Archinect - News 2015-03-29T08:43:07-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/123916644/christopher-hawthorne-dissects-zumthor-s-inkblot-with-lacma-director-michael-govan Christopher Hawthorne dissects Zumthor's inkblot with LACMA Director Michael Govan Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-28T09:02:00-04:00 >2015-03-28T09:54:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h7/h7n29tlrpiua5mr2.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Since opening the doors of its original William Pereira buildings in 1965, the Los Angele County Museum of Art has grown along with its home. The version of the city beloved by Reyner Banham and Pereira was alive then on the historic Miracle Mile, proselytizing megasized car-infrastructure and New Suburban models of living. From the 1980s through the 2000s, the museum expanded and reorganized, adding Bruce Goff&rsquo;s Japanese Pavilion and Renzo Piano&rsquo;s additions. Now, the entire conglomerate is slated for a redesign, into a singular swath by famed museum architect Peter Zumthor, with new attention paid to an incoming Metro station. And according to the <em>Los Angeles Times&rsquo;</em> architecture critic, Christopher Hawthorne, this is distinctly on track with where the megaregion as a whole is going &ndash; part of his so-called &ldquo;Third Los Angeles&rdquo;.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v9/v9mcgcj2evjrd34l.jpg"></p><p>This third stage of Los Angeles is &ldquo;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122585949/the-days-of-infinite-thinking-what-city-of-quartz-means-for-los-angeles-25-years-later" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">an altogether more integrated, metropolitan-oriented</a>&rdquo; place, and is the namesake for Hawthorne&rsquo;s ongoing lecture series exp...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123915839/further-details-on-tadao-ando-s-nyc-luxury-condo-tower Further details on Tadao Ando's NYC luxury condo tower Alexander Walter 2015-03-27T20:50:00-04:00 >2015-03-28T19:22:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bf/bf078905b4166d8d8e79daa741a1e315.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the corner of Elizabeth and Kenmare Streets at the edge of NoLIta, demolition work began in early March to make way for a seven-story condominium, Mr. Ando&rsquo;s first stand-alone project in the city, although he has designed a restaurant (Morimoto in Chelsea) and residential interiors in Manhattan. Sales are expected to begin in April, with prices [...] likely to rise to more than $30 million for the four-bedroom penthouse, according to Mr. Steinberg.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102271187/new-details-on-tadao-ando-s-upcoming-residential-project-in-nyc-s-nolita" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New details on Tadao Ando's upcoming residential project in NYC's NoLIta</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/95126889/tadao-ando-to-design-first-residential-building-in-new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando to design first residential building in New York</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/123910222/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-glass-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Glass" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-03-27T20:05:00-04:00 >2015-03-27T20:08:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3d/3d87ybz14dslmwnc.jpg" width="514" height="699" 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/glass/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Glass</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qq/qqw7arco2sx0yzsd.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/33668/mas-museum-aan-de-stroom/123719774" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAS - Museum aan de Stroom</a> in Antwerp, Belgium by <a href="http://archinect.com/neutelings-riedijk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neutelings Riedijk Architects</a>; Photo: Sarah Blee &copy; Neutelings Riedijk Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zy/zy1r6g2an4gnesvc.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/704/fellows-pavilion-american-academy-berlin/117860451" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fellows Pavilion - American Academy</a> in Berlin, Germany by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/704/barkow-leibinger" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barkow Leibinger</a>; Photo: &copy; Stefan M&uuml;ller</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gx/gx3igbk3siu392an.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/110659178/p-blia-hort-nsia-de-castro-high-school/110777230" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">P&uacute;blia Hort&ecirc;nsia de Castro High School</a> in Vila Vi&ccedil;osa, Portugal by C&acirc;ndido Chuva Gomes, Arquitectos Lda. (team member: <a href="http://archinect.com/brunobernardo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bruno Trindade Bernardo)</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t5/t55a0dbx0p8amyii.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/bytrarchitecten/project/verbouwing-tuindorp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Verbouwing Tuindorp</a> in Utrecht, the Netherlands by <a href="http://archinect.com/bytrarchitecten" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BYTR Architecten</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sp/spz4k0ubkzshotoj.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/83908089/peribere-residence/120890549" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peribere Residence</a> in Miami Beach, FL by <a href="http://archinect.com/STRANGarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">[STRANG] Architecture</a>; Photo: &copy; Claudia Uribe-Touri</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2e/2e04ke2mn75jp1ux.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/54428815/house-in-sang-an-playground-of-a-delightful-couple/117830766" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House</a> in Sang-an, South Korea by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/54428815/studio_gaon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">studio_GAON</a>; Photo: Hyosook Chin</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gn/gn4ahbo420ft62h2.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/hplusf/project/jesuit-high-school-chapel-of-the-north-american-martyr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jesuit High School Chapel ...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123898150/ds-r-s-berkeley-art-museum-pacific-film-archive-announces-first-exhibit-preps-for-2016-opening DS+R's Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive announces first exhibit, preps for 2016 opening Justine Testado 2015-03-27T17:26:00-04:00 >2015-03-27T20:17:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2r/2r8wo7cf72156zrp.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive</a> recently revealed details to their inaugural exhibition and other fun-sounding programs as they prepare to move into their new downtown Berkeley location at Oxford and Center Streets, across the University of California, Berkeley campus. The new museum -- which Diller Scofidio + Renfro was <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/uc_berkeley_selects_three_finalists_for_new_art_museum_pacific_film_archive" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">commissioned</a> to design -- is scheduled to open in early 2016.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/up/upu44bhvj9j38t41.jpg"></p><p>With DS + R as design architect, the $112 million project will integrate the former UC Berkeley printing plant and a new steel-clad curvilinear structure, encompassing about 82,000 sq.ft total. The new structure will include improved accessible spaces to house BAM/PFA's exhibition spaces, film screenings, offices, and other public amenities. On the other hand, the project preserves some original elements of the UC Berkeley printing plant such as the north-facing sawtooth roof to let natural light filter into the ground-floor galleries.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qo/qo24pudnkgx6xt0a.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wy/wy2cnlzdkhg3bwh5.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/de/detgz54ir48sr7jm.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dc/dcvtht9aec5ezwaq.jpg"></p><p>The new structure will also feature two film theaters (232 ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123825037/great-synagogue-of-edirne-in-turkey-europe-s-third-largest-synagogue-reopens-after-five-year-restoration Great Synagogue of Edirne in Turkey, Europe's third largest synagogue, reopens after five-year restoration Justine Testado 2015-03-26T19:39:00-04:00 >2015-03-27T20:17:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7b/7bl69br81yoyqvyg.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Top Turkish government officials, nearly 100 international dignitaries, and 500 members of the Turkish Jewish community took part in a ceremony commemorating the re-opening of the Great Synagogue of Edirne today after a five-year restoration. The synagogue is claimed to be the largest synagogue in the Balkans and the third largest in Europe.</p><p>The $2.5 million government investment repaired the synagogue's lead-clad domes, its collapsed roof and walls, and its foundation was fortified. Inside, the floor covering was restored to its original patterns and colors, as well as the Torah inscriptions. Turkey&rsquo;s Prime Ministry General Directorate of Foundations oversaw the restoration.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qe/qe5h4e3aebq7v5l4.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zi/zimydszoer2z2vdk.jpg"><br><em>The Great Synagogue of Edirne - after and before restoration</em>.</p><p>The push to rebuild the Great Synagogue began in 2010, as part of an effort to mitigate restrictions on Turkey's non-Muslim religious minorities.&nbsp;Authorities describe the Great Synagogue's reopening as a symbol of tolerance towards Turkey's Jewish commu...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123833084/this-modernist-rudolph-schindler-church-in-south-la-could-be-yours-for-1-85m This modernist Rudolph Schindler church in South LA could be yours for $1.85M Alexander Walter 2015-03-26T19:01:00-04:00 >2015-03-27T20:18:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/69/6945aunxhm6gmu4w.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Prolific Los Angeles Modernist Rudolph Schindler designed dozens of timeless duplexes, apartments, houses, and office buildings, but he only ever designed one church. Bethlehem Baptist Church in Central-Alameda was built in 1944 for a small, black church congregation. Now, just after a much-needed restoration to what was for many years a pretty rough-looking building, the architecturally significant church&mdash;an official Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Landmark&mdash;is up for sale.</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/123814576/wilkinson-eyre-renovated-weston-library-at-oxford-now-reopened Wilkinson Eyre-renovated Weston Library at Oxford now reopened Justine Testado 2015-03-26T13:58:00-04:00 >2015-03-27T20:18:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v8/v85aehd21lhlkwmi.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Beginning as the New Bodleian Library, the <a href="http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/weston" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Weston Library</a> at Oxford University was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and constructed in the 1930s. Although construction finished in 1940, wartime purposes delayed the building's official opening in 1946. For the most part, the building remained unaltered other than the addition of the Indian Institute as a south-facing roof extension in 1966-69 by architect Robert Potter and other minor changes in 2010. Then in 2011, London-based <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/11712/wilkinson-eyre-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wilkinson Eyre Architects</a> began renovating the Grade II building, which reopened to the public this past weekend.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1k/1kpjgrtftjgo722q.jpg"></p><p>The &pound;80 million redesign is part of the Bodleian's efforts to better preserve -- and promote -- their vast special collection of books, manuscripts, and other historical objects. In their redesign, Wilkinson Eyre vied to revamp the building's infrastructure while respecting its heritage. As if the collections weren't already enough to gaze in awe at, Wilkinson Eyre also added new reading rooms, r...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123741480/isis-threatens-southern-tunisian-towns-including-the-star-wars-set-for-tatooine ISIS Threatens Southern Tunisian Towns Including the Star Wars Set for Tatooine Nicholas Korody 2015-03-25T14:50:00-04:00 >2015-03-25T22:29:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rs/rscrugte102vu3u6.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tataouine, the town in Tunisia where George Lucas filmed parts of Star Wars, has become embroiled in the country&rsquo;s unrest with Isis. The town&rsquo;s simple domed structures became iconic after they were used for Luke Skywalker&rsquo;s home planet of Tatooine, and die-hard fans often make pilgrimages to them. But the town has become increasingly unsafe, as it is a waypoint for Isis fighters travelling to and from training bases in Libya, 60 miles to the east.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The article doesn't note that the design of the set is based off the architecture of the adjacent Berber-speaking village of Matmata. Tourists are driven in old Land Rovers by guides across the sweeping dunes of the Northern Sahara to the more famous set, which isn't actually inhabited, but is named after the nearby city/region of Tataouine. I visited the site in 2011 &ndash; less as a Star Wars enthusiast and more as a student, then engaged in research on the revolution. At the time, the area was considered a bit dangerous but for slightly different reasons: borders in the Sahara are much more porous than they appear on a map, and armed militants from Libya had been sighted in the region. Now that those forces have pledged allegiance to ISIL, the permeability of Tunisia's borders becomes an even graver issue.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mb/mb2nhitzuc78jw5j.jpg"></p><p>Matmata is a rather sleepy town containing incredibly beautiful and unique architecture. That being said, with the exception of the bar adapted for use in the first Star Wars, none o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123741481/morphosis-turns-vals-into-skyscraper-village Morphosis turns Vals into "Skyscraper Village" Alexander Walter 2015-03-25T14:36:00-04:00 >2015-03-27T17:46:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5m/5mnicpclixmqwxvm.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Plans for a 381m high luxury hotel tower in a sleepy Alpine village have just been unveiled &ndash; and the designer is convinced it will fit right in. But is it any more than a castle in the air? [...] The new hotel tower, designed by Pritzker prizewinner Thom Mayne&rsquo;s practice, Morphosis, will shoot up 381m into the clouds (almost a third taller than the Shard), a looming spectre visible for miles around the tiny alpine village. It is a gigantic mirror-clad middle finger aimed at the region [...].</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/123739068/uli-report-says-houston-astrodome-can-and-should-live-on ULI report says Houston Astrodome “can and should live on” Alexander Walter 2015-03-25T14:10:00-04:00 >2015-03-25T14:10:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sy/sy0b6z2705rbq7jh.jpg" width="514" height="153" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Houston&rsquo;s iconic NRG Astrodome &ldquo;can and should live on&rdquo; as a multi-use park that will enhance the quality of life for residents of the city, serve as a popular tourist destination, and catalyze economic development that enhances the greater NRG Park and benefits the region as a whole, according to a report released today from the Urban Land Institute (ULI).</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read the full ULI report,&nbsp;<em>The Astrodome, Harris County Texas: A Vision for a Repurposed Icon</em>, <a href="http://uli.org/wp-content/uploads/ULI-Documents/Houston_Astrodome_PanelReport_2014.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123735848/selgascano-unveils-designs-for-the-2015-serpentine-pavilion SelgasCano unveils designs for the 2015 Serpentine Pavilion Nicholas Korody 2015-03-25T13:00:00-04:00 >2015-03-25T14:18:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ae/aev3ry3zymofvjz2.jpg" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Earlier today, the Serpentine Galleries in London <a href="http://www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/serpentine-pavilion-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">released</a> the first images&nbsp;of the 2015 Serpentine Pavilion, designed by the Spanish firm of <a href="http://www.selgascano.net" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SelgasCano</a>&nbsp;headed by Jos&eacute; Selgas and Luc&iacute;a Cano. In keeping with the criteria of the annual program, this will be the first UK project by the award-winning firm, and is also the first pavilion designed by Spanish architects. According to a statement released with the announcement, the pavilion will consist of "an amorphous, double-skinned, polygonal structure consisting of panels of a translucent, multi-coloured fabric membrane (ETFE) woven through and wrapped in webbing." The images released with the statement consist of&nbsp;colorful, playful renders populated by cartoonish figures.</p><p>A much-anticipated event each year, the Serpentine Pavilion is one of the "top-ten most visited architecture and design exhibits in the world." Visitors to the SelgasCano-designed pavilion will be able to enter the structure from a number of openings, "passing through a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123682840/the-panama-canal-gets-supersized The Panama Canal Gets "Supersized" Nicholas Korody 2015-03-25T11:10:00-04:00 >2015-03-26T17:41:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a1ejw7hk8pecbfs0.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Over a hundred years ago, the first ships passed from the Atlantic to the Pacific through the Panama Canal. One of the greatest engineering feats ever, the Panama Canal is entering a new stage in its history in order to stave off the threat of obsolescence presented by &ldquo;post-Panamax&rdquo; ships, or vessels larger than the size constraints of the Canal. An engaging episode of the History Channel&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.history.com/shows/modern-marvels" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Modern Marvels </em></a>series, &nbsp;&ldquo;Panama Canal Supersized&rdquo; documents the herculean efforts of engineers and thousands of workers to construct a new passage through the Americas that will radically change the global economy.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c4/c4gua5cqndgi7vwc.jpg"></p><p>Considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world by the American Society of Civil Engineers, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama_Canal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the original Panama Canal</a> took over a decade to complete. Since the early 16th century, there were several attempts to cut through the American continent in order to facilitate faster trade, eventually leading to a failed effort by the French in the late 19th century. The United States p...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123676402/steven-holl-s-second-university-of-iowa-arts-building-topped-out Steven Holl's second University of Iowa arts building topped out Justine Testado 2015-03-24T20:48:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T21:20:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cq/cqhhwh1z6fvm7ayb.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Steven Holl Architects is gracing the campus grounds of the University of Iowa once again with the recently topped out Visual Arts Building. The firm -- in collaboration with BNIM Architects -- won the competition in 2010 to design the new arts facility, which will house the studio departments for the School of Art and Art History. The Visual Arts Building replaced the original mid-1930s building that became heavily damaged during a flood at the campus in June 2008. The building is slated for a May 2016 opening.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hk/hkfw8l71pp03894i.jpg"></p><p>SHA's design focuses greatly on forming new social spaces for students and faculty to gather and intermingle. The vertically porous facility will provide 126,000 sq.ft. of space for graduate student studios, faculty and staff offices, and galleries. Ample loft-like spaces will be allotted to the departments of printmaking, painting, photography, 3D multimedia, and sculptural arts.</p><p>Stairs and corridors that weave throughout the four-story structure were designed as "social cond...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123674790/manifesto-for-the-clever-city Manifesto for the Clever City Nam Henderson 2015-03-24T18:20:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T23:44:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mr/mr3x6fa0jw9wqn4o.jpg" width="514" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To establish a use case it is essential to understand the &lsquo;users&rsquo;; the human beings who a service is supposed to help. This means really getting to know those people. The service should be built around their needs, not those of the city government or technology provider.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Written (at the suggestion of Bruce Sterling) at South By South West 2015. It is based on reflections on building several connected city services.&nbsp;</p><p>h/t <a href="https://twitter.com/bruces" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Bruce Sterling</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123673982/smiljan-radic-s-serpentine-pavilion-moves-to-somerset Smiljan Radić’s Serpentine Pavilion Moves to Somerset Nicholas Korody 2015-03-24T17:44:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T18:07:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/95/95d5357740727f5a3cde7e5b77cf2f48.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last year, Chilean architect Smiljan Radi&#263; revealed his Serpentine Pavilion&mdash;an enormous shell-shaped structure perched atop jagged quarry stones in Hyde Park&mdash;as part of the London gallery&rsquo;s prestigious architecture program. Thousands of visitors examined its translucent fiberglass walls over the course of the summer. This week, the pavilion will be unveiled at its new, permanent home, amid the spring gardens of Hauser &amp; Wirth Somerset in Bruton, about two and a half hours from London by train.</p></em><br /><br /><p>&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/67/67649bd8aea02cadcf90699919ebd92f.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/68/68c6556c33043ab18016844e02d44534.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123669152/a-new-ethics-of-the-skyline-the-mile-high-building-is-coming A new ethics of the skyline: the mile-high building is coming Alexander Walter 2015-03-24T15:52:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T16:07:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n9/n98qbpws6efc53gl.jpg" width="514" height="598" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The technology of supertall buildings is a bit like genetic testing or nuclear energy: a volatile form of power. Technological capacities have outpaced our judgment. We know we can do it, but we don&rsquo;t know when not to do it. And so some endlessly wealthy mogul [...] will eventually move into a preposterously expensive penthouse so far above the Earth&rsquo;s crust that the air is thin and gales hammer at the glass. A mile&rsquo;s not science fiction. It&rsquo;s not even an outer limit.&nbsp;</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/123666742/snapshots-of-cristi-n-undurraga-s-alberto-hurtado-memorial-museum Snapshots of Cristián Undurraga's Alberto Hurtado memorial museum Justine Testado 2015-03-24T15:18:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T15:24:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/be8xrfsuwu1tarw0.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2010, a sanctuary in Santiago was completed in [Hurtado's] honor &mdash; at the very site where he founded the Hogar de Cristo back in the 1940s. The building was designed by Chilean architect Cristi&aacute;n Undurraga, of Undurraga Dev&eacute;s Arquitectos, and it is elegant and serene &mdash; a true space of contemplation. It also makes the most of simple materials: rough B&eacute;ton brut concrete, glass blocks and blond wood ceilings that don't overwhelm the artifacts on display...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Calming photos of the Santiago-based memorial museum, which Chilean architect&nbsp;<a href="http://www.undurragadeves.cl/?page_id=43" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cristi&aacute;n Undurraga</a> designed in honor of Jesuit priest Father Alberto Hurtado and his humanitarian work.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123660296/lacma-latest-zumthor-reins-in-his-inkblot-redesign LACMA latest: Zumthor reins in his inkblot redesign Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-24T13:54:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T16:36:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/22/227710a0510cce73bc2a63fd375d915d.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Once a free-flowing, biomorphic design inspired by the La Brea Tar Pits and the work of the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, the design has become noticeably more angular and muscular in recent weeks. It now features double-height galleries made of white or light-gray concrete and poking up above the roofline of the rest of the museum [...] "No one will call it a blob anymore," LACMA Director Michael Govan said ... "Peter hasn't given up the curve. But he's really, really reined it in."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a title="Peter Zumthor pushes LACMA redesign to the curb to make room for tar pits" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102705026/peter-zumthor-pushes-lacma-redesign-to-the-curb-to-make-room-for-tar-pits" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Zumthor pushes LACMA redesign to the curb to make room for tar pits</a></li><li><a title="L.A. County supervisors approve initial funding for new LACMA building" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113033373/l-a-county-supervisors-approve-initial-funding-for-new-lacma-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. County supervisors approve initial funding for new LACMA building</a></li><li><a title="Peter Zumthor's $450,000,000 'Black Flower' for LACMA" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74507137/peter-zumthor-s-450-000-000-black-flower-for-lacma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Zumthor's $450,000,000 'Black Flower' for LACMA</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/123591960/frch-design-worldwide-upgrades-zaha-hadid-s-contemporary-arts-center-lobby-in-cincinnati FRCH Design Worldwide upgrades Zaha Hadid's Contemporary Arts Center lobby in Cincinnati Justine Testado 2015-03-23T17:40:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T12:30:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fd/fd9rcy82denly7qb.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After moving a few times in Cincinnati throughout the later half of the 20th century, the <a href="http://contemporaryartscenter.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Contemporary Arts Center</a> relocated into its current home at the Lois &amp; Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Arts in 2003. Designed by Zaha Hadid, who won the commission in the late 1990s, the building is the first U.S. contemporary art institution designed by a woman. Shortly after the building opened, Herbert Muschamp of The New York Times hailed the building as "the most important American building to be completed since the end of the Cold War.&rdquo; The non-collecting museum has housed temporary exhibitions, installations, and performances.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ls/lsg7jt10me9g8ngk.jpg"></p><p>Hadid envisioned the CAC building as an "urban carpet" that draws in pedestrians to experience the interior space by walking on a gently sloping meandering path. Aiming to connect the building's monochromatic exterior with its "playful" interior, FRCH added a cafe, lounge, and seating area in hopes to create a livelier and welcoming lobby for visitors. "We...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123585526/why-do-all-hipsters-look-the-same Why do all hipsters look the SAME? Orhan Ayyüce 2015-03-23T14:22:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T16:20:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5c/5cqn3ee8dda6p8d4.jpg" width="514" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There is always a delay between the time a trend begins to gain traction, and the time hipsters begin following it. This delay is caused because people can't be aware of what others are deciding, in real-time. As a result, hipsters gradually realise that the trend, and the decision has been made while making the same decision separately. This leads to them gradually conforming towards what then becomes the mainstream.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Now, try to imagine&nbsp;"architects" instead of&nbsp;"hipster." Vertical farms? Poche? Blobs? Hedonistic urbanism? Parametric buildings? New Urbanism? Old Urbanism? Etc, etc,.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123582308/christopher-hawthorne-s-infatuation-with-toyo-ito Christopher Hawthorne's "infatuation" with Toyo Ito Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-23T13:16:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T13:17:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0e9524011f22cf0405f781bd02db6b86.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In an era when many architects are acclaimed for impressive rhetoric or jaw-dropping computer renderings &mdash; or both &mdash; [Ito] has earned his following in purely architectural terms. He knows how to build, to shape space in a way that respects traditional craftsmanship and seems utterly contemporary. [...] That odd and productive co-dependence of design and place, architect and site, is a relationship that doesn't really exist in any other art form.</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/123582305/bali-s-fascinating-bamboo-architecture Bali’s fascinating bamboo architecture Alexander Walter 2015-03-23T12:47:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T17:43:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2j/2jwwbpuc7szxyqov.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;There was a time when you could not be poor enough, or rural enough, to want to live in a bamboo house,&rdquo; says Ibuku founder Elora Hardy. A former print designer for Donna Karan, Hardy now leads an Indonesian firm that creates innovative, luxurious structures out of cheap, sustainable, plentiful bamboo. In a talk at the TED conference last week, Hardy&nbsp;wowed the audience with spectacular images that defy traditional notions of house shapes and construction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Learn more about Ibuku on the firm's <a href="http://archinect.com/ibuku" target="_blank">Archinect profile</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123205872/pondering-the-cultural-value-of-frank-gehry-s-winton-guest-house Pondering the cultural value of Frank Gehry's Winton Guest House Justine Testado 2015-03-20T20:56:00-04:00 >2015-03-25T05:00:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0u/0upwgg3zlrgal3gc.jpg" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Frank Gehry's Winton Guest House was recently announced to be up <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122285690/frank-gehry-s-winton-guest-house-to-be-up-for-sale-on-may-19-in-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">for auction</a> on May 19 in Chicago. Designed for Mike and Penny Winton during the '80s in Lake Minnetonka, MN, the Guest House helped propel Gehry into international stardom in the '90s. Currently, the University of St. Thomas owns the $4.5 million home, which was repurposed as part of the Daniel C. Gainey Conference Center in Owatonna, MN a few years ago. Ever since St. Thomas sold the Gainey last year, the Guest House is once again up for grabs and must -- also once again -- start relocation this June to meet its August 2016 deadline.</p><p>The Winton Guest House revives the question of what cultural value that the house -- and others vernacular structures like it -- possess. As this <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122285690/frank-gehry-s-winton-guest-house-to-be-up-for-sale-on-may-19-in-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">comment discussion</a> shows, the topic is a subjective one with no clean-cut answer.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1y/1y42c6w0a9j9mm8m.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rr/rryc2avj7n89t78e.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fd/fd6zfnltiveww3jg.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d3/d30r3z6sdfc2tbf9.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0i/0izeflax5z7uhj23.jpg"></p><p>Some may agree that the Guest House's value lies in its history, like an art object that can be studied or referred to for inspiration. <a href="http://art.stthomas.edu/gehry/status-of-the-winton-guest-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">According to the University o...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123372967/kant-is-a-moron-graffitied-on-the-philosopher-s-home "Kant is a moron" graffitied on the philosopher's home Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-20T20:01:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T23:39:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/73/732917e1fb256651b53a50a072c1eda4.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Russian police say they're looking for the intellectually minded miscreants who graffitied "Kant is a moron"&mdash;along with a flower and heart&mdash;on the philosopher's home outside Kaliningrad. With Arthur Schopenhauer dead for 155 years, however, authorities start off with few strong leads.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The derelict house does look like an easy target for vandalism, but apparently the philosopher never even actually lived inside.&nbsp;<em>The Atlantic</em>&nbsp;points out that the local structure Kant lived in was destroyed sometime in the 19th century, and the tagged building was in fact a new one built on the same site. Which, apparently, relieves&nbsp;<em>The Atlantic </em>of treating this as a preservationist issue, and instead gives free reign to cram in as many of Kant's philosophical principles as possible. See below:</p><ul><li>"They say<strong> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critique_of_Pure_Reason" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">no reason, pure or otherwise</a></strong>, was given for the crime."</li><li>"Even the timing of the crime is unclear&mdash;journalists discovered the note, <a href="http://people.whitman.edu/~frierspr/kants_bemerkungen1.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>at once crude and rather refined</strong></a>, while exploring Kant's derelict home."</li><li>"But&nbsp;for those who would reclaim the discipline's more raucous reputation of the past, the graffiti is perhaps a positive sign, and maybe the first salvo in a war between Situationists&nbsp;and Enlightenment thinkers. Indeed, a critic of Kant's ideas might feel a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Categorical_imperative" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>categorical imperative</strong></a> to tak...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/123352854/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-wood-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Wood" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-03-20T14:10:00-04:00 >2015-03-25T14:19:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nb/nbhja0pffjjb272y.jpg" width="514" height="702" 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/9r/9rv7heaw63vdysx4.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/103124358/restaurante-don-shawarma/119761670" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Restaurante Don Shawarma</a> in Babahoyo, Ecuador by <a href="http://archinect.com/naturafuturarq" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Natura Futura Arquitectura</a>; Photo: Juan Alberto Andrade &amp; Natura Futura</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ag/agpmlemshf8djjtc.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/jamieson/project/carlyon-residence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carlyon Residence i</a>n Traverse City, MI by <a href="http://archinect.com/jamieson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Jamieson</a>; Photo: Glen Rauth</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yg/ygcgllhol8c3d729.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/120432170/kindergarten-and-caretaker-house/120432977" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kindergarten and Caretaker House</a> in Bregnano, Italy by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/carlorivi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carlo Rivi Architecture</a> in collaboration with Eugenio Castiglioni</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x8/x8che3qo68h7prs4.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/98342/brooklyn-row-house-2/121734672" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brooklyn Row House 2</a> in New York, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/oa-ny" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Office of Architecture</a>; Photo: Ben Anderson Photo</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cd/cd1esqi2f9tllnmu.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/29878/morris-house/119811451" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morris House</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/29878/martin-fenlon-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martin Fenlon Architecture</a>; Photo: Eric Staudenmaier</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8t/8touiak1n13gx396.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/www.mgaarchitects.com/project/m-jg-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">M&amp;JG House</a> in Lincoln, MA by <a href="http://archinect.com/www.mgaarchitects.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marcus Gleysteen Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p4/p46vfy2ox0hosu1f.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/andersonanderson/project/phoenix-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Phoenix House</a> in Berkeley, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/andersonanderson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anderson Anderson Architecture</a>; Photo: An...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123352855/is-newark-the-next-brooklyn Is Newark the Next Brooklyn? Richard Meier & Partners 2015-03-20T13:28:00-04:00 >2015-03-20T19:42:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ui/uieuy7kv0joya11f.jpg" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When construction&rsquo;s done in 2016, Teachers Village will consist of eight, low-rise buildings housing three charter schools and a daycare facility, 65,000 square feet of retail, and 205 residential units designed by the world-renowned Richard Meier, Newark&rsquo;s native son and architect of the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art in Spain.</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/123296640/holmenkollen-ski-jump-turns-into-airbnb-penthouse-for-one-night Holmenkollen ski jump turns into Airbnb penthouse for one night Alexander Walter 2015-03-19T20:47:00-04:00 >2015-03-19T20:53:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mb/mb61ypywtlz5b4re.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>One lucky soul will get to enjoy an unforgettable night in one of Oslo's most iconic destinations later this month: the topmost floor of the <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39903/jds-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">JDS</a>-designed Holmenkollen ski jump will be turned into a cozy, fully furnished Airbnb penthouse for the winner of a <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/5401060" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent online contest</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ms/mssdla3nzrwbs11q.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cl/clpzgg9453krjdro.jpg"></p><p>From the contest description:</p><p><em>Set at the top of the ski jump where champions prepare for flight, the apartment&rsquo;s floor to ceiling windows give you one of the best views imaginable of Oslo, snow capped mountains and endless forest.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>On the first floor, 250 steps below the apartment you will find the world&rsquo;s first ski museum. Discover more than 4,000 years of ski history and learn about the adventures of polar explorers, including Roald Amundsen.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3d/3d7g8fda255ub206.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fq/fqfx9hi5lrs83x4m.jpg"></p><p><em>After a day in the snow, leave your gear and take the lift up to your apartment at the very top of the Holmenkollen ski jump.&nbsp; </em></p><p><em>Right above you is the highest roof terrace in town, so you can do some serious stargazing as dinner is served. If you&rsquo;re really lucky, you might...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123282174/copenhagen-approves-sleek-mosque-design-by-henning-larsen-architects Copenhagen approves sleek mosque design by Henning Larsen Architects Alexander Walter 2015-03-19T15:27:00-04:00 >2015-03-20T12:00:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d2/d225e0c2580daea20ead31197117ccf8.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Muslims in Copenhagen can look forward to getting a new place of worship as Copenhagen Municipality has approved a planning application for a new, modern-looking mosque this week by the Muslim faith group Islamisk Trossamfund. The new mosque, which will be designed by the renowned architect firm Henning Larsen Architects, will replace a current mosque located on the corner of Dortheavej and Tomsg&aring;rdsvej in the Nordvest district of the city.</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/123275741/chicago-s-willis-tower-sold-for-1-3b-to-blackstone-group Chicago's Willis Tower sold for $1.3B to Blackstone Group Alexander Walter 2015-03-19T13:20:00-04:00 >2015-03-19T15:42:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/su/sunx1q6e360e0qob.jpg" width="476" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Blackstone Group LP agreed to buy Chicago&rsquo;s Willis Tower, the second-tallest building in the U.S., and plans to upgrade the retail and observatory space in a bet on growth in the city. [...] On a per-square-foot basis, the valuation for the more than 40-year-old Willis Tower is lower than deals for newer buildings. The Blackstone price is about $342 a square foot, based on about 3.8 million square feet (353,000 square meters) of rentable space.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122214181/need-a-skyscraper-chicago-s-willis-tower-just-hit-the-market" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Need a skyscraper? Chicago&rsquo;s Willis Tower just hit the market.</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123209093/the-secret-service-wants-to-build-a-fake-white-house The Secret Service wants to build a fake White House Nicholas Korody 2015-03-18T18:19:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:57:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1w/1wzl1ohdm72ipib9.jpg" width="514" height="269" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In testimony before the House Appropriations Committee, Joseph P. Clancy, the director of the Secret Service, on Tuesday urged lawmakers to give him money to build a detailed replica of the White House to aid in training officers and agents to protect the real thing. Beltsville, about 20 miles from the real White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, is the location of a 500-acre Secret Service training site in the verdant terrain of southern Maryland.</p></em><br /><br /><p>File this one under <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114120516/archinect-s-lexicon-duplitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>duplitecture </strong></a>(noun: an intentional, functioning copy of a pre-existing, and often familiar, piece of architecture).</p><p>After garnering criticism following a series of &ndash; erm &ndash; security lapses (here's a <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/03/secret-service-disaster-timeline/387643/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">timeline</a>), the Secret Service has requested $8 million to construct a duplicate White House in order to train their agents to better protect the real one (and its rather important occupants). According to Mr. Clancy, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s important to have a true replica of what the White House is so we can do a better job of this integrated training between our uniform division officers, our agents and our tactical teams."</p><p>No word on if the fake White House will offer <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/03/13/secret_service_alcohol_white_house_security_lapse_is_latest_evidence_of.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DUI classes</a>...</p><p>Incidentally, this isn't the first duplitecture White House. In their <a href="http://www.nextnature.net/tag/fake-for-real/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fake for Real</a> series,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nextnature.net/2008/01/fake-for-real-white-house/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NextNature</a> posted about a replica version of the famous residence built by the Chinese entrepreneur Huang Qiaoling. Apparently, he wanted to be able meet business associates in the "Oval Office."</p><p>&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d0/d0f3o9udwbh3p99a.jpg"></p>...