Archinect - News 2014-11-25T22:12:31-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/114436635/emperor-s-new-clothes-money-lacking-for-facade-of-berlin-s-new-palace Emperor's New Clothes: Money Lacking for Facade of Berlin's New Palace Alexander Walter 2014-11-24T18:24:00-05:00 >2014-11-25T13:31:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jr/jr4thbg2mvid3x93.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The plans call for nothing less than the rebirth of the Prussian-era heart of Berlin. A new palace is currently under construction on the German capital's famous Museum Island to replace the Berlin City Palace, or Stadtschloss, the erstwhile residence of Prussian kings and German emperors that was demolished by the communists soon after the end of World War II. [...] But completion of the exterior may be in doubt.</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/114195997/big-mother-the-tallest-mural-in-the-uk-to-highlight-affordable-housing-issues "Big Mother" the tallest mural in the UK to highlight affordable housing issues Alexander Walter 2014-11-21T15:21:00-05:00 >2014-11-25T13:31:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9b/9b239ea6293d6f1cf166a4b6b58c7ee5.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A newly completed 125 ft high mural painted by Stik on a condemned council owned tower block in Acton, West London is the tallest street artwork in the UK. The artwork depicts a mother and child looking forlornly from their condemned council block at the luxury apartment complexes being built around them. [...] Charles Hocking House was built for low income families in 1967 and is earmarked to be torn down in 2016.</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/114190362/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-architect-sure-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Architect Sure!" Pinterest Board Archinect 2014-11-21T14:29:00-05:00 >2014-11-24T13:02:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7p/7peg9tm0ixuqujb8.jpg" width="514" height="766" 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/architect-sure/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Architect Sure!</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hb/hbaw6seny52c0il2.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/form4/project/mondrian-s-window" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mondrian's Window</a> in San Francisco, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/form4" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Form4 Architecture</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qh/qhg95z7xo9ul1pqh.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/DawsonandClinton/project/harrison-street" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harrison Street</a> in San Francisco, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/DawsonandClinton" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dawson and Clinton</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nw/nwrq8lridmui0xnn.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/8306331/torre-cervantes/111735556" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Torre Cervantes</a> in Mexico City by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/8306331/fr-ee-fernando-romero-enterprise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ik/ikkol9fvzicr1zhl.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/17301835/nik-office-building/111392657" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NIK - Office Building</a> in Graz, Austria by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/atelierthomaspucher" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atelier Thomas Pucher</a> in collaboration with BRAMBERGER architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8d/8d2nzy7dgj7j9d9p.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/holodeck/project/urban-reflections" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Reflections</a> in Vienna, Austria by <a href="http://archinect.com/holodeck" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOLODECK architects</a>; Photo &copy; Pasteiner</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x7/x7kkyb11ezz7euhc.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/12555/mcelroy-residence/114113269" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McElroy Residence</a> in Laguna Beach, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/12555/ehrlich-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ehrlich Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tv/tv8vadlxezl3k9b8.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/91342039/municipal-offices/110777228" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Municipal Offices</a> in Breda, the Netherlands by <a href="http://archinect.com/kaanarchitecten" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KAAN Architecten</a>; Photo: Christian Richters</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g2/g24ooi5ozgdu1k9s.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/56021005/elk-valley-tractor-shed/111277677" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elk Valley Tractor Shed</a> in Hood River, OR by <a href="http://archinect.com/FIELDWORK" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FIELDWORK Design &amp; Architecture</a>; Photo: Bria...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114139791/editor-s-picks-394 Editor's Picks #394 Nam Henderson 2014-11-21T12:30:00-05:00 >2014-11-25T05:44:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1f/1f3wi07m9c8gbzgs.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest edition of <strong>Working out of the Box:</strong> featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/112809997/working-out-of-the-box-greg-henderson-of-hendo-hoverboards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hendo Hoverboard</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/112809997/working-out-of-the-box-greg-henderson-of-hendo-hoverboards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> inventor and co-founder of </a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/112809997/working-out-of-the-box-greg-henderson-of-hendo-hoverboards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arx Pax</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/112809997/working-out-of-the-box-greg-henderson-of-hendo-hoverboards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">, </a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/112809997/working-out-of-the-box-greg-henderson-of-hendo-hoverboards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Greg Henderson</a>. You can hear the full interview with Greg with his wife Jill, co-founder of Arx Pax, as part of episode 4 of <strong>Archinect Sessions</strong> <a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/archinect/Archinect-Sessions-4.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>. &nbsp;Click <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fr/frnwwpk0motf8vqj.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;Meanwhile, the latest <strong>Showcase:</strong>&nbsp; - <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/113594683/showcase-garden-school-beijing-no-4-high-school-fangshan-campus-by-open-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No.4 High School Fangshan Campus </a>is located in Beijing&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/113594683/showcase-garden-school-beijing-no-4-high-school-fangshan-campus-by-open-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">and designed by local firm </a><a href="http://archinect.com/openarch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OPEN Architecture</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dm/dmdf87dovkl0gmt1.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>On <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112980377/archinect-sessions-5-barbara-bestor-the-michael-graves-school-material-witness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">episode 5</a> of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/47379/archinect-sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a> co-host/NJIT grad <a href="http://archinect.com/pedaldesignlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ken Koense</a> took issue with NJIT's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113495827/njit-blasts-kean-u-architecture-school-plans-calls-proposal-duplicative-wasteful" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">statement</a> against Kean University's upcoming <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112336336/kean-university-announces-the-michael-graves-school-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Graves School of Architecture</a>. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113503877/njit-s-school-of-architecture-has-no-one-to-blame-but-itself-in-beef-with-kean-university" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Listen to Koense's take on NJIT's statement</a>, or download the whole episode <a href="http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/0/0/b/00b5cd6972520e4c/Archinect-Sessions-5.mp3?c_id=7840625&amp;expiration=1415837977&amp;hwt=7fe2fe590e2a967fa1a298a2f5d6deab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/SebastianMlekicki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sebastian Mlekicki</a>&nbsp;argued "<em>Including NJIT there are already 7 NCARB accredited architecture schools in a 25 mile radius of NJIT, &nbsp;and there here have been less students signing up for architecture in NJ all together. How is adding another program economically feasible?</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ni/ni407a3n1awj1aed.jpg"></p><p>On a visit to Cleveland,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.monicaponcedeleon.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Monica Ponce de Leon</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113882001/u-of-m-architecture-dean-encourages-minority-high-school-students-to-storm-barriers-in-a-field-dominated-by-white-males" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> made...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114114885/clemson-scraps-its-modern-building-plan Clemson scraps its modern building plan Alexander Walter 2014-11-20T14:07:00-05:00 >2014-11-25T20:22:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7131e6aaee42fd18177cc08d04f7941.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Clemson University has backed off its plans to build a modern architecture center at Meeting and George streets - a project applauded at first but later bitterly fought by two neighborhoods and preservation groups. Clemson announced its decision to change course on its $10 million Spaulding Paolozzi Center in the wake of a recent lawsuit filed challenging how the city's Board of Architectural Review handled its approval.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105020838/charleston-groups-sue-over-approval-of-clemson-architecture-center-s-proposed-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charleston groups sue over approval of Clemson architecture center's proposed design</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114114079/whitney-announces-opening-date-of-its-new-home-in-chelsea Whitney announces opening date of its new home in Chelsea Alexander Walter 2014-11-20T13:55:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T17:46:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/85/852dec54324014ba3107df965ca9b381.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Whitney Museum of American Art announced today that it will open its new home in Chelsea on 1 May 2015. With double the exhibition space of its "old" Marcel Breuer-designed building, the museum will be able to show far more of its collection of Modern and contemporary American art in its Renzo Piano-designed new space in the Meatpacking District. [...] Weinberg told us that Piano saved the institution from making one decision that it would have lived to regret.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/11627/whitney-museum-of-american-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114041822/sanaa-s-grace-farms-river-project-to-open-in-fall-2015 SANAA's Grace Farms River project to open in fall 2015 Justine Testado 2014-11-19T19:31:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T12:56:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7w/7wyj7esvst36j399.jpg" width="514" height="228" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/sanaa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANAA</a>'s River project in the upcoming Grace Farms in New Canaan, CT will finally celebrate its grand opening next fall. The non-profit <a href="http://www.gracefarms.org/grace-farms-foundation/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grace Farms Foundation</a> developed Grace Farms as an open public park for the local community, whereas the SANAA-designed building will be used for various community programs and recreation.</p><p>After an international search, the Foundation selected SANAA in 2010 to design the structure -- not long before the firm <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97140/sanaa-wins-2010-pritzker-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">won the 2010 Pritzker Prize</a>. SANAA then revealed their design of the River <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/58092018/sanaa-unveils-design-for-first-u-s-building-since-pritzker-win" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in 2012</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1j/1jrh72navbhozun1.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ap/apmkaca0lkhhdrox.jpg"></p><p>Reminiscent of SANAA's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/89892/ryue-nishizawa-and-kazuyo-sejima-s-serpentine-pavilion-now-you-see-it-now-you-don-t" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2009 Serpentine Pavilion</a>, the River building evidently gets its name from the way it meanders through the park's greenery. The 86,000 sq.ft structure is made of glass, concrete, steel, and wood, and is essentially connected by a single roof that appears to float approximately 10-14 feet above the ground. From an aerial view, the roof's water-like appearance allows the project to blend in with the surrounding landscape, which SANAA designed in ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114040210/saving-buildings-with-social-media-or-not Saving Buildings with Social Media (Or Not) Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-19T14:56:00-05:00 >2014-11-24T15:25:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0r/0rnmtjgjd68r29w8.jpg" width="514" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We call it &ldquo;destructoporn&rdquo; (since 2007, according to Urban Dictionary) and it comes, unbidden, via digital media. Where did I see that Tod Williams and Billie Tsien&rsquo;s Folk Art Museum, just thirteen years old, was down to steel and rubble? The art critic Jerry Saltz&rsquo;s Instagram. [...] The dailiness, even hourliness, of social media makes it a perfect vehicle for documenting each thump of the wrecking ball, each crunch of the backhoe. Its visual slant is ideal for activism wrapped up in pictures.</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/114038603/london-s-garden-bridge-not-so-public-after-all London's Garden Bridge: not so public after all Alexander Walter 2014-11-19T14:30:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T20:37:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/9126bc2fe3215b35b7f4f645466941bc.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] the bridge will be closed at night, won't allow entry to cyclists or groups of 8 or more without prior booking, and will ocassionally be closed off for fundraising events. Right. So less a public bridge than a privately-managed tourist attraction, then. [...] The east of London, on the other hand, could actually use another crossing, with or without limits to access</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102628656/london-s-garden-bridge-it-feels-like-we-re-trying-to-pull-off-a-crime" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Garden bridge: 'It feels like we're trying to pull off a crime'</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113988021/tall-smooth-proud-and-unquestionably-21st-century Tall, smooth, proud and unquestionably 21st Century Nam Henderson 2014-11-19T02:14:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T02:17:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/il/ilijqh2cc1mus7pq.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The great limestone slabs of Valletta's modern entrance give out on to two broad new monumental stairways leading up to the ancient fortifications....This is certainly statement architecture - and that is exactly what former prime minister, and driving force behind the project, Lawrence Gonzi intended.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Juliet Rix visits Valleta, the capital of Malta, where Renzo Piano Building Workshop has designed a&nbsp;new gate/entrance and square.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113963132/paris-row-after-hdm-s-triangle-skyscraper-rejected Paris row after HdM's Triangle skyscraper rejected Alexander Walter 2014-11-18T14:49:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T17:47:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f9/f9c05bac76bb10e4b55c2432ac56d9ef.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Amid politically charged scenes, Paris city council has narrowly rejected a plan to build the historic city's first skyscraper since a height restriction was imposed in the 1970s. But Mayor Anne Hidalgo said [...] she would fight the Triangle tower vote. [...] The architects, Herzog and de Meuron, proposed to build the 180m (590ft) tower in the south-west Porte de Versailles area of the city, after then-Mayor Bertrand Delanoe proposed an end to the 37m limit in parts of the capital.</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/113961523/berlin-after-the-wall-a-microcosm-of-the-world-s-chaotic-change Berlin After the Wall: A Microcosm of the World’s Chaotic Change Alexander Walter 2014-11-18T14:18:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T17:46:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9d/9din4efkmnnbm0qk.jpg" width="514" height="376" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Not far from the Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz was a no man&rsquo;s land during the Cold War. Then the Berlin Wall fell, and the German authorities made it a petting zoo for celebrity architecture. The corporate headquarters of Germany&rsquo;s new global swagger. But the ambitions for Potsdamer Platz, like the hopes and fears about a united Germany, turned out differently. The architecture was not so great. Many companies fled.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113115295/8-000-glowing-balloons-recreate-the-berlin-wall" target="_blank">8,000 Glowing Balloons Recreate the Berlin Wall</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113959112/frank-lloyd-wright-s-usonian-house-rises-again-in-arkansas Frank Lloyd Wright's 'Usonian' house rises again in Arkansas Alexander Walter 2014-11-18T13:43:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T17:46:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/99/99b61fefd78f117a8cf14f0ed805a196.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>How many truckloads does it take to transport a 2,800 sq. ft house, designed by one of America&rsquo;s most revered Modern architects, more than 1,200 miles from New Jersey to Arkansas? [...] Staff at the three-year-old Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art put that question to the test recently when Frank Lloyd Wright&rsquo;s 1950s Bachman Wilson House was moved from its flood-prone location on a riverbank in Millstone, New Jersey, to the institution&rsquo;s sprawling 120-acre campus in Bentonville, Arkansas.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91375049/museum-buys-a-frank-lloyd-wright-house-with-plans-to-move-it-from-new-jersey-to-arkansas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum buys a Frank Lloyd Wright house with plans to move it from New Jersey to Arkansas</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113925415/postpolitical-infrastructures Postpolitical Infrastructures Orhan Ayyüce 2014-11-18T10:27:00-05:00 >2014-11-24T13:19:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/av/avtllgyopwl8t19o.jpg" width="514" height="791" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architect today is no &lsquo;fountainhead.&rsquo; It is rather sad to watch today&rsquo;s &lsquo;starchitects&rsquo;, designing their weird-looking signature buildings. These seem now always to be either museums or condos for billionaires. The brand-name architect just build useless luxury housing for the 1% and their trinkets. The actual design of the world is now in the hands of other people.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a title="Posts by McKenzie Wark" href="http://www.publicseminar.org/author/kenwark/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McKenzie Wark</a>&nbsp;pens a rather a wake up call of a book review on Easterling's new book&nbsp;<em>Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space </em>in which<em>&nbsp;</em>Easterling offers a set of subsidiary metaphors for contemporary infrastructure design: multipliers, switches, and topologies.</p><p><em>"The multipliers include: cars, elevators, mobile phones. The first, the car, was the multiplier that made possible one of the precursor forms of the greenfields city, the greenfields suburb. But &ldquo;Levittown was simple software.&rdquo; (74) Its repeated unit-forms were few. Sadly, it may be the case that the United States never quite acquired the higher-order practices of building forms at the next scale. Hence the endless attempts to solve spatial problems with yet more versions of the Levittown software.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lu/lu2cdyux014yons4.jpg"></p><p><em>The switch is something like an interchange highway. The switch is a macro-order feature compared to the multiplier, shaping where the multipliers can circulate. Topology might designate the art of patterning switches and ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113881197/the-mysterious-abandoned-silos-of-washington-dc The Mysterious, Abandoned Silos of Washington, DC Archinect 2014-11-17T13:22:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:57:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uk/ukrbntitr20otrgn.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The McMillan Sand Filtration Site is one of Washington, DC's most conspicuous mysteries. Unbeknownst to the thousands of commuters and residents that pass by its rusted gates daily, below this sprawling parcel of land lies a series of vast underground caverns built in the early 20th century by the Army Corps of Engineers as a natural purification facility for DC's turbid water supply.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The latest episode of PBS Digital Studios&rsquo;&nbsp;<em>Unusual Spaces</em>&nbsp;series visits mysterious abandoned silos and underground reservoirs at the McMillan Sand Filtration Site, just 2 miles north of Capitol Hill in DC.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113667820/nmda-3xn-and-mad-among-first-six-teams-competing-for-porsche-residential-tower NMDA, 3XN, and MAD among first six teams competing for Porsche residential tower Justine Testado 2014-11-14T19:52:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:54:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o2/o2dblwiuny37vqvr.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Luxury brand Porsche Design recently launched a closed invite-only competition to find the architect for their Porsche Design Tower in Frankfurt, Germany. The winning proposal will have the most fitting urban architectural concept along with ideas for the surrounding outdoor spaces. The project will be Porsche's debut in real estate in Europe.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Out of a goal of 20 participating architecture teams, the first six firms to compete are:</p><ul><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, Vienna (Austria)</li><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 3XN, Copenhagen (Denmark)</li><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Neutelings Riedijk Architecten, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)</li><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Stefano Boeri Architetti, Milan (Italy)</li><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; MAD architects, Beijing (China)</li><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Neil M. Denari Architects, Los Angeles (USA)</li></ul><p>Find out more about the project on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/first_6_teams_including_nmda_3xn_mad_architects_to_compete_for_porsche_resi/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113597892/editor-s-picks-393 Editor's Picks #393 Nam Henderson 2014-11-14T13:38:00-05:00 >2014-11-14T14:39:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m4/m4jkzolv8i5a3lkm.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"394,000 US$!! This is the budget of homes in America that are 1/10th of this quality. Perhaps it's for two people, who are empty nesters, and entertain for a large extended family. The simplicity of materials and form, is exceedingly elegant". - b3tadine[sutures]</p></em><br /><br /><p>The latest edition of <strong>Showcase:</strong>&nbsp;features <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/113038199/showcase-slate-house-by-affleck-de-la-riva-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Slate House, located on a site in Laval, a suburb of Montreal. Designed by </a><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/113049452/affleck-de-la-riva-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Affleck de la Riva architects</a>, it stands in sharp contrast to the tract houses that surround it. &nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x8/x8yc4g8vqjbkoisy.jpg"></p><p><strong>b3tadine[sutures]</strong>&nbsp;exclaims "<em>394,000 US$!! This is the budget of homes in America that are 1/10th of this quality. Perhaps it's for two people, who are empty nesters, and entertain for a large extended family. The simplicity of materials and form, is exceedingly elegant</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q3/q3ckhgh76a70aa43.jpg"></p><p>As part of Archinect&rsquo;s continuing ACADIA 2014 coverage <a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;reviews the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/112824468/the-theory-of-everything-in-sandbox-city-will-wright-s-keynote-at-acadia-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">keynote by creator of SimCity Will Wright's</a>, which she labels "<em>almost a exegesis</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112961869/is-the-architectural-profession-still-relevant" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Minkjan spoke with Rory Hyde re: the ongoing relevancy of the profession and Future Practice</a>.&nbsp;<strong>Darkman</strong> felt the need to clarify "<em>Most architects I know build schools, hospitals, churches, malls, apartment buildings etc. It's just the media that feeds us the Versaces...and Ivy League universities</em>".</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113051064/architect-sou-fujimoto-s-futuristic-spaces" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Wall Street Journal published...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113602716/a-one-time-charming-little-church-starts-to-rebuild A "one-time charming little church" starts to rebuild Nam Henderson 2014-11-14T00:36:00-05:00 >2014-11-14T08:18:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9w/9whxfuwktcdxwvp4.jpg" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the Byzantine-inspired structure will &ldquo;glow from the inside,&rdquo; through the combination of light marble fused with glass and backlit with LEDs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last month, Alex Vadukul attended a&nbsp;ground blessing ceremony for the new Saint Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center. Designed by architect Santiago Calatrava&nbsp;to replace the original,&nbsp;whitewashed,&nbsp;four-story building,&nbsp;the shrine is set to be fully rebuilt by the end of 2016.</p><p>&nbsp;For more information visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stnicholaswtc.org/home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The St. Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113597893/smithsonian-hires-big-architecture-group-for-2-billion-south-mall-renovation-plan Smithsonian hires BIG architecture group for $2 billion South Mall renovation plan Archinect 2014-11-13T21:10:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T20:02:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lo/lo0tpizu7n5spzkt.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Smithsonian officials are planning a $2 billion futuristic reimagining of the institute&rsquo;s southern campus that will create clear entrances, expand visitor services and upgrade mechanical systems to the historic Castle and the six buildings surrounding it. Architect Bjarke Ingels, partner at BIG in Manhattan, unveiled the proposal Thursday in the Smithsonian Institution Building, known as the Castle.</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/113578619/lucas-museum-faces-lawsuit-from-friends-of-the-parks Lucas museum faces lawsuit from Friends of the Parks Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-13T18:25:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T22:04:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ab/ab3c6b12195fee46a153a31d7737eeab.jpg" width="514" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Erecting such a building &ldquo;without authority of the General Assembly will diminish or impair the beneficial interest of plaintiffs and other Illinois citizens&rdquo; [...] such a designation conflicts with the trust, which calls for preserving property as &ldquo;a natural resource and as a free and open space not occupied by a giant building.&rdquo; [...] by acting without the approval of state lawmakers, the city and park district would have excessive power over the property &ldquo;for which they have no authority.&rdquo;</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/113589063/big-appointed-to-design-public-square-for-revamped-battersea-power-station BIG appointed to design public square for revamped Battersea Power Station Justine Testado 2014-11-13T18:20:00-05:00 >2014-11-14T10:16:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uy/uym11pshmzso7gvb.jpg" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>BIG is about to make its debut in the UK. The Architects' Journal reported that the Danish firm was selected in an international competition to design the public square in the &pound;8 billion redevelopment of the historic Battersea Power Station, a decommissioned coal-fired power station in southwest London. A formal announcement is yet to be made.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Situated within the Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly-designed masterplan, BIG's public square is described as becoming the gateway to the revamped power station.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nm/nmxn41wacl7c8doe.jpg"></p><p>BIG, who is working alongside the Malaysian-backed Battersea Power Station Development in overseeing the design of the public square, is set to join the redevelopment project's star-studded list of architects.</p><p>Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/big_to_design_public_square_in_battersea_power_station_redevelopment/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Related: <a title="Gehry and Foster selected to design Phase 3 at Battersea Power Station" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84837877/gehry-and-foster-selected-to-design-phase-3-at-battersea-power-station" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry and Foster selected to design Phase 3 at Battersea Power Station</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113498245/two-window-washers-trapped-on-scaffolding-at-1-wtc Two window washers trapped on scaffolding at 1 WTC Archinect 2014-11-12T14:06:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T14:06:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6b/6bf2434118ee7d46c9c0c379cced7ec2.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Two window washers' lives are literally hanging in the balance - they're stuck on scaffolding at 1 World Trade Center, officials said Wednesday afternoon. The shaky scaffolding, which is suspended around the 69th floor, was seen dangling at an unstable angle, according to images that surfaced of the scene. The workers are dangling at a 65-degree angle, according to NYPD counterterrorism czar John Miller.</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/113498244/frank-gehry-at-uts-a-first-look-inside-dr-chau-chak-wing-building Frank Gehry at UTS: a first look inside Dr Chau Chak wing building Alexander Walter 2014-11-12T14:05:00-05:00 >2014-11-13T19:35:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c6/c635a2b92d4070b425a0682da198ea11.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Frank Gehry courts curves and controversy, and the deputy vice-chancellor of UTS admits to a degree of trepidation. A first look inside reveals whether those fears were justified [...] The city&rsquo;s first building by the controversial architect is part of a larger $1.1bn masterplan for the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), but is already attracting a lot of attention.</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/113496632/the-nyt-s-interview-with-karim-rashid-unlicensed-architect The NYT's interview with Karim Rashid, unlicensed architect Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-12T13:47:00-05:00 >2014-11-22T18:04:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zh/zhspgrin0l0q4ohv.jpg" width="435" height="467" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Q. You&rsquo;re an established industrial designer. Why the focus now on building design? A. I&rsquo;ve always taken a great interest in real estate; in fact, if I had more capital, I&rsquo;d probably be developing a lot more projects myself. There&rsquo;s also money to be made in real estate &mdash; much more than one can as a designer. [...] Q. But you&rsquo;re not a licensed architect. A. I am doing 11 buildings in the world, but I don&rsquo;t have a stamp as an architect and I wasn&rsquo;t educated as an architect.</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/113484546/world-health-organization-one-roof-proposal World Health Organization One Roof Proposal Jaakko van 't Spijker 2014-11-12T12:27:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T20:17:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tm/tm6f4y5aqrl7mkqb.jpg" width="514" height="247" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the <a href="http://www.who.int/en/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Health Organization</a> Geneva Headquarters <a href="http://www.competitions.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=1390:who-headquarters-building-extension-geneva&amp;catid=37:open-competitions&amp;Itemid=50" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">competition</a>&nbsp;team jvantspijker proposed a transformation of the existing building from a Slab to T-typology and to renew the connection to the landscape. The vertical concentration of functions reinforces the centrality of the complex. The two connecting axes create a strong sense of place and centrality. Concentration is the key environmental and sustainable principle. The new central active landscape becomes "The Place to Be" with a smooth flow into the lush garden.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Design Team:</p><p>Jaakko van 't Spijker<br>Julio Gil Fari&ntilde;a<br>Paul van den Bergh</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113459671/mesmerizing-mosque-ceilings-built-by-muslims Mesmerizing Mosque Ceilings built by Muslims Orhan Ayyüce 2014-11-12T11:13:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T20:16:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6v/6vfcdjw7pq3qsg15.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I strongly disagree with the title. There is no such thing as Islamic Architecture or Islamic Culture. Islam is a multicultural faith with strong presence in Arab world, the Persian world, the Indian Subcontinent, in Eurasia and even in Europe. You cannot label an architectural style as Islamic just because it is used in a mosque. There are elements of the host culture present in this buildings. Mosques in Egypt or Turkey are significantly different from Mosques in Europe or India. -</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/113425910/photos-of-the-renovated-harvard-art-museums Photos of the Renovated Harvard Art Museums Alexander Walter 2014-11-11T15:39:00-05:00 >2014-11-13T19:00:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aa/aa5d715dd194f901b8b605cfa875539e.jpg" width="514" height="742" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After six long years of laboring on the renovation and expansion of the Harvard Art Museums, lead architect Renzo Piano had but one simple message at the unveiling of the new complex to the press on Friday. &ldquo;There is very little an architect should say about a new building,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Just &lsquo;Welcome.'&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106094101/renzo-piano-designed-harvard-art-museum-nears-completion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano-designed Harvard Art Museum Nears Completion</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113424294/d-c-breaks-ground-on-housing-for-homeless-vets D.C. Breaks Ground on Housing for Homeless Vets Alexander Walter 2014-11-11T15:14:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T20:16:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dd/dd08264ee3dee353f7b53c48f852df9d.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The John and Jill Ker Conway Residence is a 124-unit apartment building designed by Sorg Architects. The $33 million building is a striking stack of white, metal-paneled blocks, staggered with views facing the Capitol and the Mall. What makes the building truly distinctive, though, is that the space enables case managers and social workers to work onsite with veterans in tandem with the D.C. VA Medical Center. Sixty units will be set aside permanently for homeless veterans [...].</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/113347145/designers-chosen-for-louvre-s-60m-storage-outpost Designers chosen for Louvre’s €60m storage outpost Alexander Walter 2014-11-10T15:04:00-05:00 >2014-11-10T15:04:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/03/03c61613b496a74b41e3955d54be4206.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Five architectural firms are on the shortlist to design the Louvre&rsquo;s new storage facility, planned to open near the museum&rsquo;s satellite in Lens, northern France. Corinne Vezzoni &amp; Assoc and Zig Zag architecture, both from France, Neutelings Riedijk Architecten from the Netherlands, Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners from the UK and Estudio Arquitectura Baeza from Spain were chosen from 173 applicants.</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/113344726/palm-springs-art-museum-a-d-center-draws-hundreds Palm Springs Art Museum A+D Center draws hundreds Alexander Walter 2014-11-10T14:16:00-05:00 >2014-11-24T20:32:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y5/y5iyp58vnt4o8gat.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hundreds flocked to downtown Palm Springs Sunday for the grand opening of the Palm Springs Art Museum's Architecture and Design Center, an ode to the city's unique &mdash; and timeless &mdash; mid-century modern designs. The center opened with "An Eloquent Modernist," an intimate depiction of the work of E. Stewart Williams, the acclaimed architect whose designs defined desert modern style in Palm Springs throughout the 1950s, '60s and '70s.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107713249/palm-springs-new-architecture-and-design-center-to-open-in-november" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Palm Springs: New Architecture and Design Center to open in November</a></p>