Archinect - News 2017-01-20T05:03:02-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149987448/woods-bagot-to-design-australia-s-aud-1-85-billion-world-trade-center Woods Bagot to design Australia's AUD $1.85 billion World Trade Center Julia Ingalls 2017-01-19T18:35:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T18:35:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gw/gwbvwmgusucjlgoa.jpg" width="650" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>World Trade Centers aren't just for the northern hemisphere anymore: Perth, Australia will become the recipient of a two-towered, $1.85 Australian dollar World Trade Center designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106435/woods-bagot" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Woods Bagot</a>. The uneven towers (one tops out at 36 stories, the other 75) still need official approval by the State Government, which plans to thoroughly vet both the proposal and the backers themselves in the more severe sounding Stage Two section of the process. However, by virtue of clearing Stage One, things are looking good for the buildings (and, let's face it, for Woods Bagot).</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987392/is-sn-hetta-s-7th-room-2017-s-coolest-literally-and-figuratively-treehouse Is Snøhetta's "7th room" 2017's coolest (literally and figuratively) treehouse? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-19T14:10:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T14:39:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rs/rs5ub5ymi71igsh8.jpg" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Sn&oslash;hetta's "7th Room" is an addition to the previously existing Treehotel in Northern Sweden. The tree-canopy-level, snow-blanketed room features a pretty cool assortment of sleek furnishings and views, whether you're standing on the ground looking up, or lounging on the fur-lined chairs looking out.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xb/xbziedyulg691i1c.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hv/hv0lvgnfmgadn68j.jpg"></p><p>In addition to the tree that grows through the cabin, the arrangement of the rooms, centered around a netted terrace, gives "7th Room" a hyper-sophisticated treehouse vibe.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b8/b8ravqtgm8x4fr5j.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cq/cqy0j53rk4jg8op5.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987385/exquisite-play-on-materiality-defines-maison-de-quartier-de-chatelaine-balexert-by-stendardo-menningen-architectes Exquisite play on materiality defines "Maison de Quartier de Chatelaine-Balexert" by Stendardo Menningen Architectes Julia Ingalls 2017-01-19T13:24:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T13:30:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3b/3bo87i4wojljryc4.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designed as an easily accessible community center that, according to its architects, would preserve "a logical continuity and preservation of the existing landscape as well as construct synergies with the surrounding buildings," the Maison de Quartier de Chatelaine-Balexert benefits from a sophisticated material interaction.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gi/gi6qxqmv6q5tqiml.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ss/ssla5c1imwvfft1a.jpg"></p><p>The visual interplay between the concrete and wood, along with the angular, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/287976/dan-flavin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Flavin</a>-meets-<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149986466/the-proust-questionnaire-daniel-libeskind" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Libeskind</a>-interior lights, creates an exquisite structural passageway. It functions both as an intriguing space in itself and a&nbsp;facilitator&nbsp;of its surrounds.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kz/kzdwneyl97t0gqr8.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bf/bfrlnhu2hj2ps5ss.jpg"></p><p>Designed by Geneva-based&nbsp;Stendardo Menningen Architectes,&nbsp;the building was&nbsp;commissioned&nbsp;by the client Ville de Vernier and completed in 2016.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987007/deborah-berke-designed-stylish-sustainable-tower-opens-in-indianapolis Deborah Berke-designed stylish, sustainable tower opens in Indianapolis Julia Ingalls 2017-01-17T17:13:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T20:52:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jv/jv4o4euan7x7flud.jpg" width="650" height="727" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Nine glassed-in, metal-fin bearing stories make up the new Deborah Berke Partners-designed Cummins Indy Tower, which officially opens this month. With its "projections and inflections," the building simultaneously juts and struts through the metropolis, creating a slender and ecologically conscious corporate HQ.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xg/xgqbe1tvenh6tg25.jpg"></p><p>Referring to Cummins' past collaborations with architects like Eero Saarinen and Kevin Roche, Deborah Berke notes that &ldquo;over the decades, Cummins has demonstrated a commitment to great design that benefits its employees, its customers, and the community. This building carries that legacy forward with an environmentally sustainable design that dignifies the work going on inside while enhancing the urban realm.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/93/9302jciuvy0oznl8.jpg"></p><p>The building&rsquo;s articulated facades and distinctive form serve a purpose&mdash;to create a comfortable, light-filled work environment for employees that adds to the vitality on Market Street. Adding some muscle to the great bones of downtown Indianapolis, the park is a public am...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986970/do-architecture-awards-matter Do architecture awards matter? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-17T14:16:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T14:11:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i3/i3qcc9bqrobr3j1j.jpg" width="650" height="493" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Almost singing the refrain, "What do awards have to do with it?" writer <a href="http://commonedge.org/do-architecture-awards-matter/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ben Willis </a>investigates the disconnect between the plethora of architectural awards, both those that recognize aesthetics and those that focus on data-driven technical specs, and the public's (and for that matter, other architects') incomprehension of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/145812094/why-is-the-pritzker-such-a-big-deal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">what these prizes mean</a>. With so many awards and so many buildings that fellow professionals have never visited or heard of before the merit is given, what exactly is the value of an architectural award? Using an Oscar analogy, Willis explains just what he's talking about: &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em>Whereas non-filmmakers have access to nearly all of the films considered for major film awards, most non-architects don&rsquo;t have first-hand experience with any of the buildings and designers being considered for awards. Many casual movie-goers know what defines an award-winning movie, and yet the criteria used to define award-winning buildings are often so disconnected from the public&rsquo;s experience...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986956/norman-foster-and-riba-announce-2017-survival-of-cities-traveling-scholarship Norman Foster and RIBA announce 2017 "survival of cities" traveling scholarship Julia Ingalls 2017-01-17T13:03:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T19:42:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xw/xwok8blvtwk53enb.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the tenth year in a row, RIBA and Norman Foster are offering a traveling scholarship in the form of &euro;7,000 (an increase over last year's &euro;6,000) to the destination of the winning student's choice. Students can't enter directly: RIBA and CAA validated schools are allowed to submit only one application each for one student by April 28th, whose merits will then be judged by a panel consisting of both financial backer Norman Foster and RIBA members. In a quasi-apocalyptic vein, the student's proposed research topic should "relate to the survival of our cities and towns and fall under one of the following themes:&nbsp;</p><ul><li>learning from the past to inform the future</li><li>the future of society</li><li>density of settlements</li><li>sustainability</li><li>use of resources</li><li>quality of urban life</li><li>transport"</li></ul><p>The full details of the application can be found <a href="https://www.architecture.com/Files/RIBAProfessionalServices/Education/Funding/2017/ApplicationForm2017.doc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986409/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-student-work-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Student Work" Pinterest Board Archinect 2017-01-13T15:34:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T00:31:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m7/m72dqk0htuhzfyps.jpg" width="650" height="996" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding student projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People </a>profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" 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="http://pinterest.com/archinect/student-work/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Student Work</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dz/dzwwou3nj7ms6isp.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/kimsh/project/bondi-beach-houses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bondi Beach Houses</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/kimsh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Seung Hwan Kim</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/we/wengq5dqynxo8giv.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/congfang/project/reconstruction-of-met-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reconstruction Of MET Museum</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/congfang" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cong Fang</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q1/q1oge3l49odjxbo8.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/gvillalobos02/project/in-tense2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In-Tense</a> by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/gvillalobos02" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gilberto Villalobos</a> with R. Kiesler</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8z/8za1x315vot2gfjr.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/marcmaxey/project/hollywood-and-vine-architecture-of-the-internet-celebrity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hollywood and Vine: Architecture of the Internet Celebrity</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/marcmaxey" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marc Maxey</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fc/fc6t8txj2fcqnlxi.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/luliudesign/project/edge-island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Edge Island</a> by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/luliudesign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lu Liu</a> with Mingyue Hu, Katie Ann</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oa/oadt2u9fb399tzad.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/jingli/project/playing-with-tide-tidal-park-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PLAYING WITH TIDE - Tidal Park Design</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/jingli" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jing Li</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/11/11etdmo32qau2hj0.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/gracearezio/project/hyderabad-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyderabad Housing</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/gracearezio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grace Elizabeth Arezio</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t3/t3jkah654u8xtdgm.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/judyhussein/project/the-last-performance" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Last Performance</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/judyhussein" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Judy Hussein</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vc/vcsqnr0fqjakul6c.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/corliss/project/chromatopia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chromatopia</a> by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/corliss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Corliss Ng</a></p><p>(Cover pic: <a href="http://archinect.com/KeLi/project/in-accessible" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IN-Accessible</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/KeLi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ke Li</a>)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Click <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/117299/archinect-pinterest" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to see more "Ten Top Images on Archinect's Pinterest Boards" posts.</p><p><strong>Wanna be included in one of the next roundups?</strong></p><p>Simply upload your work as a <em>Project </em>post to your...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986400/frank-lloyd-wright-s-tirranna-home-in-new-canaan-ct-for-sale Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘Tirranna’ home in New Canaan, CT for sale DianePham 2017-01-13T13:52:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T23:06:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r3/r3v4nynal83k470l.jpg" width="650" height="492" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the first time in 20 years, Frank Lloyd Wright&lsquo;s &ldquo;Tirranna&rdquo; home in New Canaan, CT is on the market. The home was built just before his death on a 15-acre wooded estate, has been listed for $8M by the estate of its long-time owner, the late memorabilia mogul and philanthropist Ted Stanley. Though renovated, the horse-shaped home maintains its original architectural integrity.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ds/dsjm0dg7ae91btf6.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8w/8ws1jbl0818r0qy2.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986255/death-is-in-the-details-photographic-survey-of-a-mall-about-to-be-torn-down Death is in the details: photographic survey of a mall about to be torn down Julia Ingalls 2017-01-12T20:23:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T23:11:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jk/jkckx2ptmyn3sxwy.jpg" width="650" height="453" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Its architecture is painfully lost in its own time and its updates only confuse by neither integrating well into the original structure or standing out as truly contemporary. The pink kiosks, orange tiles, teal chairs and green paneled rooms, the purple plush seating in the JC Penny dressing room, and the bright blue tiered entryways are, along with other decor flourishes, seemingly random, with no coherent pattern.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Declaring that "the&nbsp;dying mall narrative" already peaked a few years ago,&nbsp;Tag Hartman-Simkins decides to photographically zero in on the details of an old mall in Galesburg, Illinois that is about to be torn down and replaced with an updated, outdoor mixed-use space. His careful observations of everything from the floor tile to the overhead music to the way mirrors are arranged in dressing rooms create a nuanced and affecting portrait of long gone times.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986180/shenzhen-s-design-society-to-feature-v-a-gallery-for-its-october-2017-opening Shenzhen's Design Society to feature V&A gallery for its October 2017 opening Julia Ingalls 2017-01-12T13:38:00-05:00 >2017-01-18T00:36:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k2/k2vy2ey0xx6g7imp.jpg" width="625" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As brand-new collaborations go, the Shenzhen Design Society's choice to feature London's V&amp;A gallery as part of its cultural hub opening this October isn't too shocking, unless you consider that galleries of Chinese art and photography aren't necessarily a common feature of the global art world circuit. The inclusion of the gallery is partly a tribute to the V&amp;A's numerous exhibitions that showcased Chinese culture in Europe, including one of the first exhibitions on contemporary Chinese film and photography in 2005 (!).&nbsp;According to <a href="http://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2017/01/03/shenzhen-design-society/#ixzz4VZcDY8bh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lonely Planet</a>, the hub's goal is to "focus on the history of groundbreaking design, with the aim of opening a dialogue on how design can be a catalyst for social change."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986152/herzog-de-meuron-s-elbphilharmonie-celebrates-its-grand-opening Herzog & de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie celebrates its grand opening Julia Ingalls 2017-01-12T12:54:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T23:18:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o5/o5ud2zmeen1yu9md.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After months of antici.............pation, Herzog &amp; de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie has finally opened, and a slew of luminaries, including Angela Merkel and the architects themselves, were in attendance to celebrate the inaugural concert.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3h/3hrjrui1fmskpiuu.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6c/6c0a903oapyhdf01.jpg"></p><p>The event featured the debut of &ldquo;Zum Raum wird hier die Zeit,&rdquo; a composition by Wolfgang Rihm specifically&nbsp;commissioned&nbsp;for the hall's opening.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8j/8j77kx3xzindlixz.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f9/f9nejztyi7s6rmzt.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985975/within-and-without-architecture Within and Without Architecture Places Journal 2017-01-11T17:36:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T15:23:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mv/mvl20dpohdozwrl5.jpg" width="650" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The imaginative possibilities of miniature things lie not in their being shrunken versions of a larger thing. The world of the miniature opens to reveal a secret life.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sometimes you encounter a thing that is not &ldquo;properly&rdquo; architectural, but which yet has something profound to say about the discipline. In her latest article for <em>Places</em>, columnist Naomi Stead is drawn by a cartoon from&nbsp;<em>The New Yorker&nbsp;</em>to consider the relationships between the miniature, the uncanny, and mise en abyme in architecture.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985983/sam-fox-students-design-a-first-class-meal Sam Fox students design a First Class Meal Liam Otten 2017-01-11T17:27:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T15:26:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jm/jmgus2wp3xrfeg7j.jpg" width="650" height="461" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;First Class Meal&nbsp;does what the best sharing opportunities do &mdash; it identifies excess capacity from one person or organization and makes it available to another one in need, creating a symbiotic relationship that improves the success and efficiency of both partners,&rdquo; said&nbsp;<a href="http://samfoxschool.wustl.edu/directory/10635" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Linda C. Samuels</a>, associate professor of urban design, who served as faculty advisor. &ldquo;That symbiosis results in more profitable organizations and, ideally, a more equitable distribution of resources.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hj/hjbqzucc8y5hnroy.jpg"><br><em>The first phase of renovations would prioritize storage and pickup areas as well as space for classes.</em></p><p>Urban SOS is sponsored by multinational engineering company AECOM and the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.vanalen.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Van Alen Institute</a>&nbsp;in partnership with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.100resilientcities.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">100 Resilient Cities</a>. Other finalists &mdash; working to solve challenges in Athens as well as Durban, South Africa and Quito, Ecuador &mdash; include: Monash University, Harvard, California at Berkeley, Oxford, Columbia, The New School and Universidad Polit&eacute;cnica de Madrid.</p><p>For more information, visit aecom.com or follo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985778/aamodt-plumb-architects-resigns-from-the-aia-over-robert-ivy-s-conciliatory-comments-toward-trump Aamodt/Plumb Architects resigns from the AIA over Robert Ivy's conciliatory comments toward Trump Julia Ingalls 2017-01-10T19:54:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T22:51:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tn/tnl048g5iqn1zhnf.jpg" width="639" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Don't pay your national AIA dues if you don't agree with the direction of the association. At least, that's what Mette Aamodt is doing this year. According to a press release issued by the firm, Aamodt explains that she:&nbsp;</p><p><em>is calling on architects to join her in refusing to work for clients&nbsp;engaged in discrimination, human rights violations, tyranny and exploitation. AIA&nbsp;National dues are due this week and every member has to make a choice about&nbsp;where they stand.</em></p><p><em>Together&nbsp;with her partner Andrew Plumb, Aamodt and their firm Aamodt / Plumb Architects&nbsp;is raising money to start a non-profit organization dedicated to education and&nbsp;advocacy around quality construction techniques, healthy materials and fair&nbsp;labor practices. &ldquo;We have just elected one of the world&rsquo;s worst developers as&nbsp;President, who exploits people and natural resources to build junk buildings&nbsp;that benefit no one but himself,&rdquo; says Mette Aamodt. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s time for architects&nbsp;to take a stand and fight back, rather than rolling ove...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985754/cuomo-announces-750-mile-empire-state-trail-a-continuous-trail-connecting-nyc-to-canada Cuomo announces 750-mile Empire State Trail, a continuous trail connecting NYC to Canada Alyssa Alimurung 2017-01-10T17:18:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T17:23:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n9/n9bocf168i7c393c.jpg" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This morning Governor Cuomo announced that the state would invest in building a $200 million Empire State Trail that would span 750 miles connecting the bottom of Manhattan all the way to the border of Canada. The project would build upon two existing but incomplete trailways&mdash;the Hudson River Valley Greenway and the Erie Canalway&mdash;and become the largest, state multi-use trail in the nation.</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/149985760/is-george-lucas-pitting-l-a-against-s-f-for-his-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art Is George Lucas pitting L.A. against S.F. for his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-10T17:11:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T15:25:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mz/mznndhruh39u0aua.jpg" width="650" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But so far, Lucas hasn&rsquo;t found a permanent home for his museum. The monumental project has brought him almost as much grief as Jar Jar Binks, the prequel creature from the planet Naboo with an oddly Jamaican accent that some found racially offensive.</p></em><br /><br /><p>George Lucas' multi-year, oft-imperiled quest to find a site for his museum is chronicled in this&nbsp;<a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-01-03/george-lucas-can-t-give-his-1-5-billion-museum-away" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a> article, which highlights the difficulties of using only the force of one's personality (and the promise of a "gift" of a museum to a city) to cut through local politics and bureaucracy. According to this article, signs indicate that the filmmaker may be attempting to get Los Angeles and San Francisco to compete against one another for the institution in hopes of speeding up the process (and securing the best site).</p><p>Other Lucas Museum of Narrative Art news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975543/check-out-mad-s-new-la-and-sf-designs-for-the-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check out MAD's new LA and SF designs for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957413/oma-s-glass-mushroom-the-lucas-museum-that-could-have-been" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA's glass mushroom: the Lucas Museum that could have been</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946217/embattled-lucas-museum-may-move-to-s-f-s-treasure-island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Embattled Lucas Museum may move to S.F.'s Treasure Island</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985703/when-art-architects-life-city-from-bollywood-film-bahubali-the-beginning-may-become-actual-location-in-india When art architects life: city from Bollywood film "Bahubali: The Beginning" may become actual location in India Julia Ingalls 2017-01-10T14:03:00-05:00 >2017-01-10T14:03:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ew/ewio5qvli9bdpft9.jpg" width="650" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While the architecture in real cities has sometimes become the jumping off point for imaginary structures in cinema (think: the Los Angeles of <em>Blade Runner</em>) the reverse seems to be happening in India, where a filmmaker is being asked to design real structures based on the imagined buildings that appeared in his film. According to <a href="https://qz.com/872747/andhra-pradesh-wants-to-build-a-new-city-that-looks-like-an-ancient-kingdom-from-bollywood-blockbuster-bahubali/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quartz.com</a>:</p><p>"Andhra Pradesh&rsquo;s chief minister Chandrababu Naidu wants Rajamouli, the Telugu filmmaker behind the blockbuster&nbsp;<em>Bahubali: The Beginning</em>, to contribute his design skills to the architecture of the main government and administrative complex of Amaravati&mdash;the proposed capital of Naidu&rsquo;s newly truncated state."</p><p>Here's a trailer for the film, which showcases the imagined city of Mahishmati:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985681/hyperloop-one-announces-35-semifinalists-in-17-countries-for-its-global-challenge Hyperloop One announces 35 semifinalists in 17 countries for its global challenge Julia Ingalls 2017-01-10T12:58:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T15:28:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nt/ntjlwuy428zfvfu9.jpg" width="650" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whether you envisioned Hyperloop One as an overhyped pneumatic tube or an inventive way to transport cargo and/or passengers, 35 teams from 17 countries around the world have just been announced as semifinalists in the contest to create working transit corridors for the technology. The 35 proposed routes are sited in countries including Argentina, Poland, Australia, India, the U.K. and the U.S. (the full list is below). Finalists will be announced in May after three global showcase events where each team has the chance to demonstrate how their proposal will economically benefit their region. The showcases will be held in New Delhi on February 28th, Washington D.C. on April 6th, and London on April 27th. Twenty of the proposals currently have governmental or other funding sources already lined up.&nbsp;</p><p>Corridors in&nbsp;the semifinalist round include:<br>AR Buenos Aires-Cordoba<br>AU Sydney-Melbourne<br>CA Ontario (cargo)<br>CA Toronto-Montreal<br>CA Vancouver (cargo)<br>CH Shanghai-Hangzhou<br>DE Autobahn<br>EE Tallin-Helsi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985035/can-late-modernism-survive-the-near-future Can late modernism survive the near future? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-05T18:32:00-05:00 >2017-01-09T14:01:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yl/ylegkxgb5e8qt29h.jpg" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>All across Los Angeles, buildings by the city's most important firms face preservation threats. Rejected and outmoded, can late modernism find love?</p></em><br /><br /><p>What is the value of history in a city known for its ephemerality? (Hint: um, not much, unless everyone agrees it is pretty.) In this <a href="http://www.laweekly.com/arts/can-preservationists-save-las-late-modernist-landmarks-from-the-wrecking-ball-7784088" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">piece for the L.A. Weekly</a>, Mimi Zeiger thoroughly investigates the state of late modernist structures in the City of Angels, and how likely it is that many of these often repurposed (and unfortunately altered) buildings will survive changing public tastes. While the LAX theme building has been legally protected from demolition, other notable works--like William L. Pereira's original LACMA buildings--haven't met with the same preservationist zeal.&nbsp;</p><p>Modernism, in the news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938550/le-corbusier-s-cit-de-refuge-in-paris-to-reopen-after-restoration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier's Cit&eacute; de Refuge in Paris to reopen after restoration</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937684/will-mies-van-der-rohe-s-wolf-house-rise-again" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Mies van der Rohe&rsquo;s Wolf House rise again?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145515699/winners-of-the-african-modernism-book-giveaway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of the "African Modernism" book giveaway</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984950/one-brick-per-bible-verse-in-napp-studio-s-enormous-lightbulb-infused-archive-of-light One brick per Bible verse in Napp Studio's enormous, lightbulb-infused "Archive of Light" Julia Ingalls 2017-01-05T14:44:00-05:00 >2017-01-09T14:01:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s5/s57mfmlrapxza25s.jpg" width="650" height="235" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The imaginary realm of architecture frequently ventures off into scales that are improbable, if not outright impossible, on the politically and gravitationally constrained Earth (think <a href="http://archinect.com/news/gallery/49049634/13/editor-s-picks-265" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&Eacute;tienne-Louis Boull&eacute;e</a>, or <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143383898/a-continuation-of-his-way-of-being-an-interview-with-the-editor-of-slow-manifesto-lebbeus-woods-blog" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lebbeus Woods</a>). In a similar if less secular vein, Napp Studio has conceived of an enormous, walkable brick wall that would feature every verse of the bible and/or other spiritual texts inscribed on titled, lightbulb-illuminated bricks. The idea here is to create the sensation of leafing through a book page by page, with each page being loosely represented by a brick.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7i/7iplth28hoouqdnd.jpg"></p><p>As the architects note, "The bricks are books written with text of living stories of the everyday reality, yet, a reality with hope. Hope is the most significant spiritual grain we rely on when facing the sometime harsh life, it provides us with strength and will &ndash; the light to live on." The massive scale of the project does not place it beyond the realm of the possible, although there's no word yet of an officia...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984941/watch-a-meditative-and-breathtaking-aerial-survey-of-the-l-a-river Watch a meditative and breathtaking aerial survey of the L.A. River Julia Ingalls 2017-01-05T14:26:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T14:54:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e4/e4bgmir2p3mjyhai.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Only one thing is certain now that <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149966972/to-ignore-this-is-to-ignore-one-of-the-great-resources-of-the-region-frank-gehry-on-the-la-river-revitalization-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a> has undertaken the plan to revitalize the LA River: in the future, it will be different.</p><p>Check out Archinect's extensive coverage of the LA River Redevelopment, including interviews with major players like Mia Lehrer via the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/646036/next-up" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up</a> series...</p><p></p><p></p><p>This elegant aerial video by Chang Kim captures the current state of the concrete-channeled river, offering not only a meditative journey over freeway overpasses, opportunistic scrub brush and litter-choked rivulets, but a lush historic record of what this city's main water artery was, whatever it may eventually become. With a spare piano soundtrack composed by Nils Frahm, the video comes in at just under five minutes:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984928/poissy-galore-artfully-frames-green-public-space-on-the-banks-of-the-seine "Poissy Galore" artfully frames green public space on the banks of the Seine Julia Ingalls 2017-01-05T13:27:00-05:00 >2017-01-09T14:02:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7s/7swadafojuygd41d.jpg" width="650" height="696" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Situated in Carri&egrave;re-Sous-Poissy&nbsp;in France along the River Seine, "Poissy Galore" by Armengaud Armengaud Cianchetta (AAC) and Herlach Hartmann Frommenwiler (HHF) is designed primarily as an ecological public space for both Parisian residents and far-flung visitors. Consisting of an observatory, an insect museum and a visitor center, the project title is an apt play on the James Bond film, both in terms of its expansiveness and playfulness. The inventive timber construction and visually arresting angular framing is as much a part of the project's allure as its nuanced integration into its 113 hectare site.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4h/4hm4ls1tto8u2eka.jpg"></p><p>As the architects explain, "With the exception of the observatory, which is a steel construction,&nbsp;the collection of pavilions and small 'follies' is based on a modular wood system, repeating and combining different sized and angled timber frames."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6v/6vdvt3lzwbzqkltf.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eb/ebffxkguoh8nl3w9.jpg"></p><p>In addition to the public spaces, the project also has private offices and storage, including facilities to raise insects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j2/j22fxjdrtn5tine1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n3/n3b8xfne1ltwnrjd.jpg"></p><p>The latest in F...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984590/defacing-the-stone-a-history-of-vandalism-on-famous-architectural-landmarks Defacing the stone: a history of vandalism on famous architectural landmarks Julia Ingalls 2017-01-03T21:24:00-05:00 >2017-01-08T22:22:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g3/g38vqgkwpox3xk1p.jpg" width="633" height="598" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For as long as there have been landmarks, there have been people willing to deface them in the name of politics, art, fame or sheer stupidity.</p></em><br /><br /><p>From the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge to the Trevi fountain in Rome, this Guardian article explores a brief history of temporary vandalism on famous landmarks (and it's not just artfully placed tarps: try a dangling VW Beetle!).&nbsp;</p><p>From the annals of the vandals:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131021521/detroit-issues-arrest-for-vandal-shepard-fairey" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit issues arrest for "vandal" Shepard Fairey</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126358573/manchester-man-gets-potholes-fixed-by-drawing-giant-penises-around-them" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester man gets potholes fixed by drawing giant penises around them</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123372967/kant-is-a-moron-graffitied-on-the-philosopher-s-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Kant is a moron" graffitied on the philosopher's home</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984580/stalled-out-thomas-heatherwick-s-new-bus-for-london-nixed-by-mayor-sadiq-khan Stalled out: Thomas Heatherwick's "New Bus for London" nixed by Mayor Sadiq Khan Julia Ingalls 2017-01-03T19:42:00-05:00 >2017-01-04T15:46:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mi/mimz8nvhihlg2r7y.jpg" width="650" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Partly in order to help pay for a transit fare freeze, Sadiq Khan has&nbsp;<a href="http://content.tfl.gov.uk/tfl-business-plan-december-2016.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">halted the order</a> for the double-decker, triple-doored Thomas Heatherwick-designed "New Bus for London," which would have replaced the old fleet of Routemaster buses. Much like Heatherwick's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957070/london-mayor-sadiq-khan-blocks-extra-funds-for-garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">troubled Garden Bridge proposal</a>, the costly New Bus for London was backed by former mayor Boris Johnson, whose funding policies have largely attracted more public ire than praise.&nbsp;</p><p>For more on Thomas Heatherwick: &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149977916/paul-goldberger-on-thomas-heatherwick-21st-century-eames" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Goldberger on Thomas Heatherwick: "21st-Century Eames"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968515/renderings-of-thomas-heatherwick-s-vessel-for-new-york-s-hudson-yard-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renderings of Thomas Heatherwick's "Vessel" for New York's Hudson Yard revealed</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955298/construction-on-heatherwick-s-pier55-halted-due-to-court-order" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction on Heatherwick's Pier55 halted due to court order</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984491/the-logistics-of-building-nasa-s-carbon-dioxide-insulated-ice-home-on-mars The logistics of building NASA's carbon-dioxide insulated, "Ice Home" on Mars Julia Ingalls 2017-01-03T13:04:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T23:29:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kw/kwaz1s8y8k0xqnlz.jpg" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you don't think you can handle another year on Earth, the possibility of dwelling comfortably on another planet is closer than you might expect. After announcing&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138591099/the-mars-ice-house-envisions-the-day-earthlings-can-live-with-ease-atop-the-martian-surface" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a winning design from Clouds Architecture Office and Space Exploration Architecture last October</a>,&nbsp;NASA has released more detailed logistical plans for building a carbon dioxide insulated, ice-filled exterior home that could be assembled by robots in preparation for human habitation. The design uses naturally occurring resources found on Mars and predicts that with the planet's estimated daily water extraction rate, it would take about 400 days for the exterior to be filled with water. As the <a href="https://www.nasa.gov/feature/langley/a-new-home-on-mars-nasa-langley-s-icy-concept-for-living-on-the-red-planet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article notes</a>:</p><p><em>The &ldquo;Mars Ice Home&rdquo; is a large inflatable torus, a shape similar to an inner tube, which is surrounded by a shell of water ice. The Mars Ice Home design has several advantages that make it an appealing concept. It is lightweight and can be transported and deployed with simple robotics, then filled with water before the ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984179/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-color-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Color" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-12-30T15:22:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T04:25:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4e/4e1eapmx9lcze5gm.jpg" width="650" height="1170" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" 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="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" 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="http://pinterest.com/archinect/color/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Color</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qz/qzwn93w5bcyfrx5j.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/bureaudechange/project/slab-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Slab House</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/bureaudechange" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bureau de Change</a>; Photo: Ben Blossom</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wu/wuod2a5r7061ob8y.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/nadaaa/project/melbourne-school-of-design2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melbourne School of Design</a> in Melbourne, Australia by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/nadaaa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NADAAA</a> in collaboration with John Wardle Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q2/q2aztdtt70hdrl4q.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/88477/university-college-north/149981936" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University College North</a> in Aalborg, Denmark by <a href="http://ADEPT" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ADEPT</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/73644152/friis-moltke" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Friis &amp; Moltke</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q6/q6ayndne6s3o2vnk.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/2507/georges-freche-school-of-hotel-management-montpellier-france/149958626" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Georges-Freche School of Hotel Management</a> in Montpellier, France by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/2507/studio-fuksas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Fuksas</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jw/jwzc2bxp5847w533.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/66163061/palais-de-la-musique-et-des-congr-s-strasbourg-convention-centre-strasbourg/149983007" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Palais de la Musique et des Congr&egrave;s Strasbourg / Convention Centre</a> in Strasbourg, France by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/66163061/dietrich-untertrifaller-architekten" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dietrich.untertrifaller architekten</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kd/kd9rsdeucrltugbc.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/klopfarchitecture/project/mountain-view-double-gable-eichler-remodel-by-klopf-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Double Gable Eichler Remodel</a> in&nbsp;Mountain View, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/klopfarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Klopf Architecture</a>; Photo: Mariko Reed</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6j/6j84x6ce0wlgszdx.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/steinberg/project/stanford-university-gsb-highland-hall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stanford University, GSB Highland Hall</a> in Stanford, CA by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/steinberg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steinberg</a> and Legorreta...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984058/architects-alejandro-aravena-and-trix-robert-haussmann-included-on-nyt-s-2016-creative-geniuses-list Architects Alejandro Aravena and Trix & Robert Haussmann included on NYT's 2016 Creative Geniuses list Alexander Walter 2016-12-28T18:14:00-05:00 >2017-01-03T22:40:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vu/vuynljdko6ep49dr.jpg" width="650" height="274" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From their studios, ateliers, film sets and kitchens &mdash; and even the White House &mdash; these are the people whose inventive spirits shaped the conversation this year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It certainly was an eventful career year for Alejandro Aravena (Pritzker Prize, Venice Biennale, et al.), and the ambitious Chilean's cultural footprint can be traced throughout a handful of our <em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/849313/2016-in-review" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect 2016 Year In Review</a></em> posts:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149983573/the-top-prize-winning-architects-of-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The top prize-winning architects of 2016</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149983078/how-starchitect-culture-shifted-in-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How starchitect culture shifted in 2016</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149983776/top-features-our-favorite-feature-articles-of-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Top Features: Our Favorite Feature Articles of 2016</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149983422/the-stories-that-influenced-architecture-culture-in-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The stories that influenced architecture culture in 2016</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980868/from-the-border-wall-to-the-pritzker-prize-the-architectural-controversies-that-defined-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From the border wall to the Pritzker Prize: the architectural controversies that defined 2016</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984036/re-use-re-design-re-think-risd-s-interior-architecture-department Re-use, Re-Design & Re-think: RISD’s Interior Architecture department Sponsor 2016-12-28T17:11:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T19:09:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/98/98cs75uuklgkn1kg.jpg" width="650" height="615" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://intar.risd.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/u4/u4915wk9n1trwk1n.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://intar.risd.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Department of Interior Architecture RISD</a></strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>At the intersection of architecture, conservation and design, RISD&rsquo;s Interior Architecture department takes an innovative approach to the reuse and transformation of existing buildings. Advanced design studios focused on adaptive reuse are central to both the undergraduate and graduate programs. And unlike the fields of interior design and decoration, interior architecture looks less at the application of surface materials than at understanding the design of buildings from the inside out.</p><p>In the studio, students use digital and manual means to research and recommend design alterations and renovations that give existing buildings new life. Studios focus on a wide range of approaches, from domestic to retail design to theater/production design to issues of preservation and conservation.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ns/ns9ku3bqht1io2aw.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Students in our department are engaged in a rich and expansive discipline focusing on the reuse and transformation of existing str...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983921/this-week-s-picks-for-london-architecture-and-design-events This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-12-27T12:46:00-05:00 >2016-12-29T10:54:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/df/dff3ujh7u25rx0mv.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Following the festivities of the weekend, we are now in the quiet&nbsp;'in-between week' leading up to New Year's Eve. Various tours and outside events this week will help work off those roast dinners, and let you get to know this fantastic city a little bit better. Wrap up warm, and get out there!</p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/tag/747353/weekly-events-ldn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/events_location/694828/london-gb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/8115/capturing-the-city-photography-at-the-bank-of-england" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Capturing the City: Photography at the Bank of England | 1 January -&nbsp;1 March</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/v1/v1ygsr1ec5hzvbjq.jpg"></p><p><em>Image: Walk London</em></p><p>Opening on New Year's Day, this exhibition focuses on the iconic Bank of England, and the history and activities for which the stone building is the setting. This showcase displays artefacts and photographs not normally seen by the public, and gives an insight into the inner workings of the formal establishment.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/8722/the-christmas-lights-bike-tour" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Christmas Lights Bike Tour | Happening now until 6&nbsp;January 2017</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/pu/puosb4rgum2nvjka.jpg"></p><p><em>Image: London Bicycle Tour Company</em></p><p>On this guided tour you will not only get to ride around on a bike in what is quickly becom...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983870/a-cottage-from-a-midcentury-modern-fairy-tale A cottage from a midcentury-modern fairy tale Nam Henderson 2016-12-26T14:01:00-05:00 >2016-12-26T14:01:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4p/4pq6182zd29mlaai.jpg" width="650" height="876" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It takes a certain audacity to move to rural-nowhere and erect a house from found materials, to grow your own food and carve, kiln or create whatever else you need. And the house itself, in its porous approach to its natural surroundings, exhibits a typically Californian philosophy of design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in November Amanda Fortini profiled The Blunk House.&nbsp;Designed/built by the late multidisciplinary artist-craftsman&nbsp;J.B. Blunk in Marin County, the cabin is a holistic expression of an artistic life.</p>