Archinect - News 2015-10-04T05:18:47-04:00 Archinect's Must-Do Picks for Archtober 2015 - Week 1 (Oct. 1-8) Archinect 2015-10-02T21:03:00-04:00 >2015-10-02T21:13:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Looking for exciting things to do in New York City this month? Lucky you, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archtober</a> is back for another year with a rich program of engaging exhibitions, lectures, conferences, films, tours, parties, and other activities to celebrate the value of architecture and design in everyday life!</p><p>From the long, long <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">list of Archtober events</a>, we have picked some exciting highlights to add to your calendar in the first week, Oct. 1-8:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dwell on Design New York | Oct. 2-4</strong></a><br><em>Dwell on Design New York upends the standard &ldquo;design show&rdquo; format with a forum that inspires new ideas &amp; a fresh point of view. Designers, architects, manufacturers, makers, and you, come together to evaluate design, solve problems and uncover innovations.</em><br>&nbsp;</li><li><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designers &amp; Books Fair: 2015 | Oct. 2-4</a></strong><br><em>The Designers &amp; Books Fair is the only book fair in the world that focuses on architecture, fashion, graphic design, interior design, product design, and all the other allied design disciplines. Publishers of new books and also rare and out...</em></p></li></ul> Chicagoans still split over lakefront Lucas Museum plans Alexander Walter 2015-10-02T18:19:00-04:00 >2015-10-02T18:21:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Opinions about the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art ranged from excitement to distaste as residents got their first chance to speak about the proposed addition to the lakefront at two public hearings this week. [...] The Chicago Park District sponsored the hearings Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss museum plans for architecture, landscaping and traffic.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Lucas open to moving his museum to Los Angeles if Chicago isn't working out</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucas museum faces lawsuit from Friends of the Parks</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How the Lucas Museum Design Will Change Chicago's Lakefront - Rendering Reveals</a></li></ul> Apple's next, HOK-designed Silicon Valley spaceship revealed Alexander Walter 2015-10-02T14:27:00-04:00 >2015-10-03T22:29:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Apple Inc. has landed its second spaceship &mdash; this time, in Sunnyvale &mdash; in a massive deal that exemplifies a new era in Silicon Valley real estate and crystalizes Apple&rsquo;s enormous growth trajectory outside of its Cupertino stronghold. [...] One caveat: It&rsquo;s unclear whether the project will be built according to that design, from architecture firm HOK, or if Apple and Landbank will want to modify it in some way.</p></em><br /><br /><p>On its marketing microsite&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>, real estate firm&nbsp;Landbank Investments and architects HOK present the designs for the planned new Apple "Central &amp; Wolfe Campus" with a series of box-hating and Walter-Isaacson-quote-spiked slides:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>All images via&nbsp;, design by HOK.</em></p><p>In other Apple-Campus-related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction update: More (unofficial) drone footage of Apple's spaceship campus</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple invites visitors to gaze at its 'spaceship' from new observation deck</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's spaceship campus being built to iPhone standards</a></li></ul> Urban Parasites, Data-Driven Urbanism, and the Case for Architecture Orhan Ayyüce 2015-10-02T14:08:00-04:00 >2015-10-02T16:11:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>at least some part of architectural practice needs to move on from having buildings as the only output. The answer to every urban question cannot always be a building, clearly. Whilst buildings may be part of some solutions, there are broader, deeper questions in play&mdash;good architects see this, but the practice (from education up) is still not exploring this implied question broadly enough.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A call for architecture, for architects, their schools, their buildings and their cities via the technology they still struggle to grasp regardless of their software driven shaping skills, a valuable read by Dan Hill of City of Sound. Technological effect is elsewhere.</p> A look inside the Nadja Apartment & Serpantina by Point Supreme Julia Ingalls 2015-09-30T19:24:00-04:00 >2015-09-30T19:24:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> participants <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Point Supreme</a>'s Nadja Apartment is a study in color and geometry: specifically, how vivid, geometric forms can unite and disassemble a space, giving the visitor clues on how to navigate and inhabit their environment.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>It's a technique that has been employed before, notably in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle Central Library,</a> where an entire floor is swathed in red and the escalators are an eye-popping vivid neon green. In the Nadja apartments, the deployment of color and geometry creates its own energy and language within the domestic sphere:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The stairs serve as focal point for the house, helping to anchor the spaces that make up the upper and lower floors of the apartment.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In this same geometric color vein, the firm has also unveiled photos of its newest project called Serpantina, which is a linear shading element for an outdoor public space:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> MMYST: a crowd-funded, human-animal hybrid building by François Roche and Camille Lacadee of New-Territories/M4 Nicholas Korody 2015-09-30T16:14:00-04:00 >2015-09-30T18:51:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"What we propose here is a different format for making architecture,"&nbsp;Camille Lacadee states in a deadpan tone, "with multiple clients, multiple users, bakers, lovers, following a bottom-up mode of exchanges and desire." A robotic arm extends into the frame and offers her a bowl of bird's nest soup, which she takes. "Oh it's hot!"</p><p>Alongside Fran&ccedil;ois Roche,&nbsp;Lacadee&nbsp;heads the&nbsp;ever-mutating, radically-experimental architecture studio currently-known-as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New-Territories / M4</a>. For their new project&nbsp;MMYST, or "mke_Me_yungR_sheltR_tmptation," they've launched a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a> that includes what is likely one of the most wonderfully strange videos that's ever been on the crowd-funding website.</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>According to the campaign description, MMYST would comprise a 140 sqm (1500 ft&sup2;) "experimental hybrid building" to be shared by humans and swiftlets, a species of bird that makes unique nests out of saliva that are prized for their culinary applications.<br><br>Sited on an outcropping of cooled-lava in the...</p> Squared: digitally altered mash-ups form imaginative architectural photo series Julia Ingalls 2015-09-30T15:05:00-04:00 >2015-09-30T15:33:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the 'Square in Square' series, Brooklyn-based photographer Oliver Michaels creates geometric images by combining various architectural elements into one piece digitally. His photo collages are neatly arranged into a square and are made of "parts of different buildings captured in a chosen area or route".</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here are a few more of the London-born photographer's digital mash-ups:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Exceeding height restrictions to break a housing logjam in San Francisco Julia Ingalls 2015-09-30T15:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-30T15:00:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Neighborhoods across the west side of San Francisco could see thousands of new housing units under a measure Mayor Ed Lee is proposing that would allow builders to exceed current height restrictions in exchange for including more affordable units.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Mayor's proposal would allow builders to add two stories of additional height to the current building height restrictions to help the notoriously expensive metropolis of San Francisco become more affordable to middle-class denizens (unlike federal or state sponsored initiatives, which target low-income groups). To exceed the height restrictions, thirty percent of the new development's units would have to be affordable; for those projects that are fully comprised of affordable units, developers would be able to add a third story.&nbsp;In San Francisco, middle-class is defined as "families making between 120 and 140 percent of area median income, which is $122,000 to $142,000 for a family of four."&nbsp;</p><p>For more on San Francisco's housing crisis, do check out:</p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says</a></p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No room for affordable housing in SF? Build it in Oakland</a></p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Markasaurus does the math on SF housing prices</a>&nbsp;</p> Herzog & de Meuron's concept for new Vancouver Art Gallery released Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-29T20:08:00-04:00 >2015-09-30T01:30:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">beating out</a> KPMB Architects, SANAA, Tod Williams Billie Tsien and DS+R&nbsp;to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">win the project back in April of 2014</a>,&nbsp;Herzog &amp; de Meuron have now released the first look at their design for the new Vancouver Art Gallery, a significant update on the Gallery's old neoclassical building and the firm's first in Canada.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The new Gallery will not only double the amount of exhibition space to over 85,000 square feet, but also relocate the institution a few blocks into a quickly-developing sector of Vancouver's downtown. The formal update is pretty extreme &ndash; the prior Gallery's columns, front steps and flanking lions bestowed a formal, traditional vibe, while Herzog &amp; de Meuron's stack of wooden and transparent volumes is top-loaded so that "the modest, almost domestic scale will enhance the character of openness and visibility for everyone," according to Jaques Herzog in a statement.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more information on the Gallery's redesign, check out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our interview with museum director&nbsp;Kathleen S. Bart...</a></p> Editor's Picks #430 Nam Henderson 2015-09-29T13:21:00-04:00 >2015-10-03T17:20:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>,&nbsp;Editorial Manager for Archinect, reviewed "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shelter</a>" the debut exhibition at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture and Design Museum</a>&rsquo;s new location in Los Angeles' Arts District.&nbsp;Despite what you might assume&nbsp;</p><p>"<em>Shelter isn&rsquo;t about designing for the 21st century family, or the millenial, or the homeless, in Los Angeles &ndash; it&rsquo;s about forming new expectations of how housing and the city should interact...housing imagined in Shelter is about merging L.A.&rsquo;s residential spaces with its civic topography, forming a less privatized residential existence in the city</em>".</p><p>The winners of Archinect's Dry Futures competition were selected. In the "Speculative" category "Grassroots Cactivism" by Ali Chen took <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first place</a>. While "Liquifying Aquifers by Lujac Desautel <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">won first place</a> in the "Pragmatic" category.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deane Madsen</a>&nbsp;was impressed "<em>A timely and relevant competition with thoughtful responses. Well done, all around!</em>"<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dame Zaha Hadid was announced as winner of 2016 Royal Gold Medal</a>. Sir&nbsp;Peter C...</p> China opens 590-foot-high glass-bottom bridge Alexander Walter 2015-09-28T13:28:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T13:52:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The recently completed span is a glass walkway suspended a stomach-flipping 180 meters (590 feet) above a sheer drop in China's central Hunan Province. Haohan Qiao, as it's known in Chinese, is the latest in a series of glass-floored attractions to open in China and the rest of the world. Each of the glass panes is 24 millimeters thick and 25 times stronger than normal glass. Hunan is due to open another glass bridge later this year in the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon area [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China announces world's longest and highest glass bridge</a></p> Turning Alvar Aalto's Mount Angel Abbey library into a concert hall Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-25T18:03:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:49:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Music ensemble Third Angle will team up with choir group Cappella Romana for a new project, &ldquo;Frozen,&rdquo; on Oct. 3-4. They&rsquo;re giving a voice to one of Oregon&rsquo;s most famous buildings...the Mount Angel Abbey library in St. Benedict, Oregon [...] &ldquo;We&rsquo;re going down into a stairwell and we started singing, and we found a pitch that really resonated the hell out of the building...We want this to be, in effect, a harmony of the building. We want to reimagine the building as an instrument.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ten Top Images on Archinect's new "Eating & Drinking Spaces" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-09-25T15:44:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:49:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="" 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>brand new</strong> board<em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eating &amp; Drinking Spaces</a></em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dim Sum Bar</a> in Quito, Ecuador by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hou de Sousa</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">JG Domestic</a> in Philadelphia, PA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cr&egrave;me</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plochmann Lane</a> in Woodstock, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Megan Oldenburger</a> (Interior Designer, Decorator and Project Manager)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Workshop</a> in Palm Springs, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOMA Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Superba Food+Bread</a> in Venice, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design, Bitches</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Ship</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Jamieson</a>; Photo: Sam Oberter</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flatiron Meets Bali</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Matiz Architecture and Design</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oak Pass Main House</a> in Beverly Hills, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walker Workshop</a>; Photo: Joe Fletcher</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iconic Cafe</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">studio vural</a>; Photo: Kate Glicksberg</p><p>(Cover pic: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kafka Reside...</a></p> LA's redesigned Petersen Automotive Museum: so bad the public will love it? Alexander Walter 2015-09-25T13:56:00-04:00 >2015-10-01T15:24:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The scaffolding is off the Petersen Automotive Museum&nbsp;on Mid-Wilshire, and even though the building isn't yet open to the public, the reactions have been&nbsp;passionate. "The New Look of the Petersen Automotive Museum is Really Really Bad," trumpeted a headline in Curbed. (The story, by Marissa Gluck, went on to describe the building as "the Guy Fieri of buildings: obnoxious, loud, and, ultimately, sure to be inexplicably embraced by the public.")</p></em><br /><br /><p>Los Angeles is enjoying its fair share of museum-related news these days:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Broad Museum opens its doors for a look beyond the veil</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's critical round-up of LACMA's Frank Gehry exhibition</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's critical round-up of Los Angeles' Broad Museum</a></li></ul> The beautiful stations of rail's golden age Nam Henderson 2015-09-25T11:35:00-04:00 >2015-09-25T11:35:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Destination Stations, brings together architectural models, drawings, paintings and fragments of the stations themselves, to tell the story of the railway station in Britain...It will be your first chance to see any of this material in an exhibition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Paul Kerley interviewed Ellen Tait about her exhibit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Destination Stations</a>, on show at the National Railway Museum in York from 25 September 2015 until 24 January 2016.</p> Renderings released for Warsaw's new Museum of Modern Art Julia Ingalls 2015-09-25T08:58:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T22:17:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Phifer and Partners</a>&nbsp;has released remarkably boxy renderings for&nbsp;The Museum of Modern Art and TR Warszawa Theater in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Warsaw</a>, Poland. The renderings hint at a more complex internal spatial arrangement, a la The New World Symphony in Miami, Florida, but from the outside they are undoubtedly square.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The idea behind the design is that "the museum, theater, and forum form an ensemble working simultaneously together while remaining distinct from each other and the context." Visitors will be able to access the museum from all sides, while the architecture of the theater "reflects TR Warszawa's varied programming."&nbsp;</p> Photographing 5,000+ pubs in London Julia Ingalls 2015-09-25T05:44:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:13:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the past seven years, Ewan has been painstakingly researching London's pubs, both past and present, cataloguing them and taking photos before uploading details to his online database Pubology...his mission is to photograph every pub in London &ndash; although, as he tells me, it's difficult to know just how close he is to that goal.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Estimating the total number of pubs in London at somewhere around 5,000, photographer Ewan Munro has tried to draw some distinctions to limit the scope of his massive project. For example, how does one define <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>, and how does one define a pub versus a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bar</a>?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>From historic, centuries-old establishments to modern shipping container drinkeries, Munro has managed to assemble an impressive architectural <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">archive</a> of pub photos: cheers to that.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> New Rafael Viñoly skyscraper will be tallest in Chicago's South Loop Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-24T13:33:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:10:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="272" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects, which also designed the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business in Hyde Park, the 792-unit building would be the first of three that Crescent Heights plans just south of the park. [...] Crescent Heights has become one of the busiest apartment buyers in downtown Chicago, recently paying $126 million for a 298-unit apartment building in the South Loop. It also owns 160 rental condominiums in Walton on the Park, a Gold Coast high-rise.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on development in Chicago:</p><ul><li><a title="Obama Presidential Center competition attracts 140 firms, early 2016 selection date of architect expected to be delayed" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama Presidential Center competition attracts 140 firms, early 2016 selection date of architect expected to be delayed</a></li><li><a title="Requirements for affordable housing in Chicago under attack from developers" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Requirements for affordable housing in Chicago under attack from developers</a></li><li><a title="In Chicago, forming economically integrated suburbs is more complex than it looks" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Chicago, forming economically integrated suburbs is more complex than it looks</a></li><li><a title="Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's &quot;High Line&quot;, but anxiety for its future remains" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's "High Line", but anxiety for its future remains</a></li></ul> Archinect's critical round-up of Los Angeles' Broad Museum Julia Ingalls 2015-09-23T15:50:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:40:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From a super-sized cheese grater, to a&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">contraceptive sponge</a>, to an inadvertent fun house ride, the critics have thoroughly analogized the new Broad museum in mostly positive (if occasionally biting) reviews. To follow up with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia's review, published earlier today</a>, we offer some other critical perspectives on LA's latest architectural landmark.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The L.A. Times</a>' Christopher Hawthorne frames the museum's relative success principally in terms of the political and physical struggle it took to realize it (Broad is currently suing the structure's skin fabricators for what he claims were costly, time-delaying fabrication errors). "It wouldn't be fair to say that the museum, which has moments of real charm, buckles under the burden of those expectations and conflicts. But in a number of places, including its surprisingly punchless facade, it shows the considerable strain of holding up that weight."</p><p>Hawthorne also reflects on the building in terms of&nbsp;Diller Scofidio + Renfro's overall body of...</p> Proposed Seattle Tower, designed by LMN Architects, could become the West Coast's tallest Nicholas Korody 2015-09-23T15:20:00-04:00 >2015-09-23T15:42:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="243" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seattle's tallest skyscraper is about to get a much taller neighbor. New information submitted to the city shows that the skyscraper planned for Fourth Avenue and Columbia Street will be 101 stories tall.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Move over LA, Seattle is reaching for the skies: the US Bank Tower may just get knocked off its throne as a proposed tower for Seattle is set to claim its spot as the tallest building on the West Coast.<br><br>The 1.2-million-square-foot building is slated for the west-side of 4th Ave, directly across from Seattle's current tallest building, Columbia Tower.<br><br>While the expected height in feet has not been released, the floor count exceeds the US Bank Tower's 73 floors, and comes close to that of the nation's tallest building, the 104-story One World Trade Center.<br><br>Plans for the building were filed earlier this year by Miami-based developer Crescent Heights. According to a statement, their aim is to create "an iconic building that redefines the skyline and changes the way we live, work and play downtown."</p> Obama Presidential Center competition attracts 140 firms, early 2016 selection date of architect expected to be delayed Justine Testado 2015-09-22T14:30:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:55:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The [Barack Obama Foundation] said 99 of the [140] firms were based in the U.S. with 'many' from Chicago...The Foundation expects [to shortlist] fewer than 10 finalists, who will be asked to respond to the still-to-be-released 'Request for Proposals.'...A Foundation spokesman said that given the number of responses, 'we are reviewing' the self-imposed early 2016 deadline for President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle to select an architect.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about the Obama Presidential Center on Archinect:</p><p><a title="First big-name architects confirmed for Obama Presidential Center " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First big-name architects confirmed for Obama Presidential Center </a></p><p><a title="Coming soon: search for architect of Obama's presidential center" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coming soon: search for architect of Obama's presidential center</a></p><p><a title="Chicago will indeed be the home of the Obama Presidential Center" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago will indeed be the home of the Obama Presidential Center</a></p><p><a title="University of Chicago will reportedly win race for Obama Presidential Library" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Chicago will reportedly win race for Obama Presidential Library</a></p><p><a title="2014 Chicago Prize winners envision the Obama Presidential Library" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 Chicago Prize winners envision the Obama Presidential Library</a></p> Renzo Piano's Kum & Go HQ enters construction phase + new (better) renderings Alexander Walter 2015-09-22T09:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:59:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Earlier this summer, Midwest convenience store chain Kum &amp; Go <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">revealed a first peek</a> at their new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano-designed Des Moines, Iowa headquarters</a>. The initial round of design illustrations were of a rather austere, CAD-like quality, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect commenters remarked</a> that the renderings failed to express how the project would relate to its urban context.</p><p>Now several new, photorealistic renderings have been revealed that help to get a better understanding of the 5-story building at 1459 Grand Avenue, officially dubbed the Krause Gateway Center.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <em>East View.</em></p><p>With construction fencing going up and demolition work of existing buildings beginning this week, the project is certainly moving forward. Presentation of updated plans to the Urban Design Review Board is scheduled for the coming days.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <em>West View.</em></p><p>All images courtesy of Renzo Piano Building Workshop.</p> David and Gladys Wright house pursues landmark status Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-21T17:43:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:29:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The organization seeking to turn the David and Gladys Wright House in Phoenix into an educational and cultural center filed for historic landmark protection last week, seeking official status for a 6.1-acre site before following through with plans to open it to the public. [...] The designation would provide preservationists with a nice ending to the long saga of this spiral residence, which at one point in 2012 was slated for demolition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Frank Lloyd Wright's legacy:</p><ul><li><a title="With $1.5M to go, Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture approaches first fundraising milestone towards independence" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With $1.5M to go, Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture approaches first fundraising milestone towards independence</a></li><li><a title="Frank Lloyd Wright's &quot;Unity Temple&quot; getting a $23M restoration" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright's "Unity Temple" getting a $23M restoration</a></li><li><a title="&ldquo;New&rdquo; Frank Lloyd Wright Home Found" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;New&rdquo; Frank Lloyd Wright Home Found</a></li><li><a title="Frank Lloyd Wright's La Miniatura finally sells in Pasadena " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright's La Miniatura finally sells in Pasadena</a></li><li><a title="Frank Lloyd Wright house causes controversy in wealthy Phoenix neighborhood" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright house causes controversy in wealthy Phoenix neighborhood</a></li></ul> Can Vancouver break out of its 'boring-architecture' mold with these new ambitious skyscrapers? Alexander Walter 2015-09-21T17:03:00-04:00 >2015-09-21T17:12:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A slew of innovative new condo towers are being proposed for Vancouver, as the city aims to take its arguably boring architecture to the next level. [...] Vancouver's move into adventurous architecture arguably began back in 2013, when Danish architect Bjarke Ingels revealed his design for twisting tower Vancouver House, which is now under construction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG&rsquo;s 490-foot-tall Beach and Howe Tower for Vancouver</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another case of "poor door" for proposed Vancouver high-rise</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interview with Vancouver Art Gallery's director: how will Herzog &amp; de Meuron's new museum impact Canadian architecture?</a></li></ul> Zaha Hadid ineligible to participate in Tokyo Stadium design-build competition Justine Testado 2015-09-18T15:38:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:24:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="251" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the headache-inducing whirlwind regarding Japan's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New National Stadium</a> for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Zaha Hadid Architects and Japanese engineering company Nikken Sekkei announced their ineligibility to participate in the design-and-build competition for the stadium's redesign. Why? Because they couldn't secure a construction company for their consortium, which they struggled with after ZHA's previous design&nbsp;was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">scrapped</a>, mostly due to an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">inflated &yen;252 billion&nbsp;price-tag</a>. ZHA's latest announcement follows a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">snazzy 23-minute video</a> and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a 91-page report</a> they put out last month, wherein they asserted their case for Japan to keep the previous stadium design. Earlier this month, the team intended to submit a new bid for the project.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>From Zaha Hadid Architects' New National Stadium Report - August 2015.</em></p><p>But not too surprisingly, ZHA's announcement on their ineligibility is no swan song for their involvement in the project, and they continue to convey the same sense of determination. Despite...</p> Editor's Picks #429 Nam Henderson 2015-09-18T12:46:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T21:21:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today's Editor's Picks is a special themed "place based" edition - highlighting content (old/newish) from the archives/site - about Denver and Colorado. Partly as an apology for the brief/unexpected lull in the Picks. Also, inspired by my own recent relocation to The Mile High City. Just one part of an ongoing attempt to learn about my new home.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While MArch students at the University of Colorado, Denver, Patrick Beseda and Lacy Williams realized a design/build project for a micro-dwelling. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOUNDhouse</a> inspired by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WikiHouse project</a>, was an exploration of digital fabrication, the possibilities of DIY and the democratization of housing/shelter.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br>Back in the 1990s the Denver area was site of an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">extreme makeover </a>(aka environmental remediation) for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">6,500 acre</a> Rocky Flats DOE nuclear industrial site.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Archinect ex-Editor in Chief | Staff Editor <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Jourden</a>&nbsp;coined <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bil(Denver)bao</a>&nbsp;in response to the news that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Adjaye</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Libeskind</a>, all had active projects in the same city - Denver. Similarly in a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">post</a> on how cities across America are gambling on architecture to revitalize aging downtowns, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;criticized "<em>i hate the new 'ready made culture' trend. new museums=starbucks</em>".</p><p>Richard Florida used occupational data from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">labor market data and research firm EMSI</a> to map&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">America's Leading Design Cit...</a></p> Eero Saarinen's dormant JFK terminal to become Jet Blue hotel Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-18T12:33:00-04:00 >2015-09-21T17:22:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>JetBlue and MCR will build hotel rooms from the ground up next to the terminal and refurbish the interior of the building to become the property&rsquo;s main entrance. [...] It is to have 505 rooms, 40,000 square feet of meeting space, up to eight eateries and an observation deck. The old terminal will serve as the lobby, with the rest of the hotel set back from it in a new building.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jet Blue's hotel will be JFK's first, finally utilizing Saarinen's masterpiece after 14 years (and counting) of vacancy.</p><p>For more news at JFK:</p><ul><li><a title="Fancy $48M animal terminal to open in JFK Airport next year" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fancy $48M animal terminal to open in JFK Airport next year</a></li><li><a title="JetBlue tapped as prospective developer for JFK TWA terminal" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">JetBlue tapped as prospective developer for JFK TWA terminal</a></li><li><a title="Hotelier, Andre Balazs, to convert JFK&rsquo;s historic TWA terminal into a hotel and conference center" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hotelier, Andre Balazs, to convert JFK&rsquo;s historic TWA terminal into a hotel and conference center</a></li></ul> Urban fingerprints reveal a city's fundamental character and composition Julia Ingalls 2015-09-17T15:10:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:36:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Like humans, cities and neighborhoods have their own unique fingerprints. The maps were created by researchers at the center&rsquo;s Urban Age program, who have been studying how the layout of rapidly urbanizing cities can affect their livability.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York</a> is a grid, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a> is an airy whirl, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hong Kong</a> is dense: at least, that's according to the black and white "fingerprint" maps put together by the Urban Age program at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London School of Economics and Political Science</a>. The project helps researches see at a glance the macroscopic characteristics of urban environments, from density to wealth disparity to room for growth. The project has profiled urban centers all around the world, including <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rio de Janeiro</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mumbai</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For news about other innovative designs using aerially-compiled urban patterns, do read:</p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UpStarts: Four O Nine architecture and design</a></p> Approaching a multilayered death at Aldo Rossi’s cemetery Alexander Walter 2015-09-17T13:37:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:36:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Aldo Rossi&rsquo;s addition to the San Cataldo Cemetery is a paragon of postmodern architecture, seeing the cemetery up close exposes some of the style&rsquo;s major shortcomings. [...] all you&rsquo;ve got left is a half-empty, unfinished cemetery with assorted maintenance equipment left lying around. Perhaps you can keep drawing meaning from this decay. But lord knows it&rsquo;s difficult to sustain a deep engagement with life and death after you&rsquo;ve tripped over a garden hose.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How a postmodernist department store is trying to become the youngest monument in Poland</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Postmodern No 1 Poultry divides architects in debate over recent heritage</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">They died as they designed: famous architects' self-styled gravestones</a></li></ul> Sale of Twombly painting to help fund OMA-designed addition to the Wilshire Boulevard Temple Nicholas Korody 2015-09-16T20:59:00-04:00 >2015-09-17T10:17:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's something like cultural alchemy: the sale of a single painting is set to pay for half of a new OMA-designed annex space for the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, according to an announcement made today by the congregation. Donated by the philanthropist&nbsp;Audrey Irmas, the painting is a 1968 "blackboard"&nbsp;painting by the artist Cy Twombly.</p><p>Actually, according to predicted figures, the sale of the&nbsp;eight-foot-wide, grey-and-white painting would just about cover the $60 million price tag of the new building. As reported by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the New York Times</a>, the sale of a similar, but smaller, painting last year at Christie's brought in $69.9 million.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Irmas is a long-time congregant at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the oldest in Lost Angeles and a historic center for the Jewish community.<br><br>&ldquo;I am thrilled and honored to be a part of the new addition designed by the world renowned Rem Koolhaas and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture&nbsp;at Wilshire Boulevard Temple," Irmas stated.&nbsp;<br><br>According to the press release...</p>