Archinect - News 2015-01-26T07:41:16-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/119069722/editor-s-picks-402 Editor's Picks #402 Nam Henderson 2015-01-24T20:42:00-05:00 >2015-01-25T17:51:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f1/f1ddke0646ev8nae.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 an essay on <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/117976955/white-space-the-architecture-of-the-art-fair" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">White Space: The Architecture of the Art Fair</a>, "<em>the so-called photographic-seamless</em>" and "<em>The aura of art works</em>".</p><p>&nbsp;His conclusion &nbsp;"<em>Art exists now in a strange truce, in which an object is used as the establishing point for a market as much as the market is used as the establishing mechanism of the object</em>".</p><p><strong>Olaf Design Ninja_</strong> &nbsp;thought it was a "<em>hefty piece</em>" and posed the question "<em>so now that the containers of art became art, the architecture, the art has moved on?</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jy/jynqyrbwqi8gjof1.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/117968112/upstarts-four-o-nine-architecture-and-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrei Zerebecky (left) and Lukasz Kos of Shanghai-based architectural firm Four O Nine</a>, for the latest edition of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/11336/upstarts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UpStarts</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u3/u3cfkq7lzb34ppds.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>CurbedLA <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118346265/thom-mayne-razing-ray-bradbury-s-house-to-build-his-own" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reported</a> that Ray Bradbury&rsquo;s home was demolished by architect Thom Mayne.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/22610164/eric-chavkin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Chavkin</a>&nbsp;was a "<em>friend and client</em>" of Bradbury and sorry to see the "<em>house go</em>".</p><p>For his part, <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;believed "<em>Three underground levels is pretty curious and strong....Going down three floors in Los Angeles is unusual and very artistic concept....</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118960418/give-frank-gehry-back-his-east-river-project-in-nyc Give Frank Gehry Back His East River Project in NYC Diane Pham 2015-01-22T20:13:00-05:00 >2015-01-25T20:17:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ub/ubjtddv7b3qbod13.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Why not ask Howard Hughes to abandon its current plan and do something really wonderful and revive the Guggenheim plan for Gehry&rsquo;s gargantuan palace of titanium ribbons? The residential conversion of so many major office buildings is going, eventually, to create a need for new office buildings. Gehry&rsquo;s plan could be enlarged gracefully to accommodate both offices and condominiums and rebalance the famous Lower Manhattan skyline...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Does Gehry still the chops to revive Lower Manhattan? One former <em>New York Times </em>architecture critic, Carter B. Horsley, proposes bringing Gehry's aborted idea for South Street Seaport back to life. The plan would replace SHoP Architect's recently scaled-back design for the waterfront site.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118968488/david-chipperfield-pledges-to-carefully-optimize-mies-van-der-rohe-s-neue-nationalgalerie David Chipperfield pledges to carefully "optimize" Mies van der Rohe's Neue Nationalgalerie Alexander Walter 2015-01-22T14:56:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T21:55:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yk/yk4gpf48z10wjudb.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The restoration of the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin will cost an estimated &euro;101m [...]. This masterpiece by the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, which opened in 1968, was closed in early January. David Chipperfield Architects has been entrusted with the refurbishment project, having found international acclaim for its work on rebuilding the Neues Museum on Museum Island in Berlin. The British architect pledged to &ldquo;keep as much Mies as possible&rdquo; at a symposium in late November.</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/118903791/albert-speer-talks-about-the-qatar-world-cup-and-the-search-for-sustainability Albert Speer talks about the Qatar World Cup and the search for sustainability Alexander Walter 2015-01-21T18:33:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T13:34:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aj/aja6n4tr1kipa1mu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Does it make sense for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup? German architect Albert Speer, whose office is in charge of the project, says yes -- and is doing all he can to ensure sustainability. In a SPIEGEL interview, he says how.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/49931535/desert-sands-soccer-sustainability-and-symbolic-capital" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Desert sands, soccer, sustainability and "symbolic capital"...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118886896/helmut-jahn-chats-about-his-latest-nyc-tower-50-west Helmut Jahn chats about his latest NYC tower, 50 West Alexander Walter 2015-01-21T13:24:00-05:00 >2015-01-21T13:24:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lj/ljau6sk63qa8yon2.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The idea is always that a building like this in a particular light merges with the sky. The building is on a very small site, and has a very small footprint. There was a requirement from a planning point of view, which we fully supported and were actually happy about, that we had to provide a plaza on the ground floor. And that&rsquo;s actually why the building toward the base, it pulls in its belly and it slopes so that the urban space is adequate and a required size.</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/118812138/uncertain-future-for-sou-fujimoto-s-taiwan-tower Uncertain future for Sou Fujimoto's Taiwan Tower Alexander Walter 2015-01-20T14:11:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T21:44:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/14/14i71nulqmqnqwhf.jpg" width="514" height="574" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Greater Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (&#26519;&#20339;&#40845;) has temporarily pulled the plug on the ambitious Taiwan Tower project, citing concerns over safety and its costs, which have ballooned from NT$8 billion (US$253.5 million) to NT$15 billion. [...] Designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, who won an international competition in 2011 to draw up plans for the building, Taiwan Tower&rsquo;s ornate steel structure was inspired by the trunk of a banyan tree.</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/118520238/tod-williams-billie-tsien-lecture-at-sci-arc-emphasizes-building-from-the-ground Tod Williams & Billie Tsien lecture at SCI-Arc emphasizes building "from the ground" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-16T21:03:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T00:08:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7w1hv0f8qdtcxp5.jpg" width="514" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At their first lecture at SCI-Arc since 1987, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien charted a simple course. They set out to explain the principles that guide their practice&rsquo;s approach, regardless of program or site of project, and how those principles have morphed over time and place. Outlined at the beginning of the lecture, those principles are: to be of use, to move slowly, to say no, to connect, and to make work that lasts. That last one stands out, regarding last year&rsquo;s demolition of their American Folk Art Museum and their <a href="http://www.twbta.com/#/regardingthefolkartmuseum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">official response</a>, but the project wasn't addressed in this lecture.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ga/gamt1g438qfefb6e.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/96/96uhwf1qp5dy5hqg.jpg"></p><p>Generally, architecture lectures seem to tend towards the polemic &ndash; the firm fighting for a way to view the world and what should exist in it. This wasn&rsquo;t the case for Williams and Tsien&rsquo;s talk, which leaned more towards explaining their priorities as a firm investing in a site&rsquo;s context &ndash; not by trying to blend in, but by integrating history and identity in the details. And in its 40+ year history...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118517352/100m-condo-sale-at-christian-de-portzamparc-s-one57-is-nyc-s-most-expensive-ever $100M Condo Sale at Christian de Portzamparc's One57 is NYC's Most Expensive Ever Diane Pham 2015-01-16T18:28:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T00:08:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/je/jez8wuqkz76th2kn.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A palatial unit occupying the 89th and 90th floor of One57 has just sold for a record-breaking $100,471,452.77&mdash;the most expensive condo purchase ever recorded Manhattan.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The penthouse sale&nbsp;at Christian de Portzamparc's One57 shatters a record previously held by&nbsp;Sanford Weill who bought an $88 million penthouse at the Robert AM Stern-designed 15 Central Park West in 2012. The arguably inflated purchase shows that NYC's real estate shows no signs of slowing down&mdash;and very little effort in bridging the insane wealth gap between citizens.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118513336/architecture-for-humanity-to-shut-down Architecture for Humanity to shut down Paul Petrunia 2015-01-16T16:57:00-05:00 >2015-01-19T17:34:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nx/nx77tehladm5eah8.jpg" width="514" height="81" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We've just heard from Cameron Sinclair, co-founder and ex-director of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/9745/architecture-for-humanity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity</a>, that the organization has "pivoted its mission and is planning to close".</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Architecture-for-Humanity-closes-helped-6020800.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John King at the SF Chronicle</a>, "While there has been no official announcement of the organization&rsquo;s demise, all staff was laid off Jan. 1 by the board and the nonprofit shut its office near Union Square."<br>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/nz/nzyfnhdzz4yv8fvh.png"></p><p>Message from Cameron...</p><p><strong>Thank you for designing like you give a damn.</strong></p><p>We just heard the news that Architecture for Humanity, the organization we started more than 15 years ago, has pivoted its mission and is planning to close. We are deeply saddened by this.&nbsp;<br><br>Our hearts are with the staff and chapter members who worked so hard to build a wonderful organization that did so much for communities around the world. We made so many wonderful friends and will continue personally to support your work.&nbsp;<br><br>We ran the organization and grew it from just a small circle of volunteers to an international organization with ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118490837/take-a-drone-tour-of-nyc-s-hearst-tower-with-norman-foster Take a Drone Tour of NYC's Hearst Tower with Norman Foster Diane Pham 2015-01-16T11:46:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:54:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wj/wjdhx5tjlnggg0cy.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2006, the doors of the Hearst Tower were swung open for business. The design of starchitect Norman Foster, the building was one of the most cutting-edge of its time, lauded for its diagrid form, its green construction, and the then-radical approach of marrying the old with the new... Now, a decade later, Foster has returned to the Hearst Tower to mark its anniversary and reflect on his creation.</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/118427416/boston-s-tallest-new-skyscraper-in-40-years-breaking-ground-today Boston’s tallest new skyscraper in 40 years breaking ground today Alexander Walter 2015-01-15T14:11:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:47:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/88/88cb418d749499a4108fad0c72ffad03.jpg" width="514" height="299" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Wednesday, developer Richard L. Friedman will formally kick off construction of the tallest skyscraper to be built in Boston in 40 years &mdash; a 700-foot tower at 1 Dalton St. that will include the city&rsquo;s second Four Seasons Hotel and some of its most expensive condominiums. [...] The skyscraper at One Dalton is being designed by Hancock Tower architect Harry N. Cobb, of Pei Cobb Freed &amp; Partners, in collaboration with Gary Johnson of Cambridge Seven Associates Inc.</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/118382446/editor-s-picks-401 Editor's Picks #401 Nam Henderson 2015-01-15T13:59:00-05:00 >2015-01-16T13:32:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/af/afz5jy13p8nb9vec.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Archinect&nbsp;<strong>Showcase:</strong>(ed) <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/117673239/showcase-a-house-by-wiel-arets-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A&rsquo; House by Wiel Arets Architects</a>&nbsp;a "<em>compact private residence</em>"&nbsp;in Tokyo's Nishi-Azabu neighborhood.&nbsp;Responding to <strong>chigurh</strong>, <strong>EKE</strong> and others <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1970535/will-galloway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Galloway</a>&nbsp;commented</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/el/elrkhswd2d1b4weh.jpg"></p><p>"<em>a european project, photographed by a european photographer as well. best not to generalize. Its a Dutch design. By the Dean of IIT. The only thing Japanese about it is the location and the laws. Hm, maybe Japanese architecture is really an outcome of regulations, not culture? ...for what its worth the house is beautiful in person and neither feels hermetic nor sterile...Aret's seems to have grasped something useful by bringing the street into the house</em>"...</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eo/eoxq57uf88wad0ud.jpg"></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117886154/archinect-sessions-is-back-with-episode-11-another-year-another-architecture-with-the-multi-talented-mitch-mcewen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>'&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117886154/archinect-sessions-is-back-with-episode-11-another-year-another-architecture-with-the-multi-talented-mitch-mcewen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">inaugural 2015 episode</a> featured a conversation with urban planner, architect, artist, programmer, educator, and of course, beloved Archinect blogger, <a href="http://archinect.com/mcewen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mitch McEwen</a>.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/pedaldesignlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ken Koense</a>&nbsp;admitted "<em>Mitch and Jiminez Lai are my favorites of the new breed of architects. They've really have given me a lot to think about</em>".</p><p><a href="http://wagner.nyu.edu/rudincenter/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYU's Rudin Cen...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118371205/david-m-schwarz-named-as-2015-driehaus-prize-recipient David M. Schwarz named as 2015 Driehaus Prize recipient Justine Testado 2015-01-14T20:39:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:47:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/64/64uzm7xaa7sehkut.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architect David M. Schwarz, CEO and president of <a href="http://www.dmsas.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David M. Schwarz Architects</a>, has won the 2015 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame. Established in 2003, the $200,000 prize honors a living architect's lifetime contributions considered to embody positive cultural, environmental, and artistic impact, and also upholds high standards of classical architecture in contemporary society.</p><p>Upon Schwarz's selection, the jury highlighted the humanistic and community-driven focus of his designs that have remained since his firm was established in 1976:</p><p>"Schwarz approaches design with a belief in humanism that emphasizes pedestrian-friendly and socially active architecture with the goal of enabling civility and productivity in urban environments. He believes in building spaces for people, paying careful attention to issues of scale and material. His historically informed designs create lively public environments that meet the needs of diverse audiences.</p><p>Emphasizing that good des...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118368797/jean-nouvel-boycotts-opening-of-his-philharmonie-de-paris Jean Nouvel boycotts opening of his Philharmonie de Paris Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-14T20:03:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:47:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4i/4ioerl2q623mucnd.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hours before the official inauguration of the Philharmonie de Paris concert hall on Wednesday, its architect, Jean Nouvel, declared his intention to boycott the gala because he said the towering, 386 million euro (about $455 million) building is not ready to open. [...] Mr. Nouvel wrote a column that appeared on the website of the French daily Le Monde denouncing the &ldquo;contempt&rdquo; of the concert hall managers for &ldquo;the architecture, the work of the architect and the architect.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Construction escalated in the days preceding the opening but large parts of the Philharmonie are still not complete, including the restaurant and exhibition space. The inaugural concert will feature the Orchestre de Paris, with dignitaries and French president Fran&ccedil;ois Hollande among the&nbsp;attendees, and&nbsp;"will be dedicated to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack and related killings."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118347874/foster-partners-designed-expansion-of-the-norton-museum-of-art-has-already-raised-half-of-its-funds Foster + Partners-designed expansion of the Norton Museum of Art has already raised half of its funds Alexander Walter 2015-01-14T13:20:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:27:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/27/27ffdb6be1f995c97d22d8ed81acd3d4.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, prepares to break ground on its Foster + Partners&mdash;designed expansion in 2016, the institution has launched the second phase of its capital campaign, which has already raised nearly $34 million, more than half of the museum's $60 million goal. [...] "Foster + Partners' plan pays homage to the Museum's past by restoring the clarity and symmetry of the original building, but also looks to its future as a leading museum in Florida" [...]</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/118346265/thom-mayne-razing-ray-bradbury-s-house-to-build-his-own Thom Mayne razing Ray Bradbury's house to build his own Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-14T13:11:00-05:00 >2015-01-25T18:05:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0f/0fa437243d061ad807295e5941435e5f.jpg" width="200" height="150" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Ray Bradbury's] Cheviot Hills house ... hit the market last May, and sold in a little over a month for $1.765 million [...] the buyers were Pritzker-Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne, of the firm Morphosis, and his wife, Blythe Alison-Mayne. [...] the new property owner's plan is to demolish Bradbury's house to put in a new house with three underground levels&mdash;one of which will hold a swimming pool&mdash;and two stories above ground.</p></em><br /><br /><p>CurbedLA also points out that, according to <a href="http://morphopedia.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphopedia</a>, this will be Mayne's first residential project in LA in more than ten years.</p><p>More photos via <a href="http://file770.com/?p=20397?michpun" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">File 770</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118315710/what-s-my-line-frank-lloyd-wright-game-show-guest What's My Line? Frank Lloyd Wright, game show guest Orhan Ayyüce 2015-01-14T11:48:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:30:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p7/p7paq4f3q69pq8i5.jpg" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Panel- What you do has anything to do with law? FLW- Unfortunately yes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Noted: Ladies of the panel don't usually get up to shake the mystery guest's hand but for Frank they do. Is that a sign how noble architect(ure) was?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tb/tb5meqgs8p0r9cvj.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118291603/video-bjarke-ingels-gives-a-peek-of-upcoming-europa-city-amusement-hub VIDEO: Bjarke Ingels gives a peek of upcoming Europa City amusement hub Justine Testado 2015-01-13T20:33:00-05:00 >2015-01-15T06:44:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v8/v8u9mxy41vf5vvtf.jpg" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Is Bjarke Ingels building an amusement park? The architect created a promotional film with <a href="http://www.squintopera.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Squint/Opera</a> that presents his proposed design for Europa City, a leisure and recreational destination that will be built north of Paris by the year 2020. Construction is currently scheduled to start in 2017.</p><p>In the first film, Bjarke Ingels introduces the project, whose plan consists of radial streets connected by a central loop pathway and adjacent quarters with designated spaces for a water park, an international exhibition hall, sports, music venues, retail, restaurants, and hotels. In a way, Europa City resembles the snail-like layout of the Parisian arrondissements. The second film tours each of Europa City's quarters through the use of photorealistic 3D and 2D graphics and stills.</p><p>See the videos for yourself below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118274718/moshe-safdie-warns-architects-against-the-seduction-of-computers-in-design Moshe Safdie warns architects against the seduction of computers in design Alexander Walter 2015-01-13T14:42:00-05:00 >2015-01-16T08:40:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q9/q9h1o0ln1r4vonys.jpg" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I don&rsquo;t tweet or do Facebook. I use a computer for email and searches but not for design. I walk around the office giving out pens and saying, &ldquo;Try that, you might like it.&rdquo; You should conceive and sketch first. Architects get seduced by wild shapes designed on a computer and build these things whether they work or not in the environment. That&rsquo;s the danger of computers: There&rsquo;s a facility about them that allows you to do charming, seductive things that have no deeper meaning.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Recently:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115663589/moshe-safdie-to-receive-the-2015-aia-gold-medal" target="_blank">Moshe Safdie to receive the 2015 AIA Gold Medal</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118194335/new-documentary-portraits-s-rgio-bernardes-brazil-s-almost-forgotten-star New documentary portraits Sérgio Bernardes, Brazil's almost forgotten star Alexander Walter 2015-01-12T13:45:00-05:00 >2015-01-12T14:42:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bf/bf5c3563b8e87d35ef75e564c0c7a56a.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>S&eacute;rgio Bernardes was a star of 60s Brazil, a brilliant architect and a mesmerising man. And then almost forgotten. His grandson has made a film to discover what happened</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/117964089/libeskind-opens-his-latest-building-in-belgium-today-is-it-a-snooze Libeskind opens his latest building in Belgium today. Is it a snooze? Alexander Walter 2015-01-09T13:50:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T23:31:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/66/66vkd8x45779griw.jpg" width="514" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2015, Libeskind&rsquo;s brand of Deconstructivism (and all varieties of Deconstructivism, one might argue) amounts to a familiar, dull architecture; a calcified formal language whose shock-factor and novelty has worn away. One would hope that Libeskind, as a leading architectural practitioner, could at least try to articulate a new agenda in the experimental vein of his earlier work. Alas &mdash; as the Mons International Conference Xperience shows &mdash; that&rsquo;s not the case.&nbsp;</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/117886957/bjarke-ingels-offers-his-architectural-advice-to-young-architects Bjarke Ingels offers his architectural advice to young architects Alexander Walter 2015-01-08T13:54:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:26:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4r/4r7jap6y0k44gpru.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We live in the anthropogenic age, where humans don&rsquo;t adapt to life, but life adapts to human needs, Ingels explains, which makes his advice to young architects designing tomorrow&rsquo;s world simple and clear. The key for young architects is to acquire the tools and language to comprehend the human needs outside of the architectural bubble, and understand that they are here to accommodate - and not to be accommodated.</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/117686117/editor-s-picks-400 Editor's Picks #400 Nam Henderson 2015-01-06T11:52:00-05:00 >2015-01-06T13:18:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n5/n56lfwo56ebv79uh.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest <strong>Student Works:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia</a>&nbsp;featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/117185429/student-works-cellular-tessellation-pavilion-lights-the-way-in-sydney" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cellular Tessellation</a>, a pavilion done as a "<em>collaborative research effort among students from Bond University, University of Technology Sydney, University of South Wales, and University of Sydney</em>" for the Sydney Vivid Light festival of 2014.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ad/adpxobnexoqr7pnf.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/alex" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexander</a> <strong>Showcase:</strong>(ed) architect Jorge Mealha&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/117442925/showcase-bidos-technological-park-main-building-by-jorge-mealha" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&Oacute;bidos Technological Park Main Building</a>, sited in the countryside north of Lisbon.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ns/ns13zhz83umhkrhn.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/paul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul</a>&nbsp;scoured the archives and website analytics in an attempt to most accurately represent 2014, month by month, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/542800/2014-year-in-review" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">by sharing the most popular stories, job opportunities and discussions</a>.&nbsp;Reflecting on digital publishing trends he noted</p><p>"<em>As the internet continues to move discussions away from publications to social networks, Archinect's increase in volume in the <a href="http://archinect.com/forum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">forum</a> and comments sections proves that we're continuing to provide a platform to facilitate communication across diverse social circles</em>".</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xn/xnawzkr1kg61094f.jpg"></p><p>Meanwhile,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;put together a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117123658/the-most-relevant-news-of-2014-for-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">list</a>&nbsp;of&nbsp;what Randy Deutsc...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117191853/ricardo-porro-cuban-national-art-school-architect-dies-at-89 Ricardo Porro, Cuban National Art School Architect, Dies at 89 Alexander Walter 2014-12-30T13:19:00-05:00 >2015-01-05T21:58:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/66/660c4371df38c7f927d64ce7067e236f.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ricardo Porro, an architect who gave lyrical expression to a hopeful young Cuban revolution in the early 1960s before he himself fell victim to its ideological hardening, died on Thursday in Paris, where he had spent nearly half a century in exile. He was 89. His death was confirmed by friends and associates, including John Loomis, the author of &ldquo;Revolution of Forms: Cuba&rsquo;s Forgotten Art Schools.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cq/cqygjqf62thlfu08.jpg"></p><p><em>School of Modern Dance, by Ricardo Porro</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/09/09usm36fo4fp86h1.jpg"></p><p><em>School of Plastic Arts, by&nbsp;Ricardo Porro</em></p><p>To learn more about the&nbsp;Cuban National Art School project and the related documentary<em>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59098906/unfinished-spaces-premieres-tomorrow-night-on-pbs-archinect-talks-to-the-filmmaker" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unfinished Spaces</a></em>, click <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/179037/cuban-national-art-schools" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116670700/27-weird-and-compelling-architectural-evolutions-of-2014 27 weird and compelling architectural evolutions of 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-30T11:30:00-05:00 >2015-01-05T18:27:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dt/dtgnui0hwz0kjgmp.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Technofuturism:</strong></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/111205340/aftershock-4-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-neuroscientific-architecture-research" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aftershock #4: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neuroscientific Architecture Research</a>: Bringing the brain into evidence-based design, one EEG-measured d&eacute;rive at a time. Reporting from the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture's conference in San Diego, California.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106023362/working-out-of-the-box-francis-tsai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box: Francis Tsai</a>: Tsai was diagnosed with ALS far before the ice bucket challenge, and despite his total-body atrophy, is able to continue drawing as a videogames and comics artist using a special camera that tracks his eye movements and translates them into digital drawing commands.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ea/eae56wnbv1kbsfoz.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105808748/martha-stewart-in-the-age-of-drone-photography" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martha Stewart in the age of drone photography</a>: Through war, Amazon deliveries and Dronestagram, Martha unilaterally loves her drone.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102156079/neural-cartography-mapping-the-brain-s-response-to-dumbo-in-brooklyn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neural Cartography: Mapping the Brain's Response to DUMBO in Brooklyn</a>: One of the jet-setters investing in neuroscientific research for architecture and urbanism, the Van Alen Institute teams up with Columbia's GSAPP to create mental maps of DUMBO.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Protesting:</strong></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/99365040/screen-print-15-sophie-yanow-s-war-of-streets-and-houses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Screen/Prin...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116669096/the-year-2014-in-architectural-activism The Year 2014 in Architectural Activism Alexander Walter 2014-12-29T10:00:00-05:00 >2015-01-02T15:28:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cf/cfhkrk9lss8c2bp1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Let's admit it, we architects much too often get lost in narcissistic own-horn-tooting, passionate ego-inflating, disillusioned navel-gazing, vile shit-flinging or simply in the mundane day-to-day operations for the paying clientele.&nbsp;</p><p>But all is not completely lost thanks to the tireless work and burning passion of individuals and groups around the world seeking the greater good, putting humanity first, improving this planet one initiative at a time.&nbsp;</p><p>Topics we had the honor of reporting about on Archinect &amp; Bustler this year ranged from the Israel-Gaza conflict, Syrian refugee crisis, Ukrainian revolution, climate change, historic preservation, #folkmoma, abortion clinics and affordable housing all the way to still very recent issues like the Ebola epidemic and Ferguson protests.</p><p>Following is my personal (and hopelessly incomplete) list of noteworthy and much-discussed examples of architectural activism on Archinect &amp; Bustler in 2014:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106870325/exhibition-explores-the-design-of-protest-movements" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Exhibition Explores the Design of Protest Movements...</strong></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116892765/stained-glass-faces-dark-days Stained Glass Faces Dark Days Nam Henderson 2014-12-26T16:23:00-05:00 >2014-12-26T16:26:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/px/pxx91jxtpitjt4oo.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But church architects and experts say modern churches rely more on video and photo slideshows, which they say connect with attendees more than the static imagery of stained glass.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Timothy W. Martin examines the state of the stained-glass industry.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116890359/smart-cities-vs-true-intelligence 'Smart cities' vs. true intelligence Nam Henderson 2014-12-26T15:53:00-05:00 >2014-12-26T15:53:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ro/ro4gjjd927jkl87t.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The true enablers of participation turn out to be nothing more exciting than cheap commodity devices, reliable access to sufficiently high- bandwidth connectivity, and generic cloud services.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Adam Greenfield argues that&nbsp;instead of committing to futuristic visions of 'smart cities', governments should seek to replicate the efforts of groups like <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/dec/10/occupy-police-enemies-sandy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Occupy Sandy</a>&nbsp;or the architectural collective who improved El Campo de Cebada, which relied on&nbsp;unglamorous, mature technologies.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116882330/forbes-portraits-david-rockwell-on-his-30th-firm-anniversary Forbes portraits David Rockwell on his 30th firm anniversary Alexander Walter 2014-12-26T12:54:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T19:54:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/7056d98278eac4662a9d048964e09078.jpg" width="514" height="416" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>David Rockwell has got the art of theatrics down pat. His world is a stage complete with cuts, scene changes, sequences and transitions, where he is the director presiding over the action between performer, audience and space. [...] &ldquo;The emphasis on arrival, procession, lighting and the all-encompassing power of a live theatrical experience have really impacted how I think about my designs.&rdquo; He counts on his audiences buying in emotionally to his designs [...].</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/116576013/the-nyt-takes-a-closer-look-at-coop-himmelb-l-au-s-new-confluence-museum-in-lyon The NYT takes a closer look at Coop Himmelb(l)au's new Confluence Museum in Lyon Alexander Walter 2014-12-22T13:24:00-05:00 >2014-12-23T11:04:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ah/ahndwqv8vxva0ks7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This fall, the French cultural season opened with the private Vuitton Foundation museum in Paris, a rarefied environment for a select collection of contemporary art, by Frank Gehry. At the other end of the cultural spectrum, France&rsquo;s second largest metropolitan area, Lyon &mdash; arguably Paris&rsquo;s historic rival, the Chicago to New York &mdash; just inaugurated the equally large and prepossessing Confluence Museum (the Mus&eacute;e des Confluences).</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>