Archinect - News 2014-09-02T12:43:09-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/107979560/chinese-school-puts-running-track-on-its-roof Chinese School puts running track on its roof Metropolitan Monk 2014-09-02T00:49:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T00:49:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e5/e5f34rfm52koxgcr.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In use since September 1, 2014, an elementary school in Tiantai, Zhejiang province, built a 200-meter running track on the roof of its school building. In "<a href="http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2014-09/02/content_18529602.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">School puts running track on its roof</a>" Chinese architect Ruan Hao [<a href="http://lycs-arc.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LYCS Architecture</a>], chief architect of the teaching building, said "<em>that breaking the tradition of a running track on the ground might provide a solution for other schools with limited land."</em></p><p>The "No 2 Elementary School of Tiantai Chicheng district" - located near Hangzhou - is one of the 11 case-studies that is part of the "<a href="http://movingcities.org/movingmemos/adaptation-la-biennale-di-venezia-architecture-2014-exhibition/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ADAPTATION - architecture and change in China</a>"-exhibition - one of the <a title="21 Collateral Events | 14th International Architecture Exhibition" href="http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/news/22-04.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">21 Collateral Events </a>of the <a title="14th International Architecture Exhibition | website" href="http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">14th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia - </a>curated by prof. Marino Folin &amp; <a href="http://movingcities.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MovingCites</a>, and hosted by the <a title="EMGdotART Foundation | website" href="http://emgdotart.net/main/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EMGdotART Foundation</a> at Palazzo Zen in Venice.</p><p>As part of the exhibition, and in co-production with China Daily Video, EMGdotART Foundation created a short documentary on the construction of this project called "<a href="http://video.chinadaily.com.cn/2014/0605/3159.shtml" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ruan...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107644165/editor-s-picks-382 Editor's Picks #382 Nam Henderson 2014-08-28T20:00:00-04:00 >2014-08-31T10:27:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k3/k3s98yw13gw8mj7z.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest edition of the <strong>Working out of the Box:</strong> series featured, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/107115513/working-out-of-the-box-julia-watson-of-studio-rede" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Watson (landscape architect turned sacred space conservationist) of Studio Rede</a>.</p><p><strong>&nbsp;jla-x</strong> had two comments; first, that the interview with/work of Studio Rede is "<em>Fantastic</em>!" and second "<em>love this series</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0s/0sxmlen0mgebl1jh.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;explored the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106655266/art-architecture-bruno-zhu-in-a-symphony-of-objects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">current work of Bruno Zhu</a>, a photographer and bookmaker. Speaking of a recent work &lsquo;<strong>Builder</strong>&rsquo;, he offers up the following explanation, it "<em>is quite na&iuml;ve and stubborn. It&rsquo;s mostly about one place and photographed in similar compositions, while intended to read as a range of different things. But the project&rsquo;s critical ambition was to question the validity of a report, and how its authority could be its biggest weakness</em>".&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Douglaswittnebel </strong>felt there was a "<em>Very interesting focus on the construction and details, it seems that the mysteries are really the biggest part of the series, the unknowns and the questions of why and when</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3a/3aur14i96ccp0a51.jpg"></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107018227/deborah-sussman-designer-has-died-at-age-83" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designer Deborah Sussman passed away last week</a>, ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107640149/alvar-aalto-gets-a-close-look-from-google-s-cultural-institute Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-28T15:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-29T13:56:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a4/a4g2cod81x1tz6nw.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Google's satellite imaging allows us to virtually tour remote or inaccessible locales the world over, and with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106578172/new-google-satellites-could-be-able-to-see-your-face-from-the-sky" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently improved resolutions</a> and initiatives from the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/463876/google-cultural-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Cultural Institute</a>, our gaze can go farther and more intimately into places we may never physically visit. Google's interest in maintaining this visual resource has implications as far-reaching as its imagery, but it's also a boon for architecture education, where access to imagery and certain spaces can be highly exclusive, and retaining a global (and historical) perspective is exceedingly important.</p><p>To this end, <a href="http://www.finnisharchitecture.fi/2014/08/alvar-aalto-goes-virtual/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's Cultural Institute has partnered with the Alvar Aalto Foundation</a> in order to make the famous Finnish architect's spaces (and of course <a href="https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/exhibit/a-stool-makes-history/QRQs-mBx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his&nbsp;famous stool</a><a href="http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/exhibit/a-stool-makes-history/QRQs-mBx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&nbsp;no. 60</a>) available online in 360-degree panoramas, detailing every surface. The partnership's collection focuses on eight sites, including Aalto's studio, S&auml;yn&auml;tsalo Town Hall, and the&nbsp;House Kantola, as well as an exhibition at the Aalto Museum in...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107559001/more-is-more-the-gaudy-genius-of-the-late-deborah-sussman More is more: the gaudy genius of the late Deborah Sussman Alexander Walter 2014-08-27T13:57:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T14:14:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/00/00a676160925a9eeb275afa7c4114184.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;More is more,&rdquo; was the motto of Deborah Sussman, the graphic designer behind this brilliant visual riot, who died last week at the age of 82. Trained in the office of Charles and Ray Eames, she took their love of colour and pattern to new heights, establishing a studio with her husband, Paul Prejza, that would tackle everything from shop fit-outs to city wayfinding, sprinkling her distinctive brand, like sugary confetti, from Philadelphia to Santa Monica.</p></em><br /><br /><p>One week ago: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107018227/deborah-sussman-designer-has-died-at-age-83" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deborah Sussman, designer, has died at age 83</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107558197/a-banker-s-bold-vision-inspires-an-arts-center-and-neighbors-doubts A Banker’s Bold Vision Inspires an Arts Center, and Neighbors’ Doubts Alexander Walter 2014-08-27T13:45:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T13:46:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c8/c893bdcb91ae769d1909f00fec4d3b9f.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From the horizon, the new Bot&iacute;n contemporary art center hovers over Santander&rsquo;s agate-colored bay like a fleet of spaceships poised for a close encounter. [...] The $106 million center &mdash; designed by Renzo Piano, the Italian architect, to jut over the bay &mdash; is the latest private museum emerging in Europe that matches star architects and dramatic designs with billionaires who have huge ambitions and brands to promote.</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/107481560/hearing-begins-for-modernist-north-carolina-home-threatened-with-demolition Hearing begins for "modernist" North Carolina home threatened with demolition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-26T14:38:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T12:39:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zc/zcfwr7srrpxf66bq.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Today is day two in court for architect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/104168979/louis-cherry-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louis Cherry</a> and his wife, Marsha Gordon, for the hearing that will decide the fate of their new home in the historic Oakwood neighborhood of Raleigh, North Carolina. Back in March, a neighbor complained that the "modernist" style of Cherry's home didn't jive with the neighborhood's tone, and successfully appealed to have the building's permits revoked. Construction was halted, and now the decision of whether the house can be finished, demolished, or forcibly modified to local design standards has been brought to court.</p><p>We first covered this issue back in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99374118/architect-fights-for-his-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">May</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104168976/don-t-like-your-neighbors-house-sue-them" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">July</a>, and the preservationist-NIMBYism that it's raised. Opening statements for the case were held yesterday, although it could take months for the judge to issue a final decision.</p><p>UPDATE: The hearing has been adjourned, according to <a href="https://twitter.com/RaleighReporter/status/504307602264956928" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@RaleighReporter</a>, Colin Campbell (reporter for <em>The News &amp; Observer</em>, <em>North Raleigh News</em> and <em>Midtown Raleigh News</em>).</p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/NCMHTweets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@NCMHTweets</a>&nbsp;reported from inside the court...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107479148/park-city-rejects-bjarke-ingels-kimball-art-center-designs-again Park City Rejects Bjarke Ingels' Kimball Art Center Designs - Again! Alexander Walter 2014-08-26T13:10:00-04:00 >2014-08-31T13:03:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sa/saxqx2czpwf0vq1f.jpg" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>City Hall on Thursday rejected the designs of the Kimball Art Center's expansion proposal, determining they do not meet the municipal government's strict Old Town guidelines. It was a significant setback as the not-for-profit organization attempts to press ahead with an ambitious redo of the high-profile intersection of Main Street and Heber Avenue. [...] The Kimball Art Center selected a renowned Danish architectural firm, Bjarke Ingels Group, to draft the designs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/37631067/big-is-named-winner-of-the-kimball-art-center-transformation-project-design-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG is named winner of the Kimball Art Center Transformation Project Design Competition</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107420491/martin-filler-issues-a-retraction-regarding-his-mistake-in-his-critique-of-zaha-hadid Martin Filler issues a retraction regarding his "mistake" in his critique of Zaha Hadid Archinect 2014-08-25T18:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T14:03:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/23/23pvywq1sx3xukl4.jpg" width="514" height="265" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The critic Martin Filler has acknowledged a significant error in a scathing article he wrote for the New York Review of Books about the architect Zaha Hadid.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Full statement to New York Review of Books...</p><p><em>In my review of Rowan Moore&rsquo;s &ldquo;Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture,&rdquo; I quoted comments by the architect Zaha Hadid, who designed the Al Wakrah stadium in Qatar, when she was asked in London in February 2014 about revelations a week earlier in The Guardian that hundreds of migrant laborers had died while working on construction projects in Qatar. I wrote that an &ldquo;estimated one thousand laborers &hellip; have perished while constructing her project thus far.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>However, work did not begin on the site for the Al Wakrah stadium, until two months after Ms. Hadid made those comments; and construction is not scheduled to begin until 2015. There have been no worker deaths on the Al Wakrah proiect and Ms. Hadid&rsquo;s comments about Qatar that l quoted in the review had nothing to do with the Al Wakrah site or any of her projects.</em></p><p><em>I regret the error.</em><br>&nbsp;</p><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107169286/zaha-hadid-sues-architecture-critic-martin-filler-over-book-review/50" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid sues architecture critic Martin Filler over book review</a></p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/107040762/lawsuits-legos-and-landmarks-weekly-news-round-up-for-august-18-2014 Lawsuits, Legos and landmarks: Weekly News Round-Up for August 18, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-25T13:13:00-04:00 >2014-08-25T13:15:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l9/l9vl7n242h9ujwrt.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 22:</strong></p><ul><li><strong><a title="Zaha Hadid sues architecture critic Martin Filler over book review" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107169286/zaha-hadid-sues-architecture-critic-martin-filler-over-book-review" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid sues architecture critic Martin Filler over book review</a></strong>: <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hadid</a> is responding to allegedly defamatory comments made by Filler regarding her <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/134029/2022-world-cup-in-qatar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2022 World Cup stadium in Qatar</a>.</li><li><strong><a title="The Demolition of 5 Pointz Has Begun" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107170089/the-demolition-of-5-pointz-has-begun" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Demolition of 5 Pointz Has Begun</a></strong>: The "Graffiti Mecca" was <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86311570/5-pointz-graffiti-mecca-in-long-island-city-faces-imminent-destruction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">slated for demolition last November</a>, when the property owners' "broken window" theory justification beat out the artists' protests. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105478813/new-renderings-of-what-will-replace-grafitti-art-mecca-5pointz-emerge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two residential towers will be built in 5 Pointz's place</a>.</li><li><strong><a title="Study confirms LA is least affordable city for rentals in US" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107185375/study-confirms-la-is-least-affordable-city-for-rentals-in-us" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Study confirms LA is least affordable city for rentals in US</a></strong>: Depressing <a href="http://archinect.com/ucla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a> study confirms that in the city with the highest proportion of renters in the country, the average renter spends nearly 47% of their income on rent. The news is part of&nbsp;a nearly fifty year old trend in the renting market.</li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 21:</strong></p><ul><li><strong><a title="Lego House in Billund, Denmark, begins construction by laying giant Lego brick&ndash;shaped foundation stones" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107096998/lego-house-in-billund-denmark-begins-construction-by-laying-giant-lego-brick-shaped-foundation-stones" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lego House in Billund, Denmark, begins construction by laying giant Lego brick&ndash;shaped foundation stones</a></strong>: Even if <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> hadn't designed it, Bjarke would have laid the first brick.</li><li><strong><a title="Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after landmark court ruling" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107097802/istanbul-s-illegal-towers-to-be-demolished-after-landmark-court-ruling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after...</a></strong></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/107394763/help-preserve-frank-lloyd-wright-s-spring-house Help Preserve Frank Lloyd Wright's Spring House Maxim Nasab 2014-08-25T11:51:00-04:00 >2014-08-25T11:52:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/25/2554ibp15jz6su57.jpg" width="514" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Help save one of America&rsquo;s architectural gems; Frank Lloyd Wright&rsquo;s Spring House in Tallahassee, Florida. We at the Spring House Institute are trying to raise money through a crowdfunding campaign to acquire the House from the original owners - the Lewis'. The house was recently listed on the &ldquo;<a href="http://www.preservationnation.org/issues/11-most-endangered/#gid-8" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">11 Most Endangered Historic Places in America</a>&rdquo; by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.&nbsp;</p><p>Please visit <a href="http://igg.me/at/springhouse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this website</a> for more information and a short history of the house. Help us save this unique and beautiful home. If every Architect in the United States gave us $1 the campaign would be finished in a day.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107191001/arshihara-applying-the-ishihara-test-to-architecture-s-most-iconic-buildings ARSHIHARA: Applying the Ishihara Test to architecture's most iconic buildings Alexander Walter 2014-08-22T19:45:00-04:00 >2014-08-22T20:25:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m8/m8ci7r1gvrgurl36.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Here's a fun visual exercise to drift off into the weekend with: <a href="http://cargocollective.com/what" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yannick Martin</a>, a French architect and graphic designer now based in Colombia, has shared with us his latest project, <em>ARSHIHARA</em>&nbsp;&mdash; like much of Martin's &oelig;uvre, an investigative play with forms, language, architecture and cubes.</p><p>This is how he describes it: "The idea was to create minimal graphics that could represent the best some of the most famous building, and to illustrate them using the formal and colorful test of Dr Shinobu Ishihara, test that he made to recognize colorblind people."</p><p>Keep scrolling and try to guess the buildings before reading the hint...</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1e/1eqg9yirysei7q20.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bh/bhfsqfjddz89qs0l.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4r/4rync6qgrcfplfd4.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fc/fccbkhn3us8yoq8i.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qy/qykzvqdc9l4idbav.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bl/bl7hez6ypa4n4foi.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fc/fc5p1lq1vs6wp776.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m1/m1knx5h47jvoa47t.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hb/hb6ulrp604evyawa.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sy/sy7tcz3xwvxtuwxe.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5q/5q97wn2bicbiy1yt.jpg"></p><p><em>All images courtesy of Yannick Martin</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107169286/zaha-hadid-sues-architecture-critic-martin-filler-over-book-review Zaha Hadid sues architecture critic Martin Filler over book review Archinect 2014-08-22T12:40:00-04:00 >2014-08-25T22:29:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tc/tcv0c729w1m2t4si.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hadid, who was born in Baghdad and is now a British citizen, claimed that Filler falsely implied she was indifferent to the alleged difficult working conditions of migrant workers on high-profile construction projects in the Middle East, including her own. She also claimed Filler used large portions of his June 5 review of Rowan Moore's "Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture" to question her success and fault her personality, although she was not a prominent character in the book.</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/107101020/arcadis-to-buy-callison ARCADIS to buy Callison gwharton 2014-08-21T19:40:00-04:00 >2014-08-24T20:37:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kz/kzsr5cebvfpaz45l.jpg" width="400" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Global architecture and design firm Callison announced today that it will be acquired by ARCADIS (Euronext: ARCAD), the leading global natural and built asset design and consultancy firm. Callison plans to join ARCADIS, which also owns the built asset consultancy firm EC HARRIS, architectural design firm RTKL, and Asia's leading construction program planning and value management consultancy Langdon &amp; Seah, in the third quarter of 2014.</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/107096195/in-kazakhstan-a-shimmering-skyline-on-the-steppe In Kazakhstan, a Shimmering Skyline on the Steppe Alexander Walter 2014-08-21T13:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T09:48:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/30/30cef026d80156b442868a1ac92aaca5.jpg" width="315" height="210" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seventeen years ago, when Kazakhstan moved its capital here, the city of Astana didn&rsquo;t even exist. [...] But after years of rapid economic growth fueled by Kazakhstan&rsquo;s oil and gas riches, the skyline of Astana [...] is now punctuated by gleaming skyscrapers and Western-style shopping malls. The city has become a hotbed for architectural experimentation, attracting big names like Norman Foster and Manfredi Nicoletti who have transformed it into what locals now call &ldquo;Manhattan on the Steppe.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More big players wanting a slice of that yummy Astana cake:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80399280/kazakhstan-s-astana-world-expo-2017-competition-attracts-big-international-names" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kazakhstan&rsquo;s Astana World Expo 2017 Competition Attracts Big International Names</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106961208/editor-s-picks-381 Editor's Picks #381 Nam Henderson 2014-08-19T20:36:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T20:37:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5l/5lff5ykdnxgxtpnj.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;penned,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106114990/shitting-architecture-the-dirty-practice-of-waste-removal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shitting Architecture: the dirty practice of waste removal</a>.&nbsp;Therein drawing lessons; from Slavoj Zizek on the toilet and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Morton" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Timothy Morton</a> (of Object-Oriented Ontology [OOO]) on sustainability as the preservation of the status quo, he argues that "<em>Under the weight of the ecological crisis, the world has been flattened. There is no exit</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d0/d0fcle6sz9qdc5cu.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;In response, <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;offered up an image of the sublimely absurd, "<em>I am always baffled by big houses that are marketed with +5.5 bathrooms (very common in wealthy neighborhoods) and so on. And of course these host extremely hi end living styles. It is kind of funny to think all these people do all day is shit and shit and shit everywhere in the house</em>".</p><p><br>For the latest edition of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/1149/working-out-of-the-box" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box</a>: Archinect featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106023362/working-out-of-the-box-francis-tsai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Francis Tsai, of </a><a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Francis-Tsai-Illustration-and-Concept-Design/367692304491?ref_type=bookmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Francis Tsai Illustration and Concept Design</a>,&nbsp;who received a Master's degree in 1993 from <a href="http://archinect.com/utsoa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Texas in Austin</a>.</p><p><strong>Xenaxis</strong>&nbsp;"<em>worked with Francis Tsai at Rockstar games and he was one of t...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106870326/how-spain-s-guerrilla-architect-is-building-new-hope-out-of-financial-crisis How Spain’s ‘guerrilla architect’ is building new hope out of financial crisis Alexander Walter 2014-08-18T15:25:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:16:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1b/1b45f8a28d1ac35f3a4eeabb4b361484.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the state has withdrawn, Santiago Cirugeda has stepped in to turn abandoned sites in Seville and other Spanish cities into dramatic art spaces that are inspiring a new breed of architect</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/106865498/gehry-s-paris-coup Gehry’s Paris Coup Alexander Walter 2014-08-18T13:57:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:17:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/42916d91fbdf68203ebec879a73bbdcd.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Despite its echoes of Paris&rsquo;s architectural past, Frank Gehry&rsquo;s latest museum project&mdash;the Fondation Louis Vuitton, opening this fall in the Bois de Boulogne&mdash;is like nothing the city has seen before: muscular and delicate, utilitarian and fantastic, a marriage of cultural ambition and private enterprise. Paul Goldberger looks at the genesis of LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault&rsquo;s partnership with Gehry, and the triumphant result.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102640738/gehry-designed-fondation-louis-vuitton-to-open-this-october" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton to open this October</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106499498/weekly-news-round-up-for-august-11-2014-monumental-politics-smart-homes-and-gsapp-s-new-dean Weekly News Round-Up for August 11, 2014: Monumental politics, smart homes and GSAPP's new dean Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-18T12:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T02:00:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gf/gfty4bt05v45oeby.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 15</strong></p><ul><li><p><a title="Farewell to the Old Okura" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106634364/farewell-to-the-old-okura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farewell to the Old Okura</a>: The famous Hotel Okura, built in the 1960s in a distinctive fusion of modern and traditional Japanese styles, is closing in response to prohibitive earthquake retrofits and larger, newer hotels in the area.</p></li><li><p><a title="Samsung Acquires SmartThings, A Fast-Growing Home Automation Startup" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106628737/samsung-acquires-smartthings-a-fast-growing-home-automation-startup" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Samsung Acquires SmartThings, A Fast-Growing Home Automation Startup</a>: SmartThings, an aggregator for all "smart" internet-connected devices in the home, cost Samsung an estimated $200 million &mdash;chump change in comparison to Google's $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest.</p></li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 14</strong></p><ul><li><a title="One ridesharing app to rule them all: Ridescout moves into the competitive world of rideshare" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106553263/one-ridesharing-app-to-rule-them-all-ridescout-moves-into-the-competitive-world-of-rideshare" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One ridesharing app to rule them all: Ridescout moves into the competitive world of rideshare</a>: Ridescout aggregates hundreds of ridesharing services to compare trips, and will now include "carpool" options that can help users share trips. The announcement comes after last week's news that Uber and Lyft are now both offering carpooling services.</li><li><a title="Revisiting the American Folk Art Museum controversy, through comics" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106554065/revisiting-the-american-folk-art-museum-controversy-through-comics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Revisiting the American Folk Art Museum controversy, through comics</a>: A thoughtful and diplomatic look at AFAM's histo...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/106558894/l-a-landscape-architect-mia-lehrer-on-what-makes-a-successful-park L.A. landscape architect Mia Lehrer on what makes a successful park Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-14T14:30:00-04:00 >2014-08-21T21:20:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b5/b538fab694706e9f7d725cb66d8663b6.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It relates to scale, who's going to be there, what reflects the culture and interests of the community. People's first notion about a park is Central Park &mdash; big, grassy, lush. So adjusting expectations about that aesthetic, we have a hard row to hoe in L.A. This is the era for our city to think about parks and the river and the urban forest as all one thing.</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/106499499/editor-s-picks-380 Editor's Picks #380 Nam Henderson 2014-08-13T20:11:00-04:00 >2014-08-16T08:52:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6ax21xbfp5zqazft.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest edition of <strong>Student Works: </strong><a href="http://archinect.com/justine.testado" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a>&nbsp;spoke with project architect, Duncan Baker-Brown, about T<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/103711909/student-works-this-house-made-of-trash-teaches-a-lesson-in-green-housekeeping" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">he Waste House</a>,&nbsp;designed/built by faculty and students from the Faculty of Arts and <a href="http://www.ccb.ac.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City College Brighton &amp; Hove</a>.</p><p><strong>&nbsp;Olaf Design Ninja_</strong> &nbsp;did some quick math "<em>The numbers tell quite the story...an average of 8 people per work week day for the 15 month project duration. Compared to an equivalent wood frame house in the US that could be an entire subdivision. This should tell you how far industry has to go to do the right thing</em>".</p><p>Plus, elementary school librarian, <a href="http://ilovechildrensbooks.wordpress.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jennette Neville</a>, shared her <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/103117101/never-too-young-15-librarian-recommended-architecture-books-for-young-children" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">top 15 recommendations of architecture books for young children</a>.</p><p><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p>The NYT published a letter <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105778959/invitation-to-a-dialogue-less-ego-in-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To the Editor: Less Ego in Architects</a>&nbsp;by Peggy Deamer, a partner in Deamer Architects and professor at the Yale School of Architecture. Editors saw an opportunity to start a Sunday Dialogue,&nbsp;and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106324363/the-starchitect-image" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a week later published responses and a rejoinders</a>.&nbsp;<strong>davvid</strong> had a thought "<em>Architecture firms are alrea...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106485841/eisenhower-memorial-politics-as-usual Eisenhower memorial, politics as usual Alexander Walter 2014-08-13T15:41:00-04:00 >2014-08-21T15:16:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/74/74auc5dbv45rxc11.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Regardless, there are two paths forward. One is to scrap the project and start over with an open public competition, which would cost around $17&thinsp;million, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The other is to push forward with the existing plan to finalize the memorial design and begin breaking ground. We favor the latter. [...] And the current design is nowhere near a &ldquo;monstrosity,&rdquo; as some have called it; it is a novel take on memorialization [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/45183/eisenhower-memorial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106406329/amale-andraos-to-succeed-mark-wigley-as-gsapp-s-new-dean Amale Andraos to succeed Mark Wigley as GSAPP's new dean Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-12T16:11:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T13:37:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bw/bw571ts213w95tt7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Andraos, an associate professor of architecture, planning and preservation at GSAPP since 2011 and a principal at WORKac., will succeed Mark Wigley, who announced he would retire at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year&nbsp;[...] &ldquo;Columbia is already a leader in addressing the challenges of high-speed urbanization around the globe and I believe it can lead in recasting architecture in dialogue with our urban societies and the natural environment,&rdquo; Andraos said in the release.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Just shy of the new academic year, Columbia's GSAPP has appointed Amale Andraos to succeed Mark Wigley as Dean, effective this fall. Andraos is a firm presence in New York architecture and beyond, as principal of <a href="http://archinect.com/WORKac" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WORKac</a> alongside her husband, Dan Wood (both previously profiled in our <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/64596/upstarts-workac" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UpStarts series</a>). The&nbsp;<em>Wall Street Journal</em>&nbsp;named her <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91989166/rem-koolhaas-s-prot-g-s" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">one of Rem Koolhaas' prot&eacute;g&eacute;s</a>, and her writing has been&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/95130918/screen-print-10-zawia-s-utopia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">featured in our&nbsp;<em>Screen/Print</em></a>&nbsp;series.</p><p>You can see what kind of post Andraos is inheriting in our <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/103338066/the-deans-list-mark-wigley-of-columbia-university-s-gsapp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deans List interview with Mark Wigley</a>, the prior GSAPP dean.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106405526/john-lautner-s-silvertop-home-to-list-for-7-5-million John Lautner's Silvertop home to list for $7.5 Million Alexander Walter 2014-08-12T14:41:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T08:59:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6c/6c27c0c76ba89bbb4cd4982e5f13d4a3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It has been the setting for music videos, TV commercials and scenes from the '80s movie "Less Than Zero." Now, the unusual Los Angeles home by influential architect John Lautner is slated to go on the market for $7.5 million. Known as Silvertop, the house has a striking design: It is made up of a series of interlocking half-circles, with a massive, arched concrete roof over the living room.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Can't get enough of that good Lautner stuff? Read Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce's tale of the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/52668208/lautner-s-concannon-residence-from-dust-to-dust" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concannon Residence</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106324363/the-starchitect-image The ‘Starchitect’ Image Alexander Walter 2014-08-11T13:17:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T09:27:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ff/ff003c17e40e8f644a2b24c04c94cc87.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Readers respond to a letter by Peggy Deamer, an architect, calling for less arrogance and more collaboration in architecture. [...] It is not only the public that is fed up with this idea of The Architect, but also the profession itself. Having watched ourselves increasingly backed into the corner of aesthetic elitism, we are now more interested in models of practice that do away with the egos and the glamorous buildings they are associated with.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105397603/ny-times-enters-the-starchitect-debate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NY Times Enters the "Starchitect" Debate</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105778959/invitation-to-a-dialogue-less-ego-in-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Invitation to a Dialogue: Less Ego in Architects</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/106322758/real-architects-design-chairs Real architects design chairs Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-11T13:07:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:58:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eb/eb644703760b014f2571bb128d714bad.jpg" width="470" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Pretty much every architect in the alphabet has produced a chair, a miniature version of their particular aesthetic. [...] Buildings are all very well, but it seems you haven&rsquo;t truly made it as an architect until you&rsquo;ve given us something to sit on. [...] &ldquo;Mentally, it&rsquo;s a very good exercise, to go from [designing] a building to the smallest bit in a building,&rdquo; [Alex Michaelis] says. &ldquo;You go back to the detail of the human body."</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/106100539/koolhaas-missing-fundamental-is-alive-and-kicking-in-house-housing-exhibition Koolhaas' missing Fundamental is alive and kicking in "House Housing" exhibition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-11T11:08:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T16:44:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/42c27r2h8hzo1xz1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While most attention falls on the national pavilions at the Venice Biennale, the city itself hosts an uncertain number of simultaneous, satellite events, operating somewhat under the public's radar but still orbiting around the Biennale's curatorial center. There are the Biennale-recognized roster of exhibitions, called "<a href="http://www.labiennale.org/en/news/22-04.html?back=true" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Collateral Events</a>", and then there are the outer planets of the Biennale's solar system; the unsolicited riffs taking place at smaller, less conventional spaces throughout the city. The Biennale's five-month run gives ample time for dissent and complication within the city, offering alternate interpretations to this year's sanctioned theme: "Fundamentals", from Rem Koolhaas.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oj/ojcebz50cd04w1h6.jpg"></p><p>Criticism of Koolhaas' biennale has been <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102190685/archinect-rounds-up-critical-reactions-to-koolhaas-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">well-trodden</a>. Creating a catalogue of architecture's supposedly "fundamental" elements has been called depressing, inappropriate, cynical, or pejoratively part of Koolhaas' cult of personality. Reporters griping and academics critiquing is a fundamental pa...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106098934/par-wins-the-2014-aia-los-angeles-emerging-practice-award PAR wins the 2014 AIA Los Angeles Emerging Practice Award Justine Testado 2014-08-08T15:21:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T22:27:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/92/92adt9ima7ri7g61.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our friends at PAR &mdash; or Platform for Architecture + Research &mdash; were announced as the 2014 recipient of the Presidential Emerging Practice Award from the AIA Los Angeles. In a constantly evolving setting like the City of Angels, the award is the highest honor that the AIA|LA Presidential Board presents to an emerging architecture firm in recognition of consistently creating innovative work. It also highlights individuals who take leadership roles in advancing the architectural profession.</p></em><br /><br /><p>An evening awards ceremony will take place at the Million Dollar Theatre &amp; Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles on October 29, 2014.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nl/nl5eb3v1zr0cita5.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z4/z4xqawdmujwjz23p.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/p-ar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PAR</a> Founding Partner, Jennifer Marmon:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zd/zdyldyyk407mg4uq.jpg"></p><p>Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/par_wins_the_2014_aia_los_angeles_emerging_practice_award/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106017734/david-adjaye-interview-i-m-not-always-looking-at-the-usual-references David Adjaye interview: 'I'm not always looking at the usual references' Alexander Walter 2014-08-07T14:04:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T18:57:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1a/1a39b7c88dd2bb3795a948355eee17d3.jpg" width="220" height="310" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Adjaye himself is weary of people obsessing over his being black in a profession which, in Europe and the United States, is very white. Which is not to say that he regards his heritage is unimportant. "I can't win with this one," he says. "Everyone has a view on it. I am an architect first of all, whose background is complex. I use the continent of Africa as a background, But I also grew up in London."</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/105955054/win-a-copy-of-the-reprinted-lvaro-siza-viagem-sem-programa Win a copy of the reprinted “ÁLVARO SIZA. VIAGEM SEM PROGRAMA” Justine Testado 2014-08-06T18:43:00-04:00 >2014-08-06T19:01:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jw/jwlzwfsn587h3ajq.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The popular<em> &Aacute;LVARO SIZA. VIAGEM SEM PROGRAMA</em> book tells the personal stories of renowned Portuguese architect&nbsp;&Aacute;lvaro Siza through his own collection of drawings. Upon the success of the first edition, Red Publishing recently reprinted the book -- and guess what, Archinect is now giving away five copies to our readers!</p><p><strong>To enter the book giveaway, fill out <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&amp;formkey=dGI5aVV2WWdwYzBkVWRzRXEzOVU2V1E6MA#gid=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this survey</a> by Wednesday, August 13, end of day. Winners will be chosen at random. Good luck!</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bq/bquxywhniwyg6268.jpg"></p><p>The book presents 53 drawings that Siza created over a period of 60 years, beginning in Porto to the end of the 1950s when he made his way into the architecture world. In an interview, Siza talks about his most significant encounters with colleagues and friends, and the lasting relationships that were established.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8s/8sw99gfhostb21g1.jpg"></p><p>Authors Raul Betti and Greta Ruffino worked with Siza himself in selecting which drawings to publish from his numerous sketchbooks and diaries. Digitally reproducing the drawings involved an in-depth study on materials and a digital ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105949411/homeboy-travels-far-and-edges-on Homeboy travels far and edges on Orhan Ayyüce 2014-08-06T16:46:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7j/7jl20akd036cna7r.jpg" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;Enough said... Some of you will know this is the open country. In it, you need small and big ideas. I like big cars and the universe is made from small things. There shouldn't be any speed limits on a thousand high plains.&rdquo;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z4/z48z3y70am9lvozp.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Some will know architecture is like the universe, made from small parts.&rdquo;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6t/6tttl7wlwi3sdfxx.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Some will know even the big parts are small in relative thinking... How do I know..?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5n/5nl43bnj8wa4bef1.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Fundamentally speaking, not because I see a lot of walls, windows and ceilings from the water's edge."</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r8/r8m061b2x88i0g38.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Not because my mind is like the ocean"</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/70g2d3vnwgdo9rpd.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;And not because I can speak and script,"</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gs/gso6fi4xqwb8o15i.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;and jump.&rdquo;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s9/s97bkrtf08l1l0lu.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;I don't know.., maybe because I'm Homeboy from the plateaus.&rdquo;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Photographs: Michael Rotondi<br>Story: Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</em></p><p><em><em>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104480/homeboy-on-tupperville" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Homeboy on Tupperville</a></em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104480" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> </a></em></p>