Archinect - News 2017-05-28T04:33:17-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150009500/as-the-cities-change-google-street-view-records As the cities change, Google Street View records Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-05-26T15:27:00-04:00 >2017-05-26T20:33:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/74/74ghto7h7zjem7r6.jpg" width="650" height="422" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s been a decade since Google Street View launched, giving folks all the tools they need to virtually travel to far-flung places without leaving the comfort of their couch. But the tool is also useful for those who are curious about the evolution of places over time&mdash;and few places have experienced as drastic a change to their landscape in the past decade as New York City.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Consider how much NYC has transformed in the past ten years. It is hard to even imagine the city's appearance in 2007 &mdash; prior to&nbsp;20 skyscrapers' rising above the southern side of Central Park, before projects like <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/53803/hudson-yards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hudson Yards</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/2191/high-line/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the High Line</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/494045/pacific-park-brooklyn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pacific Park </a>even begun their construction,&nbsp;and back when&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/252581/williamsburg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Williamsburg</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/360148/long-island-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Long Island City</a> were not nearly as dense as today.</p><p>To see it for yourself, head over to <a href="https://www.google.com/streetview/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Street View</a> for some time-traveling. The feature can be activated by pressing the clock icon below your location.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8m/8msxl7mpufjcbiud.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/aw/awp3si907qkct6po.jpg"><em>View of 339 11th St in 2009 vs 2016</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150009491/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-outdoors-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Outdoors" Pinterest Board Archinect 2017-05-26T14:44:00-04:00 >2017-05-26T14:44:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8d/8d5ukt0q6v7qcptl.jpg" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/outdoors/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Outdoors</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o5/o54g130s9l5rcjvv.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/MESURA/project/a-cut-stone-garden" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A cut stone garden</a> in Peratallada, Spain by <a href="http://archinect.com/MESURA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MESURA</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ot/otuck1i646bh1fer.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/obermeyer.la/project/preston" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PRESTON</a> in Venice, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/obermeyer.la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OBERMEYER</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/59/59lcpgjd72gumwsb.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/piercyandcompany/project/kew-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House</a> in Kew Green, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/piercyandcompany" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Piercy&amp;Company</a>; Photo: Jack Hobhouse</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sy/sy3bdwaqvmcpkuap.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/zcdarchitects/project/stoke-newington" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stoke Newington</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/zcdarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZCD Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/io/iocv0sao6f62zof7.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/54428815/the-house-of-prajna/149999210" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The House of Prajna</a> in Kwachon, South Korea by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/54428815/studio_gaon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">studio_GAON</a>; Photo: Yong Kwan Kim</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9g/9g29yy9rk2m4w3r0.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/openarch/project/tsinghua-ocean-center5" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tsinghua Ocean Center</a> in Shenzhen, China by <a href="http://archinect.com/openarch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OPEN Architecture</a>; Photo: Iwan Baan</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ns/ns4z3hnjh6v3xp8w.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/3360816/finansbank-headquarters-interiors/149999120" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Finansbank Headquarters Interiors</a> in Istanbul, Turkey by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/3360816/pei-cobb-freed-partners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pei Cobb Freed &amp; Partners</a>; Photo: Fernando Guerra</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ct/ctgll4ew87qodsx7.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/marthaschwartzpartners/project/beiqijia-technology-business-district" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beiqijia Technology Business District</a> in Beijing, China by <a href="http://archinect.com/marthaschwartzpartners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martha Schwartz Partners</a>; Photo: Terrence Zhang</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gt/gttsqminix7k9hc1.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/martinkovicmilford/project/digby-residence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Digby Residence</a> in San Francisco, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/martinkovicmilford" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martinkovi...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150009148/obama-s-presidential-center-through-the-landscape-architecture-lens Obama's Presidential Center through the landscape architecture lens Alexander Walter 2017-05-24T15:15:00-04:00 >2017-05-24T15:19:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/np/npc38lrtak8paqiv.jpg" width="650" height="429" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The most important question related to the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago&rsquo;s South Side doesn&rsquo;t have that much to do with its architecture. It is instead: What kind of landscape stewardship can a presidential museum and library offer? To be located in Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted&rsquo;s Jackson Park, the project already has a heap of canonical landscape history to contend with. So can the Obama library make a great park greater?</p></em><br /><br /><p>"So this new landscape has the potential to improve upon the already very good. But for whom?," Zach Mortice asks in his piece for <em>Landscape Architecture Magazine</em>. "Will these grounds remain public and accessible for all South Siders and Chicagoans, free of charge?"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/02/021bbc1836a110c5089275551b758044.jpg"></p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008328/wired-gets-up-close-and-personal-with-apple-s-new-foster-designed-campus Wired gets up close and personal with Apple's new Foster-designed campus Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-05-19T18:01:00-04:00 >2017-05-19T18:01:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cn/cnusokkyu1ev9qv1.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As with any Apple product, its shape would be determined by its function. This would be a workplace where people were open to each other and open to nature, and the key to that would be modular sections, known as pods, for work or collaboration.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since 2009, <a href="http://archinect.com/fosterandpartners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster and Partners</a> have been working on a new <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/148075/apple-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">headquarters for the tech giant Apple</a>, originally in close collaboration with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/7998/steve-jobs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steve Jobs</a>, its founder, who saw it as one of his last crucial contribution to his legacy. Even though dramatic photographs of the ring-shaped structure have been flooding the Internet for some time now, there hasn&rsquo;t really been any deep dives into the mega-project&mdash;until now.</p><p></p><p>Writing for <em>Wired, </em>Steven Levy weaves together long-awaited details about its appearance with issues of architectural representation and the brand identity of Apple, which the &ldquo;spaceship&rdquo; is intended to embody.</p><p><em>&ldquo;Inside the 755-foot tunnel, the white tiles along the wall gleam like a recently installed high-end bathroom; it's what the Lincoln Tunnel must have looked like the day it opened, before the first smudge of soot sullied its walls. And as we emerge into the light, the Ring comes into view. As the Jeep orbits it, the sun glistens off the building's curved glass surface. Th...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008209/the-tectonic-bravery-of-nbbj-s-nanjing-eco-tech-exhibition-centre The "tectonic bravery" of NBBJ's Nanjing Eco-Tech Exhibition Centre Julia Ingalls 2017-05-18T14:11:00-04:00 >2017-05-18T14:12:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x4/x4u0g7zlbb21s0n8.jpg" width="650" height="595" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Symbolizing mountain ranges in architecture has the potential for a dramatic, iconic payoff, especially when the materials used to do so play an integral role in the interior experience of the building (think: the fabric peaks of the Denver International Airport, which allude to the Rocky Mountains and Native American settlements while providing ample natural light). NBBJ's Nanjing Eco-Tech Exhibition Centre manages not only to reference the&nbsp;Zhong and Stone Mountains with its eight-peaked, light cannon rooftop, but also represent the economic ascension of Nanjing itself.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/y7/y7ijt7poo9kcdpzj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/w3/w35j9jqu1ywoqh6r.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/wb/wbun4xsoegq3nj0a.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/gq/gq4rk5fbd3b307ub.jpg"></p><p>Each peak drives light through the four principal floors of the structure, weaving instances of what the architects describe as "tectonic bravery" throughout. This bravery becomes the signature characteristic of the structure. While the Exhibition Centre lists a typical compliment of sustainable 21st century amenities (roof garden, integrated water retention and distribution, natural ventilation, responsive facades,...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150007879/construction-of-the-world-s-first-light-rail-on-a-floating-bridge-to-start-next-month-in-seattle Construction of the world’s first light rail on a floating bridge to start next month in Seattle Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-05-16T18:36:00-04:00 >2017-05-16T19:54:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ix/ixi61d5knhe0q5qo.jpg" width="650" height="418" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Engineers have to ensure the bridge will remain buoyant when a pair of 300-ton trains pass each other, and that the high-voltage current that powers the trains won&rsquo;t stray into the bridge&rsquo;s pontoons and corrode its steel rebar. They spent $53 million just to design the section across Lake Washington.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge is a floating bridge that stretches across Lake Washington, connecting Seattle and Bellevue through Interstate 90 freeway.</p><p>This April the final design promising to replace the center express lanes of I-90 with full speed light rail was signed off.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ps/psz6uehfplhn665x.jpg"></p><p>Subject to much controversy, Sound Transit has&nbsp;engineered and field-tested&nbsp;unique joints&nbsp;in order for the&nbsp;rail&nbsp;to account for the bridge's movement and weather conditions.</p><p>Rail service is projected to begin in 2023.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150007822/check-out-the-wild-variety-of-virtual-reality-at-bjork-s-magic-box-installation Check out the wild variety of virtual reality at Bjork's Magic Box installation Julia Ingalls 2017-05-16T15:12:00-04:00 >2017-05-16T23:12:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ve/veg9exsoogviscti.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As highlighted in this&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150007476/this-week-s-picks-for-la-architecture-and-design-events" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">week's edition of Archinect's Event Picks</a>, Bjork's virtual reality showcase at the Magic Box at The Reef in downtown LA will run from May 19th-June 4th, with an in-person performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic by the artist on May 30th. What's worth checking out in detail is the scope of the VR exhibit, which incorporates a variety of different directors, locales, and landscapes. According to a press release, the VR installations include:</p><ul><li>Stonemilker VR&nbsp;- Filmed on a remote beach location in Iceland&nbsp;and directed by Andrew Thomas Huang,&nbsp;Stonemilker VR&nbsp;presents Bj&ouml;rk in a windswept 360-degree film performing the first track from&nbsp;Vulnicura.</li><li>Black Lake&nbsp;VR&nbsp;- Commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, New York,&nbsp;Black Lake VR&nbsp;features a custom-built immersive space featuring a bespoke, cutting-edge surround sound setup to create an immersive and visceral virtual reality experience. Filmed in the highlands of Iceland, the video was directed by Andrew Thomas Huang....</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/150007040/duality-tension-elegance-in-the-ivanhoe-house Duality + tension = elegance in the Ivanhoe House Julia Ingalls 2017-05-11T18:03:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T18:04:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6k/6kfycrwx43bhnjn7.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How does one maintain excitement while embodying elegance? The artful tension of the Ivanhoe House, as designed by Billy Kavellaris of the Australian firm KUD, is an excellent example. Located in the Melbourne suburb of Ivanhoe, the single-story 370 square meter house initially engages visitors with its unusual aesthetics and then creates settings that are elegant without ever becoming staid. "The house is a clever orchestration of balancing tension that has created wondrous moments throughout. Ivanhoe house can be read as a conversation of dualities, of heavy and lightness, public and private and of light and darkness," as the architect explains in his project description.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ho/hofvsvmcc5mqy9lx.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/px/px2lgakhpe6o9n15.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dr/dr2eomfkuvoroetq.jpg"></p><p>This conversation starts with the imposing rectilinear entryway, which combines weighty solidity with the allure of a luxurious glassed-in portico. During the day, the entryway resembles a black void, but at night with the lights on, it becomes a vividly lit domestic portal. The mass of the entryway is echoed by a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150007035/arckit-launches-a-kickstarter-for-its-detailed-cityscape-and-masterplan-kits Arckit launches a Kickstarter for its detailed Cityscape and Masterplan kits Julia Ingalls 2017-05-11T15:15:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T15:15:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m7/m7am9avrxedlwlmf.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146675479/envision-your-next-design-with-arckit-giveaway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arckit is expanding from house models</a> into entire cities and master plans, or at least will if they meet their Kickstarter goals.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ge/gebh02x4cbwci12n.jpg"></p><p>The Kickstarter showcases a series of models with various components including contoured top pieces, textured walls and even transparent, glass-like modular elements.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/78/7859ezdnd1o1ykwd.jpg"></p><p>Contribute to the campaign and check out the video of their new implements <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1691637408/arckit-design-and-build-your-dream-city?utm_source=Arckit+Newsletter&amp;utm_campaign=e4c8ca7729-Kickstarter&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_6f068dd13a-e4c8ca7729-261857333&amp;mc_cid=e4c8ca7729&amp;mc_eid=ee457ac4ba" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150007008/the-experimental-nature-of-murray-music-house-a-single-family-home-designed-by-carazo-arquitectura The experimental nature of Murray Music House, a single family home designed by Carazo Arquitectura Julia Ingalls 2017-05-11T14:03:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T14:10:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bn/bnhq6pukvemddb6n.jpg" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Blending elements of brutalism and pronounced geometric framing, the Murray Music House designed by Carazo Arquitectura is technically a single family home, designed for two parents and three children. The fundamental concept underlying its design is "Living Through the Experimentation," which helps to explain the use of changeable elements like ceiling-suspended fabric chairs and mesh netting in the hallways. By placing malleable objects into the solid frame of the home, the architects hope to constantly engage the occupants in creating new uses for spaces such as the bedroom, kitchen, and the hallway. &nbsp;"Experiencing a home like Murray Music includes exploration, giving another meaning and other use to spaces that normally have specific functions," as the architects explain.&nbsp;But these elements are not the only method of inspiring experimentation.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d3/d3e3v5v5z9sgbwq4.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7x/7xxwji3b6ghp4ap4.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z6/z688cnkkvhftmhvl.jpg"></p><p>The rather severe geometry, which includes a black rectilinear frame hovering over the kitchen and a vertical slanted skylight with unabas...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150006686/l-a-mayor-garcetti-proposes-gondola-lift-to-the-hollywood-sign L.A. Mayor Garcetti proposes gondola lift to the Hollywood sign Julia Ingalls 2017-05-09T19:36:00-04:00 >2017-05-10T09:25:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/to/to5vrr2k0jjl2loo.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To snap a photo of the Hollywood sign, tourists have clogged hillside streets and hiking paths, spurring battles in Hollywood Hills neighborhoods and in court over how people should be able to access the iconic landmark. Now Mayor Eric Garcetti has floated an alternative: Building a gondola to ferry visitors to the beloved sign.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Instead of having to evade trespassing laws (or take the long way around), those who want to visit the Hollywood sign up close may be able to simply take an aerial gondola lift if Mayor Eric Garcetti's recent remarks become a reality. As this article notes:</p><p><em>Garcetti spokesman George Kivork said in a written statement Monday that the mayor was "open to exploring ideas that ease congestion and encourages creative thinking when looking at ways to give Angelenos and tourists better access to the Hollywood sign and other iconic landmarks and destinations.&rdquo;</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150005966/dror-and-gensler-propose-underground-cruise-operation-for-istanbul-s-galataport-masterplan Dror and Gensler propose underground cruise operation for Istanbul's Galataport masterplan Julia Ingalls 2017-05-04T18:11:00-04:00 >2017-05-04T18:12:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g5/g5y4typsyea58p0r.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Imagine combining the movable gangway employed for airplane passengers with the slender above-ground urban footprint of a subway station, and you have the basic concepts behind Gensler and Dror's proposed underground cruise operation in their masterplan for the&nbsp;Galataport in Istanbul. Using a hydraulic boardwalk that deploys a rising gangway when and only when a ship docks, the system&nbsp;only takes up 3.5 meters of boardwalk.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q2/q2pr9xhhna81r2x8.jpg"></p><p>The architects wanted to free up the now mainly inaccessible-to-the-public 1.2 kilometer Bosphorus abutting boardwalk while still servicing cruise ships, so they invented this underground system in combination with&nbsp;interdisciplinary firm BEA.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dd/ddw2nr17hfwucs77.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xq/xqis8m47tmiji2ci.jpg"></p><p>As Dror Benshetrit, principal of Dror explains,&nbsp;&ldquo;Through the collaboration of our partners, we&rsquo;ve been able to relocate the cruise terminal in an unprecedented way and design a plan that respects the cultural texture of Istanbul. It is our hope that the revitalized neighborhood will reconnect local residents and visitors with n...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150005948/just-add-a-cabin-gapahuk-a-readymade-cabin-from-sn-hetta-is-designed-to-fit-in-almost-anywhere Just add a cabin: Gapahuk, a readymade cabin from Snøhetta, is designed to fit in almost anywhere Julia Ingalls 2017-05-04T13:10:00-04:00 >2017-05-04T13:16:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8q/8qhvr277szqk9lk2.jpg" width="650" height="455" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While the gapahuk (which in Norwegian means "a simple wooden structure with two or three walls and a roof") is not new, Snohetta's conceptualization of it as a multi-terrain, potentially solar-panelled off-the-grid insta-cabin is.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9m/9mjqdyho41sgihjn.jpg"></p><p>The gapahuk has a purposefully tight layout to make it easy to heat and large windows to make it easy to gawk at any available scenery, and also features three bedrooms and an adaptable exterior patio to make it easy to socialize.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7w/7wmi3wt1m1j0i4y5.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bv/bvraqyyg1buhhr42.jpg"></p><p>The twisted roof bears up equally well under punishing winds and sun, while the design calls for low maintenance materials that can usually be locally sourced. As entries in the sustainably chic category go, this rates highly (provided you have some extra land lying around on which to place it).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y0/y09yw5yrdmbyp4gh.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yb/ybzwdmsmhphn5t8y.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150005664/hong-kong-grounded Hong Kong, Grounded Places Journal 2017-05-02T18:44:00-04:00 >2017-05-02T18:44:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2f/2fuiq1wmgcmdjgbz.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Even in this relentlessly vertical city, famous for walkways that feel like aerial labyrinths, you can&rsquo;t levitate forever. Where the mountain rises up faster than the towers, you bump into a hillside and come back to earth. In Hong Kong, the ground is everywhere.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The terrain that weaves between streets, through public spaces, and beneath buildings in Hong Kong reminds observers of the tenuous relation between the city and its geology. Karl Kullmann photographs these zones of contact between the multilevel metropolis and the mountain, reflecting on the city's genuine landscape infrastructure and the urban experiences that it grounds.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150005590/a-brutal-youth-memories-of-growing-up-in-brutalist-masterpeice-habitat-67 A Brutal Youth: Memories of Growing Up in Brutalist Masterpeice Habitat 67 Julia Ingalls 2017-05-02T13:30:00-04:00 >2017-05-02T16:12:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4f/4fc016ox00nj5str.jpg" width="650" height="376" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;How do you live with all that cement,&rdquo; my schoolmates would ask. &ldquo;With delight&rdquo; was the only answer. They understood once they visited.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Part childhood memoir, part ode to brutalism itself, this piece by Blake Gopnik touches on his experiences living in Habitat 67 while celebrating the return of a form that many openly reviled for decades, but have now gradually come to like, even treasure. (<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/120843/tadao-ando" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Of course, not all is well for brutalist forms: Tadao Ando's Piccadilly Gardens in England is slated to be demolished after vigorous complaint by local residents.</a>) However, those buildings that have survived the wave of demolitions are being increasingly valued for their spartan, bulky beauty: Canada's government is issuing a stamp celebrating the 50th birthday of Habitat 67, and oddly enough tours of the specific apartment Gopnik used to live in will be offered to the public. As Gopnik writes:</p><p><em>Habitat&rsquo;s 158 apartments fill 365 cast-concrete boxes, piled 11 stories high in a madcap mess of cantilevers and bridges and perilous open spaces &mdash; like (guess what) a stack of children&rsquo;s blocks. For sheer sensory excitement, Habitat could ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004635/what-does-trump-s-20-tariff-hike-on-canadian-softwoods-mean-for-architecture What does Trump's 20% tariff hike on Canadian softwoods mean for architecture? Julia Ingalls 2017-04-29T13:51:00-04:00 >2017-05-01T15:23:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t8/t88570q8ed10333e.jpg" width="650" height="516" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What will <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/04/24/another-bad-act-on-the-part-of-the-canadians-trump-administration-launches-punitive-tariffs-on-canadian-lumber/?utm_term=.56bdee518008&amp;wpisrc=nl_most&amp;wpmm=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">higher timber prices as a result of Trump's new tarriff</a> mean for architecture? Dr. Warren Mabee, who is the Canada Research Chair in Renewable Energy Development and Implementation at Queen's University, told me over the phone that it will likely halt or significantly alter the design and construction of formerly ubiquitous wood-frame residences. "I think one of the big things you're going to see, particularly in the U.S., is that introducing this type of tariff or countervailing duty, is that it will drive up the price of lumber. What that will mean is that for architects who are specializing particularly in residential construction, where there is a lot of wood and wood frame that goes into it, they may find themselves limited in what they can do.&nbsp;So if you're building something that's on a budget or something that's going to use a lot of wood, you may find yourself in a position where the costs are now going to be substantively higher than prior to the tariff being intr...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004995/london-mayor-sadiq-kahn-scraps-garden-bridge London Mayor Sadiq Kahn scraps Garden Bridge Ellen Hancock 2017-04-28T05:07:00-04:00 >2017-04-30T22:22:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/38/385quqij4s43zni8.jpg" width="620" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has finally pulled the plug on the controversial plan for a garden bridge across the Thames, announcing that he would not provide the vital financial guarantees needed for construction to begin. In a letter to the Garden Bridge Trust, the charity leading the much-delayed project, Khan said he was taking the decision because of a continuing shortfall in fundraising for the scheme, and a lack of the necessary land use agreements despite three years of talks.</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/150004902/new-usc-dean-milton-curry-shifts-pedagogical-focus-toward-theory New USC Dean Milton Curry shifts pedagogical focus toward theory Julia Ingalls 2017-04-27T15:30:00-04:00 >2017-05-01T14:04:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r3/r3al3lj00px2o7io.jpg" width="650" height="269" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When you think about diversity and globalization and urbanization, you can&rsquo;t do it without a theoretical underpinning. You just can&rsquo;t. And I think that what we&rsquo;re seeing in the discipline at large is the limit conditions of thinking a-theoretically about urbanism, about inequality, about what we should do about environmental challenges and sustainability. We&rsquo;ve got to address it through a theoretical lens. - Milton Curry</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this interview conducted by Christopher Hawthorne as part of his pithy Building Type column, the soon-to-be-Dean of USC's School of Architecture Milton Curry talks about reintroducing a theoretical emphasis to the school's programs. Curry, who in his time at University of Michigan experienced <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149982006/when-you-cut-funding-and-abandon-people-surprises-happen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit's imploding urbanity</a> first-hand, also wants to build greater connections between underserved students in Los Angeles and the university. "Los Angeles metro region is huge in its economic footprint, its land footprint," Curry explains. "I believe cities to some degree have more influence than merely being one of a combination of cities within one nation. They execute trade deals on their own, in some cases. They execute climate policies, other kinds of policing policies on their own. I think that some of those lessons will apply to Los Angeles."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004888/rejecting-modernist-master-planning-notions-mad-s-milan-master-plan-repurposes-dilapidated-rail-yards-by-symbiosis Rejecting modernist master planning notions, MAD's Milan master plan repurposes dilapidated rail yards by symbiosis Julia Ingalls 2017-04-27T14:02:00-04:00 >2017-04-27T14:02:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uq/uqloz1u3cgshdh9c.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Repurposing and renovation have gained greater appeal in the years since the overwhelming success of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/145736562/liz-diller-gets-high-discussing-the-high-line-s-development-with-christopher-hawthorne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The High Line</a>, extending to a variety of applications and structures. At the recent Milan Design Week, MAD took this to a new level by showcasing their proposal for a new masterplan of Milan, which transforms dilapidated rail yards into a series of thriving new city districts, or micro-systems.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pb/pbjne28qxi2qt0ag.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5h/5hykl1i9b5tk7b0w.jpg"></p><p>According to MAD, these spatial districts, termed&nbsp;&ldquo;City of Connections,&rdquo; &ldquo;City of Green,&rdquo; &ldquo;City of Living,&rdquo; &ldquo;City of Culture,&rdquo; and &ldquo;City of Resources" each address "a vernacular development typical of Italian cities, where various typological elements and scales are overlapped into dense systems of relations. Designing first at the human scale within recognizable landmarks, the broader urban scale is connected to smaller ones through the interjection of topographic landscapes, serving to unify the continually changing relations of the pedestrian, city, and nature. Each of the yards, following t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004572/will-luxury-apartment-owners-shut-down-the-tate-s-viewing-platform Will luxury apartment owners shut down the Tate's viewing platform? Julia Ingalls 2017-04-25T13:55:00-04:00 >2017-04-25T13:57:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/37/37jl60ykda6piaca.jpg" width="600" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Good walls make good neighbours &ndash; but not, it seems, when they are made entirely of glass. Five residents of the multi-million-pound Neo Bankside towers, which loom behind Tate Modern like a crystalline bar chart of inflated land values, have filed a legal claim against the museum to have part of its viewing platform shut down. They claim that its 10th-floor public terrace has put their homes into a state of &ldquo;near constant surveillance&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In an apparent case of art interfering with life, the owners of the apartments next to the Tate Modern's viewing platform are trying to legally erect some kind of visual barrier between them and the visitors of the museum (although the exotic technology of curtains has apparently not yet made it to the U.K.). This attempt at transforming the viewing platform into just a platform is raising ire for several good reasons, chiefly because it places the comfort of a few above the aesthetic pleasure of potentially millions. On the plus side, it has also caused Oliver Wainwright to write a highly enjoyable piece delving into barely restrained class tension and London's swollen luxury real estate market.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004022/first-look-at-domino-sugar-factory-s-11-acre-park-and-waterfront-esplanade First look at Domino Sugar Factory’s 11-acre park and waterfront esplanade Dana Schulz 2017-04-20T18:17:00-04:00 >2017-04-20T20:38:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mt/mtp7cetjoejeud5m.jpg" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>James Corner Field Operations will preserve 21 Raw Sugar Warehouse columns, nearly 600 feet of crane tracks, and 30 industrial artifacts, including 36-foot-tall syrup tanks that were used in the refining process, mooring bollards, and bucket elevators&ndash;not dissimilar from their efforts at the High Line.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4i/4ia02fmyq726wpno.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7a/7ae9tg8gyghfakxa.jpg"></p><p>Two Trees Management has revealed new details and renderings of the 11-acre park that will anchor their Williamsburg mega-development at the Domino Sugar Factory site. Domino Park, which will open in the summer of 2018, will have a new waterfront esplanade, six acres of parkland, and a wealth of preserved artifact.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003965/david-adjaye-named-one-of-time-s-100-most-influential-people David Adjaye named one of Time's "100 Most Influential People" Julia Ingalls 2017-04-20T14:04:00-04:00 >2017-04-25T20:38:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7x/7x150pxpqz78lydh.jpg" width="650" height="454" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Every architect has to contend with gravity&mdash;but when David designed the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the challenges of that elemental force went far beyond the ordinary. How can a design acknowledge, and embody, the weight of this monumental history and yet transcend it right before your eyes?</p></em><br /><br /><p>It feels like this is going to be yet another great year for David Adjaye. The architect, who back in January became Sir David Adjaye after receiving the&nbsp;Knights Bachelor award from the Queen of England, is the only architect on this year's "100 Most Influential People" list (a distinction previously held by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a> in 2016).&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003938/an-exquisite-drone-tour-over-apple-s-new-campus-reveals-the-pond-furniture-a-new-theater An exquisite drone tour over Apple's new campus reveals the pond, furniture, + a new theater Julia Ingalls 2017-04-20T12:35:00-04:00 >2017-04-21T18:28:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/55/55wa7asskq2yjcg5.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Like a miniature perfectionist city, the new Apple campus in Cupertino is made up of several different buildings: there's the familiar Norman Foster-designed "spaceship," as well as a massive parking garage that features gleaming solar panels atop the roof.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zj/zjjnjhcnf9tctvpn.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x3/x3q4kqf1c346yb49.jpg"></p><p>This drone video reveals that very little of the landscaping has come in yet--a few trees, in their boxy planters, hang out outside the main building, and only a few plants have been installed in the equipment-strewn courtyard--but it offers an excellent tour of the Steve Jobs Theatre which is slated to open this summer:&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003538/indian-bar-legally-evades-closure-by-adding-250-meter-long-maze-entrance Indian bar legally evades closure by adding 250-meter long maze entrance Julia Ingalls 2017-04-18T12:38:00-04:00 >2017-04-18T13:11:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lu/lucoxqswicnjsau4.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since April 1 a large number of the bars, pubs and liquor shops across India has gone out of business, thanks to a Supreme Court order that the outlets should be at least 500m away from state and national highways...The Aishwarya Bar in North Paravoor, a Kochi suburb has built a 250m-long maze-like walkway to the entrance, theoretically making it more than 500m away from the highway.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a move that has even delighted the bureaucrats who initially drafted the rule that no bar could be within 500 meters of a highway, an Indian bar has managed to stay in business by virtue of building a 250 meter long maze that, like the snaking lines at an amusement park, greatly expands the literal number of feet one must traverse to get to the bar's actual entrance. While this clever invention may necessitate a designated walker to help steer patrons back out, it ranks among the best architectural interpretations of law we've seen in some time. Cheers!</p><p>h/t <a href="http://www.bldgblog.com/2017/04/entry-maze/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bldgblog</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002867/remembering-the-holocaust-via-anish-kapoor-and-zaha-hadid-architects-memorial Remembering the Holocaust via Anish Kapoor and Zaha Hadid Architects' Memorial Julia Ingalls 2017-04-13T12:58:00-04:00 >2017-05-08T18:31:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0o/0oj0ed5uksf4v6t9.jpg" width="650" height="565" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a week in which the White House Press Secretary stated that Hitler never gassed his own people, it's worth taking a moment to remember the Holocaust. In the U.K., the&nbsp;United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial Foundation and the British Government have enlisted some of the top design firms in the world, including Anish Kapoor and Zaha Hadid Architects,&nbsp;to design a Holocaust Memorial. Kapoor and ZHA's proposal, which places a purposefully awkwardly-sited bronze-cast meteorite partially below ground, is simultaneously disturbing and contemplative.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4s/4s9zj2n175r80n60.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/59/59og7fydi18w3pg2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/45/45uzvvig1mn15p5b.jpg"></p><p>As the architects explain in their statement, "Meteorites, mountains and stones are often at the centre of places of reflection, especially in the Jewish tradition. They call on the vastness of nature to be a witness to our humanity. A memorial to the Holocaust must be contemplative and silent, such that it evokes our empathy. It must be a promise to future generations that this terrible chapter in human history can never occur again."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yy/yy4y7cegnnq50gne.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uq/uqqc2pqw2q9oil5z.jpg"></p><p>In the video ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002494/swimming-with-skyscrapers-watch-video-from-a-glass-bottomed-sky-pool Swimming with Skyscrapers: Watch video from a glass-bottomed sky pool Julia Ingalls 2017-04-11T13:29:00-04:00 >2017-04-11T13:45:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kb/kbswftzr1h8apfuy.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What's more relaxing than a glass-bottomed sky pool 42 stories above Houston? Well, pretty much every other thing in the known universe, which makes the existence of this Jackson + Ryan Architects-designed pool not only an eye-catching publicity stunt for the residential tower's developer, but a viral, stomach-clenching video that is now titilating news anchors over at <a href="http://www.cnn.com/videos/cnnmoney/2017/04/10/houston-rooftop-pool-city.hln" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CNN</a>. Here's the video, in full, as posted on the developer's Facebook page:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001624/transborder-wins-competition-for-holocaust-center-in-oslo Transborder wins competition for Holocaust-Center in Oslo Archinect 2017-04-06T20:23:00-04:00 >2017-04-08T12:53:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/to/todh46r73vnqgjty.jpg" width="650" height="553" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In tough competition with leading Norwegian offices (<a href="http://archinect.com/snohetta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a>, Jensen &amp; Skodvin, Jarmund Vigsn&aelig;s and Carl Viggo H&oslash;lmebakk) the young practice&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/transborderstudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transborder Studio</a>&nbsp;wins the invited competition for an extension of the Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities. The center is located in Oslo, Norway, in a villa from 1917.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/2y/2ygh0w1pc1lxjrm6.jpg"></p><p>Villa Grande has a turbulent history. Most affected is the villa by its notorious inmate during the occupation period leaving imprints of paranoia and nazi philosophy on the architecture. The villa&rsquo;s narrow, somewhat claustrophobic exhibition rooms are fitting as framework for exhibiting one of mankind&rsquo;s worst traumas. But the extension that will house an expanded HL-center exhibition activity should give a new spatial dimension and become a counterweight to this world of heavy architectural symbolism. Our proposal creates a subtle framework for new narratives of conditions of minority groups in the world. By cultivating the edge of the &ldquo;castle plateau&rdquo; wit...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001481/border-wall-submissions-are-in-including-proposals-with-solar-panels-tourist-destinations-nuclear-waste-storage-art-and-a-shared-co-nation Border Wall submissions are in, including proposals with solar panels, tourist destinations, nuclear waste storage, art, and a shared "co-nation" Joachim Perez 2017-04-05T19:29:00-04:00 >2017-04-07T15:36:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lj/ljy4hhzfts5b6me7.jpg" width="650" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The government won't identify companies until contracts are awarded around June 1 &mdash; and even then, only the winners &mdash; but some bidders released plans on their own</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although many political agendas have trickled into the realm of design, the border wall continues to be a hot topic for architects. Since the inception of this project, social media has highlighted the "We Won't Build Your Wall" campaign, which has been prevalent at a number of architectural schools in the U.S. and overseas. This campaign did not stop the U.S. government from soliciting ideas and proposals from contractors which were due Tuesday. The request for proposals (RFPs) deadline for the U.S.-Mexico border wall are in, and the Associated Press points out that companies will not be revealed until an award is given. However, some proposals&nbsp;have been released by the bidders themselves.</p><p>The sample list presented in the article give variations on the future wall with some employing different traits such as using art, renewable energy resources, novelty architecture, and nuclear waste storage. &nbsp;</p><p>___</p><p><strong>SOLAR PANELS</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r8/r8txqlcdjelhn7ha.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://www.strutchannelfittings.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gleason Partners LLC</a> of Las Vegas proposes solar panels to cover sections...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001383/architect-david-lake-pens-compelling-letter-to-congressman-decrying-proposed-cuts-to-epa-s-energy-star Architect David Lake pens compelling letter to Congressman decrying proposed cuts to EPA's "Energy Star" Julia Ingalls 2017-04-04T20:29:00-04:00 >2017-04-12T10:31:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y0/y0x8gv5yhh6gq46s.jpg" width="650" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As we discussed at the Witte, the EPA&rsquo;s &ldquo;Energy Star,&rdquo; indoor air quality, and materials safety programs directly support the design and construction industry each and every day. The proposed EPA budget eliminates funding for these programs and will severely impact the ability of engineers and architects to meet client demands, fulfill our contractual obligations, and carry out the duties of our licensure to protect the public.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In response to a letter in which Texan Republican Congressman Lamar Smith told David Lake that he gets all of his news from a "biased liberal media," Lake not only kindly (and eloquently) rebutted this inaccuracy, but also encouraged the Congressman not to defund the EPA if he still wants to live in a world with excellent design and construction. Specifically, cutting the EPA's "Energy Star" program will negatively impact the public realm (<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150001372/leaders-in-architecture-tend-to-be-leed-accredited-aia-study-reveals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">and generally lead to less excellence in the architecture profession itself</a>).&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001290/new-pyramid-older-than-giza-discovered-20-miles-south-of-cairo New pyramid, older than Giza, discovered 20 miles south of Cairo Julia Ingalls 2017-04-04T13:48:00-04:00 >2017-04-04T15:03:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/or/ortfcfowimxbiffs.jpg" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Archeaologists have discovered what appears to be the first attempt at a smooth-sided pyramid in Egypt. The pyramid is estimated to be 3,700 years old (about 200 years older than Giza), and although no elaborately-outfitted burial chambers have been found yet, the team is still excavating in an attempt to determine the full size of the pyramid. According to the <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/remains-pyramid-discovered-egypt-46538563" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Associated Press</a>, it's located 20 miles south of Cairo in the sleepy burial community of the Dahshur necropolis, which has long been home to&nbsp;graves of royal courtiers and other high-society movers and shakers.&nbsp;</p>