Archinect - News 2016-02-11T10:16:56-05:00 Have a moment at the "Heart of Hearts", now at Times Square for Valentine's Day Justine Testado 2016-02-10T18:58:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T20:26:27-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Romance is in the air at Times Square. If you were to walk through there right now, you'll find the "Heart of Hearts", a ring of mirrored golden hearts in the middle of all the hustle and bustle. Designed by Collective-LOK, the installation was the 2016 winner of the Times Square Valentine Heart Design competition.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Get a closer look of the installation <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Collective-LOK's golden "Heart of Hearts" wins the 2016 Times Square Valentine Heart Design competition</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jam to your heart's desire with Stereotank's "Heartbeat" installation in Times Square</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Getting up close and personal with the Times Square Heart Design winning sculpture</a></li></ul> Society of Architectural Historians Announces Major Grant for Charnley-Persky House Conservation Management Plan Helena Karabatsos 2016-02-10T17:53:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T17:53:34-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Society of Architectural Historians has received a $123,000 grant from the&nbsp;<strong>Alphawood Foundation</strong>&nbsp;to hire&nbsp;<strong>Harboe Architects</strong>&nbsp;to develop a conservation management plan for Charnley-Persky House. Designed by Adler and Sullivan in 1891&ndash;1892 when Frank Lloyd Wright was an apprentice in their office, Charnley-Persky House will celebrate the 125th anniversary of its design in 2016 with a new conservation management plan that will assess the current physical state of the structure, identify potential problem areas, and establish conservation priorities for the continued health of the building. Charnley-Persky House serves as the headquarters of the Society of Architectural Historians, an international not-for-profit membership organization that promotes the study, interpretation and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes and urbanism worldwide. &nbsp;<br><br>As an advocate for heritage conservation, SAH is extremely grateful to the Alphawood Foundation for giving the organization the ability...</p> The designs of Allied Works – a "counter proposal to the age of instant image making" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-10T17:24:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:08:05-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What I like and what I believe about those sketches and models is that they&rsquo;re distillations of ideas ... They could become art installations, or they could become buildings. They&rsquo;re sort of hybrid pieces in the world of visual ideas before they become buildings [...] I always go see the site and try to discern what the energy, nature, and character of the place are&mdash;the possibilities of a place. Then I start drawing.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the Portland, OR and NYC-based firm:</p><ul><li><a title="Clemson scraps its modern building plan" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clemson scraps its modern building plan</a></li><li><a title="Charleston groups sue over approval of Clemson architecture center's proposed design" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charleston groups sue over approval of Clemson architecture center's proposed design</a></li><li><a title="New Clemson University architecture building set to test Charleston's limits on context" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Clemson University architecture building set to test Charleston's limits on context</a></li><li><a title="Architect Brad Cloepfil: On architecture, design in Portland, and Allied Works' first creative phase " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect Brad Cloepfil: On architecture, design in Portland, and Allied Works' first creative phase</a></li><li><a title="Allied Works Architecture unveils design of new National Music Centre in Calgary" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Allied Works Architecture unveils design of new National Music Centre in Calgary</a></li></ul> Richard Meier on the Buildings He Wishes He’d Designed Richard Meier & Partners 2016-02-10T14:57:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T09:32:50-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Until recently, though, Mr. Meier had never broken ground in South Korea. He checked that off his list with the newly opened Seamarq Hotel, a towering white complex overlooking the East Sea in the city of Gang-neung. &ldquo;Our client chose a really magnificent site,&rdquo; Mr. Meier said from his New York office.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> BIG in Paris: Bjarke Ingels to design for Galeries Lafayette on Champs-Élysées Julia Ingalls 2016-02-10T14:44:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T20:09:57-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When asked why the company chose not to commission Rem Koolhaas' OMA, who are already involved with designing the department store&rsquo;s art foundation, Costa says that the decision to select BIG was based on the firm&rsquo;s disruptive thinking and that OMA was already working with German department store KaDeWe in Berlin. &ldquo;We were confident to work with new architects,&rdquo; he says.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Tune in to tomorrow's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a> to listen to a fuller discussion of what this disruptive design choice means for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>, for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a>, and for flagship stores everywhere. In the meantime, here's a window display from Galeries Lafayette, circa 2007:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>And here's a quick refresher on what Bjarke's been up to:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's concept for a spiraling-landscape tower in NYC's Hudson Yards</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels offers his architectural advice to young architects</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"[Architects] are not the creators of the city, but the midwives" says Bjarke Ingels</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Session 14: His bjark is BIGger than his bjite &ndash; A chat with Bjarke Ingels at the opening of BIG's "Hot to Cold" exhibition</a></li></ul> "Very refined; it’s like a jewel" – a look at former architect Jader Almeida's new furniture collection Nicholas Korody 2016-02-09T20:26:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T07:40:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A joint venture with star Brazilian furniture designer Jader Almeida is bringing a new dimension to the luxury furnishings brand Artefacto. For Paulo Bacchi, the 47-year-old Brazilian CEO of Artefacto USA and brand advisor to Artefacto Brazil, the curvy seats, low round wood tables, minimalist lighting fixtures, and other iconic designs of the 35-year-old Almeida add a young, cosmopolitan flair to his company and its stylish, sustainably sourced, mansion-worthy wares.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Jader Almeida is a Brazilian designer born in the state of Santa Catarina in 1981, where he still maintains his office. Educated as an architect, Almeida has made a name for himself in the world of furniture design, garnering numerous awards.</p><p>In this interview, Almeida talks alongside Paulo Bacci, the CEO of the luxury furnishings brand Artefacto, about their new collaboration. We've put together some of the better bits of the interview between images from the new collection.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>"The ambiance of Miami is close to my city, Florianopolis, an island in the south of Brazil. It has the beaches&mdash;it&rsquo;s vibrant. My pieces are timeless. They can mix with the old and new Miami style."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>"A chair is like a prosthesis&mdash;it extends the body. The lines follow the curves of the body. You can feel that when you use my product."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>"The more time that passes, the more the people like [my furniture]. They get an emotional relationship with the product."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>February is furniture month here on Archinect! Send us your furn...</em></p> Archi-core? An architect-by-training designs unisex clothing line Nicholas Korody 2016-02-09T18:12:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T18:40:44-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Aaron] Jacobson [of FAAN], now 31, spent &ldquo;a lot of time imagining space&rdquo; as a child in Cleveland, Ohio, and remembers being ecstatic when his parents gave him graph paper, which he&rsquo;d fill with blueprints for dream houses. He studied architecture at Washington University in St. Louis and received his master&rsquo;s degree from University of Toronto before moving to Beijing to work for a small Chinese firm. A half-year later...he first tried his hand at garments...</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>"Jacobson&rsquo;s early sketches were more architectural drawings, the only visual language he spoke. (&ldquo;I was even cutting sections through them, and blowing up details to try to explain the construction,&rdquo; to the bewilderment of his pattern-makers, he says.)"</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Interested in other architectural adventures into fashion (or sartorial forays into architecture)?&nbsp;Check out some these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look at "Real Fantasies," AMO's latest collaboration with Prada</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture in fashion design</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In at the deep end: Zaha Hadid takes the plunge into swimwear</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prototyping: "Architecture in Digital Fashion" makes parametricism personal</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AMO designs a "Timeless Ruin" for Miu Miu's 2016 S/S show</a></li></ul><p>&#8203;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a></p> Unfolding dumpling design with Architecture Research Office Justine Testado 2016-02-05T15:09:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T09:40:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'The dumpling maker has a structural problem,' says Jason Kim, a project manager at ARO. 'The skin has to be thin enough where you have the right ratio of meat to skin, but strong enough to hold together.'</p></em><br /><br /><p>"How do the principles of architecture and design apply to dumplings?" Sporkful has a quick chat with dumpling fanatics <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Research Office</a> about how particular design concepts can structurally improve the Lunar New Year food staple. Maybe you'll learn a trick or two on how to eat the seemingly gravity-defying soup dumpling, too.&nbsp;</p><p>If you don't want to listen to the whole episode &mdash; although you should still give it a listen because, hello, dumplings &mdash; ARO's interview starts around 13:25.</p><p>More about food and architecture on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's travel guide series</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As LA densifies, its iconic roadside restaurants disappear</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carry out: world's first Taco Bell is being rescued from demolition</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How architects are redesigning schools that encourage kids to eat healthier</a></li></ul> Take a look at "Real Fantasies," AMO's latest collaboration with Prada Nicholas Korody 2016-02-05T13:43:00-05:00 >2016-02-05T15:28:58-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the 2016 Spring/Summer Prada Real Fantasies, AMO graphically reinterprets the Indefinite Hangar as a synthetic sunset fixed within a 3 dimensional blank space. The abstract hangar is populated with geometric objects and furniture. Characters move through a neutral scene between the undefined and distilled fragments of daily life. The horizon and scale constantly shifts, manipulating the frame and disrupting a linear sequence: an artificial landscape where fiction and collection collide.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>OMA and its think tank counterpart, AMO, have deep ties to the fashion world, in particular with Prada. Alongside built work by the architectural powerhouse, notably the recently-completed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fondazione Prada</a>, OMA/AMO has designed runways, look books, and videos for the Milanese luxury brand.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Since 2012, that collaboration has produced graphic short movies showcasing new collections under the project banner "Real Fantasies." For the 2016 Spring/Summer collection, AMO imagined a world of pure architectural extension, a CAD utopia unblemished by reality.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Described as a "3 dimensional blank space," the setting of the video seems locked in an endless sunset. Lithe models ride a train past a city of pure geometry, which morphs seamlessly into an unending picture window.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>It's visual porn at it's best and well worth a look. Watch the video below, and for more connections between fashion and architecture, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AMO designs a "Timeless Ruin" for Miu Miu's 2016 S/S show</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vinn Patarari...</a></li></ul> For Alvar Aalto's 118th b-day, a museum extension + a few enduring favorites Julia Ingalls 2016-02-04T14:10:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T01:09:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Fittingly for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Furniture February</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvar Aalto</a> would have turned 118 this month, which has prompted Archinect to celebrate his paradigm-defining designs. We're not the only ones:&nbsp;the existing Alvar Aalto Museum and the Museum of Central Finland will be getting an extension (the winners of the competition can be viewed here: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>). One of the proposals that didn't win features Aalto-specific materiality ("light color clay bricks in grid pattern for the floors and the circulation elements to the original masonry bricks walls in a way to match the colors but announce the new building with a different texture" according to a press release by the design firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architensions</a>). Here are renderings of Architensions' proposed museum extension:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>And, just because we can, a quick tour through some of Aalto's masterful furniture work:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>February is furniture month here on Archinect! Send us your furniture musings, interviews, reviews, designs, projects and investigation...</em></p> This app will make decorating a whole lot simpler Nicholas Korody 2016-02-03T16:54:00-05:00 >2016-02-03T18:36:57-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="262" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Shanna Tellerman wants to help you redecorate your home. She&rsquo;s not a designer, furniture aficionado, or personal shopper. She&rsquo;s the founder and CEO of a company called Modsy that rolls all of the aforementioned jobs into one mobile app to make redesigning a room easier (and more fun) [...] What makes Modsy different from the handful of other home design tools out there is that it actually lets users see designs in the context of their own homes&mdash;and its renderings are utterly realistic.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The architecture of the app seems effective, if a bit out of touch with the on-demand expectations of today's digital consumer. After signing up, a user is asked to complete a quiz to figure out their aesthetic and then upload some photos of the space in question, along with its dimensions.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>About 48 hours later, the Modsy team responds with a catalogue of renders of your own space, filled with new furniture. Like a piece? Click it and you'll be redistributed to the manufacturer's site. Modsy takes a percentage from every sale.</p><p>Apparently, the renders are super HD, and the long-term goal of the developers is to make the app more instantaneous.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>February is furniture month here on Archinect! Send us your furniture musings, interviews, reviews, designs, projects and investigations for review to be featured on our site. The open call for submissions is effective immediately.</em></p><p><strong>More details&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</strong></p><p>And for some related coverage, check out these articles:</p><ul><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Charles and Ray Eames, meet Freddy Krueger"...</a></p></li></ul> Mindscraper: high-rise educational facility renderings in Sydney unveiled by Grimshaw & BVN Julia Ingalls 2016-02-03T13:40:00-05:00 >2016-02-03T13:46:06-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Parramatta, a suburb of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sydney</a>, Australia, will be the recipient of New South Wales' first high-rise educational facility, courtesy the firms <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BVN</a>. Based on the "Schools-within-Schools" pedagogical model, where learning is "delivered in stages rather than via age groups," the school will educate up to 3,000 students (2,000 at the high school level, 1,000 at the primary level) in its 14 storeys, as well as the adjacent four storey curving primary school. A kit of parts furniture methodology and a flexible approach to spatial layouts will enable a far more fluid and customized learning experience for the students.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In a press release, Grimshaw partner Andrew Cortese stated that &ldquo;The school buildings act as the social infrastructure for the transformation of individuals and their communities through learning, inclusivity and outreach, with wellbeing&nbsp;and playfulness arising out of the integration of the physical and the environmental."</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> Another study warns that 3D-printers pose potential health risks for users Justine Testado 2016-02-02T19:30:00-05:00 >2016-02-03T15:31:16-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So 3D printing didn&rsquo;t even have much of a chance before the railing began regarding fumes and toxicity and in general, the question of how sick we might be getting while the filament takes its time melting nearby...[A recent University of Texas at Austin] report seems to offer up fairly common sense information, although they do state that more studies should be done regarding exposure to fumes and potential carcinogens, and should be weighed against usage patterns while 3D printing.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This health concern isn't brand new, but it's surely something that deserves further research.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D printing will recreate destroyed Palmyra arch</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT presents 3D printer that can print 10 materials simultaneously without breaking the bank</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ESA proposes a village on the moon</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amsterdam could get a new 3D-printed bridge built by robots</a></p> New York may finally get open subway cars Nicholas Korody 2016-01-28T18:21:00-05:00 >2016-01-28T21:18:47-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Moving from one subway car to another is no easy task. There is the dart-and-hustle option, entailing a sprint between entrances before the doors close, and the perilous &mdash; and prohibited &mdash; passing between the doors at the end of the car. But the Metropolitan Transportation Authority wants to examine another route: a new generation of subway trains with open pathways between cars.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Similar designs already travel through cities like Paris and Toronto, where they have been reported to increase passenger capacity by 10%.</p><p>Currently, riders can face a steep fine for trying to move between subway cars.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Port Authority officially confirms March opening date for WTC Transportation Hub Oculus</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cut away confusion from your NYC commute with these beautiful subway maps</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jakarta, the world's largest city without a subway, is drowning in traffic</a></li></ul> Olafur Eliasson to storm Versailles Nicholas Korody 2016-01-28T15:04:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:32:57-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="516" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Palace at Versailles has announced that Olafur Eliasson will display his artworks at the palace and its gardens this year. The Icelandic-Danish artist's exhibition will be on view from June through October, following the well-received installations of contemporary art at the baroque symbol of absolute monarchy by Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos, and French artist Xavier Veilhan...</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson wins a Crystal Award for "improving the state of the world"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson opens ship-themed pedestrian bridge in Copenhagen</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson Wants You to Design Utopia (Out of Legos)</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson turns Louisiana MoMA into a 'Riverbed'</a></li></ul> Between a rock and a refurbished place: inside 700-year old UK luxury rockhouse Julia Ingalls 2016-01-28T13:13:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:33:53-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="429" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Seven centuries ago, denizens of the&nbsp;Wyre Forest in Worcestershire carved themselves a "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rockhouse</a>" from&nbsp;Triassic sandstone. Apparently considered to be among the best of the 40 or so rockhouses currently in earthly existence (including the Kinver Edge Holy Austin Rock)&nbsp;the recently refurbished and restored dwelling is now open to visitors, and features "stylish creature comforts such as&nbsp;under floor heating, rainforest&nbsp;shower&nbsp;and clever ambient lighting for&nbsp;a nurturing and natural ambience." Here's a look inside:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Envision your next design with Arckit + giveaway! Justine Testado 2016-01-28T12:04:00-05:00 >2016-01-29T10:17:05-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Need a break from LEGOs or want to refresh your creative process for your next project? <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arckit</a> is a choice you wouldn't want to pass up. Irish architect Damien Murtagh created the aesthetically savvy modular kit for architects, students, hobbyists, and design enthusiasts of any age to enjoy and use for their architectural modeling needs.</p><p>Arckit uses a series of reusable modular components that connect without glue(!), allowing the creation of freeform structures that can be endlessly modified.&nbsp;The system is based on modern building techniques and uses a universal sale &mdash; making it ideal for architectural projects, showcasing finished designs, or just for good ol' fun.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Are you in dire need of one of these kits? Archinect is giving away three Arckit sets to our lucky readers!</p><p>Read on for more about Arckit, and find out how to enter the giveaway.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>'You can design almost any structure with Arckit &ndash; from a room, extension, walled garden, dream home, street, high-rise tower or even replicate so...</p> Best snow + ice architecture, 2016 edition Julia Ingalls 2016-01-27T14:35:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:25:47-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In China each year, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harbin Ice and Snow Festival</a> features both buildings and sculptures constructed entirely of ice and snow, which are augmented with nighttime illumination. Here are a few highlights from this year's festival:</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>China doesn't have a lockdown on spectacular ice and snow architecture. The Pyotr Yeropkin-designed 20 meter tall by 50 meter wide Russian Ice Palace, which has been reconstructed every year since 2005 (although the design dates back to 1740) in St. Petersburg, has interior spaces with custom ice furniture:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quebec's Hotel de Glace</a> offers a functional, if chilly, opportunity to experience ice and snow architecture. Each year, guests can stay inside one of its 44 rooms (some of which come with seemingly oxymoronic amenities, like a fireplace):</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Lastly, there is the SnowCastle of Kemi by the Gulf of Bothnia in Finland, which is constructed annually and features an accompanying SnowRestaurant, SnowChapel, and SnowHotel. The SnowCastle's official website is carefu...</p> DS+R's Berkeley Art Museum is a conceptual success Julia Ingalls 2016-01-27T14:07:00-05:00 >2016-02-05T05:53:25-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although the renderings and Twitter pics of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio +Renfro</a>'s Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive produced a heated response on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect</a>, evaluating the museum from a programmatic standpoint makes it appear as less of a "giant TV on the sidewalk" and more a clever fusion of needs into an elegant, if perhaps somewhat muscular, form. The museum is part art exhibition space, part film gallery/archive. DS+R have chosen not to mask these separate identities into an amorphous form, but rather to architecturally demarcate these two mediums. Viewed from the side, as in Iwan Baan's photographs above and below, this choice results in an elegant exterior wrap that offers visual intrigue with the glassed-in multipurpose space peeking out between the two halves. This asymmetrical glimpse of the interior gives the building a muscular quality, as if it is in motion.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>There are perhaps inadvertent throwbacks to Renzo Piano's BCAM at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LACMA</a> throughout the interior, not only with the ...</p> The Future of New York’s Skyline Richard Meier & Partners 2016-01-26T11:44:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:07:44-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The biggest names impacting New York&rsquo;s skyline come together to discuss the projects that now epitomize the city, the ever-evolving real estate market and what&rsquo;s next for New York&rsquo;s neighborhoods.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The man behind the iconic Apollo 11 space suits. Orhan Ayyüce 2016-01-24T00:23:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T00:35:04-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sixty years after the Wright Brothers put man in the air, scientists and engineers were grappling with the next major challenge: putting a man in space - and keeping him alive there. As an engineering challenge, it was the most extreme imaginable. Their solution was a rocket and the most complicated piece of personal protection equipment man has ever known: the space suit.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Al Jazeera's Caroline Radnofsky set out to explore the legacy of her grandfather, the man behind the iconic Apollo 11 space suits.&#8203;</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>I felt like I knew Grandpa best not through the glowing endorsements, but through the anecdotes that were sometimes least flattering: how he'd get so excited about an idea that he'd call his colleagues in the middle of the night, or burst in on meetings. How when he got frustrated, he'd hack away with a survival machete at a block of wood he kept in his office.&#8203;</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p> Architecture for Humanity spin-off, Chapter Network, appoints Garrett Jacobs exec director Julia Ingalls 2016-01-21T17:06:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T00:45:06-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although Architecture for Humanity officially closed in 2015, a new international, volunteer organization that was affiliated with AFH called The Chapter Network is following in AFH's sustainable-development footsteps, and has chosen <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garrett Jacobs</a> as its executive director. Jacobs attended Tulane University&nbsp;before going on to work with both Architecture for Humanity and the Chapter Network.&nbsp;&ldquo;I am incredibly honored to serve this network,&rdquo; Jacobs said in a press release. &ldquo;&#8203;It is a true privilege to organize with designers committed to creating a more equitable, sustainable and socially just world using the power of participatory design. I started with this group as a volunteer, and I will strive to build an organization where anyone can envision a similar pathway to leadership. Through honesty, trust, patience, and really hard work, we will build the organization we believe can change the world through design.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anatomy of a non-profit: dissecting Architecture for Humanity's ...</a></li></ul> Have you listened to your building? Julia Ingalls 2016-01-20T14:46:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T23:52:44-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Derek Sugden, the dean of acoustic engineers, who has died at the age of 91, remained perpetually surprised that architects could be so concerned with every aspect of the building they were designing &lsquo;but not really with what it sounded like&rsquo;. According to Sugden, &lsquo;the sound is as important as the surface and the feel. It&rsquo;s important because our ears define for me the nature of space.&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>So not everyone can be Yasuhisa Toyota, but still: paying attention to the acoustics of a space should be a vital component of the architectural design process, yeah?</p><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Master acoustician, Yasuhisa Toyota, talks about kickstarting his career with the Disney Concert Hall</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Byrne is Playing the Building</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a listen to the NYT's beautiful sonic portraits of architectural spaces</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Art of Architecture Criticism: Archinect Sessions One-to-One #7 with Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic for the New York Times</a></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Architecture grad students get (canopied) field experience with the Port Authority Julia Ingalls 2016-01-20T13:16:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T23:53:06-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Graduate students from the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture&rsquo;s Graduate Design and Build Studio program will officially begin work for the Port Authority of Houston Wednesday. The project aims to build an open shade structure for a security checkpoint where officers would check I.D.s. under the protection of a canopy.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Is working for the Port Authority as a grad student like interning for the government, especially when "The $75,000 [grad-student designed] project is more cost effective than the previous designs that would&rsquo;ve cost between $200,000 to $400,000"?</p><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The school of helpful knocks: the experiential pedagogy of Design Build Research</a></p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCSU Faculty Member Vincent Petrarca Receives ACSA Faculty Design Award</a></p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Port Authority officially confirms March opening date for WTC Transportation Hub Oculus</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Rejoice aesthetes! New incandescent bulbs are now more efficient than LED Nicholas Korody 2016-01-14T16:51:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T22:18:18-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Researchers at MIT have shown that by surrounding the filament with a special crystal structure in the glass they can bounce back the energy which is usually lost in heat, while still allowing the light through... Usually traditional light bulbs are only about five per cent efficient, with 95 per cent of the energy being lost to the atmosphere. In comparison LED or florescent bulbs manage around 14% efficiency. But the scientists believe that the new bulb could reach efficiency levels of 40%</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Meryl Streep's husband among those helping select architect for the Obama Center Julia Ingalls 2016-01-14T12:37:00-05:00 >2016-02-01T07:24:55-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The team advising the Barack Obama Foundation on the selection of an architect for the Obama Center includes the husbands of Caroline Kennedy and Meryl Streep &ndash; a designer and a sculptor &mdash; with Chicagoans Fred Eychaner and Bob Clark also centrally involved, the Sun-Times has learned. Known as the Design Advisory Team, the group is helping evaluate proposals from architects for the sought-after commission, with seven firms selected as finalists last December.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Adjaye is the best bet for the Obama Presidential Library &ndash;&nbsp;but not because of the color of his skin</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First big-name architects confirmed for Obama Presidential Center</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brad Pitt's "Make It Right" opens LEED-platinum housing complex in Kansas City</a></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> World's first Slum Museum is coming to Mumbai Alexander Walter 2016-01-12T13:39:00-05:00 >2016-01-12T14:30:37-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mumbai&rsquo;s gigantic slums are one of the city&rsquo;s most prominent&mdash;and problematic&mdash;features. Dharavi, located in the heart of&nbsp;Mumbai, is&nbsp;home to upwards of 1.5 million people, giving it the distinction of being one of the largest slums in all of Asia. [...] it will also be home to what organizers are calling the first slum museum. [...] The museum itself will be a small, flexible mobile structure, which will make it easy for it to be pulled through the slum&rsquo;s streets on a bike or small vehicle.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mumbai's Dharavi 'slum': Opportunities &amp; challenges</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Slumdog Millionaire Architect</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl Architects wins star-studded competition to design Mumbai City Museum North Wing</a></li></ul> A luxury hotel 20,000 leagues under the sea Nicholas Korody 2016-01-08T18:16:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T02:05:57-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Holidaymakers may soon be able to experience life under the sea by booking a stay at a futuristic hotel on the ocean floor. The Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel has received USA Patent and Trademark approval as the world's first underwater hotel - with Egypt, Malaysia, Hawaii and the Bahamas revealed as some of the designers' preferred locations. Guests would be treated to a one-of-a-kind panoramic view of sea life at a staggering 28ft (8.5 metres) below the surface.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Technically the hotel is a vessel, as the Daily Mail rightly points out, since it can navigate underwater and seek shelter if there's a hurricane. So basically, think of it as a cruise ship where you can't step out for a bit of fresh air.<br><br>"Rates will range between $3,000 to $6,000 for two underwater hotel guests AND two top-side guests who sleep on board the 63 foot catamaran support vessel," the Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a> states. "We are not accepting reservations until we begin fabrication.&nbsp;As soon as the $3,000,000 is received we will then begin accepting reservations."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><p><a title="After over a thousand years underwater, two Egyptian cities will be exhibited at British Museum" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After over a thousand years underwater, two Egyptian cities will be exhibited at British Museum</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Luxury Anthropocene: Dubai gets its first private floating islands" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luxury Anthropocene: Dubai gets its first private floating islands</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Turkey says newly discovered Basilica in Lake &#304;znik will become underwater museum" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turkey says newly discovered Basilica in Lake &#304;znik will become underwater museum</a></p></li></ul> How to turn Martian soil into concrete Julia Ingalls 2016-01-07T17:46:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T01:47:13-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="455" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thanks to the work of Lin Wan and pals at Northwestern University...these guys have worked out how to make Martian concrete using materials that are widely available on Mars. And, crucially, this concrete can be formed without using water, which will be a precious resource on the red planet.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more of Archinect's coverage of extra-terrestrial architectural news, check out:</p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NASA launches competition for structures built in situ using Martian resources</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Mars Ice House envisions the day Earthlings can live with ease atop the Martian surface</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ESA proposes a village on the moon</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Bjarke Ingels Group, BIG, tackles NFL stadium design for the Washington Redskins Julia Ingalls 2016-01-07T13:45:00-05:00 >2016-01-11T12:58:17-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;People involved in building stadiums are usually very reliant on the firms who have demonstrated a strong record in understanding sports sites,&rdquo; [Christopher S.] Dunlavey said. &ldquo;BIG is known very well for very innovative architecture and design, but they haven&rsquo;t been known for that kind of expertise.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>National Football League sports stadium design isn't usually a province of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">starchitect</a>, but in typical convention-defying style, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group</a> isn't letting that deter them. In other parts of the world, starchitects have had mixed success with stadium design; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron's Bird's Nest</a>&nbsp;for the 2008 Olympics was widely considered to be a success, while <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>'s proposed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New National Stadium for Japan devolved</a> into a nightmare of construction cost inflation and politics. The politics behind the STILL-insensitively-named Redskins' stadium are already fraught; among other issues, the team is trying to lock down a site. Good luck, Bjarke!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p>