Archinect - News 2017-06-28T12:00:19-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150014911/legendary-texas-architect-frank-welch-has-passed-away-aged-90 Legendary Texas architect Frank Welch has passed away aged 90 Julia Ingalls 2017-06-27T19:54:00-04:00 >2017-06-27T20:14:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2z/2z31tc123cij1mf4.jpg" width="650" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With a sleek modern sensibility and an awareness of the power of open, cleanly articulated vistas, Frank Welch designed sophisticated homes for a sophisticated clientele. Known affectionately as "The Dean,"&nbsp;Welch's 90 years on earth spanned the creation of numerous spacious, elegant structures in a state primed for the appreciation of wide open spaces.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/nd/ndh87t31i61tcw26.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/nd/ndh87t31i61tcw26.jpg"></a></p>The Walter Davis House. Image: TCU Press<p>Some of his most famous works include "The Birthday," and The Walter Davis House. Recently, a house he designed known as the Texas Modern on North Janmar went on the market for $3.75 million. The 6,600 square foot home features his trademark "stick ceilings"&nbsp;and resplendent natural vistas.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/0p/0pd9sjwi2b8m0r1k.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/0p/0pd9sjwi2b8m0r1k.jpg"></a></p>Texas Modern on North Janmar Drive. Ima ge: Virginia Cole Realtors<p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/z7/z7se5bpzfvu2go44.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/z7/z7se5bpzfvu2go44.jpg"></a></p>Texas Modern on North Janmar Drive. Image: Virginia Cole Realtors<p>As <a href="http://www.papercitymag.com/home-design/frank-welch-dies-legendary-texas-architect-west-texas-innovator-huge-loss/#108389" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PaperCity Magazine</a> noted, "Welch was recognized with more than 50 awards for design excellence, and in 2006, the Texas Society of Architects presented him with its highest hono...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150014801/a-giant-macbook-tops-out-the-foster-partners-designed-chicago-apple-store A giant MacBook tops out the Foster + Partners-designed Chicago Apple Store Julia Ingalls 2017-06-27T12:41:00-04:00 >2017-06-27T17:16:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sd/sdstzxm0cn86992i.jpg" width="634" height="632" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although the original Foster + Partners renderings for the new Chicago Apple Store did not include a logo on its gray, rectilinear convex carbon-fiber roof, construction workers briefly unrolled the trademark white Apple across what now can only be viewed as a giant MacBook (no word yet on whether the store is meant to be in perpetual sleep mode). Here's a video of the unfurling:&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150014535/crowdfunding-campaign-launched-for-camden-highline Crowdfunding campaign launched for Camden Highline Abigail Banfield 2017-06-26T12:27:00-04:00 >2017-06-26T12:37:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9n/9nmsh973sxinn75n.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A crowdfunding campaign has been launched for the latest civic development in North London; the Camden Highline. For years, the disused railway has been talked about among local residents, with many wanting to see a little bit of New York in Camden Town.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/7p/7p3gmoexn8g9rxx3.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/7p/7p3gmoexn8g9rxx3.jpg"></a></p>Image Courtesy of Camden Town Unlimited<p>Since 2016, Camden Town Unlimited have been working with Network Rail to secure the 18-metre&nbsp;wide disused railway line, which runs for almost a&nbsp;kilometre&nbsp;between the beloved, vibrant Camden Market and the newly developed Kings Cross area. The initial ambitions for the project include creating a space which is accessible to all and will provide a home for the arts, festivals, and live performance, as well as ecological and educational benefits.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/6a/6ahxn66cq9gkfu9x.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/6a/6ahxn66cq9gkfu9x.jpg"></a></p>Image Courtesy of Camden Town Unlimited<p>Using the famous New York High Line as a precedent, this crowd-funded project will initially work on the existing infrastructure, workshops, events, and feasibility works. The funds raised from the campaign run on&nbsp;...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150014155/renzo-piano-s-new-museum-in-spain-shuns-the-bilbao-effect Renzo Piano's new museum in Spain shuns the 'Bilbao Effect' Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-23T13:41:00-04:00 >2017-06-27T13:16:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qb/qbvxi13xeyc63w4n.jpg" width="650" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Almost 20 years since Frank Gehry&rsquo;s $100m titanium-clad Guggenheim Bilbao opened, another city on Spain&rsquo;s north coast is getting a major contemporary art centre designed by an internationally acclaimed &ldquo;starchitect&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/341/renzo-piano-building-workshop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano</a>'s first big commission in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/501/spain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spain</a>, The Centro Bot&iacute;n, is opening today.&nbsp;The architect claims that its comparisons&nbsp;with the museum that became <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/5541/bilbao-effect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a model for culture-driven regeneration schemes worldwide</a> are too simplistic. According the president of the Fundaci&oacute;n Bot&iacute;n&rsquo;s visual arts committee, Vicente Todol&iacute;,&nbsp;the center's primary mission is to serve the local community by providing the city with appropriate cultural infrastructure.</p> <p>The 10,300 sq. m building is covered in thousands of light-diffusing ceramic tiles, prioritizing "luminosity and lightness" and making it almost invisible from the city center.&nbsp;Split into two, the structure&nbsp;houses 2,500 sq. m of galleries and a 300-seat auditorium respectively. (This compares to around 11,000 sq. m of exhibition space across 19 galleries at the Guggenheim Bilbao.) With vast amount of green space around, the museum is raised on four-meter pillars to preserve the views of the waterfront.</p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/4u/4ugud5d7z30bwcy2.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/4u/4ugud5d7z30bwcy2.jpg"></a></p>Renzo Piano&rsquo;s Centro Bot&iacute;n arts centre. Photogr... http://archinect.com/news/article/150014047/screening-of-100-women-architects-in-the-studio-of-frank-lloyd-wright-on-june-28th Screening of "100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright" on June 28th Julia Ingalls 2017-06-22T20:03:00-04:00 >2017-06-22T20:06:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f4/f4d42cnebqhvpxey.jpg" width="640" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Featuring a talk by&nbsp;Dr. Ann Rubbo on the artist and architect Marion Mahony Griffin, this screening of "A Girl is a Fellow Here: 100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright" at the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/34491/center-for-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Center for Architecture</a> in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/160/new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York</a> on June 28th at 6 p.m. investigates Wright's history of working with women, focusing on six ladies who worked with the architect, including&nbsp;Marion Mahony Griffin, Isabel Roberts, Lois&nbsp;Gottlieb, Jane Duncombe, Eleanore Pettersen, and Read Weber. Here's a trailer for the film:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150013950/the-many-faces-of-mvrdv-s-shape-shifting-baltyk-tower The many faces of MVRDV's shape-shifting Baltyk Tower Julia Ingalls 2017-06-22T15:27:00-04:00 >2017-06-22T15:27:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/te/teup3d781e5dzmnw.jpg" width="650" height="486" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Turning iconicity on its head, MVRDV have designed a striking building that purposefully refuses easy categorization. Depending on the angle from which it is viewed, the Baltyk Tower seems to assume different forms, a look that is achieved by a series of scenic terraces and a rippling glass-fronted concrete facade.</p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/55/55jh1g1zwoi744lz.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/55/55jh1g1zwoi744lz.jpg"></a>Image: MVRDV<p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/dy/dypckz30ar8e22t9.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/dy/dypckz30ar8e22t9.jpg"></a></p>Image: MVRDV<p><br></p><p>From one angle, the tower appears to be svelte, a compact wedge on Poznan, Poland's streets. However, from another perspective the tower broadens and becomes a kind of gigantic civic staircase. Regardless of where one views the building, the inventive facade gives the structure a dynamic, shifting quality.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/kw/kw5hfbhu4kb4t5lc.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/kw/kw5hfbhu4kb4t5lc.jpg"></a>Image: MVRDV<p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/hy/hy7b8bd5fdif01id.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/za/zak8u9z8dshirm6a.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/za/zak8u9z8dshirm6a.jpg"></a></p>Image: MVRDV<p><br></p><p>As MVRDV co-founder&nbsp;Nathalie de Vries explains,&nbsp;&ldquo;When we came to Pozna&#324; for the first time, the goal was clear: we were to realize an office building with public functions on the first two layers and at the top. But also that offered a range of amenities for the community and general public. We realised if we could control...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150013933/elon-musk-unveils-his-plan-to-colonize-mars-with-a-million-humans Elon Musk unveils his plan to colonize Mars with a million humans Julia Ingalls 2017-06-22T12:37:00-04:00 >2017-06-22T15:13:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3r/3ruwkktdvv3ev6iv.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;It would be quite fun to be on Mars because you would have gravity that is about 37% of that of Earth, so you would be able to lift heavy things and bound around,&rdquo; [Elon Musk] adds, predicting that journey times could eventually be cut to 30 days.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Aside from the money, specific technology, and solid timeframe, Elon Musk has figured out a way to get to Mars. The colonization plan, which is designed to place about 1 million people on the planet in 40-100 years using a yet-to-be constructed ship that would carry 100 passengers per trip, needs more financial backers before Musk can definitively settle on a launch date. Many scientists have objected to the plan on various technological grounds, although one brought up the problem of potentially contaminating alien life forms:</p> <p><em>Prof Andrew Coates, who works on the ExoMars rover&nbsp;at University College London&rsquo;s Mullard Space&nbsp;Science Laboratory, said that the question of whether present or past life existed on Mars needed to be answered before a manned mission, which could contaminate the surface, could be considered. &ldquo;There&rsquo;s a moral imperative to keep Mars as it is for the moment. Until we&rsquo;ve conclusively answered that question we should keep our feet on the ground ... going there wou...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150013394/seven-firms-release-new-renderings-for-la-river-restoration-projects Seven firms release new renderings for LA River restoration projects Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-19T19:49:00-04:00 >2017-06-20T12:39:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ux/uxrz6391jh6292p4.jpg" width="650" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The City of Los Angeles and its Bureau of Engineering recently worked with seven design firms to reenvision seven sections of the L.A. River through Downtown Los Angeles. The conceptual images that resulted from this process have reimagined the river banks with open space, play areas, public art, new connections and development.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In partnership with the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering and the Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's office, seven firms have released preliminary visioning plans for a segment of the Los Angeles river. Running through downtown, the seven-mile stretch begins at the southern tip of the Frogtown neighborhood and ends at Redondo Junction. Each firm was given a different segment to plan and was asked to consider river-adjacent projects already in plan as well as anticipated development along the stretch such as a potential extension of the Red Line subway.&nbsp;</p> <p>Working on the stretch from Barclay to Spring Street between I-110 and the northern border of Chinatown, <strong><a href="http://archinect.com/gruenassociates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gruen Associates</a></strong>&nbsp;proposed reconfiguring the existing rail yard with a meadow and public paths.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/5m/5moydk0pmap8t3fv.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/5m/5moydk0pmap8t3fv.jpg"></a></p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/oj/oje60vb30o9rkziu.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/oj/oje60vb30o9rkziu.jpg"></a></p> <p><strong>WSP's&nbsp;</strong>proposal of the stretch starting at Spring Street and continuing on to Cesar Chavez Avenue, involves a series of stepped terraces that gradually meet at the existing river bottom. &nbsp;</p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/dt/dtom2njzsh9h3zx5.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/dt/dtom2njzsh9h3zx5.jpg"></a><p><strong>CH2M</strong>'s proposal continues on from Cesar...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150013220/oma-s-design-for-2017-australia-s-mpavilion-is-revealed OMA's design for 2017 Australia's MPavilion is revealed Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-19T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-19T00:05:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8x/8xr0xjmvpq0spnha.jpg" width="650" height="459" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/582637/mpavilion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MPavilion</a> is an Australian architectural commission and design event that annually erects a new <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/285282/temporary-structures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">temporary</a> pavilion, designed by a&nbsp;leading international architect, in&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/230290/melbourne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melbourne</a>&rsquo;s historic Queen Victoria Gardens.<br>This year's structure, designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/382/oma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a>, is inspired by ancient amphitheaters. Blurring the lines between the inside and outside &ndash; and between audience and performer, OMA's pavilion creates a flexible civic space that can function as a stage, auditorium or even a playground. <br></p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/w7/w77wotambsu7ydgs.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/w7/w77wotambsu7ydgs.jpg"></a></p>Image courtesy OMA<p>Echoing the ideals of amphitheater typology, the pavilion comprises static and dynamic elements that allow for multiple configurations.<br></p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/dt/dt92uc2ertrxplxa.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/dt/dt92uc2ertrxplxa.jpg"></a></p>Image courtesy OMA<p>"The pavilion&rsquo;s ground plan is shaped by two grand stands; one<br>fixed, the other movable, which together determine the setup of the performance space. The larger static grand stand is excavated from the surrounding landscape and embedded in 12 different species of indigenous plants, giving a sense of the Australian setting. The smaller gra...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150012925/mvrdv-s-ilot-queyries-blends-history-modern-sustainable-density-in-bordeaux-france MVRDV's Ilot Queyries blends history + modern sustainable density in Bordeaux, France Julia Ingalls 2017-06-16T19:10:00-04:00 >2017-06-26T12:10:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0o/0oyv5ehq9solm4ka.jpg" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How can architects create livable, breathable spaces that not only honor the history of a region, but anticipate the global population increase? This is partly the mission of MVRDV's 300-unit residential apartment/mixed use&nbsp;Ilot Queyries, which is located adjacent to the&nbsp;ZAC Bastide-Niel masterplan East of the River Garonne, and is&nbsp;designed to create a new neighborhood that prizes density and green, sustainable features while organically integrating the history of the region.</p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/et/etr4iqoqd4dpl5h3.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/et/etr4iqoqd4dpl5h3.jpg"></a></p>Aerial view<p>As MVRDV's Winy Mass explains, "For the Bastide Niel master plan we make an update of the European city: based on the values of the historic city that is intimate, dense and mixed, whilst at the same time proposing new objectives like sunlight for all, even on the ground floor, new energy supplies with solar panels, integrated water system and more green spaces. The concept of the cuts of the volumes is introduced here at Ilot Queyries which can be interpreted as a pilot project of the master plan Ba...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150012865/oda-s-new-condo-building-15-renwick-street-combats-cold-modernism ODA's new condo building 15 Renwick Street "combats cold modernism" Julia Ingalls 2017-06-15T13:41:00-04:00 >2017-06-25T23:31:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/li/li2xlsiii94a7cwj.jpg" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The dark, quasi-Victorian corridors of ODA's 31-unit apartment building on New York City's Renwick Street are a purposeful nod toward British-born James Renwick, 19th century scientist and engineer, after which the street is named. The contrast between the portrait-clad hallways and the light, modern rooms they adjoin is striking; the two spaces almost seem to be from two entirely different buildings.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8r/8rvdzgz1xvka53zu.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fb/fbg9yy58oy0j4bwx.jpg"></p><p>However, as an alliterative press release notes, ODA is purposefully trying to "combat the cold modernism of so much contemporary construction" and the architects appear to succeed, primarily because the interiors don't shy away from texture. While the clean lines and unabashed abstract geometry of the modern canon are prominent here, so is an emphasis on not obscuring or disguising the composition of the materials.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mq/mqygrkfqwcwihzs9.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pw/pwur9w4h0f0fyt86.jpg"></p><p>The wood grain, both on the kitchen cabinets and the polished floors, is prominent. Instead of a soulless cradle of anonymous perfection, the dwelling spaces are rooted firm...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150012470/charles-birnbaum-gustafson-guthrie-nichol-gary-hilderbrand-among-2017-asla-award-honorees Charles Birnbaum, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Gary Hilderbrand among 2017 ASLA Award honorees Justine Testado 2017-06-13T19:31:00-04:00 >2017-06-13T19:31:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nb/nbsyhw7lnvnmq9cq.jpg" width="650" height="630" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The American Society of Landscape Architects has&nbsp;bestowed their highest honors&nbsp;to&nbsp;a distinguished group of&nbsp;landscape architects,&nbsp;practices, and organizations&nbsp;in recognition of their influential contributions to the profession. This year's ASLA Award recipients include The Cultural Landscape Foundation founder&nbsp;Charles Birnbaum,&nbsp;Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, and&nbsp;the&nbsp;John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies for the Community Service Award, to name a few.&nbsp;Winners will be honored at the president's dinner on&nbsp;October 23, during the&nbsp;2017 ASLA Annual Meeting &amp; EXPO in Los Angeles.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>ASLA Medal: Charles Birnbaum&nbsp;</strong>- highest medal bestowed to an individual landscape architect</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2u/2uo3eu73fjic0vi9.jpg"><br><em>Photo via The Cultural Landscape Foundation/Facebook.</em></p><p><strong>The Landscape Architecture Firm Award</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://archinect.com/gustafsonguthrienichol" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gustafson Guthrie Nichol</a> -&nbsp;</strong>in recognition of distinguished work that influences the profession</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/4r/4rr1reexrt3cp4w2.jpg"><em>The National Museum of African American History and Culture. Landscape architect: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol. Photo via GGN/Facebook.</em></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/ih/ih1vz7q9g3r1ibe4.jpg"><em>(Clockwise...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150011480/hong-kong-death-trap-apartments-photographed-by-benny-lam Hong Kong death-trap apartments photographed by Benny Lam Julia Ingalls 2017-06-08T14:20:00-04:00 >2017-06-14T12:16:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mv/mvjfdmo4x5dxbp7x.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Photographer Benny Lam has documented the suffocating living conditions in Hong Kong&rsquo;s subdivided flats, recording the lives of these hidden communities.</p></em><br /><br /><p>From a stove-adjacent toilet to walls crammed with knives, scissors, and precariously stacked storage cases, Benny Lam's photographs of illegally subdivided apartments in Hong Kong are like a gorgeously illustrated case study in how major disease epidemics get started. <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/cities/gallery/2017/jun/07/boxed-life-inside-hong-kong-coffin-cubicles-cage-homes-in-pictures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This Guardian article</a> is a showcase of Lam's Prix Pictect 2017&nbsp;shortlisted&nbsp;photographs; the video below is a literal page-turner of Lam's book, "TRAPPED," documenting the Hong Kong apartments:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150011464/watch-this-time-lapse-construction-video-of-herzog-de-meuron-s-jenga-like-56-leonard-in-nyc Watch this time-lapse construction video of Herzog + de Meuron's Jenga-like 56 Leonard in NYC Julia Ingalls 2017-06-08T12:43:00-04:00 >2017-06-08T12:43:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fq/fqmpyyw5ubczpo1m.jpg" width="650" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With a series of jutting balconies and abrupt offsets, the Herzog + De Meuron-designed 56 Leonard, described by the architects as "houses stacked in the sky,"&nbsp;is one of the more aesthetically adventuresome luxury condo towers to rise in New York City. This time-lapse video, replete with what the developers apparently feel is an inspiring musical soundtrack, shows the construction of the Jenga-like building over a period of a little under two years, from&nbsp;March 2014 to December 2016:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150010919/meet-the-world-s-leading-maze-designer-adrian-fisher Meet the world's leading maze designer, Adrian Fisher Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-05T15:07:00-04:00 >2017-06-05T15:07:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x0/x07omkult82odcdo.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Adrian Fisher is the world's leading maze designer, having created more than 700 mazes across 32 countries since 1979. "I really do love my job," says the 65-year-old. "It's like I'm a big kid, and creating things that people can play in all day long - who wouldn't want to do that?"</p></em><br /><br /><p>For 38 years, Adrian Fisher has been designing <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/469476/maze" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mazes</a> from his southwest <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/11038/england" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">England</a>-based studio. From classical hedges, to carnival mirrors with special effects, Fisher works with a variety of forms and in a variety of scales. His road to becoming the world's leading maze designer was unexpected. He began his career as an accountant while designing mazes as a hobby on the side. When he was 27, Lady Elizabeth Brunner wanted a maze built at her home and Fisher landed the gig. He now employs four permanent staff and typically works with 15 additional specialists, from animators to builders, at any given time.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150010473/a-surprisingly-classical-look-for-google-s-london-hq-from-heatherwick-studio-big A surprisingly classical look for Google's London HQ from Heatherwick Studio + BIG Julia Ingalls 2017-06-01T20:14:00-04:00 >2017-06-04T11:43:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gy/gy1kioz352vg93yp.jpg" width="650" height="504" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Back in 2015, the 11-storey, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/69207772allford-hall-monaghan-morris-ahmm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AHMN</a>-designed scheme for Google's headquarters was deemed "too boring" by Google CEO Larry Page. Heatherwick Studio and BIG were brought in to add some pizazz to what was an admittedly fairly straightforward, boxy design. Today's freshly unveiled renderings show a more visually nuanced building than their predecessor, but the structure does not push design boundaries in the overt way that many associate with BIG and Heatherwick.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3q/3qvxuj46lu23axh6.jpg"></p><p>Indeed, the abundance of bordered, angled bay windows creates the effect of a colonnade; viewed from the exterior, the building resembles a kind of Parthenon mash-up. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows and a roof garden quickly place the building in its modern context, but this is a building that takes pains to join a conversation, not start one.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9u/9uqas5swhmzgzx3x.jpg"></p><p>Thomas Heatherwick explained in a statement that "The area is a fascinating collision of diverse building types and spaces and I can't help but love this mix of massive railway stations, roads...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150010387/singapore-s-marina-bay-sands-gets-a-spiffy-state-of-the-art-laser-and-water-show Singapore's Marina Bay Sands gets a spiffy state-of-the-art laser and water show Alexander Walter 2017-06-01T14:05:00-04:00 >2017-06-01T14:05:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5h/5h521wymcorucf6e.jpg" width="650" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Marina Bay Sands is set to unveil &lsquo;Spectra&rsquo;, a new&nbsp;entertainment experience with state-of-the-art light and water show&nbsp;in June. The city skyline will glimmer with a kaleidoscope of colours and lights each night with Spectra&rsquo;s free-to-public outdoor light and water show displayed over the water at the Event Plaza along the promenade. Combining an array of state-of-the-art lasers, lighting, water effects and projections, the show promises to be a multimedia extravaganza [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lf/lfhoby05as29e8k4.jpg"></p><p><em>"The show will also boast specially developed underwater LED fixtures that allow lights to show perfect whites and richer colour hues. Other state-of-the-art technology used in Spectra include a synchronisation software called timecode, which enables the soundtrack to trigger, down to the millisecond, all of the lasers, lighting, projections and water effects in harmony each time."</em></p><p>h/t <a href="http://www.ctbuh.org/News/GlobalTallNews/tabid/4810/Article/4983/Singapore-s-Marina-Bay-Sands-Adds-New-Light-and-Water-Show.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CTBUH</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150010380/off-centred-considerations-in-the-urban-age-review-of-monu-26-by-federico-ortiz Off-centred Considerations in the Urban Age: Review of MONU #26 by Federico Ortiz MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2017-06-01T14:02:00-04:00 >2017-06-01T14:02:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hh/hh32w32djcsch5pd.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since 2004, MONU has been working towards the disentanglement and collective understanding of the process of global urbanization. With its latest issue, the magazine seems to demonstrate, and at the same time question, the nature of this process, characterizing it primarily as one of decentralizing urbanization. By Federico Ortiz</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a world undergoing a process of constant urbanization, which appears to cover the entirety of our planet&rsquo;s surface, we have become familiar with the idea of living in the &ldquo;Urban Age&rdquo; and with statistics that predict, for example, that by 2030 60% of the world&rsquo;s population will live in cities. Since 2004, MONU has been working towards the disentanglement and collective understanding of the process of global urbanization. With its latest issue, the magazine seems to demonstrate, and at the same time question, the nature of this process, characterizing it primarily as one of decentralizing urbanization.<br><br>With as many diverse perspectives as collaborators, MONU #26 DECENTRALISED URBANISM probably originated in a triggering question: Are cities like London, New York and Paris, with their centralizing power, the ones to blame for Brexit, Trump, and Marine Le Pen? These elections revealed the power of the underestimated peripheral (suburban, <em>rurban</em> and rural) populations, as well as expos...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150010056/a-mad-gallery-in-beijing-that-doubles-as-a-new-facade-for-the-city A MAD gallery in Beijing that doubles as "a new facade for the city" Julia Ingalls 2017-05-30T19:16:00-04:00 >2017-05-30T19:16:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yh/yhcrf6zvb5mikrtd.jpg" width="650" height="509" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Galleries often act as stagnant interior display spaces: their primary function is to host works in a relatively unobtrusive way that is artful without being ostentatious. But what about galleries that are designed to serve another purpose, as the freshly completed Roca&rsquo;s Beijing Gallery in Dongzhimen by MAD Architects does?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8e/8eeawyxm1o9e52if.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/og/ogcf2m243h813o7z.jpg"></p><p>Instead of tacking a few fixed pieces onto the walls, the gallery itself has an interior LED-laden wall that projects images both of gallery visitors and the pedestrians outside in a purposeful attempt to create an interface with the surrounding urban environment. Imagine combining the introspective mirror and looped video concepts of someone like Dan Graham with the aesthetic thirst for juxtaposition of a gallery curator: the rotating series of images, which was designed by art critic and curator J&eacute;r&ocirc;me Sans, changes at varying intervals, and can be glimpsed by those passing by outside.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6f/6ffbdj8xpsqubfu4.jpg"></p><p>Sometimes the changes occur in seconds; in others, days go by before the imag...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150010045/wwii-german-bunker-adds-green-mountain-on-top-in-radical-repurposing WWII German bunker adds "green mountain" on top in radical repurposing Julia Ingalls 2017-05-30T17:48:00-04:00 >2017-05-30T17:48:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jc/jco04zs5slvaxy91.jpg" width="650" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Repurposing and <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149979051/renovating-my-religion-johnson-fain-updates-philip-johnson-s-crystal-cathedral" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">renovation</a> are some of the hottest new trends in architecture, but architects in Hamburg may have elevated the stakes by their proposal to place a 19-meter high "green mountain" atop a World War II bunker in Hamburg, Germany. The new mountain would offer residents lots to grow vegetables, as well as "a bit of plain hedonistic pleasure" according to a statement released by the designers. The bottom of the bunker has already undergone substantial transformation: it currently hosts a nightclub, a graphic design agency, a music school, a music shop, and a photographer&rsquo;s studio.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150009984/take-a-look-at-the-renderings-for-first-and-broadway-park-in-los-angeles Take a look at the renderings for First and Broadway Park in Los Angeles Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-30T13:56:00-04:00 >2017-06-01T04:43:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/us/us8mb601u9a6ueo8.jpg" width="650" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Back in June of 2016, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/22201405/mia-lehrer-associates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mia Lehrer + Associates</a>&nbsp;won <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148890761/take-a-look-at-these-bold-visions-for-downtown-la-s-next-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the competition</a>, beating out <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/280/eric-owen-moss-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Owen Moss Architects</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/brooksscarpa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brooks + Scarpa</a>, and <a href="http://archinect.com/AECOMLosAngelesDesignStudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AECOM</a>,&nbsp;to design the two-acre park at First Street and Broadway. After winning the competition, the firm has taken suggestions from the Downtown community, altering their plans for the design. Settling on a greener approach, the new plan reserves roughly 10,000 square feet as green "meadow" space.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/db/dbvcejm8a5ym93qh.jpg"></p><p>The original plan featured a two-story structure, designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/382/oma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a>, that would host a restaurant on the second floor and below, an outdoor amphitheater and cafe. While the structure will remain, the new designs include a rooftop deck and shade structure.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u3/u3e8d98g9jkx5i1o.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2f/2f17q3xkqi6n8niz.jpg"></p><p>The park is expected to cost $28 million, and will be fully funded through Quimby fees, fees imposed on developers for the creation of public parks. The landscape architecture firm&nbsp;known for being one of the&nbsp;<a href="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" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">driving forces behind the 2007 Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan</a>&nbsp;will continue to work on plans fo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150009978/china-leads-world-in-investing-in-africa-especially-in-egyptian-building-projects China leads world in investing in Africa, especially in Egyptian building projects Julia Ingalls 2017-05-30T13:25:00-04:00 >2017-05-30T13:25:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/43/43arxjbyjgigv3lr.jpg" width="650" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How will China's $36.1 billion dollar investment shape the future of Africa? While China only has 66 projects over the continent compared to the United States' 91 projects, it has pledged about ten times the total amount of money, and the lion's share of that cash is earmarked for Egypt. As <a href="http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/trends/how-china-dwarfs-all-oth7ers-inves7ting-afr7ica/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global Construction Review</a> notes:</p><p><em>The largest recipient of Chinese money is Egypt, which accounts for 25% of its African FDI. Here, China&rsquo;s involvement is overwhelmingly in the construction and infrastructure sector, and it has plans to spend $15b on 15 electricity, infrastructure and transport projects. This would have been higher still if it had not in February pulled out of a $20bn plan to build a new capital city.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150009969/exchanging-cinderblock-for-shrooms-with-fungi-bricks Exchanging cinderblock for 'shrooms with "fungi bricks" Julia Ingalls 2017-05-30T12:48:00-04:00 >2017-05-30T12:48:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f6/f63ojz8e35dz4i35.jpg" width="593" height="504" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To most people, mushrooms are a food source. To mycologist (mushroom scientist) Philip Ross, fungi are much, much more. In fact, Ross is most passionate about mushrooms&rsquo; ability to be used for building materials and it is this is what he primarily focuses his attention on. Recently, the mycologists figured out how to make bricks from growing fungi that are super-strong and water-, mold- and fire resistant.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Referred to as "mycotecture," the mushroom bricks originally were embraced by the art world, but increasingly are being considered for other structural uses.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bj/bjn21sdafgd2p14c.jpg"></p><p>Stronger and cooler-looking than concrete, the above fungi-brick structure is held together using chopsticks.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qd/qdv66bgdbz17i2p3.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150009500/as-the-cities-change-google-street-view-records As the cities change, Google Street View records Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-05-26T15:27:00-04:00 >2017-05-26T20:33:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/74/74ghto7h7zjem7r6.jpg" width="650" height="422" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s been a decade since Google Street View launched, giving folks all the tools they need to virtually travel to far-flung places without leaving the comfort of their couch. But the tool is also useful for those who are curious about the evolution of places over time&mdash;and few places have experienced as drastic a change to their landscape in the past decade as New York City.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Consider how much NYC has transformed in the past ten years. It is hard to even imagine the city's appearance in 2007 &mdash; prior to&nbsp;20 skyscrapers' rising above the southern side of Central Park, before projects like <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/53803/hudson-yards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hudson Yards</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/2191/high-line/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the High Line</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/494045/pacific-park-brooklyn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pacific Park </a>even begun their construction,&nbsp;and back when&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/252581/williamsburg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Williamsburg</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/360148/long-island-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Long Island City</a> were not nearly as dense as today.</p><p>To see it for yourself, head over to <a href="https://www.google.com/streetview/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Street View</a> for some time-traveling. The feature can be activated by pressing the clock icon below your location.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8m/8msxl7mpufjcbiud.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/aw/awp3si907qkct6po.jpg"><em>View of 339 11th St in 2009 vs 2016</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150009491/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-outdoors-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Outdoors" Pinterest Board Archinect 2017-05-26T14:44:00-04:00 >2017-05-26T14:44:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8d/8d5ukt0q6v7qcptl.jpg" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/outdoors/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Outdoors</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o5/o54g130s9l5rcjvv.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/MESURA/project/a-cut-stone-garden" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A cut stone garden</a> in Peratallada, Spain by <a href="http://archinect.com/MESURA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MESURA</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ot/otuck1i646bh1fer.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/obermeyer.la/project/preston" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PRESTON</a> in Venice, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/obermeyer.la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OBERMEYER</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/59/59lcpgjd72gumwsb.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/piercyandcompany/project/kew-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House</a> in Kew Green, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/piercyandcompany" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Piercy&amp;Company</a>; Photo: Jack Hobhouse</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sy/sy3bdwaqvmcpkuap.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/zcdarchitects/project/stoke-newington" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stoke Newington</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/zcdarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZCD Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/io/iocv0sao6f62zof7.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/54428815/the-house-of-prajna/149999210" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The House of Prajna</a> in Kwachon, South Korea by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/54428815/studio_gaon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">studio_GAON</a>; Photo: Yong Kwan Kim</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9g/9g29yy9rk2m4w3r0.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/openarch/project/tsinghua-ocean-center5" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tsinghua Ocean Center</a> in Shenzhen, China by <a href="http://archinect.com/openarch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OPEN Architecture</a>; Photo: Iwan Baan</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ns/ns4z3hnjh6v3xp8w.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/3360816/finansbank-headquarters-interiors/149999120" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Finansbank Headquarters Interiors</a> in Istanbul, Turkey by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/3360816/pei-cobb-freed-partners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pei Cobb Freed &amp; Partners</a>; Photo: Fernando Guerra</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ct/ctgll4ew87qodsx7.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/marthaschwartzpartners/project/beiqijia-technology-business-district" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beiqijia Technology Business District</a> in Beijing, China by <a href="http://archinect.com/marthaschwartzpartners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martha Schwartz Partners</a>; Photo: Terrence Zhang</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gt/gttsqminix7k9hc1.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/martinkovicmilford/project/digby-residence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Digby Residence</a> in San Francisco, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/martinkovicmilford" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martinkovi...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150009148/obama-s-presidential-center-through-the-landscape-architecture-lens Obama's Presidential Center through the landscape architecture lens Alexander Walter 2017-05-24T15:15:00-04:00 >2017-05-24T15:19:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/np/npc38lrtak8paqiv.jpg" width="650" height="429" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The most important question related to the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago&rsquo;s South Side doesn&rsquo;t have that much to do with its architecture. It is instead: What kind of landscape stewardship can a presidential museum and library offer? To be located in Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted&rsquo;s Jackson Park, the project already has a heap of canonical landscape history to contend with. So can the Obama library make a great park greater?</p></em><br /><br /><p>"So this new landscape has the potential to improve upon the already very good. But for whom?," Zach Mortice asks in his piece for <em>Landscape Architecture Magazine</em>. "Will these grounds remain public and accessible for all South Siders and Chicagoans, free of charge?"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/02/021bbc1836a110c5089275551b758044.jpg"></p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008328/wired-gets-up-close-and-personal-with-apple-s-new-foster-designed-campus Wired gets up close and personal with Apple's new Foster-designed campus Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-05-19T18:01:00-04:00 >2017-05-19T18:01:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cn/cnusokkyu1ev9qv1.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As with any Apple product, its shape would be determined by its function. This would be a workplace where people were open to each other and open to nature, and the key to that would be modular sections, known as pods, for work or collaboration.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since 2009, <a href="http://archinect.com/fosterandpartners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster and Partners</a> have been working on a new <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/148075/apple-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">headquarters for the tech giant Apple</a>, originally in close collaboration with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/7998/steve-jobs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steve Jobs</a>, its founder, who saw it as one of his last crucial contribution to his legacy. Even though dramatic photographs of the ring-shaped structure have been flooding the Internet for some time now, there hasn&rsquo;t really been any deep dives into the mega-project&mdash;until now.</p><p></p><p>Writing for <em>Wired, </em>Steven Levy weaves together long-awaited details about its appearance with issues of architectural representation and the brand identity of Apple, which the &ldquo;spaceship&rdquo; is intended to embody.</p><p><em>&ldquo;Inside the 755-foot tunnel, the white tiles along the wall gleam like a recently installed high-end bathroom; it's what the Lincoln Tunnel must have looked like the day it opened, before the first smudge of soot sullied its walls. And as we emerge into the light, the Ring comes into view. As the Jeep orbits it, the sun glistens off the building's curved glass surface. Th...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008209/the-tectonic-bravery-of-nbbj-s-nanjing-eco-tech-exhibition-centre The "tectonic bravery" of NBBJ's Nanjing Eco-Tech Exhibition Centre Julia Ingalls 2017-05-18T14:11:00-04:00 >2017-05-18T14:12:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x4/x4u0g7zlbb21s0n8.jpg" width="650" height="595" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Symbolizing mountain ranges in architecture has the potential for a dramatic, iconic payoff, especially when the materials used to do so play an integral role in the interior experience of the building (think: the fabric peaks of the Denver International Airport, which allude to the Rocky Mountains and Native American settlements while providing ample natural light). NBBJ's Nanjing Eco-Tech Exhibition Centre manages not only to reference the&nbsp;Zhong and Stone Mountains with its eight-peaked, light cannon rooftop, but also represent the economic ascension of Nanjing itself.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/y7/y7ijt7poo9kcdpzj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/w3/w35j9jqu1ywoqh6r.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/wb/wbun4xsoegq3nj0a.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/gq/gq4rk5fbd3b307ub.jpg"></p><p>Each peak drives light through the four principal floors of the structure, weaving instances of what the architects describe as "tectonic bravery" throughout. This bravery becomes the signature characteristic of the structure. While the Exhibition Centre lists a typical compliment of sustainable 21st century amenities (roof garden, integrated water retention and distribution, natural ventilation, responsive facades,...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150007879/construction-of-the-world-s-first-light-rail-on-a-floating-bridge-to-start-next-month-in-seattle Construction of the world’s first light rail on a floating bridge to start next month in Seattle Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-05-16T18:36:00-04:00 >2017-05-16T19:54:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ix/ixi61d5knhe0q5qo.jpg" width="650" height="418" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Engineers have to ensure the bridge will remain buoyant when a pair of 300-ton trains pass each other, and that the high-voltage current that powers the trains won&rsquo;t stray into the bridge&rsquo;s pontoons and corrode its steel rebar. They spent $53 million just to design the section across Lake Washington.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge is a floating bridge that stretches across Lake Washington, connecting Seattle and Bellevue through Interstate 90 freeway.</p><p>This April the final design promising to replace the center express lanes of I-90 with full speed light rail was signed off.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ps/psz6uehfplhn665x.jpg"></p><p>Subject to much controversy, Sound Transit has&nbsp;engineered and field-tested&nbsp;unique joints&nbsp;in order for the&nbsp;rail&nbsp;to account for the bridge's movement and weather conditions.</p><p>Rail service is projected to begin in 2023.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150007822/check-out-the-wild-variety-of-virtual-reality-at-bjork-s-magic-box-installation Check out the wild variety of virtual reality at Bjork's Magic Box installation Julia Ingalls 2017-05-16T15:12:00-04:00 >2017-05-16T23:12:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ve/veg9exsoogviscti.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As highlighted in this&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150007476/this-week-s-picks-for-la-architecture-and-design-events" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">week's edition of Archinect's Event Picks</a>, Bjork's virtual reality showcase at the Magic Box at The Reef in downtown LA will run from May 19th-June 4th, with an in-person performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic by the artist on May 30th. What's worth checking out in detail is the scope of the VR exhibit, which incorporates a variety of different directors, locales, and landscapes. According to a press release, the VR installations include:</p><ul><li>Stonemilker VR&nbsp;- Filmed on a remote beach location in Iceland&nbsp;and directed by Andrew Thomas Huang,&nbsp;Stonemilker VR&nbsp;presents Bj&ouml;rk in a windswept 360-degree film performing the first track from&nbsp;Vulnicura.</li><li>Black Lake&nbsp;VR&nbsp;- Commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, New York,&nbsp;Black Lake VR&nbsp;features a custom-built immersive space featuring a bespoke, cutting-edge surround sound setup to create an immersive and visceral virtual reality experience. Filmed in the highlands of Iceland, the video was directed by Andrew Thomas Huang....</li></ul>