Archinect - News 2017-01-22T21:44:11-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149987392/is-sn-hetta-s-7th-room-2017-s-coolest-literally-and-figuratively-treehouse Is Snøhetta's "7th room" 2017's coolest (literally and figuratively) treehouse? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-19T14:10:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T13:39:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rs/rs5ub5ymi71igsh8.jpg" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Sn&oslash;hetta's "7th Room" is an addition to the previously existing Treehotel in Northern Sweden. The tree-canopy-level, snow-blanketed room features a pretty cool assortment of sleek furnishings and views, whether you're standing on the ground looking up, or lounging on the fur-lined chairs looking out.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xb/xbziedyulg691i1c.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hv/hv0lvgnfmgadn68j.jpg"></p><p>In addition to the tree that grows through the cabin, the arrangement of the rooms, centered around a netted terrace, gives "7th Room" a hyper-sophisticated treehouse vibe.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b8/b8ravqtgm8x4fr5j.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cq/cqy0j53rk4jg8op5.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985754/cuomo-announces-750-mile-empire-state-trail-a-continuous-trail-connecting-nyc-to-canada Cuomo announces 750-mile Empire State Trail, a continuous trail connecting NYC to Canada Alyssa Alimurung 2017-01-10T17:18:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T17:23:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n9/n9bocf168i7c393c.jpg" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This morning Governor Cuomo announced that the state would invest in building a $200 million Empire State Trail that would span 750 miles connecting the bottom of Manhattan all the way to the border of Canada. The project would build upon two existing but incomplete trailways&mdash;the Hudson River Valley Greenway and the Erie Canalway&mdash;and become the largest, state multi-use trail in the nation.</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/149985681/hyperloop-one-announces-35-semifinalists-in-17-countries-for-its-global-challenge Hyperloop One announces 35 semifinalists in 17 countries for its global challenge Julia Ingalls 2017-01-10T12:58:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T15:28:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nt/ntjlwuy428zfvfu9.jpg" width="650" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whether you envisioned Hyperloop One as an overhyped pneumatic tube or an inventive way to transport cargo and/or passengers, 35 teams from 17 countries around the world have just been announced as semifinalists in the contest to create working transit corridors for the technology. The 35 proposed routes are sited in countries including Argentina, Poland, Australia, India, the U.K. and the U.S. (the full list is below). Finalists will be announced in May after three global showcase events where each team has the chance to demonstrate how their proposal will economically benefit their region. The showcases will be held in New Delhi on February 28th, Washington D.C. on April 6th, and London on April 27th. Twenty of the proposals currently have governmental or other funding sources already lined up.&nbsp;</p><p>Corridors in&nbsp;the semifinalist round include:<br>AR Buenos Aires-Cordoba<br>AU Sydney-Melbourne<br>CA Ontario (cargo)<br>CA Toronto-Montreal<br>CA Vancouver (cargo)<br>CH Shanghai-Hangzhou<br>DE Autobahn<br>EE Tallin-Helsi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985035/can-late-modernism-survive-the-near-future Can late modernism survive the near future? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-05T18:32:00-05:00 >2017-01-09T14:01:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yl/ylegkxgb5e8qt29h.jpg" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>All across Los Angeles, buildings by the city's most important firms face preservation threats. Rejected and outmoded, can late modernism find love?</p></em><br /><br /><p>What is the value of history in a city known for its ephemerality? (Hint: um, not much, unless everyone agrees it is pretty.) In this <a href="http://www.laweekly.com/arts/can-preservationists-save-las-late-modernist-landmarks-from-the-wrecking-ball-7784088" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">piece for the L.A. Weekly</a>, Mimi Zeiger thoroughly investigates the state of late modernist structures in the City of Angels, and how likely it is that many of these often repurposed (and unfortunately altered) buildings will survive changing public tastes. While the LAX theme building has been legally protected from demolition, other notable works--like William L. Pereira's original LACMA buildings--haven't met with the same preservationist zeal.&nbsp;</p><p>Modernism, in the news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938550/le-corbusier-s-cit-de-refuge-in-paris-to-reopen-after-restoration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier's Cit&eacute; de Refuge in Paris to reopen after restoration</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937684/will-mies-van-der-rohe-s-wolf-house-rise-again" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Mies van der Rohe&rsquo;s Wolf House rise again?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145515699/winners-of-the-african-modernism-book-giveaway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of the "African Modernism" book giveaway</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984928/poissy-galore-artfully-frames-green-public-space-on-the-banks-of-the-seine "Poissy Galore" artfully frames green public space on the banks of the Seine Julia Ingalls 2017-01-05T13:27:00-05:00 >2017-01-09T14:02:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7s/7swadafojuygd41d.jpg" width="650" height="696" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Situated in Carri&egrave;re-Sous-Poissy&nbsp;in France along the River Seine, "Poissy Galore" by Armengaud Armengaud Cianchetta (AAC) and Herlach Hartmann Frommenwiler (HHF) is designed primarily as an ecological public space for both Parisian residents and far-flung visitors. Consisting of an observatory, an insect museum and a visitor center, the project title is an apt play on the James Bond film, both in terms of its expansiveness and playfulness. The inventive timber construction and visually arresting angular framing is as much a part of the project's allure as its nuanced integration into its 113 hectare site.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4h/4hm4ls1tto8u2eka.jpg"></p><p>As the architects explain, "With the exception of the observatory, which is a steel construction,&nbsp;the collection of pavilions and small 'follies' is based on a modular wood system, repeating and combining different sized and angled timber frames."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6v/6vdvt3lzwbzqkltf.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eb/ebffxkguoh8nl3w9.jpg"></p><p>In addition to the public spaces, the project also has private offices and storage, including facilities to raise insects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j2/j22fxjdrtn5tine1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n3/n3b8xfne1ltwnrjd.jpg"></p><p>The latest in F...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984590/defacing-the-stone-a-history-of-vandalism-on-famous-architectural-landmarks Defacing the stone: a history of vandalism on famous architectural landmarks Julia Ingalls 2017-01-03T21:24:00-05:00 >2017-01-08T22:22:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g3/g38vqgkwpox3xk1p.jpg" width="633" height="598" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For as long as there have been landmarks, there have been people willing to deface them in the name of politics, art, fame or sheer stupidity.</p></em><br /><br /><p>From the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge to the Trevi fountain in Rome, this Guardian article explores a brief history of temporary vandalism on famous landmarks (and it's not just artfully placed tarps: try a dangling VW Beetle!).&nbsp;</p><p>From the annals of the vandals:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131021521/detroit-issues-arrest-for-vandal-shepard-fairey" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit issues arrest for "vandal" Shepard Fairey</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126358573/manchester-man-gets-potholes-fixed-by-drawing-giant-penises-around-them" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester man gets potholes fixed by drawing giant penises around them</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123372967/kant-is-a-moron-graffitied-on-the-philosopher-s-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Kant is a moron" graffitied on the philosopher's home</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984580/stalled-out-thomas-heatherwick-s-new-bus-for-london-nixed-by-mayor-sadiq-khan Stalled out: Thomas Heatherwick's "New Bus for London" nixed by Mayor Sadiq Khan Julia Ingalls 2017-01-03T19:42:00-05:00 >2017-01-04T15:46:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mi/mimz8nvhihlg2r7y.jpg" width="650" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Partly in order to help pay for a transit fare freeze, Sadiq Khan has&nbsp;<a href="http://content.tfl.gov.uk/tfl-business-plan-december-2016.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">halted the order</a> for the double-decker, triple-doored Thomas Heatherwick-designed "New Bus for London," which would have replaced the old fleet of Routemaster buses. Much like Heatherwick's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957070/london-mayor-sadiq-khan-blocks-extra-funds-for-garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">troubled Garden Bridge proposal</a>, the costly New Bus for London was backed by former mayor Boris Johnson, whose funding policies have largely attracted more public ire than praise.&nbsp;</p><p>For more on Thomas Heatherwick: &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149977916/paul-goldberger-on-thomas-heatherwick-21st-century-eames" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Goldberger on Thomas Heatherwick: "21st-Century Eames"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968515/renderings-of-thomas-heatherwick-s-vessel-for-new-york-s-hudson-yard-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renderings of Thomas Heatherwick's "Vessel" for New York's Hudson Yard revealed</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955298/construction-on-heatherwick-s-pier55-halted-due-to-court-order" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction on Heatherwick's Pier55 halted due to court order</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983672/elaine-chao-wants-speedier-approvals-for-dot-s-infrastructure-projects Elaine Chao wants speedier approvals for DOT's infrastructure projects Julia Ingalls 2016-12-22T16:22:00-05:00 >2016-12-23T08:28:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p3/p3au7tzovzk69kgh.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Nominee for Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao laid out her vision for DOT should the senate confirm her, and it's heavy on lifting regulations while breezing past funding issues. According to <a href="http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-transportation/2016/12/chaos-agenda-for-dot-217978" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Politico</a>:</p><p><em>Chao said she wants to reduce "regulatory burdens when appropriate." And she hopes to speed up project approvals regardless of whether infrastructure programs get a funding boost. &ldquo;With or without a new infusion of funds, it is necessary to look at the existing processes for infrastructure development and find more efficient ways to address bottlenecks in planning and permitting,&rdquo; Chao said. That response indicates Chao isn&rsquo;t assuming Congress will pass a large infrastructure spending package.</em></p><p>For more on Trump's political cabinet of curiosities:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149981644/5-housing-experts-offer-opinions-about-ben-carson-s-direction-as-hud-head" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5 housing experts offer opinions about Ben Carson's direction as HUD head</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980853/trump-nominates-elaine-chao-for-secretary-of-transportation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump nominates Elaine Chao for Secretary of Transportation</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982839/former-texas-governor-rick-perry-nominated-as-secretary-of-u-s-department-of-energy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Former Texas Governor Rick Perry nominated as Secretary of U.S. Department of Energy</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983468/the-stonehenge-in-the-amazon-reveals-an-unexpected-ancient-history The "Stonehenge" in the Amazon reveals an unexpected ancient history Julia Ingalls 2016-12-20T18:03:00-05:00 >2016-12-22T07:18:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xj/xjqbrzet48baoh5c.jpg" width="640" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Roughly one thousand years ago, a civilization in what is now known as the Brailizan Amazon constructed what appears to be an astronomical observation structure that, thanks to its inadvertent discovery by a tree-razing cattle ranch foreman in the 1990s, has been dubbed the area's "Stonehenge." This <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/14/world/americas/brazil-amazon-megaliths-stonehenge.html?_r=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Times</a> article explores how the structure's existence undermines the idea that the Amazon was a lush, vacant backwoods just waitin' for that first touch of human civilization. Instead, many archeaologists increasingly hypothesize that the structure was either used for ritual ceremonies or as a kind of landmark for agriculture and hunting. Archeaologists also speculate that the area hosted a cilivilzation of up to 10 million people, as evidenced by ancient road networks and settlements found nearby.</p><p>Other cool breakthroughs in archaeology thanks to architectural discoveries:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982755/one-of-the-best-long-reads-of-2016-explores-the-demise-of-a-medieval-u-s-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One of the best long reads of 2016 explores the demise of a medieval U.S. city</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979032/three-pyramids-in-one-mayan-kukulkan-pyramid-is-an-architectural-russian-nesting-doll" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Three pyramids in one: Mayan Ku...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982672/team-jvantspijker-felixx-wins-tender-with-free-haven-for-reykjavik Team jvantspijker - Felixx wins tender with free haven for Reykjavik Jaakko van 't Spijker 2016-12-14T13:24:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T22:00:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3v/3v55gahjqwprc7oh.jpg" width="650" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Dutch design offices jvantspijker and Felixx, together with Orri Steinarsson, have won the international urban design competition in Gufunes, Reykjavik. The task was the strategic redevelopment of a vast coastal area of approximately 140 hectares, at the edge of the city. The winning proposal is committed to transform the area, with striking industrial buildings along the coast and a vast green zone inland, into a haven for urban pioneers. The 1st prize was awarded during a ceremony on Wednesday night (December 7th) by the mayor of Reykjavik.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1p/1pvh24c5ysepzruf.jpg"></p><p>The winning proposal positions the area as an overflow for downtown Reykjavik. Tourism keeps growing, and the city can hardly cope with the increasing pressure on space and program in the center. Gufunes will therefore become an unpolished haven for starters, city pioneers and creative businesses that can no longer be accommodated elsewhere in the city. The vast area is being restructured into a coherent whole. The zone around the existing i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149980675/mvva-designed-dallas-trinity-river-park-to-become-america-s-largest-urban-nature-park MVVA-designed Dallas Trinity River Park to become America's largest urban nature park Alexander Walter 2016-11-29T15:16:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:42:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ak/akpyqi37tktmw62g.jpg" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Trinity River Park, which will be 10 times the size of Central Park in New York, will be made up of 7,000 acres of the Great Trinity Forest, 2,000 acres of space between the Trinity River levees and 1,000 acres of already developed space. MVVA&rsquo;s design will build on municipal efforts to connect the river with the city. It envisions the space as a &ldquo;beautiful and naturalistic network of trails, meadows and lakes living in harmony with the river&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/95359093/results-of-the-dallas-connected-city-design-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Results of the Dallas Connected City Design Challenge</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965066/a-look-at-some-cities-revitalizing-their-blighted-rivers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A look at some cities revitalizing their blighted rivers</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938197/national-geographic-takes-a-closer-look-at-the-world-s-great-urban-parks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Geographic takes a closer look at the world's great urban parks</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149980645/mia-lehrer-discusses-her-long-running-history-with-the-la-river-s-redevelopment-on-our-final-next-up-the-la-river-mini-session Mia Lehrer discusses her long-running history with the LA River's redevelopment on our final 'Next Up: The LA River' Mini-Session Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-29T13:09:00-05:00 >2016-12-13T20:13:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2c/2clrzb2fjj3ljxih.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's here: our final interview from 'Next Up: The LA River', featuring Mia Lehrer of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/22201405/mia-lehrer-associates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mia Lehrer + Associates</a>. Lehrer was a major driving force in the 2007 Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan, and has worked for nearly 20 years on projects related to the River&mdash;undeniably preceding any involvement from Frank Gehry.</p><p>Paul Petrunia sits down with Lehrer to speak about her history with the river and its redevelopment, as well as her thoughts for how the project must proceed. Read more about Lehrer's work on the LA River <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958945/gruen-associates-mia-lehrer-oyler-wu-appointed-to-design-l-a-river-greenway-in-san-fernando-valley" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>To get caught up on all Mini-Sessions from our Next Up: The LA River event, you can listen to the whole first half at once on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions-one-to-one/id1057340260?mt=2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a> (the second half will be available next week), or download each interview separately through <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>&nbsp;Mini-Session #8&nbsp;</strong>from<strong>&nbsp;'<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/842448/next-up-la-river-mini-session" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up: The LA River</a>'&nbsp;</strong>with<strong>&nbsp;Mia Lehrer</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Po...</strong></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149980618/zaha-hadid-architects-rejects-patrik-schumacher-s-manifesto-in-open-letter Zaha Hadid Architects rejects Patrik Schumacher's "manifesto" in open letter Julia Ingalls 2016-11-29T12:51:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:44:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zr/zrneuvhemicswdd4.jpg" width="640" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The perenially&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149956426/brexit-a-chance-to-roll-back-the-interventionist-state-and-unleash-entrepreneurial-creativity-op-ed-by-patrik-schumacher" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opinionated</a> Patrik Schumacher, who gave a speech about his "urban policy manifesto" at the November 17th World Architecture Festival in which he called for an end to all social housing and privatization of public space, has attracted push-back from an unexpected source: the firm he currently runs, which was founded by the late, great Zaha Hadid. In an open letter from the architectural office, Zaha Hadid Architects states that Schumacher's manifesto does not reflect the future direction of the firm, noting that Zaha "deeply believed in the strongest international collaboration" and she "did not write manifestos. She built them." The full text of the letter follows below:</p><p><em>November 29, 2016</em></p><p><em>Patrik Schumacher&rsquo;s &lsquo;urban policy manifesto&rsquo; does not reflect Zaha Hadid Architects&rsquo; past&mdash;and will not be our future.</em></p><p><em>Zaha Hadid did not write manifestos. She built them.</em></p><p><em>Zaha Hadid Architects has delivered 56 projects for all members of the community in 45 cities around the world.</em></p><p><em>Refusi...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149979625/why-is-trump-seeking-private-equity-for-public-infrastructure Why is Trump seeking private equity for public infrastructure? Julia Ingalls 2016-11-21T12:51:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T09:23:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jh/jhua4w6qw4pljkey.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The indefatigable Paul Krugman takes a closer look at Trump's proposed infrastructure funding plans in his column for&nbsp;<a href="http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/11/19/infrastructure-build-or-privatization-scam/?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>, wondering why the President-elect would seek private equity for public projects. Is this a profiteering scheme that sneakily privatizes ownership of traditionally publicly accessible resources (like water, for example)?</p><p>As Krugman notes about Trump's plan: "Crucially, it&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>not</em>&nbsp;a plan to borrow $1 trillion and spend it on much-needed projects &mdash; which would be the straightforward, obvious thing to do. It is, instead, supposed to involve having private investors do the work both of raising money and building the projects &mdash; with the aid of a huge tax credit that gives them back 82% of the equity they put in. To compensate for the small sliver of additional equity and the interest on their borrowing, the private investors then have to somehow make profits on the assets they end up owning."</p><p>For more on how architects are reacting to the Presidential elect...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149979595/bdp-wins-northern-estate-programme-the-development-of-a-number-of-historic-buildings-for-the-house-of-commons BDP wins Northern Estate Programme - the development of a number of historic buildings for the House of Commons Ellen Hancock 2016-11-21T12:23:00-05:00 >2016-11-27T19:00:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b5/b5d3ujnpzabh5wez.jpg" width="650" height="616" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Northern Estate consists of a series of Grade I and II listed buildings, which provide office space for the House of Commons.&nbsp;</p><p>Many buildings on the estate have not been refurbished in over 40 years however they are now non-compliant with a multitude of regulatory and statutory building regulations and refurbishment has become essential.&nbsp;</p><p>15,300 sqm of office space will be restored with works due to be completed in the early 2020s.</p><p>Architect director Tim Leach said: <em>&ldquo;This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to refurbish the buildings on Parliament&rsquo;s Northern Estate, close to the Palace of Westminster and at the heart of Whitehall, to create a modern office environment and external landscape to meet the needs of the House of Commons, its MPs, researchers and supporting facilities, well into the 21st century.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Read more about more projects by BDP:</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149976316/boxpark-opens-in-croydon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boxpark opens in Croydon</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149957419/our-predictions-for-the-stirling-prize-2016-nominees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Our predictions for the Stirling Prize 2016 nominees</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149956491/the-hive-pavilion-moves-to-kew-gardens" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Hive pavilion moves to Kew Gardens</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149979257/take-a-look-inside-london-s-new-design-museum Take a look inside London's new Design Museum Abigail Banfield 2016-11-18T11:15:00-05:00 >2016-11-26T20:45:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2i/2i3vcqrvfy985wrl.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How do you create a new home to house iconic and innovative design? With eyes on the final outcome, and with everyone waiting to see the unveiling of one of the most anticipated buildings this decade, we think that John Pawson, OMA, Arup, and Allies &amp; Morrison have risen to the challenge of transforming a grade II listed building into the new home of the Design Museum.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j0/j024g8408gp9xo1n.jpg"></p><p>Yesterday was the preview of the new Design Museum in Kensington. Archinect UK was delighted to have been invited to see the grand unveiling of the building, and to get our feet inside the transformed Commonwealth Centre. The sheer gravity of the main space is enough to make this an incredible building, but, as we learn more, experience more, and see how it completely engages the user, we realise that this is a project that really doesn&rsquo;t disappoint.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6p/6p5ht0lb2rov7e5n.jpg"></p><p>The Design Museum was founded almost three decades ago in 1989 by Sir Terence Conran, and only closed at its previous space in June of this year, to make preparations for t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149979047/with-new-york-s-waterline-square-three-architects-are-better-than-one With New York's Waterline Square, three architects are better than one Richard Meier & Partners 2016-11-17T13:23:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T22:52:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bq/bqmdzrzpphxfv7l5.jpg" width="650" height="398" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three leading starchitecture firms &ndash; Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly Architects, Richard Meier &amp; Partners Architects and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates &ndash; have joined forces to collaborate on Waterline Square, a new residential development occupying five acres of land on one of the Upper West Side's last remaining waterfront development sites along the Hudson River.</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/149979025/frank-gehry-and-maya-lin-to-receive-presidential-medal-of-freedom Frank Gehry and Maya Lin to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom Julia Ingalls 2016-11-17T12:56:00-05:00 >2016-11-23T01:41:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4p/4p8sp0y2rntj7jti.jpg" width="650" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Some good news from the White House: iconic designers <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/82907/maya-lin-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Maya Lin</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147370852/frank-gehry-and-maya-lin-find-their-ancestral-roots-on-pbs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a> will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama in a ceremony on November 22nd. While both designers have already made tremendous contributions to the global aesthetic landscape, they're not done yet. Gehry is currently undertaking <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/841652/next-up-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the revitalization of the L.A. river</a>&nbsp;among other projects,&nbsp;while according to the White House's official site, Maya Lin is working "on a multi-sited artwork/memorial, <em>What is Missing?</em> bringing awareness to the planet's loss of habitat and biodiversity."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/v0/v0nm2b9l0gn4aplr.jpg"></p><p>For more on President Obama and architecture:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955229/tod-williams-billie-tsien-architects-selected-to-design-the-obama-presidential-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects selected to design the Obama Presidential Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948693/how-will-president-obama-s-move-to-require-overtime-pay-change-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How will President Obama's move to require overtime pay change architecture?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126726246/university-of-chicago-will-reportedly-win-race-for-obama-presidential-library" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Chicago will reportedly win race for Obama Presidential Library</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149978619/listen-to-next-up-the-la-river-mini-session-1-with-kcrw-s-design-and-architecture-host-frances-anderton-and-la-times-architecture-critic-christopher-hawthorne Listen to 'Next Up: The LA River' Mini-Session #1 with KCRW's 'Design and Architecture' host Frances Anderton and LA Times architecture critic, Christopher Hawthorne Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-16T12:44:00-05:00 >2016-12-13T20:13:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j7/j7zlfu13q1g1q8ez.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133738813/gehry-enlisted-to-masterplan-la-river-redevelopment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry's office was first attached</a> to the L.A. River's master plan and redevelopment, the river began attracting fresh attention over a project that had already been evolving for decades. This October, in an attempt to do justice to the river's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934555/los-angeles-river-revitalization-prosperity-for-all-or-just-a-chosen-few" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">complexity and history</a>&nbsp;(and the accompanying urbanist discourse),&nbsp;Archinect hosted '<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974079/archinect-presents-next-up-the-l-a-river-at-the-a-d-museum-on-saturday-october-29" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up: The LA River</a>'&mdash;a live podcasting interview series with an array of&nbsp;architects, planners, artists, and journalists with varying perspectives on the subject.</p><p>We're now eager to share those conversations with everyone as eight Mini-Sessions, released as part of our <a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a> podcast. Myself, Paul Petrunia and Nicholas Korody moderated the conversations, which took place <a href="http://bustler.net/events/latest/8406/next-up-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">at the Los Angeles Architecture + Design Museum on October 29, 2016</a>. While we reached out to them, unfortunately no representatives from Gehry's office were able to take part.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/h6/h6g0uphkyywwhrlv.jpg"></p><p>Our first Mini-Session was moderated by myself, with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/105047/frances-anderton" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frances Anderton</a> (host of KCRW's 'Design and...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149978584/tadao-ando-s-landmark-manchester-piccadilly-gardens-wall-to-be-destroyed Tadao Ando's Landmark Manchester Piccadilly Gardens wall to be destroyed Ellen Hancock 2016-11-16T01:45:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T22:45:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dz/dzypy342jdyoid9s.jpg" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Pictures of a planned &pound;10m revamp of a Manchester landmark described as a "concrete monstrosity" have been revealed. Manchester City Council said it had taken public opinion into account to remove the current wall and pavilion in Piccadilly Gardens. It said it will improve the quality and safety of the area. The plans, to be funded by leaseholders Legal &amp; General, will go before the executive committee on 16 November.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4d/4d552bbc2cd05abed18fc5a9ceb4ed67.jpg"></p><p>Read more UK related stories here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149976664/zaha-hadid-architects-to-design-new-stadium-for-the-forest-green-rovers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects to design new stadium for the Forest Green Rovers</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149975487/construction-of-the-pinnacle-to-continue-despite-referendum-result" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction of the 'Pinnacle' to continue despite referendum result</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149977505/zaha-hadid-architects-just-opened-a-new-office-in-dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects just opened a new office in Dubai</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149976501/british-transport-minister-decries-cult-of-ugliness-in-brutalism-modernism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">British transport minister decries "cult of ugliness" in brutalism, modernism</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149978587/diana-balmori-revered-landscape-architect-has-died-at-age-84 Diana Balmori, revered landscape architect, has died at age 84 Julia Ingalls 2016-11-15T14:33:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T21:56:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z6/z6d6sbuu69ju4h28.jpg" width="640" height="640" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Landscape architect and innovative urbanist Diana Balmori has died at age 84, as announced by her&nbsp;<a href="http://www.balmori.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">firm's website</a>. The Spanish-born&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/lian/live-blog-diana-balmori-and-joel-sanders-on-landscape-and-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Balmori</a>, who founded her own firm in New York City at age 58, was known for her site-defining and inventive landscape architecture works, including the Abandoibarra District in Bilbao, Spain, the Prairie Waterway Stormwater Park in Minnesota, and numerous green roofs in Manhattan. In addition to their striking aesthetic beauty, Balmori's projects integrated sustainable practices, resulting in a holistic pairing of nature and architecture.</p><p><em>Abandoibarra</em><em> Masterplan, Bilbao, Spain</em><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c2/c2074xrnddj50r6l.jpg"></p><p>Balmori, who graduated from high school at age 16, started her career in academia, taking a teaching position at the State University of New York shortly after receiving her Ph.D in urban history from <a href="http://archinect.com/ucla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a>. Eventually, she became a partner at Cesar Pelli Associates (now known as Pelli, Clarke, Pelli, Architects), creating the firm's in-house Landscape Architecture department. Her dea...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149978582/cockpit-arts-building-in-camden-may-be-redeveloped-as-part-of-proposed-overhaul-of-holborn-library Cockpit Arts building in Camden may be redeveloped as part of proposed overhaul of Holborn Library Ellen Hancock 2016-11-15T12:29:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T22:03:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/08/08fc0ad34279ed7c3e5b386a7e0be801.jpg" width="620" height="415" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As gentrification continues to sweep London, another of the city&rsquo;s artist studio spaces is facing redevelopment. There are plans to demolish the Cockpit Arts building in Camden, north London, although the local council intends to relocate all artists and designers to a new building on the same site. &ldquo;Camden is anxious not to lose them as they are big local employers,&rdquo; says Michael Pountney, the vice-chairman of the Holborn Library Users Group.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more news from London here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149978078/herzog-de-meuron-will-design-royal-college-of-art-s-battersea-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron will design Royal College of Art's Battersea campus</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149976501/british-transport-minister-decries-cult-of-ugliness-in-brutalism-modernism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">British transport minister decries "cult of ugliness" in brutalism, modernism</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149976316/boxpark-opens-in-croydon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boxpark opens in Croydon</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149977465/virtual-reality-transforms-actual-construction-and-its-ability-to-execute-complexity Virtual reality transforms actual construction (and its ability to execute complexity) Julia Ingalls 2016-11-08T13:09:00-05:00 >2016-11-11T22:35:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/31/31uzvfzlry6i6898.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Speed, accuracy, and complexity don't have to be mutually exclusive in construction. At least, that's the theory behind augmented reality technologies that offer 3D glimpses of real-time construction sites, animated plans and even wall finishes (imagine holding up your phone In your abode and viewing a realistic display of what a new paint job could look like). As this article from <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/media-network/2016/oct/28/augmented-reality-leading-construction-creative-reinvention" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian</a> explains, developments in technology promise a great deal, but the actual execution is still coming along:</p><p>"There are signs that, beyond bringing flat blueprints and designs to life in front of clients, reducing on-site problems and easing investor worries, AR could provide an end-to-end service. Software is being developed that enables companies to show clients what the inside of a build will look like when furnished a certain way or the finishing touches have been applied to the outside. Of course, virtual reality allows this to be done before a project has been completed and sometimes in mo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149976865/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-biophilia-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Biophilia" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-11-04T14:51:00-04:00 >2016-11-09T00:20:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ga/ga37n518na3tiz65.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People </a>profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <em><a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/biophilia/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Biophilia</a></em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/er/erw58ixni28uxilb.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/paulcremouxstudio/project/cormanca-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CorManca House</a> in Mexico City by <a href="http://archinect.com/paulcremouxstudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PAUL CREMOUX studio</a>; Photo: H&eacute;ctor Armanado Herrera</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/va/vaqijipxhaymspr1.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/GENASSEMBLY/project/boerum-hill-townhouse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boerum Hill Townhouse</a> in Brooklyn, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/GENASSEMBLY" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">General Assembly</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/h0/h0ch8b6au6z97liq.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/25989684/black-box/135572388" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Black Box</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/25989684/aaron-neubert-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Neubert Architects</a>; Photo: Brian Thomas Jones</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lg/lg058wwg5exd8nml.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/bossleyarchitects/project/mccahon-s-artist-residence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McCahon's Artist Residence</a> in Titirangi, New Zealand by <a href="http://archinect.com/bossleyarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bossley Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2d/2d99qnabpbpry1cp.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/edgleydesign/project/pear-tree-house2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pear Tree House</a> in East Dulwich, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/edgleydesign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Edgley Design</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f5/f5loin3hgs63u81g.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/brandt_simon_architekten/project/kleinoud" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">kleinOud</a> in Berlin, Germany by <a href="http://archinect.com/brandt_simon_architekten" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brandt+simon architekten</a>; Photo: Dirk D&auml;hmlow</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q5/q51o0l1v4829eggm.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/31790/ricardo-bofill-taller-de-arquitectura-headquarters/75880140" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura Headquarters</a> in Sant Just Desvern, Spain by <a href="http://archinect.com/ricardo_bofill_taller_arquitectura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z7/z7x441guf6c5wn8t.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/2840623/hex-sys/141554177" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HEX-SYS</a> in Guangzhou, China by <a href="http://archinect.com/openarch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OPEN Architecture</a>; Photo: Zhang Chao</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rj/rj9f3yiz7ydpxvw4.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/68186458/bee-connected/149975204" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">B...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975487/construction-of-the-pinnacle-to-continue-despite-referendum-result Construction of the 'Pinnacle' to continue despite referendum result Ellen Hancock 2016-10-27T14:12:00-04:00 >2016-10-27T14:12:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/po/poy0vt41yymo25zg.jpg" width="620" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now known as 22 Bishopsgate &ndash; its address near Liverpool Street station &ndash; the building will be the tallest in London&rsquo;s financial district and is being developed by AXA Investment Managers Real Assets. The building will be 278 metres tall, 10 metres lower than the original design that was first outlined almost 10 years ago. Construction came to a halt five years ago...but AXA IM said it had continued with the foundations and expected to complete the building in 2019.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more UK news stories here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149975149/third-runway-at-heathrow-gets-the-go-ahead" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Third runway at Heathrow gets the go-ahead</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149974483/british-construction-criticised-for-lack-of-innovation-by-government-report" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">British construction criticised for lack of innovation by government report</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149973463/if-london-garden-bridge-is-cancelled-nao-report-says-taxpayers-could-lose-20m" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">If London Garden Bridge is cancelled, NAO report says taxpayers could lose &pound;20m</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149971060/apple-plan-to-open-a-huge-campus-in-london-s-battersea-power-station" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple plan to open a huge campus in London&rsquo;s Battersea Power Station</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975149/third-runway-at-heathrow-gets-the-go-ahead Third runway at Heathrow gets the go-ahead Ellen Hancock 2016-10-25T12:30:00-04:00 >2016-11-04T00:02:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4a/4af9d1fea797152c5405a697d041c75f.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ministers approved the long-awaited decision at a cabinet committee meeting on Tuesday. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling called the decision "truly momentous" and said expansion would improve the UK's connections with the rest of the world and support trade and jobs. Although Heathrow has always been the favourite among businesses, it has attracted the most opposition from MPs with constituencies near the airport or under flight paths.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The expansion which had been publicly opposed by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Tory MP for Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith and Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson has been widely debated for years.</p><p>Funded with private sector cash the new runway will cost &pound;17.6 billion but provide 260,000 more flights with an estimated boost of &pound;147 billion to the economy over 60 years. However, construction is unlikely to begin until 2020 at the earliest.&nbsp;</p><p>Read more about Heathrow and UK aviation projects here:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149961409/will-brexit-kill-405b-worth-of-infrastructure-projects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Brexit kill &pound;405B worth of infrastructure projects?</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149960849/expansion-of-london-city-airport-granted-planning-permission" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Expansion of London City Airport granted planning permission</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149958796/grimshaw-chosen-to-design-heathrow-s-new-terminal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw chosen to design Heathrow's new terminal</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149955508/after-brexit-the-priority-for-the-government-at-this-time-will-not-be-big-sexy-projects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After Brexit, &ldquo;the priority for the government at this time will not be big sexy projects&rdquo;</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149946366/benoy-announced-in-heathrow-shortlist-for-terminal-of-the-future-expansion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Benoy Announced in Heathrow Shortlist for Terminal of the Future Expansion</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149974538/landscape-architecture-firms-report-decline-in-billable-hours-and-new-gigs Landscape architecture firms report decline in billable hours and new gigs Julia Ingalls 2016-10-20T14:53:00-04:00 >2016-11-29T14:59:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zp/zpu4gtfvacxopdq6.jpg" width="650" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest survey from ASLA, the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/20893/asla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Society of Landscape Architects</a>, reveals that the 188 landscape architecture firms that responded to the survey are planning to hire fewer people and seem to have fewer stable billable hours than they did the previous quarter. Only&nbsp;78.38 percent of surveyed firms reported stable billable hours for the third quarter of 2016, down from the previous quarter's&nbsp;82.67 percent. Check out the full report <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/asla-survey-reveals-tepid-conditions-for-landscape-architecture-firms-300347566.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>For more on architecture and economics:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974373/architecture-billings-index-declines-further-reflecting-uncertainty-over-u-s-presidential-election" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index declines further; reflecting uncertainty over U.S. presidential election</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149973355/is-vancouver-s-15-tax-on-overseas-buyers-helping-to-cool-the-housing-market" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Vancouver's 15% tax on overseas buyers helping to cool the housing market?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957053/the-era-of-aspirational-pricing-is-over" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The era of aspirational pricing is over</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149974483/british-construction-criticised-for-lack-of-innovation-by-government-report British construction criticised for lack of innovation by government report Ellen Hancock 2016-10-20T11:47:00-04:00 >2016-10-25T23:34:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dk/dk1pnnas4gpx03ot.jpg" width="642" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The review highlights the sector&rsquo;s dysfunctional training model, its lack of innovation and collaboration, and its non-existent research and development culture. Low productivity continues to hamper the sector, while recent high levels of cost inflation, driven by a shortage of workers, has stalled numerous housing schemes as they have become too expensive to build.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more UK industry news here:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149971225/mayor-of-london-launches-probe-into-the-impact-of-foreign-investment-in-city-s-real-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor of London launches probe into the impact of foreign investment in city's real estate</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149970752/engineering-giant-arup-announces-imminent-layoffs-following-brexit-vote" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Engineering giant Arup announces imminent layoffs following Brexit vote</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149970640/the-former-football-stars-tackling-england-s-affordable-housing-shortage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The former-football stars tackling England's affordable housing shortage</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149974079/archinect-presents-next-up-the-l-a-river-at-the-a-d-museum-on-saturday-october-29 Archinect presents Next Up: The L.A. River, at the A+D Museum on Saturday, October 29! Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-18T12:06:00-04:00 >2016-12-13T20:13:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/y4/y4zi21zdfj0jr6a8.gif" width="1200" height="926" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest installment of Archinect's live podcasting series, <em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/646036/next-up/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up</a></em>,&nbsp;we're&nbsp;focusing on the L.A. River, and the&nbsp;wide swath of urbanist concerns within its ongoing master planning efforts.</p><p>It could be the project that makes, or breaks, Los Angeles. With a complex historical legacy and an often-misunderstood ecology, the L.A. River&rsquo;s 51-mile stretch is at once a huge urban opportunity, and to many, an even bigger eyesore. Thirty years ago, nonprofit Friends of the Los Angeles River was founded to protect and advocate for the river, and shortly after, the City of L.A. began looking at ways to take better advantage of the immense resource. Since then, many more communities and stakeholders have joined the conversation, raising concerns of ecology, sustainability, gentrification, public space, affordable housing, social equity&mdash;a wealth of complexities that testifies to what a lightning rod of urbanist discourse the River has become.</p><p>While conversations about the L.A. River&rsquo;s future ha...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149973300/landmarks-reveals-new-renderings-for-studio-gang-s-natural-history-museum-expansion-project Landmarks reveals new renderings for Studio Gang's Natural History Museum expansion project Alyssa Alimurung 2016-10-12T11:23:00-04:00 >2016-10-14T00:06:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mh/mhnb6rk33dcgkt6y.jpg" width="650" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In light of the Landmarks Preservation Commission's approval of Jeanne Gang's expansion plan for the American Museum of Natural History, the Commission has revealed a slew of new renderings, which show the $325 million project from various angles, as well as new views of the surrounding parkland. Chairwoman Meenakshi Srinivasan referred to the new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation as a &ldquo;stunning piece of architecture&rdquo; and an &ldquo;absolutely wonderful addition.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k8/k86oomqj81vojnla.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u8/u8ql9fs4scotvm8d.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lu/lubac6jjp43z5kqo.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d9/d962zvewwtzrhx9v.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qi/qimv2xvydgbx45um.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sv/svupmy2c59caxy98.jpg"></p>