Archinect - News 2015-07-07T20:28:31-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/131272620/what-s-trending-at-architecture-student-shows-this-summer What's trending at architecture student shows this summer? Alexander Walter 2015-07-06T19:00:00-04:00 >2015-07-07T10:59:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0d/0ddcfqw7zn7u1qm6.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At best, the work in the student shows is committed, hard-worked, brave, skilled, thoughtful and/or imaginative. At worst, the exhibitions offer bad sci-fi, lazy politics (&ldquo;Let&rsquo;s all hate America&rdquo;) and cod poetry. There are cliches that have been going round the schools for decades, such as the idea that the student&rsquo;s work is a quasi-science (a &ldquo;surgical operation&rdquo;, a &ldquo;laboratory&rdquo;). Certain buzzwords float around (there&rsquo;s a lot of &ldquo;liminal&rdquo;).</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architecture critic Rowan Moore goes on to ask: "At root is the central question of architectural education: is it about preparing students for the realities of practice or is it about taking a freedom they will never have again, to dream and speculate?"</p><p>This has been discussed on Archinect before, but what's your personal take in light of the latest student shows architecture schools around the world presented to the public this summer? Any highlights everybody still HAS to go and see? What disappointed you?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131023128/salt-releases-global-tools-1973-1975 SALT releases "Global Tools 1973-1975" Orhan Ayyüce 2015-07-03T13:09:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T14:03:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6i/6iy2yxm3iagz5m72.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I am so pleased to announce that Global Tools is now out. Edited by Valerio Borgonuovo and Silvia Franceschini, contributions by Manola Antonioli, Valerio Borgonuovo, Alison J. Clarke, Beatriz Colomina, Silvia Franceschini, Maurizio Lazzarato, Franco Raggi, Simon Sadler, and Alessandro Vicari. If Graham Foundation wants to "like" it, there is a facebook page -Vasif Kortun, SALT</p></em><br /><br /><p>GLOBAL TOOLS &nbsp;1973-1975</p><p>In January 1973, a gathering took place in Milan at the editorial office of the magazine &lsquo;Casabella,&rsquo; involving, among others, the architects and designers Ettore Sottsass Jr., Alessandro Mendini, Andrea Branzi, Riccardo&nbsp;Dalisi, Remo Buti, Ugo La Pietra, Franco Raggi, Davide Mosconi, and members of the groups Archizoom, 9999, Superstudio, UFO and&nbsp;Zziggurat. Together with the conceptual artists and intellectuals Franco Vaccari, Giuseppe Chiari, Luciano Fabro and Germano Celant, they founded Global Tools - a system of workshops that would last until 1975.</p><p>For the first time in the forty years that have passed since its formation, the experience of the Global Tools counter-school has been brought together in book form by <a href="http://saltonline.org/en/home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SALT</a>, uniting the images and archive documents that were produced over the few short years of its existence. This volume is compiled to chronicle and evaluate the three years of seminar activity that took place between Florence, Milan and Naples i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131012683/employers-have-greater-leeway-on-unpaid-internships-court-rules Employers Have Greater Leeway on Unpaid Internships, Court Rules b3tadine[sutures] 2015-07-03T11:37:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T17:45:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rd/rd9br2hca9hwg5m1.jpg" width="514" height="377" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Employers have considerable leeway to use unpaid interns legally when the work serves an educational purpose...</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Writing for a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Judge John M. Walker Jr. held that the Labor Department&rsquo;s criteria were both out of date and not binding on federal courts.</em></p><p><em>He argued that the proper way to determine workers&rsquo; status was to apply a &ldquo;primary beneficiary test&rdquo; &mdash; a concept proposed by Fox in which the worker can be considered an employee only if the employer benefits more from the relationship than the intern.</em></p><p><em>Judge Walker wrote that he and his fellow judges on the panel &ldquo;agree with defendants that the proper question is whether the intern or the employer is the primary beneficiary of the relationship.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>He further argued that the test should hinge largely on the internship&rsquo;s educational benefits: for example, whether the internship was tied to the intern&rsquo;s formal schooling and whether it occurred in an educational setting.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130893085/back-to-business-nader-tehrani-appointed-dean-of-cooper-union-s-school-of-architecture Back to business: Nader Tehrani appointed Dean of Cooper Union's School of Architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-01T20:54:00-04:00 >2015-07-06T14:39:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u2/u2l7sbhdmzs9oc79.jpg" width="514" height="532" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After a nearly two-year search, the Cooper Union has selected Nader Tehrani as the new Dean of the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/697/the-cooper-union" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture</a>, effective immediately. Following Dean Anthony Vidler&rsquo;s resignation in 2013, Elizabeth O&rsquo;Donnell took over as acting dean while <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79387323/the-cooper-union-announces-a-search-for-a-new-dean-for-the-the-irwin-s-chanin-school-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the search committee</a> scoured the globe for a permanent replacement. Tehrani looks to be a prime choice, with a very impressive set of exhibitions, lectures and awards that has <a href="https://architecture.mit.edu/faculty/nader-tehrani" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">already been extensively detailed elsewhere</a>. He is also the founding principal of both <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/23862/office-da" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Office dA</a>&nbsp;(along with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/450520/rodolphe-el-khoury" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Roldolphe El Khoury</a>,)&nbsp;and <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/14669697/nadaaa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NADAAA</a>, and previously served as an architecture professor and the head of <a href="http://archinect.com/mitarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT&rsquo;s Department of Architecture</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6w/6w1bzdu9a501toem.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>Model Home Gallery in Seoul, South Korea by NADAAA</em></p><p>Tehrani&rsquo;s deanship begins at a difficult period in Cooper Union&rsquo;s history, in the still very shaky aftermath of the school&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90935135/cooper-union-board-votes-for-tuition-to-begin-fall-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 decision to begin charging tuition</a> for the first time since its founding 156 years ago. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128257230/cooper-union-graduates-stage-tuition-protest-at-commencement-ceremony" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ongoing student protests</a>, a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123751145/new-york-attorney-general-is-investigating-cooper-union-s-finances" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">legal investig...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130731623/boston-architectural-college-announces-glen-s-leroy-as-new-president Boston Architectural College announces Glen S. LeRoy as new president Alexander Walter 2015-06-29T18:19:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T23:58:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wv/wvjwrmcqnxwuphdq.jpg" width="360" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The dean of a Michigan architectural school has been tapped to head the financially struggling Boston Architectural College, after a year-long search that started with the dismissal of longtime BAC president Theodore Landsmark. Glen S. LeRoy, 64, who oversees Lawrence Technological University&rsquo;s College of Architecture and Design in Southfield, Mich., will become president of Boston Architectural College Sept. 1.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Marc Pelletier, <a href="http://archinect.com/BostonArchitecturalCollege" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston Architectural College</a> board of trustees president, published this written statement on the <a href="http://www.the-bac.edu/experience-the-bac/news-and-events/news/presidential-announcement-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">school's website</a> today:</p><p><em>Dear BAC Community,</em></p><p><em>We are tremendously pleased to share with you the news that after a national search, Glen S. LeRoy, FAIA, FAICP, has been selected to lead the Boston Architectural College as our next president. Mr. LeRoy currently serves as the dean and a professor at the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University in Detroit. Mr. LeRoy stood out from a field of talented individuals for his commitment to practice-based learning, his great success at leading an urban design college during challenging times, and his creativity and ability to attract investment. He is also a well-known architect who has practical knowledge about the profession and the market our students will enter.</em></p><p><em>We have the utmost confidence that he is the right person to lead the BAC and to build on the solid foundation that exists while preserving o...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130412101/serpentine-galleries-launch-build-your-own-pavilion-for-really-young-architects Serpentine Galleries launch Build Your Own Pavilion for (really) young architects Alexander Walter 2015-06-25T15:26:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T22:38:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ou/ou7lmxj42tfbtnhc.jpg" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In this first year of Build Your Own Pavilion, young people aged 8 to&nbsp;14 are invited to submit their Pavilion designs online and at workshops&nbsp;across the UK during the summer of 2015. The platform and workshops&nbsp;give an insight to the basic principles of architectural design and&nbsp;workshop students will be given the Pavilion brief and a toolkit that&nbsp;begins with sketching by hand, working with simple modeling materials&nbsp;and progressing to 3D design and print technologies.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Earlier this week, London's Serpentine Galleries launched the much anticipated <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130175687/selgascano-s-psychedelic-chrysalis-serpentine-pavilion-is-now-open" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 summer pavilion</a> &mdash; a vibrant and playful space slug designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/54077942/selgascano" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SelgasCano</a>.</p><p>To celebrate fifteen years of pavilions (and continuing the theme of "playfulness"), the Galleries also launched <em><a href="http://buildyourownpavilion.serpentinegalleries.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Build Your Own Pavilion: Young Architects Challenge</a>, </em>an initiative that "enables young people to upload their own designs&nbsp;for a Pavilion to an online gallery, gain insight and learn about the&nbsp;architectural process from the world&rsquo;s leading architects, download&nbsp;tools for designing and building their own Pavilions."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/re/rea0rye4wu7x6gbo.jpg"></p><p>Besides the website, <em>Build Your Own Pavilion </em>also offers design &amp; engineering workshops for children throughout the UK, organized in partnership with Kidesign. See some images and a video of previous workshops below.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jt/jtfatdtvqo67voul.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j0/j0d6bkyneeme161z.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130277835/editor-s-picks-421 Editor's Picks #421 Nam Henderson 2015-06-24T09:24:00-04:00 >2015-06-24T12:07:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/45/452nj382f50v1px1.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;penned <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/129351879/what-makes-an-artless-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What makes an artless museum?</a>,&nbsp;which reviewed the February Sky-lit event/preview of the new Broad Museum.&nbsp;Therein she argues that it provided "<em>an opportunity for the architecture to be treated as a relational art object, but not so it could be handled with velvet gloves</em>".&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/5808858/chris-teeter" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Teeter</a>&nbsp;commented "<em>great article, it's worth 2 or 3 reads&hellip;</em>" <a href="https://twitter.com/DonnaSinkArch/status/610831652332310528" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a>&nbsp;wrote "<em>A meaty essay...on the Broad Museum (meat, contraceptive sponges, art, raw spectacle: it's a big topic</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mi/midmkk31l72rwc51.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;explored the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126838477/don-t-be-a-tool-role-of-software-vs-vision-in-architectural-employment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Role of Software vs. Vision in Architectural Employment</a>.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/13473220/derek-kaplan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Derek Kaplan</a>&nbsp;thought it was a "<em>Great article on a topic that needs more discussion.</em>"<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yv/yv5xsrmd2c8di1q9.jpg"></p><p>Charles Correa, named "<em>India&rsquo;s Greatest Architect</em>"&nbsp;by RIBA, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129791024/charles-correa-legendary-indian-architect-dies-at-84" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">died</a> at 84.&nbsp;<strong>jla-x</strong> eulogized "<em>He was pretty great. &nbsp;I studied his residential developments extensively as a student...He will be missed</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sm/sm7co71paw68qmzs.jpg"></p><p>Despite recovering from several major surgeries for cancer, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129654403/tadao-ando-amid-serious-health-concerns-just-being-alive-isn-t-sufficient" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando spoke with </a><a href="http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/newsroomtokyo/aired/20150611.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NHK World</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129654403/tadao-ando-amid-serious-health-concerns-just-being-alive-isn-t-sufficient" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> about</a>; recent projects, the durability of...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130257729/using-lasers-to-decode-gothic-architecture Using lasers to decode Gothic architecture Nicholas Korody 2015-06-23T15:13:00-04:00 >2015-06-23T15:14:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/89/8918f8e5d6858053fa7e5631443fbb24.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Andrew] Tallon, 46, wasn't the first to realize that laser scanners could be used to deconstruct Gothic architecture. But he was the first to use the scans to get inside medieval builders' heads. "Every building moves," he says. "It heaves itself out of shape when foundations move, when the sun heats up on one side." How the building moves reveals its original design and the choices that the master builder had to make when construction didn't go as planned...</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/129743632/editor-s-picks-420 Editor's Picks #420 Nam Henderson 2015-06-17T13:37:00-04:00 >2015-06-18T07:55:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o0/o0ya1hrwh4ui53qx.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;presented <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/128118195/the-forever-unfinished-business-curated-thoughts-from-our-conversation-with-kevin-roche" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Curated thoughts</a> from an earlier (Archinect Sessions Episode #24 and #25) conversation with Kevin Roche, "<em>a hero of the long-game</em>".&nbsp;<strong>snooker-doodle-dandy</strong> noted "<em>I have always liked Kevin and his work. &nbsp;He was one of the people whom drove me to the profession...have never had the good fortune to bump into him. It is on my bucket list!</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bg/bg7e0d00s73t5x4p.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;explored how <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126838478/is-twitter-the-architectural-intern-s-unofficial-labor-union-exposing-the-reality-behind-unpaid-internships-across-borders-and-industries" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Twitter</a> and other "<em>social media has oddly become a kind of virtual worker&rsquo;s union, helping to expose unethical <a href="http://archinect.com/talentfinder" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hiring</a> practices</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>Next September, the historic <a href="http://www.neutra.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neutra Institute and Museum</a> in Silverlake will host a new play by Tom Lazarus entitled &lsquo;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129267494/the-princes-of-kings-road-neutra-and-schindler-the-subject-of-a-new-site-specific-play" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Princes of Kings Road</a>'.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/22610164/eric-chavkin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">eric chavkin</a> "<em>used to live there. Right after Pauline Schindler died. Some of the stories I heard made Kings Road house look like a real &nbsp;party palace. When I was there lots of architects would drop by&hellip;.I hope they get this play right. The tales are true, the names famous.</em>"</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129273931/stargazing-with-patrik-schumacher-episode-33-of-archinect-sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Episode 33 of Archinect Sessions</a>, which fea...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129647148/society-of-architectural-historians-accepting-applications-for-h-allen-brooks-travelling-fellowship Society of Architectural Historians Accepting Applications for H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship Helena Karabatsos 2015-06-15T17:41:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T19:26:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0j/0ji5qr3g2neqetg7.jpg" width="514" height="136" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Society of Architectural Historians&rsquo; prestigious H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship will be offered for 2015 and will allow a recent graduate or emerging scholar to study by travel for one year. The fellowship is not for the purpose of doing research for an advanced academic degree. Instead, Professor Brooks intended the recipient to study by travel and contemplation while observing, reading, writing, or sketching.&nbsp;</p><p>The goals are to provide an opportunity for a recent graduate with an advanced degree or an emerging scholar to:</p><ul><li>see and experience architecture and landscapes firsthand</li><li>think about their profession deeply</li><li>acquire knowledge useful for the recipient&rsquo;s future work, contribution to their profession, and contribution to society</li></ul><p>The fellowship recipient may travel to any country or countries during the one-year period. This fellowship is funded completely by the Society of Architectural Historians&rsquo; H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship Fund.</p><p>In 2015 the Brooks Fellowship wil...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129422514/book-review-shannon-mattern-s-deep-mapping-the-media-city Book Review: Shannon Mattern's "Deep Mapping the Media City" Nicholas Korody 2015-06-13T10:56:00-04:00 >2015-07-02T01:29:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h8/h8j9orctfcg0yfr5.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Amid the seemingly endless barrage of new writings about the imminent arrival of the technologically mediated &ldquo;smart city,&rdquo; a slim volume published by <a href="https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/deep-mapping-the-media-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the University of Minnesota Press</a> suggests that so-called intelligent urbanism might not be so new after all. In <em>Deep Mapping the Media City</em>, author <a href="http://www.wordsinspace.net/wordpress/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shannon Mattern</a>, an associate professor at the School of Media Studies at the New School, argues cities have been &ldquo;mediated, and intelligent, for millenia.&rdquo; Rather than arbitrary ruptures, our cities have developed over time, as new infrastructural developments build off &ndash; or plug into&nbsp;&ndash; the infrastructure of the past.</p><p>Mattern takes a broad look at contemporary urban discourses, and compellingly advocates for an &ldquo;urban media archaeology,&rdquo; a &ldquo;materialist, multisensory approach to exploring the deep material history&rdquo; of our cities. She makes clear that her invocation of archaeology shouldn&rsquo;t be read as part of the proliferation of the Foucauldian genealogical methodology <em>en vogue</em> in academia...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129420907/cornell-tech-to-build-world-s-first-passive-house-high-rise-on-ny-s-roosevelt-island Cornell Tech to build world's first Passive House high-rise on NY's Roosevelt Island Nicholas Korody 2015-06-12T18:20:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T19:10:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1x/1xn8mkoevwy8mb4y.jpg" width="514" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Construction is slated to start this month on what-will-be the world's first high-rise residential tower built according to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passive_house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Passive House</a> (PH) standards, considered the most rigorous criteria for reducing a building's greenhouse gas emissions. Passive houses, such as the building on the right in the thermogram below, release significantly less heat compared with a typical building (such as that on the left).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y4/y48thhtqjbnclm13.jpg"></p><p>Touted as an "iconic marker" for Cornell University's new tech campus on Roosevelt Island in New York's East River, the project will innovative design features such as:</p><ul><li>A pre-fabricated metal fa&ccedil;ade that will act like a thermal blanket, insulating the structure.</li><li>A louver system, or the building's "gills," which will house the building's heating and cooling systems.</li><li>Low-VOC paint to limit off-gassing and improve air quality.</li><li>Exterior paint that "naturally shifts color from silver to warm champagne" when reflecting light.</li></ul><p>According to figures released by the university, the building wil...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129326913/the-cooper-union-turmoil-continues-president-jamshed-bharucha-resigns The Cooper Union turmoil continues: President Jamshed Bharucha resigns Archinect 2015-06-11T12:46:00-04:00 >2015-06-15T21:16:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cz/cz46qsjpqtu6xpfl.jpg" width="416" height="626" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was a matter of hours from when the resignations of five Cooper Union trustees rolled in until their names were erased from the college&rsquo;s website. And it was a day later that the President Jamshed Bharucha announced he too would resign, more than a year before his employment contract expires. Yet the upheaval that led to the acrimonious departures has been years in the making.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Events are unfolding very quickly in Cooper Union's leadership right now: Just hours after five members of the 23-member Board of Trustees <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129251398/five-cooper-union-trustees-just-resigned" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">resigned yesterday</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/602754/jamshed-bharucha" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jamshed Bharucha</a>, the school's embattled President, publicly announced his resignation in an email to the Cooper Union community.</p><p>Following is the email in full length (h/t <a href="http://archinect.com/pedaldesignlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ken Koense</a>):</p><p><em>Subject: Presidential Transition<br>From: The Cooper Union &lt;<a href="mailto:alumni@cooper.edu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">alumni@cooper.edu</a>&gt;<br>To: All community and alumni<br>Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 7:09 PM</em></p><p><em>Dear Members of the Cooper Union Community:</em></p><p><em>I am writing to let you know that I will be leaving my post as President of The Cooper Union at the end of June, 2015. Starting in the fall, I will serve as Visiting Scholar at Harvard University in the Graduate School of Education.</em></p><p><em>It has been an honor to serve as the 12th President of Cooper Union these past four years. The focus of my presidency has been to secure Cooper&rsquo;s finances for generations of deserving students in the future, while preserving excellence and...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129251398/five-cooper-union-trustees-just-resigned Five Cooper Union trustees just resigned Alexander Walter 2015-06-10T13:37:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T21:39:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2o/2o36lotz20xwsmgy.jpg" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last night five members of the Cooper Union&rsquo;s board of trustees resigned: real estate mogul Mark Epstein (the board&rsquo;s former chairman), Vassar College president Catharine Bond Hill, architects Daniel Libeskind and Francois de Menil (the board&rsquo;s vice chairman), and investment banker Monica Vachher. Three of the departing trustees &mdash; Epstein, Libeskind, and Vachher &mdash; have written&nbsp;public resignation letters [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Following are the three resignation letters by Epstein, Vachher, and Libeskind&nbsp;&mdash; all widely claimed as strong tuition supporters and loyal to hotly contested Cooper Union president <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/602754/jamshed-bharucha" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jamshed Bharucha</a>&nbsp;&mdash; in full length as published on the Committee to Save Cooper Union from the Committee to Save Cooper Union&nbsp;(CSCUFCSCU) <a href="http://cscufcscu.com/2015/06/five-cooper-union-trustees-resigned-today/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>.</p><p><em>All,<br>I am writing to you from under two hats. One as trustee, and one as donor.<br>As a Trustee, I am hereby resigning from the Board, effective immediately. During my term as Chairman we were able to put the school on a path to sustainability. It was going to be a difficult path with some hurdles to get over. We were on our way, but have now gotten so far off of that path due to the actions (or inactions) of the Board that I no longer want to participate. I know that there are some in the Cooper Community that will take my resignation as a false victory of some sort. I am not resigning due to any pressure from that group, rather that I no longer want to associate wit...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128819380/editor-s-picks-418 Editor's Picks #418 Nam Henderson 2015-06-05T09:22:00-04:00 >2015-06-10T19:23:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3k/3khr8ne2sfhdjkah.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;presented tips from firms about <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126437034/what-should-be-in-your-portfolio-firms-tell-you-what-they-re-looking-for-and-how-to-get-hired" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What should be in your portfolio</a>.&nbsp;One common theme was that applicants aren't expected to tailor their work to the specific types of projects the firm undertakes. As <a href="http://archinect.com/LOHA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lorcan O&rsquo;Herlihy</a> explained "<em>Don&rsquo;t target work that mimics ours&mdash;we look for evidence of thoughtfulness about architecture, whether that&rsquo;s demonstrated through research, entries into projects, or work at other firms</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yr/yreaqksbkyn0zfo7.jpg"></p><p>Two pieces of good news for fans of historic preservation.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127715909/landmarked-four-seasons-restaurant-must-not-be-changed-nyc-landmarks-commission-rules" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First</a>, New York City&rsquo;s Landmarks Preservation Commission rejected a plan which would have changed the interior of the Modernist (designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson in 1958) <a href="http://fourseasonsrestaurant.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Four Seasons</a> restaurant. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127711075/l-a-city-council-officially-votes-norms-restaurant-as-historic-and-cultural-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Second</a>,&nbsp;the LA City Council backed a plan to designate Norms restaurant (a rare example of Googie architecture) as a historic monument.</p><p><strong>Mr_Wiggin</strong> rejoiced "<em>it's disheartening to see a money-chasing developer messing with history. &nbsp;As a human being I say, payback's a bitch to those in the...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128257230/cooper-union-graduates-stage-tuition-protest-at-commencement-ceremony Cooper Union graduates stage tuition protest at Commencement ceremony Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-28T18:17:00-04:00 >2015-06-04T21:30:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2p/2ppdlne9kmqf2hcy.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Cooper Union students pinned red felt squares to their graduation gowns and refused to acknowledge president&nbsp;Jamshed Bharucha, in the latest protest against <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90935135/cooper-union-board-votes-for-tuition-to-begin-fall-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the school's instatement of undergraduate tuition</a>.&nbsp;The protest took place at the 2015 Commencement Ceremony yesterday, and was organized&nbsp;by student activist group <a href="http://cusos.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Free Cooper Union</a>,&nbsp;which <a href="http://freecooperunion.org/disorientation/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">has directed</a> a variety of informational and protest actions in response to the landmark tuition decision.</p><p>On May 27, the day of the Ceremony, Free Cooper Union posted the following on Facebook:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h3/h3qvfje45cwoyi72.jpg"></p><p>At the ceremony, graduates receiving their diplomas refused to shake hands with President Jamshed Bharucha, who oversaw the school's decision to begin charging undergraduate tuition. Many students in the audience turned their backs on Bharucha during his presidential address. The protest echoed similar actions staged at 2014's Commencement, the year Cooper Union officially began charging.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7z/7zmjy4qe1a5ht1y9.jpg"></p><p>In an effort to mitigate a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100587807/lawsuit-filed-over-cooper-union-tuition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">lawsuit filed against the schoo</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100587807/lawsuit-filed-over-cooper-union-tuition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">l</a> by a stud...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128203380/editor-s-picks-417 Editor's Picks #417 Nam Henderson 2015-05-28T13:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-29T13:12:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/id/id9t45oo1ogntep0.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;spoke on the phone with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/127534748/stop-the-presses-paul-goldberger-s-take-on-critical-relevance-in-the-social-media-age" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Goldberger about the relevance of criticism in the social media age</a>.&nbsp;<strong>davvid</strong> was at least somewhat pleased "<em>Its about time we start talking about this stuff. I'm not convinced that Goldberger has a good handle on it, but at least he's trying</em>". Later <strong>DWLindeman</strong> added "<em>I've always admired Paul Goldberger's support of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown...What I still don't understand, was his support of the Foster plan for the main research branch of the New York Public Library</em>".</p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;reviewed the much hyped <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/127733607/one-night-stand-la-titillates-but-leaves-you-wanting-more" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A One-Night Stand for Art and Architecture</a>.&nbsp;<strong>b3tadine[sutures]</strong> wondered "<em>why does it come off to me as if this was my mom explaining sex to me?...Where are the closed circuit televisions, the oft rumored illicit video cameras, where is the risk?</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2v/2v0d7ww2hxfwyryt.jpg"></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/justine.testado" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a>&nbsp;posted the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127537159/designs-of-the-year-2015-narrows-down-to-six-category-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">news</a> that The Design Museum in London had selected the Category Winners for their <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/233930/designs-of-the-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designs of the Year</a> 2015.&nbsp;<strong>BulgarBlogger</strong>&nbsp;couldn&rsquo;t help complaining ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128185684/monica-ponce-de-leon-appointed-as-new-dean-of-princeton-architecture Monica Ponce de Leon appointed as new dean of Princeton Architecture Justine Testado 2015-05-27T19:51:00-04:00 >2015-06-02T23:23:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kp/kpztk1442ona7d3s.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Monica Ponce de Leon has been appointed as the next dean of Princeton University School of Architecture, effective January 1, 2016. Since 2008, Ponce de Leon has served as dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor&nbsp; where she is heavily involved in The Digital Fabrication Lab, aka FABLab. In her educational approach, Ponce de Leon is a leading figure in applying robotic technology in building fabrication and is a proponent in <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/120370300/deans-list-monica-ponce-de-leon-of-university-of-michigan-s-taubman-college" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">strengthening studio as the central and all-pervasive educational device</a>.</p><p>Before Taubman, she served as a professor for 12 years at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design as well as Director of the Digital Lab. She co-founded the firm Office dA in 1991 and then began her own design practice, MPdL Studio, in 2011.</p><p>Throughout her career, Ponce de Leon has received several awards including the prestigious National Design Award in Architecture from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Mus...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128186493/graham-foundation-announces-2015-individual-grants Graham Foundation Announces 2015 Individual Grants Julia Ingalls 2015-05-27T19:21:00-04:00 >2015-06-04T13:19:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vp/vpv3cuduuen43uvg.jpg" width="514" height="666" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/31696/olafur-eliasson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson</a>, Charles Rice and Iwan Baan are among the artists, scholars, photographers, and other architecturally-oriented professionals who are being awarded individual grants by the Graham Foundation this evening. The awards ceremony and reception, which is being <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jdrgi6z1ntk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">live streamed</a> as of 6 PM CDT, is being held in The Madlener House, the foundation's headquarters since 1963.&nbsp;This year, the foundation is awarding $490,000 in grants for 63 projects to individuals who "advance new scholarship in the field&nbsp;of architecture, fuel creative experimentation and critical dialogue, and expand opportunities for public engagement with architecture and its role in contemporary society."&nbsp;The list of presenters at the ceremony includes&nbsp;Noritaka Minami,&nbsp;Candace Taylor, Lluis Ortega, and Tiffany Lambert, all of whom are 2015 grant winners.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cm/cmphhotvf737r0rl.jpg"></p><p>There are five principal categories in which the awards have been granted: Exhibition, Film/Video/New Media, Public Program, Publication, and Research. Some of the...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127659689/sci-arc-offering-graduate-degree-and-summer-program-for-participants-with-non-architectural-background SCI-Arc offering graduate degree and summer program for participants with non-architectural background Sponsor 2015-05-22T12:33:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T11:09:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uf/ufbys3z2hzyl74cc.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><strong><em>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://archinect.com/sci-arc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)</a></em></strong><br>&nbsp;<p>Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) well known for its progressive curriculum, and singular focus on architecture is accepting applications from prospective students of all non-architectural backgrounds. The degree program, M.Arch 1, and summer program, Making + Meaning, specialize in providing architectural education to students entering the profession for the first time.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bd/bdh6wg7xp23m8v9u.jpg"></p><p>M.Arch 1 is a three-year professional, Master of Architecture degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board and open to applicants who hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent in any field of study. The program prepares students for the professional practice of architecture through emphasis on learning through making and implementation of digital technologies. By linking each semester&rsquo;s architecture design studio with courses in visual, cultural and applied studies, students are offered instr...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127639133/new-parsons-led-collaborative-aims-to-make-affordable-housing-healthier New Parsons-led collaborative aims to make affordable housing healthier Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-20T13:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T20:48:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jv/jv1wk4tnm4llip1y.jpg" width="514" height="259" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Our work creates actionable strategies, integrating healthy building protocols, healthy products and green science with design research to directly impact the health of our building materials,&rdquo; said Alison Mears, dean of the School of Design Strategies at Parsons and director of the [Healthy Materials Lab].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Co-founded by The New School's Parsons School of Design, Healthy Building Network, Green Science Policy Institute and Health Product Declaration Collaborative, the Healthy Materials Lab (HML) is focused on reducing the amount of toxic substances found in building materials, while also encouraging the adoption of new, less toxic materials. The HML sits at Parsons Design Lab, and will actively influence how building practice is taught to designers. Of particular focus to the Lab is affordable housing's construction methods.</p><p>The press release issued by Parsons quotes&nbsp;Bill Walsh, founder and executive director of Healthy Building Network:&nbsp;&ldquo;This partnership, with its focus on designing building products to improve human health, is unprecedented in the building materials industry".</p><p>For more about the partners involved, as listed in the press release:</p><p><a href="http://healthybuilding.net" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The Healthy Building Network</strong></a>&nbsp;was founded in 2000 to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals in building products as a means of improving human he...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127638530/asca-launches-imadethat-campaign-for-architectural-students-and-schools ASCA Launches "#IMadeThat" Campaign For Architectural Students and Schools Julia Ingalls 2015-05-20T13:32:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T13:32:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4g/4g7mr3l3qw2u1hy6.jpg" width="514" height="416" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As part of a larger communications outreach campaign, <a href="http://archinect.com/ACSA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture</a> has launched a new online sharing portal called <a href="http://www.imadethat.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IMadeThat.com</a>. A kind of HootSuite for architectural students and faculty, the portal collects all Vine, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter posts tagged #imadethat about academic architectural projects into one place.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/10/10m786nj1oxr7l46.jpg"></p><p>The campaign hopes to form connections between existing and potential students, as well as provide a more detailed understanding of what, exactly, constitutes the study of architecture. Like the vast majority of social media undertakings, the scope of the project would not have been feasible or at least easily accomplished without the aid of technology. The real-time, public postings will enable commentary on sketches, works-in-progress, and completed thesis projects from a much larger community than an in-room crit panel or roving professor. While still in its formative stages, the site also has launched a blog secti...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127348063/aa-summer-dlab-red-is-now-accepting-applications-until-july-20 AA Summer DLAB :: RED is now accepting applications until July 20 Sponsor 2015-05-15T13:03:00-04:00 >2015-05-15T13:03:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/89/89unwrmie93y2zt2.jpg" width="514" height="727" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="https://www.aaschool.ac.uk/STUDY/VISITING/summerdlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Summer DLAB</a> from London's <a href="http://www.aaschool.ac.uk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA School of Architecture</a> is gearing up for its 2015 cycle. Starting July 27 through August 14, the summer workshop emphasizes the integration of algorithmic / generative design methodologies and large scale digital fabrication tools. Student participants get to explore natural formation processes and interpret them as innovative architectonic spaces.</p><p>Continuing its yearly color-based agenda with RED, the 2015 Summer DLAB will investigate the process of decay in nature.</p><p>The program is open to all current architecture and design students. <strong>The application deadline is July 20.</strong> (Application form below)</p><p>More details below:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ml/mlszdw19pxjntixv.jpg"></p><p>By investigating the process of decay across various scales in natural organisms, DLAB participants will formulate rules of generating decomposition as their design research area. These rules will then evolve into design strategies for the creation and fabrication of a large-scale prototype. The design and fabrication process will be informed by t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127308287/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-student-work-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Student Work" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-05-15T08:00:00-04:00 >2015-06-08T11:16:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z3/z3xy248a7q2li9u8.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding student projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People </a>profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/student-work/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Student Work</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vf/vfnx3vqbzk8ra0hl.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/powertomake/project/articulated-timber-ground" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Articulated Timber Ground</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/3322347/the-university-of-melbourne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Melbourne</a> MArch students Norhasnani Azman, Farheen Dossa, Jack Hinkson, Rachel Low, Siavash Malek, Amanda Ngieng, Ridho Prawiro, On On Tam, William Varrenti, Bo Woon Wong, Bingquan Zhang, Qingyue Zhang, Jia Jia Zheng, Shaobo Zhu under the guidance of Paul Loh and David Leggett (<a href="http://archinect.com/powertomake" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Power to Make</a>)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h4/h4fq1hhikq0de76t.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/alanroo/project/sarajevo-highrise-ii-sarajevo-bosnia-and-herzegovina" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sarajevo Highrise II - Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/alanroo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alan Rodr&iacute;guez Carrillo</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a3lvb9793bqdf2g9.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/serhat/project/eyup-hill-culture-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eyup Hill Culture Center</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/serhat" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serhat Yildiz</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f8/f8uacusnkquebgks.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/124907041/flint-exhibition-center-of-industrial-park/124911063" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flint--Exhibition Center of Industrial Park</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/124907041/xingzhe-yang" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Xingzhe Yang</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q7/q79gzspxglyhgi7d.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/mhstory/project/leaks-and-accumulations-a-report-on-decatur-illinois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leaks and Accumulations: A Report on Decatur, Illinois (Thesis)</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/mhstory" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Matthew Story</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5j/5j9f10tvlbtolyqu.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/72600/pratt-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pratt Institute</a>&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/23900/pratt-gaud-exhibition-2015/125504724" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">G...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127306481/ut-arlington-approves-school-merger-to-create-new-college-of-architecture-planning-and-public-affairs UT Arlington approves school merger to create new College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs Alexander Walter 2015-05-14T19:46:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T20:45:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5a/5a951a9f39a4931597d56dcbdfd8d89d.jpg" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>UT Arlington&rsquo;s longstanding schools of Architecture and Urban and Public Affairs are in the final phase of an integration that will strengthen academic and research opportunities under the new College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs. [...] The College will incorporate six professional degree programs &ndash; urban planning, public administration, public policy, architecture, landscape architecture and interior design.</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/127173703/welcome-to-the-jungle-sou-fujimoto-lectures-on-applying-natural-infrastructure-to-urban-design Welcome to the jungle: Sou Fujimoto lectures on applying natural infrastructure to urban design Julia Ingalls 2015-05-12T17:39:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T17:56:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/96/96qus826b1js2yyw.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When an architect talks about &ldquo;transparency,&rdquo; as Sou Fujimoto did during his well-attended lecture at UCLA&rsquo;s Decafe at Perloff Hall on Friday, it&rsquo;s always a relief when it refers to more than a literal degree of opacity. Presenting nine of his projects in a lecture than ran ten minutes over time, Fujimoto framed his practice in terms of applying the complex organizational structure of nature to urban environments. Fujimoto grew up in relatively bucolic Hokkaido and later moved to Tokyo, where he perceived the mess of urban density with its skyscrapers and street-level food stalls as a kind of steel and glass forest, replete with pockets of intimacy and inspiring vistas. This central concept of the forest and its alternating layers of transparency and density neatly encapsulates the bulk of Fujimoto&rsquo;s work. But the &ldquo;transparency&rdquo; in Fujimoto&rsquo;s work extends far beyond the stagger of windows and literal glass houses: here is an architecture that seems to embody the 21st notion of priva...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126944062/ubc-student-writes-52-438-word-architecture-dissertation-with-no-punctuation UBC student writes 52,438 word architecture dissertation with no punctuation Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-08T13:19:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T03:44:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/23/23fffd8c717d5341d05fbdafb39ca968.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Stewart&rsquo;s dissertation, titled Indigenous Architecture through Indigenous Knowledge, eschews almost all punctuation. [...] And so what? &ldquo;There&rsquo;s nothing in the (UBC dissertation) rules about formats or punctuation,&rdquo; he insists. A 61-year-old architect from the Nisga&rsquo;a First Nation, Stewart explains that he &ldquo;wanted to make a point&rdquo; about aboriginal culture, colonialism, and &ldquo;the blind acceptance of English language conventions in academia.&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/126887317/pei-cobb-freed-faces-lawsuit-from-cornell-over-faulty-johnson-museum-expansion-scheme Pei Cobb Freed faces lawsuit from Cornell over "faulty" Johnson Museum expansion scheme Justine Testado 2015-05-07T14:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-08T00:27:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3t/3tjpskp094rtran6.jpg" width="514" height="424" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cornell alleges that the firm Pei Cobb Freed &amp; Partners committed 'architectural malpractice' in its plans for the new wing of the museum, leading to structural deficiencies, cavities in the roof, cracks in the ceiling and other problems. The university says it has suffered 'at least' $1.1 million in damages as a result of the flawed designs. Pei, who also designed the original museum in 1968, was hired by the university to build the addition in 2006.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a title="Jean Nouvel loses court case over 'sabotaged' Philharmonie de Paris" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125524081/jean-nouvel-loses-court-case-over-sabotaged-philharmonie-de-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel loses court case over 'sabotaged' Philharmonie de Paris</a></li><li><a title='Cornell professor declares OMA-designed Milstein Hall "a disaster"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84210734/cornell-professor-declares-oma-designed-milstein-hall-a-disaster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cornell professor declares OMA-designed Milstein Hall "a disaster"</a></li><li><a title="Architects can now be held liable for building defects, rules California Supreme Court" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107113105/architects-can-now-be-held-liable-for-building-defects-rules-california-supreme-court" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects can now be held liable for building defects, rules California Supreme Court</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/126848127/the-final-review-negaters-gonna-negate 'The Final Review: Negaters Gonna Negate' Archinect 2015-05-06T21:32:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T19:04:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/59/59a5e0a554fa9bf1feccb726005e7f9c.jpg" width="514" height="171" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The review is about speculation as much as evaluation. Critics are not enemies, and they don&rsquo;t know everything. Admitting a level of uncertainty that necessarily occurs within design education completely changes how one imagines the review moment.</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/126830013/are-english-universities-picking-up-american-habits-as-campus-construction-booms Are English universities picking up "American habits" as campus construction booms? Justine Testado 2015-05-06T14:26:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T19:01:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wm/wm5iusexcikxcj53.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The cranes are going up all over universities. A new student village here, an extension to the business school there, airy atria everywhere, even a scattering of 'iconic' or 'signature' buildings aspiring to be on shortlists for architectural awards. Higher education is investing unprecedented amounts in infrastructure &ndash; for good and necessary reasons but maybe for bad ones too.</p></em><br /><br /><p>UCL Institute of Education professor Peter Scott comments on the <a href="http://www.economist.com/news/britain/21647327-it-biggest-construction-boom-middle-ages-dreaming-cranes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rising trend</a> of English universities leaning toward what he describes as "American habits" at a time when universities are investing greatly in campus construction. Scott lists promising reasons like the upgrading and preservation of historic buildings but also the questionable prestige- and business-driven motives that are already familiar in U.S. institutions.</p>