Archinect - News 2014-04-20T17:02:00-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/98261110/sou-fujimoto-discusses-limbo-dichotomies-and-nature-in-his-architecture Sou Fujimoto discusses limbo, dichotomies and nature in his architecture Natalie Hein 2014-04-18T13:47:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T18:15:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/56/56tps3f280egmqop.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This past Tuesday, The Architectural League of New York hosted a lecture at Cooper Union by architect Sou Fujimoto, entitled &ldquo;Between Nature and Architecture&rdquo;. Despite the great number of practitioners and students in attendance (almost a full-house), the event felt more like an intimate conversation with the architect, as he shared his unique brand of architectural investigation. Each project he presented helped substantiate his lifelong interest in blurring the boundaries of established architectural conceptions. Fujimoto explained that he is inspired by dissolving such falsely dichotomous themes as: nature and architecture, the house and the city, complexity and simplicity, or inside and outside, in order to examine the new possibilities that exist &ldquo;in between.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1y/1y8esce8bbx8agi9.jpg"></p><p>The lecture progressed rather linearly, tracing his practice's themes from their conceptual foundation in his &ldquo;younger ideas&rdquo; through to their mature forms. As he talked us through some of his earliest conceptual sketches,...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98258696/rapid-construction-china-style-10-houses-in-24-hours Rapid Construction, China Style: 10 Houses in 24 Hours Archinect 2014-04-18T12:00:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T12:46:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c0/c0c4f80e7497e2d17f3cc2340b80070f.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chinese companies have been known to build major real-estate projects very quickly. Now, one company is taking it to a new extreme. Suzhou-based construction-materials firm Winsun New Materials says it has built 10 200-square-meter homes using a gigantic 3-D printer that it spent 20 million yuan ($3.2 million) and 12 years developing.</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/98218917/the-urban-algae-canopy-shows-the-power-of-algaetecture-for-milan-expo-2015 The Urban Algae Canopy shows the power of "algaetecture" for Milan Expo 2015 Justine Testado 2014-04-17T19:27:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T11:38:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ld/ld2hb4ishvmadbq0.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Here's another look at what to expect at the <a href="http://en.expo2015.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan Expo</a> in 2015. As part of the Expo's Future Food District project, the Urban Algae Canopy shows the great potential of micro algae organisms for integrative greener, cleaner bio-digital architecture. London-based <a href="http://www.ecologicstudio.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ecoLogicStudio</a> designed the pavilion in collaboration with local architect <a href="http://cesaregriffa.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cesare Griffa</a>.</p><p>Full-scale prototypes of the pavilion are currently being previewed at the INTERNI &lsquo;Feeding New Ideas for the City&rsquo; exhibition at Cortile d&rsquo;Onore, University of Milan, Festa del Perdono happening until April 18.</p><p>Once it's fully built, the canopy will be able to produce oxygen equivalent to 4 hectares of woodland and up to 150kg of biomass per day -- 60% of which are natural vegetal proteins.</p><p>Dig into the project details right below:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wv/wvemft8agvhqy7bd.jpg"></p><p>"The Urban Algae Canopy, based on ecoLogicStudio&rsquo;s six years long research on building integrated bio-digital systems, is presented here with a 1:1 scale prototype of the world&rsquo;s first bio-digital canopy integra...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98204386/disposable-architecture Disposable architecture? Alexander Walter 2014-04-17T13:23:00-04:00 >2014-04-17T18:48:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0d/0d3gdou82mrgci6s.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;d asked Stokes whether the technology challenges of designing a building to last 100+ years are more difficult today than they were in, say, 1900 &mdash; or if it&rsquo;s as difficult, just different. He said the challenges might be more difficult today, but regardless, maybe technology is changing the solution: we shouldn&rsquo;t try to design buildings today to last 100 years, but design them so they&rsquo;ll last for, say, 20 years and then be replaced.</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/98034524/glow-in-the-dark-roads-make-debut-in-netherlands Glow-in-the-dark roads make debut in Netherlands Alexander Walter 2014-04-14T15:43:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T15:44:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/23/238343a1aae7758c9a406ecb1a4717f0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Light-absorbing glow-in-the-dark road markings have replaced streetlights on a 500m stretch of highway in the Netherlands. Studio Roosegaarde promised us the design back in 2012, and after cutting through rather a lot of government red tape we can finally see the finished product.</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/97821088/how-to-think-like-the-dutch-in-a-post-sandy-world How to Think Like the Dutch in a Post-Sandy World Archinect 2014-04-11T21:12:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T01:50:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1f/1fee55b9cf12a25573e0ea73fd8bc4a0.jpg" width="495" height="647" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dutch water-management experts have done such a good job of protecting their country that they rarely get to practice with water crises &mdash; whereas America was facing something monumental that as a culture it didn&rsquo;t yet grasp. When Donovan arrived back in the U.S., he opened an email from Ovink that said, in effect, &ldquo;I hope this isn&rsquo;t too forward, but could I come work with you?&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/97789711/drury-architecture-students-are-experimenting-with-virtual-reality-technology-oculus-rift Drury architecture students are experimenting with virtual reality technology Oculus Rift Archinect 2014-04-11T11:24:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T19:16:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/as/asouort9y4s1v4hs.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the last 18 months, Assistant Professor David Beach and senior architecture student Sam McBride have been working on a program that allows designers and clients alike to physically experience a building...before a single brick is laid. This designing process Beach and McBride have developed is highly interactive. It focuses on making technology like this available for architects around the world. What's more, systems like this are becoming more available for consumers.</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/97583068/3-d-printing-market-predicted-to-grow-to-16-2-billion-by-2018 3-D printing market predicted to grow to $16.2 billion by 2018 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-08T19:05:00-04:00 >2014-04-10T16:21:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eo/eo4sjnfpgeuuftkp.jpg" width="514" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The size of the [3-D printing] market ... is expected to grow to $3.8 billion this year and soar to $16.2 billion globally by 2018. [...] "This is a market with enormous growth potential now that the main barriers to up-take are being addressed," Shepherd said. "As it matures, there is clear and substantial potential across numerous sectors, such as engineering and architecture, aerospace and defense, and medical ... for 3-D printing to have a dramatic impact within five years."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/97269623/istanbul-s-new-ultra-minimal-apple-store-showcases-a-seamess-glass-box-protruding-from-the-ground Istanbul's new ultra-minimal Apple Store showcases a seamess glass box protruding from the ground Archinect 2014-04-04T17:36:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T11:44:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c0/c09hjdcq6qeefe56.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The compact, two-level store itself is entirely under the plaza, but is topped by a first-ever rectangular &ldquo;penthouse&rdquo; composed of four single panes of glass and a roof. Portions of the store are visible through the windows from the plaza level. The store&rsquo;s two glass staircases are also visible through huge glass panes over the top of each stair run on the sides of the store.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xc/xc1au41mttbpbki3.jpg"><br>Photo by Instagram user <a href="http://instagram.com/orbaygumus" target="_blank">orbaygumus</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97190063/shanghai-company-3-d-prints-village-of-humble-concrete-homes Shanghai Company 3-D Prints Village of Humble Concrete Homes Archinect 2014-04-03T17:00:00-04:00 >2014-04-04T10:50:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/19/19b51852ff05b61bbbed379d4d4c5c05.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Shanghai building company has erected a small village of pitched-roof, 3-D printed structures&mdash;in about a day. WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co is behind the series of humble buildings, which each cost less than $5,000 each. The homes were created through the use of a 490- by 33- by 20-foot 3-D printer that fabricates the basic components required for assembly.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2t/2tpdtpqoy6l1qokj.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96731623/work-begins-on-the-world-s-first-3d-printed-house Work begins on the world's first 3D-printed house Alexander Walter 2014-03-28T18:28:00-04:00 >2014-04-03T09:37:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/64/646f312ae59221bb1546deb26f667242.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zero waste, lower transport costs and recyclable materials &ndash; is 3D-printing the future of housebuilding? Dutch architects are putting the process to the test for the first time in Amsterdam</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/96634206/end-of-the-starchitects End of the Starchitects? Miles Jaffe 2014-03-27T12:36:00-04:00 >2014-03-28T06:39:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7o/7o3z4l4qcexnaust.jpg" width="514" height="258" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Practitioners create visually dazzling and unexpected forms that&rsquo;re seemingly unrelated to anything as prosaic as function or context. They exploit advances in design and construction technology to build ever more visually arresting and extraordinary buildings. The future of this movement is likely to be limited because the law of diminishing returns inevitably applies to the search for ever-newer and ever-more unexpected architectural forms.</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/96564812/apple-maps-is-painting-our-world-strange Apple Maps Is Painting Our World Strange Alexander Walter 2014-03-26T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:27:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0x/0xf92lv2dx7vh0vx.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Rendering Eye: Urban America Revisited presents 3D screenshots of the urban US as they appear in Apple Maps: deserted streets, post-apocalyptic buildings and industrial plants, melting harbors. Cars and boats turn into shadows, trees into sculptures, containers into wax.[...] The cityscapes captured by artist REGULA BOCHSLER for the publication are abstract, machine generated, and cold. And yet they are poetic, not least because of their &ldquo;mistakes,&rdquo; which give them a painterly composition.</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/93446379/new-dual-master-s-degree-in-design-and-computation-at-unc-charlotte New Dual Master's Degree in Design and Computation at UNC Charlotte Sponsor 2014-03-26T13:47:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:23:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t4/t4fza8qedzcsg03y.jpg" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Dual Degree in Architecture and Computer Science/Information Technology is a two-year curriculum with tightly integrated coursework, research and faculty.&nbsp; Upon completion of the curriculum, students will receive both a Master of Architecture III degree and a Master of Science in Computer Science or Information Technology.</p><p>The premise of the dual degree program is that design has become increasingly important to computer scientists and at the same time computation has become important to designers.&nbsp; This program is a unique curriculum that systematically combines the strength and insights of these disciplines.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e4/e4a745ffdoccj753.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <em>Ripple Wall- The Ripple wall installation, is composed of entirely friction components, exemplifying the use of digital tectonics made available through digital fabrication equipment.</em></p><p>As computing has matured as a discipline, it has expanded its focus to include the physical and virtual settings in which users interact with the machine.&nbsp; Specialties like human computer inte...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96410332/what-will-our-cities-sound-like-in-the-future What will our cities sound like in the future? Archinect 2014-03-24T14:18:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T18:50:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dc/dcd7e1ca8426d29f244dc5598bf57364.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a world where we are increasingly given the chance to customise our output, how do you orchestrate a planet where a Gangnam ringtone collides with the sound of a 1970s camera shutter from a smartphone, in a tube station resonating with Vivaldi to deter loitering, while the guy next to you shout-announces to some remotely interested party that he is "About to get on the tube! I said The! Tube! ... "? What is the future sound of cities?</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/96095418/world-s-first-geodesic-dome-home-built-by-buckminster-fuller-to-become-museum World's first geodesic dome home, built by Buckminster Fuller, to become museum Archinect 2014-03-20T12:30:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T19:29:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7f/7fb6mx9osnnw8hu5.jpg" width="514" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On April 19 there will be a groundbreaking near Southern Illinois University to celebrate the restoration and preservation of the world&rsquo;s first geodesic dome home, originally built by Buckminster Fuller and his wife, Lady Anne, in 1960. The ceremony at the Fuller Dome Home in Carbondale will be open to the public, free of charge, and will include a tour and the opportunity to view rare artifacts.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o6/o6k2uke47za6jlst.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96032669/bright-nights-at-ted2014-vancouver-with-chrome-powered-aerial-sculpture Bright nights at TED2014 Vancouver with Chrome-powered aerial sculpture Justine Testado 2014-03-19T17:47:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T20:58:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vw/vwmhiu2j0reoefqy.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Donning a spectrum of colors and moving beams of light, the "Unnumbered Sparks" installation comes to life every night as it hovers near the site of the 30th anniversary <a href="http://conferences.ted.com/TED2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TED2014 world conference</a> in downtown Vancouver, Canada.</p><p>Artist <a href="http://www.echelman.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Janet Echelman</a> and director of the Google Data Art Group <a href="http://www.aaronkoblin.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Koblin</a> -- who both spoke at TED2011 -- collaborated in designing the aerial sculpture just in time for TED2014. Echelman officially introduced the work earlier this week at the conference.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o2/o2jrdigmqd3kecdz.jpg"></p><p>The 745-foot net, which is powered by Google Chrome and other modern web technologies, can be choreographed by visitors using their smartphones or tablets to "paint" the sculpture in real time.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0n/0nxjjf1vzbtsgnns.jpg"><br><br>Visitors in the area will be able to interact with Unnumbered Sparks every night until Saturday, March 22.</p><p>Check out the video below to see the creative process behind the piece.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95898281/editor-s-picks-359 Editor's Picks #359 Nam Henderson 2014-03-19T12:34:00-04:00 >2014-03-22T23:39:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1w/1w49tpmp00w92ran.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest edition of <strong>ShowCase:</strong> &nbsp;featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/94820100/showcase-casa-h-by-bojaus-arquitectura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Casa H by Bojaus Arquitectura</a>.&nbsp;Located in a typical suburban area near Madrid, &nbsp;the proximity of the houses that surround the plot lead Bojaus Arquitectura to develop a system of voids, deep windows and patios which would allow large openings without neglecting the equally important need of privacy.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wm/wmgow8qir0o31dex.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/95130918/screen-print-10-zawia-s-utopia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the tenth edition of Screen/Print: highlighted: "Utopia" published by <em>Zawia </em>a multi-national collaboration based in Egypt</a>.&nbsp;Specifically, Amale Andraos&rsquo; piece, "<em>Visionary Urbanism and Its Agency</em>"&nbsp;which dissects five myths long associated with a concept she calls "Visionary Urbanism".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ms/ms48hejaxhr0925q.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/95485007/architects-laud-introduction-of-bipartisan-national-design-services-act-as-way-to-cut-spiraling-student-loan-debt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) have committed themselves to timely passage of the National Design Services Act (NDSA), which will give architecture students the same relief from crushing student loan debt, which is already granted young lawyers, doctors and others &ndash; in return for community...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95944922/willoughby-square-park-above-parking-below Willoughby Square: Park Above, Parking Below Alexander Walter 2014-03-18T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T18:46:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6c/6ccea7460b2e1411f7eb38fb17be2f38.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Willoughby Square, in Brooklyn, NY, however, will bring together both beauty and utility by topping an automated underground parking garage with street-level greenery in a smart new project targeted for completion in 2016. Over a decade in the making, Willoughby Park is being called the &ldquo;crown jewel&rdquo; of the 2004 Downtown Brooklyn Redevelopment Plan, a scheme to help improve Brooklyn&rsquo;s public spaces and foster neighborhood community and culture.</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/95654924/wide-lens-scott-frances-talks-post-production-and-retouching Wide Lens: Scott Frances talks post-production and retouching Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-17T13:24:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T21:03:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9n/9ngjy94jki0krz29.jpg" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For this month's <strong>Wide Lens</strong>, a column that investigates the relationship between architect and photographer, <a href="http://photographyandarchitecture.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photography &amp; Architecture</a> editor <a href="http://juliegrahame.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julie Grahame</a> shares some insight from her interview with architectural photographer, <a href="http://scottfrances.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scott Frances</a>.</p><p><em>Julie Grahame</em>:</p><p>Post Production and Retouching of Architectural Imagery</p><p>Master architectural photographer Scott Frances has been in the industry for more than 25 years. He assisted Ezra Stoller in the 1980s, and was introduced by him to Richard Meier in 1988. Meier recalls the meeting in his preface to Frances' book, "MonoVisioN," saying "From my first encounter with Scott I was able to sense a particularly sensitive response to experiencing architecture in his work, and we started a good relationship that extends from the Grotta Residence all the way to my most recent residential project in Brooklyn, New York."</p><p>Frances is also a partner in New York's high-end <a href="http://housetribeca.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House Tribeca</a> photo retouching house. Who better, then, to give us some thoughts on post-p...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95865235/penumbra-kinetic-daylighting-and-shading-system Penumbra, Kinetic Daylighting and Shading System Archinect 2014-03-17T12:58:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T13:45:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rf/rf5q5lxumgtc8lxw.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This project was designed to offer a kinetic and mechanical solution to a problem that would otherwise be nearly impossible to solve with static architectural components: providing shading across a building facade for both low evening sun and high afternoon sun conditions.</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/95575308/hippies-craftsmen-and-sociologists-learning-by-doing-at-the-farm-examines-radical-education-in-1960s-southern-california Hippies, craftsmen, and sociologists: "Learning by Doing at the Farm" examines radical education in 1960s southern California Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-14T11:07:00-04:00 >2014-03-20T05:49:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zm/zm15j55hmaaqris8.jpg" width="514" height="692" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s easy to forget that Irvine, the minutely planned southern California city awash in tract housing and shopping complexes, was regarded as a pretty radical place at the time of its 1971 incorporation. Almost entirely ranchland up until the mid-1900s, the area that would become Irvine jump-started its urban development as the egg-white to the University of California&rsquo;s yolk. Looking for land to accommodate expanding enrollment, the UC bought a large chunk of dusty land owned by the Irvine Company to establish a new campus, adding&nbsp; surrounding territory for residential and commercial development. The school isn&rsquo;t named after the city -- both are named after the Irvine Company. City and campus were master-planned by architect William Pereira, and the University opened in 1965, still largely unfinished but marked by Pereira&rsquo;s concrete brutalism and Olmsted&rsquo;s New York Central Park plan.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rb/rbhma74x80ui1bdl.jpg"></p><p>In the era of this extremely young urban territory, beginning in 1968, UC Irvine began an experiment...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95563169/what-architecture-reveals-about-secret-drone-strikes What Architecture Reveals About Secret Drone Strikes Alexander Walter 2014-03-13T14:58:00-04:00 >2014-03-19T22:38:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/781132b007905f3d93eba5160c13ae60.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"It&rsquo;s an attempt to really use architecture intelligence and design intelligence to unpack violations of international law," Weizman says of Forensic Architecture. Along with SITU Research, he and his team have developed a technique called video-to-space analysis to harvest spatial data from cell phone videos and photos, analyzing footage, sometimes from multiple sources, to model and recreate chaotic events to better understand what happened on the ground.</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/95424608/editor-s-picks-358 Editor's Picks #358 Nam Henderson 2014-03-12T15:10:00-04:00 >2014-03-13T11:46:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7h/7hi5oej7331iw7bk.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest edition of <strong>Student Works:</strong> highlighted three different pop-up shops designed and built by some students at Tsinghua University in Beijing for their "<strong>Tectonic Studio</strong>". <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/92247936/student-works-tectonic-studio-from-tsinghua-university" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Constructed for under 2500 RMB (569 USD or 412 EUR), the program was to store and sell t-shirts.</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m6/m6febow68e0o3yzj.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>arllita</strong> felt they were "<em>beautifully designed and provide an efficient solution to rolling storage! Do you know if they or something similar are available for sale and, if so, are you able to direct me?</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bn/bnrr8zlvbvv87q61.jpg"></p><p>Meanwhile, the ninth edition of <strong>Screen/Print</strong><strong>: </strong>featured: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/94572663/screen-print-9-sean-lally-s-the-air-from-other-planets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The Air from Other Planets: A Brief History of Architecture to Come</em></a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/94572663/screen-print-9-sean-lally-s-the-air-from-other-planets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> &nbsp;by Sean Lally</a>.&nbsp;The featured excerpt is from the introduction where Lally proposes;</p><p>"<em>Instead of thinking of architecture as a mass of inert and ossified energy&mdash;even stone and steel were not always solid masses&mdash;standing as walls in opposition to their surroundings and carving out interior space, why not look to intensify those very energy systems we know are capable of creating microclimates and ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95406850/second-facebook-building-in-lule-sweden-to-test-new-rapid-deployment-data-center-concept Second Facebook Building In Luleå, Sweden, To Test New Rapid Deployment Data Center Concept Alexander Walter 2014-03-11T14:21:00-04:00 >2014-03-14T17:39:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/80/808088ecaa670dd715ddcf50f022b4ac.jpg" width="514" height="442" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The newly announced second building at Facebook&rsquo;s data center in Lule&aring;, Sweden, will be the first of the social network&rsquo;s data centers to be built using its new rapid deployment data center concept, which leans on modular and lean construction principles, much like those demonstrated by Swedish furniture giant Ikea.</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/95345360/gensler-brings-hackable-buildings-to-the-real-estate-market Gensler brings ‘hackable’ buildings to the real estate market Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-10T15:26:00-04:00 >2014-03-10T15:26:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i5/i5pf9a2o8jfxky8b.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gensler recently began a research project focused on Los Angeles and D.C., &ldquo;Hackable Buildings &ndash; Hackable Cities,&rdquo; exploring how building owners can adapt their properties to meet changing demand. &ldquo;It really started with some research that we were doing on the evolution of office buildings,&rdquo; said Raffael Scasserra, a Gensler principal. &ldquo;What we were looking at is what is that evolution like? What is it transforming to and what are buildings going to be?&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/95129309/china-plans-to-unleash-smog-killing-drones-to-zap-its-pollution China plans to unleash smog-killing drones to zap its pollution Alexander Walter 2014-03-07T19:07:00-05:00 >2014-03-11T12:34:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c5/c511b153bb0d9e1c11b25c812a178c20.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China&rsquo;s premier, Li Keqiang, announced a &ldquo;war on pollution&ldquo;&mdash;evidence that the highest levels of government have acknowledged that China&rsquo;s smog and dirty air have reached a crisis point. And what better way to launch a war on pollution than with a fleet of smog-clearing drones?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86933403/seven-ways-residents-in-china-are-fighting-pollution-with-their-own-inventions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seven ways residents in China are fighting pollution with their own inventions</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95056910/wolf-d-prix-reflects-on-raimund-abraham-as-both-friend-and-visionary Wolf D. Prix reflects on Raimund Abraham, as both friend and visionary Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-07T11:02:00-05:00 >2014-03-14T14:38:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e6/e6yhzcmr7uie5gn9.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Wolf D. Prix of Coop Himmelb(l)au gave the 4th annual Raimund Abraham memorial lecture this past Wednesday night at SCI-Arc, honoring Abraham with a congenial discussion of his friend and peer&rsquo;s work. When Prix first started Coop Himmelb(l)au over 45 years ago, Abraham served as a strong influence, and the two developed a strong (if not somewhat combative) relationship as co-conspirators and fellow Austrians. Prix&rsquo;s lecture reflected on a variety of Abraham&rsquo;s work, alongside pieces from G&uuml;nther Domenig, Hans Hollein, Walter Pilcher and others.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b5/b5fpxks938m16ls2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o4/o41kxpo5yg4s8apw.jpg"></p><p>After Eric Owen Moss&rsquo;s introduction, describing both Prix and Abraham as &ldquo;those who lived on an island where no one else lived&rdquo;, Wolf&rsquo;s lecture focused on the lasting futurism of Abraham&rsquo;s work and its continuing relevance in the context of a digital society. While so few of his designs were built, his drawings&rsquo; &ldquo;<em>were</em> architecture -- why do we have to build these buildings if they&rsquo;re already described so perfectly?&rdquo;. Prix touched upon the conce...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95034331/the-monuments-of-tech-architecture-in-the-age-of-planned-obsolescence The monuments of tech: architecture in the age of planned obsolescence Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-06T13:55:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T20:54:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0u/0uw6pixqxaxthc7w.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Silicon Valley long prided itself on building world-changing technologies from the humble garage, or the nondescript office park. The new spaces are more distinctive, as companies seek to build a consumer profile [...] [There] is a sense that nothing is permanent, that any product can be dislodged from greatness by something newer. It&rsquo;s the aesthetic of disruption: We must all change, all the time. And yet architecture demands that we must also represent something lasting.</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/94810431/how-we-picture-a-city-venice-and-google-maps How We Picture a City: Venice and Google Maps Alexander Walter 2014-03-03T15:41:00-05:00 >2014-03-05T15:28:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/69/694dd548b0a88002191abedefc5b8d85.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2013, we picture cities a little differently, with demography and photography. Cities live in Instagram, in patterns of light from space, in blueprints and visualizations and&mdash;most like Canaletto&rsquo;s civic landscapes&mdash;on Google Street View. Now, an artist in London has done some creative, comparative history, pairing Canaletto&rsquo;s Venice and London with contemporary depictions, as glimpsed by the Google van.</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>