28T12:22:00-04:00 >2017-04-28T18:33:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gn/gn8183vb77fqhyvm.jpg" width="617" height="720" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB) has <a href="http://www.ncarb.org/press/number-us-architects-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tallied</a> up the number of architects practicing in the United States, as well as each individual state. According to their 2016 survey, there are 109,748 architects in the U.S. It&rsquo;s a drop from the previous year, although pretty minimal (0.4%).</p><p>The survey also shows that more and more architects are licensed in multiple states (a 3% increase since 2015). Another finding is that the rate of new architects appears steady, with more than 41,400 candidates taking the Architectural Registration Examination and/or reporting Architectural Experience Program hours.</p><p>&ldquo;Our data confirms that the economy is generating strong demand for initial and reciprocal licensees,&rdquo; states NCARB CEO Michael J. Armstrong. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re also seeing continued growth in the number of architects who hold an NCARB Certi cate, which facilitates reciprocal licensure across the United States and in several countries.&rdquo;</p><p>So how many architects are there in each ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004902/new-usc-dean-milton-curry-shifts-pedagogical-focus-toward-theory New USC Dean Milton Curry shifts pedagogical focus toward theory Julia Ingalls 2017-04-27T15:30:00-04:00 >2017-04-27T14:30:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r3/r3al3lj00px2o7io.jpg" width="650" height="269" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When you think about diversity and globalization and urbanization, you can&rsquo;t do it without a theoretical underpinning. You just can&rsquo;t. And I think that what we&rsquo;re seeing in the discipline at large is the limit conditions of thinking a-theoretically about urbanism, about inequality, about what we should do about environmental challenges and sustainability. We&rsquo;ve got to address it through a theoretical lens. - Milton Curry</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this interview conducted by Christopher Hawthorne as part of his pithy Building Type column, the soon-to-be-Dean of USC's School of Architecture Milton Curry talks about reintroducing a theoretical emphasis to the school's programs. Curry, who in his time at University of Michigan experienced <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149982006/when-you-cut-funding-and-abandon-people-surprises-happen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit's imploding urbanity</a> first-hand, also wants to build greater connections between underserved students in Los Angeles and the university. "Los Angeles metro region is huge in its economic footprint, its land footprint," Curry explains. "I believe cities to some degree have more influence than merely being one of a combination of cities within one nation. They execute trade deals on their own, in some cases. They execute climate policies, other kinds of policing policies on their own. I think that some of those lessons will apply to Los Angeles."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004906/michael-ford-on-why-teaching-hip-hop-architecture-is-crucial Michael Ford on why teaching Hip Hop Architecture is crucial Justine Testado 2017-04-27T14:56:00-04:00 >2017-04-27T14:56:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3k/3k6fsubuycatn2fz.jpg" width="650" height="649" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ford thinks that hip-hop culture, from rapping to break-dancing, is the ultimate critique of midcentury modern vertical slums, and one that could be translated positively into new buildings and city plans [...] By promoting what he calls "Hip Hop Architecture," Ford is advocating an attitude and an approach more than a style.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After architect <a href="http://brandnudesign.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Ford</a> was inspired to enter the profession by&nbsp;Professor Dan Pitera, &ldquo;a self-described &lsquo;political and social activist masquerading as an architect&rsquo;&rdquo;, he is working on bringing Hip Hop Architecture nationwide&nbsp;to schoolkids everywhere.</p><p><em>&ldquo;Through his writing, teaching and national speaking, Ford aims to dissolve barriers that have discouraged black children from becoming architects, city planners and urban designers.&rdquo;</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004888/rejecting-modernist-master-planning-notions-mad-s-milan-master-plan-repurposes-dilapidated-rail-yards-by-symbiosis Rejecting modernist master planning notions, MAD's Milan master plan repurposes dilapidated rail yards by symbiosis Julia Ingalls 2017-04-27T14:02:00-04:00 >2017-04-27T14:02:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uq/uqloz1u3cgshdh9c.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Repurposing and renovation have gained greater appeal in the years since the overwhelming success of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/145736562/liz-diller-gets-high-discussing-the-high-line-s-development-with-christopher-hawthorne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The High Line</a>, extending to a variety of applications and structures. At the recent Milan Design Week, MAD took this to a new level by showcasing their proposal for a new masterplan of Milan, which transforms dilapidated rail yards into a series of thriving new city districts, or micro-systems.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pb/pbjne28qxi2qt0ag.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5h/5hykl1i9b5tk7b0w.jpg"></p><p>According to MAD, these spatial districts, termed&nbsp;&ldquo;City of Connections,&rdquo; &ldquo;City of Green,&rdquo; &ldquo;City of Living,&rdquo; &ldquo;City of Culture,&rdquo; and &ldquo;City of Resources" each address "a vernacular development typical of Italian cities, where various typological elements and scales are overlapped into dense systems of relations. Designing first at the human scale within recognizable landmarks, the broader urban scale is connected to smaller ones through the interjection of topographic landscapes, serving to unify the continually changing relations of the pedestrian, city, and nature. Each of the yards, following t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004767/announcing-the-2017-winners-of-the-architectural-league-prize-for-young-architects-designers Announcing the 2017 winners of the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers! Justine Testado 2017-04-26T14:51:00-04:00 >2017-04-26T14:55:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l9/l95crkksqdcraxia.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Six talented winners were revealed today for the 2017 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers. Established in 1981 by the <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/53068420/the-architectural-league-of-new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural League of New York</a>, the Prize carries a legacy in that many now-well-known architects received the award at the start of their careers, like <a href="http://archinect.com/stevenholl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1492/twbta-tod-williams-billie-tsien" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Billie Tsien</a>, Stan Allen,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/26550/heneghan-peng-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shih-Fu Peng &amp; Roisin Heneghan</a>, J. Meejin Yoon, James Slade &amp; Minsuk Cho, and several more.</p><p>Open to North America-based designers who are no more than 10 years out of school, the juried portfolio competition had &ldquo;Support&rdquo; as its 2017 theme. Support &ldquo;identified a present situation in which precarious forms and precarious social arrangements exist side by side. How does one clarify the modes of support in architecture today when the discipline&rsquo;s role is obscured by a tangled network in which exchanges between built form and various systems of framing, assistance, and reinforcement are constantly in flux?&rdquo;</p><p>Here are the winners!</p><p><strong><a href="http://archleague.org/2017/03/molly-hunker-and-greg-corso/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Greg Corso and Molly Hunker - S...</a></strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004741/aravena-wins-the-2017-gothenburg-award-for-sustainable-design Aravena wins the 2017 Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Design Nicholas Korody 2017-04-26T12:23:00-04:00 >2017-04-26T16:25:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pb/pbbb3s1xhu8i5r55.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From winning the Pritzker to curating the Venice Biennale, the Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena had a pretty good 2016. Apparently, he&rsquo;s still on a roll: Aravena has just been awarded the 2017 Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Design. Awarded each year to people or organizations for &ldquo;outstanding performance and achievements towards a sustainable future&rdquo;, the award comes with 1 million swedish krona (just over $100,000).</p><p>&ldquo;Mr Alejandro Aravena is an innovative Chilean architect that together with his colleagues in the &lsquo;Do-Tank&rsquo; Elemental applies a design philosophy including citizens as part of the solution and not part of the problem, creating bridges of trust between people, government and business,&rdquo; write the jury. &ldquo;All three dimensions of sustainability are balanced in a participatory process; socially, environmentally and economically.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004637/cameron-sinclair-to-lead-airbnb-humanitarian-team-for-temporary-housing-project Cameron Sinclair to lead Airbnb humanitarian team for temporary-housing project Justine Testado 2017-04-25T19:47:00-04:00 >2017-04-26T09:33:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6c/6c5vwgv5y9qmvhgs.jpg" width="640" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sinclair has been working with Airbnb over the past year on various pilot projects, with the official [temporary housing] project launching this summer. The ultimate goal is for one million Airbnb users to register as &ldquo;hosts for good,&rdquo; signaling that they will provide housing for people impacted by natural disasters or otherwise displaced.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sinclair will lead Airbnb's in-house humanitarian team as part of <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/weaccept" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the company's goal</a> to provide free, short-term housing for 100,000 people in need over the next five years. Airbnb announced the #weaccept project in a commercial (linked below) that aired at this year's Super Bowl, not long after Trump's travel ban was issued and also in light of Airbnb guests reporting that they <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149949227/after-allegations-of-racial-discrimination-and-airbnbwhileblack-fallout-airbnb-looks-inward" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">experienced racial discrimination</a> from hosts on the website.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004572/will-luxury-apartment-owners-shut-down-the-tate-s-viewing-platform Will luxury apartment owners shut down the Tate's viewing platform? Julia Ingalls 2017-04-25T13:55:00-04:00 >2017-04-25T13:57:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/37/37jl60ykda6piaca.jpg" width="600" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Good walls make good neighbours &ndash; but not, it seems, when they are made entirely of glass. Five residents of the multi-million-pound Neo Bankside towers, which loom behind Tate Modern like a crystalline bar chart of inflated land values, have filed a legal claim against the museum to have part of its viewing platform shut down. They claim that its 10th-floor public terrace has put their homes into a state of &ldquo;near constant surveillance&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In an apparent case of art interfering with life, the owners of the apartments next to the Tate Modern's viewing platform are trying to legally erect some kind of visual barrier between them and the visitors of the museum (although the exotic technology of curtains has apparently not yet made it to the U.K.). This attempt at transforming the viewing platform into just a platform is raising ire for several good reasons, chiefly because it places the comfort of a few above the aesthetic pleasure of potentially millions. On the plus side, it has also caused Oliver Wainwright to write a highly enjoyable piece delving into barely restrained class tension and London's swollen luxury real estate market.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004561/in-celebration-of-i-m-pei-s-100th-birthday-tomorrow-the-national-gallery-of-art-revisits-his-legacy In celebration of I.M. Pei's 100th birthday tomorrow, the National Gallery of Art revisits his legacy Justine Testado 2017-04-25T13:19:00-04:00 >2017-04-25T13:19:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8n/8nml0fg4ajvfrpgu.jpg" width="650" height="558" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Harmonizing with architect John Russell Pope's neoclassical West Building, the award-winning East Building, which opened in 1978, was designed by Pei in the modern idiom of its time. Magnificently realizing the long-term vision of Gallery founder Andrew W. Mellon and his children, Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce, the East Building has taken its place as one of the great public structures in the nation's capital. &mdash; National Gallery of Art</p></em><br /><br /><p>I.M. Pei's 100th birthday is tomorrow! In celebration of the legendary architect's birthday, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. will host a public talk in the Pei-designed East Building featuring architect Perry Y. Chin &ndash; a longtime associate of Pei's &mdash; and Susan Wertheim, the Gallery's chief architect and deputy administrator for capital projects.</p><p>Learn more <a href="http://bustler.net/news/5603/the-national-gallery-of-art-east-building-is-celebrating-i-m-pei-s-100th-birthday-on-april-26" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004552/aia-awards-100-000-to-five-intriguing-upjohn-research-initiative-projects AIA awards $100,000 to five intriguing Upjohn Research Initiative projects Julia Ingalls 2017-04-25T12:46:00-04:00 >2017-04-25T13:12:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m6/m6ddysae2r1pn1ln.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From a Circadian Daylight Metric and Design Assist Tool to Trashwalls, the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.aia.org/press-releases/80866-aia-selects-2016-upjohn-research-initiative-" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA has announced the five projects it has selected for its 10th annual Upjohn Research Initiative grants</a>, and they're all fairly promising. Speaking broadly, the projects each propose investigating a particular aspect of the built environment in an effort to try and improve the quality of life of that structure's likely daily inhabitants. For example, the Trashwalls from a team of researchers from Washington State University are "fabricated using materials harvested from the local solid waste stream, are designed to reduce heat loss from rented apartments, improve the comfort of those spaces during hot or cold weather, and save renters money on their utility bills, while reducing pollution. The purpose of this project is to design, construct, and examine prototypes of interior insulating walls that are attractive, have an R-value&nbsp;of R-10 (US) or greater, cost less than ten cents per square foot, are built fr...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004391/untangling-louis-kahn-s-life-and-work Untangling Louis Kahn's life and work Nicholas Korody 2017-04-24T12:38:00-04:00 >2017-04-24T12:38:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/79/79h1m1juq5q2kgdu.jpg" width="650" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is one of history&rsquo;s cruelties that Louis Kahn is almost better known for his unconventional domestic arrangements than for his architecture. Kahn gave us a remarkable string of masterpieces that includes the Salk Institute and the Kimbell Art Museum, and yet he was one of those shambling geniuses whose life was a mess of contradictions. While his commissions took him around the world, he managed to maintain three separate families at home in Philadelphia.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"He had a reputation for blowing deadlines and budgets, testing the patience of clients. No one was surprised to learn after his death in 1974 that his firm was deep in debt. The turmoil of his life came to overshadow his accomplishments."</em></p><p>The author, Inga Saffron, reviews&nbsp;<em>You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn </em>by Wendy Lesser, a new biography/monograph on the renowned architect. "Wendy Lesser&rsquo;s <em>You Say to Brick </em>is easily the most complete narrative of Kahn&rsquo;s life and career, magnificently researched and gracefully written," she writes.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004090/new-york-state-man-faces-up-to-15-years-for-practicing-architecture-without-being-licensed-or-registered New York State Man Faces Up to 15 Years for Practicing Architecture Without Being Licensed or Registered Nicholas Korody 2017-04-21T12:28:00-04:00 >2017-04-24T07:46:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u4/u45s6g1ausx87rop.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Paul J. Newman, 49, is the president of Cohesion Studios. He&rsquo;s also facing charges in three counties for pretending to be an architect. <a href="https://ag.ny.gov/press-release/operation-vandelay-industries-ag-schneiderman-announces-indictments-three-counties" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">According</a> to New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Newman worked on numerous housing projects in the Capital Region despite being neither licensed nor registered. He is accused of defrauding construction companies, business owners and municipalities.&nbsp;</p><p>Discovered through an investigation dubbed &ldquo;Operation Vandelay Industries&rdquo;, Newman allegedly drafted architectural renderings for over 100 properties, as well as foundation inspections, field reports, energy compliance certificates and engineer letters. On each, he signed as a registered and license architect, using a forged New York State Registered Architect Stamp or Professional Engineer Stamp. Among his alleged victims are municipal governments and senior living facilities.&nbsp;</p><p>These are serious charges: Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, nine counts of Forgery in the Second Degree, one co...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003965/david-adjaye-named-one-of-time-s-100-most-influential-people David Adjaye named one of Time's "100 Most Influential People" Julia Ingalls 2017-04-20T14:04:00-04:00 >2017-04-25T20:38:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7x/7x150pxpqz78lydh.jpg" width="650" height="454" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Every architect has to contend with gravity&mdash;but when David designed the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the challenges of that elemental force went far beyond the ordinary. How can a design acknowledge, and embody, the weight of this monumental history and yet transcend it right before your eyes?</p></em><br /><br /><p>It feels like this is going to be yet another great year for David Adjaye. The architect, who back in January became Sir David Adjaye after receiving the&nbsp;Knights Bachelor award from the Queen of England, is the only architect on this year's "100 Most Influential People" list (a distinction previously held by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a> in 2016).&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003944/touring-danish-playground-emphasizes-multi-faceted-nature-of-play-with-modular-elements-a-smoke-machine Touring Danish playground emphasizes multi-faceted nature of play with modular elements + a smoke machine Julia Ingalls 2017-04-20T13:06:00-04:00 >2017-04-20T13:06:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z5/z5d50l04kih6628k.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In addition to conceptually representing the inherent creativity of play, this&nbsp;touring modular playground made up of 35 white cubes mounted on safety rubber&nbsp;also features inlaid LEDs and a smoke machine, making it ridiculously cool for its target demographic.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0v/0vx66brkmcwz3a4f.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m3/m36u4se2qixinfoy.jpg"></p><p>As Stephan Gustin, one of the designers behind architecture firm Gustin Landscape's playground explains, "Kids are like grown-ups &ndash; we are all different, and since the &lsquo;classic&rsquo; playground design only considers&nbsp;physical play, it is this variation in personality that is a high priority for My Playground.&nbsp;We created a set of &lsquo;building blocks&rsquo; that can be configured in several ways to fit different places. We created these white cubes with&nbsp;refined decorations that have the feeling of a 'non-specific' landscape, meaning that you can create your own story, your own drama and your own fantasy. The cubes will then transform and blend into different environments. This could not happen if it looked&nbsp;like a giant ladybug - or classic swing...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003938/an-exquisite-drone-tour-over-apple-s-new-campus-reveals-the-pond-furniture-a-new-theater An exquisite drone tour over Apple's new campus reveals the pond, furniture, + a new theater Julia Ingalls 2017-04-20T12:35:00-04:00 >2017-04-21T18:28:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/55/55wa7asskq2yjcg5.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Like a miniature perfectionist city, the new Apple campus in Cupertino is made up of several different buildings: there's the familiar Norman Foster-designed "spaceship," as well as a massive parking garage that features gleaming solar panels atop the roof.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zj/zjjnjhcnf9tctvpn.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x3/x3q4kqf1c346yb49.jpg"></p><p>This drone video reveals that very little of the landscaping has come in yet--a few trees, in their boxy planters, hang out outside the main building, and only a few plants have been installed in the equipment-strewn courtyard--but it offers an excellent tour of the Steve Jobs Theatre which is slated to open this summer:&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003547/so-called-parking-podiums-are-aesthetically-ruining-downtown-los-angeles So-called "parking podiums" are aesthetically ruining downtown Los Angeles Julia Ingalls 2017-04-18T13:58:00-04:00 >2017-04-18T19:53:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lt/ltxyqc06olrvbw49.jpg" width="650" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As L.A. pats itself on the back for its freshly angular skyline, a new architectural trend &mdash; enabled by another city ordinance &mdash; threatens to turn the beating heart of modern Los Angeles into a cold, lifeless and unwalkable place.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This excellent piece by the aptly named Steven Sharp delves into the uglification of downtown Los Angeles via the "parking podium," wherein large buildings dedicate their first few floors to a parking garage to meet code requirements for parking, thereby plunging the pedestrian realm back into an unwelcome "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122585949/the-days-of-infinite-thinking-what-city-of-quartz-means-for-los-angeles-25-years-later" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City of Quartz</a>" vibe. Putting the parking in the first few floors is cheaper than digging underground or creating surface lots, but honestly: <em>ugh!&nbsp;</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003538/indian-bar-legally-evades-closure-by-adding-250-meter-long-maze-entrance Indian bar legally evades closure by adding 250-meter long maze entrance Julia Ingalls 2017-04-18T12:38:00-04:00 >2017-04-18T13:11:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lu/lucoxqswicnjsau4.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since April 1 a large number of the bars, pubs and liquor shops across India has gone out of business, thanks to a Supreme Court order that the outlets should be at least 500m away from state and national highways...The Aishwarya Bar in North Paravoor, a Kochi suburb has built a 250m-long maze-like walkway to the entrance, theoretically making it more than 500m away from the highway.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a move that has even delighted the bureaucrats who initially drafted the rule that no bar could be within 500 meters of a highway, an Indian bar has managed to stay in business by virtue of building a 250 meter long maze that, like the snaking lines at an amusement park, greatly expands the literal number of feet one must traverse to get to the bar's actual entrance. While this clever invention may necessitate a designated walker to help steer patrons back out, it ranks among the best architectural interpretations of law we've seen in some time. Cheers!</p><p>h/t <a href="http://www.bldgblog.com/2017/04/entry-maze/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bldgblog</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002960/editor-s-picks-467 Editor's Picks #467 Nam Henderson 2017-04-14T13:25:00-04:00 >2017-04-14T21:20:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/20/20fopsabzc0eutef.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a> started publishing excerpts from Archinect&rsquo;s fourth live podcasting event, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/908986/floating-worlds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up: Floating Worlds</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Looking at potential roles for architecture in the contemporary neoliberal economy, with a focus on issues pertaining to gender and identity, the event featured lectures/interviews with; Jack Self, <a href="http://www.christinebjerke.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christine Bjerke</a>, the Feminist Architecture Collaborative, one-third of Support.fm (and perhaps?) more&hellip;</p><p>Responding to some critics,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a>&nbsp;offered <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/150000055/working-through-architecture-and-its-refusal-an-interview-with-f-architecture-from-next-up-floating-worlds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">perspective</a> "<em>I've been publicly humbled several times recently for doing what I think a lot of commenters here are doing: reading/hearing something that makes me uncomfortable, so I get defensive about it and start delegitimizing it. I'm learning to just listen sometimes: to consider that the speaker has a platform for a reason (f-architecture is certainly doing stuff), and maybe I should listen *without commenting* and try to figure out why what they're saying makes me uncomfortable and examine what long-held beliefs I have t...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002920/archinect-sessions-episode-100-with-steven-holl Archinect Sessions Episode 100 with Steven Holl Paul Petrunia 2017-04-13T18:42:00-04:00 >2017-04-17T17:47:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rc/rcbxw9t8nrpsromt.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week, for our 100th episode of Archinect Sessions, we are excited to share our conversation with Archinect favorite <a href="http://archinect.com/stevenholl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl</a>. Our conversation spans a number of topics, including&nbsp;growing up in a small town in Washington state, his early career struggles, his inspirations, working in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/643/china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China</a>, globalism, his friendship with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/110/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha</a>, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/51168/pritzker-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Prize</a>,&nbsp;and the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150001771/the-steven-myron-holl-foundation-announces-a-new-summer-architecture-fellowship-in-rhinebeck-new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Myron Holl Foundation</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pw/pwye60sgiqc8gb1u.jpg"></p><p>Listen to "Archinect Sessions Episode 100 with Steven Holl":</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-100.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes:</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gy/gy2ykan66jhktbw3.jpg"><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982422/steven-holl-architects-designed-library-in-malawi-approved" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Malawi Library</a> sketch</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mv/mvb79vh1ugbfk6mm.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bu/bujpp418cq5b9us3.jpg"><br>Steven Holl's Alvar Aalto medal&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/78/78m20a51me1bn9ez.jpg"><br><a href="http://www.stevenholl.com/books/28" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anchoring,&nbsp;1989, Princeton Architectural Press</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002916/big-olson-kundig-brooks-scarpa-among-aia-2017-housing-award-recipients BIG, Olson Kundig, Brooks + Scarpa among AIA 2017 Housing Award recipients Justine Testado 2017-04-13T18:01:00-04:00 >2017-04-13T18:02:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zq/zqi4eph5qv4sfjxk.jpg" width="650" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The AIA distinguishes new residential projects across the U.S. in their yearly Housing Awards. The competition recognizes single-family homes, multifamily residential structures, and specialized housing that exemplify high-quality housing design.</p><p>For 2017, the competition jury chose winning projects designed by firms like BIG, Olson Kundig, Marlon Blackwell Architects, Brooks + Scarpa, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and more, from Los Angeles to Omaha to Philadelphia. Winners were selected in four categories: One/Two Family Custom Housing, One/Two Family Production Housing, Multifamily Housing, and Special Housing.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>One/Two Family Custom Housing</strong><br><em>Recognizes outstanding designs for custom and remodeled homes for specific client(s).</em></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.aia.org/showcases/77391-blue-lake-retreat" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blue Lake Retreat; Marble Falls, Texas</a><br>Lake|Flato Architects&nbsp;</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/6t/6tr3xtme5f1b1ldt.jpg"><em>Photo: Andrew Pogue.</em></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.aia.org/showcases/78256-pennsylvania-farmhouse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pennsylvania Farmhouse; Lakewood, Pennsylvania</a><br>Cutler Anderson Architects&nbsp;</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/2b/2b5s8hl8bqio1txc.jpg"><em>Photo: David Sundberg.</em></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.aia.org/showcases/78151-the-graphic-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Graphic House; Fayetteville, Arkansas</a><br>Marlon Blackwell Architects&nbsp;</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/ab/ab0r3wb7u8keicar.jpg"><em>Photo: Timothy Hursley.</em></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.aia.org/showcases/78226-los-altos-residence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L...</a></strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002915/a-factory-making-factory-assemble-revives-manufacturing-sort-of A factory-making factory: Assemble revives manufacturing (sort of) Julia Ingalls 2017-04-13T17:39:00-04:00 >2017-04-15T19:18:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nf/nf9kdfy29di8543p.jpg" width="650" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>By creating a machine that extrudes shaped clay, Assemble have created a factory that places an emphasis on the physical creation of one's environment (as well as the spontaneous ideas that can develop from working with materials and processes).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hg/hgtdg0jgs2kc3k6n.jpg"></p><p>It's a throwback to the late 19th/early 20th century days when factories weren't necessarily about dehumanizing automation but rather more about the complexity of manufacturing using all sorts of tools and last-minute problem-solving techniques. This video by Vice gives a thorough tour of the concept, process, and blue-and-white-clad result of Assemble's "A Factory As It Might Be"...&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002911/l-a-s-petersen-museum-receives-2017-american-architecture-award L.A.'s Petersen Museum receives 2017 American Architecture Award Julia Ingalls 2017-04-13T16:58:00-04:00 >2017-04-17T10:57:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/al/al5nvzjda83yqgmh.jpg" width="650" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Despite receiving <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143075812/urban-blight-a-review-of-the-petersen-automotive-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a substantial drubbing from architectural critics</a>, the Petersen Museum has managed to garner a 2017 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athanaeum Museum of Architecture and Design (among 78 other finalists).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ye/yeghvpa3gpstropg.jpg"></p><p>The award, which has been given out since 1994, recognized the new design of the museum for transforming "the Petersen building into one of the most significant and unforgettable structures in Los Angeles." The award panel went on to note that:</p><p><em>Unlike most museum renovations, which involve complete building teardown, this is a repositioning project. To use the metaphor of a car, if the existing building is a car&rsquo;s chassis, the design is the body. The bones of the structure remain, and the existing concrete portico on Wilshire is removed. The rooftop becomes converted into a party space which can be rented out. A corrugated aluminum rain screen outboard wraps around the building on each of the three street frontages, giving the museum an entirely new look...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002881/jose-oubrerie-s-legendary-and-innovative-miller-house-on-the-market-for-550k Jose Oubrerie's legendary and innovative Miller House on the market for $550K Julia Ingalls 2017-04-13T14:34:00-04:00 >2017-04-13T14:38:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r8/r802ljamoqcjlara.jpg" width="650" height="263" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to a listing on <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/832-Lochmere-Pl-Lexington-KY-40509/84437815_zpid/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zillow</a>, Jose Oubrerie's&nbsp;visually complex, materially innovative Miller House is now on the market for $550,000. Each room is a study in unusual and exactingly executed detail; cabinets transition seamlessly into L-shaped shelving, while doors become hosts for asymmetrically placed conduits latched with what appears to be matte-finished silver nickel. Vivid bursts of color abruptly appear among otherwise natural-toned wood, from an electric blue wall to a wild red kitchen cabinet.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1a/1alncr6gm1elif8y.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kz/kzltc5052gffx89h.jpg"></p><p>The effect is something akin to traveling through an architect's unbridled imagination; although the house does possess its own internal logic, the constant visual stimulus delivers perpetual surprise.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yy/yynosqndj7ns5eek.jpg"></p><p>The Zillow listing possess a link to a <a href="https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=7Jn6dSiMtvV&amp;mls=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D photographic tour</a> of the house, which allows one to get a fuller sense of how the elements interlock, and just how dizzying it is to stride from one floor to another.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002867/remembering-the-holocaust-via-anish-kapoor-and-zaha-hadid-architects-memorial Remembering the Holocaust via Anish Kapoor and Zaha Hadid Architects' Memorial Julia Ingalls 2017-04-13T12:58:00-04:00 >2017-04-15T18:11:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0o/0oj0ed5uksf4v6t9.jpg" width="650" height="565" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a week in which the White House Press Secretary stated that Hitler never gassed his own people, it's worth taking a moment to remember the Holocaust. In the U.K., the&nbsp;United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial Foundation and the British Government have enlisted some of the top design firms in the world, including Anish Kapoor and Zaha Hadid Architects,&nbsp;to design a Holocaust Memorial. Kapoor and ZHA's proposal, which places a purposefully awkwardly-sited bronze-cast meteorite partially below ground, is simultaneously disturbing and contemplative.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4s/4s9zj2n175r80n60.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/59/59og7fydi18w3pg2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/45/45uzvvig1mn15p5b.jpg"></p><p>As the architects explain in their statement, "Meteorites, mountains and stones are often at the centre of places of reflection, especially in the Jewish tradition. They call on the vastness of nature to be a witness to our humanity. A memorial to the Holocaust must be contemplative and silent, such that it evokes our empathy. It must be a promise to future generations that this terrible chapter in human history can never occur again."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yy/yy4y7cegnnq50gne.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uq/uqqc2pqw2q9oil5z.jpg"></p><p>In the video ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002462/ai-project-proposal-for-a-500-unit-residential-development-in-digbeth-birmingham AI project proposal for a 500 unit residential development in Digbeth, Birmingham Archinect 2017-04-11T15:20:00-04:00 >2017-04-12T07:18:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ta/ta2jzbf89xh5s95l.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>London-based practice <strong>Architects of Invention (AI)</strong> has submitted a design proposal for 500 residential units in Birmingham&rsquo;s Digbeth area.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ym/ymxo2krr2l9ryswj.jpg"></p><p>The practice was approached by Chinese private equity fund <a href="http://www.pgc-fund.com/en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PGC- Capital</a> whose <em>The Jewel Court</em>, 77 one-two bed luxury apartments, is already on site in Birmingham.</p><p>The design concept - &lsquo;Garden Hill&rsquo; - is inspired by The Hanging Gardens of Babylon: an oasis-like residence for Birmingham&rsquo;s growing, multicultural population. The two dramatic 25-storey staggered towers, hung with gardens at every level, give all occupants and visitors access to private and shared terraces and a spacious rooftop garden. The entire block is made of CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) as an exercise in highly sustainable construction.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/iv/ivmj1h8v11wdvioy.jpg"></p><p>The proposal suggests a new model for live / work / play, where the units are small, but there are large shared facilities for communal living and working, including music recording studios and small rental units for startups. The scheme proposes gro...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002391/jimenez-lai-named-as-one-of-the-2017-swarovski-designers-of-the-future-award Jimenez Lai named as one of the 2017 Swarovski Designers of the Future Award Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-04-11T14:34:00-04:00 >2017-04-14T10:16:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hk/hk5howfuo24twey0.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Perennial-favorite, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/126662/jimenez-lai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jimenez Lai</a>, has been named as one <a href="http://www.swarovskigroup.com/S/home/index.en.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Swarovski</a>'s 2017 Designers of the Future. Along with the story-teller and founder of the firm&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/90423/bureau-spectacular-jimenez-lai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bureau Spectacular</a>, the crystal company has also knighted industrial-designer,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.marjanvanaubel.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marjan van Aubel</a>, and the "design do tank",&nbsp;<a href="http://www.taktproject.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Takt Project</a>. In conjunction with&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/36031/design-miami" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Miami</a>, the chosen designers will put&nbsp;forth innovative projects inspired by the transparent quartz Swarovski is famous for at this years event. While the winners will each create separate pieces, they will be exhibited as a single installation for Design Miami/Basel 2017.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/62/62rk56bf8e8zp4vf.jpg"></p><p>Marjan van Aubel is experimenting with solar technology to develop a series of living light objects and Trakt Project is collaborating with MICRON3DP to produce a series of tabletop objects that will be 3D printed with Swarovski crystals. Lai will produce a surface-based installation for the event while also responsible for creating the overall architectural character of the piece, designing a string of three ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002494/swimming-with-skyscrapers-watch-video-from-a-glass-bottomed-sky-pool Swimming with Skyscrapers: Watch video from a glass-bottomed sky pool Julia Ingalls 2017-04-11T13:29:00-04:00 >2017-04-11T13:45:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kb/kbswftzr1h8apfuy.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What's more relaxing than a glass-bottomed sky pool 42 stories above Houston? Well, pretty much every other thing in the known universe, which makes the existence of this Jackson + Ryan Architects-designed pool not only an eye-catching publicity stunt for the residential tower's developer, but a viral, stomach-clenching video that is now titilating news anchors over at <a href="http://www.cnn.com/videos/cnnmoney/2017/04/10/houston-rooftop-pool-city.hln" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CNN</a>. Here's the video, in full, as posted on the developer's Facebook page:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002488/check-out-the-trailer-for-big-time-a-new-documentary-about-bjarke-ingels Check out the trailer for BIG TIME, a new documentary about Bjarke Ingels Nicholas Korody 2017-04-11T12:31:00-04:00 >2017-04-11T12:31:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ru/rum6ixwag3uv2zlx.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG and master of promotion, is the subject of a new documentary, titled <em>BIG TIME. </em>The filmmakers have released a first trailer, which centers in part around an MRI scan of Ingel&rsquo;s head. Apparently, he suffered a concussion.</p><p>Check it out here:</p><p></p><p><a href="https://vimeo.com/212493249" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG TIME - International Trailer</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/goodcompanypictures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Good Company Pictures</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vimeo</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002483/milton-curry-named-usc-s-new-dean-of-the-school-of-architecture Milton Curry named USC's new Dean of the School of Architecture Julia Ingalls 2017-04-11T12:28:00-04:00 >2017-04-11T12:28:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9w/9wngpinct4p93crv.jpg" width="600" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After serving two influential five-year terms, USC's&nbsp;<a href="http://Curry%20arrives%20from%20the%20University%20of%20Michigan%20Taubman%20College%20of%20Architecture%20and%20Urban%20Planning,%20where%20he%20is%20associate%20dean%20for%20academic%20affairs%20and%20strategic%20initiatives.%20He%20was%20chosen%20for%20the%20post%20at%20USC%20based%20upon%20his%20expertise%20%E2%80%9Cat%20the%20forefront%20of%20disciplinary%20areas%20on%20race,%20architecture%20and%20urbanism%20that%20engages%20cultural%20theory%20and%20humanities%20research,%E2%80%9D%20the%20announcement%20said.%20%20Curry%20founded%20the%20CriticalProductive%20Journal,%20which%20examined%20scholarship%20and%20creative%20pursuits%20in%20architecture,%20urbanism%20and%20cultural%20theory.%20He%20also%20co-founded%20Appendix%20Journal%20in%20the%20early%201990s,%20which%20helped%20to%20catalyze%20debate%20on%20architecture%20and%20race,%20among%20other%20subjects." rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Qingyun Ma</a> will remain on the faculty but step down as the Dean of The School of Architecture on July 1st, when he will be replaced by Milton Curry. According to the L.A. Times:</p><p><em>Curry arrives from the University of Michigan&nbsp;Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, where he is associate dean for academic affairs and strategic initiatives. He was chosen for the post at USC based upon his expertise &ldquo;at the forefront of disciplinary areas on race, architecture and urbanism that engages cultural theory and humanities research,&rdquo; the announcement said.</em></p><p><em>Curry founded the CriticalProductive Journal, which examined scholarship and creative pursuits in architecture, urbanism and cultural theory. He also co-founded Appendix Journal in the early 1990s, which helped to catalyze debate on architecture and race, among other subjects.</em></p>