Archinect - News 2016-08-28T15:08:56-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149965503/the-unfinished-charm-of-the-smithsonian-s-arts-and-industries-building The “unfinished charm” of the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building Justine Testado 2016-08-26T18:01:00-04:00 >2016-08-26T18:01:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a3jj5h3xsq989fkc.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With its colorful facade, arched windows, spires and rotunda, the A&amp;I (as it's often called) is a festive relief...But despite the perky building's popularity, its reopening was hardly grand. Why so little fanfare? Lack of funding seems to be one explanation ...the building's "unfinished character is one of its charms...It hasn't always been as gently used as we would like. But that's an important part of our history &mdash; Smithsonian history and American history."</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958646/the-seagram-building-after-the-four-seasons-maintaining-a-costly-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Seagram Building after the Four Seasons: maintaining a costly landmark</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948814/rip-bruce-goff-s-bavinger-house-demolished" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIP: Bruce Goff's Bavinger House demolished</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938957/preserving-central-asia-s-ancient-architecture-through-code" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Preserving Central Asia's ancient architecture through code</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145516502/the-race-to-complete-the-capitol-dome-restoration-in-time-for-the-inauguration-of-the-45th-u-s-president" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The race to complete the Capitol dome restoration in time for the inauguration of the 45th U.S. President</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965483/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-bricks-stones-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Bricks & Stones" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-08-26T16:40:00-04:00 >2016-08-27T11:09:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9c/9cpkshdd05a7cvi8.jpg" width="514" height="771" 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://www.pinterest.com/archinect/bricks-stones/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Bricks &amp; Stones</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qu/qupx5dhxbgxl4um1.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/neriandhu/project/design-republic-design-commune" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Republic Design Commune</a> in Shanghai, China by <a href="http://archinect.com/neriandhu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neri&amp;Hu Design and Research Office</a>; Photo: Pedro Pegenaute</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9a/9a4bvjkiwp6gvyrh.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/arosarchitects/project/travelodge-excel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Travelodge Excel</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/arosarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aros Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ri/ri3zifvwe16t8j5w.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/139501115/tribunal-montmorency/139509138" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tribunal</a> in Montmorency, France by <a href="http://archinect.com/dominique-coulon-associes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dominique Coulon &amp; associ&eacute;s</a>; Photo: David Romero-Uzeda</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/au/auvlk31ena2rtnmb.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/10196497/hotel-zenden/77959381" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hotel Zenden</a> in Maastricht, the Netherlands by <a href="http://archinect.com/Wiel-Arets-Architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wiel Arets Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e2/e2d9xh0ey59xyk8f.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/MJMA/project/branksome-hall-athletics-wellness-centre" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Branksome Hall Athletics &amp; Wellness Centre</a> in Toronto, Canada by <a href="http://archinect.com/MJMA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA)</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jq/jqolk9lz4ttaovel.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/54428815/blooming-house-with-wild-flowers/143847789" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blooming House with Wild Flowers</a> in Seoul, South Korea by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/54428815/studio_gaon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">studio_GAON</a>; Photo: Youngchae Park</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p1/p1aqkqfk14635cks.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/joebmoore.com/project/noyes-transformation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Noyes Transformation</a> in New Canaan, CT by <a href="http://archinect.com/joebmoore.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Joeb Moore &amp; Partners Architects, LLC</a>; Photo: David...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965447/london-s-walthamstow-garden-parade-converted-into-a-creative-hub-by-gort-scott London's Walthamstow Garden Parade converted into a creative hub by Gort Scott Ellen Hancock 2016-08-26T11:18:00-04:00 >2016-08-26T11:19:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3a/3a2402645eff75ea07a55472fb5b439a.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gort Scott Architects has transformed London&rsquo;s Walthamstow Central Parade into a bustling social enterprise hub. The 1960s former council building now accommodates up to 50 independent makers and creative businesses, as well as providing an exhibition and flexible event space, which is open to the public.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/da/da9n5imdp8mfk5n8.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zu/zuc7nvk6qt96nvfq.jpg"></p><p>Read more news from the UK here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://London's%20architectural%20debate%20society,%20Turncoats,%20is%20coming%20to%20D.C." rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's architectural debate society, Turncoats, is coming to D.C.</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149964181/technology-and-tradition-combine-in-jestico-whiles-award-winning-house-19" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Technology&nbsp;and&nbsp;tradition combine in Jestico +&nbsp;Whiles&rsquo; award-winning House 19</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149963971/the-wish-machine-by-autoban-part-of-the-london-design-biennale-invites-visitors-to-walk-through-a-tunnel-made-of-transparent-hexagonal-tubes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Wish Machine by Autoban, part of the London Design Biennale, invites visitors to walk through a tunnel made of transparent hexagonal tubes</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149963974/ackroyd-associates-design-technically-advanced-photographic-studio-at-alva-west" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ackroyd + Associates design technically advanced photographic studio at Alva West</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965336/calming-down-and-speeding-up-in-louisville-with-steven-ward-on-archinect-sessions-78 Calming Down and Speeding Up in Louisville with Steven Ward, on Archinect Sessions #78 Paul Petrunia 2016-08-25T17:48:00-04:00 >2016-08-25T18:28:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8v/8vwey0gtiya178hw.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week's show is dedicated to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/3329/louisville" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louisville</a>, and we're delighted to share the mic with longtime Archinect favorite <a href="http://archinect.com/stevenward" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Ward</a>. Steven is an architect and partner at <a href="http://archinect.com/studiokremer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Kremer Architects</a>, teacher and architecture critic/cheerleader for the local independent paper <a href="http://www.leoweekly.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEO Weekly</a>. We discuss his recent writings, in particular his survey of the recently completed <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939697/it-looks-simple-effortless-crisp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Speed Art Museum</a>, and the differences between local architecture criticism vs national criticism. We also find out what's going on with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124433144/oma-to-master-plan-a-food-hub-in-louisville" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA's Food Port project</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 78 of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Calming Down and Speeding Up in Louisville":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/archinect/Archinect-Sessions-78.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes:</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wt/wttpf4a6p1ftlejh.jpg"><br><a href="http://www.leoweekly.com/leo_author/steven-ward-aia/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven's writings at LEO Weekly</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ob/obtq0b5d4v9tsia1.jpg"><br><a href="http://oma.eu/projects/west-louisville-food-port" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA's pr...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965286/world-s-longest-and-highest-glass-bridge-opens-in-china World's longest and highest glass bridge opens in China Alexander Walter 2016-08-25T13:55:00-04:00 >2016-08-25T13:58:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8d/8db1ade706cdd37762aea5dba6d7b737.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's touted as the "world's highest and longest" glass-bottom bridge, elegantly stretched between two mountain peaks in central China's Hunan province. And as of this weekend, it's open to visitors. Now, one can walk the 470-yard length of the glass bridge, which is positioned a vertigo-inducing 328 yards above the ground, as China's state-run news agency Xinhua reported. The bridge is located in the Zhangjiajie National Forest [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yc/yc3kwf1zklyrnzz4.jpg"></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128114174/china-announces-world-s-longest-and-highest-glass-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China announces world's longest and highest glass bridge</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137723119/china-opens-590-foot-high-glass-bottom-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China opens 590-foot-high glass-bottom bridge</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960204/now-that-s-a-skywalk-jin-mao-tower-to-open-world-s-highest-fenceless-all-transparent-walkway-in-shanghai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Now THAT's a skywalk! Jin Mao Tower to open world's highest fenceless, all transparent walkway in Shanghai</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138416767/chinese-glass-bottom-walkway-cracks-below-tourists-3-540-feet-above-ground" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese glass-bottom walkway cracks below tourists &ndash; 3,540 feet above ground</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965268/without-the-projects-would-we-have-hip-hop Without the projects would we have hip-hop? Julia Ingalls 2016-08-25T12:44:00-04:00 >2016-08-28T10:52:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i3/i3kena6tjkltv0m7.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Mike Ford, a lead architect for the Universal Hip Hop Museum, has studied and written about the relationship between disastrous urban planning/architecture and the rise of hip hop. Essentially, Ford's argument is that the ghettoization of African Americans in the 20th century via ill-conceived public housing projects created the conditions for the musical art form. As an article in <a href="http://www.vibe.com/2016/08/poor-urban-planning-led-to-hip-hop/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VIBE</a> puts it:</p><p><em>Grandmaster Flash&rsquo;s &ldquo;The Message&rdquo;, Wutang Clan&rsquo;s &ldquo;S.O.S&rdquo;, and Nas&rsquo;s &ldquo;Project Window&rdquo; demonstrate the importance of understanding the role that these conditions created in influencing hip-hop. &ldquo;Hip-hop lyrics are [filled] with first-hand accounts of living conditions in the projects,&rdquo; Ford states. &ldquo;The hip-hop MC used lyrics to create a dialogue, to give commentary and counterpoints to the modernist vision [that birthed towers like 1520 Sedgwick Ave].&nbsp;The MCs served as a voice for disenfranchised communities and often un-consulted end users of public housing.&rdquo;</em></p><p>More on the intersection between a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965271/lacma-hosts-a-public-scoping-meeting-for-the-planned-zumthor-designed-building LACMA hosts a public scoping meeting for the planned Zumthor-designed building Nicholas Korody 2016-08-25T12:43:00-04:00 >2016-08-26T13:50:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sw/sw9rxl5sk5fhn3pg.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last night, the Los Angeles County Museum held a public scoping meeting in advance of preparing an environmental impact report (EIR) for a planned Peter Zumthor-designed building. The Zumthor building would replace four existing structures and result in a net reduction of space amounting to approximately 24,571 square feet.</p><p>The meeting, which was well-attended but provided scant new information on the project, primarily consisted of a pitch for the building by LACMA&rsquo;s director Michael Govan. &ldquo;I thought it would be helpful to personally explain the genesis of the project and some of the facts of the project,&rdquo; he stated.</p><p>Explaining that adapting the existing buildings would be cost-prohibitive, Govan went on to praise Zumthor&rsquo;s design. Describing the planned building as &ldquo;something permeable and transparent&rdquo;, &ldquo;exciting and innovative&rdquo;, Govan stated that he believed other museums would follow their lead in creating &ldquo;visibility into the museum&rdquo;.</p><p>One of the most controversial parts of the pl...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965122/brooklyn-say-hello-to-your-new-neighbors Brooklyn, say hello to your new neighbors! Alexander Walter 2016-08-24T18:10:00-04:00 >2016-08-25T16:53:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/20/204693f569a77ca51f4ae9642b08df52.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You&rsquo;ve always wanted to call Brooklyn home. But it&rsquo;s complicated. You&rsquo;re not really the pioneering type. Brooklyn can be rough around the edges. Amenities are lacking. We understand. Industrial-chic finishes are important in life. So are 25-year tax abatements. And European-style, car-sized parking turntables.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Failed Architecture takes a closer look at Brooklyn's wildly sprouting 'developer architecture':</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/21/21bbb923e7031b647d54c8b26c560c76.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d3/d3602ab9b587c626f54b6def3c000b4f.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8f/8f1fe7bad6bc179be03b54834174db42.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cf/cfba7c338867ef0f862ac431fdda313e.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/74/74fcfcc084213d17b18ec2bee9a53734.jpg"></p><p>Photographs by Cameron Blaylock. Find many more examples of <em>subtle contextualism</em> over on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.failedarchitecture.com/photo-essay-brooklyns-new-everyday-architecture-for-the-1/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">failedarchitecture.com</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149949634/5-myths-about-gentrification-according-to-a-gsapp-urban-planning-professor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5 myths about gentrification, according to a GSAPP urban planning professor</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948676/a-tale-of-two-parks-debate-rages-over-a-new-plan-for-a-maker-park-in-brooklyn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A tale of two parks: debate rages over a new plan for a "Maker Park" in Brooklyn</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142358854/an-apartment-boom-grows-in-brooklyn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An apartment boom grows in Brooklyn</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965085/first-look-at-mad-s-newly-built-clover-house First look at MAD's newly built Clover House Justine Testado 2016-08-24T18:02:00-04:00 >2016-08-25T12:16:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gy/gy7slu7ekgpu06uj.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Over one year after its groundbreaking ceremony, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1276712/mad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD</a>'s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127791434/mad-blurs-boundaries-with-the-clover-house-kindergarten-and-teacher-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clover House</a> is now complete. Built next to a rice paddy field in Okazaki, the family-run kindergarten marks MAD's first project in Japan. Siblings Kentaro and Tamaki Nara, who originally operated the kindergarten from their family's two-story house,&nbsp;commissioned MAD to redesign the home into a new kindergarten that can provide a nurturing learning environment.</p><p>Wrapped in a white exterior shell, the Clover House's organic form and haphazardly placed windows are meant to evoke a sense of playfulness, as if it were&nbsp;&ldquo;designed from a child's point of view,&rdquo; stated MAD founder Ma Yansong.&nbsp;&ldquo;We wanted to create a playful piece of architecture that would stay in the memory of the kids when they have grown up.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xo/xoo4qick9ob8b6r5.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/63/63pr2troe37vucng.jpg"></p><p>During special occasions and school activities, the kids can doodle on the exterior shell as a way to create memories of their time there,&nbsp;MAD partner and Clover House lead architect Yosuke Hayano <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127791434/mad-blurs-boundaries-with-the-clover-house-kindergarten-and-teacher-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously told</a> Archinect. Students...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964570/international-criminal-court-hears-first-case-of-cultural-destruction-as-war-crimes International Criminal Court hears first case of cultural destruction as war crimes Alexander Walter 2016-08-22T15:38:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T22:31:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fx/fxmpt8ooniowxgpg.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the first case of its kind, the Islamic extremist Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi has today (22 August), pleaded guilty to war crimes for destroying historic monuments in the ancient city of Timbuktu in northern Mali. Al-Mahdi is accused of ordering the razing of nine mausoleums and the 15th-century Sidi Yahia mosque. It is the first time the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has heard a case about the demolition of cultural heritage.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Learn more about Timbuktu's outstanding value as a world heritage site on <a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/119/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNESCO's website</a>.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936860/palmyra-after-isis-a-first-look-at-the-level-of-destruction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Palmyra after ISIS: a first look at the level of destruction</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146194308/destruction-of-iraq-s-oldest-christian-monastery-by-isis-militants-went-unreported-for-16-months" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Destruction of Iraq&rsquo;s oldest Christian monastery by ISIS militants went unreported for 16 months</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143512405/fear-grows-over-isis-threat-against-unesco-world-heritage-site-in-libya" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fear grows over ISIS threat against Unesco World Heritage site in Libya</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134645642/isis-beheads-leading-archaeologist-in-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS beheads leading archaeologist in Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121736292/isis-continues-destruction-of-ancient-artefacts-burns-mosul-library-smashes-antique-statues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS continues destruction of ancient artefacts, burns Mosul library, smashes antique statues</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964553/opening-of-new-york-wheel-now-delayed-until-2018 Opening of New York Wheel now delayed until 2018 Alexander Walter 2016-08-22T14:30:00-04:00 >2016-08-24T18:18:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l7/l76asvbvwgcimynf.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The first spin around the giant New York Wheel has been pushed back by a year. The 630-foot Ferris wheel coming to the Staten Island waterfront was scheduled to open in late 2017. But its developers announced that has been delayed until April 2018 to give more time to test the structure's safety. [...] Construction of the $580 million project is still expected to finish next year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The New York Wheel previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125438798/tallest-observation-wheel-in-the-western-hemisphere-expected-to-break-ground-in-staten-island-soon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tallest observation wheel in the Western Hemisphere expected to break ground in Staten Island soon</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/58161234/mayor-bloomberg-unveils-plans-to-build-world-s-tallest-ferris-wheel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor Bloomberg Unveils Plans To Build World's Tallest Ferris Wheel</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964527/warsaw-s-palace-of-culture-and-science-to-host-an-international-art-fair Warsaw's Palace of Culture and Science to host an international art fair Nicholas Korody 2016-08-22T12:53:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T18:53:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pi/pi8kowjut0vfx9vw.jpg" width="514" height="700" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Palace of Culture and Science, a 237 meter tall socialist realist high-rise, towers over the city of Warsaw, Poland. Given as a &ldquo;gift&rdquo; to the Polish people by the Soviet Union, the building was originally called the Joseph Stalin Palace of Culture and Science. It was built between 1952 and 1955 and, for many Varsovians, is an ugly reminder of the Stalinist era.</p><p>Now, it&rsquo;s about to reinvest in its eponymous program with an international art fair. Hosting some 20 art galleries from Warsaw as well as other European cities, the &ldquo;Not Fair&rdquo; is schedule to open on September 22, 2016. Each gallery will present a solo show by one of their represented artist, which must take into account the &ldquo;special character&rdquo; of the Palace.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ur/urimttmszy04nong.jpg">According to the founder of Not Fair, Michal Wolinski, the event is intended to &ldquo;merge the mood and quality of an art exhibition with the opportunities that art fairs provide for cutting-edge galleries and young artists&rdquo;.</p><p>h/t <a href="http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/contemporary-art-fair-comes-to-warsaw-s-iconic-palace-of-culture-/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Art Newspaper</a></p><p>For more news from Poland, c...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964241/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-bathroom-spaces-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Bathroom Spaces" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-08-19T18:14:00-04:00 >2016-08-23T13:01:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wb/wbhp8hq8lx1puxhp.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="https://www.pinterest.com/archinect/bathroom-spaces/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Bathroom Spaces</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8j/8jjxs911f26nkile.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/blazemakoidarchitecture/project/daniels-lane2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniels Lane</a> in Sagaponack, NY by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/blazemakoidarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blaze Makoid Architecture</a> (Architect of Record)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/80/80hymlb6con266ty.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/muraliarchitects/project/uma-gopinath-residence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uma Gopinath Residence</a> in Chennai, India by <a href="http://archinect.com/muraliarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Murali architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x9/x94fx0rn5qht1yvp.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/wunderground/project/chelsea-eco-duplex" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chelsea Eco Duplex</a> in New York, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/wunderground" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wunderground architecture + design</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ol/ol37vc3h8sfsl9rf.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/m3architecture/project/cape-tribulation-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cape Tribulation House</a> in Daintree, Australia by <a href="http://archinect.com/m3architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">m3architecture</a>; Photo: Peter Bennetts</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/96/96ktrwsmlbkxhvq8.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/dkorinteriors/project/contemporary-twilight" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Contemporary Twilight</a> in Aventura, FL by <a href="http://archinect.com/dkorinteriors" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DKOR Interiors Inc.</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o7/o7hgge8sk57flh24.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/danweberarchitecture/project/riviera" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Riviera</a> in Santa Barbara, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/danweberarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Weber Architecture</a>; Photo: Erin Feinblatt</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wc/wczag1lbbtd8yrgt.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/GENASSEMBLY/project/boerum-hill-townhouse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boerum Hill Townhouse</a> in Brooklyn, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/GENASSEMBLY" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">General Assembly</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qh/qhh5pcm8p1h9ggue.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/96424883/house-k/147411811" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House K</a> in D&uuml;sseldorf, Germany by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/96424883/wannenmacher-m-ller-architekten-gmbh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wannenmacher-M&ouml;ller Architekten GmbH</a> with XYZ Designers</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yy/yyv7k1od0zr82goj.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/14563721/tennessee-farmhouse/138875094" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tennessee Farmhouse</a> in N...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964181/technology-and-tradition-combine-in-jestico-whiles-award-winning-house-19 Technology and tradition combine in Jestico + Whiles’ award-winning House 19 Abigail Banfield 2016-08-19T15:09:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:21:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7b/7b9zg119ocrxjyeg.jpg" width="514" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Winning&nbsp;the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943940/see-the-riba-2016-london-awards-winners-wilton-s-music-hall-named-regional-building-of-the-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA&nbsp;South Award</a> this&nbsp;year&nbsp;is a home strengthened by&nbsp;challenges&nbsp;faced.&nbsp;What does&nbsp;it take to bring a considered, contemporary&nbsp;design, set within a conservation&nbsp;area,&nbsp;through to fruition?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3j/3jc18yqmwdx2aydb.jpg"></p><p>Situated&nbsp;next&nbsp;to&nbsp;a&nbsp;cricket&nbsp;ground nestled in the Chiltern Hills, in the town of Old Amersham, is House&nbsp;19.&nbsp;This&nbsp;project,&nbsp;designed by&nbsp;Heinz&nbsp;Richardson of Jestico +&nbsp;Whiles, won the RIBA South Award&nbsp;2016&nbsp;and&nbsp;was&nbsp;long-listed for&nbsp;the <a href="http://bustler.net/news/tags/house-of-the-year-award/2866" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA&nbsp;House of the Year</a>&nbsp;2016. It has&nbsp;been described by the&nbsp;institute&nbsp;as&nbsp;&ldquo;mature&nbsp;architecture that does&nbsp;not need to shout&rdquo;&#894; with its&nbsp;open spaces, clever incorporation&nbsp;of&nbsp;sustainable technology, and outstanding quality, the jury&nbsp;&ldquo;unreservedly&nbsp;loved this&nbsp;house&rdquo;.</p><p>Richardson&rsquo;s&nbsp;design&nbsp;takes&nbsp;advantage of the site&rsquo;s&nbsp;location, with windows&nbsp;framing the surrounding&nbsp;Chiltern&nbsp;hills. Everything in the design is&nbsp;considered and considerate&#894; the way&nbsp;in which&nbsp;the&nbsp;levels&nbsp;are&nbsp;built&nbsp;provides&nbsp;minimal impact to the neighbouring property, and finishing this&nbsp;award-winning&nbsp;build&nbsp;is&nbsp;a clock&nbsp;fi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964157/manual-for-becoming-a-radical-architect Manual for Becoming a Radical Architect Orhan Ayyüce 2016-08-19T13:13:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:45:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ra/raomecw3tulpfmbv.jpg" width="514" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Radicalism in Architecture is not a simple choice and it&rsquo;s not dominated by the lack of reason, an important idea now that Architecture has become, due to the new technologies and trending fashions, easily reproducible.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img alt="" src="http://www.designboom.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/architectural-manual-adrian-labaut-hernandez-designboom-05-818x735.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.3nta.com/author/adrian-labaut-hernandez/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A</a><a href="http://www.3nta.com/author/adrian-labaut-hernandez/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">drian Labaut Hernandez</a>&nbsp;</strong>states, "Architecture does not need to say anything, it doesn&rsquo;t need to talk, doesn&rsquo;t need to express anything specific, and it doesn&rsquo;t need, overall, to be needlessly &ldquo;Radical&rdquo;.&nbsp;Architecture always has a meaning when it is created based on strong conceptual work, the project is there, a body of matter, showing itself immortal, personal, superior because of its inner qualities, those that can not be seen from outside and sometimes even from inside. You need to look at it, speak with it, interact, explore, touch, and at the end, for sure, admire. It is not done for a magazine page, and neither to hang in an exposition room and amaze everybody around because it is &lsquo;beautiful&rsquo;. Architecture justifies its own existence, it will emerge to create and show its own values, which at the end are completely rooted in life on this earth."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964158/watch-an-ode-to-marcel-breuer-s-snower-residence-in-kansas-city Watch: an ode to Marcel Breuer's Snower Residence in Kansas City Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-19T13:08:00-04:00 >2016-08-25T17:40:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mh/mhb36x5y9eei0cin.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Completed in 1954 for Robert and Marianne Snower, Marcel Breuer designed the house site unseen. The Snowers had reached out to Breuer after seeing his work in a magazine, and lived there until it was bought in 2014.</p><p>The current owners, Rob Barnes and Karen Bisset, then renovated some key aspects of the home, although not much was needed. The home still contains many of Breuer's original custom furniture. The below video by Hufft Projects, "A Letter to Marcel", reimagines the initial contact made between the Snowers and Breuer, and takes a tour through the home.</p><p></p><p><a href="https://vimeo.com/174220683" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Letter To Marcel</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/hufft" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hufft Projects</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vimeo</a>.</p><p><em>h/t <a href="http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/article39349167.html#storylink=cpy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Kansas City Star</a></em></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Brute Force: Atlanta's endangered Breuer, Ban's disaster relief efforts, and a honking huge lobby for driverless vehicles on Archinect Sessions #63" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943893/brute-force-atlanta-s-endangered-breuer-ban-s-disaster-relief-efforts-and-a-honking-huge-lobby-for-driverless-vehicles-on-archinect-sessions-63" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brute Force: Atlanta's endangered Breuer, Ban's disaster relief efforts, and a honking huge lobby for driverless vehicles on Archinect Sessions #63</a></li><li><a title="As the Met moves into the old Whitney, can it shrug off the iconic building's associations with its former tenant?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148283782/as-the-met-moves-into-the-old-whitney-can-it-shrug-off-the-iconic-building-s-associations-with-its-former-tenant" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As the Met moves into the old Whitney, can it shrug off the iconic building's associations with its former tenant?</a></li><li><a title="New movement urges to call Brutalism 'Heroic' instead" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141894387/new-movement-urges-to-call-brutalism-heroic-instead" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New movement urges to call Brutalism 'Heroic' instead</a></li><li><a title="Marcel Breuer Digital Archive" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/51289999/marcel-breuer-digital-archive" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marcel Breuer Digital Ar...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964006/build-your-own-u-s-capitol-with-lego-architecture-studio-s-latest-kit Build your own U.S. Capitol with LEGO Architecture Studio's latest kit Justine Testado 2016-08-18T15:45:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:41:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ml/mlnwojuoqrnrh656.jpg" width="514" height="272" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>LEGO Architecture Studio celebrated its <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/78469173/lego-architecture-studio-now-in-stores" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">big launch</a> in retail stores everywhere back in 2013 with the monochromatic Architectural Toolbox and a collection of LEGO-brick model kits of the world's most famous buildings. Although LEGO Architecture retired some of the kits over time, they recently unveiled their latest icon: the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.</p><p>The neoclassical Capitol has undergone several construction phases and restoration since George Washington laid its foundation on September 18, 1793. But with this LEGO kit, you get to call all the shots.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zr/zrmdey4fyr7dxfjq.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z0/z0t5o1stt1wzt7rc.jpg"></p><p>For $99 a set, the LEGO reinterpretation contains over 1,000 pieces, including all the essentials like the columned fa&ccedil;ade, the two-tiered dome, colonnades, the north and south wings, and steps and lawns. The dome can be removed to reveal a detailed interior of the National Statuary Hall, complete with columns, a tiled floor, and statues.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d7/d7ks0t51jffc9pjw.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ie/iepxqq50x3btbd8c.jpg"><br><br>You can also brush up on the Capitol's architectural design and history in an&nbsp;accompanying bookl...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963998/a-remarkable-time-lapse-video-of-los-angeles A remarkable time lapse video of Los Angeles Julia Ingalls 2016-08-18T13:56:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:45:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2a/2actld5z3xq7pylc.jpg" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From the Venice Canals to the detritus-strewn cliffs overlooking downtown to the interior of a hospital, this time lapse video by Mason Thibo&nbsp;surveys the edgy splendor of Los Angeles, allowing a glimpse not only of the city's extraordinary variety of neighborhoods, but the way people (and vehicles) interact with each zone. It's a kind of gorgeous panorama of how <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941219/why-american-infrastructure-funding-keeps-facing-such-an-uphill-battle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">infrastructure</a>, recreational areas, institutional facilities and residential neighborhoods combine to form the U.S.'s second largest metropolis:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963975/shl-s-shanghai-cloud-pavilion-is-a-stunning-glass-and-steel-extrusion-of-a-cartoon-cloud SHL's Shanghai Cloud Pavilion is a stunning glass and steel extrusion of a cartoon cloud Julia Ingalls 2016-08-18T12:44:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T19:17:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sm/sm5aitctz551fb2j.jpg" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Intended as both a counterpoint to the heavy industrial cranes that line Shanghai's West Bund as well as an art/exhibition space, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/851/schmidt-hammer-lassen-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHL</a>'s new Cloud Pavilion is the permanent version of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85236176/the-cloud-pavilion-by-schmidt-hammer-lassen-architects-opens-at-shanghai-west-bund-biennial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wildly successful 2013 Shanghai biennial installation</a>, which was intended only to last for two months.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1r/1rxwd6xono0qg18g.jpg"></p><p>While the first iteration's ephemeral 20,000 white ropes have been replaced by steel rods and a glassed-in viewing area, the hope is that the initial free-floating feeling remains.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oh/oh1hfafuqqueqlrb.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2z/2zjomo8s4ki6q6do.jpg"></p><p>As Schmidt Hammer Lassen design partner&nbsp;Chris Hardie explains, "The new pavilion creates a singular space in the form of an extruded glass cloud. The cloud shape in plan directly relates to the cartoon like form associated with how a child would draw a cloud, and how clouds are often seen depicted in traditional Chinese prints. The cloud is considered a symbol of luck in ancient Chinese painting."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bq/bqkb4t2uogqb7zxf.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u7/u78uimird4q7g5em.jpg"></p><p>Here's a video showing the Pavilion and the context of its site:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963974/ackroyd-associates-design-technically-advanced-photographic-studio-at-alva-west Ackroyd + Associates design technically advanced photographic studio at Alva West Ellen Hancock 2016-08-18T12:15:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:44:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/73/73yc2v3uwdp9q3zz.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Alva Studios is a well known photography studio company known for providing the most technically advanced facilities. Their new studio, a large refurbished warehouse, in West London is designed by the architects Ackroyd + Associates. Together they are working to create London's most pioneering photographic facility, with an array of one-off features such as an automated adjustable ceiling, mechanical green screens and automated daylight control.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p4/p41d0zlidwksd12u.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cz/czer0955izfoaw1d.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ru/rulxurlheai0czh6.jpg"></p><p><em>T</em><em>he scale of the studios is epic, but the ancillary spaces - the lounges, restaurant, galleries, and snugs - are intentionally designed to a more human scale.</em></p><p><em>The luxurious aesthetic for these spaces is derived from a contemporary interpretation of the industrial warehouse; polished screeds, full height pivoting crittal glazed screens, and distressed timber.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q6/q6e1feh7zvnh414a.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/46/46wqth1nl7jublx0.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/54/54c8eefyo0hzk1tg.jpg"></p><p><em>A+A worked with closely with steel fabricators, joiners and craftsmen to achieve the highest quality of finish. Many elements were prototyped to ensure that they had the correct feel and t...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963833/zumthor-s-lacma-renderings-aren-t-undercooked-they-re-exactly-what-the-museum-wants Zumthor's LACMA renderings aren't 'undercooked' – they're exactly what the museum wants Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-17T17:39:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T23:53:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4i/4i8whul68uenl2qf.jpg" width="514" height="245" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>LACMA isn&rsquo;t trying to sell fancy condos, it&rsquo;s trying to sell an art museum. This isn&rsquo;t about safe deposit boxes in the sky for foreign oligarchs, this a building that will require contributions from art patrons and museum donors, and these renderings speak their language. [...] More David Hockney than Zaha Hadid, they evoke a feel rather than architectural facts.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The latest from LACMA on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Raw Rendering Ranters: Zumthor's 'undercooked' LACMA redesign on Archinect Sessions #76" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962616/raw-rendering-ranters-zumthor-s-undercooked-lacma-redesign-on-archinect-sessions-76" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Raw Rendering Ranters: Zumthor's 'undercooked' LACMA redesign on Archinect Sessions #76</a></li><li><a title="LACMA releases new renderings of proposed Peter Zumthor building" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961607/lacma-releases-new-renderings-of-proposed-peter-zumthor-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LACMA releases new renderings of proposed Peter Zumthor building</a></li><li><a title="Following major donations, Peter Zumthor's LACMA redesign moves forward" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942789/following-major-donations-peter-zumthor-s-lacma-redesign-moves-forward" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Following major donations, Peter Zumthor's LACMA redesign moves forward</a></li><li><a title="Sunshine and noir: Peter Zumthor's new Los Angeles County Museum of Art" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134507579/sunshine-and-noir-peter-zumthor-s-new-los-angeles-county-museum-of-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sunshine and noir: Peter Zumthor's new Los Angeles County Museum of Art</a></li><li><a title="Is Zumthor's inkblot the right size for LACMA's art?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126728059/is-zumthor-s-inkblot-the-right-size-for-lacma-s-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Zumthor's inkblot the right size for LACMA's art?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963575/dissecting-mcmansion-ugliness Dissecting McMansion ugliness Julia Ingalls 2016-08-16T15:56:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T01:19:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6i/6in8f13wsuzh0yh3.jpg" width="514" height="205" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The aptly named "McMansionhell" tumblr has taken the time to carefully note just what makes a McMansion an ugly, terrible, no good architectural atrocity. Skipping over frothy diatribe and going straight into meticulous <a href="http://mcmansionhell.tumblr.com/post/148605513816/mcmansions-101-what-makes-a-mcmansion-bad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">point by point dissection</a>, the tumblr notes that McMansions fail in four key areas: Masses &amp; Voids, Balance, Proportion, and crucially, Rhythm. "McMansions lack architectural rhythm," the tumblr states, using slidetool graphics to help you wince and blanch in an informed way (as opposed to just experiencing an overpowering visceral dislike each time you pass one on the street).&nbsp;</p><p>Other ugly building news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143075812/urban-blight-a-review-of-the-petersen-automotive-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban blight: a review of the Petersen Museum</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/89531143/will-today-s-ugly-buildings-be-tomorrow-s-historic-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Today&rsquo;s Ugly Buildings Be Tomorrow&rsquo;s Historic Architecture?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148270911/turning-the-ugliest-building-in-liverpool-into-an-exemplar-of-public-health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turning the &ldquo;ugliest building in Liverpool&rdquo; into an exemplar of public health</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963444/50-designers-50-ideas-50-wards 50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards archanonymous 2016-08-16T00:08:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T21:43:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ti/tidonqv9owf6x5vt.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the very least, these projects propose efficiencies and aesthetics that run counter to the institutional momentum within the city&rsquo;s many departments, a daunting prospect in itself. None of this is necessarily inappropriate for such an exhibition, but it does ignore the question of where much of the aesthetic and spatial expression in our built environment comes from, and how we might change it.</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/149963340/construction-on-one-vanderbilt-to-move-forward-after-lawsuit-settled Construction on One Vanderbilt to move forward after lawsuit settled Nicholas Korody 2016-08-15T15:14:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T21:28:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7y/7yekvj32lvcj3g6p.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Visitors to Manhattan will soon be greeted by a gleaming new 1,401-foot tower as they exit Grand Central Terminal, now that a lawsuit between two major real estate companies has been settled. Midtown TDR Ventures, the owners of historic Grand Central, withdrew their $1.1 billion lawsuit against SL Green Realty Corp, the City Council, and the de Blasio administration on Wednesday.</p><p>A few years back, SL Green attempted to buy the air rights above Grand Central from TDR Ventures in order to build the tower higher than zoning allowed. But then the de Blasio administration rezoned the area in exchange for $200 million in transportation funds. This didn&rsquo;t go over well with TDR, who felt cheated out of their compensation for air rights.</p><p>The lawsuit was withdrawn after a leadership change at TDR Ventures, which will allow SL Green to move forward with the project, which will be designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox. The firm describes the tower as a "21st century successor to Rockefeller Center".&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20160811/midtown-east/one-vanderbilt-back-on-track-after-grand-central-owner-withdraws-lawsuit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t ...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963176/the-biases-of-ego-seums-and-other-flashy-contemporary-art-annexes The biases of ego-seums and other flashy contemporary art annexes Nam Henderson 2016-08-14T23:45:00-04:00 >2016-08-15T14:14:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ic/ic79n2d17hc7p3bp.jpg" width="514" height="310" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For museum executives, the dirty secret of expansions has been that they are often motivated by the need to have some exciting new thing to rally board members and interest potential patrons. These institutions depend heavily on rich people to fund them. Those rich people like to pay for flashy new buildings; no one wants to donate to boring old museum upkeep.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ben Davis regarding the challenge caused by the glamour of capital vs operational projects and funding. Or why&nbsp;we're building new museum buildings and simultaneously laying off museum workers.&nbsp;</p><p>h/t @<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961607/lacma-releases-new-renderings-of-proposed-peter-zumthor-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962977/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-new-sports-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's NEW "Sports!" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-08-12T15:43:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T01:08:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e5/e5t4ics4ec7tebql.jpg" width="514" height="771" 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 <strong>NEW</strong> board<em> <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/archinect/sports/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sports!</a></em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k5/k57rcojhhjmayutr.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/MJMA/project/regent-park-aquatic-centre" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Regent Park Aquatic Centre</a> in Toronto, Canada by <a href="http://archinect.com/MJMA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA)</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5s/5sn6ic252wtopzm1.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/dreysse/project/gymnasium-regis-racine-situated-in-drancy-north-east-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gymnasium Regis Racine</a> in Drancy, France by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/dreysse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexandre Dreyss&eacute; Architectes</a> &amp; S&eacute;bastien Muller; Photo: Guillaume Clement</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y2/y2azaoo8106q9ku4.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/73841048/mersin-stadium/147331414" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stadium</a> in Mersin, Turkey by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/73841048/bahad-r-kul-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bahad&#305;r Kul Architects</a>; Photo: Ket Kolektif</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m7/m7654tp744t5zyuf.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/euramax/project/ferrari-world-in-abu-dhabi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ferrari World</a> in Abu Dhabi, UAE by <a href="http://archinect.com/benoy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Benoy</a>; Roof material supplier: <a href="http://archinect.com/euramax" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Euramax Coated Products</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m0/m0ctd1cv95fvccjb.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/85768507/multipurpose-pavilion-in-viana-do-castelo-by-eduardo-souto-de-moura/85771726" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Multipurpose Pavilion</a> in Viana do Castelo, Portugal by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/55667689/souto-de-moura-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eduardo Souto de Moura</a>; Photo: <a href="http://archinect.com/joaomorgado" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Joao Morgado - Architecture Photography</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jj/jj1li8d6ic3hcjm8.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/atelierzundelcristea/project/neudorf-sports-hall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neudorf Sports Hall</a> in Strasbourg, France by <a href="http://archinect.com/atelierzundelcristea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ATELIER Z&Uuml;NDEL CRISTEA</a>; Photo: Sergio Grazia</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/w1/w1fx0dqe32a1ykg5.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/wendellburnettearchitects/project/palo-verde-library-maryvale-community-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Palo Verde Library / Maryvale...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962970/what-could-go-wrong-north-korean-construction-workers-are-being-given-crystal-meth-to-finish-projects-faster What could go wrong? North Korean construction workers are being given crystal meth to finish projects faster Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-12T14:13:00-04:00 >2016-08-13T08:37:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2w/2wj43jt7d04kecir.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>project managers at a building site in North Korea&rsquo;s capital Pyongyang are openly supplying their exhausted work force with powerful methamphetamines called &ldquo;ice,&rdquo; North Korean sources say. [...] Officials in charge of the project are pushing workers hard to finish frame construction on the buildings, which include a 70-story high-rise apartment building and at least 60 other structures, before the weather gets too cold, sources said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The construction project in question appears to be <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954910/another-speedy-pyonghattan-skyscraper-project-is-underway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ryomyong Street, a so-called "Pyonghattan"</a> for its giant scope and reportedly the country's tallest apartments. According to a report in&nbsp;<a href="http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/11/21/inside-north-koreas-crystal-meth-trade/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Foreign Policy</em></a>, the spread of methamphetamine (aka "ice") first began in North Korea during the 1990s, when it was being produced and sold as a medication.</p><p>You might also be interested in:</p><ul><li><a title="Another speedy &ldquo;Pyonghattan&rdquo; skyscraper project is underway" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954910/another-speedy-pyonghattan-skyscraper-project-is-underway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another speedy &ldquo;Pyonghattan&rdquo; skyscraper project is underway</a></li><li><a title="&lsquo;Pyongyang Speed:&rsquo; North Korea miraculously cranks out massive residential development for scientists in only one year" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143668960/pyongyang-speed-north-korea-miraculously-cranks-out-massive-residential-development-for-scientists-in-only-one-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&lsquo;Pyongyang Speed:&rsquo; North Korea miraculously cranks out massive residential development for scientists in only one year</a></li><li><a title="Pyongyang's inner Wes Anderson shines through in its architecture, then and now" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140342648/pyongyang-s-inner-wes-anderson-shines-through-in-its-architecture-then-and-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pyongyang's inner Wes Anderson shines through in its architecture, then and now</a></li><li><a title="Pyonghattan &amp; water parks: North Korea's new architectural ambitions" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136651392/pyonghattan-water-parks-north-korea-s-new-architectural-ambitions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pyonghattan &amp; water parks: North Korea's new architectural ambitions</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962954/v-a-s-main-shop-to-be-remodelled-by-friend-and-company-architects-with-millimetre-and-ra-projects V&A's main shop to be remodelled by Friend and Company Architects, with Millimetre and RA Projects Ellen Hancock 2016-08-12T12:32:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T21:19:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dn/dng0o4uxj92s71a0.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The main shop in the V&amp;A is being redesigned to create a more lively and flexible retail space at the centre of the gallery.&nbsp;</p><p>Friend and Company Architects, with Milimetre and RA Projects were selected from a&nbsp;shortlist of six practices, which included Ab Rogers&nbsp;Design, Brinkworth, Edge, Jamie Fobert Architects and&nbsp;Mark Pinney Architects.</p><p>David Bickle&nbsp;(Director of FuturePlan, Design, Estates and&nbsp;Exhibitions) from the selection panel&nbsp;said:<em>&nbsp;&ldquo;There has been a huge shift in the way that we engage with retail, and the role it&nbsp;plays in the wider cultural landscape. Friend and Company&rsquo;s design reimagines the site of our&nbsp;current shop, offering a new framework for display that is bespoke, finely crafted, and eminently&nbsp;flexible. Their use of high quality materials and carefully detailed finishes perfectly aligns with the&nbsp;values of the V&amp;A as the world's leading museum of art and design.&rdquo;</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wy/wydq7d2rqqn17mdn.jpg"></p><p>Read more recent project updates and news in London here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149962731/nex-architecture-get-approval-for-new-restaurant-on-cadogan-estate-in-west-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nex-Architecture get approval for new restaurant on C...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962766/steve-from-virginia-attempts-to-scale-trump-tower-with-suction-cups "Steve from Virginia" attempts to scale Trump Tower with suction cups Nicholas Korody 2016-08-11T13:55:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T20:47:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4m/4mf1k2r98d2umj6d.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A young man <a href="http://abc7ny.com/politics/watch-live-man-climbs-trump-tower-with-suction-cups/1464590/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">attempted</a> to scale the Trump Tower in New York using suction cups on Wednesday afternoon, creating a social media frenzy in the process. The NYPD attempted to wrangle the urban climber by following him atop window washers' scaffolding and removing entire windows &mdash; deconstructive policing, if you will. Yet the nimble man evaded their grasp for more than 2 1/2 hours, getting all the way to the 21st floor.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The man, nicknamed "Steve from Virginia" on&nbsp;Twitter, is apparently a fan of the presidential candidate. In a video manifesto posted on Youtube, he claimed that he's an "independent researcher" and the stunt was intended to get Trump's attention. Trump lives and works in the Tower, although he wasn't on the premises yesterday.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962340/design-a-wall-that-separates-trump-from-the-u-s-in-this-call-for-ideas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design a wall that separates Trump from the U.S. in this call for ideas</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961829/donald-trump-usher-of-america-s-postindustrial-urban-blight" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donald Trump, usher of America's postindustrial urban blight</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961325/donald-trump-is-architecture-s-nightmare-client" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donald Trump is architecture's nightmare client</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960678/melania-trump-s-website-disappears-after-architecture-degree-claim-is-debunked" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melania Trump's website disappears after architecture degree clai...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962731/nex-architecture-get-approval-for-new-restaurant-on-cadogan-estate-in-west-london Nex-Architecture get approval for new restaurant on Cadogan Estate in West London Ellen Hancock 2016-08-11T13:11:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T01:11:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u5/u52ylk31lfu5m0d9.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>London architecture practice Nex- have won an open design competition to build a new restaurant on the King Road Chelsea. Named the Cadogan Caf&eacute;, the new full-service restaurant will be open from breakfast through to evening meals.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/75/75x3f25wqxnm7rga.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n1/n1ea23az3j9peo7m.jpg"></p><p>The caf&eacute; has a sleek 'ribbon-like' wall of white polished concrete that curls round to a circular seating area&nbsp;for over 100 diners. A curved&nbsp;glass wall tracing the perimeter rises and falls into the basement depending on the weather. This is a world first in glass design and allows flexible yearly use and al-fresco dining.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gz/gzq3get7wc2k4629.jpg"></p><p>Featuring a new public rooftop terrace overlooking the square and the Saatchi Gallery, the cafe allows visitors to sit amidst the bustling Duke of York Square and enjoy the surrounding environment.&nbsp;</p><p>Construction is planned to begin in Autumn 2016 and completed by Autumn 2017.</p><p>Hugh Seaborn, Chief Executive of the Cadogan Estate said, &lsquo;The Jury was won over by Nex&rsquo;s design, which combines functionality with a sense of elegant self-containme...</p>