Archinect - News 2015-09-03T08:57:40-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/135726962/massive-renovation-of-u-n-headquarters-improves-security-but-sacrifices-hammarskj-ld-library Massive renovation of U.N. Headquarters improves security but sacrifices Hammarskjöld Library Alexander Walter 2015-09-02T13:46:00-04:00 >2015-09-02T13:46:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tc/tc1jptjb63nybzug.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When the 70th regular session of the General Assembly convenes on Sept. 15, it will do so in a complex of buildings that hasn&rsquo;t looked so good or felt so secure in generations. &ldquo;We now have a very safe compound,&rdquo; said Michael Adlerstein, [...] executive director of a seven-year, $2.15 billion renovation, known as the capital master plan, that is nearing completion. More visible than anything else is the robust yet crystalline new glass facade of the 39-story Secretariat building.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/135722115/walkie-talkie-tower-wins-carbuncle-cup-for-uk-s-worst-building-of-the-year Walkie Talkie Tower wins Carbuncle Cup for UK's worst building of the year Alexander Walter 2015-09-02T12:06:00-04:00 >2015-09-02T17:45:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bw/bw1t4aarv2n92art.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A City of London skyscraper, nicknamed the Walkie Talkie, has won the annual Carbuncle Cup, awarded to a building judged to be the UK's worst. In its short history, the 37-storey office tower has melted parked cars and critics have compared its three-storey roof garden to an airport terminal. Thomas Lane, who runs the awards, said the carbuncle "crashes into London's skyline like an unwelcome party guest".</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131489455/walkie-talkie-tower-summons-the-elements-again-this-time-it-s-wind" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walkie Talkie Tower summons the elements again &mdash; this time it's wind!</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99882337/walkie-scorchie-building-given-permanent-sunshade" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Walkie Scorchie&rsquo; building given permanent sunshade</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80975331/rafael-vi-oly-designed-walkie-talkie-skyscraper-melts-car-with-light-reflections" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly-designed "Walkie Talkie" skyscraper melts car with light reflections</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80670357/prison-like-student-housing-wins-carbuncle-cup-for-britain-s-worst-building-of-the-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Prison-like' student housing wins Carbuncle Cup for Britain's worst building of the year</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135669065/first-big-name-architects-confirmed-for-obama-presidential-center First big-name architects confirmed for Obama Presidential Center Alexander Walter 2015-09-01T20:32:00-04:00 >2015-09-03T08:48:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4f/4fb2o72do558ih5y.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Barack Obama's people announced last week that they are searching worldwide for an architect for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, they won no points for transparency. [...] Having consulted sources, I can now name 11 of the firms and observe that they are A) Of high caliber; B) Represent a broad geographic and aesthetic spectrum; and C) Include the established firms one would expect to be invited.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rumors have been running wild which architects were among the 50+ selected firms to receive RFQs from the White House for the design of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/517819/barack-obama-presidential-library" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama Presidential Center</a> in Chicago.</p><p>While&nbsp;Martin Nesbitt, chairman of the <a href="http://www.barackobamafoundation.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barack Obama Foundation</a>, remains tight-lipped about names of the invited designers, more and more national and international architects surface 'as confirmed.' Blair Kamin claims in his latest <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-obama-library-architect-selection-kamin-met-0902-20150901-column.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Tribune</em> piece</a> that &mdash;&nbsp;according to his sources &mdash;&nbsp;he can already name 11 of the firms: among them, Pritzker winner Renzo Piano, Chicago locals Helmut Jahn, Perkins+Will, Krueck+Sexton,&nbsp;and Tigerman McCurry Architects, New Yorkers Robert A.M. Stern (who has already designed <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/273119/george-w-bush-presidential-library" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GWB's presidential library</a>) and&nbsp;Diller Scofidio + Renfro, as well as&nbsp;the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill, and others.</p><p>Kamin repeatedly points out London-based&nbsp;David Adjaye&nbsp;as the one to watch, potentially the first non-American architect who could land the job for an American presidential library.</p><p>R...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135651376/a-photographic-tour-of-alvar-aalto-s-restored-viipuri-library A photographic tour of Alvar Aalto's restored Viipuri Library Julia Ingalls 2015-09-01T14:29:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T14:44:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/az/az8t655to80ajmx2.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For almost twenty years,&nbsp;The Finnish Committee for the Restoration of Viipuri Library worked to restore <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112893576/restoration-of-alvar-aalto-s-viipuri-library-wins-2014-world-monuments-fund-knoll-modernism-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvar Aalto's rarely seen Viipuri library</a>. Located in Vyborg, Russia, which was under Finnish rule when the library was originally conceived (hence its occasional moniker of the Vyborg Library) the newly restored interior and exterior of the library has been comprehensively photographed by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.denisesakov.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denis Esakov</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ej/ejna7xke1erdci9i.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lm/lmo807h48zxoevs0.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0r/0raa4bocfj5g70q9.jpg"></p><p>The stark white rectilinear forms of the exterior are counterbalanced by a series of elliptical, curvaceous elements, from the 58 skylights over the reading room to the elegant sweep of the circulation desk and the gradually ascending central staircases.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/49/49z9dgcj6agnfgfh.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7s/7so8fy9pinvqr45g.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ek/ekwy5zp1hdnt174d.jpg"></p><p>An auditorium, complete with original furnishings, features a gentle, undulating wooden ceiling.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4d/4dpzze0kqhf5m4m4.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pv/pv5u771l10qu4nuv.jpg"></p><p>Built in the pre-digital era, the library has retained some space-saving features from that time, including movable stacks that can be adjusted with a rotating lever.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r8/r8hwo0uek6j31kvd.jpg"></p><p>On the exterior, the placement of the windows within the expanses of wal...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135648126/a-bamboo-skyscraper-fosters-public-life A bamboo skyscraper fosters public life Julia Ingalls 2015-09-01T14:20:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T14:36:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hp/hp45n92ofqtv5hwy.jpg" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A shortlisted finalist in the 2015 <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126383916/the-oscars-of-architecture-world-architecture-festival-opens-call-for-entries" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Architecture&nbsp;Festival</a> awards, <a href="http://archinect.com/crgarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CRG Architects</a>' Bamboo Skyscraper is not only noteworthy for its unusual choice of material, but its vision of what constitutes a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/13491/skyscraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">skyscraper</a>. Instead of focusing on a single prominent tower, the design is a cluster of gradually rising volumes that interconnect and share a central vertical core. Stainless steel is used for joint material between the high-tensile-strength <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/60509/bamboo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bamboo</a> tubes, while <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/79033/beijing-cubism-how-etfe-revolutionized-the-bubble" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EFTE</a> is used for the facade.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6a57ekxlmq6so04c.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1w/1werj48f14ljdbcg.jpg"></p><p>Sustainability drove the initial design concept, as did a desire for fostering greater public space and communal interactions within the cluster. According to a statement by CRG, "It is up to artists, designers and architects to find an answer to the question how current technology can breathe new life into the urban environment and into public domain."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3x/3x0d8yjecz3wths6.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ly/lyba1fcw7ocxa1q3.jpg"></p><p>The 247,000 square meter complex, which boasts office, entertainment, and hotel/residential spaces, also has a helix slope for bicycle access.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135577264/plans-for-japan-s-tallest-skyscraper-announced Plans for Japan's tallest skyscraper announced Alexander Walter 2015-08-31T15:16:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T15:39:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1p/1pbn30ri8x3assrg.jpg" width="514" height="732" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mitsubishi Estate Co. says it will construct a 390-meter-high building, making it Japan&rsquo;s tallest, as part of redevelopment project near Tokyo Station. The structure will overtake the 300-meter-tall Abeno Harukas in the city of Osaka. Mitsubishi Estate hopes the new building will serve both as a centerpiece of a major business district and tourist destination, officials said Monday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More recent Tokyo architecture news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135346122/it-s-lights-out-at-the-old-okura-reconstruction-of-the-iconic-tokyo-hotel-starts-next-week" target="_blank">It's lights out at the old Okura: reconstruction of the iconic Tokyo hotel starts next week</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135183829/not-over-yet-zaha-hadid-releases-23-minute-film-pushing-for-tokyo-olympic-stadium" target="_blank">Not over yet: Zaha Hadid releases 23-minute film pushing for Tokyo Olympic Stadium</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134182334/tokyo-begins-farming-produce-beneath-its-subway-lines" target="_blank">Tokyo begins farming produce beneath its subway lines</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135574015/leading-up-to-its-september-20-opening-christopher-hawthorne-reviews-the-new-broad-museum Leading up to its September-20 opening, Christopher Hawthorne reviews the new Broad museum Alexander Walter 2015-08-31T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T14:21:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/66/66o1ycxp6yamsf4u.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The elements of the Broad that have been most closely scrutinized or most often reworked, in fact, are the most uneven. It is only in the relative shadows &mdash; in the peripheral or easily overlooked spaces, or in the rooms added or enlarged late in the design process &mdash; that the architecture of the museum really comes to life.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on <em>The Broad</em> on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/129351879/what-makes-an-artless-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What makes an artless museum?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120894579/so-what-s-new-at-the-broad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">So what's new at the Broad?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120048386/ds-r-s-broad-museum-set-to-open-on-sept-20-with-a-feb-15-preview" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DS+R's Broad Museum set to open on Sept. 20, with a Feb. 15 preview</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117439302/is-the-broad-museum-s-newly-unveiled-facade-living-up-to-its-renderings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is The Broad Museum's newly unveiled facade living up to its renderings?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135569973/isis-attacks-second-ancient-palmyra-temple-this-month ISIS attacks second ancient Palmyra temple this month Alexander Walter 2015-08-31T12:59:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T13:01:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tr/truwemi19z018aup.jpg" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Islamic State has destroyed part of another ancient temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra, according to activists on social media and a group monitoring the conflict, this time targeting the Temple of Bel. [...] It is the second temple that Islamic State has attacked in Palmyra this month. On 25 August, the group detonated explosives in the ancient Baal Shamin temple, an act that the cultural agency Unesco has called a war crime aimed at wiping out a symbol of Syria&rsquo;s diverse cultural heritage.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135031859/isis-blows-up-2-000-year-old-baalshamin-temple-in-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS blows up 2,000-year-old Baalshamin temple in Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134645642/isis-beheads-leading-archaeologist-in-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS beheads leading archaeologist in Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130329275/isil-destroys-ancient-mausoleums-in-historic-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIL destroys ancient mausoleums in historic Palmyra</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135355800/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-old-new-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Old+New" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-08-28T19:07:00-04:00 >2015-08-29T16:06:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h3/h3fx34vajt5wuch1.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/archinect/old%2Bnew/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Old+New</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rq/rqdvueo1pkbfvxvj.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/676/library-of-birmingham/90594307" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Library</a> in Birmingham, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/mecanoo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecanoo</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5n/5nim7z0khdxu9p57.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/52596385/cr-che-et-logement-de-fonction-rue-pierre-budin/87500335" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cr&egrave;che et logement de fonction rue Pierre Budin</a> in Paris, France by <a href="http://archinect.com/ecdm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ECDM architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ec/ecpya4g5njlla37d.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/62986441/office-zotov-co/113873960" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Office Zotov&amp;Co</a> in Kiev, Ukraine by <a href="http://archinect.com/zotov" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zotov&amp;Co</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l6/l6w7zd7b0toexei1.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/sparkarchitects/project/spark-beijing-office2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SPARK Office</a> in Beijing, China by <a href="http://archinect.com/sparkarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SPARK</a>; Photo: Shu He</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/if/if5ft7n8dq6ltqyw.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/118858781/business-house-langenzipen-st-petersburg/124249077" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Business House Langenzipen</a> in St. Petersburg, Russia by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/118858781/nps-tchoban-voss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">nps tchoban voss</a>; Photo: Bernhard Kroll</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j1/j18o9mz5zkxjcsbe.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/851/performers-house-high-school/130699386" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Performers House High School</a> in Silkeborg, Denmark by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/851/schmidt-hammer-lassen-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">schmidt hammer lassen architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k9/k9eqi4jlyiee42kf.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/Wiel-Arets-Architects/project/v-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">V' House</a> in Maastricht, the Netherlands by <a href="http://archinect.com/Wiel-Arets-Architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wiel Arets Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/70tkhofq9yhlz7e4.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/111241443/businesspark-breitensee/111325887" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Businesspark Breitensee</a> in Vienna, Austria by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/holodeck" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOLODECK architects</a>; Photo:&nbsp;Wolfgang Thaler</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qf/qficom4qpy1hax7e.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/11636051/blackbird/92220466" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blackbird</a> in Chicago, IL by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/11636051/design-bureaux-inc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Bureaux, Inc</a></p><p>(Cover pic: <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/5012529/podere-bedano/129395204" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Poder...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135346122/it-s-lights-out-at-the-old-okura-reconstruction-of-the-iconic-tokyo-hotel-starts-next-week It's lights out at the old Okura: reconstruction of the iconic Tokyo hotel starts next week Alexander Walter 2015-08-28T15:02:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T15:05:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0e2gova57fqjxpak.jpg" width="514" height="418" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tokyo&rsquo;s venerable Hotel Okura is getting a remake, starting next week. Over the course of the past 53 years since its opening on May 20, 1962, the Okura, located in Toranomon, has earned an unsurpassed reputation both at home and abroad as a luxury hotel to represent Japan. The hotel said in a statement that it will maintain the Japanese traditional aesthetics and the basics of the architecture style of Hotel Okura.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129095383/as-the-okura-says-sayonara-tokyo-doesn-t-seem-to-care-much" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As the Okura says sayonara, Tokyo doesn't seem to care much</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106634364/farewell-to-the-old-okura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farewell to the Old Okura</a></li></ul><p>And before the wrecking ball ends an era of Japanese 1960s Modernism to make way for the <em>new</em>, shiny, 41-story, $836M Okura Hotel,&nbsp;here a few more impressions of all its glory on the way out.</p><p>Rest in peace, old friend, and say hi to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/29855/demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the ones we've lost</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1l/1lumj7kdc18zwvyd.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2m/2myk5ksaigtecxuk.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o7/o7k2xx8ro5o0yojj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r4/r4glgmcz2uko837x.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/px/pxfqg5ye3cix1gux.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gc/gcmx4rhkzrrp6ytr.jpg"></p><p>All images via <em>Monocle Magazine</em>'s <a href="http://savetheokura.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">savetheokura.com</a> petition site.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135338071/japanese-government-hopes-to-cap-olympic-stadium-costs-at-us-1-28-billion Japanese government hopes to cap Olympic stadium costs at US$1.28 billion Alexander Walter 2015-08-28T12:17:00-04:00 >2015-08-29T11:02:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2fb14d3ca77a7b361db7ae91c5d4c38e.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The government hopes to cap the cost of building the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at &yen;155 billion, much lower than the &yen;252 billion projected under a recently scrapped plan [...]. The government intends to make sure that the stadium will be built by April 2020. But given the International Olympic Committee&rsquo;s request that the venue be built by January of that year, it plans to ask a yet-to-be-named contractor to propose shortening its construction schedule, the sources said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more about the troubled New National Stadium Tokyo in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135183829/not-over-yet-zaha-hadid-releases-23-minute-film-pushing-for-tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Not over yet: Zaha Hadid releases 23-minute film pushing for Tokyo Olympic Stadium</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133027870/are-uncompetitive-japanese-contractors-to-blame-for-zaha-s-new-national-stadium-budget-blowout" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are uncompetitive Japanese contractors to blame for Zaha's New National Stadium budget blowout?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132566359/zaha-hadid-reportedly-not-giving-up-on-tokyo-stadium-plans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid reportedly not giving up on Tokyo stadium plans</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash; Abe calls for a redesign from scratch</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japanese slam highly unpopular Tokyo Olympic Stadium design with hilarious memes</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135286699/architecture-shapes-hyperreal-photographic-narratives-in-art-collection-schude Architecture shapes hyperreal photographic narratives in art collection "Schude" Julia Ingalls 2015-08-28T00:20:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T06:46:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0c/0c2rtpxa5zx6nwi4.jpg" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Photographer Ryan Schude's narrative panoramas are as informed by the artist's humor as they are by the structures in which they often take place. Consider "The Saturn," a typical Southern California <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/99407/next-series-apartment-stories" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dingbat</a> that is transformed into a tableau of subjects wondering where they went wrong. There's the man whose belongings are being unceremoniously tossed out of a window by an enraged lover to the woman staring out of her kitchen window to the mildly distressed dingbat itself. At least, that's one reading. Look closer: other stories begin to emerge.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5v/5vbvnezrf1islcqf.jpg"></p><p>Beginning as an editorial portraitist for a magazine, Schude "wanted to figure out how to do more than just show a documentary aspect of [a subject's] personality. I wanted to tell a story that would be more interesting than the person themselves, and take that concept and apply it to a much bigger scene with actual actors and create another story, depending on the location."&nbsp;The narrative within "The Saturn" evolved as he sought a location....</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135264992/trial-by-fire-man-waits-out-raging-wildfires-in-concrete-home Trial by fire: man waits out raging wildfires in concrete home Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-27T15:01:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T18:44:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aw/aw9ztbemi6xrfmqc.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I was a little disappointed in the fire service,&rdquo; said Belles, standing on the charred hillside next to the dome in his semi-rural neighbourhood on the edge of town.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Wildfires currently blazing in Okanogan County, Washington, have just broken the record for the biggest in the state&rsquo;s history. With fire season just getting underway and September looking hot and dry, the so-called Okanogan Complex fires will likely persist for months.</p><p>In Omak, a small town in the county nearly surrounded by the fire, many residents have already fled, forced out by the blaze or sickly thick smoke. But self-described &ldquo;inventor&rdquo; John Belles decided to stick things out in his self-made concrete dome house.</p><p></p><p>Surrounded by 12-foot high flames and extreme heat, Belles stayed in the house, unharmed (but toasty), until the fire around him had died down, leaving only charred vegetation behind. He told the Guardian, &ldquo;It was incredibly hot but the house did what it said it would do. They said it was nonflammable, and it was.&rdquo;&nbsp;The house was undamaged, save for a destroyed electricity box.</p><p>Belles built the home himself 15 years ago, knowing full well of the fire danger in the area ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135262577/pneumatic-garbage-tubes-to-be-installed-under-nyc-s-high-line Pneumatic garbage tubes to be installed under NYC's High Line Julia Ingalls 2015-08-27T13:17:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T13:29:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ms/msfthx729kn0urg2.jpg" width="514" height="379" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Related Companies, the city&rsquo;s largest developer, plans to &ldquo;tube up&rdquo; the residential towers in Hudson Yards, its massive real estate development atop the MTA&rsquo;s west side rail yard. The first large-scale pneumatic waste network to be constructed in the US since Roosevelt Island&rsquo;s, it will serve 5,000 apartments in six buildings, the first of which is scheduled for completion in 2018.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The scenic <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/2191/high-line" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line</a> may soon host more than tourists and weekenders: a proposed scheme to introduce <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/14295811/a-brief-history-of-the-pneumatic-tube-transport-systems-that-never-were" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pneumatic</a> garbage tubes into a series of Manhattan apartment buildings includes using the underside of the former elevated rail line to mount the tubes (the rendering below pictures them in purple).&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b9gts8uxr874za4o.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135208771/archinect-s-comparison-of-transient-oriented-architecture Archinect's comparison of transient-oriented architecture Julia Ingalls 2015-08-26T21:55:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T09:18:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2y/2y6nnl97ecs30led.jpg" width="460" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In 2003 in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/10005/utah" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Utah</a>, government officials decided to try a radical solution to homelessness: giving people who would otherwise be on the street permanent housing. Twelve years later, the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2015/04/17/the-surprisingly-simple-way-utah-solved-chronic-homelessness-and-saved-millions/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">surprisingly cost-effective</a> program is a success: almost all of the people given homes remained in them, and the number of people out on the streets in the state has dropped nearly to zero. So what works and what doesn't architecturally in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113424294/d-c-breaks-ground-on-housing-for-homeless-vets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">homeless housing</a>?&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xu/xuig43k9sineth0z.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vi/viki6r3pl4kwj8s0.jpg"></p><p>James Furzer, a 26-year old architectural technician for the U.K.-based Spatial Design Architects, is currently <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/homes-for-the-homeless--8#/story" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">crowdsourcing</a> funds to build single-person housing modules that attach to preexisting buildings in dense urban centers like London, where 7,500 people routinely sleep on the streets.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tv/tv7hw61h3eer8g8y.jpg"></p><p>The <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/description/fakro_inspires_-_space_for_new_visions/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fakro&rsquo;s Space for New Visions</a> award-winning design is a&nbsp;great emergency shelter idea, but doesn't foster a sense of permanence, unlike Utah's <a href="http://www.deseretnews.com/article/660205836/New-complex-for-homeless-opens-in-Salt-Lake.html?pg=all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sunrise Metro Apartments</a>, which take the form of a traditional (relatively aesthetically boring) apartment building ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135191070/frank-gehry-s-renderings-for-l-a-s-sunset-strip-revealed Frank Gehry's renderings for L.A.'s Sunset Strip revealed Julia Ingalls 2015-08-26T15:00:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T11:50:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zc/zc9yt8s7rzkpwwz9.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Initial renderings of the $300 million development depict a cluster of five architecturally distinct buildings distributed across the 2.6- acre site around a central plaza. In total, the project will comprise 333,600 square feet, and have 249 residential units. One of the architects&rsquo; primary goals was to make the site as approachable as possible to invite the surrounding community in to shop, dine, or simply relax in the plaza.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Renderings and model photos were released today of <a href="http://archinect.com/gehry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a>'s proposed design for the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122524873/new-gehry-mixed-user-in-the-works-at-gateway-to-the-sunset-strip" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">8150 Sunset Boulevard project</a>. Positioned at the so-called Gateway to the Sunset Strip at the curving intersection of Crescent Heights Boulevard, Havenhurst Drive and Sunset Boulevard, Gehry's mixed-use, three-story retail center and 11-story residential tower (which is expected to achieve LEED silver status) emphasizes pedestrian access and preserving Sunset's relatively low streetscape:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uc/uc7iqh41o0m6a7zm.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m0/m0yyd9r45amyrg8a.jpg"></p><p>Gehry reportedly said of the project,&nbsp;&nbsp;&ldquo;[Residents and future visitors] should feel that they are part of L.A., a part of L.A. that has a culture that comes with it.&rdquo;</p><p>More on Gehry's latest projects:</p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133963543/gehry-to-prioritize-hydrology-in-la-river-revitalization-strategy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry to prioritize hydrology in LA River revitalization strategy</a>&nbsp;</p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131502328/gehry-s-modified-eisenhower-memorial-design-gets-green-light-from-national-capital-planning-commission" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design gets green light from National Capital Planning Commission</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135124382/chinese-fun-photographer-stefano-cerio-captures-the-eerie-side-of-empty-amusement-parks Chinese Fun: Photographer Stefano Cerio captures the eerie side of empty amusement parks Alexander Walter 2015-08-25T18:31:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T18:34:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/00/00emeqzb203dsc7v.jpg" width="514" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In Stefano Cerio's series &ldquo;Chinese Fun,&rdquo; he explores the facades of amusement without an audience&rsquo;s reaction. The photographer enters areas built for fun and leisure in the off months or closing hours, exploring the absurdity that creeps into the architecture of entertainment when there is no one to enjoy it but a single camera.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lm/lm6kjz5ecgcw2ooq.jpg"></p><p>Shijingshang Park-Beijing</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z6/z692t7xsq9vn87vv.jpg"></p><p>Shanghai Happy Valley-Shanghai</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y3/y3usrk6265m0ce81.jpg"></p><p>Water Cube-Beijing. Photo by by Stefano Cerio.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6y/6ydt1m3gn5p3ixmn.jpg"></p><p>Cover of Stefano Cerio's recently released book, <em>Chinese Fun</em>. Click <a href="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/08/chinese-fun-empty-theme-parks/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to see more of the series.</p><p><em>All photos by Stefano Cerio.</em></p><p>In other recent amusement/bemusement-park news:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134648866/banksy-about-to-open-dismaland-pop-up-exhibition-in-british-seaside-resort" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Banksy about to open "Dismaland" pop-up exhibition in British seaside resort</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135113078/contemporary-wooden-architecture-celebrates-revival-in-russia-and-ukraine Contemporary wooden architecture celebrates revival in Russia and Ukraine Alexander Walter 2015-08-25T15:15:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T14:54:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bd/bddc4e0d3e99d08c35b191ce18ada736.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wood fell out of fashion as a building material in the Soviet Union in favour of concrete. Now, architects across the new east are returning to wood for its many qualities including cost-effectiveness and sustainability. [...] &ldquo;Urban wooden architecture is something completely different. It is for the people, without any kind of pretensions for the long-term. It has no direct economic benefit, but it promotes unity and healthy communication.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The topic of <em>wood</em> in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134744563/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-wood-pinterest-board" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Wood" Pinterest Board</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131408316/rise-of-the-wooden-skyscrapers-where-all-you-need-is-a-giant-allen-key-to-put-it-together" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rise of the wooden skyscrapers: "Where all you need is a giant allen key to put it together."</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123582305/bali-s-fascinating-bamboo-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bali&rsquo;s fascinating bamboo architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120972559/wooden-textiles-low-poly-landscapes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wooden textiles &amp; low-poly landscapes</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135106623/there-s-a-chance-the-hudson-is-leaking-into-the-wtc-site There's a chance the Hudson is leaking into the WTC site Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-25T13:31:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T13:51:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tk/tkyclajuv5aj8ru4.jpg" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An underground leak has been discovered within the World Trade Center complex&nbsp;&mdash; and officials fear the seepage may be coming from the slurry wall&nbsp;that separates the newly rebuilt Ground Zero site from the Hudson River [...] They fear that the slurry wall may not have been properly insulated, allowing water to seep through it, sources said. [...] The wall&rsquo;s emotional significance was immortalized when a portion was left exposed inside the National September 11 Memorial Museum.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Port Authority of New York maintains that there aren't any known issues with the slurry wall, but that engineering and construction officials were called in to follow up on workers' reports that they heard water rushing "behind the walls of lower concourses of the complex".</p><p>More news on and around the WTC site:</p><ul><li><a title="Massive 'spine' skylight in Calatrava's WTC Oculus nears completion" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132336245/massive-spine-skylight-in-calatrava-s-wtc-oculus-nears-completion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Massive 'spine' skylight in Calatrava's WTC Oculus nears completion</a></li><li><a title="Yamasaki's posthumous critique of the new World Trade Center" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130408874/yamasaki-s-posthumous-critique-of-the-new-world-trade-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yamasaki's posthumous critique of the new World Trade Center</a></li><li><a title="Renderings of BIG-Designed Two World Trade Center Revealed" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129172637/renderings-of-big-designed-two-world-trade-center-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renderings of BIG-Designed Two World Trade Center Revealed</a></li><li><a title="11 years of One World Trade Center construction in one short time-lapse video" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128880408/11-years-of-one-world-trade-center-construction-in-one-short-time-lapse-video" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">11 years of One World Trade Center construction in one short time-lapse video</a></li><li><a title="Foster's Out, Ingels' In: BIG-Designed Two World Trade Center to House News Corp. and 21st Century Fox" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128713345/foster-s-out-ingels-in-big-designed-two-world-trade-center-to-house-news-corp-and-21st-century-fox" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster's Out, Ingels' In: BIG-Designed Two World Trade Center to House News Corp. and 21st Century Fox</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135044746/newly-patented-space-elevator-could-take-astronauts-12-miles-up-into-the-stratosphere Newly patented space elevator could take astronauts 12 miles up into the stratosphere Alexander Walter 2015-08-24T17:20:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T12:30:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m6/m61qkb2sy41ixfdt.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Canadian space and defense company Thoth Technology is attempting to make reaching the stratosphere as simple as riding an elevator up a tower about 23 times taller than the world&rsquo;s tallest building. The Thoth space elevator patent, approved by the US patent office on July 21, specifies that the tower could be built on any &ldquo;planetary surface,&rdquo; (i.e. not just Earth), a sign that Thoth is thinking pretty far ahead. [...] the top of the tower will serve as a rocket launch site.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In slightly more <em>recent-technology</em> elevator news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133183117/thyssenkrupp-s-cable-free-elevator-test-tower-tops-out-in-less-than-10-months" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ThyssenKrupp's cable-free elevator test tower tops out in less than 10 months</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128864326/japan-s-simple-logic-for-putting-toilets-in-elevators" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan's simple logic for putting toilets in elevators</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127120545/installation-of-ultrarope-elevators-begins-at-kingdom-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Installation of UltraRope elevators begins at Kingdom Tower</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135031859/isis-blows-up-2-000-year-old-baalshamin-temple-in-palmyra ISIS blows up 2,000-year-old Baalshamin temple in Palmyra Alexander Walter 2015-08-24T13:24:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T14:01:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vo/votjmjd9naqyjmf8.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Islamic State blew up the ancient temple of Baal Shamin in the Unesco-listed Syrian city of Palmyra, the country&rsquo;s antiquities chief has said. [...] Baal Shamin was built in 17AD and it was expanded under the reign of Roman emperor Hadrian in 130AD. Known as the Pearl of the Desert, Palmyra, which means City of Palms, is a well-preserved oasis 130 miles north-east of Damascus.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Reports of the destruction of the Unesco-listed Baalshamin&nbsp;temple surfaced only days after the news broke that ISIS militants had <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134645642/isis-beheads-leading-archaeologist-in-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">beheaded&nbsp;Khaled Al-Asaad</a>, a leading Syrian&nbsp;archaeologist and unrivaled Palmyra expert.</p><p>Meanwhile destruction in the name of so called "cultural cleansing" is also being reported from other parts of Syria, where ISIS is believed to <a href="http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/158699/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">have bulldozed the&nbsp;1,500-year-old&nbsp;Catholic monastery of Mar Elian</a> near the town of Qaryatain. The church had housed frescoes that may date back to the sixth century &mdash;&nbsp;likely the oldest Christian paintings in Syria.</p><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134645642/isis-beheads-leading-archaeologist-in-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS beheads leading archaeologist in Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130329275/isil-destroys-ancient-mausoleums-in-historic-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIL destroys ancient mausoleums in historic Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128169576/isis-allegedly-not-interested-in-bulldozing-palmyra-architecture-but-intends-to-pulverize-statues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS allegedly not interested in bulldozing Palmyra architecture but intends to "pulverize" statues</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135028638/olafur-eliasson-opens-ship-themed-pedestrian-bridge-in-copenhagen Olafur Eliasson opens ship-themed pedestrian bridge in Copenhagen Alexander Walter 2015-08-24T12:18:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T19:09:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ln/lno48myv1lhhj7xg.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A pedestrian bridge designed by Olafur Eliasson has opened in Copenhagen, inspired by the Danish-Icelandic artist's childhood in Iceland. Reminiscent of sailing boats, Cirkelbroen, or circle bridge, is made of five circular platforms in different sizes, each with its own "mast", according to Danish foundation Nordea-fonden [...]. Spanning the Danish capital's Christianshavn canal, the bridge, some 40 meters-long (131 feet), has a section that swings open to allow boats to pass through.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Olafur Eliasson in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128710925/olafur-eliasson-wants-you-to-design-utopia-out-of-legos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson Wants You to Design Utopia (Out of Legos)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106942694/olafur-eliasson-turns-louisiana-moma-into-a-riverbed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson turns Louisiana MoMA into a 'Riverbed'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85311166/olafur-eliasson-receives-2014-mcdermott-award-in-the-arts-at-mit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson receives 2014 McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134799982/new-heneghan-peng-designed-palestinian-museum-to-open-in-may-2016 New Heneghan Peng-designed Palestinian Museum to open in May 2016 Justine Testado 2015-08-21T16:30:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T19:28:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j9/j9737q2u6bmyu0qn.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new museum dedicated to the history and culture of Palestine over the last two centuries is due to open in May next year in Birzeit...In a controversial move, the planned launch date coincides with the 68th anniversary of the Nakba, when the Israeli state was established in 1948 and more than 750,000 Palestinians went into exile. 'The decision to open the museum on May 15 is designed to underline the enduring importance of the Nakba to the museum&rsquo;s work,' says [museum director] Jack Persekian</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Israel-Palestine: Hope through architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96562388/israel-palestine-hope-through-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Israel-Palestine: Hope through architecture</a></p><p><a title="Gaza attacks: Lethal warnings" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104194736/gaza-attacks-lethal-warnings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gaza attacks: Lethal warnings</a></p><p><a title="After Banksy: the parkour guide to Gaza" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122663096/after-banksy-the-parkour-guide-to-gaza" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After Banksy: the parkour guide to Gaza</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134799180/arrested-development-london-s-tallest-building-to-be-slated-for-demolition Arrested development: London's tallest building-to-be slated for demolition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-21T12:58:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T18:29:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e1/e139f0631e5f9f814221a101669d557d.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the Pinnacle skyscraper&nbsp;grew to just nine floors before falling victim to financial wrangling. Often referred to as The Stump, its stunted lift core has stood as a concrete folly ever since work halted more than three years ago. Its days are numbered. Scaffolding is now climbing up the core in preparation for demolition. The replacement building will have a very&nbsp;different design. The old core must be pummelled to rubble and a new one constructed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from London's skyline:</p><ul><li><a title="London's oligarch-transformation continues with a &quot;sky pool&quot;" 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 title="Artist Carsten H&ouml;ller to wrap world's longest tunnel slide around the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower in London" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133418255/artist-carsten-h-ller-to-wrap-world-s-longest-tunnel-slide-around-the-arcelormittal-orbit-tower-in-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Artist Carsten H&ouml;ller to wrap world's longest tunnel slide around the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower in London</a></li><li><a title="Walkie Talkie Tower summons the elements again &mdash; this time it's wind!" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131489455/walkie-talkie-tower-summons-the-elements-again-this-time-it-s-wind" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walkie Talkie Tower summons the elements again &mdash; this time it's wind!</a></li><li><a title="London is eating itself" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130714691/london-is-eating-itself" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London is eating itself</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134744563/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-wood-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Wood" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-08-21T11:33:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T19:25:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4d/4djgppeu0bs840c9.jpg" width="514" height="771" 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/wood/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Wood</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l9/l96aui79hxdeioez.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/1490/lilac-drive-residence/127602327" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lilac Drive Residence</a> in Montecito, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/marmolradziner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marmol Radziner</a>; Photo: Joe Fletcher</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mj/mjcl2z6iumlya1sf.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/5885730/suny-morrisville-state-college-center-for-design-and-technology/95401203" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SUNY: Morrisville State College: Center for Design and Technology</a> in Morrisville, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/5885730/perkins-eastman" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Perkins Eastman</a>; Photo: David Revette</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3p/3p83bdfu2ujcicf3.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/7378/joukowsky-institute-for-archaeology-and-the-ancient-world/99369285" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World</a> in Providence, RI by <a href="http://archinect.com/aw-arch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anmahian Winton Architects</a>; Photo: Warren Jagger</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j2/j23ixo28cx4w4siw.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/jf-schmit/project/felix-faure-and-esperance-day-nurseries" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">F&eacute;lix-Faure and Esp&eacute;rance Day Nurseries</a> in Paris, France by <a href="http://archinect.com/jf-schmit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean-Fran&ccedil;ois Schmit Architectes</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x4/x4prsfna3rx7cs0c.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/92704619/cedar-avenue/101711119" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cedar Avenue</a> in Montreal, Canada by <a href="http://archinect.com/T-B-A" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">T B A</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/27/27c0dc1vk4hf0ot7.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/62930951/south-mountain-community-library/129343847" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">South Mountain Community Library</a> in Phoenix, AZ by <a href="http://archinect.com/richard-bauer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rich&auml;rd+bauer architecture, llc</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iw/iw1accss15d8s86g.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/95835503/private-house-tel-aviv-israel/96689789" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Private House</a> in Tel Aviv, Israel by <a href="http://archinect.com/ZWWV" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WEINSTEIN VAADIA ARCHITECTS</a>; Photo: Amit...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134744557/average-1950s-nyc-apartment-rented-for-60-mo-about-530-in-2015-dollars Average 1950s NYC apartment rented for $60/mo, about $530 in 2015 dollars Julia Ingalls 2015-08-21T09:12:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T18:28:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a157mvkozjiq2mx5.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the US median wage at $5,000 a year, New Yorkers spent 1/10 of their salaries on rent [in the 1950s]...These days a depressing number of young New Yorkers spend over half their income on housing. Rent hikes have transformed a once-democratic city into a playground for the privileged.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Don't adjust for inflation: it will just depress you. This article in The Los Angeles Review of Books historically traces the drastic rise of housing costs for renters from the middle of the 20th century to the present day through a series of inflation adjustments, edgy banking moves, and the morphing shape of the economy.</p><p>For more on this topic:</p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134283671/a-little-reminder-that-u-s-rent-affordability-is-at-its-worst-according-to-zillow" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A little reminder that U.S. rent affordability is at its worst, according to Zillow</a>&nbsp;</p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133421471/shipping-container-village-crops-up-in-oakland-offering-alternative-to-sky-high-sf-rents" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shipping container village crops up in Oakland, offering alternative to sky-high SF rents</a></p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132504519/500-square-feet-and-falling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">500 Square Feet and Falling</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134740546/london-s-oligarch-transformation-continues-with-a-sky-pool London's oligarch-transformation continues with a "sky pool" Nicholas Korody 2015-08-20T18:46:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T19:29:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ee/eee864eca4694d5aeab8bae6777f1994.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the overseas investor who has it all, what better trophy to add to the portfolio of properties you will never visit than an apartment with its own &ldquo;sky pool&rdquo;? London may already have a fairytale Sky Garden, but now Irish developer Ballymore plans to introduce a &ldquo;world first&rdquo; all-glass swimming pool bridge between two apartment blocks in Nine Elms, allowing its residents to float 10 storeys up in the air. -Oliver Wainwright</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/134723605/1920s-popular-science-illustration-stacks-the-future-american-city-like-a-layered-cake 1920s ‘Popular Science’ Illustration Stacks the Future American City Like a Layered Cake Alyssa Alimurung 2015-08-20T13:29:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T18:20:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7v/7v8y0j6ste2clbiw.jpg" width="514" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the 1920s urban "futurists" believed that Americans would be living and thriving in high-density vertical cities. Architect Harvey W. Corbett&rsquo;s &ldquo;May Live to See, May Solve Congestion Problems&rdquo; is one such proposal that sees everything from homes, offices, schools, green space and even aircraft landing fields stacked on top of each other for the ultimate metropolis.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/134671376/hole-no-archinect-s-comparison-of-exterior-facades Hole, no: Archinect's comparison of exterior facades Julia Ingalls 2015-08-20T09:07:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T12:35:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w0/w0q91h4lwtpijwtp.jpg" width="514" height="238" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>There's a thin line (or radius, in this case) between what enhances a design and what simply makes it look like it's trying too hard. In the case of buildings with circular openings on their exterior facades, the effect is often visually arresting, but is it good architecture? The <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/48957/green-design-is-good-design-the-cor-building-miami" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">COR building</a> in Miami is arguably a blend of both: its proposed highly sustainable wind turbines, mounted in the circular openings of the exterior facade, make it stand out on the skyline as well as on energy-savings meters. Compare this to the Dream Downtown Hotel in Manhattan (see below), which is...well, it doesn't have wind turbines in its holes, let's put it that way.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xc/xcjka3ib4ydc96t7.jpg"></p><p>However, the Dream Downtown Hotel is aiming for an altogether different effect, which it achieves brilliantly. Thanks to the combination of stately steel and outsize circular holes, it's quite visually attractive without being ostentatious.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8s/8s0t3jacguvepx8e.jpg"></p><p>Presumably, guests would want to stay here because it's interesting&nbsp;without tipping over into Las Ve...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134645640/red-road-towers-built-to-combat-glasgow-s-slums-in-the-1960s-now-slated-for-demolition Red Road towers, built to combat Glasgow's slums in the 1960s, now slated for demolition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-19T13:13:00-04:00 >2015-08-19T13:46:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8h/8h0d33qypo2j07qs.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>They were once the tallest residential structures in Europe and a beacon of hope for residents of Glasgow&rsquo;s slums. Now ... the remaining structures of the Red Road flats will, at last, be demolished. [...] Built in the 1960s on Glasgow&rsquo;s north-eastern edge, the flats were intended to house almost 5,000 people as part of an effort to ease overcrowding and combat slum conditions. But in the decades that followed, they were plagued by a range of problems, social and structural.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news from Glasgow:</p><ul><li><a title="Page\Park Architects to lead Glasgow School of Art restoration" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124201653/page-park-architects-to-lead-glasgow-school-of-art-restoration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Page\Park Architects to lead Glasgow School of Art restoration</a></li><li><a title="Faulty tower: Glasgow's &pound;10m white elephant" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74500783/faulty-tower-glasgow-s-10m-white-elephant" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Faulty tower: Glasgow's &pound;10m white elephant</a></li><li><a title="Mackintosh&rsquo;s best friend ...or worst foe?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/1082300/mackintosh-s-best-friend-or-worst-foe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mackintosh&rsquo;s best friend ...or worst foe?</a></li></ul>