Archinect - News 2017-01-24T16:26:27-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149988323/morphosis-architects-u-s-beirut-embassy-should-be-finished-by-2023 Morphosis Architects' U.S. Beirut Embassy should be finished by 2023 Julia Ingalls 2017-01-24T13:39:00-05:00 >2017-01-24T13:39:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/11/11vmypih0duzz66g.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After winning the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85458375/morphosis-architects-selected-to-design-new-u-s-embassy-in-beirut" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">competition to design the U.S. Embassy in Beirut several years ago</a>, Morphosis Architects has had some additional good news from the State Department: a construction contract has officially been awarded for the project, which sets the timetable for completion a little over six years from now. As the official word from the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149987667/climate-change-was-removed-from-whitehouse-gov-today-what-does-this-mean-for-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unmolested</a>&nbsp;<a href="https://2009-2017.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2017/01/266688.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Department of State</a> website notes:&nbsp;</p><p>"The Department of State awarded the construction contract for the new U.S. Embassy complex in Beirut, Lebanon to B.L. Harbert of Birmingham, Alabama.</p><p>The multi-building complex will be situated on a 43-acre site in Awkar, near the current U.S. Embassy Compound. The new complex will include a Chancery, a Marine Security Guard Residence, representational and staff housing, facilities for the community and associated support facilities. The project is expected to be ready for occupancy in 2023."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149988315/watch-ex-of-in-house-an-unusual-compelling-new-video-from-steven-holl Watch "Ex of IN House," an unusual, compelling new video from Steven Holl Julia Ingalls 2017-01-24T12:43:00-05:00 >2017-01-24T13:08:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rj/rjc2rdm08iwo7lnb.jpg" width="650" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Poetry, abstracted Venn diagrams of spheres, and a love for natural materials are just some of the components that go into this video from Steven Holl, who acts as a kind of a hyper-thoughtful Huell Howser as he explores a gorgeous new home parented primarily by concept. Entitled "Ex of IN House," the video explores the formulation, execution, and daily reality of a home built on a splendor of acreage in Rhinebeck, New York. Likening program to a bunch of bananas, Holl advocates for abstraction in the design process, explaining that with the concept of IN, "all space is sacred." With a soundtrack that seems to combine the plinkiness of Thomas Newman with the urgency of Clint Mansell, it's a bit of a wonder (<a href="https://vimeo.com/199345992" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to view</a>).</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987601/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-fancy-facades-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Fancy Facades" Pinterest Board Archinect 2017-01-20T14:52:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T14:53:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/js/jse9lwpr1f0tyu0x.jpg" width="650" height="975" 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="https://www.pinterest.com/archinect/fancy-facades/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Fancy Facades</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e9/e94bq8uex1gljuwu.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/149971019/uch2-university-of-brighton/149975379" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCH2, University of Brighton</a> in Brighton, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/149971019/proctor-matthews-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Proctor &amp; Matthews Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1i/1imhwvrb1z8il214.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/neriandhu/project/sulwhasoo-flagship-store" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sulwhasoo Flagship Store</a> in Seoul, South Korea by <a href="http://archinect.com/neriandhu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neri&amp;Hu Design and Research Office</a>; Photo: Pedro Pegenaute</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5t/5to7winc1llnw411.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/47465/charles-street-car-park/149986386" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charles Street Car Park</a> in Sheffield, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/47465/allies-and-morrison" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Allies and Morrison</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5k/5kxs7ayqvvcjf0gn.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/35644/the-french-international-school-of-beijing-lfip/149978805" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The French International School of Beijing (LFIP)</a> in Beijing, China by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/35644/jacques-ferrier-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jacques Ferrier Architecture</a>; Photo: Luc Boegly</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/07/072yd9w1u8uo36ff.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/benedettiarchitects/project/shoreditch-apartments" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shoreditch Apartments</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/benedettiarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Benedetti Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o0/o0gghi6qvgfbm89h.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/sheppardrobson/project/lighthouse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lighthouse</a> in Watford, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/sheppardrobson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sheppard Robson</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/05/05r4os1j9r925ce4.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/83073930/slip-house/149978327" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Slip House</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/83073930/carl-turner-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carl Turner Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k5/k5w0zgtkfiha54j8.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/149980721/prosperidad-49/149980724" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prosperidad 49</a> in Mexico City by <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/149980721/taller-plan-a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taller Plan A</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2d/2dbzav5eq4rwtf96.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/gadarchitects/project/contemporary-collective-living-new-forms-of-affordable-housing-for-relocalized-farmers-in-hangzhou-china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Contemporary Collective Living: New Forms of...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987585/the-landmark-plasco-building-in-tehran-burns-to-the-ground-claiming-the-lives-of-at-least-20 The landmark Plasco Building in Tehran burns to the ground, claiming the lives of at least 20 Nicholas Korody 2017-01-20T12:56:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T12:58:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kw/kwxdxl8t0be81cio.jpg" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Plasco Building, a landmark structure in Tehran, burned to the ground yesterday, claiming the lives of at least 20 firefighters. An additional 70 people were injured, 23 of them seriously, according to a report by the <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-38675628" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BBC</a>. The fire began on the ninth floor and, by the time many firefighters had entered the building, caused the north wall to collapse, which quickly brought down the rest of the building. While the exact cause of the blaze is still unknown, apparently managers had expressed worries about safety issues in the past.</p><p>The Plasco Building was once the tallest in the city and contained a shopping center and clothing workshops. It was built by the Iranian Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian who was executed following the 1979 Islamic Revolution after being accused and convicted of spying for Israel.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987583/the-pompidou-centre-to-get-a-100m-facelift The Pompidou Centre to get a €100M facelift Nicholas Korody 2017-01-20T12:33:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T13:01:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/br/br1mdgz41y6kbude.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Even the most punk of buildings eventually gets older. The Pompidou Centre in Paris, the landmark contemporary art museum designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, turns forty this year. To mark its birthday, the museum will get a two-year long facelift estimated to cost at least &euro;100 million.</p><p>The renovations will include replacing the &ldquo;caterpillar&rdquo;, the famous escalators on the front of the building, but won&rsquo;t result in any changes to the building&rsquo;s overall appearance. Additionally, museum officials are hoping that renovations can occur without closing the Centre.</p><p>Part of the reason the building needs the renovation is that its innovative design, which comprises putting the inner workings of the building on its exterior, has led to increased wear and tear. Back in the day, its appearance caused a ton of controversy. But today, the museum is witnessing a rise in attendance that surpasses either the Louvre or the Mus&eacute;e d&rsquo;Orsay.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987448/woods-bagot-to-design-australia-s-aud-1-85-billion-world-trade-center Woods Bagot to design Australia's AUD $1.85 billion World Trade Center Julia Ingalls 2017-01-19T18:35:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T18:35:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gw/gwbvwmgusucjlgoa.jpg" width="650" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>World Trade Centers aren't just for the northern hemisphere anymore: Perth, Australia will become the recipient of a two-towered, $1.85 Australian dollar World Trade Center designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106435/woods-bagot" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Woods Bagot</a>. The uneven towers (one tops out at 36 stories, the other 75) still need official approval by the State Government, which plans to thoroughly vet both the proposal and the backers themselves in the more severe sounding Stage Two section of the process. However, by virtue of clearing Stage One, things are looking good for the buildings (and, let's face it, for Woods Bagot).</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987392/is-sn-hetta-s-7th-room-2017-s-coolest-literally-and-figuratively-treehouse Is Snøhetta's "7th room" 2017's coolest (literally and figuratively) treehouse? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-19T14:10:00-05:00 >2017-01-23T20:27:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rs/rs5ub5ymi71igsh8.jpg" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Sn&oslash;hetta's "7th Room" is an addition to the previously existing Treehotel in Northern Sweden. The tree-canopy-level, snow-blanketed room features a pretty cool assortment of sleek furnishings and views, whether you're standing on the ground looking up, or lounging on the fur-lined chairs looking out.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xb/xbziedyulg691i1c.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hv/hv0lvgnfmgadn68j.jpg"></p><p>In addition to the tree that grows through the cabin, the arrangement of the rooms, centered around a netted terrace, gives "7th Room" a hyper-sophisticated treehouse vibe.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b8/b8ravqtgm8x4fr5j.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cq/cqy0j53rk4jg8op5.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987385/exquisite-play-on-materiality-defines-maison-de-quartier-de-chatelaine-balexert-by-stendardo-menningen-architectes Exquisite play on materiality defines "Maison de Quartier de Chatelaine-Balexert" by Stendardo Menningen Architectes Julia Ingalls 2017-01-19T13:24:00-05:00 >2017-01-23T20:30:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3b/3bo87i4wojljryc4.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designed as an easily accessible community center that, according to its architects, would preserve "a logical continuity and preservation of the existing landscape as well as construct synergies with the surrounding buildings," the Maison de Quartier de Chatelaine-Balexert benefits from a sophisticated material interaction.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gi/gi6qxqmv6q5tqiml.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ss/ssla5c1imwvfft1a.jpg"></p><p>The visual interplay between the concrete and wood, along with the angular, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/287976/dan-flavin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Flavin</a>-meets-<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149986466/the-proust-questionnaire-daniel-libeskind" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Libeskind</a>-interior lights, creates an exquisite structural passageway. It functions both as an intriguing space in itself and a&nbsp;facilitator&nbsp;of its surrounds.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kz/kzdwneyl97t0gqr8.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bf/bfrlnhu2hj2ps5ss.jpg"></p><p>Designed by Geneva-based&nbsp;Stendardo Menningen Architectes,&nbsp;the building was&nbsp;commissioned&nbsp;by the client Ville de Vernier and completed in 2016.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987381/atelier-mob-designs-a-flood-resistant-canoeing-station-in-portugal Atelier Mob designs a flood-resistant canoeing station in Portugal Nicholas Korody 2017-01-19T12:28:00-05:00 >2017-01-23T20:25:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tt/ttokcn4ud2f4pok6.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The town of Alvega, Portugal is located on the banks of the Tejo River. Following a public competition, Atelier Mob was selected to design a canoeing station on a beach along the river. The building, which contains storage facilities, changing rooms, a cafeteria and a dock, had to be designed to withstand regular winter flooding as well as minimize soil degradation.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qp/qpr9pa6c9st3c1t3.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ob/obmyzq470jyr33x5.jpg"></p><p><em>From the architects:</em></p><p><em>The building is divided into three parts, separated by circulation lanes, which result from the different programs. To the east, the largest body is the storage space of the vessels and storage compartments, relating directly to the dock area (which already existed in the northeast end of the intervention area). The middle body agglutinates the sanitary facilities and changing rooms. Finally, to the west, in the smaller scale body, is located the cafeteria. These three bodies are installed on a concrete platform supported on pillars, which extends north and west, giving rise to an esplanade that was co...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987007/deborah-berke-designed-stylish-sustainable-tower-opens-in-indianapolis Deborah Berke-designed stylish, sustainable tower opens in Indianapolis Julia Ingalls 2017-01-17T17:13:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T11:09:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jv/jv4o4euan7x7flud.jpg" width="650" height="727" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Nine glassed-in, metal-fin bearing stories make up the new Deborah Berke Partners-designed Cummins Indy Tower, which officially opens this month. With its "projections and inflections," the building simultaneously juts and struts through the metropolis, creating a slender and ecologically conscious corporate HQ.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xg/xgqbe1tvenh6tg25.jpg"></p><p>Referring to Cummins' past collaborations with architects like Eero Saarinen and Kevin Roche, Deborah Berke notes that &ldquo;over the decades, Cummins has demonstrated a commitment to great design that benefits its employees, its customers, and the community. This building carries that legacy forward with an environmentally sustainable design that dignifies the work going on inside while enhancing the urban realm.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/93/9302jciuvy0oznl8.jpg"></p><p>The building&rsquo;s articulated facades and distinctive form serve a purpose&mdash;to create a comfortable, light-filled work environment for employees that adds to the vitality on Market Street. Adding some muscle to the great bones of downtown Indianapolis, the park is a public am...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986970/do-architecture-awards-matter Do architecture awards matter? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-17T14:16:00-05:00 >2017-01-21T18:56:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i3/i3qcc9bqrobr3j1j.jpg" width="650" height="493" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Almost singing the refrain, "What do awards have to do with it?" writer <a href="http://commonedge.org/do-architecture-awards-matter/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ben Willis </a>investigates the disconnect between the plethora of architectural awards, both those that recognize aesthetics and those that focus on data-driven technical specs, and the public's (and for that matter, other architects') incomprehension of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/145812094/why-is-the-pritzker-such-a-big-deal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">what these prizes mean</a>. With so many awards and so many buildings that fellow professionals have never visited or heard of before the merit is given, what exactly is the value of an architectural award? Using an Oscar analogy, Willis explains just what he's talking about: &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em>Whereas non-filmmakers have access to nearly all of the films considered for major film awards, most non-architects don&rsquo;t have first-hand experience with any of the buildings and designers being considered for awards. Many casual movie-goers know what defines an award-winning movie, and yet the criteria used to define award-winning buildings are often so disconnected from the public&rsquo;s experience...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986965/revised-design-for-the-eisenhower-memorial-released Revised design for the Eisenhower memorial released Nicholas Korody 2017-01-17T12:59:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T19:42:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hr/hry24dtvznyys5v5.jpg" width="650" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The road to a Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial has been anything but smooth. Frank Gehry&rsquo;s original plans for the project were nixed by critics&mdash;most notably, the Eisenhower family. But, finally, all parties reached an agreement last fall and the project is going forward. Now, Gehry and Partners and AECOM have released images of the (hopefully) final design, which will be presented publicly later this month.</p><p>The revision include changing the image depicted on the massive 440 ft.-long woven-metal tapestry. Previously, the image was going to depict Abilene, Kansas, where Eisenhower grew up. Now it&rsquo;s going to show an aerial view of Normandy, site of the D-Day invasion. Additionally, a statue of a young Eisenhower was moved from the center of the site to its margins.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tv/tvrs138ll9ge1194.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6o/6otvonznnzuv4i5l.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fc/fcgszot44gj2fzxk.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986836/geoff-manaugh-takes-a-look-inside-lax-s-impressive-airport-security-apparatus Geoff Manaugh takes a look inside LAX's impressive airport security apparatus Alexander Walter 2017-01-16T20:43:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T19:41:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/aj/ajs6wyk54r6wyj9u.jpg" width="650" height="455" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the summer of 2014, Anthony McGinty and Michelle Sosa were hired by Los Angeles World Airports to lead a unique, new classified intelligence unit on the West Coast. After only two years, their global scope and analytic capabilities promise to rival the agencies of a small nation-state. Their roles suggest an intriguing new direction for infrastructure protection in an era when threats are as internationally networked as they are hard to predict.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Being the world's fifth-busiest airport (74,937,004 travelers passed through LAX in 2015) makes this infrastructure megaproject one of the top-ranked terrorist and aviation targets in the country. With billions of dollars spent on the usual airport expansion and modernization projects in recent decades came also the need for enhanced anti-terrorism capabilities that gave birth to its own classified intelligence unit.</p><p>"Under the moniker of &ldquo;critical infrastructure protection,&rdquo; energy-production, transportation-logistics, waste-disposal, and other sites have been transformed from often-overlooked megaprojects on the edge of the metropolis into the heavily fortified, tactical crown jewels of the modern state," <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/01/threat-center/510644/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manaugh writes</a>. "Bridges, tunnels, ports, dams, pipelines, and airfields have an emergent geopolitical clout that now rivals democratically elected civic institutions."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986813/aia-names-11-winning-projects-in-2017-institute-honor-awards-architecture-category AIA names 11 winning projects in 2017 Institute Honor Awards Architecture category Justine Testado 2017-01-16T18:29:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T12:20:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6e/6eel74yt8xc503tt.jpg" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The AIA recently revealed the winners of the 2017 AIA Institute Honors Awards, which are regarded as the profession's highest recognition for outstanding projects in the categories of architecture, interior architecture, and urban design...Out of nearly 700 submissions, a total of 23 recipients won awards.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Take a peek at some of the 2017 Architecture category winners:</p><p><strong>Aspen Art Museum</strong>; Aspen, CO by Shigeru Ban Architects; Associate Firm: CCY Architects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uy/uy8zgaa8ioo8d0y8.jpg"></p><p><strong>&#8203;Carnegie Hall Studio Towers Renovation Project</strong>; New York, NY by Iu + Bibliowicz Architects LLP</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8d/8dwfk3vuxlaip7eh.jpg"></p><p><strong>&#8203;The Six Affordable Veteran Housing</strong>; Los Angeles, CA by Brooks + Scarpa. Photo: Tara Wujcik.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3o/3o6hb357zzt0ixue.jpg"></p><p>(cover image) <strong>Grace Farms</strong>; New Canaan, CT by SANAA; Associate Firm: Handel Architects.</p><p>Find the rest of the category winners <a href="http://bustler.net/news/5407/winners-of-the-2017-aia-institute-honor-awards-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986704/paris-mayor-announces-300m-eiffel-tower-renovation Paris mayor announces €300M Eiffel Tower renovation Alexander Walter 2017-01-16T13:05:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T00:27:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3n/3n1o01wsckox6ivp.jpg" width="650" height="446" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Eiffel Tower is to undergo a &euro;300m, 15-year refurbishment, Paris&rsquo;s mayor Anne Hidalgo announced on Friday. [...] The planned refurbishment is intended to bolster the French capital&rsquo;s bids to host another World&rsquo;s Fair in 2025 and, before that, the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic games [...]. The project will be managed by the tower&rsquo;s operator, the Soci&eacute;t&eacute; d&rsquo;Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel, a public service company wholly owned by the City Council.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The 15-year refurbishment of this most-visited monument anywhere in the world (the 127-year-old wrought iron structure has been operating at its maximum capacity of about 7 million visitors since 2003, according to Wikipedia)&nbsp;will take more than a few buckets of paint and also comprises the modernization of the elevators, viewing gallery, security and access facilities, as well as the light show systems.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986400/frank-lloyd-wright-s-tirranna-home-in-new-canaan-ct-for-sale Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘Tirranna’ home in New Canaan, CT for sale DianePham 2017-01-13T13:52:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T23:06:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r3/r3v4nynal83k470l.jpg" width="650" height="492" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the first time in 20 years, Frank Lloyd Wright&lsquo;s &ldquo;Tirranna&rdquo; home in New Canaan, CT is on the market. The home was built just before his death on a 15-acre wooded estate, has been listed for $8M by the estate of its long-time owner, the late memorabilia mogul and philanthropist Ted Stanley. Though renovated, the horse-shaped home maintains its original architectural integrity.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ds/dsjm0dg7ae91btf6.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8w/8ws1jbl0818r0qy2.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986398/oma-gets-permission-to-move-forward-with-major-manchester-project OMA gets permission to move forward with major Manchester project Nicholas Korody 2017-01-13T13:33:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T23:06:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2g/2gmeg1rjolhq4cze.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>OMA has moved one step closer to securing its first major public project in the UK: the Factory, a proposed &pound;110M arts center for Manchester, was just given the go-ahead by city councillors.&nbsp;</p><p>On a site that once housed the Granada Studios, the Factory is intended to significantly boost Manchester&rsquo;s cultural capital. It&rsquo;s an integral part of a larger project, which received a pledge of &pound;78M worth of public money back in 2014 and will provide some 2,400 new homes, three hotels, as well as a commercial space.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/av/avilkdt7fdwhsu2c.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pl/pl43ex4ib9rzmyfi.jpg"></p><p>The 12,077 square meter Factory will comprise a massive, 7,000 capacity glass cube intended to house performances, experimental productions, and other cultural events. The rendering shows a large, irregular form adjoining the cube.</p><p>OMA beat out Zaha Hadid and Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly, among other big name firms, to secure the commission.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qi/qimr2xl7urhd628x.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kw/kwic66jvmrqthp9s.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0w/0wtws8qlfwsutrkg.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986393/a-hyper-democratic-housing-complex-in-copenhagen-combines-community-input-with-contextual-design A "hyper-democratic" housing complex in Copenhagen combines community input with contextual design Nicholas Korody 2017-01-13T13:12:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T23:11:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p5/p5fofzwx5vqb1fu8.jpg" width="650" height="452" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Kr&oslash;yers Plads, a five-story housing project in the center of Copenhagen, has just finished construction. The site, previously a &ldquo;gap&rdquo; in a continuous row of warehouses, is adjacent to the Copenhagen harbor. Designed by the Danish architects Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects and COBE, the award-winning project is based on a &ldquo;hyper-democratic&rdquo; approach, in which &ldquo; folded roofs and architectural heaviness create a dialogue between old and new, and a modern, empathetic interpretation of the architectural uniqueness of the old Copenhagen warehouses.&rdquo; According to the designers, &ldquo;hyper-democratic&rdquo; means that the building was designed with intensive community input and site-specific gestures.</p><p>&rdquo;The neighbours were for instance invited to help define the height of the buildings and to help select the materials &ndash; both crucial for the way the new Kr&oslash;yers Plads relates to its surroundings. Instead of inventing a new building typology, Kr&oslash;yers Plads became a reinvention of the one already found adjace...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986352/antarctic-architecture-is-getting-snazzier Antarctic architecture is getting snazzier Nam Henderson 2017-01-13T12:35:00-05:00 >2017-01-13T12:48:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2c/2c3gtcacsdedzz82.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Antarctic stations have become the equivalent of embassies on the ice.."They are showcases for a nation's interests in Antarctica - status symbols" says Prof Anne-Marie Brady, editor-in-chief of the Polar Journal and author of China as a Polar Great Power.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Matthew Teller reviews some of the latest designs for Antarctic research bases. At first they were simple wooden huts, then later&nbsp;"<em>a few wooden huts inside giant steel tubes</em>".&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gh/gh06pvaitfmkqiq5.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986262/the-department-of-interior-announces-24-new-national-historic-landmarks The Department of Interior announces 24 new National Historic Landmarks Nicholas Korody 2017-01-12T21:02:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T23:09:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yl/yl710vzfldix45z3.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Earlier today, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced 24 new National Historic Landmarks. Defined as &ldquo;historic properties of exceptional value to the nation [that promote] the preservation efforts of federal, state, and local agencies and Native American tribes, as well as those of private organizations and individuals,&rdquo; the designation comes with technical assistance, recognition, and funding. Notably, the Neutra Studio and Residence (<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/45241/neutra-vdl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VDL House</a>) in Los Angeles, which has hosted several Archinect events in the past, was added to the list.</p><p>&ldquo;These 24 new designations depict different threads of the American story that have been told through activism, architecture, music, and religious observance,&rdquo; said Secretary Jewell. &ldquo;Their designation ensures future generations have the ability to learn from the past as we preserve and protect the historic value of these properties and the more than 2,500 other landmarks nationwide.&rdquo;</p><p>Here are the new historical landmarks, with des...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986255/death-is-in-the-details-photographic-survey-of-a-mall-about-to-be-torn-down Death is in the details: photographic survey of a mall about to be torn down Julia Ingalls 2017-01-12T20:23:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T23:11:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jk/jkckx2ptmyn3sxwy.jpg" width="650" height="453" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Its architecture is painfully lost in its own time and its updates only confuse by neither integrating well into the original structure or standing out as truly contemporary. The pink kiosks, orange tiles, teal chairs and green paneled rooms, the purple plush seating in the JC Penny dressing room, and the bright blue tiered entryways are, along with other decor flourishes, seemingly random, with no coherent pattern.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Declaring that "the&nbsp;dying mall narrative" already peaked a few years ago,&nbsp;Tag Hartman-Simkins decides to photographically zero in on the details of an old mall in Galesburg, Illinois that is about to be torn down and replaced with an updated, outdoor mixed-use space. His careful observations of everything from the floor tile to the overhead music to the way mirrors are arranged in dressing rooms create a nuanced and affecting portrait of long gone times.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986180/shenzhen-s-design-society-to-feature-v-a-gallery-for-its-october-2017-opening Shenzhen's Design Society to feature V&A gallery for its October 2017 opening Julia Ingalls 2017-01-12T13:38:00-05:00 >2017-01-18T00:36:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k2/k2vy2ey0xx6g7imp.jpg" width="625" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As brand-new collaborations go, the Shenzhen Design Society's choice to feature London's V&amp;A gallery as part of its cultural hub opening this October isn't too shocking, unless you consider that galleries of Chinese art and photography aren't necessarily a common feature of the global art world circuit. The inclusion of the gallery is partly a tribute to the V&amp;A's numerous exhibitions that showcased Chinese culture in Europe, including one of the first exhibitions on contemporary Chinese film and photography in 2005 (!).&nbsp;According to <a href="http://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2017/01/03/shenzhen-design-society/#ixzz4VZcDY8bh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lonely Planet</a>, the hub's goal is to "focus on the history of groundbreaking design, with the aim of opening a dialogue on how design can be a catalyst for social change."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986054/editor-s-picks-461 Editor's Picks #461 Nam Henderson 2017-01-12T12:08:00-05:00 >2017-01-12T21:33:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6a/6ao9e45poftbfoc7.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;talked with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149982626/michael-rotondi-opens-up-about-the-faith-propelling-his-life-and-work" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Rotondi</a>, a man of deeply-held spiritual convictions, about his spiritual practice and how it affects his architectural and educational practices.</p><p>To wit;</p><p>"<em>What you learn from the Buddhists, the Tibetan Buddhists in particular, is that you work on yourself first and foremost because the&nbsp;</em><em>healthier you are the healthier you are going to make everybody in your sphere of influence&hellip;.Most importantly for me, architecture is a pretext for the relationships that you can begin to construct and develop over time. Life is one architecture in my world...I see my role as an architect and the role that architecture has in the world is much different.</em>"</p><p>Some readers (<strong>Tim W</strong>) cautioned "<em>mentoring of students in muddy thinking early on</em>"&nbsp;questioning the practical utility of "<em>pseudoscience, spiritual mash-ups</em>". Most others, saw (at least) some value in an "<em>open mind</em>"&nbsp;or at least "<em>model agnosticism</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wv/wvs5akmad9qgv61b.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/evanchakroff" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Evan Chakroff</a> shared his thoughts on <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149983483/no-particular-place-to-go-cuba-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a visit to Cuba</a>. The trip inclu...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985975/within-and-without-architecture Within and Without Architecture Places Journal 2017-01-11T17:36:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T15:23:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mv/mvl20dpohdozwrl5.jpg" width="650" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The imaginative possibilities of miniature things lie not in their being shrunken versions of a larger thing. The world of the miniature opens to reveal a secret life.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sometimes you encounter a thing that is not &ldquo;properly&rdquo; architectural, but which yet has something profound to say about the discipline. In her latest article for <em>Places</em>, columnist Naomi Stead is drawn by a cartoon from&nbsp;<em>The New Yorker&nbsp;</em>to consider the relationships between the miniature, the uncanny, and mise en abyme in architecture.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985916/construction-begins-on-varso-tower-set-to-become-poland-s-tallest-building Construction begins on Varso Tower, set to become Poland's tallest building Nicholas Korody 2017-01-11T13:19:00-05:00 >2017-01-11T14:57:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ct/ct4kaado2i4p8s54.jpg" width="650" height="919" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At 53 stories tall, the Foster + Partners-designed Varso Tower is set to become the tallest building Poland. Construction has just begun on the office tower, which is being developed by HB Reavis and is part of a complex that includes two other buildings designed by Hermanowicz Rowski Architects. It will also have an observation deck&mdash;one of the highest in Europe&mdash;where tourists can ogle Warsaw&rsquo;s skyline.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jq/jqxe52364vmyni7p.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;We believe that Varso Tower will have a unique place on Warsaw&rsquo;s skyline, but most importantly it will establish a new destination capable of revitalising this urban quarter, right in the heart of the city. The building contains high-quality and flexible office space, but it also makes an important contribution to the city with its glazed public courtyard at ground level and the spectacular viewing platforms with restaurants at the top. These public galleries offer panoramic views of the city to everyone. We are really looking forward to construction." said Grant Brooker, Head of Stu...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985790/la-is-selected-for-george-lucas-s-museum-of-narrative-art LA is selected for George Lucas's Museum of Narrative Art Paul Petrunia 2017-01-10T23:19:00-05:00 >2017-01-13T09:58:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/00/001eee180215leku.jpg" width="650" height="456" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After years of planning, negotiations and speculation, filmmaker George Lucas has chosen Los Angeles to be the home for his museum honoring visual storytelling. It will display his personal collection of fine and popular art, including Norman Rockwell paintings, Mad Magazine covers, photography, children's art, as well as Hollywood props and visual effects from his famous movie franchise Star Wars.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"South Los Angeles's Promise Zone best positions the museum to have the greatest impact on the broader community, fulfilling our goal of inspiring, engaging and educating a broad and diverse visitorship," reads a statement from the board of directors for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. "Exposition Park is a magnet for the region and accessible from all parts of the city. As a museum uniquely focused on narrative art, we look forward to becoming part of a dynamic museum community, surrounded by more than 100 elementary and high schools, one of the country's leading universities as well as three other world-class museums."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985778/aamodt-plumb-architects-resigns-from-the-aia-over-robert-ivy-s-conciliatory-comments-toward-trump Aamodt/Plumb Architects resigns from the AIA over Robert Ivy's conciliatory comments toward Trump Julia Ingalls 2017-01-10T19:54:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T22:51:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tn/tnl048g5iqn1zhnf.jpg" width="639" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Don't pay your national AIA dues if you don't agree with the direction of the association. At least, that's what Mette Aamodt is doing this year. According to a press release issued by the firm, Aamodt explains that she:&nbsp;</p><p><em>is calling on architects to join her in refusing to work for clients&nbsp;engaged in discrimination, human rights violations, tyranny and exploitation. AIA&nbsp;National dues are due this week and every member has to make a choice about&nbsp;where they stand.</em></p><p><em>Together&nbsp;with her partner Andrew Plumb, Aamodt and their firm Aamodt / Plumb Architects&nbsp;is raising money to start a non-profit organization dedicated to education and&nbsp;advocacy around quality construction techniques, healthy materials and fair&nbsp;labor practices. &ldquo;We have just elected one of the world&rsquo;s worst developers as&nbsp;President, who exploits people and natural resources to build junk buildings&nbsp;that benefit no one but himself,&rdquo; says Mette Aamodt. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s time for architects&nbsp;to take a stand and fight back, rather than rolling ove...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985760/is-george-lucas-pitting-l-a-against-s-f-for-his-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art Is George Lucas pitting L.A. against S.F. for his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-10T17:11:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T15:25:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mz/mznndhruh39u0aua.jpg" width="650" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But so far, Lucas hasn&rsquo;t found a permanent home for his museum. The monumental project has brought him almost as much grief as Jar Jar Binks, the prequel creature from the planet Naboo with an oddly Jamaican accent that some found racially offensive.</p></em><br /><br /><p>George Lucas' multi-year, oft-imperiled quest to find a site for his museum is chronicled in this&nbsp;<a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-01-03/george-lucas-can-t-give-his-1-5-billion-museum-away" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a> article, which highlights the difficulties of using only the force of one's personality (and the promise of a "gift" of a museum to a city) to cut through local politics and bureaucracy. According to this article, signs indicate that the filmmaker may be attempting to get Los Angeles and San Francisco to compete against one another for the institution in hopes of speeding up the process (and securing the best site).</p><p>Other Lucas Museum of Narrative Art news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975543/check-out-mad-s-new-la-and-sf-designs-for-the-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check out MAD's new LA and SF designs for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957413/oma-s-glass-mushroom-the-lucas-museum-that-could-have-been" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA's glass mushroom: the Lucas Museum that could have been</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946217/embattled-lucas-museum-may-move-to-s-f-s-treasure-island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Embattled Lucas Museum may move to S.F.'s Treasure Island</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985703/when-art-architects-life-city-from-bollywood-film-bahubali-the-beginning-may-become-actual-location-in-india When art architects life: city from Bollywood film "Bahubali: The Beginning" may become actual location in India Julia Ingalls 2017-01-10T14:03:00-05:00 >2017-01-10T14:03:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ew/ewio5qvli9bdpft9.jpg" width="650" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While the architecture in real cities has sometimes become the jumping off point for imaginary structures in cinema (think: the Los Angeles of <em>Blade Runner</em>) the reverse seems to be happening in India, where a filmmaker is being asked to design real structures based on the imagined buildings that appeared in his film. According to <a href="https://qz.com/872747/andhra-pradesh-wants-to-build-a-new-city-that-looks-like-an-ancient-kingdom-from-bollywood-blockbuster-bahubali/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quartz.com</a>:</p><p>"Andhra Pradesh&rsquo;s chief minister Chandrababu Naidu wants Rajamouli, the Telugu filmmaker behind the blockbuster&nbsp;<em>Bahubali: The Beginning</em>, to contribute his design skills to the architecture of the main government and administrative complex of Amaravati&mdash;the proposed capital of Naidu&rsquo;s newly truncated state."</p><p>Here's a trailer for the film, which showcases the imagined city of Mahishmati:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985559/philip-johnson-designed-interfaith-peace-chapel-vandalized-in-dallas Philip Johnson-designed Interfaith Peace Chapel vandalized in Dallas Alexander Walter 2017-01-09T21:13:00-05:00 >2017-01-11T01:15:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sc/scc88c12x70uztrd.jpg" width="650" height="445" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dallas police were at Cathedral of Hope [...] investigating graffiti painted onto the church&rsquo;s&nbsp;Interfaith Peace Chapel. The building was vandalized at about 11 p.m. on Wednesday night, according to the Rev. Neil Cazares-Thomas, CoH&rsquo;s lead pastor. [...] The spray-painted message included a Louisiana phone number and referred to a car as a &ldquo;Brown Chivy Suburbin.&rdquo; The name &ldquo;Johntion Kimbrou&rdquo; &mdash; possibly &ldquo;Kimbrow&rdquo; &mdash; was also painted on the church, along with a reference to &ldquo;kitty porn.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e6/e6953b323106b8431bf089cc09665b76.jpg"><br><em>Image via Dallas Voice</em></p>