Archinect - News 2017-05-26T18:39:23-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150009500/as-the-cities-change-google-street-view-records As the cities change, Google Street View records Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-05-26T15:27:00-04:00 >2017-05-26T18:32:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/74/74ghto7h7zjem7r6.jpg" width="650" height="422" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s been a decade since Google Street View launched, giving folks all the tools they need to virtually travel to far-flung places without leaving the comfort of their couch. But the tool is also useful for those who are curious about the evolution of places over time&mdash;and few places have experienced as drastic a change to their landscape in the past decade as New York City.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Consider how much NYC has transformed in the past ten years. It is hard to even imagine the city's appearance in 2007 &mdash; prior to&nbsp;20 skyscrapers' rising above the southern side of Central Park, before projects like <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/53803/hudson-yards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hudson Yards</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/2191/high-line/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the High Line</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/494045/pacific-park-brooklyn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pacific Park </a>even begun their construction,&nbsp;and back when&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/252581/williamsburg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Williamsburg</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/360148/long-island-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Long Island City</a> were not nearly as dense as today.</p><p>To see it for yourself, head over to <a href="https://www.google.com/streetview/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Street View</a> for some time-traveling. The feature can be activated by pressing the clock icon below your location.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8m/8msxl7mpufjcbiud.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/aw/awp3si907qkct6po.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150009491/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-outdoors-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Outdoors" Pinterest Board Archinect 2017-05-26T14:44:00-04:00 >2017-05-26T14:44:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8d/8d5ukt0q6v7qcptl.jpg" width="650" height="975" 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="http://pinterest.com/archinect/outdoors/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Outdoors</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o5/o54g130s9l5rcjvv.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/MESURA/project/a-cut-stone-garden" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A cut stone garden</a> in Peratallada, Spain by <a href="http://archinect.com/MESURA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MESURA</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ot/otuck1i646bh1fer.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/obermeyer.la/project/preston" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PRESTON</a> in Venice, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/obermeyer.la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OBERMEYER</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/59/59lcpgjd72gumwsb.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/piercyandcompany/project/kew-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House</a> in Kew Green, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/piercyandcompany" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Piercy&amp;Company</a>; Photo: Jack Hobhouse</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sy/sy3bdwaqvmcpkuap.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/zcdarchitects/project/stoke-newington" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stoke Newington</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/zcdarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZCD Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/io/iocv0sao6f62zof7.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/54428815/the-house-of-prajna/149999210" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The House of Prajna</a> in Kwachon, South Korea by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/54428815/studio_gaon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">studio_GAON</a>; Photo: Yong Kwan Kim</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9g/9g29yy9rk2m4w3r0.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/openarch/project/tsinghua-ocean-center5" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tsinghua Ocean Center</a> in Shenzhen, China by <a href="http://archinect.com/openarch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OPEN Architecture</a>; Photo: Iwan Baan</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ns/ns4z3hnjh6v3xp8w.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/3360816/finansbank-headquarters-interiors/149999120" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Finansbank Headquarters Interiors</a> in Istanbul, Turkey by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/3360816/pei-cobb-freed-partners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pei Cobb Freed &amp; Partners</a>; Photo: Fernando Guerra</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ct/ctgll4ew87qodsx7.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/marthaschwartzpartners/project/beiqijia-technology-business-district" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beiqijia Technology Business District</a> in Beijing, China by <a href="http://archinect.com/marthaschwartzpartners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martha Schwartz Partners</a>; Photo: Terrence Zhang</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gt/gttsqminix7k9hc1.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/martinkovicmilford/project/digby-residence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Digby Residence</a> in San Francisco, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/martinkovicmilford" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martinkovi...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150009322/meet-the-link-a-new-office-tower-for-paris-business-district Meet “The Link”, a new office tower for Paris' business district Justine Testado 2017-05-25T17:35:00-04:00 >2017-05-25T17:42:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/we/wegeam9tkktby7em.jpg" width="650" height="1034" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Philippe Chiambaretta's architecture practice <a href="http://www.pca-architecture.com/en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PCA-STREAM</a> unveiled the scheme for <a href="http://www.pca-architecture.com/en/#http://www.pca-architecture.com/en/2017/05/the-link-lavenement-de-la-nouvelle-defense/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Link</a>, a new office tower in Paris' La D&eacute;fense business district. At 244 meters tall, The Link will be the district's tallest tower, PCA says. In 2018, a 6,500 square-meter plot will be cleared out for its construction.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i3/i30xvffre0evl709.jpg"><br><em>&copy; PCA-STREAM</em></p><p>PCA-Stream designed The Link as two towers interconnected by thirty platforms, addressing the lack of horizontality and connectivity in the typical office tower. Each of these &ldquo;links&rdquo; will be at least 8 meters wide with terraces and hanging gardens on each floor, and will serve as collaborative working and meeting spaces for employees. &ldquo;They act as real &lsquo;village squares&rsquo; within the high-rise tower,&rdquo; the architects describe.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/v3/v3soxcxsjcxxripe.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8h/8hemtkgc9tf8lg5t.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ii/iii1sdp2nyz3dkvc.jpg"><br><em>&copy; PCA-STREAM</em></p><p>The 52-floor building will comprise a total of 120,000 m2 of floor space, and can accommodate up to 10,000 employees. The scheme also includes two sky lobbies, three auditoriums, restaurants and cafes, and recreational sports facilities. Con...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150009341/b-p-architects-based-in-taiwan-design-mirrored-art-annex B+P Architects, based in Taiwan, design mirrored art-annex Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-25T17:20:00-04:00 >2017-05-25T17:20:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qk/qkggjo8laqu7dxkr.jpg" width="650" height="483" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Mirrored facades have become a popular architectural styling. From <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149993625/doug-aitken-among-artists-in-palm-springs-adjacent-art-show-desert-x" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Doug Atiken's recent installation work for Desert X</a> in Palm Springs to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149987392/is-sn-hetta-s-7th-room-2017-s-coolest-literally-and-figuratively-treehouse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta's 7th Room treehouse</a>, mirrored architecture effectively blends the building into its surroundings while reflecting the world back upon the viewer. <a href="http://www.bportarchitect.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">B+P Architects</a>, a firm based in Taiwan, are the latest studio to break out this feature with their art-annex. After all, art is said to be a mirror!</p><p><strong>From the architects:</strong>&nbsp;<em>Fickle realties are the roots of art, and the only thing never-changing when it comes to art is our constant pursuit of that intangible moment.&nbsp; The way a mirror faithfully reflects is one form of an eternal fantasy land. When we climb along the trunk of reality through the mirror, virtual images extend between reality and fantasy through latching onto our feelings.&nbsp;A multitude of thoughts have interwoven in the pursuit process as branches and leaves, allowing a moment to instantaneously freeze according to the situation.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d2/d29gb83zcd447tfm.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dp/dpo5qkga0cqd1hp4.jpg"></p><p><em>What ha...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150009001/editor-s-picks-469 Editor's Picks #469 Nam Henderson 2017-05-25T14:36:00-04:00 >2017-05-25T17:06:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1y/1ytrbsr4thb6w2ji.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/colombostefano" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stefano Colombo</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/eugenio.cosentino" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eugenio Cosentino</a> &amp; <a href="http://archinect.com/lucamarullo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luca Marullo</a> published their second text in a series conceived for Archinect on deserts and radical islands. It is a <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/150007079/cosmology-subcultures-and-urban-wilderness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">heady exploration</a> of subcultures (ranging from Punk to Dark Valley, Dark Enlightenment and the Neoreactionaries) and how they "<em>can be seen to possess their own cosmologies</em>".</p><p><strong>Chris_Teeter</strong> was impressed<em> "this could be an intro text to an entire university course. covers a lot and summarizes it quickly and well. good work.</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uv/uv1kkb9298rmj7rg.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a> chatted with Moshe Safdie on the 50th Anniversary of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/150006127/moshe-safdie-reflects-on-the-50th-anniversary-of-habitat-67-the-masterpiece-he-completed-at-25" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Habitat 67, the Masterpiece He Completed at 25</a>. Safdie reflects "<em>It was a fairy tale. I hadn&rsquo;t built a building at that time. When they did approve it</em>".&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> offered up praise "<em>Great architect with rightfully earned respect.</em>"</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/149986821/mackenzie-goldberg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mackenzie Goldberg</a>&nbsp;rounded up <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150005964/the-twitterverse-responds-to-obama-s-presidential-library" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Twitterverse Response to Obama's Presidential Library</a>. <strong>won and done williams</strong> concluded "<em>I take no issue with the siting or the loss of the athletic fields as long as the new bu...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150009148/obama-s-presidential-center-through-the-landscape-architecture-lens Obama's Presidential Center through the landscape architecture lens Alexander Walter 2017-05-24T15:15:00-04:00 >2017-05-24T15:19:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/np/npc38lrtak8paqiv.jpg" width="650" height="429" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The most important question related to the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago&rsquo;s South Side doesn&rsquo;t have that much to do with its architecture. It is instead: What kind of landscape stewardship can a presidential museum and library offer? To be located in Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted&rsquo;s Jackson Park, the project already has a heap of canonical landscape history to contend with. So can the Obama library make a great park greater?</p></em><br /><br /><p>"So this new landscape has the potential to improve upon the already very good. But for whom?," Zach Mortice asks in his piece for <em>Landscape Architecture Magazine</em>. "Will these grounds remain public and accessible for all South Siders and Chicagoans, free of charge?"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/02/021bbc1836a110c5089275551b758044.jpg"></p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150009121/twelve-tacoma-by-aleph-bau-is-your-typical-row-house-with-a-secret-only-seen-from-above Twelve Tacoma by Aleph-Bau is your typical row house with a secret only seen from above Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-24T15:13:00-04:00 >2017-05-26T11:06:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ap/ap8e90j6g4v3fnlo.jpg" width="650" height="401" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/1880/toronto" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toronto</a>'s central Summerhill neighborhood sits a steady line-up of typical 19th century workers' row houses. Nestled among them, between the colored brick facades and conventional front porches, is Twelve Tacoma, designed by the Toronto-based <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/68551579/aleph-bau" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aleph-Bau</a>. Drawing on the surrounding vernacular, the design mimics the ordinary signifiers typical of the neighboring homes but with a contemporary bent, notably in its unusual choice in materials. For example, the awning over the door&mdash;standard for this block&mdash;is updated with plexiglass. The white paint further distinguishes this home as an elegant and crisp addition to the block.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3y/3ywl6k7nbropqf11.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ht/htuaw4n8ilkhks5q.jpg"></p><p>From above, the home begins to depart much more from its surroundings than one would have assumed from the street. An upper level has been added to the row house, cladded in corrugated aluminum&mdash;a material once common to industrial spaces that has gained popularity amongst architects over the years due to its affordability, durability, and availability. The extensio...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008978/maximum-sustainability-in-harvard-gsd-and-sn-hetta-s-housezero Maximum sustainability in Harvard GSD and Snøhetta's "HouseZero" Julia Ingalls 2017-05-23T19:20:00-04:00 >2017-05-23T19:35:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/79/796ssoxyjn2l6noq.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How can you transform a not particularly sustainable 1940s building into a leading example of pioneering environmental design? First, hire Sn&oslash;hetta, and secondly, get the Harvard GSD team focused on green building techniques. The result? This press release from Harvard says it all:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gq/gqcmg8zp7oxboj12.jpg"></p><p>The Harvard Center for Green Buildings (CGBC) at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, in collaboration with Sn&oslash;hetta and Skanska Technology, are retrofitting CGBC&rsquo;s headquarters in a pre-1940s timber-framed building to become one of the world&rsquo;s most ambitious sustainable buildings. As a first-of-its-kind research project, HouseZero demonstrates how to transform a challenging building stock into a prototype for ultra-efficiency, rapidly reducing the level of reliance on energy-intensive technology while simultaneously creating comfortable indoor environments.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4a/4a2vxn0y1qlc2xpk.jpg"></p><p>HouseZero attempts to address the global environmental challenge of climate change by focusing on existing buildings, which account for en...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008941/revealed-david-adjaye-s-wall-street-tower-his-first-skyscraper-in-nyc REVEALED: David Adjaye’s Wall Street Tower, his first skyscraper in NYC Dana Schulz 2017-05-23T14:45:00-04:00 >2017-05-24T10:21:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ly/ly3cfc1i077izr4v.jpg" width="650" height="484" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When it opens in 2019, the building is expected to be one of the tallest in the neighborhood. Views from the skyscraper include the Statue of Liberty, the Woolworth Building, City Hall Park and the East River. The condos will range from $630,000 studios to $4.7 million four-bedrooms.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Three years ago, starchitect David Adjaye completed his first project in NYC, an affordable housing complex in Harlem called the Sugar Hill Development.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s8/s8k973drkj2f5tl1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qh/qhmjynfmqm5nk45l.jpg"></p><p>Now that he's garnered international fame for his&nbsp;National Museum of African American History and Culture in DC, Adjaye is coming back to the big apple to build his first skyscraper in the city-- a&nbsp;61-story, 750-foot-tall condominium condo in the Financial District. Known as the Wall Street Tower, it appears as a gold prism against rigid rows of arched windows.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008665/disused-petrol-station-site-to-be-transformed-into-apartments-by-neubau Disused petrol station site to be transformed into apartments by NEUBAU Abigail Banfield 2017-05-23T01:54:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T14:54:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zf/zf2q7on7305kfzu8.jpg" width="650" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A major project in north London has just received planning permission; a &lsquo;pixelated&rsquo; residential scheme will replace a historic clock tower and a derelict petrol station. The architects behind the project, NEUBAU, are an emerging practice consisting of thinkers and designers with international experience.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kg/kgk3ykp92wezeng5.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wa/wabvfd5qyh71vz69.jpg"></p><p>28 apartments will be arranged in smaller six meter wide units, in a way which reduces the overall visual impact of the development. The building up of height,&nbsp;and its corner location, creates an acoustic shield created by the corner frontage has created a sheltered area behind the building for a communal garden; a &lsquo;private oasis&rsquo; for future residents.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zd/zds5npd9i0bom9vv.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/v6/v66otfw8pp63e8gw.jpg"></p><p>The site, a challenging corner on two very busy roads, is currently home for a disused petrol station and a large clock tower. Following a long and difficult planning process, the aptly named &lsquo;Tower Station&rsquo; development will maintain the cubic volumes of the existing tower, and its civic function at the same time, with a large mechanic...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008790/the-parker-center-is-set-for-demolition-what-other-midcentury-icons-are-next The Parker Center is set for demolition, what other midcentury icons are next? Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-22T20:12:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T20:12:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/73/73vht6psgwp8o9gv.jpg" width="650" height="529" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Parker Center, depending on who you ask, is either a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/5038/midcentury" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">midcentury</a> icon, or a powerful symbol of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/19263/los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>' racist past. Located downtown, the building was home to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/725615/lapd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAPD</a> up until 2009 when they relocated due to expensive retrofits needed on the site. Designed by Welton Becket&mdash;the architect behind some of LA's greatest identifiers such as the Capitol Records Building, the Theme Building and the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86006545/welton-becket-designed-hollywood-cinerama-dome-marks-50-years" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cinerama Dome</a>&mdash;the former LAPD headquarters is seen by historic preservationists, particularly the LA Conservancy, as a historical landmark due to its midcentury stylings. However, beyond being an architectural landmark, the building, as home to the LAPD during an era of racist policing, also serves as a sobering reminder of LA's troubling past. The land upon which the center was constructed had been seized from Japanese property owners less than a decade after Japanese Internment and William H. Parker himself, whom the building was named after, was associated with ushering in policies of...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008782/if-chicago-s-john-hancock-center-gets-a-new-owner-it-could-get-a-new-name If Chicago's John Hancock Center gets a new owner, it could get a new name Justine Testado 2017-05-22T18:55:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T21:09:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gn/gngegjsa4builflc.jpg" width="640" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Hearn's] venture also controls rights to the building's name, which has remained unchanged since John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co. developed it [...] Hearn has been in talks with companies interested in putting their name on the skyscraper since the structure's namesake no longer pays for that right. "We've had interest in it, but have not made a deal yet," Hearn said. That process could be resumed by a new owner.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Chicago-based developer Hearn Co. currently plans on selling the John Hancock Center's office space, parking garage and, perhaps most interestingly, its naming rights later this summer. According to the Chicago Tribune, Hearn would use the proceeds from the naming rights toward a $10 million redevelopment of the tower's plaza.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008719/blair-kamin-calls-restoration-of-frank-lloyd-wright-s-unity-temple-triumphant Blair Kamin calls restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple "triumphant" Alexander Walter 2017-05-22T14:29:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T14:30:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gq/gqn86jyl2zqy6pvw.jpg" width="650" height="980" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Frrank Lloyd Wright was never one to fret about meeting deadlines, sticking to budgets or roofs that leaked. So there is something fitting about the delayed, but altogether triumphant, restoration of Wright's Unity Temple, [...] the finest public building of Wright's Chicago years and home to one of the most beautiful rooms in America. Instead of finishing on schedule last fall, the $25 million project is wrapping up just in time for the 150th anniversary of Wright's birthday, June 8.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Success, it's often said, has many fathers, and so it is with here," Kamin writes. "A team of consultants led by Chicago's <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/70737/harboe-architects-pc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harboe Architects</a> has lavished exacting care on every aspect of this project, from the restoration of jewel-like art glass to the recreation of textured plaster walls."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008495/brooks-scarpa-s-the-six-offers-a-home-to-veterans-in-need Brooks + Scarpa's “The Six” offers a home to veterans in need Justine Testado 2017-05-22T13:40:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T13:41:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cu/cuhof3xb3j7iq46v.jpg" width="650" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Located in Los Angeles' highly dense MacArthur Park neighborhood, "The Six" is a hard-to-miss, 52-unit housing complex for veterans who are disabled and/or were previously homeless. Designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/brooksscarpa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brooks + Scarpa</a> for the Skid Row Housing Trust, the building gets its name from the ubiquitous military expression &ldquo;I got your six&rdquo; &mdash; which basically means &ldquo;I've got your back&rdquo;.</p><p>Brooks + Scarpa designed the 40,250 square-foot building with public and private &ldquo;zones&rdquo; with more emphasis on creating a community-oriented and social space, as opposed to a reclusive, isolating scheme.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eh/ehzr03q80mm71tgj.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bz/bzaqzzlt4km115f5.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/in/inrdchkvbnnmcba6.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/za/zagqpkhy9rnf83ns.jpg"><em>Photos:&nbsp;Tara Wucjik. Last photo: Brooks + Scarpa.</em></p><p>The ground level contains offices, support spaces for veterans, bike storage and parking, while the second level features a large public courtyard. The courtyard is surrounded by four levels of housing units with balconies and green roofs to let residents share a secured, open space and connect with the larger community. The highest level features a growing edible garden...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008693/edoardo-tresoldi-builds-a-ghostly-wire-mesh-structure-in-abu-dhabi Edoardo Tresoldi builds a ghostly wire mesh structure in Abu Dhabi Nicholas Korody 2017-05-22T12:32:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T13:46:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4m/4maswan74pq8ap6m.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last year, artist Edoardo Tresoldi <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938802/ancient-italian-church-comes-back-to-life-built-in-wire-mesh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">made waves</a> with his wire mesh sculpture in Foggia, Italy. Installed adjacent to the basilica of Siponto, the sculpture is a full-size cathedral in its own right, built on the ruins of an older church that once stood on the site. The wire mesh creates an ethereal, spectral appearance, like a hologram or a project. Now, the artist has returned with another stunning installation&mdash;a massive event space for a royal event in Abu Dhabi.</p><p>Covering a 7,000 square meter space, the installation was built over three months. Like the sculpture in Foggia, this one is made of wire mesh and references classical architecture. After the event, pieces of the installation will be reinstalled separately in universities, parks and museums across the city.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dp/dp5kscsmjyb99a4a.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x5/x5j9t2hx4bnw2epx.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qb/qbcvpk40ztra174c.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q9/q9fbo2rxol35hvm4.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/95/9526ibz6v4jtcbqj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2w/2wjxf558gzr5ickl.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7m/7m5hy6gtzr3bzemd.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4m/4maswan74pq8ap6m.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mx/mxhll6a65eshy8yp.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sv/svqhqzczb1bn72r5.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008628/marijuana-real-estate-this-isn-t-just-another-greenhouse Marijuana Real Estate: This isn't just another greenhouse Nam Henderson 2017-05-21T23:57:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T10:16:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i2/i26lsbhm3fkspvxo.jpg" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Innovative Industrial Properties, Kalyx and other similar groups are following the same strategy: buy buildings, retrofit them and lease them to commercial or medical marijuana growers. But it can often cost millions to turn a vacant warehouse into a facility suitable for cannabis cultivation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>David Gelles reports that the spread of legalization, means the weed business is booming and with it demand for&nbsp;commercial, industrial space. The latest post-industrial trend in states like California, Colorado, Massachusetts or even New York,&nbsp;is a retrofitted industrial-scale "cultivation center".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qa/qadx1xnhssrhe13t.jpg"></p><p>Related readings include; a 2005 look at how&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/16347/pot-clinics-grow-like-weed-in-sf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pot Clinics (were) Grow(ing) Like Weed in SF</a>&nbsp;and last year's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951657/photographing-every-pot-shop-on-l-a-s-green-mile" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">photo essay</a> of L.A.'s "Green Mile". Or back in February, <em>the Marketplace Morning Report</em>&nbsp;on&nbsp;how these new REITs could&nbsp;<a href="https://www.marketplace.org/2017/02/28/business/funding-high-costs-pot-business" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">help grow the medical-marijuana business</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xz/xz7hd5n490egsj5z.jpg"></p><p>Finally, last year over at the <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/149946621/weed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Weed</a> thread, gruen noted "<em>Big gold rush here to convert disused industrial facilities to indoor grow in advance of legislation.</em>"</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008488/high-school-students-interpret-neutra-s-vdl-house-with-art High School Students Interpret Neutra's VDL House with Art Archinect 2017-05-19T19:31:00-04:00 >2017-05-19T19:31:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ci/cidfjpz8ndayntuf.jpg" width="650" height="1005" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Tomorrow evening the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/45241/neutra-vdl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neutra VDL House</a> will host an exhibition of work by high school students (age 16-18) from the <a href="http://central-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts</a>, curated by <a href="https://vapa-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VAPA</a>&nbsp;high school student Avery Wilcox. Each artwork offers new interpretations of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/45241/neutra-vdl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neutra VDL House</a> expressed in a variety of mediums - film, ceramic, painting and photography. More importantly these artistic expressions, given the age of the makers, will allow all of us to see this historic house with fresh eyes.</p><p>The exhibition will take place tomorrow, May 20, from&nbsp;5-8pm.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008328/wired-gets-up-close-and-personal-with-apple-s-new-foster-designed-campus Wired gets up close and personal with Apple's new Foster-designed campus Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-05-19T18:01:00-04:00 >2017-05-19T18:01:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cn/cnusokkyu1ev9qv1.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As with any Apple product, its shape would be determined by its function. This would be a workplace where people were open to each other and open to nature, and the key to that would be modular sections, known as pods, for work or collaboration.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since 2009, <a href="http://archinect.com/fosterandpartners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster and Partners</a> have been working on a new <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/148075/apple-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">headquarters for the tech giant Apple</a>, originally in close collaboration with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/7998/steve-jobs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steve Jobs</a>, its founder, who saw it as one of his last crucial contribution to his legacy. Even though dramatic photographs of the ring-shaped structure have been flooding the Internet for some time now, there hasn&rsquo;t really been any deep dives into the mega-project&mdash;until now.</p><p></p><p>Writing for <em>Wired, </em>Steven Levy weaves together long-awaited details about its appearance with issues of architectural representation and the brand identity of Apple, which the &ldquo;spaceship&rdquo; is intended to embody.</p><p><em>&ldquo;Inside the 755-foot tunnel, the white tiles along the wall gleam like a recently installed high-end bathroom; it's what the Lincoln Tunnel must have looked like the day it opened, before the first smudge of soot sullied its walls. And as we emerge into the light, the Ring comes into view. As the Jeep orbits it, the sun glistens off the building's curved glass surface. Th...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008457/six-projects-win-in-2017-riba-west-midlands-awards Six projects win in 2017 RIBA West Midlands Awards Justine Testado 2017-05-19T15:54:00-04:00 >2017-05-20T07:05:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4o/4okg40u0j2bdu4bx.jpg" width="650" height="567" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 2017 RIBA Awards cycle continues with the recent reveal of six winning buildings for the 2017 West Midlands Awards. &ldquo;The winners deliver an architecture with a narrative and a poetry, while also fully responding to the functional needs of the facilities they created,&rdquo; stated RIBA Jury Chair Natalia Maximova. &ldquo;It is a year of quieter and well-mannered design, nevertheless, no less confident and powerful for that reason.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a glimpse of the winning projects:</p><p><strong>The Compound&nbsp;by BPN Architects</strong></p><p><a title="The Compound by BPN Architects&#8203;. Photo: Tom Bird." href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1500x/0p/0p2c6uy4euq0uv4y.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/0p/0p2c6uy4euq0uv4y.jpg"></a><em>Photo: Tom Bird.</em></p><p><strong>St. Michael&rsquo;s Hospice, Hereford by Architype</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/tn/tnj13tvm9fol871b.jpg"><em>Photo: Dennis Gilbert.</em></p><p><strong>Croft Lodge Studio, Leominster by Kate Darby Architects</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/4l/4l8tm6xx37ejy75y.jpg"><em>Photo: James Morris.</em></p><p><strong>Alan Walters Building, University of Birmingham by Berman Guedes Stretton</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/1d/1dwq2fqu5089vwkv.jpg"><em>Photo: Quintin Lake.</em></p><p><strong>Remembrance Centre, National Memorial Arboretum Alrewas by Glenn Howells Architects</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/bl/blztqf5ulbj2lr99.jpg">Photo: Rob Parrish.</p><p><strong>Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre by Arup Associates</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/gv/gvvnnm3jwka4stm6.jpg"><em>Photo: Simon Kennedy.</em></p><p>Learn more about the projects <a href="http://bustler.net/news/5674/riba-reveals-six-winners-for-2017-west-midlands-awards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008238/riba-responds-to-liberal-democrats-manifesto RIBA responds to Liberal Democrats Manifesto Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-05-19T05:49:00-04:00 >2017-05-24T09:09:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yt/ytop872fq3h9yook.jpg" width="650" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"I am pleased to see that the Liberal Democrats have recognized the key role of the built environment sector in tackling issues such as energy demand, climate change and urban flooding through their plans for infrastructure and housing. &ldquo;Proposals for new housebuilding should be balanced with ambitions to deliver high quality, well designed and sustainable homes across the country.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the publication of the Liberal Democrats manifesto, published earlier today.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>On Brexit:</strong></p><p>&ldquo;I warmly welcome the commitment from the Liberal Democrats to protect the rights of existing EU citizens in the UK, and UK citizens in the EU. Our members need to see this issue resolved as a matter of urgency. The party&rsquo;s desire to open up access to university courses also chimes with RIBA&rsquo;s target to achieve greater diversity in the architecture profession through apprenticeships, with varied and affordable new routes to qualification.&rdquo;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>On planning and communities:</strong></p><p>&ldquo;The promise to devolve powers around housing, transport and skills, backed with resources for infrastructure projects is a welcome step to help local communities create better places to live, work and play. Meaningful devolution opportunities in areas such as housing can help to boost skills in the construction sector across the country.</p><p>&ldquo;The Liberal Democrats also wish...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008253/riba-responds-to-conservatives-manifesto RIBA responds to Conservatives Manifesto Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-05-19T05:49:00-04:00 >2017-05-20T11:30:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oo/ooyw65ycpw512eyr.jpg" width="650" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The Conservative Party&rsquo;s manifesto outlines its vision to further empower communities. Whoever forms the next government should ensure that plans to build high quality housing and infrastructure are linked with industrial and devolution strategies to encourage more jobs and a better quality of life for people across the country.&#8203;"</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the publication of the Conservatives manifesto, published earlier today.</p><p><em>"The RIBA welcomes the Conservatives&rsquo; acknowledgment that the UK&rsquo;s architects are the finest in the world. This is recognition of the vital role that good design has on improving quality of life, sustainability and social integration; and acknowledgement that architects are the design professionals that make this happen."</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>On Brexit: </strong></p><p>&ldquo;The RIBA has long been calling for the rights of non-UK EU nationals to be confirmed. I&rsquo;m happy to see it is included in the Conservative manifesto. Skilled architects come to the UK from across the world, giving us the edge in creativity and innovation; we need to ensure this continues into the future.</p><p>&ldquo;British architects have been clear about our key asks from Brexit through RIBA&rsquo;s &lsquo;<a href="https://followup.cc/l/10011105/e8ae1d906c355748b1eb6445b453b794/https%3A%2F%2Fwww.architecture.com%2Fknowledge-and-resources%2Fresources-landing-page%2Fglobal-by-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global By Design&rsquo;</a> report. The RIBA will continue to be a strong voice for the sector in the coming weeks and months.&rdquo;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>On planning and co...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008239/2017-s-10-best-gas-stations-worldwide-as-ranked-by-design-curial 2017's 10 best gas stations, worldwide, as ranked by Design Curial Julia Ingalls 2017-05-18T15:58:00-04:00 >2017-05-19T12:48:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f0/f0v35alky3578kn4.jpg" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Angelenos may be mildly alarmed to learn that local favorites <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/4256960/johnston-marklee" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Johnston Marklee Architects</a>'s striking Helios House (co-designed with&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/23862/office-da" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Office dA</a>)&nbsp;has slipped two spots to eighth place from its ranking on last year's top ten global filling stations as assembled by Design Curial. However, it's for a good cause: new entrants are fueling some alternative aesthetic takes on the usually quotidian gas station. Here are the winners:</p><ul><li>FIRST PLACE: REST AREA NIEMENHARJU, by Studio&nbsp;Puisto&nbsp;Architects, in&nbsp;Niemenharju, Finland</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t2/t2xdklqtdhpsggcd.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yr/yr9wrlidgrl48prq.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>SECOND PLACE: POPS ARCADIA ROUTE 66, by <a href="http://archinect.com/e-a-a.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elliott + Associates Architects</a>, in&nbsp;Oklahoma, USA</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fk/fkp2l853va8l4j76.jpg">&#8203;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pu/puu4yg4w2wbfn7us.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>THIRD PLACE: BATUMI PETROL STATION, by Giorgi Khmaladze, in&nbsp;Batumi, Georgia</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ye/yea0lehw7gd79il0.jpg">&#8203;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tf/tfzqk4fnt0pp58bv.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>FOURTH PLACE: NP GAS STATION, by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/31961803/moneo-brock-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moneo Brock Studio</a>, in&nbsp;Madrid, Spain</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vy/vy71be1lbh2l95vq.jpg">&#8203;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/69/69ti72r2u33wr2t2.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>FIFTH PLACE: ORIVAL GAS STATION, by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/22519988/philippe-samyn-and-partners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Samyn and Partners</a>, in&nbsp;Orival, Belgium</li></ul><p>&#8203;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z6/z62hugnqtx0pa6w0.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mt/mtft8c0vzor4vpjr.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>SIXTH PLACE: ESSO MOBIL STATION, by Eliot Noyes,&nbsp; in&nbsp;Leicestershire, UK</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gx/gxbdwugg90n2mbqh.jpg">&#8203;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>SEVENTH PLACE: HOUTEN SERVICE STATION, by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/22519988/philippe-samyn-and-partners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Samyn and Partners</a>, in&nbsp;Houten, Netherlands</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3d/3dkwb01fdm0dxv80.jpg">&#8203;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ca/cabqku565tvkafo6.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>EIGHTH PL...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008209/the-tectonic-bravery-of-nbbj-s-nanjing-eco-tech-exhibition-centre The "tectonic bravery" of NBBJ's Nanjing Eco-Tech Exhibition Centre Julia Ingalls 2017-05-18T14:11:00-04:00 >2017-05-18T14:12:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x4/x4u0g7zlbb21s0n8.jpg" width="650" height="595" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Symbolizing mountain ranges in architecture has the potential for a dramatic, iconic payoff, especially when the materials used to do so play an integral role in the interior experience of the building (think: the fabric peaks of the Denver International Airport, which allude to the Rocky Mountains and Native American settlements while providing ample natural light). NBBJ's Nanjing Eco-Tech Exhibition Centre manages not only to reference the&nbsp;Zhong and Stone Mountains with its eight-peaked, light cannon rooftop, but also represent the economic ascension of Nanjing itself.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/y7/y7ijt7poo9kcdpzj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/w3/w35j9jqu1ywoqh6r.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/wb/wbun4xsoegq3nj0a.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/gq/gq4rk5fbd3b307ub.jpg"></p><p>Each peak drives light through the four principal floors of the structure, weaving instances of what the architects describe as "tectonic bravery" throughout. This bravery becomes the signature characteristic of the structure. While the Exhibition Centre lists a typical compliment of sustainable 21st century amenities (roof garden, integrated water retention and distribution, natural ventilation, responsive facades,...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150007999/completion-of-jeddah-tower-the-world-s-tallest-building-pushed-back-to-2019 Completion of Jeddah Tower, the world's tallest building, pushed back to 2019 Alexander Walter 2017-05-17T14:02:00-04:00 >2017-05-17T14:02:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5l/5lezqlu6jainva1p.jpg" width="650" height="542" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Completion of the world&rsquo;s new tallest tower, Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia, has been pushed back to 2019, its developer said yesterday. Formerly known as Kingdom Tower, the structure is to reach more than a kilometre in height, which means it will surpass Dubai&rsquo;s Burj Khalifa. Construction began in April 2014, and was to have finished in 2018. [...] &ldquo;The project was delayed... but it&rsquo;ll open (in) 2019,&rdquo; Prince Alwaleed said during a media visit to the site, reports AFP.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Saudi Binladin Group has been hit by a fall in work brought by lower Saudi public spending following the collapse in oil revenues," GCR reports. "Last year workers in Mecca burned buses in protest over unpaid wages amid reports of mass lay-offs."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150007996/zha-designs-alai-an-ecologically-sensitive-residential-complex-in-the-mayan-riviera ZHA designs Alai, an ecologically-sensitive residential complex in the Mayan Riviera Nicholas Korody 2017-05-17T13:36:00-04:00 >2017-05-17T18:30:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m7/m74ukt0lqi8kdtj1.jpg" width="650" height="929" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Mayan Riviera has had a rapid increase of visitors each year&mdash;over 10% annually&mdash;and its residential population has almost doubled since 2000. In fact, it has more international visitors than any other region in Latin America. While great for the economy, this influx can have a negative effect on the region&rsquo;s ecology.</p><p>Zaha Hadid Architects have designed Alai, a complex of residential buildings that marry &ldquo;ecological considerations, engaging design and a reinterpretation of local architectural tradition.&rdquo; Alai is sited on a plot of land previously prepped for a building never completed.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6b/6bx8dknvgorcny78.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wl/wld0xd006483ggou.jpg"></p><p>By limiting the total footprint of all residential buildings to 7% of the site, the design reduces its environmental impact and the vegetation to remain largely intact. An onsite botanical nursery is intended to aid the restoration of biodiversity that was disturbed by the previous owner. There&rsquo;s also a woodland reserve and a coastal wetland restoration project.</p><p>The residential buildings themselves are...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150007879/construction-of-the-world-s-first-light-rail-on-a-floating-bridge-to-start-next-month-in-seattle Construction of the world’s first light rail on a floating bridge to start next month in Seattle Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-05-16T18:36:00-04:00 >2017-05-16T19:54:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ix/ixi61d5knhe0q5qo.jpg" width="650" height="418" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Engineers have to ensure the bridge will remain buoyant when a pair of 300-ton trains pass each other, and that the high-voltage current that powers the trains won&rsquo;t stray into the bridge&rsquo;s pontoons and corrode its steel rebar. They spent $53 million just to design the section across Lake Washington.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge is a floating bridge that stretches across Lake Washington, connecting Seattle and Bellevue through Interstate 90 freeway.</p><p>This April the final design promising to replace the center express lanes of I-90 with full speed light rail was signed off.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ps/psz6uehfplhn665x.jpg"></p><p>Subject to much controversy, Sound Transit has&nbsp;engineered and field-tested&nbsp;unique joints&nbsp;in order for the&nbsp;rail&nbsp;to account for the bridge's movement and weather conditions.</p><p>Rail service is projected to begin in 2023.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150007822/check-out-the-wild-variety-of-virtual-reality-at-bjork-s-magic-box-installation Check out the wild variety of virtual reality at Bjork's Magic Box installation Julia Ingalls 2017-05-16T15:12:00-04:00 >2017-05-16T23:12:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ve/veg9exsoogviscti.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As highlighted in this&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150007476/this-week-s-picks-for-la-architecture-and-design-events" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">week's edition of Archinect's Event Picks</a>, Bjork's virtual reality showcase at the Magic Box at The Reef in downtown LA will run from May 19th-June 4th, with an in-person performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic by the artist on May 30th. What's worth checking out in detail is the scope of the VR exhibit, which incorporates a variety of different directors, locales, and landscapes. According to a press release, the VR installations include:</p><ul><li>Stonemilker VR&nbsp;- Filmed on a remote beach location in Iceland&nbsp;and directed by Andrew Thomas Huang,&nbsp;Stonemilker VR&nbsp;presents Bj&ouml;rk in a windswept 360-degree film performing the first track from&nbsp;Vulnicura.</li><li>Black Lake&nbsp;VR&nbsp;- Commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, New York,&nbsp;Black Lake VR&nbsp;features a custom-built immersive space featuring a bespoke, cutting-edge surround sound setup to create an immersive and visceral virtual reality experience. Filmed in the highlands of Iceland, the video was directed by Andrew Thomas Huang....</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/150007809/amazon-s-new-seattle-headquarters-will-permanently-house-a-homeless-shelter Amazon's new Seattle headquarters will permanently house a homeless shelter Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-05-16T14:30:00-04:00 >2017-05-16T20:59:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sp/sp3bqe5vvrhqb6uh.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The current shelter can house up to 200 people and features 60 rooms, which each have bathrooms and showers. The new, 47,000-square-foot space will be a little larger. About 220&nbsp;people in 65 rooms will be able to live there. As in&nbsp;the current shelter, rent and utility will be free, and residents will need to&nbsp;meet housing goals, like filling out employment applications, scheduling interviews, and enrolling in school or job-training programs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In 2016, when Amazon let Mary's Place, a homeless shelter, move into one of their properties, the arrangement appeared as a temporary favor. Nevertheless, as the company is completing the construction of&nbsp;its new headquarters in Seattle, the shelter is promised a permanent home inside of one of the new office buildings.</p><p>"In Seattle, the plan could also help burnish Amazon&rsquo;s image, which has taken some hits. It has been <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2012/amazoncom-workers-unflattering-nickname-hometown-amholes/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">targeted</a> by anti-gentrification activists, and its high-pressure work culture was the subject of a <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/technology/inside-amazon-wrestling-big-ideas-in-a-bruising-workplace.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Times investigation</a> two years ago.</p><p>...Amazon has also been <a href="http://www.seattletimes.com/business/amazon-a-virtual-no-show-in-hometown-philanthropy/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bashed</a> for being disengaged from civic life relative to local stalwarts known for their philanthropic giving, like Boeing, Microsoft and Starbucks. More recently, that has begun to change, with gifts like Amazon&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/education/amazon-pledges-10m-toward-new-uw-computer-science-building/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">$10 million donation</a> for the construction of a new computer science building at the University of Washington." -NY Times</p><p>According to Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness annual&nbsp;report, mo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150007492/alejandro-aravena-s-elemental-to-design-the-1-million-sq-ft-qatar-art-mill Alejandro Aravena's ELEMENTAL to design the 1 million sq.ft. Qatar Art Mill Justine Testado 2017-05-15T15:58:00-04:00 >2017-05-16T16:38:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vz/vzwp3ddked25l3z6.jpg" width="650" height="461" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Alejandro Aravena's Santiago firm ELEMENTAL had the winning concept for the Qatar Art Mill Design Competition. Launched by Qatar Museums in 2015, the three-stage competition sought the architect who will convert an approximately 1 million square-foot flour mill into a new waterfront art museum for Doha Bay...&ldquo;The [winning] concept design was praised by the international jury as &lsquo;a serene artwork...&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/55/55yd0irmhk8t6x5a.jpg"><em>Elemental Art Mill Concept Design. Image &copy; Qatar Museums and Malcolm Reading Consultants.</em></p><p>Chosen from eight top-notch finalists, Elemental was inspired by the iconic &ldquo;rhythmic monumental grain silos&rdquo; of the original Flour Mills that formerly occupied the site.</p><p>Find out more <a href="http://bustler.net/news/5658/elemental-wins-qatar-art-mill-international-design-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150007470/this-arizona-based-company-claims-they-ve-been-selected-to-deliver-prototypes-for-trump-s-border-wall This Arizona-based company claims they've been selected to deliver prototypes for Trump's border wall Nicholas Korody 2017-05-15T13:27:00-04:00 >2017-05-16T13:39:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8u/8u078anilsy9owea.jpg" width="650" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Some 20 businesses rose to the top of a pool of around 460 companies that submitted initial proposals for the US/Mexico border wall so desired by President Trump and his supporters. But, due to federal procurement rules, the names of these businesses are still under wrap.&nbsp;</p><p>Even the exact number of selected bidders hasn&rsquo;t been released, although all who were selected are expected to be notified this week. They will then submit more detailed proposals. From there, the list will be further whittled down, and companies will submit four to eight prototypes that will be built in the Otay Mesa neighborhood of San Diego in July.</p><p>The procurement laws haven&rsquo;t stopped DarkPulse Technologies, an Arizona-based company, from announcing that they&rsquo;ve been selected to work on prototypes. Their design comprises a ballistic concrete wall capable of withstanding up to 12 hours of tampering. It includes sensors that can alert Border Control of any tunneling.</p><p>Due to the extreme opposition to the proposed wa...</p>