Archinect - News 2015-10-04T11:25:35-04:00 Archinect's Must-Do Picks for Archtober 2015 - Week 1 (Oct. 1-8) Archinect 2015-10-02T21:03:00-04:00 >2015-10-02T21:13:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Looking for exciting things to do in New York City this month? Lucky you, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archtober</a> is back for another year with a rich program of engaging exhibitions, lectures, conferences, films, tours, parties, and other activities to celebrate the value of architecture and design in everyday life!</p><p>From the long, long <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">list of Archtober events</a>, we have picked some exciting highlights to add to your calendar in the first week, Oct. 1-8:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dwell on Design New York | Oct. 2-4</strong></a><br><em>Dwell on Design New York upends the standard &ldquo;design show&rdquo; format with a forum that inspires new ideas &amp; a fresh point of view. Designers, architects, manufacturers, makers, and you, come together to evaluate design, solve problems and uncover innovations.</em><br>&nbsp;</li><li><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designers &amp; Books Fair: 2015 | Oct. 2-4</a></strong><br><em>The Designers &amp; Books Fair is the only book fair in the world that focuses on architecture, fashion, graphic design, interior design, product design, and all the other allied design disciplines. Publishers of new books and also rare and out...</em></p></li></ul> Urban Parasites, Data-Driven Urbanism, and the Case for Architecture Orhan Ayyüce 2015-10-02T14:08:00-04:00 >2015-10-02T16:11:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>at least some part of architectural practice needs to move on from having buildings as the only output. The answer to every urban question cannot always be a building, clearly. Whilst buildings may be part of some solutions, there are broader, deeper questions in play&mdash;good architects see this, but the practice (from education up) is still not exploring this implied question broadly enough.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A call for architecture, for architects, their schools, their buildings and their cities via the technology they still struggle to grasp regardless of their software driven shaping skills, a valuable read by Dan Hill of City of Sound. Technological effect is elsewhere.</p> Dwell Home Tours feature covetable views and bright Manhattan Lofts Sponsor 2015-10-02T12:15:00-04:00 >2015-10-02T17:25:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dwell on Design New York</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Extending from the downtown neighborhoods of Tribeca, the West Village and Chelsea to the Upper East Side, this year&rsquo;s Dwell Home tours showcase residences with bright, open layouts and details that are as varied as their zip codes. The tour includes five homes&mdash;selected by Dwell&rsquo;s editorial team&mdash;that allow attendees to experience magazine-worthy dwellings in-person, with the opportunity to gain insight from the architects and designers behind the projects. The tour will take place on Saturday, October 3, during the second annual <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dwell on Design New York</a>, where attendees will explore today&rsquo;s most relevant design topics through installations and onstage conversations at Skylight Clarkson Sq.</p><p>The architects and designers whose thoughtful designs make up this year&rsquo;s stunning tours are celebrated, award-winning professionals who include Architecture in Formation principal Matthew Bremer, AIA, Gregory Colston Architect, Cezign design...</p> A look inside the Nadja Apartment & Serpantina by Point Supreme Julia Ingalls 2015-09-30T19:24:00-04:00 >2015-09-30T19:24:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> participants <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Point Supreme</a>'s Nadja Apartment is a study in color and geometry: specifically, how vivid, geometric forms can unite and disassemble a space, giving the visitor clues on how to navigate and inhabit their environment.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>It's a technique that has been employed before, notably in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle Central Library,</a> where an entire floor is swathed in red and the escalators are an eye-popping vivid neon green. In the Nadja apartments, the deployment of color and geometry creates its own energy and language within the domestic sphere:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The stairs serve as focal point for the house, helping to anchor the spaces that make up the upper and lower floors of the apartment.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In this same geometric color vein, the firm has also unveiled photos of its newest project called Serpantina, which is a linear shading element for an outdoor public space:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Squared: digitally altered mash-ups form imaginative architectural photo series Julia Ingalls 2015-09-30T15:05:00-04:00 >2015-09-30T15:33:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the 'Square in Square' series, Brooklyn-based photographer Oliver Michaels creates geometric images by combining various architectural elements into one piece digitally. His photo collages are neatly arranged into a square and are made of "parts of different buildings captured in a chosen area or route".</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here are a few more of the London-born photographer's digital mash-ups:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Designer Jonathan Adler on "creating modern American glamour and eccentricity" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-29T08:48:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T20:49:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="664" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>My philosophy is based on: I think everyone deserves a soup&ccedil;on of glamour in every bit of their home. [...] When people look back on early 21st-century design, they will remember: the chaos produced by the technological revolution, a chaos that can be interpreted as either depressingly meaningless or excitingly free.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ten Top Images on Archinect's new "Eating & Drinking Spaces" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-09-25T15:44:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:49:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the <strong>brand new</strong> board<em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eating &amp; Drinking Spaces</a></em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dim Sum Bar</a> in Quito, Ecuador by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hou de Sousa</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">JG Domestic</a> in Philadelphia, PA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cr&egrave;me</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plochmann Lane</a> in Woodstock, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Megan Oldenburger</a> (Interior Designer, Decorator and Project Manager)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Workshop</a> in Palm Springs, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOMA Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Superba Food+Bread</a> in Venice, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design, Bitches</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Ship</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Jamieson</a>; Photo: Sam Oberter</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flatiron Meets Bali</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Matiz Architecture and Design</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oak Pass Main House</a> in Beverly Hills, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walker Workshop</a>; Photo: Joe Fletcher</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iconic Cafe</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">studio vural</a>; Photo: Kate Glicksberg</p><p>(Cover pic: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kafka Reside...</a></p> London's Garden Bridge endangered by public funding shortfall Julia Ingalls 2015-09-25T04:34:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:13:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The London garden bridge project has been placed in jeopardy after a London council withdrew its support because of public costs and the Labour mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan, said he would ditch the proposed horticultural Thames river crossing if he took office.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>'s proposed Garden Bridge, which recently inspired <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a satirical contest of unpalatable entries</a>, may be doomed to remain a hotly contested rendering. The &pound;30 million of public funds needed to fund the bridge has temporarily been withdrawn because Lambeth council leader Lib Peck said the cost is "unjustified." Both current <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor Boris Johnson</a>&nbsp;and chancellor George Osborne have pledged &pound;30 million of his own to the project, but it will still need additional funding to bridge the gap.</p> Cheeky "A Folly for London" winners announced Julia Ingalls 2015-09-24T06:19:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:40:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="152" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>'s proposed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garden Bridge</a> hasn't attracted universal acclaim, it has spurred an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unusual competition</a>. A purposefully free-to-enter satirical contest known as "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Folly for London</a>"&nbsp;encouraged anyone and everyone to submit "absurd, illogical, egotistic and obtrusive designs for&nbsp;the public green space on London&rsquo;s South Bank which would be sacrificed for The Garden Bridge." Judged by Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, journalist&nbsp;Owen Hatherley and political cartoonist&nbsp;Martin Rowson, the overall winner, "Green Fire of London" is a perennial flame fueled by trees culled from London's parks to "free up vast tracts of new land for developers to use for luxury constructions." It beat out entries in a variety of categories, including Absurd Transport Infrastructure, Priapic Humour, and Greenwash.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Some of the honorable mentions, including "Jesus Square &amp; Bridge" took a subtler approach, proposing the construction of an underwater bridge that would allow any species walki...</p> L.A.'s urban heat island effect accounts for temperatures up to 19 degrees hotter Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-22T17:44:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:55:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the greater L.A. area sees more additional heat than any other region, in part because of how urbanized it is. [...] Solutions include planting more trees and bushes, painting roofs white so they don&rsquo;t absorb as much heat and using lighter colored concrete on streets and sidewalks.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> For those with discriminating taste, a competition for the best public restroom in the U.S. Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-21T20:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-22T12:22:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;An out-of-the-ordinary restroom is very telling about the business itself,&rdquo; said John Engel, spokesman for restroom cleaning and supply company Cintas, which runs the competition. &ldquo;If they pay that kind of attention to their restroom experience you can bet the overall experience will be phenomenal too.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Rotterdam's smog transformed into jewelry thanks to an outdoor air filter Julia Ingalls 2015-09-17T15:21:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:36:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After [the 23-foot-tall air filter designed by Daan Roosegaarde] filters smog from the air, it compresses the collected waste particles into cubes that can be embedded into jewelry such as rings and cufflinks &mdash; and, hopefully, prompt further conversations about extreme air pollution.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on how designers are creatively tackling pollution:</p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Delhi&rsquo;s air pollution is worse than Beijing's. A new app measures the air quality in real time.</a></p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing mayor says air pollution makes his city "unlivable"</a></p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Air Pollution Google Earth Mashup</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Grimshaw and Arup release designs for new high-speed rail hub in central London Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-12T05:15:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:55:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Beginning in 2017, the London transit hub that's been described as "a dingy, grey, horizontal nothingness"<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">*</a>&nbsp;will undergo a massive redesign to incorporate a new&nbsp;high-speed rail line connecting London and Birmingham.</p><p>The first phase of the so-called HS2, connecting London and Birmingham (before&nbsp;forking out to reach Manchester and Leeds in phase two), is expected to open in 2026, and developer HS2 Ltd. has just released designs by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arup</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a> for its outset station in central London, a redevelopment of Euston station.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Grimshaw and Arup's design crafts an incremental approach to maintain current activity at the station during construction. Additions to the station include 11 new platforms for the HS2, a new glass fa&ccedil;ade and three new entrances.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>First opening in 1837, Euston station was London's first intercity line, and ranks as its 6th busiest. Its original classical design was demolished in 1961 and replaced with what has been derided by Richard Morrison of The Times as...</p> NBBJ proposes 3 moving walkways to replace London's Circle Line Julia Ingalls 2015-09-11T05:50:00-04:00 >2015-09-13T10:19:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Instead of relying on a subway that breaks down and causes interminable delays, what if the 17 miles of London's Circle Line were replaced with three moving walkways, much like the ones in airports, that allow pedestrians to step on at three miles per hour and then amble over to a fast lane of 15 miles per hour?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>According to&nbsp;James Pinkerton, an architectural assistant at the London office of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NBBJ</a>&nbsp;which proposed the idea,&nbsp;the travelators would be easier to maintain than a traditional train system precisely because of its three separate walkways. If one broke down, the "two further lines would run smoothly," forming a ceaseless band of movement that wouldn't need to pause for stops or be held up by one solitary malfunctioning train. Travelers could simply walk on and walk off.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"We came up with this idea that benefits the city as a whole," he explained to me in a brief phone interview. Pinkerton&nbsp;was also part of the NBBJ team that created the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shadowless tower</a>, which was designed from a s...</p> Gehry's product designs to be honored by Museum of California Design Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-10T23:28:00-04:00 >2015-09-11T12:36:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While often referred to as the world's most famous living architect, Frank Gehry is also known as a product designer, creating pieces of furniture, jewelry, clothing and appliances. To honor these design contributions, which have included collaborations with Tiffany &amp; Co., Louis Vuitton, and the World Cup of Hockey, the California Design Museum is presenting Gehry with the Henry Award at the Museum's 12th Annual Award Benefit and Auction, held on October 25.</p><p>For more about the event, and to purchase tickets to the auction, click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>. The auction will include items from Gehry and other Californian designers and artists, including&nbsp;Ed Ruscha, Gere Kavanaugh, Rudi Gernreich, Doyle Lane, Otto and Vivika Heino, John Van Hamersveld and Laura Andreson.</p> Frank Gehry opens up about the emotional side of his architecture Julia Ingalls 2015-09-10T15:51:00-04:00 >2015-09-11T13:08:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gehry feels his work is never perfect, never finished. "It can never be perfect," he says. "By definition it can't because we're defective creatures."</p></em><br /><br /><p>As part of an interview about <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Goldberger</a>'s forthcoming biography "Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry,"&nbsp;Frank Gehry revealed the emotional underpinnings of his practice, going so far as to turn down work that would unduly hamper his emotional expression. As the interview notes, "[Gehry's]&nbsp;taken hits from other architects and critics over the years who have said that the buildings don't work inside, or that they're too hard to construct &mdash; but stubbornly and passionately he has held onto one goal: to create buildings that inspire emotion."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more recent Gehry news:</p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry's renderings for L.A.'s Sunset Strip revealed</a></p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking to "Frank Gehry", after Paris but before Los Angeles</a></p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry to prioritize hydrology in LA River revitalization strategy</a></p> Archinect's comparison of gorgeous yet pragmatic chair design Julia Ingalls 2015-09-09T17:45:00-04:00 >2015-09-10T08:32:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="184" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As with any great architecture, furniture design is a nimble synthesis of form and function. In the case of chairs, some designers have artfully combined both to create visually striking objects that are actually comfortable to sit and work in. The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eames line of chairs</a> has of course received considerable acclaim, not only for their sleek design, but their relative hardiness. College dorm, office conference center, plush living room; the Eames chair can handle it, and look good while doing so. Similarly, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heatherwick Studio</a>'s ubiquitous spun chairs have become something of a pop culture phenomenon, partially because they not only spin the person sitting within them a full 360 degrees, but also tilt that person almost completely upside down:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>When not in use, the chairs also can be placed sitting straight up on their small rounded base, or left positioned at a slight angle without rolling away. They are pragmatic primarily because they are so well-engineered: indoor, outdoor, wherever, t...</p> Architect's Top 50 firms include NADAAA, Gensler, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Julia Ingalls 2015-09-09T14:12:00-04:00 >2015-09-10T15:52:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="254" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We updated our methodology to include new metrics: percentage of women and minority designers; range and value of employee benefits; rate of employee turnover.</p></em><br /><br /><p>What defines a successful architectural firm? For Architect Magazine, it's a blend of diversity in staffing, sustainability, and overall design savvy/business acumen. Accordingly, big names <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Perkins + Will</a> snagged places in the top five, while <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture</a>&nbsp;received the highest score overall, also taking the top spot in the category of business. In the category of design, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NADAAA</a> scored the highest; in sustainability, it was&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EYP Architecture &amp; Engineering.&nbsp;</a>Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill were recently <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">commissioned to design the Burj 2020</a>, while NADAAA's founding principal Nader Tehrani was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">selected to be the new Dean of the Cooper Union</a>'s&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> A helping hand: Glasgow School of Art receives detailed Mackintosh Building sketches from Ph.D. alumnus, as restoration plan progresses Justine Testado 2015-09-08T18:40:00-04:00 >2015-09-08T19:51:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Prospects look promising right now for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glasgow School of Art</a> as their plan to restore the historic Mackintosh Building from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a devastating fire</a> last May pieces itself together. After months of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">debate</a> about whether to restore or replace the Mackintosh, locally based Page\Park Architects won the competition to work with the school in restoring the structure <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this past March</a>.</p><p>Most recently, the GSA received a gift of 22 architectural drawings of the Mackintosh Building, meticulously drawn and donated by Professor George Cairns from the QUT Business School in Brisbane. They're considered to be the most comprehensive drawings of the building in existence.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>George Cairns' drawing of the East Wing Staircase.</em></p><p>Perhaps this was a stroke of luck for the school. Cairns first created the drawings while working toward his Ph.D. at GSA's Mackintosh School of Architecture during the early 1990s. The A1-size drawings, which are mostly drawn at a 1:100 scale, depict the Mackintosh as it was completed i...</p> Sneak peek: What's in store for designjunction 2015 in London Justine Testado 2015-09-05T04:15:00-04:00 >2015-09-22T02:22:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As part of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Design Festival</a>, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designjunction 2015</a>&nbsp;tradeshow brings together a stellar international group who are at the top of their game in contemporary interior design. Taking place at The College and the Victoria House along London's Southampton Row from September 24-27, visitors are guaranteed to find something that will catch their eye from nearly 200 brands. This year's designjunction will feature a distinct range of pop-up stores, talks, live workshops, eateries, and&nbsp;a children's charity auction that will showcase 21 artistic interpretations of the iconic Eames Elephant.&nbsp;</p><p>Planning a trip to designjunction? Read on to learn more about what to expect this year.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Inside the Victorian-era College &mdash;&nbsp;the former home of&nbsp;Central Saint Martins &mdash;&nbsp;over 100 brands will showcase their latest cutting-edge designs, including new product launches. Designjunction will take over five floors of the Lethaby building and other stunning spaces within the campus.&nbsp;</p><p>Be on the lookout for <strong>He...</strong></p> New Showers Installed at Auschwitz Miles Jaffe 2015-09-01T23:48:00-04:00 >2015-09-03T13:52:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The management at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum has defended the installation of sprinkler showers at its entrance, after a visitor complained that the new facilities were a painful reminder of the gas chambers used to murder prisoners.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Is Auschwitz now a theme park?</p> 'IT'S NOT WORTH IT': Ad Exec's Brutal Rant Before He Died Of Cancer Orhan Ayyüce 2015-09-01T19:13:00-04:00 >2015-09-06T23:41:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I think you&rsquo;re all fucking mad. Deranged. So disengaged from reality it&rsquo;s not even funny. It&rsquo;s a fucking TV commercial. Nobody gives a shit. This has come as quite a shock I can tell you. I think, I&rsquo;ve come to the conclusion that the whole thing was a bit of a con. A scam. An elaborate hoax.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Linds Redding, a New Zealand-based art director who worked at BBDO and Saatchi &amp; Saatchi, died last month at age 52 from an inoperable esophageal cancer.Redding also kept a blog, and after his passing an essay he wrote about the ad business, titled &ldquo;A Short Lesson In Perspective,&rdquo; has gained a new and sudden life, on the SF Egotist and on Adfreak.It will not make happy reading for the many people who knew Redding, know of his work, or anyone who works in the creative department of an ad agency."</em></p><p>Maybe change ad agency with architect's office? In most cases?</p> A bamboo skyscraper fosters public life Julia Ingalls 2015-09-01T14:20:00-04:00 >2015-09-05T08:15:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A shortlisted finalist in the 2015 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Architecture&nbsp;Festival</a> awards, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CRG Architects</a>' Bamboo Skyscraper is not only noteworthy for its unusual choice of material, but its vision of what constitutes a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">skyscraper</a>. Instead of focusing on a single prominent tower, the design is a cluster of gradually rising volumes that interconnect and share a central vertical core. Stainless steel is used for joint material between the high-tensile-strength <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bamboo</a> tubes, while <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EFTE</a> is used for the facade.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Sustainability drove the initial design concept, as did a desire for fostering greater public space and communal interactions within the cluster. According to a statement by CRG, "It is up to artists, designers and architects to find an answer to the question how current technology can breathe new life into the urban environment and into public domain."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The 247,000 square meter complex, which boasts office, entertainment, and hotel/residential spaces, also has a helix slope for bicycle access.</p> The BEACH to be reincarnated in arts competition for D.C.'s Dupont Underground initiative Justine Testado 2015-09-01T12:55:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T15:38:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The wildly successful BEACH installation is down to its final exhibition days at Washington D.C.'s National Building Museum. Since <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opening on July 4</a>, over 120,000 visitors both young and old "splashed" around in its bubbly waters, lounged about on the "shore", and perhaps saw a live band rock out in the 10,000 square-foot monochromatic ball pit, designed by Brooklyn-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Snarkitecture</a>. Although the Beach closes on September 7, that won't be the last of it.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Recycling the Beach was always part of the plan. Even before the installation opened, representatives of the D.C.-based initiative, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dupont Underground</a>, proposed&nbsp;to transport, store, and re-use its building materials.</p><p>The Dupont Underground has set&nbsp;its sights on revitalizing&nbsp;an abandoned trolley station beneath the Dupont Circle neighborhood into a public venue for arts and design-oriented events. As part of their inaugural programming, the group will take the Beach's more than 650,000 anti-microbial plastic balls and its 6,000 ...</p> Woman's dream tiny home clashes with Canadian law Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-28T18:43:00-04:00 >2015-08-29T23:21:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cheryl Smith planned to move "off the grid" and into a small house near Clark's Harbour, N.S., a year ago. But thanks to Canadian building regulations, the four-by-six metre structure remains half-built and empty. [...] Canadian laws require living spaces to have access to power to run smoke detectors and air exchange systems. But Smith said the point of moving into her tiny home was to disconnect from the power grid.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the tiny home world:</p><ul><li><a title="Seattle high schoolers push to provide moveable, minimalist shelters for the homeless" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle high schoolers push to provide moveable, minimalist shelters for the homeless</a></li><li><a title="The problem with tiny homes - they can get stolen" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The problem with tiny homes - they can get stolen</a></li><li><a title="Swedish architects design for un-permited small-space living" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Swedish architects design for un-permited small-space living</a></li><li><a title="The Tiny House Lover's Guide to Romance" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Tiny House Lover's Guide to Romance</a></li><li><a title="Teenager builds tiny home to avoid mortgage trap" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Teenager builds tiny home to avoid mortgage trap</a></li></ul> Trial by fire: man waits out raging wildfires in concrete home Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-27T15:01:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T18:44:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I was a little disappointed in the fire service,&rdquo; said Belles, standing on the charred hillside next to the dome in his semi-rural neighbourhood on the edge of town.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Wildfires currently blazing in Okanogan County, Washington, have just broken the record for the biggest in the state&rsquo;s history. With fire season just getting underway and September looking hot and dry, the so-called Okanogan Complex fires will likely persist for months.</p><p>In Omak, a small town in the county nearly surrounded by the fire, many residents have already fled, forced out by the blaze or sickly thick smoke. But self-described &ldquo;inventor&rdquo; John Belles decided to stick things out in his self-made concrete dome house.</p><p></p><p>Surrounded by 12-foot high flames and extreme heat, Belles stayed in the house, unharmed (but toasty), until the fire around him had died down, leaving only charred vegetation behind. He told the Guardian, &ldquo;It was incredibly hot but the house did what it said it would do. They said it was nonflammable, and it was.&rdquo;&nbsp;The house was undamaged, save for a destroyed electricity box.</p><p>Belles built the home himself 15 years ago, knowing full well of the fire danger in the area ...</p> Pneumatic garbage tubes to be installed under NYC's High Line Julia Ingalls 2015-08-27T13:17:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T13:29:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="379" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Related Companies, the city&rsquo;s largest developer, plans to &ldquo;tube up&rdquo; the residential towers in Hudson Yards, its massive real estate development atop the MTA&rsquo;s west side rail yard. The first large-scale pneumatic waste network to be constructed in the US since Roosevelt Island&rsquo;s, it will serve 5,000 apartments in six buildings, the first of which is scheduled for completion in 2018.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The scenic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line</a> may soon host more than tourists and weekenders: a proposed scheme to introduce <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pneumatic</a> garbage tubes into a series of Manhattan apartment buildings includes using the underside of the former elevated rail line to mount the tubes (the rendering below pictures them in purple).&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Archinect's comparison of transient-oriented architecture Julia Ingalls 2015-08-26T21:55:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T09:18:27-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In 2003 in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Utah</a>, government officials decided to try a radical solution to homelessness: giving people who would otherwise be on the street permanent housing. Twelve years later, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">surprisingly cost-effective</a> program is a success: almost all of the people given homes remained in them, and the number of people out on the streets in the state has dropped nearly to zero. So what works and what doesn't architecturally in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">homeless housing</a>?&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>James Furzer, a 26-year old architectural technician for the U.K.-based Spatial Design Architects, is currently <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">crowdsourcing</a> funds to build single-person housing modules that attach to preexisting buildings in dense urban centers like London, where 7,500 people routinely sleep on the streets.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fakro&rsquo;s Space for New Visions</a> award-winning design is a&nbsp;great emergency shelter idea, but doesn't foster a sense of permanence, unlike Utah's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sunrise Metro Apartments</a>, which take the form of a traditional (relatively aesthetically boring) apartment building ...</p> Frank Gehry's renderings for L.A.'s Sunset Strip revealed Julia Ingalls 2015-08-26T15:00:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T11:50:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Initial renderings of the $300 million development depict a cluster of five architecturally distinct buildings distributed across the 2.6- acre site around a central plaza. In total, the project will comprise 333,600 square feet, and have 249 residential units. One of the architects&rsquo; primary goals was to make the site as approachable as possible to invite the surrounding community in to shop, dine, or simply relax in the plaza.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Renderings and model photos were released today of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a>'s proposed design for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">8150 Sunset Boulevard project</a>. Positioned at the so-called Gateway to the Sunset Strip at the curving intersection of Crescent Heights Boulevard, Havenhurst Drive and Sunset Boulevard, Gehry's mixed-use, three-story retail center and 11-story residential tower (which is expected to achieve LEED silver status) emphasizes pedestrian access and preserving Sunset's relatively low streetscape:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Gehry reportedly said of the project,&nbsp;&nbsp;&ldquo;[Residents and future visitors] should feel that they are part of L.A., a part of L.A. that has a culture that comes with it.&rdquo;</p><p>More on Gehry's latest projects:</p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry to prioritize hydrology in LA River revitalization strategy</a>&nbsp;</p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design gets green light from National Capital Planning Commission</a></p> Do contemporary office designs upend work/life balance? Julia Ingalls 2015-08-26T13:26:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T17:34:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our world is now ideas driven and our environment needs to be energetic, inspiring and even provocative. Employers also want people to stay longer at work and making the space awesome certainly helps.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Many architects are designing home/work boundary-eroding office designs, which purposefully mimic the comforts of home to encourage creative employees to stay later. These designs have been embraced by a who's who of movers and shakers including Google, Facebook, and Disney. But is this shift toward longer hours a great boost to productivity?<img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In <em>The New Yorker</em>, Tim Wu cites stories of "people [being] scolded for not responding to e-mails after&nbsp;midnight." He&nbsp;argues that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">You Really Don't Need to Work So Much</a>, making the case that "in white-collar jobs, the amount of work can expand infinitely through the generation of false necessities&mdash;that is, reasons for driving people as hard as possible that have nothing to do with real social or economic needs." What agency should architects take in shaping future work environments?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>For more on workplace design:</p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Work on Work" exhibition turns public space into office space</a></p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a title="Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architectu...</a></p>