Archinect - News 2016-09-25T11:58:07-04:00 Norman Foster reimagines global infrastructure strategies in new essay Julia Ingalls 2016-09-22T13:36:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T21:01:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Back in May, Foster + Partners unveiled their design for the Droneport, a modular shell-like structure that is constructed with local labor from earthen bricks and thin compressed tiles to create loading areas for food and medical-aid bearing transport drones. A version of the Droneport was built at this year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Biennale</a> (which is open until November 27th).&nbsp;Now, in the freshly unveiled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">thematic supplement to the&nbsp;</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement,</a> Norman Foster has written an essay which builds upon the idea of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buckminster Fuller</a>'s "trim tab" to help foster enormous change in Africa and other countries with relatively small, if holistically conceived, gestures such as the Droneport.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Norman writes: "There is a moral imperative to provide more globally available energy while seeking to conserve its consumption. The answer to this apparent paradox is to adopt&nbsp;a holistic approach to the design of sustainable communities in which the infrastructure and indi...</p> Introducing Bjarke Ingels' floating student housing, "Urban Rigger" Julia Ingalls 2016-09-22T12:48:00-04:00 >2016-09-23T18:25:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Bjarke Ingels has found the elusive silver lining in global sea level rise and the European affordable housing crisis in the form of "Urban Rigger," a series of inexpensive student housing complexes that are designed to float in the sea, especially in those cities which have dense urban cores next to the waterfront. The idea here is to provide students with affordable digs that are close to class while simultaneously making the most out of changing climate conditions and post-industrial port repurposing. The first complete Urban Rigger has already been assembled in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>According to an article in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FastCompany</a>, "Each unit, which can house 12 students at once, is composed of modular shipping containers. These modules are powered by a photovoltaic array and use a heat-exchange system that draws upon the thermal mass of water to warm and cool the interiors. Meanwhile, an aerogel developed by NASA insulates the interiors."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For the latest on Bjarke Ingels:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Play "Arkinoid" arcade on BIG...</a></li></ul> David Adjaye on Designing a Museum That Speaks a Different Language b3tadine[sutures] 2016-09-22T00:11:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T12:54:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I was completely moved by the corona motif. It seemed like a way to start to tell a story that moves from one continent, where people were taken, along with their cultures, and used as labor, then contributed towards making another country and new cultures. That history then continues in the decorative patterning of those panels.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Adjaye.</p> Meet Ernst Neufert, father of building standards Orhan Ayyüce 2016-09-20T17:32:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T23:30:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="453" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Almost every kitchen counter in the United States is 36 inches tall. And 25 inches deep. Eighteen inches above the counters are the cabinets, which are 16 inches deep. Where do these sizes and dimensions come from? Have they always been so exact?</p></em><br /><br /><p>"In 1938 Hitler&rsquo;s chief architect Albert Speer hired Neufert to, as Speer put it, &ldquo;oversee the standardization of building parts, and the rationalization to building methods.&rdquo; He got to lead his own team of designers and technicians. They were called The Neufert Department.</p><p>He created the Octametric Brick, a standard-sized masonry unit that would come to replace any other sized brick in Germany (the bricks were 12.5 centimeters wide, or one-eighth of a meter, hence its name). Adoption of the brick, as Neufert saw, would create a standardized, modular world that all construction would occur in&mdash;no more custom shapes or sizes within buildings, no more worrying that cabinets would be the same height as the stove.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>With the Octametric Brick, buildings could still look different and be different sizes, but everything, when reduced to its smallest part, would have this as a base unit. This overarching uniformity, based around the dimensions of a single brick, would be called the Octametric Sy...</p> The downsides of the charming "holdout" houses Nicholas Korody 2016-09-20T13:25:00-04:00 >2016-09-21T14:18:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There is something romantic about the idea of a holdout, a David to the big developer's Goliath, a protagonist&nbsp;for whom home matters more than money, a solitary survivor. In the Pixar movie "Up," the holdout is the hero. In the real-life Seattle version of the story&nbsp;that reportedly inspired the film's premise, an elderly woman who refused to sell her home became &mdash; along with her home itself &mdash; a city icon.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>In practice, though, modern cities grow out of older ones in large part through the unglamorous process of parcel assembly &mdash; of fitting together the once-smaller pieces of the city, "Tetris"-like. And while the result often produces fantastically bizarre neighbors, cities can't evolve if every property owner is such a hero.</em></p><p>For more on tiny houses, follow this link:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">The Onion takes on the 'Tiny House' movement</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">"Tiny Houses in the City" showcases big opportunities in small housing</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">The Tiny House Fantasy</a></li></ul> MoMA makes all its museum exhibition archives available online Orhan Ayyüce 2016-09-18T17:24:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T05:48:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Exhibitions from our founding in 1929 to the present are available online. These pages are updated continually.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Go ahead and dig in! All there, including architecture. Now, that's a museum service.</p> Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Student Work" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-09-16T18:17:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T00:50:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="403" 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">Unfamiliar silhouette</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jaehwa Lee</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lamborghini Exhibition Space</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aleksandra Sliwinska</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Portland Culinary Institute</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jasmine Frei</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Technofuturism: Towards a Cyborg Ecology</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lyndon Julien-Sehl</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Student Housing FAU</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andi Arifaj</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Model Object</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ian Griffith</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kasbah XXL</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alberto Martinez Garcia</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">drift*</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Derek Pirozzi</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum in Bienhoa Citadel - Graduation project</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nguyen Pham</a></p><p>(Cover pic: Feldkapelle in Boedigheim, Germany by Ecker Architekten, Professor Frank Flury, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seth Ellsworth</a> &amp; other students of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)</a>; Photo: Brigida Gonzalez)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to see more "Ten Top Images o...</p> The architecture of grief: inside OMA's "An Occupation of Loss" Julia Ingalls 2016-09-15T13:09:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T00:14:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In OMA and artist&nbsp;Taryn Simon's&nbsp;"An Occupation of Loss," professional mourners create unique performances of grief into an enormous sculpture of eight 45 foot concrete inverted wells that act as "a discordant instrument." It's not just for professional criers: during the day, visitors are encouraged to interact with the sculpture, exploring their own grief while recordings of the previous evening's performance are played in the background.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>On display at the&nbsp;Park Avenue Armory&rsquo;s Wade Thompson Drill Hall through September 25th, the sculpture will be moved to the Artangel in London next year.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As OMA's Shohei Shigematsu noted,&nbsp;&ldquo;The design was sonically-motivated, focusing on the performative act of loss&nbsp;rather than its physical manifestation, which has been historically marked by multiple scales &ndash; from tombstones to the World Trade Center Memorial. The industrial wells were configured into a readymade ruin that responds to both personal and monumental dimensions."</p><p>For the latest on OMA:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OM...</a></li></ul> The real estate market shows modern is in and Mediterranean is out Orhan Ayyüce 2016-09-15T01:35:00-04:00 >2016-09-18T23:24:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="234" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There was a period where people created a caricature of the Mediterranean or Tuscan style, increasingly ornate and garish</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Along with Beanie Babies, the Sony Discman and other trends of the 1990s, the once wildly popular Mediterranean-style home has fallen out of fashion.</p><p>An&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">analysis of current home listings</a>&nbsp;shows that asking prices for Mediterranean-style homes&mdash;known for&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">stucco walls, tumbled stone and wrought-iron accents</a>&mdash;have stalled in recent years, though they remain high. Now, modern architecture, with its subdued color palette and minimalist design, is popular."</p><p>Good news: "you, modernist architect, are in demand."</p><p>Related:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is the McMansion era finally over?</a></p> Inside the failure of Jerry Brown's plans to ease California's housing crisis Julia Ingalls 2016-09-13T12:49:00-04:00 >2016-09-17T00:37:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Despite introducing what seemed like excellent legislation to help increase the number of affordable housing units in developer-backed housing projects, California governor Jerry Brown's proposal caused so much multi-faceted angst it became political poison, primarily because it gently circumvented the traditional development process. This <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. Times</a> piece takes a look at what went wrong, noting that: &nbsp;</p><p><em>If developers pledged to set aside some&nbsp;units in their projects&nbsp;for low-income residents, the governor&rsquo;s proposed&nbsp;legislation would have eliminated some&nbsp;local hurdles to building,&nbsp;likely&nbsp;leading to a modest increase in construction.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Yet the proposal the governor unveiled in May&nbsp;represented a profound shakeup in how the development process would have worked in California. The measure&nbsp;challenged the primacy of local control over housing, inflamed powerful entrenched interests and was&nbsp;eyed warily by the very groups representing those the plan was supposed to help.</em></p><p>For more on California's...</p> designjunction brings immersive design experiences and its first open-air party to King's Cross Sponsor 2016-09-13T03:00:00-04:00 >2016-09-12T20:49:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="281" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designjunction</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>designjunction</strong></a> (22 &ndash; 25 September) is set to transform its new home in King&rsquo;s Cross into one destination full of immersive design concepts and stimulating experiences.</p><p>On Wednesday 21 September designjunction will host its first open-air party on Granary Square alongside headline partner Dezeen, and sponsored by EIZO. Expect street food from Real Food Festival, pop-up bars and live DJ sets from Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip and Adventures in Paradise.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Throughout the show, the centrally located Granary Square will be home to eight giant Monopoly-style houses, filled with conceptual installations, creative projects and live activities.</p><p>Presenting its SmartHouzz concept, Houzz will demonstrate how to maximise urban living space through smart design, smart use of space and smart technology. Leading high-end kitchen and bathroom manufacturer, Dornbracht, will create an immersive installation &ndash; the Dornbracht Water Experience.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Specialising in visuall...</p> Bureau Spectacular's first retail project is now open in L.A.'s Arts District Justine Testado 2016-09-12T18:52:00-04:00 >2016-09-15T23:55:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="259" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bureau Spectacular</a> etched their mark into Downtown L.A.'s Arts District with the new&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frankie</a> flagship store that opened last Friday, celebrating the relaunch of the high-end streetwear label as well as the firm's first retail store design.&nbsp;Frankie founder Kevin Chen worked alongside Jimenez Lai in designing the store. For starters, Lai created the striking graphic novel-like facade on the building's revamped exterior &mdash; but that's where the fun starts.</p><p>Inside, the 2,000 square-foot retail space has a room-within-a-room setup that alludes to Lai's earlier works like the<em>&nbsp;</em>&ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Speechbuster / 99 Chairs</a>&rdquo; sculpture and the &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Briefcase House</a>&rdquo;.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Visitors will encounter one of Bureau Spectacular's Super-Furnitures, described as&nbsp;&ldquo;a structure too small to be a building but too large to simply be a piece of furniture&rdquo;.&nbsp;The nine-piece, 28-foot-long modular staircase is an interactive jigsaw structure that can be assembled into a runway or to provide seating, or disassembled into individual pieces for var...</p> Archinect's top picks for the London Design Festival Jessica Bonehill 2016-09-10T01:07:00-04:00 >2016-09-12T10:38:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>London Design Festival is always a highlight of the city's cultural landscape, and this year is no exception, with a number of new events added as well as many returning exhibitions.</p><p>Here are Archinect's top picks for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Design Festival 2016</a>:&nbsp;</p><p><strong>London Design Biennale at Somerset House: </strong>&nbsp;</p><p>7-27 September. Open daily from 11AM. Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Tickets on sale via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ticketmaster</a></p><p>The heavily anticipated London Design Biennale is launching this year for its inaugural exhibition. During its three-week takeover, the Biennale will showcase installations, artworks, prototypes, and designs from over 37 different countries and territories, all exploring the Biennale's 2016 theme: "Utopia by Design".&nbsp;</p><p>Highlights from the Biennale include:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby's 14-metre, kinetic sculpture that highlights wind energy usage in the UK.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Lebanon's Annabel Karim Kassar's Beirut street scene. The work explores social interactions and use of space, through a s...</p> Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Glass" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-09-09T19:34:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T23:17:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="641" 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 board <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Glass</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pool House</a> in East Sussex, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aros Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marubi National Museum of Photography</a> in Shkod&euml;r, Albania by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Casanova + Hernandez Architecten</a>; Photo: Christian Richters/Blerta Kambo/Casanova+Hernandez</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renewed Classic Eichler</a> in Sunnyvale, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Klopf Architecture</a>; Photo: Mariko Reed</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Juniper House</a> in&nbsp;Calgary, Canada by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the marc boutin architectural collaborative</a>; Photo:&nbsp;Yellow Camera</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ELL</a> in Beverly Hills, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Domaen LTD</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Aberdeen New Library</a> in Aberdeen, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House</a> in Paderborn, Germany by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wannenmacher-M&ouml;ller Architekten GmbH</a>; Photo: Csaba Mester</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concrete House</a> in Johann...</p> The V&A's Martin Roth on Brexit: 'Me-first mentality' spreading through Europe is 'brutal' Eleanor Marshall 2016-09-09T11:04:00-04:00 >2016-09-09T13:50:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Martin Roth, a German and director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, sees the result of the UK's referendum as a personal defeat.</p></em><br /><br /><p>One of the contributing factors for the V&amp;A's director Martin Roth to leave the V&amp;A was Brexit, he tells <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DW</a>:</p><p><em>"Our international networks will not collapse, but their background is being questioned. Until now, we had assumed we were all working together towards a common platform. Now that platform has been smashed."</em></p><p>Although perhaps not the only reason Roth left, as <em>The Guardian</em>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reports</a>, such a high profile figure in the creative profession publicly announcing his distain for Brexit cannot have a positive impact on the UK's integrity as a leader in the creative arts.</p> Preview 100% Design: This year’s highlights include Asif Khan and Ron Arad Sponsor 2016-09-09T03:00:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T00:50:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href=";id=208" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href=";id=208" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">100% Design</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>100% Design, the UK&rsquo;s largest trade fair for architects and designers, returns once more to London Olympia. The show, with over 26,000 international visitors spending exceeding &pound;3.4 <em>billion</em> has a deserved reputation as the commercial heart of London Design Festival.</p><p>Over the past few years under show director William Knight, also responsible for Clerkenwell Design Week, the show has maintained a consistent focus on quality, driving 100% Design&rsquo;s&nbsp;wider role of delivering international trade for London and the UK&rsquo;s design sector. Along with a much appreciated move to the spectacular London Olympia, this has seen its unrivalled talks programme increase its reputation as the place to hear industry leaders and current trends as well as take part in the best professional development seminars.</p><p>This year is no exception, with an impressive talks line-up, which has been curated by the Design Museum as part of its &lsquo;on loan&rsquo; campaign. The programme com...</p> REVEALED: World Trade Center Performing Arts Center will be a translucent marble cube Alyssa Alimurung 2016-09-08T17:39:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T00:54:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After stalling for years, the $243 million World Trade Center Performing Arts Center started to make headway in recent months, and now Silverstein Properties have revealed the official renderings. With the help of billionaire businessman Ronald O. Perelman's $75 million gift, the 90,000-square-foot marble cube designed by REX will both stand out as an impressive piece of cultural architecture and co-exists with the other structures on the WTC complex.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></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><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Finnish government pulls funding for the Guggenheim Helsinki Julia Ingalls 2016-09-08T13:16:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T00:24:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Guggenheim Foundation's Helsinki museum, the design of which was chosen after a hotly anticipated competition last year, is now missing a major financial backer, namely, the government of Finland. Prior to its withdrawal, Finland was going to pick up construction costs and a portion of the operating fees in exchange for top-tier artworks and exhibitions from the Guggenheim.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>However, this pull-out isn't entirely unexpected. Before the winning design by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moreau Kusunoki Architectes</a>&nbsp;was even chosen, there were rumblings of dissent: many in Finland felt that the Guggenheim was becoming a bland franchise, to the point that an alternative competition, "The Next Helsinki," was launched to solicit other designs. As Sampo Terho, parliamentary head of the Finns Party, said, &ldquo;This is the end of the matter, we have ruled out state funding (for Guggenheim) once and for all, for this government.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to our interview with Moreau Kusunoki Architectes about their winning design for the Guggen...</p> ZGF Architects tops 2016's Architect 50 "top firms of the year" Julia Ingalls 2016-09-08T12:35:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T00:44:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Beating out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture</a>, the Portland-based firm ZGF Architects has taken the number one spot in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect Magazine's annual ranking</a> of the fifty best architectural firms. The ranking, which evaluates firms using the criteria of Business, Sustainability, and Design, listed&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">William Rawn Associates</a> as achieving the highest score in business, while&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marlon Blackwell Architects</a> nabbed the highest design ranking.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>ZGF, which had the highest sustainability score, is known chiefly for its healthcare and hospitality buildings, including the&nbsp;Federal Center South Building 1202, which won the&nbsp;AIA COTE 2015 Top Ten Plus Award. Since its founding, the firm has added five additional offices in the U.S. and Canada, all of which follow a design philosophy that "is centered on the premise that design excellence should be reflected in each and every aspect of a building&mdash;its fit with the community, its function and relationship to its users, its building systems, and i...</p> Canada's 24,000 km Great Trail to complete next year, but is already falling short of expectations Justine Testado 2016-09-07T13:32:00-04:00 >2016-09-13T00:33:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="201" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When it hits its completion date, which is expected to be in time for Canada&rsquo;s 150th birthday next July 1, it will cover about 24,000 kilometres...But some think The Trans Canada Trail is better in concept than in execution...Some early adopters of the trail...claim that some parts of it are off limits to bicycles while other parts are spread out and hard to actually access.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since construction began in 1992, the Trans Canada Trail &mdash; which is now being promoted as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Great Trail</a> &mdash;&nbsp;is 87 percent complete. Organizers of the recreational trail claim that Canadians will be able to use the&nbsp;route from coast to coast once it's complete next year. But unsurprisingly, and especially for a project of this scale, some users of the trail say it's falling short of expectations so far.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Engineers grapple with a melting Alaskan Highway</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transforming the Bao'an G107 into a multi-modal &ldquo;organic highway&rdquo;</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Portland State's TREC hopes to improve bike lane design regulations</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In spite of sleet and snow, cycling prevails in Minneapolis</a></p> Constructing Models: Montage as a Tool for Making architecture Orhan Ayyüce 2016-09-07T12:10:00-04:00 >2016-09-13T00:29:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="728" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&lsquo;This is not the time to accomplish something. This is the age of the fragments&rsquo; -Marchel Duchamp</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Images which are conceived in this manner become models which don&rsquo;t describe but underline resolute conceptual decisions on specific themes. They provide indications, create conditions to reflect upon, they exist as places of debate. Through his reflections the observer becomes the producer of content. Structure, form, space, the necessity to use the architectonic shape as an expressive one,&nbsp; are secondary compared to the collected themes .</p><p>Montage is used as an instrument to take note on ideas, produce a narrative strategy through simple operations: multiplying signs, the exchange of scale, reversals, grafts, superimposition and erasure. Necessary operations to pose relative questions on a project that only at a later stage can be applied to architecture.&nbsp;</p><p>The annotations are the first instrument through which we can put some order within the personal archive. The archive is out of an affection for signs, a fragment, a space, an image striking us more than another, we store it, ther...</p> PACT Conference in UEL brings Patrik Schumacher, Mario Carpo, Jose Sanchez and Benjamin Dillenburger gillesretsin 2016-09-07T01:36:00-04:00 >2016-09-13T00:22:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="728" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>University of East London hosts international PACT conference - two days of keynotes and discussions with Patrik Schumacher ( ZHA), Mario Carpo ( UCL), Jose Sanchez ( Plethora Project/USC) and Benjamin Dillenburger ( ETH/ITA).</p></em><br /><br /><p>PACT Conference UEL, 12.09-13.09&nbsp;</p><p>Please join for keynotes by Mario Carpo (UCL), Patrik Schumacher (ZHA), Jose Sanchez ( Plethora Project / USC) and Benjamin Dillenburger ( ETH/ITA) , followed by a series of provocative Panel Discussions. The Panel Discussions are organised around our keynotes speakers, which will be joined by a series of theoreticians, young practitioners and designers like Daniel Kohler ( iOUD/Lab EDS), Harald Trapp ( UEL), Mollie Claypool ( UCL), Soomeen Hahm ( SHD, Kory Bieg (OTA+/UT Austin) , Lei Zheng ( ZHA), Gilles Retsin (UEL/UCL/Retsin Architecture) and Manuel Jimenez ( UCL, MadM Design)</p><p>The morning keynote takes place at 9:30 am, evening keynote at 4pm, followed by panel discussion at 5pm.&nbsp;</p><p>Venue:<br>Lecture Hall 02, West Building (WB G02)&nbsp;<br>University of East London<br>Docklands Campus, London E16 2RD</p><p>Conference program can be downloaded here : <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;</p><p>PACT ( Parall...</p> Editor's Picks #453 Nam Henderson 2016-09-07T01:10:00-04:00 >2016-09-07T14:33:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;discussed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Using game theory to fine-tune architectural diplomacy</a>&nbsp;with architect Adam Tarr (founder of award-winning Mzo Tarr Architects).&nbsp;</p><p><strong>alexsenciuc</strong> was impressed "<em>From theory to practice, this is one of the most interesting ways to shape an architectural project. One could argue that shaping the brief leads to shaping the resulting architectural piece&hellip;</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Meanwhile,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quilian Riano</a>&nbsp;published&nbsp;an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">essay</a> reflecting on using games and gaming to supplement other design tools.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br>Metropolis Magazine reacted to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">news</a> that famed designer Jane Thompson has passed away.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Archinect reported in from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a LACMA&rsquo;s public scoping meeting</a>, for the planned Peter Zumthor designed building.</p><p>Contrary to some critics <strong>Vulture</strong> is "<em>a proponent of the Zumthor design. It has a sleek, mid-century modern boomerang feel to it, which I think pays homage to Southern Californian architectural history. I also think it's smart how the design references the shape and color of the landmark La Brea tar pits ne...</em></p> Instant, customizable digital architectural stencils hit the market Julia Ingalls 2016-09-06T14:38:00-04:00 >2016-09-13T00:10:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With a press release that makes references to Banksy's iconic global stencils, the new digital architectural stencil set from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morpholio </a>enables architects to instantly make customizable stencils of complex designs, from faces to condo layouts to intricately shaded trees. The initial image can come from a photograph, drawing, or render.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As Toru Hasegawa, co-creator of&nbsp;Morpholio Trace Pro explains: "Software should mirror the gestures, intuition and behavior of the creative. Trace Pro seeks to amplify it, and in doing so, make it as smart and elastic as possible." &nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>This video illustrates the process, which involves gliding the stencil tool over a particular design, capturing it, and then replicating it/editing it at will with the assorted tool bars:</p> L.A.'s skyline gets its crown as Wilshire Grand, tallest building west of the Mississippi, tops out at 1,100 feet Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-06T13:22:00-04:00 >2016-09-06T13:22:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The sail and the spire challenged the best intentions of city planners, the fire department and the architectural community, who believed that a 1974 building code requiring helicopter landing pads on all buildings higher than 75 feet should be inviolable. [...] A.C. Martin Partners, however, argued that the Wilshire Grand should change the status quo, and they took their inspiration in part from the ziggurat-inspired crown of City Hall, which their firm had designed in the 1920s.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on L.A.'s changing downtown:</p><ul><li><a title="Museum at the front line: One-to-One #33 with Dora Epstein Jones, executive director of the A+D Museum" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum at the front line: One-to-One #33 with Dora Epstein Jones, executive director of the A+D Museum</a></li><li><a title="Downtown LA has a new museum on the horizon" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downtown LA has a new museum on the horizon</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wilshire Grand Tower, the West Coast's tallest building, structurally tops out in LA</a></li><li><a title="&quot;Bouncy-house urbanism is on the rise.&quot; &ndash; Christopher Hawthorne rides the U.S. Bank Tower's 'SkySlide'" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Bouncy-house urbanism is on the rise." &ndash; Christopher Hawthorne rides the U.S. Bank Tower's 'SkySlide'</a></li><li><a title="Mia Lehrer + OMA win over Eric Owen Moss, Brooks + Scarpa, AECOM to design DTLA's new public park" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mia Lehrer + OMA win over Eric Owen Moss, Brooks + Scarpa, AECOM to design DTLA's new public park</a></li></ul> New $150M PTFE membrane roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium blocks the rain but not the noise Julia Ingalls 2016-09-06T12:59:00-04:00 >2016-09-12T23:55:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Watch professional tennis, and you'll notice that silence makes up a significant part of the game, to the point where spectators can hear the bounce of the ball each time it lands on the playing surface. The acoustics of the new Rossetti Architects-designed roof for the Arthur Ashe stadium, which reportedly is amplifying crowd conversations when it it closed as well being so noisy during a recent rainstorm that according to John McEnroe it's "hard to hear yourself think," are problematic. Ironically, the 210,00 square foot PTFE membraned retractable roof was installed partly to avoid rain delays during play. As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a> notes:</p><p>"It turns out that even casual conversations among fans were amplified as the noise&nbsp;reverberated inside. The roof was eventually fully closed during the second set, and the atmosphere reportedly sounded more like a ballpark and not like a tennis venue the players are used to." &nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Bi-parting Fixed Fabric Shell</em></p><p>For more in sporty architectural news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOK wi...</a></li></ul> Weston Williamson beats ZHA to win Cairo's 'Science City' Competition. Erin Whalley 2016-09-05T11:04:00-04:00 >2016-09-06T12:18:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From an experimental vertical-zoo, to a rather demure yacht club in Ullswater, it&rsquo;s clear that no two Weston Williamson designs are ever approached in the same manner. They are a multiple award winning company, based in London, creating designs across the globe.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Recently, they have beaten Zaha Hadid Architects (amongst many other forerunning practices) in the competition to design Cairo&rsquo;s &lsquo;Science City&rsquo;; a complex that will include a planetarium, observation tower, science park and other facilities for learning and research.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The project was instigated by the Bibliotheca Alexandria, who asked candidates to design motivational, exciting interior spaces that were also inspiring on the outside. Their vision was for the winning proposal to embody the human pursuit of science and our unceasing quest for knowledge.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Weston Williamson&rsquo;s design, which owes a mention to their architect Phil Turner, appears to look like an eye from above; a direct reference to Egyptian culture and history. Visuals...</p> RIBA client of the year shortlist is announced Eleanor Marshall 2016-09-05T11:01:00-04:00 >2016-09-06T12:18:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today (Thursday 1 September 2016) announced the shortlist for the 2016 RIBA Client of the Year award. The annual award, supported by The Bloxham Charitable Trust, recognises the role that a good client plays in the creation of fine architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The RIBA Client of the Year award recognises that great architecture is often born from a good relationship between the client and the architect. The award reinforces that a good client can have a positive impact on what the architect produces. The winner is to be announced at the RIBA Stirling Prize Party on the 6th of October.&nbsp;</p><p>The 2016 shortlist is:</p><ul><li>Leicester Print Workshop&nbsp;&ndash; nominated by Takero Shimazaki Architects for their 2016 RIBA Award-winning Leicester Print Workshop</li><li>Manchester City Council&nbsp;&ndash; nominated by Mecanoo for their 2016 RIBA National Award-winning <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOME</a> (in addition to the 2016 RIBA North West Award winners Manchester Central Library by Ryder Architecture and Library Walk Link Building by SimpsonHaugh and Partners)</li><li>University of Oxford Estates&nbsp;&ndash; nominated by WilkinsonEyre for their 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlisted <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Weston Library</a></li><li>Westmorland Limited&nbsp;&ndash; nominated by Glenn Howells Architects for the 2016 RIBA National Award winning Gloucester Services by Glenn Howells Ar...</li></ul> This week's picks for NYC architecture and design events Justine Testado 2016-09-05T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-09-06T12:18:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Fall is creeping up fast, but that means a new season full of architecture and design <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">events</a>!&nbsp;For anyone who is curious about what local happenings&nbsp;to fit into your weekly schedules,&nbsp;Archinect and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;have compiled a snappy list of events around town that are worth checking out.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;so you don't miss out. Have a look at our latest selection of NYC events.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Linda Jacobs Book Talk: &ldquo;Strangers in the West: The Syrian Colony of New York City, 1880-1900&rdquo; |&nbsp;September 6</a>, recommended by Justine Testado</strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""><em>Photo via KalimahPress.</em></p><p>Scholar and author Linda Jacobs' new book&nbsp;vividly&nbsp;tells the story&nbsp;of &ldquo;Greater Syria&rdquo;-region&nbsp;immigrants&nbsp;who settled in&nbsp;NYC starting in 1880.&nbsp;Jacobs, whose own grandparents were part of the New York Syrian Colony, sheds light on the everyday lives of this&nbsp;early immigrant community and the people who founded it. Taking place at the Skyscraper Museum, this talk is free and open to all.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIANY Global Dialogues - STONE | Behind The Rock |&nbsp;September 7</a>, recommend...</strong></p> OMA, MAD, Herzog & de Meuron among 2016 Designs of the Year architecture nominees Justine Testado 2016-09-02T19:27:00-04:00 >2016-09-06T12:18:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Designs of the Year Award always presents a flurry of memorable projects, from Zaha Hadid's Heydar Aliyev Center to human organs-on-chips...Established by London's Design Museum, the slightly renamed Beazley Designs of the Year Award celebrates the most innovative global design in Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphic, Product and Transport from the last 12 months.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The 2016&nbsp;Designs of the Year Award competition is in full swing, with more than 70 projects on the nomination list.&nbsp;Will another architecture project be crowned as the overall winner next January, joining Zaha Hadid's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heydar Aliyev Center</a>?&nbsp;Here are a few of the Architecture nominees:</p><p>Fondazione Prada. Designer: OMA.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>VIA 57 West.&nbsp;Designer: BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Arena for Learning, UTEC, Lima, Peru. Designer: Grafton Architects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Better Shelter. Designers: Johan Karlsson, Founder &amp; Interim MD; Dennis Kanter, Designer; Christian Gustafsson, Industrial Designer; John van Leer, Engineer and Industrial Designer; Tim de Haas, Head of Technology; IKEA Foundation, Partner; UNHCR, Partner.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Nida house in Navidad (Chile). Designers: Mauricio Pezo, Principal Architect; Sofia von Ellrichshausen, Principal Architect; Diego Perez, Collaborator Architect; Carlos Atala, Client; Ricardo Ballesta, Builder.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Tate Modern Switch House. Designer: Herzog &amp; de Meuron.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>(cover image)</em>&nbsp;Harbin Opera House by MAD Arch...</p>