Archinect - News 2016-09-26T10:01:00-04:00 Grounded Research: Alvin Huang of Synthesis Design + Architecture on bringing computational design to life, on Archinect Sessions #82 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-22T17:15:00-04:00 >2016-09-23T08:32:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvin Huang</a>, founder and principal of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Synthesis Design + Architecture</a> in Los Angeles, joins us to talk about growing his practice into the award-winning firm it is today. Alvin dips back into his time in London, going to school at the AA and working with Zaha, and shares the terror and excitement that is starting your own firm. We also discuss taking criticism on social media, firm/teaching/life balance, and computation's role in design.</p><p>This past August, Synthesis received the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Presidential Honoree Emerging Practice Award from&nbsp;AIA | LA</a> &ndash; check out their work <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 82 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Grounded Research":</p><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>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>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes:</strong></p><p>The Greg Lynn Show...</p> Norman Foster reimagines global infrastructure strategies in new essay Julia Ingalls 2016-09-22T13:36:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T21:01:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Back in May, Foster + Partners unveiled their design for the Droneport, a modular shell-like structure that is constructed with local labor from earthen bricks and thin compressed tiles to create loading areas for food and medical-aid bearing transport drones. A version of the Droneport was built at this year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Biennale</a> (which is open until November 27th).&nbsp;Now, in the freshly unveiled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">thematic supplement to the&nbsp;</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement,</a> Norman Foster has written an essay which builds upon the idea of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buckminster Fuller</a>'s "trim tab" to help foster enormous change in Africa and other countries with relatively small, if holistically conceived, gestures such as the Droneport.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Norman writes: "There is a moral imperative to provide more globally available energy while seeking to conserve its consumption. The answer to this apparent paradox is to adopt&nbsp;a holistic approach to the design of sustainable communities in which the infrastructure and indi...</p> Introducing Bjarke Ingels' floating student housing, "Urban Rigger" Julia Ingalls 2016-09-22T12:48:00-04:00 >2016-09-23T18:25:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Bjarke Ingels has found the elusive silver lining in global sea level rise and the European affordable housing crisis in the form of "Urban Rigger," a series of inexpensive student housing complexes that are designed to float in the sea, especially in those cities which have dense urban cores next to the waterfront. The idea here is to provide students with affordable digs that are close to class while simultaneously making the most out of changing climate conditions and post-industrial port repurposing. The first complete Urban Rigger has already been assembled in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>According to an article in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FastCompany</a>, "Each unit, which can house 12 students at once, is composed of modular shipping containers. These modules are powered by a photovoltaic array and use a heat-exchange system that draws upon the thermal mass of water to warm and cool the interiors. Meanwhile, an aerogel developed by NASA insulates the interiors."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For the latest on Bjarke Ingels:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Play "Arkinoid" arcade on BIG...</a></li></ul> Editor's Picks #454 Nam Henderson 2016-09-22T00:17:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T23:03:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Responding to Brexit, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eleanor Marshall</a>&nbsp;considered <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">five buildings designed by European architects working in the UK from 1973 until 2016</a>; the lifespan of the UK&rsquo;s membership of the European Union.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"<em>If in the next few years major change hinders the eclecticism that the UK currently has we may be left with the tedious offspring of New London Vernacular and not much else.</em>"</p><p>Plus,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;looked at the example set by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">7 famous architectural dropouts and autodidacts</a>.&nbsp;<strong>Olaf Design Ninja_ </strong>&nbsp;quipped "<em>pales in comparison to the Harvard drop-out list</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>For those confused about the Guggenheim Helsinki <strong>discoverfinland</strong> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">clarified</a> -</p><p>"<em>The whole project has been rejected twice. Helsinki locals are vocally opposed to it, about 60/40, local govt is opposed to it, and now it has been completely ruled out at a national level. Unfortunately, some of those who are in favour are also journalists, which leads to the international community thinking this is an actual issue. It isn't. In 2017 the reserve t...</em></p> David Adjaye on Designing a Museum That Speaks a Different Language b3tadine[sutures] 2016-09-22T00:11:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T09:44:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I was completely moved by the corona motif. It seemed like a way to start to tell a story that moves from one continent, where people were taken, along with their cultures, and used as labor, then contributed towards making another country and new cultures. That history then continues in the decorative patterning of those panels.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Adjaye.</p> Níall McLaughlin wins RIBA 2016 Charles Jencks Award Justine Testado 2016-09-21T18:43:00-04:00 >2016-09-21T18:48:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;For me, architectural practice includes drawing, writing and building as interlinked activities. It is a continual ferrying between an engagement in the natural processes required to bring something reliable and concrete into being, and the need to clear a space for the expression of doubt, possibility and a half-glimpsed ideal...I am very grateful for the recognition.&rdquo; &mdash; N&iacute;all McLaughlin</p></em><br /><br /><p>The RIBA revealed&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">N&iacute;all McLaughlin</a> as the 2016 Charles Jencks Award recipient today.&nbsp;Named after landscape designer and architectural theorist Charles Jencks, the award recognizes an individual or practice for their recent major contributions to architectural theory and practice simultaneously.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Bishop Edward King Chapel. Photo &copy; Nick Kane.</em></p><p>Most recently, McLaughlin <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">represented Ireland</a> in the 2016 Venice Biennale with his&nbsp;&lsquo;Losing Myself&rsquo; installation, which focuses on the spatial experiences of people with Alzheimer's. His firm also won the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize last year.</p><p>Find out more&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron named 2015 RIBA Jencks Award winners</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Benedetta Tagliabue wins 2013 RIBA Jencks Award</a></p> Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design accepted by Eisenhower family Julia Ingalls 2016-09-20T12:54:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T15:35:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After more than four years of wrangling over&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry's</a> proposal for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eisenhower memorial</a>, the Eisenhower family has removed its objections to a modified version of the initial design. Although information about specific design changes and compromises was scant, according to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reuters</a> the controversial steel "tapestries" will remain in some form on the family-approved version, even though Justin Shubow, president of the National Civic Art Society, referred to them as invoking the problematic imagery of an "iron curtain."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on the fraught history of the Eisenhower Memorial:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design gets green light from National Capital Planning Commission</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chairman of Eisenhower Memorial Commission to step down</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eisenhower Memorial clears key hurdle on Gehry design</a></li></ul> MoMA makes all its museum exhibition archives available online Orhan Ayyüce 2016-09-18T17:24:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T05:48:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Exhibitions from our founding in 1929 to the present are available online. These pages are updated continually.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Go ahead and dig in! All there, including architecture. Now, that's a museum service.</p> The architecture of grief: inside OMA's "An Occupation of Loss" Julia Ingalls 2016-09-15T13:09:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T00:14:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In OMA and artist&nbsp;Taryn Simon's&nbsp;"An Occupation of Loss," professional mourners create unique performances of grief into an enormous sculpture of eight 45 foot concrete inverted wells that act as "a discordant instrument." It's not just for professional criers: during the day, visitors are encouraged to interact with the sculpture, exploring their own grief while recordings of the previous evening's performance are played in the background.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>On display at the&nbsp;Park Avenue Armory&rsquo;s Wade Thompson Drill Hall through September 25th, the sculpture will be moved to the Artangel in London next year.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As OMA's Shohei Shigematsu noted,&nbsp;&ldquo;The design was sonically-motivated, focusing on the performative act of loss&nbsp;rather than its physical manifestation, which has been historically marked by multiple scales &ndash; from tombstones to the World Trade Center Memorial. The industrial wells were configured into a readymade ruin that responds to both personal and monumental dimensions."</p><p>For the latest on OMA:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OM...</a></li></ul> Play "Arkinoid" arcade on BIG's website Julia Ingalls 2016-09-15T12:54:00-04:00 >2016-09-18T22:36:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="258" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a throwback to arcade games, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a>' firm BIG has created an Arkanoid version of their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website called Arkinoid</a>, where you can earn points by hitting the firm's projects with a black paddle ball:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Don't think it will be easy to claim the top score, however: "Ben Devine!" is currently in the lead with 9223372036854775807 points, making one wonder about his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">employment status</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on architecturally-related games:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kids play with virtual skyscrapers in new app</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A tour of experiential magical realism games from the Triennale Game Collection</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Better than SimCity: how architects benefit from games, ft. special guest Quilian Riano on Archinect Sessions #79</a></li></ul> Bjarke Ingels gets the Rolling Stone treatment Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-14T13:20:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T09:31:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At 41, Bjarke Ingels could be fairly described as architect-famous, meaning people outside of his profession might be able to finger one of the buildings he's designed, but not the man himself. In person, he exudes a boyish charisma that one minute suggests a Silicon Valley wunderkind and the next a president of a frat house. [...] His most distinctive features are his eyes, which are such dark pools you can practically see your own twin reflections in them.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from BIG and its founder:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Session 14: His bjark is BIGger than his bjite &ndash; A chat with Bjarke Ingels at the opening of BIG's "Hot to Cold" exhibition</a></li><li><a title="Inga Saffron calls BIG's new Navy Yard building &quot;mesmerizing&quot;, &quot;reminiscent of a Richard Serra sculpture&quot;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inga Saffron calls BIG's new Navy Yard building "mesmerizing", "reminiscent of a Richard Serra sculpture"</a></li><li><a title="Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop</a></li><li><a title='"The first major architect who disconnected the profession completely from angst": Rem on Bjarke' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The first major architect who disconnected the profession completely from angst": Rem on Bjarke</a></li><li><a title="BIG unveils moat-encircled stadium design for D.C." href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG unveils moat-encircled stadium design for D.C.</a></li><li><a title='60 Minutes profiles Bjarke Ingels, the "Starchitect"' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">60 Minutes profiles Bjarke Ingels, the "Starchitect"</a></li></ul> Renderings of Thomas Heatherwick's "Vessel" for New York's Hudson Yard revealed Nicholas Korody 2016-09-14T12:43:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T12:57:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="571" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Big, bold and basket-shaped, the structure, &ldquo;Vessel,&rdquo; stands 15 stories, weighs 600 tons and is filled with 2,500 climbable steps. Long under wraps, it is the creation of Thomas Heatherwick, 46, an acclaimed and controversial British designer, and will rise in the mammoth Far West Side development Hudson Yards, anchoring a five-acre plaza and garden that will not open until 2018. Some may see a jungle gym, others a honeycomb.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>But Stephen M. Ross, the billionaire founder and chairman of Related Companies, which is developing Hudson Yards with Oxford Properties Group, has his own nickname for &ldquo;Vessel&rdquo;: &ldquo;the social climber.&rdquo; And the steep price tag Mr. Ross&rsquo;s privately held company is paying for Mr. Heatherwick&rsquo;s installation? More than $150 million.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&ldquo;My studio was commissioned&nbsp;to design a centerpiece for an unusual new piece of land in New York. In a city full of eye-catching&nbsp;structures, our first thought was that it shouldn&rsquo;t just be something to look at. Instead we wanted to make&nbsp;something that everybody could use, touch, relate to," states Heatherwick in the press release. "Influenced by images we had seen of Indian&nbsp;stepwells, made from hundreds of flights of stairs going down into the ground, an idea emerged to use&nbsp;flights of stairs as building elements.&rdquo;</p><p>Comprised of 154 interconnected stairs and 80 landings, the structure rises from a 50 ft diameter base to 150 ft at the top. A painted steel structure ...</p> Paulo Mendes da Rocha wins the 2016 Praemium Imperiale Award Justine Testado 2016-09-13T14:39:00-04:00 >2016-09-18T22:35:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A few months after winning the honorable 2016 Venice Biennale Golden Lion, Pritzker laureate Paulo Mendes da Rocha was announced today as the architecture recipient of the Japan Art Association's Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award for 2016. Comparable to the Nobel Peace Prize in prestige, the Praemium award celebrates extraordinary [lifetime] achievement [in the arts].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Well known for his elegant use of concrete and steel, here's a peek at some of da Rocha's projects:</p><p>National Coach Museum, 2015. Lisbon, Portugal</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Patriarch Square Portico, 2002. S&atilde;o Paulo, Brazil</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Pinacoteca do Estado de S&atilde;o Paulo, 1993, S&atilde;o Paulo, Brazil. Courtesy of Japan Art Association</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>More details <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dominique Perrault presented with the 2015 Praemium Imperiale gold medal for architecture</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl receives Praemium Imperiale International Arts medal for architecture</a></p> Patrik Schumacher on the parametric future he plans for ZHA Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-12T13:25:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T01:32:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="253" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Schumacher] sees parametricism as the architectural style of capitalism, to which he is a relatively recent convert. &ldquo;My early heroes were Marx, Lenin and Trotsky, people who wanted to make an impact&rdquo;, but he now believes that free enterprise is the best means of the &ldquo;human development of prosperity and freedom&rdquo;. The innate logic of parametricism means that, in a truly free market, with &ldquo;freer utilisation of land&rdquo;, it would eventually triumph.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Patrik Schumacher sits down with Rowan Moore, and share his plans to assert a parametricist future as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid's successor at ZHA</a>. Moore isn't exactly convinced.</p><p>More on Zaha and Patrik:</p><ul><li><a title="The Salerno maritime terminal: Zaha Hadid's first posthumous project inaugurated in Italy" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Salerno maritime terminal: Zaha Hadid's first posthumous project inaugurated in Italy</a></li><li><a title="ZHA after Zaha: Patrik Schumacher on Zaha and what's next for the firm, on Archinect Sessions #61" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZHA after Zaha: Patrik Schumacher on Zaha and what's next for the firm, on Archinect Sessions #61</a></li><li><a title="Zaha Hadid Architects to continue under Patrik Schumacher's leadership" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects to continue under Patrik Schumacher's leadership</a></li><li><a title="Zaha Hadid is not impressed by the Chicago Architecture Biennial" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid is not impressed by the Chicago Architecture Biennial</a></li></ul> REVEALED: World Trade Center Performing Arts Center will be a translucent marble cube Alyssa Alimurung 2016-09-08T17:39:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T00:54:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After stalling for years, the $243 million World Trade Center Performing Arts Center started to make headway in recent months, and now Silverstein Properties have revealed the official renderings. With the help of billionaire businessman Ronald O. Perelman's $75 million gift, the 90,000-square-foot marble cube designed by REX will both stand out as an impressive piece of cultural architecture and co-exists with the other structures on the WTC complex.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Finnish government pulls funding for the Guggenheim Helsinki Julia Ingalls 2016-09-08T13:16:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T00:24:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Guggenheim Foundation's Helsinki museum, the design of which was chosen after a hotly anticipated competition last year, is now missing a major financial backer, namely, the government of Finland. Prior to its withdrawal, Finland was going to pick up construction costs and a portion of the operating fees in exchange for top-tier artworks and exhibitions from the Guggenheim.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>However, this pull-out isn't entirely unexpected. Before the winning design by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moreau Kusunoki Architectes</a>&nbsp;was even chosen, there were rumblings of dissent: many in Finland felt that the Guggenheim was becoming a bland franchise, to the point that an alternative competition, "The Next Helsinki," was launched to solicit other designs. As Sampo Terho, parliamentary head of the Finns Party, said, &ldquo;This is the end of the matter, we have ruled out state funding (for Guggenheim) once and for all, for this government.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to our interview with Moreau Kusunoki Architectes about their winning design for the Guggen...</p> ZGF Architects tops 2016's Architect 50 "top firms of the year" Julia Ingalls 2016-09-08T12:35:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T00:44:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Beating out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture</a>, the Portland-based firm ZGF Architects has taken the number one spot in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect Magazine's annual ranking</a> of the fifty best architectural firms. The ranking, which evaluates firms using the criteria of Business, Sustainability, and Design, listed&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">William Rawn Associates</a> as achieving the highest score in business, while&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marlon Blackwell Architects</a> nabbed the highest design ranking.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>ZGF, which had the highest sustainability score, is known chiefly for its healthcare and hospitality buildings, including the&nbsp;Federal Center South Building 1202, which won the&nbsp;AIA COTE 2015 Top Ten Plus Award. Since its founding, the firm has added five additional offices in the U.S. and Canada, all of which follow a design philosophy that "is centered on the premise that design excellence should be reflected in each and every aspect of a building&mdash;its fit with the community, its function and relationship to its users, its building systems, and i...</p> And the winner of this year's "worst new building" is... Eleanor Marshall 2016-09-07T12:16:00-04:00 >2016-09-13T00:33:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This years wooden spoon goes to a luxury block of flats in London&rsquo;s Docklands. Lincoln Plaza, a residential development in London&rsquo;s Docklands is the winner of the 2016 Carbuncle Cup. Designed by BUJ Architects for Galliard Homes, the development consists of two residential towers integrated with a hotel and a standalone drum shaped building set off to one side.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The luxury block of flats in London designed by BUJ Architects has beaten five other projects in the running, Saffron Square by Rolfe Judd, The Diamond by Twelve Architects, One Smithfield by RHWL, Poole Methodist Church by Intelligent Design Centre and 5 Broadgate by Make Architects.&nbsp;The judges <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">described</a> the scheme as "a hideous melange of materials, forms and colours... Lincoln Plaza is the type of project that gives high-rise housing a bad name". Four of the nominees featured facades composed of offset geometrical patterns, utterly confusing to the eye at odds with the openings on their facades. It seems that the once fashionable patchwork quilt approach to facade design has worn thin.</p><p>However, there is a certain amount of discomfort surrounding the Carbuncle Cup. With the position of architects and their authority in the construction industry being ever challenged, is it productive to have an award of shame singling out architects? (and not dodgy contractors or clients?). Or is t...</p> PACT Conference in UEL brings Patrik Schumacher, Mario Carpo, Jose Sanchez and Benjamin Dillenburger gillesretsin 2016-09-07T01:36:00-04:00 >2016-09-13T00:22:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="728" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>University of East London hosts international PACT conference - two days of keynotes and discussions with Patrik Schumacher ( ZHA), Mario Carpo ( UCL), Jose Sanchez ( Plethora Project/USC) and Benjamin Dillenburger ( ETH/ITA).</p></em><br /><br /><p>PACT Conference UEL, 12.09-13.09&nbsp;</p><p>Please join for keynotes by Mario Carpo (UCL), Patrik Schumacher (ZHA), Jose Sanchez ( Plethora Project / USC) and Benjamin Dillenburger ( ETH/ITA) , followed by a series of provocative Panel Discussions. The Panel Discussions are organised around our keynotes speakers, which will be joined by a series of theoreticians, young practitioners and designers like Daniel Kohler ( iOUD/Lab EDS), Harald Trapp ( UEL), Mollie Claypool ( UCL), Soomeen Hahm ( SHD, Kory Bieg (OTA+/UT Austin) , Lei Zheng ( ZHA), Gilles Retsin (UEL/UCL/Retsin Architecture) and Manuel Jimenez ( UCL, MadM Design)</p><p>The morning keynote takes place at 9:30 am, evening keynote at 4pm, followed by panel discussion at 5pm.&nbsp;</p><p>Venue:<br>Lecture Hall 02, West Building (WB G02)&nbsp;<br>University of East London<br>Docklands Campus, London E16 2RD</p><p>Conference program can be downloaded here : <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;</p><p>PACT ( Parall...</p> Editor's Picks #453 Nam Henderson 2016-09-07T01:10:00-04:00 >2016-09-07T14:33:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;discussed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Using game theory to fine-tune architectural diplomacy</a>&nbsp;with architect Adam Tarr (founder of award-winning Mzo Tarr Architects).&nbsp;</p><p><strong>alexsenciuc</strong> was impressed "<em>From theory to practice, this is one of the most interesting ways to shape an architectural project. One could argue that shaping the brief leads to shaping the resulting architectural piece&hellip;</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Meanwhile,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quilian Riano</a>&nbsp;published&nbsp;an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">essay</a> reflecting on using games and gaming to supplement other design tools.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br>Metropolis Magazine reacted to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">news</a> that famed designer Jane Thompson has passed away.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Archinect reported in from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a LACMA&rsquo;s public scoping meeting</a>, for the planned Peter Zumthor designed building.</p><p>Contrary to some critics <strong>Vulture</strong> is "<em>a proponent of the Zumthor design. It has a sleek, mid-century modern boomerang feel to it, which I think pays homage to Southern Californian architectural history. I also think it's smart how the design references the shape and color of the landmark La Brea tar pits ne...</em></p> Instant, customizable digital architectural stencils hit the market Julia Ingalls 2016-09-06T14:38:00-04:00 >2016-09-13T00:10:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With a press release that makes references to Banksy's iconic global stencils, the new digital architectural stencil set from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morpholio </a>enables architects to instantly make customizable stencils of complex designs, from faces to condo layouts to intricately shaded trees. The initial image can come from a photograph, drawing, or render.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As Toru Hasegawa, co-creator of&nbsp;Morpholio Trace Pro explains: "Software should mirror the gestures, intuition and behavior of the creative. Trace Pro seeks to amplify it, and in doing so, make it as smart and elastic as possible." &nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>This video illustrates the process, which involves gliding the stencil tool over a particular design, capturing it, and then replicating it/editing it at will with the assorted tool bars:</p> “To ignore this is to ignore one of the great resources of the region": Frank Gehry on the LA River Revitalization project Nicholas Korody 2016-09-06T14:00:00-04:00 >2016-09-13T00:20:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>River LA, formerly the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation, has posted a video interview with Frank Gehry about his work on the LA River revitalization project. The nonprofit organization works to build public support for the project.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;I think when I started it I had trepidation,&rdquo; Gehry begins. &ldquo;I had the feeling that it was more major than I was thinking of it.&rdquo;</p><p>He goes on the explain that &ldquo;the river is a complicated organism&rdquo;, and therefore the project has mainly comprised in-depth research up to this point.&nbsp;&ldquo;Like any design problem I had to really study it,&rdquo; he states.</p><p>According to Gehry, a quarter of Californians live within 30 miles of the river, which underscores both its importance and potential.&nbsp;&ldquo;To ignore this is to ignore one of the great resources of the region,&rdquo; he states.</p><p>The appointment of Gehry as the lead architect of the LA river revitalization has been <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">controversial</a>. Long-time advocates for the project have expressed feeling left out of the decision, which so...</p> Water World: rapid urbanization and rising seas with Kunlé Adeyemi of NLÉ on One-to-One #36 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-05T20:55:00-04:00 >2016-09-12T23:45:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi founded NL&Eacute; in Amsterdam and Lagos in 2010, after over eight years at OMA. Raised in Kaduna, Nigeria, with an architect father who was constantly redesigning his childhood home, Adeyemi studied architecture in Lagos before getting an MArch II at Princeton, studying with Peter Eisenman. His work at OMA included pivotal roles in projects such as Lagos&rsquo; master plan and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Throughout his work, he focuses on issues of rapid urbanization and climate change in the Global South.</p><p>I spoke with Kunl&eacute; this past August, for his keynote presentation at the AIA Tennessee Convention in Chattanooga. We cover his work in wide breadth: how he focuses on cities&rsquo; relationships to water and infrastructure, quickly iterating projects like the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Makoko Floating School</a> prototypes in Lagos and at the Venice Biennale, and why he left OMA to start his own firm in the first place. Due to a technical glitch in the live recording, the episode starts about ten minutes into our ...</p> Proposals for the puzzle at the heart of Church’s vision Nam Henderson 2016-09-05T12:47:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T12:48:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Twenty-one architects and landscape architects made concept sketches for a theoretical summer house &mdash; an open-air structure sometimes known as a &ldquo;folly.&rdquo; It would have occupied a central spot on a grassy knoll on the southern slope that fronts the main house.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Ted Loos reviews&nbsp;a new exhibition,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Follies, Function &amp; Form: Imagining Olana&rsquo;s Summer House&rdquo;</a>, running through November&nbsp;13th at the Coachman&rsquo;s House Gallery at NY's&nbsp;Olana State Historic Site.</p> RIBA client of the year shortlist is announced Eleanor Marshall 2016-09-05T11:01:00-04:00 >2016-09-06T12:18:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today (Thursday 1 September 2016) announced the shortlist for the 2016 RIBA Client of the Year award. The annual award, supported by The Bloxham Charitable Trust, recognises the role that a good client plays in the creation of fine architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The RIBA Client of the Year award recognises that great architecture is often born from a good relationship between the client and the architect. The award reinforces that a good client can have a positive impact on what the architect produces. The winner is to be announced at the RIBA Stirling Prize Party on the 6th of October.&nbsp;</p><p>The 2016 shortlist is:</p><ul><li>Leicester Print Workshop&nbsp;&ndash; nominated by Takero Shimazaki Architects for their 2016 RIBA Award-winning Leicester Print Workshop</li><li>Manchester City Council&nbsp;&ndash; nominated by Mecanoo for their 2016 RIBA National Award-winning <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOME</a> (in addition to the 2016 RIBA North West Award winners Manchester Central Library by Ryder Architecture and Library Walk Link Building by SimpsonHaugh and Partners)</li><li>University of Oxford Estates&nbsp;&ndash; nominated by WilkinsonEyre for their 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlisted <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Weston Library</a></li><li>Westmorland Limited&nbsp;&ndash; nominated by Glenn Howells Architects for the 2016 RIBA National Award winning Gloucester Services by Glenn Howells Ar...</li></ul> Denver collaborative wants to offer mobile laundry service to the city's homeless Nam Henderson 2016-09-02T00:47:00-04:00 >2016-09-02T06:58:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The anticipated outcome of The Laundry Truck is of course the build-out of an aesthetically pleasing and inviting unit. In addition, The Laundry Truck will serve as a location to promote educational services for the target community as well as job training. We are on the precipice of a new era in addressing the urgent needs of people experiencing poverty and homelessness, where homeless individuals are taking the lead in their own journey out of poverty.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The architects and designers over at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Radian, Inc.</a>, along with&nbsp;Bayaud Enterprises and&nbsp;Denver Homeless Outloud, have kicked off their effort to in some small way, address the crisis of&nbsp;homelessness/extreme poverty in Denver, CO.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>On a somewhat related note, Denver recently launched it's own&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Public Restroom Pilot Project</a>.&nbsp;</p> Exploring Alvar Aalto's "benign errors" Julia Ingalls 2016-08-30T12:56:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T23:23:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="451" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Could one of Alvar Aalto's most sublime works be the result of a mistake? And more intriguingly, did Aalto exploit error to acheive a certain aesthetic/politically pointed effect? In this thoughtful piece on&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Medium</a>, Dan Hill explores the role of "benign errors" in Aalto's work, a term the architect himself coined. Hill centers his focus on the concert hall known as Finlandia, taking particular issue with (but not limiting his scope to) the building's marble facade, noting that:&nbsp;</p><p>"Even more remarkably, this apparently uniform and utterly wonderful bowed marble grid appears to have been a mistake, an outcome of the temperature extremes in Helsinki (I&rsquo;m reminded of the Dali-esque images of failing fa&ccedil;ades from Jeffrey Inaba's talk at Postopolis&nbsp;regarding Kazakhstan&rsquo;s -40&ordm;C to +40&ordm;C, though it&rsquo;s not quite&nbsp;<em>that</em>&nbsp;bad here.)"</p><p>For more on the legacy of Alvar Aalto:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">For Alvar Aalto's 118th birthday, a museum extension + a few enduring favorites</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A photographic tour of Alvar Aalto's restored Viipur...</a></li></ul> Zaha Hadid pavilion displayed at Chatsworth House Ellen Hancock 2016-08-30T12:44:00-04:00 >2016-09-06T12:11:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An enormous, curvy, mushroom-like pavilion designed by the late architect Dame Zaha Hadid has been installed in the grounds of one of Britain&rsquo;s grandest stately homes. The pavilion was an unexpected addition to the roster of temporary pavilions commissioned each year by the Serpentine Gallery in London. When rising steel prices meant the 2007 pavilion coming from artist Olafur Eliasson and architect Kjetil Thorsen was delayed, Hadid offered to step in with a stopgap</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Read more about impressive UK pavilions here:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid show coming to Serpentine Sackler Gallery this winter</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&lsquo;To be with architecture is all we ask.&rsquo; &ndash; interview with Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Hive pavilion moves to Kew Gardens</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Digital Elytrons. Latest Architecture Technology at the V &amp; A Museum.</a></li></ul> Zaha Hadid show coming to Serpentine Sackler Gallery this winter Alexander Walter 2016-08-30T04:00:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T11:56:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An exhibition of rarely seen paintings, drawings and digital works by Zaha Hadid is due to open at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London this winter (8 December-12 February 2017), throwing new light on the late British-Iraqi architect&rsquo;s accomplishments as an artist and calligrapher. [...] Sketches and paintings linked to major projects, both realised and unrealised, will go on show.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid's repertoire is a stunning display in Venice's Palazzo Franchetti</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Celebrate Zaha Hadid's life at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery on April 8th</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZHA after Zaha: Patrik Schumacher on Zaha and what's next for the firm, on Archinect Sessions #61</a></li></ul><p>Looking for exciting architecture and design events happening in London <em>right now</em>? <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's weekly event picks</a> keep you up to date.</p> Calming Down and Speeding Up in Louisville with Steven Ward, on Archinect Sessions #78 Paul Petrunia 2016-08-25T17:48:00-04:00 >2016-08-28T15:13:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week's show is dedicated to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louisville</a>, and we're delighted to share the mic with longtime Archinect favorite <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Ward</a>. Steven is an architect and partner at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Kremer Architects</a>, teacher and architecture critic/cheerleader for the local independent paper <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEO Weekly</a>. We discuss his recent writings, in particular his survey of the recently completed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Speed Art Museum</a>, and the differences between local architecture criticism vs national criticism. We also find out what's going on with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA's Food Port project</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 78 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Calming Down and Speeding Up in Louisville":</p><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>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>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes:</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven's writings at LEO Weekly</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA's pr...</a></p>