Archinect - News 2016-07-28T00:47:05-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149960169/renderings-of-the-dubai-steps-revealed Renderings of the Dubai Steps revealed Julia Ingalls 2016-07-27T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T14:13:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p2/p2wjphhyq299kb36.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Five hundred steps, 25 stories, and 100 meters of height make up the Dubai Steps, as well as what appears to be a steely reflective outer casing with circular perforations. An aesthetic cross between the spinal column of a terminator and the euphoric ascendance of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947764/a-video-tour-of-mvrdv-s-the-stairs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV's Rotterdam stair</a> installation, the Dubai Steps appear to terminate in a large open-air platform from which climbers can take in the rapid development of the desert city that surrounds them.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6r/6rq49eg031i272ab.jpg"></p><p>Elaborately patterned lattices host vegetation and what appear to be shaded alcoves on each landing, which should hopefully mitigate what will undoubtedly be a physically exhausting climb in one of the world's hottest climates. It's prime real estate for bottled water vendors...</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dg/dg4xb3xm2cr06pp3.jpg"></p><p>Dubai's latest design additions:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143590227/archinect-speaks-to-designer-of-controversial-dubai-frame-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect speaks to designer of controversial Dubai Frame project</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935045/oma-releases-renderings-of-event-project-space-in-dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA releases renderings of event + project space in Dubai</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147749077/santiago-calatrava-to-design-a-seemingly-supertall-observation-tower-in-dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Calatrava to design a seemingly supertall observation tower in Dubai</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960179/peter-marino-accused-of-racial-discrimination-and-sexism-countersues-over-alleged-homophobic-slurs Peter Marino, accused of racial discrimination and sexism, countersues over alleged homophobic slurs Nicholas Korody 2016-07-27T13:23:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T23:28:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tz/tzaryq492bbnunl4.jpg" width="514" height="558" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/20628155/peter-marino-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Marino</a>, the leather-clad architect best known for his collaborations with fashion labels, was sued last year for racial discrimination by a former employee. Now, he's accusing the employee of making homophobic slurs, according to a <a href="http://nypost.com/2016/07/26/architect-accused-of-racial-discrimination-countersues-over-gay-slurs/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a> by the New York Post.</p><p>Deirdre O'Brien worked for Marino for 14 years before, allegedly, being fired after complaining when Marino called her a "c--t." He's also been accused of using the n-word.</p><p>In response, Marino has accused O'Brien called a male co-worker a "big homo" and sent "explicit pornographic images" from her work email address.</p><p>For more on Marino, check out past Archinect coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115194085/bass-lifts-the-lid-on-treasure-trove-interview-with-peter-marino" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bass lifts the lid on treasure trove: interview with Peter Marino</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112957036/peter-marino-exhibition-to-open-at-the-bass-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Marino Exhibition to Open at the Bass Museum</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90068035/john-edwards-lecture-2013-peter-marino-in-conversation-with-marc-jacobs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Edwards Lecture 2013: Peter Marino in conversation with Marc Jacobs</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959976/the-unusual-tale-of-how-luis-barrag-n-became-a-diamond The unusual tale of how Luis Barragán became a diamond Justine Testado 2016-07-26T15:28:00-04:00 >2016-07-26T15:29:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/38/38t7cfxnrxnbar95.jpg" width="251" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Magid agrees with those who argue that the Barrag&aacute;n archive should be open to the public and returned to Mexico, but she insists that this is not her focus. &ldquo;If that&rsquo;s what my intentions were, I don&rsquo;t think I&rsquo;d make art,&rdquo; she told me. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve always called the archive her lover. To marry one man, she negotiated owning another man, whom she&rsquo;s devoted her life to. It&rsquo;s a weird love triangle, and I&rsquo;m the other woman.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>&ldquo;&lsquo;It intrigued me as a gothic love story,&rsquo; [Magid] said, &lsquo;with a copyright-and-intellectual-property-rights subplot.&rsquo;&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>A fascinating story about &ldquo;architectural preservation&rdquo; that focuses on an artist's elaborate negotiation to open Luis Barrag&aacute;n's tightly controlled archive to the public in his native Mexico &mdash; and the unusual &ldquo;love triangle&rdquo; behind it. The story begins with conceptual&nbsp;artist Jill Magid, whose work questions&nbsp;the boundaries of institutional power and law. In her latest performance art piece, Magid&nbsp;had&nbsp;Barrag&aacute;n's ashes compressed into a 2.02 carat diamond, which was transformed into an engagement ring for architectural historian Federica Zanco. Magid would then &ldquo;propose&rdquo; to Zanco in exchange for Barrag&aacute;n's entire archive.</p><p>Zanco first&nbsp;received the archive as a gift from a Swiss businessman who purchased it and the copyrights for $3 million in 1995, in lieu of an engagement ring. Since then, everyone from architects to students to museum staff members have been denied acc...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959215/inside-the-mvrdv-house-the-firm-s-new-family-home-style-office Inside the MVRDV House, the firm's new family home-style office Justine Testado 2016-07-22T19:25:00-04:00 >2016-07-24T01:06:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9o/9o9nukxg2rzkmhr0.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/327/mvrdv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> settled into their new office headquarters inside the remodeled Het Industriegebouw, nestled in the heart of Rotterdam. Now dubbed by the firm as the MVRDV House, the building was originally&nbsp;designed by iconic Dutch architect&nbsp;Hugh Maaskant in 1952.&nbsp;The new 2,400 square-meter interior is modeled like a family home, filled with ample working and gathering spaces that reflect the &ldquo;work hard, play hard&rdquo; balance many firms strive for in their office's design.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qt/qt716vdx3ty80x45.jpg"><br><em>Photo &copy; Ossip van Duivenbode.</em></p><p>Now with 140 employees based in Rotterdam,&nbsp;&ldquo;[t]he expanding MVRDV family needed a new house,&rdquo; says MVRDV co-founder Jacob van Rijs.&nbsp;MVRDV's new office has&nbsp;&ldquo;everything that [a] home requires, a living room, a dining room, a sofa for the whole house to sit together,&rdquo; he described.&nbsp;Surrounded by various creative start-ups and design firms, MVRDV believes they fit right in their new neighborhood.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/go/gosqimz7vv9edwld.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6y/6yya6xtip74zn7nh.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mn/mnei91wekwjka0ax.jpg"><br><em>Photos &copy; Ossip van Duivenbode.</em></p><p>The Family Room serves as the firm's main communal space for social interaction...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959268/design-leads-environmentally-friendly-education-for-hertfordshire-pupils Design leads environmentally friendly education for Hertfordshire pupils Jessica Bonehill 2016-07-22T11:49:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T23:47:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/62/620uxspss49y3thx.jpg" width="514" height="226" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Howe Dell Primary in Hatfield could well be the UK&rsquo;s most eco-friendly school. It has toilets that flush using rainwater, sedum roofs made of plants and vegetation, and classroom sink-tops made from recycled yoghurt pots. But the school&rsquo;s design doesn&rsquo;t just help protect the environment, it also uses nature to improve children&rsquo;s academic performance and behaviour.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tb/tbwgjn5o5e5hlcow.jpg"></p><p>Howe Dell Primary&rsquo;s &pound;10 million, eco-friendly design is used by teachers to promote sustainability to a new generation of pupils. Capita Architects were given free reign to push the limits of sustainable design in the project, which was funded by the council, and that was exactly what they did. The school features solar panels, a wind turbine, and a heating system that uses a series of pipes just below the surface of the school playground for passive gain that is then utilised to heat the school.&nbsp;</p><p>This groundbreaking design was awarded ECO Green Flag accreditation (the highest level awarded to sustainable schools in the UK) and places pupils in close proximity to nature. To this end, the design&rsquo;s wetland area and sedum roofs are used to study birds and the school places sustainability at the core of the curriculum. This learning is even extended to the playground where learning stations allow pupils to examine the habitats of micro-beasts. In this way, the whole building is understoo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959136/bjarke-builds-a-model-and-explicates-his-design-process Bjarke builds a model! (and explicates his design process) Julia Ingalls 2016-07-21T14:59:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T23:51:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/36/367jnk9vlejzntlu.jpg" width="514" height="247" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Proving that he can hold his own against 8 to 14-year old contenders, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950561/inside-bjarke-ingels-serpentine-pavilion-the-work-becomes-a-pure-manifestation-of-that-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a> demonstrates some model-building basics by participating in the "Build Your Own Pavilion" challenge, whose participants are usually still in grade school. Admittedly, Bjarke's nimble paper crinkling is integrated seamlessly into an explanation of the design concept behind his "unzipped" Serpentine Pavilion. Here's the full video:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959077/does-jeanne-gang-s-architecture-inspire-social-justice Does Jeanne Gang's architecture inspire social justice? Julia Ingalls 2016-07-21T12:36:00-04:00 >2016-07-26T16:18:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i1/i1q7y4r182lwz2cw.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In this <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/21/us/a-conversation-with-jeanne-gang-on-architecture-with-a-mission.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Times interview</a> with Ginia Bellafante, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/26953/studio-gang-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeanne Gang</a> discusses the importance and challenges of designing work that isn't simply aesthetically pleasing, but that influences positive changes in social behavior and policy. In addition to her work on waterways, she discusses her idea behind designing a fire rescue station in one of New York City's poorest and most violent neighborhoods:</p><p><em>You feel like you trust a firefighter, a rescue worker. And those doors on the building are often open. And we even put a bench in the front of the building so people can actually sit there instead of taking this approach of creating a fortress, which I think is a contrast to what we see in the design of police stations.</em></p><p><em>And so really designing this Fire Rescue 2 started me thinking about, are there ways that design could help improve the relationship between community members and police if we looked at the architecture? Not that it can solve everything. But I think, you know, maybe it can ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958945/gruen-associates-mia-lehrer-oyler-wu-appointed-to-design-l-a-river-greenway-in-san-fernando-valley Gruen Associates, Mia Lehrer, Oyler Wu appointed to design L.A. River Greenway in San Fernando Valley Justine Testado 2016-07-20T20:27:00-04:00 >2016-07-21T09:35:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vk/vko6kp2af5nx894f.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Mayor Eric Garcetti's office released a statement yesterday announcing that Gruen Associates, Mia Lehrer + Associates, Oyler Wu Collaborative, and civil and structural engineering firm Psomas will&nbsp;design the final 12 miles of the San Fernando Valley portion of the Los Angeles River Greenway. The Greenway would&nbsp;allow Angelenos to walk or bike from Canoga Park to Elysian Valley.</p><p>No project renderings for now, as the designers will begin conducting a feasibility study over the next nine months. According to the press release, the Greenway &ldquo;will address important objectives&rdquo; in both the City&rsquo;s/Frank Gehry's (still yet to be revealed) <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149952791/what-s-happening-with-frank-gehry-s-masterplan-for-the-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan</a> as well as L.A. County&rsquo;s River Master Plan, their Bicycle Plans, and Mayor Garcetti's Sustainable City pLAn.</p><p>The mayor and County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl will jointly fund the project, along with additional support from City Councilmembers Bob Blumenfield, Paul Krekorian, Nury Martinez and David Ryu, and the&nbsp;Depart...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958848/a-bridge-57-years-in-the-making-designed-by-steven-holl A bridge 57 years in the making, designed by Steven Holl Julia Ingalls 2016-07-20T13:32:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T01:30:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4j/4j98uy6bj2pkz7m6.jpg" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In 1959,&nbsp;Edward Durell Stone had envisioned a pedestrian walkway connecting his unbuilt design for the Kennedy Center to the Potomac River, but it was not until this year that <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1405/steven-holl-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl Architects</a> gained approval for the bridge, which is part of the firm's larger expansion design for the center. The bridge will not only provide a tangible connection between the facility and the landscape, but allow opportunities to visit a cafe and view outdoor art events, including an exterior wall which will double as a site for broadcasts and simulcast performances.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j1/j1ycglyg9rq2vnta.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;This is a joyful moment for a public space which will be shared and enjoyed by many in the future,&rdquo; said Steven Holl in a press release. &ldquo;After thoughtful review by these regulatory agencies, we have achieved complete approval for our Kennedy Center Expansion project and its public access to the Potomac Riverfront.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Want to work at <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1405/steven-holl-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl Architects</a>? They're currently hiring a&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/jobs/entry/149957610/senior-architect-8-years-of-experience" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Senior Architect: 8 years of experience</a> for their B...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958832/what-kind-of-housing-will-shigeru-ban-s-tallest-timber-hybrid-add-to-vancouver What kind of housing will Shigeru Ban's "tallest timber hybrid" add to Vancouver? Julia Ingalls 2016-07-20T12:50:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T01:29:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i1/i1lnnq42wurquppf.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Details are scant, there's only one rendering, and yet according to on-the-nose-named developer PortLiving, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950549/a-video-tour-of-shigeru-ban-s-aspen-art-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban</a> has designed the world's tallest timber hybrid apartment complex. Called Terrace House, the sloping glass-encased, timber-framed, concrete and steel-cored building will eventually tower over Vancouver's waterfront. No word on whether this apartment complex will be adding affordable units or more luxury condominiums to Vancouver's bracingly expensive <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126953722/another-case-of-poor-door-for-proposed-vancouver-high-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">housing market</a>.</p><p>For more on the resurgence of timber as chic building material:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945987/future-sustainable-skyscrapers-will-be-made-of-wood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future sustainable skyscrapers will be made of...wood?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143912781/world-s-tallest-wooden-skyscraper-at-least-for-now-under-construction-in-vancouver" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World&rsquo;s tallest wooden skyscraper (at least for now) under construction in Vancouver</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131408316/rise-of-the-wooden-skyscrapers-where-all-you-need-is-a-giant-allen-key-to-put-it-together" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rise of the wooden skyscrapers: "Where all you need is a giant allen key to put it together."</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958796/grimshaw-chosen-to-design-heathrow-s-new-terminal Grimshaw chosen to design Heathrow's new terminal Eleanor Marshall 2016-07-20T11:48:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T00:55:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fe/fe48xrpebgjyh4n4.jpg" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Heathrow Airport has chosen Grimshaw to draw up concepts for a &rsquo;hub airport of the future&rsquo; as part of its ambitious &pound;16 billion growth plans The practice, which saw off Zaha Hadid Architects, Benoy and HOK, was praised for &rsquo;pushing the boundary of what an airport could and should be&rsquo; and for showing &rsquo;how Heathrow could be expanded in a sustainable but affordable way&rsquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/grimshaw?ukredirect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw</a>&nbsp;has been chosen to design a new terminal for London's Heathrow Airport. However, it remains up in the air wether the plans for a third runway will be given permission by the UK government. Many critics of Heathrow's expansion have been given <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/14/heathrow-airport-expansion-in-doubt-after-theresa-may-promotes-c/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">top posts</a>&nbsp;in Teresa May's new Cabinet, causing speculation that the expansion could be thwarted.&nbsp;</p><p>However,&nbsp;Head of Design at Heathrow, Barry Weekes <a href="https://your.heathrow.com/takingbritainfurther/grimshaw-chosen-take-heathrow-future/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">maintained that</a>&nbsp;&ldquo;With the Concept Architect and Programme Client Partners now in place, we are now ready to begin the process of expansion once the Government makes the right choice for the whole of Britain.&rdquo; Going further, Andrew Thomas, a partner at Grimshaw stated "We believe the expansion of Heathrow is vital to maintaining the UK&rsquo;s place within the global economy".&nbsp;This announcement in the aftermath of Brexit is undoubtedly an attempt to solidify the case for Heathrow's expansion.</p><p>Read related articles on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149957192/creative-currency-post-brexit-mark-middleton-of-grimshaw-weighs-the-good-and-bad-for-uk-firms-as-split-with-eu-looms-on-one-to-one-30" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Creative Currency, post-Brexit: Mark Middleton of Grimshaw weighs the good...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957352/reflections-on-binational-urbanism-by-ryan-dewey Reflections on Binational Urbanism by Ryan Dewey BOARD 2016-07-18T20:59:00-04:00 >2016-07-19T17:18:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9u/9upgubpoxeana0iz.jpg" width="514" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Earlier in my career I was based in Chicago but I was working in Nigeria and also doing some graduate work in the summer in England.<br><br>The longest trip I packed for was 60 days in the same suitcase and it covered a month in England and a month in Nigeria.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nb/nbwpzsythli6o4vr.jpg"><br><br>It was a tough time in my life, but it was also kind of utopian as well because there are certain advantages to being highly mobile.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hc/hcyv63jnbls3zrzq.jpg"><br><br>In Germany today there are 1.8 million Turks. Every year 93.5% of those people travel from Germany to Turkey at least one time, that is nearly 1.7 million Turks across all strata of society who regularly travel between cities in Germany and cities in Turkey.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3h/3hilsndnuw1a7qmq.jpg"><br><br>Looking at the lifestyle of this population, Bernd Upmeyer develops a theory of a new form of urbanism in his book <em>Binational Urbanism</em>. A binational urbanist is someone who because of the practical matters of their lives spend their time living in oscillation between two different countries. This is a thoughtful book with an interesting approach to rese...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958382/17-of-le-corbusier-s-buildings-are-now-un-world-heritage-sites 17 of Le Corbusier's buildings are now UN world heritage sites Eleanor Marshall 2016-07-18T10:35:00-04:00 >2016-07-24T22:46:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l4/l4zvtkr047188e5c.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The UN's cultural organisation has listed 17 works by pioneering Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier as world heritage sites. Le Corbusier spearheaded the modern movement after World War One, using iron, concrete and glass in a new focus on bold lines and functionality that did not appeal to everyone. The sites are in seven countries.</p></em><br /><br /><p>17 of Le Corbusier's buildings, including Unit&eacute; d&rsquo;habitation in Marseille and&nbsp;the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo were announced as new UN world heritage sites. The 17 buildings meet three of the <a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1321/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">selection criteria</a> for World Heritage status:</p><p>(i) A masterpiece of human creative genius.</p><p>(ii) An important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design.</p><p>(vi) Directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance.</p><p>The inclusion of Le Corbusier's works as world heritage sites marks the culmination of a significant shift in attitudes towards Modernist architecture. His&nbsp;Unit&eacute; d&rsquo;habitation is often considered the forefather of high-rise living.&nbsp;Le Corbusier's forms are often cited as a key inspiration for the much maligned Brutalism. Could t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958265/a-warm-place-upstate-for-choreographers-to-grow A Warm Place Upstate, for Choreographers to Grow Nam Henderson 2016-07-17T14:51:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T19:40:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7o/7oh1e4n2u62cxrpy.jpg" width="514" height="253" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The renovated lumberyard, or ADI/Lumberyard &mdash; which will include a black-box theater, studios and housing &mdash; will join a growing list of upstate satellites to the New York City dance world.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Siobhan Burke reports on the planned new home, for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.americandance.org/catskill/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Dance Institute</a>&nbsp;in Catskill, NYC. With the new space, ADI hopes to grow it's&nbsp;incubator/residency&nbsp;program.</p><p>See <a href="http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/01/05/american-dance-institute-to-move-to-catskill-n-y/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">also</a>&nbsp;for an earlier announcement with a few details.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958192/daniel-libeskind-to-design-shiny-mixed-use-building-in-vilnius Daniel Libeskind to design shiny mixed-use building in Vilnius Justine Testado 2016-07-15T21:25:00-04:00 >2016-07-18T17:59:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s8/s8t4qgov3ldmw9o5.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Daniel Libeskind is making his mark &mdash; in all its signature jagged, geometric wonder &mdash; throughout the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius. In addition to the Modern Art Centre of Vilnius and the Vilnius Beacon sports and wellness center at the Liepkalnis ski resort, Studio Libeskind won the competition to design a new mixed-use building complex on Konstitucijos Avenue 18B. Libeskind's winning scheme is a progression of glassy volumes &mdash; with the tallest tower reaching 18-stories</p></em><br /><br /><p>Get a glimpse of their winning scheme on Bustler.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944862/daniel-libeskind-turns-70-designs-musical-labyrinth-for-frankfurt-opera" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Libeskind turns 70; designs Musical Labyrinth for Frankfurt Opera</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141442659/architecture-is-a-field-of-repression-daniel-libeskind-on-childhood-memories-trauma-and-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Architecture is a field of repression": Daniel Libeskind on childhood memories, trauma, and architecture</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957887/nyc-s-lowline-is-approved-by-city-officials-becoming-world-s-first-underground-park NYC's Lowline is approved by city officials, becoming world's first underground park Julia Ingalls 2016-07-14T14:25:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T20:13:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dm/dmgz8wmoo13vec42.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What do you do with a sad, funky, abandoned trolley terminus? Well, if it's the former Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal under Delancey Street in New York City, you make the world's first underground park by virtue of adding some mirrors, skylights, and vegetation. One acre in size, the freshly city-approved <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/66113069/how-will-the-lowline-make-the-leap-from-idea-to-reality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">park</a>&nbsp;(which took nearly a decade to go from its initial concept to getting the green light from the city) makes use of solar technology to pour sunlight into the former terminal, which has remained unused since 1948.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fb/fb2dralzak9lu9fy.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/et/eth43km4wnomho72.jpg"></p><p>"Every designer dreams of doing civic work that contributes to society and to the profession," said&nbsp;James Ramsey,&nbsp;Lowline Co-Founder and Creator. "Over the last 8 years, we just stuck to what we thought was a great idea that could make our city and our community better. We're thrilled to move ahead on designing and building a space that people will enjoy for generations to come."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y3/y37knhg4fwkeib4v.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f4/f40fviddcaggsh9l.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2h/2hsskeyccsw1s7as.jpg"></p><p>For more on innovative design news in NYC:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956094/designing-around-sea-level-rise-in-new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing around sea-level rise in New York</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955304/trading-the-l-train-for-a-giant-inflatable-condom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">T...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957866/tour-zaha-hadid-s-stacked-vases-tower-in-australia Tour Zaha Hadid's "stacked vases" tower in Australia Julia Ingalls 2016-07-14T12:49:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T23:35:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z9/z9rqjgvna40va8b5.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Imagine blending the veiny facade of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/63273060/gehry-s-8-spruce-street-wins-emporis-skyscraper-award" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">8 Spruce Street</a> and the jaunty offset of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85537199/so-il-and-gensler-to-design-creative-cultural-incubator-for-new-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Museum</a> with Zaha Hadid's signature grace, and you might get something like the 54-story, 70,000 square meter 600 Collins Street, a tower that is reminiscent of a stacked series of ridged vases. The four principal segments of the tower each denote a different part of the program while simultaneously integrating access to public transit and creating civic space.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vt/vt2t0yxrhklo71t2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8q/8qqq7kc74gi6g2e1.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;The design has been defined by Melbourne&rsquo;s rich and diverse urban landscape, reinterpreted in a contemporary solution driven by the logical division of its overall volume that will enhance the city&rsquo;s public realm with generous communal spaces,&rdquo; said Zaha Hadid Architects&rsquo; Michele Pasca di Magliano. &ldquo;We are honored to be working with our partners in Melbourne to deliver this project for the city.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p9/p95ppzz56csz1myd.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5c/5cktx3oe8mm6msrx.jpg"></p><p>Here's a video showing site context:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957645/riba-2016-stirling-prize-shortlist-announced-includes-herzog-de-meuron-wilkinson-eyre RIBA 2016 Stirling Prize Shortlist announced: includes Herzog & de Meuron, Wilkinson Eyre Abigail Banfield 2016-07-13T19:02:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T23:19:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m5/m5jv2byfwy6pq44a.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What does it take for a project to transcend from merely eye-catching architecture to a lasting, inspirational, nationally acclaimed building? The&nbsp;<a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149957419/our-predictions-for-the-stirling-prize-2016-nominees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA Stirling Prize</a>, which awards the UK's best new building each year, has narrowed 2016's contenders down to a shortlist of six (two of which, the Weston Library by Wilkinson Eyre and Loyn &amp; Co's Inside Outside House, were&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957419/our-predictions-for-the-stirling-prize-2016-nominees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">predicted for this list by Archinect's Ellen Hancock</a>), which it announced today.</p><p>The list follows the <a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149953365/riba-reveals-46-stunning-projects-as-2016-national-awardees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Awards</a> and <a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149943940/see-the-riba-2016-london-awards-winners-wilton-s-music-hall-named-regional-building-of-the-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Awards</a> earlier this year, and comprises of some &ldquo;usual suspects&rdquo; shortlisted in previous years, as well as some newcomers; including previous winners Wilkinson Eyre and Herzog &amp; de Meuron, and returning nominees Reiach and Hall, Caruso St John, and dRMM.</p><p>Nominees Michael Laird Architects and Loyn &amp; Co Architects are relative newcomers, bringing (respectively) an education project and a private residence to the shortlist&mdash;the first private home to be nominated in 15 years. This year&rsquo;s shortlist ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957677/som-releases-renders-of-philadelphia-transit-master-plan SOM releases renders of Philadelphia transit master plan Nicholas Korody 2016-07-13T15:23:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T19:42:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7o/7olbu0d69fstu34d.jpg" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill released new rendering of their proposal for a master plan for Philadelphia&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143660106/30th-st-station-district-plan-proposes-mixed-use-neighborhood-above-rail-yards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">30th Street Station Precinct.</a>&nbsp;Described as a &ldquo;long-awaited vision of a bold, fully-integrated mixed-use urban district, with a vibrant transformation hub situated at its core,&rdquo; the project in part is a response to research suggesting a &ldquo;sizable uptick in transit activity in the coming decades.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sd/sdmxhr4utwyju81p.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qk/qk491l9pme0gixwr.jpg"></p><p>The master plan centers around the historic 30th Street Station, a Beaux Arts building that sits on the western bank of the Schuylkill River, which divides the city. The proposal includes shops, restaurants, and other spaces intended to foster an &ldquo;iconic destination.&rdquo; The total project area is 18,000,000 square feet.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ji/jiotwhzfnm6exviq.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cy/cyiw734wi0ze2hcb.jpg"></p><p>For more from SOM, check out these links:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944699/an-extraterrestrial-presence-on-the-bronx-skyline" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An extraterrestrial presence on the Bronx skyline</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138958669/powering-your-som-designed-house-with-your-car-and-reverse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Powering your (SOM-designed) house with your car (and reverse)</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118294015/som-wins-sixth-aia-twenty-five-year-award-with-the-exchange-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM wins sixth AIA Twenty-Five Year Award with the Exchange House</a></p></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eu/eu114pxsku7wo022.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7v/7vnup5p05m36a85i.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957671/what-drives-creativity-among-architects What drives creativity among architects? Julia Ingalls 2016-07-13T14:48:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T19:41:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8x/8xnplmhz2bpo8c89.jpg" width="514" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What makes a person creative? What are the biographical conditions and personality traits necessary to actualize that potential? These were driving questions behind&nbsp;a 1958-59 study conducted at the University of California, Berkeley, which attempted to divine the elements of creativity by analyzing and interviewing several prominent architects of the time, including <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943911/completing-the-mies-van-der-rohe-brick-country-house-an-odyssey" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mies van der Rohe</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/30134649/ice-cube-celebrates-the-eames" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charles Eames</a>, Gregory Ain, and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79619807/a-quincy-jones-la-retrospective-at-the-hammer-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quincy Jones</a>. The architects were also encouraged to rate each other. Bottom line? Richard Neutra "has intellect" while Mies Van Der Rohe was considered to be "a great sculptor"&nbsp;although "human comfort is disregarded."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/92/927b4xwijfbsoxy6.jpg"></p><p>The study languished in obscurity until this&nbsp;year&nbsp;when <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954286/measured-genius-one-to-one-29-with-pierluigi-serraino-author-of-the-creative-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pierluigi Serraino published <em>The Creative Architect</em> (and spoke about it on Archinect's 1:1 podcast)</a>.&nbsp;On reading the book, Steven Holl commented:&nbsp;&ldquo;We now know that childlike wonder, an absence of fear, and strong intuition are key aspects of creativity.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.monacellipress.com/book/?isbn=9781580934251" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The Creative Architect</em></a>&nbsp;is a thought-provoking and ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957588/provocative-architecture-debating-series-turncoats-goes-international Provocative architecture debating series Turncoats goes international Eleanor Marshall 2016-07-13T11:46:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T19:37:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mt/mtkif3mm4unjzp06.jpg" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Debates are rubbish. We've all been there: a panel of similar people with similar views taking it in turns to talk at length about their similar work - too polite, too deferential, too dull. At best they are lukewarm love-ins, critically impotent, elitist and stuffy. Turncoats is a shot in the arm.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Turncoats, a provocative architectural debating society that originated in London last year, has expanded to Scotland, the USA, Canada and Serbia, with more cities in the pipeline. The London originators have turned the premise into a franchise, inviting cities to apply for free and start a Turncoats debate series.&nbsp;The aim is to start confrontational and challenging architectural debate, and make it free for anyone who wants to listen. The premise of a Turncoats debate is the presentation of two opposing&nbsp;<a href="http://turncoats.world/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'theatrically provocative opening gambits'</a>, then, in the spirit of its name the opposing parties switch sides.&nbsp;</p><p>I attended <a href="http://www.turncoats.world/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Rip it Up and Start Again'</a>, held in Glasgow, Scotland last week. In the Turncoats tradition, mobile phones are placed in envelopes to prohibit recording and a 'shot in the dark' of tequila and a Turncoats badge is offered on arrival. The debate was held in an old glue factory, and the panel consisted of industry professionals arguing for and against the architec...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957419/our-predictions-for-the-stirling-prize-2016-nominees Our predictions for the Stirling Prize 2016 nominees Ellen Hancock 2016-07-13T03:45:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T20:23:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3h/3ha0d4yipjuxyi9q.jpg" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s that time of year again&hellip;On Thursday 14th July the nominees for this years Stirling Prize will be announced. For anyone who doesn&rsquo;t know the UK&rsquo;s most prestigious award, it was founded in 1996 and recognises &ldquo;the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture in the past year.&rdquo;</p><p>Although the future of the industry is somewhat uncertain following the EU referendum a few weeks ago, firms have been optimistic; confident in their innovative skill and entrepreneurial ability to tackle the potential problems ahead.</p><p>Looking back over completed projects from the last year, it is clear to see why. It has been a particularly impressive year for UK projects - it was no mean feat selecting our predictions for the six nominations.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kd/kddkix6pv5a4ioyt.jpg"></p><p><strong>AHMM - 61 Oxford Street</strong><br>Last year AHMM took first place for Burntwood School in Wandsworth. This year we think they may have a chance with 61 Oxford Street, a distinctive and contemporary landmark that takes inspirati...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957368/hlm-and-tectonics-architects-win-uk-passivhaus-awards HLM and Tectonics Architects win UK Passivhaus awards Abigail Banfield 2016-07-12T13:30:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:42:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7p/7p5mb0q237rstq9f.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Congratulations to triumphant Tigh na Croit by HLM Architects &amp; Lansdowne Drive by Tectonics Architects who were crowned the 2016 UK Passivhaus Awards winners. The Winners were announced at a ceremony held in London on the 7th July, attended by approximately 80 delegates.The winners were decided by PHT members and Award Ceremony delegates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>HLM have won the Rural category of this year's UK Passivhaus Awards. The house, which&nbsp;aimed to create a low-energy, modern solution for the 'outdoorsy' clients, has been designed to reflect its Scottish Highland context.</p><p>Tectonics Architects&nbsp;gained the award for the Urban category, with their fantastic project in Hackney.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957367/planning-approved-for-redevelopment-of-portsmouth-prison Planning approved for redevelopment of Portsmouth Prison Abigail Banfield 2016-07-12T10:31:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:48:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1c/1crokj9bnsmhgkzu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Portsmouth City Council has given Planning and Listed Building Consent for the repair and redevelopment of the former HMP Kingston in Portsmouth. FCBStudios will now commence the post-planning stages for the 230-unit residential scheme &ndash; a combination of re-modelled existing prison cell wings, chapel and infirmary, and new-build apartment buildings, including a landscape masterplan by Grant Associates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Planning and Listed Building consent has been given for Feilden Clegg Bradley to redevelop former prison in Portsmouth (UK). The first phase is expected to focus on the existing grade-II buildings, early in 2017.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957192/creative-currency-post-brexit-mark-middleton-of-grimshaw-weighs-the-good-and-bad-for-uk-firms-as-split-with-eu-looms-on-one-to-one-30 Creative Currency, post-Brexit: Mark Middleton of Grimshaw weighs the good and bad for UK firms as split with EU looms, on One-to-One #30 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-11T15:31:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:41:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dz/dzthyxvwae2ij3mc.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Mark Middleton, partner at <a href="http://archinect.com/grimshaw" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw</a> in London, has been facing the Brexit decision's aftermath like <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953793/architects-react-to-shocking-eu-referendum-result" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">many of his architecture-compatriots</a>&mdash;with positive pragmatism. While prominent architecture and design professionals lent their <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937278/say-no-to-a-brexit-says-david-chipperfield" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">support to the "Remain" campaign</a>, they now have little choice but to #keepcalmandcarryon, while carefully reevaluating how ties with the European Union could affect business, as well as London as a design capital.</p><p>Middleton joined me on One-to-One to sort through the current mood for practitioners in the UK, and the effects Brexit could have on architecture projects and policy in the years to come.</p><p>Find more Brexit news <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/729153/brexit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/670405/one-to-one" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#30 with&nbsp;<strong>Mark Middleton</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/neil-denari/id1057340260?i=356797877" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="http://onetoone.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://onetoone.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/onetoone/One_to_One_Episode_30_Mark_Middleton.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/149957127/designers-of-the-london-eye-create-new-landmark-for-brighton Designers of the London Eye create new landmark for Brighton Eleanor Marshall 2016-07-11T14:22:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:37:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4u/4u4wtb0vekv65oin.jpg" width="514" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Marks Barfield Architects have, quite literally, reinvented the wheel and have created the i360, a vertical cable car with a sculpted viewing pod, perching lightly upon Brighton&rsquo;s seafront... It takes the form of a slender mast that will be 568ft high (when the spire is added), which supports a sculpted, doughnut-shaped pod, with glass windows and a reflective mirrored underside. The pod takes up to 200 people at a time skyward over a flight time of 20 (daytime) or 30 minutes (evening).</p></em><br /><br /><p>Due to open this summer, the British Airways i360 is a new futuristic landmark for Brighton&rsquo;s seafront designed by architects <a href="http://uk.archinect.com/firms/cover/1923/marks-barfield-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Marks and Julia Barfield</a>. It is hoped that the BA i360 will herald a new touristic golden age for Brighton, replicating the success of the London eye on&nbsp;Brighton&rsquo;s seafront. The i360 will be possibly be advertised on British Airways flights to the UK, in an international revival of Brighton's ambitions. Inclusive of the immediate community, there will be <a href="http://britishairwaysi360.com/about-us/our-story-4/community-engagement/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">half price tickets</a> for Brighton residents and free entry for state school children in Brighton and Hove once in their school career. There is also to be a restaurant at the base of the tower, and the restoration of a pair of original building on the West Pier.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ai/aiocqstci79oroi3.jpg"></p><p><em>The BA i360 June 2016 - Image courtesy of British Airways i360/Kevin Meredith</em></p><p>In juxtaposition to the i360 tower, the Grade I listed West Pier is situated adjacent. The condemned structure is a skeleton from the golden age of domestic holidaying. Th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956742/post-brexit-pessimism-causes-precautionary-job-losses Post-Brexit pessimism causes precautionary job losses Eleanor Marshall 2016-07-09T04:05:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T15:53:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dp/dparv1b71dluc6q2.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With the construction industry expected to be the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jul/04/construction-first-casualty-brexit-housebuilders-jitters-eu-referendum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first casualty</a>&nbsp;of Brexit, leading architecture firms in the UK <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/29494805/make-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Make</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/69207773/sheppard-robson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sheppard Robson</a>&nbsp;and<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/61784367/bdp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> BDP</a> have already started to react to the uncertainties in the construction industry. In February of this year it was reported that housebuilding in the UK hit a <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/feb/25/uk-housebuilding-new-homes-construction-high-2008" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">seven-year high</a>, as the construction industry was steadily recovering from the last recession. However, post-Brexit uncertainty has caused a crisis of confidence, prompting large firms to take precautionary measures against the loss of projects and a lull in construction.</p><p>It may seem as if optimism has been exchanged for pessimism by some big firms, however the actual impact on the architectural profession in the UK in the next few years remains open to speculation. Uncertainty based on assumptions could lead to a self fulfilling prophecy within the industry, as no one really know what will happen if the UK leaves the EU. Speaking to <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2016/07/07/brexit-crisis-job-losses-project-uncertainty-architecture-construction-industry/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dezeen</a>, Simon Allford of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/69207772/allford-hall-monaghan-morris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AHMM</a>&nbsp;respond states practically...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956851/gaud-envisioned-a-parabolic-hotel-apparently-proposed-for-site-of-original-wtc-twin-towers Gaudí envisioned a parabolic hotel apparently proposed for site of original WTC Twin Towers Justine Testado 2016-07-08T19:23:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T15:53:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wz/wzn20j9ax9jr5zqu.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubbed the Hotel Attraction (according to Matamala&rsquo;s recollection), Gaud&iacute; proposed a parabolic skyscraper towering over the city at 360 meters. It would have been the tallest building in the world until the completion of the Empire State Building. The exact location for the proposed tower is unknown, but a group of architects and historians argued that it was intended for the site of the first World Trade Center towers and put it forward for the Ground Zero memorial design competition in 2003.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124354329/sagrada-the-mystery-of-creation-showcases-the-collaborative-efforts-to-finish-gaud-s-towering-basilica" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation" showcases the collaborative efforts to finish Gaud&iacute;'s towering basilica</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/83085278/a-1-minute-video-shows-the-completion-of-gaud-s-sagrada-fam-lia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A 1-Minute Video Shows The Completion Of Gaud&iacute;'s Sagrada Fam&iacute;lia</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956776/steve-saling-retired-landscape-architect-with-als-designs-residence-he-can-control-by-blinking Steve Saling, retired landscape architect with ALS, designs residence he can control by blinking Justine Testado 2016-07-08T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-07-08T15:36:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6m/6myvcdozp92nsbpm.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Unwilling to accept a life utterly dependent on caretakers, [Steve] Saling designed a series of systems that let patients with ALS control their environment in the assisted living center with ...blinks and facial twitches. &ldquo;The notable impact that ALS had on my ability to design is speed,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I am a lot slower. [But] Because much of my profession had been computerized and I excelled in computer-assisted drafting, I was still able to convey my ideas with a lot of precision.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more about amazing architects who never let their disabilities get in their way:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106023362/working-out-of-the-box-francis-tsai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box: Francis Tsai</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131331220/francis-tsai-previously-featured-on-archinect-s-working-out-of-the-box-passes-away" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Francis Tsai, previously featured on Archinect's Working Out of the Box, passes away</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138210382/building-voice-visually-impaired-architect-christopher-downey-lectures-in-downtown-miami" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building Voice: Visually impaired architect, Christopher Downey, lectures in Downtown Miami</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149520445/the-nuanced-design-of-deaf-spaces" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The nuanced design of deaf spaces</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956752/affordable-spaces-for-london-s-creative-industry-by-urban-acupuncture Affordable spaces for London's creative industry by Urban Acupuncture Ellen Hancock 2016-07-08T11:18:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T15:48:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e7/e7e89689781f116b4f8340a0700fcde2.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The duo asked themselves the question if London will still be the capital of creativity, arts and crafts in 10 years time. Rising rents for residential and work spaces, combined with an&nbsp;increasingly unaffordable education system, are making the city less and less accessible. According to Boano and Pri&scaron;montas, London has always been a center for creativity,&nbsp;but the recent financial pressures have turned &lsquo;creativity&rsquo; into an industry that can only be joined by people who are able to afford&nbsp;it.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ab/ab4f6d0e76b8daa4724a53972c466495.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2a/2ac26e7c3912bb83065bde25f262585a.jpg"></p><p>At this unstable time, the capital's creative industry must be entrepreneurial and work together to remain the best, are we up to the challenge? Read more stories of ingenuity in the UK here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149956491/the-hive-pavilion-moves-to-kew-gardens" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Hive pavilion moves to Kew Gardens</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149956114/digital-elytrons-latest-architecture-technology-at-the-v-a-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Digital Elytrons. Latest Architecture Technology at the V &amp; A Museum.</a></li><li><a href="http://RIBA%20reveals%2046%20stunning%20projects%20as%202016%20National%20Awardees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA reveals 46 stunning projects as 2016 National Awardees</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149951999/allies-and-morrison-propose-an-alternative-to-the-garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Allies and Morrison propose an alternative to the garden bridge</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149951735/london-revives-co-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London revives co-housing</a></li></ul>