Archinect - News 2015-03-28T05:32:44-04:00 DS+R's Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive announces first exhibit, preps for 2016 opening Justine Testado 2015-03-27T17:26:00-04:00 >2015-03-27T20:17:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive</a> recently revealed details to their inaugural exhibition and other fun-sounding programs as they prepare to move into their new downtown Berkeley location at Oxford and Center Streets, across the University of California, Berkeley campus. The new museum -- which Diller Scofidio + Renfro was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">commissioned</a> to design -- is scheduled to open in early 2016.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>With DS + R as design architect, the $112 million project will integrate the former UC Berkeley printing plant and a new steel-clad curvilinear structure, encompassing about 82,000 sq.ft total. The new structure will include improved accessible spaces to house BAM/PFA's exhibition spaces, film screenings, offices, and other public amenities. On the other hand, the project preserves some original elements of the UC Berkeley printing plant such as the north-facing sawtooth roof to let natural light filter into the ground-floor galleries.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The new structure will also feature two film theaters (232 ...</p> Málaga unveils outposts of two high-profile museums in one week Alexander Walter 2015-03-27T15:00:00-04:00 >2015-03-27T14:43:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For M&aacute;laga&rsquo;s mayor, Francisco de la Torre, the rebirth of Hotel Miramar is a sign that his &euro;100m gamble on rebranding the city is paying off. During his 15 years in office he has lead an aggressive campaign to turn M&aacute;laga into a place brimming with culture. [...] His campaign reached new heights this week with the opening of the first foreign outposts of two high-profile museums: the Centre Pompidou M&aacute;laga and the M&aacute;laga branch of the St Petersburg State Russian Museum.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Centre Pompidou to cover France with pop-ups</a></p> Turns out the U.S. has more museums than the combined number of Starbucks and McDonalds Alexander Walter 2015-03-26T13:27:00-04:00 >2015-03-27T20:35:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There are roughly 11,000 Starbucks locations in the United States, and about 14,000 McDonald's restaurants. But combined, the two chains don't come close to the number of museums in the U.S., which stands at a whopping 35,000. So says the latest data release from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent government agency that&nbsp;tallies&nbsp;the number and type of museums in this country.&nbsp;[...] the 35,000 active museums represent a doubling from the number estimated in the 1990s.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Urban Omnibus investigates "the tragic poetry of building codes" Alexander Walter 2015-03-25T14:28:00-04:00 >2015-03-26T17:52:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From time to time, our Omnibus columnists check in to provide commentary on issues of design, policy, and history and their impact on the life and form of the city today. Stephen Rustow&rsquo;s first column scaled the heights of New York&rsquo;s skyscrapers to consider &ldquo;The Privatization of Prospect.&rdquo; Here, in his second installment, Rustow looks at three intangible&nbsp;forces that greatly influence the shape of our built environment: zoning, finance, and the building code.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> SelgasCano unveils designs for the 2015 Serpentine Pavilion Nicholas Korody 2015-03-25T13:00:00-04:00 >2015-03-25T14:18:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Earlier today, the Serpentine Galleries in London <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">released</a> the first images&nbsp;of the 2015 Serpentine Pavilion, designed by the Spanish firm of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SelgasCano</a>&nbsp;headed by Jos&eacute; Selgas and Luc&iacute;a Cano. In keeping with the criteria of the annual program, this will be the first UK project by the award-winning firm, and is also the first pavilion designed by Spanish architects. According to a statement released with the announcement, the pavilion will consist of "an amorphous, double-skinned, polygonal structure consisting of panels of a translucent, multi-coloured fabric membrane (ETFE) woven through and wrapped in webbing." The images released with the statement consist of&nbsp;colorful, playful renders populated by cartoonish figures.</p><p>A much-anticipated event each year, the Serpentine Pavilion is one of the "top-ten most visited architecture and design exhibits in the world." Visitors to the SelgasCano-designed pavilion will be able to enter the structure from a number of openings, "passing through a...</p> 10 Failed Utopian Cities That Influenced the Future Orhan Ayyüce 2015-03-24T22:51:00-04:00 >2015-03-26T08:49:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bonus: BoozeTown, the Crazy-Ass Town of Drunks</p></em><br /><br /><p>It is still up for debate, but I will say real estate ownership might be abolished and become irrelevant.</p> Schindler Lab Initiative recounts intricate process behind Schindler House artistic interventions Justine Testado 2015-03-24T10:20:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T12:35:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This publication documents an exhibition-oriented initiative that prompts artists and architects to develop installations highlighting Rudolph M. Schindler&rsquo;s domestic experiment...Visitors often ask detailed questions. They are curious about Schindler&rsquo;s thought process when designing and constructing the house; how the house has been used, understood, and canonized throughout the decades; and how the house is holding up today.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For years, the Schindler House in West Hollywood has served as a cultural backdrop for a multitude of MAK Center exhibitions that have -- in turn -- continuously reinvented the experience of the house and also uniquely demonstrate the ongoing need to preserve the house. Whether engaging with the house itself, examining its use as a domestic space, or reflecting on its 93-year-old history as a modernist icon, every one of these artistic interventions resulted from a meticulous process of discussion, debate, and creative problem solving -- all of which the MAK Center chronicles in an online publication known as the Schindler Lab.</p><p>First initiated in 2011 by MAK Center consultant and cultural producer Sara Daleiden, the Schindler Lab is divided into sections that starts off with the Schindler House's architecture and history. The publication then goes on to present the variety of perspectives, proposals, and after-thoughts that architects, designers, artists, curators, and administrators...</p> Why do all hipsters look the SAME? Orhan Ayyüce 2015-03-23T14:22:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T16:20:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There is always a delay between the time a trend begins to gain traction, and the time hipsters begin following it. This delay is caused because people can't be aware of what others are deciding, in real-time. As a result, hipsters gradually realise that the trend, and the decision has been made while making the same decision separately. This leads to them gradually conforming towards what then becomes the mainstream.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Now, try to imagine&nbsp;"architects" instead of&nbsp;"hipster." Vertical farms? Poche? Blobs? Hedonistic urbanism? Parametric buildings? New Urbanism? Old Urbanism? Etc, etc,.</p> With gentrification, the end of racial segregation moves into LA's Highland Park neighborhood Alexander Walter 2015-03-23T14:16:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T14:17:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For years, our family journeys have taken us from our hillside home, in the multiethnic Mount Washington district of northeast Los Angeles, into the flatlands of the Latino barrios that surround it. My wife, Virginia Espino, who is Mexican-American, knows these neighborhoods well, especially the community called Highland Park. [...] &ldquo;I saw them all move out,&rdquo; my wife said one day, referring to the neighborhood&rsquo;s white residents. &ldquo;And now I&rsquo;m watching them move back in.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Pondering the cultural value of Frank Gehry's Winton Guest House Justine Testado 2015-03-20T20:56:00-04:00 >2015-03-25T05:00:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Frank Gehry's Winton Guest House was recently announced to be up <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">for auction</a> on May 19 in Chicago. Designed for Mike and Penny Winton during the '80s in Lake Minnetonka, MN, the Guest House helped propel Gehry into international stardom in the '90s. Currently, the University of St. Thomas owns the $4.5 million home, which was repurposed as part of the Daniel C. Gainey Conference Center in Owatonna, MN a few years ago. Ever since St. Thomas sold the Gainey last year, the Guest House is once again up for grabs and must -- also once again -- start relocation this June to meet its August 2016 deadline.</p><p>The Winton Guest House revives the question of what cultural value that the house -- and others vernacular structures like it -- possess. As this <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">comment discussion</a> shows, the topic is a subjective one with no clean-cut answer.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Some may agree that the Guest House's value lies in its history, like an art object that can be studied or referred to for inspiration. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">According to the University o...</a></p> Contemporary Art in an 8th-Century Roman Church Nicholas Korody 2015-03-20T15:39:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T23:29:39-04:00 <img src="" width="197" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Next month, New York-based gallerist Gavin Brown will open a Rome gallery in an unexpected location: an 8th-century church named Sant&rsquo;Andrea de Scaphis at Via dei Vascellari 69 in the Trastevere&nbsp;neighborhood... &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not that I was looking to open a place in Europe. I was looking to open this place in this building,&rdquo; [said Brown] &ldquo;I think a lot of people who run the kind of business I run have this real-estate problem...If you see empty buildings, you imagine what could be done there.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Duplitecture and the Downfall of Rep. Aaron Schock Nicholas Korody 2015-03-20T15:05:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T15:34:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many and baroque have been the scandals that have toppled Illinois politicians. Rod Blagojevich, the most recent governor to be sent to prison, is behind bars for trying to sell the remaining years of Barack Obama&rsquo;s Senate term. But Aaron Schock, who announced his resignation on March 17th as Republican congressman for the state&rsquo;s 18th district, is the first to be felled by an over-talkative interior designer.</p></em><br /><br /><p>'Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois's 18th Congressional district is probably better known for showing off his abs on the cover of&nbsp;<em>Men's Health&nbsp;</em>(see below)&nbsp;than for any actual legislating. At 33, Schock holds the title of the third-youngest US representative, at least until the end of this month when he will resign.</p><p>Already a controversial figure for his (perhaps too) media-friendly presence, the muscular young politician became embroiled in a veritable firestorm after an unfortunate, chance encounter between his interior decorator and a <em>Washington Post</em> reporter.</p><p>"Bright red walls. A gold-colored wall sconce with black candles. A Federal-style bull&rsquo;s-eye mirror with an eagle perched on top. And this is just the Illinois Republican&rsquo;s outer office," describes Ben Terris in a recent <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article</a> for the <em>Post</em>. When Terris ran into the woman responsible for the ornate d&eacute;cor, she told him, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s actually based off of the red room in &lsquo;Downton Abbey,&rsquo;" the popular British show that depicts the waning y...</p> Is Newark the Next Brooklyn? Richard Meier & Partners 2015-03-20T13:28:00-04:00 >2015-03-20T19:42:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When construction&rsquo;s done in 2016, Teachers Village will consist of eight, low-rise buildings housing three charter schools and a daycare facility, 65,000 square feet of retail, and 205 residential units designed by the world-renowned Richard Meier, Newark&rsquo;s native son and architect of the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art in Spain.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Take a Tour of Ancient Rome, 320 CE Nicholas Korody 2015-03-20T12:58:00-04:00 >2015-03-22T18:03:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[The] extended tour [is] guided by renowned &ldquo;virtual archaeologist&rdquo; and overseer of the Rome Reborn project&nbsp;Dr. Bernard dialogue with Dr. Steven Zucker, whose...questions ensure that, while we take in the spectacle of Rome&rsquo;s impressive architecture (to say nothing of its equally impressive aqueducts) as it looked back in 320, we also think about what the real flesh-and-blood people who once lived there actually did there...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A glimpse at Havana's rooftop dwellers as urban landscape transforms Justine Testado 2015-03-19T20:19:00-04:00 >2015-03-20T01:28:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In overcrowded Central Havana and in the historic quarter, the shortage of places to live and play and find much-needed privacy pushed the city upward, spilling onto the rooftops.The technical term for it is 'parasitic architecture.' The Cuban government doesn&rsquo;t encourage the practice, but in the city&rsquo;s oldest and most dilapidated neighborhoods, longtime roof-dwelling families...were usually allowed to stay. The parasites became permanent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Havana's rooftop-dwelling communities brace for more change -- at least in tourism -- in the bustling city below, as Cuba and the U.S. re-establish relations.</p> #ProtectCity campaign launched in support of Michael Heizer's "City" Alexander Walter 2015-03-19T19:00:00-04:00 >2015-03-20T14:16:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="167" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Located in Garden Valley, Nevada, Michael Heizer&rsquo;s City is one of the most significant works of art in the United States. Begun by Heizer in 1972, the project is now in its final stage of completion. It will, in the future, be accessible by the public. [...] To see the land developed into a site for military, energy, or waste purposes, would ruin it forever. After 43 years of work, can it really be destroyed like this?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Notable American museums publicly expressed their support on Twitter via&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#protectCITY</a>. The LACMA petition to protect Michael Heizer's&nbsp;<em>City</em>&nbsp;and the Basin and Range can be reached&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Heizer's massive desert sculpture, "City", will make you cry</a></p> Photo archive of "Blade Runner" model shop shows remarkably convincing replicants hard at work Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-19T17:12:00-04:00 >2015-03-20T16:17:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="778" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>An amazing cache of 142 "behind the scenes" photos from the model shop of the 1982 classic sci-fi flick "Blade Runner" are now <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">available on imgur</a>. A huge h/t to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boing Boing</a>, where we first came across these photos.</p><p>Perhaps they're coming to light now as promo for the (official) <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blade Runner sequel</a>?&nbsp;Here's a selection of some of our favorites, in all their late '70s glory:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> The Secret Service wants to build a fake White House Nicholas Korody 2015-03-18T18:19:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:57:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="269" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In testimony before the House Appropriations Committee, Joseph P. Clancy, the director of the Secret Service, on Tuesday urged lawmakers to give him money to build a detailed replica of the White House to aid in training officers and agents to protect the real thing. Beltsville, about 20 miles from the real White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, is the location of a 500-acre Secret Service training site in the verdant terrain of southern Maryland.</p></em><br /><br /><p>File this one under <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>duplitecture </strong></a>(noun: an intentional, functioning copy of a pre-existing, and often familiar, piece of architecture).</p><p>After garnering criticism following a series of &ndash; erm &ndash; security lapses (here's a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">timeline</a>), the Secret Service has requested $8 million to construct a duplicate White House in order to train their agents to better protect the real one (and its rather important occupants). According to Mr. Clancy, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s important to have a true replica of what the White House is so we can do a better job of this integrated training between our uniform division officers, our agents and our tactical teams."</p><p>No word on if the fake White House will offer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DUI classes</a>...</p><p>Incidentally, this isn't the first duplitecture White House. In their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fake for Real</a> series,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NextNature</a> posted about a replica version of the famous residence built by the Chinese entrepreneur Huang Qiaoling. Apparently, he wanted to be able meet business associates in the "Oval Office."</p><p>&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src=""></p>... Rem praises Dubai for its sophistication Nicholas Korody 2015-03-18T17:07:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:32:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Rem Koolhaas] addressed a packed auditorium at the American University of Sharjah on Tuesday..."Dubai has escaped from its architectural caricatures,&rdquo; Mr Koolhaas said... [He] had a positive outlook on the region despite recent upheaval and said that it provided the opportunity for the dawn of something new. He also praised the involvement of the country&rsquo;s rulers and the freedom they have given to designers to transform the landscape of the region.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> "Soundscape New York" captures the sounds of NYC's iconic buildings Justine Testado 2015-03-18T14:13:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:20:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Karen Van Lengen, who created the installation with her husband, James Welty, says to really soak in a building, you need to listen to it. 'If you close your eyes, what you're going to hear are things that you can't hear with your eyes open,' says Van Lengen, an architecture professor at the University of Virginia.</p></em><br /><br /><p>You can also find more about the exhibition on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.&nbsp;</p> Chicago's Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel creates an app to better acquaint the guests with the architecture Archinect 2015-03-17T17:51:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:36:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I think our hope is that it will make guests connect to the hotel in a different way by understanding the thoughts of the architect and the designer, who wanted to create more of a community than a typical hotel lobby</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> NBBJ proposes strategy for creating skyscrapers that don't cast shadows Archinect 2015-03-17T17:43:00-04:00 >2015-03-18T18:48:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="568" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>They used computer modeling to design a pair of buildings, one of which works like a gigantic, curved mirror. The glass surface of the northernmost building reflects light down into the shadow cast by its&nbsp;southern partner. And the carefully defined curve of that glass allows the reflected light to follow the shadow throughout the day.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img alt="" src=""></p> NPR's Morning Edition discusses Eichler for the masses Archinect 2015-03-17T17:34:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T20:35:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Single-story homes, with open spaces, floor-to-ceiling glass walls and clean, serene lines. Bernie fell in love. He paid $30,000, and raised three children in the house. In fact, Parents Magazine once said an Eichler was the best house in the U.S. for raising children.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Zaera-Polo responds to alleged Wikipedia plagiarism in Biennale texts Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-17T14:16:00-04:00 >2015-03-18T12:29:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Explaining his move, he said that, while it was &lsquo;unorthodox in an academic setting&rsquo;, the citations were removed to give the publication more relevance to the general public and less of an academic tone. [...] In a letter to Princeton University, Koolhaas defended Zaera-Polo, saying that the publication was intended as a &lsquo;polemic, not an academic document&rsquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Alejandro Zaera-Polo <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">resigned from his deanship</a> at Princeton University's School of Architecture back in October, amidst <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rumors</a> of plagiarism in texts supplied to Rem Koolhaas' 2014 Venice Biennale. Now, in a letter published on his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>, Zaera-Polo clarifies the rumors, and addresses the precise incidents of alleged plagiarism. His position, one <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">supported by Rem Koolhaas</a>, maintains that as the Biennale's texts were intended to be "polemic", "non-academic" and "speculative", they did not require the same academic citation standards that a university like Princeton would require.</p><p>See the full text of Zaera-Polo's statement below, titled "A Clarifying Statement", courtesy of</p><p>To whom it may concern:</p><p>I am making the following statement in order to finally clarify the reasons for my sudden resignation from the Post of Dean of the School of Architecture at Princeton University on October 30 2014. This is now imperative not just in respect to the rumors spread on t...</p> Archinect's Lexicon: "Neuromorphic Architecture" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-16T20:28:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T23:53:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>neuromorphic</strong>&nbsp;[n&#650;&#601;r o&#650;&nbsp;m&ocirc;rf ik]&nbsp;<strong>architecture:&nbsp;</strong>in the words of Dr. Michael Arbib at the 2014 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture</a> conference:&nbsp;&ldquo;what happens if architecture incorporates in itself some of the lessons of the brain. If, in a sense, you give a brain to a building.&rdquo;</p><p>Arbib, professor of Computer Science, Neuroscience and Psychology (among others) at USC, first formally proposed the term in a 2012 paper for&nbsp;<em>Intelligent Buildings International</em>:&nbsp;&ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brains, machines and buildings: towards a neuromorphic architecture</a>". The abstract for the paper explains the intent behind such neuromorphic architecture as: "exploring ways to incorporate lessons from studying real, biological brains to devise computational systems based on the findings of neuroscience that can be used in intelligent buildings". The paper continues with the argument that, under the premise that future buildings will be "perceiving, acting and adapting entities," neuroscientific research will lend a degree of empir...</p> An Urban Treehouse That Absorbs Pollution Miles Jaffe 2015-03-16T19:22:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T20:27:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="617" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's a special building because it lives, grows, breathes and changes over time. Its terraces are dotted with 150 tall trees which together with 50 plants in the court produce about 150,000 liters per hour of oxygen, at night absorbing about 200,000 liters of carbon dioxide per hour. Also slashing particulate matter caused by cars, protecting from noise, following the natural cycle of the seasons, growing day by day, creating an ideal microclimate.</p></em><br /><br /><p>^ Translated from Italian. Check the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">source</a> for more photos.</p> Is the Louvre Abu Dhabi Worth Celebrating? Nicholas Korody 2015-03-16T17:46:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T20:30:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Louvre Abu Dhabi looks set to open in 2016, as work on Jean Nouvel&rsquo;s colossal construction speeds up and his vision of a modern medina starts to crystallise on what was once a desert island. This vast project has been stupendously controversial...Abu Dhabi&rsquo;s new cultural centre is being built by exploited and abused migrant workers...Fifty years from now, when the Louvre Abu Dhabi has established itself as one of the world&rsquo;s great museums, how clearly will its dark beginnings be remembered?</p></em><br /><br /><p>In Jones' op-ed, he makes a strange case, stating point blank: "Nothing excuses the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">inhuman working conditions</a> that have been reported." Yet, for him, these "unexcusable" working conditions might produce nothing short of "a revolutionary subversion of the old European imperialism of knowledge." Jones asserts that the world needs a "a network of cultural oases on every continent." And, if this is accomplished, "That would vindicate the democratic educational dream of the Enlightenment, from which the first world museums grew."</p><p>I'd imagine, however, that for many of the workers currently locked into&nbsp;<em>de facto</em>&nbsp;slavery, art and culture are the last things they&nbsp;<em>actually</em> need. In fact, they may argue that the resources currently being applied towards the museum could instead be used to pay living wages or to provide for their basic needs. Of course, Jones' point is that these issues shouldn't be mutually exclusive, and that the merits of a museum may outweigh the conditions that brought the...</p> Lawsuit against the Lucas Museum to Proceed Nicholas Korody 2015-03-16T15:54:00-04:00 >2015-03-18T11:02:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A lawsuit challenging plans for the Lucas museum along Chicago's lakefront can proceed, a federal judge ruled Thursday, leaving legal hurdles in place if the selected site remains between Soldier Field and McCormick Place. Friends of the Parks filed a lawsuit in November against the Chicago Park District and the city of Chicago over the museum plans, contending the proposed site near Lake Michigan violates the public trust.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The lawsuit asserts that proposed site for the Lucas Museum requires approval by the Illinois General Assembly, something contested by the Park District and the city who argue the museum will be provide public benefits. It was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">filed</a> last year by the Friends of the Parks, who assert that since the site is made up of land that was reclaimed from a protected waterway, it should be preserved as an open space. The land was part of Lake Michigan until it was formed in the 1920s.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The noted filmmaker George Lucas selected Chicago for the location of his proposed museum last year. The director plans to fully-fund the project, which would contain paintings, photographs, illustration and films related to movie-making. The city offered 17 acres of lakefront property, assumedly in the hopes that, once built, the museum would serve as a tourist attraction. While the property is currently serving as a parking lot, according to the lawsuit, the planned development would restrict public access to the...</p> Facebook's "Zee Town" and the rocky history of corporate urbanism Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-16T12:52:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T20:23:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In founding a town for some 10,000 of his employees to call their own, the Facebook mogul is following generations of entrepreneurs, from the Dutch East India Company to Walt Disney. [...] Zuckerberg&rsquo;s version is to take the form of a 200-acre private municipality adjacent to Facebook&rsquo;s Menlo Park headquarters, masterplanned by long-time collaborator Frank Gehry and ever-so-humbly dubbed &ldquo;Zee Town&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previous news from Gehry's work with Zuckerberg:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook, Gehry Build Idea Factory for RipStik Geeks</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry about his Battersea Power Station project, Norman Foster, Mark Zuckerberg</a></p> Ray Bradbury, The Pomogranate Architect Orhan Ayyüce 2015-03-14T15:08:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T20:21:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="419" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Disney sent that article to his friends in New York City who were, at that time, helping build the New York World&rsquo;s Fair, and they read the introduction and they came to Los Angeles a month later and they knocked on the door, and I opened the door and they said, &ldquo;Mr. Bradbury, shall we tell you why we are here?&rdquo; I said, &ldquo;Why?&rdquo;&#8232; &ldquo;We are here to give you a fifty-million-dollar building.&rdquo; I said, &ldquo;What!? Come in, come in!&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>This essay appears in&nbsp;</em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ray Bradbury: The Last Interview and Other Conversations</a>,<em>&nbsp;out this month. Reprinted with permission of Melville House.</em></p><p><em>Ray Bradbury (1920&ndash;2012) is the author of twenty-seven novels, including&nbsp;</em>Fahrenheit 451<em>and&nbsp;</em>The Martian Chronicles<em>, and more than six hundred short stories. Bradbury won many awards throughout his lifetime, including the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America and a National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.</em></p><p><em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sam Weller</a>&nbsp;is the author of&nbsp;</em>The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury&nbsp;<em>and</em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Listen to the Echoes</a>: The Ray Bradbury Interviews<em>, and the coeditor of&nbsp;</em>Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury,<em>&nbsp;which won a Bram Stoker Award. Weller is an associate professor in the department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago.</em></p>