Archinect - News 2015-03-04T19:19:00-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/122125723/michael-kimmelman-on-why-paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-building-is-worth-saving Michael Kimmelman on why Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County building is worth saving Alexander Walter 2015-03-04T13:47:00-05:00 >2015-03-04T15:31:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ua/uagkuqi8yvocn95l.jpg" width="514" height="253" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Michael Kimmelman&rsquo;s column this week, about the debate over plans to demolish a midcentury Paul Rudolph building in Goshen, N.Y., makes the case for why it should be saved. It is only one example of his taking up a cause. As The Times&rsquo;s architecture critic, he has not been shy about advocacy. Here, he describes why he&rsquo;s been outspoken in supporting this building, which doesn&rsquo;t have the profile of other fights he has taken up.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119441450/future-of-paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-building-still-uncertain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future of Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County building still uncertain</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115580114/paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-gem-to-be-repurposed-as-arts-hub" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County gem to be repurposed as "arts hub"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103630900/rethinking-a-spurned-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rethinking a Spurned Landmark</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99369287/gwathmey-siegel-s-kaufman-wants-to-buy-paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-government-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gwathmey Siegel's Kaufman wants to buy Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County Government Center</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/122068728/mecanoo-s-newly-opened-delft-train-station-hall-stays-true-to-its-city-roots Mecanoo's newly opened Delft train station hall stays true to its city roots Justine Testado 2015-03-03T21:46:00-05:00 >2015-03-04T00:58:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ea/eapvlyxzrc6q300o.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Six years after the project was first announced, Delft's new railway station hall opened its doors to the public this past Saturday. Designed by native Dutch firm Mecanoo, the new building purposefully nods to its cultural roots so that visitors arriving at the station will know from the get-go that they are in Delft indeed.</p><p>The station hall, which is the first phase of the development, is built above a new train tunnel that will replace an old 1965 concrete viaduct by 2017. Amsterdam/Aachen-based Benthem Crouwel, who worked on the Rotterdam Centraal Station, designed the station's below-ground platforms.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qq/qqn80vsbpew0krpk.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wc/wcvytzrf72m4pqv7.jpg"></p><p>With Francesco Veenstra as design lead, Mecanoo focused on balancing Delft's rich history with its present and future for their design concept. As expected, the Delft Blue color scheme is rampant throughout the building's exterior and interior.</p><p>The building's outer fused-glass skin was designed to "reflect the Dutch skies" and features a lens-like sphere pattern that refers to a commo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122062298/with-london-s-palace-of-westminster-crumbling-the-british-government-may-have-to-find-a-new-home With London's Palace of Westminster crumbling, the British government may have to find a new home Alexander Walter 2015-03-03T18:02:00-05:00 >2015-03-03T20:38:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7s/7sutn0qhy0e2h9rb.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Let me share a secret with you. Even those who love the Gothic extravagance that is the Victorian Palace of Westminster know that great swaths of it are out of date. [...] In 2015 the urgent question is again what to do about it. [...] options ranging from staggering on as usual with make-do-and-mending to a new 21st-century building on a new site, possibly far from London.</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/121976344/vienna-plan-world-s-tallest-wooden-skyscraper Vienna plan world's tallest wooden skyscraper Nicholas Korody 2015-03-02T16:20:00-05:00 >2015-03-04T16:16:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9l/9l425ipnim1uh7g0.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A wooden skyscraper that Austrian architects say will be the tallest of its kind in the world is to be built in Vienna next year. The 84-metre (276ft) HoHo project in the Seestadt Aspern area, one of Europe&rsquo;s largest urban development sites, will house a hotel, apartments, restaurant, wellness centre and offices, and is expected to cost about &euro;60m (&pound;44m).</p></em><br /><br /><p>Designed by&nbsp;R&uuml;diger Lainer and Partner, the skyscraper would consist of 76% wood. The material choice, according to project developer&nbsp;Caroline Palfy of Kerbler, is largely ecological. While wood requires hewing down trees, its net environmental impact is far lower than concrete: construction would produce&nbsp;2,800 tonnes less of CO2<strong>&nbsp;</strong>emissions than an equivalent-sized concrete structure.</p><p>Of course, there's a reason why our cities don't tend to be populated by wooden towers. And the Viennese fire service has already expressed concern over the designs. But, with measures including "a more fail-safe sprinkler system," the building will likely pass muster.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lp/lpdo0hjaqs4nnvkz.jpg"></p><p>For others, criticism of the proposed skyscraper center around its height. Politicians and other civically-engaged Austrians have expressed concern that the tower will not fit into the historic city's skyline.</p><p>More generally, there's been a good deal of interest in the use of wood in skyscraper design in the last few years. For related conte...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121971507/a-look-at-africa-s-modernist-architecture A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture Nicholas Korody 2015-03-02T13:57:00-05:00 >2015-03-02T21:01:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/dbzwxguikmp5tv05.jpg" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;There was an intense flowering of experimental and futuristic architecture in the 1960s and 70s, which the young African countries used to express their national identities,&rdquo; says [Swiss architect Manuel] Herz, who has curated an exhibition of more than 80 buildings from sub-Saharan Africa, showing at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, until May. &ldquo;But we simply don&rsquo;t know about it... we wanted to show this incredible cultural wealth that also exists.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Usually the projects of African "big man" leaders, the modernist buildings were often constructed for propagandistic purpose and tended to be designed by European architects. Noted architectural photographer Iwan Baan took many of the photographs in Herz's exhibit.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121968291/building-the-first-slavery-museum-in-america Building the First Slavery Museum in America Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-02T13:03:00-05:00 >2015-03-03T14:24:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sk/skkbwnyhendo5oxq.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Built largely in secret and under decidedly unorthodox circumstances, the Whitney [Plantation] had been turned into a museum dedicated to telling the story of slavery &mdash; the first of its kind in the United States. Located on land where slaves worked for more than a century, in a state where the sight of the Confederate flag is not uncommon, the results are both educational and visceral.</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/121757223/michael-maltzan-looks-to-the-future Michael Maltzan Looks to the Future Nicholas Korody 2015-02-27T19:30:00-05:00 >2015-02-27T20:15:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5j/5j313lvk1mij6jwu.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Los Angeles is a place that is &ldquo;conducive to making ideas and forms at the same time,&rdquo; asserted Michael Maltzan during a talk yesterday at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles. Part of the museum&rsquo;s ongoing lecture series inCOLLABORATION, Maltzan&rsquo;s talk focused on the relationship his projects hold to their infrastructural, urban and social contexts, as well as his conception of the role of contemporary architecture in the future of American cities.</p><p>The talk was divided into three categories: housing, civic or landscape design, and infrastructure. Yet as Maltzan moved from one to the next, he noted the conceptual permeability of these categories. On the one hand, he asserted that the movement between a house and an infrastructure project, for example, can be radically divergent. This is a fact with which Michael Maltzan Architecture has become intimately acquainted as they have greatly expanded their reach both programmatically and geographically in recent years. On t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan Google Unveils BIG + Heatherwick Studios Collaboration for New Campus Master Plan Nicholas Korody 2015-02-27T16:26:00-05:00 >2015-03-04T13:41:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/01woyj5y1mepnx3t.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;Silicon Valley has been the cradle of a series of innovations that, over the last decades, have propelled technology and [the] world economy, but all of the resources, all of the intelligence, has been invested into the immaterial, the digital realm, the internet,&rdquo; asserts Bjarke Ingels of <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;ved=0CB8QFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.big.dk%2F&amp;ei=-MfwVI6uEsimgwSVx4DgAQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNF60fL4F7VbSYOVwLzjbYXvwUsN6w&amp;sig2=r5l7ynji_q4IHnSbtCP2Uw&amp;bvm=bv.87269000,d.eXY" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> at the beginning of a new video released today by Google (posted at the end of this article). David Radcliffe, the&nbsp;Vice President of Real Estate and Workplace Services at Google, continues: "Tech really hasn&rsquo;t adopted a particular language for buildings.&rdquo; Google hopes to change that, unveiling an ambitious new master plan for their Mountain View campus designed collaboratively by Bjarke Ingels Group and <a href="http://www.heatherwick.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heatherwick Studio</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x6/x6cbjq72n63ieixb.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yv/yv0kh4n3bgkk9b57.jpg"></p><p>Radcliffe explains that Google scoured the world for the architecture practices they found most innovative. "The BIG Studios &ndash; they&rsquo;re ambitious, they do a lot of very community-focused projects and that was very compelling to us,&rdquo; while Thomas Heatherwick "has this attentio...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121694530/editor-s-picks-406 Editor's Picks #406 Nam Henderson 2015-02-27T12:32:00-05:00 >2015-02-28T22:24:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/08/082z5gnoykszrpho.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;published another edition of Archinect&rsquo;s <strong>UpStarts:</strong>&nbsp;featuring <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/121127644/upstarts-martha-read-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martha Read Architects</a>.&nbsp;Referring to the design for a Marina authorities Building in Porto Montenegro,&nbsp;<strong>Olaf Design Ninja_</strong> commented "<em>it's like it's dancing, right Kristofer?...a little twist on the water kind of thing</em>"</p><p><br><strong>&nbsp;News</strong><br>Architecture professor Jane Porter <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121051328/she-had-got-it-razan-abu-salha-remembered-by-her-architecture-professor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wrote an essay in memory o</a>f Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha.&nbsp;<strong>Lye__Nerd____Sky__Nerd</strong> thought the whole thing tragic beyond words and proposed the establishment of "<em>a scholarship fund in her name</em>". On a related note check out <a href="http://storycorps.org/listen/yusor-abu-salha-and-mussarut-jabeen/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this</a> StoryCorps interview with from May 2014 with Yusor Abu-Salha &ndash; one of the other victims of the shooting in Chapel Hill &ndash; recorded a StoryCorps interview with Mussarut Jabeen (L), who was her 3rd grade teacher.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9g/9gucsw3lpif7kzkj.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;reported in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121126039/s-ha-zkan-looks-globally-to-find-architectural-innovation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">from S&uuml;ha &Ouml;zkan recent talk at SCI-Arc</a> which "<em>convincingly explicated the radicalism of socially-aware architecture, even when it appears traditional</em>".&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;argued he "<em>is either guilty by associati...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121665563/chinese-coal-mining-company-destroys-nearly-every-building-in-protected-village-dating-back-to-ming-dynasty Chinese coal mining company destroys nearly every building in protected village dating back to Ming dynasty Alexander Walter 2015-02-26T14:37:00-05:00 >2015-02-27T12:17:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/96/96442bf5d726d6fb93f17abeecd1175b.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Chinese government has promised to protect a rural mountain village that contains some of the country&rsquo;s oldest temples and residences. [...] Despite designating Banpo as a protected heritage site in 2007, the Jincheng city government nonetheless allowed the Shanxi Jincheng Anthracite Mining Group to displace the village later that year. [...] Nearly every building was destroyed and those that remained were left in ruins.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;Corporations are people, my friend.&rdquo;</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121659936/plans-to-rebuild-crystal-palace-likely-shattered Plans to rebuild Crystal Palace likely shattered Archinect 2015-02-26T12:59:00-05:00 >2015-02-27T11:52:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wd/wdbgwnp9c0nwjcno.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Plans for a replica Crystal Palace have suffered a set back after a south London council pulled out of negotiations with a Chinese developer. ZhongRong Group wants to rebuild Crystal Palace, which burnt down in 1936, but has failed to meet a deadline set by the council to produce plans.</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/121646250/smart-buildings-architects-using-brain-science-for-design-guidance Smart buildings: Architects using brain science for design guidance Miles Jaffe 2015-02-26T12:14:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T12:24:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fs/fsz5vn0nipgun56d.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The push is on to incorporate brain science into design and architecture... Hopefully, the days of windowless classrooms to prevent vandalism and distraction are over.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Science once agains confirms what we already know, and architects turn it into a marketing tool.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121599690/baby-boomers-pass-the-mid-century-baton-in-palm-springs Baby Boomers pass the mid-century baton in Palm Springs Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-26T09:49:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T13:26:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d9/d9ts8wpr878bbk2q.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Along the highways leading from Los Angeles into the Coachella Valley desert, there are two types of sign-posts. One is the rocky, harsh faces of the imposing mountains &ndash; the closer the mountains are cut to the side of the road, the narrower the perspective and the less intimidating the surrounding desert seems, like blinders on a horse. The other is literal sign-posts, glowing lollipops of fast food restaurants, gas stations, motels and casinos. Floating above their signifieds like geotags on a satellite image, they make their offerings known &ndash; food! gas! fortune! In the desert&rsquo;s harsh environs, it&rsquo;s too risky to venture into the unknown, so best stick with the drive-through cheeseburger.&nbsp;</p><p>But then, suddenly there are neat rows of palm trees. Scattered lights on the nightscape coalesce into boulevards and fall in line with landscaped desert palms, manicured gravel patches, and curated cacti. And then there are the mid-century modernist dollhouses, amidst equally inspired gas station...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121599686/the-five-2015-mies-van-der-rohe-award-finalists-are-revealed The five 2015 Mies van der Rohe Award finalists are revealed Justine Testado 2015-02-25T18:15:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T17:22:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xf/xfy7mf1td7ppanj5.jpg" width="514" height="629" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116210253/the-european-mies-van-der-rohe-award-rounds-up-420-nominated-projects-for-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">420</a> to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120447466/the-2015-mies-van-der-rohe-award-shortlists-40-projects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">40</a> and now the final five. The European Commission and the Fundaci&oacute; Mies van der Rohe announced the finalists of the 2015 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture &ndash; Mies van der Rohe Award today in London. Initiated in 1987, the biennial &euro;60,000 prize is one of the highest-ranking prizes in European architecture for projects less than 2 years old.</p><p>The award highlights recent projects that best represent the prize's mission to foster design and technological innovation as well as noteworthy contributions from architects across the continent. Previous <a href="http://www.miesarch.com/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=23&amp;Itemid=36&amp;lang=en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">grand-prize winners</a> include familiar names like David Chipperfield Architects, SN&Oslash;HETTA, Zaha Hadid, OMA, Nicholas Grimshaw, Peter Zumthor, Dominique Perrault, Foster + Partners, &Aacute;lvaro Siza Vieira, and Henning Larsen Architects.</p><p>The five contenders are:</p><p>&darr; <strong>Ravensburg Art Museum</strong> <strong>in Ravensburg, Germany by Lederer Ragnarsd&oacute;ttir Oei</strong><br>Authors: Arno Lederer IC), J&oacute;runn Ragnarsd&oacute;ttir, and Marc Oei (DE)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a2/a2djibe5sdglipu7.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ms/ms7lpa1bxmq8zlgi.jpg"></p><p>&darr; <strong>Danish Maritime Museum</strong> <strong>i...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121598884/a-new-use-for-the-eiffel-tower A New Use for the Eiffel Tower Nicholas Korody 2015-02-25T18:07:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T12:16:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9y/9y0li5ri0wu1r6l2.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While hard to imagine today, Paris&rsquo;s most iconic monument was largely reviled when it was first built for the 1889 World&rsquo;s Fair. On February 14, 1887, as construction was just beginning, a group of some of most notable Parisian artists, writers, architects and intellectuals &ndash; <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/1987-04-23/news/mn-722_1_eiffel-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">including</a> Charles Garnier, &Eacute;mile Zola, Alexandre Dumas <em>fils</em>, and Guy de Maupassant &ndash; launched a petition against the Eiffel Tower. "We, the writers, painters, sculptors, architects and lovers of the beauty of Paris, do protest with all our vigour and all our indignation, in the name of French taste and endangered French art and history, against the useless and monstrous Eiffel Tower,&rdquo; their statement <a href="http://www.discoverfrance.net/France/Paris/Monuments-Paris/Eiffel.shtml#" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">read</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z0/z0qjo9dz0ox21pps.jpg"></p><p>Today, concerns over the use-value of the most-visited paid monument in the world seem comical. But throughout its history, the question of utility has been central to conversations about the Eiffel Tower. Gustave Eiffel, the engineer who designed the 906 ft. tall structure, defensively <a href="http://paris-eiffel-tower-news.com/eiffel-tower-stories/eiffel-tower-controversy.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">touted</a> it&rsquo;s scientific ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121532238/mvrdv-approved-to-redesign-the-70s-vandamme-nord-block-in-montparnasse-paris MVRDV approved to redesign the '70s Vandamme Nord block in Montparnasse, Paris Justine Testado 2015-02-25T15:28:00-05:00 >2015-02-25T16:50:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ay/ayxv10c0s34slo51.jpg" width="514" height="312" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>MVRDV officially got the green light from the City of Paris for their plans to restructure the Vandamme Nord at Ga&icirc;t&eacute;-Montparnasse in Paris' 14th arrondissement. Built in the early 1970s by French architect <a href="http://www.pierre-dufau.com/realisations.cfm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pierre Dufau</a>, the mixed-use complex is located on a triangular island bordered by Rue Mouchotte, Avenue du Maine, and the rail tracks to Gare Montparnasse.</p><p>The Vandamme was once a landmark as one of the largest urban projects at the time, but -- with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119304867/dead-malls-and-shopping-dinosaurs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dying malls</a> continuing to be the norm -- its glory days faded away as it failed to keep up with a changing urban society.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0x/0xsxtpkc1im0adsl.jpg"></p><p>Aiming to renew a sense of place within the Montparnasse district and improve public accessibility, MVRDV plans to give the building a new fa&ccedil;ade as well as completely reorganize and open up the building's internal program. The complex will be broken up into a collection of "boxes" inserted in the existing structural frame that will vary in size, program, color, and materials, and will also be flexibly designed for...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121582000/big-heatherwick-studio-to-design-new-google-hq BIG / Heatherwick Studio to design new Google HQ Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-25T13:11:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T17:32:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kp/kphyzgeu7vflksdy.jpg" width="514" height="228" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This week, [Google] is expected to propose new headquarters &mdash; a series of canopylike buildings from Heatherwick Studio, a London design firm known for works like the fiery caldron at the 2012 Olympics, and Bjarke Ingels [...] The project in Mountain View, which Google has not made public but has discussed with members of the City Council, is likely to aggravate an increasingly testy relationship between the company and community leaders who fear the company is overrunning their small city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Both Heatherwick Studio and BIG have gained global success working on an impressive variety of scales, from the infrastructural to the sculptural, and also happen to both have relatively young founders (Heatherwick is 45, Ingels is 40). While details aren't expected until later this week, it feels safe to say that the design will continue Google's urbanification of its campus &ndash; borrowing elements from urban planning and "spontaneity generating" strategies for a new HQ that has BIG's playfulness and Heatherwick's artfulness.</p><p>More recent news from the firms:</p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116128341/heatherwick-studio-showcases-their-multi-disciplinary-design-skills-in-the-provocations-exhibition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heatherwick Studio showcases their multi-disciplinary design skills in the "Provocations" exhibition</a></em></p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120969332/let-the-fighting-begin-london-garden-bridge-faces-legal-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Let the fighting begin: London Garden Bridge faces legal challenge</a></em></p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121070622/big-s-telus-sky-tower-breaks-ground-in-calgary-canada" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's Telus Sky Tower breaks ground in Calgary, Canada</a></em></p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119441449/session-14-his-bjark-is-bigger-than-his-bjite-a-chat-with-bjarke-ingels-at-the-opening-of-big-s-hot-to-cold-exhibition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Session 14: His bjark is BIGger than his bjite &ndash; A chat with Bjarke Ingels at the opening of BIG's "Hot to Cold" exhibition</a></em></p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119262224/playing-with-climate-at-big-s-hot-to-cold-now-open-at-the-national-building-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Playing with climate at BIG's "Hot to Cold", now open at the National Building Museum</a></em></p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/121507305/trahan-architects-release-short-film-of-louisiana-state-sports-hall-of-fame-and-regional-history-museum Trahan Architects Release Short Film of Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum cbryan 2015-02-24T13:35:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T21:54:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/10/104p7kstayr8jxqn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://spiritofspace.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spirit of Space</a>, in collaboration with <a href="http://www.trahanarchitects.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trahan Architects</a>, has created a short film featuring the award-winning design of the Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The museum was recently awarded the prestigious <a href="http://www.aia.org/practicing/awards/2015/interior-architecture/louisiana-st-sports-hof/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 AIA Institute Honor Award</a> and will be honored at the upcoming <a href="http://convention.aia.org/event/homepage.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA National Convention</a> in Atlanta, Georgia.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hc/hcvx7wdauf54gzig.jpg"></p><p><em>From Spirit of Space:</em></p><p>The Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum, designed by Trahan Architects, evokes the past as much as it signals the future. Set in the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase, the museum employs 21st century technology to execute a design language inspired by the carving and scouring of the nearby Cane River and the historic architecture of Natchitoches.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/25/2508aew6awm41d8r.jpg"></p><p>The film carries viewers past the historic district's references, around the pleated copper fa&ccedil;ade and into the sculpted interior.&nbsp; The cast stone panels define a fluid pathway that flows around, up and through th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121446283/now-sitting-empty-brutalist-berkeley-art-museum-building-faces-unclear-future Now sitting empty, brutalist Berkeley Art Museum building faces unclear future Alexander Walter 2015-02-23T18:18:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T22:57:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/78fd189e1db5473fea39f1c46d3402d8.jpg" width="450" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On December 21, 2014, the Berkeley Art Museum permanently closed its iconic Modern building in preparation for a move to a nearby new building in 2016. Considered by many to be the Bay Area&rsquo;s most remarkable example of Brutalism [...]. Although the building is a local landmark and listed on the National Register, its intricate concrete forms pose seismic safety risks, leaving a future for the building unclear.</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/121430195/new-documentary-showcases-bolivia-s-spaceship-architecture New documentary showcases Bolivia's “spaceship architecture” Alexander Walter 2015-02-23T13:29:00-05:00 >2015-03-04T17:42:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a6/a629fa0159803f6668d5a9a37935620a.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architect Freddy Mamani Silvestre&rsquo;s extravagant urban mansions&nbsp;in El Alto, Bolivia, have been derided&nbsp;as kitschy-looking&nbsp;cohetillos,&nbsp;meaning &ldquo;spaceships&rdquo;&mdash;giving his work the nickname &ldquo;spaceship architecture.&rdquo; But the admirers of Freddy Mamani, as he is generally known, say his colorful&nbsp;&ldquo;new Andean&rdquo; style has also served to reinvent a city once aesthetically monochromatic, and that he has found a way to bring traditional Andean and Tiwanaku cultures into an urban setting.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100518260/neo-andean-architecture-sprouts-in-bolivia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Neo-Andean' architecture sprouts in Bolivia</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121152540/editor-s-picks-405 Editor's Picks #405 Nam Henderson 2015-02-20T13:15:00-05:00 >2015-02-20T14:57:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i2/i2y4w7zgzjw31r40.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest edition of <strong>Deans List:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>,&nbsp;Editorial Manager <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/120370300/deans-list-monica-ponce-de-leon-of-university-of-michigan-s-taubman-college" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interviewed</a> Monica Ponce de Leon of University of Michigan's Taubman College.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tj/tj0lhodoy8do30v0.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;Therein, Professor Ponce de Leon admits she hates branding and describes how/why the school has "<em>purposefully taken out of the curriculum courses that are specifically geared towards skill-building, in order to open up more space within the curriculum for critical thinking</em>".</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1970535/will-galloway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Galloway</a>&nbsp;was impressed "<em>great comments from Ponce de Leon. I'd only hear her name before. Definitely a fan, now</em>".</p><p><br><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qk/qkh7j4s9j2g88ep1.jpg"></p><p>Commenting on <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120599250/all-work-and-all-play-archinect-sessions-episode-16-with-jimenez-lai-and-robert-ivy-ceo-of-the-aia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">episode 16 of </a><a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>, which discussed the <a href="http://www.ilookup.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#ilookup</a> campaign with Robert Ivy FAIA, EVP/CEO of the AIA.&nbsp;<strong>vado retro</strong> argued "<em>It is a question is how does our profession draw that population to consider choosing a design professional for their biggest investment...How do we add value...It won't be through Godard references, however</em>".</p><p>Renown critic and photographer Fred Bernstein and Jeff Goldberg, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120640202/first-look-at-rick-joy-s-princeton-train-station" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tag-team a first look...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121126039/s-ha-zkan-looks-globally-to-find-architectural-innovation Süha Özkan Looks Globally to Find Architectural Innovation Nicholas Korody 2015-02-20T11:12:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T22:53:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o0/o0lcp4uqq0fqvaev.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is the architectural legacy of May 1968? The question framed&nbsp;S&uuml;ha &Ouml;zkan&rsquo;s talk last Tuesday at <a href="http://www.sciarc.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>, which he began by invoking his own memories of being a young man in Paris during that year's turbulent month of student-worker protests. &ldquo;Let us be reasonable and ask for the impossible,&rdquo; &Ouml;zkan said, quoting the famous slogan that was &ldquo;uttered in the streets of Paris while stones were thrown.&rdquo;</p><p>For &Ouml;zkan, the demonstrations of &rsquo;68 introduced a new set of values into &ldquo;the architectural agenda.&rdquo; He described the preceding parts of the twentieth century as defined by &ldquo;polarities and oppositions&rdquo;: west vs east; capitalism vs communism; developed vs underdeveloped; blue vs red; north vs south; conservative vs progressive; right vs left. With &rsquo;68, a set of new values were introduced, disrupting this binary structure. According to &Ouml;zkan, these new values included participation, plurality, freedom, non-discrimination and peace. Today, during the beginning decades of the 21st century, &Ouml;...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121146922/canadian-wood-council-pushes-for-more-wood-architecture-excellence-in-the-latest-wood-design-awards Canadian Wood Council pushes for more wood architecture excellence in the latest Wood Design Awards Justine Testado 2015-02-19T21:05:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T21:34:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sf/sfakp2nm5qgd17v8.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As the <a href="http://cwc.ca" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Canadian Wood Council</a>'s annual North American Wood Design Awards demonstrate, building with wood easily fuses aesthetics, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability for various projects. Aiming to push for more demand in wooden design and construction, the prestigious awards program scopes out projects that best exhibit contemporary design excellence and good ol' innovation in wood architecture.</p><p>The three-member jury -- Larry McFarland, Principal of McFarland Marceau Architects; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Brigitte Shim, Principal of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects; and Keith Boswell, Technical Partner at SOM -- selected 24 out of 166 online submissions. Winners were selected in Honor, Merit, and Citation categories for North America, and a few International projects were recognized as well. Despite the categories, one could say these projects are on the same level.</p><p>Here's a glimpse of the winning projects:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w6/w6wcpi4r5hkp4xnn.jpg"><br>&uarr; <em>Refuge on the Bay of Fundy, Red Bank Farm, Hants County, NS, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects. </em>(Foundi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121142908/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-bathroom-spaces-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Bathroom Spaces" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-02-19T20:19:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T20:20:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bj/bjudia7kru1urwfe.jpg" width="514" height="753" 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>brand new</strong> 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/514x/il/iljw4s8wwle9fnkl.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/38193635/filter-loft/106643223" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Filter Loft</a> in Boston, MA by <a href="http://archinect.com/mergearchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Merge Architects</a>; Photo: Anton Grassl</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a35xo7qt07ia3rhi.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/bossleyarchitects/project/private-residence-maui" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Maui Residence</a> in Kihei, HI by <a href="http://archinect.com/bossleyarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bossley Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4k/4k5yl51749vogloq.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/19455964/25-bukit-tunggal-road/19541295/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">25 Bukit Tunggal Road</a> in Singapore by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/19455964/hyla-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HYLA Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r2/r2mwvjw4k57ge6zh.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/54850769/konoba/54850779" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KONOBA</a> in Mah&eacute;, Seychelles by <a href="http://archinect.com/albert-angel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ALBERT ANGEL Architecture &amp; Design</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/56/56jbcpaw3d981h7n.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/64841783/manhattan-apartment/67447903" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manhattan Apartment</a> in New York, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/64841783/robinson-grisaru-architecture-pc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robinson + Grisaru Architecture PC</a>; Photo: Catherine Tighe</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fk/fkxaz53l64dqvr72.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/4143996/oak-pass-guesthouse/113912568" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oak Pass Guesthouse</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/4143996/walker-workshop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walker Workshop</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g9/g9bjydrze5qifh3g.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/52544563/winthrop-road/52544566" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House</a> in Brookline, MA by <a href="http://archinect.com/bkarch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BUTZ + KLUG Architecture</a>; Photo: Eric Roth Photography</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vx/vxdvqbzn1c4ghami.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/7159/hotel-b-sico/47855442" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hotel B&aacute;sico</a> in Playa del Carmen, Mexico by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/7159/central-de-arquitectura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Central de Arquitectura</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ip/ip5o7fvxg4ou7rqb.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/dkorinteriors/project/miami-modern-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Modern Home</a> in Miami, FL by <a href="http://archinect.com/dkorinteriors" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DKOR Interiors Inc.</a></p><p>(Cover pic: <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/41964289/dune-road-residence/41964302" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dune ...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121070622/big-s-telus-sky-tower-breaks-ground-in-calgary-canada BIG's Telus Sky Tower breaks ground in Calgary, Canada. Justine Testado 2015-02-19T09:12:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T14:46:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f0ku9yuax9tgtbs2.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>BIG and Dialog's TELUS Sky Tower recently broke ground along 7th Avenue block in the heart of Calgary, Canada, a city full of corporate towers surrounded by low-density suburban neighborhoods. Unveiled i<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/76682209/canadian-telecom-giant-telus-taps-big-for-landmark-tower-in-calgary" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">n 2013</a>, the 761,235 sq.ft commercial tower integrates both working and living environments into one structure that aims to make Calgary's city center more varied and walkable. The tower's textured glass fa&ccedil;ade complements yet stands out from its environment.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cq/cqudji392zpp9849.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dq/dq3yj7q5vpiquqol.jpg"></p><p>According to the TELUS Sky website, the 59-story tower will begin with dining and retail spaces as well as access to adjacent buildings. The tower also has 26 floors of office spaces ranging from 7,636 sqft-18,997 sq.ft, followed by 29 floors of residential spaces consisting of 326 executive rental suites.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vt/vtaai518h1aqggv8.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3p/3pb6ex44vavrnktf.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nv/nvu45a7tdpme6b2z.jpg"></p><p>"The large floor plates for workplaces recede to achieve the slender dimensions&nbsp;of residential floor depths. The texture of the fa&ccedil;ade in a similar fashion evolves&nbsp;from a smooth glass fa&ccedil;ade enclosing the work space to a three-di...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121051330/do-israelis-have-any-idea-how-bad-it-is-in-gaza Do Israelis have any idea how bad it is in Gaza? Orhan Ayyüce 2015-02-18T15:30:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T14:09:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tv/tvfdkuu69xee057w.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m extremely concerned that if you leave Gaza in the state it&rsquo;s currently in, you&rsquo;ll have another eruption, and violence, and then we&rsquo;re back in a further catastrophe, so we&rsquo;ve got to stop that,-Tony Blair</p></em><br /><br /><p>Even a hawk like&nbsp;Tony is worried.</p><p>"The scope of destruction in Gaza remains enormous. According to the UN, over&nbsp;<a href="http://972mag.com/bombing-homes-in-gaza-it-was-supposed-to-be-their-shelter/101965/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">96,000 homes were either damaged or destroyed</a>&nbsp;by Israeli air strikes. The donor states that have pledged to transfer money&nbsp;<a href="http://972mag.com/un-aid-agency-to-gazans-sorry-but-theres-no-money/101917/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">have yet to do so</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://972mag.com/photos-in-gaza-rebuilding-is-still-over-the-horizon/98646/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">re-building is going nowhere</a>, many are still&nbsp;<a href="http://972mag.com/photos-amid-rubble-and-trauma-gaza-goes-back-to-school/96818/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">seeking refuge in UNRWA schools</a>&nbsp;and the winter storms have&nbsp;<a href="http://972mag.com/photos-war-ravaged-gaza-faces-winter-storm/102727/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">only increased the damage</a>&nbsp;to the homes and neighborhoods that survived. "</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121048115/unesco-afghanistan-reveals-bamiyan-cultural-centre-competition-results UNESCO Afghanistan reveals Bamiyan Cultural Centre competition results Justine Testado 2015-02-18T15:28:00-05:00 >2015-02-25T23:17:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nz/nz3atmt6wur0pfv1.jpg" width="514" height="184" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The UNESCO Office in Afghanistan announced today the grand prize winner and four runner-up teams in the <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/unesco_accepting_entries_for_bamiyan_cultural_centre_in_afghanistan/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bamiyan Cultural Centre Design Competition</a>. Launched last November, the single-stage competition invited architects worldwide to propose designs for a cultural&nbsp; center in the Bamiyan Valley of Afghanistan that would contribute to the country's gradual process of reconciliation, restoring peace, and economic redevelopment after decades of political conflict.</p><p>In addition to complementing the physical and historical landscape of Bamiyan, the new Bamiyan Cultural Centre will be built as an emblem of heritage preservation, cross-cultural exchange, and strengthening cultural identity.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/83lpn6d7q95fe389.jpg"></p><p>Out of 1,070 submissions from 117 countries, the seven-member <a href="http://bamiyanculturalcentre.org/jury/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jury</a> selected "Descriptive Memory: The Eternal Presence of Absence" by Carlos Nahuel Recabarren, Manuel Alberto Martinez Catalan, and Franco Morero from Argentina as the winning proposal, with a cash prize of US$25,000. The Jury included Elizabeth...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120970141/second-life-for-fascist-architecture-will-mussolini-s-square-colosseum-become-a-palazzo-for-fendi Second life for fascist architecture: Will Mussolini's Square Colosseum become a Palazzo for Fendi? Alexander Walter 2015-02-17T14:14:00-05:00 >2015-02-17T14:18:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/90/90xp5ovdscc3z58t.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A cash shortage in Rome could see the city&rsquo;s fascist-era Square Colosseum sold to the fashion house Fendi, despite calls in the Italian capital to keep the building in state hands. More than 70 years after the Palazzo della Civilt&agrave; del Lavoro was built under the orders of Benito Mussolini it could soon be reinvented as a home for luxury goods.</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/120969332/let-the-fighting-begin-london-garden-bridge-faces-legal-challenge Let the fighting begin: London Garden Bridge faces legal challenge Alexander Walter 2015-02-17T13:57:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T21:08:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/43/4356w3w6vtjgdw5o.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A legal challenge is being launched in the High Court against plans to build a garden bridge over the River Thames in central London. A south London resident claims Lambeth Council unlawfully granted planning permission for the &pound;175m bridge. Michael Ball, from Tulse Hill in Lambeth, fears its impact will be "devastating". Lambeth Council said the bridge would potentially benefit "both the local and wider London economy".</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/529656/garden-bridge" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120896185/turns-out-the-washington-monument-is-shorter-than-we-thought Turns out the Washington Monument is shorter than we thought Alexander Walter 2015-02-16T15:06:00-05:00 >2015-02-21T07:30:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4e/4eqv14rqggxusrkf.jpg" width="514" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Using new international measurement standards and technology not available in the past, NOAA&rsquo;s National Geodetic Survey has calculated the official architectural height of the Washington Monument to be 554 feet 7 11/32 inches [...]. Although the newly established architectural height differs from the historical height of 555 feet 5&#8539; inches, neither the starting point nor the so-called &ldquo;standard deviation&rdquo; used for the original 1884 measurement is known [...].</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>