Archinect - News 2015-01-27T07:38:03-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/119252599/what-is-interior-urbanism-a-review-of-monu-21-by-claudia-mainardi-and-giacomo-ardesio What is Interior Urbanism? - A Review of MONU #21 by Claudia Mainardi and Giacomo Ardesio MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2015-01-26T13:04:00-05:00 >2015-01-26T13:52:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2z/2zpgu6dehaz3iw81.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In 1969 Reyner Banham in his book <a href="http://books.google.es/books/about/Architecture_of_the_Well_Tempered_Enviro.html?id=kkI5pgQHM7cC&amp;redir_esc=y" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The Architecture of the Well-tempered Environment</strong></a> marked the shift between the concept of interior to that of an artificial environment. Technology and new human needs in fact had become an integral part of architecture, defining a new paradigm to describe indoor space, that it was not any longer a concern of the singular living-cell but rather of its internal atmosphere.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/426c6j0qhtct7gsi.jpg"></p><p>The <strong><a href="http://www.monu-magazine.com/issues.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">issue 21 of MONU</a></strong> describes the current development and the extreme consequences of what this Interior Urbanism means. As <a href="http://cargocollective.com/brendancormier" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em><strong>Brendan Cormier</strong></em></a><em> </em>emphasizes in his article <strong>Some Notes Towards an Interior Archipelago</strong>: &ldquo;90% of our lives are spent inside. Urban life is an interior affair.&rdquo; This statement manifests the necessity to invert the canonical approach to read and plan cities, unfolding a new possible stream of research which considers how architecture affects our everyday life.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pt/ptg020ff9sza3ven.jpg"></p><p>Climate, or the need to erase the atmospheric conditions, is one of the trigger factors of the production o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119069722/editor-s-picks-402 Editor's Picks #402 Nam Henderson 2015-01-24T20:42:00-05:00 >2015-01-25T17:51:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f1/f1ddke0646ev8nae.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;penned an essay on <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/117976955/white-space-the-architecture-of-the-art-fair" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">White Space: The Architecture of the Art Fair</a>, "<em>the so-called photographic-seamless</em>" and "<em>The aura of art works</em>".</p><p>&nbsp;His conclusion &nbsp;"<em>Art exists now in a strange truce, in which an object is used as the establishing point for a market as much as the market is used as the establishing mechanism of the object</em>".</p><p><strong>Olaf Design Ninja_</strong> &nbsp;thought it was a "<em>hefty piece</em>" and posed the question "<em>so now that the containers of art became art, the architecture, the art has moved on?</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jy/jynqyrbwqi8gjof1.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/117968112/upstarts-four-o-nine-architecture-and-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrei Zerebecky (left) and Lukasz Kos of Shanghai-based architectural firm Four O Nine</a>, for the latest edition of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/11336/upstarts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UpStarts</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u3/u3cfkq7lzb34ppds.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>CurbedLA <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118346265/thom-mayne-razing-ray-bradbury-s-house-to-build-his-own" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reported</a> that Ray Bradbury&rsquo;s home was demolished by architect Thom Mayne.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/22610164/eric-chavkin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Chavkin</a>&nbsp;was a "<em>friend and client</em>" of Bradbury and sorry to see the "<em>house go</em>".</p><p>For his part, <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;believed "<em>Three underground levels is pretty curious and strong....Going down three floors in Los Angeles is unusual and very artistic concept....</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119044780/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-furniture-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Furniture" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-01-23T15:43:00-05:00 >2015-01-24T03:02:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/je/je1g8r984o132ll6.jpg" width="514" height="766" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People </a>profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip: </strong>use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/furniture/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Furniture</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ia/iawrabnszgdfl3mu.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/i29ia/project/office-04-tribal-ddb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">office 04 / Tribal DDB</a> in Amsterdam, the Netherlands by <a href="http://archinect.com/i29ia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">i29 interior architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1j/1jrr7867cg7jw5jt.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/108610895/rua/108618115" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rua</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/larusdesign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LARUS DESIGN</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2s/2s6rc1rqxvw5ajfg.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/38193635/mit-beaver-works/106633555" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT Beaver</a> Works in Cambridge, MA by <a href="http://archinect.com/mergearchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Merge Architects</a>; Photo: John Horner Photography/David Bragdon</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jc/jc5ald6b7zbkm68t.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/rise/project/classroom-2-everywhere2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Classroom 2 Everywhere</a> in New York, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rise Projects LLC</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e3/e3q47u5rx49f0yu0.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/56904349/woods-loft/109636293" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Woods Loft</a> in New York, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/56904349/specht-harpman" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Specht Harpman</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yv/yvcj5acxbwbdl1sw.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/111113741/bottles-congress/111161076" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bottles' Congress</a> in Braga, Portugal by <a href="http://archinect.com/tiagodovalearqtos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tiago do Vale Arquitectos</a>; Photo: Jo&atilde;o Morgado</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nl/nlsu6zdzq0as0jit.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/AlfredoPimentel/project/skel_bench" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SKEL_Bench</a> in Cambridge, MA by <a href="http://archinect.com/AlfredoPimentel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alfredo Pimentel</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/br/br3rfesjz5ke790s.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/81147630/giving-shelter-benefit-for-fixnation/109727976" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Giving Shelter" Benefit for FixNation (a.k.a. the "Cat Condo")</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/58779921/rnl-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">team RNL</a> (Jeffrey Anglada, <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/81147630/giving-shelter-benefit-for-fixnation/109727976" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Joshua Reitz</a>, James Sarratori, Colin Winchell); Photo: Grey Crawford</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5t/5ti9b64ja78rqnpz.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118901374/mapping-the-city-maps-through-the-eyes-of-street-artists Mapping the City: maps through the eyes of street artists Alexander Walter 2015-01-21T17:53:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:26:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4h/4hlswys1ear0f2l6.jpg" width="514" height="272" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Street artists are showing how they&rsquo;d map cities differently in a new show that lets visitors step into their clandestine worlds. [...] Mapping the City, an exhibition of the responses by 50 international street artists to being asked to map their cities &ldquo;through subjective surveying rather than objective ordinance&rdquo;. Conventional cartography this is not.</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/118824259/the-vipp-shelter-joins-the-industrial-chic-prefab-housing-market The VIPP Shelter joins the industrial-chic prefab housing market Justine Testado 2015-01-20T18:28:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T18:16:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i1/i1c9lj7lsm5pwveb.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Not long after <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112805150/muji-s-prefab-vertical-house-now-available-for-japanese-residences" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Muji's Vertical House</a> and Philippe Starck + Riko's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111358122/philippe-starck-riko-realizes-first-prototype-of-custom-eco-prefab-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">eco-prefab house</a>, Danish lifestyle brand <a href="http://www.vipp.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VIPP</a>&nbsp;&mdash; who is best known for their bins and kitchenware&nbsp;&mdash; recently launched their own industrial-chic prefab known as the VIPP Shelter. The VIPP Shelter is a 55 m2, galvanized steel "container house" designed as a getaway retreat that complements VIPP's houseware products inside and various remote natural landscapes.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kb/kbx67ac5bt5ll81n.jpg"></p><p>The two-story prefab structure is delivered in two containers and assembled on site in a matter of days. The house can accommodate up to four people, and is also equipped with furniture, lighting, tables, towels, and bed linens. It also has electrical floor heating and a centrally located fireplace. VIPP Shelter prices start at $585,000 (&euro;485,000) with a delivery time of six months plus freight + installation.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wa/waeglqkajfglvk9l.jpg"></p><p>Another feature of the VIPP Shelter is&nbsp;Architectural Solutions' PanoramAH! Series 38 sliding windows on two of the house's four sides on the main level. One si...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118811331/seeking-identity-through-city-fonts Seeking identity through city fonts Alexander Walter 2015-01-20T13:53:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T18:17:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4e/4e3102bbf699e9632df70e2284917a74.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Decimated by manufacturing losses, some smaller cities are turning for help to an unlikely group of people: typeface designers. Can new fonts really breathe life into the postindustrial city? [...] Type has a lot of effect on the atmosphere of a place, he says, calling it &ldquo;the voice of the city&rdquo;: &ldquo;I think cities that don&rsquo;t have this very dynamic energy, they don&rsquo;t feel the need to change their identity.&rdquo;</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/118428219/111-west-57th-street-the-world-s-skinniest-tower-will-also-be-the-hemisphere-s-tallest-residential-building 111 West 57th Street: The World’s Skinniest Tower Will Also Be the Hemisphere’s Tallest Residential Building aa6sqft 2015-01-15T14:19:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:47:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2m/2mzrkvu09mptrb1r.jpg" width="514" height="236" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>That&rsquo;s a lot of accolades for one building, but the SHoP Architects-designed tower at 111 West 57th Street is looking to sweep the supertall competition. Originally planned to rise 1,397 feet, the tower will now soar to 1,421 feet, surpassing 432 Park Avenue (the current tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere) by 24 feet, according to city records uncovered by Crain&rsquo;s. It will also retain its title as the world&rsquo;s slenderest tower.</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/118342247/oamaru-is-a-new-zealand-town-dedicated-to-steampunk Oamaru is a New Zealand town dedicated to steampunk Archinect 2015-01-14T11:44:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:34:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/12/1270f0fbfd6cd63175381002321ccc8a.jpg" width="514" height="269" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We went to Oamaru, New Zealand to see the blue penguins (and they were super cute), but it was the town's dedication to Steampunk that really got us fired up.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Forget <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115279170/this-new-steampunk-luxury-apartment-building-for-new-york-should-fill-you-with-unbearable-shame" target="_blank">steampunk condos</a>, New Zealand has it's own steampunk town.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118272300/textscape-depicts-the-evolution-of-printing-in-3d-printed-documents "Textscape" depicts the evolution of printing in 3D-printed documents Justine Testado 2015-01-13T14:00:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T20:51:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lc/lcbuu9ucsgwak7kp.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"Textscape" by interdisciplinary artist and University of Hawaii at Manoa educator <a href="http://hongtaozhou.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hongtao Zhou</a> is a visually engaging work of 3D text documents that nods to one of the Four Great Inventions of Ancient China: printing. The letter-sized documents examine how the role of printing has shifted from duplicating text to producing objects, thanks to the rise of 3D printing.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o7/o76g9n0uhs990nlq.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x7/x70phbhktqzm04jl.jpg"></p><p>Reflecting Zhou's background in furniture design, sculptural installation, and architecture, the documents are 3D depictions of their respective subject matters, such as cities or landscapes.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/49/49xes0wl2upu0is3.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7p/7p6pjtve4steabcl.jpg"></p><p>Zhou&nbsp;&mdash; and a group of participating artists consisting of Tyler Francisco, Rhealyn Dalere and Chin Fang Chen from the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture&nbsp;&mdash; created additional Textscapes "written" in braille, different languages, calligraphies, and number systems with the intention to turn the pastime of reading into an interactive process and into works of art that can be widely appreciated.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118194332/relax-on-kepler-16b-where-your-shadow-always-has-company Relax on Kepler-16b: Where Your Shadow Always Has Company Nicholas Korody 2015-01-12T13:39:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T20:41:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pk/pk6zrbphelj29f6b.jpg" width="514" height="742" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Remember the memorable double sunset on the desert planet Tatooine in the original Star Wars? As it turns out, such a vista isn't unimaginable &ndash; if you can get to Kepler-16b, an exoplanet about 196 light years away. Of course, if you did get there, you might be disappointed to find that the planet is actually a gas giant, or that its temperature is close to that of dry ice.</p><p>One of a thousand such exoplanets recently discovered by NASA, Kepler-16b has been commemorated in a poster designed by&nbsp;Joby Harris, David Delgado and Dan Goods. In a style reminiscent of early 20th-century travel advertisements, the poster is part of a <a href="http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/images" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">series</a> that playfully celebrates the exciting discoveries that have been made by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kepler_%28spacecraft%29" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kepler telescope</a>, launched in 2009 to discover Earth-like planets. Published under the guise of the fictional "Exoplanet Travel Bureau," the posters help bring the excitement of the project into legible terms for us layfolk.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ld/ld796dlp2i03gmwa.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>"Experience the gravity of HD 40307G," a "super planet" with ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118036299/ole-bouman-appointed-as-director-of-shekou-design-museum Ole Bouman appointed as Director of Shekou Design Museum Orhan Ayyüce 2015-01-10T20:18:00-05:00 >2015-01-10T20:39:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iv/ivu8q8x97lduwke9.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>China Merchants Group (CMG) has appointed Ole Bouman as Director of the Shekou Design Museum in Shenzhen, a project being developed in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&amp;A) to become a major design hub for China. Bouman will take up his new role from the beginning of January 2015.</p><p>Bouman is a cultural historian, editor and critic, and cross-disciplinary curator who was formerly the Director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute (2007-2013), and the Creative Director of the fifth Shenzhen Architecture and Urbanism Biennale in 2013/14. Bouman will head up a small founding team in Shenzhen comprising Zhao Rong as Project Manager and Yuan Man and Wu Sichao as Project Assistants.</p><p>Zhang Lin, Vice General Manager of China Merchants Property Development, said: &ldquo;I am delighted to welcome Ole Bouman as the Director of the Shekou Design Museum. He has a strong track record of finding innovative formats to produce, present, explore and discuss design, which we believe will b...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117825945/students-branch-out-with-algorithms-and-natural-forms-for-aa-summer-dlab-white Students branch out with algorithms and natural forms for AA Summer DLAB::WHITE Justine Testado 2015-01-07T20:04:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:45:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1v/1v4s4mix8hm4d42f.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Resembling the surrounding tree trunks in London's Hooke Park forest, the Callipod installation was created by a group of 18 students who participated in the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/298/architectural-association-school-of-architecture-aa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA School of Architecture</a>'s Summer DLAB::WHITE at AA London and AA Hooke Parke for nearly three weeks last summer. Students in the yearly summer workshop explore algorithmic/generative design methodologies fused with large-scale digital fabrication tools that aim to enhance architectural design. Following the Summer DLAB's color-based agenda, WHITE focused on investigating organic formation processes and reinventing them through architectonic structures.</p><p>In the first phase of the workshop, students designed their own proposals that had to include an algorithmic process with a logical approach in the design in addition to illustrating how each concept will be fabricated at a certain scale. The concepts that students developed were then applied in the second phase of realizing the paleolithic-looking Callipod in a span of one week...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117666807/a-glimpse-on-the-changing-state-of-religious-architecture-in-the-latest-faith-form-ifraa-awards A glimpse on the changing state of religious architecture in the latest Faith&Form/IFRAA Awards Justine Testado 2015-01-05T20:26:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:51:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6f/6fyc68zhehwj6j4b.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Religious architecture is a typology where the traditional and the contemporary can easily clash, but it is possible to create harmony between the two, as seen in the <a href="http://faithandform.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Faith &amp; Form</em></a>/IFRAA Awards. The annual awards program not only showcases a glimpse of the wide range of religious architecture around the globe, it also poses the question of how architects can rethink a sacred congregational space that is suitable for the evolving state of present-day religious practice.</p><p>According to <em>Faith &amp; Form</em> editor-in-chief Michael J. Crosbie, the jury of the latest edition of the Awards -- Terry Byrd Eason (liturgical designer, jury chair); Michael Berkowicz (artist); Craig Rafferty (architect); Doug Johnston (architect); and Rev. Robb Webb (clergy) --&nbsp; were most impressed with the diversity of architectural styles and overall sophistication of the 134 submissions, regardless if they were small or large, modest or opulent.</p><p>Compared to 19 winners last year, a total of 32 projects were awarded this t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116670700/27-weird-and-compelling-architectural-evolutions-of-2014 27 weird and compelling architectural evolutions of 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-30T11:30:00-05:00 >2015-01-05T18:27:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dt/dtgnui0hwz0kjgmp.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Technofuturism:</strong></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/111205340/aftershock-4-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-neuroscientific-architecture-research" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aftershock #4: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neuroscientific Architecture Research</a>: Bringing the brain into evidence-based design, one EEG-measured d&eacute;rive at a time. Reporting from the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture's conference in San Diego, California.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106023362/working-out-of-the-box-francis-tsai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box: Francis Tsai</a>: Tsai was diagnosed with ALS far before the ice bucket challenge, and despite his total-body atrophy, is able to continue drawing as a videogames and comics artist using a special camera that tracks his eye movements and translates them into digital drawing commands.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ea/eae56wnbv1kbsfoz.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105808748/martha-stewart-in-the-age-of-drone-photography" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martha Stewart in the age of drone photography</a>: Through war, Amazon deliveries and Dronestagram, Martha unilaterally loves her drone.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102156079/neural-cartography-mapping-the-brain-s-response-to-dumbo-in-brooklyn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neural Cartography: Mapping the Brain's Response to DUMBO in Brooklyn</a>: One of the jet-setters investing in neuroscientific research for architecture and urbanism, the Van Alen Institute teams up with Columbia's GSAPP to create mental maps of DUMBO.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Protesting:</strong></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/99365040/screen-print-15-sophie-yanow-s-war-of-streets-and-houses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Screen/Prin...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116669096/the-year-2014-in-architectural-activism The Year 2014 in Architectural Activism Alexander Walter 2014-12-29T10:00:00-05:00 >2015-01-02T15:28:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cf/cfhkrk9lss8c2bp1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Let's admit it, we architects much too often get lost in narcissistic own-horn-tooting, passionate ego-inflating, disillusioned navel-gazing, vile shit-flinging or simply in the mundane day-to-day operations for the paying clientele.&nbsp;</p><p>But all is not completely lost thanks to the tireless work and burning passion of individuals and groups around the world seeking the greater good, putting humanity first, improving this planet one initiative at a time.&nbsp;</p><p>Topics we had the honor of reporting about on Archinect &amp; Bustler this year ranged from the Israel-Gaza conflict, Syrian refugee crisis, Ukrainian revolution, climate change, historic preservation, #folkmoma, abortion clinics and affordable housing all the way to still very recent issues like the Ebola epidemic and Ferguson protests.</p><p>Following is my personal (and hopelessly incomplete) list of noteworthy and much-discussed examples of architectural activism on Archinect &amp; Bustler in 2014:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106870325/exhibition-explores-the-design-of-protest-movements" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Exhibition Explores the Design of Protest Movements...</strong></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116890360/inaba-s-flatiron-plaza-installation-adds-a-frame-to-nyc-landmarks INABA's Flatiron Plaza installation adds a frame to NYC landmarks Archinect 2014-12-26T17:27:00-05:00 >2014-12-28T16:57:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/st/stolxnmwlp849ole.jpg" width="514" height="818" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Back in September, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109588117/inaba-wins-first-ever-flatiron-plaza-holiday-design-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect published</a> <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106366/inaba-inc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">INABA</a>'s winning entry for the first-ever <a href="http://www.flatirondistrict.nyc/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flatiron Plaza Holiday Design Competition</a>. Titled "New York Light," the public artwork was recently installed for the holidays and is now open to the public on...well<em>, Flatiron Plaza</em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u3/u3xibhbirla52fc3.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s3/s3hhg52v4f7tq1pf.jpg"></p><p><strong>Project description from <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106366/inaba-inc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">INABA</a>:</strong></p><p>The Flatiron Plaza is a unique space in New York.</p><p>Standing in the middle of the plaza people can see two of the city&rsquo;s great landmarks: the Flatiron and Empire State buildings. It is a place to experience the magnificence of Manhattan&rsquo;s urban plan &ndash; with a dramatic view of Broadway cutting diagonally through the famous grid. And because Madison Square Park creates a clearing in the urban fabric, the plaza is one of the few places in the heart of the city to see the skyline from street level.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7aua7txodlzqtpdc.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jv/jvwtqa4a29i1sb5z.jpg"></p><p>Our public art installation &lsquo;New York Light&rsquo; pays tribute to the special urban experiences from this one-of-a-kind vantage point. Designed to echo the form of the plaza&rsquo;s namesake building, the prow of the st...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116581637/libraries-without-borders-creates-kit-for-refugee-camps Libraries Without Borders Creates Kit For Refugee Camps Nicholas Korody 2014-12-22T15:10:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T21:40:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a4/a4758298cb6e9f0bad57cab88a6d90c4.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A typical library can take years to build. But a new library kit, designed to travel to remote refugee camps or disaster zones, can come together in less than 20 minutes. The Ideas Box...fits the equivalent of a small-town library on two standard shipping pallets. It comes with books and e-readers, tablets, laptops, cameras and other creative tools... Since camps might not have internet access or power, it comes with its own. The boxes that hold all of the devices convert into tables and chairs.</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/116362713/urban-land-institute-issues-recommendations-for-houston-s-astrodome Urban Land Institute issues recommendations for Houston's Astrodome Natalya Egon 2014-12-19T19:06:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T21:24:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6v/6vkl27gnn8f1pt6c.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The latest proposal for the aging Astrodome calls for converting the structure into an indoor park and civic space, including an indoor grassy lawn and an outdoor promenade lined with oak trees. An Urban Land Institute panel, comprised of urban planners, economists and designers from around the country, released its preliminary recommendations Friday at the NRG Center."</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/116360308/berkeley-researchers-solve-the-mystery-of-the-ultra-strong-and-durable-ancient-roman-concrete Berkeley researchers solve the mystery of the ultra-strong and durable ancient Roman concrete Archinect 2014-12-19T18:10:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T21:48:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ha/ha84t3ys87i9u39s.jpg" width="514" height="414" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The mortar resists microcracking through in situ crystallization of platy str&auml;tlingite, a durable calcium-alumino-silicate mineral that reinforces interfacial zones and the cementitious matrix. The dense intergrowths of the platy crystals obstruct crack propagation and preserve cohesion at the micron scale, which in turn enables the concrete to maintain its chemical resilience and structural integrity in a seismically active environment at the millennial scale.</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/116352277/choi-shine-s-bit-light-lets-you-create-a-multitude-of-illuminated-sculptures Choi + Shine's BIT Light lets you create a multitude of illuminated sculptures Justine Testado 2014-12-19T16:33:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T21:32:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tm/tmf6jflkv6rlt20a.jpg" width="514" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/86364/choi-shine-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Choi + Shine Architects</a>, who envisioned the beautiful <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100460/choi-shine-wins-bsa-unbuilt-architecture-award-for-land-of-giants" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Land of Giants</em> in 2010</a>, developed a new lighting system called the BIT Light&trade;. BIT's name is primarily derived from the Korean word for light (&#48731;) which is somewhat pronounced like "bit" in English. It also stands for Bulb with Integrated Technology and describes its fun modular design.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e9/e92yqrbj9drww812.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6d8q2owzd0m2607k.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vy/vyqbuceb46l6au6t.jpg"></p><p>Each BIT light consists of a low-voltage LED light source encased in a translucent polycarbonate shell. Magnetic connectors enable multiple BITs to be physically and electrically linked to each other and to a power source, while letting users get creative and arrange the lights in literally hundreds of forms. BIT's user-friendly design also makes it easier to adjust the amount of illumination inside a space without needing advanced technical skills or professional assistance.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p9/p9jhs5fcy8cjeh6c.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/il/ilkzx5tg7uv0d9d2.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b9w9u1ov3vd4tje4.jpg"></p><p>Choi + Shine is currently working on adding more colors, forms, materials, and connectors to the mix.</p><p>Learn more about the BIT Light <a href="http://www.thebitlight.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100460/choi-shine-wins-bsa-unbuilt-architecture-award-for-land-of-giants" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Choi+Shine wins BSA Unbuilt Arc...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116345045/downtown-la-fire-determined-to-be-arson-architecture-hate-crime Downtown LA fire determined to be arson... Architecture hate crime? Archinect 2014-12-19T13:18:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T13:22:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7f/7f052d629be835d46d9fbe9b834aad5c.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The ATF national response team, at the end of its investigation, reaches one of three conclusions &ndash; incendiary, accidental, or undetermined. Given Thursday&rsquo;s conclusion that the fire was determined to be "incendiary," or deliberately set, local authorities will probably launch an arson investigation to identify those responsible for the blaze.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115492470/huge-downtown-los-angeles-fire-burns-towering-apartment-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Huge downtown Los Angeles fire burns towering apartment project</a></p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116192544/bureau-a-s-swiss-alpine-cabin-lets-you-camp-out-inside-a-boulder BUREAU A's Swiss alpine cabin lets you camp out inside a boulder Justine Testado 2014-12-17T14:49:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T19:17:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j1/j1q3be5039usc5jg.jpg" width="514" height="657" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Up in the slopes of the Swiss village Verbier in the Alps, <a href="http://a-bureau.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BUREAU A</a>'s "Antoine" is a little wooden cabin hidden inside a concrete rock that camouflages with its environment. Inspired by Swiss cultural elements like the literature of iconic writer Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, hidden bunkers, and the unique experience of living in an alpine landscape, "Antoine" looks like one comfy, cool space to get away from it all &mdash; with a hint of adventure.</p><p>BUREAU A provided more detail into their latest project:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hd/hd3gcrk7s0kp0mf7.jpg"></p><p>"The mountains have the power to call for feelings of fascination and fear at the same time. Switzerland has a strong tradition of observing the Alps, living with them, hiding inside them. The awe and the anxiety that this monumental landscape appeals is reflected in the writings of Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, one of the most important Swiss writers. His novels, Derborence, describes the massive rock fall that covered the pastures of the valley of Lizerne in 1714. Antoine, the main character, surv...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116118701/wired-looks-at-ground-truth-google-s-initiative-to-improve-maps-accuracy Wired looks at "Ground Truth", Google's initiative to improve Maps accuracy Alexander Walter 2014-12-16T14:53:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:18:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c6/c620eeefa919237737e5156870d1e4dc.jpg" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On a recent visit to Mountain View, I got a peek at how the Google Maps team&nbsp;assembles their maps and refines them with a combination of algorithms and meticulous manual labor&mdash;an effort they call Ground Truth. The project launched in 2008, but it was mostly kept under wraps until just a couple years ago. It&nbsp;continues to grow, now covering 51 countries, and algorithms are playing a bigger role in extracting information from satellite, aerial, and Street View imagery.</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/116056869/stereotank-s-heartbeat-wins-2015-times-square-valentine-heart-design Stereotank’s HEARTBEAT wins 2015 Times Square Valentine Heart Design Alexander Walter 2014-12-15T19:38:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:19:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xt/xtxjqhg5x4sea2cb.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Here's one for you lovers out there: in the annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design contest, Brooklyn-based, Venezuelan-born firm Stereotank just came out as the winner with their entry "HEARTBEAT." The interactive installation is scheduled to open for an entire month to couples and singles alike on February 9.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f3/f34k5n6xppvjviy4.jpg"></p><p>More information on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/stereotanks_heartbeat_wins_2015_times_square_valentine_heart_design/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115976543/architect-eli-attia-sues-google-for-stealing-invention-that-streamlines-design-and-construction Architect Eli Attia sues Google for stealing invention that streamlines design and construction Archinect 2014-12-14T18:36:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:35:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bc/bc8d37a2645bed60e230eb992386001c.jpg" width="514" height="252" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The suit charges that Google and senior executives stole Eli Attia's invention, which is a technology that shortens and makes significantly cheaper the design and construction process, mainly for high-rise and large buildings. Google estimates that the invention has potential revenue of $120 billion annually.</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/115736681/how-to-depict-the-rules-of-attraction-according-to-the-parador-film How to depict the rules of attraction, according to the PARADOR film Justine Testado 2014-12-11T18:07:00-05:00 >2014-12-12T13:59:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0j/0jkt16on66svkuuh.jpg" width="514" height="241" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>PARADOR is a collaborative project by Paris-based architect <a href="http://davidtajchman.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Tajchman</a> and&nbsp; filmmaker <a href="http://www.benjaminseroussi.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Benjamin Seroussi</a> that fuses each of their signature styles and specialties. Starring dancer Olivier Mathieu and model Katya Pushkina, the short film's theme touches on the "complex rules of attraction and repulsion that end up creating energy, shape evolution, and anti-gravity," as mentioned on Tajchman's website.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lx/lx2jbx0z1nr0edl1.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0f/0fwljlikmcwbt0a6.jpg"></p><p>Seroussi's experience in fashion film and music videos is obvious in PARADOR, which uses strong angles and slow-paced panning techniques seen in high-end fashion ads on TV. Mathieu and Pushkina, in all their conventionally attractive physical features, are decoratively armored in tetrahedral structures as they dance and pose around each other like two birds engaged in a courtship display. The futuristic structures they wear&nbsp;&mdash; which Tajchman and the design team created&nbsp;&mdash; hint at Tajchman's work methods of using digital tools and handcrafted models.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ws/wsvoy4g1yotn2vtw.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/du/duqtq1zyenwc0ssx.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cb/cb9uwnrmb7exp0g2.jpg"></p><p><strong>Watch the film in its entirety right b...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115724601/american-museum-of-natural-history-plans-an-addition-by-studio-gang American Museum of Natural History Plans an Addition by Studio Gang Natalya Egon 2014-12-11T13:44:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:37:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0d/0dperfooxvxayzon.jpg" width="514" height="512" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Museum of Natural History, a sprawling hodgepodge of a complex occupying nearly four city blocks, is planning another major transformation, this time along Columbus Avenue: a $325 million, six-story addition designed to foster the institution&rsquo;s expanding role as a center for scientific research and education...</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/115634657/international-olympic-committee-releases-first-images-of-new-hq-designed-by-3xn International Olympic Committee Releases First Images of New HQ Designed by 3XN stm@3xn.dk 2014-12-10T11:14:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:10:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oc/ocrsotve25dbfx5z.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The International Olympic Committee (IOC) selected 3XN to design its new headquarters after a multi-stage, international architectural competition that concluded earlier this year. The IOC and 3XN have now released the first renderings of the project, which is located on a 24,000sm site on the banks of Lake Geneva in Lausanne, Switzerland. The new building will bring together 600 employees currently working in disparate offices throughout the city<em>. </em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3r/3rp95hp8tmehnk2b.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;In recognition of the symbolism of the Olympic Games and needs of the organization, we designed the new IOC headquarters around three key elements: movement, flexibility and sustainability,&rdquo; said Jan Ammundsen, Senior Partner with 3XN. &ldquo;With its dynamic, undulating fa&ccedil;ade, the building will appear different from all angles and convey the energy of an athlete in motion. Its interior is designed with as few structural constraints as possible. This open and flexible environment will adapt to multiple work styles now and in the future. Our d...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115592953/building-a-collaborative-jig-saw-pavilion-at-the-media-and-architecture-biennale-in-aarhus Building a collaborative jig-saw pavilion at the Media and Architecture Biennale in Aarhus Justine Testado 2014-12-09T20:51:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:10:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lc/lctfdoc7igfva7x3.jpg" width="514" height="266" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"Programming Natural Affect" was one of the collaborative workshops during the <a href="http://mab14.mediaarchitecture.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Media and Architecture Bienniale 2014</a> last month in Aarhus, Denmark. Organized by Anna Ulak and Philipp Rahlenbeck of <a href="http://www.openconstructs.ca/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">openconstructs</a>, the workshop focused on fusing the organic properties of nature and the built urban environment through new media and architecture.</p><p>Participants learned about combining analog and digital production methods as they worked with each other and the organizers in building a small prefabricated pavilion. At the end of the workshop, the pavilion was displayed in the Main Exhibition during the Bienniale.</p><p>Ulak shared further project details below:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zp/zp5z2msfwtwd8sod.jpg"></p><p>"Rather than trying to fully control/manage the relationship between the natural and built environment with computation (and its metaphors), this proposal sets out to augment the natural world. Thus creating artificial environments that evokes the organic. An architecture that artificially amplifies the experiences of nature that is diminish...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115573667/winners-of-the-tiny-modernism-designer-shirt-giveaway-battle-it-out-with-architectural-heavyweights Winners of the Tiny Modernism 'designer shirt' giveaway battle it out with architectural heavyweights Archinect 2014-12-09T13:52:00-05:00 >2014-12-09T19:31:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ot/othau0qvb2x1ail9.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We're excited to announce the three lucky winners of Archinect's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114977286/win-a-tiny-modernism-designer-shirt-for-your-future-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">giveaway contest</a> in collaboration with <a href="http://tinymodernism.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tiny Modernism</a>.</p><p>In order to win one of the adorable architectural toddler t-shirts and baby onesies, we had asked you to tell us which dream combination of any four architects would adorn <em>your </em>shirt.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9p/9pe9071xj38x47yp.jpg"></p><p><em>REM &amp; NORMAN &amp; RENZO &amp; JEAN, TADAO &amp; KENZO &amp; SHIGERU &amp; TOYO and ZAHA &amp; FRANK &amp; DANIEL &amp; THOM kids t-shirts by Tiny Modernism.</em></p><p>The responses in the comment section were smart and plentiful, and we surely had a tough time picking our favorites. Upon heated deliberation, and a few deflated egos, we've finally settled on this list of winners:</p><ul><li><strong>CMPickard: </strong>Denise &amp; Anne &amp; Jeanne &amp; Kazuyo</li><li><strong>pencrush: </strong>Louis &amp; Marcel &amp; Peter &amp; Wolf&nbsp;</li><li><strong>b3tadine[sutures]: </strong>Peter &amp; Michael &amp; Charles &amp; John &amp; Richard <em>[Sorry, had to do NY 5]</em></li></ul><p>Congrats to you three (we'll be in touch with you shortly), and thanks to everyone that participated in the giveaway!</p>...