Archinect - News 2014-11-23T15:05:50-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/114139791/editor-s-picks-394 Editor's Picks #394 Nam Henderson 2014-11-21T12:30:00-05:00 >2014-11-22T08:40:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1f/1f3wi07m9c8gbzgs.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest edition of <strong>Working out of the Box:</strong> featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/112809997/working-out-of-the-box-greg-henderson-of-hendo-hoverboards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hendo Hoverboard</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/112809997/working-out-of-the-box-greg-henderson-of-hendo-hoverboards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> inventor and co-founder of </a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/112809997/working-out-of-the-box-greg-henderson-of-hendo-hoverboards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arx Pax</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/112809997/working-out-of-the-box-greg-henderson-of-hendo-hoverboards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">, </a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/112809997/working-out-of-the-box-greg-henderson-of-hendo-hoverboards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Greg Henderson</a>. You can hear the full interview with Greg with his wife Jill, co-founder of Arx Pax, as part of episode 4 of <strong>Archinect Sessions</strong> <a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/archinect/Archinect-Sessions-4.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>. &nbsp;Click <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fr/frnwwpk0motf8vqj.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;Meanwhile, the latest <strong>Showcase:</strong>&nbsp; - <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/113594683/showcase-garden-school-beijing-no-4-high-school-fangshan-campus-by-open-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No.4 High School Fangshan Campus </a>is located in Beijing&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/113594683/showcase-garden-school-beijing-no-4-high-school-fangshan-campus-by-open-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">and designed by local firm </a><a href="http://archinect.com/openarch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OPEN Architecture</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dm/dmdf87dovkl0gmt1.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>On <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112980377/archinect-sessions-5-barbara-bestor-the-michael-graves-school-material-witness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">episode 5</a> of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/47379/archinect-sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a> co-host/NJIT grad <a href="http://archinect.com/pedaldesignlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ken Koense</a> took issue with NJIT's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113495827/njit-blasts-kean-u-architecture-school-plans-calls-proposal-duplicative-wasteful" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">statement</a> against Kean University's upcoming <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112336336/kean-university-announces-the-michael-graves-school-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Graves School of Architecture</a>. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113503877/njit-s-school-of-architecture-has-no-one-to-blame-but-itself-in-beef-with-kean-university" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Listen to Koense's take on NJIT's statement</a>, or download the whole episode <a href="http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/0/0/b/00b5cd6972520e4c/Archinect-Sessions-5.mp3?c_id=7840625&amp;expiration=1415837977&amp;hwt=7fe2fe590e2a967fa1a298a2f5d6deab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/SebastianMlekicki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sebastian Mlekicki</a>&nbsp;argued "<em>Including NJIT there are already 7 NCARB accredited architecture schools in a 25 mile radius of NJIT, &nbsp;and there here have been less students signing up for architecture in NJ all together. How is adding another program economically feasible?</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ni/ni407a3n1awj1aed.jpg"></p><p>On a visit to Cleveland,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.monicaponcedeleon.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Monica Ponce de Leon</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113882001/u-of-m-architecture-dean-encourages-minority-high-school-students-to-storm-barriers-in-a-field-dominated-by-white-males" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> made...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114041822/sanaa-s-grace-farms-river-project-to-open-in-fall-2015 SANAA's Grace Farms River project to open in fall 2015 Justine Testado 2014-11-19T19:31:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T12:56:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7w/7wyj7esvst36j399.jpg" width="514" height="228" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/sanaa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANAA</a>'s River project in the upcoming Grace Farms in New Canaan, CT will finally celebrate its grand opening next fall. The non-profit <a href="http://www.gracefarms.org/grace-farms-foundation/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grace Farms Foundation</a> developed Grace Farms as an open public park for the local community, whereas the SANAA-designed building will be used for various community programs and recreation.</p><p>After an international search, the Foundation selected SANAA in 2010 to design the structure -- not long before the firm <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97140/sanaa-wins-2010-pritzker-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">won the 2010 Pritzker Prize</a>. SANAA then revealed their design of the River <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/58092018/sanaa-unveils-design-for-first-u-s-building-since-pritzker-win" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in 2012</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1j/1jrh72navbhozun1.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ap/apmkaca0lkhhdrox.jpg"></p><p>Reminiscent of SANAA's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/89892/ryue-nishizawa-and-kazuyo-sejima-s-serpentine-pavilion-now-you-see-it-now-you-don-t" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2009 Serpentine Pavilion</a>, the River building evidently gets its name from the way it meanders through the park's greenery. The 86,000 sq.ft structure is made of glass, concrete, steel, and wood, and is essentially connected by a single roof that appears to float approximately 10-14 feet above the ground. From an aerial view, the roof's water-like appearance allows the project to blend in with the surrounding landscape, which SANAA designed in ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114038603/london-s-garden-bridge-not-so-public-after-all London's Garden Bridge: not so public after all Alexander Walter 2014-11-19T14:30:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T20:37:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/9126bc2fe3215b35b7f4f645466941bc.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] the bridge will be closed at night, won't allow entry to cyclists or groups of 8 or more without prior booking, and will ocassionally be closed off for fundraising events. Right. So less a public bridge than a privately-managed tourist attraction, then. [...] The east of London, on the other hand, could actually use another crossing, with or without limits to access</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102628656/london-s-garden-bridge-it-feels-like-we-re-trying-to-pull-off-a-crime" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Garden bridge: 'It feels like we're trying to pull off a crime'</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113962327/planning-the-unplanned Planning the Unplanned Alexander Walter 2014-11-18T14:33:00-05:00 >2014-11-18T14:41:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rb/rb8mmeed2hk873p9.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Daniel Campo, an urban planner and professor of planning at Morgan State University, is particularly interested in those recreational spaces that aren&rsquo;t planned or designed, but are appropriated by residents for their own purposes. [...] Dylan Gauthier, a public artist, educator, and writer based in North Brooklyn, walked around these parks with Campo to discuss the benefits of unplanned spaces for recreation [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/113925415/postpolitical-infrastructures Postpolitical Infrastructures Orhan Ayyüce 2014-11-18T10:27:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:58:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/av/avtllgyopwl8t19o.jpg" width="514" height="791" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architect today is no &lsquo;fountainhead.&rsquo; It is rather sad to watch today&rsquo;s &lsquo;starchitects&rsquo;, designing their weird-looking signature buildings. These seem now always to be either museums or condos for billionaires. The brand-name architect just build useless luxury housing for the 1% and their trinkets. The actual design of the world is now in the hands of other people.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a title="Posts by McKenzie Wark" href="http://www.publicseminar.org/author/kenwark/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McKenzie Wark</a>&nbsp;pens a rather a wake up call of a book review on Easterling's new book&nbsp;<em>Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space </em>in which<em>&nbsp;</em>Easterling offers a set of subsidiary metaphors for contemporary infrastructure design: multipliers, switches, and topologies.</p><p><em>"The multipliers include: cars, elevators, mobile phones. The first, the car, was the multiplier that made possible one of the precursor forms of the greenfields city, the greenfields suburb. But &ldquo;Levittown was simple software.&rdquo; (74) Its repeated unit-forms were few. Sadly, it may be the case that the United States never quite acquired the higher-order practices of building forms at the next scale. Hence the endless attempts to solve spatial problems with yet more versions of the Levittown software.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lu/lu2cdyux014yons4.jpg"></p><p><em>The switch is something like an interchange highway. The switch is a macro-order feature compared to the multiplier, shaping where the multipliers can circulate. Topology might designate the art of patterning switches and ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113894090/solar-paneled-roads-open-in-the-netherlands Solar-Paneled Roads Open in the Netherlands Nicholas Korody 2014-11-17T18:29:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T20:00:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/59/591546a7e65346582bc04341b3468091.jpg" width="360" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To capture more energy from the sun, one company is putting solar panels where they've never gone before: in the street. This week, the Dutch company SolaRoad officially opened the world's first solar roadway in a suburb outside of Amsterdam. The 230-foot (70 meters) stretch of energy-absorbing concrete and glass will be used as a bicycle path for commuters, according to the company.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/113876375/barry-diller-pledges-130m-for-futuristic-offshore-park-on-the-west-side Barry Diller Pledges $130M for Futuristic Offshore Park on the West Side dschulz18 2014-11-17T13:27:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:58:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zi/ziu0w35nwr4xln2e.jpg" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After being approached over two years ago about the idea, Barry Diller initiated a design competition, ultimately selecting British architect Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio, famous for designing the Olympic caldron for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Landscape architect Mathews Nielsen will also lend his hand. Some critics of the idea are not happy about the secretive planning and how private funds will be used to construct a public park.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Billionaire media mogul, and largest private donor to the High Line, Barry Diller has pledged $130 million of the $170 million total to build a floating park and performance venue known as Pier 55 off 14th Street in the Meatpacking District. The 2.7-acre park will be located 186 feet off land, and contain wooded nooks and three performance venues, including an amphitheater. It will be an undulating platform set atop 300 mushroom-shaped concrete columns that&nbsp;will range in height from 70 feet to 15 feet above the water.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113648500/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-kids-spaces-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Kids Spaces" Pinterest Board Archinect 2014-11-14T13:38:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T19:45:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8j/8j59ksz8ydqqnldx.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the NEW board <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/archinect/kids-spaces/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Kids Spaces</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gy/gyll0q5b5lrev9un.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/JMDDesign/project/blaxland-common-playground-regional-playspace" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blaxland Common Playground - Regional Playspace</a> in&nbsp;Homebush, Australia by <a href="http://archinect.com/JMDDesign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">JMD Design</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l9/l9p18svd0nak2l9m.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/haeahn/project/incheon-children-science-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Incheon Children Science Museum</a> in Incheon, South Korea by <a href="http://archinect.com/haeahn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Haeahn Architecture</a>; Photo: Park Youngchae</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ou/ouvfzt5niq2udt2z.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/watershed/project/concordia-international-school" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concordia International School</a> in Shanghai, China by <a href="http://archinect.com/watershed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watershed</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rz/rzrrl3b2os3vn7qb.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/53416700/flad-ngskolan/75568862" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flad&auml;ngskolan</a> in Lomma, Sweden by <a href="http://archinect.com/LINKarkitektur" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Link Arkitektur</a>; Photo: Hundven-Clements Photography</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uu/uuj4mcbezxc31yet.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/labindc/project/upshur-playground" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Upshur Playground</a> in Washington, DC by <a href="http://archinect.com/labindc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Landscape Architecture Bureau</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fe/feu8svvvk4agacrv.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/db2arch/project/playdipity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Playdipity</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/db2arch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">db2/ARCHitecture</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l3/l334wcs6tn0xsyex.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/58425796/showcase-stelzhamerschule-linz" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stelzhamerschule</a> in Linz, Austria by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/24691345/kirsch-zt-gmbh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kirsch ZT gmbh</a>; Photo: Hertha Hurnaus</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8m/8mhiq34o93btmdzl.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/58547076/working-out-of-the-box-ioana-urma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Children&rsquo;s Science Studios</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/56634962/ioana-urma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ioana Urma</a> (Paint Design)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hq/hqcjk8hp8rm3x8xd.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/42812344/la-caracola-beach-house/42813548" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">La Caracola Beach House</a> in A...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113578619/lucas-museum-faces-lawsuit-from-friends-of-the-parks Lucas museum faces lawsuit from Friends of the Parks Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-13T18:25:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T22:04:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ab/ab3c6b12195fee46a153a31d7737eeab.jpg" width="514" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Erecting such a building &ldquo;without authority of the General Assembly will diminish or impair the beneficial interest of plaintiffs and other Illinois citizens&rdquo; [...] such a designation conflicts with the trust, which calls for preserving property as &ldquo;a natural resource and as a free and open space not occupied by a giant building.&rdquo; [...] by acting without the approval of state lawmakers, the city and park district would have excessive power over the property &ldquo;for which they have no authority.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/113354403/new-map-tool-reveals-nyc-s-vacant-lots-zoned-for-revitalization New map tool reveals NYC's vacant lots zoned for revitalization Diane Pham 2014-11-11T11:46:00-05:00 >2014-11-11T11:46:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jb/jbfppfc6r9rdlib0.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Developed with the help of a team of volunteer researchers, urban planners and designers, this new online tool allows anyone to view the staggering amount of publicly-owned lots that once had an urban renewal plan in the pipeline but were scrapped due to bureaucracy. By mapping out all of the vacant spaces across the city, 596 hopes that we as a community can take a top-down approach to turning these urban blights into public gardens, play lots, and spaces where people can &ldquo;co-create.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>From 1949-1974 NYC took on an urban renewal project that resulted in the bulldozing of "slums" across Manhattan. The vast majority of the proposals planned for the land floundered and today nearly 15,000 lots across the city lay vacant. 596 Acres, a grassroots land access nonprofit, had developed a map tool called Urban Reviewer that pinpoints all of these spots&mdash;most owned by the public&mdash;already zoned for action.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113115295/8-000-glowing-balloons-recreate-the-berlin-wall 8,000 Glowing Balloons Recreate the Berlin Wall Alexander Walter 2014-11-07T14:53:00-05:00 >2014-11-07T15:00:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2y/2yuy6fl50rmqqp3x.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The first blows to bring down the Berlin Wall were struck nearly 25 years ago to the day. This was after almost three decades of the concrete barricade cutting through the heart of Berlin and splitting the city in two. Today, Berlin is once again divided, this time by an 11-foot-tall wall of illuminated balloons. The Lichtgrenze (translation: &ldquo;border of light&rdquo;) will stretch for 10 miles along the same path as the original 96-mile structure.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/113114487/minneapolis-picks-architecture-finalists-for-stadium-area-park Minneapolis picks architecture finalists for stadium-area park Alexander Walter 2014-11-07T14:33:00-05:00 >2014-11-07T14:36:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qk/qklmwg7vybmvf1uh.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three landscape architect-led teams have been named finalists by the city of Minneapolis to design the new two-block long park called the Commons near the new Vikings stadium. [...] The three finalists are: The Olin Studio, Philadelphia and Snow Kreilich Architects, based in Minneapolis Hargreaves Associates, San Francisco, Damon Farber Associates, Minneapolis and VJAA, Minneapolis WORKSHOP Ken Smith, New York and Perkins + Will, Minneapolis</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/113055876/massive-hollywood-project-sits-atop-quake-fault Massive Hollywood project sits atop quake fault Archinect 2014-11-06T20:24:00-05:00 >2014-11-07T10:50:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/76/76a87ad50e3a61618b41802da05decdc.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>California&rsquo;s state geologist has concluded that an active earthquake fault is underneath a massive proposed skyscraper project in Hollywood, setting the stage for a huge battle at City Hall over growth and seismic safety.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/112893574/michael-heizer-s-massive-desert-sculpture-city-will-make-you-cry Michael Heizer's massive desert sculpture, "City", will make you cry Archinect 2014-11-04T17:37:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T23:04:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o7/o7q6t8x4ywjz18ml.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;He didn&rsquo;t like people coming into the studio and seeing the paintings before they were finished,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;This is one of the most ambitious artworks ever envisioned, certainly in the United States.&rdquo; Heizer's mammoth masterpiece in the desert is called "City." &ldquo;It was in 1994 when I first saw it, unfinished,&rdquo; Govan said. &ldquo;You do cry. You think, what an incredibly beautiful ambition.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/112881489/how-the-lucas-museum-design-will-change-chicago-s-lakefront-rendering-reveals How the Lucas Museum Design Will Change Chicago's Lakefront - Rendering Reveals Alexander Walter 2014-11-04T13:46:00-05:00 >2014-11-06T17:53:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/97/9776rtitkxfliznq.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yesterday, during a press conference at the Waldorf Astoria, Chinese architect Ma Yansong of MAD Architects unveiled his design concept for the future Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts and told reporters that his concept &mdash; a seven-story, dome-like structure that gently slopes towards a halo-like observation deck &mdash; represents a "new type of architecture." That may be an understatement.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Learn more about the design in the Museum's <a href="http://www.lucasmuseum.org/museum-design.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announcement</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112581318/touchscreen-landscapes Touchscreen Landscapes Alexander Walter 2014-10-31T17:24:00-04:00 >2014-10-31T18:03:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f4/f42b55f37f05521961ad76ed92619ab0.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This new, partly digital sand table interface developed for military planning would seem to have some pretty awesome uses in an architecture or landscape design studio. Using 3D terrain data&mdash;in the military's case, gathered in real-time from its planetary network of satellites&mdash;and a repurposed Kinect sensor, the system can adapt to hand-sculpted transformations in the sand by projecting new landforms and elevations down onto those newly molded forms.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/112437604/la-s-unbuilt-freeways LA's Unbuilt Freeways Nicholas Korody 2014-10-29T20:45:00-04:00 >2014-11-05T17:27:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8g/8ge14o6n16v44p9c.jpg" width="487" height="644" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles' vast freeway system is incomplete &mdash; at least by the standards of its architects. In the 1940s, freeways were sketched through Santa Monica Boulevard, along Melrose, Highland and La Brea avenues, and near the Griffith Observatory. Many of L.A.'s freeways were built during the 1960s, but a combination of a freeway revolt, skyrocketing costs and a failure to increase the gas tax doomed the expansion of the freeway system during the 1970s.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Whew.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112418302/california-s-at-risk-cultural-landscapes-include-watts-towers California's 'at-risk' cultural landscapes include Watts Towers Alexander Walter 2014-10-29T14:31:00-04:00 >2014-10-30T18:55:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/703d7cf9b3f3a26fbfbad6fcea7e735c.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three sites in California &mdash; the Watts Towers, Noah Purifoy's Outdoor Desert Museum in Joshua Tree and the "Bay Lights" installation on the Oakland-Bay Bridge &mdash; have been named to a list of 11 "at-risk" sites by The Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington, D.C. [...] "Landscapes often die quiet deaths when you're dealing with the elements," says foundation President Charles Birnbaum.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/70471495/ucla-engineers-will-study-the-stability-of-watts-towers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA engineers will study the stability of Watts Towers</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112413471/louisiana-is-disappearing-into-the-sea Louisiana is Disappearing into the Sea Nicholas Korody 2014-10-29T13:23:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T13:23:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pa/panl4gel80kftvg0.jpg" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The US state of Louisiana is slowly disappearing into the Gulf of Mexico as its fragile wetlands are eroded by rising sea levels. Approximately 75 square kilometres are lost each year and the US Geological Survey has warned that the entire habitat - which represents 40% of all wetlands in the US - could be destroyed within 200 years. The loss is partly down to natural evolutionary processes, but experts say human behaviour... has made the region more vulnerable to storm surges.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/111795771/tom-kundig-loses-lawsuit-against-his-washington-valley-cabin Tom Kundig loses lawsuit against his Washington valley cabin Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-21T13:48:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T13:34:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e7/e79f1dddeaeebf2e5e273c1c49d4a386.jpg" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The steel structure looms large from Midge Cross and Scott Johnston's back porch. And from the beginning they say Architect Tom Kundig and his partners ignored land covenants meant to prevent any ridgeline buildings that would be visible from below. "To me it was the extended third finger," said Cross. "Like, 'Up yours, Mazama, we can put this here and the heck with you guys.'"</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the fall of 2012, Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects built a private cabin on the picturesque ridge of the Methow Valley in Washington. Prior residents of the valley's Mazama community were miffed by the ruined view, and claimed that the cabin violated "protective covenants for visual consideration", established in 1987. They were joined by current property owners and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/77141277/lawsuit-filed-against-architect-tom-kundig" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sued Kundig last year</a>. Kundig has now been ordered by the court to move the hut away from the ridgeline.</p><p>Kundig is no stranger to Washington, or off-grid cabin architecture &ndash; a native of Spokane, Kundig was educated and practices as an architect in Washington with Olson Kundig Architects, and his "Rolling Huts" offer modest camping lodges near Mazama. While Kundig hasn't offered any official comments on the case, his office did state that&nbsp;"Tom Kundig designed this cabin with the valley's natural elements and history as a priority. His aim has been to create a building that embodies the Pacific Northwest spirit of ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111708964/james-corner-field-operations-will-design-a-new-waterfront-park-in-brooklyn James Corner Field Operations Will Design a New Waterfront Park in Brooklyn Diane Pham 2014-10-20T14:43:00-04:00 >2014-10-20T14:43:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n9/n9jxnrr6eng1l2sz.jpg" width="514" height="242" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Renderings for the waterfront park to be built alongside the massive housing development Greenpoint Landing have been released. Flooding from Hurricane Sandy ravaged the area only a few years back, so it comes as no surprise that locals were concerned with how developers would protect the area from future storms. James Corner Field Operations was chosen to address the problem, and the result is a resilient design that manages to enhance the structural integrity and aesthetic appeal of the existing riverfront.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111418436/unesco-threatens-to-put-venice-on-its-heritage-at-risk-list Unesco threatens to put Venice on its Heritage at Risk list Alexander Walter 2014-10-16T15:24:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T23:25:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6a065c5496642108e76b4ffb5a91c9af.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Unesco, which for too long has been silent on the growing environmental threat to Venice and its evident mismanagement, as revealed by the exposure of massive corruption in the construction of its flood barriers, has at last shown its teeth. At the meeting of its World Heritage Committee in Doha this June it passed important resolutions that show that it intends to call the Italian government to account and put Venice on its World Heritage at Risk list if it is not satisfied.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104939599/leading-museum-directors-artists-and-architects-call-on-italian-government-to-ban-giant-ships-from-venice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leading museum directors, artists and architects call on Italian government to ban giant ships from Venice</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111407968/harlem-may-get-its-own-high-line-park Harlem May Get Its Own High Line Park Diane Pham 2014-10-16T12:04:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T23:24:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f9/f98ktjz0i9lrm5y8.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new proposal called 'Harlem Promenade' developed by the Housing Partnership could bring not only 2,000 additional affordable housing units to Washington Heights, but also an elevated railway park akin to the High Line. The park would be built atop a portion of Amtrak rail lines and would finally offer locals a safe and easy connection to the waterfront parks and recreation along the Hudson.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/111324270/the-creative-city-challenge-asks-minnesota-designers-to-create-an-installation-as-social-space The Creative City Challenge asks Minnesota designers to create an installation as social space b3tadine[sutures] 2014-10-15T11:21:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T11:22:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/um/umsya5ki2sdfqnu3.jpg" width="514" height="165" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Creative City Challenge is a competition for Minnesota-resident architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, scientists, artists, students and individuals of all backgrounds to create and install at the Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza an artwork, which is an innovative use of the space and acts as a sociable and participatory platform for scheduled and impromptu onsite programs throughout the summer.</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/111212561/ruination-city-of-dust Ruination: City of Dust b3tadine[sutures] 2014-10-13T23:38:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T23:13:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/77/77h7am7unlh6mqkg.jpg" width="514" height="241" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to Jane McGonigal, a well-known game designer and researcher, &ldquo;games build the kind of trust, relationships and social networks so critical to [collective action].&rdquo; Playing games, people naturally weave a tight social fabric.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/110559585/ny-footbridge-bounces-too-much-must-be-closed NY Footbridge Bounces Too Much, Must be Closed Nicholas Korody 2014-10-05T12:27:00-04:00 >2014-10-08T18:51:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7banehs84g7s2um.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A wooden catwalk based on a trail bridge, the 450-foot-long structure, which begins north of the Brooklyn promenade in Squibb Park, bounced gently as it was walked upon, delighting residents and park visitors alike. But over time, the subtle bounce &mdash; part of the design &mdash; became more pronounced, then worrisome... On Friday ... park officials said that Squibb Park Bridge, which cost $5 million, would remain closed until spring as engineers continued to study its movements.</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/110381510/blatant-racism-displayed-by-owner-of-berkeley-based-sachi-landscape Blatant Racism displayed by owner of Berkeley-based Sachi Landscape Orhan Ayyüce 2014-10-03T14:06:00-04:00 >2014-10-09T18:31:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i4/i4qmhkp2kcz74l7b.jpg" width="199" height="199" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Are you joking? Go ask a Latino based org. I am not interested in assisting anyone from a Latino based org. Its racist to even ask and frankly my business has [been] ruined by fucking illegal immigrants. Are we clear! Don&rsquo;t ever email this address again. If there weren&rsquo;t so many damn illegal immigrants in this state, i would have work for myself. Now piss off!</p></em><br /><br /><p>'Landscaper Refuses to Help Berkeley Students Because of &lsquo;F*cking Illegal Immigrants&rsquo;. This quote is not from the Onion, but written as a response to Vanessa Hern&aacute;ndez Ju&aacute;rez, a member of UCal Berkeley&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a title="Casa" href="http://casa-ucberkeley.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chican@/Latin@ Architecture Student Association</a>&nbsp;who e mailed <a href="http://www.sachilandscape.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sachi Landscape</a> &nbsp;asking for a studio visit from UC Berkeley Landscape Architecture students.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/jo/joj5dqjmj7cog4l7.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jo/joj5dqjmj7cog4l7.jpg"></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I like how one of my favorite cartoonists&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lalo_Alcaraz" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lalo Alcaraz</a> responded to Sachi.</p><p><em>&ldquo;Are you the racist landscaping company? I&rsquo;m looking for one, thanks.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>Sorry.</em></p><p><em>Before I became a freedom-loving cartoonist and writer, I used to be an architect in training.</em></p><p><em>I got my Master&rsquo;s Degree in Architecture from UC Berkeley, and as I said, I was a member of CASA. Our purpose was to give each other support as Latino students at a big, daunting and prestigious university, and to form relationships with professionals in our intended profession. Field trips to firms often led to internships, experience and future employment.</em></p><p><em>To be an architect, or a landscape...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110277897/has-floating-architecture-s-moment-finally-arrived Has Floating Architecture’s Moment Finally Arrived? Archinect 2014-10-01T20:23:00-04:00 >2014-10-03T06:56:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/05bcb2beaf2c700961e44430708f6a2d.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a quiet, shady street in Rijswijk, the Netherlands, Koen Olthuis and the design team at Waterstudio are changing the world. From this deceptively nondescript headquarters, Waterstudio is designing the cities of the future. If Olthuis has his way, they will be safer, more flexible and more resilient than current cities. How will he do this? Olthuis is designing floating cities.</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/109562349/the-final-segment-of-the-high-line-is-stunningly-refreshing The Final Segment of the High Line Is Stunningly Refreshing Alexander Walter 2014-09-22T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T12:17:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/27/27e43990a64f9658733c947dc172474e.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There are some deft variations on the design themes of the two older sections, and they show some gentle wit, a quality that was absent in 2009 and 2011, when these earlier portions, which run from Little West 12th Street to West 30th Street, were completed. Now, for example, you can actually walk on old train tracks, rather than look wistfully at the remnants of the tracks poking up amid the plantings.</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/109222894/parkour-architectural-villa-savoye Parkour Architectural | Villa Savoye Orhan Ayyüce 2014-09-18T12:59:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T19:11:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o7/o71ep1i78ssfl52t.jpg" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Discover the Villa Savoye as you've never seen it before, through the discipline of Parkour and the movements of traceurs !</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2TWJf9B-4qI/TZytrftI1vI/AAAAAAAAVxs/nxDmtuPvaeg/s1600/corbusier%2Bhead%2B2%2B%25281%2Bof%2B1%2529.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier</a>, the real grandfather of hip-hop, could also be the inspiration behind the parkour?&nbsp;</p>