Archinect - News 2017-06-24T01:40:43-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150014237/amazon-submits-patent-for-a-drone-tower Amazon submits patent for a drone tower Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-23T15:11:00-04:00 >2017-06-23T22:33:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5j/5je1xytm391vgx3g.jpg" width="650" height="547" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Spotted by The Mercury News, it&rsquo;s designed for &ldquo;densely populated&rdquo; areas. The tower allows drones to fly in and out, acting like a giant beehive, with robotic arms that help snatch them out of the sky. Inside, the core features layers of spokes around one central hub. The spokes are specialized for various purposes, like repairing the drones, or loading them with goods.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/183797/amazon/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon</a> has been experimenting with the use of delivery <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/240637/drones" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">drones</a> for some time now though this approach to shipping has yet to take off for the e-commerce giant. As they continue testing this prospective delivery method, it is clear the retailer takes the particular vision quite seriously. On Thursday, the company filed a patent with the US Patent and Trademark Office for a drone tower that would essentially be a multi-level fulfillment center for unmanned aerial vehicles.</p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ra/ragckybt26lzkbnq.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ra/ragckybt26lzkbnq.jpg"></a></p>United States Patent Office<a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/jk/jk7svgq2zdm9zl88.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/jk/jk7svgq2zdm9zl88.jpg"></a>United States Patent Office http://archinect.com/news/article/150014156/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-kids-spaces-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Kids Spaces" Pinterest Board Archinect 2017-06-23T14:59:00-04:00 >2017-06-23T15:00:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wd/wdskvs21k5p52325.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p> <p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p> <p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/archinect/kids-spaces/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Kids Spaces</em></a>.</p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/p9/p9x9sc1jberkuoz0.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/p9/p9x9sc1jberkuoz0.jpg"></a></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/69207772/burntwood-school/149993494" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burntwood School</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/69207772/allford-hall-monaghan-morris-ahmm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM)</a></p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/pb/pbhyc2j76kkr4i8z.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/pb/pbhyc2j76kkr4i8z.jpg"></a></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/selenckyparsons/project/broxholm-road" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Broxholm Road</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/selenckyparsons" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selencky///Parsons</a></p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/in/ina7b7ut6st4fuhg.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/in/ina7b7ut6st4fuhg.jpg"></a></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/dsgnagnc/project/sandboxing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANDBOXING</a> in Dallas, TX by <a href="http://archinect.com/dsgnagnc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DSGN AGNC</a> (<a href="http://archinect.com/quilian" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quilian Riano</a>, Designer), New Cities Future Ruins (Gavin Kroeber, Curator), Ash Studio (Fabrication)<br></p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ho/hol946wu32w66raj.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ho/hol946wu32w66raj.jpg"></a></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/thomsonadsett/project/hummingbird-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hummingbird House Children's Hospice</a> in Brisbane, Australia by <a href="http://archinect.com/thomsonadsett" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ThomsonAdsett</a>; Photo: Alicia Taylor<br></p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/bu/bu2noq2gr7v6tqvp.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/bu/bu2noq2gr7v6tqvp.jpg"></a></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/54428815/the-boa-constrictor-in-the-children-s-grand-park-touch-the-story-project/149936699" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Boa Constrictor in the Children's Grand Park-Touch the Story Project</a> in Seoul, South Korea by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/54428815/studio_gaon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">studio_GAON</a></p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/k0/k0bblsblva6sedt3.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/k0/k0bblsblva6sedt3.jpg"></a></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/ideal/project/silicon-valley-comes-to-beijing-cheetah-mobile" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cheetah Mobile global office headquarters</a> in Beijing, China by <a href="http://archinect.com/ideal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IDEAL Design &amp; Construction</a><br></p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/0t/0tr9xjzfpeymu6px.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/0t/0tr9xjzfpeymu6px.jpg"></a></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/wunderground/project/chelsea-eco-duplex" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chelsea Eco Duplex</a> in New York, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/wunderground" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wunderground a...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150014155/renzo-piano-s-new-museum-in-spain-shuns-the-bilbao-effect Renzo Piano's new museum in Spain shuns the 'Bilbao Effect' Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-23T13:41:00-04:00 >2017-06-23T15:18:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qb/qbvxi13xeyc63w4n.jpg" width="650" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Almost 20 years since Frank Gehry&rsquo;s $100m titanium-clad Guggenheim Bilbao opened, another city on Spain&rsquo;s north coast is getting a major contemporary art centre designed by an internationally acclaimed &ldquo;starchitect&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/341/renzo-piano-building-workshop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano</a>'s first big commission in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/501/spain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spain</a>, The Centro Bot&iacute;n, is opening today.&nbsp;The architect claims that its comparisons&nbsp;with the museum that became <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/5541/bilbao-effect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a model for culture-driven regeneration schemes worldwide</a> are too simplistic. According the president of the Fundaci&oacute;n Bot&iacute;n&rsquo;s visual arts committee, Vicente Todol&iacute;,&nbsp;the center's primary mission is to serve the local community by providing the city with appropriate cultural infrastructure.</p> <p>The 10,300 sq. m building is covered in thousands of light-diffusing ceramic tiles, prioritizing "luminosity and lightness" and making it almost invisible from the city center.&nbsp;Split into two, the structure&nbsp;houses 2,500 sq. m of galleries and a 300-seat auditorium respectively. (This compares to around 11,000 sq. m of exhibition space across 19 galleries at the Guggenheim Bilbao.) With vast amount of green space around, the museum is raised on four-meter pillars to preserve the views of the waterfront.</p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/4u/4ugud5d7z30bwcy2.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/4u/4ugud5d7z30bwcy2.jpg"></a></p>Renzo Piano&rsquo;s Centro Bot&iacute;n arts centre. Photogr... http://archinect.com/news/article/150014148/initiated-by-donald-trump-the-far-west-side-of-manhattan-development-is-almost-finished Initiated by Donald Trump, the Far West Side of Manhattan Development is Almost Finished Nicholas Korody 2017-06-23T12:33:00-04:00 >2017-06-23T14:15:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fx/fxgdjr9cu7p6fzqw.jpg" width="650" height="844" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The effort to convert the old Penn Central rail yard on the Far West Side of Manhattan into high-rises has bumped along since being proposed in the mid-1970s by a developer named Donald J. Trump. What was proposed for the area often rankled neighbors, who found the buildings to be too tall, too close together and too pricey. But, after welcoming its first residents in the late 1990s, the controversial mega-project is entering its homestretch.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The site includes buildings by architects like Richard Meier and the soon-too-be-completed Three Waterline Square by Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly.</p> <p>While Donald Trump is no longer the landlord, his name still appears on fa&ccedil;ades.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150014047/screening-of-100-women-architects-in-the-studio-of-frank-lloyd-wright-on-june-28th Screening of "100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright" on June 28th Julia Ingalls 2017-06-22T20:03:00-04:00 >2017-06-22T20:06:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f4/f4d42cnebqhvpxey.jpg" width="640" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Featuring a talk by&nbsp;Dr. Ann Rubbo on the artist and architect Marion Mahony Griffin, this screening of "A Girl is a Fellow Here: 100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright" at the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/34491/center-for-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Center for Architecture</a> in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/160/new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York</a> on June 28th at 6 p.m. investigates Wright's history of working with women, focusing on six ladies who worked with the architect, including&nbsp;Marion Mahony Griffin, Isabel Roberts, Lois&nbsp;Gottlieb, Jane Duncombe, Eleanore Pettersen, and Read Weber. Here's a trailer for the film:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150013950/the-many-faces-of-mvrdv-s-shape-shifting-baltyk-tower The many faces of MVRDV's shape-shifting Baltyk Tower Julia Ingalls 2017-06-22T15:27:00-04:00 >2017-06-22T15:27:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/te/teup3d781e5dzmnw.jpg" width="650" height="486" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Turning iconicity on its head, MVRDV have designed a striking building that purposefully refuses easy categorization. Depending on the angle from which it is viewed, the Baltyk Tower seems to assume different forms, a look that is achieved by a series of scenic terraces and a rippling glass-fronted concrete facade.</p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/55/55jh1g1zwoi744lz.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/55/55jh1g1zwoi744lz.jpg"></a>Image: MVRDV<p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/dy/dypckz30ar8e22t9.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/dy/dypckz30ar8e22t9.jpg"></a></p>Image: MVRDV<p><br></p><p>From one angle, the tower appears to be svelte, a compact wedge on Poznan, Poland's streets. However, from another perspective the tower broadens and becomes a kind of gigantic civic staircase. Regardless of where one views the building, the inventive facade gives the structure a dynamic, shifting quality.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/kw/kw5hfbhu4kb4t5lc.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/kw/kw5hfbhu4kb4t5lc.jpg"></a>Image: MVRDV<p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/hy/hy7b8bd5fdif01id.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/za/zak8u9z8dshirm6a.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/za/zak8u9z8dshirm6a.jpg"></a></p>Image: MVRDV<p><br></p><p>As MVRDV co-founder&nbsp;Nathalie de Vries explains,&nbsp;&ldquo;When we came to Pozna&#324; for the first time, the goal was clear: we were to realize an office building with public functions on the first two layers and at the top. But also that offered a range of amenities for the community and general public. We realised if we could control...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150013933/elon-musk-unveils-his-plan-to-colonize-mars-with-a-million-humans Elon Musk unveils his plan to colonize Mars with a million humans Julia Ingalls 2017-06-22T12:37:00-04:00 >2017-06-22T15:13:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3r/3ruwkktdvv3ev6iv.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;It would be quite fun to be on Mars because you would have gravity that is about 37% of that of Earth, so you would be able to lift heavy things and bound around,&rdquo; [Elon Musk] adds, predicting that journey times could eventually be cut to 30 days.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Aside from the money, specific technology, and solid timeframe, Elon Musk has figured out a way to get to Mars. The colonization plan, which is designed to place about 1 million people on the planet in 40-100 years using a yet-to-be constructed ship that would carry 100 passengers per trip, needs more financial backers before Musk can definitively settle on a launch date. Many scientists have objected to the plan on various technological grounds, although one brought up the problem of potentially contaminating alien life forms:</p> <p><em>Prof Andrew Coates, who works on the ExoMars rover&nbsp;at University College London&rsquo;s Mullard Space&nbsp;Science Laboratory, said that the question of whether present or past life existed on Mars needed to be answered before a manned mission, which could contaminate the surface, could be considered. &ldquo;There&rsquo;s a moral imperative to keep Mars as it is for the moment. Until we&rsquo;ve conclusively answered that question we should keep our feet on the ground ... going there wou...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150013827/riba-reveals-49-winning-projects-for-2017-national-awards RIBA reveals 49 winning projects for 2017 National Awards Justine Testado 2017-06-21T19:04:00-04:00 >2017-06-21T19:22:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jy/jy6eye04k26kvtgs.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The&nbsp;2017 RIBA Awards cycle continues!&nbsp;Advancing from&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150001148/riba-announces-85-shortlisted-projects-for-2017-london-awards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the 2017 London Awards</a>, 49 stunning projects throughout the UK&nbsp;have just been announced as winners in the&nbsp;2017&nbsp;National Awards for architecture, which distinguishes the UK's most outstanding buildings and offers insight into construction, design, and investment trends in the country.</p> <p>This year's winners include a variety of projects like the&nbsp;Tate Modern's Blavatnik Building, the British Airways i360 &mdash; dubbed as the world's first &ldquo;vertical pier&rdquo;,&nbsp;the Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre, and the transformative&nbsp;Leicester Cathedral's Richard III Project &ldquo;With Dignity and Honour&rdquo;, to name a few.</p> <p>In regards to design trends with this year's winners, RIBA President Jane Duncan&nbsp;commented on&nbsp;the ongoing&nbsp;prominence of brick as a building material, as well as the increasing use of timber. She also pointed out&nbsp;certain exemplary housing and education projects that more cities should model. &ldquo;Silchester and Ponders End are both great examples of e...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150013819/dutch-prisons-converted-into-homes-for-refugees Dutch prisons converted into homes for refugees Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-21T18:09:00-04:00 >2017-06-21T18:09:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/78/782gfys0y5y8xtd8.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the country&rsquo;s crime rate and prison population have steadily declined for years, dozens of correctional facilities have closed altogether. So when the number of migrants started to rise&mdash;more than 50,000 entered the Netherlands last year alone&mdash;the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA) saw a solution.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Many <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/7888/prisons" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">prisons</a> in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/6769/netherlands" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Netherlands</a> have been repurposed to house <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/298862/refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">refugees</a> who are waiting to be granted asylum status,&nbsp;a process that&nbsp;usually takes at least six months. Free to come and go as they please, the refugees are not allowed to work but are encouraged to learn Dutch and build connections with the surrounding community. </p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150013546/a-chess-set-that-forms-the-new-york-city-skyline A chess set that forms the New York City skyline Julia Ingalls 2017-06-20T13:53:00-04:00 >2017-06-20T14:10:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/74/74yni0it0ahdihzj.jpg" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>First-name-only architects Chris and Ian of Skyline Chess have already rendered landmark buildings of London into chess pieces, and now they're trying to create a similar set of New York City, provided they receive enough funding via <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/805054982/skyline-chess-new-york-city-edition/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">their Kickstarter</a>. &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/mh/mh0tvfj4u4co3i0x.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/mh/mh0tvfj4u4co3i0x.jpg"></a></p><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/pv/pvgdldfbr13hlit6.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/pv/pvgdldfbr13hlit6.jpg"></a></p><p>Each building has been carefully chosen to represent a particular chess piece. As the architects explain:&nbsp;<br></p> <p>"We gave careful consideration to selecting each piece on the board, to ensure that it both visually reflected the appropriate chess piece and also reflected the architectural status and scale of that building in the city.</p> <ul><li><strong>King</strong>&nbsp;- One World Trade Tower&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Queen</strong>&nbsp;- Empire State Building&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Bishop</strong>&nbsp;- Chrysler Building&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Knight</strong>&nbsp;- Flatiron Building&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Rook</strong>&nbsp;- Guggenheim Museum&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Pawn</strong>&nbsp;- Brownstone House"</li></ul><p>Each piece has been weighted and given a felt bottom to make them enjoyable to hold and maneuver.&nbsp;</p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/u0/u08iyx8dy1626qb6.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/u0/u08iyx8dy1626qb6.jpg"></a> http://archinect.com/news/article/150013536/watch-a-century-of-downtown-l-a-s-development-in-2-minutes-of-3d-animated-renderings Watch a century of downtown L.A.'s development in 2 minutes of 3D animated renderings Julia Ingalls 2017-06-20T12:40:00-04:00 >2017-06-20T12:42:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xy/xykb9bt6rsoxwwhc.jpg" width="650" height="395" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ever wondered when the high-rises in downtown Los Angeles were built?&nbsp;This two-minute video of animated renderings by <a href="https://www.commercialcafe.com/blog/evolution-downtown-la-visual-timeline/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Commercial Cafe</a> provides a brief history and date for most of the skyscrapers downtown, from City Hall to the Wilshire Grand, concluding with a color-coded erection sequence by decade. As the towers sprout from the soil, it's interesting to note that development has slowed considerably since its late 20th century zenith, although the tallest building west of the Mississippi did top out earlier this year:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150013334/lev-libeskind-produces-a-prefab-home-design-for-revolution-precrafted Lev Libeskind produces a prefab home design for Revolution Precrafted Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-19T15:36:00-04:00 >2017-06-23T22:50:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uj/ujck58f6q7xna0a5.jpg" width="650" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Revolution Precrafted, a company&nbsp;launched by developer and art collector Robbie Antonio&nbsp;in 2015, aims to democratize architecture by offering affordable designs for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/6317/prefab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">prefab</a>&nbsp;homes and pavilions&nbsp;from over 40 world-renown architects&nbsp;including <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/6132/kengo-kuma-and-associates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kengo Kuma</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/990/ateliers-jean-nouvel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/84243779/kravitz-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kravitz Design</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/65588/sou-fujimoto-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sou Fujimoto</a> and many more.</p> <p>One of the company's&nbsp;new collaborators is Lev Libeskind, son of the architect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1493/studio-daniel-libeskind" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Libeskind</a>, who&nbsp;has recently opened his own architectural and design practice in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4464/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan</a>, Italy.</p> <p>The architect's&nbsp;design for&nbsp;Revolution Precrafted is designed to be compatible with any location and context.</p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/sv/svjx26h7irybd0p9.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/sv/svjx26h7irybd0p9.jpg"></a></p><p>Its modern&nbsp;form is based on a mathematical unfolding of irregular angles around a rectangular core. In combination with rich materials such as aluminum, natural stone, glass and resin the home&nbsp;is adaptable&nbsp;to just about any site or lifestyle.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150013220/oma-s-design-for-2017-australia-s-mpavilion-is-revealed OMA's design for 2017 Australia's MPavilion is revealed Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-19T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-19T00:05:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8x/8xr0xjmvpq0spnha.jpg" width="650" height="459" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/582637/mpavilion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MPavilion</a> is an Australian architectural commission and design event that annually erects a new <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/285282/temporary-structures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">temporary</a> pavilion, designed by a&nbsp;leading international architect, in&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/230290/melbourne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melbourne</a>&rsquo;s historic Queen Victoria Gardens.<br>This year's structure, designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/382/oma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a>, is inspired by ancient amphitheaters. Blurring the lines between the inside and outside &ndash; and between audience and performer, OMA's pavilion creates a flexible civic space that can function as a stage, auditorium or even a playground. <br></p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/w7/w77wotambsu7ydgs.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/w7/w77wotambsu7ydgs.jpg"></a></p>Image courtesy OMA<p>Echoing the ideals of amphitheater typology, the pavilion comprises static and dynamic elements that allow for multiple configurations.<br></p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/dt/dt92uc2ertrxplxa.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/dt/dt92uc2ertrxplxa.jpg"></a></p>Image courtesy OMA<p>"The pavilion&rsquo;s ground plan is shaped by two grand stands; one<br>fixed, the other movable, which together determine the setup of the performance space. The larger static grand stand is excavated from the surrounding landscape and embedded in 12 different species of indigenous plants, giving a sense of the Australian setting. The smaller gra...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150012925/mvrdv-s-ilot-queyries-blends-history-modern-sustainable-density-in-bordeaux-france MVRDV's Ilot Queyries blends history + modern sustainable density in Bordeaux, France Julia Ingalls 2017-06-16T19:10:00-04:00 >2017-06-16T19:21:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0o/0oyv5ehq9solm4ka.jpg" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How can architects create livable, breathable spaces that not only honor the history of a region, but anticipate the global population increase? This is partly the mission of MVRDV's 300-unit residential apartment/mixed use&nbsp;Ilot Queyries, which is located adjacent to the&nbsp;ZAC Bastide-Niel masterplan East of the River Garonne, and is&nbsp;designed to create a new neighborhood that prizes density and green, sustainable features while organically integrating the history of the region.</p><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/et/etr4iqoqd4dpl5h3.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/et/etr4iqoqd4dpl5h3.jpg"></a></p>Aerial view<p>As MVRDV's Winy Mass explains, "For the Bastide Niel master plan we make an update of the European city: based on the values of the historic city that is intimate, dense and mixed, whilst at the same time proposing new objectives like sunlight for all, even on the ground floor, new energy supplies with solar panels, integrated water system and more green spaces. The concept of the cuts of the volumes is introduced here at Ilot Queyries which can be interpreted as a pilot project of the master plan Bas...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150013094/archaic-but-contemporary-the-fondation-beyeler-on-why-peter-zumthor-is-right-for-the-museum-s-expansion “Archaic, but contemporary”: The Fondation Beyeler on why Peter Zumthor is right for the museum's expansion Justine Testado 2017-06-16T18:56:00-04:00 >2017-06-16T18:56:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/68/68pzdjppzdxlbon3.jpg" width="650" height="417" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Zumthor has this archaic way of looking at architecture, but in a very contemporary way: his buildings are very durable,&rdquo; [Sam Keller, director of the Fondation Beyeler,] said. &ldquo;They are a little out of time and fashion, and we liked that.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last month, Peter Zumthor unveiled <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150005971/peter-zumthor-unveils-scheme-for-fondation-beyeler-extension-in-riehen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his winning scheme</a> for the expansion of the Renzo Piano-designed Fondation Beyeler museum in Riehen, near Basel. In this recent New York Times article, Zumthor and Beyeler Director Sam Keller share more commentary and their aspirations for the milestone expansion.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150013060/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-interiors-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Interiors" Pinterest Board Archinect 2017-06-16T15:28:00-04:00 >2017-06-16T15:29:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y1/y1s6os1eou3w92oz.jpg" width="650" height="434" 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/interiors/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Interiors</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/03/03ugmkdkxzbzifjw.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/149993092/modern-mews/149993122" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Modern Mews</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/149993092/coffey-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coffey Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e0/e0s3wo3zmnqpyqog.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/map-mx/project/al-apartment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AL Apartment</a> in Mexico City by <a href="http://archinect.com/map-mx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAPmx studio</a>; Photo: Rafael Gamo</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/60/60jsifqeagppaxry.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/amentaemma/project/quinnipiac-university-brand-strategy-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quinnipiac University - Brand Strategy Group</a> in Hamden, CT by <a href="http://archinect.com/amentaemma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amenta Emma Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/39/392zaqixojcenzxe.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/MESURA/project/casa-iv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CASA IV</a> in Matola, Spain by <a href="http://archinect.com/MESURA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MESURA</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hs/hs1pntm94fo27tlr.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/FIELDWORK/project/malva" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MALVA</a> in Tigard, OR by <a href="http://archinect.com/FIELDWORK" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FIELDWORK Design &amp; Architecture</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/is/isggbvrhu3xqi2fl.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/archimania/project/mek-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MEK House</a> in Memphis, TN by <a href="http://archinect.com/archimania" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">archimania</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/v0/v0t2k57ln1h6pbg5.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/3360816/grand-louvre-modernization/150003509" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grand Louvre Modernization</a> in Paris, France by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/3360816/pei-cobb-freed-partners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pei Cobb Freed &amp; Partners</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/77/77pbpa6cc02gj8bs.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/destilat/project/haus-k" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Haus K</a> in Krems an der Donau, Austria by <a href="http://archinect.com/destilat" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">destilat Design Studio GmbH</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tq/tqn8dcmyia922xj8.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/WilkinsonEyre/project/royal-ballet-school-bridge-of-aspiration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Royal Ballet School: Bridge of Aspiration</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/WilkinsonEyre" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WilkinsonEyre</a></p><p>(Cover pic: <a href="http://archinect.com/kadawittfeldarchitektur/project/adidas-laces-herzogenaurach-germany" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">adidas Laces</a> in Herzogenaurach, Germany by <a href="http://archinect.com/kadawittfeldarchitektur" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">kadawittfeldarchitektur</a>; Ph...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150012853/did-som-rip-off-this-architect-s-designs-for-one-world-trade-center Did SOM rip off this architect's designs for One World Trade Center? Nicholas Korody 2017-06-15T12:27:00-04:00 >2017-06-19T15:10:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gr/gr2ft6hnhast5c96.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Korean-born architect on Wednesday sued a major architecture firm over the design of Manhattan's One World Trade Center, claiming that the building bears a "striking similarity" to a tower he designed in 1999 while in graduate school. Jeehoon Park accused Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill of falsely claiming design credit for the 104-story One World Trade Center, whose 1,776-foot (541 m) height including the spire makes it the Western Hemisphere's tallest building.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Park is president of Qube Architecture, a Georgia-based practice. His design, shown below, was made when he was getting a masters from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Park is seeking unspecified damages.</p> <p>According to the architect, Skidmore has access to the design through an associate partner&mdash;one of Park's thesis advisors.</p><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/u4/u4pnt48gfr36hwtg.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/u4/u4pnt48gfr36hwtg.jpg"></a></p>Park's design on the left, One World Trade Center on the right http://archinect.com/news/article/150012673/london-tower-block-fire-kills-twelve-previous-warnings-about-very-poor-fire-safety-standards-may-have-gotten-ignored London tower block fire kills twelve; previous warnings about "very poor fire safety standards" may have gotten ignored Alexander Walter 2017-06-14T14:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-23T11:31:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oq/oqe3o6euynfdzemv.jpg" width="650" height="812" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Twelve people have died in a west London tower block fire and the number of deaths are expected to rise, police have said. [...] Grenfell Tower underwent a two-year &pound;10m refurbishment as part of a wider transformation of the estate, that was completed last year. [...] Before and during the refurbishment, the local Grenfell Action Group claimed that the block constituted a fire risk and residents warned that site access for emergency vehicles was "severely restricted".</p></em><br /><br /><p>While it's still too early to determine the cause of the fire, the <em>BBC</em> reports that "before and during the refurbishment, the local Grenfell Action Group claimed that the block constituted a fire risk and residents warned that site access for emergency vehicles was "severely restricted"."</p><p>Latest updates on the disastrous blaze can be found in <em>The Guardian</em>'s live feed <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/live/2017/jun/14/grenfell-tower-major-fire-london-apartment-block-white-city-latimer-road" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p><strong>UPDATE, June 14, 2017, 2:06 PM EST:</strong></p><p>Latest reports raise the fear that the tower may be seriously in danger of collapsing with structural cracks appearing in the corners. Firefighters have been pulled out of the tower.</p><p><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/06/068h2ooe1evfyxt8.jpg"><em>Image via <a href="https://www.instagram.com/mrgeorgeclarke/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@mrgeorgeclarke</a> on Instagram.</em></p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GrenfellTower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#GrenfellTower Tweets</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150012439/man-writes-91-songs-about-the-washington-d-c-metro-system Man Writes 91 Songs About the Washington, D.C. Metro System Julia Ingalls 2017-06-13T17:28:00-04:00 >2017-06-13T17:29:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nf/nfsv70p0d8ruul9o.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It took six years, but every subway station in the Washington, D.C. area is now immortalized in song. For musician Jason Mendelson, it&rsquo;s his magnum opus.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Magentic Fields wrote 69 songs about love; professional tax manager and sometime musician Jason Mendelson has managed to record 91 songs about the Washington, D.C. Metro system, with one song for each subway stop.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/fq/fq026tfut0l7en76.jpg"></p>Map of the Washington, D.C. Metro.<p>While music critics will not be equating these two works anytime soon, it's rare for an entire transportation system to be memorialized in song (although <a href="https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tg2EbJy-9dc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">[Get Your Kicks On] Route 66</a>,&nbsp;along with Kraftwerk's <a href="https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gChOifUJZMc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Autobahn</a>, come to mind). It's worth noting that Mendelson doesn't play favorites: in the video accompanying the article, he proclaims that "There are no boring commuter stops."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150012132/new-uk-train-station-got-their-math-inspiration-wrong New UK train station got their math inspiration wrong Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-12T17:14:00-04:00 >2017-06-13T11:46:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/md/mdzvv3sf84vnsexo.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Conway confirmed what several mathematicians have noticed since the station&rsquo;s unveiling: the pattern on the fa&ccedil;ade follows the logic not of Conway&rsquo;s Life but of Wolfram&rsquo;s Rule 30, a different cellular automaton identified by the computer scientist Stephen Wolfram.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://www.atkinsglobal.com/en-GB/projects/cambridge-north-station" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atkins designed</a> &pound;50m&nbsp;Cambridge North <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/170406/train-station" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">railway station</a>, a 4,843 sq ft building with three platforms and parking, opened this May.<br>Its aluminum <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/34080/facade" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fa&ccedil;ade</a>&nbsp;was inspired by The Game of Life, a cellular automaton that a British mathematician John Horton Conway developed in 1970. Conway, nevertheless, claims that he does not recognize his work in the architecture of the station.&nbsp;<br><br><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gq/gq2kactvtos619gu.jpg"><br><br>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s not mine,&rdquo; the mathematician said of the pattern. &ldquo;I have had an influence on Cambridge, but not apparently on the new railway station.&rdquo;</p> <p>As a 2015&nbsp;<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jul/23/john-horton-conway-the-most-charismatic-mathematician-in-the-world" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guardian profile of Conway</a>&nbsp;put it, &ldquo;the Game of Life demonstrates how simplicity generates complexity, providing an analogy for all of mathematics, and the entire universe."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150011950/editor-s-picks-470 Editor's Picks #470 Nam Henderson 2017-06-12T13:36:00-04:00 >2017-06-13T21:02:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/im/imnajz7jqjdmjq99.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>ICYMI <a href="http://archinect.com/Ynotworkshop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey</a> launched Archinect&rsquo;s latest series <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/944588/cross-talk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cross-Talk</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Each session of Cross-Talk will be oriented around one topic.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Each topic will be addressed by four texts.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Each text will be produced by a different author. </em></p><p><em>Each writer will have their own stance. </em></p><p><em>Each stance will be meant to agitate others.</em></p><p><em>Each agitation will produce a possible crack in reason. </em></p><p><em>Each crack will reveal a possible new position.</em></p><p>The first installment explored&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/943834/agonism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">agonism</a>. Reacting to one of the pieces <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/150008984/cross-talk-reflections-of-agonist-reflections-by-eliyahu-keller#CommentsAnchor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a> wrote "<em>I've never, ever thought of myself as struggling against gravity as an architect...But reading this and thinking about the current project that is obsessing me - renovating a 100 year old abandoned brick building - I realize I constantly fight against decay, or entropy, or disuse.</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1u/1uu4uadgbnwpm4w5.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/hannahlucywood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hannah Woods</a> published <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/150008944/architects-of-social-responsibility-views-of-humanitarian-architecture-in-practice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects of Social Responsibility</a>, in which she "<em>engages with architects adopting a range of business models to pursue social responsibility and looks deeper into ways the profession is ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150012029/a-spiralling-frank-lloyd-wright-house-in-phoenix-has-been-donated-to-the-frank-lloyd-wright-school-of-architecture A Spiralling Frank Lloyd Wright house in Phoenix has been donated to the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture Nicholas Korody 2017-06-12T12:21:00-04:00 >2017-06-13T14:01:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l6/l6zp5y5jrsik61bs.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last week marked what would have been Frank Lloyd Wright&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/150010663/for-frank-lloyd-wright-s-150th-birthday-we-interview-dan-nichols-who-has-been-living-in-and-restoring-wright-s-sweeton-house-in-new-jersey" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">150th birthday</a>. Celebrating the occasion, Zach Rawling and his family donated his Wright-designed home in Phoenix to a foundation under the auspices of the Arizona Community Foundation to benefit the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.&nbsp;</p><p>The house, designed for the architect&rsquo;s son, was saved from demolition by Rawling and, with its distinctive spiraling ramp, is seen as a precursor to the Guggenheim Museum in New York, according to Aaron Betsky, dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.</p><p>The donation &ldquo;will allow us to use that great legacy to be a living laboratory in which we will figure out how to use what Frank Lloyd Wright taught us about living in the desert Southwest, to make the life in this desert and in this community even better in the future,&rdquo; said Betsky.</p><p><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/iq/iqqi7mdn8j2yvm5h.jpg"></p><p>Rawling bought the property back in 2012 for $2.4M in order to save it from demolition. While he wanted to restore the building and turn it into ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150011625/sn-hetta-to-make-public-the-second-largest-waterfall-in-the-united-states Snøhetta to Make Public the Second-Largest Waterfall in the United States Joanna Kloppenburg 2017-06-09T12:22:00-04:00 >2017-06-10T21:33:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5b/5b8xw3w2dccfmfhj.jpg" width="650" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Oregon state, home to some of the nation&rsquo;s most spectacular gorges and naturally occurring waterfalls, will soon uncover what might become its most compelling ecological landmark. Willamette Falls, of Oregon&rsquo;s Willamette River, is the United States&rsquo; second largest waterfall by volume, and has been blocked from public access for well over a century.</p><p>International design firm Sn&oslash;hetta has been selected to redevelop the 22-acre former industrial site located at the entrance of Oregon City into a public riverwalk. Boasting 60 species of fish, a host of unique flora and fauna and historic basalt topography, the site necessitates a sensitive restoration protocol for the firm, who is working with Portland&rsquo;s Mayer / Reed and Vancouver&rsquo;s DIALOG to carry out the project.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/82/82lsvdek86wn9ugm.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;The riverwalk will serve as a portal to the Northwest&rsquo;s collective history,&rdquo; announced the firm in a press release, &ldquo;reviving a former industrial site through its aggregated layers of natural, ecological, cultural, and geologi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150011539/first-mass-timber-high-rise-building-to-be-permitted-in-the-us-is-coming-to-portland First mass timber high-rise building to be permitted in the US is coming to Portland Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-08T18:33:00-04:00 >2017-06-08T18:33:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hk/hkzughjb4z78wn1q.jpg" width="650" height="891" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/leverarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEVER Architecture</a>, Framework Building aims at promoting <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4450/sustainability" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sustainable</a> building practices and economic opportunity&nbsp;for a sustainable urban-rural ecology.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/75/757ws6837eqavrtk.jpg"></p><p>To receive the permit the 12-story building has completed a series of fire, acoustic and structural tests which have proven that mass <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/282/timber" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">timber</a> construction performs to fire and life safety requirements, in some cases even exceeding the current standards.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ii/iimffj3hgesljyzx.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r7/r7fssdmxf386mw3h.jpg"></p><p>"The mixed-use project combines retail and public exhibition on the ground level, with five levels of office and 60-units of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/110562/affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">affordable housing</a>. Framework&rsquo;s commercial tenants will be B corporations&mdash;businesses certified to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. The housing component of the project accommodates residents earning less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c1/c14j6fqssnmrbc7m.jpg"></p><p>Framework is part of a mutually beneficial cycle between natural resources, the rural timber industries that rely on these resources, and the citi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150011480/hong-kong-death-trap-apartments-photographed-by-benny-lam Hong Kong death-trap apartments photographed by Benny Lam Julia Ingalls 2017-06-08T14:20:00-04:00 >2017-06-14T12:16:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mv/mvjfdmo4x5dxbp7x.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Photographer Benny Lam has documented the suffocating living conditions in Hong Kong&rsquo;s subdivided flats, recording the lives of these hidden communities.</p></em><br /><br /><p>From a stove-adjacent toilet to walls crammed with knives, scissors, and precariously stacked storage cases, Benny Lam's photographs of illegally subdivided apartments in Hong Kong are like a gorgeously illustrated case study in how major disease epidemics get started. <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/cities/gallery/2017/jun/07/boxed-life-inside-hong-kong-coffin-cubicles-cage-homes-in-pictures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This Guardian article</a> is a showcase of Lam's Prix Pictect 2017&nbsp;shortlisted&nbsp;photographs; the video below is a literal page-turner of Lam's book, "TRAPPED," documenting the Hong Kong apartments:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150011464/watch-this-time-lapse-construction-video-of-herzog-de-meuron-s-jenga-like-56-leonard-in-nyc Watch this time-lapse construction video of Herzog + de Meuron's Jenga-like 56 Leonard in NYC Julia Ingalls 2017-06-08T12:43:00-04:00 >2017-06-08T12:43:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fq/fqmpyyw5ubczpo1m.jpg" width="650" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With a series of jutting balconies and abrupt offsets, the Herzog + De Meuron-designed 56 Leonard, described by the architects as "houses stacked in the sky,"&nbsp;is one of the more aesthetically adventuresome luxury condo towers to rise in New York City. This time-lapse video, replete with what the developers apparently feel is an inspiring musical soundtrack, shows the construction of the Jenga-like building over a period of a little under two years, from&nbsp;March 2014 to December 2016:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150011357/designer-trina-turk-turns-forgotten-john-lautner-house-into-midcentury-jewel-box Designer Trina Turk turns 'forgotten' John Lautner house into midcentury jewel box Alexander Walter 2017-06-07T18:42:00-04:00 >2017-06-13T19:31:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/v0/v0q6l88xwlho8e4q.jpg" width="638" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>News of the &ldquo;long-lost&rdquo; Lautner echoed around Los Angeles and the world. The architecture community marveled at how a home designed by a modernist genius could go unnoticed for decades. [...] Somehow, the Salkin Residence, which was completed around the same time as more acclaimed Lautner projects like the Desert Hot Springs Motel, was left out of the architect&rsquo;s list of works when it was assembled by his devotees years later.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <em>NY Times</em> portraits the 'long-lost' John Lautner-designed Salkin Residence, built in 1948 in LA's Echo Park neighborhood and, over the last three years, painstakingly restored to renewed beauty by designer/business woman Trina Turk and her husband, Jonathan Skow.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150011297/a-13-story-building-topples-over-in-alexandria-egypt A 13-story building topples over in Alexandria, Egypt Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-07T14:25:00-04:00 >2017-06-07T15:06:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/v3/v3wor7cqkze82p1w.jpg" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Incidents like these take place relatively frequently in Egypt where building regulations are often flouted and additional floors added without planning permission.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The building's failure is attributed to a weak foundation caused by its&nbsp;excessive height. Issued a removal order in 2002, just two years after its construction, the building was occupied up until last Wednesday when it&nbsp;leaned on its neighbor across the street.&nbsp;Its much overdue demolition began shortly after.&nbsp;</p><p>The affected families have been provided emergency housing at local schools, and been promised new apartments by Ministry of the&nbsp;Social Solidarity.The owner of the toppled&nbsp;building in Azareeta was arrested.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150011309/almost-two-decades-in-the-making-the-zha-designed-napoli-afragola-station-is-finally-inaugurated Almost two decades in the making, the ZHA-designed Napoli Afragola Station is finally inaugurated Nicholas Korody 2017-06-07T13:48:00-04:00 >2017-06-07T13:48:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7r/7rfl9gj873siaiwx.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The cosmopolitan, bustling city of Naples serves as the gateway to the south of Italy&mdash;but the mechanics of that gate are a bit creaky. The main station of the city, Napoli Centrale, is over fifty years old and is currently being renovated. Even with renovations, however, the station will be congested. So, in the early 2000&rsquo;s, the city looked north to the city of Afragola, within the Naples metropolitan area, for the site of an additional train station. Yesterday, Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni inaugurated the building ahead of the start of regular services on June 11.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ph/phhu99xbylcdle49.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3z/3zwlz0lcwpr8avvh.jpg"></p><p>The gleaming new station was designed by the late Dame Zaha Hadid and bears many of her design signatures, from curved structural concrete elements to Corian-clad steel ribs. It&rsquo;s designed as an &ldquo;urbanized public bridge&rdquo; connecting the communities on either side of the tracks. In fact, the passenger concourse is the walkway bridging the tracks, and houses all services for departing, arriving, and connecting passengers. ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150011276/the-metlife-building-s-letters-are-getting-a-makeover The MetLife Building’s letters are getting a makeover dgannon 2017-06-07T12:54:00-04:00 >2017-06-07T12:54:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9j/9jkigxw2i4e3srit.jpg" width="650" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While the Brutalist architecture of the MetLife Building, formerly the Pan Am Building, makes this 59-story skyscraper stand out among Midtown&rsquo;s many tall towers, its large sign touting its namesake makes it easy for all to identify. Beginning this week, the insurance company will replace the massive letters with a brand new typeface, as Crain&rsquo;s reported.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The installation of the new, more modern logo will be the first time the building&rsquo;s sign has changed since 1993 when 15- and 18-foot-long letters spelling out MetLife replaced Pan Am&rsquo;s sign.&nbsp;</p>