Archinect - News 2014-12-17T21:27:30-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/116203008/al-jazeera-looks-at-the-opposition-and-support-for-chicago-s-george-lucas-museum Al Jazeera looks at the opposition and support for Chicago's George Lucas museum Archinect 2014-12-17T17:02:00-05:00 >2014-12-17T17:50:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0b/0b8knc6kchnrm4jz.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ash-har Quraishi reports on why some Chicagoans oppose a plan for a museum for the &lsquo;Star Wars&rsquo; creator&rsquo;s artwork</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/116117898/the-chinese-government-is-building-affordable-housing-in-brooklyn The Chinese government is building affordable housing in Brooklyn Alexander Walter 2014-12-16T14:44:00-05:00 >2014-12-16T18:23:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r8/r82a9qzfclf4905c.jpg" width="353" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Greenland&rsquo;s affordable housing venture&nbsp;in Brooklyn, 298 apartments in an 18-story building in Prospect Heights, is part of a larger 15-tower apartment project in Atlantic Yards, (now rebranded &ldquo;Pacific Park) adjacent to the Barclays Center, which will cost an estimated $4.9 billion to build. Half of the 298 units are supposed to be for families that make as low as 40% of the median income for the area&mdash;that&rsquo;s about $33,560 for a family of four.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/116113866/cobe-to-design-adidas-meet-eat-in-germany COBE to design Adidas’ Meet & Eat in Germany Justine Testado 2014-12-16T14:12:00-05:00 >2014-12-16T14:12:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0r/0rx515f31gnkoux7.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sports brand giant Adidas recently selected the COBE-led consortium to design the Adidas "Meet &amp; Eat", a new public conference center at the Adidas Group's World of Sports headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany...The 11,000 m2 building has an open, clean design that complements and embraces its natural surrounding landscape. Aside the hints of Adidas' insignia through the interior, the "striped" pattern of the roof also seems to subtly nod to the brand's triple-stripe mark.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3t/3tosr8snktgz76g0.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bq/bq8koo841ftrl45i.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116116281/selgascano-creates-a-stunning-members-only-workspace-for-creative-nomads SelgasCano creates a stunning members-only workspace for ‘creative nomads’ Alexander Walter 2014-12-16T14:04:00-05:00 >2014-12-16T14:10:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/55/55819cb00a86b5c6313880b3f5227621.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is to serve this world that Second Home has come into being, a former carpet factory off Brick Lane in east London within whose seductive interiors a fragment of Superstudio&rsquo;s techno-nomadism has, possibly, come to pass. [...] The architects are Jos&eacute; Selgas and Luc&iacute;a Cano [...] who have just been announced as the designers of next year&rsquo;s Serpentine pavilion. They bring to this, their first UK project, lightness and grace as well as invention, and an awareness of when to stop.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115189258/selgascano-to-design-2015-serpentine-pavilion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SelgasCano to design 2015 Serpentine Pavilion</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/87376636/aftershock-2-serendipity-machines-and-the-future-of-workplace-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aftershock #2: "Serendipity Machines" and the Future of Workplace Design</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/116048024/the-louvre-to-undergo-reorganization The Louvre to Undergo Reorganization Nicholas Korody 2014-12-15T18:01:00-05:00 >2014-12-15T18:01:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v4/v4b9q3uvafrslm81.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A two-year, 53.5 million euro makeover, or nearly $67 million, is underway in the vast reception area below I. M. Pei&rsquo;s glass pyramid, where long lines of waiting visitors stream into a chaotic, open space that [the museum president] [Jean-Luc] Martinez likens to a noisy airport and that leaves many people disoriented and lost. He is also revamping the museum&rsquo;s basic storytelling tools: almost 40,000 banners, wall text, signs and symbols...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/116042386/oma-to-design-shanghai-s-lujiazui-exhibiton-center OMA to design Shanghai’s Lujiazui Exhibiton Center Alexander Walter 2014-12-15T15:10:00-05:00 >2014-12-15T16:02:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zi/zifxzjrh67py8tc0.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>OMA appears to be rolling up their sleeves before the holidays: last Friday, we published new details on their Norra Tornen twin towers in Stockholm, and now we're kicking the week off with a recent competition win in China, the Lujiazui Exhibiton Center at the banks of the mighty Huangpu River in Shanghai. Conceptualized as a "spatial armature," the exhibition center will rise on the grounds of the former Shanghai Shipyard and aims for completion by the end of 2015.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b8/b8hk9j6eayh1s02d.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/in/inl64xgaxngkuek4.jpg"></p><p>Head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/oma_to_design_shanghais_lujiazui_exhibiton_center/" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for more images and project details.</p><p><em>All images courtesy OMA</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116039165/chinese-art-institute-resembles-hogwarts-castle Chinese art institute resembles Hogwarts Castle Alexander Walter 2014-12-15T14:06:00-05:00 >2014-12-15T17:46:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f6/f6bs9zdh69cevvnq.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Hebei Academy of Fine Arts in China&rsquo;s Hebei Province has constructed a new campus in Xinle City that, rather than resembling local architecture, adheres more to Gothic and European styles.&nbsp;Specifically, it bears a striking resemblance to&nbsp;the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. [...] But the new building is&nbsp;actually called &ldquo;Cinderella&rsquo;s Castle,&rdquo; and was modeled on structures from medieval Europe. Unfortunately, the building has little to do with Cinderella or Hogwarts.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109113660/chinese-colleges-are-trying-to-look-like-the-ivy-league" target="_blank">Chinese Colleges Are Trying to Look Like the Ivy League</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116038354/marx-s-reading-room-could-stay-shut-for-five-more-years Marx’s Reading Room could stay shut for five more years Alexander Walter 2014-12-15T13:48:00-05:00 >2014-12-15T13:48:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2f1474ae6656b485768c139a948cc5f7.jpg" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The British Museum&rsquo;s round Reading Room might not fully reopen until 2020. One of London&rsquo;s grandest interiors, it was used by generations of scholars, including Karl Marx, when it housed the British Library. The historic reading desks are currently covered by a platform built in 2007, when the room was temporarily converted into a space for the museum&rsquo;s major exhibitions.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/116032713/architectural-historian-discovers-chartres-cathedral-has-started-faking-it Architectural historian discovers Chartres Cathedral has started faking it Archinect 2014-12-15T12:05:00-05:00 >2014-12-16T12:40:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vi/vicscbqog5rvkand.jpg" width="450" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The first portion she pointed out was a pale ochre wall patterned with thin, perpendicular white lines mimicking mortar between masonry blocks. Looking upward we then saw panels of blue faux marbre, high above them gilded column capitals and bosses (the ornamental knobs where vault ribs intersect), and, nearby, floor-to-ceiling piers covered in glossy yellow trompe l&rsquo;oeil marbling, like some funeral parlor in Little Italy.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/115976543/architect-eli-attia-sues-google-for-stealing-invention-that-streamlines-design-and-construction Architect Eli Attia sues Google for stealing invention that streamlines design and construction Archinect 2014-12-14T18:36:00-05:00 >2014-12-16T07:02:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bc/bc8d37a2645bed60e230eb992386001c.jpg" width="514" height="252" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The suit charges that Google and senior executives stole Eli Attia's invention, which is a technology that shortens and makes significantly cheaper the design and construction process, mainly for high-rise and large buildings. Google estimates that the invention has potential revenue of $120 billion annually.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/115825794/the-latest-details-on-oma-s-norra-tornen-twin-towers-in-stockholm The latest details on OMA’s Norra Tornen twin towers in Stockholm Justine Testado 2014-12-12T23:51:00-05:00 >2014-12-15T19:22:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m5/m5mmemxwugajtds3.jpg" width="514" height="646" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>OMA recently revealed new details on the Norra Tornen twin towers -- formerly titled Tors Torn -- since they won the competition in 2013. The distinguishly faceted 100-meter towers, which are named Helix and Innovation, are being designed to be the third tallest twin skyscrapers in the Hagastaden neighborhood of Stockholm. The mixed-use buildings will consist of private residential apartments, a bar and exhibition space, and public amenities...The project is scheduled to break ground in 2015.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qu/quer9mxlo1z8432c.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3n/3n4f9suttr1o1r8x.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ma/mavgrw33h6pvtfg0.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115820167/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-wood-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Wood" Pinterest Board Archinect 2014-12-12T18:18:00-05:00 >2014-12-12T18:29:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w9/w9xgnw39g4bbrta6.jpg" width="514" height="343" 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/wood/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Wood</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u8/u8pdrfr9cfvumds4.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/19160/sebastopol-barn-house/115272742" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barn House</a> in Sebastopol, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/andersonanderson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anderson Anderson Architecture</a>; Photo: Anthony VIzzari, Anderson Anderson Architecture</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uv/uvvzrqgz48b1t1if.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/4143996/oak-pass-guesthouse/113912568" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oak Pass Guesthouse</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/4143996/walker-workshop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walker Workshop</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vl/vlic5z43n7qr5sb2.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/56904349/modern-barn/109095939" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Modern Barn</a> in Wilton, CT by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/56904349/specht-harpman" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Specht Harpman</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fd/fdt4a3eyv8tajmay.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/56021005/elk-valley-tractor-shed/111277677" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elk Valley Tractor Shed</a> in Hood River, OR by <a href="http://archinect.com/FIELDWORK" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FIELDWORK Design &amp; Architecture</a>; Photo: Brian Walker Lee</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fe/feqqqdd8jzhmrvl8.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/98914415/palo-alto-residence/111497201" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Residence</a> in Palo Alto, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/DawsonandClinton" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dawson and Clinton</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pv/pv69712kwhbm9hhl.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/16718209/wunderbugs-interactive-architecture-for-insects-and-humans/111186840" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wunderbugs - Interactive architecture for insects and humans</a>&nbsp;in Rome, Italy by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/ofl-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OFL Architecture</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uc/uclinsbzshuuhfal.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/111113741/the-three-cusps-chalet/111160273" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Three Cusps Chalet</a>&nbsp;in Braga, Portugal by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/tiagodovalearqtos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tiago do Vale Arquitectos</a>; Photo: Jo&atilde;o Morgado</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0w/0whh4xcvt4jwpgey.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/atmosstudio/project/mobile-orchard" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mobile Orchard</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/atmosstudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atmos Studio</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w9/w9vgj53cslzyi09t.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/110938814/butik-design-rooms/110939616" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Butik Design Rooms</a> in...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115763163/editor-s-picks-397 Editor's Picks #397 Nam Henderson 2014-12-12T12:09:00-05:00 >2014-12-12T13:59:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9c/9c47kq6tdmi8kqms.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;almost had a hat-trick, publishing the finale to her <strong>Material Witness:</strong> exploration, this time on <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/115115397/material-witness-finale-what-apocalypse-is-made-of" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">apocalypse &amp; columns</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;reviving Archinect's&nbsp;<strong>UpStarts: </strong>(seen last in 2012) with a look at <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/115273546/upstarts-paul-michael-davis-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Michael Davis Design out of Seattle, WA</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4k/4klr31xsm1jycehi.jpg"></p><p>Was I the only one who didn&rsquo;t get the reference "<em>a kind of heroic Calgon</em>"&nbsp;without a little Wikipedia?</p><p><br><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4s/4s439ed8yt0bfv2j.jpg"></p><p>R.I.P. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115267109/william-b-callaway-noted-bay-area-landscape-architect-at-swa-group-dies" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">William Byrd Callaway</a>, one of Bay Area&rsquo;s most influential landscape architects. He was 71.</p><p>Initially drafted as part of the 1994 <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_Free_Trade_Agreement" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NAFTA</a> agreement, NCARB has officially established the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115137911/ncarb-announces-reciprocity-program-across-the-us-canada-and-mexico" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>T</em><em>ri-National Mutual Recognition Agreement for International Practice of Architecture</em></a>, which allows for architects to be "<em>mutually recognized</em>" across Mexico, Canada and United States.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/evanchakroff" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Evan Chakroff</a>&nbsp;read the fine print</p><p>"<em>Fees for completing the Tri-National MRA process will be assessed by the national regulatory authority of the host country and are subject to change</em>"&nbsp;For&nbsp;<strong>jla-x</strong>&nbsp;the new was simply "<em>lol</em>".</p><p>Over at Forbes, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115192481/frank-gehry-is-right-98-of-architecture-today-has-no-respect-for-humanity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justin Shubow&nbsp;</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115192481/frank-gehry-is-right-98-of-architecture-today-has-no-respect-for-humanity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">argued Frank Gehry Is R...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115799243/illegal-air-corridor-apartment-built-between-two-high-rises-in-china Illegal "air corridor" apartment built between two high-rises in China Archinect 2014-12-12T11:22:00-05:00 >2014-12-15T08:55:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eh/eh1h3i3b9l74oywl.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An illegally built corridor connecting two high-rise buildings in a residential area on Dongge Road of Nanning, Guangxi has become a cause for concern after images of the thing were posted online. The corridor joins two separate apartment buildings and was constructed and used by only one tenant.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/115724601/american-museum-of-natural-history-plans-an-addition-by-studio-gang American Museum of Natural History Plans an Addition by Studio Gang Natalya Egon 2014-12-11T13:44:00-05:00 >2014-12-14T20:17:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0d/0dperfooxvxayzon.jpg" width="514" height="512" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Museum of Natural History, a sprawling hodgepodge of a complex occupying nearly four city blocks, is planning another major transformation, this time along Columbus Avenue: a $325 million, six-story addition designed to foster the institution&rsquo;s expanding role as a center for scientific research and education...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/115653943/new-kid-on-the-block-soma-s-mixed-use-bobo-in-beirut-begins-foundation-work New kid on the block: SOMA's mixed-use Bobo in Beirut begins foundation work Justine Testado 2014-12-10T14:09:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T18:10:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/df/dfdvsb6d3zm2y4lq.jpg" width="514" height="772" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The distinctive BOBO building by New York-based <a href="http://archinect.com/soma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOMA Architects</a> will be the new kid on the block in Beirut's Mar Mikhael district. The design SOMA came up with for the residential building, which recently began foundation work, consists of a steel exoskeleton tied to a concrete core that will cantilever over an existing house that is located at the end of a row of structures dating back to the 1920s.</p><p>BOBO's developer, Zardman, was not allowed to demolish the house's fa&ccedil;ade. To work around this condition, the house was gutted and excavated six floors underground. Once built, BOBO will have a total of 11 stories, 13 residences (including a penthouse duplex), and retail on ground level.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eo/eobyb6qjz9ne9qrm.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/az/azxumx0vyd05jbci.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6c/6c78wqsz7tydxjbn.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/38/38be1giha6uuqgqf.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nb/nb4hmybnr5l44xcm.jpg"></p><p>More images in the gallery below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115653141/hadid-and-japanese-at-loggerheads-over-turtle-like-olympic-stadium Hadid and Japanese at loggerheads over ‘turtle-like’ Olympic stadium Alexander Walter 2014-12-10T13:59:00-05:00 >2014-12-12T13:51:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2e/2e7e005d47423b1f14663f85fa058ad4.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;They don&rsquo;t want a foreigner to build in Tokyo for a national stadium. On the other hand, they all have work abroad. Whether it&rsquo;s Sejima, Toyo Ito, or Maki or Isozaki or Kengo Kuma.&rdquo; Last month Isozaki, 83, wrote an open letter to the Japan Sports Council, the government body in charge of plans for the 2020 Games, in which he attacked the &ldquo;distorted&rdquo; process that has led to &ldquo;a dull, slow form&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115652337/in-seattle-a-sinking-feeling-about-a-troubled-tunnel In Seattle, a Sinking Feeling About a Troubled Tunnel Alexander Walter 2014-12-10T13:36:00-05:00 >2014-12-10T23:02:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v2/v2e8whp4x0ba050f.jpg" width="514" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ancient Egypt endured plagues of locusts. Seattle has its tunnel, which over the last year has featured a series of setbacks and fiascos that, depending on one&rsquo;s outlook, can be the setup for a punch line, or an eye-rolling narrative of put-upon endurance. In the latest blow, project engineers said this week that 30 or more buildings in the historic Pioneer Square area [...] had unexpectedly settled, possibly because of water pumping related to the project.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/115634657/international-olympic-committee-releases-first-images-of-new-hq-designed-by-3xn International Olympic Committee Releases First Images of New HQ Designed by 3XN stm@3xn.dk 2014-12-10T11:14:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:10:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oc/ocrsotve25dbfx5z.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The International Olympic Committee (IOC) selected 3XN to design its new headquarters after a multi-stage, international architectural competition that concluded earlier this year. The IOC and 3XN have now released the first renderings of the project, which is located on a 24,000sm site on the banks of Lake Geneva in Lausanne, Switzerland. The new building will bring together 600 employees currently working in disparate offices throughout the city<em>. </em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3r/3rp95hp8tmehnk2b.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;In recognition of the symbolism of the Olympic Games and needs of the organization, we designed the new IOC headquarters around three key elements: movement, flexibility and sustainability,&rdquo; said Jan Ammundsen, Senior Partner with 3XN. &ldquo;With its dynamic, undulating fa&ccedil;ade, the building will appear different from all angles and convey the energy of an athlete in motion. Its interior is designed with as few structural constraints as possible. This open and flexible environment will adapt to multiple work styles now and in the future. Our d...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115606594/making-it-possible-for-the-human-spirit-to-soar Making it possible for the human spirit to soar Nam Henderson 2014-12-10T01:45:00-05:00 >2014-12-10T13:11:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6q/6qnq261kie88lz08.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Critics have argued that big arts-building investments are vanity projects, or that private donors should finance community arts organizations or scholarships instead.</p></em><br /><br /><p>James S. Russell digs into the building boom on college campuses, where museums and arts centers are opening and expanding. Mostly an elite phenomenon (<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/16/arts/design/at-stanford-university-an-arts-district-grows.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stanford University is constructing a $235 million arts district</a>), few state/public schools are able to afford the costs.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115583325/steven-holl-architects-wins-star-studded-competition-to-design-mumbai-city-museum-north-wing Steven Holl Architects wins star-studded competition to design Mumbai City Museum North Wing Justine Testado 2014-12-09T16:09:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T22:28:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3i/3iw9q9sy7vkgjlux.jpg" width="514" height="396" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Out of a super-star list of competitors, a team led by Steven Holl Architects won the competition to design the North Wing -- or the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum -- of the Mumbai City Museum in India. The museum is one of India's leading cultural institutions and is undergoing a renewal process to establish itself as a cultural destination. The new 275 crore (approx $44.3 million) building will include new galleries and facilities.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ol/olsfdxpojyhpgmop.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/11/11wra7hhpq7ctt8n.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m7/m7yqhpteugii9ekr.jpg"></p><p>The Steven Holl Architects team included local architects <a href="http://www.opolis.in" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Opolis Architects</a>, Guy Nordenson &amp; Associates as structural engineers, and Transsolar as sustainability consultants.</p><p>Learn more about this project on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/steven_holl_architects_to_design_mumbai_city_museum_north_wing_in_star-stud/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115581720/cooper-hewitt-puts-can-do-spirit-into-the-house-carnegie-built Cooper Hewitt puts can-do spirit into the house Carnegie built Alexander Walter 2014-12-09T15:32:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:11:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b1/b1ac13b29dbf8d9a77e792d5ad3e4a5d.jpg" width="514" height="459" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After a $91m, three-year renovation, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is due to reopen on Friday, 12 December. [...] the firms Gluckman Mayner, Beyer Blinder Belle and Diller Scofidio + Renfro&mdash;moved the museum&rsquo;s offices and research library, previously on the third floor, into the adjacent Miller-Fox townhouses, which had been used for storage. In the offices&rsquo; place, they built the Cooper Hewitt&rsquo;s first open-plan galleries.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/52600023/cooper-hewitt-selects-ds-r-as-exhibition-designer-and-local-projects-as-media-designer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cooper-Hewitt Selects DS+R as Exhibition Designer and Local Projects as Media Designer</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115580114/paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-gem-to-be-repurposed-as-arts-hub Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County gem to be repurposed as "arts hub" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-09T15:25:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:13:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x4/x414czrr86fu3oto.jpg" width="514" height="253" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to a press release issued last week by Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman &amp; Associates,&nbsp;principal&nbsp;Gene Kaufman has submitted a proposal to buy the Orange County Government Center (Goshen, NY), which has been closed since 2011 due to storm damage. Designed in 1967 by Paul Rudolph, the building is slated to become an "arts hub" in Kaufman's hands, similar to projects he is already developing in Brooklyn, NY &ndash; described in the same press release as "combination artists' lofts-gallery-retail&nbsp;spaces".</p><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103630900/rethinking-a-spurned-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rethinking a Spurned Landmark</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99369287/gwathmey-siegel-s-kaufman-wants-to-buy-paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-government-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gwathmey Siegel's Kaufman wants to buy Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County Government Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/47277795/orange-county-votes-to-keep-brutalist-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orange County Votes to Keep Brutalist Building</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/44158069/unloved-building-in-goshen-n-y-prompts-debate-on-modernism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unloved Building in Goshen, N.Y., Prompts Debate on Modernism</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/115502133/galapagos-art-space-to-relocate-to-detroit Galapagos Art Space to Relocate to Detroit Nicholas Korody 2014-12-08T14:53:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:14:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0i/0ippjjwtcqymhzo2.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Galapagos Art Space, a performance center and cultural staple in Brooklyn for nearly 20 years, will close this month, another casualty of rising rental prices that its founder says are making it difficult for independent arts organizations to survive in New York ... Galapagos helped put Williamsburg on the art map when it opened there in 1995 ... Although the last night of programming is likely to be Dec. 18, the center will have a second life &mdash; more than 600 miles away, in Detroit.</p></em><br /><br /><p>During its time in Brooklyn, Galapagos Art Space produced more than 7,500 shows. Hopefully, its legacy of progressive programming &ndash; from films to musical events to visual art exhibitions to burlesque &ndash; will continue after the space moves to Detroit. The new home of Galapagos Art Space includes nine buildings amounting to over&nbsp;600,000 square feet.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zx/zxm7hx73xywm4hgw.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115499716/marines-to-conduct-training-in-downtown-la Marines To Conduct Training In Downtown LA Orhan Ayyüce 2014-12-08T14:16:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:15:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ii/iiz1a8uhfpjqdajc.jpg" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's not going to look like 'Apocalypse Now' by any stretch of the imagination. The Marine Corps has held similar training in recent years in Atlanta, Memphis and other cities. The military worked closely with the Los Angeles Police Department and notified property owners so no one will be caught off guard</p></em><br /><br /><p>Message and the purpose is clear. US Government is training for urban warfare and large cities are the training grounds. Once we are done with&nbsp;foreign urban centers&nbsp;perhaps the idea is to "bring it on home."</p><p>Of course, it's all under the disguise of fighting terrorism (or is it Ferguson?).</p><p>"There&rsquo;s no terrorism threat out there that would be the reason that these exercises are being conducted, this is something that&rsquo;s been kind of ongoing for a while. This is one location amongst many that the Marines are gonna be kind of exposing their people to.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115492470/huge-downtown-los-angeles-fire-burns-towering-apartment-project Huge downtown Los Angeles fire burns towering apartment project Orhan Ayyüce 2014-12-08T12:02:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T22:05:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z8/z8j5n9so09ee2z40.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;When they came out of the quarters they could see it was fully engulfed,&rdquo; fire department spokeswoman Katherine Main told the paper. &ldquo;It was a building under construction in the framing phase. Almost 1 million square feet and a city block.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Freeway signs melt and windows in adjacent buildings burst in the intense heat. Two buildings near the burning construction site are damaged and freeways are closed for hours.</p><p><a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=los+angeles+fire&amp;oq=los+angeles+fire&amp;aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.4476j1j4&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;es_sm=122&amp;ie=UTF-8" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The fire</a> which burned down an <a href="http://la.curbed.com/tags/geoff-palmer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unpopular</a> (among the architects) apartment complex a 7 storey wood construction in its final stages of completion.&nbsp;</p><p>Social media users in the city have been quick to post pictures of the pillar of fire reaching up into the night sky, with some taking a more ominous interpretation of the blaze.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115492471/wilkinson-eyre-architects-accuse-italians-of-plagiarism-over-tree-design Wilkinson Eyre Architects accuse Italians of plagiarism over tree design Archinect 2014-12-08T11:50:00-05:00 >2014-12-08T22:26:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u7/u7t6f9l68fb8yia8.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s definitely derivative of the Gardens by the Bay concept,&rdquo; Chris Wilkinson, one of the British architects responsible for the &ldquo;super-trees&rdquo; in Singapore&rsquo;s Marina Bay, told The Daily Telegraph. &ldquo;You&rsquo;d have expected them to have come up with something a bit more original.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b3/b35a8e8024321c04fe726dea2bfe1cef.jpg"><br>"Super Trees", Singapore, designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115279972/steven-holl-s-kennedy-center-expansion-project-in-d-c-breaks-ground Steven Holl's Kennedy Center Expansion Project in D.C. breaks ground Justine Testado 2014-12-05T18:42:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T22:23:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7r/7rjq7d2xr73l7rdn.jpg" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As the saying goes, history likes to repeat itself. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. broke ground yesterday on the Kennedy Center Expansion Project. The ceremony also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Center's original groundbreaking in 1964.&nbsp;</p><p>The event featured remarks from Vice President Joe Biden, Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein, Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter,&nbsp;Kennedy Center Trustee (and John F. Kennedy's granddaughter) Rose Kennedy Schlossberg, as well as Steven Holl. During the ceremony, Rubenstein used the same gold-plated shovel that President Lyndon B. Johnson used to break ground for the Center on December 2, 1964.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ya/yamd1hbblgj28bud.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kv/kv6a62wm3bntnsiz.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g5/g56ekg51j7nlbiek.jpg"></p><p>Steven Holl and senior partner Chris McVoy designed the expansion with BNIM Architects. The Expansion Project, which was announced in 2013 and is being paid for entirely by private funds, will be built south of the current facility as an interactive space for artists to engage with the community. Th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115279170/this-new-steampunk-luxury-apartment-building-for-new-york-should-fill-you-with-unbearable-shame This New "Steampunk" Luxury Apartment Building for New York Should Fill You With Unbearable Shame Nicholas Korody 2014-12-05T17:32:00-05:00 >2014-12-09T17:57:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f6/f6qejny6ta7ppcbl.jpg" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new condo building is going up in Manhattan's Hudson Square neighborhood &mdash; the triangle on the river between Tribeca, SoHo, and the West Village that has until recently been mostly commercial and industrial buildings. 15 Renwick isn't just any building: it's a steampunk-themed luxury development. Steampunk-themed. Luxury. Development.</p></em><br /><br /><p>What is steampunk? For the most part, the term refers to a literary sub-genre that fetishizes the aesthetics of early industrialization in Western Europe. Steampunk works are often set in post-apocalyptic futures or revisionist histories. This new condo development would definitely fall into the former category.</p><p>Units are priced between $2 and $7.5 million dollars. The amenities include parking, laundry, a roof deck&nbsp;<em>as well as</em>&nbsp;a butler, a "high design boxing gym," and&nbsp;a zen garden. The website claims, "Located on one of the few single-block streets in New York City, <a href="http://15renwick.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">15 Renwick</a> offers 2-4 bedroom condominium homes in the heart of historic Hudson Square, where the West Village, TriBeCa and SoHo meet. The design is both handsome and bespoke, inspired by its dynamic location. The exterior honors the authentic architecture of the street and neighborhood, while the interiors feature unconventional, modern elements that reflect the individualistic persona of today&rsquo;s Hudson Square."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b9ysd44rsuuoi384.jpg"></p><p>Additiona...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115223812/editor-s-picks-396 Editor's Picks #396 Nam Henderson 2014-12-05T14:37:00-05:00 >2014-12-12T17:38:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8i/8irjst3gxs45lqhq.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/archiadventures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beth Mosenthal</a>&nbsp;penned an <strong>Op-Ed:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/114913845/op-ed-if-architecture-were-optimism-a-response-to-michael-kimmelman-s-critique-of-1-wtc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Response to Michael Kimmelman's Critique of 1 WTC</a>. She writes "I&nbsp;<em>can only imagine the list of priorities that 1 World Trade entailed, but am still celebratory of the feat that it was realized despite perhaps the greatest obstacles any project could possibly have&mdash;fear and memory</em>".&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/pedaldesignlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ken Koense</a>&nbsp;chose to respectfully disagree with her "<em>The building is a touchstone for the future of large scale bunker buildings in America...which will certainly preclude the kinds of mixed use that Kimmelman's real critique addressed...Thousands died, two wars waged, but we've got our post card view, our symbol, our icon, our Freedom Tower. How picturesque</em>". Similarly <strong>Krimson</strong> struggles "<em>to overlook the blatant closed off nature of the project</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jb/jb0dp26nthp3nljw.jpg"></p><p>Plus, the latest <strong>Showcase:</strong> features <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/114504045/showcase-sparrenburg-visitor-center-by-max-dudler" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sparrenburg Visitor Center by Max Dudler</a>,&nbsp;a "<em>brutalist, rammed concrete</em>"&nbsp;addition to a historic castle/fortress.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3bsg901ptfcy8ehe.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fi/fijxg12qlpbhv8h5.jpg"><br>Paul Katz, who as president and managing principal of KPF was the mastermind of m...</p>