Archinect - News 2015-03-03T13:53:41-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/121971507/a-look-at-africa-s-modernist-architecture A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture Nicholas Korody 2015-03-02T13:57:00-05:00 >2015-03-02T21:01:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/dbzwxguikmp5tv05.jpg" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;There was an intense flowering of experimental and futuristic architecture in the 1960s and 70s, which the young African countries used to express their national identities,&rdquo; says [Swiss architect Manuel] Herz, who has curated an exhibition of more than 80 buildings from sub-Saharan Africa, showing at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, until May. &ldquo;But we simply don&rsquo;t know about it... we wanted to show this incredible cultural wealth that also exists.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Usually the projects of African "big man" leaders, the modernist buildings were often constructed for propagandistic purpose and tended to be designed by European architects. Noted architectural photographer Iwan Baan took many of the photographs in Herz's exhibit.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan Google Unveils BIG + Heatherwick Studios Collaboration for New Campus Master Plan Nicholas Korody 2015-02-27T16:26:00-05:00 >2015-03-03T13:34:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/01woyj5y1mepnx3t.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;Silicon Valley has been the cradle of a series of innovations that, over the last decades, have propelled technology and [the] world economy, but all of the resources, all of the intelligence, has been invested into the immaterial, the digital realm, the internet,&rdquo; asserts Bjarke Ingels of <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;ved=0CB8QFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.big.dk%2F&amp;ei=-MfwVI6uEsimgwSVx4DgAQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNF60fL4F7VbSYOVwLzjbYXvwUsN6w&amp;sig2=r5l7ynji_q4IHnSbtCP2Uw&amp;bvm=bv.87269000,d.eXY" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> at the beginning of a new video released today by Google (posted at the end of this article). David Radcliffe, the&nbsp;Vice President of Real Estate and Workplace Services at Google, continues: "Tech really hasn&rsquo;t adopted a particular language for buildings.&rdquo; Google hopes to change that, unveiling an ambitious new master plan for their Mountain View campus designed collaboratively by Bjarke Ingels Group and <a href="http://www.heatherwick.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heatherwick Studio</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x6/x6cbjq72n63ieixb.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yv/yv0kh4n3bgkk9b57.jpg"></p><p>Radcliffe explains that Google scoured the world for the architecture practices they found most innovative. "The BIG Studios &ndash; they&rsquo;re ambitious, they do a lot of very community-focused projects and that was very compelling to us,&rdquo; while Thomas Heatherwick "has this attentio...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121692925/hy-bol-pavilion-at-city-college-of-new-york HY-Bol Pavilion at City College of New York jscelsa 2015-02-27T12:46:00-05:00 >2015-02-27T13:43:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mj/mjii61dklitskyzd.jpg" width="514" height="449" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The HY-Bol Pavilion, designed and built in the summer of 2014 by students of the Spitzer school of Architecture at City College New York, was the culmination of a series of courses devoted to the expression of complex geometric curvature. Contemporary architecture theory has witnessed an new debate on how topology and smooth surface curvature should either embrace or dismiss the historic concepts of tectonics in architecture, a term which has re-appeared sporadically and influentially throughout Architectural History. As a generic umbrella for the term, all of the readings of the word in question seem to share the idea that the tectonic represents an ineffable quality of visual synergy between the needs of construction and structure with the harmonious visualization and pronunciation of those needs.</p><p>"Architecture is <em>Building-plus-value</em>." This equation is not simply the addition of unrelated elements... The identity named by this equation - the "is," or "equals" - is enabled by the di...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121646250/smart-buildings-architects-using-brain-science-for-design-guidance Smart buildings: Architects using brain science for design guidance Miles Jaffe 2015-02-26T12:14:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T12:24:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fs/fsz5vn0nipgun56d.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The push is on to incorporate brain science into design and architecture... Hopefully, the days of windowless classrooms to prevent vandalism and distraction are over.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Science once agains confirms what we already know, and architects turn it into a marketing tool.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121599690/baby-boomers-pass-the-mid-century-baton-in-palm-springs Baby Boomers pass the mid-century baton in Palm Springs Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-26T09:49:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T13:26:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d9/d9ts8wpr878bbk2q.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Along the highways leading from Los Angeles into the Coachella Valley desert, there are two types of sign-posts. One is the rocky, harsh faces of the imposing mountains &ndash; the closer the mountains are cut to the side of the road, the narrower the perspective and the less intimidating the surrounding desert seems, like blinders on a horse. The other is literal sign-posts, glowing lollipops of fast food restaurants, gas stations, motels and casinos. Floating above their signifieds like geotags on a satellite image, they make their offerings known &ndash; food! gas! fortune! In the desert&rsquo;s harsh environs, it&rsquo;s too risky to venture into the unknown, so best stick with the drive-through cheeseburger.&nbsp;</p><p>But then, suddenly there are neat rows of palm trees. Scattered lights on the nightscape coalesce into boulevards and fall in line with landscaped desert palms, manicured gravel patches, and curated cacti. And then there are the mid-century modernist dollhouses, amidst equally inspired gas station...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121598884/a-new-use-for-the-eiffel-tower A New Use for the Eiffel Tower Nicholas Korody 2015-02-25T18:07:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T12:16:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9y/9y0li5ri0wu1r6l2.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While hard to imagine today, Paris&rsquo;s most iconic monument was largely reviled when it was first built for the 1889 World&rsquo;s Fair. On February 14, 1887, as construction was just beginning, a group of some of most notable Parisian artists, writers, architects and intellectuals &ndash; <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/1987-04-23/news/mn-722_1_eiffel-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">including</a> Charles Garnier, &Eacute;mile Zola, Alexandre Dumas <em>fils</em>, and Guy de Maupassant &ndash; launched a petition against the Eiffel Tower. "We, the writers, painters, sculptors, architects and lovers of the beauty of Paris, do protest with all our vigour and all our indignation, in the name of French taste and endangered French art and history, against the useless and monstrous Eiffel Tower,&rdquo; their statement <a href="http://www.discoverfrance.net/France/Paris/Monuments-Paris/Eiffel.shtml#" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">read</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z0/z0qjo9dz0ox21pps.jpg"></p><p>Today, concerns over the use-value of the most-visited paid monument in the world seem comical. But throughout its history, the question of utility has been central to conversations about the Eiffel Tower. Gustave Eiffel, the engineer who designed the 906 ft. tall structure, defensively <a href="http://paris-eiffel-tower-news.com/eiffel-tower-stories/eiffel-tower-controversy.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">touted</a> it&rsquo;s scientific ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121508108/love-letter-to-plywood-by-tom-sachs Love Letter to Plywood. By Tom Sachs Paul Petrunia 2015-02-24T13:42:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T23:03:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wd/wdjizu0gjygplsa7.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Already a couple years old, but a great piece by Tom Sachs on the beauty and nature of plywood. h/t <a href="http://kottke.org/15/02/a-love-letter-to-plywood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">kottke.org</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121507305/trahan-architects-release-short-film-of-louisiana-state-sports-hall-of-fame-and-regional-history-museum Trahan Architects Release Short Film of Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum cbryan 2015-02-24T13:35:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T21:54:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/10/104p7kstayr8jxqn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://spiritofspace.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spirit of Space</a>, in collaboration with <a href="http://www.trahanarchitects.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trahan Architects</a>, has created a short film featuring the award-winning design of the Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The museum was recently awarded the prestigious <a href="http://www.aia.org/practicing/awards/2015/interior-architecture/louisiana-st-sports-hof/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 AIA Institute Honor Award</a> and will be honored at the upcoming <a href="http://convention.aia.org/event/homepage.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA National Convention</a> in Atlanta, Georgia.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hc/hcvx7wdauf54gzig.jpg"></p><p><em>From Spirit of Space:</em></p><p>The Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum, designed by Trahan Architects, evokes the past as much as it signals the future. Set in the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase, the museum employs 21st century technology to execute a design language inspired by the carving and scouring of the nearby Cane River and the historic architecture of Natchitoches.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/25/2508aew6awm41d8r.jpg"></p><p>The film carries viewers past the historic district's references, around the pleated copper fa&ccedil;ade and into the sculpted interior.&nbsp; The cast stone panels define a fluid pathway that flows around, up and through th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121429387/christopher-hawthorne-reflects-on-the-spatial-design-in-citizenfour-and-other-oscar-nominees Christopher Hawthorne reflects on the spatial design in "Citizenfour" and other Oscar nominees Alexander Walter 2015-02-23T13:12:00-05:00 >2015-02-23T15:51:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wh/wh3yx7j0rcqtl0yf.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Citizenfour," in fact, enlarges and underlines ideas about architecture, privacy and culture that run more subtly through a number of Oscar nominees. Several [...] movies exploit the dramatic appeal of the constricted, labyrinthine, tightly packed, claustrophobic or paranoid space: the crowded backstage corridors of "Birdman" by Alejandro G. I&ntilde;&aacute;rritu; the tunnels, hallways and dollhouse-like spaces of Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel"; the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Ava DuVernay's "Selma."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: Julia Ingalls' <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/472439/material-witness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Material Witness</em></a> series on Archinect</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121215975/get-a-glimpse-of-the-designs-of-the-year-2015-architecture-nominees Get a glimpse of the Designs of the Year 2015 Architecture nominees Justine Testado 2015-02-20T18:58:00-05:00 >2015-02-28T04:47:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vk/vkqzsbm1z3shswr5.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's that time of year for <a href="http://designmuseum.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Museum</a>'s popular Designs of the Year 2015 awards, a showcase of noteworthy works created by international stars, up-and-coming startups, and students. A total of 76 projects from the previous year were selected for the categories Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphic, Product and Transport. Last year, Zaha Hadid <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103107452/zaha-hadid-wins-the-design-museum-s-designs-of-the-year-award-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">took the top prize</a> with the all-too-familiar Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan.</p><p>Category winners will be announced on May 4, and the overall winner will be revealed during a Design Museum event on June 4. In the meantime, all nominated works will be exhibited at London's Design Museum beginning March 25.</p><p>The Architecture category has some solid contenders that could make it anyone's game (maybe), with some of them having already won some top awards. Love 'em or hate 'em, here they are:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7asdp12rtft6d4fh.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; FONDATION LOUIS VUITTON - Paris, France. Designed by Frank Gehry and Gehry Partners</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g6/g6otmt4fc1vx8i1j.jpg"><br>&uarr; ONE CENTRAL PARK Sydney, Australia. Designed by Atelie...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121146922/canadian-wood-council-pushes-for-more-wood-architecture-excellence-in-the-latest-wood-design-awards Canadian Wood Council pushes for more wood architecture excellence in the latest Wood Design Awards Justine Testado 2015-02-19T21:05:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T21:34:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sf/sfakp2nm5qgd17v8.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As the <a href="http://cwc.ca" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Canadian Wood Council</a>'s annual North American Wood Design Awards demonstrate, building with wood easily fuses aesthetics, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability for various projects. Aiming to push for more demand in wooden design and construction, the prestigious awards program scopes out projects that best exhibit contemporary design excellence and good ol' innovation in wood architecture.</p><p>The three-member jury -- Larry McFarland, Principal of McFarland Marceau Architects; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Brigitte Shim, Principal of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects; and Keith Boswell, Technical Partner at SOM -- selected 24 out of 166 online submissions. Winners were selected in Honor, Merit, and Citation categories for North America, and a few International projects were recognized as well. Despite the categories, one could say these projects are on the same level.</p><p>Here's a glimpse of the winning projects:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w6/w6wcpi4r5hkp4xnn.jpg"><br>&uarr; <em>Refuge on the Bay of Fundy, Red Bank Farm, Hants County, NS, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects. </em>(Foundi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120981400/with-the-apple-watch-coming-soon-jony-ive-is-already-revamping-the-apple-store-design-for-its-arrival With the Apple Watch coming soon, Jony Ive is already revamping the Apple Store design for its arrival Alexander Walter 2015-02-17T17:34:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T21:28:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4a/4ae52d6245db71caa840e6b8121f20d5.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Apple design chief Jony Ive and retail head Angela Ahrendts are working together on a redesign of Apple's retail stores &mdash;&nbsp;a different approach that will make them better suited for selling the fashionable Apple Watch, according to a new report. [...] And while Apple Stores are known for their carpet-less floors, Ive did tell Parker that he overheard someone say they wouldn't buy a watch from a store if they weren't standing on carpet.</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/120972559/wooden-textiles-low-poly-landscapes Wooden textiles & low-poly landscapes Alexander Walter 2015-02-17T14:57:00-05:00 >2015-02-18T02:06:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fa/fa952c5b55bc69560bb218d7f967c033.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] "wooden textiles" by designer Elisa Strozyk are a beautiful and surprisingly simple rethinking of the idea of a textile&mdash;and they have some interesting implications for terrain modeling and even gaming [...] Strozyk writes that she wanted to find "a new tactile experience" for wood, which she achieved by producing wooden tiles that "are then attached to a textile base. Depending on the geometry and size of the tiles each design shows a different behavior regarding flexibility and mobility."</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/120674751/relocation-or-adaptation-earth-home-project-brings-relief-to-pakistanis-reeling-from-floods Relocation or Adaptation: Earth Home Project Brings Relief to Pakistanis Reeling from Floods Nicholas Korody 2015-02-14T11:58:00-05:00 >2015-02-14T11:58:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wz/wz4o4l51zjpjbuhi.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In July 2010, heavy monsoon rains <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Pakistan_floods" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">flooded</a> nearly 20% of Pakistan, producing a crisis later <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2010/08/201081552627441712.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">described</a> by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the worst disaster he had ever seen. The floods affected around 20 million people and claimed the lives of nearly 2,000. Ravaging infrastructure and agriculture, the total economic impact has been estimated to be as much as $43 billion. Pakistan is still far from recovering, in no small part because of a calamitous lack of relief funds and international aid.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7h/7ht7k4g5tuyyzai7.jpg"></p><p>In total, the floods left six million people homeless. Already in a precarious state afters decades of conflict and terrorist attacks, Pakistan&rsquo;s infrastructure crumbled beneath the torrents of water. Then, in the fall of 2014, the strongest post-monsoon ever recorded in the country <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_India%E2%80%93Pakistan_floods" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">produced</a> another round of disastrous floods in the Kashmir region of Pakistan and neighboring India. Affecting a total of more than 1.1 million people, the floods devastated an already-desperate population.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8n/8njmp9km74tfcyju.jpg"></p><p>And, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/105264254/architectures-of-the-disaster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">li...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120681172/mueller-texas-a-new-urbanism-shot-at-utopia Mueller, Texas: a new urbanism shot at utopia Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-13T20:32:00-05:00 >2015-02-15T21:13:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8p/8p80r62bjhe3hjfv.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mueller is the product of the "new-urbanism" concept: the idea that a built environment can create meaningful community. Planners minimize the supremacy of the automobile and shape the environment around pedestrians. [...] One of the criticisms of new urbanism is that its communities look too much like a movie set &mdash; too quaint, too utopic. Yet Mueller feels real, with its ample greenways, eclectic yard art and Craftsman-style homes built with lots of native limestone.</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/120661883/izmir-s-charming-diy-floating-docks Izmir's charming DIY floating docks Alexander Walter 2015-02-13T14:15:00-05:00 >2015-02-13T20:24:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/68/680f38b6da6a75bae20e102387b1e5cc.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For months, three architects would meet at the waterfront of Izmir, Turkey&rsquo;s third-largest city. [...] Eventually it came to them &ndash; if you really wanted to bring people in Izmir together, transform the waterfront. But the very idea was daunting: Turkey&rsquo;s bureaucracy is infamous, and a large-scale project to redevelop the waterfront seemed impossible. So the friends [...] built eight floating docks out of plywood.</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/120612110/editor-s-picks-404 Editor's Picks #404 Nam Henderson 2015-02-13T13:37:00-05:00 >2015-02-15T21:13:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dk/dkfyg4asozqy11p7.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;argued for <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/119835565/pop-cultitecture-the-genius-of-david-byrne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Genius of David Byrne</a>&nbsp;who she likens to "<em>the deadpan docent of the infrastructural realm</em>".</p><p><strong>&nbsp;vado retro</strong> dropped by and chimed in "<em>most of these lyrics were written before i ever attended architecture school and that was a very long time ago. i read a similar essay about byrne and architecture around the time True Stories came out. fa fa fafa fa fa fafa fa fa.</em>"</p><p>Plus, on the occasion of the release of Oyler Wu Collaborative&rsquo;s (OWC) newly released book, 'Trilogy: SCI-Arc Pavilions', <a href="http://archinect.com/Ynotworkshop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey</a>&nbsp;attended an exhibit featuring some personal hand drawings by Dwayne Oyler.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/120061268/oyler-wu-collaborative-in-ink-graphite-and-steel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Therein he writes</a> "<em>The release of the new OWC book gave the firm a chance to also exhibit some of Dwayne Oyler&rsquo;s personal hand drawings...Dwayne Oyler, who worked for a period with Lebbeus Woods, has a deeply instilled drawing pedigree that continues to prosper in his work today</em>".&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/dpearson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David J Pearson</a>&nbsp;wanted "<em>to hear more about the influence</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>Jon Jerde <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120367884/jon-jerde-founder-and-chairman-of-the-jerde-partnership-has-died" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">has</a> died.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;eulogized "<em>He was un...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120640202/first-look-at-rick-joy-s-princeton-train-station First Look at Rick Joy's Princeton Train Station Keith Zawistowski 2015-02-13T10:55:00-05:00 >2015-02-24T21:50:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ma/map9ttw32rdnteyi.jpg" width="514" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Princeton University&rsquo;s campus is, in Rick Joy&rsquo;s words, &ldquo;a beautiful sculpture garden of famous architects&rsquo; buildings.&rdquo; Now Joy, the Tucson-based architect, has added his own sculpture to that garden, in the form of a train station made of blackened stainless steel and precast concrete.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Renown critic and photographer Fred Bernstein and Jeff Goldberg tag-team a first look at Rick Joy's built foray into public architecture and it's a real treat.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120619339/history-breaks-down-the-lincoln-memorial-s-bizarre-rejected-designs History breaks down the Lincoln Memorial’s bizarre rejected designs Archinect 2015-02-13T00:45:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T20:24:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k0/k0peu62v3mw75p7v.jpg" width="514" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The neoclassical monument designed by Henry Bacon has become an iconic piece of architecture, but had one of the designs from the other competing architect been selected, the familiar Lincoln Memorial would have looked jarringly different&mdash;perhaps in the form of a ziggurat, Mayan temple or Egyptian pyramid.</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/120588790/jam-to-your-heart-s-desire-with-stereotank-s-heartbeat-installation-in-times-square Jam to your heart's desire with Stereotank's "Heartbeat" installation in Times Square Justine Testado 2015-02-12T16:29:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T20:26:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kn/kn8umvfc1qk7iedz.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The 2015 Times Square Valentine Heart Design competition winner, "Heartbeat", by Brooklyn-based practice Stereotank was unveiled in Times Square New York City just in time for Valentine's weekend. Organized by the Times Square Alliance in partnership with&nbsp;The Architectural League of New York, the annual competition invites architects and designers to send proposals for a Valentine's Day-themed public art installation in NYC's Times Square.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d5/d5pwmpco9a10d5ix.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u7/u7m5rssxq48rqfwh.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jk/jkiqj3hmu0ahtz6j.jpg"></p><p>Even if Valentine's Day isn't everyone's kind of thing, the Heartbeat installation spreads the universal love for music. The installation is a heart-shaped beating drum that glows to the rhythm of a strong, deep, and low-frequency heartbeat sound that changes its rate as passersby approach, move around, or play its various percussion instruments and join the base rhythm of the installation's "pulse". In a location like Times Square, Heartbeat continuously orchestrates the sounds of its active environment into an "urban concert" of its own kind.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gg/ggnttnx8ah168ga3.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v2/v2io908uqigjavbx.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tg/tgoklcc0k2bae22y.jpg"></p><p>Hear...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120587986/need-some-inspiration-to-submit-to-the-bigger-than-a-breadbox-competition-take-a-peek-at-oyler-wu-collaborative-s-the-cube Need some inspiration to submit to the "Bigger Than A Breadbox" competition? Take a peek at Oyler Wu Collaborative's "The Cube" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-12T15:11:00-05:00 >2015-02-18T23:17:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u0/u0snbbk8hvmk6lti.jpg" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We caught a glimpse behind the curtain of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/38847/oyler-wu-collaborative" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oyler Wu Collaborative</a>&rsquo;s hand-over-hand process in <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/120061268/oyler-wu-collaborative-in-ink-graphite-and-steel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey&rsquo;s latest piece</a>, where the principal&rsquo;s meticulous and dogged drawing exercises helped push the firm&rsquo;s formal development. Taking a look back at one of their earlier pavilions, &ldquo;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94978858/advanced-geometry-with-oyler-wu-collaborative-s-the-cube" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Cube</a>&rdquo;, initially built for the 2013 Beijing Biennale, helps draw the contingency from line drawing to taught steel.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b1/b16jyljfc2ruqowy.jpg"></p><p>As <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/76039835/justine-testado" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a> previously described in her introduction to &ldquo;The Cube&rdquo;, the sculpture/pavilion &ldquo;transforms a solid idea into an abstract piece&rdquo;, complicating the supposedly concrete notion of an ideal form, the perfect cube. The pavilion is a clear elaboration on previous work, such as their <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/86934209/showcase-taipei-sales-center-by-oyler-wu-collaborative" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taipei Sales Center</a> or the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/72707834/stormcloud-by-oyler-wu-collaborative-for-sci-arc-s-40th-anniversary-pavilion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stormcloud</a> pavilion at SCI-Arc, where solid volumes are stretched and torn by lines and suspensions, testing the spatial limits of what they consider &ldquo;pure&rdquo; forms.&nbsp;OWC has also designed two other pavilions at SCI-Arc, including <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/28283694/netscape-sci-arc-graduation-pavilion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Netscape</a> and Centerstage, which fit clearly ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120507675/think-of-sunnier-days-ahead-with-this-floating-walk-on-balcony Think of sunnier days ahead with this floating "Walk-On" balcony Justine Testado 2015-02-11T15:07:00-05:00 >2015-02-18T23:27:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ts/tsmr3kcskoch9i2r.jpg" width="514" height="444" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On a regular office workday when the weather is fair, it can be hard to resist stepping outside to take a quick breather. The designers of <a href="http://www.zalewskiag.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zalewski Architecture Group</a> from Gliwice, Poland found themselves in a similar mindset as they looked out onto the dreary courtyard outside from their third-floor office. Then came the idea for the "Walk-on" balcony.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/17/17iiqyshwoketcdy.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tg/tg78qspi4uqnob4n.jpg"></p><p>At only 80 cm wide, the narrow grassy pathway whirls and intertwines with itself while suspended in the air, latching itself to the walls of the surrounding buildings. It also features a polished metal palate underneath that mirrors its surroundings. Unless you're afraid of heights or are seeking a little adventure, the pathway "allows for a relaxing walk 'from office to office'" and adds some whimsical fun to the courtyard, as described by the designers.</p><p>With spring and summer outdoor events around the corner, the Zalewski Group's idea of the "Walk-on" balcony has potential to be fully realized into an interactive installation. From t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120364670/ncmh-announces-the-2015-matsumoto-prize-for-modernist-residential-design NCMH Announces the 2015 Matsumoto Prize for Modernist Residential Design kimweiss 2015-02-09T19:04:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T19:53:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oh/ohx8441a0xxaody1.jpg" width="376" height="146" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://t.signaledue.com/e1t/c/5/f18dQhb0S7lC8dDMPbW2n0x6l2B9nMJN7t5XX4S9QB8W2Bpw2K7dSpw8W4XHqpM56dK4Mf3n-82-02?t=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ncmodernist.org%2F&amp;si=4874025633841152&amp;pi=d1b9dcf5-8c15-4f92-9b67-239877b1711e" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Carolina Modernist Houses</a>&nbsp;(NCMH) announces the&nbsp;<strong>2015 George Matsumoto Prize for North Carolina Modernist residential design, </strong><strong>sponsored by</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://t.signaledue.com/e1t/c/5/f18dQhb0S7lC8dDMPbW2n0x6l2B9nMJN7t5XX4S9QB8W2Bpw2K7dSpw8W4XHqpM56dK4Mf3n-82-02?t=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lelandlittle.com%2Findex.html&amp;si=4874025633841152&amp;pi=d1b9dcf5-8c15-4f92-9b67-239877b1711e" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leland Little Auctions</a>, the Southeast&rsquo;s premier estate auction gallery, based in Hillsborough, NC.</p><p>NCMH created the Matsumoto Prize in 2012 to honor&nbsp;<a href="http://t.signaledue.com/e1t/c/5/f18dQhb0S7lC8dDMPbW2n0x6l2B9nMJN7t5XX4S9QB8W2Bpw2K7dSpw8W4XHqpM56dK4Mf3n-82-02?t=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ncmodernist.org%2Fmatsumoto.htm&amp;si=4874025633841152&amp;pi=d1b9dcf5-8c15-4f92-9b67-239877b1711e" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Matsumoto, FAIA</a>, one of the founding faculty members of North Carolina State University's School of Design (now College of Design). Matsumoto designed&nbsp;some of North Carolina's most well-known and well-loved mid-century Modernist houses.</p><p><strong>The Matsumoto Prize uniquely features $6000 in awards, a&nbsp;<a href="http://t.signaledue.com/e1t/c/5/f18dQhb0S7lC8dDMPbW2n0x6l2B9nMJN7t5XX4S9QB8W2Bpw2K7dSpw8W4XHqpM56dK4Mf3n-82-02?t=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ncmodernist.org%2Fprize2015.htm&amp;si=4874025633841152&amp;pi=d1b9dcf5-8c15-4f92-9b67-239877b1711e" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">blue-ribbon jury</a>&nbsp;of internationally known architects, and online public voting.</strong></p><p>According to George Smart, NCMH Executive Director, &ldquo;The Matsumoto Prize promotes new talent and provides motivating honors and incentives for a new generation of architects. It also contributes to wider public recognition of Modernism in all its forms -- architecture, art, furniture, and fashion -- and recognizes the signif...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120358240/do-video-games-belong-in-fine-art-museum-collections Do video games belong in fine art museum collections? Alexander Walter 2015-02-09T15:33:00-05:00 >2015-02-11T22:04:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/04/04eb44ed7e24131e287ddd249976ebf9.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The popularity of video games shows no sign of waning, and museums have ramped up their interest in the medium. [...] &ldquo;Sorry MoMA, video games are not art&rdquo; was the headline on Jonathan Jones&rsquo;s blog [...] after New York&rsquo;s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) announced the acquisition of 14 video games, including 1980s classics &ldquo;Tetris&rdquo; and &ldquo;Pac-Man&rdquo;. &ldquo;All hell broke loose in an interesting way,&rdquo; said Paola Antonelli, a senior curator in the museum&rsquo;s department of architecture and design [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114966828/tate-museum-creates-minecraft-world-inspired-by-famous-paintings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tate Museum Creates Minecraft World Inspired by Famous Paintings</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119508167/read-the-urban-land-institute-s-full-report-on-the-micro-unit-housing-trend Read the Urban Land Institute's full report on the micro unit housing trend Justine Testado 2015-01-30T15:49:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T17:40:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pe/pexw8sht71jdcd7e.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Urban Land Institute (ULI) recently published a report titled "The Macro View of Micro Units", which shares the latest findings in the revived trend of micro dwellings in the United States. The report arose from a ULI Foundation research grant that the Multifamily Housing Councils received in 2013 to evaluate the market performance and acceptance of small living spaces.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k9/k97amenh16q93s69.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <em>The 23-unit SMARTSPACE SoMa micro apartments at 38 Harriet St. in San Francisco.</em></p><p>Bill Whitlow, a partner of Terra Search Partners, led the ULI Research Committee that wrote the 46-page report. The Committee worked with ULI Multifamily Council members as well as other developers, operators, and design professionals familiar with micro unit developments in conducting interviews. The findings were presented at the ULI's annual fall meeting in New York.</p><p>The report focuses especially on high-density and pricey metropolitan cities like New York, Boston, Seattle, Washington D.C., and San Francisco. The prefab SMARTSPACE ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119583618/preserving-england-s-history-in-concrete Preserving England's history in concrete Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-30T15:11:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T17:39:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ec/ecd5dcc0cabe28ab74ebd0ea0ef30e50.jpg" width="514" height="794" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This week, English Heritage ... listed 14 late 20th century office developments as historic monuments. The buildings, all constructed between 1964 and 1984, will now be protected from summary demolition or insensitive remodeling, standing as examples of the best architecture of their period. [...] The buildings being spared might seem extremely modest, even provincial. That could partly be the point&mdash;the buildings are supposed to be representative of their country, after all.</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/119507352/favorite-building-konrad-wachsmann-and-le-corbusier Favorite Building: Konrad Wachsmann and Le Corbusier Orhan Ayyüce 2015-01-29T14:41:00-05:00 >2015-02-01T21:25:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5k/5kdpe69bspkdxh72.jpg" width="427" height="625" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From Esther McCoy's 1981 memorial to <a href="http://sma.sciarc.edu/lecturer/konrad-wachsmann/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Konrad Wachsmann</a>:</p><p>"Finally all internees who wanted to,&nbsp;were permitted to join the French army. Konrad did. They heard then about the Dunkirk disaster. When Konrad&rsquo;s regiment crossed the Loire River, the Germans were already in Marseilles. They had destroyed the Pont Transbordeur, which bridged the inner harbor entrance to Marseilles.</p><p>Ten years later Konrad sat one day in a restaurant in New York with Le Corbusier. Konrad said, "He asked me what I thought was the most beautiful structure in this century."<br>"I hope, " Konrad said, "you are not expecting me to say the Villa Savoye.&rdquo;<br>&ldquo;No, no, " Corb replied.</p><p>Konrad then proposed that each write the name of the structure and compare them. They had both written<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV3NOU3Kxb4" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Pont Transbordeur</a>..."</p><p><em>Cover photo and quote via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.eastofborneo.org/books/mccoy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Susan Morgan</a></em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119446273/pool-installation-to-open-at-the-ace-hotel-in-ny-next-month +POOL installation to open at the Ace Hotel in NY next month Justine Testado 2015-01-28T19:38:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T18:48:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/in/in00nag1mjdyoh0z.jpg" width="514" height="263" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Since Archinect first mentioned the Family and PlayLab's +POOL <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/10595090/pool-needs-your-support" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in 2011</a>, the initiative has made significant progress toward realizing the world's first water-filtering, floating pool in New York.</p><p>After two wildly successful Kickstarter campaigns in <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/694835844/pool-a-floating-pool-in-the-river-for-everyone" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2011</a> and <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/694835844/pool-tile-by-tile?ref=equx87" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2013</a> along with international acclaim, the non-profit support group Friends of +POOL teamed up with the Ace Hotel in New York to present a free public art installation,&ldquo;Doing Something Big When No One Asks You To Do Something Big.&rdquo;</p><p>Opening on February 5 at the Ace Hotel Gallery, the interactive installation will visually depict the four years of research and development that led to the creation of the +POOL. The installation will feature floor-to-ceiling wall drawings of the +POOL that explain its design process and reveal its latest discoveries and anecdotes.</p><p>All are welcome to the opening reception hosted by +POOL&rsquo;s founders and board members on February 5 from 7-9 p.m. The exhibition will be open 24/7 until March 1.</p><p>Learn more abo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119424546/these-stalaclights-are-a-witty-tribute-to-the-forever-growing-skyscraper These "Stalaclights" are a witty tribute to the forever-growing skyscraper Justine Testado 2015-01-28T14:06:00-05:00 >2015-02-04T11:51:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1v/1vldirztr7536ji6.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Dutch designer <a href="http://www.davidgraas.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Graas</a> playfully reimagines the natural forms of cave stalactites and the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118200781/2014-was-the-tallest-year-by-far-for-skyscrapers-ctbuh-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">perpetually increasing</a> height -- and number -- of skyscrapers in a collection of 3D-printed bulb shades called Stalaclights.</p><p>The Stalaclights are characteristic of Graas' eccentric yet sophisticated approach in his product designs: "Nowadays every major city is dominated by high rise buildings. Their height steadily increasing in time...If you would imagine these cities turned upside down it would look just like stalactites growing from the ceiling of a limestone cave." The shades were also inspired by Art Deco-era styles, when the first skyscrapers forever changed the cityscapes of major metropolises like New York and Chicago.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yf/yfq68xm212bxbe1j.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bc/bcr1cjdhtr3vp1lo.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t6/t6ulc2ppz5w42jfu.jpg"></p><p>The Stalaclights are available online for about $210 each (&euro;185.00) on Graas' 3D-printing label <a href="http://www.layersindesign.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAYERS</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119347379/artist-charles-young-crafts-mini-paper-metropolis-on-the-daily Artist Charles Young crafts mini paper metropolis on the daily Justine Testado 2015-01-27T14:36:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T18:19:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v3/v3w8sxrl58dtqwyr.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>No, these aren't props from an upcoming Wes Anderson film.&nbsp;These mini paper structures are all part of Paperholm, a daily project by&#8203; Scottish artist <a href="http://charlesyoung.tumblr.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charles Young</a>&#8203;.&#8203; Constructed by hand with only watercolor paper, PVA glue, the occasional dressmaking pin, along with an eye for detail, Young is building his own cityscape, one intricate building at a time.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/gd/gdj4vbjmpgp5zix1.gif"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/uy/uy4k9diokck2k40i.gif"></p><p>Young started making small paper models while he was studying architecture at the University of Edinburgh. After completing his M.Arch degree last summer, he eventually began Paperholm as a motivational way to test and develop his creativity and model-making skills on a daily basis.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ic/icf57c86n6s6fba1.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qy/qy1x4nzw3y9k8ds0.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8i/8ib77xfec0qxersr.jpg"></p><p>So far, he has built an array of treehouses, churches, carousels, cabins, towers, and other urban buildings. "I especially like making the structures with a lot of cut out detail even though these take quite a long time," Young wrote via email. "I quite often find myself coming back to tower structures but I try to keep the models varied to produce a mix ...</p>