Archinect - News 2015-10-13T22:35:31-04:00 An environmental psychologist on why boring design is bad for your health Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-13T13:44:00-04:00 >2015-10-13T21:27:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>boring environments can generate stress, impulsivity, lowered levels of positive affect, and risky behaviour. [...] based on well-understood principles of neuroplasticity and on what is known of the effects of deprivation and enrichment in other more extreme settings ... there is every reason to believe that these sterile, homogeneous environments are exerting a measurable effect on our behaviour [...] Given this, the prudent design of city streets and buildings is a matter of public health.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the intersection of urban design and mental health:</p><ul><li><a title="How urban designers can better address mental health in their work, according to a new think tank" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How urban designers can better address mental health in their work, according to a new think tank</a></li><li><a title="Mindy Thompson Fullilove is a psychiatrist for cities" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mindy Thompson Fullilove is a psychiatrist for cities</a></li><li><a title="Preventing disease and upholding public health through architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Preventing disease and upholding public health through architecture</a></li><li><a title="It's official: trees are good for your health" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's official: trees are good for your health</a></li></ul> Get your tickets to the 2015 Core77 Conference before they're gone! Sponsor 2015-10-12T19:15:00-04:00 >2015-10-12T19:49:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Time is running out to get your ticket to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Core77 Conference, DESIGNING HERE/NOW</a>, taking place this October 22nd - 24th in Downtown Los Angeles. It's a full day of exploring the&nbsp;spaces between design disciplines where today's most impactful work is taking place. You don't want to miss this group of luminaries share thought provoking ideas that are years ahead of schedule.&nbsp;Their presentations will demonstrate new ways of thinking that changed what we make, the way we collaborate, how we conduct business and what the future will bring.</p><p>The DESIGNING HERE/NOW experience is rounded out with two parties, three field trips&nbsp;(including one that explores the architecture of downtown L.A.) and a Farewell Picnic, all exclusively for conference attendees.&nbsp;Tickets are running out so don't delay. Register now!&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: Andrés Jaque's "Superpowers of Ten" performance Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-12T18:45:00-04:00 >2015-10-13T12:43:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A sausage as tall as you are. A skin cell the size of a dinner plate. The universe, in a glittery fan. These are a few of the props used by Andr&eacute;s Jaque, founding architect of the Office for Political Innovation, in his "Superpowers of Ten" performance &ndash; a play staged on the ground floor of the Chicago Athletic Association during the opening weekend of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Inspired by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eames&rsquo; 1977 &ldquo;Powers of Ten&rdquo; film</a> (the same year the Biennial&rsquo;s namesake conference was held), the under-an-hour performance investigates the power of design to scale up, or down, into historic social and cultural sea changes.</p><p>Initially developed for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lisbon Architecture Triennial</a> in 2013, &ldquo;Superpowers&rdquo; is staged like a super-polemical elementary school play: a narrator guides actors, dressed in cartoonish cardboard or papier-m&acirc;ch&eacute; costumes, through stories of 20th century design history. The opening act plays direct homage to the Eames&rsquo; film, recreating the zooming in and out on the...</p> George King installs glowing string maze in former train underpass for Detroit Design Festival GeorgeKingArchitects 2015-10-12T13:30:00-04:00 >2015-10-12T13:31:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Lasermaze is an architectural installation formed from three miles of UV wool and over 3000 hand tied knots, suspended from an industrial structure of steel scaffolding and chains. Created for the 2015 Detroit Design Festival, Lasermaze is currently located along the Dequindre Cut, a former railway line in Detroit that has been converted to a greenway and walking track.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Lasermaze&rsquo;s playful structure invites visitors to get lost within a unique, surreal space as they journey towards the centre. The complex geometry of the form combined with the ethereal, semi-transparent nature of the walls adds to the challenge of this spatial puzzle. The dividing walls of the maze are formed from glowing string which creates a physical barrier but not an obviously visible one. Within the maze the layers of string and the barriers they form become almost imperceptible from each other, creating an overwhelming feeling of being lost within a distorted, surreal reality. In addition the unique glowing na...</p> Ikea and Airbnb: a match made in globalized heaven? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-12T13:30:00-04:00 >2015-10-12T14:17:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ikea is to Airbnb what oxpeckers are to rhinos and Donald Trump is to Fox News: a symbiotic partner. [...] It may seem perverse to stump for standardization when Airbnb is known for its diversity, with lodgings in not just chateaus and cute bungalows, but also tree houses and shoe houses. [...] But dig a little deeper and you&rsquo;ll find the cool lingua franca of Ikea permeating Airbnb&rsquo;s 1.5 million listings like fat marbling rib-eye steak.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Airbnb and Ikea have&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously collaborated</a>&nbsp;on a contest in Tempe, Australia, for shoppers (guests?) to spend the night in showrooms for $10. But the partnership that this piece's author is proposing seems to directly align Airbnb's practices with exactly what its opponents criticize most &ndash; that by aiming to make the tourist's accommodations as neutral as possible, hosts are becoming more like a franchised hotelier, without paying the accompanying taxes.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Airbnb to collect taxes in Paris" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb to collect taxes in Paris</a></li><li><a title="Why is Ikea a Non-profit?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why is Ikea a Non-profit?</a></li><li><a title="Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says</a></li><li><a title="Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames</a></li><li><a title="IKEA designs a better home for refugees" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IKEA designs a better home for refugees</a></li></ul> The Mars Ice House envisions the day Earthlings can live with ease atop the Martian surface Justine Testado 2015-10-10T11:52:00-04:00 >2015-10-11T00:46:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>So continues the space-age fantasy of humankind someday living successfully on the Red Planet, or undertaking expeditions to the far ends of the universe. In this spirit, NASA and America Makes' launched their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D Printed Habitat Challenge</a> late last year, wherein multi-disciplinary teams proposed shelters equipped to endure the environments of Mars and (eventually) deep-space exploration.</p><p>Following rigorous evaluations by the jury and a public showcase at the NYC World Maker Faire this past September, the eight-member Clouds AO + Space Exploration Architecture (SEArch) team took home the overall winning $25,000 prize with their "Mars Ice House" design, out of 30 finalist submissions.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Enticing sci-fi aesthetics aside, the Mars Ice House's optimistic approach focuses on interior-to-exterior terrestrial concepts that could enable inhabitants to live comfortably and in harmony on the Martian surface, instead of buried underneath and completely closed off. "The architecture of ICE HOUSE...e...</p> Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Student Work" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-10-09T21:03:00-04:00 >2015-10-12T14:49:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="505" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding student projects on various Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People </a>profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Student Work</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvesting Plasticity</a>, team thesis project by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kevin Clement</a> with Anders Rod</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tension</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lenore Roberts</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Graduate Thesis</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kathleen Dane</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Calibrating Fragmented Territories</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ishaan Kumar</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">B I (h) O M E</a> by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dami Olufowoshe</a> (Frame Team Project Designer / Manager / Builder) in collaboration with Dana Cuff of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a>'s cityLAB, Kevin Daly and Peter Nguyen of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kevin Daly Architects</a>, and student collaborators Andrew Akins, Garth Britzman, Dee Chang, Katie Chuh, Ciro Dimson, Adrien Forney, Kara Moore, Lyo Liu</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Public by Design: Auto-fabrication for a Contemporary Urban Physiognomy</a>, thesis by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michela Barone Lumaga</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drift Brothel</a> b...</p> AMO designs a "Timeless Ruin" for Miu Miu's 2016 S/S show Nicholas Korody 2015-10-09T15:19:00-04:00 >2015-10-13T01:14:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>AMO &ndash; the think tank counterpart to OMA &ndash; extensively works with fashion labels. They've designed stores and runways for brands like Prada and Miu Miu for years, crafting (often) conceptually-charged, and (always) visually-punchy environments to consume the latest and greatest sartorial inventions.</p><p>For the 2016 Spring/Summer Miu Miu show in Paris, AMO designed a large geometric volume &nbsp;clad in reflective industrial materials that served both as backdrop and pathway for the models, who walked around it on Wednesday.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Jammed into the hypostyle of August Perret's monumental Palais d'Iena, the structure &ndash; or folly &ndash; is intended to play off the architecture, both obscuring and offering glimpses of the building's famous tapered columns.<br><br>"Timeless Ruin" &ndash; as its called in the press announcement &ndash; is intended to introduce "a dramatic counterpart to the rigorous linearity of the Palais." It's a pleasant-enough name and probably intended to reflect AMO's thinking about Perret's architecture, but ...</p> Canary Wharf may be host to western Europe's tallest residential tower Julia Ingalls 2015-10-09T04:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T20:11:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="577" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Developer Greenland Group has submitted plans for a 67-storey tower that would provide 869 new homes on West India Quay. If approved, the building will be western Europe&rsquo;s tallest residential building at 241m.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOK</a>, the yet-to-be-approved tower would feature a west wing of affordable units, retail on the ground floor, and according to the rendering below, an incredible amount of sunshine:&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Long Island City ‘Micro’ Units Will Have Three Bedrooms Alyssa Alimurung 2015-10-08T17:45:00-04:00 >2015-10-10T10:44:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="392" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A micro apartment is typically less than 350 square feet, but the term &ldquo;micro&rdquo; is getting an expansion (figuratively and literally) in Long Island City. A new rental complex will offer 57 two- and three-bedroom units ranging from 490 to 735 square feet, according to the Wall Street Journal. The project at 37-10 Crescent Street is being developed by Ranger Properties.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Mastering behavioral master planning: inside The Global Studio Julia Ingalls 2015-10-08T17:07:00-04:00 >2015-10-09T09:23:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="206" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For his master's architecture thesis, Geoff Piper proposed reorganizing a Kenyan village with an estimated 70% HIV infection rate so that instead of being isolated in their post-colonial individual land plots, people would regularly cross paths. "There was a funeral every few days," Piper explains, "because for people living in these separate plots, it wasn't easy to grasp the extent of the [HIV] problem." By reorganizing the village to create more frequent public meetings, Piper hoped to raise awareness and stop the spread of the disease. A little over a decade later, Piper is now one of the six principal members of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Global Studio</a>, a collaborative design-build organization that teams with non-profits to master plan settlements around the world. The Global Studio's expertise isn't just technical: it's the rare and difficult art of working successfully with people, whether it's the particular culture of non-profits, tenant farmers, or savvy village teens.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"We're willing and try ver...</p> Frank Gehry designs his first yacht, "Foggy" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-08T13:15:00-04:00 >2015-10-09T08:53:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Fashioned out of traditional larch wood but accented with titanium and a glass latticework that glimmers like a school of fish, she looked schizophrenic, a hybrid of past and future. [...] Gehry is an avid yachtsman, and sailing informs much of his most famous work&mdash;think of the billowing motif of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, New York's IAC building, and, most recently, the Louis Vuitton Foundation [...] "On a boat like this, it's about romance and romantic encounters," the architect says.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It took him nearly 87 years, but Frank Gehry has finally designed his first yacht, for developer Richard Cohen &ndash; joining the ranks of <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CB0QFjAAahUKEwjfsY_TrrPIAhWNNYgKHQnXDGY&amp;;usg=AFQjCNFnq44NcMkyoSmEBRAxQA8Y4kS3BA&amp;sig2=UDxLx44xsS6FkOBgtxUNtA&amp;bvm=bv.104615367,d.cGU" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>, <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CB0QFjAAahUKEwjKwK_arrPIAhVLMogKHbeOBhI&amp;;usg=AFQjCNExDuVHrYqYBfro_R36yg3miY6IUA&amp;sig2=JDDCurEL0yRt9OeF5uXp0Q" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster</a>, Renzo Piano and John Pawson who have all taken a stab at nautical design.&nbsp;Gehry's personal sailboat, a Beneteau First 44.7 named&nbsp;"Foggy 1", resides in Marina del Rey.</p><p>Check out more shots of the boat and its interior in the image gallery.</p> Southwark planners nix 'crude and literal' rocket-shaped flats Julia Ingalls 2015-10-08T04:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T12:12:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Planners have panned a rocket-shaped tower proposed for a site in Southwark by Russian practice Studio 44, saying it would be a &lsquo;wilfully insensitive insertion on the skyline&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio 44</a>'s Russian-investment-backed apartment scheme, which was based on Yuri Gagarin's 1961 space flight, has been scathingly rejected by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southwark</a> planners. The developer and designers behind the proposed 30-flat development (which made no provisions for affordable housing, despite having enough units to do so) apparently did not heed the warnings of planners during the 2011 pre-application submission, when planners indicated that the design likely wouldn't fly.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Images via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p> Photos (and video) of Amanda Levete's MPavilion Julia Ingalls 2015-10-07T20:40:00-04:00 >2015-10-07T20:45:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 2015 pavilion, founded and commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, was designed by AL_A, the studio of award-winning British architect Amanda Levete. The pavilion is made up of 13 large and 30 smaller petal-like shades, supported by four metre high columns.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Made from carbon fiber poles and roof petals, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amanda Levete's newly opened MPavilion</a> (which runs through February 7th, 2016) also has an acoustic component, courtesy composer&nbsp;Matthias Schack-Arnott of Speak Percussion.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Sunset Ritual," as the L.E.D. lighting and music show is known, welcomes the night in Melbourne, Australia.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Check out a far more swooping, aurally pleasing view of the MPavilion in this video:</p> Hello Wood's "Project Village" shifts architectural focus from urban to rural Julia Ingalls 2015-10-07T13:41:00-04:00 >2015-10-07T13:57:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is a village? More importantly, how rapidly can one be formed? The 150 academics, students and practicing architects participating in Project Village set out to answer these questions by constructing an entire community in a week, including a stage, a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pub</a>, and a residential building.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Because the team, led by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hello Wood</a>, was assembled from a group of multi-national participants, there was no pre-existing notion of one national architectural heritage. The resulting installations therefore reflected&nbsp;a globalized 21st century cultural context within&nbsp;the sparse infrastructure of a rural setting, and correspondingly referenced issues such as private property, immigration, and multi-faith communities.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Project Village, which debuted in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hungary</a>, is the first stage of a three year process. According to a press release, "During the first phase the creators have established a Village that&rsquo;s primarily focusing on engaging with communities, generating social interactions and testing it as a ...</p> The house that a "calculus rock star" built Justine Testado 2015-10-06T14:45:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T23:09:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[The Canadian mathematician James] Stewart unlikely architectural trailblazer. He devoted many years of his life, and much of his income, to building his dream home in an upmarket Toronto neighbourhood. Integral House &ndash; named after the 'integral', a concept in calculus &ndash; is a shrine to calculus, the mathematics of flowing change. Stewart died last December, aged 73, and Integral House is now for sale at &pound;11.4m [approx. $17.4 million]</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about mathematical design on Archinect:</p><p><a title="The Golden Ratio: Relevant or not?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Golden Ratio: Relevant or not?</a></p><p><a title="Mesmerizing Mosque Ceilings built by Muslims" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mesmerizing Mosque Ceilings built by Muslims</a></p><p><a title="Win a copy of MORPHING by Design Topology Lab founder Joseph Choma" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Win a copy of MORPHING by Design Topology Lab founder Joseph Choma</a></p> Archinect's Must-Do Picks for Archtober 2015 - Week 1 (Oct. 1-8) Archinect 2015-10-02T21:03:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T22:42:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Looking for exciting things to do in New York City this month? Lucky you, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archtober</a> is back for another year with a rich program of engaging exhibitions, lectures, conferences, films, tours, parties, and other activities to celebrate the value of architecture and design in everyday life!</p><p>From the long, long <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">list of Archtober events</a>, we have picked some exciting highlights to add to your calendar in the first week, Oct. 1-8:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dwell on Design New York | Oct. 2-4</strong></a><br><em>Dwell on Design New York upends the standard &ldquo;design show&rdquo; format with a forum that inspires new ideas &amp; a fresh point of view. Designers, architects, manufacturers, makers, and you, come together to evaluate design, solve problems and uncover innovations.</em><br>&nbsp;</li><li><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designers &amp; Books Fair: 2015 | Oct. 2-4</a></strong><br><em>The Designers &amp; Books Fair is the only book fair in the world that focuses on architecture, fashion, graphic design, interior design, product design, and all the other allied design disciplines. Publishers of new books and also rare and out...</em></p></li></ul> Urban Parasites, Data-Driven Urbanism, and the Case for Architecture Orhan Ayyüce 2015-10-02T14:08:00-04:00 >2015-10-05T10:20:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>at least some part of architectural practice needs to move on from having buildings as the only output. The answer to every urban question cannot always be a building, clearly. Whilst buildings may be part of some solutions, there are broader, deeper questions in play&mdash;good architects see this, but the practice (from education up) is still not exploring this implied question broadly enough.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A call for architecture, for architects, their schools, their buildings and their cities via the technology they still struggle to grasp regardless of their software driven shaping skills, a valuable read by Dan Hill of City of Sound. Technological effect is elsewhere.</p> Dwell Home Tours feature covetable views and bright Manhattan Lofts Sponsor 2015-10-02T12:15:00-04:00 >2015-10-02T17:25:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dwell on Design New York</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Extending from the downtown neighborhoods of Tribeca, the West Village and Chelsea to the Upper East Side, this year&rsquo;s Dwell Home tours showcase residences with bright, open layouts and details that are as varied as their zip codes. The tour includes five homes&mdash;selected by Dwell&rsquo;s editorial team&mdash;that allow attendees to experience magazine-worthy dwellings in-person, with the opportunity to gain insight from the architects and designers behind the projects. The tour will take place on Saturday, October 3, during the second annual <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dwell on Design New York</a>, where attendees will explore today&rsquo;s most relevant design topics through installations and onstage conversations at Skylight Clarkson Sq.</p><p>The architects and designers whose thoughtful designs make up this year&rsquo;s stunning tours are celebrated, award-winning professionals who include Architecture in Formation principal Matthew Bremer, AIA, Gregory Colston Architect, Cezign design...</p> A look inside the Nadja Apartment & Serpantina by Point Supreme Julia Ingalls 2015-09-30T19:24:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T01:14:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> participants <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Point Supreme</a>'s Nadja Apartment is a study in color and geometry: specifically, how vivid, geometric forms can unite and disassemble a space, giving the visitor clues on how to navigate and inhabit their environment.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>It's a technique that has been employed before, notably in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle Central Library,</a> where an entire floor is swathed in red and the escalators are an eye-popping vivid neon green. In the Nadja apartments, the deployment of color and geometry creates its own energy and language within the domestic sphere:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The stairs serve as focal point for the house, helping to anchor the spaces that make up the upper and lower floors of the apartment.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In this same geometric color vein, the firm has also unveiled photos of its newest project called Serpantina, which is a linear shading element for an outdoor public space:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Squared: digitally altered mash-ups form imaginative architectural photo series Julia Ingalls 2015-09-30T15:05:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T01:07:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the 'Square in Square' series, Brooklyn-based photographer Oliver Michaels creates geometric images by combining various architectural elements into one piece digitally. His photo collages are neatly arranged into a square and are made of "parts of different buildings captured in a chosen area or route".</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here are a few more of the London-born photographer's digital mash-ups:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Designer Jonathan Adler on "creating modern American glamour and eccentricity" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-29T08:48:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T20:49:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="664" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>My philosophy is based on: I think everyone deserves a soup&ccedil;on of glamour in every bit of their home. [...] When people look back on early 21st-century design, they will remember: the chaos produced by the technological revolution, a chaos that can be interpreted as either depressingly meaningless or excitingly free.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ten Top Images on Archinect's new "Eating & Drinking Spaces" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-09-25T15:44:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:49:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="" 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 <strong>brand new</strong> board<em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eating &amp; Drinking Spaces</a></em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dim Sum Bar</a> in Quito, Ecuador by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hou de Sousa</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">JG Domestic</a> in Philadelphia, PA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cr&egrave;me</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plochmann Lane</a> in Woodstock, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Megan Oldenburger</a> (Interior Designer, Decorator and Project Manager)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Workshop</a> in Palm Springs, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOMA Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Superba Food+Bread</a> in Venice, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design, Bitches</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Ship</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Jamieson</a>; Photo: Sam Oberter</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flatiron Meets Bali</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Matiz Architecture and Design</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oak Pass Main House</a> in Beverly Hills, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walker Workshop</a>; Photo: Joe Fletcher</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iconic Cafe</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">studio vural</a>; Photo: Kate Glicksberg</p><p>(Cover pic: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kafka Reside...</a></p> London's Garden Bridge endangered by public funding shortfall Julia Ingalls 2015-09-25T04:34:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:13:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The London garden bridge project has been placed in jeopardy after a London council withdrew its support because of public costs and the Labour mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan, said he would ditch the proposed horticultural Thames river crossing if he took office.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>'s proposed Garden Bridge, which recently inspired <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a satirical contest of unpalatable entries</a>, may be doomed to remain a hotly contested rendering. The &pound;30 million of public funds needed to fund the bridge has temporarily been withdrawn because Lambeth council leader Lib Peck said the cost is "unjustified." Both current <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor Boris Johnson</a>&nbsp;and chancellor George Osborne have pledged &pound;30 million of his own to the project, but it will still need additional funding to bridge the gap.</p> Cheeky "A Folly for London" winners announced Julia Ingalls 2015-09-24T06:19:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:40:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="152" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>'s proposed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garden Bridge</a> hasn't attracted universal acclaim, it has spurred an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unusual competition</a>. A purposefully free-to-enter satirical contest known as "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Folly for London</a>"&nbsp;encouraged anyone and everyone to submit "absurd, illogical, egotistic and obtrusive designs for&nbsp;the public green space on London&rsquo;s South Bank which would be sacrificed for The Garden Bridge." Judged by Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, journalist&nbsp;Owen Hatherley and political cartoonist&nbsp;Martin Rowson, the overall winner, "Green Fire of London" is a perennial flame fueled by trees culled from London's parks to "free up vast tracts of new land for developers to use for luxury constructions." It beat out entries in a variety of categories, including Absurd Transport Infrastructure, Priapic Humour, and Greenwash.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Some of the honorable mentions, including "Jesus Square &amp; Bridge" took a subtler approach, proposing the construction of an underwater bridge that would allow any species walki...</p> L.A.'s urban heat island effect accounts for temperatures up to 19 degrees hotter Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-22T17:44:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:55:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the greater L.A. area sees more additional heat than any other region, in part because of how urbanized it is. [...] Solutions include planting more trees and bushes, painting roofs white so they don&rsquo;t absorb as much heat and using lighter colored concrete on streets and sidewalks.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> For those with discriminating taste, a competition for the best public restroom in the U.S. Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-21T20:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-22T12:22:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;An out-of-the-ordinary restroom is very telling about the business itself,&rdquo; said John Engel, spokesman for restroom cleaning and supply company Cintas, which runs the competition. &ldquo;If they pay that kind of attention to their restroom experience you can bet the overall experience will be phenomenal too.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Rotterdam's smog transformed into jewelry thanks to an outdoor air filter Julia Ingalls 2015-09-17T15:21:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:36:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After [the 23-foot-tall air filter designed by Daan Roosegaarde] filters smog from the air, it compresses the collected waste particles into cubes that can be embedded into jewelry such as rings and cufflinks &mdash; and, hopefully, prompt further conversations about extreme air pollution.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on how designers are creatively tackling pollution:</p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Delhi&rsquo;s air pollution is worse than Beijing's. A new app measures the air quality in real time.</a></p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing mayor says air pollution makes his city "unlivable"</a></p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Air Pollution Google Earth Mashup</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Grimshaw and Arup release designs for new high-speed rail hub in central London Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-12T05:15:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:55:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Beginning in 2017, the London transit hub that's been described as "a dingy, grey, horizontal nothingness"<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">*</a>&nbsp;will undergo a massive redesign to incorporate a new&nbsp;high-speed rail line connecting London and Birmingham.</p><p>The first phase of the so-called HS2, connecting London and Birmingham (before&nbsp;forking out to reach Manchester and Leeds in phase two), is expected to open in 2026, and developer HS2 Ltd. has just released designs by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arup</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a> for its outset station in central London, a redevelopment of Euston station.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Grimshaw and Arup's design crafts an incremental approach to maintain current activity at the station during construction. Additions to the station include 11 new platforms for the HS2, a new glass fa&ccedil;ade and three new entrances.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>First opening in 1837, Euston station was London's first intercity line, and ranks as its 6th busiest. Its original classical design was demolished in 1961 and replaced with what has been derided by Richard Morrison of The Times as...</p> NBBJ proposes 3 moving walkways to replace London's Circle Line Julia Ingalls 2015-09-11T05:50:00-04:00 >2015-09-13T10:19:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Instead of relying on a subway that breaks down and causes interminable delays, what if the 17 miles of London's Circle Line were replaced with three moving walkways, much like the ones in airports, that allow pedestrians to step on at three miles per hour and then amble over to a fast lane of 15 miles per hour?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>According to&nbsp;James Pinkerton, an architectural assistant at the London office of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NBBJ</a>&nbsp;which proposed the idea,&nbsp;the travelators would be easier to maintain than a traditional train system precisely because of its three separate walkways. If one broke down, the "two further lines would run smoothly," forming a ceaseless band of movement that wouldn't need to pause for stops or be held up by one solitary malfunctioning train. Travelers could simply walk on and walk off.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"We came up with this idea that benefits the city as a whole," he explained to me in a brief phone interview. Pinkerton&nbsp;was also part of the NBBJ team that created the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shadowless tower</a>, which was designed from a s...</p>