Archinect - News 2016-08-26T04:39:49-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149964653/virtual-reality-an-architect-s-1-marketing-and-business-development-tool Virtual Reality: An Architect’s #1 Marketing and Business Development Tool Sponsor 2016-08-25T15:05:00-04:00 >2016-08-25T18:23:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jz/jz2o6nh89jek9m1q.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://www.yulio.com/?utm_source=Archinect%20Editorial%202&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=Archinect%20Editorial%202" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ll/lli3ol7lk0ircrfx.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="https://www.yulio.com/?utm_source=Archinect%20Editorial%202&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=Archinect%20Editorial%202" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yulio</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>There&rsquo;s no denying it: Virtual Reality (VR) creates a buzz. It&rsquo;s exciting and attention-grabbing. It attracts and then holds. And keeps holding. Wherever you go, a pair of goggles instantly draws a crowd.</p><p>For businesses in the Architecture and Interior Design industries, VR technology becomes a fantastic&nbsp;<strong>marketing and </strong>business development opportunity.&nbsp;Telling &ndash; or showing &ndash; prospects that you&rsquo;re using VR is great for <strong>sparking conversations</strong> and leaving <strong>lasting first impressions.</strong></p><p>For those interested in or actively experimenting with it VR, here&rsquo;s a few <strong>tips for using this technology as a business development and marketing tool in your business.</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xp/xprvqtje3m834iix.jpg"></p><p><strong>1. Give a great first impression</strong></p><p>Show, don&rsquo;t tell. The best way to explain what VR can do is to simply <strong>hand your client or prospect a pair of goggles. </strong>Pre-load it with a <a href="http://www.yulio.com/gallery" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sample space</a>, past projects or perhaps even a 360&deg; &lsquo;before&rsquo; photo, and let them imagine the possibilities for themselves.</p><p>Make sure you <strong>know y...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965280/los-angeles-urban-core-is-full-unlike-most-other-major-u-s-cities Los Angeles' urban core is full (unlike most other major U.S. cities) Julia Ingalls 2016-08-25T13:39:00-04:00 >2016-08-25T13:40:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4m/4msbjn2a38qyfl67.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This isn't your grandfather's urbanization: population figures in major U.S. cities, which on the whole are on the uptick after declining in the 1960s, are adding residents not to their already built urban cores but rather in the form greenfield sprawl, which makes use of farmland and lightly developed suburban housing tracts. The big exception? Los Angeles, whose urban core <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2016/07/07/urbanization_has_mostly_meant_growth_in_suburbs_not_center_cities.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Slate</a> pronounces full. Here's more detail from the piece:</p><p><em>A new and illuminating&nbsp;analysis by Yonah Freemark, a project manager at Chicago&rsquo;s Metropolitan Planning Council and the author of the Transport Politic blog&mdash;well worth reading in full&mdash;reveals some important trends in the past half-century of city-building...</em></p><p><em>&nbsp;&ldquo;The average of the 100 largest cities grew by 48 percent overall,&rdquo; Freemark notes. &ldquo;Yet the average&nbsp;city also&nbsp;<em>lost&nbsp;</em>28 percent of its residents within&nbsp;its neighborhoods that were built up in 1960.&rdquo;&nbsp;That&rsquo;s not just true in Youngstown and Detroit, post-industrial Rust Belt cities that have struggled with...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965070/famed-designer-jane-thompson-dies Famed designer Jane Thompson dies Nicholas Korody 2016-08-24T14:19:00-04:00 >2016-08-25T12:06:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b8/b836lkd2xuh165fc.jpg" width="514" height="594" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The influential designer Jane Thompson passed away on Tuesday. Working fluidly across the fields of design, urbanism, and architecture, Thompson left a lasting mark on American visual culture.</p><p>Thompson started her career as the assistant curator at the Museum of Modern Art, then led by Philip Johnson. Afterwards, she helmed&nbsp;<em>Industrial Design Magazine</em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gi/giw6r06ytby5qjyb.jpg"></p><p>Thompson worked on the revitalization of Boston's Quincy Market alongside her husband, architect Benjamin Thompson. Other urban projects included the Chicago Navy Pier and the Grand Central Business District in New York.</p><p>One of Thompson's most influential endeavors was assisting her husband in operating the retail stores Design Research (D/R). Bring European designers like Alvar Aalto and Marikmekko into the United States, she helped introduce a generation of Americans to Scandinavian design. In a 2000 survey, D/R was named the number one design store, even after it had been closed for 22 years.</p><p><a href="http://www.metropolismag.com/Point-of-View/August-2016/Farewell-Sir-Lady-Jane/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t Metropolis Mag</a></p><p>[Correction: originally th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964792/changing-architectural-ideals-as-illustrated-through-child-literature Changing architectural ideals as illustrated through child literature Julia Ingalls 2016-08-23T14:22:00-04:00 >2016-08-23T14:01:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dc/dc2b8sr3khpovxtn.jpg" width="514" height="632" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In this fascinating piece by Rumaan Ali for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/nightlight/2016/08/23/from_goodnight_moon_to_richard_scarry_the_great_rooms_of_children_s_literature.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Slate</a>, he explores how children's picture books offer a fun historical survey of the ideal architecture and interior decor for each place and time, spanning from the early 20th century to contemporary times. Although the books usually incorporate some element of fantasy, the throw rugs, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/701490/furniture-february" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">furniture</a>, and division of space tend to be reflective of the real world of that era.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/82/82c09314xolrw28l.jpg"></p><p>As Ali writes about the "Best Storybook Ever" by Richard Scarry:</p><p>"The silhouettes of the sofas in the living room and the attic den are similar. This is not a home of ostentatious decorative gestures, but one of comfort, a faith in the modern culture (the television, the record player, a single book, from the Book of the Month Club, no doubt, left out on the coffee table). We see the home at the start of the day: one son lacing up his shoes, mother working on breakfast. The house is awake, alive with an optimism about what the day, the decade, the century holds for the peopl...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964795/2016-fuller-challenge-finalists-announced 2016 Fuller Challenge finalists announced Justine Testado 2016-08-23T12:32:00-04:00 >2016-08-23T13:31:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3r/3rblsvhbtcjjpl26.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Multi-disciplinary teams from across the globe work hard for a chance to win the $100,000 Fuller Challenge grand prize that will help implement their initiative. Last month, the Buckminster Fuller Institute revealed 19 hopeful initiatives who were shortlisted for the 2016 cycle. Now, that competition pool has narrowed down to the final six.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>CommuniTree by Taking Root</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tx/txgzv5wimhkasyyx.jpg"></p><p><strong>Cooperaci&oacute;n Comunitaria</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ez/ezqdlj0xht3tar5s.jpg"></p><p><strong>The Rainforest Solutions Project</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zg/zgp8jjrzf80bri85.jpg"></p><p><strong>Una Hakika by the Sentinel Project</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ig/igko6yec8ok652eb.jpg"></p><p><strong>The Urban Death Project</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pf/pfrb4n8zi9cehalx.jpg"></p><p>(cover image)<strong>&nbsp;Waterbank Schools by PITCHAfrica</strong></p><p>Read more about the finalists&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/news/5097/final-six-revealed-for-2016-fuller-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p><p>Previously:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141511609/fuller-challenge-winner-says-his-greenwave-3d-ocean-farm-concept-could-feed-the-world" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fuller Challenge winner says his GreenWave 3D ocean farm concept "could feed the world"</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139534854/greenwave-s-3d-ocean-farm-initiative-wins-the-2015-buckminster-fuller-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GreenWave's 3D ocean farm initiative wins the 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111957364/living-breakwaters-wins-2014-buckminster-fuller-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Living Breakwaters wins 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122124114/seattle-architect-seeks-to-redesign-america-s-burial-landscape" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle architect seeks to redesign America's burial landscape</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964241/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-bathroom-spaces-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Bathroom Spaces" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-08-19T18:14:00-04:00 >2016-08-23T13:01:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wb/wbhp8hq8lx1puxhp.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 board <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/archinect/bathroom-spaces/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Bathroom Spaces</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8j/8jjxs911f26nkile.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/blazemakoidarchitecture/project/daniels-lane2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniels Lane</a> in Sagaponack, NY by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/blazemakoidarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blaze Makoid Architecture</a> (Architect of Record)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/80/80hymlb6con266ty.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/muraliarchitects/project/uma-gopinath-residence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uma Gopinath Residence</a> in Chennai, India by <a href="http://archinect.com/muraliarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Murali architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x9/x94fx0rn5qht1yvp.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/wunderground/project/chelsea-eco-duplex" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chelsea Eco Duplex</a> in New York, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/wunderground" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wunderground architecture + design</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ol/ol37vc3h8sfsl9rf.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/m3architecture/project/cape-tribulation-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cape Tribulation House</a> in Daintree, Australia by <a href="http://archinect.com/m3architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">m3architecture</a>; Photo: Peter Bennetts</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/96/96ktrwsmlbkxhvq8.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/dkorinteriors/project/contemporary-twilight" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Contemporary Twilight</a> in Aventura, FL by <a href="http://archinect.com/dkorinteriors" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DKOR Interiors Inc.</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o7/o7hgge8sk57flh24.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/danweberarchitecture/project/riviera" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Riviera</a> in Santa Barbara, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/danweberarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Weber Architecture</a>; Photo: Erin Feinblatt</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wc/wczag1lbbtd8yrgt.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/GENASSEMBLY/project/boerum-hill-townhouse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boerum Hill Townhouse</a> in Brooklyn, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/GENASSEMBLY" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">General Assembly</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qh/qhh5pcm8p1h9ggue.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/96424883/house-k/147411811" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House K</a> in D&uuml;sseldorf, Germany by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/96424883/wannenmacher-m-ller-architekten-gmbh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wannenmacher-M&ouml;ller Architekten GmbH</a> with XYZ Designers</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yy/yyv7k1od0zr82goj.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/14563721/tennessee-farmhouse/138875094" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tennessee Farmhouse</a> in N...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964218/what-architects-and-not-just-parametricists-can-learn-from-no-man-s-sky-an-astronomical-procedurally-generating-video-game What architects (and not just parametricists) can learn from 'No Man's Sky' – an astronomical, procedurally generating video game Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-19T16:45:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T13:23:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fv/fv537q6z9bub3c8x.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hello Games has created its own periodic table of elements for the universe of No Man&rsquo;s Sky ... This allows them to generate 1.8 quintillion planets that are all different from one another and built governing the inherent logic set forth. [...] &ldquo;It is no longer about designing a final object or a product, but about designing or configuring the system or the process of their formation&mdash;the underlying code, algorithm, or procedure that can generate not just one but multiple outcomes.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the games chest on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Art of Intervention: One-to-One #34 with architect Abraham Burickson, founder of the immersive theater company, Odyssey Works" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149963409/art-of-intervention-one-to-one-34-with-architect-abraham-burickson-founder-of-the-immersive-theater-company-odyssey-works" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art of Intervention: One-to-One #34 with architect Abraham Burickson, founder of the immersive theater company, Odyssey Works</a></li><li><a title="A tour of experiential magical realism games from the Triennale Game Collection" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149963555/a-tour-of-experiential-magical-realism-games-from-the-triennale-game-collection" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A tour of experiential magical realism games from the Triennale Game Collection</a></li><li><a title="Pok&eacute;mon Go is forcing us to grapple with 'virtual usage' zoning" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962744/pok-mon-go-is-forcing-us-to-grapple-with-virtual-usage-zoning" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pok&eacute;mon Go is forcing us to grapple with 'virtual usage' zoning</a></li><li><a title="Kids play with virtual skyscrapers in new app" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961519/kids-play-with-virtual-skyscrapers-in-new-app" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kids play with virtual skyscrapers in new app</a></li><li><a title="Gaming the neighborhood: One-to-One #32 with Jose Sanchez, co-creator of Block'hood computer game" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960918/gaming-the-neighborhood-one-to-one-32-with-jose-sanchez-co-creator-of-block-hood-computer-game" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gaming the neighborhood: One-to-One #32 with Jose Sanchez, co-creator of Block'hood computer game</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964157/manual-for-becoming-a-radical-architect Manual for Becoming a Radical Architect Orhan Ayyüce 2016-08-19T13:13:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:45:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ra/raomecw3tulpfmbv.jpg" width="514" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Radicalism in Architecture is not a simple choice and it&rsquo;s not dominated by the lack of reason, an important idea now that Architecture has become, due to the new technologies and trending fashions, easily reproducible.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img alt="" src="http://www.designboom.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/architectural-manual-adrian-labaut-hernandez-designboom-05-818x735.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.3nta.com/author/adrian-labaut-hernandez/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A</a><a href="http://www.3nta.com/author/adrian-labaut-hernandez/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">drian Labaut Hernandez</a>&nbsp;</strong>states, "Architecture does not need to say anything, it doesn&rsquo;t need to talk, doesn&rsquo;t need to express anything specific, and it doesn&rsquo;t need, overall, to be needlessly &ldquo;Radical&rdquo;.&nbsp;Architecture always has a meaning when it is created based on strong conceptual work, the project is there, a body of matter, showing itself immortal, personal, superior because of its inner qualities, those that can not be seen from outside and sometimes even from inside. You need to look at it, speak with it, interact, explore, touch, and at the end, for sure, admire. It is not done for a magazine page, and neither to hang in an exposition room and amaze everybody around because it is &lsquo;beautiful&rsquo;. Architecture justifies its own existence, it will emerge to create and show its own values, which at the end are completely rooted in life on this earth."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964158/watch-an-ode-to-marcel-breuer-s-snower-residence-in-kansas-city Watch: an ode to Marcel Breuer's Snower Residence in Kansas City Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-19T13:08:00-04:00 >2016-08-25T17:40:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mh/mhb36x5y9eei0cin.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Completed in 1954 for Robert and Marianne Snower, Marcel Breuer designed the house site unseen. The Snowers had reached out to Breuer after seeing his work in a magazine, and lived there until it was bought in 2014.</p><p>The current owners, Rob Barnes and Karen Bisset, then renovated some key aspects of the home, although not much was needed. The home still contains many of Breuer's original custom furniture. The below video by Hufft Projects, "A Letter to Marcel", reimagines the initial contact made between the Snowers and Breuer, and takes a tour through the home.</p><p></p><p><a href="https://vimeo.com/174220683" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Letter To Marcel</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/hufft" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hufft Projects</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vimeo</a>.</p><p><em>h/t <a href="http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/article39349167.html#storylink=cpy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Kansas City Star</a></em></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Brute Force: Atlanta's endangered Breuer, Ban's disaster relief efforts, and a honking huge lobby for driverless vehicles on Archinect Sessions #63" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943893/brute-force-atlanta-s-endangered-breuer-ban-s-disaster-relief-efforts-and-a-honking-huge-lobby-for-driverless-vehicles-on-archinect-sessions-63" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brute Force: Atlanta's endangered Breuer, Ban's disaster relief efforts, and a honking huge lobby for driverless vehicles on Archinect Sessions #63</a></li><li><a title="As the Met moves into the old Whitney, can it shrug off the iconic building's associations with its former tenant?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148283782/as-the-met-moves-into-the-old-whitney-can-it-shrug-off-the-iconic-building-s-associations-with-its-former-tenant" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As the Met moves into the old Whitney, can it shrug off the iconic building's associations with its former tenant?</a></li><li><a title="New movement urges to call Brutalism 'Heroic' instead" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141894387/new-movement-urges-to-call-brutalism-heroic-instead" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New movement urges to call Brutalism 'Heroic' instead</a></li><li><a title="Marcel Breuer Digital Archive" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/51289999/marcel-breuer-digital-archive" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marcel Breuer Digital Ar...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964006/build-your-own-u-s-capitol-with-lego-architecture-studio-s-latest-kit Build your own U.S. Capitol with LEGO Architecture Studio's latest kit Justine Testado 2016-08-18T15:45:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:41:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ml/mlnwojuoqrnrh656.jpg" width="514" height="272" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>LEGO Architecture Studio celebrated its <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/78469173/lego-architecture-studio-now-in-stores" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">big launch</a> in retail stores everywhere back in 2013 with the monochromatic Architectural Toolbox and a collection of LEGO-brick model kits of the world's most famous buildings. Although LEGO Architecture retired some of the kits over time, they recently unveiled their latest icon: the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.</p><p>The neoclassical Capitol has undergone several construction phases and restoration since George Washington laid its foundation on September 18, 1793. But with this LEGO kit, you get to call all the shots.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zr/zrmdey4fyr7dxfjq.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z0/z0t5o1stt1wzt7rc.jpg"></p><p>For $99 a set, the LEGO reinterpretation contains over 1,000 pieces, including all the essentials like the columned fa&ccedil;ade, the two-tiered dome, colonnades, the north and south wings, and steps and lawns. The dome can be removed to reveal a detailed interior of the National Statuary Hall, complete with columns, a tiled floor, and statues.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d7/d7ks0t51jffc9pjw.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ie/iepxqq50x3btbd8c.jpg"><br><br>You can also brush up on the Capitol's architectural design and history in an&nbsp;accompanying bookl...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963998/a-remarkable-time-lapse-video-of-los-angeles A remarkable time lapse video of Los Angeles Julia Ingalls 2016-08-18T13:56:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:45:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2a/2actld5z3xq7pylc.jpg" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From the Venice Canals to the detritus-strewn cliffs overlooking downtown to the interior of a hospital, this time lapse video by Mason Thibo&nbsp;surveys the edgy splendor of Los Angeles, allowing a glimpse not only of the city's extraordinary variety of neighborhoods, but the way people (and vehicles) interact with each zone. It's a kind of gorgeous panorama of how <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941219/why-american-infrastructure-funding-keeps-facing-such-an-uphill-battle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">infrastructure</a>, recreational areas, institutional facilities and residential neighborhoods combine to form the U.S.'s second largest metropolis:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963975/shl-s-shanghai-cloud-pavilion-is-a-stunning-glass-and-steel-extrusion-of-a-cartoon-cloud SHL's Shanghai Cloud Pavilion is a stunning glass and steel extrusion of a cartoon cloud Julia Ingalls 2016-08-18T12:44:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T19:17:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sm/sm5aitctz551fb2j.jpg" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Intended as both a counterpoint to the heavy industrial cranes that line Shanghai's West Bund as well as an art/exhibition space, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/851/schmidt-hammer-lassen-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHL</a>'s new Cloud Pavilion is the permanent version of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85236176/the-cloud-pavilion-by-schmidt-hammer-lassen-architects-opens-at-shanghai-west-bund-biennial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wildly successful 2013 Shanghai biennial installation</a>, which was intended only to last for two months.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1r/1rxwd6xono0qg18g.jpg"></p><p>While the first iteration's ephemeral 20,000 white ropes have been replaced by steel rods and a glassed-in viewing area, the hope is that the initial free-floating feeling remains.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oh/oh1hfafuqqueqlrb.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2z/2zjomo8s4ki6q6do.jpg"></p><p>As Schmidt Hammer Lassen design partner&nbsp;Chris Hardie explains, "The new pavilion creates a singular space in the form of an extruded glass cloud. The cloud shape in plan directly relates to the cartoon like form associated with how a child would draw a cloud, and how clouds are often seen depicted in traditional Chinese prints. The cloud is considered a symbol of luck in ancient Chinese painting."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bq/bqkb4t2uogqb7zxf.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u7/u78uimird4q7g5em.jpg"></p><p>Here's a video showing the Pavilion and the context of its site:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963974/ackroyd-associates-design-technically-advanced-photographic-studio-at-alva-west Ackroyd + Associates design technically advanced photographic studio at Alva West Ellen Hancock 2016-08-18T12:15:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:44:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/73/73yc2v3uwdp9q3zz.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Alva Studios is a well known photography studio company known for providing the most technically advanced facilities. Their new studio, a large refurbished warehouse, in West London is designed by the architects Ackroyd + Associates. Together they are working to create London's most pioneering photographic facility, with an array of one-off features such as an automated adjustable ceiling, mechanical green screens and automated daylight control.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p4/p41d0zlidwksd12u.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cz/czer0955izfoaw1d.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ru/rulxurlheai0czh6.jpg"></p><p><em>T</em><em>he scale of the studios is epic, but the ancillary spaces - the lounges, restaurant, galleries, and snugs - are intentionally designed to a more human scale.</em></p><p><em>The luxurious aesthetic for these spaces is derived from a contemporary interpretation of the industrial warehouse; polished screeds, full height pivoting crittal glazed screens, and distressed timber.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q6/q6e1feh7zvnh414a.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/46/46wqth1nl7jublx0.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/54/54c8eefyo0hzk1tg.jpg"></p><p><em>A+A worked with closely with steel fabricators, joiners and craftsmen to achieve the highest quality of finish. Many elements were prototyped to ensure that they had the correct feel and t...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963971/the-wish-machine-by-autoban-part-of-the-london-design-biennale-invites-visitors-to-walk-through-a-tunnel-made-of-transparent-hexagonal-tubes The Wish Machine by Autoban, part of the London Design Biennale, invites visitors to walk through a tunnel made of transparent hexagonal tubes Ellen Hancock 2016-08-18T11:38:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:07:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fo/fo0m185kys1xjg1v.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This September the first ever London Design Biennale will take place at Somerset House with featured projects from over thirty countries. The inaugural show is themed 'Utopia by Design' and celebrates the 500th anniversary of the publication of Sir Thomas More's classic,&nbsp;<em>Utopia&nbsp;</em>(1516).</p><p>Turkey's contribution to the biennale is 'The Wish Machine' designed by Istanbul-based multidisciplinary design studio, Autoban. The installation is inspired by the cultural tradition of threading a note or memento&nbsp;to the&nbsp;branch of a tree as an act of hope born out of hopelessness.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fq/fqko8yxc9fy5mz7e.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qg/qg29otwsz8ovve7t.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dy/dymktt5wcjpij7wa.jpg"></p><p><em>' The installation located in West Wing G1A at Somerset House appears as an interactive pneumatic system operating in a mirrored space. Visitors will be invited to walk through a tunnel that is made of transparent hexagonal tubes. They will share their hopes and wishes,&nbsp;</em><em>vision</em><em>&nbsp;of utopias, and aspiration for the future, by writing them on paper, and feeding them to the Wish Machine through a lid at the dead end. Notes will the...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963675/hallucinate-creates-a-surreal-ambience-in-this-sleek-trading-center HALLUCINATE creates a “surreal ambience“ in this sleek trading center Justine Testado 2016-08-17T10:00:00-04:00 >2016-08-23T00:38:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q6/q69h89q0f8kac7er.jpg" width="514" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Large industrial enterprises aren't typically known for conducting business inside jaw-dropping office environments. Shenzhen-based <a href="http://www.hallucinate.com.cn/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HALLUCINATE Design Office</a> certainly defies that assumption in their&nbsp;Midwest Inland Port Financial Town project in China's Xi&rsquo;an International Trade &amp; Logistics Park.&nbsp;</p><p>Completed last December, Hallucinate won the commission to design the commodity trading center from Maike Metals Group, one of China's largest suppliers of non-ferrous metals and minerals.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xv/xv07zcr98fpsiw09.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vd/vdre561cu9k5iavt.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zn/zn8n1p0ttt3au4m1.jpg"></p><p>Designed with an &ldquo;unconventional open and tranquil style&rdquo;, Hallucinate&nbsp;beautifully contrasts bold details and textures with a subtle yet sleek color palette that doesn't appear sterile. The 326,200m&sup2; office shows off a glass wall curtain and aluminum panels on its exterior, while its interior boasts a careful arrangement of materials like artificial stone, aluminum, hardwood flooring, and mineral wood.&nbsp;A mixture of natural light and soft LED lighting throughout the space creates a&nbsp;&ldquo;surreal ambience&rdquo;.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bt/bttrk6svoruhai53.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/il/ilb3vw9pv93zs6n6.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q0/q0gpe13vb7jog8fi.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y1/y17c641h9p5ut0d3.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y4/y4zf248ct5fjmb0m.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q7/q7k2k15hvd9curio.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kw/kww3v5zcuzl7vmg0.jpg"></p><p>Most ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963669/examining-the-international-airport-species-from-in-the-unlikely-event Examining the International Airport “species” from “In The Unlikely Event” Justine Testado 2016-08-16T20:31:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T23:15:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8n/8nrog6isi2nle6hx.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;In The Unlikely Event&rdquo; by artist Janet Abrams digs into the nature of the fantastical International Airport typology &mdash; &ldquo;a significant species of monumental urbanism, perhaps the archetypal City State of our time&rdquo;...Created in 2013...ITUE is an ambitious large-scale ceramic installation that showcases the Top 30 of the world's busiest international airports as terra cotta ceramic bas-reliefs, which Abrams molded individually by hand.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Arranged&nbsp;like ancient&nbsp;fossils&nbsp;at a natural history museum,&nbsp;In The Unlikely Event (ITUE) is part two&nbsp;of Abrams' ongoing "A Natural History of Technology" case study series. In ITUE, each airport stands as&nbsp;a&nbsp;physical architectural expression of its home&nbsp;country's ambitions to compete in the global economy.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/58/58ptuaiytlkzxljj.jpg"><br><em>In The Unlikely Event, view during its US debut at form + concept gallery, Santa Fe, May 27 2016. Photo courtesy of Janet Abrams.</em></p><p>The exhibition is currently at Santa Fe's form + concept gallery until August 22. Read&nbsp;more about the project&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/news/5085/in-the-unlikely-event-examines-the-international-airport-species" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963575/dissecting-mcmansion-ugliness Dissecting McMansion ugliness Julia Ingalls 2016-08-16T15:56:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T01:19:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6i/6in8f13wsuzh0yh3.jpg" width="514" height="205" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The aptly named "McMansionhell" tumblr has taken the time to carefully note just what makes a McMansion an ugly, terrible, no good architectural atrocity. Skipping over frothy diatribe and going straight into meticulous <a href="http://mcmansionhell.tumblr.com/post/148605513816/mcmansions-101-what-makes-a-mcmansion-bad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">point by point dissection</a>, the tumblr notes that McMansions fail in four key areas: Masses &amp; Voids, Balance, Proportion, and crucially, Rhythm. "McMansions lack architectural rhythm," the tumblr states, using slidetool graphics to help you wince and blanch in an informed way (as opposed to just experiencing an overpowering visceral dislike each time you pass one on the street).&nbsp;</p><p>Other ugly building news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143075812/urban-blight-a-review-of-the-petersen-automotive-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban blight: a review of the Petersen Museum</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/89531143/will-today-s-ugly-buildings-be-tomorrow-s-historic-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Today&rsquo;s Ugly Buildings Be Tomorrow&rsquo;s Historic Architecture?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148270911/turning-the-ugliest-building-in-liverpool-into-an-exemplar-of-public-health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turning the &ldquo;ugliest building in Liverpool&rdquo; into an exemplar of public health</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963586/european-space-agency-s-first-resident-artist-is-planning-a-temple-on-the-moon European Space Agency's first resident artist is planning a temple on the moon Justine Testado 2016-08-16T14:34:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T23:12:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cj/cjen6k7i4edgt7i2.jpg" width="514" height="533" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Jorge Ma&ntilde;es Rubio] plans to 3D print portions of the temple; other sections will incorporate an existing boulder, creating a cross between a building and a cave...The work will engage with a wide swath of architectural history, including the Pantheon, Mayan temples, and the Egyptian pyramids, [he] says. But when considering the possibilities on the moon, 18th-century French utopian architects like &Eacute;tienne-Louis Boull&eacute;e or Claude-Nicolas Ledoux have been the most influential.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For his current endeavor called&nbsp;<em>Peak of Eternal Light</em>, artist Jorge Ma&ntilde;es Rubio is working with the ESA to build a temple on the moon, as a way to &ldquo;examine the potential social and anthropological aspects of colonizing celestial bodies&rdquo;.&nbsp;</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132492446/esa-proposes-a-village-on-the-moon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ESA proposes a village on the moon</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145205940/how-to-turn-martian-soil-into-concrete" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How to turn Martian soil into concrete</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138591099/the-mars-ice-house-envisions-the-day-earthlings-can-live-with-ease-atop-the-martian-surface" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Mars Ice House envisions the day Earthlings can live with ease atop the Martian surface</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114962805/space-noir" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Space Noir</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963306/designing-for-drones-a-condo-tower-with-drone-friendly-balconies Designing for drones: a condo tower with drone-friendly balconies Nicholas Korody 2016-08-15T13:08:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T21:26:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m9/m94v2u7tam5m58uz.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Make no mistake: Drones are coming, and they&rsquo;re going to change a lot of things about how we shape our lives. So why shouldn&rsquo;t we change how we shape our buildings to get ready for them? [...] That&rsquo;s the basis for my Drone Tower, which would look like a futuristic condo building, with large balconies built to accommodate small electric aircraft or shipping drones. You wouldn&rsquo;t need to buy your own drone, you&rsquo;d simply order a ride with an app like a taxi&mdash;and hop in right from your terrace.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l1/l1d418s5pfdyqong.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k5/k5fnpn30o7lwhbou.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/os/os7g35olmhjldznq.jpg"></p><p>For more on the intersections between autonomous flying machines and the city, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149949315/unequal-scenes-drone-images-reveal-cape-town-s-architecture-of-apartheid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unequal Scenes: drone images reveal Cape Town's "architecture of apartheid"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944052/this-drone-video-takes-you-on-a-fascinating-flight-through-the-guts-of-seattle-s-bertha-tunneling-machine" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This drone video takes you on a fascinating flight through the guts of Seattle's Bertha tunneling machine</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136360737/drones-for-good-the-uae-s-million-dollar-drone-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drones for Good: the UAE's million-dollar drone competition</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962962/monumental-land-art-emerges-in-montana-s-new-tippet-rise-art-center Monumental land art emerges in Montana's new Tippet Rise Art Center Justine Testado 2016-08-12T13:36:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T15:02:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/db5itiwv5u94stzs.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"They have strong architectural properties: they create space, they provide shelter and shade, they change the thermal and acoustical properties of the surrounding context and thus they enable new activities and programs to take place. But also, they can live empty without looking like empty buildings...&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Land art installations stand majestically against the pristine Montana landscape at the&nbsp;<a href="http://tippetrise.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tippet Rise Art Center</a>, a working sheep ranch turned art destination that opened in June about an hour away from Billings and 2.5 hours north of Yellowstone.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/67675/ensamble-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ensamble Studio</a> principals Ant&oacute;n Garc&iacute;a-Abril and D&eacute;bora Mesa briefly talk about the collaborative design process behind the Center's masterplan and the landscape works they created.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940958/first-commemorative-statue-of-frederick-law-olmsted-to-be-unveiled-in-north-carolina" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First commemorative statue of Frederick Law Olmsted to be unveiled in North Carolina</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138428052/sanaa-s-meandering-river-community-center-opens-to-the-public" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANAA's meandering "River" community center opens to the public</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131795914/new-zealand-landscaper-shapes-church-out-of-trees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Zealand landscaper shapes church out of trees</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962767/live-in-muji-s-window-house-for-two-years-for-free Live in Muji's Window House for two years, for free Justine Testado 2016-08-11T17:54:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T20:48:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bp/bpdpcnwu9joyfuer.jpg" width="514" height="408" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Still dreaming about living in one of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/208476/muji" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Muji</a>'s pre-fab houses? That wish can come true for one lucky person, and maybe their family or friends. The lifestyle brand is currently accepting applications for a two-year residency in a new test model of Muji's Window House in Kamakura&mdash;rent-free and fully furnished.</p><p>Unlike <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112805150/muji-s-prefab-vertical-house-now-available-for-japanese-residences" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Vertical House</a> that was designed to squeeze into Tokyo's tight spaces, the Window House can enjoy more wiggle room in areas with less urban density. The seaside town of Kamakura has a population of approximately 174,000, while Tokyo boasts about 13.6 million.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yx/yxxkrph01aq9vue0.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nk/nk6v26aqejrevmww.jpg"><br><em>Photos via Spoon &amp; Tamago.</em></p><p>As its name states, the two-story Window House has windows on all four sides that are strategically positioned to allow for optimal airflow and natural light. Although Muji will cover the expenses, the winning applicant &mdash; whether it's a single person, a group of friends, or a family &mdash; will have to provide feedback about their experience to staff in an ongoing monitoring process. On top of t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962743/one-day-left-to-enter-your-work-into-hansgrohe-axor-s-das-design-competition One day left to enter your work into Hansgrohe + Axor’s Das Design Competition! Sponsor 2016-08-11T13:10:00-04:00 >2016-08-11T13:19:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5r/5r5djddklaqucps8.jpg" width="514" height="202" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.dasdesigncomp.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hansgrohe + Axor&rsquo;s Das Design Competition</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Cash Prize &amp; Eligibility for VIP Trip To Germany</p><p>Good&nbsp;design&nbsp;is POWERFUL, and Hansgrohe/Axor believes it should be celebrated and recognized!</p><p>There is just one day left to enter the 3rd annual <a href="http://www.dasdesigncomp.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hansgrohe+Axor&nbsp;Das&nbsp;Design&nbsp;Competition</a>--open for entries until&nbsp;August 12th!</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b1/b19lpx525byenlx4.jpg"></p><p>U.S.-based Architects and Designers are invited to submit recent Commercial/Hospitality or Residential projects, which incorporate Hansgrohe/Axor products (completed or renovated between Jan.1, 2011 and&nbsp;Aug.12, 2016).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/32/321zxd3ozlffkczb.jpg"></p><p>The first place winner in each category will receive $2,000 &amp; be eligible to attend a VIP trip to the Black Forest of Germany and the ISH Show!</p><p>Entry is free online at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dasdesigncomp.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.dasdesigncomp.com</a>.</p><p>Good design was made to be seen--show off your hard work. Enter the competition today!</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962733/forget-solar-panels-elon-musk-is-thinking-solar-roof Forget solar panels: Elon Musk is thinking "solar roof" Julia Ingalls 2016-08-11T12:41:00-04:00 >2016-08-17T15:14:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9h/9h2z333wsybwd4z0.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Why place individual solar panels on top of a pre-existing roof when you could just build an entire roof with solar technology integrated into it? Elon Musk, CEO of the financially underperforming Solar City and Tesla, sees it as an obvious solution. According to <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2016/08/10/technology/elon-musk-solar-roof/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CNNMoney</a>, he said that "If your roof is nearing end-of-life, well, you've got to get a new roof anyway. And so, why not have a solar roof that's better in many others ways as well?"&nbsp;</p><p>Although details on the solar roof are still elusive, Musk did note in a blog post that he'd like to build the roofs by integrating SolarCity's technology and Tesla's home battery storage systems.&nbsp;</p><p>For more on Musk:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960184/tesla-s-5-8-million-square-foot-gigafactory-to-open-in-2017" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tesla's 5.8 million square foot "Gigafactory" to open in 2017</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953303/elon-musk-thinks-tesla-could-be-worth-1-trillion-if-it-buys-solarcity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon Musk thinks Tesla could be worth $1 trillion &ndash; if it buys SolarCity</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143515625/multitasking-musk-the-busy-life-of-elon-musk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Multitasking Musk: the busy life of Elon Musk</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962710/designjunction-has-always-been-a-place-for-visitors-to-discover-the-latest-trends-managing-director-deborah-spencer-tells-us-what-to-expect-at-this-year-s-designjunction "designjunction has always been a place for visitors to discover the latest trends" - Managing Director Deborah Spencer tells us what to expect at this year's designjunction Ellen Hancock 2016-08-11T11:51:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T01:12:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ll/llbm30sxfzkmi38l.jpg" width="514" height="507" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>designjunction is now in its sixth year &ndash; what did you originally set out to achieve with the exhibition? Has that changed?</strong></p><p>At the time (back in 2011) when we launched designjunction, we felt London was missing a commercial show with more creative energy and a greater relevance to the A&amp;D community.&nbsp; A place where you could business but in a more relaxed environment.</p><p>Our mission was simple, we wanted to break the mould of the traditional trade show by taking over ambitious locations on the brink of transformation in central London.</p><p>We wanted to present the best cutting-edge design within a carefully curated space, striking the perfect balance between creative and commercial.</p><p>Over the course of six years, we have built up a reputation for occupying some of the most ambitious and challenging spaces in London from a 40,000 sq ft disused sorting office to a derelict design school last year.</p><p>The move to King&rsquo;s Cross is an important step in our nomadic evolution, as we continue to raise the ba...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962572/new-renderings-of-bjarke-ingels-high-line-towers-show-crowns-and-amenity-bridges New Renderings of Bjarke Ingels’ High Line Towers Show Crowns and Amenity Bridges Alyssa Alimurung 2016-08-10T17:31:00-04:00 >2016-08-14T12:50:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/be1q9kulfl4ewply.jpg" width="514" height="262" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In November 2015, Bjarke Ingels&lsquo; released images of a pair of asymmetric, twisting towers along the High Line at 76 Eleventh Avenue then at the beginning of this year, the design changed to a simpler silhouette with more space in between the two buildings. Now it has been revealed through another group of renderings glass crowns at the 300- and 400-foot tops, the retail podium and plaza fronting the High Line, and two amenity-filled podium bridges that will connect the towers.</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/149962479/tadao-ando-s-sprawling-santa-fe-compound-for-tom-ford-hits-the-market-at-75m Tadao Ando's sprawling Santa Fe compound for Tom Ford hits the market at $75M Julia Ingalls 2016-08-10T15:01:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T00:53:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ra/ranzltrod5v3gdxv.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whatever canvas he is given, whether it's a highly constrained urban lot or a sweeping New Mexico landscape, Tadao Ando rarely falters. Cerro Pelon Ranch, the two compounds he designed for former architectural student turned fashion maven/filmmaker Tom Ford, is no exception.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4v/4vph0pxqq084zkjw.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bi/bifafy6gz75tuwk5.jpg"></p><p>Enormous, horizon-hugging curved concrete walls ripple out from the primary rectilinear residence, engaging the surrounding terrain while creating a boundary for the enormous pools adjacent to the house.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d8/d83j333i0b06i1h2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/72/72d9d9mg39bssrx3.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6b/6bulpdx07jht3kcz.jpg"></p><p>The ranch, with construction oversight provided by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/marmolradziner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marmol Radziner</a>, is&nbsp;currently on the market for $75 million.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ib/ibfwbwrux8i7c2lm.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uv/uvpqoh3s6pm4vs61.jpg"></p><p>What else is Tadao Ando up to?</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955230/new-renderings-of-tadao-ando-s-living-wall-in-manhattan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New renderings of Tadao Ando's living wall in Manhattan</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142440798/tadao-ando-and-elyn-zimmerman-win-the-2016-isamu-noguchi-award" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando and Elyn Zimmerman win the 2016 Isamu Noguchi Award</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129654403/tadao-ando-amid-serious-health-concerns-just-being-alive-isn-t-sufficient" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando amid serious health concerns: "Just being alive isn&rsquo;t sufficient."</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962273/the-guerrilla-designers-fixing-an-iconic-but-hideous-symbol-of-berlin The guerrilla designers fixing an iconic, but hideous, symbol of Berlin Nicholas Korody 2016-08-09T13:55:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T00:53:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/08/08iaoq5t1o3u9io6.jpg" width="514" height="777" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Brandenburg Gate is Berlin&rsquo;s most famous monument. In 1788, King Frederick William II of Prussia commissioned the Gate, which was designed by architect Carl Gotthard Langhans, to represent peace following the Thirty Years&rsquo; War.&nbsp;</p><p>The Nazis used the Brandeburg Gate as a party symbol and it was heavily damaged during the War. It backgrounded Ronald Reagan&rsquo;s 1987 speech when he famously challenged the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to &ldquo;tear down this wall!&rdquo; After the fall of the Berlin wall, the gate became a symbol of reunification. Today, it adorns mugs, t-shirts, keychains. It&rsquo;s also the logo of the of the BVG, Berlin&rsquo;s public transport company, which runs the U-Bahn.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jp/jp84tp0vk0ga4ph9.jpg"></p><p>But, as <a href="https://www.1843magazine.com/culture/the-daily/berlins-guerrilla-gatekeepers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1843 Magazine</a> notes, the logo is hideous. The perspective is inaccurate and the lines are heavy and awkward. So a couple of Brazilian-Berliners took it upon themselves to clean up the logo. They&rsquo;ve printed the revamped illustration on clear stickers and passed them out to the public.</p><p>Now the BVG has promised a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962265/hit-or-miss-oliver-wainwright-reviews-the-designs-of-the-rio-olympics Hit or miss?: Oliver Wainwright reviews the designs of the Rio Olympics Nicholas Korody 2016-08-09T13:13:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T00:49:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y5/y5qbysg20fkoe4dj.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>he collapsed sailing ramp has been hauled out of the water, a Russian diplomat has heroically killed a carjacker (or maybe not), and 450,000 condoms await action in the leaky athletes village. Beset by construction problems and delays and with preparations decreed the &ldquo;worst ever&rdquo; by the International Olympic Committee, how is the architecture and design of the XXXI Olympiad shaping up so far?</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Olympics are in full swing. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961778/rio-olympics-2016-how-to-watch-and-what-to-expect-at-the-opening-ceremony" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Here's how to watch them.</a>&nbsp;Interest in more Olympics architecture? Check out 10 notable projects from past Olympic Games <a href="http://In%20honor%20of%20the%20Rio%20Games,%206%20momentous%20projects%20from%20the%20Olympics'%2021st-century%20history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zc/zcejcnozkto8549a.jpg"></p><p><em>This month, Archinect's coverage includes a special focus on all things related to games. Check out some related articles <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/785338/august-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962165/the-brooklyn-bridge-might-get-an-expansion-if-it-can-handle-one The Brooklyn Bridge might get an expansion, if it can handle one Justine Testado 2016-08-08T19:17:00-04:00 >2016-08-11T01:18:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3e/3eom9cq4sso8jajc.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now after escalating complaints, New York City transportation officials said on Monday that something would finally be done to solve the riddle of what they call &ldquo;Times Square in the Sky.&rdquo;...That something &mdash; if the crossing can take it &mdash; could be building a new path to alleviate congestion But...any expansion of the promenade would most likely be complicated. &ldquo;I have to tell you, every time we touch this 133-year-old bridge, it tends to be costly and complex.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The New York Times states that Aecom will begin a seven-month $370,000 engineering study this month to analyze how much weight the bridge can carry and explore expansion options.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960248/the-nyc-that-could-have-been-never-built-new-york-to-be-released-this-fall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The NYC that could have been &ndash; 'Never Built New York' to be released this fall</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954611/call-it-the-brooklyn-wedge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Call it the Brooklyn Wedge</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948676/a-tale-of-two-parks-debate-rages-over-a-new-plan-for-a-maker-park-in-brooklyn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A tale of two parks: debate rages over a new plan for a "Maker Park" in Brooklyn</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962152/airbnb-is-turning-into-the-hotel-chains-it-disrupted Airbnb is turning into the hotel chains it disrupted Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-08T17:56:00-04:00 >2016-08-09T18:01:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r4/r4jvtekb9zqfuf57.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Minimalist furniture. Craft beer and avocado toast. Reclaimed wood. Industrial lighting. Cortados [...] The interchangeability, ceaseless movement, and symbolic blankness that was once the hallmark of hotels and airports, qualities that led the French anthropologist Marc Aug&eacute; to define them in 1992 as "non-places," has leaked into the rest of life. [...] This confluence of style is being accelerated by companies that foster a sense of placelessness &hellip; Airbnb is a prominent example.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Nicholas Korody <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149956613/falling-through-the-sharing-economy-s-looking-glass-and-into-an-ocean-of-unpaid-gendered-domestic-labor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously explored&nbsp;this phenomenon</a>, of supposedly idiosyncratic Airbnb styling converging on the generic.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Airbnb turns to urban planning as it looks towards the future of home-sharing" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961108/airbnb-turns-to-urban-planning-as-it-looks-towards-the-future-of-home-sharing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb turns to urban planning as it looks towards the future of home-sharing</a></li><li><a title="After allegations of racial discrimination and #AirbnbWhileBlack fallout, Airbnb looks inward" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149949227/after-allegations-of-racial-discrimination-and-airbnbwhileblack-fallout-airbnb-looks-inward" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After allegations of racial discrimination and #AirbnbWhileBlack fallout, Airbnb looks inward</a></li><li><a title="Ikea and Airbnb: a match made in globalized heaven?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138800384/ikea-and-airbnb-a-match-made-in-globalized-heaven" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ikea and Airbnb: a match made in globalized heaven?</a></li><li><a title="Neighbor, can you spare a dime? CityLab conference considers sharing economy's urban impact" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110733077/neighbor-can-you-spare-a-dime-citylab-conference-considers-sharing-economy-s-urban-impact" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neighbor, can you spare a dime? CityLab conference considers sharing economy's urban impact</a></li></ul>