Archinect - News 2014-07-25T09:43:44-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/104877757/two-new-films-showcase-steven-holl-s-addition-to-the-glasgow-school-of-art Two new films showcase Steven Holl's addition to the Glasgow School of Art Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-23T19:11:00-04:00 >2014-07-23T19:50:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6q/6qwr759xupbm0ku0.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Working simultaneously from the inside out - engaging the functional needs and psychological desires of the program - and the outside in - making connections to the city campus and relating to the Mackintosh building opposite - the design embodies the school's aspirations in the city's fabric.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Just one month before a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104807798/uk-contributes-10m-to-glasgow-school-of-art-half-for-mackintosh-restoration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">disastrous fire broke out at the Glasgow School of Art's historic Mackintosh Library</a>, a brand new addition to the campus opened up across the street. Designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1405/steven-holl-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl Architects</a>, the new <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97637684/living-up-to-a-charles-rennie-mackintosh-classic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reid Building</a> is a modernist complement to the Mackintosh, riffing on similar themes a century apart.</p><p>In collaboration with Steven Holl Architects, filmmakers <a href="http://spiritofspace.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spirit of Space</a> produced two pieces to celebrate the Reid building's opening in April. The first film (see below) features interviews with Steven Holl and Chris McVoy (one of the partners in charge of the project), explaining the structure's symbiotic relationship to the Mackintosh, and its attention to multi-disciplinary socialization. The second film is in Spirit of Space's signature archi-documentarian style, capturing the building at all times of the day, rich with humming activity inside, while carefully capturing pivotal design details.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104877759/the-deceptive-landscape-installation-investigates-generative-performative-design-tools The Deceptive Landscape installation investigates generative-performative design tools Archinect 2014-07-23T18:04:00-04:00 >2014-07-24T14:13:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0a/0a34bblmt6is7eb7.jpg" width="514" height="763" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A team at the University of Liverpool developed a generative-performative script, which was used to design this installation, with the goal to predict lighting and deceptive blurring&nbsp;effects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lx/lxqvwmjf0kbqmz5c.jpg"></p><p>A description from the creators...</p><p>This installation reflects a collaborative, research led design project, aiming to explore the potentials offered by incorporating parametric / generative tools and performative lighting simulation software in architectural design and fabrication. It was designed in the research led, collaborative design studio framework of our Msc in Digital integrated Design program. During its intense 12 weeks schedule, student teams were asked to explore and apply generative / parametric tools such as Rhino and Grasshopper, in order to design and later construct a small pavilion, with a theme of their choice. In addition, each team was asked to optimize their design proposal by embedding environmental software plug-ins in their design process, thereby aiming to re-inform the...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104728232/modernist-houses-across-north-carolina-win-top-honors-in-the-2014-matsumoto-prize Modernist Houses Across North Carolina Win Top Honors In The 2014 Matsumoto Prize kimweiss 2014-07-23T13:54:00-04:00 >2014-07-23T13:56:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yy/yy9opi15hmydmzbf.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Modernist houses from Asheville to Wilmington received top honors last week in the third annual&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ncmodernist.org/prize2014.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Matsumoto Prize for Modernist residential design</a>&nbsp;across the state, sponsored by the award-winning non-profit organization&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ncmodernist.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Carolina Modernist Houses</a>&nbsp;(NCMH).</p><p>The houses submitted had to be in North Carolina but the designers could be based anywhere. All submissions were capable of winning in two, or both, categories: the Jury Awards and the People&rsquo;s Choice Awards.</p><p>During a special ceremony that NCMH held at the Contemporary Art Museum in downtown Raleigh, sponsored by CAM, Foundation bar, and Palette &amp; Parlor, architect Frank Harmon, FAIA, announced the winners of the Jury Awards category, which were chosen by a team of professional architects from California, Massachusetts, and New York, and included cash prizes. The 2014 Jury Award winners were:</p><ol><li>First Place: The&nbsp;<a href="https://plus.google.com/photos/103046963176197570017/albums/6022611242617226465" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Smart-Stell House&nbsp;</a>in Durham, designed and built by Vincent Petrarca of Tonic Design + Tonic Construction of Raleigh.</li><li>Se...</li></ol> http://archinect.com/news/article/104801373/exclusionary-strategies-laws-and-designs-used-to-oust-homeless-population Exclusionary Strategies: Laws and Designs Used to Oust Homeless Population Nicholas Korody 2014-07-22T18:52:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T22:33:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/td/tdupeiqjn3x9maqc.jpg" width="514" height="312" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the number of homeless people in America&rsquo;s major cities has increased, so have ordinances criminalizing homelessness and pushing homeless families and individuals into the criminal justice system. Criminalization has become a tactic with which politicians have reconfigured cities to serve wealthier citizens and tourists, at the considerable expense of the poor.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Of course, urban spaces are often "cleansed" of homelessness through design. <a href="http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/anti-homeless-spikes-removed-london-apartments-3689629" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Recently in London</a>, metal spikes were set into the ground of an alcove of a new apartment complex to prevent people from sleeping there. After almost&nbsp;130,000 people signed a petition, they were removed.&nbsp;This followed a similar incident at a London supermarket on expensive Regent St.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ye/yezocardcvyq7lad.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/metro-s-bench-dividers-at-bus-shelters-seen-by-some/article_fa966d07-8aac-5678-a08a-ab3c4f12a451.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Benches are often designed</a> with armrests or sloped centers to make sleeping on them uncomfortable or impossible. This is usually seen as a strategy against homeless or otherwise itinerant peoples. Other times, benches are designed specifically to prevent skateboarders from grinding on them.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4v/4v9er3emfjzr9nyc.jpg"></p><p>Recently, architecture and design that is used to enforce standards of behavior have been dubbed&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disciplinary_architecture#cite_note-11" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Disciplinary Architectures."</a>&nbsp;There is, of course, a long history of using architecture as a means to enforce social standards and control the body. One translation of the etymology of the word "architecture" could even be interpreted as a nominal ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104798959/a-glimpse-of-evolo-s-latest-book-digital-parametric-architecture A glimpse of eVolo's latest book, "Digital & Parametric Architecture" Justine Testado 2014-07-22T18:09:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:53:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/59/59jglvtxh758p5nx.jpg" width="514" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From the creators of the popular <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96120397/2014-evolo-skyscraper-competition-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skyscraper Competition</a>, you can now get your hands on a copy of <a href="http://evolo.us" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">eVolo</a>'s latest book, "Digital &amp; Parametric Architecture".</p><p>This 312-page book dives into the "architecture of the future"&nbsp;&mdash; from the development of the latest digital tools to how they are utilized in a variety of digitally designed and fabricated projects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oh/oh6xihyyml1saqse.jpg"></p><p>"Digital &amp; Parametric Architecture explores the development of the latest digital tools including advance-modeling software and computer aided design in the production of architecture. It is a journey through the most fascinating projects, digitally designed and fabricated, during the second decade of the 21st century. "</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n7/n7z5j3sij9chh1t1.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p7/p797av08f37cc5m6.jpg"></p><p>"The book highlights the use of these technologies to explore tectonic operations such as sectioning, folding, contouring, and tessellating. A wide variety of projects that range in scale and location offer an insight into the architecture of the future."</p><p>You can purchase the book <a href="http://shop.evolo.us/product/evolo-06-digital-parametric-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96120397/2014-evolo-skyscraper-competition-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 eVolo Skyscraper Compet...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104733850/tale-of-two-cities-nyc-approves-poor-door-for-luxury-high-rise Tale of Two Cities: NYC approves ‘poor door’ for luxury high-rise Miles Jaffe 2014-07-22T14:08:00-04:00 >2014-07-24T22:46:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b0/b0e62tsd1eu1x8tg.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York City is moving forward with a proposal that calls for a new high-rise apartment complex to feature separate doors for wealthy tenants and those living in the building&rsquo;s affordable housing unit. While wealthy residents will be able to enter the building from its designated front entrance, affordable housing tenants will be required to go in through a back alley. A mandatory affordable housing plan is not license to segregate lower-income tenants from those who are well-off.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Maybe the <em>higher-ups</em> will employ the low-income folk as maids and janitors? Built-in servants quarters, subsidized by the city.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104717771/goldsmiths-to-build-public-art-gallery Goldsmiths to Build Public Art Gallery Nicholas Korody 2014-07-21T18:10:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T18:11:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h9/h98fckqpx9qs3far.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Goldsmiths, which is part of the University of London and home to one of the UK&rsquo;s leading art schools, plans to build a public art gallery behind the art department&rsquo;s home, in an early 20th-century former public baths. To help raise the &pound;2m needed to convert the old water tanks of the Laurie Grove Baths into an art space, the institution is asking its star alumni and emeritus professors [...] to donate works that will be auctioned by Christie&rsquo;s, possibly next year.</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/104715361/how-barcelona-and-philadelphia-are-turning-procurement-upside-down How Barcelona and Philadelphia Are Turning Procurement Upside Down Archinect 2014-07-21T15:38:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T15:38:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6d9a647f65639933d9cea870a754ab49.jpg" width="514" height="299" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rather than laying out exactly what it wants to buy (say, bike lockers), Barcelona is laying out six problems it wants to fix (such as reducing bike theft). Responses could involve buying things, but they might also suggest new services, regulatory changes or any other means of accomplishing the goal. Anyone around the world with a creative idea, including startup companies or even individuals, has a shot at a contract and all the market legitimacy that comes with that.</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/104712141/copyrighting-cartography-with-fictional-places Copyrighting Cartography with Fictional Places Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T14:43:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T12:44:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e8/e813fa2a1dd932f39dfbd60662fa756c.jpg" width="514" height="437" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With all the time and energy cartographers spend preparing maps, it makes sense that they would want to protect their investment. One of the ways they do so &mdash; although they don&rsquo;t always admit it &mdash; is by including &ldquo;trap streets,&rdquo; deliberate mistakes added to maps to catch unsuspecting copyright violators. These may include fake streets, as the name suggests, but the term is also applied to other erroneous cartographic data included to embarrass those who might steal it.</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/104705706/herman-miller-buys-dwr-for-154-million-what-does-that-mean-for-chairs Herman Miller Buys DWR for $154 Million. What Does That Mean for Chairs? Archinect 2014-07-21T12:41:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T12:41:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/80/80af9e7d7d3324424cecf93e76f01d4d.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Herman Miller, the manufacturer of classic midcentury designs, will buy the contemporary retailer Design Within Reach (DWR) for $154 million in a bid to establish itself as a &ldquo;premier lifestyle brand.&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/104485874/flaunting-foam-and-function-in-an-insulation-installation-at-makeshift-society-brooklyn Flaunting foam and function in An Insulation Installation at Makeshift Society Brooklyn Justine Testado 2014-07-18T18:40:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T19:23:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7aqv5rtuz593n4nn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From preventing drafts and keeping moisture out of walls, to being used as inexpensive material for crafting 3D models, rigid insulation foam is a familiar friend to many architects and designers during the creative process. But what to do with all those scraps?</p><p>Designers Elisa Werbler and Lucy Knops of <a href="http://thefoamagency.tumblr.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Foam Agency</a> (TFA) are inviting architects and designers around the Brooklyn community to send their foam scraps to be permanently showcased in<em> An Insulation Installation</em> at the <a href="http://makeshiftsociety.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Makeshift Society</a>'s newest location in Brooklyn.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://www.bustler.net/images/uploads/TFA_GIF.gif"></p><p>The installation reclaims the foam back to their original place in a transparent wall, while also sharing the back-stories of the collected foam pieces that'll add a collaborative vibe to the Makeshift space.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8q/8qpfb8x1967px5my.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nm/nm8zgyijfueiujwt.jpg"></p><p>Werbler and Knops -- who are both product design grad students at New York's School of Visual Arts and are doing their summer residency at Makeshift -- established The Foam Agency this year to celebrate the foam and its purpose in the creative process.</p><p>TFA'...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104423180/architecture-for-humanity-designed-football-for-hope-centers-give-african-youth-a-solid-start Architecture for Humanity-designed "Football for Hope" Centers give African youth a solid start Alexander Walter 2014-07-17T21:07:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T19:52:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5x/5xz0nq18gy0v2oy5.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With the 2014 FIFA World Cup just coming to a spectacular finale in Brazil, it's a perfect moment for <a href="http://architectureforhumanity.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity</a> to announce the completion of 20 centers for 2010, a <a href="http://openarchitecturenetwork.org/projects/football_for_hope" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Football For Hope</a> program and partnership legacy of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.</p><p>Launched in 2007 by <a href="http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/socialresponsibility/footballforhope/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FIFA</a> and <a href="http://www.streetfootballworld.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">streetfootballworld</a> as a social legacy initiative, the program was tasked to build 20 community centers across 15 African countries for the benefit of local organizations. The centers address education and public health issues, using soccer as a tool for social development.</p><p>Find more information about the Football for Hope Centers below.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ef/efs3hhopvzlc6gea.jpg"></p><p><em>Photo: Young children running on the pitch of the Khayelitsha Football for Hope Center, the first completed Football for Hope Center. Location: Cape Town, South Africa. Credit: A. Grips</em></p><p>"Football for Hope (FFH) was created to enhance dialogue and collaboration between locally active organizations advancing social development and football associations, committed...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104338763/designer-uses-magnetized-clay-to-create-radical-forms Designer Uses Magnetized Clay to Create Radical Forms Nicholas Korody 2014-07-16T18:22:00-04:00 >2014-07-18T12:35:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v3/v3p1nsuvbg1erga4.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Magnets might hold mysterious appeal for some, but for Jolan Van der Wiel, they&rsquo;re just another tool. For the past few years, the Dutch designer has been experimenting with magnetism to shape and create objects like violent looking stools and futuristic couture dresses [...] He envisions that someday&mdash;with a big enough magnet, of course&mdash;we could use this same principle to shape larger architectural pieces.</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/104332294/precedents-for-experimentation-talking-libraries-with-shannon-mattern-and-nate-hill Precedents for Experimentation: Talking Libraries with Shannon Mattern and Nate Hill Alexander Walter 2014-07-16T16:15:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:00:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fb/fb8cdb852bf671ad7a56ab327c6850eb.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The challenge requires sophisticated understanding of the resources &mdash; human, physical, digital, spatial, and civic &mdash; that libraries offer to their users. In the conversation below, Shannon Mattern, a scholar who works on libraries, archives, and media infrastructures, and Nate Hill, Deputy Director of the Chattanooga Public Library, talk about what these resources are, how they are evolving, and what design can contribute to how they are deployed.</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/104326642/wait-you-can-trademark-the-layout-of-a-store Wait. You can trademark the layout of a store? Archinect 2014-07-16T14:39:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:42:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/05ced60f451da3ceee70083bc4ca0b8f.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The trademark effort was reportedly spurred by copycat competitors seeking to emulate the Steve Jobs-inspired minimalism (and massive business success) of Apple&rsquo;s retail store. Alleged store copycat Microsoft, by the way, has its own trademark on its not-at-all-inspired-by-Apple retail stores...</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/00/005c3a5e07ad382d4a0c137de80cf894.jpg"><br><em>Microsoft's trademark layout</em></p><p>Of course, it isn&rsquo;t just dueling technology giants trademarking their retail layouts. The term of art for this kind of intellectual property protection is &ldquo;trade dress,&rdquo; and it has long been a staple of the retail world.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104171398/sorry-your-phone-is-blocked-in-this-coffee-bar Sorry, Your Phone Is Blocked In This Coffee Bar Alexander Walter 2014-07-14T14:22:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:47:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8f/8ff9c3853d9da95cc95dd6c26d93b860.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Artist Julien F. Thomas and architecture office Hughes Condon Marler have designed a coffee bar in Vancouver that disconnects you from all wireless networks once you&rsquo;re inside. The Faraday Caf&eacute; in Vancouver got its name from the Faraday Cage, a material shield around the bar&rsquo;s interior that was built by the designers to block all electromagnetic signals. By creating a place without any digital connections the owners [...] hope to restore non-digital, social interaction between people.</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/104168976/don-t-like-your-neighbors-house-sue-them Don’t Like Your Neighbors’ House? Sue Them. Alexander Walter 2014-07-14T13:32:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T17:14:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dd/dd9232d555ba545240f2988dd3502b50.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Words like &lsquo;holocaust&rsquo; have been used in reference to the idea that our house could inspire a rash of tear-downs which could then be replaced with modern homes. I designed my house specifically within the design guidelines of this historic district and to be compatible, a good neighbor. But the term &lsquo;modernism&rsquo; just clicks a switch in people&rsquo;s brain and they can&rsquo;t see the house for what it is.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99374118/architect-fights-for-his-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect Fights for His Home</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104081482/world-s-first-climate-controlled-domed-city-to-be-built-in-dubai World's first climate-controlled domed city to be built in Dubai Miles Jaffe 2014-07-13T12:48:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:54:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iy/iys5ivo6my7lq9g6.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some have already joked about the city's future three million square foot "wellness district,&rdquo; saying it is being designed for those who shop not only for new outfits, but also for new bodies. According to the project's press release, the domed wellness area "will offer a holistic experience to medical tourists and their families, ensuring access to quality healthcare, specialized surgical procedures and cosmetic treatments."</p></em><br /><br /><p>And thus we have the blueprint of the 0.1%'s vision of the future. An 'ideal' world existing inside a bubble, safe from the starving, diseased masses.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104013334/is-maverick-master-builder-bjarke-ingels-the-world-s-smartest-architect-or-just-the-craziest Is maverick master builder Bjarke Ingels the world's smartest architect - or just the craziest? Archinect 2014-07-12T13:03:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T21:23:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/98/989a8b19f816d77fe3ece34a1e9a5e4e.jpg" width="460" height="572" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"I love the metaphor of Twister," he says. "When you begin the game, it's simple &ndash; put your left hand there, right foot here. But as you start piling on demands, you force architecture out of its box, and the building ends up bending over backwards in its efforts to please every single criteria and it ends up looking different. Maybe it's being from a Danish background, with the ultimate culture of consensus, but I always see the potential for synergy or harmony..."</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/103941905/michael-jantzen-shows-m-velope-in-st-louis Michael Jantzen shows M-velope in St. Louis Archinect 2014-07-11T17:40:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:56:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mm/mm0kqorubf0r3sy7.jpg" width="514" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The exploration of new ways of thinking about the built environment is at the heart of a new exhibition at St. Louis', MO <a href="http://brunodavidgallery.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bruno David Gallery</a> which opened June 27.</p><p>Key piece of the show is <em>M-velope</em> by artist <a href="http://archinect.com/michael-jantzen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Jantzen</a> (read Archinect's 2009 interview with Jantzen <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/91718/captain-concept-archinect-interviews-michael-jantzen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>), an art retreat structure designed to provide shelter when trying to "escape from the norm."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kk/kkv3ssgxbur2a8e7.jpg"></p><p>The sculpture, 12 feet high by 12 feet wide and 20 feet long, takes up the center of the main gallery space and is Michael Jantzen's latest sculpture from his &ldquo;<a href="http://archinect.com/michael-jantzen/project/the-m-velope" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">M-velope</a>&rdquo; series.</p><p>The exhibition still runs until Saturday, August 23, 2014.</p><p>Scroll down for more details.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j9/j9shgbym2vuu21lx.jpg"></p><p>"Michael Jantzen has always approached his art and design as an inventor, rather than a stylist. By creating architectural art, he is reinventing the built environment so that it can continually be altered to meet the changing needs and desires of its occupants. At times, he attempts to invent systems and components that can be assembled and reassembled in various...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103938659/rethinking-billboards Rethinking Billboards Nicholas Korody 2014-07-11T13:52:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T19:59:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sm/sm9fpgn61xp1hvu5.jpg" width="514" height="302" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Billboards are commanding territory all over the world, offering just a blaring message in their occupation. Some designers have been looking at how to better use this advertising infrastructure, with Slovakia&rsquo;s Designdevelop proposing a use for the space as small-scale residences for the homeless.</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/103861502/transformable-street-furniture-for-the-homeless Transformable Street Furniture For The Homeless Alexander Walter 2014-07-10T13:48:00-04:00 >2014-07-10T13:49:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ff/ff37d53657926fbc972a6022dc61379b.jpg" width="514" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Street furniture is mostly used during the day and not used during the night, except by some homeless, who spend the night on the public benches in parks and on squares. RainCity Housing, a non-profit that provides specialized housing for people living with mental illness and addiction, has launched multi-functional street furniture that can be used as seating during the day and &lsquo;comfortable&rsquo; sleeping places for the homeless at night time.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101804303/anti-homeless-spikes-are-just-the-latest-in-defensive-urban-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anti-homeless spikes are just the latest in 'defensive urban architecture'</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103802825/america-s-leading-design-cities America's Leading Design Cities Archinect 2014-07-09T19:35:00-04:00 >2014-07-11T17:21:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/41/417688ed7081e2226dc6d3a046838bbe.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architects are the highest paid group of designers, and they are also generally&nbsp;the most highly educated. Architects employed in firms earned median hourly wages of $35.30, while their self-employed counterparts earned $22.90. But, when looking in terms of concentration, the nation&rsquo;s leading clusters for architects may not be what you think.</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/103780218/these-bricks-are-like-lego-for-full-sized-buildings These bricks are like Lego for full-sized buildings Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-09T12:46:00-04:00 >2014-07-15T10:50:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/52/52a91d30ab89d4a776afe488f9c56546.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kite Bricks has developed "Smart Bricks" (S-Bricks) made out of high-strength concrete that can be used to make buildings rapidly, cheaply and energy efficiently. The bricks -- which are patent pending -- are much like Lego in that they come in a variety of forms for different purposes and can easily connect together, with rows of knobs along the top of bricks that slot into voids along the bottom of other bricks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out this video explainer for the S-Bricks:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103342091/un-natural-architectures-scorpion-design-temperature-controlled-burrows (Un)natural Architectures: Scorpion Design Temperature-Controlled Burrows Nicholas Korody 2014-07-03T19:28:00-04:00 >2014-07-08T17:40:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wm/wmzinljb71xkrmh3.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Scientists have discovered that scorpions design their burrows to include both hot and cold spots. A long platform provides a sunny place to warm up before they hunt, whilst a humid chamber acts as a cool refuge during the heat of the day.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This recent discovery of scorpion architecture adds to <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2014/apr/22/the-worlds-best-animal-architecture-in-pictures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a sizeable list of impressive non-human architecture</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3y/3yc2gfwdkju4jvzj.jpg"></p><p>Anthills consist of a complex network of paths. Comparative to the size of an individual ant, these structures are mega-skyscrapers.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n5/n5c2lw9mqvzncih0.jpg"></p><p>Likewise, termites build huge structures that have been dubbed "cathedrals." Reaching up to 6m high or more, termite cathedrals are clustered in large arrays that cover whole landscapes.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ut/uthp52gv5ctadpjw.jpg"></p><p>This complex web of branches was built by&nbsp;the vogelkop gardener bowerbird. In direct refutation of the "less is more" aesthetic exemplified by both ants and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, these birds embellish their structures with any bright things they can find.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/os/oswnipnuxdib2b2z.jpg">Primates, including humans, are probably the most avid builders. For example, from an early age, orangutans learn to design and construct elaborately woven nests high in trees.&nbsp;</p><p>Far from trivial &ndash; and humor aside &ndash;, studying animal architectures helps destabilize the normative understanding of architecture as a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103322777/get-lost-in-big-s-human-scale-maze Get lost in BIG's human-scale maze Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-03T13:23:00-04:00 >2014-07-08T23:25:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3d/3de994b2221f19c888f2b02af62b5339.jpg" width="514" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The museum teamed up with international architecture firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group to construct a maze right in the Great Hall. [...] The museum&rsquo;s &ldquo;ubergoal is that people walk out of here looking at their built world differently,&rdquo; Frankel says. &ldquo;We think this is sort of on the microlevel of that &mdash; forcing people to look up [as they navigate the maze] will make them look at our building differently.&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/103322774/the-architecture-of-abortion-how-providers-build-their-own-buffer-zones The Architecture Of Abortion: How Providers Build Their Own Buffer Zones Alexander Walter 2014-07-03T13:19:00-04:00 >2014-07-09T17:46:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d5/d577a2a69d10321c7983e51ebac285a5.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If women can&rsquo;t always rely on legislation to support their cause, could they rely on architects? [...] Brown says it&rsquo;s time for the design community to take a stand on women&rsquo;s reproductive rights. &ldquo;Architects have to become more politically engaged in our built environment.&rdquo; To that end, Brown is helping organize a design competition that will rethink a privacy fence for Mississippi&rsquo;s only abortion clinic.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102781417/debating-abortion-rights-and-free-speech-on-the-sidewalk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Debating abortion rights and free speech on the sidewalk</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94425539/the-architecture-of-abortion-clinics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture of Abortion Clinics</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/103260143/the-mound-of-vend-me-digs-up-paris-dirty-revolutionary-past "The Mound of Vendôme" digs up Paris' dirty revolutionary past Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-02T19:20:00-04:00 >2014-07-03T12:22:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kp/kp5w607d10fdwq3v.jpg" width="514" height="429" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Situating&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cca.qc.ca/en/exhibitions/2418-the-mound-of-vendome" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The Mound of Vend&ocirc;me</strong></a>,&nbsp;the current exhibition on view at the <a href="http://www.cca.qc.ca/en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Canadian Centre for Architecture</a>, requires looking back into Paris' history after the French Revolution. For a tumultuous two months in 1871, the city was under the control of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Commune#The_destruction_of_the_Place_Vend.C3.B4me_Column" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Commune de Paris</a>, a socialist revolutionary government.&nbsp;Their distaste for imperialistic brute force and Bonapartism led to their demolition of the Place&nbsp;Vend&ocirc;me Column,&nbsp;a monumental column celebrating Napoleon's military victories -- and so on May 16, 1871, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vend%C3%B4me_Column#The_Vend.C3.B4me_Column" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Column was felled</a>, and the statue of Napoleon from the Column's peak melted down for coins. After the Commune was ousted, the Column was rebuilt in 1874, topped by a copy of the original Napoleon statue.</p><p>To control the Column's fall and protect surrounding buildings, Communards piled a large mound of&nbsp;sand, straw, branches, and manure&nbsp;at its base, a large architectural intervention that completely disrupted the Column's imposing icon. These days, however, all traces of these events...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103260146/started-from-the-bottom-boston-experiments-with-parklets-as-place-making-strategy Started from the Bottom: Boston Experiments with Parklets as Place-making Strategy Nicholas Korody 2014-07-02T18:03:00-04:00 >2014-07-09T18:22:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y7/y7bpiq0w9fzcbikx.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The city of Boston has been the stage for a long history of experiments with public space. Most notably, the Boston Common is the oldest public park in the country &ndash; and perhaps the first public urban park in the world. Originally a shared cow pasture until overgrazing led to a real-life example of &ldquo;the tragedy of the commons&rdquo;, the 50 acre plot of land later bore witness to the Revolutionary War, public executions, riots, protests, and concerts. Now, Boston will be the most recent in a slew of international cities to adopt parklets as a means of activating and extending sidewalks into revitalized public spaces.</p><p>An increasingly popular tactic in urbanism, parklets are small spaces that often replace two or three parking spots to make way for seating, greenery and other amenities. Though often permanent, they tend to be constructed in ways that allow for easy dismantling, either to accommodate winter snows or for emergency situations. Started in San Francisco as unsolicited interventio...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103114683/22-landscape-installations-now-at-the-15th-international-garden-festival-in-quebec-s-reford-gardens 22 landscape installations now at the 15th International Garden Festival in Quebec’s Reford Gardens Justine Testado 2014-06-30T20:25:00-04:00 >2014-07-08T17:39:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xk/xkojexg1ka5wmlzj.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sixty-five international designers created 22 garden installations at the 15th International Garden Festival, which opened this past weekend at the iconic Reford Gardens (aka les Jardins de M&eacute;tis) in Quebec, Canada. Established in 2000, the event is one of the biggest garden festivals in the world. Located along the edge of the St. Lawrence River, the various installations are a playful reminder about the value of landscape architecture and nature in everyday living.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z3/z3xmm98v2ntomhx8.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jv/jvrgx52ymsguybjm.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fx/fxxn6ckpzmqh1hwz.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qu/quv0r04rpfxxtvce.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jk/jk8u7b2apz9y7i9s.jpg"></p><p>See more projects on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/22_garden_installations_now_at_the_15th_international_garden_festival_in_qu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p>