Archinect - News 2016-05-06T07:18:27-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149943940/see-the-riba-2016-london-awards-winners-wilton-s-music-hall-named-regional-building-of-the-year See the RIBA 2016 London Awards winners, Wilton's Music Hall named regional Building of the Year Justine Testado 2016-05-06T03:00:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T20:27:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9f/9fc3aqb87tgmz1mh.jpg" width="514" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>RIBA revealed an array of projects as the winners of the 2016 London Awards during a recent ceremony. First launched in 1966, the yearly competition distinguishes some of the area's top-notch design projects in various architectural categories. While winning in the competitive London Awards is already a great honor, they're just the beginning of RIBA's yearlong awards cycle. Now, the London Awards winners will move on to compete in the RIBA National Awards.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Take a gander at some of the winning projects:</p><p>Alphabeta by Studio RHE</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xc/xc2xuqrqa649aqhj.jpg"></p><p>Graveney School Sixth Form Block by Urban Projects Bureau</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o6/o62fh3qyzqnmcsqb.jpg"></p><p>Covert House by DSDHA</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jq/jqhqoaoxv4xer58h.jpg"></p><p>Regent High School by Walters &amp; Cohen Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jj/jjlqsheedlewgpfo.jpg"></p><p>The Bath House Children's Community Centre by Lipton Plant Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2i/2i6u24bdtmb5f8zu.jpg"></p><p>Ely Court, South Kilburn by Alison Brooks Architects &amp; Hester Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/08/087ndkmeg1k4is0x.jpg"></p><p>The Plimsoll Building by David Morley Architects &amp; Weedon Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/31/313nigmgfaljm850.jpg"></p><p>Find the rest of the winners <a href="http://bustler.net/news/4865/restored-19th-century-wilton-s-music-hall-named-2016-riba-london-building-of-the-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943929/obama-administration-to-designate-stonewall-as-america-s-first-lgbt-memorial Obama administration to designate Stonewall as America's first LGBT memorial Nicholas Korody 2016-05-05T18:41:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T20:12:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bf/bfjwt6fcscbd9z0a.jpg" width="485" height="744" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York's iconic Stonewall Inn, where the modern gay rights movement took root, will become the first national monument honoring the history of gays and lesbians in the U.S. under a proposal President Barack Obama is preparing to approve. Designating the small swath of land will mark a major act of national recognition for gay rights advocates and their struggles over the last half-century.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Originally built as stables in the 1840s, the Stonewall Inn was the site of historic riots after police raided the LGBT bar on June 28, 1969. While such raids were then common, that night the bar-goers fought back &ndash; in the process helping to catalyze the LGBT liberation movement.</p><p>The news was timed to coincide with LGBT Pride month, which is held in June each year in commemoration of Stonewall. While the article specifies the monument as honoring the history of gays and lesbians, it's important to note <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Rivera" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the pivotal role</a> transgender individuals played in the uprising.</p><p>According to AP, the Obama administration is considering including nearby Christopher Park in the historic designation.&nbsp;</p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943704/north-carolina-loses-aia-conference-due-to-anti-lgbt-hb2-bill-passage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Carolina loses AIA conference due to anti-LGBT HB2 bill passage</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140470448/toilets-for-everyone-the-politics-of-inclusive-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toilets for everyone: the politics of inclusive design</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934132/as-gayborhoods-gentrify-lgbtq-people-move-into-conservative-america" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As "gayborhoods" gentrify, LGBTQ people move into conservative America</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130505301/u-s-lgbtq-preservation-group-pushes-to-preserve-more-heritage-sites-at-the-national-level" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. LGBTQ preservation group pushes to preserve more heritage sites at the national level</a></li></ul>... http://archinect.com/news/article/149943925/it-s-official-250m-mega-penthouse-in-stern-designed-220-central-park-south-tower-is-now-nyc-s-priciest-address It's official: $250M mega penthouse in Stern-designed 220 Central Park South tower is now NYC's priciest address Alexander Walter 2016-05-05T17:32:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T18:59:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kc/kcbguw6tmi6rhphz.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It has been whispered about for months, but now it&rsquo;s official: Vornado Realty Trust&nbsp;is offering up a palatial four-floor apartment at 220 Central Park South that is priced at a record-smashing $250 million. The massive condominium will encompass floors 50 through 53 of the Robert A.M. Stern-designed limestone tower, and it will span some 23,000 square feet [...]. The asking price works out to nearly $11,000 per square foot.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129791831/this-250m-mega-penthouse-might-become-new-york-s-priciest-home" target="_blank">This $250M mega penthouse might become New York's priciest home</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943909/waukegan-il-future-home-of-the-lucas-museum Waukegan, IL: future home of the Lucas Museum? Julia Ingalls 2016-05-05T16:02:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T16:03:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e1/e15b5b55onvpn20f.jpg" width="514" height="292" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the future of a Lucas Museum on Chicago's lakefront in doubt, the city of Waukegan is asking the organizers to look a little to the north. Waukegan Mayor Wayne Motley reached out to Mellody Hobson, a Chicago financial executive and the wife of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, about locating the proposed museum featuring digital, traditional and narrative art on Waukegan's lakefront, a city spokesman said on Wednesday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After a shake-up Tuesday wherein Chicago-based&nbsp;Friends of the Parks (which was taking a 30-day break from suing to prevent <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943464/lawsuit-against-lucas-museum-holds-off-for-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a> from being built) announced that it wasn't going to budge on its anti-LMNA position, George Lucas announced that he was seriously considering other locations. According to the <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-lucas-museum-friends-of-the-parks-lawsuit-20160503-story.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Tribune</a> Lucas' wife, Mellody Hobson, noted that&nbsp;"this process has been co-opted and hijacked by a small special interest group." On Thursday, The Chicago Tribune reported that&nbsp;Mayor Rahm Emanuel <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-rahm-emanuel-lucas-museum-met-0505-20160505-story.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">asked his Law Department Wednesday afternoon to ask a federal appeals court to reject the Friends of the Parks case before it is tried</a>. Could the force be with the industrial shoreline of Waukegan, Illinois, population 90K?&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7w/7wdxhh0dtzb9sive.jpg"></p><p>You can conquer the box-office, but stakeholder groups are a whole different echelon:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941584/even-after-improved-plan-lucas-museum-still-mired-in-legal-and-financial-problems" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Even after improved plan, Lucas Museum still mired in legal and financial problems</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940895/the-lucas-museum-may-have-found-a-new-location-but-is-it-a-trap" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Lucas Museum may have found a new location &ndash; but is it "a trap"?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140017491/chicago-city-council-approves-construction-of-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ch...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943911/completing-the-mies-van-der-rohe-brick-country-house-an-odyssey Completing the Mies van der Rohe Brick Country House, An Odyssey Gary Garvin 2016-05-05T16:01:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T18:56:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7lms2zla2jbk1bb.jpg" width="514" height="154" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A brick is an obdurate object of ambiguity that hovers between idea and matter, between life and death. Its texture can be smoothed to glide our touch or left rough and abrade. It can be molded into even shapes for consistent construction or made uneven, presenting individual challenges each time one is laid in a course. But while it can come close to an ideal oblong shape, it never attains perfection, and it can as much be said that it approaches perfection as it resists it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>I have revisited my&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/133573310/completing-mies-van-der-rohe-s-brick-country-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">piece</a> on the Mies van der Rohe Brick County House that appeared at <em>Archinect</em>. It is a literary essay that I hope adds some extension and insight. It looks back to the Greeks and forward to recent architecture, adding reflections on Modernism and current work. Many questions are raised along the way.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943855/brighton-s-embassy-court-by-wells-coates-featured-in-new-film Brighton's Embassy Court by Wells Coates featured in new film Ellen Hancock 2016-05-05T11:27:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T11:27:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0f/0f68b80f7e98041bebb504b917385544.jpg" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earlier this year, photographer Baker took us on an odyssey through two icons of Modernism in the UK by Wells Coates: London&rsquo;s Isokon building and Brighton&rsquo;s Embassy Court. Now he&rsquo;s teamed up with director Alex Simpson to create a mini-documentary, The Legacy of Wells Coates. The Isokon was once home to Soviet spies, Agatha Christie and Modernist &eacute;migr&eacute;s including the founder&nbsp;of Bauhaus school, Walter Gropius.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Find more tales of form following function here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943531/a-hidden-mies-van-der-rohe-masterpiece-receives-funding-for-renovation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A 'hidden' Mies van der Rohe masterpiece receives funding for renovation</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939854/a-tall-order-wooden-skyscraper-could-become-britain-s-second-tallest-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A tall order? Wooden skyscraper could become Britain's second tallest building</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149368552/working-out-of-the-box-jader-almeida" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working Out of the Box: Jader Almeida</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149936428/african-modernism-architecture-of-independence-showcases-a-history-of-no-easy-answers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"African Modernism: Architecture of Independence" showcases a history of no easy answers</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943809/regarding-fundamental-matters-of-faith-and-geography Regarding fundamental matters of faith and geography Nam Henderson 2016-05-05T00:40:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T00:40:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kl/kl7upune6puxeejq.jpg" width="450" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>And so I seek out the airport chapel, interfaith space, prayer room, or meditation center, and see how each country&rsquo;s particular tics and prejudices play out as spiritual architecture in technopolitical space. I rarely see other people in my visits to these places.</p></em><br /><br /><p>James Bridle wrote a short piece&nbsp;concerning one of his perennial obsessions: airport chapels, and the strange interactions of iPhones and prayer mats, and technological and spiritual spaces.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943753/hudson-yards-could-generate-nearly-19b-for-new-york-city-study-claims Hudson Yards could generate nearly $19B for New York City, study claims Alexander Walter 2016-05-04T17:53:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T06:39:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u9/u9l2wcu3joy42qkx.jpg" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A study commissioned by the developer indicated that total economic output of the companies projected to occupy Hudson Yards will contribute $18.9 billion to the city's gross domestic product. [...] Many projections in the report are also contingent on a host of economic indicators in the city, including demand for Class A office space. Out of the 10.4 million square feet Related will have to lease up, so far it has locked in commitments from tenants for 4 million square feet.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Hudson Yards project previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942421/welcome-to-the-hudson-yards-c-2019-the-world-s-most-ambitious-smart-city-experiment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the Hudson Yards, c. 2019: the world's most ambitious "smart city" experiment</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147663869/big-s-concept-for-a-spiraling-landscape-tower-in-nyc-s-hudson-yards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's concept for a spiraling-landscape tower in NYC's Hudson Yards</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96639885/a-plan-to-build-skyscrapers-that-barely-touch-the-ground" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Plan to Build Skyscrapers That Barely Touch the Ground</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943704/north-carolina-loses-aia-conference-due-to-anti-lgbt-hb2-bill-passage North Carolina loses AIA conference due to anti-LGBT HB2 bill passage Julia Ingalls 2016-05-04T13:51:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:38:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/81/81r2yefa92iayc0i.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wilmington officials say the cancellation of an architect business conference due to HB2 will cost the city nearly $1 million. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced Monday it will nix its three-day conference scheduled for later this fall at the Wilmington Convention Center. AIA officials cited the passage of HB2 as the reason for the cancellation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Being a bigot isn't just ridiculous&mdash;it's costly! Supposedly pro-business Republican senators in North Carolina have managed to drive away Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, and now the AIA thanks to their passage of HB2, which <a href="http://www.towleroad.com/2016/04/democratic-lawmakers-north-carolina-file-bill-repeal-hb-2/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Towelroad</a> describes as a bill that "bans all local LGBT rights ordinances in the state" while introducing "some of the most draconian anti-trans 'bathroom regulations' in the U.S." Talk about pissing it all away...</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u4/u4mna09hnxwr95qe.jpg"></p><p>For more on the fight for equality:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140470448/toilets-for-everyone-the-politics-of-inclusive-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toilets for everyone: the politics of inclusive design</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937477/mapping-transgender-friendly-bathrooms-in-hostile-north-carolina" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mapping transgender-friendly bathrooms in hostile North Carolina</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934132/as-gayborhoods-gentrify-lgbtq-people-move-into-conservative-america" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As "gayborhoods" gentrify, LGBTQ people move into conservative America</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943339/archinect-s-critical-round-up-of-sn-hetta-s-sfmoma-addition Archinect's critical round-up of Snøhetta's SFMOMA addition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-04T13:19:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T05:35:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zd/zdq8pvkjetxplm35.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While not open to the public until May 14, the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/11088/sfmoma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco Museum of Modern Art</a> has officially unveiled its completed redesign to the press: a massive, iceberg-like addition by Sn&oslash;hetta, conjoined to the original Mario Botta pomo building.</p><p>The redesign is a boon to exhibition space in the museum: Sn&oslash;hetta's 235,000-square-foot expansion more than doubles the space of the original building, and allows for "art-filled free-to-the-public galleries". In total, that amounts to more gallery space than what the eastern-coast's MoMA has. While much of Botta's original building was left more or less the same, the staircase in the entrance atrium was adapted by Sn&oslash;hetta to adjust to a projected increase in visitor traffic.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ub/ubj7sxh7kchclmyl.jpg"></p><p>Julia Ingalls attended the press preview; look for her take later this week. Meanwhile, here's what the other critics are saying:</p><p><a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-sfmoma-expansion-review-architecture-20160428-column.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne</a> for the&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles Times</em>&nbsp;is at once pleased by Sn&oslash;hetta's design and disappointed by the new museum writ large:</p><p><em>Around back...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943697/norman-foster-s-secret-garden-a-tour-of-foster-partners-maggie-s-center Norman Foster's secret garden: a tour of Foster + Partners' Maggie's Center Julia Ingalls 2016-05-04T13:07:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:34:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ky/kyior382ytrvifzk.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Cancer survivor Lord Norman Foster gave HRH Duchess of Cornwall a tour of his newly completed Maggie's Center in his hometown of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941146/inflatable-museum-to-provide-additional-learning-support-to-disadvantaged-areas-of-manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester</a> at the cancer facility's official opening April 27th, showing her a design that emphasizes natural light and a connection to nature. This has lead to numerous sliding glass doors and walls throughout the rectilinear plan, as well as the intention to plant vines on the signature triangular timber frame. Additionally, each treatment and counselling room comes with its own private garden.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q5/q5dx5l8ruh32xewk.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/85/85b6brkfnnasz5ya.jpg"></p><p>As Foster noted, "Our aim in Manchester, the city of my youth, was to create a building that is welcoming, friendly and without any of the institutional references of a hospital or health centre &ndash; a light-filled, homely space where people can gather, talk or simply reflect. That is why throughout the building there is a focus on natural light, greenery and views; with a greenhouse to provide fresh flowers, and an emphasis on the therapeutic qualities of nature and ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943531/a-hidden-mies-van-der-rohe-masterpiece-receives-funding-for-renovation A 'hidden' Mies van der Rohe masterpiece receives funding for renovation Nicholas Korody 2016-05-03T18:14:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:37:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dy/dyuin9q12ga84ck7.jpg" width="514" height="408" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A boxy steel and glass&nbsp;building standing just three stories tall, the Catholic Pastoral Center at 601 Grand Ave. doesn&rsquo;t command a lot of attention.&nbsp;But among local architects and history buffs, it has a cult following. &ldquo;This is a building that appears in architecture textbooks,&rdquo; said Jennifer James, an architectural historian... Now, the building is poised for a $10 million renovation that Catholic Diocese of Des Moines officials say will extend its life another 50 years.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gq/gqzc9jppydghqold.jpg"></p><p>The building in question, now known as the Catholic Pastoral Center, was designed by none other than Mies van der Rohe. One of the first steel and glass modernist buildings in Des Moines, it was originally known as the Home Federal Savings and Loan building and opened in 1962.</p><p>The building exemplifies Miesian geometry: its marble tiles, railings, and exterior form are all square. The renovation will replace antiquated plumbing, lighting, heating and other mechanics, as well as replace a hole left over from a skywalk entrance that was recently removed.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mv/mv1qcwshxwzkdyph.jpg"></p><p>More on Mies here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/133573310/completing-mies-van-der-rohe-s-brick-country-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Completing Mies van der Rohe's Brick Country House</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937684/will-mies-van-der-rohe-s-wolf-house-rise-again" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Mies van der Rohe&rsquo;s Wolf House rise again?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139043225/cutting-across-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-re-ordering-mies-in-we-know-how-to-order" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: Re-ordering Mies in "We Know How to Order"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129964678/view-from-the-farnsworth-house-may-soon-be-a-lot-drier" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">View from the Farnsworth House may soon be a lot drier</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124745471/redesign-of-dc-s-main-mies-library-tip-toes-around-the-good-and-the-bad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Redesign of DC's main Mies library tip-toes around the good and the bad</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943479/artist-catalogs-the-drab-architecture-of-america-s-megachurches Artist catalogs the drab architecture of America's megachurches Alexander Walter 2016-05-03T13:50:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:38:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x3/x30x5e89pg9sac7p.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Lisa Anne Auerbach created a &lsquo;megazine&rsquo; of structures reminiscent of shopping malls or warehouses, hidden away from city centers, where thousands of people worship every week [...] The conception of the cathedral is not only where one goes to be spiritual or commune with God, but to feel awe through the grandeur of the architecture [...] the US megachurch buildings are stripped wholesale of that sense of wonder and connection to the past; they are also far from the focal point of a city.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vl/vl7l1tlcjrbri6uh.jpg"></p><p>Related news stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938802/ancient-italian-church-comes-back-to-life-built-in-wire-mesh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ancient Italian church comes back to life &ndash; built in wire mesh</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144504662/omaha-is-building-a-tri-faith-campus-with-a-church-a-mosque-and-a-synagogue-no-joke" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Omaha is building a Tri-Faith campus with a church, a mosque and a synagogue (no joke)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108020530/why-modern-architecture-struggles-to-inspire-catholics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Modern Architecture Struggles to Inspire Catholics</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943474/cobe-mvrdv-s-rockin-new-ragnarock-museum-opens-to-the-public COBE + MVRDV's rockin’ new Ragnarock Museum opens to the public Justine Testado 2016-05-03T13:27:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:28:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l3/l3q50agkyovo4ce8.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nestled within an industrial patch of warehouses in the Danish city of Roskilde stands the golden-studded, newly inaugurated Ragnarock, a museum where rock, pop, and youth culture are housed under one roof. COBE and MVRDV joined forces to design the new museum, which is part of the larger ROCKmagneten masterplan that the architects won in 2011.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xa/xa33y5fn1en901h3.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gz/gzmguh9syhs80stl.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qu/quct3fhnakitg4hu.jpg"></p><p>Head over <a href="http://bustler.net/news/4861/closer-look-cobe-mvrdv-s-rockin-new-ragnarock-museum-in-roskilde" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">to Bustler</a> for more details.</p><p>Previously:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/22264080/rockmagneten-mvrdv-and-cobe-win-danish-rock-museum-competition-in-roskilde" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ROCKmagneten: MVRDV and COBE Win Danish Rock Museum Competition in Roskilde</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943464/lawsuit-against-lucas-museum-holds-off-for-now Lawsuit against Lucas Museum holds off (for now) Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-03T13:00:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:28:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9z/9zn3q0a7gn7i9ur4.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Friends of the Park] said in a news release that the stay "gives all parties the opportunity to have a more direct and productive dialogue to reach a potential solution about a museum site." [...] The move marks the latest twist in a controversy that began in 2014 when Lucas shifted the museum's location to Chicago... It gives momentum, if only momentarily, to a compromise plan for the museum that Emanuel floated last month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Get caught up on prior news on the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1276712/mad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a>:</p><ul><li><a title='The Lucas Museum may have found a new location &ndash; but is it "a trap"?' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940895/the-lucas-museum-may-have-found-a-new-location-but-is-it-a-trap" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Lucas Museum may have found a new location &ndash; but is it "a trap"?</a></li><li><a title="Even after improved plan, Lucas Museum still mired in legal and financial problems" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941584/even-after-improved-plan-lucas-museum-still-mired-in-legal-and-financial-problems" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Even after improved plan, Lucas Museum still mired in legal and financial problems</a></li><li><a title="Chicago City Council approves construction of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140017491/chicago-city-council-approves-construction-of-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago City Council approves construction of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a></li><li><a title="Lawsuit against the Lucas Museum to Proceed" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123052384/lawsuit-against-the-lucas-museum-to-proceed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lawsuit against the Lucas Museum to Proceed</a></li><li><a title="Frank Gehry defends MAD's design for Lucas Museum" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114574679/frank-gehry-defends-mad-s-design-for-lucas-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry defends MAD's design for Lucas Museum</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943254/monu-25-is-seeking-submissions-for-independent-urbanism MONU #25 is seeking submissions for "Independent Urbanism" MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2016-05-02T14:32:00-04:00 >2016-05-02T14:32:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vb/vbxpysmrsenotdmd.jpg" width="514" height="306" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Although the idea that the nation-state as the exclusive agent of connections and relations between political communities is increasingly considered obsolete, the world has witnessed the emergence of more than 30 new countries over the last 3 decades. (Bernd Upmeyer, Editor-in-Chief, May 2016)</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although the idea that the nation-state as the exclusive agent of connections and relations between political communities is increasingly considered obsolete, the world has witnessed the emergence of more than 30 new countries over the last 3 decades. Especially the fundamental changes in world politics that unfolded across Europe at the end of the 1980s and early 1990s - most emblematically symbolized by the fall of the Berlin wall in November 1989, that led to the dissolution of the USSR and Yugoslavia - caused the creation of most of the <em><strong>newly independent states</strong></em>. Fifteen countries, such as Armenia, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, or Uzbekistan, to name just a few, became<em><strong> independent</strong></em> with the implosion of the USSR in 1991. Similarly, the former Yugoslavia dissolved into the <em><strong>independent countries </strong></em>of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, and Serbia and Montenegro, which in turn changed into the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro in 2003, and finally i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943280/dattner-designed-bronx-high-rise-will-be-new-york-city-s-largest-residential-passive-house Dattner-designed Bronx high-rise will be New York City's largest residential Passive House Alexander Walter 2016-05-02T14:08:00-04:00 >2016-05-02T14:08:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wk/wkdpd47wqlh6l2fy.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In addition to housing for low- and moderate-income households, the mixed-use and mixed-income development will include a supermarket with healthy food options, a charter school, a medical facility, cultural and community spaces, a social services facility, and a rehabilitated playground that is currently closed. [...] The 24-story building is expected to be the largest residential Passive House built in New York City and use 70% less energy than conventional buildings.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146668906/michael-kimmelman-on-the-state-of-affordable-housing-in-nyc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman on the state of affordable housing in NYC</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145045336/lessons-learned-the-complex-realities-when-designing-communal-social-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lessons learned: The complex realities when designing communal social housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124374509/the-bronx-s-once-celebrated-lambert-houses-face-an-unclear-fate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Bronx&rsquo;s once celebrated Lambert Houses face an unclear fate</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943201/a-vertical-harvest-in-jackson-wyoming A Vertical Harvest in Jackson, Wyoming Nam Henderson 2016-05-01T23:57:00-04:00 >2016-05-02T18:13:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l1/l16mhzatsjazadyw.jpg" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s a whole bunch of wonderful aspects of it,&rdquo; Mr. Cheramy said, noting Vertical Harvest&rsquo;s tall and narrow greenhouse design and its hiring of people with disabilities. &ldquo;But it also makes good fiscal sense.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Claire Martin profiles&nbsp;<a href="http://verticalharvestjackson.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vertical Harvest</a>, an urban/vertical farm which will begin churning out a projected 100,000 pounds of fresh produce a year. The firm was started by&nbsp;Penny McBride and Nona Yehia (co-founder of the local architecture firm&nbsp;<a href="http://www.eye-des.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">E/Ye Architects</a>).</p><p>Learn more about&nbsp;<a href="http://verticalharvestjackson.com/about-us/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vertical Harvest</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942979/mumbai-high-rise-at-the-center-of-adarsh-society-scam-to-be-demolished-high-court-rules Mumbai high-rise at the center of Adarsh Society scam to be demolished, High Court rules Alexander Walter 2016-04-29T15:05:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:31:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vm/vm0dtao01i103xiv.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In an order that sends a strong message against corruption, the Bombay High Court on Friday ordered the Union Environment Ministry to demolish 31-storey Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society. [...] The society, originally meant to be a six-storey structure to house Kargil war heroes and war widows, was converted into a 100-metre-tall building with politicians, bureaucrats and army officers allegedly conspiring to get flats allotted to them in the cooperative society at below-market rates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Click <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adarsh_Housing_Society_scam" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to learn more about the&nbsp;Adarsh Housing Society scam and corruption scandal.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146810440/top-13-floors-of-india-s-tallest-skyscraper-were-built-illegally-high-court-says" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Top 13 floors of India's tallest skyscraper were built illegally, High Court says</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937900/india-on-the-brink-what-s-in-store-for-the-country-s-architectural-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">India on the brink: what's in store for the country's architectural future</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145577538/world-s-first-slum-museum-is-coming-to-mumbai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first Slum Museum is coming to Mumbai</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942946/breuer-s-brutalist-library-in-downtown-atlanta-faces-demolition Breuer's Brutalist library in downtown Atlanta faces demolition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-29T12:40:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T11:51:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/20/2051abd0e66a583f3f80f6d7504bbcb4.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The uncertainty looming over the building&rsquo;s future is serving as a call to action for preservation groups in Atlanta and around the world who are beginning to mobilize. [...] Ironically, to gain the Breuer building, Atlanta lost its original Carnegie Library. [...] As evidenced by the transformation of the former Whitney Museum into the Met Breuer, it is clear that with a careful restoration, Breuer&rsquo;s works can be an iconic piece of the urban fabric in which they reside</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Architecture and Design Center has begun a <a href="http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/save-the-marcel-breuer?source=c.em.cp&amp;r_by=15391034" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">petition</a> to protect the library, and has since garnered 1,023 signatures of 2,000 needed.</p><p>The petition states: "We ask that the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System Board of Trustees take actions to protect the Central Library and Library System Headquarters Building, located at One Margaret Mitchell Square, from demolition and damaging renovation, whether the Library System maintains ownership or sells the building. We also ask that the building is renamed to honor its architect, the internationally renowned Marcel Breuer."</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title='No guarantees for historic residential architecture in "real-estate limbo"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942153/no-guarantees-for-historic-residential-architecture-in-real-estate-limbo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No guarantees for historic residential architecture in "real-estate limbo"</a></li><li><a title="Chicago's Marina City designated official landmark status &mdash; it's about time!" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147969262/chicago-s-marina-city-designated-official-landmark-status-it-s-about-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's Marina City designated official landmark status &mdash; it's about time!</a></li><li><a title="Constructive destruction: How would you imagine the ideal demolition scheme?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148506267/constructive-destruction-how-would-you-imagine-the-ideal-demolition-scheme" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Constructive destruction: How would you imagine the ideal demolition scheme?</a></li><li><a title="&quot;Stop the unpermitted demolition&quot;: Roche Dinkeloo's shiny UN Plaza Hotel lobby might be remodeled" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146273961/stop-the-unpermitted-demolition-roche-dinkeloo-s-shiny-un-plaza-hotel-lobby-might-be-remodeled" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Stop the unpermitted demolition": Roche Dinkeloo's shiny UN Plaza Hotel lobby might be remodeled</a></li><li><a title='"Too old to be hip but too young to be venerated" &ndash; say good-bye to the brutalist Fogarty building in downtown Providence' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145825751/too-old-to-be-hip-but-too-young-to-be-venerated-say-good-bye-to-the-brutalist-fogarty-building-in-downtown-providence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Too old to be hip but too young to be venerated" &ndash; say good-bye to the bruta...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942844/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-working-spaces-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Working Spaces" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-04-29T08:30:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:13:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vu/vuwxfh0tew4juz27.jpg" width="514" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip: </strong>use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/archinect/working-spaces/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Working Spaces</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ps/psp6zdgtqsc5lz86.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/amentaemma/project/amenta-emma-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amenta Emma Architects</a> in Hartford, CT by <a href="http://archinect.com/amentaemma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amenta Emma Architects</a>; Photo: Robert Benson Photography</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gv/gvxjiwc4dky4bjc6.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/softlab/project/behance" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Behance</a> in New York, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/softlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOFTlab</a>; Photo: Alan Tansey</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6u/6u9j31cu2otpp5xi.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/676/rabobank-westelijke-mijnstreek-advice-centre/103063210" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rabobank Westelijke Mijnstreek Advice Centre</a> in Sittard, the Netherlands by <a href="http://archinect.com/mecanoo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecanoo</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bi/bid0xjtdbgi8xqg1.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/106394/brand-new-school-office-los-angeles/78914608" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brand New School Office, Los Angeles</a> in Santa Monica, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/1100architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1100 Architect</a>; Photo: Nikolas Koenig</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g4/g4ghpj70lsk5jioi.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/abastudio/project/pandora-media-offices" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pandora Media Offices</a> in New York, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/abastudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">abastudio / Andrew Bartle Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4o/4o9k4rnzt45kf9ih.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/31790/karlin-hall-economia/81974766" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Karlin Hall Economia</a> in Prague, Czech Republic by <a href="http://archinect.com/ricardo_bofill_taller_arquitectura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura</a>; Photo: Filip Slapal</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pf/pfhdd6mzqe35i7sk.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/704/aufbau-haus-84/141730592" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aufbau Haus 84</a> in Berlin, Germany by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/704/barkow-leibinger" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barkow Leibinger</a>; Photo: Ina Reinecke/ Barkow Leibinger</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zb/zb8o42uayd9wv7fh.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/17101996/corporativo-knova/149934817" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">C...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942843/prince-s-minneapolis-estate-to-become-a-museum Prince's Minneapolis estate to become a museum Nicholas Korody 2016-04-28T19:59:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:10:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5c/5cdfv67be209zqh9.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Prince&rsquo;s Paisley Park home in Minneapolis is set to be turned into a museum, according to the late musician&rsquo;s brother-in-law, Maurice Phillips. &ldquo;We will turn Paisley Park into a museum in Prince&rsquo;s memory,&rdquo; Phillips told the Sun. &ldquo;It would be for the fans. He was all about the fans &mdash; this would remember his music, which is his legacy.&rdquo; Prince died last Thursday at the Paisley Park estate. An autopsy was conducted, but the cause of death has yet to be announced. His remains were later cremated.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Named after Prince's song of the same name, Paisley Park is located outside of Minneapolis. The $10 million, 65,000-square-foot space housed more than just the musician's private residence: it included recording studios, offices, and a nightclub.</p><p>The complex was built in 1987 and designed by Bret Thoeny of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/4996911/boto-design-architects" target="_blank">BOTO Design</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zv/zv0v0ky6a8ctiv0s.jpg"></p><p>For more news from the intersection of music and art, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941806/take-a-look-at-these-installations-from-this-year-s-coachella-festival" target="_blank">Take a look at these installations from this year's Coachella Festival</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935964/sex-pistols-graffiti-secures-famous-tin-pan-alley-building-grade-2-listed-status" target="_blank">Sex Pistols graffiti secures famous Tin Pan Alley building Grade 2* listed status</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147829447/beyonc-filmed-her-nola-themed-formation-video-at-this-historic-pasadena-mansion" target="_blank">Beyonc&eacute; filmed her NOLA-themed "Formation" video at this historic Pasadena mansion</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144515110/take-a-listen-to-the-nyt-s-beautiful-sonic-portraits-of-architectural-spaces" target="_blank">Take a listen to the NYT's beautiful sonic portraits of architectural spaces</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942789/following-major-donations-peter-zumthor-s-lacma-redesign-moves-forward Following major donations, Peter Zumthor's LACMA redesign moves forward Nicholas Korody 2016-04-28T14:00:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:08:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g1/g1ncspkz7h9z2wqr.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It once seemed like a herculean, if not insurmountable, challenge &ndash; raising $600 million or more for an ambitious modernist building to serve as the new home for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Skeptics abounded when plans were first announced three years ago. But momentum now seems to be shifting in LACMA's favor with the announcement this week of two major donations that will push the fundraising campaign near the halfway point.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The donations together amount to the largest the museum has ever received. Elaine Wynn, a major collector and co-chair of the museum, pledged $50 million.&nbsp;Former Univision chairman A. Jerrold Perenchio has promised to give $25 million for the project.</p><p>Both donations hinge on the successful launch of the Zumthor project, which will begin environmental review in a few months. Construction would begin in 2018 and conclude in 2023 if everything goes according to plan.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xa/xala2d9cpvo1ugsv.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f4/f40achyb0mo7re0k.jpg"></p><p>For more episodes from the saga of the Zumthor-LACMA project, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134507579/sunshine-and-noir-peter-zumthor-s-new-los-angeles-county-museum-of-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sunshine and noir: Peter Zumthor's new Los Angeles County Museum of Art</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126728059/is-zumthor-s-inkblot-the-right-size-for-lacma-s-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Zumthor's inkblot the right size for LACMA's art?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125751245/peter-zumthor-at-lacma-a-preacher-in-the-wrong-church" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Zumthor at LACMA: A Preacher in the Wrong Church</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123916644/christopher-hawthorne-dissects-zumthor-s-inkblot-with-lacma-director-michael-govan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne dissects Zumthor's inkblot with LACMA Director Michael Govan</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123660296/lacma-latest-zumthor-reins-in-his-inkblot-redesign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LACMA latest: Zumthor reins in his inkblot redesign</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942752/950-for-a-mouldy-central-flat-welcome-to-london £950 for a mouldy 'central' flat? Welcome to London. Ellen Hancock 2016-04-28T10:59:00-04:00 >2016-04-28T12:09:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/he/hegddv2kqpuwiy8w.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you want evidence that London&rsquo;s renters are being taken advantage of, look no further than a new social media campaign. Launched Monday, the #rantyourrent hashtag encourages London&rsquo;s overcharged and poorly housed tenants to visually detail the bad conditions they&rsquo;re expected to put up with in return for large sums of monthly rent. &nbsp; The results, detailed in a new Tumblr called Vent Your Rent, make for sobering viewing.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More articles on London and the housing crisis here:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941650/the-root-of-london-s-housing-crisis-lies-beyond-its-borders" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The root of London's housing crisis lies beyond its borders</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938805/london-s-housing-crisis-is-creating-a-chasm-between-the-rich-and-poor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's housing crisis is creating a chasm between the rich and poor</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143145697/london-s-bleak-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942639/quintessential-america-at-play-in-the-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture "Quintessential America" at play in the Museum of African American History and Culture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-27T17:59:00-04:00 >2016-04-28T14:37:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7b/7b1f45417d9234288d043ca620594a30.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Project leader Zena] Howard focuses on all of the aspects of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, but hones in on the porch, which happens to span 200 feet and it serves as an transitional space between the outside and inside of the museum. &ldquo;I think that the porch is&hellip;quintessential America,&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;This project&mdash;not only given the scale, the complexity, the political and contextual sensitivities&mdash;is an amalgam of all the problems that we, as architects, love to solve&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="What architecture means to Zena Howard, project leader of the National Museum of African American History and Culture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940808/what-architecture-means-to-zena-howard-project-leader-of-the-national-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What architecture means to Zena Howard, project leader of the National Museum of African American History and Culture</a></li><li><a title="David Adjaye talks about woven architecture and his new D.C. museum" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130952473/david-adjaye-talks-about-woven-architecture-and-his-new-d-c-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Adjaye talks about woven architecture and his new D.C. museum</a></li><li><a title="Obama to speak at African American history museum&rsquo;s groundbreaking" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/38286227/obama-to-speak-at-african-american-history-museum-s-groundbreaking" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama to speak at African American history museum&rsquo;s groundbreaking</a></li><li><a title="Watch: First Look at the Museum of African American History and Culture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/39005328/watch-first-look-at-the-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch: First Look at the Museum of African American History and Culture</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942419/checking-in-on-nepal-one-year-later Checking in on Nepal, one year later Julia Ingalls 2016-04-26T21:39:00-04:00 >2016-04-26T21:39:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vb/vbejgpasq40v1n5s.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the Nepalese government continues to face criticism for the slow pace of the country&rsquo;s reconstruction, Nepal&rsquo;s prime minister Khadga Prasad Oli announced today that the reconstruction of key heritage sites in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur is to finally begin, the Associated Press reports.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A year after the devastating quake, there is some good news in Nepal. As this article notes,</p><p><em>The World Monuments Fund (WMF) also announced today that it, in collaboration with American Express, was financing the rebuilding of the 16th-century Char Narayan Temple, which was reduced to rubble by the quake. The project is to receive a share of $1m in grants earmarked for five major preservation projects across the globe.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3l/3lbkgfvz2kcgi7j0.jpg"></p><p>For more on Nepal:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126442466/how-architects-can-help-nepal-and-learn-from-past-disastrous-mistakes-successes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Architects Can Help Nepal (And Learn From Past Disastrous Mistakes/Successes)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/147695167/a-recent-building-project-in-nepal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Recent Building Project in Nepal</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126947696/shigeru-ban-responds-to-the-emergency-in-nepal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban responds to the emergency in Nepal</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942421/welcome-to-the-hudson-yards-c-2019-the-world-s-most-ambitious-smart-city-experiment Welcome to the Hudson Yards, c. 2019: the world's most ambitious "smart city" experiment Nicholas Korody 2016-04-26T20:55:00-04:00 >2016-04-27T13:02:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f2y6yyxcbgavlf1l.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The observation deck won&rsquo;t be finished for a few years yet. If you want to see the future of New York, walk north along the High Line, round the curve at the rail yards, and turn your back to the river. Amid the highway ramps and industrial hash of far-west Manhattan, a herd of cranes hoists I-beams into the sky. This is Hudson Yards, the largest private real-estate development in United States history and the test ground for the world&rsquo;s most ambitious experiment in &ldquo;smart city&rdquo; urbanism.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last year, I reviewed Mattern's book&nbsp;Deep Mapping the Media City, in which she delves into some of the issues surrounding so-called "smart cities."&nbsp;Check out the review <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129422514/book-review-shannon-mattern-s-deep-mapping-the-media-city" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>For more on the implementation of surveillance and other technologies in the city, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938165/city-governments-are-learning-the-hard-way-that-there-s-no-one-size-fits-all-approach-to-cybersecurity" target="_blank">City governments are learning the hard way that there's no one-size-fits-all approach to cybersecurity</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142529092/losing-yourself-in-the-smart-city" target="_blank">Losing yourself in the smart city</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138352532/a-city-for-the-future-but-devoid-of-people" target="_blank">A city for the future but devoid of people</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127175516/will-india-s-smart-city-initiative-exacerbate-social-stratification" target="_blank">Will India's 'smart city' initiative exacerbate social stratification?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942418/la-city-calls-for-proposals-for-the-old-lincoln-heights-jail LA City calls for proposals for the old Lincoln Heights jail Nicholas Korody 2016-04-26T20:33:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T23:39:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j5/j5xwoio1zw25zu4r.jpg" width="514" height="378" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It has been more than 50 years since anyone has served time in the old Lincoln Heights Jail. The five-story building on San Fernando Road next to the L.A. River has been vacant for much of that time but now the city is launching its most recent effort to find new uses for the historic landmark as efforts are underway to restore the river and build new projects and parks along its banks. The city is seeking ideas and concepts for the 229,000-square-foot complex...</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a RFI, the city stipulates that there are a number of hurdles that will have to be removed before reuse, such as possible structural renovations and removal of toxic substances.</p><p>The city also put forth a list of new possible uses:</p><ul><li>Technology or creative office (e.g. biotechnology)</li><li>Clean tech or other manufacturing uses</li><li>Adaptive re-use (such as the Helms Bakery District or Anaheim Packing District)</li><li>Live / Work lofts, artist studios and/or other art production space</li><li>Urban agriculture</li><li>Hotel with meeting spaces and a restaurant</li><li>Institutional uses (such as a museum or charter school)</li><li>Nonprofit uses (such as nonprofit office or performance space)</li><li>Publicly accessible open space associated with the new development (such as a<br>river edge greenway or park.</li></ul><p>What would you do with the site? Concepts are due May 13. Find out more <a href="http://labavn.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=contract.opportunity_view&amp;recordid=26729&amp;CFID=5489319&amp;CFTOKEN=81f71188e16c42d5-B260CF43-5056-8E03-789A914476D2F9AB" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942346/the-salerno-maritime-terminal-zaha-hadid-s-first-posthumous-project-inaugurated-in-italy The Salerno maritime terminal: Zaha Hadid's first posthumous project inaugurated in Italy Nicholas Korody 2016-04-26T14:05:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T23:38:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qk/qk2gt6gtao708b0m.jpg" width="514" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On the long approach from the sea, the flowing, horizontal silhouette of this all-concrete structure, bracketed fore and aft by leaning walls, stands out from the heavyset classicized buildings along the waterfront promenade [...] Prime Minister Matteo Renzi visited the site on Sunday, calling it a masterpiece. The absence of Ms. Hadid, 65, who died on March 31 without ever seeing the finished terminal, was keenly felt both days.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gf/gfodm42he69jbhsx.jpg"></p><p>The city of Salerno, some 60.5 km south of Naples, gained a major new architectural icon this week. A 50,000 sq. ft., &euro;15 million maritime terminal,&nbsp;it's also the first project by ZHA to be inaugurated after their principal Zaha Hadid passed away last month.</p><p>Before the inauguration ceremony, portraits of the late architecture were plastered around the city. "Goodbye Zaha Hadid, Genius and Modernity. Inspiration and Transformation, Light that takes shape," they read. "Salerno will proudly care for and cherish the Maritime Terminal.&rdquo; Half of the 400-person firm reportedly travelled to Salerno for the ceremony.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/43/43tfk4v9spvfwyv1.jpg"></p><p>Actually, rather than a new project, the Salerno terminal was twelve years in the making, with contractor bankruptcies and other financial woes creating major delays. As such, the building was designed the old way: while computers were beginning to be used, the project was designed mainly with models and drafting.</p><p>Paola Cattarin, the project architect, describes to&nbsp;<em>the Times:&nbsp;</em>"It w...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942153/no-guarantees-for-historic-residential-architecture-in-real-estate-limbo No guarantees for historic residential architecture in "real-estate limbo" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-25T13:29:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T00:45:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/54/54b4cgxbc1ajlytu.jpg" width="514" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Though the [Vanna Venturi] house has been nominated for the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, Stecura said it is being sold without any protections against alterations inside or out. [...] Cross your fingers and hope for the best. [...] there is no broader strategy in place &mdash; in the museum world or among the nation's leading historic preservation groups &mdash; to protect the most important works of 20th-century residential architecture from the vagaries of the market</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="The price of keeping Britain's 'Downton Abbeys' from crumbling" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940743/the-price-of-keeping-britain-s-downton-abbeys-from-crumbling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The price of keeping Britain's 'Downton Abbeys' from crumbling</a></li><li><a title="Le Corbusier's Cit&eacute; de Refuge in Paris to reopen after restoration" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938550/le-corbusier-s-cit-de-refuge-in-paris-to-reopen-after-restoration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier's Cit&eacute; de Refuge in Paris to reopen after restoration</a></li><li><a title="Chicago's Marina City designated official landmark status &mdash; it's about time!" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147969262/chicago-s-marina-city-designated-official-landmark-status-it-s-about-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's Marina City designated official landmark status &mdash; it's about time!</a></li><li><a title="&quot;Stop the unpermitted demolition&quot;: Roche Dinkeloo's shiny UN Plaza Hotel lobby might be remodeled" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146273961/stop-the-unpermitted-demolition-roche-dinkeloo-s-shiny-un-plaza-hotel-lobby-might-be-remodeled" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Stop the unpermitted demolition": Roche Dinkeloo's shiny UN Plaza Hotel lobby might be remodeled</a></li><li><a title="Brutalism's struggle to stay relevant: a few more buildings we lost in 2015" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145579946/brutalism-s-struggle-to-stay-relevant-a-few-more-buildings-we-lost-in-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism's struggle to stay relevant: a few more buildings we lost in 2015</a></li></ul>