Archinect - News 2014-12-21T11:42:20-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/116362713/urban-land-institute-issues-recommendations-for-houston-s-astrodome Urban Land Institute issues recommendations for Houston's Astrodome Natalya Egon 2014-12-19T19:06:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T19:06:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6v/6vkl27gnn8f1pt6c.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The latest proposal for the aging Astrodome calls for converting the structure into an indoor park and civic space, including an indoor grassy lawn and an outdoor promenade lined with oak trees. An Urban Land Institute panel, comprised of urban planners, economists and designers from around the country, released its preliminary recommendations Friday at the NRG Center."</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/116361110/uic-s-obama-library-proposal-includes-a-complex-that-will-extend-over-expressways UIC's Obama library proposal includes a complex that will extend over expressways Archinect 2014-12-19T10:51:00-05:00 >2014-12-20T03:38:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b8/b81eb1bb6686ceab63f23ddcc191f4ad.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>UIC officials said the site would extend like a deck over the point where the Kennedy, Dan Ryan and Eisenhower expressways come together, formerly known as the Circle Interchange. Officials said capping the expressways would be similar to the way Millennium Park was built over existing Illinois Central Railroad tracks.</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/116184493/sunset-magazine-kicked-out-of-their-beloved-cliff-may-designed-hq Sunset Magazine Kicked Out of Their Beloved Cliff May-designed HQ Donna Sink 2014-12-17T12:25:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:18:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c0/c0ciwgf7u8w7mgg7.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a letter to employees Wednesday, Time Inc. announced that it had sold Sunset&rsquo;s serene seven-acre Menlo Park, Calif., campus of carefully designed gardens and 1950s ranch-style buildings to Embarcadero Capital Partners, a San Francisco real estate investment and management company.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This is so sad, as it very likely means the demolition of Cliff May's beautiful and quintessentially Californian design.&nbsp; I would have loved to have visited the campus.</p><p>I can easily credit Sunset Magazine with being a major influence on my decision to become an architect: as a pre-teen I pored over their 1974 "Garden &amp; Patio Building" book - I literally read every single word multiple times.</p><p>My family had a subscription to the magazine, as have I for most of my adult life.&nbsp; In fact, just last night I made a recipe (Corn Flour Orange Chiffon Cake) from the current issue to bring to our office holiday party.</p><p>So sad.&nbsp; California 'necters, make sure to go visit this legendary place while you still can! Info on visiting <a href="http://tclf.org/landscapes/sunset-magazine-headquarters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116119506/will-la-finally-become-a-city-of-cabs Will LA Finally Become A City of Cabs? Nicholas Korody 2014-12-16T15:14:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:18:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6dj753emyrk4sjgu.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to the terms of the proposed draft order, every taxi in Los Angeles would have to become accessible via a mobile application similar to the ones used by Uber and Lyft. These applications will require certification by the Taxi Commission, which can then specify things like pricing maximums and limits on hours worked in a single shift, and can perhaps even set up a rating and complaint system for passengers.</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/116027896/queensway-elevated-park-receives-over-440k-in-funding-for-first-phase QueensWay Elevated Park Receives Over $440K in Funding for First Phase Diane Pham 2014-12-15T11:28:00-05:00 >2014-12-15T14:53:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wh/wh7n7x9hg1ye3vl3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The WXY Studio Architecture + Urban Design and dlandstudio design of an elevated park in Queens, New York has just gotten a $440,000 cash infusion from New York State. The money will go towards the design of the first phase of the project, estimated to cost $120M to build. The park, when complete, would transform 3.5 miles of abandoned elevated railway into a park akin to the High Line Park in Manhattan.</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/115807298/tulsa-mayor-hasn-t-ruled-out-a-sidewalk-next-to-new-flagship-park Tulsa Mayor Hasn’t Ruled Out a Sidewalk Next to New Flagship Park Alexander Walter 2014-12-12T13:54:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:36:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f9/f959d5a959b31e4ddba71154ce76ec02.jpg" width="514" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earlier this week we reported on Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett&rsquo;s decision to prevent construction of a sidewalk on Riverside Drive that would provide walking access to a major new city park. Local advocates say the lack of a sidewalk will make the park harder to get to on foot, and they don&rsquo;t buy the mayor&rsquo;s explanation that people will be safer if there&rsquo;s no sidewalk tempting them to walk.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"<em>Residents who want the sidewalk have charged that the mayor nixed it after wealthy homeowners complained that it would attract &ldquo;undesirables.&rdquo;</em>"</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114958779/the-privatization-of-america-s-parks The Privatization of America's Parks Nicholas Korody 2014-12-01T13:17:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T22:07:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wx/wxy357mkfelps6pl.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Can billionaires remake the Manhattan shoreline? Apparently so, in light of the news that a new park will be just offshore in the Hudson River, largely financed by the media mogul Barry Diller and situated, conveniently, a short walk from his office in Chelsea. The new park will also be near the High Line, allowing for an easy tour of how private wealth is remaking the city&rsquo;s public spaces. This trend isn&rsquo;t unique to New York [...]</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/114139791/editor-s-picks-394 Editor's Picks #394 Nam Henderson 2014-11-21T12:30:00-05:00 >2014-11-25T05:44:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1f/1f3wi07m9c8gbzgs.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest edition of <strong>Working out of the Box:</strong> featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/112809997/working-out-of-the-box-greg-henderson-of-hendo-hoverboards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hendo Hoverboard</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/112809997/working-out-of-the-box-greg-henderson-of-hendo-hoverboards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> inventor and co-founder of </a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/112809997/working-out-of-the-box-greg-henderson-of-hendo-hoverboards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arx Pax</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/112809997/working-out-of-the-box-greg-henderson-of-hendo-hoverboards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">, </a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/112809997/working-out-of-the-box-greg-henderson-of-hendo-hoverboards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Greg Henderson</a>. You can hear the full interview with Greg with his wife Jill, co-founder of Arx Pax, as part of episode 4 of <strong>Archinect Sessions</strong> <a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/archinect/Archinect-Sessions-4.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>. &nbsp;Click <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fr/frnwwpk0motf8vqj.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;Meanwhile, the latest <strong>Showcase:</strong>&nbsp; - <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/113594683/showcase-garden-school-beijing-no-4-high-school-fangshan-campus-by-open-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No.4 High School Fangshan Campus </a>is located in Beijing&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/113594683/showcase-garden-school-beijing-no-4-high-school-fangshan-campus-by-open-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">and designed by local firm </a><a href="http://archinect.com/openarch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OPEN Architecture</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dm/dmdf87dovkl0gmt1.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>On <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112980377/archinect-sessions-5-barbara-bestor-the-michael-graves-school-material-witness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">episode 5</a> of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/47379/archinect-sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a> co-host/NJIT grad <a href="http://archinect.com/pedaldesignlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ken Koense</a> took issue with NJIT's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113495827/njit-blasts-kean-u-architecture-school-plans-calls-proposal-duplicative-wasteful" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">statement</a> against Kean University's upcoming <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112336336/kean-university-announces-the-michael-graves-school-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Graves School of Architecture</a>. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113503877/njit-s-school-of-architecture-has-no-one-to-blame-but-itself-in-beef-with-kean-university" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Listen to Koense's take on NJIT's statement</a>, or download the whole episode <a href="http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/0/0/b/00b5cd6972520e4c/Archinect-Sessions-5.mp3?c_id=7840625&amp;expiration=1415837977&amp;hwt=7fe2fe590e2a967fa1a298a2f5d6deab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/SebastianMlekicki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sebastian Mlekicki</a>&nbsp;argued "<em>Including NJIT there are already 7 NCARB accredited architecture schools in a 25 mile radius of NJIT, &nbsp;and there here have been less students signing up for architecture in NJ all together. How is adding another program economically feasible?</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ni/ni407a3n1awj1aed.jpg"></p><p>On a visit to Cleveland,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.monicaponcedeleon.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Monica Ponce de Leon</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113882001/u-of-m-architecture-dean-encourages-minority-high-school-students-to-storm-barriers-in-a-field-dominated-by-white-males" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> made...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114041822/sanaa-s-grace-farms-river-project-to-open-in-fall-2015 SANAA's Grace Farms River project to open in fall 2015 Justine Testado 2014-11-19T19:31:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T21:51:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7w/7wyj7esvst36j399.jpg" width="514" height="228" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/sanaa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANAA</a>'s River project in the upcoming Grace Farms in New Canaan, CT will finally celebrate its grand opening next fall. The non-profit <a href="http://www.gracefarms.org/grace-farms-foundation/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grace Farms Foundation</a> developed Grace Farms as an open public park for the local community, whereas the SANAA-designed building will be used for various community programs and recreation.</p><p>After an international search, the Foundation selected SANAA in 2010 to design the structure -- not long before the firm <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97140/sanaa-wins-2010-pritzker-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">won the 2010 Pritzker Prize</a>. SANAA then revealed their design of the River <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/58092018/sanaa-unveils-design-for-first-u-s-building-since-pritzker-win" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in 2012</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1j/1jrh72navbhozun1.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ap/apmkaca0lkhhdrox.jpg"></p><p>Reminiscent of SANAA's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/89892/ryue-nishizawa-and-kazuyo-sejima-s-serpentine-pavilion-now-you-see-it-now-you-don-t" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2009 Serpentine Pavilion</a>, the River building evidently gets its name from the way it meanders through the park's greenery. The 86,000 sq.ft structure is made of glass, concrete, steel, and wood, and is essentially connected by a single roof that appears to float approximately 10-14 feet above the ground. From an aerial view, the roof's water-like appearance allows the project to blend in with the surrounding landscape, which SANAA designed in ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114038603/london-s-garden-bridge-not-so-public-after-all London's Garden Bridge: not so public after all Alexander Walter 2014-11-19T14:30:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T20:37:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/9126bc2fe3215b35b7f4f645466941bc.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] the bridge will be closed at night, won't allow entry to cyclists or groups of 8 or more without prior booking, and will ocassionally be closed off for fundraising events. Right. So less a public bridge than a privately-managed tourist attraction, then. [...] The east of London, on the other hand, could actually use another crossing, with or without limits to access</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102628656/london-s-garden-bridge-it-feels-like-we-re-trying-to-pull-off-a-crime" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Garden bridge: 'It feels like we're trying to pull off a crime'</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113962327/planning-the-unplanned Planning the Unplanned Alexander Walter 2014-11-18T14:33:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T21:48:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rb/rb8mmeed2hk873p9.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Daniel Campo, an urban planner and professor of planning at Morgan State University, is particularly interested in those recreational spaces that aren&rsquo;t planned or designed, but are appropriated by residents for their own purposes. [...] Dylan Gauthier, a public artist, educator, and writer based in North Brooklyn, walked around these parks with Campo to discuss the benefits of unplanned spaces for recreation [...].</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/113925415/postpolitical-infrastructures Postpolitical Infrastructures Orhan Ayyüce 2014-11-18T10:27:00-05:00 >2014-11-24T13:19:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/av/avtllgyopwl8t19o.jpg" width="514" height="791" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architect today is no &lsquo;fountainhead.&rsquo; It is rather sad to watch today&rsquo;s &lsquo;starchitects&rsquo;, designing their weird-looking signature buildings. These seem now always to be either museums or condos for billionaires. The brand-name architect just build useless luxury housing for the 1% and their trinkets. The actual design of the world is now in the hands of other people.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a title="Posts by McKenzie Wark" href="http://www.publicseminar.org/author/kenwark/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McKenzie Wark</a>&nbsp;pens a rather a wake up call of a book review on Easterling's new book&nbsp;<em>Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space </em>in which<em>&nbsp;</em>Easterling offers a set of subsidiary metaphors for contemporary infrastructure design: multipliers, switches, and topologies.</p><p><em>"The multipliers include: cars, elevators, mobile phones. The first, the car, was the multiplier that made possible one of the precursor forms of the greenfields city, the greenfields suburb. But &ldquo;Levittown was simple software.&rdquo; (74) Its repeated unit-forms were few. Sadly, it may be the case that the United States never quite acquired the higher-order practices of building forms at the next scale. Hence the endless attempts to solve spatial problems with yet more versions of the Levittown software.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lu/lu2cdyux014yons4.jpg"></p><p><em>The switch is something like an interchange highway. The switch is a macro-order feature compared to the multiplier, shaping where the multipliers can circulate. Topology might designate the art of patterning switches and ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113894090/solar-paneled-roads-open-in-the-netherlands Solar-Paneled Roads Open in the Netherlands Nicholas Korody 2014-11-17T18:29:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T20:00:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/59/591546a7e65346582bc04341b3468091.jpg" width="360" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To capture more energy from the sun, one company is putting solar panels where they've never gone before: in the street. This week, the Dutch company SolaRoad officially opened the world's first solar roadway in a suburb outside of Amsterdam. The 230-foot (70 meters) stretch of energy-absorbing concrete and glass will be used as a bicycle path for commuters, according to the company.</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/113876375/barry-diller-pledges-130m-for-futuristic-offshore-park-on-the-west-side Barry Diller Pledges $130M for Futuristic Offshore Park on the West Side dschulz18 2014-11-17T13:27:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:58:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zi/ziu0w35nwr4xln2e.jpg" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After being approached over two years ago about the idea, Barry Diller initiated a design competition, ultimately selecting British architect Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio, famous for designing the Olympic caldron for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Landscape architect Mathews Nielsen will also lend his hand. Some critics of the idea are not happy about the secretive planning and how private funds will be used to construct a public park.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Billionaire media mogul, and largest private donor to the High Line, Barry Diller has pledged $130 million of the $170 million total to build a floating park and performance venue known as Pier 55 off 14th Street in the Meatpacking District. The 2.7-acre park will be located 186 feet off land, and contain wooded nooks and three performance venues, including an amphitheater. It will be an undulating platform set atop 300 mushroom-shaped concrete columns that&nbsp;will range in height from 70 feet to 15 feet above the water.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113648500/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-kids-spaces-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Kids Spaces" Pinterest Board Archinect 2014-11-14T13:38:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T19:45:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8j/8j59ksz8ydqqnldx.jpg" width="514" height="343" 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 NEW board <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/archinect/kids-spaces/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Kids Spaces</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gy/gyll0q5b5lrev9un.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/JMDDesign/project/blaxland-common-playground-regional-playspace" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blaxland Common Playground - Regional Playspace</a> in&nbsp;Homebush, Australia by <a href="http://archinect.com/JMDDesign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">JMD Design</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l9/l9p18svd0nak2l9m.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/haeahn/project/incheon-children-science-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Incheon Children Science Museum</a> in Incheon, South Korea by <a href="http://archinect.com/haeahn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Haeahn Architecture</a>; Photo: Park Youngchae</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ou/ouvfzt5niq2udt2z.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/watershed/project/concordia-international-school" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concordia International School</a> in Shanghai, China by <a href="http://archinect.com/watershed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watershed</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rz/rzrrl3b2os3vn7qb.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/53416700/flad-ngskolan/75568862" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flad&auml;ngskolan</a> in Lomma, Sweden by <a href="http://archinect.com/LINKarkitektur" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Link Arkitektur</a>; Photo: Hundven-Clements Photography</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uu/uuj4mcbezxc31yet.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/labindc/project/upshur-playground" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Upshur Playground</a> in Washington, DC by <a href="http://archinect.com/labindc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Landscape Architecture Bureau</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fe/feu8svvvk4agacrv.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/db2arch/project/playdipity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Playdipity</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/db2arch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">db2/ARCHitecture</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l3/l334wcs6tn0xsyex.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/58425796/showcase-stelzhamerschule-linz" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stelzhamerschule</a> in Linz, Austria by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/24691345/kirsch-zt-gmbh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kirsch ZT gmbh</a>; Photo: Hertha Hurnaus</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8m/8mhiq34o93btmdzl.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/58547076/working-out-of-the-box-ioana-urma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Children&rsquo;s Science Studios</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/56634962/ioana-urma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ioana Urma</a> (Paint Design)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hq/hqcjk8hp8rm3x8xd.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/42812344/la-caracola-beach-house/42813548" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">La Caracola Beach House</a> in A...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113578619/lucas-museum-faces-lawsuit-from-friends-of-the-parks Lucas museum faces lawsuit from Friends of the Parks Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-13T18:25:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T22:04:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ab/ab3c6b12195fee46a153a31d7737eeab.jpg" width="514" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Erecting such a building &ldquo;without authority of the General Assembly will diminish or impair the beneficial interest of plaintiffs and other Illinois citizens&rdquo; [...] such a designation conflicts with the trust, which calls for preserving property as &ldquo;a natural resource and as a free and open space not occupied by a giant building.&rdquo; [...] by acting without the approval of state lawmakers, the city and park district would have excessive power over the property &ldquo;for which they have no authority.&rdquo;</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/113354403/new-map-tool-reveals-nyc-s-vacant-lots-zoned-for-revitalization New map tool reveals NYC's vacant lots zoned for revitalization Diane Pham 2014-11-11T11:46:00-05:00 >2014-11-11T11:46:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jb/jbfppfc6r9rdlib0.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Developed with the help of a team of volunteer researchers, urban planners and designers, this new online tool allows anyone to view the staggering amount of publicly-owned lots that once had an urban renewal plan in the pipeline but were scrapped due to bureaucracy. By mapping out all of the vacant spaces across the city, 596 hopes that we as a community can take a top-down approach to turning these urban blights into public gardens, play lots, and spaces where people can &ldquo;co-create.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>From 1949-1974 NYC took on an urban renewal project that resulted in the bulldozing of "slums" across Manhattan. The vast majority of the proposals planned for the land floundered and today nearly 15,000 lots across the city lay vacant. 596 Acres, a grassroots land access nonprofit, had developed a map tool called Urban Reviewer that pinpoints all of these spots&mdash;most owned by the public&mdash;already zoned for action.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113115295/8-000-glowing-balloons-recreate-the-berlin-wall 8,000 Glowing Balloons Recreate the Berlin Wall Alexander Walter 2014-11-07T14:53:00-05:00 >2014-11-07T15:00:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2y/2yuy6fl50rmqqp3x.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The first blows to bring down the Berlin Wall were struck nearly 25 years ago to the day. This was after almost three decades of the concrete barricade cutting through the heart of Berlin and splitting the city in two. Today, Berlin is once again divided, this time by an 11-foot-tall wall of illuminated balloons. The Lichtgrenze (translation: &ldquo;border of light&rdquo;) will stretch for 10 miles along the same path as the original 96-mile structure.</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/113114487/minneapolis-picks-architecture-finalists-for-stadium-area-park Minneapolis picks architecture finalists for stadium-area park Alexander Walter 2014-11-07T14:33:00-05:00 >2014-11-07T14:36:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qk/qklmwg7vybmvf1uh.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three landscape architect-led teams have been named finalists by the city of Minneapolis to design the new two-block long park called the Commons near the new Vikings stadium. [...] The three finalists are: The Olin Studio, Philadelphia and Snow Kreilich Architects, based in Minneapolis Hargreaves Associates, San Francisco, Damon Farber Associates, Minneapolis and VJAA, Minneapolis WORKSHOP Ken Smith, New York and Perkins + Will, Minneapolis</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/113055876/massive-hollywood-project-sits-atop-quake-fault Massive Hollywood project sits atop quake fault Archinect 2014-11-06T20:24:00-05:00 >2014-11-07T10:50:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/76/76a87ad50e3a61618b41802da05decdc.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>California&rsquo;s state geologist has concluded that an active earthquake fault is underneath a massive proposed skyscraper project in Hollywood, setting the stage for a huge battle at City Hall over growth and seismic safety.</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/112893574/michael-heizer-s-massive-desert-sculpture-city-will-make-you-cry Michael Heizer's massive desert sculpture, "City", will make you cry Archinect 2014-11-04T17:37:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T23:04:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o7/o7q6t8x4ywjz18ml.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;He didn&rsquo;t like people coming into the studio and seeing the paintings before they were finished,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;This is one of the most ambitious artworks ever envisioned, certainly in the United States.&rdquo; Heizer's mammoth masterpiece in the desert is called "City." &ldquo;It was in 1994 when I first saw it, unfinished,&rdquo; Govan said. &ldquo;You do cry. You think, what an incredibly beautiful ambition.&rdquo;</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/112881489/how-the-lucas-museum-design-will-change-chicago-s-lakefront-rendering-reveals How the Lucas Museum Design Will Change Chicago's Lakefront - Rendering Reveals Alexander Walter 2014-11-04T13:46:00-05:00 >2014-11-06T17:53:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/97/9776rtitkxfliznq.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yesterday, during a press conference at the Waldorf Astoria, Chinese architect Ma Yansong of MAD Architects unveiled his design concept for the future Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts and told reporters that his concept &mdash; a seven-story, dome-like structure that gently slopes towards a halo-like observation deck &mdash; represents a "new type of architecture." That may be an understatement.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Learn more about the design in the Museum's <a href="http://www.lucasmuseum.org/museum-design.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announcement</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112581318/touchscreen-landscapes Touchscreen Landscapes Alexander Walter 2014-10-31T17:24:00-04:00 >2014-10-31T18:03:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f4/f42b55f37f05521961ad76ed92619ab0.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This new, partly digital sand table interface developed for military planning would seem to have some pretty awesome uses in an architecture or landscape design studio. Using 3D terrain data&mdash;in the military's case, gathered in real-time from its planetary network of satellites&mdash;and a repurposed Kinect sensor, the system can adapt to hand-sculpted transformations in the sand by projecting new landforms and elevations down onto those newly molded forms.</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/112437604/la-s-unbuilt-freeways LA's Unbuilt Freeways Nicholas Korody 2014-10-29T20:45:00-04:00 >2014-11-05T17:27:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8g/8ge14o6n16v44p9c.jpg" width="487" height="644" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles' vast freeway system is incomplete &mdash; at least by the standards of its architects. In the 1940s, freeways were sketched through Santa Monica Boulevard, along Melrose, Highland and La Brea avenues, and near the Griffith Observatory. Many of L.A.'s freeways were built during the 1960s, but a combination of a freeway revolt, skyrocketing costs and a failure to increase the gas tax doomed the expansion of the freeway system during the 1970s.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Whew.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112418302/california-s-at-risk-cultural-landscapes-include-watts-towers California's 'at-risk' cultural landscapes include Watts Towers Alexander Walter 2014-10-29T14:31:00-04:00 >2014-10-30T18:55:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/703d7cf9b3f3a26fbfbad6fcea7e735c.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three sites in California &mdash; the Watts Towers, Noah Purifoy's Outdoor Desert Museum in Joshua Tree and the "Bay Lights" installation on the Oakland-Bay Bridge &mdash; have been named to a list of 11 "at-risk" sites by The Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington, D.C. [...] "Landscapes often die quiet deaths when you're dealing with the elements," says foundation President Charles Birnbaum.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/70471495/ucla-engineers-will-study-the-stability-of-watts-towers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA engineers will study the stability of Watts Towers</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112413471/louisiana-is-disappearing-into-the-sea Louisiana is Disappearing into the Sea Nicholas Korody 2014-10-29T13:23:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T13:23:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pa/panl4gel80kftvg0.jpg" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The US state of Louisiana is slowly disappearing into the Gulf of Mexico as its fragile wetlands are eroded by rising sea levels. Approximately 75 square kilometres are lost each year and the US Geological Survey has warned that the entire habitat - which represents 40% of all wetlands in the US - could be destroyed within 200 years. The loss is partly down to natural evolutionary processes, but experts say human behaviour... has made the region more vulnerable to storm surges.</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/111795771/tom-kundig-loses-lawsuit-against-his-washington-valley-cabin Tom Kundig loses lawsuit against his Washington valley cabin Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-21T13:48:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T13:34:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e7/e79f1dddeaeebf2e5e273c1c49d4a386.jpg" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The steel structure looms large from Midge Cross and Scott Johnston's back porch. And from the beginning they say Architect Tom Kundig and his partners ignored land covenants meant to prevent any ridgeline buildings that would be visible from below. "To me it was the extended third finger," said Cross. "Like, 'Up yours, Mazama, we can put this here and the heck with you guys.'"</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the fall of 2012, Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects built a private cabin on the picturesque ridge of the Methow Valley in Washington. Prior residents of the valley's Mazama community were miffed by the ruined view, and claimed that the cabin violated "protective covenants for visual consideration", established in 1987. They were joined by current property owners and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/77141277/lawsuit-filed-against-architect-tom-kundig" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sued Kundig last year</a>. Kundig has now been ordered by the court to move the hut away from the ridgeline.</p><p>Kundig is no stranger to Washington, or off-grid cabin architecture &ndash; a native of Spokane, Kundig was educated and practices as an architect in Washington with Olson Kundig Architects, and his "Rolling Huts" offer modest camping lodges near Mazama. While Kundig hasn't offered any official comments on the case, his office did state that&nbsp;"Tom Kundig designed this cabin with the valley's natural elements and history as a priority. His aim has been to create a building that embodies the Pacific Northwest spirit of ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111708964/james-corner-field-operations-will-design-a-new-waterfront-park-in-brooklyn James Corner Field Operations Will Design a New Waterfront Park in Brooklyn Diane Pham 2014-10-20T14:43:00-04:00 >2014-10-20T14:43:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n9/n9jxnrr6eng1l2sz.jpg" width="514" height="242" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Renderings for the waterfront park to be built alongside the massive housing development Greenpoint Landing have been released. Flooding from Hurricane Sandy ravaged the area only a few years back, so it comes as no surprise that locals were concerned with how developers would protect the area from future storms. James Corner Field Operations was chosen to address the problem, and the result is a resilient design that manages to enhance the structural integrity and aesthetic appeal of the existing riverfront.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111418436/unesco-threatens-to-put-venice-on-its-heritage-at-risk-list Unesco threatens to put Venice on its Heritage at Risk list Alexander Walter 2014-10-16T15:24:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T23:25:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6a065c5496642108e76b4ffb5a91c9af.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Unesco, which for too long has been silent on the growing environmental threat to Venice and its evident mismanagement, as revealed by the exposure of massive corruption in the construction of its flood barriers, has at last shown its teeth. At the meeting of its World Heritage Committee in Doha this June it passed important resolutions that show that it intends to call the Italian government to account and put Venice on its World Heritage at Risk list if it is not satisfied.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104939599/leading-museum-directors-artists-and-architects-call-on-italian-government-to-ban-giant-ships-from-venice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leading museum directors, artists and architects call on Italian government to ban giant ships from Venice</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111407968/harlem-may-get-its-own-high-line-park Harlem May Get Its Own High Line Park Diane Pham 2014-10-16T12:04:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T23:24:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f9/f98ktjz0i9lrm5y8.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new proposal called 'Harlem Promenade' developed by the Housing Partnership could bring not only 2,000 additional affordable housing units to Washington Heights, but also an elevated railway park akin to the High Line. The park would be built atop a portion of Amtrak rail lines and would finally offer locals a safe and easy connection to the waterfront parks and recreation along the Hudson.</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>