Archinect - News 2017-07-26T12:56:08-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150019339/the-privatization-of-public-space-in-london-investigated-by-the-guardian The privatization of public space in London, investigated by the Guardian Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-26T04:30:00-04:00 >2017-07-25T15:33:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3i/3iakjpork81s0ngv.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Pseudo-public spaces &ndash; large squares, parks and thoroughfares that appear to be public but are actually owned and controlled by developers and their private backers &ndash; are on the rise in London and many other British cities, as local authorities argue they cannot afford to create or maintain such spaces themselves.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The abundance of pseudo-public spaces, namely outdoor, open and publicly accessible locations owned and maintained by private companies in London&nbsp;is alarming. To this day it's largely unclear what regulations people passing through privately-owned 'public' land are subject to, and where members of the public can view those regulations.</p> <p>The Guardian conducted an investigation, contacting landowners of more than 50 major pseudo-public spaces in London,&nbsp;asking an identical set of questions: what restrictions are in place covering users of your land, how are these enforced, where can members of the public see a list of these restrictions, and what conditions are there in the relevant planning agreements regarding public access to your land? Also inquiring whether a series of public activities &ndash; including peaceful political protest, non-commercial photography, non-commercial artistic performances and rough sleeping &ndash; would be permitted on their site, the Guardian received responses from ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150018828/engineers-begin-preparing-for-border-wall-construction Engineers begin preparing for Border Wall construction Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-21T21:12:00-04:00 >2017-07-21T21:12:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p3/p3nzyb6rctgdbdkr.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The drilling and soil testing are taking place in El Paso; Santa Teresa, N.M.; Calexico, Calif.; and the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. Mr. Lapan said the testing has been completed in El Paso and Calexico. The agency has identified the San Diego area and the Rio Grande Valley as priority regions for new border walls. The Corps will begin work in the San Diego area in August.</p></em><br /><br /><p>On Tuesday the House Appropriations Committee approved a spending bill that included $1.6 billion for a wall, funding 74 miles of fencing along the southwest border.</p> <p><em>The Department of Homeland Security has moved $20 million from other programs to pay for the construction of several border wall prototypes. Construction of the prototypes for a border wall is set to begin this summer in the San Diego area.</em></p> <p><em>Homeland Security officials said the prototypes would be added to the existing border walls in San Diego and would allow the agency to evaluate which barriers are most effective in giving Border Patrol agents time to respond to illegal drugs and human smuggling. Officials said they planned to build four to eight prototypes.</em><br></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150018570/shigeru-ban-is-building-shelters-for-a-kenyan-refugee-settlement Shigeru Ban is building shelters for a Kenyan refugee settlement Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-20T13:14:00-04:00 >2017-07-20T15:13:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8y/8yckl66z4nd6pq9c.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Due to the large influx of refugees, sheet walls of many temporary houses have begun to wear out. And there are other major constraints. There&rsquo;s low water supply, deforestation, and extremely hot temperatures, and a rainy season which often results in heavy flooding. Plus Kalobeyei remote location creates many obstacles. There are no commercial flights to the area, and it can take up to 3 days to get there by road for the capital, Nairobi, where some materials may have to be sourced from.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Shigeru Ban has signed an agreement with UN-Habitat to design up to 12,000 new homes in the Kalobeiyei refugee settlement site in Northern <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/20495/kenya" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kenya</a>.&nbsp;Commissioned in response to the settlement&rsquo;s rapid growth, which is expected to outnumber its original capacity of 45,000 within a year, the new housing will need to be a replicable model adaptable to the influx of refugees fleeing violence and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/167905/climate-change/45" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">climate change</a> in South Sudan and Somalia.</p> <p><em>"The key thing will be to design and construct shelter where no or little technical supervision is required,&rdquo;</em> noted Ban<em>, &ldquo;and use materials that are locally available and eco-friendly. It&rsquo;s important that the houses can be easily maintained by inhabitants.&rdquo;</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150018240/studio-gang-releases-design-for-memphis-riverfront-concept Studio Gang releases design for Memphis Riverfront Concept Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-18T19:19:00-04:00 >2017-07-18T19:26:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r6/r64w3oev00r0qec0.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Shaped from survey responses from over 4,500&nbsp;Memphians at multiple public events, The Memphis Riverfront Concept proposes to transform six miles and five distinct zones of the historic and culturally significant part of the city.</p> <p><em>Many of the Concept&rsquo;s proposed uses, from an iconic adventure playground to a special outlook where people can listen to live music at sunset, come directly from community members&rsquo; suggestions.&nbsp;</em><br></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/xf/xfzvne3eowch4cfz.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/xf/xfzvne3eowch4cfz.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>With hopes of increasing the riverfront&rsquo;s use, vibrancy, and economic potential, the project seeks to foster civic pride, restore natural conditions and the native ecology, and connect various assets along the river.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>The Concept focuses on showing how five zones&mdash;the Fourth Bluff, Mud Island, Tom Lee Park, MLK Park, and Greenbelt Park&mdash;can leverage their particular strengths to become distinctive places offering activities and experiences that appeal to people of all generations, incomes, races, and backgrounds.</em></p> <p> </p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/19/19ukc4r3rzfnizjx.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/19/19ukc4r3rzfnizjx.jpg"></a></p><p><br></p><figure rel="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ho/ho522lbanx37an7n.jpg"><figcaption>Elevating visitors above the river in Greenbelt Park,...</figcaption></figure></figure> http://archinect.com/news/article/150018137/ten-years-after-opening-morphosis-san-francisco-federal-building-is-not-a-crowd-pleaser Ten years after opening, Morphosis' San Francisco Federal Building is not a crowd pleaser Julia Ingalls 2017-07-18T13:02:00-04:00 >2017-07-26T11:46:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6z/6zd9ny7ob0qo3dyx.jpg" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Neighbors have complained about the plaza for years, calling it an unsafe blight. The frustration is shared by Maria Ciprazo, the federal architect who oversaw the process that in 1999 awarded the project to Mayne and his Southern California firm, Morphosis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this article, the San Francisco Chronicle takes issue with Morphosis' Federal Building, noting that its plaza has not become the cultural hotspot much hyped by developers at its opening in 2007: &nbsp;</p> <p><em>But when we view the complex in hindsight, it didn&rsquo;t transform the local architectural scene. It&rsquo;s a flash of isolated drama. Look no further than the three residential slabs that have been built on the block since then, each a box with no higher aspiration than to satisfy the developer&rsquo;s bottom line.</em></p> <p><em>As for the social agenda &mdash; to create a neighborhood haven &mdash; the plaza and its corner cafe have come up short on all fronts.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150017649/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-pools-fountains-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Pools & Fountains" Pinterest Board Archinect 2017-07-14T15:17:00-04:00 >2017-07-14T15:18:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lo/lo2qxyhd06aj06ti.jpg" width="650" height="911" 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<strong></strong> board <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/archinect/pools-fountains/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Pools &amp; Fountains</em></a>.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/h1/h15ybzuxy4dm9yfw.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/h1/h15ybzuxy4dm9yfw.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/149975370/casa-narigua/149975389" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Casa Narigua</a> in Nuevo Le&oacute;n, Mexico by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/149975370/p-0-arquitectura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">P+0 Arquitectura</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ru/run819x33o84m4p1.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ru/run819x33o84m4p1.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/MJMA/project/regent-park-aquatic-centre" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Regent Park Aquatic Centre</a> in Toronto, Canada by <a href="http://archinect.com/MJMA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA)</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/p9/p9a7astb8qcxwaby.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/p9/p9a7astb8qcxwaby.jpg"></a></p></figure><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<br></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/j4/j4yl5nlif4i2jc2m.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/j4/j4yl5nlif4i2jc2m.jpg"></a></p></figure><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><br></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/fs/fs16pl1lbjw129dv.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/fs/fs16pl1lbjw129dv.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/bkarch/project/folly-point-gloucester-ma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Folly Point</a> in Gloucester, MA by <a href="http://archinect.com/bkarch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BUTZ + KLUG Architecture</a></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/wn/wnc90y2b0kiuxcv1.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/wn/wnc90y2b0kiuxcv1.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/newwavearchitecture/project/three-views-a-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Three Views / A House</a> in Tehran, Iran by <a href="http://archinect.com/newwavearchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Wave Architecture (Lida Almassian / Shahin Heidari)</a>; Photo: Parham Taghioff<br></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ig/igtbhtomzun19klh.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ig/igtbhtomzun19klh.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/archimania/project/a-m-residence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A+M Residence</a> in rural Mississippi by <a href="http://archinect.com/archimania" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">archimania</a></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/zn/zn4i5k1zouaw3g4m.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/zn/zn4i5k1zouaw3g4m.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/spfa/project/morgan-phoa-library-and-residence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morgan Phoa Library and Residence</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/spfa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SPF:a - Studio Pali Fekete ar...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150017426/art-collective-meow-wolf-s-cool-new-model-for-artists-to-make-an-excellent-living Art collective Meow Wolf's cool new model for artists to make an excellent living Julia Ingalls 2017-07-13T13:53:00-04:00 >2017-07-13T13:54:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yh/yhrsoow40t5gr3rm.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Full-time creative positions, like architects and sound engineers, come with considerable salaries and benefits. &ldquo;We have 20-year-olds making $50,000 a year with us,&rdquo; remarks Everett.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Meow Wolf may have put the starving artist trope to rest in the form of a magnificent new business/installation model.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/s5/s5bkaxl6f4sapy4b.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/s5/s5bkaxl6f4sapy4b.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Kate Russell. Courtesy of Meow Wolf.</figcaption></figure><p>As this article explains:<br></p> <p><em>Since the Santa Fe-based art collective Meow Wolf opened its permanent installation, the House of Eternal Return, in March 2016, the project has been an unmitigated success in terms of viewership and profits. Housed in a 20,000-square-foot former bowling alley, the sprawling interactive artwork welcomed 400,000 visitors in its first year&mdash;nearly four times as many as expected&mdash;and brought in $6 million in revenue for the collective&rsquo;s more than 100 members.</em></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/di/diqdvrjbdeod2on9.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/di/diqdvrjbdeod2on9.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Founding members of Meow Wolf: Corvas Brinkeroff, Sean Di Ianni, Vince Kadlubek, Caity Kennedy, Matt King. Courtesy of Meow Wolf.</figcaption></figure><p>In even better news: at this time of this report <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs/entry/150015844/junior-designer-intern-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meow Wolf is currently hiring</a>!&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150016983/sir-david-adjaye-sadie-morgan-join-london-mayor-sadiq-khan-s-good-growth-by-design Sir David Adjaye + Sadie Morgan join London Mayor Sadiq Khan's "Good Growth by Design" Julia Ingalls 2017-07-11T12:44:00-04:00 >2017-07-11T12:44:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p4/p4bpgsdfvlt6096d.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London needs to provide space for 46,000 new jobs and build 50,000 new homes a year just to keep up with demand, as well as build the social infrastructure to support both. Good Growth will enable this, leaving a legacy of world-class buildings, outstanding public realm and large-scale regeneration for Londoners of the future.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Exhibiting both farsightedness and excellent aesthetic taste, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has created a program specifically meant to help anticipate and solve London's growth (experts estimate the city will soon have a population of 10 million). The "Good Growth by Design"&nbsp;program will have an advisory panel of 50 design advisors, including Sir David Adjaye and Sadie Morgan.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/jw/jw5athh6irpyq68u.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/jw/jw5athh6irpyq68u.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>London. Image: Juan Cabanillas via Flickr</figcaption></figure><p>As the mayor explained in a statement, &ldquo;London is facing unprecedented population growth and with that comes challenging work, but also amazing opportunities to deliver a city that is socially integrated, sustainable, healthier, safer and with a world class public realm. We must embrace London&rsquo;s rapid growth with both hands and take this chance to use good architecture and planning to make a real difference to the lives of Londoners. And this is a chance to learn from past mistakes, some of which are still dotted across our city, and blight the lives of the communities that...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150016793/the-new-exhibition-at-the-national-building-museum-architecture-of-an-asylum-explores-the-links-between-mental-health-and-architecture The new exhibition at the National Building Museum, 'Architecture of an Asylum', explores the links between mental health and architecture Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-10T17:58:00-04:00 >2017-07-10T18:00:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vd/vd2lpvo4py9byo4h.jpg" width="650" height="418" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dix made sure the hospital that became St. Elizabeths in 1916 had heat, tall arched windows and screened sleeping porches where patients could catch summer breezes. Photos, models and floor plans included in the museum exhibit show handsome brick buildings &mdash; with towers, high ceilings, open space and river views.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Washington's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/136078/national-building-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Building Museum</a>&nbsp;features an exhibit that tells the story of architecture of St. Elizabeths or, as originally named upon its opening in 1855, the Government Hospital for the Insane.&nbsp;</p> <p>Started by Dorothea Dix, the 19th century reformer who fought for the facility to represent healthier standards for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/122656/mental-health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mental health</a> treatment, the history of the federally-operated hospital bears traces of America's changing healthcare system, evolving theories of how to care for the mentally ill, as well as the later reconfiguration of the campus as a federal workplace and mixed-use urban development.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/fo/fo3tgiea8vtp79b0.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/fo/fo3tgiea8vtp79b0.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>The porches of the 1890s Allison Buildings, shown above in 1910, were later enclosed to provide more space for patient beds. Image courtesy of National Building Museum</figcaption></figure><p>"Some things cannot be cured," says Denise Everson, an architect in the D.C. area who specializes in design and health. "But I think humane treatment &mdash; I think, creative treatment &mdash; is where we should go as a community, as...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150016745/allison-arieff-describes-silicon-valley-s-outdated-and-dysfunctional-planning Allison Arieff describes Silicon Valley's outdated and dysfunctional planning Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-10T14:08:00-04:00 >2017-07-10T15:43:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p6/p6va5oumn4w3d1ux.jpg" width="650" height="468" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The built environment of the Valley does not reflect the innovation that&rsquo;s driving the region&rsquo;s stratospheric growth; it looks instead like the 1950s. Looking at aerial views of midcentury campuses like the Eero Saarinen-designed Bell Labs next to contemporary ones like Apple, it&rsquo;s nearly impossible to tell the midcentury structures from the 21st-century ones.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While Silicon Valley is&nbsp;a&nbsp;place&nbsp;of much interest&nbsp;to many, its architectural image and overall planning is hard to grasp or&nbsp;call successful.</p> <p>Allison Arieff of NY Times argues that the isolated corporate headquarters of tech giants have no consideration for the larger context of their surroundings, and heavily contribute to the Bay area's ever-worsening traffic which in combination with the outdated zoning laws, makes the whole region an extremely hard place to live in.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>"In 2011, when asked by a City Council member what benefit the new <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/148075/apple-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple headquarters</a> would have for Cupertino, Steve Jobs responded that it&rsquo;d get to keep the company there. And that&rsquo;s about the extent of what it got. A project like the new Norman Foster-designed Apple Park shows a blatant disregard not only for the citizens of Cupertino but also for the functionality of the region."<br></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/zk/zk3t9rck5x5nzw6o.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/zk/zk3t9rck5x5nzw6o.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Apple Headquarters in Cupertino&nbsp;</figcaption></figure><p>"Because of the Bay Area&rsquo;s chronic underinvestment in housing and transit, home prices escalate and cong...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150016411/facebook-and-oma-new-york-to-collaborate-on-mixed-use-masterplan-in-menlo-park Facebook and OMA New York to collaborate on mixed-use masterplan in Menlo Park Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-07T13:09:00-04:00 >2017-07-10T16:30:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/az/azdqq8e2fyzsgpua.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/13898/facebook" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook</a> announced today that it has partnered with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/10974/oma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a> to design the masterplan for Willow Campus, a mixed-use neighborhood adjacent to their existing headquarters in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/582826/menlo-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Menlo Park</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>"The first official step will be the filing of our plan with Menlo Park in July 2017. We will begin more formal conversations with local government officials and community organizations over the course of the review process, which we expect to last approximately two years."&mdash;writes John Tenales,<em>&nbsp;</em>VP Global Facilities and Real Estate.&nbsp;"We envision construction will follow in phases, with the first to include the grocery, retail, housing and office completed in early 2021, and subsequent phases will take two years each to complete."</p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/c4/c4fdfs2dg9p827j1.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/c4/c4fdfs2dg9p827j1.jpg"></a><br></p> <p>Facebook also plans on building 1,500 units of housing on the campus, 15% of which will be offered at below market rates to mitigate traffic impacts from growth. "These efforts complement our ongoing work to address the issue, including the&nbsp;<a href="https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2016/12/a-partnership-to-strengthen-our-local-community/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Catalyst Housing Fund</a>&nbsp;for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/110562/affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">affordable ho...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150016300/this-proposed-luxury-hotel-by-fender-katsalidis-architects-incorporates-a-suspension-bridge This proposed luxury hotel by Fender Katsalidis Architects incorporates a suspension bridge Julia Ingalls 2017-07-06T20:44:00-04:00 >2017-07-06T20:44:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8v/8vjud0xukwcmqtoc.jpg" width="650" height="531" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It will be built from the top down on a suspension bridge, modelled after and painted the colour of the Golden Gate bridge. At its base will be a new 1,075-seat theatre, and below that an excavation site that&rsquo;s 4.5 times as large as the museum&rsquo;s excavation. It is expected to cost over $300m.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a noteworthy meeting of infrastructure and luxury real estate development, Tasmanian organizer of Hobart's Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) David Walsh believes the people who enjoy the museum will definitely dig an onsite luxury hotel that uses a suspension bridge to support its seven upper storeys. The design has been proposed by Australia's <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/16587198/fender-katsalidis-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fender Katsalidis Architects</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/78/78xj7k5wxr5qpk8w.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/78/78xj7k5wxr5qpk8w.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>A proposed three-story library. Image: Mona</figcaption><figcaption></figcaption></figure><p>In this article he notes that "you can&rsquo;t usually build a theatre inside a building because when it shakes, the whole building shakes. But because this is a bridge, the top seven floors are suspended from above, and the bottom three floors are built from below. They&rsquo;re not connected to each other &ndash; there&rsquo;s no [noise] transmission. It&rsquo;s the best idea anyone ever had. And it wasn&rsquo;t mine!&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ux/uxk4t5bgp692aiu1.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ux/uxk4t5bgp692aiu1.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>A proposed installation. Image: Mona</figcaption><figcaption></figcaption></figure><p><br></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150016240/l-a-s-skid-row-housing-trust-c-e-o-mike-alvidrez-will-step-down-in-2018 L.A.'s Skid Row Housing Trust C.E.O. Mike Alvidrez will step down in 2018 Julia Ingalls 2017-07-06T17:29:00-04:00 >2017-07-06T17:29:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/73/73b5tw2tnu9cfdpx.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After nearly three decades of involvement with the L.A. Skid Row Housing Trust (and <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149944930/how-4-us-cities-are-applying-architectural-solutions-to-homelessness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">working relationships with architects including Michael Maltzan and Brooks + Scarpa</a>), C.E.O. <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/150011561/can-good-design-cure-la-s-homeless-problem-we-asked-mike-alvidrez-ceo-of-skid-row-housing-trust" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mike Alvidrez</a> has announced his plans to step down next year.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/uc/uch8xtg72hq204ce.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/uc/uch8xtg72hq204ce.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Brooks + Scarpa's homeless housing "The Six" developed in conjunction with the Skid Row Housing Trust. Image: Brooks + Scarpa</figcaption></figure><p>He will remain in an "ambassador"&nbsp;role to help the new leadership, although applicants for that position will not be formally reviewed until later this year. In a statement to <a href="https://archpaper.com/2017/07/mike-alvidrez-skid-row-housing-trust/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architect's Newspaper</a>, Alvidrez noted that "the public perception of supportive housing has forever changed thanks to our partnerships with renowned architects to design beautiful residential and community spaces that foster reconnection, healing, and dignity.&rdquo;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/b4/b47vxsohy07wz5r5.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/b4/b47vxsohy07wz5r5.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Brooks + Scarpa's homeless housing "The Six" developed in conjunction with the Skid Row Housing Trust. Image: Brooks + Scarpa</figcaption></figure> http://archinect.com/news/article/150016204/the-mystery-of-how-roman-concrete-has-withstood-the-sea-for-millennia-is-finally-solved The mystery of how Roman concrete has withstood the sea for millennia is finally solved Julia Ingalls 2017-07-06T13:09:00-04:00 >2017-07-06T13:09:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zi/zi39nrks1hg60qkh.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Modern, steel-embedded concrete seawalls tend to need repair after a few decades of erosion from the endless procession of waves, but the Roman pier at&nbsp;Portus Cosanus in Orbetello, Italy has remained solid for almost two thousand years. Scientists have finally figured out the missing ingredient of this material's longevity, and it turns out to be mineral growth after the concrete has set.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/cl/clq633j8ws7vtjiy.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/cl/clq633j8ws7vtjiy.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Ancient Roman Seawall at Portus Cosanus in Orbetello. Image: Wikimapia</figcaption><figcaption></figcaption></figure><p>This concept of concrete that grows after it has been set is something&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150006999/this-bacteria-infused-concrete-heals-when-cracked" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">that others have been experimenting with</a>&nbsp;recently, but&nbsp;<a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/07/03/secret-roman-concrete-survived-tidal-battering-2000-years-revealed/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Telegraph</a>&nbsp;breaks this new discovery down thusly:</p> <p><em>Roman engineers made concrete by mixing volcanic ash with lime and seawater to make a mortar, and then added chunks of volcanic rock. &nbsp;The combination of ash, water, and lime produces what is called a pozzolanic reaction, named after the city of Pozzuoli in the Bay of Naples, triggering the formation of crystals in the gaps of the mixture as it sets.</em></p> <p><em>Th...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150016200/architects-artists-conceive-of-the-world-differently-than-other-people-study-reveals Architects + artists conceive of the world differently than other people, study reveals Julia Ingalls 2017-07-06T12:39:00-04:00 >2017-07-06T12:39:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pw/pwaufx2jnkeoko20.jpg" width="650" height="755" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a study conducted by UCL and Bangor University researchers in which people were shown a Google Street View, a painting of St. Peter's Basilica and a surreal computer generated image, architects, sculptors and painters consistently conceptualized of the space differently than those with no background in these professions. As this article in <a href="https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170628095931.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Science Daily</a> explains:</p> <p><em>The painters tended to shift between describing the scene as a 3D space or as a 2D image. Architects were more likely to describe barriers and boundaries of the space, and used more dynamic terms, while sculptors' responses were between the two. Painters and architects also differed in how they described the furthest point of the space, as painters called it the 'back' and architects called it the 'end.' The control participants gave less elaborate responses, which the authors say went beyond just a lack of expert terminology.</em><em></em><br></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150015298/reiulf-ramstad-s-proposal-for-a-multivalent-inspirational-ross-pavilion-in-edinburgh Reiulf Ramstad's proposal for a multivalent, inspirational Ross Pavilion in Edinburgh Julia Ingalls 2017-06-29T14:55:00-04:00 >2017-06-29T14:55:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kc/kcwwcym4yfw3svcr.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While no one can claim that they understand where inspiration comes from, most would agree that it doesn't hurt to have an unfettered view of nature in an architecturally inventive setting. Norwegian architects Reiulf Ramstad are among the seven finalists in the Ross Pavilion International Design Competition to design a new cultural pavilion for Edinburgh's West Princes Street Gardens, and their plans reveal a glass-walled, timber-framed structure that attempts to harmoniously look toward the future while not alienating the centuries-old architecture&nbsp;surrounding it.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/n7/n73cgs5za8vq2pjn.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/n7/n73cgs5za8vq2pjn.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Forbes Massie Studio</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/fn/fnj75fx4i05u6e42.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/fn/fnj75fx4i05u6e42.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Forbes Massie Studio</figcaption></figure><p>The result is a surprisingly timeless pavilion that encourages contemplation, relaxation, and an appreciation of the Gardens.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/p9/p95od4g59dc127j2.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/p9/p95od4g59dc127j2.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Forbes Massie Studio</figcaption></figure><p>As the architects explain, "The Ross Pavilion will be the focal point of the city of Edinburgh and its many visitors, but it can also be a symbolic place for all of Scotland as well. The intervention into the Gardens ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150015066/winning-design-for-nyc-s-first-official-lgbtq-monument-is-revealed Winning design for NYC’s first official LGBTQ monument is revealed Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-28T17:55:00-04:00 >2017-06-28T17:55:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/27/27fds88xull1b72k.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After the attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., that left 49 people dead, Governor Cuomo formed the LGBT Memorial Commission to honor the fight for equal rights and remember victims of hate, intolerance and violence. A request for designs for the new memorial went out in October. It is to be built in Hudson River Park near the waterfront piers that have played a key role in the city&rsquo;s history as both a meeting place and a haven for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people</p></em><br /><br /><p>Designed by a Brooklyn-based mixed-media artist, Anthony Goicolea, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/616185/lgbtq" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LGBTQ</a> monument consists of nine boulders, some bisected with glass that acts as a prism and can emit a subtle rainbow. Meant to be communicative, usable and complimentary to&nbsp;the landscape, the&nbsp;design was inspired by sites like Stonehenge and Easter Island as well as burial mounds and African stone circles. </p> <p>&ldquo;It feels like there are certain shapes and patterns that are encoded in our DNA as humans that transcend any particular culture and speak to how we are unified in the larger scheme,&rdquo;&nbsp;said the artist.&nbsp;&ldquo;I wanted to create a space that feels familiar, even though it is new.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150015057/the-department-of-homeland-security-plans-to-start-building-prototypes-for-mexico-border-wall-this-summer The Department of Homeland Security plans to start building prototypes for Mexico border wall this summer Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-28T14:55:00-04:00 >2017-06-28T14:55:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/w9/w97ffl5bc4b2r4iv.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Congress may not have agreed to President Trump's $2.6 billion budget proposal for his much-touted border wall, but that has not stopped&nbsp;Customs and Border Protection from preparing for the first stage of the project; testing prototypes for the border protection.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to Ronald Vitiello, Customs and Border Protection&rsquo;s acting deputy commissioner, $20 million, allocated from other programs, have been used&nbsp;to pay four to eight companies that&nbsp;will be contracted to produce prototypes for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/35987/border-wall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the border wall</a>&nbsp;with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/798/mexico" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mexico</a>.&nbsp;To be completed within&nbsp;30 days in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/54693/san-diego" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Diego</a> those prototypes will then serve as models for the roughly 2,000-mile border. More than 600 companies submitted designs for the wall before a March deadline. <br> &ldquo;Think of it,&rdquo; Trump told a crowd at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. &ldquo;The higher it goes, the more valuable it is. Pretty good imagination, right?&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150014911/legendary-texas-architect-frank-welch-has-passed-away-aged-90 Legendary Texas architect Frank Welch has passed away aged 90 Julia Ingalls 2017-06-27T19:54:00-04:00 >2017-06-27T20:14:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2z/2z31tc123cij1mf4.jpg" width="650" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With a sleek modern sensibility and an awareness of the power of open, cleanly articulated vistas, Frank Welch designed sophisticated homes for a sophisticated clientele. Known affectionately as "The Dean,"&nbsp;Welch's 90 years on earth spanned the creation of numerous spacious, elegant structures in a state primed for the appreciation of wide open spaces.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/nd/ndh87t31i61tcw26.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/nd/ndh87t31i61tcw26.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>The Walter Davis House. Image: TCU Press</figcaption></figure><p>Some of his most famous works include "The Birthday," and The Walter Davis House. Recently, a house he designed known as the Texas Modern on North Janmar went on the market for $3.75 million. The 6,600 square foot home features his trademark "stick ceilings"&nbsp;and resplendent natural vistas.&nbsp;</p><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/0p/0pd9sjwi2b8m0r1k.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/0p/0pd9sjwi2b8m0r1k.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Texas Modern on North Janmar Drive. Ima ge: Virginia Cole Realtors</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/z7/z7se5bpzfvu2go44.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/z7/z7se5bpzfvu2go44.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Texas Modern on North Janmar Drive. Image: Virginia Cole Realtors</figcaption></figure><p>As <a href="http://www.papercitymag.com/home-design/frank-welch-dies-legendary-texas-architect-west-texas-innovator-huge-loss/#108389" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PaperCity Magazine</a> noted, "Welch was recognized with more than 50 awards for design excellence, and in 2006, the Texas Society of Architects presented him with its highest hono...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150014801/a-giant-macbook-tops-out-the-foster-partners-designed-chicago-apple-store A giant MacBook tops out the Foster + Partners-designed Chicago Apple Store Julia Ingalls 2017-06-27T12:41:00-04:00 >2017-06-27T17:16:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sd/sdstzxm0cn86992i.jpg" width="634" height="632" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although the original Foster + Partners renderings for the new Chicago Apple Store did not include a logo on its gray, rectilinear convex carbon-fiber roof, construction workers briefly unrolled the trademark white Apple across what now can only be viewed as a giant MacBook (no word yet on whether the store is meant to be in perpetual sleep mode). Here's a video of the unfurling:&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150014535/crowdfunding-campaign-launched-for-camden-highline Crowdfunding campaign launched for Camden Highline Abigail Banfield 2017-06-26T12:27:00-04:00 >2017-06-26T12:37:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9n/9nmsh973sxinn75n.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A crowdfunding campaign has been launched for the latest civic development in North London; the Camden Highline. For years, the disused railway has been talked about among local residents, with many wanting to see a little bit of New York in Camden Town.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/7p/7p3gmoexn8g9rxx3.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/7p/7p3gmoexn8g9rxx3.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image Courtesy of Camden Town Unlimited</figcaption></figure><p>Since 2016, Camden Town Unlimited have been working with Network Rail to secure the 18-metre&nbsp;wide disused railway line, which runs for almost a&nbsp;kilometre&nbsp;between the beloved, vibrant Camden Market and the newly developed Kings Cross area. The initial ambitions for the project include creating a space which is accessible to all and will provide a home for the arts, festivals, and live performance, as well as ecological and educational benefits.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/6a/6ahxn66cq9gkfu9x.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/6a/6ahxn66cq9gkfu9x.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image Courtesy of Camden Town Unlimited</figcaption></figure><p>Using the famous New York High Line as a precedent, this crowd-funded project will initially work on the existing infrastructure, workshops, events, and feasibility works. The funds raised from the campaign run on&nbsp;...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150014155/renzo-piano-s-new-museum-in-spain-shuns-the-bilbao-effect Renzo Piano's new museum in Spain shuns the 'Bilbao Effect' Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-23T13:41:00-04:00 >2017-06-27T13:16:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qb/qbvxi13xeyc63w4n.jpg" width="650" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Almost 20 years since Frank Gehry&rsquo;s $100m titanium-clad Guggenheim Bilbao opened, another city on Spain&rsquo;s north coast is getting a major contemporary art centre designed by an internationally acclaimed &ldquo;starchitect&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/341/renzo-piano-building-workshop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano</a>'s first big commission in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/501/spain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spain</a>, The Centro Bot&iacute;n, is opening today.&nbsp;The architect claims that its comparisons&nbsp;with the museum that became <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/5541/bilbao-effect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a model for culture-driven regeneration schemes worldwide</a> are too simplistic. According the president of the Fundaci&oacute;n Bot&iacute;n&rsquo;s visual arts committee, Vicente Todol&iacute;,&nbsp;the center's primary mission is to serve the local community by providing the city with appropriate cultural infrastructure.</p> <p>The 10,300 sq. m building is covered in thousands of light-diffusing ceramic tiles, prioritizing "luminosity and lightness" and making it almost invisible from the city center.&nbsp;Split into two, the structure&nbsp;houses 2,500 sq. m of galleries and a 300-seat auditorium respectively. (This compares to around 11,000 sq. m of exhibition space across 19 galleries at the Guggenheim Bilbao.) With vast amount of green space around, the museum is raised on four-meter pillars to preserve the views of the waterfront.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/4u/4ugud5d7z30bwcy2.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/4u/4ugud5d7z30bwcy2.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Renzo Piano&rsquo;s Centro Bot&iacute;n arts centre. Photogr...</figcaption></figure> http://archinect.com/news/article/150014047/screening-of-100-women-architects-in-the-studio-of-frank-lloyd-wright-on-june-28th Screening of "100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright" on June 28th Julia Ingalls 2017-06-22T20:03:00-04:00 >2017-06-22T20:06:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f4/f4d42cnebqhvpxey.jpg" width="640" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Featuring a talk by&nbsp;Dr. Ann Rubbo on the artist and architect Marion Mahony Griffin, this screening of "A Girl is a Fellow Here: 100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright" at the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/34491/center-for-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Center for Architecture</a> in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/160/new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York</a> on June 28th at 6 p.m. investigates Wright's history of working with women, focusing on six ladies who worked with the architect, including&nbsp;Marion Mahony Griffin, Isabel Roberts, Lois&nbsp;Gottlieb, Jane Duncombe, Eleanore Pettersen, and Read Weber. Here's a trailer for the film:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150013950/the-many-faces-of-mvrdv-s-shape-shifting-baltyk-tower The many faces of MVRDV's shape-shifting Baltyk Tower Julia Ingalls 2017-06-22T15:27:00-04:00 >2017-06-22T15:27:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/te/teup3d781e5dzmnw.jpg" width="650" height="486" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Turning iconicity on its head, MVRDV have designed a striking building that purposefully refuses easy categorization. Depending on the angle from which it is viewed, the Baltyk Tower seems to assume different forms, a look that is achieved by a series of scenic terraces and a rippling glass-fronted concrete facade.</p> <figure><figure><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/55/55jh1g1zwoi744lz.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/55/55jh1g1zwoi744lz.jpg"></a><figcaption>Image: MVRDV</figcaption></figure></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/dy/dypckz30ar8e22t9.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/dy/dypckz30ar8e22t9.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image: MVRDV</figcaption><p><br></p><p>From one angle, the tower appears to be svelte, a compact wedge on Poznan, Poland's streets. However, from another perspective the tower broadens and becomes a kind of gigantic civic staircase. Regardless of where one views the building, the inventive facade gives the structure a dynamic, shifting quality.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><figure><figure><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/kw/kw5hfbhu4kb4t5lc.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/kw/kw5hfbhu4kb4t5lc.jpg"></a><figcaption>Image: MVRDV</figcaption></figure></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/hy/hy7b8bd5fdif01id.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/za/zak8u9z8dshirm6a.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/za/zak8u9z8dshirm6a.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image: MVRDV</figcaption><p><br></p><p>As MVRDV co-founder&nbsp;Nathalie de Vries explains,&nbsp;&ldquo;When we came to Pozna&#324; for the first time, the goal was clear: we were to realize an office building with public functions on the first two layers and at the top. But also that offered a range of amenities for the community and general public. We realised if we could control...</p></figure></figure> http://archinect.com/news/article/150013933/elon-musk-unveils-his-plan-to-colonize-mars-with-a-million-humans Elon Musk unveils his plan to colonize Mars with a million humans Julia Ingalls 2017-06-22T12:37:00-04:00 >2017-06-22T15:13:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3r/3ruwkktdvv3ev6iv.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;It would be quite fun to be on Mars because you would have gravity that is about 37% of that of Earth, so you would be able to lift heavy things and bound around,&rdquo; [Elon Musk] adds, predicting that journey times could eventually be cut to 30 days.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Aside from the money, specific technology, and solid timeframe, Elon Musk has figured out a way to get to Mars. The colonization plan, which is designed to place about 1 million people on the planet in 40-100 years using a yet-to-be constructed ship that would carry 100 passengers per trip, needs more financial backers before Musk can definitively settle on a launch date. Many scientists have objected to the plan on various technological grounds, although one brought up the problem of potentially contaminating alien life forms:</p> <p><em>Prof Andrew Coates, who works on the ExoMars rover&nbsp;at University College London&rsquo;s Mullard Space&nbsp;Science Laboratory, said that the question of whether present or past life existed on Mars needed to be answered before a manned mission, which could contaminate the surface, could be considered. &ldquo;There&rsquo;s a moral imperative to keep Mars as it is for the moment. Until we&rsquo;ve conclusively answered that question we should keep our feet on the ground ... going there wou...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150013394/seven-firms-release-new-renderings-for-la-river-restoration-projects Seven firms release new renderings for LA River restoration projects Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-19T19:49:00-04:00 >2017-06-20T12:39:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ux/uxrz6391jh6292p4.jpg" width="650" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The City of Los Angeles and its Bureau of Engineering recently worked with seven design firms to reenvision seven sections of the L.A. River through Downtown Los Angeles. The conceptual images that resulted from this process have reimagined the river banks with open space, play areas, public art, new connections and development.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In partnership with the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering and the Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's office, seven firms have released preliminary visioning plans for a segment of the Los Angeles river. Running through downtown, the seven-mile stretch begins at the southern tip of the Frogtown neighborhood and ends at Redondo Junction. Each firm was given a different segment to plan and was asked to consider river-adjacent projects already in plan as well as anticipated development along the stretch such as a potential extension of the Red Line subway.&nbsp;</p> <p>Working on the stretch from Barclay to Spring Street between I-110 and the northern border of Chinatown, <strong><a href="http://archinect.com/gruenassociates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gruen Associates</a></strong>&nbsp;proposed reconfiguring the existing rail yard with a meadow and public paths.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/5m/5moydk0pmap8t3fv.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/5m/5moydk0pmap8t3fv.jpg"></a></p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/oj/oje60vb30o9rkziu.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/oj/oje60vb30o9rkziu.jpg"></a></p> <p><strong>WSP's&nbsp;</strong>proposal of the stretch starting at Spring Street and continuing on to Cesar Chavez Avenue, involves a series of stepped terraces that gradually meet at the existing river bottom. &nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/dt/dtom2njzsh9h3zx5.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/dt/dtom2njzsh9h3zx5.jpg"></a></figure></figure><p><strong>CH2M</strong>'s proposal continues on from Cesar...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150013220/oma-s-design-for-2017-australia-s-mpavilion-is-revealed OMA's design for 2017 Australia's MPavilion is revealed Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-19T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-19T00:05:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8x/8xr0xjmvpq0spnha.jpg" width="650" height="459" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/582637/mpavilion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MPavilion</a> is an Australian architectural commission and design event that annually erects a new <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/285282/temporary-structures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">temporary</a> pavilion, designed by a&nbsp;leading international architect, in&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/230290/melbourne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melbourne</a>&rsquo;s historic Queen Victoria Gardens.<br>This year's structure, designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/382/oma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a>, is inspired by ancient amphitheaters. Blurring the lines between the inside and outside &ndash; and between audience and performer, OMA's pavilion creates a flexible civic space that can function as a stage, auditorium or even a playground. <br></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/w7/w77wotambsu7ydgs.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/w7/w77wotambsu7ydgs.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy OMA</figcaption></figure><p>Echoing the ideals of amphitheater typology, the pavilion comprises static and dynamic elements that allow for multiple configurations.<br></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/dt/dt92uc2ertrxplxa.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/dt/dt92uc2ertrxplxa.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy OMA</figcaption></figure><p>"The pavilion&rsquo;s ground plan is shaped by two grand stands; one<br>fixed, the other movable, which together determine the setup of the performance space. The larger static grand stand is excavated from the surrounding landscape and embedded in 12 different species of indigenous plants, giving a sense of the Australian setting. The smaller gra...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150012925/mvrdv-s-ilot-queyries-blends-history-modern-sustainable-density-in-bordeaux-france MVRDV's Ilot Queyries blends history + modern sustainable density in Bordeaux, France Julia Ingalls 2017-06-16T19:10:00-04:00 >2017-06-26T12:10:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0o/0oyv5ehq9solm4ka.jpg" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How can architects create livable, breathable spaces that not only honor the history of a region, but anticipate the global population increase? This is partly the mission of MVRDV's 300-unit residential apartment/mixed use&nbsp;Ilot Queyries, which is located adjacent to the&nbsp;ZAC Bastide-Niel masterplan East of the River Garonne, and is&nbsp;designed to create a new neighborhood that prizes density and green, sustainable features while organically integrating the history of the region.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/et/etr4iqoqd4dpl5h3.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/et/etr4iqoqd4dpl5h3.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Aerial view</figcaption></figure><p>As MVRDV's Winy Mass explains, "For the Bastide Niel master plan we make an update of the European city: based on the values of the historic city that is intimate, dense and mixed, whilst at the same time proposing new objectives like sunlight for all, even on the ground floor, new energy supplies with solar panels, integrated water system and more green spaces. The concept of the cuts of the volumes is introduced here at Ilot Queyries which can be interpreted as a pilot project of the master plan Ba...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150012865/oda-s-new-condo-building-15-renwick-street-combats-cold-modernism ODA's new condo building 15 Renwick Street "combats cold modernism" Julia Ingalls 2017-06-15T13:41:00-04:00 >2017-06-25T23:31:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/li/li2xlsiii94a7cwj.jpg" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The dark, quasi-Victorian corridors of ODA's 31-unit apartment building on New York City's Renwick Street are a purposeful nod toward British-born James Renwick, 19th century scientist and engineer, after which the street is named. The contrast between the portrait-clad hallways and the light, modern rooms they adjoin is striking; the two spaces almost seem to be from two entirely different buildings.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8r/8rvdzgz1xvka53zu.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fb/fbg9yy58oy0j4bwx.jpg"></p><p>However, as an alliterative press release notes, ODA is purposefully trying to "combat the cold modernism of so much contemporary construction" and the architects appear to succeed, primarily because the interiors don't shy away from texture. While the clean lines and unabashed abstract geometry of the modern canon are prominent here, so is an emphasis on not obscuring or disguising the composition of the materials.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mq/mqygrkfqwcwihzs9.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pw/pwur9w4h0f0fyt86.jpg"></p><p>The wood grain, both on the kitchen cabinets and the polished floors, is prominent. Instead of a soulless cradle of anonymous perfection, the dwelling spaces are rooted firm...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150012470/charles-birnbaum-gustafson-guthrie-nichol-gary-hilderbrand-among-2017-asla-award-honorees Charles Birnbaum, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Gary Hilderbrand among 2017 ASLA Award honorees Justine Testado 2017-06-13T19:31:00-04:00 >2017-06-13T19:31:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nb/nbsyhw7lnvnmq9cq.jpg" width="650" height="630" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The American Society of Landscape Architects has&nbsp;bestowed their highest honors&nbsp;to&nbsp;a distinguished group of&nbsp;landscape architects,&nbsp;practices, and organizations&nbsp;in recognition of their influential contributions to the profession. This year's ASLA Award recipients include The Cultural Landscape Foundation founder&nbsp;Charles Birnbaum,&nbsp;Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, and&nbsp;the&nbsp;John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies for the Community Service Award, to name a few.&nbsp;Winners will be honored at the president's dinner on&nbsp;October 23, during the&nbsp;2017 ASLA Annual Meeting &amp; EXPO in Los Angeles.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>ASLA Medal: Charles Birnbaum&nbsp;</strong>- highest medal bestowed to an individual landscape architect</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2u/2uo3eu73fjic0vi9.jpg"><br><em>Photo via The Cultural Landscape Foundation/Facebook.</em></p><p><strong>The Landscape Architecture Firm Award</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://archinect.com/gustafsonguthrienichol" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gustafson Guthrie Nichol</a> -&nbsp;</strong>in recognition of distinguished work that influences the profession</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/4r/4rr1reexrt3cp4w2.jpg"><em>The National Museum of African American History and Culture. Landscape architect: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol. Photo via GGN/Facebook.</em></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/ih/ih1vz7q9g3r1ibe4.jpg"><em>(Clockwise...</em></p>