Archinect - News 2015-07-31T09:28:48-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/133038345/2015-matsumoto-prize-honors-six-exemplary-modernist-houses 2015 Matsumoto Prize honors six exemplary modernist houses kimweiss 2015-07-29T19:29:00-04:00 >2015-07-30T08:52:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f0pgqnafunzstdij.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Non-profit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ncmodernist.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Carolina Modernist Houses</a>&nbsp;has&nbsp;announced the six winners &ndash; three Jury awards and three People&rsquo;s Choice awards &ndash; of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ncmodernist.org/prize2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 George Matsumoto Prize</a>&nbsp;for Modernist residential design. The winners were announced on July 16 during a special event at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mattmcconnell.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McConnell Studios</a>&nbsp;in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.</p><p>The Matsumoto Prize honors George Matsumoto, FAIA, a founding faculty member at the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/14351/north-carolina-state-university" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Carolina State University</a> School of Design (now College of Design), and well-known designer of exemplary mid-century Modernist houses in North Carolina. Matsumoto also served as Honorary Chair of the professional jury.&nbsp;Submissions to the annual competition must be houses in North Carolina, but designers may be based anywhere. A panel of distinguished architects including Jeanne Gang and Peter Gluck selected the Jury Award winners.&nbsp;</p><p>The 2015 Jury winners&nbsp;are:</p><p>&darr;&nbsp;First Prize&nbsp;($3000) &ndash;&nbsp;<a href="http://cubedesignresearch.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CUBE design + research</a>, Chapel Hill, for the Aiyyer Residence in Carrboro, NC.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ar/ar878zkbfqpdxbhs.jpg"></p><p>&darr;&nbsp;Second Prize&nbsp;($2000) &ndash;&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/61800613/tonic-design-tonic-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toni...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132959584/survey-why-glass Survey: Why glass? Julia Ingalls 2015-07-29T13:53:00-04:00 >2015-07-29T13:53:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ms/msd0mqfcrrxp5jgn.jpg" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ever since <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118968488/david-chipperfield-pledges-to-carefully-optimize-mies-van-der-rohe-s-neue-nationalgalerie" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mies Van Der Rohe's groundbreaking designs</a> popularized the deceptively simple glass facade, architects have experimented with the incorporation of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131024735/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-glass-pinterest-board" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the material</a> in their designs. Some, such as PLP Architecture, have opted to create commercial buildings that utilize an almost entirely glass facade in&nbsp;order&nbsp;to facilitate new types of professional interaction. Others, such as <a href="http://archinect.com/kosullivan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kevin O'Sullivan + Associates</a>, have tempered their use of glass with other materials to create a more integrated feel with the surrounding landscape. Archinect decided to survey these two firms about the challenges they faced in their design process. Here, in their own words, the architects speak about how they ultimately arrived on their new final designs.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jl/jlhuavvuvvqak24r.jpg"></p><p><strong>David Leventhal of PLP Architecture on the Deloitte HQ</strong></p><p>As Sylvia Lavin puts it, 'Architecture generally considers environmental design to be repulsive, an odious amalgam of pseudoscience, bad form and moralism.' The challenge for us was to conceive a gr...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133027870/are-uncompetitive-japanese-contractors-to-blame-for-zaha-s-new-national-stadium-budget-blowout Are uncompetitive Japanese contractors to blame for Zaha's New National Stadium budget blowout? Julia Ingalls 2015-07-29T13:43:00-04:00 >2015-07-29T13:51:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ny/ny6h15ws7ax239j5.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a> is not going away quietly, but cogently. In a statement forwarded by the Japan Olympic Committee, ZHA details the origins of what would eventually become the budget fracas over the cancelled New <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Stadium</a>, noting that early in the design process&nbsp;"we advised&nbsp;the JSC [<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan Sport Council</a>] that working to an immovable completion deadline, against a backdrop of&nbsp;rocketing annual increases in the cost of building in Tokyo, and in the absence&nbsp;of any international competition, the early selection of a limited number of&nbsp;construction contractors&nbsp;would not lead to a commercially competitive&nbsp;process."</p><p>Here's the full statement:&nbsp;</p><p>Our teams in Japan and the&nbsp;UK feel it is necessary to set the record straight on the Zaha Hadid Architects&nbsp;(ZHA) design for the new National Stadium for Japan, which has been developed&nbsp;to the client&rsquo;s brief and budget. It is also only right that the Japanese&nbsp;people are fully aware of the reasons for the reported budget increase and,&nbsp;with exact...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132962812/pedestrians-and-light-rail-retake-sydney-well-george-street-at-least Pedestrians and light rail retake Sydney (well, George Street at least) Julia Ingalls 2015-07-28T19:28:00-04:00 >2015-07-29T10:24:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8w/8wd8tkiieqtudcdi.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The transformative effect of removing cars from a dedicated street or urban center and creating a pedestrian-friendly area isn't a new idea, but it's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116577617/prince-charles-calls-to-reclaim-the-streets-from-cars-with-his-10-point-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a popular one</a>. Sydney, Australia has decided to repurpose its relatively trafficky George Street into an elegant shopping and walking area bisected by light rail, with design input from French architect Thomas Richez. According to <a href="http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/sydneys-light-rail-renowned-french-architect-thomas-richez-to-advise-on-design-20150727-gildif.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Sydney Morning Herald</a> Richez, who has overseen the development of numerous public spaces in Africa and Europe, is now working with the city to create a zone that would foster a more relaxed vibe among pedestrians. As he explains,&nbsp;"The idea is, a good tramway line&nbsp;is like a reserve, a pleasant place, whether people use the transportation system or not."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n1/n1ksas4z1f6m352p.jpg"></p><p><em>The tramway in Reims, with the cathedral in the background. (Photo: Richez Associes)</em></p><p>Even in car-centric Los Angeles, institutions as varied as <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/15822/getty-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Getty Center </a>&nbsp;and commercial shopping cluster The Grove have employed similar non-pedestrian design strategies ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132957969/zaha-hadid-and-pharrell-williams-are-co-designing-shoes-for-adidas Zaha Hadid and Pharrell Williams are co-designing shoes for Adidas Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-28T16:06:00-04:00 >2015-07-28T21:51:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0q/0q8y1bmzazv8pdbz.jpg" width="514" height="219" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"I&rsquo;m a huge fan of Zaha&rsquo;s, I&rsquo;ve always been. I would venture to say she&rsquo;s one of the most talented architects of our time and of history in my opinion. The kinds of shapes and the kinds of structures that she transcribes from her mind&rsquo;s imagination &ndash; I think that Zaha&rsquo;s designs are just like her buildings, they augment reality forever. And I feel like with the Supershell, she created, while using the dimensions of the shoe, cast shadows that weren&rsquo;t necessarily there&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>This isn't the first time the singer and architect have worked together &ndash; Williams referred to a&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/64826234/pharrell-williams-hints-at-pre-fab-collaboration-with-zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pre-fab housing collaboration back in 2013</a>. And his designs on associating with the architecture community were made clear at the AIA National Convention in 2014, where he delivered a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96407905/pharrell-williams-will-give-the-aia-2014-national-convention-keynote-address" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">keynote speech</a> alongside Jeanne Gang and Theaster Gates.</p><p>But the architect's influence is pretty understated, compared to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/76317316/zaha-hadid-designs-shoe-for-united-nude" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">other</a> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/88988/zaha-shoes-part-iii" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha-designed</a> <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/76858/zaha-does-shoes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shoes</a>. It appears as if the only major change to Adidas' classic Superstar trainer is to the pronounced ridges on the toes. Watch Pharrell's full spot for the "Zaha Hadid Supershell Superstar" shoes ($120 USD) below:</p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.designmena.com/specify/zaha-hadid-joins-forces-with-pharrell-williams-on-adidas-shoe-collection" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>h/t designMENA</em></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132949095/zaha-hadid-my-design-for-the-new-national-stadium-is-not-the-problem Zaha Hadid: My design for the New National Stadium is not the problem Julia Ingalls 2015-07-28T13:08:00-04:00 >2015-07-31T08:40:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ap/ap5bxwv3i79fzi9c.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to a statement issued on <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>'s website, the project-ending cost of the New National Stadium is not the fault of the design, but rather the "inflated costs of construction in Tokyo, a restricted and uncompetitive approach to appointing construction contractors, and a restriction on collaboration between the design team and appointed construction contractors." The stadium, whose controversial design has spawned a series of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">derisive memes</a>, was shut down after officials announced the cost would be 250 billion yen (approximately $2 billion U.S. dollars). The cost <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132028782/i-thought-what-when-i-heard-it-would-cost-252-billion-tadao-ando-says-about-national-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shocked</a> design committee chairman <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/99728/tadao-ando" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando</a>, who made a similar statement about the inflated construction costs in Japan.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0t/0t34rfhcg1yqo3q1.jpg"></p><p>In her statement, <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hadid</a> goes on to say that the arched roof structure was carefully designed so that it could be built in tandem with the seating bowl, and by Japanese engineering and design team estimates should only cost 23 billion yen. Hadid also notes that due to an increase in&nbsp;the&nbsp;price...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132892117/archinect-launches-dry-futures-competition-in-response-to-california-s-historic-drought Archinect launches "Dry Futures" competition in response to California's historic drought Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-28T12:11:00-04:00 >2015-07-31T08:40:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dz/dzklyfarv1dqpxt3.jpg" width="514" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Golden State's nickname has taken on a grave new meaning. The agricultural and economic powerhouse of the country is in the midst of a historic drought pervading the whole U.S. Southwest, at once turning sprawling front lawns into golden-brown scratch pads and inciting&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/04/30/403283276/drought-in-calif-creates-water-wars-between-farmers-developers-residents" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Chinatown</em>-style disputes</a> among developers, farmers, and residents over water rights. The situation is dire, and while <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131348933/as-californians-let-their-lawns-turn-golden-water-conservation-targets-were-exceeded-in-may" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">conservation efforts are succeeding</a>&nbsp;to a degree, plans must extend into the far future in order to contend with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122813531/california-has-about-one-year-of-water-left" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">depleted reservoirs and record low-levels of groundwater</a>. Cities can't always count on free-flowing taps.</p><p>Believing that&nbsp;architects are in a unique position to imagine how the built environment must adapt,&nbsp;Archinect is launching&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Dry Futures&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;</strong>&ndash; a&nbsp;new competition seeking imaginative, pragmatic, idealist, or perhaps even dystopic, design proposals for the future of California&rsquo;s drought. And the stakes couldn't be higher: in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122813531/california-has-about-one-year-of-water-left" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a recent op&shy;-ed for the <em>Los Angeles Times</em></a>, Jay Famiglietti, senior w...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132866354/luxury-patterned-after-old-bohemian-farm-villages Luxury Patterned After Old Bohemian Farm Villages Richard Meier & Partners 2015-07-27T14:16:00-04:00 >2015-07-29T13:37:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eq/eq7dq15v4t0iu535.jpg" width="514" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The project, estimated at 400 million euros, or $433 million, features designs by the architects Eva Jiricna, Richard Meier and John Pawson, in addition to the 10 emerging firms, three of which are Czech and seven that are British.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/132873615/fog-catchers-squeezing-water-out-of-thin-air Fog catchers: squeezing water out of thin air Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-27T13:35:00-04:00 >2015-07-31T08:41:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mn/mn06xfx9g2qu867m.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Simply look up into the sky at a single cloud, on average that white pouf holds 8 million gallons of water&#8202;&mdash;&#8202;enough to sustain 100,000 people for a day. Yet the water we harvest has become so scarce, its cost is greater than the devices invented to catch and deliver it. [...] How might we imagine new ways to collect water? How do we get it off my socks and into my coffee cup?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Fog catchers &ndash; contraptions that gather the moisture in our atmosphere for drinking water &ndash; have been used by humans and animals alike to survive in some of the driest places on earth. In Chile's&nbsp;Atacama desert, fog catchers have been in use for over half a century, and even are <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-32515558" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">used to gather water to brew local beer</a>. The Namib beetle (named for its habitat in the South African desert) has a pattern of bumps on its back that funnel trapped moisture into its mouth. Now, these simple water-capturing techniques are being looked to as one of the many potential relief systems in the American southwest's historic drought.</p><p>In one of their simplest forms, fog catchers are essentially fine-meshed nets, erected on the landscape at an angle suited to the area's fog and winds. The basic form was made drastically <a href="http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2013/how-to-get-fresh-water-out-of-thin-air-0830" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">more efficient by MIT and Chilean researchers</a> relatively recently, however there's more room for innovation in both smaller and larger-scale applications.&nbsp;In perpetually foggy places, s...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132666733/dump-your-old-vector-files-in-the-digital-junkyard-to-be-recycled-into-real-world-objects Dump your old vector files in the Digital Junkyard to be recycled into real-world objects Justine Testado 2015-07-24T21:28:00-04:00 >2015-07-31T08:41:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7q/7q820e2arudnm9fq.jpg" width="514" height="189" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Digital Junkyard is an experiment in virtual salvage. It is a repository of donated digital information that is used to generate real physical and spatial objects...This project is an embodiment of the growing collective intelligence that technology affords us; and an experiment in ideas about digital ecology. It also honours the time and energy that designers put into testing and making mistakes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>No, this isn't some snarky Craigslist ad. Recently launched by architecturally trained designer and artist Car Martin, the Digital Junkyard is a website with a mission to transform as much of your unwanted vector files into a new physical object or creative idea of sorts, in the real world. In addition to "dumping" their files, users can "salvage" and download donated files, and can eventually check out the resulting "artifacts" -- although that section of the site is yet to be filled.</p><p>The Digital Junkyard accepts a maximum of 250 MB and is mainly looking for vector files. More specifically:</p><ul><li>Adobe (.ai .eps .pdf)</li><li>Autodesk (.dwg .rvt)</li><li>Mcneel/Rhino (.3dm .gh.ghx)</li><li>Sketchup (.skp)</li><li>GIS (.mxd &amp; shapefile folders)</li><li>Other (.svg .dxf)</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nc/nchiy3qvwjzxoetg.jpg"><br><em>Screenshot via djunkyard.com</em></p><p>While the Digital Junkyard can be a practical outlet for architects and designers to clear up their digital workspaces, Martin's website has an introspective side to it that is greatly relevant at this point in our tightening relationship wit...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132645838/urbancampsite-amsterdam-lets-visitors-camp-in-style-in-these-artsy-tents UrbanCampsite Amsterdam lets visitors camp in style in these artsy "tents" Justine Testado 2015-07-24T15:41:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T17:42:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k2/k2c9phhzs7m5m0ec.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you happen to find yourself wandering <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/362290/ijburg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IJburg</a>'s Centrumeiland artificial island in Amsterdam this summer, you might encounter a peculiar group of art installations randomly camped out in what feels like the middle of nowhere. Although the installations alone are enough to draw in passers-by, they're actually part of UrbanCampsite Amsterdam, an outdoor public exhibition wherein you can, yes, go camping.</p><p>Founders Annette van Driel and Francis Nijenhuis launched UrbanCampsite Amsterdam this past June after a successful first exhibition last year. As a way to brighten up the "sandy piece of wasteland" on the IJburg island and attract visitors to the developing neighborhood, the project offers all the basics of outdoor camping&nbsp;&mdash; but appeals to anyone looking to add a "luxurious" artsy twist in their experience.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ji/jicekm5h54oim4cj.jpg"></p><p>The campsite features 12 very different installations mostly built out of waste materials. With an <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/287980/airbnb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb</a> reservation, a lucky number of visitors can spend the night in these char...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132584053/syracuse-university-student-and-faculty-work-a-review-of-trans-inter-ference Syracuse University student and faculty work: a review of Trans(inter)ference Julia Ingalls 2015-07-23T19:11:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T17:29:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gp/gpau4ma7q96dmhh8.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/351727/iconic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">iconic</a> in architecture? It's a debate that will never be settled precisely because the definition of "icon" is perennially changing to reflect the culture from which it derives. An icon, after all, is not necessarily a classic, and this inherent tension is partly what fuels Trans(inter)ference, an installation designed by Maya Alam in collaboration with Daniele Profeta and three <a href="http://archinect.com/syracuse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Syracuse University</a> students:&nbsp;Emily Greer, Waralee Kaewkoon and Thomas Byung H. Kim.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v2/v2bfpigd3etuch4c.jpg"></p><p>Made up from repurposed VHS tape strung over a frame system that has a rectangular series of partitions and a curved awning-like flourish, the work seems to never quite come into focus due to the fluttering of the tape. This constant subtle motion means that there is no one "right" way to perceive it: each observer's experience is free from a predetermined context. In this sense, Trans(inter)ference achieves its stated goal of being "an in-between object that weaves subject, object, and context into one."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vg/vgmzqh06ac59wl1f.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0e3qus96vyhkcef1.jpg"></p><p>Mounted in ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132554306/you-want-a-piece-of-renzo-piano You Want a Piece of Renzo Piano Isaac Wilhelm 2015-07-23T11:32:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T18:03:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m7/m79x3vd9i1g8fz4b.jpg" width="514" height="643" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>He&rsquo;s Mr. Lifestyle of the rich and famous, do you want a piece of him?&nbsp; No not Britney Spears, but rather world-renowned architect Renzo Piano. Visitors to the recent Piece by Piece: Renzo Piano Building Workshop at the Power Station of Art in Shanghai were engaged in the evolution of the famous architect&rsquo;s key works through multi-media presentations.&nbsp; Various study models made of wood, foam, morphed plastic, and even pantyhose provided insight into the limitless and unpredictable avenues of the architectural creative process. &nbsp;Suspended models of various scale and detail hovered above viewers as informative construction process documentaries played on the wall. &nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8v/8vwyqvgqly0stwaq.jpg"></p><p>The entire the exhibition space pulsed with creativity.&nbsp; It was as though visitors were inside Piano&rsquo;s brain. The display workshop tables the neurons. Visitors the receptors.&nbsp; The exploratory exhibit is now closed, but like a catchy American pop-song, piece by piece Renzo Piano&rsquo;s ingenious design ingenuity has already trick...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132512542/famous-architecture-as-rendered-through-google-s-creepy-deepdream Famous Architecture as Rendered Through Google's Creepy "DeepDream" Julia Ingalls 2015-07-23T01:07:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:41:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n0/n0tjjtl7zyrnoj9c.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Been a little too productive today? Amuse and potentially frighten yourself by seeing what architecture looks like through the warped, creepy lens of Google's "DeepDream," a recently unveiled image recognition software program that essentially displays what artificial neural networks think they are seeing, image-wise.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z1/z1wdkhkqbyy1auf3.jpg"></p><p>Technically, there's an app for that: <a href="https://dreamscopeapp.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DreamScope</a>, which <a href="http://gizmodo.com/someone-finally-turned-googles-deepdream-code-into-a-si-1719461004" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gizmodo</a> describes as being "like Instagram on LSD, all powered by Google" that allows you to upload a photograph and then watch it be transformed through 19 discrete filters. While the app boils down the complexity and Do-Androids-Dream-of-Electric-Sheep quality of the original program, it's still a trippy (and entirely legal) way to get a fresh perspective on reality. Upload your experiments in the comments section below, and we'll pick a winner!&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132497273/the-clearing-memorial-to-norway-s-july-22-attacks-opens-on-the-tragedy-s-fourth-anniversary "The Clearing", memorial to Norway's July 22 attacks, opens on the tragedy's fourth anniversary Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-22T19:30:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:40:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sv/svc1dgegedgwyjs8.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Called Lysningen or &lsquo;The Clearing&rsquo;, it has been designed by the Bergen-based architects 3RW. [...] &ldquo;It is actually much better than I had thought,.&rdquo; [J&oslash;rgen Watne Frydnes, the general manager of Ut&oslash;ya,] said. &ldquo;The frame around the woods and the silence of nature, makes it feel like a well.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>On July 22, 2011, on the island of Ut&oslash;yah, a lone gunman named Anders Breivik attacked a youth summer camp run by the Norwegian Workers&rsquo; Youth League (AUF), killing 69 people. Today, on the fourth anniversary of the attack, a memorial to the victims officially opens on the island. Known as &ldquo;Lysningen" (The Clearing), the memorial is designed by Bergen-based firm 3RW, and was selected through a competition hosted by AUF.</p><p>The design features a large metal ring, inscribed with the victims' names, suspended from pine trees over a clearing made by 3RW.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d8/d8losmof5r3yqgbi.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2u/2uu18x6nvmbzypci.jpg"></p><p>Vegard Gr&oslash;slie Wennesland, a survivor of the Ut&oslash;ya attack who served on the memorial committee, <a href="http://3rw.no/3rw-wins-the-competition-to-propose-memorial-on-utoya/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">says of 3RW's design</a>: "the idea is both sophisticated and unpretentious. No matter what social, cultural or religious affiliation, you can feel welcome here. It will be a beautiful place for remembrance."</p><p>Another competition, for two public memorials &ndash; one in Ut&oslash;ya and one in Oslo, where Breivik perpetrated a bombing attack on the same day &ndash; was wo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132492446/esa-proposes-a-village-on-the-moon ESA proposes a village on the moon Julia Ingalls 2015-07-22T14:50:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:43:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pu/pu398j97ykmonglr.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"I propose a Moon village on the far side of the Moon.&rdquo; &ndash;Professor Johann-Dietrich Woerner, Director General of the European Space Agency</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Director General of the European Space Agency Johann-Dietrich Woerner has proposed creating an international village on the moon, partly as an apolitical way to bring more countries into the space program, and partly as a way to realistically pursue new frontiers in cosmic exploration.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mt/mt5xq55wc039a9wy.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;Although <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/58983/nasa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NASA</a> is currently investigating <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/429377/3d-printed-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D printing</a> a base on Mars, Woerner's proposed village would also enable scientists to test print much closer to home. The idea of 3D printing on the moon is not new&ndash;<a href="http://archinect.com/fosterandpartners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a> previously worked with the ESA to design a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/66633417/foster-partners-works-with-european-space-agency-to-3d-print-structures-on-the-moon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D printed&nbsp;lunar module</a> for four people from layers of regolith&ndash;but the village would be considerably more complex. As the BBC reports, Woerner said that&nbsp;&ldquo;A Moon village shouldn&rsquo;t just mean some houses, a church and a town hall. This Moon village should mean partners from all over the world contributing to this community with robotic and astronaut missions and support communication satellites.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a7/a7dev5p8ueilsph6.jpg"></p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/132489224/lego-architecture-launches-new-student-acoustic-design-challenge-to-restore-a-destroyed-music-theater LEGO Architecture launches new student acoustic-design challenge to restore a destroyed music theater Justine Testado 2015-07-22T14:29:00-04:00 >2015-07-22T14:30:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ll/llu59z7fjs6gpf9r.jpg" width="514" height="238" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Following a successful inaugural event <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104263892/lego-architecture-to-launch-in-europe-at-the-italian-villa-pennisi-in-musica-event-this-august" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">last year</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/29653301/lego-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEGO Architecture</a> is presenting another opportunity for architecture students in the Villa Pennisi in Musica 2015 summer workshop to hone their acoustic-design and LEGO-building skills in the upcoming #FILLTHETHEATRE challenge.</p><p>Taking place in August at the Villa Pennisi in Italy, the workshop challenge is part of the 15-day <a href="http://www.vpmusica.com/en/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Villa Pennisi in Musica</a> festival that brings together classical music, architecture, and performance design. Attendees get to check out live music performances, exhibitions, lectures, and presentations by major classical musicians and notable practitioners in architecture and sound design.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ps/ps3f4p6d126kbcbd.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/li/li9fnzz0ptuvd9ue.jpg"></p><p>Using the 1,200-piece monochromatic <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/78469173/lego-architecture-studio-now-in-stores" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEGO Architecture Studio sets</a>, students will build scale models of indoor structures that will amplify the acoustics of the historic Teatro Bellini of Acireale, a baroque theater that was destroyed in a fire in the 1960s. The theater was only partially reconstructed, but is no longer in use due...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132426477/combating-drought-conditions-california-issues-stark-landscaping-restrictions Combating drought conditions, California issues stark landscaping restrictions Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-21T18:09:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:38:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5m/5mpui0yng88tpld8.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The California Water Commission, responding to a fourth year of drought, approved sharp new limits on the amount of water that can be used on landscapes surrounding newly constructed buildings, such as houses, businesses and schools. The revised ordinance will limit grass to about 25% of a home's combined front, back and side yards in all new construction. [...] Additionally, grass will be all but banned in landscapes of new commercial, industrial and institutional buildings.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on California's historic drought:</p><ul><li><a title="The sudden drought gold rush for California landscapers may be over" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131952486/the-sudden-drought-gold-rush-for-california-landscapers-may-be-over" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The sudden drought gold rush for California landscapers may be over</a></li><li><a title="The best lawn for California's drought may still be green" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131884271/the-best-lawn-for-california-s-drought-may-still-be-green" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The best lawn for California's drought may still be green</a></li><li><a title="As Californians let their lawns turn golden, water conservation targets were exceeded in May" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131348933/as-californians-let-their-lawns-turn-golden-water-conservation-targets-were-exceeded-in-may" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Californians let their lawns turn golden, water conservation targets were exceeded in May</a></li><li><a title="California's desert resorts struggle to abide by drought measures while maintaining a lush 'oasis' look" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129331751/california-s-desert-resorts-struggle-to-abide-by-drought-measures-while-maintaining-a-lush-oasis-look" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California's desert resorts struggle to abide by drought measures while maintaining a lush 'oasis' look</a></li><li><a title="California Governor Mandates Water Restrictions" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124294140/california-governor-mandates-water-restrictions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Governor Mandates Water Restrictions</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132415988/fancy-48m-animal-terminal-to-open-in-jfk-airport-next-year Fancy $48M animal terminal to open in JFK Airport next year Justine Testado 2015-07-21T15:20:00-04:00 >2015-07-22T14:01:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tl/tl8viqpe1fp2345m.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When a new terminal called The Ark opens next year, 178,000 sq.ft of posh amenities will include everything from a resort with suites that have large flat-screen TVs, to climate-controlled stalls, showers, massages, a private space especially set aside for penguin mating, a paw-shaped dog swimming pool, a jungle for cats made of live trees...and stables full of the finest hay a horse could hope for...But how much will this cost you? Don't expect flea motel rates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="JetBlue tapped as prospective developer for JFK TWA terminal" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125446040/jetblue-tapped-as-prospective-developer-for-jfk-twa-terminal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">JetBlue tapped as prospective developer for JFK TWA terminal</a></p><p><a title="Ball-Nogues and other LA artists unveil public art commissions at LAX" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130966166/ball-nogues-and-other-la-artists-unveil-public-art-commissions-at-lax" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ball-Nogues and other LA artists unveil public art commissions at LAX</a></p><p><a title="More details on BIG's cage-free &ldquo;Zootopia&rdquo; redesign" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105885132/more-details-on-big-s-cage-free-zootopia-redesign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More details on BIG's cage-free &ldquo;Zootopia&rdquo; redesign</a></p><p><a title="Archinect's Lexicon: &quot;Dark Tourism&quot;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117905496/archinect-s-lexicon-dark-tourism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Lexicon: "Dark Tourism"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132118750/after-deadly-balcony-collapse-berkeley-building-and-safety-codes-tighten After deadly balcony collapse, Berkeley building and safety codes tighten Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-17T18:29:00-04:00 >2015-07-17T18:30:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yp/yp1qnk8ddsvp0bad.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Balconies in Berkeley must now pass a safety inspection every three years, and new ones must be built of rot-proof wood or steel, under measures passed Tuesday as the campus community addresses the deaths last month of six young people and grave injury of seven more. [...] With pressure from one council member and the lawyer for one of those killed in the June 16 tragedy, the City Council agreed to shorten the time between mandatory inspections [from five] to three years.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The deadly balcony collapse that took place almost exactly a month ago today prompted an investigation into Berkeley's building codes and safety inspections, culminating in this new inspection practice. Primary in the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129726748/6-dead-after-berkeley-balcony-collapses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussion of safe and best building practices</a> here on Archinect was the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130355051/dry-rot-to-blame-for-berkeley-balcony-collapse-existing-building-codes-called-into-question" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">use of wood</a>, especially in climates where water can drastically compromise a building's integrity.</p><p>We discuss the delicate balancing of liability among city building departments, victims and building owners on <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130954884/poor-doors-of-perception-discriminatory-design-collapsing-balconies-and-virtual-realities-on-archinect-sessions-36" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">episode #36</a> of <a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>.</p><p>For background on the balcony collapse in Berkeley, California:</p><ul><li><a title="6 dead after Berkeley balcony collapses" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129726748/6-dead-after-berkeley-balcony-collapses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">6 dead after Berkeley balcony collapses</a></li><li><a title="Dry rot to blame for Berkeley balcony collapse; existing building codes called into question" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130355051/dry-rot-to-blame-for-berkeley-balcony-collapse-existing-building-codes-called-into-question" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry rot to blame for Berkeley balcony collapse; existing building codes called into question</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132028782/i-thought-what-when-i-heard-it-would-cost-252-billion-tadao-ando-says-about-national-stadium “I thought, ‘What?’ when I heard it would cost ¥252 billion,” Tadao Ando says about National Stadium Julia Ingalls 2015-07-16T14:32:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T23:48:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9w/9ww7oi2mbx3l121j.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>World-famous architect Tadao Ando was astonished to learn that the design he chose for the new National Stadium would cost &yen;252 billion to build, he said at a press conference Thursday, where he spoke for the first time since the swelling cost became an issue.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/16/us-olympics-japan-stadium-idUSKCN0PQ0IP20150716" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reuters</a>, the massive ballooning in the construction costs of <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>'s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">relatively unpopular</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">proposed design</a> for Japan's National Stadium are not the fault of the chairman of&nbsp;the&nbsp;design committee, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/99728/tadao-ando" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando</a>: "Soaring construction and labor costs, along with a rise in Japan's sales tax, are blamed for much of the price surge." Ando also noted that&nbsp;&ldquo;We shouldn&rsquo;t drop Ms. Hadid&rsquo;s design, otherwise we&rsquo;ll lose credibility internationally.&rdquo; The enormous increase in the cost of&nbsp;the&nbsp;stadium is awkward, as the country is&nbsp;still&nbsp;not fully recovered from the devastation of the March 2011 T&#333;hoku earthquake and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/39226767/japan-earthquake-before-and-after" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tsunami</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8o/8omsxx86rwspvc3g.jpg">&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132024761/8-500-bottles-of-beer-in-the-wall-father-and-son-build-office-out-of-beer-bottles 8,500 bottles of beer in the wall - father and son build office out of beer bottles Julia Ingalls 2015-07-16T13:17:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T15:26:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8q/8q8o8b05os58lgfs.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 300-square foot office, located in Chongqing city, consists of 40 layers of bottles that Li and his father laid out over four months.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although full-scale installations in architecture are gaining ground as a method of successfully exploring and testing out spatial, material, and interstitial concepts (see the recent "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129881898/photos-from-the-bigger-than-a-breadbox-opening-reception" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bigger Than a Breadbox</a>" competition) Inner Mongolia University of Science and Technology graduate&nbsp;Li Rongjun's beer bottle office seems less intellectually rigorous than a dare gone to its extreme.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2s/2srrw4wd5720653i.jpg"></p><p>Of course, getting inspired isn't about doing what's proven: it's about taking risks and sometimes falling flat on your face.&nbsp;According to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.odditycentral.com/architecture/architecture-graduate-builds-his-office-out-of-8500-beer-bottles.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oddity Central</a>, instead of going to the trouble of presenting his designs via rendering or plan, Li has apparently opted to simply build them.&nbsp;Li said&nbsp;&ldquo;[The beer bottle office] will allow investors to see my products in real life and see my talent."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131972562/sign-the-petition-to-revise-unisex-bathroom-code-by-july-17 Sign the petition to revise unisex bathroom code by July 17 Julia Ingalls 2015-07-16T12:48:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T13:53:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bj/bjwa9ilaqx8kz5ku.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many people have been in the frustrating position of waiting in line for a single-stall restroom while the restroom designated for the other gender sits empty. In establishments that have two single-user restrooms, making those restrooms inclusive of all genders will double the options for everyone.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Transgender Law Center, along with numerous educational institutions, lawyers, architects, and building code experts, are petitioning the International Building Code to make all single-occupancy restrooms unisex.&nbsp;The petition will be submitted to the International Code Council by noon PDT this Friday, July 17th.&nbsp;Several cities, including Seattle, Santa Fe, and Washington, D.C., have already changed their building codes to allow single-occupancy bathrooms to be designated gender neutral.&nbsp;Those who wish to join the petition should email their name, the title of their organization and/or affiliation, and their geographical location to: <a href="mailto:info@designinpublic.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">info@designinpublic.org</a>. Their names will be added to the full petition with a&nbsp;<a href="http://files.archinect.com/public/P43-15_Public_Comment.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pre-formulated comment</a>&nbsp;and then submitted to the ICC as a collective document.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xg/xgwiumdggpheghjl.jpg"></p><p>As&nbsp;petition-supporter&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/susansurface" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Susan Surface</a> of <a href="http://www.designinpublic.org/about-dip/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design in Public</a> notes, "Current building codes typically require facilities to maintain separate Men's and Women's restrooms, including restrooms that are...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131964531/movie-themed-resort-in-macau-to-show-off-figure-8-ferris-wheel Movie-themed resort in Macau to show off "figure-8" ferris wheel Justine Testado 2015-07-16T04:20:00-04:00 >2015-07-16T12:11:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8r/8rzxdq62gmtfdoqq.jpg" width="514" height="255" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Golden Reel will be the 'centerpiece attraction' of the soon-to-[be]-opened Studio City resort. It will be located between the hotel's two central towers, 427 ft off the ground. The movie-inspired design is said to be based on the idea of two flaming asteroids crashed through the building, leaving two large holes around which the figure-eight shape is made.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Your call, Vegas.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="End of weird architecture in China?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111679285/end-of-weird-architecture-in-china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">End of weird architecture in China?</a></p><p><a title="UNStudio Designs Giant Observation Wheel &lsquo;Nippon Moon&rsquo; for Japan" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/81001951/unstudio-designs-giant-observation-wheel-nippon-moon-for-japan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNStudio Designs Giant Observation Wheel &lsquo;Nippon Moon&rsquo; for Japan</a></p><p><a title="Tallest observation wheel in the Western Hemisphere expected to break ground in Staten Island soon" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125438798/tallest-observation-wheel-in-the-western-hemisphere-expected-to-break-ground-in-staten-island-soon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tallest observation wheel in the Western Hemisphere expected to break ground in Staten Island soon</a></p><p><a title="Jason F. McLennan selected to design Leonardo DiCaprio's restorative eco-resort" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125294062/jason-f-mclennan-selected-to-design-leonardo-dicaprio-s-restorative-eco-resort" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jason F. McLennan selected to design Leonardo DiCaprio's restorative eco-resort</a></p><p><a title="Luxury Anthropocene: Dubai gets its first private floating islands" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129327717/luxury-anthropocene-dubai-gets-its-first-private-floating-islands" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luxury Anthropocene: Dubai gets its first private floating islands</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131951680/k-o-s-m-o-s-asks-is-architecture-merging-with-other-media K O S M O S asks: is architecture merging with other media? Julia Ingalls 2015-07-15T18:11:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T15:44:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tn/tnf1gj0cx7d1id0v.jpg" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Telephone poles, scaffoldings, abandoned utility plants: like taxpayer-sponsored dark matter, these elements form the largely ignored visual majority of our daily urban experience. K O S M O S, a self-described "virtual firm," whose four partners occasionally physically convene in New York, Basel, or Moscow, has spotlighted and transformed these otherwise drab infrastructural elements into a ribbed foil pop-up in Moscow entitled EMA. Described as "a temporary installation and renovation of ex-industrial territory in Moscow," EMA essentially repurposes an abandoned eyesore into an event space. We emailed&nbsp;Leonid Slonimskiy a few questions about K O S M O S' global approach to revitalizing forgotten infrastructural elements, as well as the selfie-savvy aesthetics and corresponding media-blurring issues of EMA's design.<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jf/jfg90cm63seekr8q.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tk/tkmgim6j61mk64km.jpg"></p><p><strong>Archinect:</strong> You describe EMA as "reveal[ing] and leverag[ing] the hidden infrastructure of the city." In what other cities would you like to attempt similar infrastructura...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131958103/the-vanna-venturi-house-is-for-sale The Vanna Venturi House is for sale Orhan Ayyüce 2015-07-15T17:28:00-04:00 >2015-07-23T23:18:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hg/hggwnob00ueehh09.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To the amateur eye it can be puzzling, but with some education about its juxtaposition of traditional design against more complex forms, its status as a groundbreaking residential design becomes clear.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/131897122/celebrating-concrete-architecture-in-a-mini-block-party Celebrating concrete architecture in a mini "block party" Justine Testado 2015-07-15T13:04:00-04:00 >2015-07-19T17:28:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vj/vjyq89jijd3r55nt.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Long inspired by historic modernist concrete structures throughout the last century, Mumbai-based product designers&nbsp;Nitin Barchha and Disney Davis of <a href="http://materialimmaterial.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Material Immaterial</a> made an artful ode to concrete's lasting architectural influence in <a href="https://www.behance.net/gallery/27507881/SPACES" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"SPACES"</a>, a collection of miniature blocks cleanly carved into charming homes.</p><p>The designers made each humble yet sophisticated abode using a particular concrete mix to replicate the material's smooth finish. Each of the nine pieces&nbsp;&mdash; which measure at 62 x 62 x 51 millimeters&nbsp;&mdash; has its own design of volumes and voids that enable numerous arrangements when grouped altogether in the central "Kund".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qv/qvru0jh1k0em1d92.jpg">&nbsp; <img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hk/hk952hbyekclw520.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ea/ea7tqzex816y29rj.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f28626ogvh15qrxj.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/we/webfd9iijxfyxq2x.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gk/gka3w8uzp33osqra.jpg"></p><p>h/t <a href="http://www.ignant.de/2015/07/14/concrete-miniature-buildings-celebrate-classic-architecture/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ignant</a></p><p>Check out more of these crafty architectural designs on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Stephanie Clark&rsquo;s embroidered architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126538317/stephanie-clark-s-embroidered-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stephanie Clark&rsquo;s embroidered architecture</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119347379/artist-charles-young-crafts-mini-paper-metropolis-on-the-daily" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Artist Charles Young crafts mini paper metropolis on the daily</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119424546/these-stalaclights-are-a-witty-tribute-to-the-forever-growing-skyscraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">These "Stalaclights" are a witty tribute to the forever-growing skyscraper</a></p><p><a title="Deconstructing architectural icons, with gifs!" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100938778/deconstructing-architectural-icons-with-gifs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deconstructing architectural icons, with gifs!</a></p><p><a title='"Birdbnb" exhibits elaborate birdhouse replicas of over 50 Airbnb listings' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/89302472/birdbnb-exhibits-elaborate-birdhouse-replicas-of-over-50-airbnb-listings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Birdbnb" exhibits elaborate birdhouse replicas of over 50 ...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131896319/en-pointe-by-heather-roberge-strikes-a-balance-between-past-and-present "En Pointe" by Heather Roberge strikes a balance between past and present Nicholas Korody 2015-07-15T11:08:00-04:00 >2015-07-27T22:17:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mt/mteujudxru1ke3jd.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In his <em><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Untimely_Meditations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Untimely Meditations</a>, </em>Friedrich Nietzsche asserts, &ldquo;&hellip;We must seriously despise instruction without vitality, knowledge which enervates activity, and history as an expensive surplus of knowledge and a luxury&hellip;&rdquo; History must be at the service of living, he advocates, not the other way around. At the same time, history has its uses, and total amnesia is neither possible nor desirable. The German philosopher wrote in an era he perceived as detrimentally historicist; we, on the other hand, are coming out of a period of unhistorical thinking, where the past seems to have become obscured by a <em>fin de si&egrave;cle </em>fog, the discharged by-product of technological novelty &ndash;&nbsp;at least according to one possible reading.</p><p>Spurred by the development of computer-aided design technologies, the architectural styles at the vanguard of the last few decades have largely abandoned historicist tendencies, reveling instead in the vast potentials of parametric modeling. But, the novel quickly loses its shiny ve...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131886682/follow-the-yellow-wooden-road-into-rotterdam-s-new-luchtsingel-pedestrian-park Follow the yellow wooden road into Rotterdam's new Luchtsingel pedestrian park Justine Testado 2015-07-14T19:46:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T14:01:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b0/b0v3ahtp8ertr3dp.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Rotterdam recently welcomed <a href="http://www.luchtsingel.org/en/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Luchtsingel</a>, a communal endeavor to spruce up the long-neglected Hofplein neighborhood in the heart of the city. Locally based architecture practice <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/87503546/zus-zones-urbaines-sensibles-b-v" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zones Urbaines Sensibles</a> (ZUS) devised The Luchtsingel in 2011. The focal point of the emerging "three-dimensional cityscape" is a nearly 400-meter wooden pedestrian bridge that was largely built from crowdsourced funds, accompanied by a network of refurbished public spaces.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y4/y484b5g4zwl05qg2.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ei/eikh35mt8q15r3eg.jpg"></p><p>"<em>Based on the idea of Permanent Temporality, the Luchtsingel introduces a new way of [city-making]. This means using the city's evolutionary character and existing forms as a starting point. Therefore, we have developed new instruments for design, financing, and planning,</em>" said ZUS partner Elma van Boxel in a statement.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ql/ql7y1kfr2xgxgxkc.jpg"></p><p>The project gained traction when ZUS set up the "I Make Rotterdam" crowdfunding campaign for the bridge. The campaign sold over 8,000 boards painted in a&nbsp;hard-to-ignore shade of yellow inscribed with the supporter's name...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131795914/new-zealand-landscaper-shapes-church-out-of-trees New Zealand landscaper shapes church out of trees Justine Testado 2015-07-13T14:19:00-04:00 >2015-07-24T15:08:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jz/jzbt2v0v9jy3zoeq.jpg" width="514" height="441" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You don&rsquo;t have to be religious to appreciate the Tree Church in Ohaupo, New Zealand. A heavenly 100-seat chapel set among a 3-acre landscaped garden, the church boasts walls made of living trees planted around an iron frame. In 2011, Barry Cox, who runs a tree relocating business, decided that his backyard was missing an old stone church like the ones he had studied and admired on travels to Europe.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Get a glimpse inside the <a href="http://treechurch.co.nz/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tree Church</a> in the video below.</p><p>And here's more tree love and cool churches on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131793502/tree-hugging-in-the-modern-age" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tree-hugging in the modern age</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131562508/it-s-official-trees-are-good-for-your-health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's official: trees are good for your health</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127541985/new-photos-of-e-fay-jones-thorncrown-chapel-unveiled-to-mark-35th-anniversary" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New photos of E. Fay Jones' Thorncrown Chapel unveiled to mark 35th anniversary</a></p><p><a title="Great Synagogue of Edirne in Turkey, Europe's third largest synagogue, reopens after five-year restoration" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123825037/great-synagogue-of-edirne-in-turkey-europe-s-third-largest-synagogue-reopens-after-five-year-restoration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Great Synagogue of Edirne in Turkey, Europe's third largest synagogue, reopens after five-year restoration</a></p><p><a title='Tour the stunning "The Fish Church" in Stamford as part of the Docomomo US Tour Day' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/83384197/tour-the-stunning-the-fish-church-in-stamford-as-part-of-the-docomomo-us-tour-day" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tour the stunning "The Fish Church" in Stamford as part of the Docomomo US Tour Day</a></p>