Archinect - News 2017-05-24T23:07:56-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150008978/maximum-sustainability-in-harvard-gsd-and-sn-hetta-s-housezero Maximum sustainability in Harvard GSD and Snøhetta's "HouseZero" Julia Ingalls 2017-05-23T19:20:00-04:00 >2017-05-23T19:35:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/79/796ssoxyjn2l6noq.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How can you transform a not particularly sustainable 1940s building into a leading example of pioneering environmental design? First, hire Sn&oslash;hetta, and secondly, get the Harvard GSD team focused on green building techniques. The result? This press release from Harvard says it all:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gq/gqcmg8zp7oxboj12.jpg"></p><p>The Harvard Center for Green Buildings (CGBC) at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, in collaboration with Sn&oslash;hetta and Skanska Technology, are retrofitting CGBC&rsquo;s headquarters in a pre-1940s timber-framed building to become one of the world&rsquo;s most ambitious sustainable buildings. As a first-of-its-kind research project, HouseZero demonstrates how to transform a challenging building stock into a prototype for ultra-efficiency, rapidly reducing the level of reliance on energy-intensive technology while simultaneously creating comfortable indoor environments.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4a/4a2vxn0y1qlc2xpk.jpg"></p><p>HouseZero attempts to address the global environmental challenge of climate change by focusing on existing buildings, which account for en...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008931/korea-s-high-line-the-mvrdv-designed-skygarden-opens-in-seoul Korea's High Line, the MVRDV-designed Skygarden, opens in Seoul Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-23T14:38:00-04:00 >2017-05-23T14:38:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fh/fhxz7n7waifyx15d.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ever since the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/2191/high-line" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line</a> appeared above the streets of Chelsea in New York, cities across the globe have been working on creating their own variations of the civic project. In London, this iteration was to be the Thomas Heatherwick designed <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/529656/garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garden Bridge</a>. However, the project was marred by controversy due to suspicious funding and motives and was finally <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150004995/london-mayor-sadiq-kahn-scraps-garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">nixed by the Mayor</a> back in April. Well, as <em>the Guardian</em>&nbsp;<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/may/19/seoul-skygarden-south-korea-london-garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">points out</a>,&nbsp;&nbsp;London could've stood to take a few pointers from the South Korean capital of Seoul, whose <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/327/mvrdv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> designed Skygarden opened over the weekend to much excitement.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o4/o47wgtvbju66a8iq.jpg"></p><p>The firm won the bidding process back in May 2015 and have since been working to transform an existing overpass in the heart of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/11458/seoul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seoul</a> into a 983-meter long public garden, overlaying a matrix of Korean flora onto the 16m elevated steel and concrete structure. The Rotterdam-based architecture and urban design practice has gathered 50 families of plants, collecting around 228 species and sub-species and arrange...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008665/disused-petrol-station-site-to-be-transformed-into-apartments-by-neubau Disused petrol station site to be transformed into apartments by NEUBAU Abigail Banfield 2017-05-23T01:54:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T14:54:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zf/zf2q7on7305kfzu8.jpg" width="650" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A major project in north London has just received planning permission; a &lsquo;pixelated&rsquo; residential scheme will replace a historic clock tower and a derelict petrol station. The architects behind the project, NEUBAU, are an emerging practice consisting of thinkers and designers with international experience.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kg/kgk3ykp92wezeng5.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wa/wabvfd5qyh71vz69.jpg"></p><p>28 apartments will be arranged in smaller six meter wide units, in a way which reduces the overall visual impact of the development. The building up of height,&nbsp;and its corner location, creates an acoustic shield created by the corner frontage has created a sheltered area behind the building for a communal garden; a &lsquo;private oasis&rsquo; for future residents.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zd/zds5npd9i0bom9vv.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/v6/v66otfw8pp63e8gw.jpg"></p><p>The site, a challenging corner on two very busy roads, is currently home for a disused petrol station and a large clock tower. Following a long and difficult planning process, the aptly named &lsquo;Tower Station&rsquo; development will maintain the cubic volumes of the existing tower, and its civic function at the same time, with a large mechanic...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008714/elon-musk-confirms-boring-tunnels-are-for-hyperloop Elon Musk confirms Boring Tunnels are for Hyperloop Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-22T17:10:00-04:00 >2017-05-23T18:51:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4d/4d0pwzzqvs8r1rz3.jpg" width="650" height="412" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since the company&rsquo;s introduction, many (including Futurism) have speculated that the tunnels&rsquo; true purpose was to work in tandem with the Hyperloop. This is the real clincher here. It seems like The Boring Company isn&rsquo;t just going to be for cars. &ldquo;The electric skate can transport automobiles, goods, and/or people. And if one adds a vacuum shell, it is now a Hyperloop Pod which can travel at 600+ miles per hour,&rdquo; the site explains.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in December, the business magnate Elon Musk tweeted his frustration of being stuck in LA traffic along with a half-joking suggestion of building a tunnel to fix his gridlocked woes.</p><p></p><p>Well as it turns out, this simple musing <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149988930/musk-claims-his-plans-to-bore-a-tunnel-under-los-angeles-are-moving-forward" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">has become a full-blown startup</a>. The Boring Company, it is called, hopes to build a series of underground tunnels that will save Angelenos from such "soul-destroying traffic." The company has already found a way to dig tunnels at a much more cost effective and efficient rate and is now revealing the tunnel's potential to work in tandem with the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/320195/hyperloop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008495/brooks-scarpa-s-the-six-offers-a-home-to-veterans-in-need Brooks + Scarpa's “The Six” offers a home to veterans in need Justine Testado 2017-05-22T13:40:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T13:41:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cu/cuhof3xb3j7iq46v.jpg" width="650" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Located in Los Angeles' highly dense MacArthur Park neighborhood, "The Six" is a hard-to-miss, 52-unit housing complex for veterans who are disabled and/or were previously homeless. Designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/brooksscarpa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brooks + Scarpa</a> for the Skid Row Housing Trust, the building gets its name from the ubiquitous military expression &ldquo;I got your six&rdquo; &mdash; which basically means &ldquo;I've got your back&rdquo;.</p><p>Brooks + Scarpa designed the 40,250 square-foot building with public and private &ldquo;zones&rdquo; with more emphasis on creating a community-oriented and social space, as opposed to a reclusive, isolating scheme.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eh/ehzr03q80mm71tgj.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bz/bzaqzzlt4km115f5.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/in/inrdchkvbnnmcba6.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/za/zagqpkhy9rnf83ns.jpg"><em>Photos:&nbsp;Tara Wucjik. Last photo: Brooks + Scarpa.</em></p><p>The ground level contains offices, support spaces for veterans, bike storage and parking, while the second level features a large public courtyard. The courtyard is surrounded by four levels of housing units with balconies and green roofs to let residents share a secured, open space and connect with the larger community. The highest level features a growing edible garden...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008693/edoardo-tresoldi-builds-a-ghostly-wire-mesh-structure-in-abu-dhabi Edoardo Tresoldi builds a ghostly wire mesh structure in Abu Dhabi Nicholas Korody 2017-05-22T12:32:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T13:46:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4m/4maswan74pq8ap6m.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last year, artist Edoardo Tresoldi <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938802/ancient-italian-church-comes-back-to-life-built-in-wire-mesh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">made waves</a> with his wire mesh sculpture in Foggia, Italy. Installed adjacent to the basilica of Siponto, the sculpture is a full-size cathedral in its own right, built on the ruins of an older church that once stood on the site. The wire mesh creates an ethereal, spectral appearance, like a hologram or a project. Now, the artist has returned with another stunning installation&mdash;a massive event space for a royal event in Abu Dhabi.</p><p>Covering a 7,000 square meter space, the installation was built over three months. Like the sculpture in Foggia, this one is made of wire mesh and references classical architecture. After the event, pieces of the installation will be reinstalled separately in universities, parks and museums across the city.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dp/dp5kscsmjyb99a4a.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x5/x5j9t2hx4bnw2epx.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qb/qbcvpk40ztra174c.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q9/q9fbo2rxol35hvm4.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/95/9526ibz6v4jtcbqj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2w/2wjxf558gzr5ickl.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7m/7m5hy6gtzr3bzemd.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4m/4maswan74pq8ap6m.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mx/mxhll6a65eshy8yp.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sv/svqhqzczb1bn72r5.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008427/freelandbuck-craft-a-temporary-trompe-l-oeil-ceiling-for-the-smithsonian FreelandBuck craft a temporary trompe l'oeil ceiling for the Smithsonian Nicholas Korody 2017-05-19T12:54:00-04:00 >2017-05-19T19:32:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zh/zh1jeil7t1ldw1y2.jpg" width="650" height="531" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Los Angeles-based studio <a href="http://www.freelandbuck.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FreelandBuck</a>&nbsp;has been selected to design and install a temporary ceiling in the Renwick Gallery&rsquo;s Grand Salon in the Smithsonian, the first in what is expected to be a recurring installation series called Above the Renwick Installation.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l6/l6qs9yroqr7egyh0.jpg"></p><p>Their project draws on the tradition of trompe l&rsquo;oeil ceilings, using various techniques to create an illusion of depth. The design comprises a &ldquo;catalog&rdquo; of various notable American architectural styles, brought to life with 21st century technology.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qu/qums899lvnm01w9r.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hz/hzgk1m3wx3wa63ak.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Trompe l&rsquo;oeil illusion functions from a single key point &ndash; the center of a nave or directly under a dome,&rdquo; they <a href="http://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/archive/2017/parallax/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">write</a>. &ldquo;From other points of view, the illusion malfunctions: figures appear suddenly out of scale, space flattens out, or an entire dome seems to change orientation. Given the constant stream of visual illusion we encounter every day, the glitches may now fascinate more than the intended illusion. The Renwick installation amplifies and coordinates these gaps, opening...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008373/miller-kendrick-architects-complete-welsh-pop-up-hotel Miller Kendrick Architects complete Welsh pop-up hotel Abigail Banfield 2017-05-19T08:00:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T05:43:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/34/34xj3e9ddnwqw7gj.jpg" width="650" height="539" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Miller Kendrick Architects, a small practice founded by Michael Kendrick and Paul Miller in 2015, have completed their build of a &lsquo;pop-up-hotel&rsquo;; a cabin that was one of eight winning designs of &lsquo;Epic Retreats&rsquo;. Named &lsquo;<em>Arthur&rsquo;s Cave&rsquo;</em>, this small structure will be featured on Channel 4 as part of the &lsquo;Cabins in the Wild with Dick Strawbridge&rsquo; series, the first episode of which airs on Sunday 21st May.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n2/n2300e2qfe8d3q1d.jpg"></p><p>The modern design was inspired by its surrounding ancient Welsh landscapes, which tumble and stretch for miles around the faceted larch-clad structure. With a fantastic outlook across the Snowdonian National Park, and shelter formed by the rocky foothill of Castle Y Bere, MKA&rsquo;s geometric cabin nestles in a unique and captivating location.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ll/llmj7i0yg4ytad9l.jpg"></p><p>Staying true to MKA&rsquo;s passion for testing new forms of low-cost, efficient, and sustainable methods of construction, <em>Arthur&rsquo;s Cave</em> uses locally sourced materials and a clever construction method of jigsaw-joined birch plywood ribs, which acts as structur...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008239/2017-s-10-best-gas-stations-worldwide-as-ranked-by-design-curial 2017's 10 best gas stations, worldwide, as ranked by Design Curial Julia Ingalls 2017-05-18T15:58:00-04:00 >2017-05-19T12:48:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f0/f0v35alky3578kn4.jpg" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Angelenos may be mildly alarmed to learn that local favorites <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/4256960/johnston-marklee" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Johnston Marklee Architects</a>'s striking Helios House (co-designed with&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/23862/office-da" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Office dA</a>)&nbsp;has slipped two spots to eighth place from its ranking on last year's top ten global filling stations as assembled by Design Curial. However, it's for a good cause: new entrants are fueling some alternative aesthetic takes on the usually quotidian gas station. Here are the winners:</p><ul><li>FIRST PLACE: REST AREA NIEMENHARJU, by Studio&nbsp;Puisto&nbsp;Architects, in&nbsp;Niemenharju, Finland</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t2/t2xdklqtdhpsggcd.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yr/yr9wrlidgrl48prq.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>SECOND PLACE: POPS ARCADIA ROUTE 66, by <a href="http://archinect.com/e-a-a.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elliott + Associates Architects</a>, in&nbsp;Oklahoma, USA</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fk/fkp2l853va8l4j76.jpg">&#8203;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pu/puu4yg4w2wbfn7us.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>THIRD PLACE: BATUMI PETROL STATION, by Giorgi Khmaladze, in&nbsp;Batumi, Georgia</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ye/yea0lehw7gd79il0.jpg">&#8203;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tf/tfzqk4fnt0pp58bv.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>FOURTH PLACE: NP GAS STATION, by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/31961803/moneo-brock-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moneo Brock Studio</a>, in&nbsp;Madrid, Spain</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vy/vy71be1lbh2l95vq.jpg">&#8203;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/69/69ti72r2u33wr2t2.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>FIFTH PLACE: ORIVAL GAS STATION, by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/22519988/philippe-samyn-and-partners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Samyn and Partners</a>, in&nbsp;Orival, Belgium</li></ul><p>&#8203;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z6/z62hugnqtx0pa6w0.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mt/mtft8c0vzor4vpjr.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>SIXTH PLACE: ESSO MOBIL STATION, by Eliot Noyes,&nbsp; in&nbsp;Leicestershire, UK</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gx/gxbdwugg90n2mbqh.jpg">&#8203;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>SEVENTH PLACE: HOUTEN SERVICE STATION, by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/22519988/philippe-samyn-and-partners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Samyn and Partners</a>, in&nbsp;Houten, Netherlands</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3d/3dkwb01fdm0dxv80.jpg">&#8203;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ca/cabqku565tvkafo6.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>EIGHTH PL...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008241/first-glimpse-of-hansonla-s-master-plan-to-redevelop-city-market-los-angeles First glimpse of HansonLA's master plan to redevelop City Market Los Angeles Justine Testado 2017-05-18T15:40:00-04:00 >2017-05-20T07:02:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/he/heo60ot2w2j7nxby.jpg" width="650" height="1038" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After five years in the works, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/104867291/hansonla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HansonLA</a>&nbsp;finalized the multi-phase master plan with the L.A. Department of City Planning to redevelop the historic City Market Los Angeles, located in Downtown L.A.'s Fashion District. Established in 1909 by a group of immigrant farmers, CMLA is home to one of the oldest wholesale produce markets in the U.S.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tf/tfzcnouatn7cduvi.jpg"><br><em>Aerial view.&nbsp;Rendering by KINK Studio.</em></p><p>The mixed-use, 10-acre master plan is jam-packed, comprising buildings ranging from 3-38 stories, 945 residential units, 210 hotel rooms, 225,000 square-feet of retail, restaurant, and entertainment space (including the new <a href="http://www.citymarketsouth.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City Market South</a>), and 312,000 square-feet of educational space.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4d/4du7rxmt2ylcc2r3.jpg"><br><em>Rendering by KINK Studio.</em></p><p>Re-emphasizing the pedestrian experience of the original CMLA, the new plan will also feature an elevated walkway that will wrap around approximately 60 percent of the site, offering visitors some open space and a view of the DTLA skyline.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;[City Market's] sympathetic approach to the program allows it t...</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/150008073/aia-los-angeles-announces-top-residential-architecture-projects-for-2017 AIA Los Angeles announces top residential architecture projects for 2017 Justine Testado 2017-05-17T18:34:00-04:00 >2017-05-17T18:34:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4a/4auoa3hw57ri1pnu.jpg" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The AIA Los Angeles chapter celebrates some of the area's best contemporary residential projects in the Residential Architecture Awards. For 2017, the chapter announced 29 winning projects, many of which were designed by notable L.A. firms like Lehrer Architects, Tighe Architecture, Belzberg Architects, Michael Maltzan Architecture, Bestor Architecture, XTEN Architecture, and plenty more.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Some of this year's winners include:</p><p><strong>Affordable Starter Home Prototype (South LA, CA) by Lehrer Architects</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/r8/r8bx2bmtx3i69j8a.jpg"><em>Photo: Michael B. Lehrer, FAIA, Nerin Kadribegovic, AIA, and Benjamin Lehrer</em></p><p><strong>IVRV House (Los Angeles, CA) by SCI Arc - submitted by project coordinator and design faculty Darin Johnstone, AIA</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/qe/qez9eil6tk8j4npf.jpg"><em>Photo: Joshua White.</em></p><p><strong>MU77 (Los Angeles, CA) by Arshia Architects</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/n9/n9fkn5fq0eihra80.jpg"><em>Photo: Paul Vu, Brandon Vogts</em></p><p><strong>Peace Creek Villas (Chengdu, China) by John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/zd/zdsyfj8e38f23v8y.jpg"><em>Photo: Su Chen</em></p><p><strong>Blackbirds (Los Angeles, CA) by Bestor Architecture</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/6j/6jlzcx28fh6lyrnf.jpg"><em>Photo: Laure Joliet, Iwan Baan.</em></p><p><strong>Garrison Residence (Redondo Beach, CA) by Tighe Architecture</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/qe/qee4ha6ihvxemrps.jpg"><em>Photo: Art Gray</em></p><p>See more of the winning projects <a href="http://bustler.net/news/5666/aia-los-angeles-awards-29-projects-in-2017-residential-architecture-awards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150007981/inspired-by-a-common-canning-jar-sn-hetta-designs-a-new-bar-for-the-oslo-airport Inspired by a common canning jar, Snøhetta designs a new bar for the Oslo Airport Nicholas Korody 2017-05-17T12:36:00-04:00 >2017-05-17T12:43:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fs/fsckaxt375i56507.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Despite being built just under 20 years ago, a rapid surge in passengers has left the Oslo Airport pretty far past capacity. So a big renovation and expansion is underway, with a first phase just completed this April. Inside the expanded arrivals and departure hall, the Norwegian superstar practice Sn&oslash;hetta has designed a unique bar and &ldquo;interior concept&rdquo;.</p><p>Named Norgesglasset after a ubiquitous jar used for picking and storing food, the 65 square meter design riffs on its namesake. 4,000 jar clad the ceiling and back wall. Conceived as one continuous organic form, the back wall rises 4.8 meter from the floor and juts out over the seating area. It&rsquo;s complemented by a chandelier, also made of the Norgesglasset jars.</p><p>The circular bar is surrounded by red chairs that match a red rubber floor and a red couch lining the back wall. The red is a nod to the red rubber gasket on the distinctive jars. Additionally, Sn&oslash;hetta designed new employee uniforms and menu cards to match the aesthetic.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sp/sp4nzytkbbv7xxea.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vp/vp8a4gf4qiup24np.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z7/z7b8t59oca6fi0ey.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xb/xbmozan94feptsok.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t0/t0wyed1ctoq6lcx0.jpg"></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> http://archinect.com/news/article/150007538/the-aga-khan-to-receive-the-2017-architectural-league-president-s-medal The Aga Khan to receive the 2017 Architectural League President's Medal Justine Testado 2017-05-15T21:05:00-04:00 >2017-05-15T21:05:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2n/2nsikd5a8nmdi2bj.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architectural League of New York awarded their 2017 President's Medal to the honorable Aga Khan, the League revealed in an announcement today. The President's Medal is the League's highest accolade bestowed to an individual in recognition of a distinct body of work in architecture, urbanism, art, or design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architectural League President Billie Tsien will present the award to the honorable Aga Khan during a dinner on May 18 in New York.</p><p>The Medal's notable roster of recipients include Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, Ada Louise Huxtable, Richard Meier, Amanda M. Burden, Renzo Piano, Henry N. Cobb, artist Richard Serra, and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, among others.</p><p>Learn more <a href="http://bustler.net/news/5660/the-aga-khan-to-receive-the-2017-architectural-league-president-s-medal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150007182/deflatkleiburg-wins-2017-mies-van-der-rohe-award-msa-v-named-2017-emerging-architect-recipient DeFlatKleiburg wins 2017 Mies van der Rohe Award, MSA/V+ named 2017 Emerging Architect recipient Justine Testado 2017-05-12T14:46:00-04:00 >2017-05-12T15:45:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nl/nl1lq7gcgtysd4sd.jpg" width="650" height="459" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Two housing projects won big today in the 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture &ndash; Mies van der Rohe Award competition. Out of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149992122/finalists-announced-for-the-european-union-prize-for-contemporary-architecture-mies-van-der-rohe-award" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">five finalists</a>, DeFlatKleiburg&nbsp;in Amsterdam by NL Architects and XVW architectuur&nbsp;won the main Mies van der Rohe Award. The&nbsp;2017 Emerging Architect prize went to Brussels-based practice MSA/V+ for the NAVEZ social housing project.&nbsp;</p><p>DeFlatKleiburg is the first renovation project of an existing building to receive the main prize. The&nbsp;colossal megablock is 11 stories tall and 400 meters long, and comprises 500 customizable apartments. First built in the 1960s as part of city planner Siegfried Nassuth's masterplan, the Kleiburg eventually became dilapidated and was at risk for demolition. Protests in recent years prompted a competition seeking the most economically feasible solution to save the structure.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8z/8z5v36268v5o5swb.jpg"><br><em>Photo &copy; Marcel van der Burg.</em></p><p>Dutch firms <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/69828272/nl-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NL Architects</a> and&nbsp;<a href="https://xvwarchitectuur.nl/en/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">XVW architectuur</a> won the competition with their proposal to renovate the existing buil...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150007040/duality-tension-elegance-in-the-ivanhoe-house Duality + tension = elegance in the Ivanhoe House Julia Ingalls 2017-05-11T18:03:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T18:04:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6k/6kfycrwx43bhnjn7.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How does one maintain excitement while embodying elegance? The artful tension of the Ivanhoe House, as designed by Billy Kavellaris of the Australian firm KUD, is an excellent example. Located in the Melbourne suburb of Ivanhoe, the single-story 370 square meter house initially engages visitors with its unusual aesthetics and then creates settings that are elegant without ever becoming staid. "The house is a clever orchestration of balancing tension that has created wondrous moments throughout. Ivanhoe house can be read as a conversation of dualities, of heavy and lightness, public and private and of light and darkness," as the architect explains in his project description.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ho/hofvsvmcc5mqy9lx.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/px/px2lgakhpe6o9n15.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dr/dr2eomfkuvoroetq.jpg"></p><p>This conversation starts with the imposing rectilinear entryway, which combines weighty solidity with the allure of a luxurious glassed-in portico. During the day, the entryway resembles a black void, but at night with the lights on, it becomes a vividly lit domestic portal. The mass of the entryway is echoed by a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150007035/arckit-launches-a-kickstarter-for-its-detailed-cityscape-and-masterplan-kits Arckit launches a Kickstarter for its detailed Cityscape and Masterplan kits Julia Ingalls 2017-05-11T15:15:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T15:15:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m7/m7am9avrxedlwlmf.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146675479/envision-your-next-design-with-arckit-giveaway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arckit is expanding from house models</a> into entire cities and master plans, or at least will if they meet their Kickstarter goals.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ge/gebh02x4cbwci12n.jpg"></p><p>The Kickstarter showcases a series of models with various components including contoured top pieces, textured walls and even transparent, glass-like modular elements.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/78/7859ezdnd1o1ykwd.jpg"></p><p>Contribute to the campaign and check out the video of their new implements <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1691637408/arckit-design-and-build-your-dream-city?utm_source=Arckit+Newsletter&amp;utm_campaign=e4c8ca7729-Kickstarter&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_6f068dd13a-e4c8ca7729-261857333&amp;mc_cid=e4c8ca7729&amp;mc_eid=ee457ac4ba" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150007008/the-experimental-nature-of-murray-music-house-a-single-family-home-designed-by-carazo-arquitectura The experimental nature of Murray Music House, a single family home designed by Carazo Arquitectura Julia Ingalls 2017-05-11T14:03:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T14:10:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bn/bnhq6pukvemddb6n.jpg" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Blending elements of brutalism and pronounced geometric framing, the Murray Music House designed by Carazo Arquitectura is technically a single family home, designed for two parents and three children. The fundamental concept underlying its design is "Living Through the Experimentation," which helps to explain the use of changeable elements like ceiling-suspended fabric chairs and mesh netting in the hallways. By placing malleable objects into the solid frame of the home, the architects hope to constantly engage the occupants in creating new uses for spaces such as the bedroom, kitchen, and the hallway. &nbsp;"Experiencing a home like Murray Music includes exploration, giving another meaning and other use to spaces that normally have specific functions," as the architects explain.&nbsp;But these elements are not the only method of inspiring experimentation.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d3/d3e3v5v5z9sgbwq4.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7x/7xxwji3b6ghp4ap4.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z6/z688cnkkvhftmhvl.jpg"></p><p>The rather severe geometry, which includes a black rectilinear frame hovering over the kitchen and a vertical slanted skylight with unabas...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150006999/this-bacteria-infused-concrete-heals-when-cracked This bacteria-infused concrete "heals" when cracked Julia Ingalls 2017-05-11T12:35:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T14:22:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dh/dhwixmo5mc1wj1e3.jpg" width="650" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While there's no word on what would happen if someone skinned their knee on this bacteria-infused concrete, the premise is certainly intriguing in theory: concrete that patches cracks in itself for up to 200 years after its initial formation. Here's a brief video outlining the process:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150006844/mit-s-dcp-robot-can-quickly-print-large-scale-structures-completely-made-of-local-materials MIT's DCP robot can quickly print large-scale structures completely made of local materials Justine Testado 2017-05-10T15:02:00-04:00 >2017-05-12T09:33:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/18/18fkd57424h6cgo4.jpg" width="596" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[The] Digital Construction Platform (DCP) [is] a four-ton solar powered robot arm on tank tracks. And yet, it&rsquo;s a working proof-of-concept that a machine can build a lot like a tree does, sourcing local energy and adapting to local conditions to construct a building out of local materials&ndash;anything ranging from dirt, to ice, to moon dust...The tip of the arm is fit with a nozzle that can mix and spray mud, foam, or concrete&ndash;basically any viscous building material you could imagine.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Designed by the <a href="http://matter.media.mit.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT Mediated Matter</a>&nbsp;group, the <a href="http://matter.media.mit.edu/tools/details/digital-construction-platform-dcp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DCP</a>&nbsp;robot&nbsp;is an &ldquo;experimental enabling technology for large-scale digital manufacturing&rdquo; that has shown impressive results in printing with various media, including&nbsp;light printing, excavation, welded-chain construction, and additive fabrication with the Print-in-Place process.</p><p>The DCP can potentially be used in the design and construction industries, but the lab is diving deeper into how to take their DCP technology to the next level &mdash; like constructing ice structures on the Moon or printing &ldquo;living buildings&rdquo; made of animal proteins and other microorganisms.&nbsp;</p><p>See the DCP in action below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150006715/editor-s-picks-468 Editor's Picks #468 Nam Henderson 2017-05-10T12:51:00-04:00 >2017-05-10T14:01:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sa/sat6yw4ytwnd0rrr.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>ICYMI, back in April&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;published an <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/150003660/designing-for-and-with-the-landscape-an-interview-with-mackay-lyons-sweetapple-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interview</a> with Bryan MacKay-Lyons and Talbot Sweetapple, about their contextually-sensitive, regionally specific, vernacular.&nbsp;<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xq/xqmtqo1svp1tzjw4.jpg"></p><p>Therein MacKay-Layons explains&nbsp;</p><p>"<em>The other non-object sense of our work is that we see the buildings as helmets that you wear[&hellip;] Being inside and understanding where you exist in the world in terms of the sun and the wind and the biography. We really designed the buildings to be like helmets to be inside of.</em>"</p><p><strong>Chemex</strong> was pleased</p><p>"<em>Nice interview. McK-L work and words, it seems, are the perfect example of good design inspired by tradition and context...Whenever I hear a client or friend complain about modern architecture, I show them McK-L or Holl.</em>"</p><p>Plus,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a> chatted with Will Wright instigator of L.A. AIA's "<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/150005602/how-can-architecture-become-more-diverse-on-may-5th-l-a-aia-s-encompass-conference-addresses-this-question" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Encompass</a>" conference.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> (one of the speakers) offered up a review "<em>great conference....It was carefully curated by AIA Los Angeles chapter to be inclusive...Discussions and stories of diver...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150006684/foster-partners-branch-technology-win-phase-2-level-1-of-nasa-3d-printed-habitat-challenge Foster + Partners | Branch Technology win Phase 2, Level 1 of NASA 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge Justine Testado 2017-05-09T19:42:00-04:00 >2017-05-10T09:08:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lm/lmny4v6oz5k18huk.jpg" width="650" height="271" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Foster + Partners and Branch Technology team recently won first prize in the NASA 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge's Phase 2: Level 1 Compression Test Competition. The three-phase Challenge envisions a future where autonomous machines can help build extra-terrestrial shelters for human habitation.&nbsp;Phase 2 is divided into three levels, with each one focusing on a different structural challenge.</p><p>After winning second place in Phase 1 in 2015, Foster + Partners teamed up with Branch Technology to refine the original concept.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mr/mra51mi8d3s23g51.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4z/4z4ut5g1243x65j1.jpg"><br><em>Foster + Partners' Mars Habitat concept. Images &copy; Foster + Partners.</em></p><p>In Phase 2 - Level 1, the seven competing teams had to use a combination of recycled mission materials and indigenous Martian regolith to 3D-print a truncated cone and a cylinder, which went through compression testing to assess their suitability as structural components.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hd/hdngzt5kzw2vly34.jpg"><br><em>Foster + Partners and Branch Technology's Cone Print. Courtesy of Foster + Partners | Branch Technology.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f2/f2178e6o7xyhw40t.jpg"><br><em>Foster + Partners and Bran...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150006686/l-a-mayor-garcetti-proposes-gondola-lift-to-the-hollywood-sign L.A. Mayor Garcetti proposes gondola lift to the Hollywood sign Julia Ingalls 2017-05-09T19:36:00-04:00 >2017-05-10T09:25:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/to/to5vrr2k0jjl2loo.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To snap a photo of the Hollywood sign, tourists have clogged hillside streets and hiking paths, spurring battles in Hollywood Hills neighborhoods and in court over how people should be able to access the iconic landmark. Now Mayor Eric Garcetti has floated an alternative: Building a gondola to ferry visitors to the beloved sign.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Instead of having to evade trespassing laws (or take the long way around), those who want to visit the Hollywood sign up close may be able to simply take an aerial gondola lift if Mayor Eric Garcetti's recent remarks become a reality. As this article notes:</p><p><em>Garcetti spokesman George Kivork said in a written statement Monday that the mayor was "open to exploring ideas that ease congestion and encourages creative thinking when looking at ways to give Angelenos and tourists better access to the Hollywood sign and other iconic landmarks and destinations.&rdquo;</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150006671/new-renderings-of-hudson-yards-retail-and-restaurant-spaces New renderings of Hudson Yards’ retail and restaurant spaces Dana Schulz 2017-05-09T17:34:00-04:00 >2017-05-12T04:15:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zr/zrxsv8aee5ymnfpa.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kenneth A. Himmel, president of Related&rsquo;s mixed-use division Related Urban, said in a statement, &ldquo;Exceptional dining experiences are extremely important in curating not only the restaurant collection, but the new neighborhood we are creating, and we are thrilled with the caliber of chefs and restaurateurs that will be coming to Hudson Yards. These chefs and restaurateurs represent the most creative and visionary leaders both in this industry and around the world.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Yesterday, developers&nbsp;Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group announced that celebrity chef&nbsp;Jos&eacute; Andr&eacute;s would bring a 35,000-square-foot food hall to Hudson Yards.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7o/7obprceg6hcyv4pm.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zm/zm01jm67vksqx0he.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yu/yueykfc2urvpmmgr.jpg"></p><p>Fresh off the news, they've also released a slew of new renderings of the mega-development's&nbsp;retail and restaurant spaces, which include a big new restaurant from David Chang and the massive Neiman Marcus store set to anchor the project.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150006656/socialism-and-nationalism-on-the-danube Socialism and Nationalism on the Danube Places Journal 2017-05-09T15:57:00-04:00 >2017-05-09T15:58:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wn/wn87grhx4yioxf8j.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Both Vienna and Budapest can be viewed as battlefields in an unfolding European crisis of identity and confidence that threatens the continent&rsquo;s political unity and raises fundamental questions about what exactly it means to be European, to be Europe. Can we read these crises at the level of architecture?</p></em><br /><br /><p>In light of contemporary political turmoil in the region, Owen Hatherley examines key moments in the architectural histories of two quintessentially European cities, from the development of Vienna's monumental public housing to Budapest's experimentation with an ethnonationalist style.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150006623/hud-head-ben-carson-thinks-creature-comforts-are-not-for-those-on-section-8 HUD head Ben Carson thinks creature comforts are not for those on Section 8 Julia Ingalls 2017-05-09T13:22:00-04:00 >2017-05-09T23:05:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/aj/ajzv4460gr3xinfu.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As he toured facilities for the poor in Ohio last week, Mr. Carson, the neurosurgeon-turned-housing secretary, joked that a relatively well-appointed apartment complex for veterans lacked &ldquo;only pool tables.&rdquo; He inquired at one stop whether animals were allowed. At yet another, he nodded, plainly happy, as officials explained how they had stacked dozens of bunk beds inside a homeless shelter and purposefully did not provide televisions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a recent visit to a public housing facility in Columbus, Ohio, HUD head Ben Carson reiterated his stance that anyone receiving Section 8 housing vouchers or federal assistance should not get too comfortable, as this would lead them to simply want to stay in their federally provided digs. Ironically, studies have shown that for the chronic homeless population, remaining in one place is actually <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149944930/how-4-us-cities-are-applying-architectural-solutions-to-homelessness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">much cheaper for the state</a> than having them constantly bouncing between shelters and the street once emergency room visits and legal fees are added into the mix. Carson did make allowances for those who are mentally ill or unable to provide for themselves, but in his view there is to be no rest for who he defines as the able-bodied.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150006517/more-of-the-notable-2017-cooper-hewitt-national-design-award-recipients More of the notable 2017 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award recipients Justine Testado 2017-05-08T19:57:00-04:00 >2017-05-08T19:57:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/se/sermmtxh2dv1d061.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;In an era of tumultuous change, design is asking deep questions about its purpose and contributions to a better society,&rdquo; Cooper Hewitt Director Caroline Baumann said in a statement. &ldquo;The achievements of this year&rsquo;s class of National Design Award winners have informed that dialogue...&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Hartmut Esslinger, Susan S. Szenasy, Craig L. Wilkins,&nbsp;MASS Design Group, and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150006466/deborah-berke-partners-to-receive-a-2017-national-design-award-from-cooper-hewitt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deborah Berke Partners</a> are among the notable winners of the 2017&nbsp;Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum National Design Awards.&nbsp;First launched in&nbsp;2000 as a project of The White House Millennium Council, the National Design Award recipients across 11 disciplines are recognized for design excellence, innovation, and public impact.</p><p>Here's a glimpse of this year's winners:</p><p><strong>Lifetime Achievement: Hartmut Esslinger</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/o4/o4t1v0xfy8iadvbk.jpg"><em>Photo: Courtesy of Hartmut Esslinger.</em></p><p><strong>Director&rsquo;s Award: Susan S. Szenasy&nbsp;</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/eh/eh94kanioo5jpe1t.jpg"><em>Photo: Laurel Golio.</em></p><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126299939/susan-s-szenasy-on-the-importance-of-design-in-the-everyday" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Susan S. Szenasy on the Importance of Design in the Everyday</a></p><p><strong>Design Mind: Craig L. Wilkins</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/qz/qz1f2i3zpczs2pk2.jpg"><em>Craig L. Wilkins (author), Ruffneck Constructivists (2014). Published by Dancing Foxes Press/ Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania.</em></p><p><strong>Corporate &amp; Institutional Achievement: Design Trust for Public Space</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/pv/pvtvjpmstjg9zswj.jpg"><em>Photo: Iwan Baan.</em></p><p><strong>Architecture Design: MASS Design Group&nbsp;</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/5v/5vrvnjio3ogq81js.jpg"><em>Photo &copy; Iwan Baan.</em></p><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149979837/how-to-get-a-job-at-mass-design-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How To Get A Jo...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150006466/deborah-berke-partners-to-receive-a-2017-national-design-award-from-cooper-hewitt Deborah Berke Partners to receive a 2017 National Design Award from Cooper Hewitt Justine Testado 2017-05-08T15:47:00-04:00 >2017-05-08T17:47:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ug/ugudnc257x86x7dk.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum recently bestowed a 2017 National Design Award to Deborah Berke Partners in the Interior Design category. The awards competition recognizes designers, patrons, and companies for &ldquo;excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life&rdquo; in <a href="https://www.cooperhewitt.org/national-design-awards/2017-national-design-awards-winners/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ten categories</a>. Firms and individuals are nominated and portfolios are evaluated by a multidisciplinary jury of prominent design leaders, as well as previous winners.</p><p>&ldquo;Our work, especially with old buildings, is quietly resistant to throw away-culture, to junk-space,&rdquo; Deborah Berke said in a statement. &ldquo;Call it architecture, interior design, or adaptive reuse. Labels don&rsquo;t matter. It&rsquo;s about creating spaces that people love, spaces that dignify contemporary life.&rdquo;</p><p>Partners Deborah Berke, Maitland Jones, and Marc Leff and Senior Principals Stephen Brockman and Caroline Wharton Ewing will accept the award on behalf of the firm during the ceremony on October 19.</p>...