Archinect - News 2016-10-24T05:10:02-04:00 Jean Nouvel's prefab 'Simple' home can be reconfigured from the inside out Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-21T18:20:00-04:00 >2016-10-21T20:27:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The modular, prefab 'Simple' house took only two days to build, and is now installed in Paris' Tuileries Garden, part of the FIAC art fair. Nouvel affectionately referred to Simple as "a mobile home that stays still," describing the moveable windows and partitions within the structure.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Produced with Revolution Precrafted, a prefab company producing "limited-edition" properties, the structure is made of lightweight aluminum exterior panels, with wood and foam interior lining. "All of the essential notions relating to housing must be condensed into a single object that can be built very quickly and inhabited by one, two, three or four people within the same volume," said Jean Nouvel of the home.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Ranging in designs from 40-160-square-meters, versions of the Simple house are available to purchase from Revolution, but for now the home will exist simply as a pavilion on the Tuileries grounds until October 28.</p><p>Check out more photos in the gallery below.</p><p><em>h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Spaces</a></em></p> Tom Wiscombe redesigns the L.A. billboard (and is chosen over Zaha Hadid's proposal) Julia Ingalls 2016-10-20T12:39:00-04:00 >2016-10-23T21:53:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="479" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although Los Angeles has had its battles over <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">supergraphics</a>&mdash;those painted on advertisements that often stretch multiple stories on a building's facade&mdash;the billboard as a concept has received substantially less attention, unless the provocative imagery on it causes fender benders. However, Tom Wiscombe's proposal for digital, vertically aligned, two-sided billboards that allow people to walk inside of them injects new life into an otherwise sleepy structure, making them less car-centric and more about public space.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The proposed billboards, which were chosen via a West Hollywood RFP over designs submitted by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler</a>, and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAK Center</a>, will be placed in public plazas along West Hollywood's section of Sunset Boulevard.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on Tom Wiscombe:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Liberal Education: Tom Wiscombe on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #14</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a peek at Tom Wiscombe's "underground" Old Bank District Museum scheme for L.A.</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow New NCCA Entry by Tom Wiscombe Design</a></li></ul> British construction criticised for lack of innovation by government report Ellen Hancock 2016-10-20T11:47:00-04:00 >2016-10-20T11:47:23-04:00 <img src="" width="642" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The review highlights the sector&rsquo;s dysfunctional training model, its lack of innovation and collaboration, and its non-existent research and development culture. Low productivity continues to hamper the sector, while recent high levels of cost inflation, driven by a shortage of workers, has stalled numerous housing schemes as they have become too expensive to build.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more UK industry news here:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor of London launches probe into the impact of foreign investment in city's real estate</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Engineering giant Arup announces imminent layoffs following Brexit vote</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The former-football stars tackling England's affordable housing shortage</a></li></ul> Javier Senosiain's low-income "bio-architecture" housing proposal Julia Ingalls 2016-10-18T14:26:00-04:00 >2016-10-18T15:24:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Forming a closer, more harmonious bond between humanity and nature is the underlying goal of Javier Senosiain's organic or so-called "bio-architecture." His buildings often take the shape of organic forms--in one case, mythic serpent Quetzalcoatl--while simultaneously harvesting rainwater and providing natural shade and ventilation, among other attributes. The Mexican architect and professor at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNAM</a> has a retrospective exhibition at The Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City displaying his buildings, including a proposed low-income housing complex which breaks away from the cram'em'in monolithic housing milleu and instead creates a walkable, livable village. Check out this <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CCTV-America</a> video profiling Senosiain and his work:</p> One-to-One #42 with ACADIA workshop co-chairs Catie Newell and Wes McGee Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-17T17:25:00-04:00 >2016-10-23T23:24:34-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Aside from their role as workshop co-chairs for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ACADIA</a> conference, this week's One-to-One guests are both architects who work and teach at&nbsp;Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. Their focus on fabrication led them to their roles at ACADIA, with McGee directing Taubman's FABLab and Newell serving as Director of the Master of Science in Material Systems and Digital Technologies.</p><p>ACADIA stands for the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture, and this year's conference, "Posthuman Frontiers: Data, Designers and Cognitive Machines" (October 27-29) attests to the extreme collaborative depths humans and machines have come to in architecture. I spoke with Catie and Wes about what they have planned for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">conference workshops</a>, taking place October 24-26, and just how close architects are to achieving the singularity.</p><p>You can see our coverage of prior ACADIA conferences <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#42 with&nbsp;<strong>Catie Newell and Wes McGee</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iT...</strong></li></ul> MONU #25 looks at Independent Urbanism MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2016-10-17T12:28:00-04:00 >2016-10-21T01:19:05-04:00 <img src="" width="520" height="700" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A city in a country that recently gained independence is likely to undergo processes of radical transformation and massive restructuring and re-imagining that are not only societal, political, and economic in nature, but can also impact the planning system of a city and influence its built-up environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A city in a country that recently gained independence is likely to undergo processes of radical transformation and massive restructuring and re-imagining that are not only societal, political, and economic in nature, but can also impact the planning system of a city and influence its built-up environment. <em> <strong>Jasna Mariotti</strong></em> makes this quite clear in her contribution to<strong> MONU</strong>, entitled <strong>"What Ever Happened to Skopje?"</strong>. This new issue of our magazine deals with various phenomena impacting cities of countries that became newly<em><strong> independent</strong></em> which we call <strong>"Independent Urbanism"</strong>. She shows how the centre of Skopje in Macedonia has been remodeled according to an image of the city that never existed as such. Obviously, many<em><strong> "independent" cities</strong></em> are facing major struggles and difficulties in finding their new identity that usually have a lot to do with the fact that the<em> "birth of a country"</em> is a contested process often involving political turmoil, institutional instability, and economic turbulence...</p> Perkins + Will proposes 80-story timber skyscraper in Chicago Julia Ingalls 2016-10-13T13:56:00-04:00 >2016-10-17T09:37:23-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="521" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As part of its ongoing Riverline community project, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Perkins + Will</a> has proposed an entirely conceptual 80-story, 300 unit residential skyscraper made from timber called the River Beech Tower.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Announced 145 years after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, this proposed tower would feature a massive central atrium and an aluminum veneer over the exposed diagonal lattice timber beams. While engineers say it is structurally possible, Perkins + Will is currently trying to figure out just how much it would cost to build.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The River Beech Tower distinguishes itself by being one of the tallest wooden structures currently proposed; for a round-up of other tall wooden structures, take a look at these recent news stories:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future sustainable skyscrapers will be made of...wood?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rise of the wooden skyscrapers: "Where all you need is a giant allen key to put it together."</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two wooden towers to rise in Bordeaux</a></li></ul> Ettore Sottsass works in David Bowie's Memphis collection head to auction Julia Ingalls 2016-10-13T13:22:00-04:00 >2016-10-16T22:55:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On November 11th in London, Sotheby's will be auctioning off the late great David Bowie's Memphis, Milano collection, which includes works by architect and designer Ettore Sottsass, Aldo Cibic, and&nbsp;Michele De Lucchi, among others. The works embody the <a href="http://The%20'80s%20strike%20back:%20Memphis%20and%20the%20rebirth%20of%20postmodernism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Memphis movement</a>'s 1980s philosophy of 'New Design' which basically serves as the thesis for postmodernism, or as the movement's website puts it, "a new expressivity in the form of new shapes, materials and patterns."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on the intersection between music and design:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Adjaye is releasing a vinyl record with his brother</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Libeskind turns 70; designs Musical Labyrinth for Frankfurt Opera</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prince's Minneapolis estate to become a museum</a></li></ul> Landmarks reveals new renderings for Studio Gang's Natural History Museum expansion project Alyssa Alimurung 2016-10-12T11:23:00-04:00 >2016-10-14T00:06:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In light of the Landmarks Preservation Commission's approval of Jeanne Gang's expansion plan for the American Museum of Natural History, the Commission has revealed a slew of new renderings, which show the $325 million project from various angles, as well as new views of the surrounding parkland. Chairwoman Meenakshi Srinivasan referred to the new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation as a &ldquo;stunning piece of architecture&rdquo; and an &ldquo;absolutely wonderful addition.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Driverless cars hit the streets of Milton Keynes Julia Ingalls 2016-10-11T20:49:00-04:00 >2016-10-11T20:49:30-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="203" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Driverless cars will trundle around the UK in their first public trials today. The demonstration of the autonomous electric vehicles is going to take place on the pavements of Milton Keynes. These tests will be the culmination of an 18-month research project which involved virtually mapping the town and updating regulations for driverless vehicles.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For the latest on advances in self-driving cars:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber lets you hail its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh later this month</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How autonomous vehicles will accelerate suburban sprawl</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This startup hopes to bring autonomous campus shuttles to colleges by 2017</a></li></ul> Bliss out to this tranquil video of an Eames Lounge Chair being assembled by hand Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-11T14:16:00-04:00 >2016-10-14T00:03:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's like the furniture version of ASMR. This short video from Vitra shows the materials of an Eames Lounge Chair coming together:</p><p></p><p>Mores Eames on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="A &ldquo;terrible, enjoyable bloody business&rdquo;: the influential films of Charles and Ray Eames" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A &ldquo;terrible, enjoyable bloody business&rdquo;: the influential films of Charles and Ray Eames</a></li><li><a title="Charles and Ray Eames Explain the Computer Revolution" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charles and Ray Eames Explain the Computer Revolution</a></li><li><a title="Ice Cube Celebrates The Eames" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ice Cube Celebrates The Eames</a></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An Eames Chair Makeover for Charity</a></p></li></ul> Help fund this Kickstarter for 3D printed maps of Tokyo Julia Ingalls 2016-10-11T13:39:00-04:00 >2016-10-13T23:55:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="444" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The confluence of Google mapping, 3D printing and the desire for inventive home decor has produced a&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> for One Hundred Tokyo, a fully-fledged three dimensional map of Tokyo that is divided into 100 handy pieces. Pick your favorite palm-sized square(s) or collect all 100; it's up to you and your available display space. Nonetheless, these minutely detailed urban segments are cool/notable both for their immediacy and their accuracy; Zenrin, the same urban data providers that work with Google Maps and Microsoft, have "specially equipped vehicles" that compile the metropolitan deets used to produce the models.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>What else is going on with 3D printing? So glad you asked:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Curve Appeal" will be globe's first Freeform 3D printed house</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Earth's first 3D printed office created in 17 days for half the labor cost</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Recreation of Palmyra's Arch of Triumph presented in Trafalgar Square</a></li></ul> The absorbing design of China's anti-flood "sponge cities" Julia Ingalls 2016-10-11T13:08:00-04:00 >2016-10-13T23:55:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="486" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Is flood mitigation the new frontier in urban planning?&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China</a>, whose urban centers have regularly been experiencing infrastructure-shuttering floods, is actively encouraging its metropolises to start reshaping themselves to handle the new reality via the so-called "sponge city" program. As an article in<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&nbsp;The Guardian</a> notes:</p><p><em>The sponge city programme takes inspiration from low impact development in the US, water sensitive urban design in Australia and sustainable drainage systems in the UK.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>But nothing at this scale has ever been attempted before. &ldquo;The sponge city programme is more comprehensive and ambitious,&rdquo; says WenMei Ha, head of the China water management team at Arcadis, an international urban consultancy which was appointed to this plan by the government.</em></p><p>For more on flood mitigation and the entities trying to rise above it:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Come rain or shine: reviving collective urban form with the GSD's Office for Urbanization</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing around sea-level rise in New York</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">At home in a changing cli...</a></li></ul> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-10-10T14:11:00-04:00 >2016-10-13T23:48:52-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week is one of the first in&nbsp;the&nbsp;season to demand a coat. With nights starting to draw in, the temperature dropping, and with many galleries and events opening later in the evenings, now is the perfect time to replace parks with free exhibitions. This year&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stirling Prize winning project</a> is one such gallery to visit on a cold, windy October day.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bj&ouml;rk Digital | Open now until 23 October</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Image: Somerset House</em></p><p>For fans of both Bj&ouml;rk and Virtual Reality technology, this exhibition hits all the right notes. Somerset house is hosting the European premiere of this unique and experiential showcase; a collaboration from leading visual artists and programmers and iconic performer, Bj&ouml;rk. The latest VR software and techniques are used to create a more personal, &lsquo;futuristic&rsquo; experience of an exclusive&nbsp;performance by the Icelandic singer at the Royal Albert Hall.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyundai Commission: Philippe ...</a></strong></p> Preserving memory in 2016 Stephen Lawrence Prize winner House of Trace Justine Testado 2016-10-07T19:12:00-04:00 >2016-10-11T22:07:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="836" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tsuruta Architects' House of Trace was revealed as the 2016 Stephen Lawrence Prize winner during a slew of big announcements at the RIBA Stirling Prize party in London yesterday...[In designing the House of Trace,] Tsuruta Architects wanted to preserve a &ldquo;sense of everyday memory, while simultaneously allowing the new intervention to have its own identity.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>It surely must be a proud moment for London-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tsuruta Architects</a>, whose delightful old-meets-new House of Trace won the RIBA's 2016 Stephen Lawrence Prize.</p><p>More details <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p><p>Previously:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA announces 2016 Stephen Lawrence Prize shortlist</a></p> Steven Holl's Visual Arts Building opens Oct. 7th at University of Iowa Julia Ingalls 2016-10-06T19:34:00-04:00 >2016-10-10T23:09:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On Friday October 7th, Steven Holl and&nbsp;Senior Partner Chris McVoy will be on hand to officially open the firm's Visual Arts Building for the University of Iowa, which in addition to being the only building in the United States that uses an integrated hydronic radiant heating and cooling system in combination with a cast-in-place "bubble deck" (thereby eliminating the need to cool or heat air mechanically), is simply gorgeous.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In a signature Steven Holl move, the interior is illuminated by&nbsp;seven vertical cutouts that are defined by the slide and jostle of the four floors against one another. This shifting dynamic creates opportunities for a series of balconies and informal working spaces.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Check out our conversation with Steven Holl from earlier this week:</p><p></p><p>For the latest on Steven Holl:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"A Dance for Architecture": A conversation with Steven Holl</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl designs "concave response" lighting for new visual arts building</a></li></ul> OMA's plans for Axel Springer building officially released Julia Ingalls 2016-10-06T13:20:00-04:00 >2016-10-10T23:03:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="459" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>OMA's Axel Springer building, which received the official launch from its namesake company today, visually confronts the disparate nature of modern office work. The 30-foot tall atrium with 3D facade elements creates a stage for unscripted interaction, while the more discreet sections of the building provide focused, quiet working space for 3,500 employees. The building will also feature a publicly-accessible park on its top.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As Rem Koolhaas noted, &ldquo;Over the years, Berlin has been a profound source of inspiration, and with Axel Springer we are thrilled to continue our long engagement with this city.<br>We are lucky to have a client who views architecture as an instrument of change, and with this building, we hope to address a central dilemma of the contemporary office: as computer-based work has become largely intangible and silent, how can people effectively<br>communicate in a workspace which fosters both concentration and vigorous interaction?&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on the Axel Springer building:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA wi...</a></li></ul> This simple trick makes drawing with two-point perspective a breeze Nicholas Korody 2016-10-05T15:00:00-04:00 >2016-10-10T19:08:07-04:00 <img src="" width="598" height="599" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ditch your rulers&mdash;this simple trick by Instagram user @architectdrw demonstrates how to sketch a two-point perspective drawing with just a piece of elastic string and a paperclip. First you tape the edges of the string to where the horizon line goes, then simply move the paper clip around to get accurate perspective lines. It&rsquo;s a great solution for quick sketches (assuming you still draw by hand), and it's getting a ton of attention online.</p><p>Check it out below:</p><p></p> Golden Gate Bridge needs additional $124M to build suicide barrier Julia Ingalls 2016-10-04T14:09:00-04:00 >2016-10-04T23:20:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Roughly 25 people each year jump to their deaths from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, which prompted city leaders to authorize a plan to erect a kind of&nbsp;<a href="http://Architects%20constitute%20the%20fifth%20most%20likely%20profession%20to%20commit%20suicide" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">suicide</a>-prevention stainless steel cable netting twenty feet below the bridge's deck. The netting, which is painted gray to blend in with the water below, has worked wonders on other suicide-prone perches, including the Prince Edward Viaduct. As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global Construction Review</a> reports, the problem for the Golden Gate is that the bids for the construction have come in about $100 million more than the city anticipated (plus a +/- $20 million contingency fund). The project is on hold until January 9th to allow the city to hustle up the additional funding.</p><p>Other notable San Francisco design news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luxury condos sink in San Francisco's Millennium Tower</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco to mandate solar panels for new constructions</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Man living in plywood "pod" in SF apartment told to knock it off by housing inspector</a></li></ul> See downtown Los Angeles in Legos Julia Ingalls 2016-10-04T13:15:00-04:00 >2016-10-09T23:41:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Take away the conceptual heft of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Burden's</a> Metropolis II and substitute in a grade-school love for pre-fabricated plastic building blocks and you'd have something like Jorge Parra Jr.'s eight-years-in-the-making Lego model of Los Angeles, which portrays a detailed swath of the city's downtown. Here's a video tour, including scale-model billboards, a working Metro train, and a faithful representation of its latest skyscraper:</p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-10-03T14:43:00-04:00 >2016-10-09T23:35:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="493" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week, the focus is on the hard stuff: concrete. Whether that is exploring the Barbican Centre's towering volumes, listening to the author of Concretopia, or learning about two award-winning projects who use concrete in an elegant way, there's plenty of ways to fall in love with the material.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barbican Open Fest | 8 October</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Image: Barbican Open Fest</em></p><p>Theatre, yoga, dance, art markets and workshops&nbsp;all combine to make Barbican Open Fest. Organised to give the public a chance to gain an understanding of the range of creative things the Barbican Centre does, the festival will include both free and ticketed events. Visit this iconic development to see&nbsp;screenings of films, live music, and dance alongside other workshops and&nbsp;activities.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wandsworth Annual Artist Open House | 8-9 October</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Image: Wandsworth Artist Open House</em></p><p>Throughout the Wandsworth area, artists will be opening their studio do...</p> Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Stairs" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-09-30T17:32:00-04:00 >2016-10-09T23:30:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" 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>Stairs</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nardini Research Centre and Auditorium</a> in Vicenza, Italy by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Fuksas</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sulwhasoo Flagship Store</a> in Seoul, South Korea by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neri&amp;Hu Design and Research Office</a>; Photo: Pedro Pegenaute</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Home for dependent elderly people and nursing home</a> in Orbec, France by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dominique Coulon &amp; associ&eacute;s</a>; Photo: Eugeni Pons</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Real de Hacienda</a> in Mexico City by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sobrado + Ugalde Arquitectos</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chelsea Eco Duplex</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wunderground architecture + design</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Z53</a> in Mexico City by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAPmx</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blumenhaus</a> in Zurich, Switzerland by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wiel Arets Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marubi National Museum of Photography</a> in Shkod&euml;r, Albania by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Casanova + Hernandez Architecten</a>; Phot...</p> "Great brutalist buildings, it turns out, have soul" Julia Ingalls 2016-09-29T13:27:00-04:00 >2016-10-09T17:17:22-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In this thoughtful ode to the unexpected charms of brutalism, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Felix Salmon</a> explores why the formerly nightmarish architectural style is experiencing a renaissance, or at least a renewed appreciation. Salmon's observation that ubiquitous, unimaginative glass towers have replaced brutalism as the new hated icon of class strife is ace:</p><p>"The international style evolved, and not well. What used to be aspirational started becoming an in-your-face statement of conspicuous consumption. The gauche gaudiness of was embraced not only where you might expect it (the Wynn towers of Las Vegas, say), but also in places with real history, such as New York City. Go to Columbus Circle today, for instance, and you&rsquo;ll see Christian de Portzamparc&rsquo;s billionaire condos at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One57</a> face off against 'a 1950s international style glass skyscraper in a 1980s gold lame party dress,' as Muschamp described&nbsp;the Trump International Hotel. Such erections generate almost as much hatred today as the worst mistakes of brut...</p> Salk Institute to be refurbished by The Getty Conservation Institute Julia Ingalls 2016-09-27T14:38:00-04:00 >2016-10-07T01:07:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Fungal biofilm and water sealant failure have added a black patina to the Salk Institute's iconic teak paneling, making the material vulnerable to decay. In order to save what is considered to be one of the world's finest architectural projects (and coolest structural alignment of the sunset save for perhaps <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manhattanhenge</a>), the Getty Conservation Institute undertook three years of careful study and is now ready to start implementing those improvements. &nbsp;</p><p>According to Getty Conservation Institute project specialist Sara Lardinois, &ldquo;The GCI sought to address issues on a long-term basis while preserving cultural significance and addressing the needs of those managing the site. Our aim was to help the Salk Institute incorporate a conservation approach into its overall site management at a critical point in the building&rsquo;s history&mdash;the 50-year mark often coincides with the need for a first major repair in modern buildings.&rdquo;</p><p>For more on all things Louis Kahn:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kimbell&rsquo;s $135 Million Expansion ...</a></li></ul> Norman Foster reimagines global infrastructure strategies in new essay Julia Ingalls 2016-09-22T13:36:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:32:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Back in May, Foster + Partners unveiled their design for the Droneport, a modular shell-like structure that is constructed with local labor from earthen bricks and thin compressed tiles to create loading areas for food and medical-aid bearing transport drones. A version of the Droneport was built at this year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Biennale</a> (which is open until November 27th).&nbsp;Now, in the freshly unveiled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">thematic supplement to the&nbsp;</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement,</a> Norman Foster has written an essay which builds upon the idea of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buckminster Fuller</a>'s "trim tab" to help foster enormous change in Africa and other countries with relatively small, if holistically conceived, gestures such as the Droneport.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Norman writes: "There is a moral imperative to provide more globally available energy while seeking to conserve its consumption. The answer to this apparent paradox is to adopt&nbsp;a holistic approach to the design of sustainable communities in which the infrastructure and indi...</p> Introducing Bjarke Ingels' floating student housing, "Urban Rigger" Julia Ingalls 2016-09-22T12:48:00-04:00 >2016-10-17T17:04:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="443" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Bjarke Ingels has found the elusive silver lining in global sea level rise and the European affordable housing crisis in the form of "Urban Rigger," a series of inexpensive student housing complexes that are designed to float in the sea, especially in those cities which have dense urban cores next to the waterfront. The idea here is to provide students with affordable digs that are close to class while simultaneously making the most out of changing climate conditions and post-industrial port repurposing. The first complete Urban Rigger has already been assembled in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>According to an article in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FastCompany</a>, "Each unit, which can house 12 students at once, is composed of modular shipping containers. These modules are powered by a photovoltaic array and use a heat-exchange system that draws upon the thermal mass of water to warm and cool the interiors. Meanwhile, an aerogel developed by NASA insulates the interiors."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For the latest on Bjarke Ingels:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Play "Arkinoid" arcade on BIG...</a></li></ul> David Adjaye on Designing a Museum That Speaks a Different Language b3tadine[sutures] 2016-09-22T00:11:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:21:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="449" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I was completely moved by the corona motif. It seemed like a way to start to tell a story that moves from one continent, where people were taken, along with their cultures, and used as labor, then contributed towards making another country and new cultures. That history then continues in the decorative patterning of those panels.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Adjaye.</p> Meet Ernst Neufert, father of building standards Orhan Ayyüce 2016-09-20T17:32:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T23:30:20-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="529" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Almost every kitchen counter in the United States is 36 inches tall. And 25 inches deep. Eighteen inches above the counters are the cabinets, which are 16 inches deep. Where do these sizes and dimensions come from? Have they always been so exact?</p></em><br /><br /><p>"In 1938 Hitler&rsquo;s chief architect Albert Speer hired Neufert to, as Speer put it, &ldquo;oversee the standardization of building parts, and the rationalization to building methods.&rdquo; He got to lead his own team of designers and technicians. They were called The Neufert Department.</p><p>He created the Octametric Brick, a standard-sized masonry unit that would come to replace any other sized brick in Germany (the bricks were 12.5 centimeters wide, or one-eighth of a meter, hence its name). Adoption of the brick, as Neufert saw, would create a standardized, modular world that all construction would occur in&mdash;no more custom shapes or sizes within buildings, no more worrying that cabinets would be the same height as the stove.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>With the Octametric Brick, buildings could still look different and be different sizes, but everything, when reduced to its smallest part, would have this as a base unit. This overarching uniformity, based around the dimensions of a single brick, would be called the Octametric Sy...</p> The downsides of the charming "holdout" houses Nicholas Korody 2016-09-20T13:25:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T23:47:43-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There is something romantic about the idea of a holdout, a David to the big developer's Goliath, a protagonist&nbsp;for whom home matters more than money, a solitary survivor. In the Pixar movie "Up," the holdout is the hero. In the real-life Seattle version of the story&nbsp;that reportedly inspired the film's premise, an elderly woman who refused to sell her home became &mdash; along with her home itself &mdash; a city icon.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>In practice, though, modern cities grow out of older ones in large part through the unglamorous process of parcel assembly &mdash; of fitting together the once-smaller pieces of the city, "Tetris"-like. And while the result often produces fantastically bizarre neighbors, cities can't evolve if every property owner is such a hero.</em></p><p>For more on tiny houses, follow this link:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">The Onion takes on the 'Tiny House' movement</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">"Tiny Houses in the City" showcases big opportunities in small housing</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">The Tiny House Fantasy</a></li></ul> MoMA makes all its museum exhibition archives available online Orhan Ayyüce 2016-09-18T17:24:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T05:48:09-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="519" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Exhibitions from our founding in 1929 to the present are available online. These pages are updated continually.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Go ahead and dig in! All there, including architecture. Now, that's a museum service.</p>