Archinect - News 2014-11-23T01:02:44-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/113973577/red-bull-s-inaba-designed-office-is-the-antithesis-of-trendy-workspaces Red Bull's INABA-designed office is the "antithesis" of trendy workspaces Justine Testado 2014-11-18T19:05:00-05:00 >2014-11-21T13:42:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/14/14z3frrna9e26req.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When it comes to a high-energy drink giant like Red Bull, most would probably expect their corporate offices to reflect the sporty, frat bro-friendly culture that the brand overwhelmingly attracts. Not a single hint of that can be seen in the company's newly designed office in New York by Brooklyn-based architects <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106366/inaba-inc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">INABA</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pa/paddue86ipd16k51.jpg"></p><p>In fact, Red Bull's New York office looks generic and insignia-free -- which is not common for large companies. INABA states that the design doesn't integrate the latest theories of workplace productivity nor is it driven by narrative or graphic imagery. It ignores workspace interior trends like grand-scale gestures, playful recreational lounges, or urban-chic office decor. On the other hand, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112805150/muji-s-prefab-vertical-house-now-available-for-japanese-residences" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">no-brand minimal aesthetic</a> is a growing trend itself as well.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jz/jzn4krxmqkbt9gc7.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yi/yinastae02xmvmc4.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/up/up63mzq57r15f8zf.jpg"></p><p>The office's "timeless" and brandless design questions the standard that corporate offices must be a spatial representation of the company and the brand qualities of which it established itself. "Red Bull&rsquo;s New Yor...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113925415/postpolitical-infrastructures Postpolitical Infrastructures Orhan Ayyüce 2014-11-18T10:27:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:58:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/av/avtllgyopwl8t19o.jpg" width="514" height="791" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architect today is no &lsquo;fountainhead.&rsquo; It is rather sad to watch today&rsquo;s &lsquo;starchitects&rsquo;, designing their weird-looking signature buildings. These seem now always to be either museums or condos for billionaires. The brand-name architect just build useless luxury housing for the 1% and their trinkets. The actual design of the world is now in the hands of other people.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a title="Posts by McKenzie Wark" href="http://www.publicseminar.org/author/kenwark/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McKenzie Wark</a>&nbsp;pens a rather a wake up call of a book review on Easterling's new book&nbsp;<em>Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space </em>in which<em>&nbsp;</em>Easterling offers a set of subsidiary metaphors for contemporary infrastructure design: multipliers, switches, and topologies.</p><p><em>"The multipliers include: cars, elevators, mobile phones. The first, the car, was the multiplier that made possible one of the precursor forms of the greenfields city, the greenfields suburb. But &ldquo;Levittown was simple software.&rdquo; (74) Its repeated unit-forms were few. Sadly, it may be the case that the United States never quite acquired the higher-order practices of building forms at the next scale. Hence the endless attempts to solve spatial problems with yet more versions of the Levittown software.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lu/lu2cdyux014yons4.jpg"></p><p><em>The switch is something like an interchange highway. The switch is a macro-order feature compared to the multiplier, shaping where the multipliers can circulate. Topology might designate the art of patterning switches and ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113901319/inside-the-dutch-village-where-everyone-has-dementia Inside the Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-17T19:50:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T22:43:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/47/47f3e781364f92d3c16c10830676875b.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubbed &ldquo;Dementia Village&rdquo; by CNN, Hogewey is a cutting-edge elderly-care facility&mdash;roughly the size of 10 football fields&mdash;where residents are given the chance to live seemingly normal lives. With only 152 inhabitants, it&rsquo;s run like a more benevolent version of The Truman Show [...] Last year, CNN reported that residents at Hogewey require fewer medications, eat better, live longer, and appear more joyful than those in standard elderly-care facilities.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Adapting to an unprecedented aging population means adjusting elder-care expectations and forms. So-called <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113421877/designing-for-seniors-and-soldiers-toward-a-silver-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Silver" architecture</a>&nbsp;aims to address this growing population, but what about an urbanism of the elderly? Knowing that <a href="http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/streams-of-consciousness/2012/04/24/the-importance-of-being-social/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">active social bonds can actually have long-term health benefits</a>, why not "silver" urbanism?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113894090/solar-paneled-roads-open-in-the-netherlands Solar-Paneled Roads Open in the Netherlands Nicholas Korody 2014-11-17T18:29:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T20:00:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/59/591546a7e65346582bc04341b3468091.jpg" width="360" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To capture more energy from the sun, one company is putting solar panels where they've never gone before: in the street. This week, the Dutch company SolaRoad officially opened the world's first solar roadway in a suburb outside of Amsterdam. The 230-foot (70 meters) stretch of energy-absorbing concrete and glass will be used as a bicycle path for commuters, according to the company.</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/113894092/the-glass-lantern-at-apple-store-istanbul-wins-top-prize-in-structural-awards-2014 The Glass Lantern at Apple Store Istanbul wins top prize in Structural Awards 2014 Justine Testado 2014-11-17T18:14:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T20:00:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ag/agq062csfcx9s8yp.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From skyscrapers and bridges to residential and heritage projects, the annual Structural Awards recognize the best in structural engineering excellence and the significant role that structural engineers worldwide serve. Out of this year's shortlist, 12 projects were awarded at the award ceremony in London. Winning the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence went to The Glass Lantern at the Apple Store in Istanbul.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a few more of this year's winners:</p><p>Above:<strong> Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence and </strong><strong>Award for Commercial or Retail Structures: The Glass Lantern at the Apple Store</strong><br>Location: Istanbul, Turkey<br>Structural designer:&nbsp;Eckersley O&rsquo;Callaghan</p><p><strong>Award for Highway or Railway Bridge Structures: Elbebridge Sch&ouml;nebeck</strong><br>Location: Sch&ouml;nebeck, Germany<br>Structural Designer: Leonhardt, Andr&auml; und Partner</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gm/gmigf4850w9xat9m.jpg"></p><p><strong>Award for Community or Residential Structures: Kew House</strong><br>Location: London, UK<br>Structural Designer: Price &amp; Myers</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v9/v9ph6oen4g8rz8un.jpg"></p><p><strong>Award for Small Practices: Lower Hatea River Crossing</strong><br>Location: Whangarei, New Zealand<br>Structural Designer: Knight Architects / Peters &amp; Cheung</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nt/nt66qnm2bzgsz9wl.jpg"></p><p><strong>Award for Small Projects: The Miles Stair &ndash; Somerset House</strong><br>Location: London, UK<br>Structural Designer: Techniker</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0z/0zrp1drz763km938.jpg"></p><p><strong>Find more of the winning projects on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/winners_of_the_structural_awards_2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</strong></p><p>Previously: <a title="Structural Awards 2014 shortlist is announced" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105567174/structural-awards-2014-shortlist-is-announced" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Structural Awards 2014 shortlist is announced</a><br><a title="Winners of the Structural Awards 2013" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86908460/winners-of-the-structural-awards-2013" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of the Structural Awards 2013</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113886034/when-did-the-art-world-get-so-conservative When Did the Art World Get So Conservative? Orhan Ayyüce 2014-11-17T15:32:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T17:03:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sz/szqsn7p3vcikifyj.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>How did we come to live in an insular tribal sphere where unwritten rules and rigid moralities &mdash; about whom to like and dislike, what is permissible to say and what must remain unsaid &mdash; are strictly enforced via social media and online disapproval, much of it anonymous? When did this band of gypsies and relentless radicals get so conservative?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Could this be translated to architecture? Sure thing... I think architecture has a built in conservatism to begin with. Just look what the architects are pooling for.., fighting territories for things those really don't matter, blaming each other for handrail details and teaching values of the empire while reinforcing its own specialized elitism to keep the trouble makers out. Look at the corporate schools, corporate offices and architects who offer nothing more than a fantasy drawings packaged as radicals riding on intern labored marketing renderings.</p><p>Who is kidding whom?&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113876375/barry-diller-pledges-130m-for-futuristic-offshore-park-on-the-west-side Barry Diller Pledges $130M for Futuristic Offshore Park on the West Side dschulz18 2014-11-17T13:27:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:58:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zi/ziu0w35nwr4xln2e.jpg" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After being approached over two years ago about the idea, Barry Diller initiated a design competition, ultimately selecting British architect Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio, famous for designing the Olympic caldron for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Landscape architect Mathews Nielsen will also lend his hand. Some critics of the idea are not happy about the secretive planning and how private funds will be used to construct a public park.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Billionaire media mogul, and largest private donor to the High Line, Barry Diller has pledged $130 million of the $170 million total to build a floating park and performance venue known as Pier 55 off 14th Street in the Meatpacking District. The 2.7-acre park will be located 186 feet off land, and contain wooded nooks and three performance venues, including an amphitheater. It will be an undulating platform set atop 300 mushroom-shaped concrete columns that&nbsp;will range in height from 70 feet to 15 feet above the water.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113648500/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-kids-spaces-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Kids Spaces" Pinterest Board Archinect 2014-11-14T13:38:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T19:45:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8j/8j59ksz8ydqqnldx.jpg" width="514" height="343" 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 NEW board <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/archinect/kids-spaces/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Kids Spaces</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gy/gyll0q5b5lrev9un.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/JMDDesign/project/blaxland-common-playground-regional-playspace" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blaxland Common Playground - Regional Playspace</a> in&nbsp;Homebush, Australia by <a href="http://archinect.com/JMDDesign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">JMD Design</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l9/l9p18svd0nak2l9m.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/haeahn/project/incheon-children-science-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Incheon Children Science Museum</a> in Incheon, South Korea by <a href="http://archinect.com/haeahn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Haeahn Architecture</a>; Photo: Park Youngchae</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ou/ouvfzt5niq2udt2z.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/watershed/project/concordia-international-school" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concordia International School</a> in Shanghai, China by <a href="http://archinect.com/watershed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watershed</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rz/rzrrl3b2os3vn7qb.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/53416700/flad-ngskolan/75568862" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flad&auml;ngskolan</a> in Lomma, Sweden by <a href="http://archinect.com/LINKarkitektur" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Link Arkitektur</a>; Photo: Hundven-Clements Photography</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uu/uuj4mcbezxc31yet.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/labindc/project/upshur-playground" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Upshur Playground</a> in Washington, DC by <a href="http://archinect.com/labindc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Landscape Architecture Bureau</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fe/feu8svvvk4agacrv.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/db2arch/project/playdipity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Playdipity</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/db2arch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">db2/ARCHitecture</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l3/l334wcs6tn0xsyex.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/58425796/showcase-stelzhamerschule-linz" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stelzhamerschule</a> in Linz, Austria by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/24691345/kirsch-zt-gmbh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kirsch ZT gmbh</a>; Photo: Hertha Hurnaus</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8m/8mhiq34o93btmdzl.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/58547076/working-out-of-the-box-ioana-urma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Children&rsquo;s Science Studios</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/56634962/ioana-urma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ioana Urma</a> (Paint Design)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hq/hqcjk8hp8rm3x8xd.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/42812344/la-caracola-beach-house/42813548" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">La Caracola Beach House</a> in A...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113436373/vinn-patararin-challenges-the-possibilities-of-textile-architecture Vinn Patararin challenges the possibilities of textile architecture Justine Testado 2014-11-12T14:42:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T17:19:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/78jrybfzgiuqjpmi.jpg" width="514" height="767" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://vinnpatararin.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vinn Patararin</a> combines the craftsmanship, experience, and interests of multi-disciplinary designers Vinn Chokkhatiwat and Patararin Pongprast. Training separately at prestigious architecture and design schools in Thailand and France followed by working with different Parisian haute couturiers, Chokkhatiwat and Pongprast also incorporate cross-disciplinary theories from sociology, history, art, and culture in their design philosophy.</p><p>Vinn Patararin's garments don some seemingly common traits of architecture-meets-fashion pieces &mdash; like emphasis on material choice, utilitarian details, pared-down colors, etc. &mdash; but the designers add their trademark with their lattice-patterned textile.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qc/qcmyi1migmwnx8ly.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mo/moirlm1ppmogq75q.jpg"></p><p>Vinn Patararin wanted to create an architecturally structured textile pattern that can adapt to the functional needs and expression of the user. Whether the textile is worn on a human body, used as furniture accents, in art installations, or even applied as a building fa&ccedil;ade, the designers wanted to chall...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113496632/the-nyt-s-interview-with-karim-rashid-unlicensed-architect The NYT's interview with Karim Rashid, unlicensed architect Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-12T13:47:00-05:00 >2014-11-22T18:04:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zh/zhspgrin0l0q4ohv.jpg" width="435" height="467" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Q. You&rsquo;re an established industrial designer. Why the focus now on building design? A. I&rsquo;ve always taken a great interest in real estate; in fact, if I had more capital, I&rsquo;d probably be developing a lot more projects myself. There&rsquo;s also money to be made in real estate &mdash; much more than one can as a designer. [...] Q. But you&rsquo;re not a licensed architect. A. I am doing 11 buildings in the world, but I don&rsquo;t have a stamp as an architect and I wasn&rsquo;t educated as an architect.</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/113484546/world-health-organization-one-roof-proposal World Health Organization One Roof Proposal Jaakko van 't Spijker 2014-11-12T12:27:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T20:17:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tm/tm6f4y5aqrl7mkqb.jpg" width="514" height="247" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the <a href="http://www.who.int/en/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Health Organization</a> Geneva Headquarters <a href="http://www.competitions.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=1390:who-headquarters-building-extension-geneva&amp;catid=37:open-competitions&amp;Itemid=50" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">competition</a>&nbsp;team jvantspijker proposed a transformation of the existing building from a Slab to T-typology and to renew the connection to the landscape. The vertical concentration of functions reinforces the centrality of the complex. The two connecting axes create a strong sense of place and centrality. Concentration is the key environmental and sustainable principle. The new central active landscape becomes "The Place to Be" with a smooth flow into the lush garden.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Design Team:</p><p>Jaakko van 't Spijker<br>Julio Gil Fari&ntilde;a<br>Paul van den Bergh</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113343110/the-brain-on-architecture The Brain on Architecture Alexander Walter 2014-11-10T13:47:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T23:09:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/01050572aa867aebe87f506e5cc74624.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The provisional conclusions of the study are that the brain behaves differently when exposed to contemplative and non-contemplative buildings, contemplative states elicited through &ldquo;architectural aesthetics&rdquo; are similar to the contemplation of traditional meditation in some ways, and different in other ways, and, finally, that &ldquo;architectural design matters.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/111205340/aftershock-4-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-neuroscientific-architecture-research" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AfterShock #4: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neuroscientific Architecture Research</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113115295/8-000-glowing-balloons-recreate-the-berlin-wall 8,000 Glowing Balloons Recreate the Berlin Wall Alexander Walter 2014-11-07T14:53:00-05:00 >2014-11-07T15:00:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2y/2yuy6fl50rmqqp3x.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The first blows to bring down the Berlin Wall were struck nearly 25 years ago to the day. This was after almost three decades of the concrete barricade cutting through the heart of Berlin and splitting the city in two. Today, Berlin is once again divided, this time by an 11-foot-tall wall of illuminated balloons. The Lichtgrenze (translation: &ldquo;border of light&rdquo;) will stretch for 10 miles along the same path as the original 96-mile structure.</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/113055877/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-installations-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Installations" Pinterest Board Archinect 2014-11-06T21:13:00-05:00 >2014-11-13T19:32:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4v/4vuf1wz1b6hhzh30.jpg" width="514" height="685" 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/installations/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Installations</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m6/m6rg47egypcj8030.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/87445735/12-8-tower/105869820" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">12/8 Tower</a> in Pasadena, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/TimDurfee" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tim Durfee Studio</a> and Andrew Kragness, amp at Media Design Practices / <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/1893/art-center-college-of-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art Center College of Design</a>; Photo: QiYuan Li "Oscar"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qe/qe89skrlz6s6rvmm.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/18284198/pink-punch/88401257" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pink Punch</a> in&nbsp;Jardin de Metis, Canada by <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/18284198/michaela-macleod" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michaela MacLeod</a> with Nicholas Croft</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ut/utv70c0blgwfr6bk.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/16718209/wunderbugs-interactive-architecture-for-insects-and-humans/111186840" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wunderbugs - Interactive architecture for insects and humans</a> in Rome, Italy by <a href="http://archinect.com/ofl-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OFL Architecture</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ft/ftun91338aena2yu.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/33935687/domestic-hats/111432135" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Domestic Hats</a> in Atlanta, GA by <a href="http://archinect.com/studiobonner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Bonner</a>; Photography: Patrick Heagney &amp; Caitlin Peterson</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3t/3trataj50qlso79x.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/formationassociation/project/amazing-corrugation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">aMazing Corrugation</a> in Los Angeles, CA by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/formationassociation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Formation Association</a> in collaboration with Los Angeles artists, Edgar Arceneaux and Nery Gabriel Lemus; Photography: Hammer Museum</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rk/rk3kmqc6kjponyj5.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/59896870/shell-pavilion/101711126" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shell Pavilion</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/theprincipals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113035783/centre-pompidou-to-open-design-and-architecture-gallery Centre Pompidou To Open Design and Architecture Gallery Alexander Walter 2014-11-06T14:01:00-05:00 >2014-11-06T14:04:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l7/l7di8qk6tihk5pc8.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] a gallery dedicated to design and architecture will soon also be added the Centre. Like the &ldquo;Galerie de Photographies," which is housed in former technical facilities, the future design gallery will be located within the existing Piano + Rogers-designed building. &ldquo;Eventually, there should be almost no offices in the building, and we'll keep only the technical facilities that are strictly indispensable," said Seban.</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/112961869/is-the-architectural-profession-still-relevant Is the Architectural Profession Still Relevant? Orhan Ayyüce 2014-11-05T15:40:00-05:00 >2014-11-05T22:17:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fr/frvgmebsy2q5geae.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of my heroes for this kind of thinking is Denise Scott-Brown. Her application of historical, ethnographic and sociological thinking to urban design and architecture is still incredibly radical, but has been completely overwhelmed by Venturi&rsquo;s obsession with signs and language.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Automated&nbsp;<a href="http://failedarchitecture.com/2013/03/game-over-for-architects/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">design processes</a>, critique on the profession&rsquo;s culture, DIY-design and wider trends put pressure on the social and public relevance of the architect. On the other hand, architects are crossing boundaries, taking up new roles and experimenting with other approaches, while other professionals reinforce the importance of architecture. Melbourne-based architect, researcher and broadcaster&nbsp;<a title="Rory Hyde Projects" href="http://www.roryhyde.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rory Hyde</a>&nbsp;explored these developments in his book &ldquo;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0415533546/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0415533546&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=citybrea-20" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future Practice</a>&ldquo;, by interviewing a wide range of people that observe and practice new strategies for making cities work. We talked to him about these individuals, the architectural profession and other forces that shape our surroundings. Will architecture dissolve into other professions or will it be able to recalibrate itself?"</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112893574/michael-heizer-s-massive-desert-sculpture-city-will-make-you-cry Michael Heizer's massive desert sculpture, "City", will make you cry Archinect 2014-11-04T17:37:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T23:04:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o7/o7q6t8x4ywjz18ml.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;He didn&rsquo;t like people coming into the studio and seeing the paintings before they were finished,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;This is one of the most ambitious artworks ever envisioned, certainly in the United States.&rdquo; Heizer's mammoth masterpiece in the desert is called "City." &ldquo;It was in 1994 when I first saw it, unfinished,&rdquo; Govan said. &ldquo;You do cry. You think, what an incredibly beautiful ambition.&rdquo;</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/112818047/jimenez-lai-treats-us-to-a-teaser-of-his-upcoming-publication Jimenez Lai treats us to a teaser of his upcoming publication Paul Petrunia 2014-11-03T18:08:00-05:00 >2014-11-13T11:33:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9d/9d0fwu67qejj9lzd.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last year the <a href="http://grahamfoundation.org/grantees/5006-manifestos-summits-and-gangs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Graham Foundation awarded Jimenez Lai</a>&nbsp;with a grant for a proposal "Manifestos, Summits, and Gangs", a collective publication of "monographic manifestos featuring a small cluster of young and relatively unestablished yet daring architects".&nbsp;</p><p><em>There seems to be a new class of architects who are on the verge of forming some strong opinions, and it is the desire for this project to expose them. This proposal knowingly regards three specific patterns of chapter-marking in the ongoing history of architecture: manifestoes, summits, and gangs. Considering Pamphlet Architecture (manifesto), Charlottesville Tapes (summits) and White on Gray (gangs) as three precedents, this work will reflect on these lessons as strategic whispers for Lai and his cohort on their journeys.</em></p><p>To get a taste of what's to come, check out the purposefully vague teaser site at&nbsp;<a href="http://t-r-e-a-t.us/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">t-r-e-a-t.us</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112805150/muji-s-prefab-vertical-house-now-available-for-japanese-residences Muji's prefab Vertical House now available for Japanese residences Justine Testado 2014-11-03T15:11:00-05:00 >2014-11-05T20:42:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bb/bbzzlos1tjyhgpjh.jpg" width="514" height="791" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>MUJI HOUSE, the architectural entity of Japanese design brand <a href="http://muji.us" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Muji</a>, recently released their latest prefab house in Tokyo called the Vertical House. The slender 3-story structure was primarily designed for urban dwellers living within Tokyo's tight living spaces.</p><p>Designed with simple white walls and wooden flooring, the house exhibits the same contemporary minimal aesthetic that Muji's products continue to gain popularity for. The house was built with a timber framework method and an open plan interior with no doors or interior walls. The house also features a kitchen and dining area, a living room, bedroom, bathroom, and large windows that allow for ample sunlight.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/10/10md38glgpcgeqqp.jpg"></p><p>Muji isn't entirely new to the prefab house scene. The company worked with prominent Japanese architects like Kengo Kuma for the Window House in 2008 followed by the Tree House in 2009. Muji then worked with Shigeru Ban for the Furniture House during the <a href="http://house-vision.jp/en.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House Vision 2013 Tokyo Exhibition</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tx/txn2rb6y7zwv1umq.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/it/itc3dlojlbdlgyxl.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rw/rwkaiai4u2lxtdbd.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s4/s4dg6dj5d1c65t8m.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q2/q2p8mivx2llm3ed8.jpg"></p><p><strong>Product details:</strong><br>Name: Vertical Ho...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112807580/preston-scott-cohen-honored-as-national-academy-academician Preston Scott-Cohen Honored as National Academy Academician Nicholas Korody 2014-11-03T15:04:00-05:00 >2014-11-22T00:47:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y3/y3c77hqv3wyp7t2a.jpg" width="514" height="392" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tonight, Preston Scott Cohen is being honored at the National Academy in New York. Each year, a select group of prominent artists and architects is elected into the National Academy. Election as an Academician recognizes exceptional creative work and contribution to the arts. These artists and architects represent some of the most distinguished practitioners in their respective fields.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Preston Scott Cohen, principal of <a href="http://www.pscohen.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Preston Scott Cohen, Inc.</a>, was awarded the notable distinction of academician of the <a href="http://www.nationalacademy.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Academy in New York</a>. Cohen is also the&nbsp;the Gerald M. McCue Professor of Architecture at&nbsp;<a title="Harvard Graduate School of Design" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvard_Graduate_School_of_Design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard Graduate School of Design</a>.</p><p>Cohen's work is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preston_Scott_Cohen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">known for</a> his use of geometric transformations to define the physical experience of the human observer. Derived from descriptive geometries of the 17th century, he materializes oblique projections with the aid of computer technology.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kp/kpcagg0r43bc32qd.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/du/dujfk6wdhiew7mtj.jpg"></p><p>Preston Scott Cohen, Inc., are the architects of the Nanjing Performance Arts Center in China, which utilized "<a href="http://www.pscohen.com/nanjing_performing_arts_center.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the techniques and economy of local construction practices.</a>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/st/st16lkifvfujh1li.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h7/h7i11q2umtbgic5a.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/62/62s8uinemibvyaw8.jpg"></p><p>Another notable project by the firm is the Tel Aviv Art Museum. Finished in 2011, the museum consists of hyperbolic parabolas, an innovative solution to the design challenges of a small site and the need for large, rectilinear galleries.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h7/h7i11q2umtbgic5a.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zo/zo1bx26b5alzqwvt.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n7/n7ezma2m2t45632a.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f9/f95i9an775mr2ffa.jpg"></p><p>Currently under construction, the Datong Library in China is designed around a large centr...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112426339/what-can-the-french-teach-americans-about-transit What Can the French Teach Americans About Transit? Nicholas Korody 2014-10-29T17:15:00-04:00 >2014-11-05T17:27:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ma/maos2tlw9f8eryfk.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...there's an awful lot that U.S. cities should learn as soon as possible about the way the French design their transit networks. Whereas American light rail systems have had modest success and modern streetcar lines have questionable transit value, France operates 57 tram lines in 33 cities that together carry some 3 million passengers a day and create a fantastic balance of mobility options for urban and suburban residents alike&mdash;all built in the last 30 years.</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/112415888/acadia-conference-2014-architectural-auto-show ACADIA Conference 2014: Architectural Auto Show Anthony Morey 2014-10-29T14:32:00-04:00 >2014-10-30T19:25:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4r/4rrrysx6e6jrkwh2.jpg" width="514" height="254" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/426122/acadia-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Acadia 2014</a> was presented this year at the USC School of Architecture in Los Angles from October 23-25. The term "Design Agency" was the cornerstone term of discourse through out the conference. It would be considered from different angles, including but not limited to: materiality, fabrication, and programming.&nbsp;The conference also considered the impact of external influencers, such as games and art, that have shaped our industry through their usage and invention of tools &ndash; the same tools that made ACADIA &nbsp;possible. Keynote speakers such as Will Wright (Creator of The Sims, SimCity and Spore), Casey Reas (Co-Creator of Processing and Artist) and Zaha Hadid (Zaha Hadid Architects) provided touchstones throughout the conference's weekend.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fp/fpzpxiwdjk414w4i.jpg"></p><p><em>[Zaha Hadid's keynote]</em></p><p>The cross-pollination of Architecture with other disciplines has allowed for ACADIA to broaden its scope since its inception in the early 1980s, making the conference more inclusive. The ability to call upon a wide array of spea...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112400616/us-currency-reimagined-to-celebrate-ideas-not-the-dead US currency reimagined to celebrate ideas, not the dead b3tadine[sutures] 2014-10-29T11:42:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T16:07:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sz/szn5rqp8qggsvk87.jpg" width="514" height="548" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Purrington says he removed the Founding Fathers from his design as this was a practice Congress had wanted to abolish following the American revolution. He wanted to focus instead on the attributes shared by workers in a community, and "how these attributes contribute to the principles we end up seeing as valuable."</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://www.travispurrington.com/211378/2317660/gallery/2014-usd-proposal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Travis Purrington</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112357287/vying-for-attention-reporting-from-acadia-conference-day-3 Vying for Attention: Reporting from ACADIA Conference, Day 3 Anthony Morey 2014-10-28T20:42:00-04:00 >2014-10-30T19:30:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ld/ld4u9alv7pxb419r.jpg" width="514" height="277" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Day one at Acadia 2014 found us in the 2D world. Day Two in reality. Day Three was to be somewhere in-between those. It found us dealing with Temporal and Data Agency. Temporal dealing with time and Data with evaluation.&nbsp;A mixing of the two worlds was at play. We weren&rsquo;t here nor there. Somewhere in a digital version of Alice and Wonderland. Interaction, movement and perception were mixing seamlessly. Our understanding of reality has been expanded through the digital. Our viewing of the world and our society has been exploited. Subsequently, our social understanding of its impact and influence is coming to fruition, and an area of focus emerges.</p><p>Tools such as Google Earth, robotic arms, smart phones and countless others have forced us into a purgatory of realms all vying for our attention. We live in a three-dimensional world, we build three-dimensional objects, we think in three-dimensions, yet all our tools until recently have dealt in the 2D.&nbsp;How many times have we sat in front of...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112142042/wtf-human-marionettes-draw-structures WTF, Human Marionettes Draw Structures Orhan Ayyüce 2014-10-26T12:11:00-04:00 >2014-10-26T12:11:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mt/mta1gpt1k22eq1rr.jpg" width="514" height="280" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>thanks lot my dear friend Very nice amazing beautiful day wonderful day to you dear friend God bless you too much kind regards Best wishes Ahmed &#65279;-a youtube quote on the video</p></em><br /><br /><p>Probably you have seen it already last August. For those who have seen it I recommend Giraffe f**k on the same youtube page. "How this video and rest of the videos on that page are related?., is my open question to you.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112044968/mpavillion-is-a-kind-of-southern-hemisphere-serpentine-pavilion MPavillion is a kind of southern hemisphere Serpentine Pavilion Andrew Michler 2014-10-24T18:29:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T19:59:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6d8bc3p4quxerdv7.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Conceived as a kind of southern hemisphere Serpentine Pavilion, the MPavilion has just opened its first work, a 12&times;12 meter kinetic box by the local architect Sean Godsell. Using the typically restrained massing of his homes as a template Godsell has then animated the space with a fully louvered skin. The pavilion is placed in the 18th century Queen Victoria Garden with Melbourne&rsquo;s high rises serving as a backdrop.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's spring in Melbourne and there could not be a better place to spend an afternoon having a coffee than in a building that completely opens up.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112032095/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-color-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Color" Pinterest Board Archinect 2014-10-24T14:52:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T23:48:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s4/s4ad9nqfbk2hsjjg.jpg" width="514" height="767" 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/514x/i8/i80dqgwveq9y9u7x.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/reatig/project/in-living-color" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Living Color</a> in Washington, D.C. by <a href="http://archinect.com/reatig" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Suzane Reatig Architecture</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6z/6z3dqyjn54uce05t.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/59770690/15-central-park-west/111490761" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">15 Central Park West</a> in New York, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/daquinomonaco" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">D'Aquino Monaco Inc.</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/el/eltcazwbdoo04sjz.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/38193635/lightwell-greater-boston-orthodontics/106633561" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lightwell - Greater Boston Orthodontics</a> in Waltham, MA by <a href="http://archinect.com/mergearchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Merge Architects</a>; Photo: John Horner</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lp/lpn8xwgjn7z9dalj.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/56904349/st-edward-s-university-doyle-hall/109639525" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">St. Edward's University Doyle Hall</a> in Austin, TX by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/56904349/specht-harpman" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Specht Harpman</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5w/5wdnztd0lzlfpmym.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/23900/melissa-we-are-flowers/103496110" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melissa - We Are Flowers</a> in New York, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/softlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOFTlab</a>; Photo: Alan Tansey</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pc/pc77hlc1wjla1ohc.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/15860538/skanska-usa-building/111882630" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skanska USA Building</a> in Parsippany, NJ by <a href="http://archinect.com/tedmoudis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ted Moudis Associates</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3v/3vh49i88jz0jxegz.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/108237513/james-bartleman-centre/108238315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Bartleman Centre</a> in Ottawa, Canada by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/hobinarc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barry J. Hobin &amp; Associates Architects Inc.</a> in association with Shoalts &amp; Zaback Architects Ltd.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2q/2q9m7rxcjnovgmj0.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/cebra/project/grundfos-dormitory2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grundfos Dormitory</a> in Aarhus, Denmark by <a href="http://archinect.com/cebra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CEBRA </a>&amp; NIRAS</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p0/p0cxmisovxoukmjb.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/meindesign/project/little-bathroom-d-pl2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Litt...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111951739/hummingbird-drones-and-other-bio-inspired-robotics Hummingbird Drones and other Bio-inspired Robotics Nicholas Korody 2014-10-23T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T22:06:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o4/o4ugzwign72o6ykt.jpg" width="514" height="462" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Birds have remarkable flight capabilities...They make it look effortless, but engineering a drone to do the same is anything but. It&rsquo;s a major engineering feat to harness the evolutionary talents of a bird and translate them into a robot that can deliver packages to your doorstep. By understanding how birds have mastered the ability to swoop and dive, [Stanford professor David] Lentink and his team [of mechanical engineers] hope to inform microdrone design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Similar to biomimicry (and its correspondent field of architectural thinking), <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bio-inspired_robotics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bio-inspired design</a> takes it cues from biological systems, although it entails simplification, enhancement and non-mimetic adaptation of observed phenomena rather than replication. Bio-inspired robotics, specifically, is a rather new field, although its origins can be traced back to the earliest engineering projects. For example, Leonardo Da Vinci famously studied birds, in particular kites, when he drew out plans for wings that could enable human flight.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xo/xoj9trami6zq1qf5.jpg"></p><p>The US military is a major player in the field of bio-inspired robotics. In 2011, the&nbsp;<a title="DARPA" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DARPA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency</a>&nbsp;(DARPA) released images of its own hummingbird-inspired drones, pictured above. Manufactured by AeroVironment <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AeroVironment_Nano_Hummingbird" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Nano Air Vehicle&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;is capable of flying along three axes of motion as well as hovering in mid-air. Equipped with a small camera, the&nbsp;19&nbsp;gram drone is small enough to surveil without attracting much attention.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0o/0ozuwct4o3mozaqj.jpg"></p><p>DARPA stud...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111708964/james-corner-field-operations-will-design-a-new-waterfront-park-in-brooklyn James Corner Field Operations Will Design a New Waterfront Park in Brooklyn Diane Pham 2014-10-20T14:43:00-04:00 >2014-10-20T14:43:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n9/n9jxnrr6eng1l2sz.jpg" width="514" height="242" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Renderings for the waterfront park to be built alongside the massive housing development Greenpoint Landing have been released. Flooding from Hurricane Sandy ravaged the area only a few years back, so it comes as no surprise that locals were concerned with how developers would protect the area from future storms. James Corner Field Operations was chosen to address the problem, and the result is a resilient design that manages to enhance the structural integrity and aesthetic appeal of the existing riverfront.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111679285/end-of-weird-architecture-in-china End of weird architecture in China? Orhan Ayyüce 2014-10-20T11:44:00-04:00 >2014-10-24T13:55:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mo/moip4wwgkddu95py.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Art should serve the people, Xi Jinping says, and China's weird and wonderful buildings - including a mobile phone building, an excessivley blinged-up hotel, and a penis tower - are evidently not good examples of "morally inspiring art". Duh.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Is it possible&nbsp;Xi Jinping is using a diplomatic language to break loose from imported architecture? The so called elite star architecture now going to have third tier copies? Don't forget the elite post modernism was finally trickled down to strip mall architecture finally in early 90's.&nbsp;</p><p>This whole thing started with this link I got from my friend and continued with a conversation below.</p><p><a href="http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fshanghaiist.com%2F2014%2F10%2F18%2Feliminate_all_weird_architecture_in.php&amp;h=kAQFonHo0&amp;s=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="https://fbexternal-a.akamaihd.net/safe_image.php?d=AQANV_rkGA-6x1aX&amp;w=158&amp;h=158&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fshanghaiist.com%2Fassets_c%2F2014%2F10%2Fweird-building-china-1-thumb-640xauto-864354.jpg"></a></p><p><a href="http://shanghaiist.com/2014/10/18/eliminate_all_weird_architecture_in.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eliminate all weird architecture in China, Xi Jinping declares</a></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.tectonicus.com/about/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ben Lepley</a></strong>- Not sure what this means for MAD &gt;:l&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Orhan Ayyuce</strong>- Maybe he sees architecture as the poster child of socio-cultural threat?</p><p><strong>BL</strong>- Or a threat of power from investors who cant be controlled by state owned banks? Or both.</p><p><strong>OA</strong>- Are you back in China?</p><p><strong>BL</strong>- No, in Tucson still. Clean air here.&nbsp;but I keep in contact with those who are still there.&nbsp;I'm not sure if this statement from Xi was off the cuff, or an actual decision, but it could be big.&nbsp;If you want to know more I can introduce you to one of my old MAD co-workers who is still there...</p>