Archinect - News 2017-01-20T13:10:11-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149987470/take-a-virtual-reality-tour-of-different-planes-of-the-digital-and-physical-universe Take a virtual reality tour of "different planes of the digital and physical universe" Julia Ingalls 2017-01-20T10:40:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T13:02:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o0/o0k5z7resdr7fvnw.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>You don't need a blacklight for this one: Morphogenesis, a full-length virtual reality experience that transports the viewer through elaborate, thrill-inducing shapes, will definitely take you out of this world, at least for a few minutes. The geometrically derived immersive spaces it generates come with their own audio soundtrack, adding a certain eerie/cool dimension all its own. Check out the trailer for this creation from two San Francisco-based Fulbright Scholars:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987448/woods-bagot-to-design-australia-s-aud-1-85-billion-world-trade-center Woods Bagot to design Australia's AUD $1.85 billion World Trade Center Julia Ingalls 2017-01-19T18:35:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T18:35:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gw/gwbvwmgusucjlgoa.jpg" width="650" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>World Trade Centers aren't just for the northern hemisphere anymore: Perth, Australia will become the recipient of a two-towered, $1.85 Australian dollar World Trade Center designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106435/woods-bagot" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Woods Bagot</a>. The uneven towers (one tops out at 36 stories, the other 75) still need official approval by the State Government, which plans to thoroughly vet both the proposal and the backers themselves in the more severe sounding Stage Two section of the process. However, by virtue of clearing Stage One, things are looking good for the buildings (and, let's face it, for Woods Bagot).</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987412/robert-adam-awarded-15th-richard-h-driehaus-prize Robert Adam awarded 15th Richard H. Driehaus Prize Nicholas Korody 2017-01-19T15:20:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T20:57:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8u/8upomv4erh54sls2.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Robert Adam, founder of ADAM Architecture, has been named the recipient of the 15th Richard H. Driehaus Prize, an award given each year to an architect "whose work has had positive cultural, environmental and artistic impact in keeping with the highest ideals of classical architecture in contemporary society." Alongside a bronze miniature of the Choregic Monument of Lysikrates, the award comes with a $200,000 prize.</p><p>&ldquo;Robert Adam has made seminal and sustained contributions to his discipline by establishing a dialogue between the traditional and modern modes of architecture,&rdquo; states Richard H. Driehaus, founder, chairman and chief investment officer of Chicago-based Driehaus Capital Management LLC. &ldquo;He has had tremendous success by experimenting with contemporary materials and methods within the context of local and regional traditions.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/os/os9jmh8ihfcr4i2g.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/co/cogylo81f8g3myih.jpg"></p><p>Adam was educated at Westminster University and was a Rome Scholar in the early '70s. In 1977, he founded ADAM Architecture. In addition to his design...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987392/is-sn-hetta-s-7th-room-2017-s-coolest-literally-and-figuratively-treehouse Is Snøhetta's "7th room" 2017's coolest (literally and figuratively) treehouse? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-19T14:10:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T12:56:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rs/rs5ub5ymi71igsh8.jpg" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Sn&oslash;hetta's "7th Room" is an addition to the previously existing Treehotel in Northern Sweden. The tree-canopy-level, snow-blanketed room features a pretty cool assortment of sleek furnishings and views, whether you're standing on the ground looking up, or lounging on the fur-lined chairs looking out.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xb/xbziedyulg691i1c.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hv/hv0lvgnfmgadn68j.jpg"></p><p>In addition to the tree that grows through the cabin, the arrangement of the rooms, centered around a netted terrace, gives "7th Room" a hyper-sophisticated treehouse vibe.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b8/b8ravqtgm8x4fr5j.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cq/cqy0j53rk4jg8op5.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987385/exquisite-play-on-materiality-defines-maison-de-quartier-de-chatelaine-balexert-by-stendardo-menningen-architectes Exquisite play on materiality defines "Maison de Quartier de Chatelaine-Balexert" by Stendardo Menningen Architectes Julia Ingalls 2017-01-19T13:24:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T13:30:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3b/3bo87i4wojljryc4.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designed as an easily accessible community center that, according to its architects, would preserve "a logical continuity and preservation of the existing landscape as well as construct synergies with the surrounding buildings," the Maison de Quartier de Chatelaine-Balexert benefits from a sophisticated material interaction.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gi/gi6qxqmv6q5tqiml.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ss/ssla5c1imwvfft1a.jpg"></p><p>The visual interplay between the concrete and wood, along with the angular, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/287976/dan-flavin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Flavin</a>-meets-<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149986466/the-proust-questionnaire-daniel-libeskind" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Libeskind</a>-interior lights, creates an exquisite structural passageway. It functions both as an intriguing space in itself and a&nbsp;facilitator&nbsp;of its surrounds.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kz/kzdwneyl97t0gqr8.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bf/bfrlnhu2hj2ps5ss.jpg"></p><p>Designed by Geneva-based&nbsp;Stendardo Menningen Architectes,&nbsp;the building was&nbsp;commissioned&nbsp;by the client Ville de Vernier and completed in 2016.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987007/deborah-berke-designed-stylish-sustainable-tower-opens-in-indianapolis Deborah Berke-designed stylish, sustainable tower opens in Indianapolis Julia Ingalls 2017-01-17T17:13:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T11:09:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jv/jv4o4euan7x7flud.jpg" width="650" height="727" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Nine glassed-in, metal-fin bearing stories make up the new Deborah Berke Partners-designed Cummins Indy Tower, which officially opens this month. With its "projections and inflections," the building simultaneously juts and struts through the metropolis, creating a slender and ecologically conscious corporate HQ.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xg/xgqbe1tvenh6tg25.jpg"></p><p>Referring to Cummins' past collaborations with architects like Eero Saarinen and Kevin Roche, Deborah Berke notes that &ldquo;over the decades, Cummins has demonstrated a commitment to great design that benefits its employees, its customers, and the community. This building carries that legacy forward with an environmentally sustainable design that dignifies the work going on inside while enhancing the urban realm.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/93/9302jciuvy0oznl8.jpg"></p><p>The building&rsquo;s articulated facades and distinctive form serve a purpose&mdash;to create a comfortable, light-filled work environment for employees that adds to the vitality on Market Street. Adding some muscle to the great bones of downtown Indianapolis, the park is a public am...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986970/do-architecture-awards-matter Do architecture awards matter? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-17T14:16:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T14:11:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i3/i3qcc9bqrobr3j1j.jpg" width="650" height="493" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Almost singing the refrain, "What do awards have to do with it?" writer <a href="http://commonedge.org/do-architecture-awards-matter/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ben Willis </a>investigates the disconnect between the plethora of architectural awards, both those that recognize aesthetics and those that focus on data-driven technical specs, and the public's (and for that matter, other architects') incomprehension of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/145812094/why-is-the-pritzker-such-a-big-deal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">what these prizes mean</a>. With so many awards and so many buildings that fellow professionals have never visited or heard of before the merit is given, what exactly is the value of an architectural award? Using an Oscar analogy, Willis explains just what he's talking about: &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em>Whereas non-filmmakers have access to nearly all of the films considered for major film awards, most non-architects don&rsquo;t have first-hand experience with any of the buildings and designers being considered for awards. Many casual movie-goers know what defines an award-winning movie, and yet the criteria used to define award-winning buildings are often so disconnected from the public&rsquo;s experience...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986963/yvonne-farrell-and-shelley-mcnamara-to-curate-2018-venice-biennale Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara to curate 2018 Venice Biennale Justine Testado 2017-01-17T13:31:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T19:41:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7t/7txc9gl8yb6wt0mq.jpg" width="650" height="813" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Board of the Venice Architecture Biennale appointed <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/12595/grafton-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grafton Architects</a> co-founders&nbsp;Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara yesterday as the curators of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, which will take place May 26 to November 25 in 2018.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4f/4f6ef8zwbwz9nzev.jpg"><br><em>UTEC campus in Lima, designed by Grafton Architects.</em></p><p>The Venice Biennale is familiar ground to Farrell and McNamara, who participated in the Biennale in 2002 and won the Silver Lion in 2012, where they presented their project for the UTEC campus in Lima &mdash; the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980020/grafton-architects-utec-vertical-campus-wins-inaugural-riba-international-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">winner of the inaugural RIBA International Prize</a>. Grafton Architects was represented at the 2016 Biennale under the title, &ldquo;The Physics of Culture&rdquo;.</p><p>Farrell and McNamara will continue to address similar humanitarian themes set forth in Alejandro Aravena's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/611511/venice-biennale-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Reporting from the Front&rdquo;</a> last year.&nbsp;President Paolo Baratta, chair of the Board of the Venice Biennale, released the following statement on their appointment:</p><p>&ldquo;The Exhibition curated by Alejandro Aravena offered visitors a critica...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986956/norman-foster-and-riba-announce-2017-survival-of-cities-traveling-scholarship Norman Foster and RIBA announce 2017 "survival of cities" traveling scholarship Julia Ingalls 2017-01-17T13:03:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T19:42:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xw/xwok8blvtwk53enb.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the tenth year in a row, RIBA and Norman Foster are offering a traveling scholarship in the form of &euro;7,000 (an increase over last year's &euro;6,000) to the destination of the winning student's choice. Students can't enter directly: RIBA and CAA validated schools are allowed to submit only one application each for one student by April 28th, whose merits will then be judged by a panel consisting of both financial backer Norman Foster and RIBA members. In a quasi-apocalyptic vein, the student's proposed research topic should "relate to the survival of our cities and towns and fall under one of the following themes:&nbsp;</p><ul><li>learning from the past to inform the future</li><li>the future of society</li><li>density of settlements</li><li>sustainability</li><li>use of resources</li><li>quality of urban life</li><li>transport"</li></ul><p>The full details of the application can be found <a href="https://www.architecture.com/Files/RIBAProfessionalServices/Education/Funding/2017/ApplicationForm2017.doc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986796/karim-rashid-launches-design-development-firm-kurv-architecture Karim Rashid launches design-development firm, Kurv Architecture Alexander Walter 2017-01-16T17:44:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T14:36:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eg/egb3irnsy62b7y9t.jpg" width="650" height="1005" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Never one to bore, Karim Rashid has announced that he&rsquo;s formed a new vertically-integrated firm that will incorporate architecture, investment, and development of new projects across New York City. Rashid has teamed up with his namesake firm&rsquo;s director of interior design, Alex Loyer Hughes, to form Kurv Architecture D.P.C. [...] Although there&rsquo;s overlap between Rashid&rsquo;s namesake firm and Kurv at the moment, Kurv will focus more on ground-up production rather than design alone.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"We are foremost,&nbsp;a design-development firm, specializing in the increased return of tangible added value&nbsp;through the implementation of unique award winning design," the mission statement on <a href="https://www.kurvarchitecture.com/about/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kurv's website</a> reads.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oy/oykes4rsvulrgbyv.jpg"></p><p>"The word design&nbsp;is used in the broadest sense to describe the full scope of the development process.&nbsp;Therefore, we work at all scales and stages of the process to ensure that increased value is returned as a result of our direct involvement."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xf/xf83mc93cfqnuspi.jpg"></p><p><em>Project images via&nbsp;kurvarchitecture.com.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986723/this-week-s-picks-for-london-architecture-and-design-events This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-01-16T14:03:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T00:25:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yp/yps9sv8kolfgb3g8.jpg" width="650" height="392" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week holds a fair few exhibition openings, so if your January calendar has been looking a little empty, then now is a great time to start filling it with these engaging and thought-provoking showcases.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/tag/747353/weekly-events-ldn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a> to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/events_location/694828/london-gb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/8769/caruso-st-john-diorama" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CARUSO ST JOHN Diorama | 18-25 January</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/sh/shaxpepc4s4lxxtv.jpg"></p><p><em>Image: Caruso St John, Diorama, 2017, exhibition view, courtesy Betts Project</em></p><p>Betts Project is a gallery specialising in architecture, and aims to&nbsp;bring the field to the attention of the&nbsp;wider public. Showcasing both emerging and established architects, Betts hopes to create discussion and awareness of work and projects across all scales.&nbsp;</p><p>This exhibition is of British Architects Caruso St John&nbsp; includes 1:50 models from the practice, including those of Newport Street Gallery, for which the practice <a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149972506/breaking-the-newport-street-gallery-by-caruso-st-john-architects-wins-the-2016-stirling-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">won the Stirling Prize in 2016</a>.&nbsp;Photographs accompanying these models give an insight into the past quarter century of Caruso St John's work, and ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986713/zaha-hadid-leaves-67-million-fortune-in-her-will Zaha Hadid leaves £67 million fortune in her will Justine Testado 2017-01-16T13:38:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T00:25:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u1/u1wto18zo8aze178.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Hadid] bequeathed a lump sum of &pound;500,000 to her business partner Patrik Schumacher. Hadid also left a total of &pound;1.7m to four nieces and nephews, as well as her brother Haytham Hadid, whose share was &pound;500,000 [...] Her will, obtained by the Architects&rsquo; Journal, shows that the net value of her estate was &pound;67,249,458. The calculation was filed in the high court dated 14 December 2016 [...] The will shows Hadid is leaving her architecture practice, of which she was the sole owner, in trust.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986400/frank-lloyd-wright-s-tirranna-home-in-new-canaan-ct-for-sale Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘Tirranna’ home in New Canaan, CT for sale DianePham 2017-01-13T13:52:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T23:06:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r3/r3v4nynal83k470l.jpg" width="650" height="492" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the first time in 20 years, Frank Lloyd Wright&lsquo;s &ldquo;Tirranna&rdquo; home in New Canaan, CT is on the market. The home was built just before his death on a 15-acre wooded estate, has been listed for $8M by the estate of its long-time owner, the late memorabilia mogul and philanthropist Ted Stanley. Though renovated, the horse-shaped home maintains its original architectural integrity.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ds/dsjm0dg7ae91btf6.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8w/8ws1jbl0818r0qy2.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986255/death-is-in-the-details-photographic-survey-of-a-mall-about-to-be-torn-down Death is in the details: photographic survey of a mall about to be torn down Julia Ingalls 2017-01-12T20:23:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T23:11:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jk/jkckx2ptmyn3sxwy.jpg" width="650" height="453" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Its architecture is painfully lost in its own time and its updates only confuse by neither integrating well into the original structure or standing out as truly contemporary. The pink kiosks, orange tiles, teal chairs and green paneled rooms, the purple plush seating in the JC Penny dressing room, and the bright blue tiered entryways are, along with other decor flourishes, seemingly random, with no coherent pattern.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Declaring that "the&nbsp;dying mall narrative" already peaked a few years ago,&nbsp;Tag Hartman-Simkins decides to photographically zero in on the details of an old mall in Galesburg, Illinois that is about to be torn down and replaced with an updated, outdoor mixed-use space. His careful observations of everything from the floor tile to the overhead music to the way mirrors are arranged in dressing rooms create a nuanced and affecting portrait of long gone times.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986238/a-brutalist-coloring-book-lets-you-paint-it-black-and-gray-perhaps-even-blue A Brutalist coloring book lets you paint it black (and gray, perhaps even blue) Julia Ingalls 2017-01-12T18:47:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T23:20:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jq/jq13di3mimsnwc3i.jpg" width="640" height="458" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Depending on the level of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132512542/famous-architecture-as-rendered-through-google-s-creepy-deepdream" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">surreality</a> you favor in your coloring book exercises, The Brutalist Colouring Book from Belgian graphic designer Marc Thomasset allows you to create wildly imaginative or strictly literal renderings of various famous brutalist landmarks, including works by William Pereira and SOM (and even provides pre-made clouds for you):</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gf/gfyt5603iunks4tr.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tb/tbfqdpvqta5ke6pg.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/36/368xmfl4m1p239qv.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986054/editor-s-picks-461 Editor's Picks #461 Nam Henderson 2017-01-12T12:08:00-05:00 >2017-01-12T21:33:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6a/6ao9e45poftbfoc7.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;talked with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149982626/michael-rotondi-opens-up-about-the-faith-propelling-his-life-and-work" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Rotondi</a>, a man of deeply-held spiritual convictions, about his spiritual practice and how it affects his architectural and educational practices.</p><p>To wit;</p><p>"<em>What you learn from the Buddhists, the Tibetan Buddhists in particular, is that you work on yourself first and foremost because the&nbsp;</em><em>healthier you are the healthier you are going to make everybody in your sphere of influence&hellip;.Most importantly for me, architecture is a pretext for the relationships that you can begin to construct and develop over time. Life is one architecture in my world...I see my role as an architect and the role that architecture has in the world is much different.</em>"</p><p>Some readers (<strong>Tim W</strong>) cautioned "<em>mentoring of students in muddy thinking early on</em>"&nbsp;questioning the practical utility of "<em>pseudoscience, spiritual mash-ups</em>". Most others, saw (at least) some value in an "<em>open mind</em>"&nbsp;or at least "<em>model agnosticism</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wv/wvs5akmad9qgv61b.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/evanchakroff" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Evan Chakroff</a> shared his thoughts on <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149983483/no-particular-place-to-go-cuba-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a visit to Cuba</a>. The trip inclu...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985975/within-and-without-architecture Within and Without Architecture Places Journal 2017-01-11T17:36:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T15:23:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mv/mvl20dpohdozwrl5.jpg" width="650" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The imaginative possibilities of miniature things lie not in their being shrunken versions of a larger thing. The world of the miniature opens to reveal a secret life.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sometimes you encounter a thing that is not &ldquo;properly&rdquo; architectural, but which yet has something profound to say about the discipline. In her latest article for <em>Places</em>, columnist Naomi Stead is drawn by a cartoon from&nbsp;<em>The New Yorker&nbsp;</em>to consider the relationships between the miniature, the uncanny, and mise en abyme in architecture.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985928/society-of-architectural-historians-to-host-70th-annual-international-conference-in-glasgow Society of Architectural Historians to Host 70th Annual International Conference in Glasgow SAH1365 2017-01-11T13:55:00-05:00 >2017-01-11T14:02:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o1/o1vobrry45gdtum7.jpg" width="650" height="446" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s a privilege to be welcoming some 600 international professionals from the Society of Architectural Historians to Glasgow this summer. It&rsquo;s also a milestone meeting as it marks the first time the SAH has held its annual congress outside North America in more than 40 years and it comes during our national Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology&mdash;so it&rsquo;s altogether fitting that it has chosen Glasgow for its first-ever visit to Scotland.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <strong>Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)</strong> will hold its 70th Annual International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, from June 7&ndash;11, 2017, marking the first time SAH has met outside North America since 1973.&nbsp; An estimated 600 historians, architects, preservationists, and museum professionals from around the world will convene to present new research on the history of the built environment at the <strong>University of Strathclyde&rsquo;s Technology &amp; Innovation Centre</strong>. The conference program will feature paper sessions, keynote talks, roundtables, social receptions, and public events including architecture tours in and around Glasgow and a seminar on heritage and sustainability.</p><p><strong>Aileen Crawford, Head of Conventions at Glasgow City Marketing Bureau</strong>, said: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a privilege to be welcoming some 600 international professionals from the Society of Architectural Historians to Glasgow this summer. It&rsquo;s also a milestone meeting as it marks the first time the SAH has held its annual congress outside Nort...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985778/aamodt-plumb-architects-resigns-from-the-aia-over-robert-ivy-s-conciliatory-comments-toward-trump Aamodt/Plumb Architects resigns from the AIA over Robert Ivy's conciliatory comments toward Trump Julia Ingalls 2017-01-10T19:54:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T22:51:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tn/tnl048g5iqn1zhnf.jpg" width="639" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Don't pay your national AIA dues if you don't agree with the direction of the association. At least, that's what Mette Aamodt is doing this year. According to a press release issued by the firm, Aamodt explains that she:&nbsp;</p><p><em>is calling on architects to join her in refusing to work for clients&nbsp;engaged in discrimination, human rights violations, tyranny and exploitation. AIA&nbsp;National dues are due this week and every member has to make a choice about&nbsp;where they stand.</em></p><p><em>Together&nbsp;with her partner Andrew Plumb, Aamodt and their firm Aamodt / Plumb Architects&nbsp;is raising money to start a non-profit organization dedicated to education and&nbsp;advocacy around quality construction techniques, healthy materials and fair&nbsp;labor practices. &ldquo;We have just elected one of the world&rsquo;s worst developers as&nbsp;President, who exploits people and natural resources to build junk buildings&nbsp;that benefit no one but himself,&rdquo; says Mette Aamodt. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s time for architects&nbsp;to take a stand and fight back, rather than rolling ove...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985760/is-george-lucas-pitting-l-a-against-s-f-for-his-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art Is George Lucas pitting L.A. against S.F. for his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-10T17:11:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T15:25:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mz/mznndhruh39u0aua.jpg" width="650" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But so far, Lucas hasn&rsquo;t found a permanent home for his museum. The monumental project has brought him almost as much grief as Jar Jar Binks, the prequel creature from the planet Naboo with an oddly Jamaican accent that some found racially offensive.</p></em><br /><br /><p>George Lucas' multi-year, oft-imperiled quest to find a site for his museum is chronicled in this&nbsp;<a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-01-03/george-lucas-can-t-give-his-1-5-billion-museum-away" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a> article, which highlights the difficulties of using only the force of one's personality (and the promise of a "gift" of a museum to a city) to cut through local politics and bureaucracy. According to this article, signs indicate that the filmmaker may be attempting to get Los Angeles and San Francisco to compete against one another for the institution in hopes of speeding up the process (and securing the best site).</p><p>Other Lucas Museum of Narrative Art news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975543/check-out-mad-s-new-la-and-sf-designs-for-the-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check out MAD's new LA and SF designs for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957413/oma-s-glass-mushroom-the-lucas-museum-that-could-have-been" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA's glass mushroom: the Lucas Museum that could have been</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946217/embattled-lucas-museum-may-move-to-s-f-s-treasure-island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Embattled Lucas Museum may move to S.F.'s Treasure Island</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985703/when-art-architects-life-city-from-bollywood-film-bahubali-the-beginning-may-become-actual-location-in-india When art architects life: city from Bollywood film "Bahubali: The Beginning" may become actual location in India Julia Ingalls 2017-01-10T14:03:00-05:00 >2017-01-10T14:03:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ew/ewio5qvli9bdpft9.jpg" width="650" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While the architecture in real cities has sometimes become the jumping off point for imaginary structures in cinema (think: the Los Angeles of <em>Blade Runner</em>) the reverse seems to be happening in India, where a filmmaker is being asked to design real structures based on the imagined buildings that appeared in his film. According to <a href="https://qz.com/872747/andhra-pradesh-wants-to-build-a-new-city-that-looks-like-an-ancient-kingdom-from-bollywood-blockbuster-bahubali/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quartz.com</a>:</p><p>"Andhra Pradesh&rsquo;s chief minister Chandrababu Naidu wants Rajamouli, the Telugu filmmaker behind the blockbuster&nbsp;<em>Bahubali: The Beginning</em>, to contribute his design skills to the architecture of the main government and administrative complex of Amaravati&mdash;the proposed capital of Naidu&rsquo;s newly truncated state."</p><p>Here's a trailer for the film, which showcases the imagined city of Mahishmati:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985559/philip-johnson-designed-interfaith-peace-chapel-vandalized-in-dallas Philip Johnson-designed Interfaith Peace Chapel vandalized in Dallas Alexander Walter 2017-01-09T21:13:00-05:00 >2017-01-11T01:15:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sc/scc88c12x70uztrd.jpg" width="650" height="445" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dallas police were at Cathedral of Hope [...] investigating graffiti painted onto the church&rsquo;s&nbsp;Interfaith Peace Chapel. The building was vandalized at about 11 p.m. on Wednesday night, according to the Rev. Neil Cazares-Thomas, CoH&rsquo;s lead pastor. [...] The spray-painted message included a Louisiana phone number and referred to a car as a &ldquo;Brown Chivy Suburbin.&rdquo; The name &ldquo;Johntion Kimbrou&rdquo; &mdash; possibly &ldquo;Kimbrow&rdquo; &mdash; was also painted on the church, along with a reference to &ldquo;kitty porn.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e6/e6953b323106b8431bf089cc09665b76.jpg"><br><em>Image via Dallas Voice</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985053/designers-want-to-transform-elevators-into-fashionable-and-functional-room-s Designers want to transform elevators into "fashionable and functional room(s)" Julia Ingalls 2017-01-05T20:25:00-05:00 >2017-01-08T23:41:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kf/kfxu09chcu98tzkl.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Forget climbing stars, or even walking laterally--in the increasingly dense and rapid reality of urban life, elevators have become a major part of daily living. According to <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/dec/23/meteoric-rise-lifts-magnetic-smart-elevators-transform-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian</a>, major elevator designers like Otis are considering re-designing the elevator to become a more comfortable and friendly space. Precisely what form this will take is a bit unclear, but it may involve more stylish decor, and perhaps even a change in elevator culture itself (the reason most elevators have the floor number display up so high is to give people an excuse not to have to make eye contact with each other).&nbsp;</p><p>Elevators, making news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140539509/thyssenkrupp-premieres-1-3-scale-model-of-its-multi-rope-less-elevator-system" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ThyssenKrupp premieres 1:3 scale model of its MULTI rope-less elevator system</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128864326/japan-s-simple-logic-for-putting-toilets-in-elevators" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan's simple logic for putting toilets in elevators</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114964411/rising-towers-escalate-need-for-faster-lifts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rising Towers Escalate Need for Faster Lifts</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985035/can-late-modernism-survive-the-near-future Can late modernism survive the near future? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-05T18:32:00-05:00 >2017-01-09T14:01:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yl/ylegkxgb5e8qt29h.jpg" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>All across Los Angeles, buildings by the city's most important firms face preservation threats. Rejected and outmoded, can late modernism find love?</p></em><br /><br /><p>What is the value of history in a city known for its ephemerality? (Hint: um, not much, unless everyone agrees it is pretty.) In this <a href="http://www.laweekly.com/arts/can-preservationists-save-las-late-modernist-landmarks-from-the-wrecking-ball-7784088" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">piece for the L.A. Weekly</a>, Mimi Zeiger thoroughly investigates the state of late modernist structures in the City of Angels, and how likely it is that many of these often repurposed (and unfortunately altered) buildings will survive changing public tastes. While the LAX theme building has been legally protected from demolition, other notable works--like William L. Pereira's original LACMA buildings--haven't met with the same preservationist zeal.&nbsp;</p><p>Modernism, in the news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938550/le-corbusier-s-cit-de-refuge-in-paris-to-reopen-after-restoration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier's Cit&eacute; de Refuge in Paris to reopen after restoration</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937684/will-mies-van-der-rohe-s-wolf-house-rise-again" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Mies van der Rohe&rsquo;s Wolf House rise again?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145515699/winners-of-the-african-modernism-book-giveaway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of the "African Modernism" book giveaway</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984950/one-brick-per-bible-verse-in-napp-studio-s-enormous-lightbulb-infused-archive-of-light One brick per Bible verse in Napp Studio's enormous, lightbulb-infused "Archive of Light" Julia Ingalls 2017-01-05T14:44:00-05:00 >2017-01-09T14:01:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s5/s57mfmlrapxza25s.jpg" width="650" height="235" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The imaginary realm of architecture frequently ventures off into scales that are improbable, if not outright impossible, on the politically and gravitationally constrained Earth (think <a href="http://archinect.com/news/gallery/49049634/13/editor-s-picks-265" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&Eacute;tienne-Louis Boull&eacute;e</a>, or <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143383898/a-continuation-of-his-way-of-being-an-interview-with-the-editor-of-slow-manifesto-lebbeus-woods-blog" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lebbeus Woods</a>). In a similar if less secular vein, Napp Studio has conceived of an enormous, walkable brick wall that would feature every verse of the bible and/or other spiritual texts inscribed on titled, lightbulb-illuminated bricks. The idea here is to create the sensation of leafing through a book page by page, with each page being loosely represented by a brick.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7i/7iplth28hoouqdnd.jpg"></p><p>As the architects note, "The bricks are books written with text of living stories of the everyday reality, yet, a reality with hope. Hope is the most significant spiritual grain we rely on when facing the sometime harsh life, it provides us with strength and will &ndash; the light to live on." The massive scale of the project does not place it beyond the realm of the possible, although there's no word yet of an officia...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984928/poissy-galore-artfully-frames-green-public-space-on-the-banks-of-the-seine "Poissy Galore" artfully frames green public space on the banks of the Seine Julia Ingalls 2017-01-05T13:27:00-05:00 >2017-01-09T14:02:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7s/7swadafojuygd41d.jpg" width="650" height="696" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Situated in Carri&egrave;re-Sous-Poissy&nbsp;in France along the River Seine, "Poissy Galore" by Armengaud Armengaud Cianchetta (AAC) and Herlach Hartmann Frommenwiler (HHF) is designed primarily as an ecological public space for both Parisian residents and far-flung visitors. Consisting of an observatory, an insect museum and a visitor center, the project title is an apt play on the James Bond film, both in terms of its expansiveness and playfulness. The inventive timber construction and visually arresting angular framing is as much a part of the project's allure as its nuanced integration into its 113 hectare site.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4h/4hm4ls1tto8u2eka.jpg"></p><p>As the architects explain, "With the exception of the observatory, which is a steel construction,&nbsp;the collection of pavilions and small 'follies' is based on a modular wood system, repeating and combining different sized and angled timber frames."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6v/6vdvt3lzwbzqkltf.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eb/ebffxkguoh8nl3w9.jpg"></p><p>In addition to the public spaces, the project also has private offices and storage, including facilities to raise insects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j2/j22fxjdrtn5tine1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n3/n3b8xfne1ltwnrjd.jpg"></p><p>The latest in F...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984580/stalled-out-thomas-heatherwick-s-new-bus-for-london-nixed-by-mayor-sadiq-khan Stalled out: Thomas Heatherwick's "New Bus for London" nixed by Mayor Sadiq Khan Julia Ingalls 2017-01-03T19:42:00-05:00 >2017-01-04T15:46:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mi/mimz8nvhihlg2r7y.jpg" width="650" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Partly in order to help pay for a transit fare freeze, Sadiq Khan has&nbsp;<a href="http://content.tfl.gov.uk/tfl-business-plan-december-2016.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">halted the order</a> for the double-decker, triple-doored Thomas Heatherwick-designed "New Bus for London," which would have replaced the old fleet of Routemaster buses. Much like Heatherwick's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957070/london-mayor-sadiq-khan-blocks-extra-funds-for-garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">troubled Garden Bridge proposal</a>, the costly New Bus for London was backed by former mayor Boris Johnson, whose funding policies have largely attracted more public ire than praise.&nbsp;</p><p>For more on Thomas Heatherwick: &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149977916/paul-goldberger-on-thomas-heatherwick-21st-century-eames" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Goldberger on Thomas Heatherwick: "21st-Century Eames"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968515/renderings-of-thomas-heatherwick-s-vessel-for-new-york-s-hudson-yard-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renderings of Thomas Heatherwick's "Vessel" for New York's Hudson Yard revealed</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955298/construction-on-heatherwick-s-pier55-halted-due-to-court-order" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction on Heatherwick's Pier55 halted due to court order</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984532/aia-study-reveals-architects-want-material-manufacturers-to-step-up-their-digital-game AIA study reveals architects want material manufacturers to step up their digital game Julia Ingalls 2017-01-03T17:24:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T23:27:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/00/0071zbmpvl8da2ci.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As any architect who has spent precious time trying to identify a chrome versus silver nickel plated kitchen faucet for a client can attest, outdated websites and their corresponding vague specifications from building products and materials manufacturers makes life unnecessarily tedious. This specifications fatigue has been backed up by a study conducted by the AIA, in which architects hope that in addition to digital upgrades, manufacturers will make it easier for them to earn continuing education credits while they toil away in search of specifics. Here are the five main conclusions from the AIA study, as quoted in a press release:</p><ul><li>Improved websites. Architects want product websites that are clear, concise, up-to-date, and easy to navigate. They also want easy access (no sign-up to view product information) and access to detailed information, including building information models and objects.</li><li>Focus on education. Architects are required to take continuing education courses in order t...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984513/can-1970s-sustainability-practices-enhance-canada-s-2017-architecture Can 1970s sustainability practices enhance Canada's 2017 architecture? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-03T15:45:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T23:28:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l0/l06xuk3xq20k7tkf.jpg" width="620" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Did architects have sustainability figured out in the 1970s, and can the lessons they learned help contemporary architects design for the challenges of climate change? In an attempt to answer this question, Canada is taking a closer look at its previously built sustainable architecture during the energy crisis in the 1970s in the form of two museum exhibitions. The <a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/art-and-architecture/museums-look-to-canadas-past-in-hopes-of-a-greener-architecturalfuture/article33422858/?cmpid=rss1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Globe and Mail</a> explains that:&nbsp;</p><p><em>The 1970s has much to teach us as we face the reality of climate change and the changes that it will bring about. That insight drives two thoughtful museum shows up this winter, the PEI exhibition [curated by Dalhousie University professor Steven Mannell] and "It's All Happening So Fast"&nbsp;at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in&nbsp;Montreal.&nbsp;</em></p><p>For the latest on climate-change oriented architecture:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979855/how-these-u-s-cities-will-continue-to-fight-climate-change-during-trump-s-presidency" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How these U.S. cities will continue to fight climate change during Trump's presidency</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149964898/come-rain-or-shine-reviving-collective-urban-form-with-the-gsd-s-office-for-urbanization" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Come rain or shine: reviving collective urban form with the GSD's Office for Urbanization</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965931/architects-call-for-action-on-climate-change" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects call for action o...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984332/david-adjaye-knighted-by-the-queen-in-annual-new-year-honours David Adjaye knighted by the Queen in annual New Year Honours Nicholas Korody 2017-01-02T13:01:00-05:00 >2017-01-09T10:29:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yv/yvez1h7orkka03de.jpg" width="639" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Every New Year&rsquo;s Day since at least 1890, the Queen of England has named new members of the orders of chivalry, a.k.a. knighthood. This year, <a href="http://archinect.com/adjayeassociates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Adjaye</a> joins the select rank of architects who have been honored with a title. Back in 2007, Adjaye&mdash;or Sir Adjaye, now&mdash;was named an Office of the order of the British Empire. This year, he will receive the Knights Bachelor award.</p><p>"I see this not as a personal celebration, but as a celebration of the vast potential &ndash; and responsibility &ndash; for architecture to effect positive social change, that we as architects have to bring something positive to the world," Adjaye said in a statement released by his firm, Adjaye Associates. "I am proud to continue to work in service of this mission as a global cultural ambassador for the UK."</p><p>2016 was a big year for Adjaye. His National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall was <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968720/oliver-wainwright-finds-the-national-museum-of-african-american-history-embodies-its-complexities-and-contradictions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">widely-praised</a>. He was <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975401/adjaye-associates-to-design-masterplan-for-san-francisco-shipyard-redevelopment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> as the designer for the San Francisco Shipyard redevelopment. In Sept...</p>