Archinect - News 2016-04-28T17:53:55-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149942638/carsten-h-ller-to-unveil-his-arcelormittal-orbit-slide-in-june Carsten Höller to unveil his ArcelorMittal Orbit slide in June Paul Petrunia 2016-04-27T17:49:00-04:00 >2016-04-27T18:03:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3g/3gzwvhfsvinydg6h.jpg" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>H&ouml;ller&nbsp;wanted to&nbsp;show that you don&rsquo;t necessarily get to know a sculpture better by literally&nbsp;travelling&nbsp;through it; that once inside it begins to look like something else&nbsp;entirely... The Slide, a permanent fixture at London&rsquo;s Olympic Park, will give people a full 40 seconds to experience this and decide for themselves as they make their way down the 178m chute at an estimated 15mph.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942320/dror-envisions-second-geodesic-dome-in-montreal-s-expo-67-site Dror envisions second geodesic dome in Montreal's Expo 67 site Justine Testado 2016-04-26T14:24:00-04:00 >2016-04-26T17:08:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lh/lh8udpaij749wmux.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Originally built as the U.S. Pavilion in the memorable World Expo of 1967, the steel structural frame of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/1243/buckminster-fuller" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buckminster Fuller</a>'s Biosphere remains standing to this day as a sole landmark in Montreal's&nbsp;Parc Jean-Drapeau.&nbsp;In planning&nbsp;for the&nbsp;50th anniversary of Expo 67 as well as Montreal's 375th anniversary next April,&nbsp;designer&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/dror" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dror Benshetrit</a> of the New York-based practice Dror came up with the idea for adding, what do you know, a second geodesic dome near the Biosphere.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ng/ngc0b1xsdvkb5cuj.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/64/64n8u3v0y9zt0ls7.jpg"></p><p>After touring Montreal's &Icirc;le Sainte-H&eacute;l&egrave;ne with the Buckminster Fuller Institute,&nbsp;Benshetrit thought of a second dome as a way to help reinvigorate the seasonally used Expo 67 site grounds and evidently pay tribute to Fuller's landmark. Compared to the Biosphere, which is 76 meters in diameter and 62 meters high, Dror's proposed dome is a 150-meter-wide&nbsp;aluminum latticed sphere with a planted canopy.&nbsp;</p><p>The studio describes that its vegetated cover would act as a natural sound buffer and provide an enchanting public enviro...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942339/is-brickbox-reductive-modular-design-or-flex-space-genius Is BrickBox reductive modular design or flex-space genius? Julia Ingalls 2016-04-26T13:37:00-04:00 >2016-04-26T13:37:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/me/men72zxp7tv7gngc.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Shelve your "bigger than a breadbox" jokes&mdash;literally. The BrickBox, a storage unit made from marine grade&nbsp;birch plywood, can be used a shelf, a room-divider, or even as porous furniture.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7v/7v5djbajn09qjlr0.jpg"></p><p>Each unit has cut-out handles and nylon connectors that can lock into the grooves of other units without the use of screws. One can accessorize with wheels, doors, and legs.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2b/2byz9r86b09e0vrk.jpg"></p><p>Is this great design, or is the austere laminate box reminiscent of boiled-down IKEA?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5u/5u8kouwzqeq75pg0.jpg"></p><p>For all the latest in experimental furniture design news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/130410491/leftover-inspiration-the-construction-aesthetic-of-chair-6-0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leftover inspiration: the construction aesthetic of "Chair 6.0"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149937104/opendesk-cracking-the-production-code-for-open-source-furniture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Opendesk, cracking the production code for open-source furniture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/147273569/a-misting-mirror-a-chair-that-shoots-fireworks-and-other-material-experiments-by-soft-baroque" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A misting mirror, a chair that shoots fireworks, and other material experiments by Soft Baroque</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942319/aspiring-japanese-surgeons-build-tiny-models-to-get-hired Aspiring Japanese surgeons build tiny models to get hired Julia Ingalls 2016-04-26T12:41:00-04:00 >2016-04-27T13:54:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hk/hk0xh3ytj5q7pxw1.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Forget the life and death drama of heart transplant surgery&mdash;what about the insane pressure to expertly fold a piece of origami in under 15 minutes? Located in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942166/logo-design-chosen-for-2020-tokyo-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan</a>'s Okayama prefecture, Kurashiki Central Hospital&nbsp;is holding fierce recruitment competitions in which surgeons must assemble tiny models&mdash;in one case, a piece of sushi with a single grain of rice&mdash;to demonstrate their fine motor skills (and coolness in a complicated deadline situation: sound familiar, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/81150050/model-a-short-film-exploring-the-future-of-model-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">model builders</a>?). Here's the video of the tryouts:&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942166/logo-design-chosen-for-2020-tokyo-olympics Logo design chosen for 2020 Tokyo Olympics Alexander Walter 2016-04-25T14:15:00-04:00 >2016-04-25T14:53:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hz/hzfwisk4argzv2z5.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tokyo 2020 Olympics organizers on Monday chose logo A &mdash; a stark indigo-and-white checkered circle &mdash; as the games&rsquo; replacement emblem after the original design was scrapped last year amid claims of plagiarism. The Tokyo 2020 Logo Selection Committee chose the logo from a shortlist of four following a competition open to any resident of Japan aged over 18. Almost 15,000 entries were submitted. The winning logo was designed by Asao Tokolo, a 46-year-old artist [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The design comprises 45 interconnecting pieces forming a checkered pattern known as ichimatsu moyou. Use of the color indigo is intended &ldquo;to express a refined elegance and sophistication that exemplifies Japan.&rdquo;"</em></p><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141822933/2020-tokyo-olympics-panel-launches-nationwide-call-for-new-logo-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2020 Tokyo Olympics panel launches nationwide call for new logo design</a></p><p>More stories about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146053608/did-kengo-kuma-copy-elements-of-zaha-hadid-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Did Kengo Kuma copy elements of Zaha Hadid's Tokyo Olympic stadium?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143971347/zaha-hadid-issues-disappointed-statement-on-tokyo-olympic-stadium-decision" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid issues disappointed statement on Tokyo Olympic Stadium decision</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143940071/kengo-kuma-selected-for-new-tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kengo Kuma selected for new Tokyo Olympic Stadium</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941890/reearth-hortum-machina-b-goes-for-a-walk reEarth: Hortum machina, B goes for a walk Ellen Hancock 2016-04-22T14:20:00-04:00 >2016-04-22T17:15:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e8/e8e9fe4607818669dc941684f339570f.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Harnessing the collective intelligence of plant behaviour, the reEarth project explores new forms of bio-cooperative interaction between people and nature, within the built environment. Echoing the architecture of Buckminster Fuller, the geodesic sphere, is both exoskeleton and ecological iconography. Its core of twelve garden modules, each carrying native British species on outwardly-extending linear actuators allow the structure to become mobile by shifting its centre-of-gravity.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ec/ec0e60a09c87190e0028aaa85dc728fa.jpg"></p><p>Find relating articles here:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/142594913/science-nonfiction-bringing-emerging-technologies-into-the-uk-s-architecture-education" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Science Nonfiction: bringing emerging technologies into the UK's architecture education</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/148987195/innovation-with-a-heart-guto-requena-s-technological-and-emotional-designs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Innovation with a heart: Guto Requena's technological and emotional designs</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/146286029/this-augmented-reality-helmet-could-revolutionize-the-construction-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This augmented reality helmet could revolutionize the construction site</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941806/take-a-look-at-these-installations-from-this-year-s-coachella-festival Take a look at these installations from this year's Coachella Festival Nicholas Korody 2016-04-21T18:38:00-04:00 >2016-04-21T18:42:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rh/rhhfw9eui1btzgw0.jpg" width="514" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Every April, music fans venture in droves to the High Desert outside of Los Angeles for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival &ndash;&nbsp;&nbsp;a veritable rite of spring for the selfie era.</p><p>And, like with any good spring bacchanal, the musical experience is often enhanced through the consumption of substances, licit or otherwise. But while imbibing may help you maintain stamina for the dance floor, it can also ramp up your internal body temperature (likely already elevated by the grueling desert sun).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zf/zfg4z8p31y50bejn.jpg"></p><p>Enter the architects and artists responsible for the latter half of Coachella's proper name. Tasked with designing structures that both shade and visually-entertain, the selected designers are given one of the more unusual &ndash; and fun &ndash; prompts around.</p><p>Here's a look at some of the structures that adorned the Empire Polo Club this year:</p><p><strong>The Tower of Twelve Stories</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/90423/bureau-spectacular-jimenez-lai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Jimenez Lai (Bureau Spectacular)</em></a></p><p>Described in accompanying texts as a "a cartoonish metropolis of tiny bubble-like spaces populated by ecce...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941748/woodbury-dean-norman-millar-has-passed-away Woodbury Dean Norman Millar has passed away Julia Ingalls 2016-04-21T13:11:00-04:00 >2016-04-21T13:13:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gw/gw2y48su5v2i42cw.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>School of Architecture Dean <a href="http://archinect.com/woodbury/release/woodbury-school-of-architecture-s-norman-millar-elected-acsa-president" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Millar</a>, who previously taught at <a href="http://archinect.com/sciarc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/ucla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a>, Pasadena Art Center and was active on both the San Diego and Los Angeles campuses of <a href="http://archinect.com/woodbury" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Woodbury</a>, succumbed to pancreatic cancer on April 14. He was 62 years old. Named "Educator of the Year" in 2014 by the&nbsp;AIA|LA and elected as President of the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.acsa-arch.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)</a>&nbsp;in 2012, Millar's legacy extended not only to his pragmatic pedagogy, but his dedication to fostering a culture of warmth and joy among his students. According to a statement released by Woodbury, he once said that&nbsp;&ldquo;I exited architecture school with the intention of making good buildings, and discovered that teaching expanded my passion by fostering it in students."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/50/50fbsd00v890wcmu.jpg"></p><p>The head of the Woodbury architecture program since 1999, Dean Millar saw enrollment in the program triple during his watch. According to a 2013 discussion with Scott Johnson, as a child Millar initially wanted to become an orthopedic surgeon, bu...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941702/v-a-east-project-update V&A East project update Ellen Hancock 2016-04-21T12:02:00-04:00 >2016-04-21T12:05:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ky/ky0myun2e34c2rbg.jpg" width="514" height="555" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A key part of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/489192/victoria-and-albert-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">V&amp;A</a>&rsquo;s expanding family of sites dedicated to the past, present and future of the designed world, V&amp;A East is a brand new civic space and cultural destination that will form part of the Olympic legacy project taking shape at Stratford Waterfront.</p><p>The seven-storey building is being designed by award-winning architectural practice <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/109716704/o-donnell-tuomey-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">O&rsquo;Donnell-Tuomey</a> and is part of the masterplan developed with <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/47465/allies-morrison" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Allies and Morrison</a> for the new educational and cultural district in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London. At 18,000 sq metres, V&amp;A East will sit directly opposite <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94355496/it-s-like-swimming-in-a-spaceship-zaha-hadid-s-aquatics-centre-opens-to-public" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid&rsquo;s London Aquatics Centre</a> and adjacent to a group of partners with which the V&amp;A has great creative synergy: Sadler&rsquo;s Wells, UAL&rsquo;s London College of Fashion and <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/299/university-college-london-ucl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCL (University College London).</a></p><p>V&amp;A East will be an entirely new kind of civic institution. At its core will be the ability and remit to respond quickly to current affairs, and to use objects, the V&amp;A collection, collaborations and displays to in...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941664/the-guggenheim-will-install-a-fully-functioning-solid-gold-toilet The Guggenheim will install a fully functioning solid gold toilet Paul Petrunia 2016-04-20T22:17:00-04:00 >2016-04-28T00:03:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cd/cdf6a6fed1f6af62448f295136a7047a.jpg" width="514" height="471" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... instead of its standard Kohler toilet, it will have a solid 18-karat-gold working replica of one, a preposterously scatological apotheosis of wealth whose form is completed in its function: You could go into the restroom just to bask in its glow, Mr. Cattelan said, but it becomes an artwork only with someone sitting on it or standing over it, answering nature&rsquo;s call.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Maurizio Cattelan, an Italian artist who famously retired five years ago, has returned with a solid gold (and fully functioning) toilet for the Guggenheim Museum. Perfectly paired with the late Tobias Wong's <a href="http://www.citizen-citizen.com/collections/all/products/gold-pills" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gold Pills</a>.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941606/2016-az-awards-finalists-are-revealed-vote-for-the-people-s-choice-now 2016 AZ Awards finalists are revealed + vote for the People's Choice now! Archinect 2016-04-20T18:03:00-04:00 >2016-04-26T17:34:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4m/4mi1mfzmgzdb7f8x.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In&nbsp;<a href="http://azuremagazine.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Azure Magazine</a>'s annual&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/140661/az-awards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AZ Awards</a>, architects, designers, manufacturers, and students across the globe have a shot at getting their best work internationally recognized.</p><p>Now in its sixth edition, the AZ Awards competition continues to grow. This year's call for submissions reeled in 826 entries from 52 countries. After sifting through the submissions, the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148503043/introducing-the-2016-az-awards-jury-members" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">five-member jury</a>&nbsp;picked 66 finalists. In the meantime, the public is invited to participate in the 2016 People's Choice, where people can <a href="http://awards.azuremagazine.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">vote</a> for their favorite projects in all 18 categories now until May 6.</p><p>Then on June 17, the winners, People's Choice, and finalists will be celebrated during the AZ Awards Gala in Toronto's&nbsp;Evergreen Brick Works.</p><p>Check out a few of this year's finalists:</p><p>&darr;&nbsp;Finalist in the category "Interiors - Commercial and institutional:" Kanonb&aring;dsvej Studio in Copenhagen, Denmark by 3XN Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m0/m0aj1bdu7dqjme89.jpg"></p><p>&darr;&nbsp;Finalist in the category "Interiors - Residential:" SPenthouse in S&atilde;o Paulo, Brazil by Studio MK27</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kq/kqb1vrc7xdhvljtv.jpg"></p><p>&darr;&nbsp;Finalist in th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941609/denver-is-baroque-a-colas-and-cad-itecture-galore Denver is “Baroque-a-colas” and “CAD-itecture” galore Justine Testado 2016-04-20T16:19:00-04:00 >2016-04-24T02:04:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kl/klasb1jaxzffmnt9.jpg" width="514" height="654" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If Donald Trump were a building, he&rsquo;d be Baroque-a-cola: It&rsquo;s bombastic, pretentious, clumsy, tacky and absolutely over the top, just like he is. Most Baroque-a-cola structures are in the form of showy townhouses or McMansions, but downtown Denver has been unlucky enough to have witnessed the erection of several high-rises of the type...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Denver does have its historic architectural gems, but several recent developments in the city have been dull, if not straight-up hideous (What's with all the random patches of brick?). Writer Michael Paglia dives into Denver's &ldquo;sea of awful architecture&rdquo; and lists the city's &ldquo;Hateful Eight&rdquo; buildings.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939551/how-denver-is-failing-at-good-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Denver is failing at Good Design</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125204801/jeff-sheppard-calls-downtown-denver-s-new-housing-developments-meaningless-uninspiring" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeff Sheppard calls downtown Denver's new housing developments "meaningless, uninspiring"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941575/recreation-of-palmyra-s-arch-of-triumph-presented-in-trafalgar-square Recreation of Palmyra's Arch of Triumph presented in Trafalgar Square Ellen Hancock 2016-04-20T12:00:00-04:00 >2016-04-20T13:23:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/04/04fe0518572f4ffa6ba19ba78fd2b53f.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A monumental recreation of the destroyed Arch of Triumph in Palmyra, Syria, has been unveiled in London&rsquo;s Trafalgar Square. The 1,800-year-old arch was destroyed by Islamic State militants last October and the 6-metre (20ft) model, made in Italy from Egyptian marble, is intended as an act of defiance: to show that restoration of the ancient site is possible if the will is there.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on the relating topics in this article check out these links:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936860/palmyra-after-isis-a-first-look-at-the-level-of-destruction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Palmyra after ISIS: a first look at the level of destruction</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147345876/before-after-photos-of-syria-s-devastated-heritage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Before + after photos of Syria's devastated heritage</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937197/another-grade-ii-listed-building-loses-its-protected-status-in-north-east-england" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another Grade II listed building loses its protected status in north east England</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147370049/london-s-v-a-to-host-a-robot-construction-team-this-summer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's V&amp;A to host a robot construction team this summer</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/us/us29olgfjinab11z.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941504/city-of-sf-sued-by-religious-group-over-open-air-urinal City of SF sued by religious group over open-air urinal Nicholas Korody 2016-04-19T21:02:00-04:00 >2016-04-20T19:50:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/os/osbsvxj0bwir79mv.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A religious organization sued the city of San Francisco to remove an open-air urinal from a popular park that it calls unsanitary and indecent. The Chinese Christian Union of SF filed a civil complaint last week demanding the city remove the concrete circular urinal from iconic Dolores Park. The group says the urinal, which is out in the open and screened only with plants for privacy, "emanates offensive odors," ''has no hand-washing facilities" and "it's offensive to manners and morals."</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more toilet-related designs, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145043730/this-nano-membrane-toilet-could-solve-the-world-s-sanitation-crisis-and-charge-our-phones" target="_blank">This Nano Membrane Toilet could solve the world's sanitation crisis &ndash; and charge our phones</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140470448/toilets-for-everyone-the-politics-of-inclusive-design" target="_blank">Toilets for everyone: the politics of inclusive design</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140948219/toilet-talk-gender-inclusivity-in-public-restrooms-featuring-special-guest-susan-surface-on-archinect-sessions-42" target="_blank">"Toilet Talk" &ndash; gender inclusivity in public restrooms, featuring special guest Susan Surface, on Archinect Sessions #42</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128864326/japan-s-simple-logic-for-putting-toilets-in-elevators" target="_blank">Japan's simple logic for putting toilets in elevators</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941415/monu-24-on-domestic-urbanism-released MONU #24 ON DOMESTIC URBANISM RELEASED MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2016-04-19T19:10:00-04:00 >2016-04-19T19:11:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zl/zlu0hvg2no7pcjpa.jpg" width="514" height="692" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What happens in domestic interiors appears to be very relevant for our societies. Bernd Upmeyer, Editor-in-Chief, April 2016</p></em><br /><br /><p>What happens in domestic interiors appears to be very relevant for our societies. At least, that is what <em><strong>Andr&eacute;s Jaque</strong></em> argues in our interview entitled <strong>"The Home as Political Arena"</strong> for this new issue of <strong>MONU</strong>. This issue, <strong>"Domestic Urbanism"</strong>, deals with the domestic aspects of cities, and everything that is related to the human home and habitat, the scale of the house, people's own universe, things that are usually hidden and private. According to <em><strong>Jaque</strong></em>, a great number of the processes by which our societies are shaped take place in domestic interiors, the domestic realm, and in relation to very domestic elements such as the table setting, the Christmas tree, or the TV remote control. <em><strong>Justinien Tribillon</strong></em> - in his contribution <strong>"The Fridge, the City and the Critique of Everyday Life: a Tale of Domestic Urbanism"</strong> - describes, for example, to what extent a domestic element such as the refrigerator has changed radically the way we consume the city. Because the domestic infiltrates the urb...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941395/lpc-approves-brooklyn-s-first-1-000-foot-tower-new-renderings-and-details LPC Approves Brooklyn’s First 1,000+ Foot Tower; New Renderings and Details Alyssa Alimurung 2016-04-19T12:22:00-04:00 >2016-04-19T12:22:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c5/c5rgjq4cc35pbl4o.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brooklyn is finally getting a new skyscraper development worthy of its 2.6 million populace. Today, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved SHoP Architects&lsquo; vision for 9 DeKalb Avenue, a rehabilitation of the landmarked Dime Saving Bank that will marry it with a dramatic, supertall skyscraper behind, the first 1,000+ foot building to arrive in the borough. To bring back more of the building&rsquo;s grandeur, its exterior and interior spaces will be restored.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941212/the-difference-between-porn-and-erotica-is-the-lighting-one-to-one-19-with-jake-jaxson-ceo-and-creative-director-at-cockyboys "The difference between porn and erotica is the lighting." – One-to-One #19 with Jake Jaxson, CEO and Creative Director at CockyBoys Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-18T17:32:00-04:00 >2016-04-22T21:40:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gf/gf7fojxeez4s6q5p.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If the name didn't tip you off, CockyBoys (NSFW) is a gay porn studio based in New York. Jake Jaxson has been running it, quite successfully, since 2010, starting with implementing a major shift in the aesthetic and overall quality of its videos &ndash; not only to up the production value, but to communicate what Jake refers to as a "nostalgia," and a sense of place. In an industry awash with&nbsp;graceless, utilitarian money-shots, readily available for free, how do you justify that extra investment in design, and getting your audience to pay for it?&nbsp;</p><p>Part of our special April focus on sex and sexuality in architecture, I spoke with Jake about the tandem inspiration between pornography and architecture, and&nbsp;how design-conscious porn can lead to a more sex-positive society. Jake also shares his dream house for a shoot &ndash; hint: it rhymes with "The Ass Mouse".</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/670405/one-to-one" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#19 with&nbsp;<strong>Jake Jaxson</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/neil-denari/id1057340260?i=356797877" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>Sound...</strong></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941146/inflatable-museum-to-provide-additional-learning-support-to-disadvantaged-areas-of-manchester “Inflatable Museum” to provide additional learning support to disadvantaged areas of Manchester Ellen Hancock 2016-04-18T12:43:00-04:00 >2016-04-19T12:28:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/px/pxbe3d68j1hrhec9.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An &ldquo;Inflatable Museum&rdquo; is about to be launched in Greater Manchester with the aim of bringing exhibits and educational programmes to schools in disadvantaged districts of the city. It is transportable in a van, can be blown up in under half an hour and can accommodate a full school class. It incorporates moveable cabinets, a large open presentation area and high definition projection equipment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Relating stories in the Archinect News:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940645/riba-launches-2016-funding-for-new-architecture-research" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA launches 2016 funding for new architecture research</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940743/the-price-of-keeping-britain-s-downton-abbeys-from-crumbling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The price of keeping Britain's 'Downton Abbeys' from crumbling</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/145288644/new-year-new-you-how-a-few-uk-firms-are-switching-up-their-game" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New year, new you: how a few UK firms are switching up their game</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142282568/rem-koolhaas-to-design-manchester-arts-center-the-factory" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas to design Manchester arts center, "The Factory"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940645/riba-launches-2016-funding-for-new-architecture-research RIBA launches 2016 funding for new architecture research Ellen Hancock 2016-04-15T17:16:00-04:00 >2016-04-15T17:16:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0r/0rpnb9oihnzrsank.jpg" width="514" height="171" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is calling for applications from students, academics and practitioners interested in conducting research in architecture during 2016/17.<br><br>The RIBA Boyd Auger Scholarship aims to support applicants in their personal, professional and academic development within the architectural field, providing an opportunity for imaginative, original research, and travel.<br><br>In 2016, one scholarship worth &pound;5,000 is available to individuals or groups of students and graduates for a period of international travel (which can be during a period of international work experience).<br><br>The RIBA Research Trust Awards are offering grants of up to &pound;10,000 each, available to support original independent architecture research by practitioners, academics and recent graduates.<br><br>The judging committee particularly welcomes applications from practice-led researchers.<br><br>The RIBA LKE Ozolins Studentship is worth &pound;18,000 outside London or &pound;20,000 in London annually to a student who wis...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940898/miniature-manhole-rooms-highlight-reality-of-bucharest-s-underground-dwellers Miniature manhole rooms highlight reality of Bucharest's underground dwellers Alexander Walter 2016-04-15T13:30:00-04:00 >2016-04-15T14:33:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ep/epojpw8kf5vo02eu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Borderlife is a street art intervention by Biancoshock in which three abandoned manholes in Milan&rsquo;s Lodi district have been transformed into miniature dwellings. [...] With Borderlife the street artist wants to make us aware about the distressing living conditions of many fellow humans who are forced to live in confined spaces, especially manholes. He got his inspiration from the reportedly hundreds of people that are occupying manholes and sewer systems in the Romanian capital Bucharest.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ek/ekmqsxfb9ukxaude.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5i/5igvyqzj6kps8u28.jpg"></p><p>Images of the BORDERLIFE street art intervention via Biancoshock's <a href="http://www.biancoshock.com/borderlife.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938940/giant-calligraffiti-mural-unites-community-in-cairo-slum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Giant "calligraffiti" mural unites community in Cairo slum</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146044719/subterranean-theme-park-photographer-richard-john-seymour-captures-the-new-life-inside-an-ancient-transylvanian-salt-mine" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Subterranean theme park: photographer Richard John Seymour captures the new life inside an ancient Transylvanian salt mine</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132661925/with-a-little-compromise-illegal-urban-squats-like-ljubljana-s-metelkova-mesto-can-do-a-city-good" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With a little compromise, illegal urban squats like Ljubljana's Metelkova Mesto can do a city good</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119347379/artist-charles-young-crafts-mini-paper-metropolis-on-the-daily" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Artist Charles Young crafts mini paper metropolis on the daily</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940697/is-apple-s-campus-design-about-making-the-corporation-your-entire-life Is Apple's campus design about making the corporation your entire life? Julia Ingalls 2016-04-14T13:04:00-04:00 >2016-04-17T19:45:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s1/s1qo417i0eof4hjh.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Apple finishes its new $5 billion headquarters in Cupertino, California, the technorati will ooh and ahh over its otherworldly architecture, and Apple will pat itself on the back for yet another example of "innovation." ...But few are aware that Apple&rsquo;s monumental project is already outdated, mimicking a half-century of stagnant suburban corporate campuses that isolated themselves&mdash;by design&mdash;from the communities their products were supposed to impact.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This fascinating article delves into the soul-sucking thinking behind isolated corporate behemoth design, which essentially captures the employee for the entire day and encourages a detached, "Who cares; I've got mine!" thinking towards maintaining urban infrastructure. Consider this:</p><p><em>Connecticut General&rsquo;s new corporate estate included snack bars, ping-pong tables, shuffleboards, bowling alleys, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, a barbershop, beauty parlor, game room, media library, meditation room, and gas station, as well as offsite services like dry-cleaning, shoe repair, flowers, and grocery delivery&mdash;more than half a century before Google and Facebook added such benefits. "All these perks had a certain element of welfare capitalism," Mozingo says, "this idea that the all-inclusive physical environment is going to foster certain kinds of behavior, which are profitable for the company."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7m/7m7bia7p1pfzyqfd.jpg"></p><p>This thinking extended into the employee's need for a car:&nbsp;</p><p><em>Even the shift to personal vehicles rathe...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940643/brunel-s-thames-tunnel-transformed-into-an-underground-theatre Brunel’s Thames Tunnel transformed into an underground theatre Ellen Hancock 2016-04-14T11:00:00-04:00 >2016-04-14T12:14:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aa/aae8020fc213746b86e75fa4bef7dc13.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Called the Grand Entrance Hall, the underground space &ndash; opening today &ndash; will be run by The Brunel Museum and is set to host plays, operas, concerts and even weddings. Architects Tate Harmer breathed new life into the 1843 Grade II*-listed shaft &ndash; originally designed by civil engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his father Marc &ndash; adding a cantilevered staircase to make the 75ft-deep hall accessible.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Discover more UK content here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940510/serpentine-galleries-appoints-yana-peel-as-new-ceo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine Galleries appoints Yana Peel as new CEO</a></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939854/a-tall-order-wooden-skyscraper-could-become-britain-s-second-tallest-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A tall order? Wooden skyscraper could become Britain's second tallest building</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938943/stock-bricks-to-brutalism-housing-design-in-poplar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stock bricks to Brutalism: housing design in Poplar</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149938251/the-unbranded-hybrid-approach-of-the-edinburgh-school-of-architecture-and-landscape" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The unbranded, hybrid approach of the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940487/mad-slips-through-borders-with-salone-del-mobile-installation MAD slips through borders with Salone del Mobile installation Julia Ingalls 2016-04-13T13:53:00-04:00 >2016-04-15T03:46:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5w/5wnmn4vbq29chg1e.jpg" width="514" height="267" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935081/us-mexico-border-wall-competition-provokes-controversy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Borders are often controversial</a> and rarely flexible, but Ma Yansong of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1276712/mad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD</a> has playfully reinterpreted them with his installation for the 2016 Salone del Mobile in Milan. &ldquo;Borders are usually seen as something closed and unapproachable but I think it&rsquo;s interesting to make borders attractive, dynamic and engaging," Yansong said about his 'Invisible Border' installation, which strings strands of EFTE across the&nbsp;Cortile d&rsquo;Onore courtyard.&nbsp;"So we decided to play with the border between the historical loggias and the garden in front of it, and design a transition in-between them.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q9/q9s1ip9apfrqu5pf.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kt/ktkns1y9du8vtfro.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eu/eue4e3bzm8w536p4.jpg"></p><p>Part shelter, part fragmented contemplation site for the sky above, the strands emit a whistling sound in the wind, and are designed to provide a surface for illumination at night (with lighting provided by iGuzzini Illuminazione).&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fv/fv77yx487mw4qovi.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/il/iljy2i9ou4c039hq.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Our installation blurs the boundaries between the traditional and the contemporary. You see the difference in each end, but the transition is very organic," Yansong continued. "It&rsquo;s ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940473/how-sexist-is-architecture-female-architects-share-their-experiences How sexist is architecture? Female architects share their experiences Julia Ingalls 2016-04-13T12:54:00-04:00 >2016-04-14T18:41:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/56/56t6jo73t6zstjt1.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After Ms. Hadid died on March 31 at 65, The New York Times, in an informal online questionnaire, asked female architects among its readers to talk candidly about their experiences in the profession: the progress they&rsquo;ve made and the obstacles they still face on construction sites and in client meetings. Below are edited excerpts from a few of some 200 responses we received.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architecture, already a tough field, can be even&nbsp;more challenging if you happen to be female. As Christine Matheu from Bloomington, Indiana recalls in this article,&nbsp;<em>&ldquo;There was a time when women were not allowed to be members of the Century Club. About that same time, as a young architect trying to survive, I was doing exhibition design and had been hired by an N.Y.C. art collector to do an installation of Piranesi prints for the Century Club. When the club learned that I was a woman architect, I was not allowed to install the exhibit. I, like many other women architects, found it much easier and less humiliating to just strike out on my own. I have been in my own practice now for 20 years.&rdquo;</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9v/9v7yevbvdtx1lx0o.jpg"></p><p>Also, a lifetime pro tip: STOP CALLING WOMEN OVER 18 GIRLS. Thanks!</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149897681/why-international-women-s-day-matters-for-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why International Women's Day matters (for architects)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93300695/sexism-in-architecture-remember-what-kathryn-findlay-said-women-don-t-be-put-off-by-the-aggression-of-men" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sexism in architecture: Remember what Kathryn Findlay said? 'Women, don't be put off by the aggression of men'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110407197/where-are-the-women-measuring-progress-on-gender-in-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133651310/fun-game-spot-the-double-standards-in-this-zaha-bashing-piece" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fu...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149939854/a-tall-order-wooden-skyscraper-could-become-britain-s-second-tallest-building A tall order? Wooden skyscraper could become Britain's second tallest building Ellen Hancock 2016-04-12T10:23:00-04:00 >2016-04-12T11:29:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jq/jq9t9zk3q4u9waj5.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Plans for London&rsquo;s first timber skyscraper were presented to the Mayor of London Boris Johnson this week with researchers saying natural materials were &ldquo;vastly underused&rdquo;. The design is for an 80-storey, 300m-high wooden building integrated into the Barbican complex. The tower would create 1,000 new residences. Architects&rsquo; Journal described the concept scheme as &ldquo;toothpick-like&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read relating articles on Archinect here:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937328/a-guide-to-london-mayoral-candidates-and-their-housing-policies" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A guide to London mayoral candidates and their housing policies</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148811257/is-london-experiencing-a-brick-boom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is London experiencing a brick boom?</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142973838/design-revealed-for-1-undershaft-london-s-tallest-skyscraper-by-the-thinking-developer-s-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design revealed for 1 Undershaft, London's tallest skyscraper by the "thinking developer&rsquo;s architect"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149939039/nyc-s-hot-new-developer-design-trend-the-1902-flatiron-building NYC's hot new developer design trend: the 1902 Flatiron Building Julia Ingalls 2016-04-07T19:36:00-04:00 >2016-04-07T19:36:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9j/9j46vdrzj2772nsl.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The lots that determine the Flatiron shape have previously been avoided since the resultant interiors are unusual and not easy to market,&rdquo; Patrice Derrington, director of the Center for Urban Real Estate at Columbia University, wrote last week in an email. &ldquo;However, &lsquo;as needs be&rsquo; developers are attending to these less favorable sites, as they eke out every last possibility.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>As new New York City real estate gets increasingly rare and pricey, architects are facing unusual design challenges. Herewith, some of most expensive, tiniest, and outr&eacute;&nbsp;in NYC design news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141813298/my-micro-nyc-apartment-complex-is-officially-renting" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">My Micro NYC Apartment Complex Is Officially Renting</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123273327/new-york-s-megatowers-nothing-but-vertical-money" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York's Megatowers: Nothing but 'Vertical Money'?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937488/here-comes-the-dronescraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Here comes the "dronescraper"</a></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/he/hequ55nmj7452lwa.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938973/celebrate-zaha-hadid-s-life-at-the-serpentine-sackler-gallery-on-april-8th Celebrate Zaha Hadid's life at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery on April 8th Julia Ingalls 2016-04-07T14:44:00-04:00 >2016-04-07T18:09:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yw/yws8oay05zn47sbi.jpg" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you're in London Friday, you can celebrate the late, great Zaha Hadid at a public memorial held at the Magazine restaurant at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., visitors can sign books of condolence and pay respects to her surviving family members, which include her brother Haytham, nephew Hussein Haytham, niece Rana Haytham, as well as the family of her late brother Foulath Mohammad.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6c/6c7x24q9i1y718k1.jpg"></p><p>For more on Dame Hadid's work, life, and passing:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937514/the-extra-architectural-ventures-of-zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The extra-architectural ventures of Zaha Hadid</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937464/the-remarkable-early-paintings-of-the-late-dame-zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The remarkable early paintings of the late Dame Zaha Hadid</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937465/zaha-on-zaha-i-always-thought-you-know-i-should-do-well-because-the-work-is-good" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha on Zaha: "I always thought, you know, I should do well because the work is good."</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937455/the-architecture-community-reacts-to-dame-hadid-s-death-on-social-media" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The architecture community reacts to Dame Hadid's death on social media</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938962/steven-holl-working-on-master-plan-study-for-williams-college Steven Holl working on master plan study for Williams College Julia Ingalls 2016-04-07T14:08:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T14:29:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6q/6qce2jkj3e0sxc57.jpg" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Who better to master plan the campus of the&nbsp;The Williams College Department of Art and Museum of Art than <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/140953853/a-dance-for-architecture-a-conversation-with-steven-holl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">daily watercolorist</a> (and architect) <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1405/steven-holl-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl</a>? In addition to expanding <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/21002913/williams-college" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">William College</a>'s art presence in the region, the study's goals include shaping the campus space to connect interior to exterior as well as making "architecture in complementary relation to the picturesque campus" according to a press release.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fk/fk4x3baddebchbe0.jpg"><br>Steven Holl Architects has interviewed museum staff, students, and faculty members to get an idea of how they interact with the current campus, and what they'd like to see in a new plan. The stakeholder-intensive process has already apparently inspired notions for possible new building sites on the college's 223-year-old grounds. Holl is no stranger to academic design, having already completed projects for&nbsp;Columbia University, MIT, and&nbsp;the&nbsp;Glasgow School of Art (pictured below in its 19th-century setting),&nbsp;among others.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k2/k2hwsutt7lca746j.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5j/5j38v5hyr20due7k.jpg"></p><p>As Steven Holl noted, "Historically one of the mo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938957/preserving-central-asia-s-ancient-architecture-through-code Preserving Central Asia's ancient architecture through code Justine Testado 2016-04-07T13:58:00-04:00 >2016-04-15T03:48:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j7/j7mdib0oy5xkad4e.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is not enough to just catalogue these [structures] in photos and videos, it is our aim to break down the logic of these patterns, and recreate them in code in order to make them more accessible and possibly allowing them to find new life in contemporary applications. By building an open source library, accessible to architects, artists, mathematicians, and software engineers, we can carry these patterns and traditions forward for future generations.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Lauren Connell (architect at BIG), Alexis Burson (associate at Pei Cobb Freed &amp; Partners), and Baris Yuksel (Google senior engineer) share their architectural and computer engineering perspectives on Project Agama. The&nbsp;collaboration aims to document and digitally preserve the intricate geometric patterns and tilework of ancient Central Asian architecture by converting the patterns to code, which will eventually become a accessible resource for architects to potentially apply in new applications.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115729424/khamenei-s-fight-against-un-islamic-architecture-in-iran" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Khamenei's fight against "un-Islamic" architecture in Iran</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145737366/meet-hossein-amanat-the-architect-who-designed-iran-s-most-famous-monument" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meet Hossein Amanat, the architect who designed Iran's most famous monument</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125817966/the-young-woman-who-designed-tehran-s-new-popular-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The young woman who designed Tehran's new popular bridge</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103716754/the-architecture-of-al-medina-al-munawwarah" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture of al-Medina Al-Munawwarah</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938932/the-enclosure-to-dismantle-chernobyl-s-nuclear-reactor-is-complete The enclosure to dismantle Chernobyl's nuclear reactor is complete Julia Ingalls 2016-04-07T13:07:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:38:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/re/re3up7ea51wov3gs.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This month marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. On April 26, 1986, technicians conducting a test inadvertently caused reactor number four to explode... Reuters reports that a huge recently-completed enclosure called the New Safe Confinement&mdash;the world's largest land-based moving structure&mdash;will be &ldquo;pulled slowly over the site later this year to create a steel-clad casement to block radiation and allow the remains of the reactor to be dismantled safely.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although it sounds like an early aughts indie band name, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/4247339/nuclear-bunker-looks-like-a-nuclear-bunker-say-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Safe Confinement</a> structure over Chernobyl's reactor number four is finally complete, constructed at an estimated cost of&nbsp;&euro;1.5 billion. Meanwhile, neighboring city and officially uninhabitable Pripyat has become a hauntingly photogenic ghost town, as captured in these photos:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lc/lci6xc6eegtjlt8t.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5t/5t23mu4j40ujs27w.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/on/onnrcgpzt1kekypn.jpg"></p><p>For what else is going on in Chernobyl:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/27152/walking-tours-of-chernobyl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walking Tours of Chernobyl</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/53638623/sunny-chernobyl-beauty-in-a-haze-of-pollution" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sunny Chernobyl': Beauty In A Haze Of Pollution</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/27128/agricultural-de-radiation-in-chernobyl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Agricultural De-Radiation in Chernobyl</a></li></ul>