Archinect - News 2016-08-27T06:08:56-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149965336/calming-down-and-speeding-up-in-louisville-with-steven-ward-on-archinect-sessions-78 Calming Down and Speeding Up in Louisville with Steven Ward, on Archinect Sessions #78 Paul Petrunia 2016-08-25T17:48:00-04:00 >2016-08-25T18:28:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8v/8vwey0gtiya178hw.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week's show is dedicated to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/3329/louisville" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louisville</a>, and we're delighted to share the mic with longtime Archinect favorite <a href="http://archinect.com/stevenward" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Ward</a>. Steven is an architect and partner at <a href="http://archinect.com/studiokremer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Kremer Architects</a>, teacher and architecture critic/cheerleader for the local independent paper <a href="http://www.leoweekly.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEO Weekly</a>. We discuss his recent writings, in particular his survey of the recently completed <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939697/it-looks-simple-effortless-crisp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Speed Art Museum</a>, and the differences between local architecture criticism vs national criticism. We also find out what's going on with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124433144/oma-to-master-plan-a-food-hub-in-louisville" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA's Food Port project</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 78 of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Calming Down and Speeding Up in Louisville":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="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-78.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/wt/wttpf4a6p1ftlejh.jpg"><br><a href="http://www.leoweekly.com/leo_author/steven-ward-aia/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven's writings at LEO Weekly</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ob/obtq0b5d4v9tsia1.jpg"><br><a href="http://oma.eu/projects/west-louisville-food-port" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA's pr...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964824/trudeau-stakes-canada-s-economic-growth-on-architects Trudeau stakes Canada's economic growth on architects Julia Ingalls 2016-08-23T14:09:00-04:00 >2016-08-24T10:49:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/79/79z5c1qcugh4i0me.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With the U.S. presidential election coming up, a few Americans are considering moving to Canada, a move that actually might be lucrative if you're an architect. Responding to the forces of globalization, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is aiming to inject new economic life into his country by investing in traditionally brainy industries like architecture and accounting, as reported in this <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2016-08-22/trudeau-s-cure-for-canada-s-slump-architects-and-accountants" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg News</a> article:</p><p><em>So if manufacturers won't do the heavy lifting, who will?</em></p><p><em>Enter Diamond. The world-renowned architect employs 180 people, including 140 architects, in an airy but respectfully renovated early 20th-century building in Toronto&rsquo;s Fashion District. It was Canada&rsquo;s education system that brought him to the country&mdash;he set up the post-graduate architect program at the University of Toronto in 1966&mdash;but his eye has always been turned outwards.</em></p><p>For more on architectural employment tips/trends:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/135648933/the-architecture-job-application-hints-suggestions-from-employers-part-ii" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture Job Application Hints &amp; Suggestions from Employers: Part II</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126838476/what-s-the-hottest-new-job-in-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What's the h...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964731/editor-s-picks-452 Editor's Picks #452 Nam Henderson 2016-08-23T12:42:00-04:00 >2016-08-23T21:10:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f01bxbz9nlc3wef1.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;took readers on <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149956316/touring-some-of-the-world-s-most-attractive-public-housing-projectsd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a tour of some of the world's most attractive public housing projects</a>, from the last decade.&nbsp;<strong>ChrisDx</strong> commented "<em>The projects certainly appear innovative in images taken most likely when they were first built. I wonder how &lsquo;successful&rsquo; they have been in meeting the resident's needs and what they look like now</em>."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fs/fsgvfa9x6gj9cq8k.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a> investigated how <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149962603/ethical-dwellings-for-generation-y-explores-new-forms-of-living-and-owning-in-a-changing-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ED/GY, or Ethical Dwellings for Generation Y</a>, hopes to address "<em>new forms of living and owning in a changing London</em>".&nbsp;<strong>Olaf Design Ninja_</strong> &nbsp;was terrified "<em>holy shit is this dystopic!</em>" <a href="https://twitter.com/BirdsofVenice/status/765384048365547520" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Birds of Venice</a> noted the "<em>Marxist sideboob.</em><em><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/housing?src=hash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> #housing</a></em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0j/0jyykbdccjqaicjv.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>In <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962108/museum-at-the-front-line-one-to-one-33-with-dora-epstein-jones-executive-director-of-the-a-d-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions One-to-One #33</a>&nbsp;executive director of the A+D Museum Epstein Jones, imagines how A+D could become the L.A version of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1920121/storefront-for-art-and-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Storefront</a>, while working to keep it accessible to the local community.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dq/dqtmz2cihg28ii35.jpg"></p><p>Senior editor&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;reminded readers that&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961944/dan-graham-hates-conceptual-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Graham hates conceptual art</a>.&nbsp;<strong>Thayer-D</strong>&nbsp;"<em>was enjoying him quite well until he drew an arbitrary line between ar...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964157/manual-for-becoming-a-radical-architect Manual for Becoming a Radical Architect Orhan Ayyüce 2016-08-19T13:13:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:45:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ra/raomecw3tulpfmbv.jpg" width="514" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Radicalism in Architecture is not a simple choice and it&rsquo;s not dominated by the lack of reason, an important idea now that Architecture has become, due to the new technologies and trending fashions, easily reproducible.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img alt="" src="http://www.designboom.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/architectural-manual-adrian-labaut-hernandez-designboom-05-818x735.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.3nta.com/author/adrian-labaut-hernandez/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A</a><a href="http://www.3nta.com/author/adrian-labaut-hernandez/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">drian Labaut Hernandez</a>&nbsp;</strong>states, "Architecture does not need to say anything, it doesn&rsquo;t need to talk, doesn&rsquo;t need to express anything specific, and it doesn&rsquo;t need, overall, to be needlessly &ldquo;Radical&rdquo;.&nbsp;Architecture always has a meaning when it is created based on strong conceptual work, the project is there, a body of matter, showing itself immortal, personal, superior because of its inner qualities, those that can not be seen from outside and sometimes even from inside. You need to look at it, speak with it, interact, explore, touch, and at the end, for sure, admire. It is not done for a magazine page, and neither to hang in an exposition room and amaze everybody around because it is &lsquo;beautiful&rsquo;. Architecture justifies its own existence, it will emerge to create and show its own values, which at the end are completely rooted in life on this earth."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964158/watch-an-ode-to-marcel-breuer-s-snower-residence-in-kansas-city Watch: an ode to Marcel Breuer's Snower Residence in Kansas City Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-19T13:08:00-04:00 >2016-08-25T17:40:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mh/mhb36x5y9eei0cin.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Completed in 1954 for Robert and Marianne Snower, Marcel Breuer designed the house site unseen. The Snowers had reached out to Breuer after seeing his work in a magazine, and lived there until it was bought in 2014.</p><p>The current owners, Rob Barnes and Karen Bisset, then renovated some key aspects of the home, although not much was needed. The home still contains many of Breuer's original custom furniture. The below video by Hufft Projects, "A Letter to Marcel", reimagines the initial contact made between the Snowers and Breuer, and takes a tour through the home.</p><p></p><p><a href="https://vimeo.com/174220683" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Letter To Marcel</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/hufft" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hufft Projects</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vimeo</a>.</p><p><em>h/t <a href="http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/article39349167.html#storylink=cpy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Kansas City Star</a></em></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Brute Force: Atlanta's endangered Breuer, Ban's disaster relief efforts, and a honking huge lobby for driverless vehicles on Archinect Sessions #63" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943893/brute-force-atlanta-s-endangered-breuer-ban-s-disaster-relief-efforts-and-a-honking-huge-lobby-for-driverless-vehicles-on-archinect-sessions-63" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brute Force: Atlanta's endangered Breuer, Ban's disaster relief efforts, and a honking huge lobby for driverless vehicles on Archinect Sessions #63</a></li><li><a title="As the Met moves into the old Whitney, can it shrug off the iconic building's associations with its former tenant?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148283782/as-the-met-moves-into-the-old-whitney-can-it-shrug-off-the-iconic-building-s-associations-with-its-former-tenant" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As the Met moves into the old Whitney, can it shrug off the iconic building's associations with its former tenant?</a></li><li><a title="New movement urges to call Brutalism 'Heroic' instead" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141894387/new-movement-urges-to-call-brutalism-heroic-instead" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New movement urges to call Brutalism 'Heroic' instead</a></li><li><a title="Marcel Breuer Digital Archive" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/51289999/marcel-breuer-digital-archive" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marcel Breuer Digital Ar...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963978/frank-lloyd-wright-puts-his-foot-down-in-a-tribute-to-the-pluck-of-a-salesman Frank Lloyd Wright puts his foot down in 'a tribute to the pluck of a salesman' Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-18T12:56:00-04:00 >2016-08-23T00:42:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tl/tl5jibxgryjlwr50.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thomas H. Truslow Jr., a general sales manager at Corning Glass Works, proposed a solution of flexible waterproof strips directly to Johnson executives, bypassing Wright. The architect seethed. &ldquo;Are you then unfamiliar with the way of work with an architect,&rdquo; he wrote in a typed letter on Nov. 10, 1948. He added an angry question mark in green ink. &ldquo;The scheme is not the Johnson Company&rsquo;s,&rdquo; the typing continued. &ldquo;It is the architect&rsquo;s.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The full, typed letter reads (with handwritten text in bold):</p><p><em>My dear Mr. Truslow: You have the cart before the horse. It is necessary to secure the architect's approval before going to the owner. Are you then unfamiliar with the way of work with an architect <strong>- ?</strong></em></p><p><em>The scheme is not the Johnson's Company's. It is the architect's. <strong>Mine.</strong></em></p><p><em>I shall be in New York at the Plaza Hotel on November 17th.</em></p><p><em>Sincerely yours,</em></p><p><em>Frank Lloyd Wright</em></p><p>More on the architect and his legacy:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149954725/aaron-betsky-dean-of-the-frank-lloyd-wright-school-of-architecture-lays-out-taliesin-s-legacy-in-architecture-education" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Betsky, dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, lays out Taliesin's legacy in architecture education</a></li><li><a title="When 'Frank Lloyd Wright' and 'historic designation' are holding back your home&rsquo;s value, what&rsquo;s a seller to do?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962345/when-frank-lloyd-wright-and-historic-designation-are-holding-back-your-home-s-value-what-s-a-seller-to-do" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">When 'Frank Lloyd Wright' and 'historic designation' are holding back your home&rsquo;s value, what&rsquo;s a seller to do?</a></li><li><a title="New Jersey&rsquo;s Oldest and Largest Frank Lloyd Wright House Listed for $2.2M" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956509/new-jersey-s-oldest-and-largest-frank-lloyd-wright-house-listed-for-2-2m" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Jersey&rsquo;s Oldest and Largest Frank Lloyd Wright House Listed for $2.2M</a></li><li><a title="From Minnesota to Pennsylvania: moving a Frank Lloyd House halfway across the country" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954698/from-minnesota-to-pennsylvania-moving-a-frank-lloyd-house-halfway-across-the-country" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From Minnesota to Pennsylvania: moving a Frank Lloyd House halfway across the country</a></li><li><a title="Frenemies Forever: Hugh Howard brings famed relationship between Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson to life in 'Architecture's Odd Couple', on One-to-One #28" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149952735/frenemies-forever-hugh-howard-brings-famed-relationship-between-frank-lloyd-wright-and-philip-johnson-to-life-in-architecture-s-odd-couple-on-one-to-one-28" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frenemies Forever: Hugh Howard brings famed relationship between Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson to life in 'Architecture's Odd Couple', o...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963786/sci-arc-appoints-david-ruy-as-postgraduate-programs-chair-of-new-edge-center-for-advanced-studies-in-architecture SCI-Arc appoints David Ruy as Postgraduate Programs Chair of new EDGE Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-17T14:08:00-04:00 >2016-08-23T09:34:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bz/bzjcau3j57gm5fs9.jpg" width="514" height="720" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On the cusp of SCI-Arc&rsquo;s first semester implementing its new EDGE Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture program, Director Hernan Diaz Alonso <a href="http://archinect.com/sciarc/release/sci-arc-appoints-david-ruy-as-postgraduate-programs-chair-for-edge-center-for-advanced-studies-in-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">has named</a> David Ruy as chair.</p><p>SCI-Arc <a href="http://archinect.com/sciarc/release/sci-arc-launches-edge-center-for-advanced-studies-in-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first announced</a> it was launching EDGE in November of last year, offering &ldquo;four graduate degree programs in fields including architectural technologies, fiction and entertainment, design of cities, and design theory and pedagogy&rdquo;. Respectively, those translate into an MS in Architectural Technologies (Marcelo Spina), an MS in the Design of Cities (Peter Trummer), an MA in Fiction and Entertainment (Liam Young), and a MS in Design Theory and Pedagogy (David Ruy). The first two degrees are based on preexisting SCI-Arc programs,&nbsp;while the second two are new.&nbsp;</p><p>The earlier press released&nbsp;issued by SCI-Arc on November 10 of 2015 named Ruy as EDGE's Chair, but this was <a href="http://archinect.com/sciarc/release/sci-arc-launches-edge-center-for-advanced-studies-in-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">later changed</a> to only refer to Ruy as leading the MS in Design Theory and Pedagogy. Commenting on this update on November 11, user ARP1 asked "W...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963409/art-of-intervention-one-to-one-34-with-architect-abraham-burickson-founder-of-the-immersive-theater-company-odyssey-works Art of Intervention: One-to-One #34 with architect Abraham Burickson, founder of the immersive theater company, Odyssey Works Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-16T17:06:00-04:00 >2016-08-24T07:07:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qe/qexgtpwa8fqetpak.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the spring of 2015, we ran a <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/123744704/working-out-of-the-box-abraham-burickson-poet-conceptual-artist-and-founder-of-odyssey-works" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working Out of the Box feature with Abraham Burickson</a>, the practicing architect who founded Odyssey Works&mdash;a theater company that produces performances for an audience of one, often lasting days. Participants are extensively researched and the performances are rigorously planned, so that the whole thing unfolds before them spontaneously, as they move about the world.</p><p>To Burickson, theater and architecture are one and the same&mdash;their objective is to immerse the audience, and make them feel something. And in preparation for this month&rsquo;s theme of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960055/open-call-for-submissions-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Games</a>, it's impossible not to see Odyssey Works' performances in the same genre of experience:&nbsp;game-like interventions that change the way we experience the built environment.</p><p>The following interview is our conversation from February of 2015, edited for time and clarity.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/670405/one-to-one" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#34 with&nbsp;<strong>Abraham Burickson</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/neil-denari/id1057340260?i=356797877" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCl...</strong></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963444/50-designers-50-ideas-50-wards 50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards archanonymous 2016-08-16T00:08:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T21:43:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ti/tidonqv9owf6x5vt.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the very least, these projects propose efficiencies and aesthetics that run counter to the institutional momentum within the city&rsquo;s many departments, a daunting prospect in itself. None of this is necessarily inappropriate for such an exhibition, but it does ignore the question of where much of the aesthetic and spatial expression in our built environment comes from, and how we might change it.</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/149962954/v-a-s-main-shop-to-be-remodelled-by-friend-and-company-architects-with-millimetre-and-ra-projects V&A's main shop to be remodelled by Friend and Company Architects, with Millimetre and RA Projects Ellen Hancock 2016-08-12T12:32:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T21:19:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dn/dng0o4uxj92s71a0.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The main shop in the V&amp;A is being redesigned to create a more lively and flexible retail space at the centre of the gallery.&nbsp;</p><p>Friend and Company Architects, with Milimetre and RA Projects were selected from a&nbsp;shortlist of six practices, which included Ab Rogers&nbsp;Design, Brinkworth, Edge, Jamie Fobert Architects and&nbsp;Mark Pinney Architects.</p><p>David Bickle&nbsp;(Director of FuturePlan, Design, Estates and&nbsp;Exhibitions) from the selection panel&nbsp;said:<em>&nbsp;&ldquo;There has been a huge shift in the way that we engage with retail, and the role it&nbsp;plays in the wider cultural landscape. Friend and Company&rsquo;s design reimagines the site of our&nbsp;current shop, offering a new framework for display that is bespoke, finely crafted, and eminently&nbsp;flexible. Their use of high quality materials and carefully detailed finishes perfectly aligns with the&nbsp;values of the V&amp;A as the world's leading museum of art and design.&rdquo;</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wy/wydq7d2rqqn17mdn.jpg"></p><p>Read more recent project updates and news in London here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149962731/nex-architecture-get-approval-for-new-restaurant-on-cadogan-estate-in-west-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nex-Architecture get approval for new restaurant on C...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962456/mad-reveals-renderings-of-highly-sustainable-xinhee-design-center MAD reveals renderings of highly sustainable Xinhee Design Center Julia Ingalls 2016-08-10T18:00:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T01:10:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uj/uj0ijtsy0wx65xb0.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Pretty much every element of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1276712/mad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD's</a> design for the Xinhee Design Center factors in sustainability: water features, full-blown gardens and offices commingle on the six star-shaped floors that sprout from the central atrium, while an envelope of PTFE provides ventilation and shade.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/li/li8ax51oyxp1c7ub.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g3/g38q408gcc3hnbcs.jpg"></p><p>Solar panels occupy the roof, while the footbridge in the atrium provides both air circulation and the opportunity for impromptu fashion modeling. The use of natural light throughout the building is aided in part by the facade's translucent coating, which allows light transmittance of up to 40%.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/br/brk8nfi7kvze1f8v.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3l/3l69oreajbuyf5ce.jpg">&nbsp;</p><p>However, the concept behind the building is meant to reflect the business of the client, an international fashion group. As MAD founding principal Ma Yansong explains, &ldquo;We envision it as a building with skin-and-bones. The correspondence of clothing and architecture is they both explore the relationship between the interior and the exterior.&rdquo;</p><p>For more on MAD:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143531682/photos-of-mad-s-harbin-opera-house-released" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photos of MAD's Harbin Opera House released</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940487/mad-slips-through-borders-with-salone-del-mobile-installation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD slips through ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962572/new-renderings-of-bjarke-ingels-high-line-towers-show-crowns-and-amenity-bridges New Renderings of Bjarke Ingels’ High Line Towers Show Crowns and Amenity Bridges Alyssa Alimurung 2016-08-10T17:31:00-04:00 >2016-08-14T12:50:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/be1q9kulfl4ewply.jpg" width="514" height="262" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In November 2015, Bjarke Ingels&lsquo; released images of a pair of asymmetric, twisting towers along the High Line at 76 Eleventh Avenue then at the beginning of this year, the design changed to a simpler silhouette with more space in between the two buildings. Now it has been revealed through another group of renderings glass crowns at the 300- and 400-foot tops, the retail podium and plaza fronting the High Line, and two amenity-filled podium bridges that will connect the towers.</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/149962479/tadao-ando-s-sprawling-santa-fe-compound-for-tom-ford-hits-the-market-at-75m Tadao Ando's sprawling Santa Fe compound for Tom Ford hits the market at $75M Julia Ingalls 2016-08-10T15:01:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T00:53:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ra/ranzltrod5v3gdxv.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whatever canvas he is given, whether it's a highly constrained urban lot or a sweeping New Mexico landscape, Tadao Ando rarely falters. Cerro Pelon Ranch, the two compounds he designed for former architectural student turned fashion maven/filmmaker Tom Ford, is no exception.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4v/4vph0pxqq084zkjw.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bi/bifafy6gz75tuwk5.jpg"></p><p>Enormous, horizon-hugging curved concrete walls ripple out from the primary rectilinear residence, engaging the surrounding terrain while creating a boundary for the enormous pools adjacent to the house.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d8/d83j333i0b06i1h2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/72/72d9d9mg39bssrx3.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6b/6bulpdx07jht3kcz.jpg"></p><p>The ranch, with construction oversight provided by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/marmolradziner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marmol Radziner</a>, is&nbsp;currently on the market for $75 million.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ib/ibfwbwrux8i7c2lm.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uv/uvpqoh3s6pm4vs61.jpg"></p><p>What else is Tadao Ando up to?</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955230/new-renderings-of-tadao-ando-s-living-wall-in-manhattan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New renderings of Tadao Ando's living wall in Manhattan</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142440798/tadao-ando-and-elyn-zimmerman-win-the-2016-isamu-noguchi-award" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando and Elyn Zimmerman win the 2016 Isamu Noguchi Award</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129654403/tadao-ando-amid-serious-health-concerns-just-being-alive-isn-t-sufficient" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando amid serious health concerns: "Just being alive isn&rsquo;t sufficient."</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962345/when-frank-lloyd-wright-and-historic-designation-are-holding-back-your-home-s-value-what-s-a-seller-to-do When 'Frank Lloyd Wright' and 'historic designation' are holding back your home’s value, what’s a seller to do? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-09T18:23:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T00:50:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/3780kzogaoq0zqyk.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Richard Herber, owner of the [Frank Lloyd Wright-designed] home at 3901 N. Washington Road, said he wanted the [historic] distinction pulled because he wanted to sell the house for the best price. Getting the property off the historic list was the only way to &ldquo;cast a wider net to the widest number of people,&rdquo; he said. [...] Not everybody is a candidate for buying a home that&rsquo;s historic, ... but those who are know exactly what they&rsquo;re doing.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the sticky business of historic preservation:</p><ul><li><a title="The Seagram Building after the Four Seasons: maintaining a costly landmark" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958646/the-seagram-building-after-the-four-seasons-maintaining-a-costly-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Seagram Building after the Four Seasons: maintaining a costly landmark</a></li><li><a title="From Minnesota to Pennsylvania: moving a Frank Lloyd House halfway across the country" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954698/from-minnesota-to-pennsylvania-moving-a-frank-lloyd-house-halfway-across-the-country" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From Minnesota to Pennsylvania: moving a Frank Lloyd House halfway across the country</a></li><li><a title="RIP: Bruce Goff's Bavinger House demolished" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948814/rip-bruce-goff-s-bavinger-house-demolished" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIP: Bruce Goff's Bavinger House demolished</a></li><li><a title='No guarantees for historic residential architecture in "real-estate limbo"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942153/no-guarantees-for-historic-residential-architecture-in-real-estate-limbo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No guarantees for historic residential architecture in "real-estate limbo"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/115813747/screen-print-27-future-anterior-a-champion-of-historic-preservation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Screen/Print #27: "Future Anterior", a champion of historic preservation</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962264/ai-weiwei-calls-modern-chinese-architecture-fatalistic Ai Weiwei calls modern Chinese architecture 'fatalistic' Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-09T13:12:00-04:00 >2016-08-11T01:19:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gk/gk58ig44po3tgr4g.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Everybody in China has been moved to a new location or a new city, new town, new apartment... But with such a big movement, or revolutionary change, there is very little discussion or very little meaningful challenge &mdash; intellectual challenge &mdash; about what architecture is in this fast developing society.&rdquo; Despite the country's building boom, Ai says that the state of China's architectural philosphy has largely remained stagnant because conversation is stifled.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ai Weiwei, along with former ambassador to China Uli Sigg, journalist Martin Meyer, and Jacques Herzog, discussed architecture's role in contemporary Chinese society as part of a panel hosted by Asia Society Switzerland.</p><p>Weiwei referred to architecture alongside any aesthetic discussions, as threatening to the sitting Chinese government:&nbsp;&ldquo;The discussion does not benefit who is going to be profited. So authorities doesn&rsquo;t like this kind of discussion &mdash; any discussion related to aesthetics. That means [conversation] about philosophy, legitimacy of power &mdash; then that&rsquo;s very dangerous [to officials].&rdquo;</p><p>Watch the panel discussion below.</p><p></p><p>More news on the world-famous dissident artist:</p><ul><li><a title="Ai Weiwei's latest works focus on refugee crisis in Greece" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946916/ai-weiwei-s-latest-works-focus-on-refugee-crisis-in-greece" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei's latest works focus on refugee crisis in Greece</a></li><li><a title="Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144578495/ai-weiwei-documents-life-in-greek-refugee-camp-on-social-media" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media</a></li><li><a title="China appears to loosen strict exhibition ban on work by Ai Weiwei and other artists" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131256528/china-appears-to-loosen-strict-exhibition-ban-on-work-by-ai-weiwei-and-other-artists" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China appears to loosen strict exhibition ban on work by Ai Weiwei and other artists</a></li><li><a title="Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and the dissident experience" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126380297/ai-weiwei-jacob-appelbaum-and-the-dissident-experience" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and the dissident experience</a></li><li><a title="@Large: Ai Weiwei takes over Alcatraz with Lego carpets and a hippie dragon" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109714290/large-ai-weiwei-takes-over-alcatraz-with-lego-carpets-and-a-hippie-dragon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Large: Ai Weiwei takes over Alcatraz with Lego carpets ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962250/ben-derbyshire-from-hta-design-voted-president-elect-of-the-riba Ben Derbyshire from HTA Design voted President Elect of the RIBA Ellen Hancock 2016-08-09T12:16:00-04:00 >2016-08-11T01:18:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eb/ebn6dk1amn9xsrn9.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In September 2017 Ben Derbyshire will officially&nbsp;become RIBA President-Elect, taking over from the current President Jane Duncan.&nbsp;</p><p>Commenting on the announcement on <a href="http://www.hta.co.uk/news/posts/ben-derbyshire-voted-president-elect-of-the-riba" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HTA's website</a> he said:</p><p>&ldquo;Once again we find ourselves in turbulent times. In winning this election&nbsp;I&nbsp;am conscious of a great sense of responsibility owed to architects everywhere, in all corners of the UK and overseas. Jane Duncan has laid the foundations for change at the RIBA that I look forward to driving forward, when I take up the role of President.&nbsp;My primary goal&nbsp;is to champion architects so that they, our sister professions and clients, can advance architecture as the cornerstone of the well-designed and more sustainable built environment society desperately needs.&nbsp;All architects, wherever and however we practice, need an&nbsp;RIBA that works for us."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961913/paolo-soleri-amphitheater-featured-at-site-santa-fe-biennial Paolo Soleri Amphitheater featured at SITE Santa Fe Biennial conradskinner 2016-08-08T01:28:00-04:00 >2016-08-14T18:59:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vc/vcqof0vq80rw8fbp.jpg" width="514" height="154" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architect Conrad Skinner&rsquo;s five-year research project into the history of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/203520/paolo-soleri" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paolo Soleri</a> Amphitheater plays a lead role in <strong><em>much wider than a line</em></strong><em>, </em>SITE <a href="http://archinect.com/searchall/santa-fe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santa Fe</a>&rsquo;s 2016 biennial dedicated to new art from the Americas.&nbsp; The <a href="https://sitesantafe.org/exhibition/sitelines-2016/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">exhibition</a> which features 35 artists and two archival projects including Skinner&rsquo;s, runs at SITE Santa Fe through January 8, 2017.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xu/xulxh5mwj60sdqdf.jpg"></p><p>Skinner&rsquo;s project introduces visitors to <strong><em>much wider than a line</em></strong><em> </em>with a 700 square-foot gallery that includes a photographic mural of the Amphitheater from which projects an arcing concrete bench, architect&rsquo;s drawings reproduced from Soleri&rsquo;s sketchbooks, and a micaceous clay model of the Amphitheater by artist Eliza Naranjo-Morse.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ex/exqs5pqcuc3j456t.jpg"></p><p>The Paolo Soleri Amphitheater re-imagined Western theater space by introducing Native American precedents and represented the turning point in Native American arts education that the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) initiated in the mid-1960s. The Amphitheater grew out of a creative collaboration betw...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961776/could-this-glass-enclosed-farm-condo-grow-on-rem-koolhaas-high-line-site Could This Glass-Enclosed Farm/Condo Grow on Rem Koolhaas’ High Line Site? Alyssa Alimurung 2016-08-05T13:23:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T23:31:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f2a1l0it797trzfc.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From multidisciplinary architectural firm Weston Baker Creative comes this vision of glass and grass in the form of a mixed-use high-rise springing from the Rem Koolhaas parcel on banks of the High Line. As CityRealty.com reported, the mixed-use concept would include residences, an art gallery and ten levels of indoor farming terraces.</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/149961508/will-gehry-s-l-a-river-plan-result-in-water-savings Will Gehry's L.A. River plan result in water savings? Julia Ingalls 2016-08-04T12:53:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T00:36:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/22/22dfoktflj18fcu6.jpg" width="514" height="218" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For decades, the concrete-lined L.A. River has been more famous for being a bone-dry iconic conduit for films like <em>Terminator 2</em> than a major watery artery, but that may change: in a talk with Christopher Hawthorne on Monday, Frank Gehry mentioned that his design may just save the city significant amounts of cash when it comes to buying water. Per the <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/frank-gehry-calls-la-river-916397" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hollywood Reporter</a>:</p><p><em>The river, which was bound in concrete beginning in the late 1930s after a series of damaging floods, is also frequently blamed for wasting water, one of Los Angeles&rsquo; most embattled resources. Because the river&rsquo;s concrete binding was designed to channel floodwaters swiftly into the ocean and away from properties on the banks, the city now loses more than 28.6 billion gallons of water a year, according to River L.A.,&nbsp;a nonprofit working with Gehry&rsquo;s firm and funded in part by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;We think we can save the city one-third of what it now pays for imported water,&rdquo; Gehry said in conversati...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960460/asif-kahn-and-stanton-williams-to-design-new-museum-of-london Asif Kahn and Stanton Williams to design new Museum of London Nicholas Korody 2016-07-28T16:46:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T02:15:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/47/47amxomcrhp4w5ty.jpg" width="514" height="655" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Asif Kahn and Stanton Williams will design the new Museum of London, beating out competition like BIG and Caruso St. John from the shortlist of six architects. Their winning design features a dramatic domed hall with a central staircase down into the museum's excavated subterranean space.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hi/hiqjul0f2745c2qc.jpg"></p><p>Currently located at the Barbican, the museum will relocate into a much larger, Victorian-era, Grade II-listed building, which used to house several markets. The new design also includes a sunken garden.&nbsp;The new museum is tentatively scheduled to be built in 2022.</p><p><a href="http://thespaces.com/2016/07/28/new-museum-london-asif-kahn-stanton-williams/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t the Spaces</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ow/ow8bl5ay88udsxfm.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q6/q6bgda3xpp317780.jpg"></p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950585/inside-asif-khan-s-serpentine-pavilion-summer-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inside Asif Khan's Serpentine Pavilion Summer House</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938084/shortlist-for-new-museum-of-london-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shortlist for new Museum of London revealed</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91224240/sochi-olympic-pavilion-will-transform-into-giant-3d-portraits" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sochi Olympic pavilion will transform into giant 3D portraits</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960393/it-s-been-one-month-since-brexit-how-are-you-coping It's been one month since Brexit. How are you coping? Ellen Hancock 2016-07-28T15:24:00-04:00 >2016-08-08T13:33:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0o/0otoauyllwkd4w5t.jpg" width="514" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On June 23rd, 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union. In the following month, the pound dropped&nbsp;10% in value against the US dollar (the lowest since the 1980s), PM David Cameron resigned, Boris Johnson resigned, Nigel Farage too (not before insulting all of the European parliament), and the Labour party are squabbling like children.</p><p>After everyone else jumped ship, Theresa May now resides at No.10 and must deal with the aftermath of Brexit. With her new cabinet in place (we are still hoping Boris' appointment as Foreign Secretary is a joke) and the promise that Article 50 will not be triggered until the new year, what happens next?</p><p>Fill out our <strong><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc1t3aqlaUhFY7CaqIL4X_qwsgSqIFj3Y-itjZSRGGWUDBIyw/viewform" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">survey</a></strong> and tell us how Brexit has affected you already, and what you think the future holds for a UK outside of the EU.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960423/a-look-at-penda-s-elegant-san-shan-bridge A look at penda's elegant San Shan Bridge Julia Ingalls 2016-07-28T14:55:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T02:20:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gs/gsfhlg7ulsly89cb.jpg" width="514" height="914" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's rare that spectacle and nuance combine effortlessly, but an exception can be made for the lithe sculptural form of the San Shan Bridge. The bridge, which translated into English means "three mountains," will serve as a shapely conduit between Beijing and the river valleys of&nbsp;Zhangjiakou during the&nbsp;2022 <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149959104/on-decentralizing-the-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic</a> Winter Games. According to architects <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/84234128/penda" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">penda</a>, "the formal inspiration for the San Shan Bridge is a conjunction of its undulating&nbsp;surrounding and the meaning of the Olympic symbol, which consists of &#64257;ve interlaced&nbsp;rings of equal dimensions...&nbsp;&lsquo;Entering the rings&rsquo; on the way to the&nbsp;Olympic competitions, should be seen as an contextual icon for the Games."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0c/0c01mkwb7qsco7m2.jpg"></p><p>The bridge is a fresh and visually striking play on the use of Olympic imagery: as it crosses the Gui River, it not only makes reference to the well-worn ring symbol, but has a certain DNA helix quality. Vegetation flanks the alabaster pedestrian walkways, which expand into viewing platforms.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/io/ioae6pwdz9bjwp5d.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ow/owmsln7jtr7n29ul.jpg"></p><p>Aside from its sculptural elegan...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960403/yale-dean-deborah-berke-advocates-pluralism-in-pedagogy Yale Dean Deborah Berke advocates pluralism in pedagogy Julia Ingalls 2016-07-28T13:45:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T02:33:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x1/x114l424y40vih2e.jpg" width="514" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Deborah Berke, a practicing architect with <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1466/deborah-berke-partners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a firm of over 60 employees</a> and former adjunct Yale professor, has replaced the inimitable <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/33199/robert-a-m-stern-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert "Bob" A.M. Stern</a> as the dean of the Yale School of Architecture. Berke has ideas about how to shape the future of the school's pedagogy. In an interview with the <a href="http://www.ctpost.com/living/article/Deborah-Berke-becomes-the-first-woman-dean-of-8403952.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CTPost</a>, she lays out her vision, which is centered on advancing the "history of pluralism":&nbsp;</p><p><em>In terms of curriculum, her definition of pluralism will expand to include more emphasis on how architecture can respond to the impact of climate change and globalization, both of which she emphasizes as &ldquo;rapid.&rdquo; For the student body, which is already about 50 percent female, and faculty, pluralism translates to broader diversity.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;Let&rsquo;s put it this way,&rdquo; she says, &ldquo;the profession of architecture does not look like the population at large and I am going to work hard toward having the architects we train and the architects who teach be more reflective of the population at large.&rdquo;</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c3/c3fr8vzokwzk8zdm.jpg"></p><p>More on Deborah Be...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960169/renderings-of-the-dubai-steps-revealed Renderings of the Dubai Steps revealed Julia Ingalls 2016-07-27T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-08-01T20:43:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p2/p2wjphhyq299kb36.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Five hundred steps, 25 stories, and 100 meters of height make up the Dubai Steps, as well as what appears to be a steely reflective outer casing with circular perforations. An aesthetic cross between the spinal column of a terminator and the euphoric ascendance of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947764/a-video-tour-of-mvrdv-s-the-stairs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV's Rotterdam stair</a> installation, the Dubai Steps appear to terminate in a large open-air platform from which climbers can take in the rapid development of the desert city that surrounds them.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6r/6rq49eg031i272ab.jpg"></p><p>Elaborately patterned lattices host vegetation and what appear to be shaded alcoves on each landing, which should hopefully mitigate what will undoubtedly be a physically exhausting climb in one of the world's hottest climates. It's prime real estate for bottled water vendors...</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dg/dg4xb3xm2cr06pp3.jpg"></p><p>Dubai's latest design additions:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143590227/archinect-speaks-to-designer-of-controversial-dubai-frame-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect speaks to designer of controversial Dubai Frame project</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935045/oma-releases-renderings-of-event-project-space-in-dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA releases renderings of event + project space in Dubai</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147749077/santiago-calatrava-to-design-a-seemingly-supertall-observation-tower-in-dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Calatrava to design a seemingly supertall observation tower in Dubai</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960179/peter-marino-accused-of-racial-discrimination-and-sexism-countersues-over-alleged-homophobic-slurs Peter Marino, accused of racial discrimination and sexism, countersues over alleged homophobic slurs Nicholas Korody 2016-07-27T13:23:00-04:00 >2016-07-29T12:44:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tz/tzaryq492bbnunl4.jpg" width="514" height="558" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/20628155/peter-marino-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Marino</a>, the leather-clad architect best known for his collaborations with fashion labels, was sued last year for racial discrimination by a former employee. Now, he's accusing the employee of making homophobic slurs, according to a <a href="http://nypost.com/2016/07/26/architect-accused-of-racial-discrimination-countersues-over-gay-slurs/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a> by the New York Post.</p><p>Deirdre O'Brien worked for Marino for 14 years before, allegedly, being fired after complaining when Marino called her a "c--t." He's also been accused of using the n-word.</p><p>In response, Marino has accused O'Brien called a male co-worker a "big homo" and sent "explicit pornographic images" from her work email address.</p><p>For more on Marino, check out past Archinect coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115194085/bass-lifts-the-lid-on-treasure-trove-interview-with-peter-marino" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bass lifts the lid on treasure trove: interview with Peter Marino</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112957036/peter-marino-exhibition-to-open-at-the-bass-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Marino Exhibition to Open at the Bass Museum</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90068035/john-edwards-lecture-2013-peter-marino-in-conversation-with-marc-jacobs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Edwards Lecture 2013: Peter Marino in conversation with Marc Jacobs</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959976/the-unusual-tale-of-how-luis-barrag-n-became-a-diamond The unusual tale of how Luis Barragán became a diamond Justine Testado 2016-07-26T15:28:00-04:00 >2016-07-30T01:21:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/38/38t7cfxnrxnbar95.jpg" width="251" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Magid agrees with those who argue that the Barrag&aacute;n archive should be open to the public and returned to Mexico, but she insists that this is not her focus. &ldquo;If that&rsquo;s what my intentions were, I don&rsquo;t think I&rsquo;d make art,&rdquo; she told me. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve always called the archive her lover. To marry one man, she negotiated owning another man, whom she&rsquo;s devoted her life to. It&rsquo;s a weird love triangle, and I&rsquo;m the other woman.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>&ldquo;&lsquo;It intrigued me as a gothic love story,&rsquo; [Magid] said, &lsquo;with a copyright-and-intellectual-property-rights subplot.&rsquo;&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>A fascinating story about &ldquo;architectural preservation&rdquo; that focuses on an artist's elaborate negotiation to open Luis Barrag&aacute;n's tightly controlled archive to the public in his native Mexico &mdash; and the unusual &ldquo;love triangle&rdquo; behind it. The story begins with conceptual&nbsp;artist Jill Magid, whose work questions&nbsp;the boundaries of institutional power and law. In her latest performance art piece, Magid&nbsp;had&nbsp;Barrag&aacute;n's ashes compressed into a 2.02 carat diamond, which was transformed into an engagement ring for architectural historian Federica Zanco. Magid would then &ldquo;propose&rdquo; to Zanco in exchange for Barrag&aacute;n's entire archive.</p><p>Zanco first&nbsp;received the archive as a gift from a Swiss businessman who purchased it and the copyrights for $3 million in 1995, in lieu of an engagement ring. Since then, everyone from architects to students to museum staff members have been denied acc...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959215/inside-the-mvrdv-house-the-firm-s-new-family-home-style-office Inside the MVRDV House, the firm's new family home-style office Justine Testado 2016-07-22T19:25:00-04:00 >2016-07-29T00:34:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9o/9o9nukxg2rzkmhr0.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/327/mvrdv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> settled into their new office headquarters inside the remodeled Het Industriegebouw, nestled in the heart of Rotterdam. Now dubbed by the firm as the MVRDV House, the building was originally&nbsp;designed by iconic Dutch architect&nbsp;Hugh Maaskant in 1952.&nbsp;The new 2,400 square-meter interior is modeled like a family home, filled with ample working and gathering spaces that reflect the &ldquo;work hard, play hard&rdquo; balance many firms strive for in their office's design.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qt/qt716vdx3ty80x45.jpg"><br><em>Photo &copy; Ossip van Duivenbode.</em></p><p>Now with 140 employees based in Rotterdam,&nbsp;&ldquo;[t]he expanding MVRDV family needed a new house,&rdquo; says MVRDV co-founder Jacob van Rijs.&nbsp;MVRDV's new office has&nbsp;&ldquo;everything that [a] home requires, a living room, a dining room, a sofa for the whole house to sit together,&rdquo; he described.&nbsp;Surrounded by various creative start-ups and design firms, MVRDV believes they fit right in their new neighborhood.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/go/gosqimz7vv9edwld.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6y/6yya6xtip74zn7nh.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mn/mnei91wekwjka0ax.jpg"><br><em>Photos &copy; Ossip van Duivenbode.</em></p><p>The Family Room serves as the firm's main communal space for social interaction...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959268/design-leads-environmentally-friendly-education-for-hertfordshire-pupils Design leads environmentally friendly education for Hertfordshire pupils Jessica Bonehill 2016-07-22T11:49:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T23:47:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/62/620uxspss49y3thx.jpg" width="514" height="226" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Howe Dell Primary in Hatfield could well be the UK&rsquo;s most eco-friendly school. It has toilets that flush using rainwater, sedum roofs made of plants and vegetation, and classroom sink-tops made from recycled yoghurt pots. But the school&rsquo;s design doesn&rsquo;t just help protect the environment, it also uses nature to improve children&rsquo;s academic performance and behaviour.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tb/tbwgjn5o5e5hlcow.jpg"></p><p>Howe Dell Primary&rsquo;s &pound;10 million, eco-friendly design is used by teachers to promote sustainability to a new generation of pupils. Capita Architects were given free reign to push the limits of sustainable design in the project, which was funded by the council, and that was exactly what they did. The school features solar panels, a wind turbine, and a heating system that uses a series of pipes just below the surface of the school playground for passive gain that is then utilised to heat the school.&nbsp;</p><p>This groundbreaking design was awarded ECO Green Flag accreditation (the highest level awarded to sustainable schools in the UK) and places pupils in close proximity to nature. To this end, the design&rsquo;s wetland area and sedum roofs are used to study birds and the school places sustainability at the core of the curriculum. This learning is even extended to the playground where learning stations allow pupils to examine the habitats of micro-beasts. In this way, the whole building is understoo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959136/bjarke-builds-a-model-and-explicates-his-design-process Bjarke builds a model! (and explicates his design process) Julia Ingalls 2016-07-21T14:59:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T23:51:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/36/367jnk9vlejzntlu.jpg" width="514" height="247" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Proving that he can hold his own against 8 to 14-year old contenders, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950561/inside-bjarke-ingels-serpentine-pavilion-the-work-becomes-a-pure-manifestation-of-that-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a> demonstrates some model-building basics by participating in the "Build Your Own Pavilion" challenge, whose participants are usually still in grade school. Admittedly, Bjarke's nimble paper crinkling is integrated seamlessly into an explanation of the design concept behind his "unzipped" Serpentine Pavilion. Here's the full video:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959077/does-jeanne-gang-s-architecture-inspire-social-justice Does Jeanne Gang's architecture inspire social justice? Julia Ingalls 2016-07-21T12:36:00-04:00 >2016-07-26T16:18:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i1/i1q7y4r182lwz2cw.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In this <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/21/us/a-conversation-with-jeanne-gang-on-architecture-with-a-mission.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Times interview</a> with Ginia Bellafante, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/26953/studio-gang-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeanne Gang</a> discusses the importance and challenges of designing work that isn't simply aesthetically pleasing, but that influences positive changes in social behavior and policy. In addition to her work on waterways, she discusses her idea behind designing a fire rescue station in one of New York City's poorest and most violent neighborhoods:</p><p><em>You feel like you trust a firefighter, a rescue worker. And those doors on the building are often open. And we even put a bench in the front of the building so people can actually sit there instead of taking this approach of creating a fortress, which I think is a contrast to what we see in the design of police stations.</em></p><p><em>And so really designing this Fire Rescue 2 started me thinking about, are there ways that design could help improve the relationship between community members and police if we looked at the architecture? Not that it can solve everything. But I think, you know, maybe it can ...</em></p>