Archinect - News 2016-07-28T08:21:08-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149960244/students-go-above-the-double-curve-in-influx-from-aa-summer-dlab-red Students go above the double-curve in “InFlux”, from AA Summer DLAB::RED Justine Testado 2016-07-27T18:49:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T18:50:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0f/0f6241v7ys99bkqa.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Contrasting against the greenery of Hooke Park is &ldquo;InFlux&rdquo;, a brick-red wall prototype that 18 students and their tutors assembled for the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/298/architectural-association-school-of-architecture-aa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA School of Architecture</a>'s Summer DLAB::RED 2015 program. Taking place from July 27 to August 8, the RED-themed agenda explored the phenomenal process of decay in nature.&nbsp;</p><p>InFlux builds upon the material behavior research that began&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117825945/students-branch-out-with-algorithms-and-natural-forms-for-aa-summer-dlab-white" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in 2014</a>, with further investigations that connect geometry, material, and structure. During the first two weeks, students&nbsp;investigated the fabrication and construction of double-curved complex geometries in applying generative design techniques and robotic milling strategies. Students then applied their skills in constructing the 1:1 working prototype during the last seven days of the program. Since then, InFlux has become a permanent installation at Hooke Park.</p><p>Also be on the lookout for more from&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/events/7664/aa-summer-dlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Summer DLAB::ORANGE</a>, which just started earlier this week.</p><p>Keep reading for more about InFlux's fabrication process:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b2/b2r5v87b2pgf6en8.jpg"><br><em>Ph...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960169/renderings-of-the-dubai-steps-revealed Renderings of the Dubai Steps revealed Julia Ingalls 2016-07-27T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T14:13:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p2/p2wjphhyq299kb36.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Five hundred steps, 25 stories, and 100 meters of height make up the Dubai Steps, as well as what appears to be a steely reflective outer casing with circular perforations. An aesthetic cross between the spinal column of a terminator and the euphoric ascendance of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947764/a-video-tour-of-mvrdv-s-the-stairs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV's Rotterdam stair</a> installation, the Dubai Steps appear to terminate in a large open-air platform from which climbers can take in the rapid development of the desert city that surrounds them.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6r/6rq49eg031i272ab.jpg"></p><p>Elaborately patterned lattices host vegetation and what appear to be shaded alcoves on each landing, which should hopefully mitigate what will undoubtedly be a physically exhausting climb in one of the world's hottest climates. It's prime real estate for bottled water vendors...</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dg/dg4xb3xm2cr06pp3.jpg"></p><p>Dubai's latest design additions:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143590227/archinect-speaks-to-designer-of-controversial-dubai-frame-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect speaks to designer of controversial Dubai Frame project</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935045/oma-releases-renderings-of-event-project-space-in-dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA releases renderings of event + project space in Dubai</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147749077/santiago-calatrava-to-design-a-seemingly-supertall-observation-tower-in-dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Calatrava to design a seemingly supertall observation tower in Dubai</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960184/tesla-s-5-8-million-square-foot-gigafactory-to-open-in-2017 Tesla's 5.8 million square foot "Gigafactory" to open in 2017 Julia Ingalls 2016-07-27T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T13:38:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ly/ly61d2maf4u0cg1t.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Sixty-five hundred people and a sizable compliment of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139530018/the-dawn-of-construction-worker-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">robots</a> will work in the enormous, solar-panel topped, rail-adjacent Gigafactory when it opens in 2017, a structure which is described as a "joint venture" between Tesla, Panasonic and other supply partners. In this case, the drive to inexpensively produce lithium-ion batteries has created the need for the&nbsp;colossal&nbsp;structure.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/el/elou5zc83e4g3oab.jpg"></p><p>As <a href="https://www.wired.com/2016/07/tesla-gigafactory-elon-musk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wired</a> notes:</p><p><em>The assembly lines will do everything from make the individual cells&mdash;cylinders a bit bigger&nbsp;than an AA battery&mdash;to assembling the immense packs that power a Model S or store energy in someone&rsquo;s garage. Tesla doesn&rsquo;t disclose its costs, but says doing it all&nbsp;in-house&nbsp;will drive down the cost of a battery by&nbsp;30 percent.</em></p><p>Tesla in the news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936153/lake-flato-architects-splits-reservation-cost-for-tesla-model-3-with-employees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lake Flato Architects splits reservation cost for Tesla Model 3 with employees</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145592812/wired-takes-a-look-inside-tesla-s-car-factory-of-the-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wired takes a look inside Tesla's car factory of the future</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126782986/did-tesla-almost-go-bankrupt-without-anyone-noticing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Did Tesla almost go bankrupt without anyone noticing?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959841/how-patients-would-redesign-the-psychiatric-ward How patients would redesign the psychiatric ward Justine Testado 2016-07-25T21:04:00-04:00 >2016-07-26T12:03:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gd/gdm8e5hpwuxwwqfe.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[James] Leadbitter called it &ldquo;a playful and exciting space for redesigning madness, a utopian attempt at what a mental health hospital could be like.&rdquo; Each structure...is an abstract interpretation of the feedback from the workshops, designed to offer varying levels &ldquo;of privacy and intimacy ranging from total isolation to complete togetherness.&rdquo; &ldquo;This is only a small glimpse of a project that has huge potential to influence the way we think about the design of mental health care environments,&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More than 300 patients, architects, and psychiatrists pitched their ideas on how they would redesign the psychiatric ward for &ldquo;Madlove: A Designer Asylum&rdquo;, a collaborative project conceived by artist and activist James Leadbitter, who has suffered from mental illness and has stayed at several psychiatric wards himself. Leadbitter wanted to address the direct negative effects that&nbsp;terribly designed wards have on patients.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958839/do-cities-make-you-go-crazy-on-the-link-between-urban-living-and-psychosis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Do cities make you go crazy? On the link between urban living and psychosis</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956324/architects-constitute-the-fifth-most-likely-profession-to-commit-suicide" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects constitute the fifth most likely profession to commit suicide</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138879113/an-environmental-psychologist-on-why-boring-design-is-bad-for-your-health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An environmental psychologist on why boring design is bad for your health</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959215/inside-the-mvrdv-house-the-firm-s-new-family-home-style-office Inside the MVRDV House, the firm's new family home-style office Justine Testado 2016-07-22T19:25:00-04:00 >2016-07-24T01:06:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9o/9o9nukxg2rzkmhr0.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/327/mvrdv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> settled into their new office headquarters inside the remodeled Het Industriegebouw, nestled in the heart of Rotterdam. Now dubbed by the firm as the MVRDV House, the building was originally&nbsp;designed by iconic Dutch architect&nbsp;Hugh Maaskant in 1952.&nbsp;The new 2,400 square-meter interior is modeled like a family home, filled with ample working and gathering spaces that reflect the &ldquo;work hard, play hard&rdquo; balance many firms strive for in their office's design.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qt/qt716vdx3ty80x45.jpg"><br><em>Photo &copy; Ossip van Duivenbode.</em></p><p>Now with 140 employees based in Rotterdam,&nbsp;&ldquo;[t]he expanding MVRDV family needed a new house,&rdquo; says MVRDV co-founder Jacob van Rijs.&nbsp;MVRDV's new office has&nbsp;&ldquo;everything that [a] home requires, a living room, a dining room, a sofa for the whole house to sit together,&rdquo; he described.&nbsp;Surrounded by various creative start-ups and design firms, MVRDV believes they fit right in their new neighborhood.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/go/gosqimz7vv9edwld.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6y/6yya6xtip74zn7nh.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mn/mnei91wekwjka0ax.jpg"><br><em>Photos &copy; Ossip van Duivenbode.</em></p><p>The Family Room serves as the firm's main communal space for social interaction...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959357/2016-inside-world-festival-of-interiors-shortlist-highlights 2016 INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors shortlist highlights Justine Testado 2016-07-22T15:25:00-04:00 >2016-07-22T18:27:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0v/0vsf7a59fhqtfwly.jpg" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you're all about staying updated on the most talented interior designers around the globe, look out for the <a href="http://www.insidefestival.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors</a>. Returning this fall, the just-as-popular sister event to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950260/last-chance-to-submit-your-world-architecture-festival-2016-entries" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Architecture Festival</a> recognizes some of the most outstanding projects in the international interior design scene from the last 12 months.</p><p>Most recently, INSIDE revealed a competitive shortlist of 63 projects. Get a glimpse of some of the projects below:</p><p>Bar &amp; Restaurants: MARU | Taipei, Taiwan by Chen Interior Design</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sc/sc9ctlp81a6g8l1e.jpg"></p><p>Creative Re-use: Riverside Centre | Brisbane, Australia by K.P.D.O.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bn/bnepzgwljo67t1yp.jpg"></p><p>Hotels: Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Spa | Playa del Carmen, Mexico by Sordo Madaleno y Asociodos SC</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2g/2g71rpu52gj0rp6q.jpg"></p><p>Office: MIDWEST INLAND PORT FINANCIAL TOWN | Xi'an, China by Hallucinate</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/im/impe6l4t61is0psd.jpg"></p><p>Civic: METEOR CINEMA | Guangzhou, China by One Plus Partnership Limited</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t7/t7btyz5g0km8xsjf.jpg"></p><p>Office: Auer | New Taipei City, Taiwan by X-Line Design Co. Ltd.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zg/zgmh81dvo8xyym3h.jpg"></p><p>Hotels: Ovolo Woolloomooloo | Sydney, Australia by HASSELL</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rz/rzi98ve0kif2wze1.jpg"></p><p>Residential: SP Penthouse | S&atilde;o P...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959348/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-minimalism-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Minimalism" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-07-22T15:09:00-04:00 >2016-07-26T11:48:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qx/qxxkb0b90ekv9j5a.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="http://www.pinterest.com/archinect/minimalism/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Minimalism</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n1/n1aq1da7c1wu4k2s.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/cristianavannini/project/lago_apartment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAGO_apartment</a> in Milan, Italy by <a href="http://archinect.com/cristianavannini" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cristianavannini | arc</a>; Photo:&nbsp;Saverio Lombardi Vallauri</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1c/1c5mgajxh9gefs01.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/96424883/house-m/147415829" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House M</a> in Bielefeld, Germany by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/96424883/wannenmacher-m-ller-architekten-gmbh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wannenmacher-M&ouml;ller Architekten GmbH</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rc/rcvuvpv48nlly5uf.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/dominique-coulon-associes/project/conservatoire-of-music-dance-and-dramatic-arts-belfort2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Conservatoire of Music, Dance and Dramatic Arts</a> in Belfort, France by <a href="http://archinect.com/dominique-coulon-associes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dominique Coulon &amp; associ&eacute;s</a>; Photo: Eugeni Pons</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qu/qu1lw1mindp074l5.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/65262291/kantine-herkules-maschinenfabrik/73070135" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kantine - Herkules Maschinenfabrik</a> in Meuselwitz, Germany by <a href="http://archinect.com/shaw-architekten" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ian Shaw Architekten</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qc/qc43c9zygvkzwigz.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/10196497/hedge-house/77957772" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hedge House</a> in Wijlre, the Netherlands by <a href="http://archinect.com/Wiel-Arets-Architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wiel Arets Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zx/zx0juggvl41iq80v.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/136319654/folds-house/136321263" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Folds House</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/bureaudechange" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bureau de Change</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gm/gmz1hc18dkfawxxa.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/79523288/bowtie/79833248" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bowtie</a> in Toronto, Canada by <a href="http://archinect.com/rzlbd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rzlbd</a>; Photo: borXu Design</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lf/lfuglkx19e3ixvrr.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/arshiaarchitects/project/be36" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BE36</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/arshiaarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arshia Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ub/ubcz6f7jn2wk187i.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/arrigo.strina/project/loft-in-colorno-parma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Loft</a> in Colorno, near Parma, Italy by <a href="http://archinect.com/arrigo.strina" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arrigo Strina Architect</a></p><p>(Cover...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959268/design-leads-environmentally-friendly-education-for-hertfordshire-pupils Design leads environmentally friendly education for Hertfordshire pupils Jessica Bonehill 2016-07-22T11:49:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T23:47:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/62/620uxspss49y3thx.jpg" width="514" height="226" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Howe Dell Primary in Hatfield could well be the UK&rsquo;s most eco-friendly school. It has toilets that flush using rainwater, sedum roofs made of plants and vegetation, and classroom sink-tops made from recycled yoghurt pots. But the school&rsquo;s design doesn&rsquo;t just help protect the environment, it also uses nature to improve children&rsquo;s academic performance and behaviour.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tb/tbwgjn5o5e5hlcow.jpg"></p><p>Howe Dell Primary&rsquo;s &pound;10 million, eco-friendly design is used by teachers to promote sustainability to a new generation of pupils. Capita Architects were given free reign to push the limits of sustainable design in the project, which was funded by the council, and that was exactly what they did. The school features solar panels, a wind turbine, and a heating system that uses a series of pipes just below the surface of the school playground for passive gain that is then utilised to heat the school.&nbsp;</p><p>This groundbreaking design was awarded ECO Green Flag accreditation (the highest level awarded to sustainable schools in the UK) and places pupils in close proximity to nature. To this end, the design&rsquo;s wetland area and sedum roofs are used to study birds and the school places sustainability at the core of the curriculum. This learning is even extended to the playground where learning stations allow pupils to examine the habitats of micro-beasts. In this way, the whole building is understoo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959136/bjarke-builds-a-model-and-explicates-his-design-process Bjarke builds a model! (and explicates his design process) Julia Ingalls 2016-07-21T14:59:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T23:51:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/36/367jnk9vlejzntlu.jpg" width="514" height="247" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Proving that he can hold his own against 8 to 14-year old contenders, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950561/inside-bjarke-ingels-serpentine-pavilion-the-work-becomes-a-pure-manifestation-of-that-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a> demonstrates some model-building basics by participating in the "Build Your Own Pavilion" challenge, whose participants are usually still in grade school. Admittedly, Bjarke's nimble paper crinkling is integrated seamlessly into an explanation of the design concept behind his "unzipped" Serpentine Pavilion. Here's the full video:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959077/does-jeanne-gang-s-architecture-inspire-social-justice Does Jeanne Gang's architecture inspire social justice? Julia Ingalls 2016-07-21T12:36:00-04:00 >2016-07-26T16:18:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i1/i1q7y4r182lwz2cw.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In this <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/21/us/a-conversation-with-jeanne-gang-on-architecture-with-a-mission.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Times interview</a> with Ginia Bellafante, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/26953/studio-gang-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeanne Gang</a> discusses the importance and challenges of designing work that isn't simply aesthetically pleasing, but that influences positive changes in social behavior and policy. In addition to her work on waterways, she discusses her idea behind designing a fire rescue station in one of New York City's poorest and most violent neighborhoods:</p><p><em>You feel like you trust a firefighter, a rescue worker. And those doors on the building are often open. And we even put a bench in the front of the building so people can actually sit there instead of taking this approach of creating a fortress, which I think is a contrast to what we see in the design of police stations.</em></p><p><em>And so really designing this Fire Rescue 2 started me thinking about, are there ways that design could help improve the relationship between community members and police if we looked at the architecture? Not that it can solve everything. But I think, you know, maybe it can ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958848/a-bridge-57-years-in-the-making-designed-by-steven-holl A bridge 57 years in the making, designed by Steven Holl Julia Ingalls 2016-07-20T13:32:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T01:30:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4j/4j98uy6bj2pkz7m6.jpg" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In 1959,&nbsp;Edward Durell Stone had envisioned a pedestrian walkway connecting his unbuilt design for the Kennedy Center to the Potomac River, but it was not until this year that <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1405/steven-holl-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl Architects</a> gained approval for the bridge, which is part of the firm's larger expansion design for the center. The bridge will not only provide a tangible connection between the facility and the landscape, but allow opportunities to visit a cafe and view outdoor art events, including an exterior wall which will double as a site for broadcasts and simulcast performances.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j1/j1ycglyg9rq2vnta.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;This is a joyful moment for a public space which will be shared and enjoyed by many in the future,&rdquo; said Steven Holl in a press release. &ldquo;After thoughtful review by these regulatory agencies, we have achieved complete approval for our Kennedy Center Expansion project and its public access to the Potomac Riverfront.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Want to work at <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1405/steven-holl-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl Architects</a>? They're currently hiring a&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/jobs/entry/149957610/senior-architect-8-years-of-experience" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Senior Architect: 8 years of experience</a> for their B...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958832/what-kind-of-housing-will-shigeru-ban-s-tallest-timber-hybrid-add-to-vancouver What kind of housing will Shigeru Ban's "tallest timber hybrid" add to Vancouver? Julia Ingalls 2016-07-20T12:50:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T01:29:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i1/i1lnnq42wurquppf.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Details are scant, there's only one rendering, and yet according to on-the-nose-named developer PortLiving, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950549/a-video-tour-of-shigeru-ban-s-aspen-art-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban</a> has designed the world's tallest timber hybrid apartment complex. Called Terrace House, the sloping glass-encased, timber-framed, concrete and steel-cored building will eventually tower over Vancouver's waterfront. No word on whether this apartment complex will be adding affordable units or more luxury condominiums to Vancouver's bracingly expensive <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126953722/another-case-of-poor-door-for-proposed-vancouver-high-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">housing market</a>.</p><p>For more on the resurgence of timber as chic building material:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945987/future-sustainable-skyscrapers-will-be-made-of-wood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future sustainable skyscrapers will be made of...wood?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143912781/world-s-tallest-wooden-skyscraper-at-least-for-now-under-construction-in-vancouver" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World&rsquo;s tallest wooden skyscraper (at least for now) under construction in Vancouver</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131408316/rise-of-the-wooden-skyscrapers-where-all-you-need-is-a-giant-allen-key-to-put-it-together" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rise of the wooden skyscrapers: "Where all you need is a giant allen key to put it together."</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958796/grimshaw-chosen-to-design-heathrow-s-new-terminal Grimshaw chosen to design Heathrow's new terminal Eleanor Marshall 2016-07-20T11:48:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T00:55:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fe/fe48xrpebgjyh4n4.jpg" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Heathrow Airport has chosen Grimshaw to draw up concepts for a &rsquo;hub airport of the future&rsquo; as part of its ambitious &pound;16 billion growth plans The practice, which saw off Zaha Hadid Architects, Benoy and HOK, was praised for &rsquo;pushing the boundary of what an airport could and should be&rsquo; and for showing &rsquo;how Heathrow could be expanded in a sustainable but affordable way&rsquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/grimshaw?ukredirect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw</a>&nbsp;has been chosen to design a new terminal for London's Heathrow Airport. However, it remains up in the air wether the plans for a third runway will be given permission by the UK government. Many critics of Heathrow's expansion have been given <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/14/heathrow-airport-expansion-in-doubt-after-theresa-may-promotes-c/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">top posts</a>&nbsp;in Teresa May's new Cabinet, causing speculation that the expansion could be thwarted.&nbsp;</p><p>However,&nbsp;Head of Design at Heathrow, Barry Weekes <a href="https://your.heathrow.com/takingbritainfurther/grimshaw-chosen-take-heathrow-future/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">maintained that</a>&nbsp;&ldquo;With the Concept Architect and Programme Client Partners now in place, we are now ready to begin the process of expansion once the Government makes the right choice for the whole of Britain.&rdquo; Going further, Andrew Thomas, a partner at Grimshaw stated "We believe the expansion of Heathrow is vital to maintaining the UK&rsquo;s place within the global economy".&nbsp;This announcement in the aftermath of Brexit is undoubtedly an attempt to solidify the case for Heathrow's expansion.</p><p>Read related articles on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149957192/creative-currency-post-brexit-mark-middleton-of-grimshaw-weighs-the-good-and-bad-for-uk-firms-as-split-with-eu-looms-on-one-to-one-30" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Creative Currency, post-Brexit: Mark Middleton of Grimshaw weighs the good...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957892/unique-seating-for-the-philharmonie-de-paris-how-to-create-a-seat-with-low-acoustic-absorption-for-a-perfect-symphony-hall Unique seating for the Philharmonie de Paris: How to create a seat with low acoustic absorption for a perfect symphony hall Sponsor 2016-07-20T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T17:27:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xf/xfm5dw2hm71hnrfg.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://www.figueras.com/us/?utm_source=Archinet%20Newsletter%201%20USA%202016%20" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/e9/e98zt4b7q8a4ynl0.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.figueras.com/us/?utm_source=Archinet%20Newsletter%201%20USA%202016%20" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Figueras International Seating</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><em>The building of the <strong>Philharmonie de Paris</strong>, designed by Jean Nouvel, is a unique architectural work in the Parc de La Villette in the French capital. The seating installed inside was specifically created for the hall by Jean Nouvel in partnership with <a href="http://www.figueras.com/us/?utm_source=Archinet%20Newsletter%201%20USA%202016%20%20%20&amp;utm_medium=Newsletter%20Archinet%20728x90&amp;utm_campaign=000007000596" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Figueras</a>. Up to 10 acoustic tests, in laboratories in Paris and Barcelona, were needed to achieve the desired product.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0v/0vlp6pjx2kf9hb42.jpg"></p><p>Jean Nouvel gave the Philharmonie concert hall a unique shape, as it is an adjustable space that surrounds the spectator. The Grande Salle of the <a href="http://www.figueras.com/us/projects/concert-halls-and-auditoriums/1476_philharmonie-de-paris.html?utm_source=Archinet%20Newsletter%201%20USA%202016%20%20&amp;utm_medium=Newsletter%20Archinet%20728x90&amp;utm_campaign=000007000596" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Philharmonie</em></a> is not designed in a &ldquo;vineyard&rdquo; or &ldquo;shoebox&rdquo; shape like traditionally. The Grande Salle starts a new model, enveloping and moveable. Jean Nouvel chose a unique solution to offer a total and enveloping experience, placing the spectators in hanging balconies at different heights. In this way, they are immersed in the hall with the feeling of heading toward the orchestra. The sound literally wraps each of ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958706/the-national-building-museum-s-blockbuster-ball-pit-is-coming-to-tampa-next-month The National Building Museum's blockbuster ball pit is coming to Tampa next month Justine Testado 2016-07-19T18:35:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T00:54:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8l/8lq3ugu6sbhwzdst.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How can anyone forget <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/94643/snarkitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Snarkitecture</a>'s giant monochromatic ball pit that took over the National Building Museum's Great Hall <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131329607/snarkitecture-s-10-000-sq-ft-indoor-beach-at-the-national-building-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">last summer</a>? Following a wildly successful run that attracted a record-breaking 160,000 visitors,&nbsp;The BEACH is making a comeback at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida starting August 5. Plus, general admission is free!&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dx/dxtp9ao3gcnodmho.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c0/c0srymuj3b8tsqlo.jpg"><br><em>Photos by Noah Kalina.</em></p><p>It also looks like the installation is coming back bigger than before, spanning 15,000 square feet with a 75-foot-wide &ldquo;shoreline&rdquo;, and comprising 1.2 million of the antimicrobial plastic balls. The NBM version was 10,000 square feet, and its more than 650,000 plastic balls were reused in Hou de Sousa's <a href="http://bustler.net/news/4773/play-ball-get-a-glimpse-of-hou-de-sousa-s-winning-re-ball-installation-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">winning design</a>&nbsp;of the Dupont Underground's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135574011/the-beach-to-be-reincarnated-in-arts-competition-for-d-c-s-dupont-underground-initiative" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Re-Ball! competition</a>.&nbsp;No word as of yet if and how the Tampa installation will be recycled.</p><p>If you plan on diving into the ball pit at the arena, keep a close watch on your loose belongings when &ldquo;splashing&rdquo; around. The Tampa Bay Times writes&nbsp;that more than 1,000 items were lost at the...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958641/to-solve-a-housing-crisis-invest-more-in-modular-construction To solve a housing crisis, invest more in modular construction Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-19T13:15:00-04:00 >2016-07-24T22:46:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0h/0h9f2rse3fw1cimz.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Researchers from the University of British Columbia have suggested that modular construction techniques are key to assuaging cities' housing shortages.</p><p>Associate engineering professor Kasun Hewage at UBC, along with PhD candidate Mohammad Kamali, <a href="http://www.mailoutinteractive.com/Industry/View.aspx?id=821099&amp;q=1059863044&amp;qz=cbcbb6" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">conducted</a> "the first comprehensive review of conventional and modular construction research of its kind," and found that increased factory-produced housing should make it easier for prospective renters and buyers to find a place. It would help cities provide more options that can be built "cheaper, faster and results in fewer workplace injuries," according to Hewage. Their findings were recently published in the journal&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.mailoutinteractive.com/Industry/Redirect.aspx?u=1731764&amp;q=1059863044&amp;lm=96159460&amp;r=821099&amp;qz=ea0445c4610aa763eebfd0da9764a9f6" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews</a></em>.</p><p>Modular construction is obviously not a new method, but has a bit of a negative rep according to the researchers&mdash;the public tends to associate the method with lower-quality structures, and communities like trailer parks. But the study, which reviewed construction data between 2000 and ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957352/reflections-on-binational-urbanism-by-ryan-dewey Reflections on Binational Urbanism by Ryan Dewey BOARD 2016-07-18T20:59:00-04:00 >2016-07-19T17:18:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9u/9upgubpoxeana0iz.jpg" width="514" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Earlier in my career I was based in Chicago but I was working in Nigeria and also doing some graduate work in the summer in England.<br><br>The longest trip I packed for was 60 days in the same suitcase and it covered a month in England and a month in Nigeria.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nb/nbwpzsythli6o4vr.jpg"><br><br>It was a tough time in my life, but it was also kind of utopian as well because there are certain advantages to being highly mobile.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hc/hcyv63jnbls3zrzq.jpg"><br><br>In Germany today there are 1.8 million Turks. Every year 93.5% of those people travel from Germany to Turkey at least one time, that is nearly 1.7 million Turks across all strata of society who regularly travel between cities in Germany and cities in Turkey.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3h/3hilsndnuw1a7qmq.jpg"><br><br>Looking at the lifestyle of this population, Bernd Upmeyer develops a theory of a new form of urbanism in his book <em>Binational Urbanism</em>. A binational urbanist is someone who because of the practical matters of their lives spend their time living in oscillation between two different countries. This is a thoughtful book with an interesting approach to rese...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958382/17-of-le-corbusier-s-buildings-are-now-un-world-heritage-sites 17 of Le Corbusier's buildings are now UN world heritage sites Eleanor Marshall 2016-07-18T10:35:00-04:00 >2016-07-24T22:46:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l4/l4zvtkr047188e5c.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The UN's cultural organisation has listed 17 works by pioneering Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier as world heritage sites. Le Corbusier spearheaded the modern movement after World War One, using iron, concrete and glass in a new focus on bold lines and functionality that did not appeal to everyone. The sites are in seven countries.</p></em><br /><br /><p>17 of Le Corbusier's buildings, including Unit&eacute; d&rsquo;habitation in Marseille and&nbsp;the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo were announced as new UN world heritage sites. The 17 buildings meet three of the <a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1321/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">selection criteria</a> for World Heritage status:</p><p>(i) A masterpiece of human creative genius.</p><p>(ii) An important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design.</p><p>(vi) Directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance.</p><p>The inclusion of Le Corbusier's works as world heritage sites marks the culmination of a significant shift in attitudes towards Modernist architecture. His&nbsp;Unit&eacute; d&rsquo;habitation is often considered the forefather of high-rise living.&nbsp;Le Corbusier's forms are often cited as a key inspiration for the much maligned Brutalism. Could t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957918/is-psychedelia-the-new-black-in-student-architectural-work Is psychedelia the new black in student architectural work? Julia Ingalls 2016-07-14T15:22:00-04:00 >2016-07-18T04:24:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rb/rbulz717rhhh1ym4.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architects might be known for wearing black, as if in permanent mourning for the lives they once had, and for spending months searching for the perfect shade of grey. But judging by this year&rsquo;s student shows, that monochromatic hegemony is under threat: the next generation appears to be plotting a psychedelic revolution.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Incorporating influences drawn from popular media and gaming, architecture is increasingly reflecting the multi-faceted world in which we live, at least if you take a look at this new UK-based student work. Students from <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139458468/get-lectured-the-bartlett-fall-15" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Bartlett</a> at the University College London, <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/34763280/royal-college-of-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Royal College of Art</a>, and the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948018/aa-summer-dlab-2016-orange" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural Association</a>&nbsp;have created unusually vibrant and occasionally pop-culture referential drawings:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wt/wttnhluc9bbehg5j.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2w/2wjxieups8fw4she.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2c/2csfev06i386fdub.jpg"></p><p>In the mood for more trippy-ness? Here's a sampling:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132512542/famous-architecture-as-rendered-through-google-s-creepy-deepdream" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Famous Architecture as Rendered Through Google's Creepy "DeepDream"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/53759034/powering-mumbai-with-magic-mushrooms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Powering Mumbai with Magic Mushrooms</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/140423053/the-long-and-weirding-road-a-tour-through-los-angeles-urbanism-in-sidewalking" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The long and weirding road: a tour through Los Angeles urbanism in "Sidewalking"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957887/nyc-s-lowline-is-approved-by-city-officials-becoming-world-s-first-underground-park NYC's Lowline is approved by city officials, becoming world's first underground park Julia Ingalls 2016-07-14T14:25:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T20:13:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dm/dmgz8wmoo13vec42.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What do you do with a sad, funky, abandoned trolley terminus? Well, if it's the former Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal under Delancey Street in New York City, you make the world's first underground park by virtue of adding some mirrors, skylights, and vegetation. One acre in size, the freshly city-approved <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/66113069/how-will-the-lowline-make-the-leap-from-idea-to-reality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">park</a>&nbsp;(which took nearly a decade to go from its initial concept to getting the green light from the city) makes use of solar technology to pour sunlight into the former terminal, which has remained unused since 1948.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fb/fb2dralzak9lu9fy.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/et/eth43km4wnomho72.jpg"></p><p>"Every designer dreams of doing civic work that contributes to society and to the profession," said&nbsp;James Ramsey,&nbsp;Lowline Co-Founder and Creator. "Over the last 8 years, we just stuck to what we thought was a great idea that could make our city and our community better. We're thrilled to move ahead on designing and building a space that people will enjoy for generations to come."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y3/y37knhg4fwkeib4v.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f4/f40fviddcaggsh9l.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2h/2hsskeyccsw1s7as.jpg"></p><p>For more on innovative design news in NYC:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956094/designing-around-sea-level-rise-in-new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing around sea-level rise in New York</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955304/trading-the-l-train-for-a-giant-inflatable-condom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">T...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957866/tour-zaha-hadid-s-stacked-vases-tower-in-australia Tour Zaha Hadid's "stacked vases" tower in Australia Julia Ingalls 2016-07-14T12:49:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T23:35:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z9/z9rqjgvna40va8b5.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Imagine blending the veiny facade of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/63273060/gehry-s-8-spruce-street-wins-emporis-skyscraper-award" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">8 Spruce Street</a> and the jaunty offset of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85537199/so-il-and-gensler-to-design-creative-cultural-incubator-for-new-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Museum</a> with Zaha Hadid's signature grace, and you might get something like the 54-story, 70,000 square meter 600 Collins Street, a tower that is reminiscent of a stacked series of ridged vases. The four principal segments of the tower each denote a different part of the program while simultaneously integrating access to public transit and creating civic space.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vt/vt2t0yxrhklo71t2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8q/8qqq7kc74gi6g2e1.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;The design has been defined by Melbourne&rsquo;s rich and diverse urban landscape, reinterpreted in a contemporary solution driven by the logical division of its overall volume that will enhance the city&rsquo;s public realm with generous communal spaces,&rdquo; said Zaha Hadid Architects&rsquo; Michele Pasca di Magliano. &ldquo;We are honored to be working with our partners in Melbourne to deliver this project for the city.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p9/p95ppzz56csz1myd.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5c/5cktx3oe8mm6msrx.jpg"></p><p>Here's a video showing site context:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957687/14-to-1-post-katrina-architecture-by-the-numbers 14 to 1: Post-Katrina Architecture by the Numbers Places Journal 2016-07-13T15:44:00-04:00 >2016-07-13T21:11:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2m/2m558o2crybgknzp.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The thousands of new old houses in New Orleans reveal the ethos of a people in a place nearly destroyed. New Orleanians have embraced their city&rsquo;s architectural heritage as they&rsquo;ve rebuilt for an uncertain future.</p></em><br /><br /><p>What does post-Katrina architecture look like in New Orleans? And what does it reveal about its society? In their survey in Places, Richard Campanella and Cassidy Rosen discover that historical styles are 14 times more popular than contemporary styles in the rebuilt city, despite the focus of media coverage on experimental projects like Make It Right. The retro revival pays homage to 19th-century New Orleans and a past that has become both a refuge from the present and a cicerone to the future.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957665/shitting-bricks-researchers-experiment-with-making-concrete-from-sewage Shitting bricks: researchers experiment with making concrete from sewage Julia Ingalls 2016-07-13T13:52:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T19:38:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/up/up8f71yjbfuokfem.jpg" width="514" height="497" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Malaysia has too much sewage sludge and not enough concrete, a problem which naturally prompted an "aha!" moment among researchers. By burning and drying wet sewage sludge cake and then grinding and sieving the dry cake to produce Domestic Waste Sludge Powder (DWSP), the Malaysian researchers are attempting to create an additive that can be mixed with cement to produce concrete.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5y/5yiodb7cbstjp2t6.jpg"></p><p>So far, they've found a mixture of between 3% to 15% DWSP in cement produces fairly strong concrete, although the higher percentage of DWSP, the less strong the concrete becomes. Variables abound: according to <a href="http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/news/researchers-try-making-conc7rete-hum7an-excr7ement/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this report</a>, higher incineration temperatures can produce better DWSP, and the more DWSP in the concrete, the higher the water absorption.</p><p>More waste-related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106114990/shitting-architecture-the-dirty-practice-of-waste-removal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shitting Architecture: the dirty practice of waste removal</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149935294/geotectura-s-zerohome-turns-waste-into-shelter" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geotectura's ZeroHome turns waste into shelter</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130959709/transforming-a-garbage-heap-into-a-public-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transforming a garbage heap into a public park</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957435/why-modern-furniture-is-here-to-stay Why Modern Furniture Is Here to Stay Sponsor 2016-07-13T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-07-15T17:37:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5e/5ei7k7wfkkgsyn8z.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cc/cclh6rkwq08hew66.jpg"><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.modani.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Modani Furniture</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Modern furniture has progressed into a timeless and valuable interior design staple. When people think of modern, they normally associate sky-high prices. But huge furniture names developed the concept of affordability in the modern furniture world, and smaller brands like <a href="http://www.modani.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Modani Furniture</a> have kept the concept thriving. As most trends come and go, modern has taken a permanent seat as a design classic whose style, materials, and colors are meant to last.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o3/o31lbnvh76kh4snq.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l4/l484rx8hdjcu6d8f.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l6/l6wmulc2x2un7bdw.jpg"></p><p>Easy to identify due to its clean aesthetic and versatility, modern furniture stays away from the ornate, making it uncomplicated and functional. In turn, modest or minimalist pieces hold a high value because &ldquo;simple&rdquo; never goes out of style. Modern design is infamous for grounding rooms by using neutral colors and creating an interior that can constantly be added to. Because these staples are so versatile, adding trendy ornamentation can easily accentuate modern d&eacute;cor.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7v/7vvoeffzxd5bu7gw.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6f/6fehunhe7vto5kjf.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rf/rfxjb9dgrtd8bfg0.jpg"></p><p>Essentially, inv...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957419/our-predictions-for-the-stirling-prize-2016-nominees Our predictions for the Stirling Prize 2016 nominees Ellen Hancock 2016-07-13T03:45:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T20:23:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3h/3ha0d4yipjuxyi9q.jpg" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s that time of year again&hellip;On Thursday 14th July the nominees for this years Stirling Prize will be announced. For anyone who doesn&rsquo;t know the UK&rsquo;s most prestigious award, it was founded in 1996 and recognises &ldquo;the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture in the past year.&rdquo;</p><p>Although the future of the industry is somewhat uncertain following the EU referendum a few weeks ago, firms have been optimistic; confident in their innovative skill and entrepreneurial ability to tackle the potential problems ahead.</p><p>Looking back over completed projects from the last year, it is clear to see why. It has been a particularly impressive year for UK projects - it was no mean feat selecting our predictions for the six nominations.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kd/kddkix6pv5a4ioyt.jpg"></p><p><strong>AHMM - 61 Oxford Street</strong><br>Last year AHMM took first place for Burntwood School in Wandsworth. This year we think they may have a chance with 61 Oxford Street, a distinctive and contemporary landmark that takes inspirati...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957368/hlm-and-tectonics-architects-win-uk-passivhaus-awards HLM and Tectonics Architects win UK Passivhaus awards Abigail Banfield 2016-07-12T13:30:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:42:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7p/7p5mb0q237rstq9f.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Congratulations to triumphant Tigh na Croit by HLM Architects &amp; Lansdowne Drive by Tectonics Architects who were crowned the 2016 UK Passivhaus Awards winners. The Winners were announced at a ceremony held in London on the 7th July, attended by approximately 80 delegates.The winners were decided by PHT members and Award Ceremony delegates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>HLM have won the Rural category of this year's UK Passivhaus Awards. The house, which&nbsp;aimed to create a low-energy, modern solution for the 'outdoorsy' clients, has been designed to reflect its Scottish Highland context.</p><p>Tectonics Architects&nbsp;gained the award for the Urban category, with their fantastic project in Hackney.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957127/designers-of-the-london-eye-create-new-landmark-for-brighton Designers of the London Eye create new landmark for Brighton Eleanor Marshall 2016-07-11T14:22:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:37:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4u/4u4wtb0vekv65oin.jpg" width="514" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Marks Barfield Architects have, quite literally, reinvented the wheel and have created the i360, a vertical cable car with a sculpted viewing pod, perching lightly upon Brighton&rsquo;s seafront... It takes the form of a slender mast that will be 568ft high (when the spire is added), which supports a sculpted, doughnut-shaped pod, with glass windows and a reflective mirrored underside. The pod takes up to 200 people at a time skyward over a flight time of 20 (daytime) or 30 minutes (evening).</p></em><br /><br /><p>Due to open this summer, the British Airways i360 is a new futuristic landmark for Brighton&rsquo;s seafront designed by architects <a href="http://uk.archinect.com/firms/cover/1923/marks-barfield-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Marks and Julia Barfield</a>. It is hoped that the BA i360 will herald a new touristic golden age for Brighton, replicating the success of the London eye on&nbsp;Brighton&rsquo;s seafront. The i360 will be possibly be advertised on British Airways flights to the UK, in an international revival of Brighton's ambitions. Inclusive of the immediate community, there will be <a href="http://britishairwaysi360.com/about-us/our-story-4/community-engagement/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">half price tickets</a> for Brighton residents and free entry for state school children in Brighton and Hove once in their school career. There is also to be a restaurant at the base of the tower, and the restoration of a pair of original building on the West Pier.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ai/aiocqstci79oroi3.jpg"></p><p><em>The BA i360 June 2016 - Image courtesy of British Airways i360/Kevin Meredith</em></p><p>In juxtaposition to the i360 tower, the Grade I listed West Pier is situated adjacent. The condemned structure is a skeleton from the golden age of domestic holidaying. Th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957163/coop-himmelb-l-au-compares-campus-redesign-of-the-university-of-applied-arts-vienna-to-a-prison-courtyard Coop Himmelb(l)au compares campus redesign of the University of Applied Arts Vienna to a "prison courtyard" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-11T14:05:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:37:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5a/5amkm2crcsa6mm09.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After the University of Applied Arts Vienna chose a winner for its campus redesign competition in 2012, the proposal is just now being made a reality&mdash;much to the disappointment of another prominent Viennese institution, Coop Himmelb(l)au.</p><p>The University selected Riepl Kaufmann Bammer Architecktur&rsquo;s design for a major renovation and expansion of its current buildings, totaling 9,500 square meters of new space. On July 6, the University broke ground on the project, and on July 8, Coop Himmelb(l)au&rsquo;s communications office sent out an email decrying the design, comparing it to a &ldquo;prison courtyard&rdquo; and asking &ldquo;does it necessarily have to be the worst project which will now be realized?&rdquo;:</p><p><em>Commonly, Architecture is understood to be a three-dimensional imprint of content. Following this view, the rendering &ndash; boastfully called &ldquo;inwards facing campus&rdquo; &ndash; looks rather like a prison courtyard. If that image was a reflection of the University of Applied Arts&rsquo; curricula, one should definitely be con...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956836/i-scream-you-scream-we-all-scream-for-this-indonesian-library-made-out-of-2-000-recycled-ice-cream-buckets I scream you scream we all scream for this Indonesian library made out of 2,000 recycled ice cream buckets Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-08T17:51:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T15:48:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ha/ha4j3me7p0ep3pn4.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designed by SHAU in Bandung (Indonesia's West Java capital), the two-story structure's facade is made from (you guessed it) a grid of recycled plastic ice cream buckets. The ground floor is kept open for various events and activities, and the actual library is located behind the buckets, on the second floor.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3d/3d28rb0f3g6dbl5u.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zz/zzrhxv17vtadquzx.jpg"></p><p>The kicker is that the buckets are arranged facing either in or out, forming a pattern in binary code that reads, in Indonesian: "book is a window to the world". Clickthrough the link for more info from <a href="http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/news/library-indonesia-built-2000-ic7e-cre7am-buck7ets/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GCR</a>, and check out more photos in the gallery below.</p><p>Less ice cream, more libraries:</p><ul><li><a title="Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects selected to design the Obama Presidential Center " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955229/tod-williams-billie-tsien-architects-selected-to-design-the-obama-presidential-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects selected to design the Obama Presidential Center</a></li><li><a title="Breuer's Brutalist library in downtown Atlanta faces demolition" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942946/breuer-s-brutalist-library-in-downtown-atlanta-faces-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Breuer's Brutalist library in downtown Atlanta faces demolition</a></li><li><a title="Turning Alvar Aalto's Mount Angel Abbey library into a concert hall" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137505768/turning-alvar-aalto-s-mount-angel-abbey-library-into-a-concert-hall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turning Alvar Aalto's Mount Angel Abbey library into a concert hall</a></li><li><a title="It's time to say goodbye to the library as we know it" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135028637/it-s-time-to-say-goodbye-to-the-library-as-we-know-it" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's time to say goodbye to the library as we know it</a></li><li><a title="The tiny village library that draws Beijingers in droves" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131258946/the-tiny-village-library-that-draws-beijingers-in-droves" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The tiny village library that draws Beijingers in droves</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956776/steve-saling-retired-landscape-architect-with-als-designs-residence-he-can-control-by-blinking Steve Saling, retired landscape architect with ALS, designs residence he can control by blinking Justine Testado 2016-07-08T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-07-08T15:36:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6m/6myvcdozp92nsbpm.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Unwilling to accept a life utterly dependent on caretakers, [Steve] Saling designed a series of systems that let patients with ALS control their environment in the assisted living center with ...blinks and facial twitches. &ldquo;The notable impact that ALS had on my ability to design is speed,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I am a lot slower. [But] Because much of my profession had been computerized and I excelled in computer-assisted drafting, I was still able to convey my ideas with a lot of precision.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more about amazing architects who never let their disabilities get in their way:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106023362/working-out-of-the-box-francis-tsai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box: Francis Tsai</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131331220/francis-tsai-previously-featured-on-archinect-s-working-out-of-the-box-passes-away" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Francis Tsai, previously featured on Archinect's Working Out of the Box, passes away</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138210382/building-voice-visually-impaired-architect-christopher-downey-lectures-in-downtown-miami" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building Voice: Visually impaired architect, Christopher Downey, lectures in Downtown Miami</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149520445/the-nuanced-design-of-deaf-spaces" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The nuanced design of deaf spaces</a></p>