Archinect - News 2015-11-30T21:16:15-05:00 Stories from the Anthropocene: Archinect Sessions One-to-One #4 with Liam Young Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-30T15:29:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T19:06:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architect and educator Liam Young joins Paul Petrunia and Nicholas Korody in the Archinect studio for this week's One-to-One. Young, a kind of architect-non-architect (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his definition of the role may vary</a>), concerns his design and creative work with the anthropocentric futures of our globalized society, in architecture, energy, and technology.</p><p>Standard among his many roles are co-director of the AA's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unknown Fields Division</a>, a nomadic research studio, and founder of the urbanism think tank, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tomorrow's Thoughts Today</a>. Current projects include developing a new masters program at SCI-Arc in fiction and entertainment, and leading a studio at the AA. Special thanks to SCI-Arc for helping set up the interview.</p><p>Listen to our One-to-One #4 with Liam Young:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe the the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>D...</strong></li></ul> Rem Koolhaas to design Manchester arts center, "The Factory" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-30T14:46:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T14:46:50-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rem Koolhaas/OMA will design The Factory, the proposed &pound;110 million (approx. US$166.3 million) Manchester Arts Centre in England. Koolhaas won the commission ... over fellow starchitects including Zaha Hadid, Mecanoo, Grimshaw Architects, Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly, DS+R, and Haworth Tompkins. [...] Named after the Manchester-based record label, The Factory is described as a cutting-edge, flexible cultural institution that ... will also be a major component in the cultural redevelopment of the city.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Norman Foster says he has "no power as an architect, none whatsoever" – only advocacy Alexander Walter 2015-11-23T12:19:00-05:00 >2015-11-26T01:18:31-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Do you believe in infrastructure?&rdquo; asks Norman Foster, with challenge in his voice. He does. Infrastructure, he says, is about &ldquo;investing not to solve the problems of today but to anticipate the issues of future generations&rdquo;. [...] &ldquo;I have no power as an architect, none whatsoever. I can&rsquo;t even go on to a building site and tell people what to do.&rdquo; Advocacy, he says, is the only power an architect ever has.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prairie futurism: designs revealed for the new Chicago Apple store</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The In Crowd: review of "Conversations with Architects: In the Age of Celebrity"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The selective amnesia of Foster + Partners' Maspero Triangle District Masterplan</a></li></ul> Venice Biennale director Alejandro Aravena: "Our challenge must be to go beyond architecture." Alexander Walter 2015-11-20T12:04:00-05:00 >2015-11-20T13:07:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As architects, we are living at a time of shifting paradigms. [...] It&rsquo;s why I&rsquo;m so interested in how architects and urban planners engage with other fields &ndash; economics, security, the environment and so on. Our challenge must be to go beyond architecture and speak the languages of these other disciplines, before translating our discussions into formal design proposals. [...] Our ultimate focus is still on form, but what informs this has expanded dramatically.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Just a few key takeaways from Alejandro Aravena's piece for <em>The Guardian</em>:</p><ul><li>"As curator of <em>Reporting From The Front</em>, I want to reverse the idea that the Biennale only deals with issues that are of interest to other architects. We have begun by identifying problems that every citizen can not only understand but actually has a say in: immigration, water, land capacity, waste and so on."</li><li>"Unlike military wars where nobody wins and there is a prevailing sense of defeat, however, on the frontlines of the built environment there is a sense of vitality, because architecture is about looking at reality in a proposal key. We should never forget that design can be a very powerful tool in mobilising people to act."</li><li>"There are new actors in this story &ndash; not least those property developers who use buildings to chase huge profits. But we are interested in how architecture can introduce a broader notion of gain: design as added value instead of an extra cost; architecture as a shortcut towards equality...</li></ul> Editor's Picks #435 Nam Henderson 2015-11-19T17:20:00-05:00 >2015-11-25T21:25:33-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Urquhart&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp;first piece for Archinect, was a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a> from the front lines of the London Design Festival.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;talked with Guggenheim Fellow and Los Angeles Times book critic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Ulin about his book &lsquo;Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles&rsquo;</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p>Over at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Wall Street Journal</a>,&nbsp;Jennifer Smith wrote about the ongoing LDMC plans for a performing-arts center planned within the World Trade Center complex.&nbsp;<strong>buck i</strong>&nbsp;let's the cat out of the bag "<em>Its REX. my buddy has been working on this for a while--can't wait to see it revealed. Wyly 2.0 I hope.</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The second season of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> premiered</a> with some changes. A new, shorter format <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mini-Sessions</a>, along with a new podcast, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions: One-to-One</a>, aka an interview show, straight-up.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Karody</a>&nbsp;criticized <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The selective amnesia of Foster + Partners' Maspero Triangle District Masterplan</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>There are <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">now</a> 14 programs working with NCARB to offer licensure upon graduation.&nbsp;<strong>null pointer</strong> believes "<em>the result of...</em></p> "Architecture is a field of repression": Daniel Libeskind on childhood memories, trauma, and architecture Nicholas Korody 2015-11-19T17:05:00-05:00 >2015-11-20T11:45:50-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"You repress almost everything to produce a building," states Daniel Libeskind during a long and wide-ranging <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">conversation</a> with the architectural historian Gillian Darley&nbsp;in the context of the exhibition <em>Childhood ReCollections: Memory in Design</em> at the Roca London Gallery.<br><br>"Everything is repressed because it has to fit into the context, it has to be stylized, it has to appeal to clients, it has to be normal," he contends. "But I always thought, try to show what has been repressed in architecture. It&rsquo;s very difficult because people don&rsquo;t like it."<br><br>Their conversation touches on a number of Libeskind's central concerns and makes frequent reference to both his biography and his oeuvre. Here are some of the highlights (check out the full video below):<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>On his childhood:</strong></p><ul><li>"I was lucky to have that experience of... the mythology of New York, which is arriving by boat as an immigrant. You know, woken up, 4 o&rsquo;clock in the morning by my mother with my sister, go up, wake up, 'you&rsquo;re going to see Ne...</li></ul> BIG unveils 28-acre master plan for Pittsburgh's Lower Hill District Julia Ingalls 2015-11-19T14:03:00-05:00 >2015-11-26T11:15:32-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A meandering urban flow lies at the heart of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>'s master plan for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pittsburgh</a>, which is appropriate since the plan's primary function is to connect the Hill District to the city's downtown core. Collaborating with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">West 8</a> (landscape architecture) and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atelier Ten</a> (sustainability), BIG's master plan includes 1.2 million square feet of residential space and 1.25 million square feet of office, retail, and hotel space.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a> explained, "The masterplan for the Lower Hill District is created by supplementing the existing street grid with a new network of parks and paths shaped to optimize the sloping hill side for human accessibility for all generations. The paths are turned and twisted to&nbsp;always find a gentle sloping path leading pedestrians and bicyclists comfortably up and down the hillside. The resulting urban fabric combines a green network of effortless circulation with a quirky character reminiscent of a historical downtown."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In an attempt to incorporate the aesthetics of th...</p> How architect Mark Humphreys turned multifamily housing into a multimillion dollar empire Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-19T12:45:00-05:00 >2015-11-20T17:46:18-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a typical year, [Humphreys &amp; Partners] designs between 12 and 15 percent of all apartments built in the United States. [...] Instead of starting from scratch on every project, he came up with the idea of &ldquo;commoditizing&rdquo; the process. He&rsquo;d have a base product, like The Big House, that could be tweaked to fit in various markets throughout the country. It simplified things and kept costs down, giving Humphreys &amp; Partners a competitive advantage.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Construction on Steven Holl's Copenhagen Gate Project likely will proceed in 2016 Julia Ingalls 2015-11-18T14:34:00-05:00 >2015-11-19T11:10:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl Architects</a>' design for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen</a> harbor's pedestrian bridge linking twin skyscrapers won the city's competition back in 2008 and has already been honored with a 2010&nbsp;Progressive Architecture Award, the rather tight-lipped global economy delayed its construction. However, the firm announced that construction will likely begin in 2016/2017 if "rental efforts are progressing satisfactorily." Copenhageners: start signing those leases.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> A site of memory for a fledgling nation Nam Henderson 2015-11-16T11:29:00-05:00 >2015-11-16T11:29:33-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But Bickels&rsquo;s lasting legacy was more technical...For those who care about spaces &mdash; like Hult&eacute;n, Piano and countless other international visitors over the decades &mdash; the combination of intimate, varied rooms and light sources make for a kind of ur-museum, not grand but perfectly executed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>James McAuley explains how&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mishkan Le&rsquo;Omanut</a>&nbsp;(designed by&nbsp;Samuel Bickels)&nbsp;in&nbsp;Ein Harod,&nbsp;has inspired some of the 20th century&rsquo;s most iconic buildings. Especially, with regards to&nbsp;the use of natural light within museum architecture.</p> What does Canada's new Prime Minister mean for architecture? Julia Ingalls 2015-11-12T14:39:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:01:45-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>By now, everyone is aware that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau comes from a solid political lineage and is relatively young, but what are his policies on architecture? During the election,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada</a>&nbsp;(RAIC) polled Trudeau's Liberal Party of Canada on its stances toward a variety of issues, including greenhouse gas emission reduction from buildings, quality of public spaces, and the cessation of infrastructural services such as mail delivery. If campaign promises are kept, it looks like Canada's architectural future will be an aesthetically conscious and sustainable one:</p><p><strong>RAIC:</strong> Do you agree design excellence must be a high priority for federally funded projects?&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Liberal Party:</strong> Liberals value the liveability of our cities, and this includes contributing to the ongoing nation-building that creates treasured landmarks. We recognize that architecture has the capacity to reflect our heritage, our history, and our culture. It has to potential to speak ...</p> Un-Forgetting Influential Voices: Women in Architecture #wikiD Writing Workshop Donna Sink 2015-11-12T12:51:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T01:08:20-05:00 <img src="" width="300" height="246" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>&ldquo;History is not a simple meritocracy: it is a narrative of the past written and revised - or not written at all - by people with agendas.&rdquo; </em>- Despina Stratigakos, "Unforgetting Women Architects: From the Pritzker to Wikipedia", <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Places Journal</a>, June 2013</p><p>In 2007, in the nascent days of Wikipedia, Archinecter Quilian Riano posted a call for &lsquo;necters to join in a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">group online effort</a> to edit the Wikipedia page on Architecture to improve what had been a minimally considered &ndash; and minimally accurate &ndash; entry.&nbsp;</p><p>Now editing has become a social act: on 21 November 2015, you can join the Women In Architecture #wikiD Writing Workshop at the SCI-Arc Kappe Library to engage in the act of &ldquo;unforgetting women architects&rdquo;.&nbsp; You can even write about the woman architects you most want the world to know about &ndash; just bring some biographical information and enthusiasm for spreading the word.&nbsp; The jointly-sponsored Association for Women in Architecture + Design event will provide Wikipedia editing training d...</p> Christian Kerez to helm the Swiss Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale Nicholas Korody 2015-11-11T14:29:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:11:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Swiss architect Christian Kerez, born 1962 in Maracaibo (Venezuela), will be responsible for creating the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion for the 15th edition of the Architecture Biennale in Venice. Kerez studied at ETH Z&uuml;rich and has been teaching there as Professor of Architecture and Design since 2009.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Pro Helvetia, the Swiss arts council that has been responsible for the country's contributions to the Venice Biennale since 2012, announced the other day that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christian Kerez</a> will create the exhibition for next year's Biennale.&nbsp;<br><br>Kerez is best known for a commercial tower project in Zhengzhou, China, a school in Leutschenbach, Switzerland and a social housing project in Brazil. His firm is also known for the "House with One Wall" project, a two-family home in Zurich-Witikon.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>"Kerez seeks to enable a new spatial experience that can only be brought about by architecture," the press release states.<br><br>The art historian Sandra Oehy will curate the exhibit. "Salon Suisse," a discussion and debate platform that has accompanied the Swiss contribution to the Biennale since 2012, will be programmed by the art historian and architect Le&iuml;la el-Wakil.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>The selection was made based on the recommendation of a jury that comprised Marco Bakker, Francesco Buzzi, Beatrice Galilee, Irina Davidovici, and Isa St...</p> The selective amnesia of Foster + Partners' Maspero Triangle District Masterplan Nicholas Korody 2015-11-11T04:21:00-05:00 >2015-11-16T13:11:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a> has won a competition to redesign the area around the Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) headquarters in Cairo&rsquo;s Maspero area, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">according</a> to an announcement made yesterday by the Egyptian Ministry of State for Urban Renewal and Informal Settlements (MURIS).</p><p>&ldquo;On the banks of the River Nile, the future of Maspero burns bright,&rdquo; states Grant Brooker, Senior Executive Partner at Foster + Partners. &ldquo;And we are sure our sustainable model of development will set the benchmark for urban regeneration throughout the country.&rdquo;</p><p>The Maspero Triangle District Masterplan, as the initiative is called, endeavors to dramatically remake the Nile-adjacent neighborhood while still maintaining its current <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">demographic heterogeneity</a>, which comprises informal settlements of around 12,000 people interspersed among high-end real estate. The plan will rehouse the majority of the low income population in the same area, the press release states, and, unlike others in recent history, this d...</p> Thomas Heatherwick named WSJ. Magazine’s 2015 Design Innovator Alexander Walter 2015-11-10T15:12:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T23:29:16-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The thing about Thomas is that every project seems to come out of a completely different burst of imagination,&rdquo; says media mogul Barry Diller [...] &ldquo;Nothing looks similar&mdash;there&rsquo;s no linkage. I think he&rsquo;s the most creative, interesting architect&mdash;other than Frank Gehry, whom I adore&mdash;alive. They share a kind of genius for imagination in its purest form.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The six other creatives that were &ndash;&nbsp;along with Heatherwick &ndash;&nbsp;awarded the title of WSJ. Magazine's 2015&nbsp;Innovators of the Year are:</p><ul><li>Richard Serra (Art)</li><li>Angelina Jolie Pitt (Entertainment/Film)</li><li>Karl Ove Knausgaard (Literature)</li><li>Miuccia Prada (Fashion)</li><li>Stewart Butterfield, CEO of Slack (Technology)</li><li>Mark Parker, CEO of Nike (Brand)</li></ul><p>If you haven't yet, take a listen to our interview with Thomas Heatherwick from earlier this year. The interview starts at around 10:30...</p><p></p> Starchitects Discuss Future of Skyscrapers at CTBUH Conference in NYC bennessb 2015-11-10T12:17:00-05:00 >2015-11-10T12:17:49-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Held at the Grand Hyatt from October 26 to 30, the conference theme was The Resurgence of the Skyscraper City. A series of case studies presented by leading visionaries in the industry showcased building technologies, new landmark developments around the world, and where the capital to finance these developments is coming from.</p></em><br /><br /><p>At a CTBUH conference held in New York City last month, well known architects including Daniel Libeskind, Bjarke Ingels, Moshe Safdie, Adrian Smith and Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly joined planners and developers to discuss the future of skyscraper design and construction around the world.&nbsp;</p><p>Many of their contributions focused on the role of the architect in preserving public spaces while meeting the real need for density and affordable development within cities.</p> A peek into The Now Institute's "Haiti Now" publication + giveaway winners Justine Testado 2015-11-10T11:48:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T22:07:29-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Looking back at the Season 1 finale of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a> this past summer &mdash; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">featuring Thom Mayne and Eui-Sung Yi</a>, our listeners had the chance to win a copy of "Haiti Now". The book is a visual almanac of the "Haiti Now" project from the NOW Institute. Founded by Thom Mayne, the Now Institute is an urban research center at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design that applies strategic urban thinking to real-world issues.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Photo via The NOW Institute.</em></p><p>Haiti Now is a cross-disciplinary research-driven project that is dedicated to addressing Haiti's contemporary urban issues and potential for future development as thoroughly as possible. The project began in 2011 when the Now Institute was asked to be involved in the development of Haiti, after the Institute completed a design for the Make It Right foundation and a proposed masterplan for the city of New Orleans.</p><p>"It is our hope that this book can provide a foundation of knowledge and understanding of Haiti and many issue of development to uni...</p> Our brand new interview podcast "Archinect Sessions One-to-One" premieres today! Listen to episode #1 with Neil Denari Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-09T18:21:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T10:06:58-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Our new podcast, <strong>Archinect Sessions: One-to-One</strong>&nbsp;is an interview show, straight-up. Each episode features a single interview with a notable figure in contemporary architecture &ndash; it's that simple. Usually, One-to-One will be led by me or Paul Petrunia, while occasionally others will serve as guide. The conversation will be casual and spontaneous, touching on the interviewee's role in the expanding range of architectural practice, and will serve&nbsp;(we hope)&nbsp;a valuable archival role in future discourse.</p><p>For our very first episode, I spoke with <strong>Neil Denari</strong> of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neil M. Denari Architects (NMDA)</a>. Aside from his firm's work, Denari is a tenured professor at UCLA, and was the director of SCI-Arc from 1997 - 2001. We spoke about the shifting focus of architecture education, multitasking, Los Angeles and the recession's impact on architecture.</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe the the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>Stitcher</strong>:&nbsp;<a href=";refid=stpr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to listen</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow A...</a></li></ul> Architecture and the index: McKenzie Wark on Eyal Weizman and Forensic Architecture Nicholas Korody 2015-11-09T16:38:00-05:00 >2015-11-11T08:49:29-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Besides the thing itself, architecture concerns itself with two kinds of sign about it: iconic signs and symbols. Iconic signs resemble the thing itself. They are the plans and elevations and isometrics. The more symbolic architecture is that of language, the word, the logo and so forth. The postmodern turn shifted the emphasis from the iconic to the symbolic. I think [Eyal] Weizman has created an architecture about a whole other kind of sign &ndash; the index.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Indexical signs are traces of events: where there is smoke there is fire. The smoke does not resemble the fire. It is not an icon. Nor does it have a code like a symbolic sign system. Forensics is a matter of working backwards from the index to the event of which it is the sign, like in a detective story. A forensic architecture takes as its subject events that happen or don&rsquo;t happen in build space, including the destruction of built space."</p> Benjamin Ball, of Ball-Nogues Studio, shares some of his favorite Downtown Los Angeles destinations Justine Testado 2015-11-06T19:25:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T21:33:01-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How do designers experience their cities as locals? No two people, let alone architects, perceive even the most frequented cities in the same way. There's no city that embodies that like the way Los Angeles does it. Beyond the ample sunshine and smog, juice diets, drought consciousness (or not), and the traffic jams that make up parts of present-day L.A., this jigsaw puzzle of a city perpetually intrigues and confuses both tourists and locals alike.</p><p>To get a fresh perspective on what to do around town, in addition to seeing the most obvious L.A. landmarks, Archinect got in touch with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ball-Nogues Studio</a> co-founder Benjamin Ball to share some of his own travel tips. Give his suggestions below a shot and experience the City of Angels with some devilish fun.</p><p><strong>Night Gallery and Francois Ghebaly Gallery</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Night Gallery used to open at 10 pm when it occupied a&nbsp; dilapidated mini-mall in Lincoln Heights. Today, it has regular hours and is located behind a strip club in the vast industrial territor...</p> Editor's Picks #434 Nam Henderson 2015-11-06T11:22:00-05:00 >2015-11-06T12:26:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;highlighted the work of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Build Research (DBR), based in Vancouver, British Columbia</a>. Currently a non-profit institute led by architect Michael Green&nbsp;and creative entrepreneur Scott Hawthorn, one of the earliest projects was building a theater when TED headquarters&rsquo; moved from Long Beach, California to Vancouver.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>zenza</strong> commented "<em>I was a part of the TED Talk stage design/build (I`m in the last photo actually!). &nbsp;It was a fantastic experience and I learned a lot...Having learned extremely little about construction and the act of assembling things in school, this program offered an awesome addition to my design education.</em>"</p><p>Meanwhile the latest edition of <strong>Screen/Print</strong>: featured the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">October 2015 issue of the </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Journal of Architectural Education</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">, volume 69: "</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">S,M,L,XL</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>News</strong><br>Belmont Freeman (principal of Belmont Freeman Architects, an award-winning design firm in New York City) <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">penned an essay</a> questioning whether preservation has become too conservative and elitist? What&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eva...</a></p> Vote on which 3D concrete puzzles of cities & places to model next Julia Ingalls 2015-11-04T15:12:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T01:32:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>First, there was a competition: specifically, the What-To-Print-In-3D? design contest, in which Planbureau studio won a Makerbot Replicator 2 capable of printing 100 micron resolution samples for the molds of their LOGIPLACES 3D concrete puzzles. So far, they've created 16 to 36 piece puzzles of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Budapest</a>, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grand Canyon</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zermatt</a> in the Alps.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Now, the firm has taken to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Indiegogo</a> to start an entire line of printed puzzles to, according to a press release, "create a product that can be completely custom-made to represent any chosen place, one with a great memory, someone&rsquo;s hometown or a company&rsquo;s headquarters and its surroundings." Contributors to the new campaign (which needs to raise $15,000 by mid-December) will be able to cast their vote on which place they'd like to see modeled next.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Taking your licensing exams? Prepare for ARE 5.0's release with NCARB's "Transition Calculator" Julia Ingalls 2015-11-04T12:53:00-05:00 >2015-11-05T13:15:40-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB</a> is phasing out the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARE 4.0</a> and introducing the ARE 5.0 in late 2016, which means that depending where you are with your licensing exams, you'll probably need to figure out how your ARE 4.0 credits apply to the new version. Anticipating this need, the NCARB has released a "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transition Calculator</a>" that allows you to plan your test path. Of note: although the ARE 4.0 won't be officially retired until June 30, 2018, once you jump to version 5.0, you can't switch back.&nbsp;</p> Listen to highlights from Enrique Norten's interview, winner of the 2015 Neutra Award Orhan Ayyüce 2015-11-03T14:55:00-05:00 >2015-11-05T15:48:18-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Somewhere along the lines of recent years, I became the unofficial interviewer for the semiannual <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neutra Award</a>, offered by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cal Poly Pomona</a> to highly regarded master architects in Neutra's vein. In the past, it has been awarded to Tadao Ando, Michael Rotondi and now, Enrique Norten of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TEN Arquitectos</a>.</p><p>The minute I decided to talk to Enrique Norten about modern times and its architecture vis a vis Neutra&rsquo;s VDL House, the conversation unfolded by itself and modernism in presence. I should add, of course, Mr. Norten, staying in the house as Cal Poly Pomona&rsquo;s guest, feeling its energy, its humble experimental brilliance, its importance to architecture and, as an anecdotal moment, not missing a second of the much stuffier Green &amp; Green House where he has also stayed in the past.</p><p>We became friends and agreed what started as modern architecture still continues globally in its many iterations. How can it not? We agreed, we are all moderns, even if we deny, our ancestors lived differently.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p></p>... A garden is the roof of a meeting room in a loft office by jvantspijker Jaakko van 't Spijker 2015-11-03T11:28:00-05:00 >2015-11-03T11:29:20-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Jvantspijker urbanism architecture has redesigned the main space of an old steam factory in the Delfshaven neighborhood of Rotterdam, to become an open loft office. A central glass meeting room, with a pantry and stairs leading to the plant-filled roof organizes the large warehouse space in a single sweeping gesture, transforming it into a generous and optimistic working space.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The transformed office space is situated in a waterfront factory, called &lsquo;De Fabriek van Delfshaven&rsquo;. De Fabriek is a multi-tenant building in which a large number of creative offices are housed. In the last two years, this factory has become a vibrant working community where design studios, software companies and progressive small businesses are housed together in one of the oldest areas of Rotterdam.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The central design idea behind the transformation of the office was to keep the scale, transparency and lightness in place and to connect the office to the main atrium of the building. Therefore the central elem...</p> Along the political equator of the desert threshold Nam Henderson 2015-11-03T00:24:00-05:00 >2015-11-05T21:18:41-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="690" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Weizman&rsquo;s new book, 'The Conflict Shoreline' (Steidl in association with Cabinet Books, 2015), a richly illustrated volume produced in collaboration with American photographer Fazal Sheikh about the displacement of the Bedouins in the Negev/Naqab desert.</p></em><br /><br /><p>George Prochnik and Eyal Weizman discuss the latest work by the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forensic Architecture</a> team,&nbsp;Bedouin displacement in the Negev and&nbsp;&nbsp;"threshold of detectability."</p> A look at the winning architecture firm behind the 2015 World Series' stadium Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-02T17:45:00-05:00 >2015-11-05T21:21:39-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Located in Kansas City, architecture firm Populous did the design for Citi Field where the Mets play and the renovation design for Kauffman Stadium for the Royals. For them, this World Series provided a platform for what the firm do for both ground-up design and ballparks that have preexisted. [...] Populous will assuredly continue to be the main player in sports facility design. Having both Citi Field and Kauffman Stadium hosting games helped showcase why.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Listen to the second live Next Up interview with Sarah Lorenzen, chair at Cal Poly Pomona and resident director of the Neutra VDL House Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-31T12:39:00-04:00 >2015-11-03T13:29:05-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After we wrapped our first live-podcasting series, "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up</a>", held at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jai &amp; Jai Gallery</a>&nbsp;in Los Angeles' Chinatown and at the opening weekend of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a>, we had&nbsp;over four hours of live interviews to release. Now, we're letting them loose as "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mini-Sessions</a>", leading up to the premiere of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>' second season on Thursday, November 5. We'll also be launching a brand new podcast soon, so keep your eyes and ears open.</p><p>Without further ado, please enjoy our second Next Up <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mini-Session</a>, an interview with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sarah Lorenzen</a>. We'll be sharing more Mini-Sessions in the coming days, and remember to subscribe to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>&nbsp;to not miss an episode! You can listen to past Mini-Sessions <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Listen to our "Next Up" interview with&nbsp;<strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sarah Lorenzen</a></strong>:</p><ul></ul><ul></ul><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" 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://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>Stitcher</strong>:&nbsp;<a href=";refid=stpr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to listen</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here ...</a></li></ul> Building a collaborative practice: Caroline Bos of UNStudio lectures at LACMA Justine Testado 2015-10-30T16:00:00-04:00 >2015-11-05T20:06:23-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Students and professionals nearly filled up the Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Tuesday night to listen to guest lecturer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Caroline Bos</a>, co-founder and principal urban planner of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNStudio</a>. Bos spoke about UNStudio&rsquo;s design process that continues to shift even after her 27 years of practice with co-founder Ben van Berkel and their growing international office. In highlighting a selection of the firm's projects, she outlined their focus on collaborative, research-driven design, with the ultimate goal to consistently create inventive, inclusive and &ldquo;socially aware&rdquo; architecture.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>Caroline Bos and&nbsp;Ben van Berkel of UNStudio.</em></p><p>To frame the discussion of UNStudio's design methods, Bos began her lecture by quoting from Richard Sennett&rsquo;s 2008 book, <em>The Craftsman</em>. &ldquo;Knowledge is gained in the hand through touch and movement," and, "Technical understanding develops through the powers of imagination&rdquo;. According to Bos, the quotes in an architectural context describe the int...</p> Tom Kundig interviewed by The Wall Street Journal: "he always starts with the idea of intimacy" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-29T15:17:00-04:00 >2015-11-06T00:04:37-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="682" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Kundig] builds houses that look like rustic jewels atop glacial rock in the Cascade Range of Washington state, or along the San Juan Islands waterfront or in the California high desert. Typically made of some combination of weathered wood, concrete and rusted steel, the structures also include generous stretches of glass [...] The son of Swiss &eacute;migr&eacute;s, Mr. Kundig was strongly influenced by the rugged topography of the Pacific Northwest, where he was raised.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Tom Kundig's work in the News:</p><ul><li><a title="Tom Kundig loses lawsuit against his Washington valley cabin" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tom Kundig loses lawsuit against his Washington valley cabin</a></li><li><a title="Lawsuit Filed Against Architect Tom Kundig" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lawsuit Filed Against Architect Tom Kundig</a></li><li><a title="Tom Kundig on the Frey House II" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tom Kundig on the Frey House II</a></li></ul>