Archinect - News 2015-09-01T00:06:08-04:00 Woman's dream tiny home clashes with Canadian law Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-28T18:43:00-04:00 >2015-08-29T23:21:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cheryl Smith planned to move "off the grid" and into a small house near Clark's Harbour, N.S., a year ago. But thanks to Canadian building regulations, the four-by-six metre structure remains half-built and empty. [...] Canadian laws require living spaces to have access to power to run smoke detectors and air exchange systems. But Smith said the point of moving into her tiny home was to disconnect from the power grid.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the tiny home world:</p><ul><li><a title="Seattle high schoolers push to provide moveable, minimalist shelters for the homeless" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle high schoolers push to provide moveable, minimalist shelters for the homeless</a></li><li><a title="The problem with tiny homes - they can get stolen" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The problem with tiny homes - they can get stolen</a></li><li><a title="Swedish architects design for un-permited small-space living" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Swedish architects design for un-permited small-space living</a></li><li><a title="The Tiny House Lover's Guide to Romance" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Tiny House Lover's Guide to Romance</a></li><li><a title="Teenager builds tiny home to avoid mortgage trap" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Teenager builds tiny home to avoid mortgage trap</a></li></ul> Trial by fire: man waits out raging wildfires in concrete home Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-27T15:01:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T18:44:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I was a little disappointed in the fire service,&rdquo; said Belles, standing on the charred hillside next to the dome in his semi-rural neighbourhood on the edge of town.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Wildfires currently blazing in Okanogan County, Washington, have just broken the record for the biggest in the state&rsquo;s history. With fire season just getting underway and September looking hot and dry, the so-called Okanogan Complex fires will likely persist for months.</p><p>In Omak, a small town in the county nearly surrounded by the fire, many residents have already fled, forced out by the blaze or sickly thick smoke. But self-described &ldquo;inventor&rdquo; John Belles decided to stick things out in his self-made concrete dome house.</p><p></p><p>Surrounded by 12-foot high flames and extreme heat, Belles stayed in the house, unharmed (but toasty), until the fire around him had died down, leaving only charred vegetation behind. He told the Guardian, &ldquo;It was incredibly hot but the house did what it said it would do. They said it was nonflammable, and it was.&rdquo;&nbsp;The house was undamaged, save for a destroyed electricity box.</p><p>Belles built the home himself 15 years ago, knowing full well of the fire danger in the area ...</p> Pneumatic garbage tubes to be installed under NYC's High Line Julia Ingalls 2015-08-27T13:17:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T13:29:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="379" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Related Companies, the city&rsquo;s largest developer, plans to &ldquo;tube up&rdquo; the residential towers in Hudson Yards, its massive real estate development atop the MTA&rsquo;s west side rail yard. The first large-scale pneumatic waste network to be constructed in the US since Roosevelt Island&rsquo;s, it will serve 5,000 apartments in six buildings, the first of which is scheduled for completion in 2018.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The scenic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line</a> may soon host more than tourists and weekenders: a proposed scheme to introduce <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pneumatic</a> garbage tubes into a series of Manhattan apartment buildings includes using the underside of the former elevated rail line to mount the tubes (the rendering below pictures them in purple).&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Archinect's comparison of transient-oriented architecture Julia Ingalls 2015-08-26T21:55:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T09:18:27-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In 2003 in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Utah</a>, government officials decided to try a radical solution to homelessness: giving people who would otherwise be on the street permanent housing. Twelve years later, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">surprisingly cost-effective</a> program is a success: almost all of the people given homes remained in them, and the number of people out on the streets in the state has dropped nearly to zero. So what works and what doesn't architecturally in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">homeless housing</a>?&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>James Furzer, a 26-year old architectural technician for the U.K.-based Spatial Design Architects, is currently <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">crowdsourcing</a> funds to build single-person housing modules that attach to preexisting buildings in dense urban centers like London, where 7,500 people routinely sleep on the streets.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fakro&rsquo;s Space for New Visions</a> award-winning design is a&nbsp;great emergency shelter idea, but doesn't foster a sense of permanence, unlike Utah's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sunrise Metro Apartments</a>, which take the form of a traditional (relatively aesthetically boring) apartment building ...</p> Frank Gehry's renderings for L.A.'s Sunset Strip revealed Julia Ingalls 2015-08-26T15:00:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T11:50:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Initial renderings of the $300 million development depict a cluster of five architecturally distinct buildings distributed across the 2.6- acre site around a central plaza. In total, the project will comprise 333,600 square feet, and have 249 residential units. One of the architects&rsquo; primary goals was to make the site as approachable as possible to invite the surrounding community in to shop, dine, or simply relax in the plaza.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Renderings and model photos were released today of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a>'s proposed design for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">8150 Sunset Boulevard project</a>. Positioned at the so-called Gateway to the Sunset Strip at the curving intersection of Crescent Heights Boulevard, Havenhurst Drive and Sunset Boulevard, Gehry's mixed-use, three-story retail center and 11-story residential tower (which is expected to achieve LEED silver status) emphasizes pedestrian access and preserving Sunset's relatively low streetscape:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Gehry reportedly said of the project,&nbsp;&nbsp;&ldquo;[Residents and future visitors] should feel that they are part of L.A., a part of L.A. that has a culture that comes with it.&rdquo;</p><p>More on Gehry's latest projects:</p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry to prioritize hydrology in LA River revitalization strategy</a>&nbsp;</p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design gets green light from National Capital Planning Commission</a></p> Do contemporary office designs upend work/life balance? Julia Ingalls 2015-08-26T13:26:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T17:34:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our world is now ideas driven and our environment needs to be energetic, inspiring and even provocative. Employers also want people to stay longer at work and making the space awesome certainly helps.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Many architects are designing home/work boundary-eroding office designs, which purposefully mimic the comforts of home to encourage creative employees to stay later. These designs have been embraced by a who's who of movers and shakers including Google, Facebook, and Disney. But is this shift toward longer hours a great boost to productivity?<img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In <em>The New Yorker</em>, Tim Wu cites stories of "people [being] scolded for not responding to e-mails after&nbsp;midnight." He&nbsp;argues that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">You Really Don't Need to Work So Much</a>, making the case that "in white-collar jobs, the amount of work can expand infinitely through the generation of false necessities&mdash;that is, reasons for driving people as hard as possible that have nothing to do with real social or economic needs." What agency should architects take in shaping future work environments?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>For more on workplace design:</p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Work on Work" exhibition turns public space into office space</a></p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a title="Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architectu...</a></p> Design Thinking Comes of Age led signal light 2015-08-22T22:07:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T18:25:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="242" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Transformative innovation is inherently risky. It involves inferences and leaps of faith; if something hasn&rsquo;t been done before, there&rsquo;s no way to guarantee its outcome. The philosopher Charles Peirce said that insights come to us &ldquo;like a flash&rdquo;&mdash;in an epiphany&mdash;making them difficult to rationalize or defend. Leaders need to create a culture that allows people to take chances and move forward without a complete, logical understanding of a problem.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Filed under Organizational Culture, Design Thinking Comes of Age goes further to consider, "there&rsquo;s a shift under way in large organizations, one that puts design much closer to the center of the enterprise. But the shift isn&rsquo;t about aesthetics. It&rsquo;s about applying the principles of design to the way people work.&nbsp;This new approach is in large part a response to the increasing complexity of modern technology and modern business.</p><p><em>What Is a Design-Centric Culture?</em></p><p>...All in all, it is about products, designing them and getting them out there to have them consumed by you. Hence,&nbsp;Design-Centric Culture.. Think Design thinking.</p> designjunction 2015 heads to The College and the Victoria House in London, Sept. 24-27 Justine Testado 2015-08-21T20:47:00-04:00 >2015-08-21T20:56:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="230" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Now in its fifth edition, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designjunction</a> tradeshow is back for 2015 on September 24-27, this time at The College and the Victoria House in London's Southampton Row. As part of the upcoming <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 London Design Festival</a>, designjunction will showcase the latest products and cutting-edge designs from over 100 leading international brands. Visitors will also get to check out pop-up stores, talks, live workshops, and eateries aplenty.</p><p>Read on for more info:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As the former home of the Central Saint Martins, the Victorian-era College will serve as a&nbsp; distinct backdrop for the designjunction exhibition, which will take over five floors of the Lethaby building and other stunning spaces within the campus.</p><p>A life-sized Underground Station installation by Camilla Barnard will pop up next to the TfL cafe, and a Leading Seminar Programme will also take place. The seminar's "Design for a Reason" theme will discuss how issues like sustainability and digital developments affect the design process in t...</p> FR-EE, Frente and RVDG to redevelop Mexico City's historic Avenida Chapultepec Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-21T17:59:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T18:58:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="392" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Mexico City-based firms FR-EE, Frente Arquitectura and RVDG Arquitectura + Urbanism will redesign a 0.8 mile-long stretch of Avenida Chapultepec, one of the city&rsquo;s most historic corridors, into a multi-modal public space and park.</p><p>Extending the roadway as a part of Chapultepec Park, their proposal for "Cultural Corridor Chapultepec" includes a broadening of the street&rsquo;s center for pedestrians and recreating, and increased lane spaces for bikes and buses, with a narrowing for cars. There will also be an upper retail level built into the Avenida.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The corridor has played a strong historical role in the city, serving as the thruway that divided the cities of San Juan and San Pablo in the 16th century, and connected the city of Calzada San Juan to the resting place of the Aztec emperors. The roadway became the path for an aqueduct to Mexico City in the 18th century, and was the site for the city&rsquo;s first electrical tramway in 1900. Student protests raged on the Avenida in 1968, while below ...</p> London's oligarch-transformation continues with a "sky pool" Nicholas Korody 2015-08-20T18:46:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T19:29:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the overseas investor who has it all, what better trophy to add to the portfolio of properties you will never visit than an apartment with its own &ldquo;sky pool&rdquo;? London may already have a fairytale Sky Garden, but now Irish developer Ballymore plans to introduce a &ldquo;world first&rdquo; all-glass swimming pool bridge between two apartment blocks in Nine Elms, allowing its residents to float 10 storeys up in the air. -Oliver Wainwright</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> How architects are redesigning schools that encourage kids to eat healthier Justine Testado 2015-08-20T18:38:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T18:47:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The design of a school itself might matter as much as something like a gym class. 'The environments in which we live affect not just our behaviors, but our lifelong attitudes about things like healthy eating and active lifestyles...It's also clear that it's so much better to help prevent children from becoming obese than to try to help adults lose weight.'</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Abandoned schools = new development opportunities" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Abandoned schools = new development opportunities</a></p><p><a title='"Active design" movement wants to trick you into taking the stairs' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Active design" movement wants to trick you into taking the stairs</a></p><p><a title="Jason Danziger heals psychosis with design" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jason Danziger heals psychosis with design</a></p><p><a title="New Parsons-led collaborative aims to make affordable housing healthier" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Parsons-led collaborative aims to make affordable housing healthier</a></p> Architecture in fashion design Julia Ingalls 2015-08-20T17:01:00-04:00 >2015-08-20T17:01:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although fashion magnate <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tom Ford</a> does not make much of the fact that he studied architecture at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Parsons The New School for Design</a>, that early influence can still be felt in his body of work, as it can with Daniel DuGoff, an architectural alum of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Washington University in St. Louis</a> turned fashionista who has recently been attracting <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">press attention</a> for his technically exquisite yet stylish clothing line DDUGOFF. However,&nbsp;the industry has also been venturing into other traditionally architectural realms. In May, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shining 3D Fashion Show Design Contest</a>&nbsp;invited participants to submit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D printed</a> clothing options:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The aesthetic structural sensibility of fashion, while obviously existing in a different material realm, shares much with the most visually engaging and relevant architecture.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>This structural appreciation extends beyond clothing into <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">film</a>. When Tom Ford directed the adaptation of Christopher Isherwood's "A Single Man," he had the principal character live in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Lautner</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Schaf...</a></p> Relishing the physical in the digital: review of "The New Concrete" Julia Ingalls 2015-08-20T13:49:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T18:48:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="388" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although jaded art critics might argue that there is nothing new under the sun, they are overlooking the fact that there is important work that has been shaded by time. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concrete poetry</a>, an art form that emphasizes the physical arrangement and visual presentation of poetry as much as its literary content, is widely presumed to have reached its zenith in the 1960s, only to become obsolescent in the digital age. "The New Concrete," a collection of contemporary concrete poetry edited by Victoria Bean and Chris McCabe, not only proves this assumption wrong, but spotlights a form that is perhaps the inadvertent template to our daily onscreen lives.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Many of concrete poetry's ideas about language's materiality have ended up being mirrored in our computational systems and processes," argues Kenneth Goldsmith in the book's introductory essay. "When we click on a link, we literally press down on a word. When, in the analogue age, did we ever press down on words?...The Internet itself is entir...</p> 1920s ‘Popular Science’ Illustration Stacks the Future American City Like a Layered Cake Alyssa Alimurung 2015-08-20T13:29:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T18:20:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the 1920s urban "futurists" believed that Americans would be living and thriving in high-density vertical cities. Architect Harvey W. Corbett&rsquo;s &ldquo;May Live to See, May Solve Congestion Problems&rdquo; is one such proposal that sees everything from homes, offices, schools, green space and even aircraft landing fields stacked on top of each other for the ultimate metropolis.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Hole, no: Archinect's comparison of exterior facades Julia Ingalls 2015-08-20T09:07:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T12:35:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="238" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>There's a thin line (or radius, in this case) between what enhances a design and what simply makes it look like it's trying too hard. In the case of buildings with circular openings on their exterior facades, the effect is often visually arresting, but is it good architecture? The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">COR building</a> in Miami is arguably a blend of both: its proposed highly sustainable wind turbines, mounted in the circular openings of the exterior facade, make it stand out on the skyline as well as on energy-savings meters. Compare this to the Dream Downtown Hotel in Manhattan (see below), which is...well, it doesn't have wind turbines in its holes, let's put it that way.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>However, the Dream Downtown Hotel is aiming for an altogether different effect, which it achieves brilliantly. Thanks to the combination of stately steel and outsize circular holes, it's quite visually attractive without being ostentatious.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Presumably, guests would want to stay here because it's interesting&nbsp;without tipping over into Las Ve...</p> We're suckers for any architecture that looks like us Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-19T17:55:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T22:46:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is believed that all mammals,&nbsp;including humans, have a &lsquo;figural primitive&rsquo; in the brain, a pattern with two dots representing eyes, a vertical line representing a nose and a horizontal one for the mouth, at the ready to perceive upright face-like input instantaneously. [...] So when we look at buildings that suggest a face, we feel a kinship, maybe a little love, maybe in reunion with an extended family member.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As advancements in neural imaging technology allow for more accessible and legible understandings of our brain, architectural theory has begun borrowing more and more from neuroscience. The two disciplines' explicit collaboration is part of the agenda of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture</a>, and is increasingly <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">adopted in academic design research</a>.</p><p>For more on architecture and neuroscience:</p><ul><li><a title="&quot;Sculpting the Architectural Mind&quot; conference examines neuroscience's effects on architecture education" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Sculpting the Architectural Mind" conference examines neuroscience's effects on architecture education</a></li><li><a title="The Brain on Architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Brain on Architecture</a></li><li><a title="AfterShock #3: Brains and the City" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AfterShock #3: Brains and the City</a></li><li><a title='Developing an "urban neuroscience" to build better cities' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developing an "urban neuroscience" to build better cities</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AfterShock #4: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neuroscientific Architecture Research</a></li></ul> Assemble crafts its own model, becomes the first architecture studio to be nominated for Turner Prize Nicholas Korody 2015-08-19T15:16:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T22:32:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="401" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Founded five years ago, Assemble forged their reputation using otherwise valueless materials (demolition waste, reconstituted foam) and places (the abandoned gas station, the nook beneath a highway overpass) to develop ingenious temporary venues [...] Their practical vision has more to do with how buildings are used than with their grandeur; and it is often the users, as much as the architects, who steer the projects.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Assemble</a> has been gaining a lot of attention recently for the inventive, recession-friendly approach to architecture. From converting an abandoned gas station into a cinema to placing a folly under a highway overpass, they're discovering new and unexpected modes (and locations) for architecture, without even having a licensed practitioner on board.</p><p>This October, Assemble will participate in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a>. And they're the first design studio to be nominated for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turner Prize</a>!</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> News cycle: August's noteworthy bicycle news Julia Ingalls 2015-08-19T14:59:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T22:47:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Germany might still be a car-obsessed country, but it's starting to build an Autobahn for bikes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>From <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the U.S</a>. to Germany, urban planners and major corporations are starting to purposefully design for bicycles instead of individually operated cars. In Munich, a proposed network of two-lane bike paths would radiate out from the city center to the surrounding suburbs, creating 400 miles of cyclist-only access. Meanwhile, according to WebUrbanist, international fast-food chain <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McDonald's</a> has created an unfolding bicycle-oriented food transport container known as "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McBike</a>," which allows a bicyclist to visit the drive-through lane and comfortably transport a beverage and hot food home. The program was launched in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen</a>, and may soon make its way to a Mickey Dee's near you.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Herzog & de Meuron named 2015 RIBA Jencks Award winners Julia Ingalls 2015-08-19T13:27:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T22:30:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Herzog &amp; de Meuron have the widest approach to architecture varying their style for each job. In this sense they epitomise the global search for an architecture of pluralism, one flexible enough for very different cultures...The high quality of the work is as notable as the wit; the amount of production as much as its personality. -RIBA President Stephen Hodder</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron</a>, whose works include the recently approved yet controversial <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tour Triangle in Paris</a>&nbsp;and the redevelopment of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berlin's&nbsp;Tacheles cultural center</a>,&nbsp;received the 2015 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA Jencks Award</a> for being a practice "that has recently made a major contribution internationally to both the theory and practice of architecture." In a statement by RIBA President Stephen Hodder, he noted that "the contribution to our profession from Jacques and Pierre is constantly profound."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The award, which includes a &pound;1,000 pound honorarium and the opportunity to deliver a lecture to RIBA chaired by Mr. Charles Jencks, will be officially presented on October 29th in London.</p> This studio illustrates Minecraft's architectural capabilities to create imaginary worlds Justine Testado 2015-08-17T16:34:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T21:50:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The BlockWorks studio proves, yet again, that architects can use Minecraft as a design tool to produce rather magical results with impressive detail. The team of architects, designers, and animators envision mystical cubic worlds in response to what they refer to as "Briefs", which include commissions from YouTube personalities, gaming networks, museums, and film studios as well as original submissions to actual Minecraft design competitions.</p><p>Although the designs are largely fictional, BlockWorks draws inspiration from real-world buildings from throughout history and even structural details by today's starchitects. As expected, the team's growing portfolio is pretty spectacular, and surely retains one's attention for a good amount of time.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>You can check out more of BlockWorks' projects in greater detail on their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>. Also, sneak a peek at some their project trailers below or on their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">YouTube channel</a>.</p><p><em>All images <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">via</a>. H/T <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kotaku Australia</a></em></p> Architecture of Segregation Orhan Ayyüce 2015-08-16T19:27:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T18:22:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="250" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After the dramatic decline in concentrated poverty between 1990 and 2000, there was a sense that cities were &ldquo;back,&rdquo; and that the era of urban decay&mdash;marked by riots, violent crime, and abandonment&mdash;was drawing to a close. Unfortunately, despite the relative lack of public notice or awareness, poverty has re-concentrated.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Century Foundation publishes a Paul Jargowsky paper laying out the facts and statistics of decline and poverty's impact on American cities.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Jargowsky</a></strong>&nbsp;is a fellow at The Century Foundation where he writes about inequality, the geographic concentration of poverty, and residential segregation by race and class.</p><p>This work was support by The Century Foundation and the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University&ndash;Camden. The author received helpful comments and suggestions from Marie Chevrier, Natasha Fletcher, Straso&nbsp;Jovanovich,&nbsp;Lucy Muirhead,&nbsp;Jason Renker,&nbsp;Christopher Wheeler, and&nbsp;Zachary David Wood and production support from Abigail Grimshaw.</p><p>This Archinect editor thinks architecture must pay much more attention to this issue and start producing solutions instead of getting shamelessly high on celebrating star architect designed luxury condominiums for the globally rich clientele and elitist minimalist lakeside homes, and teaching their renderings in schools.</p>... Brutalism: the great architectural polarizer Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-14T19:57:00-04:00 >2015-08-16T15:16:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Goldfinger&rsquo;s [brutalist] buildings were decreed &ldquo;soulless.&rdquo; Inhabitants claimed to suffer health problems and depression from spending time inside of them. Some of Goldfinger&rsquo;s buildings were vacated because occupants found them so ugly. Yet, architects praised Goldfinger&rsquo;s buildings. [...] This divide&mdash;this hatred from the public and love from designers and architects&mdash;tends to be the narrative around buildings like Goldfinger&rsquo;s. Which is to say, gigantic, imposing buildings made of concrete.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Roman Mars, host of the design-centric podcast "99% Invisible", blogs for Slate on the polarizing quality of brutalist architecture &ndash; beloved by architects and hated by pretty much everyone else. Discussing the history of concrete in building architecture, Mars also puts brutalism in perspective as a contested term, one that architects are still arguing about, and that is commonly interpreted by non-architects simply as "gigantic, imposing buildings made of concrete."</p><p>More on brutalist architecture:</p><ul><li><a title="LA Forum releases Summer Newsletter on Brutalism in Los Angeles" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Forum releases Summer Newsletter on Brutalism in Los Angeles</a></li><li><a title="Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall</a></li><li><a title="Michael Kimmelman on why Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County building is worth saving" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman on why Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County building is worth saving</a></li><li><a title="Brutal London cutout replicas commemorate iconic brutalist structures" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutal London cutout replicas commemorate iconic brutalist structures</a></li></ul> Stacked: Archinect's comparison of Fujimoto and Tschapeller's library stacks Julia Ingalls 2015-08-13T20:53:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T17:25:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Instead of being mainly a weight distribution problem for architects, library book stacks are increasingly becoming art installations in cavernous contemplation halls. This is especially evident in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wolfgang Tschapeller</a>'s renderings for the Ho Fine Arts Library at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cornell University</a>, in which an ascending, four-story block of books is selectively accessed through staircases (see header image).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sou Fujimoto</a> takes a slightly different tack, creating a maze-like series of largely empty bookshelves that showcase the winding quest for knowledge more than the actual books they are ostensibly designed to hold.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>So which design is more effective, both in terms of reflecting the changing nature of how we access books and of creating spaces for contemplation and study? Fujimoto has the advantage here; he is designing a completely new building. His agility with blurring boundaries between indoors and out is exquisitely realized, creating an airy, if labyrinthine, experience.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="">&nbsp;</p><p>Tschapeller, on the o...</p> Visual pollution: inside the global movement to ban urban billboards Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-13T16:21:00-04:00 >2015-08-16T12:17:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2007, [S&atilde;o Paulo] Mayor Gilberto Kassab implemented the Clean City Law, labelling outdoor adverts a form of &ldquo;visual pollution&rdquo;. In a single year, the city removed 15,000 billboards and 300,000 oversized storefront signs. [...] The ubiquity of outdoor advertising means that we have come to take it for granted; accepting both its presence and its purpose as natural features of the urban environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rethinking Billboards</a>&nbsp;as homeless shelters, and as land art projects in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art + Architecture: The Los Angeles Nomadic Division Sets Up Camp</a>.</p> A brief history of twisted apartment buildings Julia Ingalls 2015-08-13T13:41:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T16:49:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This 21st century trend started with Sweden's 2005 Turning Torso building, then quickly was adapted and modified by Frank Gehry for what became 2011's 8 Spruce Street in Manhattan. Now the twisted apartment building seems to have become its own typology, to judge by recent proposed works by both&nbsp;Urban Agency and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sou&nbsp;</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fujimoto</a>:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>Urban Agency's code-savvy twisting apartment building.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>&uarr; Sou Fujimoto's Abre Blanc apartment building.</em></p><p>Urban Agency's apartment building twists not just for an aesthetic thrill, but as a way to legally increase the total floor space by 40 percent by artfully shimmying through France's planning laws. Sou Fujimoto's unfurling, frond-like patios on Abre Blanc are thoughtfully designed purposefully to suit the structure's surrounding Mediterranean climate by embracing an outdoor lifestyle. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD</a>'s "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marilyn Monroe"</a>&nbsp;2010-2012 Absolute World towers in Mississauga, ON took a more curvaceous and populist approach, as the final design was voted on&nbsp;by the Canadian public aft...</p> Jason Danziger heals psychosis with design Julia Ingalls 2015-08-13T13:33:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T16:49:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Danziger addressed the issues of perception: How does a patient with a shifted perception experience space? He focused on color, the distribution of light, material, and shape.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While designing for medically healthy clients can occasionally drive an architect insane, an entirely different set of challenges is involved in creating a safe and healing environment for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mentally ill</a> patients. Architect Jason Danziger found himself asking questions like: what makes a bed recognizable to someone in a clinically altered state of mind? Danziger's resulting design for the Soteria at St. Hedwig Hospital in Berlin, executed as part of an ongoing collaboration with medical director Dr. Martin Voss,&nbsp;won him the 2015 BDA Berlin Prize.</p><p>More at the intersection of architecture and mental health:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AfterShock #3: Brains and the City</a></li><li><a title="Mental Health Survey at University of Toronto&rsquo;s Faculty of Architecture Reveals Worrisome Results " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mental Health Survey at University of Toronto&rsquo;s Faculty of Architecture Reveals Worrisome Results</a></li><li><a title="Putting entire cities on the psychiatrist's couch" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Putting entire cities on the psychiatrist's couch</a></li><li><a title="UCLA's Patricia Greenfield Tracks Urban Psychology With Words" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA's Patricia Greenfield Tracks Urban Psychology With Words</a></li></ul><p><em>Update: A previous version of this piece did not mention Dr. Martin Voss' role in the Soteria project.</em></p> Zaha Hadid Architects win Danjiang Bridge competition Nicholas Korody 2015-08-12T19:15:00-04:00 >2015-08-14T11:55:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="880" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Zaha Hadid Architects has been announced as the winner of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Danjiang Bridge competition</a>. Sited at the mouth of the Tamsui River, the bridge will provide a critical link between several highways on Taiwan's northern coast.</p><p>The Danjiang Bridge is intended to bring economic growth to Taipei's Port District. In addition, the new bridge will dramatically reduce commuting times "between activities and industries in Tamsui and Bali," according to the competition brief. It will include a light rail.&nbsp;</p><p>ZHA Director Patrik Schumacher took to Facebook to announce the results.</p><p>"The Danjiang destined to make a conspicuous landmark against the backdrop of Tamsui's famous sunset," Schumacher wrote.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> From California to Texas, car culture is losing its monopoly Julia Ingalls 2015-08-12T14:36:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T17:12:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"You have generations of people under the age of 35 &hellip; who are choosing to live car free and car-lite." &ndash; Westside Councilman Mike Bonin</p></em><br /><br /><p>From the newly installed <a href=";utm_source=app&amp;utm_campaign=digest" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"protected" intersections</a> in Austin, Texas and Davis, California to additional proposed bus lanes and bike paths&nbsp;in Los Angeles, car culture is becoming less of a given and more of an expensive, perhaps even less desirable, option.&nbsp;Cities across the U.S. are starting to rethink their approach to large scale transportation infrastructure projects (i.e., freeways) as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">driving per capita</a> remains stagnant. Of course, this trend is somewhat complicated by the rise of cheap door-to-door transportation options such as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber</a>, which make it easier for the car-less to get around without having to own a vehicle. For its part, Los Angeles is considering approving an initiative known as&nbsp;Mobility Plan 2035, which would redesign major boulevards and avenues to encourage people to get out of their cars and into the mass-transit dreams of city planners.<img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Last week, Archinect highlighted Christopher Hawthorne's review of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">additional lane</a>&nbsp;on the 405 freeway, a project that bega...</p> Preventing disease and upholding public health through architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-12T14:12:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T16:45:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Archive (&ldquo;Architecture for Health in Vulnerable Environments&rdquo;) proposes &ldquo;bringing attention to the built environment and how it is a transmission vehicle for the spread and control of a respiratory illness like TB&rdquo; [...] Archive is starting small, with an as-yet-uninitiated project on respiratory health and indoor pollutants in Ethiopia and projects on TB awareness in London.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the intersection of architecture and public health:</p><ul><li><a title="A story about death and architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A story about death and architecture</a></li><li><a title="New Parsons-led collaborative aims to make affordable housing healthier" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Parsons-led collaborative aims to make affordable housing healthier</a></li><li><a title="How concrete floors can prevent child deaths in Bangladesh" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How concrete floors can prevent child deaths in Bangladesh</a></li><li><a title="5 ways to build health into your architecture, as seen at GW&rsquo;s new $75 million public health school" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5 ways to build health into your architecture, as seen at GW&rsquo;s new $75 million public health school</a></li></ul> Get a glimpse of these hacked IKEA kitchens by BIG, Henning Larsen, and NORM Architects Justine Testado 2015-08-11T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-08-19T07:47:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Here comes another product collaboration between famous architects and affordable-brand giants. Pretty soon, consumers worldwide can add a hint of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Henning Larsen Architects</a>, or <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NORM Architects</a> into their everyday kitchen space. Danish furniture brand <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reform</a>, whose <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">concept</a> focuses on hacking IKEA kitchen-cabinet fronts with their own customized designs, collaborated with the big-name architects in envisioning the new collection of kitchen cabinets. The kitchens will make their public debut at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">northmodern</a> trade show on August 13-15 and will be on sale starting September 1 (promotional video below).</p><p>The cabinets already have the on-trend sleekness and minimalism down, but stamping on the names of famous architecture firms ups the chic factor effortlessly. The cabinets by the one and only Bjarke Ingels Group&nbsp;&mdash; who is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">no stranger to designing home products</a>&nbsp;&mdash; are available in white and oak or stainless steel, with a composite table top and composite wash. The cabinets come with ha...</p>