Archinect - News 2017-04-25T03:00:07-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150004391/untangling-louis-kahn-s-life-and-work Untangling Louis Kahn's life and work Nicholas Korody 2017-04-24T12:38:00-04:00 >2017-04-24T12:38:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/79/79h1m1juq5q2kgdu.jpg" width="650" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is one of history&rsquo;s cruelties that Louis Kahn is almost better known for his unconventional domestic arrangements than for his architecture. Kahn gave us a remarkable string of masterpieces that includes the Salk Institute and the Kimbell Art Museum, and yet he was one of those shambling geniuses whose life was a mess of contradictions. While his commissions took him around the world, he managed to maintain three separate families at home in Philadelphia.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"He had a reputation for blowing deadlines and budgets, testing the patience of clients. No one was surprised to learn after his death in 1974 that his firm was deep in debt. The turmoil of his life came to overshadow his accomplishments."</em></p><p>The author, Inga Saffron, reviews&nbsp;<em>You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn </em>by Wendy Lesser, a new biography/monograph on the renowned architect. "Wendy Lesser&rsquo;s <em>You Say to Brick </em>is easily the most complete narrative of Kahn&rsquo;s life and career, magnificently researched and gracefully written," she writes.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004090/new-york-state-man-faces-up-to-15-years-for-practicing-architecture-without-being-licensed-or-registered New York State Man Faces Up to 15 Years for Practicing Architecture Without Being Licensed or Registered Nicholas Korody 2017-04-21T12:28:00-04:00 >2017-04-24T07:46:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u4/u45s6g1ausx87rop.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Paul J. Newman, 49, is the president of Cohesion Studios. He&rsquo;s also facing charges in three counties for pretending to be an architect. <a href="https://ag.ny.gov/press-release/operation-vandelay-industries-ag-schneiderman-announces-indictments-three-counties" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">According</a> to New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Newman worked on numerous housing projects in the Capital Region despite being neither licensed nor registered. He is accused of defrauding construction companies, business owners and municipalities.&nbsp;</p><p>Discovered through an investigation dubbed &ldquo;Operation Vandelay Industries&rdquo;, Newman allegedly drafted architectural renderings for over 100 properties, as well as foundation inspections, field reports, energy compliance certificates and engineer letters. On each, he signed as a registered and license architect, using a forged New York State Registered Architect Stamp or Professional Engineer Stamp. Among his alleged victims are municipal governments and senior living facilities.&nbsp;</p><p>These are serious charges: Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, nine counts of Forgery in the Second Degree, one co...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003965/david-adjaye-named-one-of-time-s-100-most-influential-people David Adjaye named one of Time's "100 Most Influential People" Julia Ingalls 2017-04-20T14:04:00-04:00 >2017-04-20T14:04:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7x/7x150pxpqz78lydh.jpg" width="650" height="454" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Every architect has to contend with gravity&mdash;but when David designed the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the challenges of that elemental force went far beyond the ordinary. How can a design acknowledge, and embody, the weight of this monumental history and yet transcend it right before your eyes?</p></em><br /><br /><p>It feels like this is going to be yet another great year for David Adjaye. The architect, who back in January became Sir David Adjaye after receiving the&nbsp;Knights Bachelor award from the Queen of England, is the only architect on this year's "100 Most Influential People" list (a distinction previously held by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a> in 2016).&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003944/touring-danish-playground-emphasizes-multi-faceted-nature-of-play-with-modular-elements-a-smoke-machine Touring Danish playground emphasizes multi-faceted nature of play with modular elements + a smoke machine Julia Ingalls 2017-04-20T13:06:00-04:00 >2017-04-20T13:06:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z5/z5d50l04kih6628k.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In addition to conceptually representing the inherent creativity of play, this&nbsp;touring modular playground made up of 35 white cubes mounted on safety rubber&nbsp;also features inlaid LEDs and a smoke machine, making it ridiculously cool for its target demographic.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0v/0vx66brkmcwz3a4f.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m3/m36u4se2qixinfoy.jpg"></p><p>As Stephan Gustin, one of the designers behind architecture firm Gustin Landscape's playground explains, "Kids are like grown-ups &ndash; we are all different, and since the &lsquo;classic&rsquo; playground design only considers&nbsp;physical play, it is this variation in personality that is a high priority for My Playground.&nbsp;We created a set of &lsquo;building blocks&rsquo; that can be configured in several ways to fit different places. We created these white cubes with&nbsp;refined decorations that have the feeling of a 'non-specific' landscape, meaning that you can create your own story, your own drama and your own fantasy. The cubes will then transform and blend into different environments. This could not happen if it looked&nbsp;like a giant ladybug - or classic swing...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003938/an-exquisite-drone-tour-over-apple-s-new-campus-reveals-the-pond-furniture-a-new-theater An exquisite drone tour over Apple's new campus reveals the pond, furniture, + a new theater Julia Ingalls 2017-04-20T12:35:00-04:00 >2017-04-21T18:28:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/55/55wa7asskq2yjcg5.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Like a miniature perfectionist city, the new Apple campus in Cupertino is made up of several different buildings: there's the familiar Norman Foster-designed "spaceship," as well as a massive parking garage that features gleaming solar panels atop the roof.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zj/zjjnjhcnf9tctvpn.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x3/x3q4kqf1c346yb49.jpg"></p><p>This drone video reveals that very little of the landscaping has come in yet--a few trees, in their boxy planters, hang out outside the main building, and only a few plants have been installed in the equipment-strewn courtyard--but it offers an excellent tour of the Steve Jobs Theatre which is slated to open this summer:&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003547/so-called-parking-podiums-are-aesthetically-ruining-downtown-los-angeles So-called "parking podiums" are aesthetically ruining downtown Los Angeles Julia Ingalls 2017-04-18T13:58:00-04:00 >2017-04-18T19:53:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lt/ltxyqc06olrvbw49.jpg" width="650" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As L.A. pats itself on the back for its freshly angular skyline, a new architectural trend &mdash; enabled by another city ordinance &mdash; threatens to turn the beating heart of modern Los Angeles into a cold, lifeless and unwalkable place.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This excellent piece by the aptly named Steven Sharp delves into the uglification of downtown Los Angeles via the "parking podium," wherein large buildings dedicate their first few floors to a parking garage to meet code requirements for parking, thereby plunging the pedestrian realm back into an unwelcome "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122585949/the-days-of-infinite-thinking-what-city-of-quartz-means-for-los-angeles-25-years-later" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City of Quartz</a>" vibe. Putting the parking in the first few floors is cheaper than digging underground or creating surface lots, but honestly: <em>ugh!&nbsp;</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003538/indian-bar-legally-evades-closure-by-adding-250-meter-long-maze-entrance Indian bar legally evades closure by adding 250-meter long maze entrance Julia Ingalls 2017-04-18T12:38:00-04:00 >2017-04-18T13:11:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lu/lucoxqswicnjsau4.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since April 1 a large number of the bars, pubs and liquor shops across India has gone out of business, thanks to a Supreme Court order that the outlets should be at least 500m away from state and national highways...The Aishwarya Bar in North Paravoor, a Kochi suburb has built a 250m-long maze-like walkway to the entrance, theoretically making it more than 500m away from the highway.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a move that has even delighted the bureaucrats who initially drafted the rule that no bar could be within 500 meters of a highway, an Indian bar has managed to stay in business by virtue of building a 250 meter long maze that, like the snaking lines at an amusement park, greatly expands the literal number of feet one must traverse to get to the bar's actual entrance. While this clever invention may necessitate a designated walker to help steer patrons back out, it ranks among the best architectural interpretations of law we've seen in some time. Cheers!</p><p>h/t <a href="http://www.bldgblog.com/2017/04/entry-maze/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bldgblog</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002960/editor-s-picks-467 Editor's Picks #467 Nam Henderson 2017-04-14T13:25:00-04:00 >2017-04-14T21:20:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/20/20fopsabzc0eutef.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a> started publishing excerpts from Archinect&rsquo;s fourth live podcasting event, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/908986/floating-worlds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up: Floating Worlds</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Looking at potential roles for architecture in the contemporary neoliberal economy, with a focus on issues pertaining to gender and identity, the event featured lectures/interviews with; Jack Self, <a href="http://www.christinebjerke.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christine Bjerke</a>, the Feminist Architecture Collaborative, one-third of Support.fm (and perhaps?) more&hellip;</p><p>Responding to some critics,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a>&nbsp;offered <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/150000055/working-through-architecture-and-its-refusal-an-interview-with-f-architecture-from-next-up-floating-worlds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">perspective</a> "<em>I've been publicly humbled several times recently for doing what I think a lot of commenters here are doing: reading/hearing something that makes me uncomfortable, so I get defensive about it and start delegitimizing it. I'm learning to just listen sometimes: to consider that the speaker has a platform for a reason (f-architecture is certainly doing stuff), and maybe I should listen *without commenting* and try to figure out why what they're saying makes me uncomfortable and examine what long-held beliefs I have t...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002920/archinect-sessions-episode-100-with-steven-holl Archinect Sessions Episode 100 with Steven Holl Paul Petrunia 2017-04-13T18:42:00-04:00 >2017-04-17T17:47:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rc/rcbxw9t8nrpsromt.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week, for our 100th episode of Archinect Sessions, we are excited to share our conversation with Archinect favorite <a href="http://archinect.com/stevenholl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl</a>. Our conversation spans a number of topics, including&nbsp;growing up in a small town in Washington state, his early career struggles, his inspirations, working in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/643/china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China</a>, globalism, his friendship with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/110/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha</a>, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/51168/pritzker-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Prize</a>,&nbsp;and the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150001771/the-steven-myron-holl-foundation-announces-a-new-summer-architecture-fellowship-in-rhinebeck-new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Myron Holl Foundation</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pw/pwye60sgiqc8gb1u.jpg"></p><p>Listen to "Archinect Sessions Episode 100 with Steven Holl":</p><ul></ul><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/archinect/Archinect-Sessions-100.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes:</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gy/gy2ykan66jhktbw3.jpg"><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982422/steven-holl-architects-designed-library-in-malawi-approved" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Malawi Library</a> sketch</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mv/mvb79vh1ugbfk6mm.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bu/bujpp418cq5b9us3.jpg"><br>Steven Holl's Alvar Aalto medal&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/78/78m20a51me1bn9ez.jpg"><br><a href="http://www.stevenholl.com/books/28" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anchoring,&nbsp;1989, Princeton Architectural Press</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002916/big-olson-kundig-brooks-scarpa-among-aia-2017-housing-award-recipients BIG, Olson Kundig, Brooks + Scarpa among AIA 2017 Housing Award recipients Justine Testado 2017-04-13T18:01:00-04:00 >2017-04-13T18:02:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zq/zqi4eph5qv4sfjxk.jpg" width="650" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The AIA distinguishes new residential projects across the U.S. in their yearly Housing Awards. The competition recognizes single-family homes, multifamily residential structures, and specialized housing that exemplify high-quality housing design.</p><p>For 2017, the competition jury chose winning projects designed by firms like BIG, Olson Kundig, Marlon Blackwell Architects, Brooks + Scarpa, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and more, from Los Angeles to Omaha to Philadelphia. Winners were selected in four categories: One/Two Family Custom Housing, One/Two Family Production Housing, Multifamily Housing, and Special Housing.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>One/Two Family Custom Housing</strong><br><em>Recognizes outstanding designs for custom and remodeled homes for specific client(s).</em></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.aia.org/showcases/77391-blue-lake-retreat" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blue Lake Retreat; Marble Falls, Texas</a><br>Lake|Flato Architects&nbsp;</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/6t/6tr3xtme5f1b1ldt.jpg"><em>Photo: Andrew Pogue.</em></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.aia.org/showcases/78256-pennsylvania-farmhouse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pennsylvania Farmhouse; Lakewood, Pennsylvania</a><br>Cutler Anderson Architects&nbsp;</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/2b/2b5s8hl8bqio1txc.jpg"><em>Photo: David Sundberg.</em></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.aia.org/showcases/78151-the-graphic-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Graphic House; Fayetteville, Arkansas</a><br>Marlon Blackwell Architects&nbsp;</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/ab/ab0r3wb7u8keicar.jpg"><em>Photo: Timothy Hursley.</em></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.aia.org/showcases/78226-los-altos-residence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L...</a></strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002915/a-factory-making-factory-assemble-revives-manufacturing-sort-of A factory-making factory: Assemble revives manufacturing (sort of) Julia Ingalls 2017-04-13T17:39:00-04:00 >2017-04-15T19:18:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nf/nf9kdfy29di8543p.jpg" width="650" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>By creating a machine that extrudes shaped clay, Assemble have created a factory that places an emphasis on the physical creation of one's environment (as well as the spontaneous ideas that can develop from working with materials and processes).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hg/hgtdg0jgs2kc3k6n.jpg"></p><p>It's a throwback to the late 19th/early 20th century days when factories weren't necessarily about dehumanizing automation but rather more about the complexity of manufacturing using all sorts of tools and last-minute problem-solving techniques. This video by Vice gives a thorough tour of the concept, process, and blue-and-white-clad result of Assemble's "A Factory As It Might Be"...&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002911/l-a-s-petersen-museum-receives-2017-american-architecture-award L.A.'s Petersen Museum receives 2017 American Architecture Award Julia Ingalls 2017-04-13T16:58:00-04:00 >2017-04-17T10:57:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/al/al5nvzjda83yqgmh.jpg" width="650" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Despite receiving <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143075812/urban-blight-a-review-of-the-petersen-automotive-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a substantial drubbing from architectural critics</a>, the Petersen Museum has managed to garner a 2017 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athanaeum Museum of Architecture and Design (among 78 other finalists).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ye/yeghvpa3gpstropg.jpg"></p><p>The award, which has been given out since 1994, recognized the new design of the museum for transforming "the Petersen building into one of the most significant and unforgettable structures in Los Angeles." The award panel went on to note that:</p><p><em>Unlike most museum renovations, which involve complete building teardown, this is a repositioning project. To use the metaphor of a car, if the existing building is a car&rsquo;s chassis, the design is the body. The bones of the structure remain, and the existing concrete portico on Wilshire is removed. The rooftop becomes converted into a party space which can be rented out. A corrugated aluminum rain screen outboard wraps around the building on each of the three street frontages, giving the museum an entirely new look...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002881/jose-oubrerie-s-legendary-and-innovative-miller-house-on-the-market-for-550k Jose Oubrerie's legendary and innovative Miller House on the market for $550K Julia Ingalls 2017-04-13T14:34:00-04:00 >2017-04-13T14:38:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r8/r802ljamoqcjlara.jpg" width="650" height="263" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to a listing on <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/832-Lochmere-Pl-Lexington-KY-40509/84437815_zpid/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zillow</a>, Jose Oubrerie's&nbsp;visually complex, materially innovative Miller House is now on the market for $550,000. Each room is a study in unusual and exactingly executed detail; cabinets transition seamlessly into L-shaped shelving, while doors become hosts for asymmetrically placed conduits latched with what appears to be matte-finished silver nickel. Vivid bursts of color abruptly appear among otherwise natural-toned wood, from an electric blue wall to a wild red kitchen cabinet.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1a/1alncr6gm1elif8y.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kz/kzltc5052gffx89h.jpg"></p><p>The effect is something akin to traveling through an architect's unbridled imagination; although the house does possess its own internal logic, the constant visual stimulus delivers perpetual surprise.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yy/yynosqndj7ns5eek.jpg"></p><p>The Zillow listing possess a link to a <a href="https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=7Jn6dSiMtvV&amp;mls=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D photographic tour</a> of the house, which allows one to get a fuller sense of how the elements interlock, and just how dizzying it is to stride from one floor to another.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002867/remembering-the-holocaust-via-anish-kapoor-and-zaha-hadid-architects-memorial Remembering the Holocaust via Anish Kapoor and Zaha Hadid Architects' Memorial Julia Ingalls 2017-04-13T12:58:00-04:00 >2017-04-15T18:11:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0o/0oj0ed5uksf4v6t9.jpg" width="650" height="565" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a week in which the White House Press Secretary stated that Hitler never gassed his own people, it's worth taking a moment to remember the Holocaust. In the U.K., the&nbsp;United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial Foundation and the British Government have enlisted some of the top design firms in the world, including Anish Kapoor and Zaha Hadid Architects,&nbsp;to design a Holocaust Memorial. Kapoor and ZHA's proposal, which places a purposefully awkwardly-sited bronze-cast meteorite partially below ground, is simultaneously disturbing and contemplative.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4s/4s9zj2n175r80n60.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/59/59og7fydi18w3pg2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/45/45uzvvig1mn15p5b.jpg"></p><p>As the architects explain in their statement, "Meteorites, mountains and stones are often at the centre of places of reflection, especially in the Jewish tradition. They call on the vastness of nature to be a witness to our humanity. A memorial to the Holocaust must be contemplative and silent, such that it evokes our empathy. It must be a promise to future generations that this terrible chapter in human history can never occur again."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yy/yy4y7cegnnq50gne.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uq/uqqc2pqw2q9oil5z.jpg"></p><p>In the video ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002462/ai-project-proposal-for-a-500-unit-residential-development-in-digbeth-birmingham AI project proposal for a 500 unit residential development in Digbeth, Birmingham Archinect 2017-04-11T15:20:00-04:00 >2017-04-12T07:18:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ta/ta2jzbf89xh5s95l.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>London-based practice <strong>Architects of Invention (AI)</strong> has submitted a design proposal for 500 residential units in Birmingham&rsquo;s Digbeth area.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ym/ymxo2krr2l9ryswj.jpg"></p><p>The practice was approached by Chinese private equity fund <a href="http://www.pgc-fund.com/en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PGC- Capital</a> whose <em>The Jewel Court</em>, 77 one-two bed luxury apartments, is already on site in Birmingham.</p><p>The design concept - &lsquo;Garden Hill&rsquo; - is inspired by The Hanging Gardens of Babylon: an oasis-like residence for Birmingham&rsquo;s growing, multicultural population. The two dramatic 25-storey staggered towers, hung with gardens at every level, give all occupants and visitors access to private and shared terraces and a spacious rooftop garden. The entire block is made of CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) as an exercise in highly sustainable construction.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/iv/ivmj1h8v11wdvioy.jpg"></p><p>The proposal suggests a new model for live / work / play, where the units are small, but there are large shared facilities for communal living and working, including music recording studios and small rental units for startups. The scheme proposes gro...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002391/jimenez-lai-named-as-one-of-the-2017-swarovski-designers-of-the-future-award Jimenez Lai named as one of the 2017 Swarovski Designers of the Future Award Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-04-11T14:34:00-04:00 >2017-04-14T10:16:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hk/hk5howfuo24twey0.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Perennial-favorite, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/126662/jimenez-lai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jimenez Lai</a>, has been named as one <a href="http://www.swarovskigroup.com/S/home/index.en.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Swarovski</a>'s 2017 Designers of the Future. Along with the story-teller and founder of the firm&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/90423/bureau-spectacular-jimenez-lai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bureau Spectacular</a>, the crystal company has also knighted industrial-designer,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.marjanvanaubel.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marjan van Aubel</a>, and the "design do tank",&nbsp;<a href="http://www.taktproject.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Takt Project</a>. In conjunction with&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/36031/design-miami" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Miami</a>, the chosen designers will put&nbsp;forth innovative projects inspired by the transparent quartz Swarovski is famous for at this years event. While the winners will each create separate pieces, they will be exhibited as a single installation for Design Miami/Basel 2017.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/62/62rk56bf8e8zp4vf.jpg"></p><p>Marjan van Aubel is experimenting with solar technology to develop a series of living light objects and Trakt Project is collaborating with MICRON3DP to produce a series of tabletop objects that will be 3D printed with Swarovski crystals. Lai will produce a surface-based installation for the event while also responsible for creating the overall architectural character of the piece, designing a string of three ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002494/swimming-with-skyscrapers-watch-video-from-a-glass-bottomed-sky-pool Swimming with Skyscrapers: Watch video from a glass-bottomed sky pool Julia Ingalls 2017-04-11T13:29:00-04:00 >2017-04-11T13:45:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kb/kbswftzr1h8apfuy.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What's more relaxing than a glass-bottomed sky pool 42 stories above Houston? Well, pretty much every other thing in the known universe, which makes the existence of this Jackson + Ryan Architects-designed pool not only an eye-catching publicity stunt for the residential tower's developer, but a viral, stomach-clenching video that is now titilating news anchors over at <a href="http://www.cnn.com/videos/cnnmoney/2017/04/10/houston-rooftop-pool-city.hln" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CNN</a>. Here's the video, in full, as posted on the developer's Facebook page:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002488/check-out-the-trailer-for-big-time-a-new-documentary-about-bjarke-ingels Check out the trailer for BIG TIME, a new documentary about Bjarke Ingels Nicholas Korody 2017-04-11T12:31:00-04:00 >2017-04-11T12:31:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ru/rum6ixwag3uv2zlx.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG and master of promotion, is the subject of a new documentary, titled <em>BIG TIME. </em>The filmmakers have released a first trailer, which centers in part around an MRI scan of Ingel&rsquo;s head. Apparently, he suffered a concussion.</p><p>Check it out here:</p><p></p><p><a href="https://vimeo.com/212493249" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG TIME - International Trailer</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/goodcompanypictures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Good Company Pictures</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vimeo</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002483/milton-curry-named-usc-s-new-dean-of-the-school-of-architecture Milton Curry named USC's new Dean of the School of Architecture Julia Ingalls 2017-04-11T12:28:00-04:00 >2017-04-11T12:28:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9w/9wngpinct4p93crv.jpg" width="600" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After serving two influential five-year terms, USC's&nbsp;<a href="http://Curry%20arrives%20from%20the%20University%20of%20Michigan%20Taubman%20College%20of%20Architecture%20and%20Urban%20Planning,%20where%20he%20is%20associate%20dean%20for%20academic%20affairs%20and%20strategic%20initiatives.%20He%20was%20chosen%20for%20the%20post%20at%20USC%20based%20upon%20his%20expertise%20%E2%80%9Cat%20the%20forefront%20of%20disciplinary%20areas%20on%20race,%20architecture%20and%20urbanism%20that%20engages%20cultural%20theory%20and%20humanities%20research,%E2%80%9D%20the%20announcement%20said.%20%20Curry%20founded%20the%20CriticalProductive%20Journal,%20which%20examined%20scholarship%20and%20creative%20pursuits%20in%20architecture,%20urbanism%20and%20cultural%20theory.%20He%20also%20co-founded%20Appendix%20Journal%20in%20the%20early%201990s,%20which%20helped%20to%20catalyze%20debate%20on%20architecture%20and%20race,%20among%20other%20subjects." rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Qingyun Ma</a> will remain on the faculty but step down as the Dean of The School of Architecture on July 1st, when he will be replaced by Milton Curry. According to the L.A. Times:</p><p><em>Curry arrives from the University of Michigan&nbsp;Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, where he is associate dean for academic affairs and strategic initiatives. He was chosen for the post at USC based upon his expertise &ldquo;at the forefront of disciplinary areas on race, architecture and urbanism that engages cultural theory and humanities research,&rdquo; the announcement said.</em></p><p><em>Curry founded the CriticalProductive Journal, which examined scholarship and creative pursuits in architecture, urbanism and cultural theory. He also co-founded Appendix Journal in the early 1990s, which helped to catalyze debate on architecture and race, among other subjects.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002328/peter-zumthor-lends-his-lacma-vision-a-much-lighter-mineral-tone-in-latest-renderings Peter Zumthor lends his LACMA vision a much lighter, "mineral" tone in latest renderings Alexander Walter 2017-04-10T14:26:00-04:00 >2017-04-12T21:05:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bp/bpl00xixxmwxljw3.jpg" width="650" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] Peter Zumthor spoke with LACMA CEO [...] Michael Govan about the concepts behind his plans for LACMA's future presentation of its collections. Peter last spoke at LACMA in 2013 in conjunction with the exhibition&nbsp;The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA, when we were in the very early stages of thinking about LACMA's new building. Since that time, Peter and Michael have been working on the concepts behind the building, and Peter and his team have been refining the plans.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3r/3rxuo1cp4g3pru5l.jpg"></p><p>The building design has a come a long way since its earlier, deliberately dark "inkblot" style.</p><p>"As for the change in color from dark to light?," <em>Unframed</em> writes, "Peter's thinking has evolved along with the building, and he wanted it to be elemental, with a mineral tone, very substantial but not slick, and to make the outside feel like the inside."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dz/dzeof8pn12apyek8.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2u/2ukqp9yet4zd4vi1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fq/fq0rucjy50vdita3.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/su/sumg7u6ravqpadb6.jpg"></p><p><em>Renderings and illustrations by&nbsp;Atelier Peter Zumthor (street level rendering by Atelier Peter Zumthor/The Boundary). All images via&nbsp;unframed.lacma.org.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001975/the-photographer-turned-unlicensed-architect The photographer turned (unlicensed) architect Nicholas Korody 2017-04-07T12:23:00-04:00 >2017-04-07T15:13:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e4/e4yjf4pfianipemb.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A self-described &ldquo;unlicensed architect&rdquo; who splits his time between Tokyo and New York, [Hiroshi] Sugimoto has brought his monastic Modernist aesthetic to life through the firm New Material Research Laboratory, which he co-founded with the architect Tomoyuki Sakakida in 2008. &ldquo;Most of my ideas are illegal,&rdquo; says Sugimoto, who considers it Sakakida&rsquo;s job &ldquo;to make it look like it&rsquo;s legal.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qm/qm82cymgti89icki.jpg"><br><em>A photograph by Sugimoto. Credit: Hiroshi Sugimoto</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001624/transborder-wins-competition-for-holocaust-center-in-oslo Transborder wins competition for Holocaust-Center in Oslo Archinect 2017-04-06T20:23:00-04:00 >2017-04-08T12:53:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/to/todh46r73vnqgjty.jpg" width="650" height="553" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In tough competition with leading Norwegian offices (<a href="http://archinect.com/snohetta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a>, Jensen &amp; Skodvin, Jarmund Vigsn&aelig;s and Carl Viggo H&oslash;lmebakk) the young practice&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/transborderstudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transborder Studio</a>&nbsp;wins the invited competition for an extension of the Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities. The center is located in Oslo, Norway, in a villa from 1917.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/2y/2ygh0w1pc1lxjrm6.jpg"></p><p>Villa Grande has a turbulent history. Most affected is the villa by its notorious inmate during the occupation period leaving imprints of paranoia and nazi philosophy on the architecture. The villa&rsquo;s narrow, somewhat claustrophobic exhibition rooms are fitting as framework for exhibiting one of mankind&rsquo;s worst traumas. But the extension that will house an expanded HL-center exhibition activity should give a new spatial dimension and become a counterweight to this world of heavy architectural symbolism. Our proposal creates a subtle framework for new narratives of conditions of minority groups in the world. By cultivating the edge of the &ldquo;castle plateau&rdquo; wit...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001752/comedy-meets-architecture-as-michael-ian-black-chats-with-deborah-berke Comedy meets architecture as Michael Ian Black chats with Deborah Berke Julia Ingalls 2017-04-06T12:18:00-04:00 >2017-04-06T12:21:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uz/uzg0x4bc6ikth1k4.jpg" width="650" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although certain architects have attempted&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149997795/sadar-vuga-declare-humor-is-a-rare-quality-in-architecture-in-a-new-documentary-on-the-influential-slovenian-firm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">to inject humor into the profession</a>, architecture is generally not known for its slapstick and wry timing, which makes the pairing of interviewer Michael Ian Black (formerly of classic comedy show <em>The State</em>) and <a href="http://archinect.com/yale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale</a> <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149958873/deborah-berke-shares-her-vision-as-incoming-dean-at-the-yale-school-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dean of Architecture Deborah Berke</a> just...unusual, but great. You can listen to their talk about the role of architecture in everyday life&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/prx/how-to-be-amazing-with-michael-ian-black/e/53-deborah-berke-49443280" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>While you're at it, take a listen to Archinect's podcast conversation with Deborah Berke...</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001481/border-wall-submissions-are-in-including-proposals-with-solar-panels-tourist-destinations-nuclear-waste-storage-art-and-a-shared-co-nation Border Wall submissions are in, including proposals with solar panels, tourist destinations, nuclear waste storage, art, and a shared "co-nation" Joachim Perez 2017-04-05T19:29:00-04:00 >2017-04-07T15:36:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lj/ljy4hhzfts5b6me7.jpg" width="650" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The government won't identify companies until contracts are awarded around June 1 &mdash; and even then, only the winners &mdash; but some bidders released plans on their own</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although many political agendas have trickled into the realm of design, the border wall continues to be a hot topic for architects. Since the inception of this project, social media has highlighted the "We Won't Build Your Wall" campaign, which has been prevalent at a number of architectural schools in the U.S. and overseas. This campaign did not stop the U.S. government from soliciting ideas and proposals from contractors which were due Tuesday. The request for proposals (RFPs) deadline for the U.S.-Mexico border wall are in, and the Associated Press points out that companies will not be revealed until an award is given. However, some proposals&nbsp;have been released by the bidders themselves.</p><p>The sample list presented in the article give variations on the future wall with some employing different traits such as using art, renewable energy resources, novelty architecture, and nuclear waste storage. &nbsp;</p><p>___</p><p><strong>SOLAR PANELS</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r8/r8txqlcdjelhn7ha.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://www.strutchannelfittings.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gleason Partners LLC</a> of Las Vegas proposes solar panels to cover sections...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001588/som-opens-a-new-office-in-dubai SOM opens a new office in Dubai Nicholas Korody 2017-04-05T18:59:00-04:00 >2017-04-05T19:03:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bf/bfqasqpfhldvkc44.jpg" width="650" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The architecture giant <a href="http://archinect.com/som" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill LLP (SOM)</a> has announced that they will open a new office in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/10250/dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai</a>, a move intended to further their presence in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The office will be led by Thomas Behr, who will oversee all operations in the region, alongside Uwe Nienstedt, who will manage the office in Dubai. With a prime location on Sheik Zayed Road, the office will oversee current projects and put forward new project proposals.</p><p>While the office may be new, SOM has a long presence in the region. From designing the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/223781/burj-khalifa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burj Khalifa</a> in Dubai&mdash;the world&rsquo;s tallest building&mdash;to master planning Bahrain Bay in Manama, SOM has cultivated region-specific knowledge, whether in the form of energy conservation or in &ldquo;reflecting&rdquo; Islamic culture.</p><p>"Our new office allows SOM to build upon decades of experience in the Middle East. By establishing a formal presence in Dubai--an important business center for the region--we are better equipped to serve our local...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001526/meet-dr-sumaya-bint-sulaiman-al-sulaiman-saudi-arabia-s-first-female-dean-of-a-design-college Meet Dr. Sumaya Bint Sulaiman Al Sulaiman, Saudi Arabia's first female dean of a design college Justine Testado 2017-04-05T14:30:00-04:00 >2017-04-05T14:57:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gc/gck3eaqbmhk13se3.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dr Sumaya Bint Sulaiman Al Sulaiman has become the first woman in Saudi Arabia to be appointed dean of a design college. Al Sulaiman now heads the College of Design at the Imam Abdul Rahman Bin Faysal University ...the highest administrative position for a Saudi woman at a public college or university was vice-dean, except at Princess Nourah Bint Abdul Rahman University, an exclusively for women university in the capital Riyadh.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Dr. Al Sulaiman's appointment at the University of Dammam College of Design last month is one of two groundbreaking university dean appointments in Saudi Arabia. She was appointed days after&nbsp;Dr. Dalal Namnaqani, who became the first woman to become dean at the&nbsp;Taif University College of Medicine.</p><p>Al Sulaiman has a Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Newcastle (UK), a master's in architecture from King Faisal University, and has executive certificates in management, leadership, strategy and innovation from the <a href="http://archinect.com/mitarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Massachusetts Institute of Technology</a>.&nbsp;Before becoming dean of&nbsp;the University of Dammam's design college, she was the Vice Dean for Quality, Development and Academic Accreditation and Chair of the Graphic Design and Multimedia program.</p><p>Al Sulaiman was the&nbsp;<a href="http://ibk.mit.edu/past-fellows/dr-sumayah-al-solaiman" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recipient of the Ibn Khaldun Fellowship</a>&nbsp;at MIT in 2013-14. &ldquo;Her research interests include areas of intersection between architecture and politics such as the mediation of power in space and place; ideologies and nation...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001383/architect-david-lake-pens-compelling-letter-to-congressman-decrying-proposed-cuts-to-epa-s-energy-star Architect David Lake pens compelling letter to Congressman decrying proposed cuts to EPA's "Energy Star" Julia Ingalls 2017-04-04T20:29:00-04:00 >2017-04-12T10:31:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y0/y0x8gv5yhh6gq46s.jpg" width="650" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As we discussed at the Witte, the EPA&rsquo;s &ldquo;Energy Star,&rdquo; indoor air quality, and materials safety programs directly support the design and construction industry each and every day. The proposed EPA budget eliminates funding for these programs and will severely impact the ability of engineers and architects to meet client demands, fulfill our contractual obligations, and carry out the duties of our licensure to protect the public.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In response to a letter in which Texan Republican Congressman Lamar Smith told David Lake that he gets all of his news from a "biased liberal media," Lake not only kindly (and eloquently) rebutted this inaccuracy, but also encouraged the Congressman not to defund the EPA if he still wants to live in a world with excellent design and construction. Specifically, cutting the EPA's "Energy Star" program will negatively impact the public realm (<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150001372/leaders-in-architecture-tend-to-be-leed-accredited-aia-study-reveals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">and generally lead to less excellence in the architecture profession itself</a>).&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001372/leaders-in-architecture-tend-to-be-leed-accredited-aia-study-reveals Leaders in architecture tend to be LEED-accredited, AIA study reveals Julia Ingalls 2017-04-04T19:17:00-04:00 >2017-04-04T19:20:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cm/cmf6prwat8kry2s2.jpg" width="650" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What sets apart high-performing architecture firms from their award-lacking brethren? Not surprisingly, a commitment to excellence, which according to the AIA is measured by several factors, including an emphasis on sustainability and diversity. While the <a href="https://www.aia.org/resources/72031-the-habits-of-high-performance-firms-" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">full report details</a> the findings from a study of the past twenty years of COTE Top Ten Award-winners, the top eight habits of these firms are:</p><ul><li>Unanimous signing of the AIA 2030 Commitment</li><li>Significantly high project performance for energy, water, and other metrics</li><li>Energy modeling, daylighting modeling, and post-occupancy evaluations as standard practice</li><li>Geographic concentration (47% on the West Coast)</li><li>Medium size (average staff number of 75)</li><li>A high percentage of women in staff (46%) and leadership positions (34%)</li><li>Low staff turnover (under 10%)</li><li>A high percentage of staff with LEED accreditation (48%)</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001368/making-cities-together-a-sustainable-urban-future-conference-to-be-held-in-kenya "Making Cities Together," a sustainable urban future conference, to be held in Kenya Julia Ingalls 2017-04-04T18:43:00-04:00 >2017-04-04T18:43:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/32/324zmhcca58f3act.jpg" width="640" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What's the most efficient, ethical, and sustainable way to remake public spaces? If you're in Nariobi, Kenya this May 3-4th, you'll have the opportunity to answer that question by attending the "Making Cities Together - The City We Need through&nbsp;Safe, Inclusive and Accessible Public Spaces" &nbsp;conference as put on by The Urban Thinkers Campus in collaboration with Project for Public Spaces, UN-Habitat and Placemakers, KUWA - Urban Spaces by People, and Architects Without Borders. Keynote speakers include PK Das, Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana and Michelle Provoost. Here are the full details, courtesy of the original press release:</p><p><em>The Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC) model is an initiative of UN-Habitat&rsquo;s World Urban Campaign, conceived in 2014 as an open space for critical exchange, promoting sustainable urbanization across the globe. In order to implement the New Urban Agenda after Habitat III in Quito in 2016, the UTC 2.0 will be action-oriented by focusing on developing action plans and implem...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001360/thom-mayne-to-serve-as-critic-at-large-at-pratt-graduate-school Thom Mayne to serve as Critic-at-Large at Pratt Graduate School Nicholas Korody 2017-04-04T17:45:00-04:00 >2017-04-04T17:46:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tp/tph3zy2uafvopwil.jpg" width="650" height="660" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to a newly released <a href="https://www.pratt.edu/news/view/renowned-architect-thom-mayne-named-graduate-architecture-and-urban-designs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">press statement,</a> Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne has been named the first &ldquo;Critic at Large&rdquo; at Pratt Institute&rsquo;s Graduate Architecture and Urban Design program (GAUD). The position was created &ldquo;to expand discourse across the GAUD curriculum and build connections between the pedagogical and professional aspects of the program.&rdquo;</p><p>Mayne is expected to work directly with students from each year and each program on projects on &ldquo;several key days&rdquo;. The press release states that these days will manifest as both intimate, one-on-one discussions and public events.</p><p>In honor of the appointment, Mayne will deliver a lecture on Thursday, April 13 at 6 PM, reflecting on his work as a pedagogue and architect.&nbsp;</p>