Archinect - News 2016-05-24T11:44:27-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149946996/better-buildings-leading-to-big-energy-savings Better Buildings Leading to Big Energy Savings Nam Henderson 2016-05-24T00:04:00-04:00 >2016-05-24T00:04:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/je/je8tgcbqgz5d8dxf.jpg" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thirty-five partners have achieved their Challenge energy or water savings goals, all ahead of schedule...These partners accomplished their energy, water and financing goals through a combination of innovative solutions and proven strategies, which are openly exchanged through the Better Buildings Solution Center website.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The latest data from U.S. DOE Better Buildings program shows that partners have saved more than $1.3 billion on energy costs. A new infographic explains how Better Buildings works and why it&rsquo;s important.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946793/first-look-inside-tate-modern-s-new-extension First look inside Tate Modern's new Extension Ellen Hancock 2016-05-23T12:11:00-04:00 >2016-05-23T14:14:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b4/b4lb496wv8fwekbq.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Set to open on 17 June, the Tate Modern Switch House &ndash; named after the part of the power station that the new galleries occupy &ndash; expands the museum by 60% to accommodate the surging numbers of visitors, which reached 5.7 million last year, well over double the number the building was designed to cope with when it opened in 2000. But the arresting brick ziggurat is also a physical symbol of the effect the Tate has had on its surroundings.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ix/ix8g1xt43zuvn274.jpg">Read more relating article here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945987/future-sustainable-skyscrapers-will-be-made-of-wood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future sustainable skyscrapers will be made of...wood?</a></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945931/fabricated-robot-installation-at-the-v-a-unveiled-as-part-of-their-first-engineering-season" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fabricated robot installation at the V&amp;A unveiled as part of their first Engineering Season</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945806/herzog-and-de-meuron-in-conversation-with-rowan-moore" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog and de Meuron in conversation with Rowan Moore</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946755/museum-of-london-gives-a-tour-of-its-new-smithfield-site Museum of London gives a tour of its new Smithfield site Ellen Hancock 2016-05-23T09:57:00-04:00 >2016-05-23T09:57:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5c/5cymmve7nms37rjt.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The museum is planning to move from its present landlocked home within the Barbican with no entrance at street level, into a cathedral-sized space, using the abandoned Victorian general market at Smithfield, next door to the famous meat market. &ldquo;Our job is to make this the best museum in the world,&rdquo; Ament said, carefully stepping around pigeon droppings and pools of water in the old market, which has been empty for the last 30 years while developers and conservationists fought over its fate.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Museum of London have high expectations and high hopes for this monumental space, set to open it's doors in 2021. There is even a working train line running through the central space, a feature Ament is desperately keen to keep.&nbsp;</p><p>Read more on London projects here:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938084/shortlist-for-new-museum-of-london-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shortlist for new Museum of London revealed</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944211/shortlist-announced-for-uk-s-top-museum-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shortlist announced for UK's top museum prize</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945931/fabricated-robot-installation-at-the-v-a-unveiled-as-part-of-their-first-engineering-season" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fabricated robot installation at the V&amp;A unveiled as part of their first Engineering Season</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946727/editor-s-picks-446 Editor's Picks #446 Nam Henderson 2016-05-23T09:19:00-04:00 >2016-05-23T12:33:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2u/2uwj1i27bgdlzi2n.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/roberturquhart" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Urquhart</a> spoke with curators <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149943348/previewing-the-2016-venice-biennale-the-british-pavilion-s-home-economics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jack Self, Shumi Bose and Finn Williams and previewed their British Pavilion for the 2016 Venice Biennale</a>.</p><p>As they explained;</p><p>"<em>We&rsquo;re interested in the influence of bureaucratic apparatus like the Terms &amp; Conditions of Airbnb, the semantics of a mortgage, or the lifespan of product warranties, on the design of the home. But rather than seeing these as constraints, we want to show these as fields where architecture can expand its agency.</em>"</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149940804/sn-hetta-s-expanded-sfmoma-is-235-000-square-feet-of-egalitarianism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plus, </a><a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149940804/sn-hetta-s-expanded-sfmoma-is-235-000-square-feet-of-egalitarianism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> h</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149940804/sn-hetta-s-expanded-sfmoma-is-235-000-square-feet-of-egalitarianism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ad a chance to visit</a>&nbsp;Sn&oslash;hetta's expanded SFMOMA.&nbsp;Her conclusion, that it "<em>elegantly achieves its stated goals of being accessible and welcoming to all, if not necessarily being a stunning piece of architecture in its own right.</em>"&nbsp;<strong>LiMX</strong> liked what he read "<em>Good review, not the boring contrarianism I've read elsewhere.</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/be/beiqs9pervq5nf04.jpg"></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br>In late April the Vanna Venturi House, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944193/vanna-venturi-house-s-new-owner-plans-to-preserve-property" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">was sold after more than nine months on the open market</a>.&nbsp;In response <strong>quondam&hellip;</strong>, <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> and others, explored whether a building as "<em>volumi...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946493/chicago-tribune-tower-inches-closer-to-hotel-residential-redevelopment Chicago Tribune Tower inches closer to hotel & residential redevelopment Alexander Walter 2016-05-20T19:34:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T19:34:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qp/qpw8xc4mh8bnfu42.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A group of developers on the short list to buy Tribune Tower want to convert the Gothic Michigan Avenue landmark into condominiums, apartments and even a hotel [...] The property also comes with something all developers love: land for new buildings. A buyer could build one or two more towers on the parking lot next door and on space created by demolishing some of the existing Tribune building that is not landmarked. [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>In other recent Chi-Town news on Archinect:</p><ul><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><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943941/aerial-cable-cars-proposed-for-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aerial cable cars proposed for Chicago</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936792/chicago-spire-s-gaping-hole-to-be-hidden-behind-piles-of-dirt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Spire's gaping hole to be hidden behind piles of dirt</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946285/stahl-house-documentary-plagued-by-extortion-suicide-and-lawsuits Stahl House documentary plagued by extortion, suicide, and lawsuits Julia Ingalls 2016-05-19T16:57:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T01:11:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8f/8fufbyyf0w3dd4vn.jpg" width="514" height="218" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Los Angeles Business Journal reports in this week's issue that the filmmaker, Steven Slomkowski, sought to get out of the project after the suicide of Mark Stahl, one of three siblings who control the property, also renowned in architecture lore as Case Study Home #22. Slomkowski sued in 2014, alleging that the surviving siblings, Bruce and Shari Stahl, got cold feet over depictions of Mark and their late father, Buck. The Stahls countersued...</p></em><br /><br /><p>When it's not involved in documentary-driven legal feuds, the iconic <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127650629/growing-up-in-case-study-house-22-the-stahl-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stahl House</a> frequently serves as a backdrop for a variety of fictional films, including Atom Egoyan's "Where The Truth Lies," and "Galaxy Quest:"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j2/j270n2q6i5xuupln.jpg"></p><p>For more on the intersection between architecture and cinema:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148971922/the-dessau-bauhaus-documentary-now-available-on-youtube" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Dessau Bauhaus" documentary now available on YouTube</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134181529/kevin-roche-the-quiet-architect-documentary-announced-for-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect" documentary announced for 2016</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124354329/sagrada-the-mystery-of-creation-showcases-the-collaborative-efforts-to-finish-gaud-s-towering-basilica" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation" showcases the collaborative efforts to finish Gaud&iacute;'s towering basilica</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946217/embattled-lucas-museum-may-move-to-s-f-s-treasure-island Embattled Lucas Museum may move to S.F.'s Treasure Island Julia Ingalls 2016-05-19T13:58:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T15:08:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xi/xih5ty15ovl8e4ab.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A spokeswoman for San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin confirmed that the city and museum representatives are in early discussions about a site on Treasure Island, a destination in San Francisco Bay famous for a naval base. Los Angeles is also trying to stay in the game, with Mayor Eric Garcetti saying that Lucas' project would find a good home in the heart of the movie industry.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The lawsuit averse Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which is openly courting other cities after Chicago's Friends of the Park filed legal action to prevent the project from building on its chosen Chicago lakefront site, may wind up in San Francisco, although Los Angeles (and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943909/waukegan-il-future-home-of-the-lucas-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Waukegan, IL</a>) have offered themselves up as well. Rahm Emanuel, who was a vocal champion of the Museum's proposed locale, recently suggested a compromise in the form of moving the museum to the Lake Michigan adjacent&nbsp;McCormick Place East,&nbsp;but no one is compromising as of yet.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/la/lapyii14cw9szaaa.jpg"></p><p>The prequels to this particular saga:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126775111/uncompromising-design-part-of-newly-disclosed-reasons-for-why-lucas-museum-didn-t-go-to-sf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uncompromising design part of newly disclosed reasons for why Lucas museum didn't go to SF</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943464/lawsuit-against-lucas-museum-holds-off-for-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lawsuit against Lucas Museum holds off (for now)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940895/the-lucas-museum-may-have-found-a-new-location-but-is-it-a-trap" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Lucas Museum may have found a new location &ndash; but is it "a trap"?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140017491/chicago-city-council-approves-construction-of-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago City Council approves construction of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946167/architect-richard-meier-changes-his-palette-for-new-tower Architect Richard Meier Changes His Palette for New Tower Richard Meier & Partners 2016-05-19T11:06:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T15:00:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ou/ou1j1pzktle2miu0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But an old friend, and a special commission, have gotten the architect to change his stripes. Mr. Meier has designed a black building. At East 39th Street and First Avenue in Manhattan, developer Sheldon Solow will be unveiling a 42-story, 556-unit residential building. It will be Mr. Meier&rsquo;s tallest in the city and his first since his trio of apartment towers on West Street were completed in 2004.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/h6/h6gusx0d56zwnvoo.jpg"><br><em>A rendering of the Richard Meier-designed building.&nbsp;PHOTO:&nbsp;VIZE/RICHARD MEIER &amp; PARTNERS ARCHITECTS</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946060/the-history-and-the-future-of-the-urban-skyway The History and the Future of the Urban Skyway Places Journal 2016-05-18T18:26:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T01:09:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6e/6eu10k70gcqjya6q.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The grade-separated pedestrian systems built in the 20th century have a variety of names: skyways, skywalks, pedways, footbridges, the +15, and the Ville Souteraine. But they have one thing in common &mdash; they have radically altered the form and spatial logic of cities around the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Despite its fundamental role in the production of urban space, the skyway has received scant critical attention. In their article on Places, and new Walker Arts Center book&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.artbook.com/9781935963127.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Parallel Cities: The Multilevel Metropolis</a>,</em>&nbsp;Jennifer Yoos and Vincent James take a closer look at the history of urban skyways. From their experimental origins to the emerging new wave of 21st-century skyways, Yoos and James uncover the far-reaching ways that three-dimensional urbanism has shaped cities around the world.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946044/glitz-and-ego-the-architectural-legacy-of-donald-trump-the-developer "Glitz and ego" – the architectural legacy of Donald Trump, the developer Alexander Walter 2016-05-18T17:30:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T01:09:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9j/9jm46boaodnzes58.jpg" width="514" height="379" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Trump ... believes in using expensive materials that convey prestige and wealth, and people buy into that,&rdquo; said Jerold Kayden, professor of urban planning and design at Harvard University. He said in some ways the legacy of Trump buildings is a matter of taste. &ldquo;To some they are the height of ambition and the height of prestige and to others they are gaudy, but he has certainly pioneered with some others architecture as brand.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Other New Yorkers view Trump&rsquo;s investment in luxury buildings in undervalued locations in the '90s as a contribution to New York&rsquo;s renewal. To them, his construction represented investment at a time when New York was struggling with blight."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937112/the-problem-with-designing-trump-s-border-wall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Problem With Designing Trump&rsquo;s Border Wall</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148423518/what-does-donald-trump-s-architecture-reveal-about-his-politics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What does Donald Trump's architecture reveal about his politics?</a></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135044747/before-donald-trump-s-beef-with-blair-kamin-he-tried-to-sue-the-chicago-tribune-over-a-drawing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Before Donald Trump's beef with Blair Kamin, he tried to sue the Chicago Tribune over a drawing</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945995/increasing-development-translates-to-more-homeless-housing Increasing development translates to more homeless housing Julia Ingalls 2016-05-18T13:06:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:48:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c8/c8t96831oqjnhkid.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Amazon donated an empty South Lake Union hotel for use as a homeless shelter, it was investing in a model that Mary&rsquo;s Place, the service provider, has perfected: turning vacant or transitioning buildings into temporary shelter.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to decades of research conducted on real-life case studies, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135208771/archinect-s-comparison-of-transient-oriented-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">providing housing for the homeless is actually cheaper than not doing so</a>. Thriving real estate markets also make it easier to provide permanent shelter, as noted in the article:</p><p><em>It&rsquo;s perhaps counterintuitive, but Executive Director Marty Hartman says the boom times for the local real estate market have created more opportunities for Mary&rsquo;s Place than the recession. As companies expand, it&rsquo;s development more than abandonment that stocks the vacant building pool.</em></p><p><em>Seattle officials have begun to pivot toward 24-hour shelters&nbsp;as a new approach toward the issue. This is modeled after San Francisco&rsquo;s Navigation Center, which houses people so they can devote their energy away from survival and toward creating stability in their lives.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ft/ftkv64fc2xcmb4jo.jpg"></p><p>For more on homelessness:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146268318/seattle-builds-village-for-the-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle builds village for the homeless</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147809321/los-angeles-approves-plans-to-tackle-homelessness-crisis-but-funding-is-still-unclear" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles approves plans to tackle homelessness crisis, but funding is still unclear</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943944/la-s-homeless-population-has-increased-by-11-in-a-single-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's homeless population has increased by ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945987/future-sustainable-skyscrapers-will-be-made-of-wood Future sustainable skyscrapers will be made of...wood? Julia Ingalls 2016-05-18T12:29:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:48:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dp/dpwbtgq6f73c38ci.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Proponents of the material, called cross-laminated timber, or CLT, say it can be used to erect buildings that are just as strong and fire-resistant as those made from steel and concrete. Those qualities have helped excite the passions of architects and environmentalists, who think it could unlock a greener method for housing the world&rsquo;s growing population, and timber producers, who hope to open a U.S. market for the value-added good.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Right now the structures are mainly proposals, but CLT could be the principal element of a 100-story tower nicknamed "The Splinter" in London as designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141304606/with-city-s-approval-london-the-stump-pinnacle-celebrates-resurrection-as-22-bishopsgate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PLP Architecture</a>, while there's an ornamental 40-story timber tower in Stockholm on the boards, as designed by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145578340/will-tall-towers-and-sky-walks-populate-the-stockholm-of-the-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anders Berensson Architects</a>:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f8/f8s4rbjqa58h7n3b.jpg"></p><p>These aren't your grandfather's skyscrapers:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135648126/a-bamboo-skyscraper-fosters-public-life" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A bamboo skyscraper fosters public life</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149580668/a-closer-look-at-big-s-west-57th-street-courtscraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look at BIG's West 57th Street "courtscraper"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937488/here-comes-the-dronescraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Here comes the "dronescraper"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945984/architects-design-the-house-of-tomorrow Architects design ‘the house of tomorrow’ Ellen Hancock 2016-05-18T12:18:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:47:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/56/56a050f8bc62e9c57ab78a45b6b88490.jpg" width="514" height="490" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) invited six contemporary architecture practices to create speculative responses to the UK&rsquo;s housing crisis for the exhibition, At Home in Britain: Designing the House of Tomorrow. Drawing on materials from the RIBA archives, the studios from the UK, France and the Netherlands produced designs that re-examine the familiar housing typologies of the cottage, terrace and flat.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read relating article here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944209/architects-advice-to-london-s-new-mayor-sadiq-khan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects advice to London's new mayor Sadiq Khan</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942752/950-for-a-mouldy-central-flat-welcome-to-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&pound;950 for a mouldy 'central' flat? Welcome to London.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941650/the-root-of-london-s-housing-crisis-lies-beyond-its-borders" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The root of London's housing crisis lies beyond its borders</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143145697/london-s-bleak-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945882/oma-s-hyper-corb OMA's hyper Corb Orhan Ayyüce 2016-05-17T20:31:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T22:01:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bk/bkt7n2n5o8wuj1y1.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>OMA&rsquo;s design for the National Art Museum of China in 2011 was planned as a city, revolutionizing the way in which museum&rsquo;s work today. Like any city, circulation can be efficient and direct &ndash; for larger groups &ndash; or meandering and individual. The story of Chinese art can be told, or discovered. The main circulation of the city is based on a five-pointed star that leads from the multiple entry points on the periphery to the centre.- OMA on Instagram</p></em><br /><br /><p>I had to think twice or more, but I think my title for this plan works.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945813/tracking-down-sears-catalog-homes Tracking down Sears Catalog Homes Alexander Walter 2016-05-17T15:45:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:44:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dg/dga4nw2ancve4h9c.jpg" width="514" height="699" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Not long ago, the&nbsp;Sears, Roebuck and Co. mail-order catalog&nbsp;was the ultimate marketplace, much like Amazon is today. You could even buy a house straight from the catalog. Just pick out the home you like, and voila, Sears would deliver it just for you. [...] From 1908 to 1940, Sears sold between 70,000 to 75,000 homes, so there are plenty out there, you just need to know where to look.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pi/pimh2s8d3smhasg9.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;This photo shows a Sears "Magnolia" kit house in Benson, North Carolina. (Photo:&nbsp;Rosemary Thornton; image via Wikipedia)</p><p>"Sears Modern Homes offered the latest technology available to house buyers in the early part of the twentieth century. Central heating, indoor plumbing, and electricity were all new developments in house design that "Modern Homes" incorporated, although not all of the houses were designed with these conveniences. Primarily shipped via railroad boxcars, these kits included most of the materials needed to build a house. Once delivered, many of these houses were assembled by the new homeowner, relatives, friends and neighbors, in a fashion similar to the traditional barn-raisings of farming families." (via the&nbsp;Sears Catalog Home <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sears_Catalog_Home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wikipedia page</a>)</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112805150/muji-s-prefab-vertical-house-now-available-for-japanese-residences" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Muji's prefab Vertical House now available for Japanese residences</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141782005/regarding-the-remarkable-range-of-prefab-self-built-movable-and-vernacular-dwellings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Regarding the remarkable range of prefab, self-built, movable, and vernacular dwellings</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118824259/the-vipp-shelter-joins-the-industrial-chic-prefab-housing-market" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The VIPP Shelter joins the industr...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945806/herzog-and-de-meuron-in-conversation-with-rowan-moore Herzog and de Meuron in conversation with Rowan Moore Nicholas Korody 2016-05-17T14:36:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:44:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l7/l7q2jy8qtdgchnks.jpg" width="514" height="565" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As Herzog explains, piling some refined Swiss biscuits on the table in front of him to illustrate his point, an earlier design envisaged stacked-up glass cubes, but the material was too similar to the developers&rsquo; stuff. &ldquo;We realised that in order to survive we have to strengthen it,&rdquo; he says [..] Yet the precedent of the original Tate Modern &ndash; also severe on the outside, lively inside &ndash; shows that a building doesn&rsquo;t have to gurn and wheedle to be popular.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"In this and other works, Herzog and De Meuron like to present a protestant moment of denial before pleasure, to forbid before welcoming, to be severe before generous. It is part of their worldview, different from most architects&rsquo;, in which delight and beauty co-exist with more troubling or mysterious aspects of existence."</em></p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137820408/herzog-de-meuron-s-concept-for-new-vancouver-art-gallery-released" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron's concept for new Vancouver Art Gallery released</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135038295/herzog-de-meuron-the-finlandia-prize-nominees-and-the-lower-mississippi-river-delta-planning-teams-are-among-this-week-s-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron, the Finlandia Prize nominees, and the Lower Mississippi River Delta planning teams are among this week's winners</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134644835/herzog-de-meuron-named-2015-riba-jencks-award-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron named 2015 RIBA Jencks Award winners</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131279044/herzog-de-meuron-s-stadium-in-chelsea-will-be-a-hefty-brute-of-a-thing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron's stadium in Chelsea "will be a hefty brute of a thing"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945789/megatall-shanghai-tower-receives-ctbuh-signboard-officially-marking-it-as-china-s-tallest-and-the-world-s-second-tallest Megatall Shanghai Tower receives CTBUH signboard officially marking it as China's tallest and the world's second-tallest Alexander Walter 2016-05-17T13:48:00-04:00 >2016-05-17T17:22:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ru/ru9ixxng9o2upkej.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) joined officials of Shanghai Tower in unveiling the commemorative signboard designating Shanghai Tower the tallest building in China and the second-tallest building in the world. With a height of 632 meters, Shanghai Tower is only the third &ldquo;megatall&rdquo; building of 600 meters or higher in the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8n/8n13fw0ews5s3kd8.jpg"></p><p>A tall plaque for a tall building: attendees of the ceremony included (from left to right) CTBUH China Office Board Member Junjie Zhang, President, ECADI, China Tall Building Awards Jury; Jiaming Cao, President, Architectural Society of Shanghai, China Tall Building Awards Jury; CTBUH China Office Director Daniel Safarik; CTBUH Chairman David Malott, Principal, KPF, China Tall Building Awards Jury; Chunhua Song, Former Vice-Minister, Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, China Tall Building Awards Jury Chair; Jianping Gu, General Manager, Shanghai Tower Business Operation &amp; Management Co., Ltd.; Yi Zhu, Managing Principal, Pacific Rim Regional Director, Thornton Tomasetti, China Tall Building Awards Jury; Xiaomei Lee, Principal, Managing Director, Gensler.&nbsp;&nbsp;Photo &copy; CTBUH.</p><p>Shanghai Tower previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145197064/sorry-willis-tower-but-shanghai-tower-just-kicked-you-out-of-the-top-10-tallest-buildings-club-after-41-years" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sorry, Willis Tower, but Shanghai Tower just kicked you out of the Top 10 Tallest Buildings club &ndash; after 41 years!</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118985363/megataaaall-shanghai-tower-enters-final-construction-phase" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Megataaaall Shanghai Tower enters ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945637/weaving-cobwebs-of-memory-into-an-abandoned-house Weaving cobwebs of memory into an abandoned house Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-16T18:44:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:51:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6a10ded30660fc650d24df31f0bbf5a7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Inside 516 Sampsonia Way, a 19th-century row house in the Mexican War Streets neighborhood, there no longer appear to be any 90-degree angles. Any corners have become cavernous and rounded from the innumerable lines of yarn of Chiharu Shiota&rsquo;s Trace of Memory, creating acute and obtuse angles. And while some people try to cleanse spaces or their superstitious gateways by sageing doorways, this installation does the opposite, appealing to some kind of liminal god to crack open time</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Florida rental home wrapped in foil for art's sake, confusion ensues as expected" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129328530/florida-rental-home-wrapped-in-foil-for-art-s-sake-confusion-ensues-as-expected" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Florida rental home wrapped in foil for art's sake, confusion ensues as expected</a></li><li><a title="Christo wins court judgement, keeping alive his vision for 5.9 miles of silver fabric above the Arkansas River" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117689337/christo-wins-court-judgement-keeping-alive-his-vision-for-5-9-miles-of-silver-fabric-above-the-arkansas-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christo wins court judgement, keeping alive his vision for 5.9 miles of silver fabric above the Arkansas River</a></li><li><a title="8,000 Glowing Balloons Recreate the Berlin Wall" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113115295/8-000-glowing-balloons-recreate-the-berlin-wall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">8,000 Glowing Balloons Recreate the Berlin Wall</a></li><li><a title="Ten Top Images on Archinect's &quot;Installations&quot; Pinterest Board" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143134443/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-installations-pinterest-board" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Installations" Pinterest Board</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945389/what-it-s-like-living-here-shawn-selway-in-hamilton-ontario What It's Like Living Here — Shawn Selway in Hamilton, Ontario Gary Garvin 2016-05-15T16:39:00-04:00 >2016-05-16T10:11:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8a/8ai7cqxivzrbln92.jpg" width="480" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We inhabit a lampoon of capitalism. Marx would certainly get a laugh out of the view: the mountain of capital left to rust unused, and just beyond, a second mountain, still alive with fire and action and thriving alongside the corpse of its former rival.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Canadian writer Shawn Selway provides an intimate and critical view of the urbanization&mdash;and subsequent decline&mdash;of Hamilton, Ontario. The issues he raises can be found around the globe. Hamilton is one more piece in the puzzle we're all trying to live in&mdash;and solve.</p><p>Another quotation from the piece:</p><p><em>Consultants overran the joint. Their maps reconfigure the territory and their perspectives are disturbing in a surprisingly intimate way. Attending public meetings at the rail station turned banquet hall, or at the neighbourhood recreation centre, you are made uneasy by the scale of what is proposed. Your understanding of &ldquo;market forces&rdquo; deepens when the invisible hand is pressed to your own back, steering you firmly toward the door.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945247/john-knight-s-installation-at-redcat-makes-you-think-about-the-difference John Knight's installation at REDCAT makes you think about the difference Orhan Ayyüce 2016-05-15T12:00:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:08:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9r/9rejwbb70bc1end1.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>His installation invites comparison to other kinds of architectural fakery, including malls, entertainment centers, theme parks and casinos. Many of these businesses serve themselves up as sanitized versions of real cities.</p></em><br /><br /><p>L.A Times reviews John Knight exhibition at the REDCAT in Los Angeles.</p><p><a href="https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/john-knight" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Knight</a>'s work is known internationally for its institutional critique and its meticulously&nbsp;investigated in-situ precision opening itself to the series of further questions. What is behind the subjects concerning the things that matter, made visual in the aesthetics of the works which materialize as carefully designed objects, housing critical subtexts anywhere from economics to physical architecture to federal politics of territoriality to the institutionalization of art and other mirrored contexts with penetrating acumen provoking the viewer to "think" as the&nbsp;L.A. Times critic David Pagel quotes in his review title.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945240/artist-daniel-buren-spruces-up-gehry-s-fondation-louis-vuitton-with-colorful-intervention Artist Daniel Buren spruces up Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton with colorful intervention Justine Testado 2016-05-13T20:18:00-04:00 >2016-05-15T21:58:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k1/k12hcbkkjb2vzeh8.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thanks to in situ artist Daniel Buren, the white glassy curved sails of the Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris have received a generous splash of vibrant color &mdash; or 13 colors, to be exact...Developed in collaboration with Frank Gehry, Buren's temporary piece, titled &ldquo;The Observatory of Light&ldquo;, made its official debut this past Wednesday. It took 29 nights over a period of five weeks to apply the dyed filters and white 8.7 cm-wide strips throughout the building's 3,528 glass panes.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9r/9rlc36t1oakkztpr.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jd/jd5f97e76c1dxa1c.jpg"><br><br>Read more about Buren's intervention <a href="http://bustler.net/news/4880/a-closer-look-at-daniel-buren-s-colorful-intervention-at-the-fondation-louis-vuitton" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945215/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-color-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Color" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-05-13T19:10:00-04:00 >2016-05-22T21:11:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ku/kuyjqom66svhd6vr.jpg" width="514" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/color/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Color</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xw/xwzi9yx98x5a1egi.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/ssc-a/project/venafi-slc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venafi SLC</a> in Salt Lake City, UT in <a href="http://archinect.com/ssc-a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Christensen Architecture</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8m/8mxeqgoio2udglov.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/openarch/project/stepped-courtyards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stepped Courtyards</a> in Fuzhou, China by <a href="http://archinect.com/openarch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OPEN Architecture</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5n/5nv1t6tz3rhn2cq8.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/klopfarchitecture/project/renewed-classic-eichler-by-klopf-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renewed Classic Eichler</a> in&nbsp;Sunnyvale, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/klopfarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Klopf Architecture</a>; Photo: Mariko Reed</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qh/qh5ppwow20xdmhaf.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/echaurimoralesarquitectos/project/rinconada-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rinconada House</a> in Zapopan, Mexico by <a href="http://archinect.com/echaurimoralesarquitectos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Echauri Morales Arquitectos</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m1/m1uir8h0juezvwna.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/aplusa/project/great-wall-yunmo-winery" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Great Wall Yunmo Winery</a> in Yinchuan, China by <a href="http://archinect.com/aplusa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a+a anderloni associates</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g6/g6jqgekrhtyp9680.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/arosarchitects/project/vineyard-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vineyard House</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/arosarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aros Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ul/ulb9fsbmbnnma1wu.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/gg-loop/project/gentle-genius" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gentle Genius</a> in Altamura, Italy by <a href="http://archinect.com/gg-loop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GG-loop</a>; Photo: Michael Sieber</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gy/gysa5powhb2rwfxc.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/GENASSEMBLY/project/vinegar-hill" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vinegar Hill</a> in Brooklyn, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/GENASSEMBLY" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">General Assembly</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/au/au6iozw6njoy8qjw.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/softlab/project/behance" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Behance</a> in New York, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/softlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOFTlab</a>; Photo: Alan Tansey</p><p>(Cover pic: <a href="http://archinect.com/dominique-coulon-associes/project/nursery" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nursery</a> in Buhl, France by <a href="http://archinect.com/dominique-coulon-associes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dominique Coulon &amp; asso...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945014/uk-school-buildings-are-damaging-pupils-health-and-performance UK school buildings are damaging pupils’ health and performance Ellen Hancock 2016-05-13T10:03:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T00:50:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e2/e2ee09a36d2674b8e03fd13399e12a26.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>School buildings in the UK are of such poor quality that children are underperforming and teachers are quitting the classroom, experts have warned. A new study by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) found that one in five teachers have considered leaving their school as a result of stressful, overcrowded working environments caused by the poorly designed buildings they have to teach in.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Relating UK articles here:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944844/crossrail-unveils-images-of-new-elizabeth-line-stations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crossrail unveils images of new Elizabeth line stations</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944704/latest-university-of-westminster-burning-man-studio-project-needs-a-kickstart" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Latest University of Westminster Burning Man studio project needs a Kickstart</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944509/this-week-s-picks-for-london-architecture-and-design-events" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This week's picks for London architecture and design events</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944866/apple-store-to-take-over-historic-theater-in-downtown-los-angeles Apple store to take over historic theater in Downtown Los Angeles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-12T13:26:00-04:00 >2016-05-12T13:26:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d0/d0tfoq1b9dwqf6tq.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>virtually all of downtown&rsquo;s brokers and landlords had clamored to attract the tech giant. Only a handful of locations were said to be seriously in the running, all historic sites on Broadway. &ldquo;Apple is known to do things that are outside-of-the-box and unorthodox,&rdquo; said broker Gabe Kadosh of Colliers International. &ldquo;It creates a bigger splash by going in a historic building.&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;When it becomes fully known, the pricing is going to skyrocket,&rdquo; said Kadosh.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="A critical look at Downtown L.A.'s ambitious plans for two new public parks" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149067468/a-critical-look-at-downtown-l-a-s-ambitious-plans-for-two-new-public-parks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A critical look at Downtown L.A.'s ambitious plans for two new public parks</a></li><li><a title='How L.A. can reboot its "creative economy" so artists can actually live in town' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143132832/how-l-a-can-reboot-its-creative-economy-so-artists-can-actually-live-in-town" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How L.A. can reboot its "creative economy" so artists can actually live in town</a></li><li><a title="How Downtown LA's skyline evolved over the last half century" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117887760/how-downtown-la-s-skyline-evolved-over-the-last-half-century" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Downtown LA's skyline evolved over the last half century</a></li><li><a title="Why Steve Jobs Obsessed About Office Design (And, Yes, Bathroom Locations)" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110815874/why-steve-jobs-obsessed-about-office-design-and-yes-bathroom-locations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Steve Jobs Obsessed About Office Design (And, Yes, Bathroom Locations)</a></li><li><a title="Wait. You can trademark the layout of a store?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104326642/wait-you-can-trademark-the-layout-of-a-store" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wait. You can trademark the layout of a store?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944852/world-s-tallest-elevator-tower-is-going-up World's tallest elevator tower is going up Julia Ingalls 2016-05-12T12:37:00-04:00 >2016-05-12T12:37:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jq/jq1mtbburxzd8on5.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Elevator manufacturer Otis will build the world&rsquo;s tallest elevator test tower in Shanghai, as part of the company&rsquo;s bid to develop lifts for skyscrapers in China and around the world. The elevator test tower will be 270 metres high and it is an anticipated to be the tallest above-ground test tower in the world upon completion, Otis said on Tuesday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In addition to being the home of the tallest building in the world with <a href="http://archinect.com/gensler" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler</a>'s Shanghai Tower, in 2018 <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142454438/sci-arc-expands-to-shanghai-with-more-global-programs-on-the-way" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shanghai</a> will also have the distinction of having the globe's tallest elevator test tower, which, to judge from Otis' renderings, could be described generously as occupying the extreme end of functionalism.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/80/80svd2ku3d44y2wp.jpg"></p><p>Meanwhile, in other sky-is-the-limit project news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145578340/will-tall-towers-and-sky-walks-populate-the-stockholm-of-the-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will tall towers and sky walks populate the Stockholm of the future?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134740546/london-s-oligarch-transformation-continues-with-a-sky-pool" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's oligarch-transformation continues with a "sky pool"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941796/construction-of-shop-s-29th-floor-skybridge-pool-nearing-completion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction of SHoP's 29th-floor skybridge pool nearing completion</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944844/crossrail-unveils-images-of-new-elizabeth-line-stations Crossrail unveils images of new Elizabeth line stations Ellen Hancock 2016-05-12T12:23:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T23:14:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8i/8ixxbt88p6yc9uq2.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Elizabeth line will link London and the South East from Reading to Heathrow with 10 new stations and upgrades to 30 existing stations.&nbsp;</p><p>Currently Europe's largest infrastructure project the &pound;14.8 billion scheme began in Canary Wharf in 2009 and is now 75% complete. Services will begin in 2018.</p><p>Although the stations will have recognisable features uniting them; Crossrail have said that each station will have it's own distinctive character that reflects the heritage and local cultural of the area.&nbsp;</p><p>The stations have been specifically designed to make travel as easy as possible with accessibility, comfort and safety in mind.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Mike Brown MVO, London's Transport Commissioner, said:&nbsp;</strong><em>&ldquo;The TfL-run Elizabeth line will transform travel across London, reducing journey times, relieving congestion on the Tube network, and radically improving step-free access with brand new accessible stations.&nbsp; This exhibition will enable customers to really start to see what their new stations will look like wh...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944703/an-architectural-twin-study An architectural twin study Liam Otten 2016-05-11T15:09:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T23:11:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8o/8oivs7r9hbur3phc.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A six-percent upfront investment reduced energy consumption by 19% &mdash; and carbon emissions by 34% &mdash;&nbsp;in a pair of 100-year-old brick buildings. Add solar panels and those numbers drop to 39% and 65%.</p><p>These are among the findings of an ongoing experiment conducted by students, faculty and staff at Washington University in St. Louis. The architectural equivalent of a twin study, the project centered on the gut-renovation and subsequent energy monitoring of two university-owned, World&rsquo;s Fair-era apartment buildings.</p><p>&ldquo;This was a rare opportunity,&rdquo; says Phil Valko, assistant vice chancellor for sustainability, who led the project with Don Koster, senior lecturer in architecture in the university&rsquo;s Sam Fox School of Design &amp; Visual Arts.</p><p>&ldquo;Both buildings have the same square footage, the same number of apartments, the same floor plans and the same sun exposure,&rdquo; Valko explains. &ldquo;That gave us a unique opportunity to design, implement and test real-world strategies for energy-efficient rehab.&rdquo;</p><p>Tho...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944699/an-extraterrestrial-presence-on-the-bronx-skyline An extraterrestrial presence on the Bronx skyline Nam Henderson 2016-05-11T13:57:00-04:00 >2016-05-11T13:57:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9x/9x38zxvib6p3en3w.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A 240-by-240-by-240-foot concrete fortress, as tall as a 24-story apartment building and all but windowless, rising north of Mercy College and the Hutchinson Metro Center complex...In recent years, motorists saw the structure clad with silver- and charcoal-colored aluminum panels. These were set in a saw-tooth pattern that makes the enormous cube blend gauzily with the sky or stand out like an impenetrably dark mesa</p></em><br /><br /><p>David W. Dunlap writes about a recent visit to the new Public Safety Answering Center (PSAC)&nbsp;II building in the Bronx. Designed by SOM, the project features the debut installation&nbsp;Active Modular Phytoremediation System&nbsp;designed in collaboration with&nbsp;Center for Architecture Science and Ecology' (CASE).</p><p>To learn more that system check out <a href="http://www.architectmagazine.com/technology/breathe-in-case-puts-its-green-wall-system-to-the-test_o" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this</a>&nbsp;article by Architect Magazine</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944474/kahn-brought-back-to-new-life-gorgeously-renovated-yale-center-for-british-art-due-to-reopen Kahn brought back to new life: gorgeously renovated Yale Center for British Art due to reopen Alexander Walter 2016-05-10T18:09:00-04:00 >2016-05-22T22:09:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vk/vk1jupits9p0xwqy.jpg" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The greatest work of art at New Haven&rsquo;s Yale Center for British Art is arguably the landmark building itself&mdash;and Louis Kahn&rsquo;s last structure is due to reopen this month after a 16-month renovation of its public galleries and lecture hall, and an upgrade of its accessibility, security, mechanical and electrical systems. This is the third phase of a $33m conservation project that began in 2008.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"George Knight of Knight Architecture, who led the conservation work, says: &ldquo;The thing that kept me up at night was [thinking] how can we preserve the building, which is so architecturally rich, and do all this surgery so as not to disfigure the patient in any way?""</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dx/dxn9nmd0ch8m2lov.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pq/pq9viqq3j6d89dv9.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ab/abkzwimh2h9r7j01.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dl/dly896ai67zkfuaj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bs/bs47h8wuqd12z813.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z4/z4du9l6559a29yq2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ek/eksj1yb8goasvibj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ec/eclef93zn5qg4rw3.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s0/s0p627qdhmbzqdyi.jpg"></p><p>All images courtesy of the <a href="http://britishart.yale.edu/architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale Center for British Art</a>.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145510875/renovation-of-kahn-s-richards-labs-pleases-both-scientists-and-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renovation of Kahn's Richards Labs pleases both scientists and architects</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942171/yale-architecture-students-interview-dean-robert-a-m-stern" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale architecture students interview Dean Robert A.M. Stern</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137490508/deborah-berke-named-dean-of-yale-school-of-architecture-will-succeed-robert-a-m-stern-in-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deborah Berke named Dean of Yale School of Architecture, will succeed Robert A.M. Stern in 2016</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944409/riba-announces-30-projects-selected-for-international-prize RIBA announces 30 projects selected for International Prize Ellen Hancock 2016-05-10T15:16:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T22:40:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uf/ufuyusct0pkkf1u1.jpg" width="514" height="206" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The 30 buildings to be visited by the RIBA awards committee and under consideration for the inaugural RIBA International Prize have been announced today. This is the first RIBA award open to any qualified architect in the world and includes projects of varying size and budget.&nbsp;</p><p>Consequently the buildings span 20 different countries across the globe such as; Mexico, Turkey, Dublin and Vietnam. The selected projects will be whittled down to 20 and then a final six in the autumn, with the winner announced in December 2016.&nbsp;</p><p>The six finalist chosen will be visited by the Grand Jury which includes Richard Rogers, Billie Tsien and Marilyn Jordan Taylor FAIA among others.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>RIBA President, Jane Duncan commented:&#8203;</strong></p><p><em>&ldquo;W&#8203;e have been delighted with the response to our inaugural RIBA International Prize, which has brought a huge range of exceptional entries from all around the globe.&#8203;It will be fascinating to see insights from the judges and entrants into&#8203;t&#8203;he power and value of great architecture, wh...</em></p>