Archinect - News 2015-11-29T23:35:24-05:00 Cut away confusion from your NYC commute with these beautiful subway maps Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-25T13:26:00-05:00 >2015-11-25T13:35:34-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Candy Chan</a>, an architect living in New York City, has what she describes as a "love-hate relationship" with her subway system. Fascinated in particular by the mechanisms of the MTA's stations &ndash; their navigation and placemaking methods, their circulation patterns &ndash; Chan was surprised to learn that there are no comprehensive, 3D maps of the station interiors available to the public.</p><p>To anyone easily turned around by traveling underground, the experience of emerging from the station on the wrong side of the street is a familiar and frustrating one, and travel can be discombobulating from the get-go. 3D station maps are commonplace in Hong Kong, where Chan is from, then why not New York? So Chan set out to map the stations herself, as a labor of love.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Her ensuing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Project Subway NYC"</a> is a blog and resource, chronicling Chan's studies of the subways and gorgeous diagrams of their interior structures. The Project began this past July, and Chan just released a new slew of station maps &ndash; pict...</p> REVEALED: SHoP Architects’ Long Island City Waterfront Development Alyssa Alimurung 2015-11-25T12:00:00-05:00 >2015-11-28T15:56:23-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="437" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Here&rsquo;s our first peek at Simon Baron Development, Quadrum Global and CRE Development&rsquo;s three-tower Long Island City development slated to rise alongside the former Paragon Paint factory building at 45-40 Vernon Boulevard. Permits for the first tower were filed with the DOB back in June and detail a 28-story, 296-unit rental tower designed by SHoP Architects.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 2020 Tokyo Olympics panel launches nationwide call for new logo design Justine Testado 2015-11-24T13:58:00-05:00 >2015-11-24T13:59:06-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'We&rsquo;re expecting at least 10,000 applications this time,' said Ryohei Miyata, head of the selection committee. Only 104 applications were accepted for the previous competition. Applicants this time only have to be 18 or older and a resident of Japan. The committee will accept an entry by a group if the leader of the group meets the age and resident criteria, meaning that people younger than 18 can still take part.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee ran into accusations of plagiarism with their first logo for the Games, the committee is at it again with a second call for submissions. But this time around, they're inviting virtually all residents of Japan to submit their ideas for a new logo, regardless of design experience.</p><p>More recent news on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Tokyo's 2020 Olympics won't have Zaha, but it's looking like there will be &quot;Robot Taxi&quot;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tokyo's 2020 Olympics won't have Zaha, but it's looking like there will be "Robot Taxi"</a></p><p><a title="Zaha Hadid ineligible to participate in Tokyo Stadium design-build competition" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid ineligible to participate in Tokyo Stadium design-build competition</a></p><p><a title="Japanese government hopes to cap Olympic stadium costs at US$1.28 billion" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japanese government hopes to cap Olympic stadium costs at US$1.28 billion</a></p> My Micro NYC Apartment Complex Is Officially Renting DianePham 2015-11-24T11:12:00-05:00 >2015-11-25T13:09:51-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Carmel Place (formerly known as My Micro NY), the city&rsquo;s much-talked-about first micro apartment complex, began accepting applications for its affordable studios back in September. And now, a press release from developer Monadnock has announced that listings for 12 of the market-rate units will go live today in anticipation of the February opening date. Along with the launch comes news of Ollie, &ldquo;an innovative housing model that delivers an all-inclusive living experience.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>There will be 55 micro studios; 22 of which will be affordable and priced at $950&nbsp;and $1,500, while the rest are going for $2,540 a month. Mind you, units average only <strong>300 square feet</strong>.</p> Driveway urbanism: Archinect Sessions One-to-One #3 with Jenna Didier, founder of Materials & Applications Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-23T13:53:00-05:00 >2015-11-25T06:42:44-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>One-to-One</strong></a> guest is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Jenna Didier</strong></a>, founder of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Materials &amp; Applications</a> research and exhibition space in Los Angeles. Didier started the driveway-sized venue in the front yard of her Silver Lake home in the early 2000s, looking for a space to establish community and exchange for like-minded architects, artists, designers, and makers in the city. M&amp;A has since hosted installations by architects such as&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Southern</a> (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Operations</a>), Jenny Wu and Dwayne Oyler (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oyler Wu Collaborative</a>) and Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues (of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ball-Nogues&nbsp;Studio</a>), among many others, and regularly holds events and gatherings.</p><p>More recently, Didier also founded Urban Applications: an initiative of M&amp;A that works directly in and with local communities on environmental installations. We spoke about her work with robotics and fountains, and how creative communities are formed in sprawling metropolises.</p><p>Listen to Archinect Sessions One-to-One #3 with&nbsp;<strong>Jenna Didier</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and ...</a></li></ul> Ireland's Niall McLaughlin Architects to focus on designing for Alzheimer's in 2016 Venice Biennale Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-23T13:08:00-05:00 >2015-11-23T13:08:43-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The team will examine the spatial experiences of people with Alzheimer&rsquo;s and the installation will be accompanied by a social media campaign designed to extend the reach of the work beyond the Biennale. [...] The scheme was set to be a test case for future developments and was seen as an opportunity to &lsquo;improve the quality of life of a marginalised group by reaching towards an understanding of the deep human mystery of how we place ourselves in the world.&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More design work responding to the symptoms of Alzheimer's:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Showcase: Antoine de St exupe&#769;ry home for dependent elderly people, by Naud &amp; Poux Architectes</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inside the Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing for Seniors and Soldiers, Toward a "Silver" Architecture</a></li></ul> REVEALED: Bjarke Ingels’ Brand New High Line Towers Alyssa Alimurung 2015-11-23T11:02:00-05:00 >2015-11-29T19:33:47-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Back in February it was revealed that HFZ Capital Group was in talks to bring a &ldquo;monumental&rdquo; new structure to a lot at 76 11th Avenue in the Meatpacking District. And between shortlisted architects Rem Koolhaas and Bjarke Ingels, in April the developer decided to move forward with starchitect-of-the-moment Ingels for the high-profile project. Now Yimby has our first look at the design that may rise along the coveted High Line site.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> REX Revealed as the Architects Redesigning the $200M WTC Performing Arts Complex DianePham 2015-11-20T11:22:00-05:00 >2015-11-20T11:22:45-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="517" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since July, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) has been working with an anonymous architectural firm to hash out a new concept for the Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center, and now, nearly five months later, the Performing Arts Center board has finally released the name of the lead architect: Brooklyn-based studio REX led by Joshua Prince-Ramus, a former prot&eacute;g&eacute; starchitect Rem Koolhaas.</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 "Interiors" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-11-20T05:00:00-05:00 >2015-11-25T03:22:29-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="583" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Interiors</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aesop DTLA</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brooks + Scarpa</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Via 31</a> in Bangkok, Thailand by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Somdoon Architects Limited SdA</a>; Photo: W Workspace</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DREAM:Shop</a> in San Francisco, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">INTERSTICE Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Casa PLS</a> in Roveredo in Piano, Italy by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">corde architetti associati</a>; Photo: Alessandro Ruzzier</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kloof Road House</a> in Johannesburg, South Africa by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nico van der Meulen Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thorne Bay House</a> in Takapuna, New Zealand by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bossley Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VIL</a> in Pasadena, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Domaen LTD</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Cathedral of the Northern Lights (Nordlyskatedralen)</a> in Alta, Norway by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Link Arkitektur</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">schmidt hammer lassen architects</a>; Photo: Hundven-Clements Photogr...</p> BIG unveils 28-acre master plan for Pittsburgh's Lower Hill District Julia Ingalls 2015-11-19T14:03:00-05:00 >2015-11-26T11:15:32-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A meandering urban flow lies at the heart of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>'s master plan for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pittsburgh</a>, which is appropriate since the plan's primary function is to connect the Hill District to the city's downtown core. Collaborating with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">West 8</a> (landscape architecture) and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atelier Ten</a> (sustainability), BIG's master plan includes 1.2 million square feet of residential space and 1.25 million square feet of office, retail, and hotel space.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a> explained, "The masterplan for the Lower Hill District is created by supplementing the existing street grid with a new network of parks and paths shaped to optimize the sloping hill side for human accessibility for all generations. The paths are turned and twisted to&nbsp;always find a gentle sloping path leading pedestrians and bicyclists comfortably up and down the hillside. The resulting urban fabric combines a green network of effortless circulation with a quirky character reminiscent of a historical downtown."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In an attempt to incorporate the aesthetics of th...</p> Construction on Steven Holl's Copenhagen Gate Project likely will proceed in 2016 Julia Ingalls 2015-11-18T14:34:00-05:00 >2015-11-19T11:10:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl Architects</a>' design for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen</a> harbor's pedestrian bridge linking twin skyscrapers won the city's competition back in 2008 and has already been honored with a 2010&nbsp;Progressive Architecture Award, the rather tight-lipped global economy delayed its construction. However, the firm announced that construction will likely begin in 2016/2017 if "rental efforts are progressing satisfactorily." Copenhageners: start signing those leases.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Prairie futurism: designs revealed for the new Chicago Apple store Nicholas Korody 2015-11-18T14:16:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T15:17:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The long-rumored Apple store at the gateway to the North Michigan Avenue shopping district won't be a 2.0 version of the famous glass cube that forms an iconic entry into the retailer's Fifth Avenue flagship in Manhattan. It will be more like a high-tech version of Frank Lloyd Wright's quintessentially Midwestern Prairie Style homes, with river views to boot.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>The Chicago Tribune obtained a draft report from Chicago's Department of Planning and Development that details plans for a new Apple store alongside the river and adjacent to the Michigan Avenue bridge. Moving away from the iconic minimalism of its flagship Manhattan store, the Foster + Partners-designed building incorporates Frank Lloyd Wrightian influences, in a nod to its particular regional importance.<br><br>Specifically, the 20,000 sq. ft. retail space will stand about 14 ft high &ndash; about half the height of the Fifth Avenue store &ndash; capped by a large, flat, carbon-fiber-reinforced roof with rounded corners. A significant overhang recalls the horizontal lines of the Prairie school, and is intended to provide relief during the sweltering Mid-Western summers. The walls will still be glazed, in typical Apple fashion, enabling sweeping river views.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Similar to the Manhattan Apple store, the most-visible architectural element is in fact an entry pavilion leading down to a subterranean &ndash; or, tec...</p> The organization behind Kentucky's Creation Museum is building a Genesis-sized Ark Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-18T13:45:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T22:31:19-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Ark Encounter is a full-sized replica of Noah&rsquo;s Ark, as described in the book of Genesis. [...] the actual ark will be 510 feet long ... 85 feet wide and more than 50 feet tall, and that's before you add the sail. It can house up to 10,000 people in a pinch, and when finished will be the largest wooden timber structure in the world. [...] &ldquo;People expect the quality of a Universal Studios and we&rsquo;re going to give it to them.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Perhaps not surprisingly, other riffs on Noah's Ark have already been built (although they probably aren't scaled to cubits):</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese man spends whole life savings building very own 'Noah's Ark' over fears of impending apocalypse</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Opening Noah's Ark</a></li></ul> A young designer rethinking how we memorialize collective trauma Nicholas Korody 2015-11-17T13:46:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T23:12:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Sara Zewde] argues that while the traditional monument commemorates a singular event or individual by placing an object in a space that is a break from its surroundings, the 400-year practice of African enslavement demands a different approach. &ldquo;For Afro-descended people, you wake up every day with the legacy of slavery,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;How do you deal with that spatially?&rdquo; One approach is to translate cultural practices into spatial ones.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Next time you need to go in Minturn, Colorado, visit America's Best Public Restroom Alexander Walter 2015-11-17T13:15:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T23:12:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But this year&rsquo;s champion bathroom, crowned by voters on Cintas&rsquo; website, is not nestled inside some upscale restaurant in a major city. It&rsquo;s a public restroom in Minturn, Colorado. A collaboration between the town of Minturn, LaN Architecture&rsquo;s Monika Wittig, LGM 3d Studios, and Noble Welding, the restrooms are meant to resemble a passageway into a Rocky Mountain mine. &ldquo;The town rallied together and showed the value of a restroom that&rsquo;s creative and memorable for guests,&rdquo; [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>From the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">America's Best Restroom Contest</a> website:</p><p><em>Founded in 1904, Minturn is rich in mining history and its new public restrooms reflect its past. The unique digitally fabricated shape of the men&rsquo;s and women&rsquo;s restrooms resemble an adit (horizontal passage way) into a Rocky Mountain mine. The concept is the product of several key players: the Town of Minturn, LaN Architecture - Monika Wittig, LGM 3d Studios and Noble Welding. The team came together to produce &ldquo;functional art&rdquo; that&rsquo;s already captured community attention! &ldquo;Our public restrooms prove how great it is to combine art, architecture and creativity. It changes moods, places and people,&rdquo; said Janet Hawkinson, director of design and construction for the public restroom project. &ldquo;It would be the best to win the contest and show the country what can be accomplished when everyone works together to create something truly memorable, as we did in small town Minturn!&rdquo;</em></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">For those with discriminating taste, a competi...</a></li></ul> Can dead "big-box" stores live a second life? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-16T12:49:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T15:27:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In suburbs, cities and rural areas, [big-box stores] can present a reuse and rehab conundrum, particularly as retailers become more sophisticated about controlling leases and redevelopment. [...] With the big-box model, stores are rarely remodeled. [...] A kind of &ldquo;retail cannibalism&rdquo; emerges, where companies compete for market share with ever-shinier facades that leave aging stores behind as the asphalt fades.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the fading development of big-box stores:</p><ul><li><a title="A supermall grows in fracking country" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A supermall grows in fracking country</a></li><li><a title="For in that death of malls, what dreams may come? Archinect Sessions #32, featuring special guest co-host, Nam Henderson!" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">For in that death of malls, what dreams may come? Archinect Sessions #32, featuring special guest co-host, Nam Henderson!</a></li><li><a title="Dead Malls and Shopping Dinosaurs" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dead Malls and Shopping Dinosaurs</a></li><li><a title="Dead-malls and the return of Main Street" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dead-malls and the return of Main Street</a></li></ul> New Renderings of SuperPier: Google’s New NYC Digs + Bourdain Food Market To Arrive in 2018 Alyssa Alimurung 2015-11-16T11:12:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:44:50-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="252" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last month, Seth Pinsky, Executive Vice President at RXR Realty, shared a presentation regarding the development of the long-planned rehabilitation and conversion of Pier 57 aka &ldquo;SuperPier.&rdquo; According to him, the 450,000-square-foot development will invest $350 million of private capital to redevelop the structure, and in return create hundreds of jobs, generate millions of dollars of revenue for the Hudson River Park Trust, and create a new destination for New Yorkers and visitors alike.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Struggle for the Centre: One City’s Adventure with Modernity Gary Garvin 2015-11-14T19:48:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:43:47-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="227" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Throughout its history, Kitchener has often imagined big plans for its urban development, but since the 1960s most of these grand plans for downtown Kitchener only ever found form in the Market Square Shopping Centre. Market Square is the most complete and concrete repository of Kitchener&rsquo;s attempts at re-imagining itself in the postwar period.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nathan Storring</a>, a writer, artist, designer, and assistant curator of the Urbanspace Gallery in Toronto, writes a thorough critique of the redevelopment, destruction, and rebirth of the downtown core in Kitchener, Ontario. The issues and concerns, raised in his essay in microcosm, can be applied to urban development around the world the last several decades.</p><p>For example:</p><p><em>The placement of a shopping centre in such a prominent place in the downtown also foreshadowed a broad shift in North American economic thinking &ndash; the transition from a social market to a free market economy.&nbsp;The architectural theorist Sanford Kwinter defines the social market as a society wherein economic activities are embedded in all social activities and directed by cultural organizations that occupy a specific time and place in the world.&nbsp;During the first half of the century, Kitchener followed this economic/cultural model. Its downtown was the region&rsquo;s centre of economic and cultural life, and there the economy ...</em></p> Hurry if you want to own a piece of Tokyo's iconic modernist Hotel Okura Alexander Walter 2015-11-13T14:32:00-05:00 >2015-11-13T14:51:45-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For those former guests and architectural buffs who lamented the demolition of the iconic Hotel Okura Tokyo, they can soon preserve a piece of it in their homes. Hotel officials plan to sell on the Internet some of the furniture and fixtures used in the guest rooms and restaurants during the main building's 53-year history, with the proceeds going to charity. [...] The 11-story main building, which opened in May 1962 [...], was called &ldquo;a masterpiece of Japan&rsquo;s modernism architecture.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's lights out at the old Okura: reconstruction of the iconic Tokyo hotel starts next week</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As the Okura says sayonara, Tokyo doesn't seem to care much</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farewell to the Old Okura</a></li></ul> Throwback Throughway: when GPS fails, these gorgeous "mental maps" help you navigate Julia Ingalls 2015-11-12T19:21:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:40:18-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A set of maps from designer Archie Archambault might help us rebuild the mental maps of cities that we're starting to lose. Instead of a literal grid of streets, he maps out neighborhoods and the basic parts of a city the way someone who lives there might think of it, or at least the way they probably did before Google Maps existed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>How did people live&mdash;or at least find their way to all of the events, parties, and work-related meetings&mdash;before they had smartphones and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GPS</a>? You could ask a friend, just as Archie Archambault did when he first visited <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Portland</a> and didn't know his way around. Since then, he has started drawing circular "mental maps" of cities, based on the recollections of each urbanity's denizens.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Similar to the simplified subway line maps that help commuters get from one transit stop to another by omitting unnecessary details, these mental maps render cities in terms of big-picture human landmarks. He's mapped cities from Amsterdam to Kyoto to Vancouver, B.C. (and, just in case you find yourself up there without a good WiFi connection, the Moon).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> "Toilet Talk" – gender inclusivity in public restrooms, featuring special guest Susan Surface, on Archinect Sessions #42 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-12T15:43:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T11:03:25-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Special guest <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Susan Surface</a>, former Archinect editor now at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design in Public</a>, joins us on&nbsp;<strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a></strong>&nbsp;to talk about <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent developments</a> in the state of gender inclusive design &ndash; specifically, in public restrooms.</p><p>As the binary model of gender begins to slowly dissolve in the popular consciousness, in favor of a spectrum of different identifications, international building codes still often mandate restrooms (even single-occupancy ones) as strictly for either male or female.&nbsp;Those who do not identify as either face a difficult choice at best, and often harassment or exclusion. Various <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">institutions are experimenting with more gender-inclusive designs</a> and designations, but not without controversy. Advocates liken the advent of all-gender inclusive bathrooms to a civil right, akin to policies that guarantee equal access regardless of ethnicity or physical ability.</p><p>Surface, who has addressed more gender-inclusive amendments to building standards <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">before</a>, joins us to discuss the ways ...</p> $500,000,000 spec house under construction in LA Orhan Ayyüce 2015-11-11T22:29:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T18:54:31-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Nobody really reads books," Niami says, "so I'm just going to fill the shelves with white books, for looks." Stepping past the nightclub's outdoor lounge area where circular banquettes will seem to float next to a two-story waterfall, he says: "I really think that this house is going to do a lot for L.A. Anybody who lives in the area is going to be proud to be near it."</p></em><br /><br /><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Go ahead and hate!</p><ol><li><p>About half of the tennis court had to be built on pilings to account for the land's contours. This niche will have a covered viewing area and a fire pit.</p></li><li><p>The infinity pool for the guesthouse, which, when built, will be 5,000 square feet itself.</p></li><li><p>The motor court and the main house's entrance hall; a fire display will greet guests as they step inside.</p></li><li><p>The gigamansion's main guard gate (there will be a separate area, with monitors, for keeping an eye on the whole estate).</p></li><li><p>The property will be surrounded on three sides by a moat and other water features, which will make the whole thing appear to be floating.</p></li><li><p>The "sky deck," as Niami refers to it, will have a putting green, a bar, a lounge area, and covered loggias.</p></li></ol> The GSD vs. the sea: school's new Office for Urbanization tackles climate change in Miami Beach Julia Ingalls 2015-11-11T12:58:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:18:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The times&mdash;specifically, the sea levels&mdash;are a changin'. Luckily, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard's Graduate School of Design</a> has just launched a new initiative, the Office for Urbanization, to start amassing design research for new urban realities for cities around the world. The Office is described as being "a venue for the advancement of knowledge on the role of design research in relation to the social and environmental challenges associated with ongoing urbanization."&nbsp;The first project for the Office takes on the challenges facing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miami Beach</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As founding director <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charles Waldheim</a>, the John E. Irving Professor of Landscape Architecture, explained,&nbsp;&ldquo;This foundational project of the Office for Urbanization will examine the implications of rising sea levels and increased storm events on the economy and ecology, infrastructure and identity of Miami Beach in relation to its metropolitan and regional contexts. The study will develop design strategies and scenarios to mitigate present threats and to anticipate ...</p> A new London Tube map shows walking times between stations Nicholas Korody 2015-11-11T05:41:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T23:31:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="393" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Transport bosses have unveiled the first official map showing the walking times between central London's Tube stations.&nbsp; The comprehensive plan highlights the time it takes to travel on foot between almost all of the stations on London&rsquo;s Underground network. [Transport for London] Chief Executive Gordon Innes said: &ldquo;The Tube is the most used transport method by visitors in London, stations for many of our top attractions are within walking distance of each other.</p></em><br /><br /><p>You can download the new map <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Aleatory Architectures: the bright future of self-assembling granular materials Alexander Walter 2015-11-10T20:30:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T23:53:25-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But some designers are toying with another idea&mdash;that there&rsquo;s a different way to build that exploits randomness rather than avoids it. This kind of building will rely on new kinds of granular materials that when tipped into place, bind together in ways that provide structural stability. [...] Sean Keller at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and Heinrich Jaeger at the University of Chicago explain how this kind of &ldquo;aleatory architecture&rdquo; is finally becoming possible.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>That will have a profound effect on the process of design. &ldquo;As a result, preplanning is freed from considering the local structural detail,&rdquo; say Keller and Jaeger. &ldquo;Instead, the main task now becomes generating the proper particle shapes as well as the overall boundary and processing conditions to guarantee that the desired target structure will be mechanically stable when realized.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: "Rock Print" from ETH Z&uuml;rich and MIT</a></p> POLITICO features mini-doc on the biologically based architecture and urban design work of Terreform ONE TreeArch 2015-11-10T20:29:00-05:00 >2015-11-10T20:31:06-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bio City -Terreform ONE&rsquo;s Mitchell Joachim pushes the boundaries of architecture with experimental materials such as living trees and engineered animal tissue &mdash; to design future cities that merge with nature.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Mini documentary on the biologically based architecture and urban design work of the nonprofit group Terreform ONE at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in NY.&nbsp;</p> Thomas Heatherwick named WSJ. Magazine’s 2015 Design Innovator Alexander Walter 2015-11-10T15:12:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T23:29:16-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The thing about Thomas is that every project seems to come out of a completely different burst of imagination,&rdquo; says media mogul Barry Diller [...] &ldquo;Nothing looks similar&mdash;there&rsquo;s no linkage. I think he&rsquo;s the most creative, interesting architect&mdash;other than Frank Gehry, whom I adore&mdash;alive. They share a kind of genius for imagination in its purest form.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The six other creatives that were &ndash;&nbsp;along with Heatherwick &ndash;&nbsp;awarded the title of WSJ. Magazine's 2015&nbsp;Innovators of the Year are:</p><ul><li>Richard Serra (Art)</li><li>Angelina Jolie Pitt (Entertainment/Film)</li><li>Karl Ove Knausgaard (Literature)</li><li>Miuccia Prada (Fashion)</li><li>Stewart Butterfield, CEO of Slack (Technology)</li><li>Mark Parker, CEO of Nike (Brand)</li></ul><p>If you haven't yet, take a listen to our interview with Thomas Heatherwick from earlier this year. The interview starts at around 10:30...</p><p></p> Take a peek inside the mesmerizing Hotel Hotel, the 2015 World Interior of the Year Archinect 2015-11-06T20:35:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T21:32:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="468" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Floating fragmented pieces of reclaimed timber energize the lobby space of the charmingly named Hotel Hotel, located in the blossoming precinct of NewActon in Canberra, Australia. Designed by Australian practice March Studio, the hotel was recently named World Interior of the Year at the INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors in Singapore's Marina Bay Sands.</p><p>Coinciding with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Architecture Festival</a>, INSIDE highlights the most outstanding projects in the international interior design scene. This year's competition started out with over 100 nominations that were narrowed down to nine category winners. After the nine teams vied for the overall-winning title in one final round of presentations, Hotel Hotel scored the prize at the end of the day.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Hotel Hotel is part of a wider scheme that includes offices, private residential apartments, cafes, and a cinema. A grand staircase at the center of the two-floor hotel draws in guests to the building's other main areas, which feature more rec...</p> Ten Top Images on Archinect's new "Shopping Spaces" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-11-06T20:01:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T21:59:34-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="770" 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">Shopping Spaces</a></em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mills Pharmacy</a> in<strong> </strong>Birmingham, MI by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">M1/DTW</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rehabilitation of Santa Caterina Market</a> in Barcelona, Spain by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miralles Tagliabue EMBT</a>; Photo: Alex Gaultier</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Showroom Eurobike - Porsche</a> in Bras&iacute;lia, Brazil by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1:1 arquitetura:design</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">T-MAGI</a> in Copenhagen, Denmark by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WE Architecture</a>; Photo: Enok Holsegaard</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">XOCOLATTI</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">De-Spec</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Otsuka-Dofukuten</a> in Kyoto, Japan by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yusuke Seki</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aesop DTLA</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brooks + Scarpa</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAC BEBEKOY</a> in Istanbul, Turkey by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">URAS X DILEKCI</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uhrwerk (shop)</a> in Vienna, Austria by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">smartvoll Architekten ZT KG</a></p><p>(Cover pic: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melissa - We Are Flowers</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SO...</a></p> Changes to WTC Performing-Arts Center announced yet again Julia Ingalls 2015-11-06T12:21:00-05:00 >2015-11-06T13:52:57-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The [Lower Manhattan Development Corp's] latest take envisions a roughly 80,000-square-foot building, rising three to four stories aboveground, where new works of theater, dance, music and digital art would be produced, said the center&rsquo;s director, Maggie Boepple. Over the past few months, center officials have been working with consultants and an unnamed architectural firm to revamp the plan.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The new plan for the center won't be formally unveiled until the&nbsp;next board meeting of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. However, this smaller, less expensive version is still expected to function as a "a gathering place for downtown residents" according to&nbsp;Catherine McVay Hughes,&nbsp;chairwoman of Community Board 1.</p><p>For Archinect's coverage of the WTC PAC, do check out:</p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry&rsquo;s Design for the WTC Performing Arts Center Gets Dumped by Officials</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p>