Archinect - News 2016-10-24T21:43:28-04:00 The sinking towers of San Francisco Nicholas Korody 2016-10-24T14:33:00-04:00 >2016-10-24T14:33:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="866" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Facing a legal and public-relations nightmare with its sinking and leaning Millennium Tower, the San Francisco highrise&rsquo;s developer is redesigning the foundation of its newest luxury condo project up Mission Street &mdash; with the idea of going all the way down to bedrock. [...] the 58-story Millennium Tower at 301 Mission St. [has] sunk 16 inches and is leaning 2 inches to the northwest. That condo high-rise sits on a concrete slab with piles driven 60 to 80 feet deep, well short of bedrock.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>In contrast, the 706 Mission St. tower was designed without any piles. Instead, it was to be held up by a four-story basement garage sitting on a bowl-shaped concrete slab, 12 feet thick at the center and 5 feet thick at the edges.</em></p><p>The Millenium Tower is already sinking even though it was built just a few years ago. The problems plaguing the site raise questions about the integrity of buildings built on bay fill that aren't anchored to bedrock. The SF Chronicle <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">broke</a> the story a few months ago.</p><p>More news from the Bay Area:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Golden Gate Bridge needs additional $124M to build suicide barrier</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco rejects &ldquo;tech tax&rdquo; that would require big companies to fund housing initiatives</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luxury condos sink in San Francisco's Millennium Tower</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco could face "class warfare" if it doesn't fix its economic inequality</a></li></ul> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-10-24T14:21:00-04:00 >2016-10-24T14:22:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="448" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Spend this week exploring exhibitions; whether the work is that&nbsp;of an artist at their prime, a concept drawing from a student, or appreciating the forgotten modern dwellings in historical Highgate, this week is a celebration of hard work and&nbsp;creative pursuits. And, as we move into the end of October, don't miss the opportunity to give yourself a fright with a Halloween tour of historic London.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uniqlo Tate Lates | 28 October</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>'Hackoustic', image: Axel bluhme</em></p><p>Opening up the gallery to the post-work crowd, the Tate Modern's new monthly event will bring art, talks, music, workshops, and food to Friday evenings. This month, take the opportunity to see something different, from film and music to iconic artists, there is so much to see. To honour this new series,&nbsp;the Tate has even created a new cocktail, which will be served on&nbsp;the viewing level of the new extension, the Switch House, bringi...</p> Touring Trump Tower, where a lot glitters that's not gold Nicholas Korody 2016-10-24T14:17:00-04:00 >2016-10-24T14:18:09-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Trump Tower is no ordinary property: It is the jewel in Donald Trump's brass crown. He lives at the top in a three-story penthouse with his third wife and third son. But it's more than just Trump's home. With its flashy outward image barely concealing a rotting, garbage-filled core, it's a metaphor for the man.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Trump once famously declared, "I will build a great wall&mdash;and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me&mdash;and I'll build them very inexpensively." The last part is definitely true, judging by this undeniably cheap construction.</em></p><p>For more on the architecture of the Republican candidate for president, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;Good Walls Make Good Neighbors, Mr. Trump&rdquo; &mdash; the verdict is in</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">A Friend in Deed: Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin discusses his rocky relationship with Donald Trump, on Archinect Sessions #86</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">"Steve from Virginia" attempts to scale Trump Tower with suction cups</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Donald Trump is architecture's nightmare client</a></li></ul> Take a tour through Zaha Hadid Architects' winning proposal for the Urban Heritage Administration Centre in Saudi Arabia Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-24T14:05:00-04:00 >2016-10-24T14:23:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Diriyah, Saudi Arabia is home to the Turaif district, the first capital of Saudis and an UNESCO world heritage site since 2010. Appropriately, ZHA's winning design for the Urban Heritage Administration Centre in Diriyah will help maintain the area's UNESCO distinction, including an exhibition space, a library, lecture hall, educational spaces, and an institution for local archaeological research.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>According to ZHA, the design is inspired by the interaction between humans and the geography, with references to Diriyah's oasis in the Wadi Hanifah valley and the rammed-earth construction of the area's preserved buildings.</p><p></p><p>ZHA's proposal is the winning entry from the 2015 competition to design the local Heritage Museum's&nbsp;head office.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>More from ZHA on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Closer look: Zaha Hadid's new &ldquo;floating&rdquo; Port House in Antwerp" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Closer look: Zaha Hadid's new &ldquo;floating&rdquo; Port House in Antwerp</a></li><li><a title="Tour Zaha Hadid's &quot;stacked vases&quot; tower in Australia" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tour Zaha Hadid's "stacked vases" tower in Australia</a></li><li><a title="One of the late Dame Zaha Hadid's final designs will be built in West Chelsea" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One of the late Dame Zaha Hadid's final designs will be built in West Chelsea</a></li><li><a title="Inside the Zaha Hadid-designed $50 million High Line penthouse" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inside the Zaha Hadid-designed $50 million H...</a></li></ul> Ten Top Images on Archinect's NEW "Learning Spaces" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-10-21T17:37:00-04:00 >2016-10-21T17:41:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="847" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the brand new board <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Learning Spaces</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Energy Positive Relocatable Classroom</a> in Ewa Beach, HI by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anderson Anderson Architecture</a>; Photo: Anthony Vizzari, Anderson Anderson Architecture</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Khabele Elementary Expansion</a> in Austin, TX by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Derrington Building Studio</a>; Photo: Peter Molick Photography</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eemhuis</a> in Amersfoort, the Netherlands by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neutelings Riedijk Architects</a>; Photo: Scagliola/Brakkee &copy; Neutelings Riedijk Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Florida Polytechnic University</a> in Lakeland, FL by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Calatrava</a>; Photo: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julian Parkinson</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Academy of Art &amp; Architecture</a> in Maastricht, the Netherlands by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wiel Arets Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flad&auml;ngskolan</a> in Lomma, Sweden by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Link Arkitekt...</a></p> How Frank Gehry was won over to design the Watts Children's Institute pro bono Alexander Walter 2016-10-21T13:44:00-04:00 >2016-10-22T23:39:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"We explained what the agency does and what we stand for, and he gave me a handshake right there," offering to work pro bono. [...] Of his design &mdash; a series of two-story, garden-surrounded buildings that echo the modest scale of the neighborhood, their shiny roofs the only Gehry-esque note &mdash; he says: "This building is not fancy but has all of my heart and soul in it. I worked hard to make spaces for the kids and families that would use it so that they would feel special."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Gehry's Watts involvement previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry-designed children's center planned for Watts neighborhood in L.A.</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can a Frank Gehry design help change the dynamic of Watts?</a></li></ul> After rocky start, Frick Collection selects Selldorf Architects to take on renovation Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-21T12:31:00-04:00 >2016-10-21T12:31:06-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;She&rsquo;s somebody who has a clear vision of respect for historical buildings but at the same time has a clean, elegant, modernist aesthetic that is very much about welcoming visitors today,&rdquo; said Ian Wardropper, the Frick&rsquo;s director. In coming up with a new design, Ms. Selldorf has been charged with improving circulation in the Frick&rsquo;s galleries, library and public spaces, while maintaining the museum&rsquo;s existing footprint and preserving its jewel-box character.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Prior plans for the museum's addition (designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Davis Brody Bond</a>) were dropped by the Frick in June of last year, partially due to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a letter of protest</a> written on behalf of 51 artists and architects. This past March, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frick put forward an RFQ</a> for a new revision plan, and now that Selldorf has been selected, designs will be unveiled in 2017.</p><p>"It&rsquo;s about enhancing the visitor&rsquo;s experience and making it utterly seamless, so that it doesn&rsquo;t harm any of the existing experience that people cherish, myself included,&rdquo; Ms. Selldorf told the&nbsp;<em>Times</em>, speaking to the delicacies of renovating the late Gilded Age mansion's galleries, library and public spaces.</p> Hankook Tire opens new Foster + Partners Technodrome to tempt 'top talent' Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-20T19:19:00-04:00 >2016-10-20T19:19:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The aim of bringing in Foster&rsquo;s brand of highly engineered minimalism is to help attract the industry&rsquo;s &ldquo;top talent and provide an inspirational place to work&rdquo;. The development contains &ldquo;light filled offices, advanced laboratories and dynamic social spaces to nurture a culture of openness and innovation&rdquo;. Located in the heart of Asia&rsquo;s &ldquo;Silicon Valley&rdquo;, the centrepiece of the facility are the tire testing and research laboratories, which are on display to invited visitors and staff.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>More Foster + Partners:</p><ul><li><a title="Norman Foster reimagines global infrastructure strategies in new essay" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster reimagines global infrastructure strategies in new essay</a></li><li><a title='Foster + Partners begins construction of "floating" Copenhagen office building' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners begins construction of "floating" Copenhagen office building</a></li><li><a title="Construction begins on major Foster + Partners project in Sweden" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction begins on major Foster + Partners project in Sweden</a></li><li><a title="Apple's spaceship campus, by the numbers (including an estimated $5b price tag)" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's spaceship campus, by the numbers (including an estimated $5b price tag)</a></li><li><a title="Foster + Partners-designed 3 Sutton Place shelved after developer defaults on loans" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners-designed 3 Sutton Place shelved after developer defaults on loans</a></li></ul> Maya Lin reveals designs for Smith College library revamp Nicholas Korody 2016-10-20T13:59:00-04:00 >2016-10-20T15:46:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="266" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The artist and designer Maya Lin, best-known for her Vietnam Veterans Memorial, will redesign the Neilson Library at Smith College. Her designs for the project, intended to reduce the existing building&rsquo;s footprint, have been revealed.</p><p>Lin will renovate the 1909 Neilson Library and remove later additions that she says create a &ldquo;telescoping effect&rdquo;. Lin will also add two &ldquo;jewel box&rdquo;, curved wings intended to bring in natural light. An oculus in the central atrium will bring in more light. Additionally, Lin plans to create a &ldquo;skyline room&rdquo; on the building&rsquo;s roof as well as an outdoor patio.</p><p>The library is situated on a campus designed by the famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, and the new design aims to restore the open green space that was part of his original, 1893 plan.</p><p>Construction is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2017.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">via New York Times</a></p><p>More from Maya Lin:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The search is on for the UK Holocaust Memorial design team</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In honor of Veterans Day, respecting and celebrating o...</a></li></ul> British construction criticised for lack of innovation by government report Ellen Hancock 2016-10-20T11:47:00-04:00 >2016-10-20T11:47:23-04:00 <img src="" width="642" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The review highlights the sector&rsquo;s dysfunctional training model, its lack of innovation and collaboration, and its non-existent research and development culture. Low productivity continues to hamper the sector, while recent high levels of cost inflation, driven by a shortage of workers, has stalled numerous housing schemes as they have become too expensive to build.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more UK industry news here:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor of London launches probe into the impact of foreign investment in city's real estate</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Engineering giant Arup announces imminent layoffs following Brexit vote</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The former-football stars tackling England's affordable housing shortage</a></li></ul> SANAA's Grace Farms “River” building wins latest MCHAP Justine Testado 2016-10-19T23:00:00-04:00 >2016-10-20T12:41:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The verdict is out! <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANAA</a>'s meandering Grace Farms &ldquo;River&rdquo; project has won the second Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, as announced by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IIT College of Architecture</a> Dean Wiel Arets and MCHAP Director Dirk Denison during a ceremony tonight at the S.R. Crown Hall in Chicago. First awarded <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in 2014</a>, the biennial MCHAP is IIT's way of illuminating the most distinguished architectural projects built in the Americas. Projects for the second edition had to be completed between January 2014 and December 2015.</p><p>As part of their prize package, SANAA founders Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa will be appointed as MCHAP Chair at IIT Architecture Chicago for the following academic year and will receive up to $50,000 to fund research and a collaborative publication with the school.</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>SANAA won over an international group of finalists that included Michael Maltzan, Grafton Architects, and Patkau Architects + Kearns Mancini Architects, to name a few (projects pictured in photo gallery below).</p><p>The River has co...</p> NYC breaks ground on One Vanderbilt, its second tallest tower DianePham 2016-10-19T11:41:00-04:00 >2016-10-19T12:47:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed by the tall tower pros at Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects, One Vanderbilt will rise to become the second tallest tower in NYC and the tallest tower in Midtown. However, unlike the city&rsquo;s other skyscraper additions noted for their slim silhouettes, this tower will be a behemoth occupying a full block between Vanderbilt and Madison avenues and East 42nd and East 43rd streets; the site is also directly adjacent to Grand Central Terminal.</p></em><br /><br /><p>On Tuesday morning, developer SL Green held an official groundbreaking ceremony for the KPF-designed One Vanderbilt.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The tower, which will rise&nbsp;1,401 feet when completed in 2020, will be New York City's second tallest, and one of its largest with more than 1.6 million square feet of office space distributed across 58 stories.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>One Vanderbilt will also occupy an entire city block,&nbsp;bound by Vanderbilt and Madison avenues and East 42nd and East 43rd streets. Notably, the site is directly adjacent to Grand Central Terminal.</p> Peter Zumthor didn't like his own "conventional renderings" for LACMA (and will release new images) Nicholas Korody 2016-10-18T18:40:00-04:00 >2016-10-18T19:57:59-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;They were conventional renderings, which I personally don't like so much," Peter Zumthor states in an interview with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CLADnews</a>, referring to the widely-criticized <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">renderings</a> of his proposed building for LACMA that were released in August. Relating that the renderings were created strictly for the purposes of an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">environmental review</a>, Zumthor says his team is working on new images, made by photographing models (Zumthor is known to prefer models to digital renderings). &ldquo;The models allow us to take pictures with natural daylight, the light of the sun, which makes a lot of difference,&rdquo; he explains. &ldquo;These will explain the building better.&rdquo;</p><p>Elsewhere in the interview, Zumthor describes his plans in his typical spiritual language: &ldquo;You&rsquo;ll have this almost sacred, sublime kind of experience, but I would also like to accommodate the profane, the dirty, the normal, the everyday.&rdquo; He also employs a forestial analogy to describe the placement of art in the proposed museum, which eschews traditio...</p> Javier Senosiain's low-income "bio-architecture" housing proposal Julia Ingalls 2016-10-18T14:26:00-04:00 >2016-10-18T15:24:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Forming a closer, more harmonious bond between humanity and nature is the underlying goal of Javier Senosiain's organic or so-called "bio-architecture." His buildings often take the shape of organic forms--in one case, mythic serpent Quetzalcoatl--while simultaneously harvesting rainwater and providing natural shade and ventilation, among other attributes. The Mexican architect and professor at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNAM</a> has a retrospective exhibition at The Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City displaying his buildings, including a proposed low-income housing complex which breaks away from the cram'em'in monolithic housing milleu and instead creates a walkable, livable village. Check out this <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CCTV-America</a> video profiling Senosiain and his work:</p> Plans revealed for the new China Philharmonic Hall designed by MAD Architects Nicholas Korody 2016-10-18T14:03:00-04:00 >2016-10-18T15:24:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The China Philharmonic Orchestra has revealed designs by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a> for a new concert hall in Beijing. The 26,587 square meter concert hall will contain 1,600 seats laid out on a series of &ldquo;terraces&rdquo;. Developed with acclaimed acoustician&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yasuhisa Toyota</a>, who also worked on the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the China Philharmonic Hall will serve as the first permanent residency of the the China Philharmonic Orchestra, considered one of the world&rsquo;s finest symphony orchestras.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The press release describes the designs with heavily&nbsp;organicist language:</p><p><em>"The 1,600-seat main concert hall is laid out in a vineyard style, with the seating surrounding the stage; rising up in serried rows in the manner of the sloping terraces. Its wooden lakes organically surround the stage while the white sound reflection petals on the ceiling are designed to resemble the segments of a lotus flower. The natural light coming from above will make audience members feel as if they are in the center of...</em></p> Can Cleveland combat climate change with compact communities? Julia Ingalls 2016-10-18T12:54:00-04:00 >2016-10-18T12:54:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although Cleveland often serves more as a punchline than a solution (the Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1969 due to pollution), a climate change conference convened by the United Nations and currently being held in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quito</a>, Ecuador sees new potential in the city. As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">StreetsBlog</a> reports, if Cleveland can transform its current suburbia into denser neighborhoods, the metropolis could serve as a model for numerous water and climate-challenged cities in how to adapt to the demands of an increasingly populated globe. As a paper entitled "Where to put the next billion people" states:</p><p>"Cleveland could play a significant role in the fight against climate change by developing a strategy for more compact communities and with a more open and encouraging immigration policy, the report concludes.</p><p>The influx of immigrants should probably be planned better.</p><p>Cleveland&rsquo;s outer suburbs and nearby rural towns hold the key. If the suburbs can figure out strategies to retrofit themselves as dense, walkable com...</p> Editor's Picks #456 Nam Henderson 2016-10-18T12:09:00-04:00 >2016-10-19T12:04:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;talked with Denise Scott Brown about <em>Learning from Las Vegas</em>. To be published as three edited parts, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first</a> details her early biography and architectural influences.&nbsp;In <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">part 2</a> she explains the unique pedagogical methods she pioneered, alongside <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Venturi</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>"<em>I was applying urban planning pedagogy to architecture; teaching students to oscillate from analysis to synthesis in the design process, and to see their creativity as lying in both.</em>"</p><p>Part 3, TBD...</p><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Willette</a>&nbsp;continued the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Matters of Scale</a> series, highlighting the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">work of C.W. Keller + Associates</a>, an engineering and fabrication company who have worked with firms such as; Utile Architects, NADAA and Michael Maltzan Architecture.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>R.I.P. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bing Thom</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Prison expert Isabel Hight made the case for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why the design of prisons matters</a>.&nbsp;<strong>vileradius</strong> noted (for anyone interested n this subject) the "<em>folks at CLOG did a pretty great book on this awhile back (</em><em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></em><em>/)</em>"</p><p>Reminiscing ...</p> MONU #25 looks at Independent Urbanism MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2016-10-17T12:28:00-04:00 >2016-10-21T01:19:05-04:00 <img src="" width="520" height="700" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A city in a country that recently gained independence is likely to undergo processes of radical transformation and massive restructuring and re-imagining that are not only societal, political, and economic in nature, but can also impact the planning system of a city and influence its built-up environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A city in a country that recently gained independence is likely to undergo processes of radical transformation and massive restructuring and re-imagining that are not only societal, political, and economic in nature, but can also impact the planning system of a city and influence its built-up environment. <em> <strong>Jasna Mariotti</strong></em> makes this quite clear in her contribution to<strong> MONU</strong>, entitled <strong>"What Ever Happened to Skopje?"</strong>. This new issue of our magazine deals with various phenomena impacting cities of countries that became newly<em><strong> independent</strong></em> which we call <strong>"Independent Urbanism"</strong>. She shows how the centre of Skopje in Macedonia has been remodeled according to an image of the city that never existed as such. Obviously, many<em><strong> "independent" cities</strong></em> are facing major struggles and difficulties in finding their new identity that usually have a lot to do with the fact that the<em> "birth of a country"</em> is a contested process often involving political turmoil, institutional instability, and economic turbulence...</p> Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Houses" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-10-14T15:20:00-04:00 >2016-10-17T13:54:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Houses</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shear House</a> in Seoul, South Korea by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">stpmj</a>; Photo: Song Yousub</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Three Views / A House</a> in Tehran, Iran by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Wave Architecture (Lida Almassian / Shahin Heidari)</a>; Photo: Parham Taghioff</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garrison Residence</a> in Redondo Beach, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tighe Architecture</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LM Guest House</a> in Dutchess County, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Desai Chia Architecture</a>; Photo: Paul Warchol</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Canyon House</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Neubert Architects</a>; Photo: Brian Thomas Jones</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Black Mass - Linden Street Apartments</a> in San Francisco, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stephen Phillips Architects (SPARCHS)</a>; Photo: Tim Griffith Photography</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">YooJeongHeon</a> in Jeju, South Korea by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">studio_GAON</a>; Photo: Youngchae Park</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">s...</a></p> BeMA: a new art museum for Beirut Nicholas Korody 2016-10-14T13:08:00-04:00 >2016-10-16T23:00:38-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Beirut is to get a new modern art museum with a design inspired by Italian campaniles and Arabic minarets. BeMA, the Beirut Museum of Art, will feature a slender tower rising 124 metres into the sky, according to designs by the winner of an architectural competition revealed on Thursday.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>An international jury has selected the Paris-based Lebanese architect Hala Ward&eacute; to oversee the complex on what the project backers describe as &ldquo;a symbolically charged site that once marked the dividing lines in the Lebanese civil war&rdquo;.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more from Lebanon and the greater MENA region:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One student's solution to the permanent limbo of refugee camps</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Deans List: Amale Andraos of Columbia University's GSAPP</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An empty museum for a stateless people</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Before + after photos of Syria's devastated heritage</a></li></ul> Airbnb adds a Frank Lloyd Wright home, the Cooke House Julia Ingalls 2016-10-13T20:54:00-04:00 >2016-10-16T23:00:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There are dozens of Frank Lloyd Wright houses across the country that fans of the architect can visit. There are a handful that can be rented. There is only one where you can sleep overnight for $148, which includes a personal guided tour by the 90-year-old owner and breakfast in a Wright-designed &ldquo;great room.&rdquo; The Cooke House in Virginia Beach, Va., built in 1959, is one of Wright&rsquo;s last commissioned works.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on Frank Lloyd Wright:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lloyd Wright's LA Samuel-Novarro House for sale</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">When 'Frank Lloyd Wright' and 'historic designation' are holding back your home&rsquo;s value, what&rsquo;s a seller to do?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Jersey&rsquo;s Oldest and Largest Frank Lloyd Wright House Listed for $2.2M</a></li></ul> Perkins + Will proposes 80-story timber skyscraper in Chicago Julia Ingalls 2016-10-13T13:56:00-04:00 >2016-10-17T09:37:23-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="521" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As part of its ongoing Riverline community project, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Perkins + Will</a> has proposed an entirely conceptual 80-story, 300 unit residential skyscraper made from timber called the River Beech Tower.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Announced 145 years after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, this proposed tower would feature a massive central atrium and an aluminum veneer over the exposed diagonal lattice timber beams. While engineers say it is structurally possible, Perkins + Will is currently trying to figure out just how much it would cost to build.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The River Beech Tower distinguishes itself by being one of the tallest wooden structures currently proposed; for a round-up of other tall wooden structures, take a look at these recent news stories:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future sustainable skyscrapers will be made of...wood?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rise of the wooden skyscrapers: "Where all you need is a giant allen key to put it together."</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two wooden towers to rise in Bordeaux</a></li></ul> The (2016-2017) Amazing Expanding Arts Universe Nam Henderson 2016-10-12T23:53:00-04:00 >2016-10-15T23:17:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Between now and next fall, Mr. Holl&rsquo;s office will dedicate five major arts projects in the United States. In the same period, dozens of new cultural commissions will open around the world, many by the biggest names in the architectural business, including David Adjaye, Herzog &amp; de Meuron, Rem Koolhaas/OMA, Thomas Heatherwick, Fumihiko Maki, Mecanoo, and Robert A. M. Stern.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Despite earlier&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">predictions</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rumors</a> to the contrary, Reed Kroloff reports on the&nbsp;<strong>Millions of Square Feet, Billions of Dollars</strong>: (from the new Tate Modern and&nbsp;Elbphilharmonie, to&nbsp;The&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Kaohsiung Arts Center</a>&nbsp;in Taiwan)&nbsp;of&nbsp;new cultural commissions.</p> Landmarks reveals new renderings for Studio Gang's Natural History Museum expansion project Alyssa Alimurung 2016-10-12T11:23:00-04:00 >2016-10-14T00:06:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In light of the Landmarks Preservation Commission's approval of Jeanne Gang's expansion plan for the American Museum of Natural History, the Commission has revealed a slew of new renderings, which show the $325 million project from various angles, as well as new views of the surrounding parkland. Chairwoman Meenakshi Srinivasan referred to the new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation as a &ldquo;stunning piece of architecture&rdquo; and an &ldquo;absolutely wonderful addition.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Groundbreaking for Calatrava-designed Dubai Tower — (potentially) the world's tallest building Alexander Walter 2016-10-11T16:03:00-04:00 >2016-10-14T00:06:28-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid on Monday "broke ground" on the world&rsquo;s tallest tower &ndash; a structure that will define Expo 2020 as the Eiffel Tower defined Paris for its 1889 World Fair. "The new tower sets another challenge in the history of human architecture &ndash; a race the UAE deserves to lead," said Sheikh Mohammed [...]. The futuristic design, chosen by Sheikh Mohammed, was by Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava Valls [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Dubai's ruler, laying the foundation stone for the 'The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour' project on Monday. (Image: WAM)</em></p><p>The structure's final height has not yet been revealed &mdash; the 1km-high Kingdom Tower, currently under construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is also reaching for the title of 'World's Tallest Building.'</p><p>The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour project previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Calatrava's megatall Dubai tower: engineers complete wind tests and seismic studies</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"A notch taller" than Burj Khalifa: check out these new renderings of Santiago Calatrava's megatall Dubai tower</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Calatrava to design a seemingly supertall observation tower in Dubai</a></li></ul> One of the iconic arches of the old Sixth Street Bridge in LA will be preserved Nicholas Korody 2016-10-11T13:48:00-04:00 >2016-10-13T23:55:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="481" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Earlier this year, the Sixth Street Bridge, which spans the Los Angeles River and connects the Arts District to Boyle Heights, was demolished due to a structural issue known as &ldquo;concrete rot&rdquo;. Built in 1932, the bridge held an iconic status in the collective imagination of the city, particularly due to its easily-recognizable silhouette, formed by two swooping, steel arches. Now officials report that one of these arches will be preserved and placed somewhere in the new, 8-acre park that will soon be beneath the new viaduct, which is designed by Michael Maltzan and features ribbon-like, Y-shaped columns. The city also gave away around 1,000 pieces of the bridge as commemorative objects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t the Eastsider LA</a></p><p>For more on the Sixth Street Bridge, check out these articles:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles is giving away 1,000 pieces of its demolished 6th Street Bridge</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA mayor Eric Garcetti slow-jams 101 freeway closure announcement</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A final hurrah for L.A.'s Sixth Street Viaduct</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HNTB, Maltzan, AC Martin win 6th St...</a></li></ul> Help fund this Kickstarter for 3D printed maps of Tokyo Julia Ingalls 2016-10-11T13:39:00-04:00 >2016-10-13T23:55:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="444" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The confluence of Google mapping, 3D printing and the desire for inventive home decor has produced a&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> for One Hundred Tokyo, a fully-fledged three dimensional map of Tokyo that is divided into 100 handy pieces. Pick your favorite palm-sized square(s) or collect all 100; it's up to you and your available display space. Nonetheless, these minutely detailed urban segments are cool/notable both for their immediacy and their accuracy; Zenrin, the same urban data providers that work with Google Maps and Microsoft, have "specially equipped vehicles" that compile the metropolitan deets used to produce the models.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>What else is going on with 3D printing? So glad you asked:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Curve Appeal" will be globe's first Freeform 3D printed house</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Earth's first 3D printed office created in 17 days for half the labor cost</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Recreation of Palmyra's Arch of Triumph presented in Trafalgar Square</a></li></ul> Developer wants to revitalize downtown Los Angeles by building a tower with plentiful sky pools Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-10T18:39:00-04:00 >2016-10-13T23:52:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The developer said in an emailed statement that many, though not all, of the residences would have terraces and cantilevered swimming pools &ldquo;with glass bottoms and sides that can be viewed by all.&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;This will be a landmark building unlike anything else seen in California,&rdquo; said [developer Jeffrey] Fish [...] &ldquo;I am a big believer in downtown Los Angeles ... I believe that downtown is still in its juvenile phase and I am looking forward to being part of its long-term growth.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Known as Fifth and Hill, named for the intersection in downtown Los Angeles where it would be sited, the new development could take two possible forms: "a 55-story tower with 100 condos, 200 hotel rooms and 27,500 square feet of commercial space", or, "a 57-story tower with 142 condos and 25,000 square feet of commercial space." Both would have sky pools in many of the residential spaces.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Fish estimates Fifth and Hill is still "a couple years out" from breaking ground, but has already attached engineering firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thornton Tomasetti</a> to the project.</p><p>Current temperature in Los Angeles: 79&deg;F. More swimming pools on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="London's oligarch-transformation continues with a &quot;sky pool&quot;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's oligarch-transformation continues with a "sky pool"</a></li><li><a title="Every pool in Los Angeles, mapped" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Every pool in Los Angeles, mapped</a></li><li><a title="The Hypnotic Architecture Of Empty Swimming Pools" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Hypnotic Architecture Of Empty Swimming Pools</a></li><li><a title="Ten Top Images on Archinect's NEW &quot;Pools &amp; Fountains&quot; Pinterest Board" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ten Top Images on Archinect's NEW "Pools &amp; Fountains" Pinterest Board</a></li></ul> 'Urban convenience:' when museums move and their effect on the city Alexander Walter 2016-10-10T18:25:00-04:00 >2016-10-10T18:28:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For all of the dubious attention attracted by the &ldquo;Bilbao Effect&rdquo; theory [...] a more prosaic, and arguably more important aspect of museum location has received little attention: not which city a museum is built in, but where in that city. Locations that would once have seemed inevitable, such as Chicago parkland, are hugely contentious in the 2000s, while locations previously unthinkable in that year &ndash; an abandoned lumbermill in Bilbao [...] &ndash; are now commonplace.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Embattled Lucas Museum may move to S.F.'s Treasure Island</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lawsuit against Lucas Museum holds off (for now)</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&lsquo;Museum directors hated Bilbao&rsquo;</a></li></ul> The Taj Mahal, yellowed by smog, is getting a restorative mud mask Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-10T13:20:00-04:00 >2016-10-10T13:20:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The famed monument to love ... has for years been acquiring a yellow tinge despite a ban on coal-powered industries in the area. Authorities have been applying "mud packs" around the side walls and towers since last year to draw the impurities out of the stone, but have not yet touched the main central dome. [...] The mud-pack therapy involves covering the surface with fuller's earth and leaving it to dry before removing it with soft brushes and distilled water.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the annals of preservation:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Never the Same River Twice" &ndash;&nbsp;Experimental preservation and architectural authorship with Jorge Otero-Pailos, on Archinect Sessions #47</a></li><li><a title="Saddam Hussain's architectural heritage&mdash;and what to do with it" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Saddam Hussain's architectural heritage&mdash;and what to do with it</a></li><li><a title="The Seagram Building after the Four Seasons: maintaining a costly landmark" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Seagram Building after the Four Seasons: maintaining a costly landmark</a></li><li><a title='No guarantees for historic residential architecture in "real-estate limbo"' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No guarantees for historic residential architecture in "real-estate limbo"</a></li><li><a title="The price of keeping Britain's 'Downton Abbeys' from crumbling" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The price of keeping Britain's 'Downton Abbeys' from crumbling</a></li></ul>