Archinect - News 2014-12-21T15:17:00-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/116362713/urban-land-institute-issues-recommendations-for-houston-s-astrodome Urban Land Institute issues recommendations for Houston's Astrodome Natalya Egon 2014-12-19T19:06:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T19:06:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6v/6vkl27gnn8f1pt6c.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The latest proposal for the aging Astrodome calls for converting the structure into an indoor park and civic space, including an indoor grassy lawn and an outdoor promenade lined with oak trees. An Urban Land Institute panel, comprised of urban planners, economists and designers from around the country, released its preliminary recommendations Friday at the NRG Center."</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/116360308/berkeley-researchers-solve-the-mystery-of-the-ultra-strong-and-durable-ancient-roman-concrete Berkeley researchers solve the mystery of the ultra-strong and durable ancient Roman concrete Archinect 2014-12-19T18:10:00-05:00 >2014-12-20T21:21:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ha/ha84t3ys87i9u39s.jpg" width="514" height="414" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The mortar resists microcracking through in situ crystallization of platy str&auml;tlingite, a durable calcium-alumino-silicate mineral that reinforces interfacial zones and the cementitious matrix. The dense intergrowths of the platy crystals obstruct crack propagation and preserve cohesion at the micron scale, which in turn enables the concrete to maintain its chemical resilience and structural integrity in a seismically active environment at the millennial scale.</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/116352277/choi-shine-s-bit-light-lets-you-create-a-multitude-of-illuminated-sculptures Choi + Shine's BIT Light lets you create a multitude of illuminated sculptures Justine Testado 2014-12-19T16:33:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T16:44:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tm/tmf6jflkv6rlt20a.jpg" width="514" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/86364/choi-shine-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Choi + Shine Architects</a>, who envisioned the beautiful <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100460/choi-shine-wins-bsa-unbuilt-architecture-award-for-land-of-giants" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Land of Giants</em> in 2010</a>, developed a new lighting system called the BIT Light&trade;. BIT's name is primarily derived from the Korean word for light (&#48731;) which is somewhat pronounced like "bit" in English. It also stands for Bulb with Integrated Technology and describes its fun modular design.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e9/e92yqrbj9drww812.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6d8q2owzd0m2607k.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vy/vyqbuceb46l6au6t.jpg"></p><p>Each BIT light consists of a low-voltage LED light source encased in a translucent polycarbonate shell. Magnetic connectors enable multiple BITs to be physically and electrically linked to each other and to a power source, while letting users get creative and arrange the lights in literally hundreds of forms. BIT's user-friendly design also makes it easier to adjust the amount of illumination inside a space without needing advanced technical skills or professional assistance.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p9/p9jhs5fcy8cjeh6c.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/il/ilkzx5tg7uv0d9d2.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b9w9u1ov3vd4tje4.jpg"></p><p>Choi + Shine is currently working on adding more colors, forms, materials, and connectors to the mix.</p><p>Learn more about the BIT Light <a href="http://www.thebitlight.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100460/choi-shine-wins-bsa-unbuilt-architecture-award-for-land-of-giants" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Choi+Shine wins BSA Unbuilt Arc...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116345045/downtown-la-fire-determined-to-be-arson-architecture-hate-crime Downtown LA fire determined to be arson... Architecture hate crime? Archinect 2014-12-19T13:18:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T13:22:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7f/7f052d629be835d46d9fbe9b834aad5c.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The ATF national response team, at the end of its investigation, reaches one of three conclusions &ndash; incendiary, accidental, or undetermined. Given Thursday&rsquo;s conclusion that the fire was determined to be "incendiary," or deliberately set, local authorities will probably launch an arson investigation to identify those responsible for the blaze.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115492470/huge-downtown-los-angeles-fire-burns-towering-apartment-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Huge downtown Los Angeles fire burns towering apartment project</a></p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116192544/bureau-a-s-swiss-alpine-cabin-lets-you-camp-out-inside-a-boulder BUREAU A's Swiss alpine cabin lets you camp out inside a boulder Justine Testado 2014-12-17T14:49:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T19:17:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j1/j1q3be5039usc5jg.jpg" width="514" height="657" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Up in the slopes of the Swiss village Verbier in the Alps, <a href="http://a-bureau.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BUREAU A</a>'s "Antoine" is a little wooden cabin hidden inside a concrete rock that camouflages with its environment. Inspired by Swiss cultural elements like the literature of iconic writer Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, hidden bunkers, and the unique experience of living in an alpine landscape, "Antoine" looks like one comfy, cool space to get away from it all &mdash; with a hint of adventure.</p><p>BUREAU A provided more detail into their latest project:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hd/hd3gcrk7s0kp0mf7.jpg"></p><p>"The mountains have the power to call for feelings of fascination and fear at the same time. Switzerland has a strong tradition of observing the Alps, living with them, hiding inside them. The awe and the anxiety that this monumental landscape appeals is reflected in the writings of Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, one of the most important Swiss writers. His novels, Derborence, describes the massive rock fall that covered the pastures of the valley of Lizerne in 1714. Antoine, the main character, surv...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116118701/wired-looks-at-ground-truth-google-s-initiative-to-improve-maps-accuracy Wired looks at "Ground Truth", Google's initiative to improve Maps accuracy Alexander Walter 2014-12-16T14:53:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:18:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c6/c620eeefa919237737e5156870d1e4dc.jpg" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On a recent visit to Mountain View, I got a peek at how the Google Maps team&nbsp;assembles their maps and refines them with a combination of algorithms and meticulous manual labor&mdash;an effort they call Ground Truth. The project launched in 2008, but it was mostly kept under wraps until just a couple years ago. It&nbsp;continues to grow, now covering 51 countries, and algorithms are playing a bigger role in extracting information from satellite, aerial, and Street View imagery.</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/116056869/stereotank-s-heartbeat-wins-2015-times-square-valentine-heart-design Stereotank’s HEARTBEAT wins 2015 Times Square Valentine Heart Design Alexander Walter 2014-12-15T19:38:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:19:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xt/xtxjqhg5x4sea2cb.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Here's one for you lovers out there: in the annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design contest, Brooklyn-based, Venezuelan-born firm Stereotank just came out as the winner with their entry "HEARTBEAT." The interactive installation is scheduled to open for an entire month to couples and singles alike on February 9.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f3/f34k5n6xppvjviy4.jpg"></p><p>More information on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/stereotanks_heartbeat_wins_2015_times_square_valentine_heart_design/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115976543/architect-eli-attia-sues-google-for-stealing-invention-that-streamlines-design-and-construction Architect Eli Attia sues Google for stealing invention that streamlines design and construction Archinect 2014-12-14T18:36:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:35:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bc/bc8d37a2645bed60e230eb992386001c.jpg" width="514" height="252" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The suit charges that Google and senior executives stole Eli Attia's invention, which is a technology that shortens and makes significantly cheaper the design and construction process, mainly for high-rise and large buildings. Google estimates that the invention has potential revenue of $120 billion annually.</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/115736681/how-to-depict-the-rules-of-attraction-according-to-the-parador-film How to depict the rules of attraction, according to the PARADOR film Justine Testado 2014-12-11T18:07:00-05:00 >2014-12-12T13:59:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0j/0jkt16on66svkuuh.jpg" width="514" height="241" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>PARADOR is a collaborative project by Paris-based architect <a href="http://davidtajchman.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Tajchman</a> and&nbsp; filmmaker <a href="http://www.benjaminseroussi.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Benjamin Seroussi</a> that fuses each of their signature styles and specialties. Starring dancer Olivier Mathieu and model Katya Pushkina, the short film's theme touches on the "complex rules of attraction and repulsion that end up creating energy, shape evolution, and anti-gravity," as mentioned on Tajchman's website.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lx/lx2jbx0z1nr0edl1.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0f/0fwljlikmcwbt0a6.jpg"></p><p>Seroussi's experience in fashion film and music videos is obvious in PARADOR, which uses strong angles and slow-paced panning techniques seen in high-end fashion ads on TV. Mathieu and Pushkina, in all their conventionally attractive physical features, are decoratively armored in tetrahedral structures as they dance and pose around each other like two birds engaged in a courtship display. The futuristic structures they wear&nbsp;&mdash; which Tajchman and the design team created&nbsp;&mdash; hint at Tajchman's work methods of using digital tools and handcrafted models.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ws/wsvoy4g1yotn2vtw.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/du/duqtq1zyenwc0ssx.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cb/cb9uwnrmb7exp0g2.jpg"></p><p><strong>Watch the film in its entirety right b...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115724601/american-museum-of-natural-history-plans-an-addition-by-studio-gang American Museum of Natural History Plans an Addition by Studio Gang Natalya Egon 2014-12-11T13:44:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:37:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0d/0dperfooxvxayzon.jpg" width="514" height="512" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Museum of Natural History, a sprawling hodgepodge of a complex occupying nearly four city blocks, is planning another major transformation, this time along Columbus Avenue: a $325 million, six-story addition designed to foster the institution&rsquo;s expanding role as a center for scientific research and education...</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/115634657/international-olympic-committee-releases-first-images-of-new-hq-designed-by-3xn International Olympic Committee Releases First Images of New HQ Designed by 3XN stm@3xn.dk 2014-12-10T11:14:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:10:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oc/ocrsotve25dbfx5z.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The International Olympic Committee (IOC) selected 3XN to design its new headquarters after a multi-stage, international architectural competition that concluded earlier this year. The IOC and 3XN have now released the first renderings of the project, which is located on a 24,000sm site on the banks of Lake Geneva in Lausanne, Switzerland. The new building will bring together 600 employees currently working in disparate offices throughout the city<em>. </em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3r/3rp95hp8tmehnk2b.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;In recognition of the symbolism of the Olympic Games and needs of the organization, we designed the new IOC headquarters around three key elements: movement, flexibility and sustainability,&rdquo; said Jan Ammundsen, Senior Partner with 3XN. &ldquo;With its dynamic, undulating fa&ccedil;ade, the building will appear different from all angles and convey the energy of an athlete in motion. Its interior is designed with as few structural constraints as possible. This open and flexible environment will adapt to multiple work styles now and in the future. Our d...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115592953/building-a-collaborative-jig-saw-pavilion-at-the-media-and-architecture-biennale-in-aarhus Building a collaborative jig-saw pavilion at the Media and Architecture Biennale in Aarhus Justine Testado 2014-12-09T20:51:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:10:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lc/lctfdoc7igfva7x3.jpg" width="514" height="266" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"Programming Natural Affect" was one of the collaborative workshops during the <a href="http://mab14.mediaarchitecture.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Media and Architecture Bienniale 2014</a> last month in Aarhus, Denmark. Organized by Anna Ulak and Philipp Rahlenbeck of <a href="http://www.openconstructs.ca/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">openconstructs</a>, the workshop focused on fusing the organic properties of nature and the built urban environment through new media and architecture.</p><p>Participants learned about combining analog and digital production methods as they worked with each other and the organizers in building a small prefabricated pavilion. At the end of the workshop, the pavilion was displayed in the Main Exhibition during the Bienniale.</p><p>Ulak shared further project details below:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zp/zp5z2msfwtwd8sod.jpg"></p><p>"Rather than trying to fully control/manage the relationship between the natural and built environment with computation (and its metaphors), this proposal sets out to augment the natural world. Thus creating artificial environments that evokes the organic. An architecture that artificially amplifies the experiences of nature that is diminish...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115573667/winners-of-the-tiny-modernism-designer-shirt-giveaway-battle-it-out-with-architectural-heavyweights Winners of the Tiny Modernism 'designer shirt' giveaway battle it out with architectural heavyweights Archinect 2014-12-09T13:52:00-05:00 >2014-12-09T19:31:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ot/othau0qvb2x1ail9.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We're excited to announce the three lucky winners of Archinect's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114977286/win-a-tiny-modernism-designer-shirt-for-your-future-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">giveaway contest</a> in collaboration with <a href="http://tinymodernism.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tiny Modernism</a>.</p><p>In order to win one of the adorable architectural toddler t-shirts and baby onesies, we had asked you to tell us which dream combination of any four architects would adorn <em>your </em>shirt.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9p/9pe9071xj38x47yp.jpg"></p><p><em>REM &amp; NORMAN &amp; RENZO &amp; JEAN, TADAO &amp; KENZO &amp; SHIGERU &amp; TOYO and ZAHA &amp; FRANK &amp; DANIEL &amp; THOM kids t-shirts by Tiny Modernism.</em></p><p>The responses in the comment section were smart and plentiful, and we surely had a tough time picking our favorites. Upon heated deliberation, and a few deflated egos, we've finally settled on this list of winners:</p><ul><li><strong>CMPickard: </strong>Denise &amp; Anne &amp; Jeanne &amp; Kazuyo</li><li><strong>pencrush: </strong>Louis &amp; Marcel &amp; Peter &amp; Wolf&nbsp;</li><li><strong>b3tadine[sutures]: </strong>Peter &amp; Michael &amp; Charles &amp; John &amp; Richard <em>[Sorry, had to do NY 5]</em></li></ul><p>Congrats to you three (we'll be in touch with you shortly), and thanks to everyone that participated in the giveaway!</p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/115572057/jeanne-gang-s-thinning-ice-exhibit-in-miami Jeanne Gang's "Thinning Ice" exhibit in Miami Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-09T12:40:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:13:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a9/a92422a96863795cc2b1f2fabae1ea34.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Jeanne Gang] had just come back from a trip on which she&rsquo;d been using binoculars with Swarovski lenses and had become intrigued by the optical aspect of the crystal company&rsquo;s output. She had also become interested in James Balog&rsquo;s Extreme Ice Survey, a long-term project that documents glacier shrinkage using time-lapse photography [...] One challenge the studio faced was communicating the size of the glaciers photographed by Balog, and the extent of the devastation caused by global warming.</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/115502137/the-all-glass-photon-space-could-help-us-get-our-daily-dose-of-sunlight-and-then-some The all-glass Photon Space could help us get our daily dose of sunlight, and then some Justine Testado 2014-12-08T17:58:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:40:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xa/xa65j6rnj64obc6i.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Photon Space is becoming known as the first all-glass modular structure of its kind that addresses the health benefits of exposure to natural light and the importance of those benefits in our contemporary lifestyle &mdash; where many of us spend it indoors&nbsp;&mdash; and its everyday stresses.</p><p>Recently launched on <a href="https://www.crowdcube.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crowdcube</a> by The Photon Project, the Photon Space is a luxury daytime suite that has a 45 m2 footprint and includes a furnished living room, a double bedroom, and a modular integrated kitchen and bathroom. But what distinguishes the Photon Space is its intelligent glass architecture.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nn/nnd8s0i8dp3huf9j.jpg"></p><p>The design of the Photon Space glass is supported by recent long-term research&nbsp;led by Russell Foster, a professor of Circadian Neuroscience and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/56704057/oxford-university" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Oxford</a>. Professor Foster's research states that a healthy dose of natural light can help regulate circadian rhythms, reduce stress, and improve mood, among other benefits. The multi-layered, high-performa...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115511004/l-a-mayor-calls-for-mandatory-earthquake-retrofitting L.A. Mayor Calls for Mandatory Earthquake Retrofitting Nicholas Korody 2014-12-08T17:36:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T20:36:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xu/xukgpfzmx3b02bf2.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday proposed the most ambitious seismic safety regulations in California history that would require owners to retrofit thousands of building most at risk of collapse during a major earthquake. Garcetti&rsquo;s recommendations target two of the riskiest types of buildings in Los Angeles built before 1980: concrete buildings and wooden structures built atop weak first floors, such as those on top of carports and garages and supported by slender columns.</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/115492471/wilkinson-eyre-architects-accuse-italians-of-plagiarism-over-tree-design Wilkinson Eyre Architects accuse Italians of plagiarism over tree design Archinect 2014-12-08T11:50:00-05:00 >2014-12-08T22:26:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u7/u7t6f9l68fb8yia8.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s definitely derivative of the Gardens by the Bay concept,&rdquo; Chris Wilkinson, one of the British architects responsible for the &ldquo;super-trees&rdquo; in Singapore&rsquo;s Marina Bay, told The Daily Telegraph. &ldquo;You&rsquo;d have expected them to have come up with something a bit more original.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b3/b35a8e8024321c04fe726dea2bfe1cef.jpg"><br>"Super Trees", Singapore, designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115223812/editor-s-picks-396 Editor's Picks #396 Nam Henderson 2014-12-05T14:37:00-05:00 >2014-12-12T17:38:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8i/8irjst3gxs45lqhq.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/archiadventures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beth Mosenthal</a>&nbsp;penned an <strong>Op-Ed:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/114913845/op-ed-if-architecture-were-optimism-a-response-to-michael-kimmelman-s-critique-of-1-wtc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Response to Michael Kimmelman's Critique of 1 WTC</a>. She writes "I&nbsp;<em>can only imagine the list of priorities that 1 World Trade entailed, but am still celebratory of the feat that it was realized despite perhaps the greatest obstacles any project could possibly have&mdash;fear and memory</em>".&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/pedaldesignlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ken Koense</a>&nbsp;chose to respectfully disagree with her "<em>The building is a touchstone for the future of large scale bunker buildings in America...which will certainly preclude the kinds of mixed use that Kimmelman's real critique addressed...Thousands died, two wars waged, but we've got our post card view, our symbol, our icon, our Freedom Tower. How picturesque</em>". Similarly <strong>Krimson</strong> struggles "<em>to overlook the blatant closed off nature of the project</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jb/jb0dp26nthp3nljw.jpg"></p><p>Plus, the latest <strong>Showcase:</strong> features <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/114504045/showcase-sparrenburg-visitor-center-by-max-dudler" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sparrenburg Visitor Center by Max Dudler</a>,&nbsp;a "<em>brutalist, rammed concrete</em>"&nbsp;addition to a historic castle/fortress.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3bsg901ptfcy8ehe.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fi/fijxg12qlpbhv8h5.jpg"><br>Paul Katz, who as president and managing principal of KPF was the mastermind of m...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115206156/how-architecture-is-helping-make-arcadia-a-magnet-for-chinese-money How architecture is helping make Arcadia a magnet for Chinese money Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-04T18:43:00-05:00 >2014-12-05T14:45:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u2/u2cod6udfjqbubtj.jpg" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Blocks that were once sleepy, with single-story ranch houses from the 1940s set comfortably back from the street, are now lined with bloated villas pushed near the front of their lots [...] What's happening in Arcadia is less about big new houses and startling sales figures than how new patterns of immigration are transforming the architecture of Southern California. [...] The architectural landscape is being remade not to displace [Chinese immigrants] but as a magnet for their money.</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/115051989/yoshio-taniguchi-jasper-morrison-to-receive-2nd-isamu-noguchi-award Yoshio Taniguchi + Jasper Morrison to receive 2nd Isamu Noguchi Award Justine Testado 2014-12-02T18:35:00-05:00 >2014-12-02T18:35:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c7/c7ez71i0rnyr1rh5.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Yoshio Taniguchi and industrial designer Jasper Morrison are the recipients of the second annual Isamu Noguchi Award. The Isamu Noguchi Award recognizes individuals whose work represents the collaborative and multi-disciplinary qualities of landscape architect and artist Isamu Noguchi. Morrison and Taniguchi will be presented with the award by Motohide Yoshikawa (Ambassador of Japan to the U.N.) during a ceremony at The Noguchi Museum's Spring Benefit on May 19, 2015.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Learn more about the recipients on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/yoshio_taniguchi_jasper_morrison_to_receive_2nd_isamu_noguchi_award/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115048772/why-do-we-expect-artists-to-work-for-free-here-s-how-we-can-change-the-system Why Do We Expect Artists to Work for Free? Here’s How We Can Change the System Quilian Riano 2014-12-02T17:55:00-05:00 >2014-12-02T22:15:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bu/bukzkts1cxulaaxh.jpg" width="514" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Only 10 percent of arts graduates make a living from their creative practice. Artist William Powhida maps the institutional structures that keep most artists broke, and shares strategies for spreading the wealth.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It&rsquo;s all too clear that artists are willing to sacrifice everything for their art, including self-interest, an unfortunate consequence of an economy that trades in exposure. In our perilously unequal society, most artists are <a href="http://powhida.tumblr.com/post/21452361650/why-are-most-artists-so-fucking-poor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">poor</a>, and few understand how we might begin to change the situation. According to a recent <a href="http://bfamfaphd.com/#artists-report-back" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a> by the artist-activist group BFAMFAPhD, only 10 percent of U.S. arts graduates make a living from their art. Yet the art market is booming; last year it nearly rebounded to its highest-ever level&mdash;the 2008 financial crash produced only a temporary dip&mdash;with <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-12/global-art-market-surged-to-66-billion-in-2013-report.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">$66 billion in sales</a>. I recently spoke with the art historian Julia Bryan-Wilson about artists&rsquo; remuneration and made the mistake of saying, &ldquo;The problem is, there just isn&rsquo;t enough money.&rdquo; She corrected me immediately: &ldquo;There is enough money&mdash;it&rsquo;s just concentrated in the hands of the very few.&rdquo;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115038324/building-an-identity-immigration-and-architecture-in-southern-california Building an identity: Immigration and architecture in Southern California Alexander Walter 2014-12-02T14:25:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T22:06:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fb/fb3481550741ad98df2389c5c3976d5d.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne looks at L.A., he sees the city shaped by immigrants. Landmark buildings in Koreatown that adapt and evolve with a new generation. Houses in Arcadia that allow Chinese homeowners a proud, conspicuous place in a new country. Street life across the region that takes its cue from the way Latino neighborhoods blur the line between public and private.</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/114977286/win-a-tiny-modernism-designer-shirt-for-your-future-architects Win a Tiny Modernism 'designer shirt' for your future architects Archinect 2014-12-02T11:29:00-05:00 >2014-12-07T21:25:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nq/nq68sb514dag6ly9.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With the holiday season now officially upon us, the annual gift shopping panic has quickly picked up steam &mdash; and knowing how notoriously hard architects and designers are to shop for, doesn't make things any easier.</p><p>One of our favorite gift ideas 'tis season are the adorable architectural toddler t-shirts and baby onesies by LA-based label <a href="http://www.tinymodernism.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Tiny Modernism</strong></a>.</p><p>The simple screen-print designs are based on the fact that babies love nothing more than their mommy and showing off their preferred genre of architecture: <em>Rem &amp; Norman &amp; Renzo &amp; Jean</em> on Monday, <em>Zaha &amp; Frank &amp; Daniel &amp; Thom</em> on Tuesday, and maybe Gropius' <em>Bauhaus</em> building on Wednesday. How about a little black <em>Tadao &amp; Kenzo &amp; Shigeru &amp; Toyo</em> for a Friday night out on the town?&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fi/fi6xoqpulnrit4d4.jpg"></p><p>You simply can't start early enough with the architectural education of future designers, and admittedly &mdash; channeling parents' need for self expression through their children's outfits never looked so good.</p><p>Visit <a href="http://tinymodernism.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tinymodernism.com</a> for more and use your chance to w...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114965218/up-and-down-side-to-side-thyssenkrupp-s-cable-free-multi-elevator-to-begin-testing-in-2016 Up and Down, Side to Side; ThyssenKrupp's cable-free MULTI elevator to begin testing in 2016 Justine Testado 2014-12-01T17:37:00-05:00 >2014-12-01T18:17:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lo/lo1vpt15rgkgos66.jpg" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Many of us who have ridden inside an elevator since its invention 160 years ago are accustomed to hearing its ominous hums and creaks, as well as stories of malfunctioning elevators that cause people to be stuck inside for hours. So, the idea of hopping into a cable-free elevator in a mid to high-rise building can sound both thrilling and nerve-wracking. That idea is soon to become a reality for global transportation manufacturer <a href="http://www.thyssenkrupp-elevator.com/Home.2.0.html?&amp;L=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ThyssenKrupp</a>, who is set out to test the first units of their cable-free MULTI elevator system once the testing tower in Rottweil, Germany is complete by the end of 2016.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s9/s9m8nqlw533xeu2v.jpg"></p><p>MULTI's design is derived from the company's TWIN control system and safety features. Deemed as the world's first cable-free elevator, MULTI includes a multi-level brake system and multiple self-propelled cabins that can be incorporated within the same elevator shaft.</p><p>Operating on a circular system, the elevators will be able to move vertically and horizontally in a loop at a speed of 5 m/s,...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114877761/a-piece-about-light-and-life A piece about light and life Nam Henderson 2014-11-30T13:17:00-05:00 >2014-11-30T13:18:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6j/6jolysaeka4vm92c.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The tradition I&rsquo;m coming from is not pleasure. It&rsquo;s a certain shamanistic excess"</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ted Loos explores the work of sculptor&nbsp;Thomas Houseago, whose architectural installation&nbsp;'<a href="http://www.hauserwirth.com/exhibitions/2336/thomas-houseago-moun-room/list-of-works/5/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moun Room</a>' is currently showing&nbsp;until&nbsp;January 17th 2015, at Hauser &amp; Wirth New York.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114593959/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-details-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Details" Pinterest Board Archinect 2014-11-28T13:07:00-05:00 >2014-12-04T22:37:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/11/11hcfiu0ycinod4n.jpg" width="514" height="771" 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/details/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Details</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fe/fe98aom5vnnhoxsv.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/FIELDWORK/project/nike-brand-walls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NIKE Brand Walls</a> in Beaverton, OR by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/FIELDWORK" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FIELDWORK Design &amp; Architecture</a>&nbsp;in collaboration with the Nike Workplace Brand Design group</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2g/2gi1einimohxkthg.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/4143996/oak-pass-guesthouse/113912568" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oak Pass Guesthouse</a>&nbsp;in Los Angeles, CA by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/4143996/walker-workshop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walker Workshop</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lr/lrcdoi0kf6rt3zwu.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/moriyuki-ochiai-architects/project/arkhe-beauty-salon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARKHE beauty salon</a> in Chiba, Japan by <a href="http://archinect.com/moriyuki-ochiai-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MORIYUKI OCHIAI ARCHITECTS</a>; Photo: Atsushi Ishida</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9n/9n2doyq7ny9r2qo5.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/38008420/a-house-for-the-best-years/110245709" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A house for the best years</a> in&nbsp;Trata pri Velesovem, Slovenia by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/38008420/matej-gasperic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Biro Gasperic</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b8/b8vju4elt0mj5jtp.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/edmondslee/project/cube-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cube House</a>&nbsp;in San Francisco, CA by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/edmondslee" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EDMONDS + LEE ARCHITECTS</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dx/dxlzara2lpgvjq87.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/modelina/project/run-colors-sneaker-shop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Run Colors sneaker shop</a> in&nbsp;Pozna&#324;, Poland by <a href="http://archinect.com/modelina" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mode:lina architekci</a>;&nbsp;Photo: Marcin Ratajczak</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sv/sv22tzpdpi48u9hi.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/111113741/the-three-cusps-chalet/111160273" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Three Cusps Chalet</a>&nbsp;in Braga, Portugal by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/tiagodovalearqtos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tiago do Vale Arquitectos</a>; Photo: Jo&atilde;o Morgado</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pg/pg5jth98r0529rw0.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/111241443/businesspark-breitensee/111325887" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Businesspark Breitensee</a> in Vi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114574679/frank-gehry-defends-mad-s-design-for-lucas-museum Frank Gehry defends MAD's design for Lucas Museum Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-26T13:25:00-05:00 >2014-11-27T22:53:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0ef638dc5a4c4d1c375affec6b7b3297.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The work presented for the Lucas Museum has precedent. It's not just out of the blue; it is something that has been in the air for many years. [...] I would hope that the people of Chicago take the proper time to review the Lucas Museum. I also hope that they will give the client and the architects sufficient time to develop the project &mdash; to work with the city and the public to evolve the design. Please do not dismiss it because it doesn't look like something you've never seen before.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a title="Lucas museum faces lawsuit from Friends of the Parks" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113578619/lucas-museum-faces-lawsuit-from-friends-of-the-parks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucas museum faces lawsuit from Friends of the Parks</a>;&nbsp;<a title="How the Lucas Museum Design Will Change Chicago's Lakefront - Rendering Reveals" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112881489/how-the-lucas-museum-design-will-change-chicago-s-lakefront-rendering-reveals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How the Lucas Museum Design Will Change Chicago's Lakefront - Rendering Reveals</a>;&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a title="George Lucas announces MAD and Studio Gang as architects for his Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105242532/george-lucas-announces-mad-and-studio-gang-as-architects-for-his-museum-of-narrative-art-in-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Lucas announces MAD and Studio Gang as architects for his Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago</a></p> 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 >2014-11-24T13:19:55-05:00 <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>