Archinect - News 2015-10-04T17:22:39-04:00 Urban Parasites, Data-Driven Urbanism, and the Case for Architecture Orhan Ayyüce 2015-10-02T14:08:00-04:00 >2015-10-02T16:11:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>at least some part of architectural practice needs to move on from having buildings as the only output. The answer to every urban question cannot always be a building, clearly. Whilst buildings may be part of some solutions, there are broader, deeper questions in play&mdash;good architects see this, but the practice (from education up) is still not exploring this implied question broadly enough.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A call for architecture, for architects, their schools, their buildings and their cities via the technology they still struggle to grasp regardless of their software driven shaping skills, a valuable read by Dan Hill of City of Sound. Technological effect is elsewhere.</p> A wrap-up of Vancouver's "City Fabric" Julia Ingalls 2015-10-01T19:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-01T20:26:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Construction safety netting may not sound like the stuff which picturesque <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cityscapes</a> are made of, and yet: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vancouver, B.C</a>. was host to an art installation known as "City Fabric" this past August and September which produced more gorgeous visuals (and sly references to real estate speculation) than your typical netting.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Designed by artist Rebecca Bayer and architect Matthew Soules, the installation hung beneath the south side of Burrard Street Bridge between concrete piers as a kind of celebration of the ephemeral, specifically "the temporary permanence of construction debris netting; beautiful, impoverished for its utilitarian use, yet profoundly normal."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The installation, which was sponsored by 221A and The Burred Arts Foundation, officially closed on September 30th and consisted of 800 lineal feet of the netting.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> A look inside the Nadja Apartment & Serpantina by Point Supreme Julia Ingalls 2015-09-30T19:24:00-04:00 >2015-09-30T19:24:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> participants <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Point Supreme</a>'s Nadja Apartment is a study in color and geometry: specifically, how vivid, geometric forms can unite and disassemble a space, giving the visitor clues on how to navigate and inhabit their environment.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>It's a technique that has been employed before, notably in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle Central Library,</a> where an entire floor is swathed in red and the escalators are an eye-popping vivid neon green. In the Nadja apartments, the deployment of color and geometry creates its own energy and language within the domestic sphere:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The stairs serve as focal point for the house, helping to anchor the spaces that make up the upper and lower floors of the apartment.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In this same geometric color vein, the firm has also unveiled photos of its newest project called Serpantina, which is a linear shading element for an outdoor public space:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Roll call of Chicago Architecture Biennial participants on Twitter, Facebook, and by world region Julia Ingalls 2015-09-30T18:39:00-04:00 >2015-09-30T18:50:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whether you're attending this weekend's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> in person or virtually, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jessica A.S. Letaw</a>'s comprehensive alphabetical lists of biennial participants on Twitter, Facebook, and by World Region makes it easy to quickly update yourself on who's doing what, where. Here are the links to get started:</p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial: Roll Call - Twitter&nbsp;</a></p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial: Roll Call - Facebook</a></p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial: Participants By World Region</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> MMYST: a crowd-funded, human-animal hybrid building by François Roche and Camille Lacadee of New-Territories/M4 Nicholas Korody 2015-09-30T16:14:00-04:00 >2015-09-30T18:51:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"What we propose here is a different format for making architecture,"&nbsp;Camille Lacadee states in a deadpan tone, "with multiple clients, multiple users, bakers, lovers, following a bottom-up mode of exchanges and desire." A robotic arm extends into the frame and offers her a bowl of bird's nest soup, which she takes. "Oh it's hot!"</p><p>Alongside Fran&ccedil;ois Roche,&nbsp;Lacadee&nbsp;heads the&nbsp;ever-mutating, radically-experimental architecture studio currently-known-as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New-Territories / M4</a>. For their new project&nbsp;MMYST, or "mke_Me_yungR_sheltR_tmptation," they've launched a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a> that includes what is likely one of the most wonderfully strange videos that's ever been on the crowd-funding website.</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>According to the campaign description, MMYST would comprise a 140 sqm (1500 ft&sup2;) "experimental hybrid building" to be shared by humans and swiftlets, a species of bird that makes unique nests out of saliva that are prized for their culinary applications.<br><br>Sited on an outcropping of cooled-lava in the...</p> Future Not Found: a "para-tour" of the Chicago Board of Trade led by GRNASFCK Nicholas Korody 2015-09-30T14:45:00-04:00 >2015-09-30T17:50:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Chicago Biennial is set to launch this weekend with a flurry of events and exhibitions, including Archinect's live podcasting event <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up</a>. Alongside the Biennial&rsquo;s programming are a slew of periphery events located around the city and spanning the spectrum of architectural topics. Near the top of our list is&nbsp;<em>Future Not Found</em>, a "para-tour" of the&nbsp;Chicago Board of Trade led by Dry Futures jury members <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GRNASFCK</a>&nbsp;on Friday morning.</p><p>Last year, we <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">profiled</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GRNASFCK</a>, a nomadic landscape architecture studio that operates along the borderlands of ecology&nbsp;and architecture and focuses on&nbsp;"the geologic past and speculative future."&nbsp;Led by Colleen Tuite and Ian Quated, GRNASFCK leads research expeditions across diverse landscapes, with an eye towards the invisible forces that shape our cities &ndash; from extremophile bacteria to resource speculation.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Abandoning their sampling kits for the weekend (or maybe not), Tuite and Quate will lead an archaeologic tour of the world's largest futures and opt...</p> Paul Goldberger cements Frank Gehry's narrative at The Getty Center Julia Ingalls 2015-09-30T14:24:00-04:00 >2015-09-30T17:28:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a lecture hall that sat a third empty due to the eclipsed "super blood moon" transpiring outside, Paul Goldberger discussed his new biography of Frank Gehry, "Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry" with J. Paul Getty Trust C.E.O.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Cuno at The Getty Center</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Goldberger</a> spent the first part of the evening recounting of the well-known narrative of Gehry's life: a Canadian Jewish working-class boy, Gehry moved from chilly Toronto with his ailing father to the warmer climes of Los Angeles, eventually becoming the city's, if not the world's, most iconic architect.&nbsp;After&nbsp;paying the bills in his early adulthood by driving trucks, Gehry enrolled at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">USC</a> and then on to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard</a>, where he completed his studies in architecture. He went on to work for a variety of architects including Victor Gruen, and on projects including 1961's so-called "futuristic building" at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAX</a> (although, Goldberger was careful to note, in a purely junior capacity). Goldberger framed Gehry's existence not o...</p> Archinect presents "Next Up," a live podcasting event in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, this Saturday, October 3rd! Archinect 2015-09-30T12:19:00-04:00 >2015-09-30T20:08:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Archinect is excited to announce the Chicago installment of our two-part live-podcasting series,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong><em>Next Up</em></strong></a>, hosted in collaboration with the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a>!</p><p>Taking place on the Biennial's opening weekend, the (live!) marathon set of interviews, panels and discussions with Biennial participants will feature an&nbsp;international host of architecture's most exciting and promising players, including:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bryony Roberts</a></li><li>Rural Urban Framework</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Territories</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iwan Baan</a></li><li>Norman Kelley</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WAI Architecture Think Tank</a></li><li>Paul Preissner (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Preissner Architects</a>)</li><li>Paul Andersen (Independent Architecture)</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sarah Herda</a> (co-artistic director of the Biennial)</li><li>Michelle Boone (Chicago Commissioner of Cultural Affairs and Special Events)</li><li>FAKE Industries</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andreas Angelidakis</a></li><li>Grupo Toma</li><li>Pedro y Juana</li></ul><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=""></a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong><em>Next Up</em></strong></a>&nbsp;will take place on <strong>Saturday, October 3</strong>, from <strong>12 - 4pm</strong>, at the <strong>Chicago Cultural Center's Randolph Sq</strong>. The event is free and open to the public &ndash; come watch the discussion unfold, and add your own questions to the mix vi...</p> "Hitler at Home" by Despina Stratigakos Places Journal 2015-09-28T17:42:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T21:22:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Adolf Hitler was an extreme anti-Semite, convicted traitor, and leader of a violent paramilitary force. In a remarkable press campaign, the Nazis reinvented him as a genial Bavarian gentleman.</p></em><br /><br /><p>How did the Nazis reinvent Adolf Hitler &mdash; an extreme anti-Semite, convicted traitor, and leader of a violent paramilitary force &mdash; as a genial Bavarian gentleman?</p> Joshua Prince-Ramus of REX wins $100K 2015 Marcus Prize Justine Testado 2015-09-25T20:15:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T22:18:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Widely hailed in the architects-under-50 bracket, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">REX</a> founding principal and president Joshua Prince-Ramus will receive the sixth Marcus Prize, as announced today by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee</a> School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP). The prize is awarded to architects who have demonstrated at least 10 years of exceptional practice and show a "strong trajectory to greatness", as SARUP describes.</p><p>In addition to the $100,000 cash prize, Prince-Ramus will make scheduled visits to SARUP and participate in public lectures and and workshops during the spring 2016 semester. He'll also be leading a graduate design studio at the school alongside Adjunct Associate Professor, Matt Jarosz. There isn't much detail about the studio at the moment, but it will deal with specific architectural challenges with the intent to bring about long-term benefits to Milwaukee&rsquo;s urban fabric.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>From top to bottom: Necklace Residence; Seattle Central Library; AT&amp;T Performing Arts Center Dee and ...</em></p> Traveling to Chicago soon? seDURST's Scott Durst shares his favorite go-to spots around town Justine Testado 2015-09-25T11:23:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:15:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="689" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>No two people, let alone architects, perceive even the most frequented cities in the same way. How do designers experience their cities as locals? Archinect got in touch with Scott Durst, owner of Chicago-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">seDURST</a>, who shared a snappy list of go-to places where he likes to spend his "spiritual off-time" around the city.</p><p>Oh, Chicago: Home to nearly 3 million people and, of course, the great abundance of&nbsp; landmarks that draw in some 40 million visitors every year. Moving forward from its rich architectural history, the city will host the very first <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial: The State of the Art of Architecture</a>, starting October 3. So whether you're planning your first or your 10th voyage to the Windy City, give Scott Durst's suggestions a whirl. You might discover something new.</p><p>1. <strong>The J. Parker &mdash; Chicago Rooftop Restaurant</strong><br>1816 N Clark Street, 13th Floor, Chicago IL, 60614</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>I recommend this Lincoln Park retreat because it's a roof top bar overlooking Lake Michigan and downtown C...</p> Renderings released for Warsaw's new Museum of Modern Art Julia Ingalls 2015-09-25T08:58:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T22:17:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Phifer and Partners</a>&nbsp;has released remarkably boxy renderings for&nbsp;The Museum of Modern Art and TR Warszawa Theater in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Warsaw</a>, Poland. The renderings hint at a more complex internal spatial arrangement, a la The New World Symphony in Miami, Florida, but from the outside they are undoubtedly square.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The idea behind the design is that "the museum, theater, and forum form an ensemble working simultaneously together while remaining distinct from each other and the context." Visitors will be able to access the museum from all sides, while the architecture of the theater "reflects TR Warszawa's varied programming."&nbsp;</p> London's Garden Bridge endangered by public funding shortfall Julia Ingalls 2015-09-25T04:34:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:13:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The London garden bridge project has been placed in jeopardy after a London council withdrew its support because of public costs and the Labour mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan, said he would ditch the proposed horticultural Thames river crossing if he took office.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>'s proposed Garden Bridge, which recently inspired <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a satirical contest of unpalatable entries</a>, may be doomed to remain a hotly contested rendering. The &pound;30 million of public funds needed to fund the bridge has temporarily been withdrawn because Lambeth council leader Lib Peck said the cost is "unjustified." Both current <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor Boris Johnson</a>&nbsp;and chancellor George Osborne have pledged &pound;30 million of his own to the project, but it will still need additional funding to bridge the gap.</p> MASS Design Group to propose "Bauhaus of Africa" at U.N. Summit Julia Ingalls 2015-09-24T18:59:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:11:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On September 27th, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MASS Design Group</a> will officially present their idea for a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bauhaus-type</a> school for Sub-Saharan Africa at the United Nations Solutions Summit. The proposed program would be based in Kigali, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rwanda</a> and would purposefully "incubate local innovation towards tackling the biggest building boom of the next quarter century" according to a press release issued by MASS.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>This building boom refers to the estimated addition of one billion Africans over the next two decades, while the project's name refers to the infamous 20th century Bauhaus school, which encouraged not only theory, but actual practice, resulting in a widespread adoption of modernism. This practice element will be crucial in a nation which will require massive amounts of new (and hopefully, artfully designed) infrastructure.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Archinect's critical round-up of LACMA's Frank Gehry exhibition Julia Ingalls 2015-09-24T15:04:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:11:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LACMA</a>'s retrospective of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a>&nbsp;is based off a previous show organized last year at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Centre Pompidou</a>, Mus&eacute;e National d&rsquo;Art Moderne, its Los Angeles locale (plus an additional gallery not present at the Paris show) provides a different context. Some critics took a fawning approach to the show; others looked at the work in the context of Gehry's recent undertaking of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the redevelopment of the Los Angeles River</a>, and his history in Los Angeles generally.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>KCRW's resident art critic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Edward Goldman</a> said that "LACMA, with its unique history of collaboration with Frank Gehry as a designer for a number of the museum's high profile exhibitions, was able not only to deliver a thoroughly researched lecture, but also succeeded to bring us, visitors, inside his studio and even inside his mind." Goldman, who marveled at how lovely it would be to travel to Minneapolis to see the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frederick R. Weisman Museum</a>, gushed that "it's simply amazing how prolific and unstoppable Gehry has been ...</p> Zaha Hadid announced as winner of 2016 Royal Gold Medal Julia Ingalls 2015-09-23T21:24:00-04:00 >2015-09-29T00:12:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="773" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As the first sole woman to win the medal in its 167-year history (women have shared the prize with others before), <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a> said, "I am very proud to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal, in particular, to be the first woman to receive the honor in her own right. Part of architecture&rsquo;s job is to make people feel good in the&nbsp;spaces where we live, go to school or where we work - so we must be committed to raising standards. Housing, schools and other vital public buildings have always been based on the concept of minimal existence &ndash; that shouldn&rsquo;t be the case today. Architects now have the skills and tools to address these critical issues.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Baghdad-born Hadid, who started her now London-based practice in 1979, adds the Queen of England and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Royal Institute of British Architects</a>-given award to other notable prizes, including her 2004 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Architecture Prize</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&#8203;In Professor Sir Peter Cook's Royal Gold Medal citation, he notes that Hadid's "vociferous criticism of poor work or stupidity re...</p> Archinect's critical round-up of Los Angeles' Broad Museum Julia Ingalls 2015-09-23T15:50:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:40:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From a super-sized cheese grater, to a&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">contraceptive sponge</a>, to an inadvertent fun house ride, the critics have thoroughly analogized the new Broad museum in mostly positive (if occasionally biting) reviews. To follow up with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia's review, published earlier today</a>, we offer some other critical perspectives on LA's latest architectural landmark.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The L.A. Times</a>' Christopher Hawthorne frames the museum's relative success principally in terms of the political and physical struggle it took to realize it (Broad is currently suing the structure's skin fabricators for what he claims were costly, time-delaying fabrication errors). "It wouldn't be fair to say that the museum, which has moments of real charm, buckles under the burden of those expectations and conflicts. But in a number of places, including its surprisingly punchless facade, it shows the considerable strain of holding up that weight."</p><p>Hawthorne also reflects on the building in terms of&nbsp;Diller Scofidio + Renfro's overall body of...</p> "They should grow up": Frank Gehry to critics of his involvement with the L.A. River Julia Ingalls 2015-09-23T14:18:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:40:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mia Lehrer, a Los Angeles landscape architect who helped prepare a master plan for the river in 2007, said Mr. Gehry&rsquo;s involvement had distressed people wary of top-down directives, and raised fears that he would derail the plan by the Army Corps of Engineers just as it was gaining momentum. Still, she said Mr. Gehry was welcome to join the fray. &ldquo;He&rsquo;s a creative dude,&rdquo; Ms. Lehrer said. &ldquo;So the answer is, &lsquo;Why not?&rsquo;&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Perhaps to escape the local ire which his involvement with the L.A. River redevelopment has drawn, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a> talked to The New York Times about his hopes for the project and for his relationship with the community. "I&rsquo;m doing something that&rsquo;s going to be good and trying to be inclusive, and they are trying to cut me up before I even get out of the gate. That&rsquo;s not nice. I don&rsquo;t want to create a fight with them, but they should grow up," he said.</p><p>For more on Gehry's involvement with the L.A. River, do read:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry to prioritize hydrology in LA River revitalization strategy</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry enlisted to masterplan LA River redevelopment</a></li></ul> The first-ever AV Monograph on Rem Koolhaas focuses on the last 12 years Nicholas Korody 2015-09-22T20:03:00-04:00 >2015-09-22T20:45:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="470" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Spanish-publisher&nbsp;Arquitectura Viva just published a new monograph on Rem Koolhaas, their first-ever on the Dutch architect. Focusing on work since he won the Pritzker in 2000, the monograph includes&nbsp;an essay and twelve critical texts by Luis Fern&aacute;ndez-Galiano alongside images of some of the most notable projects by OMA / AMO over the last twelve years.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The 240 page volume is available for &euro;55, or&nbsp;&euro;28 for the digital edition. Visit AV's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a> for more information.</p><p><br>Check out some of the images below:<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Renzo Piano's Kum & Go HQ enters construction phase + new (better) renderings Alexander Walter 2015-09-22T09:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:59:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Earlier this summer, Midwest convenience store chain Kum &amp; Go <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">revealed a first peek</a> at their new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano-designed Des Moines, Iowa headquarters</a>. The initial round of design illustrations were of a rather austere, CAD-like quality, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect commenters remarked</a> that the renderings failed to express how the project would relate to its urban context.</p><p>Now several new, photorealistic renderings have been revealed that help to get a better understanding of the 5-story building at 1459 Grand Avenue, officially dubbed the Krause Gateway Center.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <em>East View.</em></p><p>With construction fencing going up and demolition work of existing buildings beginning this week, the project is certainly moving forward. Presentation of updated plans to the Urban Design Review Board is scheduled for the coming days.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <em>West View.</em></p><p>All images courtesy of Renzo Piano Building Workshop.</p> London Mayor Boris Johnson pledges £285,000 to crowdfunding projects Julia Ingalls 2015-09-18T07:38:00-04:00 >2015-09-17T19:40:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="518" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This week, he signed over &pound;285,000 of his &pound;9m High Street Fund, created in March, to projects which will "re-energise the capital's high streets"...the mayor's office is donating to these projects through Spacehive, a civic crowdfunding website through which campaigners can raise money from the public to fund their community schemes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>From a proposed revitalization project known as the "Peckham Coal Line" that, much like New York City's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line</a>, would transform abandoned coal sidings into a foliage-rich walkway for pedestrians and cyclists, to a public library in an alley known as a "Literalley," designers and dreamers alike are being encouraged to enter their high street improving projects into a bid to be awarded money from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor Johnson</a>. His favorite projects will receive up to &pound;20,000 each.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> 100 renderings of ideas to solve London's housing crisis released Julia Ingalls 2015-09-17T07:12:00-04:00 >2015-09-16T15:28:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The international competition organized by think-tank New London Architecture and the Mayor of London has released 100 renderings of proposed solutions to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s housing crisis.&nbsp;Attracting over 200 entries from 16 countries around the world, the competition includes submissions from respected London-based architectural firms including&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dRMM</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The ideas cover a variety of&nbsp;conceptual ground, although the innovative use and repurposing/modification of existing spaces appears in numerous renderings, as shown in the entries of Akira Yamanaka and Hal Architects:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Several proposals make use of the Thames and other waterways to create floating housing, such as these renderings from Baca Architects and dRMM:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Starting on October 15th, the 100 shortlisted entries will be on public display for free at the&nbsp;NLA galleries in The Building Centre near Russell Square, and ten winners will be announced by the end of October. Those winners will be...</p> From asylum seeker to award-winning architect: the story of Perparim Rama Alexander Walter 2015-09-16T15:34:00-04:00 >2015-09-23T14:22:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Perparim Rama is an award-winning architect based in London. He came to the U.K. as an asylum seeker in 1992, fleeing war and persecution in the former Yugoslavia. Here is his take on the biggest refugee crisis since World War II.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Passage: an architectural intervention to span the Mediterranean Sea</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Refugees Welcome: the "Airbnb for Refugees"</a></li></ul> Archinect's round-up of the week's architectural critiques Julia Ingalls 2015-09-16T13:36:00-04:00 >2015-09-16T13:41:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is the role of creative exploration in architecture? From the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. Times</a> to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New Republic</a>, this question is very much on critical minds. In a piece entitled "How to Make Architecture Human," Anna Wiener reviews <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Witold Rybczynski</a>'s latest collection of essays, <em>Mysteries of the Mall</em>, which sets out to explore the "mundane" locales of architecture and quickly proclaims a distaste for the avant-garde in favor of lasting value.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Wiener notes that "Rybczynski is right to call out architects who submit designs for cities they have little relationship to, but work that favors experimentation&mdash;in aesthetics, in use, in design process&mdash;occupies a valuable space in the culture, too. 'Lasting value' is subjective and arbitrary; it serves a culture well to explore its desires and curiosities, however eccentric, and expand beyond the mainstream comfort-zone." Her review delves further into the problems of outdated and out of touch criticism: many of the essays contained in the book were origi...</p> Richard Neutra and Rudolph Schindler meet for one last time in new play, "The Princes of Kings Road" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-15T17:28:00-04:00 >2015-09-15T22:28:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Midcentury modernist architects Richard Neutra and Rudolph Schindler may have been good friends when they studied together in Vienna, but by the time they ran into one another one last time in a Los Angeles hospital in 1953, they were bitter enemies. Ensemble Studio Theatre/L.A.'s production of&nbsp;The Princes of Kings Road, now playing at the Neutra Institute in Silver Lake, imagines what it might have been like in the hospital room they shared</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> "whether you can institutionalize a kind of anti-institutional message, we will see": Eric Owen Moss reflects on 14 years as SCI-Arc's director Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-14T18:54:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:56:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of the things that we learned about SCI-Arc was that at the level of ideas, of thinking, of adventure, of imagination, of discovery ... they need accoutrements. They need support, they need tools to be realized in the world. [...] So we looked at the situation in terms of ideas &mdash; design ideas, imaginative students, creative faculty &mdash; and we had to give them the tools to implement, meaning to draw, to model what they wanted, and to make that information then available on the outside.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Eric Owen Moss is being succeeded by Hernan Diaz Alonso, who began serving as Director of SCI-Arc earlier this summer. You can find out more about Diaz Alonso's role in our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deans List</a> feature.</p> Martha Thorne appointed as new dean of IE School of Architecture Alexander Walter 2015-09-14T12:39:00-04:00 >2015-09-14T12:39:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="471" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>IE University announced the appointment of Martha Thorne as Dean of IE School of Architecture. Martha Thorne has served as the Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize since 2005. She held the position of Associate Curator of the Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago from 1996 to 2005. [...] Martha Thorne has formed part of the IE School of Architecture &amp; Design management team since its inception and previously served as Associate Dean for External Relations.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> First design of Burj 2020 unveiled, Dubai's shiny, new supertall tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Alexander Walter 2015-09-11T14:20:00-04:00 >2015-09-12T18:38:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A&nbsp;masterplan has been unveiled for the Burj 2020 District, an upcoming megaproject set to include a skyscraper dubbed &lsquo;the diamond of Dubai&rsquo; [...] The centerpiece of the district, the Burj 2020 tower, will be designed by Adrian Smith and Gordin Gill (AS + GG), the architects behind the Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The demand that will be registering will dictate the exact height of the tower, but at the highest, it might go 700 plus," the Executive Chairman of the&nbsp;Dubai Multi Commodities Centre,&nbsp;Ahmed Bin Sulayem, was quoted saying. "We are looking at a supertall tower, and we are looking at having one of the world&rsquo;s highest viewing decks which will offer 360 degree experience." Of course, we didn't expect anything less than that.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill selected to design Burj 2020, the world's tallest commerical tower</a></p> NBBJ proposes 3 moving walkways to replace London's Circle Line Julia Ingalls 2015-09-11T05:50:00-04:00 >2015-09-13T10:19:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Instead of relying on a subway that breaks down and causes interminable delays, what if the 17 miles of London's Circle Line were replaced with three moving walkways, much like the ones in airports, that allow pedestrians to step on at three miles per hour and then amble over to a fast lane of 15 miles per hour?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>According to&nbsp;James Pinkerton, an architectural assistant at the London office of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NBBJ</a>&nbsp;which proposed the idea,&nbsp;the travelators would be easier to maintain than a traditional train system precisely because of its three separate walkways. If one broke down, the "two further lines would run smoothly," forming a ceaseless band of movement that wouldn't need to pause for stops or be held up by one solitary malfunctioning train. Travelers could simply walk on and walk off.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"We came up with this idea that benefits the city as a whole," he explained to me in a brief phone interview. Pinkerton&nbsp;was also part of the NBBJ team that created the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shadowless tower</a>, which was designed from a s...</p> Gehry's product designs to be honored by Museum of California Design Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-10T23:28:00-04:00 >2015-09-11T12:36:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While often referred to as the world's most famous living architect, Frank Gehry is also known as a product designer, creating pieces of furniture, jewelry, clothing and appliances. To honor these design contributions, which have included collaborations with Tiffany &amp; Co., Louis Vuitton, and the World Cup of Hockey, the California Design Museum is presenting Gehry with the Henry Award at the Museum's 12th Annual Award Benefit and Auction, held on October 25.</p><p>For more about the event, and to purchase tickets to the auction, click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>. The auction will include items from Gehry and other Californian designers and artists, including&nbsp;Ed Ruscha, Gere Kavanaugh, Rudi Gernreich, Doyle Lane, Otto and Vivika Heino, John Van Hamersveld and Laura Andreson.</p>