Archinect - News 2017-03-26T07:22:34-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149999167/st-louis-segregation-and-how-history-shapes-the-urban-landscape St. Louis, segregation and how history shapes the urban landscape Liam Otten 2017-03-24T20:32:00-04:00 >2017-03-24T20:34:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j9/j904o3pabmxd22e8.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Segregation is no accident.</p><p>Nearly five decades after the Fair Housing Act of 1968, American cities remain racially, culturally, spatially and economically divided. Entrenched conditions and persistent biases undermine the policies and priorities that would heal lingering wounds.</p><p>So argues&nbsp;<a href="http://samfoxschool.wustl.edu/portfolios/faculty/catalina_freixas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Catalina Freixas</a>, assistant professor of architecture in the Sam Fox School of Design &amp; Visual Arts. Last semester, Freixas and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hssu.edu/profiles_full.cfm?prflID=114" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Abbott</a>, professor of history and director of the Center for Neighborhood Development at Harris-Stowe State University, launched &ldquo;Segregation by Design.&rdquo;&nbsp; Developed as part of&nbsp;<a href="http://cenhum.artsci.wustl.edu/Divided-City-Initiative" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Divided City</a>&nbsp;initiative, their class &mdash; which will be offered again next fall &mdash; explores both the historic roots and present-day reality of urban separation.</p><p>In this Q&amp;A, Freixas discusses St. Louis, segregation and the hidden histories that shape our urban landscape.</p><p><strong>You&rsquo;re from Argentina but joined the Sam Fox School faculty in 2004. What drew you to the topic of American segregation?</strong></p><p>My researc...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149999373/stefan-al-on-why-the-shopping-mall-isn-t-dying Stefan Al on why the shopping mall isn't dying Justine Testado 2017-03-24T19:41:00-04:00 >2017-03-25T09:27:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vp/vp6x10do0dnb2k2b.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...it is not the mall that is declining, but suburbia. The mall, meanwhile, is becoming urban. In fact, a new breed of shopping centre is integrating so seamlessly into its urban surroundings that it can be difficult to draw any line between city and mall whatsoever. On both sides of the Pacific, the mall is not &ldquo;dead&rdquo;. It has simply transformed...[but] &ldquo;While the idea of the shopping mall becoming &lsquo;urban&rsquo; has a certain appeal, the net effect is to turn the city into a shopping mall.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Stefan Al, author of <em>Mall City: Hong Kong's Dreamworlds of Consumption</em>, writes about how shopping malls&nbsp;in places such as New York, Melbourne, and Hong Kong&nbsp;are&nbsp;increasingly blending into the cities themselves &mdash; transforming into &ldquo;a new breed of shopping centre&rdquo;, Al writes.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149999111/if-you-can-t-stand-the-heat-get-an-outdoor-kitchen-homeowners-are-says-aia If you can't stand the heat, get an outdoor kitchen (homeowners are, says AIA) Julia Ingalls 2017-03-23T13:02:00-04:00 >2017-03-23T13:06:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ot/otcsw5au4f2ez1er.jpg" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Over the past century, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149961338/if-you-can-t-stand-the-domesticity-get-out-of-the-kitchen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">kitchens have gone from being a back room to the center of many homes</a>. Now, according to a <a href="http://info.aia.org/AIArchitect/2017/0324/aia-interactive/index.html#!" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new study released by the AIA</a>, many homeowners are requesting outdoor kitchens, creating an uptick in work for residential architects.&nbsp;&ldquo;Homeowners continue to find new ways to add value to their homes by creating more functional space, which is apparent in the rise in popularity of outdoor kitchens,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. &ldquo;Kitchens have become a hub for the home, now homeowners want to bring some of that activity to their outside space.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149999095/gimme-customizable-shelter-pop-up-modular-homeless-housing-project-tailor-made-for-each-community Gimme (customizable) shelter: pop-up modular homeless housing project tailor-made for each community Julia Ingalls 2017-03-23T12:44:00-04:00 >2017-03-24T12:18:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y5/y59d7jjt1oaq5fze.jpg" width="650" height="479" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Assembled from containers placed within a scaffolding net, WE Architecture's Jagtevj 69 aims to create alluring public space while simultaneously providing temporary housing for the homeless.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/df/dfkbi7s77vb5odhl.gif"></p><p>The proposal stresses that it's a temporary solution; by creating a variety of different spaces for different activities, the project ultimately provides an opportunity for social networking for both the community and the homeless population in "urban gardens and semi-public activities." These activity-specific spaces, which include workshops, yoga studios, and offices, form each modular unit, making it easy to swap out or add different functions as needed.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/80/80zo1uos91ppcwex.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/73/73mu8ss6dd23p8v6.gif"></p><p>Currently envisioned for a site in Copenhagen, the proposal is designed to be disassembled and then reassembled in different locations, making it a kind of traveling social aid that is also custom tailored to the needs of its particular community.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998973/sam-jacob-explores-the-age-of-post-digital-drawing-for-metropolis Sam Jacob explores the "Age of Post-Digital Drawing" for Metropolis Orhan Ayyüce 2017-03-22T23:35:00-04:00 >2017-03-25T21:32:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7x/7xf3ayjw43n6lrrv.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Instead of striving for pseudo-photo-realism, this new cult of the drawing explores and exploits its artificiality, making us as viewers aware that we are looking at space as a fictional form of representation. This is in strict opposition to the digital rendering&rsquo;s desire to make the fiction seem &ldquo;real.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sam Jacob brings a current and analytical view to an essentially important and generative architectural tongue, the drawing. He writes about its anachronistic&nbsp;existence in the transitionally digital threshold years and how it is re-emerging&nbsp;and manifesting itself via the post-digital fictionalism. The article&nbsp;alludes&nbsp;to the demise of the money shot type of&nbsp;hyper-realism&nbsp;as well as the return of the fictional and sensorial collage, at this time via google, illustrator and the photoshop.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998588/architecture-employees-don-t-think-supervisors-think-it-s-important-they-get-licensed Architecture employees don't think supervisors think it's important they get licensed Julia Ingalls 2017-03-21T13:25:00-04:00 >2017-03-21T16:22:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cd/cd0se5zvzmbkk6bs.jpg" width="650" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Combining all the tension of a passive-aggressive relationship with the clarity of survey-derived data, a new study released by the AIA and NCARB reveals that while both employees and supervisors think attaining licensure is important, employees don't think supervisors think it's important.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0t/0tb7k850bdrhgny0.jpg"></p><p>Dubbed the "perception gap," this disparity is quite sharp: as <a href="http://blog.ncarb.org/2017/March/AIA-NCARB-Supervisor-Perception-Survey.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the NCARB blog notes</a>,</p><p><em>While the results revealed that almost all supervisors surveyed (98 percent) believe it is important for emerging professionals to obtain licensure, just 66 percent of emerging professionals reported believing that their supervisor thinks it is important for them to become licensed. In fact, just 27 percent of emerging professionals indicate they believe it is &ldquo;very important&rdquo; to their supervisors for them to obtain licensure, while 88 percent of supervisors indicated that it was &ldquo;very important&rdquo; to them for the emerging professionals they supervise to get licensed.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lv/lv20r5y9irwpfnbz.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998584/how-does-one-design-against-magic-used-to-trap-self-driving-cars How does one design against "magic" used to trap self-driving cars? Julia Ingalls 2017-03-21T12:45:00-04:00 >2017-03-21T12:45:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fe/fevhbt2v7w5028jf.jpg" width="650" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As if the challenges of politics, engineering, and weather weren't enough, now self-driving cars face another obstacle: purposeful visual sabotage, in the form of specially painted traffic lines that entice the car in before trapping it in an endless loop. As profiled in <a href="https://creators.vice.com/en_us/article/meet-the-artist-using-ritual-magic-to-trap-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vice</a>, the artist behind "Autonomous Trip 001," James Bridle, is demonstrating an unforeseen hazard of automation: those forces which, for whatever reason, want to mess it all up. Which raises the question: how does one effectively design for an impish sense of humor, or a deadly series of misleading markings?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998585/superflex-to-take-over-the-turbine-hall-of-the-tate-modern Superflex to take over the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern Nicholas Korody 2017-03-21T12:32:00-04:00 >2017-03-21T12:32:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/83/83ql6o9z5xw7grcu.jpg" width="650" height="855" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Each year, the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern in London houses a site-specific work designed specially for the massive space. This year, the Danish collective Superflex will install a work, the details of which are under wraps until October 3.</p><p>Founded in 1993 by the artists Bj&oslash;rnstjerne Christiansen, Jakob Fenger and Rasmus Nielsen, Superflex are known for their participatory and engaging installation work. The group describes their work as <em>Tools</em>, or proposals that invite audiences to join in experimental models intended to alter economic production conditions and engage in democratic processes.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hm/hmq5u7gv26iwbjyn.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Their work raises timely questions about the role of the artist in contemporary society, exploring how we interpret and engage with the increasingly complex world around us,&rdquo; states Frances Morris, director of the Tate Modern. &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t wait to see how they tackle these themes within the unique scale and public context of Tate Modern&rsquo;s Turbine Hall.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998378/jane-jacobs-and-robert-moses-star-in-citizen-jane-battle-for-the-city-documentary-coming-to-u-s-theaters-in-april Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses star in “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City” documentary, coming to U.S. theaters in April Justine Testado 2017-03-20T16:15:00-04:00 >2017-03-21T14:14:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pk/pkxd6tqkxbipzje4.jpg" width="600" height="889" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The historic feud between Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses is hitting the silver screen in &ldquo;Citizen Jane: Battle for the City&rdquo;, a fairly new feature-length documentary&nbsp;directed by Matt Tyrnauer and produced by Robert Hammond (co-founder and executive director of NYC's Friends of the High Line).&nbsp;Following premieres at DOC NYC and the Toronto International Film Festival last year, &ldquo;Citizen Jane&rdquo; will be released in theaters and on demand in the U.S. on April 21.</p><p>Set in the 1950s and '60s in New York City, the film centers around Jane Jacobs' fight against Robert Moses' ruthless urban &ldquo;renewal&rdquo; schemes&nbsp;that targeted NYC's &ldquo;slums&rdquo; and its vital communities&nbsp;&mdash; a situation that many cities worldwide still face today. It also sheds light on European&nbsp;modernist ideals of architecture and urban design finding its place in the U.S., according to <a href="https://medium.com/urban-design-and-planning/an-entirely-unbiased-review-of-citizen-jane-de53f128310e#.d4vesk81q" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">one film review</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/07/07q8rgeis7xagywo.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;We realized that no one had done a film about Jane Jacobs,&rdquo; Producer Robert Hammond said in a statement. &ldquo;She came up with her own common s...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998366/this-week-s-picks-for-london-architecture-and-design-events This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-03-20T13:38:00-04:00 >2017-03-20T13:38:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/36/36rraztwekhbcvfo.jpg" width="650" height="463" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>To kick off spring, this week's highlight is the 1:1 replica of the Moriyama House (2005) which forms the centerpiece of The Japanese House exhibition at the Barbican, opening this Thursday. Other events not to miss include talks on urban planning, London cycling, and the conflicts between state and private ownership in Moscow.</p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/tag/747353/weekly-events-ldn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/events_location/694828/london-gb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/0f/0fjkug3nr3tkgzrc.jpg"></p><p><em>Image: Sou Fujimoto Architects, House NA, Tokyo, Japan, 2011. Photo Iwan Baan</em></p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/9105/mies-stirling-contemporary-reflections" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 | 23 March - 25 June</a></strong></p><p>This exhibition, organised in collaboration between the Japan Foundation and the Barbican Centre, is the first major UK showcase of Japanese domestic Architecture between 1945 and now. This focus on post-war Japanese design will feature over 40 architects' work including a full-size recreation of the Pritzker-prize winning architect&nbsp;Ryue Nishizawa's Moriyama House.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/1e/1ef1lfz3tj5pker8.jpg"></p><p><em>Image: John Lockwood Kipling</em></p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/9077/lockwood-kipling-arts-and-crafts-in-the-punjab-and-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lockwood Kipling: Ar...</a></strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998035/zaha-hadid-s-seminal-artwork-makes-its-hong-kong-debut Zaha Hadid's seminal artwork makes its Hong Kong debut Justine Testado 2017-03-17T19:17:00-04:00 >2017-03-20T01:27:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vz/vzjvyxk8u03ujjok.jpg" width="650" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ceaseless experimentation was the root of Zaha Hadid's architectural practice, as depicted in her early drawings and paintings. The Serpentine Galleries and Zaha Hadid Design teamed up to showcase Hadid's artistic prowess in the exhibition, &ldquo;Zaha Hadid: There Should Be No End To Experimentation&rdquo;, which opened today at the ArtisTree gallery in Hong Kong.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Presenting Zaha Hadid's artwork in&nbsp;Hong Kong for the first time, the&nbsp;exhibition&nbsp;shows her&nbsp;paintings, calligraphic drawings, and rarely seen private sketch notebooks, along with VR experiences and screenings of archival footage.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zq/zq3vimu7dkqidle7.jpg"><br><em>Hafenstrasse Development; Hafenstrasse Development, Hamburg, Germany, 1989; &copy; Zaha Hadid Foundation.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/is/ismq08isvrsscm5o.jpg"><br><em>Concept Painting, Cardiff Bay Opera House, Wales, UK, 1994-1996; &copy; Zaha Hadid Foundation.</em></p><p>Head over to Bustler for <a href="http://bustler.net/news/5522/zaha-hadid-there-should-be-no-end-to-experimentation-exhibition-debuts-in-hong-kong" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">more</a> about the exhibition.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997795/sadar-vuga-declare-humor-is-a-rare-quality-in-architecture-in-a-new-documentary-on-the-influential-slovenian-firm Sadar + Vuga declare, "Humor is a rare quality in architecture" in a new documentary on the influential Slovenian firm Julia Ingalls 2017-03-16T18:32:00-04:00 >2017-03-16T18:36:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jg/jgbs1duc5icwqi2f.jpg" width="650" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Rejecting self-serious notions in favor of playful, experimental, and bold architecture, Slovenian architects <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/27772/sadar-vuga-arhitekti" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sadar + Vuga</a> have made a name themselves in the twenty-one years since they founded their practice.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/95/9555ctow0l467mrd.jpg"><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/88985961/sadar-vuga-s-air-traffic-control-center-atcc-in-slovenia-continues-to-gain-recognition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Sadar+Vuga&rsquo;s Air Traffic Control Center (ATCC) in Slovenia</em></a></p><p>One of the few firms to openly state that their work is "intentionally imperfect and awkward, robust, and ambiguous," Sadar + Vuga's work is now profiled in a documentary entitled "Sadar + Vuga XX." Watch the trailer below.&nbsp;</p><p><em>From the architects...</em></p><p>Focus of Sadar+Vuga XX documentary by director Damjan Kozole is the design process behind one of the most influential Slovenian architectural studios of the new generation, Sadar+Vuga.</p><p>The documentary Sadar+Vuga XX explores the production and communication of the Slovenian architectural firm Sadar+Vuga established by Jurij Sadar and Bo&scaron;tjan Vuga in Ljubljana in 1996. Individual reflections and talks with Slovenian and foreign architects, architectural critics and policy-makers, co...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997789/bid-for-art-design-experiences-with-famous-architects-in-van-alen-institute-s-2017-benefit-auction Bid for “Art + Design Experiences” with famous architects in Van Alen Institute's 2017 benefit auction Justine Testado 2017-03-16T18:12:00-04:00 >2017-03-16T18:12:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kk/kklp1qn99mxgoxiz.jpg" width="650" height="445" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Dig into Lina Bo Bardi's own archives at her&nbsp;Casa de Vidro in Sao Paulo, get a&nbsp;VIP preview of Yale&rsquo;s new residential college with&nbsp;Robert A.M. Stern, dine&nbsp;with Neil Denari in the&nbsp;Alan-Voo House in LA,&nbsp;or&nbsp;enjoy cherry blossom season at its peak&nbsp;in&nbsp;Go Hasegawa's office rooftop in Tokyo. Those are only a few of the swanky &ldquo;items&rdquo; open for bidding in&nbsp;the&nbsp;Van Alen Institute's&nbsp;<a href="https://paddle8.com/auction/vanalen/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2017&nbsp;Art + Design Experiences Auction</a>, which launched online&nbsp;today on Paddle8. (Sorry, no hanging out in the hot tub <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126959147/van-alen-auctioning-a-hot-tub-roundtable-helicopter-rides-birdwatching-with-famous-architects-for-spring-fundraiser" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">with Charles Renfro</a> this time around.)</p><p>Bids start&nbsp;at $750, so if you've got that extra cash to spare, now's the chance to test your luck. The auction&nbsp;ends on Thursday,&nbsp;March 30 at 5:00 p.m.&nbsp;ET. Curious about what getaways are up for grabs? Take a peek:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3i/3iznbgy8f2dvcv7s.jpg"><br><em>Courtesy of Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi.</em></p><p><strong>Verdant Vidro</strong>: &ldquo;Disappear into the rainforests surrounding S&atilde;o Paulo with Renato Anelli and Sol Camacho to the Casa de Vidro, the former home of Brazilian modernist architect, Lina Bo Bardi. Enjoy lunch amid the t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997786/nothing-constant-but-change-in-the-open-workshop-s-malleable-monuments Nothing constant but change in The Open Workshop's "Malleable Monuments" Julia Ingalls 2017-03-16T17:33:00-04:00 >2017-03-17T11:23:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/da/da1761ao2epdeedy.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With a stated goal of "reconciling and choreographing how the human and environmental subject and their individual, transforming, ephemeral, and often contradictory characteristics continuously recompose a permanent work," The Open Workshop's <em>Malleable Monuments</em> exhibition is a tour of three years worth of work by the Toronto/San Francisco-based collective.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fy/fyleii78xhw70uw6.jpg"><br><em>Photo by&nbsp;Abraham Chan</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8z/8zcbriw34qjj7qs3.jpg"><br><em>Photo by&nbsp;Abraham Chan</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i9/i9wroltppz67422r.jpg"><br><em>Photo by&nbsp;Abraham Chan</em></p><p>With projects including consulting on the redesign of Bruce Mau's office and accolades like the&nbsp;Architectural League of New York Young Architects Prize and the Emerging Leaders Award from Design Intelligence, The Open Workshop is building a solid reputation while delving into the ephemeral. With taxonomic drawings divided into four categories (Frameworks, Living Archives, Articulated Surfaces, and&nbsp;Rewiring States), the exhibition also investigates its constantly evolving territory through two large installations.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kd/kdnu5bpptnftsin8.jpg"><br><em>Photo by&nbsp;Abraham Chan</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wc/wc69oek84j0tups8.jpg"><br><em>Photo by&nbsp;Abraham Chan</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/yb/ybu3iw11fvrt3max.jpg"></p><p>The <a href="http://bustler.net/events/9089/malleable-monuments" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">exhibition,...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997716/studio-ma-s-masterful-texture-wins-aia-arizona-s-firm-of-the-year-award Studio Ma's "masterful texture" wins AIA Arizona's "Firm of the Year" Award Julia Ingalls 2017-03-16T13:21:00-04:00 >2017-03-16T13:27:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gp/gpq0v9dgql4uoc6f.jpg" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://www.studioma.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Ma</a> may be small, but their work is mighty, at least according to the Arizona chapter of the AIA. The woman-owned firm, which has completed projects for Princeton University as well as a series of museums, public libraries and mixed-use housing developments, won the AIA's "Firm of the Year" award for the wide variety and complexity of their work, which the institute described as being "both smart and palpable, with a masterful use of texture."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m6/m66rr8r2ocrq4ovj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ea/eau53fel4a6jxj1m.jpg"></p><p>This is yet another in a series of accolades for the firm, including being placed in the "Design Vanguard" by Architectural Record. &ldquo;In our work, we strive to create building solutions that resonate with the surrounding context both large and small, in harmony with their greater environment,&rdquo; said owner Christiana Moss. &ldquo;This is essential to our client promise, to deliver innovative, sustainable and unique designs to forward-thinking institutions and individuals.&rdquo; Congratulations, all!</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wu/wuto09masblbsch4.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bq/bq1oguu5qbbsvorc.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997710/oma-s-dubai-based-concrete-is-pretty-transparent OMA's Dubai-based "Concrete" is pretty transparent Julia Ingalls 2017-03-16T12:40:00-04:00 >2017-03-17T15:17:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yf/yf4215npfkbakrbp.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>By placing a semi-transparent facade onto a series of former industrial warehouses in Dubai, OMA has created an arts-oriented, multi-disclipinary space called "Concrete." The completed version doesn't quite match the firm's optimistic renderings (<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935045/oma-releases-renderings-of-event-project-space-in-dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in part because the concrete ameliorating foliage isn't present in these photos</a>) but one thing is certain: this is the first finished project of OMA's in Dubai, and Rem Koolhaas thinks that the design is very much of its place and time.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2r/2reck2545stcl411.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4d/4d32lj3e7r8nafev.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ge/ge8b5kdeiskxsm3e.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Dubai is one of the cities that has had a deep impact on our work, and I am very happy that this particular building is our first effort here," Rem said. "In Concrete, we are not introducing a new shape but instead were able to infiltrate an existing building with an arts institution. This building is totally produced in Dubai; it is not a foreign ideal, and that I think is significant.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t6/t6n51unr84ffg2v5.jpg"></p><p>The 600 square meter building's first art exhibition, "Syria: Into the Light," will be viewable until April 3rd.&nbsp;</p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/149997439/how-esther-mccoy-s-writings-connected-mexican-and-la-design-in-this-museo-jumex-exhibition How Esther McCoy's writings connected Mexican and LA design in this Museo Jumex exhibition Justine Testado 2017-03-15T17:02:00-04:00 >2017-03-15T17:07:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yn/ynktfvpqvci12w3b.jpg" width="650" height="656" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Esther McCoy is best known as the architecture writer who helped shape the story of Modernism in Los Angeles. Less known is the nearly year-long period she spent in Mexico in 1951. During this time, she wrote about key architectural developments in the country... &ldquo;The [&ldquo;Passersby 02: Esther McCoy&rdquo; exhibition] presents [McCoy] as this kind of bridge,&rdquo; says Esparza, &ldquo;from L.A. to Mexico and from Mexico to L.A.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architecture historian and critic Esther McCoy is the spotlight of a micro-exhibition called&nbsp;<a href="https://www.fundacionjumex.org/en/exposiciones/83-pasajeros-02-esther-mccoy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Passersby 02: Esther McCoy&rdquo;</a>, which closes this Sunday at&nbsp;Museo Jumex. The exhibition investigates how McCoy's&nbsp;writings on key architectural developments in Mexico during her extended stay in 1951 had an influence on the architectural styles that developed in Los Angeles. It explores the exchange of ideas and references between&nbsp;Mexico and Los Angeles, and how McCoy became an important connection between the two places.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997225/how-should-cities-prepare-for-a-driverless-car-future-here-are-six-tips How should cities prepare for a driverless car future? Here are six tips Julia Ingalls 2017-03-14T20:47:00-04:00 >2017-03-15T01:31:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fc/fc0ipbzr2lxa8gs8.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The days of driving your own car are coming to a close: as many as seven million driverless cars could be making their self-directed way around major urban hubs across the U.S. within the next few decades. So what should cities do to keep up with these changes? This white paper by Arcadis gives six tips for city planners to prepare for the automated onslaught:</p><p>A study by transportation, economics and urban planning experts has found that ridesharing and ridesourcing services using autonomous vehicles (AV) could shift millions of drivers away from personal cars in major U.S. cities.</p><p>&ldquo;Driverless Future: A Policy Roadmap for City Leaders,&rdquo; the study prepared by Arcadis, HR&amp;A Advisors and Sam Schwartz Consulting, shows that the move to ridesharing and ridesourcing services that don&rsquo;t have a driver could cause a shift of up to 60 percent (3.6 million cars) from traditional to autonomous vehicles in the New York metro area alone over the next 15-20 years.</p><p>The Los Angeles metro area could see...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997198/tear-down-that-wall-proposal Tear down that wall (proposal) Julia Ingalls 2017-03-14T18:09:00-04:00 >2017-03-14T23:47:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f6/f6gt1ouk193c0vp3.jpg" width="650" height="446" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rael writes that one of the most devastating consequences of the wall is &ldquo;the division of communities, cities, neighborhoods and families, resulting in the erosion of social infrastructure.&rdquo; When we talked, he wondered how we might create something positive from something so horrible: &ldquo;Can reform happen through borderland investment? If you build 150 libraries along the border, you&rsquo;d get a very different outcome.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The RFP for the border wall is out, but the conscience-bearing architectural community is staying in (and trying to imagine alternatives to this xenophobic concrete smear job). In particular, in this New York Times article they're suggesting building anything but walls, suggesting that perhaps investing in communities instead of splitting them apart is the way to go for the political and social benefit of everyone involved.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997104/christopher-gray-wry-architecture-author-researcher-dies-at-age-66 Christopher Gray, wry architecture author/researcher, dies at age 66 Julia Ingalls 2017-03-14T12:48:00-04:00 >2017-03-14T12:48:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lf/lf2un1qciw3akz8a.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Rooting himself less in a strictly academic tradition and more in an observed, on-the-street context, architecture author and researcher Christopher Gray catalogued what he considered to be beautiful and surprising for <em>The New York Times</em> from 1987 to 2014 in his "Streetscapes" column. He also started a kind of architectural detective business known as the Office for Metropolitan History in 1975, which would research the history, deeds, old photographs and any other paperwork connected with a particular building in the days before the instant compendium of the internet. His work was often used to add depth and context to the work of other architects/critics including <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/33199/robert-a-m-stern-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert A.M. Stern</a>, who <em><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/nyregion/christopher-gray-architecture-writer-and-researcher-dies-at-66.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times</a></em> quoted as saying about Gray that he "was generous with his time and always willing to share what seemed like his almost infinite knowledge of the city&rsquo;s architectural and social history.&rdquo; Gray, who died Friday at age 66 from complications due to pneumonia, leaves behind over 1,40...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149996919/this-week-s-picks-for-london-architecture-and-design-events This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-03-13T13:33:00-04:00 >2017-03-13T13:35:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zr/zrav3b2m602544ka.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week considers the roles of artists and architects in our ever-changing world, whether this is discussing the pedagogical directions of architecture schools or the&nbsp;direction of 'Europe's cultural&nbsp;capital'. Storytelling is prevalent in this week's events; including the tale&nbsp;of tracing&nbsp;displaced artists, and hearing personal insights&nbsp;from MJ Long and Lord Peter Palumbo on the unbuilt Mansion House Square and eventual&nbsp;creation of No. 1 Poultry.</p><p>Be sure to visit&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/events/8633/gavin-turk-who-what-when-where-how-why" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gavin Turk's exhibition</a>, which has just&nbsp;been extended by one week (now&nbsp;closing 26th March); the artist's playful pastiche and skilful use of materials&nbsp;is&nbsp;not to be missed.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/tag/747353/weekly-events-ldn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a> to keep up to date with&nbsp;London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/l5/l5jyi6p4ck44ni2e.jpg"></p><p><em>Image Image: Community Centre, Elephant and Castle by Chris Barnes (Unit 12, The Cass)</em></p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/9120/school-work-architectural-conversations-between-pedagogy-and-practice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">School/Work: Architectural Conversations between Pedagogy and Practice | 17-27 March</a></strong></p><p>Featuring some incredible work of five award-winning architects who teach at the Cass...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149996312/tour-paris-brutal-landmarks-with-this-new-architectural-guide Tour Paris' Brutal landmarks with this new architectural guide Julia Ingalls 2017-03-09T12:55:00-05:00 >2017-03-14T10:31:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fe/fes2c1rsv0x0h8e2.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Paris is not only the City of Lights, but also one of the great repositories of Brutalist buildings. "Brutalist Paris Map," a new architectural guide book put together by photographer Nigel Crow and edited by Robin Wilson of the Bartlett, marks the sixth in a series of publications touring various architectural genres in different cites.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7a/7ax42o300w9c9g3e.jpg"></p><p>The book will point you to monuments such as&nbsp;Les Choux de Creteil, Les Orgues de Flandre Les Damiers,&nbsp;and&nbsp;Bourse by Travail among a slew of others.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hp/hpr2auwoifh4vyzn.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149996307/vietnam-s-architectural-past-is-being-erased-by-new-economic-forces Vietnam's architectural past is being erased by new economic forces Julia Ingalls 2017-03-09T12:42:00-05:00 >2017-03-09T12:42:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2u/2uqgve4qfo8wcfox.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What's the value of history? It's a question that keeps coming up around the world as new projects displace older architecture. In Vietnam, many of Ho Chi Minh City's distinctive (and, in many cases, French-colonial-era) structures are being dispatched to memory in favor of newer developments meant to stimulate the economy. As this article in <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/03/04/vietnam-architectural-gems-disappearing/97098474/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">USA Today</a> notes:</p><p><em>Preservationists say developers and government officials are&nbsp;intent on making&nbsp;this city&nbsp;modern and care little for the vestiges of its colonial past. But destroying so many historic buildings, they warn, makes the city less livable and less attractive to tourists &mdash; which could undercut&nbsp;economic growth the government hopes to foster.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149995869/16-designers-to-display-new-tribune-tower-models-at-the-2nd-chicago-architecture-biennial 16 designers to display new "Tribune Tower" models at the 2nd Chicago Architecture Biennial Julia Ingalls 2017-03-07T19:41:00-05:00 >2017-03-07T19:42:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9m/9m5jgtg4zanjoxpt.jpg" width="532" height="800" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 1922 contest drew 263 entries from 23 countries and led to the construction of a landmark neo-Gothic skyscraper. In 1980, Chicago architects Stanley Tigerman and Stuart Cohen organized a "Late Entries" version of the legendary contest...Now, the curators of this year's Chicago Architecture Biennial are putting together what might be called the "Late Late Entries" to the Tribune Tower competition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although the names of the sixteen designers picked to create a new "Tribune Tower" at the Chicago Architecture Biennial haven't been announced quite yet, according to this article their designs are already being value-engineered in order to be as feasible as possible for potential construction. Whichever design may ultimately go on to the big time of 1:1 scale, the Biennial will be a delightful experience for all of those who still enjoy enormous physical models of both the built and the unbuilt variety:&nbsp;</p><p><em>In addition to the 16 new versions of Tribune Tower, the curators are commissioning two other 16-foot-tall models of designs for the skyscraper from early in the last century. One is a famous, columnlike version by the Austrian architect Adolf Loos that was part of the 1922 competition. The other, which was not officially entered, is a gridded modernist design by the German architect and urban planner Ludwig Hilberseimer.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149995800/what-is-feminism-s-role-in-contemporary-architecture What is feminism's role in contemporary architecture? Julia Ingalls 2017-03-07T13:30:00-05:00 >2017-03-14T10:31:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nt/ntolhn3l16uo4yyk.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In this interview with&nbsp;<a href="https://psmag.com/how-feminist-architecture-is-challenging-socially-conservative-policy-in-2017-bd4f1bb357f4#.qgta80qll" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PSMag</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84447215/architexx-and-the-wage-project-to-inform-women-in-architecture-on-important-salary-negotiation-skills" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ArchiteXX</a>&nbsp;co-founder and Syracuse University School of Architecture professor Lori Brown talks about the difficulties and rewards of attempting to design while female. She's specifically asked about how an architect attempts to integrate feminist notions of design in a political climate that would prefer women's structural contributions remain limited to conducting barefoot and pregnant installations in the kitchen. Here's a sampling:</p><p><strong><em>What might be different about a feminist design versus a design that doesn&rsquo;t take feminism into account?</em></strong></p><p><em>The goal is to consider and incorporate where we are socially, politically, environmentally, and even economically [into designs]. We operate from the position that everyone is valued and everyone should be considered, which requires different ways of operating as a designer [and] thinking about the types of spaces you design, the types of users that would be needing these spaces. It&rsquo;s not to create autonomous and separat...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149995791/in-24-hours-get-a-3d-printed-house-that-will-last-175-years In 24 hours, get a 3D-printed house that will last 175 years Julia Ingalls 2017-03-07T12:40:00-05:00 >2017-03-07T13:28:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xn/xnczd30w3ulj8rox.jpg" width="650" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although it's unclear when the furnishing/window and door fitting process takes place, one thing is certain: you can now have the basic components of an entire 400 square foot house printed in about a day from the company Apis Cor. Aside from being speedy, the $10,000 printing process is impressive because the house is printed using only one machine, instead of a multi-component process that requires wall assembly. In this slightly bizarre promotional video (featuring notable speakers including a student, identified only by first name without any kind of school affiliation) the 3D printed houses are envisioned as being great solutions for providing fast relief from natural disasters. Since they're designed to last 175 years, it makes one wonder if these curvy domiciles could become a kind of inadvertent historical marker of previous catastrophes. Check it out:&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149995573/this-week-s-picks-for-london-architecture-and-design-events This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-03-06T14:07:00-05:00 >2017-03-09T12:31:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dw/dw707fhtrugxcc03.jpg" width="639" height="459" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week is somewhat focused on the development of the next generation in our field; workshops&nbsp;give advice to young creatives, and a panel is lead by emerging figures under 30 discussing iconic schemes. Talks on the regeneration of Moscow, and the lessons we can take from post-war Modernism also provide a springboard for discussion throughout the coming seven days.</p><p>This week also marks the last chance to visit the V&amp;A's <a href="http://bustler.net/events/search/undressed/9076/undressed-a-brief-history-of-underwear" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Undressed</a>&nbsp;exhibition, and <a href="http://bustler.net/events/search/Turk/9056/drawings-conclusions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gavin Turk's showcase</a> at the award winning <a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149972506/breaking-the-newport-street-gallery-by-caruso-st-john-architects-wins-the-2016-stirling-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Newport Street Gallery</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/tag/747353/weekly-events-ldn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/events_location/694828/london-gb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/9078/the-inquiry-mansion-house-square-no-1-poultry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Inquiry: Mansion House Square &amp; No. 1 Poultry | 14 March</a></strong></p><p>AND</p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/9087/mies-van-der-rohe-james-stirling-circling-the-square" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mies van der Rohe &amp; James Stirling: Circling the Square | 8 March - 25 June</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/kq/kqrhaokosfpikey4.jpg"></p><p><em>Image: RIBA collections</em></p><p>This 'courthouse' style discussion sees the younger generation of curators, theorists, planners, and architects critically examine the&nbsp; schemes of Mies (unbuilt) and Stirling (built) at Mansion House Square.</p><p>This even...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149995535/2017-chicago-architecture-biennial-participants-announced 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial participants announced Justine Testado 2017-03-06T13:14:00-05:00 >2017-03-06T14:18:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1j/1j28bhpntc0alkwg.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Preparations for the second <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/465082/chicago-architecture-biennial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> are in full swing, with the big reveal of the 2017 participants today. Titled &ldquo;Make New History&rdquo; and with&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149969744/johnston-marklee-announced-as-the-artistic-director-of-the-2017-chicago-architecture-biennial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee</a>&nbsp;as Artistic Directors, the 2017 roster has the names of over 100 firms &mdash; many of them well-known &mdash; representing over 20 countries. The 2017 CAB will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center and additional sites across the city from&nbsp;September 16 through January 7, 2018.</p><p>Building upon the themes and ideas presented in the successful 2015 edition, the 2017 biennial will showcase a diversity of architectural work from across the globe and will focus on &ldquo;examining the underpinnings of this resurgence of historical interest&rdquo; and &ldquo;the efforts of contemporary architects to align their work with versions of history.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;We hope to examine, through the work of the chosen participants, the continuous engagement with questions of history and architecture as an evolutionary practice,&rdquo; Sharon Johnston says.</p><p>Her...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149995405/minimalism-another-boring-product-wealthy-people-can-buy Minimalism: another boring product wealthy people can buy Orhan Ayyüce 2017-03-05T15:09:00-05:00 >2017-03-06T14:52:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qi/qiom5rssa9p43x3m.jpg" width="620" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Minimalism is just another form of conspicuous consumption, a way of saying to the world: &lsquo;Look at me! Look at all of the things I have refused to buy!&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>I always thought domestic minimalism requires maximum household&nbsp;help, made of mostly immigrant domestic workers. So, whenever&nbsp;I see those shelter magazine pictures, I whisper "sonsofbitches, they are hiding something."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149995140/palmyra-recaptured-from-isis-first-photos-show-level-of-destruction Palmyra recaptured from ISIS; first photos show level of destruction Alexander Walter 2017-03-03T13:24:00-05:00 >2017-03-06T04:14:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a9/a9yxr6lbeum9y1mt.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Syrian government troops have retaken Palmyra from Islamic State forces, with help from Russian air support, the Syrian army said in a statement on Thursday. Politicians in Russian welcomed the news as a triumph, as widely reported by the state&rsquo;s media, but few details have emerged about the condition of the ancient site, where Isil has previously wreaked large-scale destruction. [...] Isil first took Palmyra in May 2015 and the extremist group destroyed a number of important monuments [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>The&nbsp;Syrian Directorate-General of Antiquities &amp; Museums published an initial set of photos of the extent of destruction after ISIS troops had been driven out of Palmyra's archaeological sites on March 2, 2017.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y4/y4wpbgbg8ncv5cp3.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;Roman Theater</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q1/q1glw91u6gd0whfz.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;Tetrapylon</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ba/bafcudal19ylh4xv.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; Triumphal Arch (<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/688007/palmyra-arch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously on Archinect</a>)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o5/o5i3c6oph5auhk52.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;Palmyra Museum</p><p><em>All images via&nbsp;<a href="http://dgam.gov.sy/index.php?d=314&amp;id=2229%D8%B1%D9%82%D9%85_%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D9%82%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A9" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dgam.gov.sy</a> under Creative Commons License.</em></p>