Archinect - News 2015-09-04T12:41:14-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/135802570/moscow-skaters-reclaiming-hidden-spaces-on-top-of-soviet-era-buildings Moscow skaters reclaiming hidden spaces on top of Soviet-era buildings Alexander Walter 2015-09-03T13:28:00-04:00 >2015-09-03T20:15:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dz/dz3zdtl37fblg3us.jpg" width="514" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Moscow's landscape is filled with Soviet-era buildings, many of them shuttered after the privatisation programme of the Nineties. Built for the people's benefit, they are now shut away off from public access, patrolled by security guards, most of whom never dream of exploring the upper floors. But it is the roof of the Moscow pavilion that brings us here. Because of its concave shape the roof looks like a giant skate ramp. My friends and I want to see if it can perform like one too.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d6/d6yv5lq9lpo4koum.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3q/3qcwy8wnsnr3agnh.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5a/5ao3lphwxohywr0g.jpg"></p><p>Head over to <a href="http://calvertjournal.com/features/show/4593/rooftop-skaters-moscow-vdnkh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Calvert Journal</em></a> for many more stunning photos by&nbsp;Pasha Volkov.</p><p>In other <em>daring-Russian-kids</em> news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/46831485/skywalking-hacking-architecture-in-russia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skywalking - hacking architecture in Russia</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107424511/hong-kong-from-the-perspective-of-crazy-fearless-russian-kids" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hong Kong, from the perspective of crazy, fearless Russian kids</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135751122/master-architect-m-n-ashish-ganju-on-working-to-achieve-good-architecture Master architect M.N. Ashish Ganju on working to achieve "good architecture" Justine Testado 2015-09-03T13:07:00-04:00 >2015-09-03T13:07:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9n/9nqgbg357qqfun1a.jpg" width="514" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Munishwar Nath Ashish Ganju is a thought leader in Indian architectural philosophy...Based in New Delhi, Ganju cares about the fact that over a quarter of Delhi&rsquo;s population lives outside the law in unauthorised colonies. He lives and works on the urban fringe, to demonstrate by example the principle of urban renewal by citizens.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a recent&nbsp;<em>Forbes</em> interview, esteemed architect M.N. Ashish Ganju&nbsp;looks back on his career over the last few decades --&nbsp;from the history of Indian architecture, his most notable projects, to his current efforts to instill citizen-led urban renewal in the outskirts of the country.</p><p>You can also read some of Ganju's writing&nbsp;<a href="http://architexturez.net/doc/az-cf-123566#off-canvas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129867356/an-angry-passion-round-up-of-global-tributes-to-charles-correa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"An Angry Passion": Round-Up of Global Tributes to Charles Correa</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129791024/charles-correa-legendary-indian-architect-dies-at-84" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charles Correa, legendary Indian architect, dies at 84</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129719489/works-by-le-corbu-and-louis-kahn-in-ahmedabad-left-off-historic-conservation-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Works by Le Corbu and Louis Kahn in Ahmedabad left off historic conservation list</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127524458/mumbai-s-dharavi-slum-opportunities-challenges" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mumbai's Dharavi 'slum': Opportunities &amp; challenges</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127175516/will-india-s-smart-city-initiative-exacerbate-social-stratification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will India's 'smart city' initiative exacerbate social stratification?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135747100/google-street-view-captures-beautiful-public-space-transformations Google Street View captures beautiful public space transformations Julia Ingalls 2015-09-02T20:02:00-04:00 >2015-09-03T14:26:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8z/8z0zr0eoa04ouxqv.jpg" width="514" height="489" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Brazilian urban planning collective called Urb-i...scoured Google Street View images to find the most stunning public space transformations from around the world. The results give us hope that our cities are becoming more beautiful places to live.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Cheer up: not everything is getting worse, at least not if you check out these comparison shots of real places from around the globe captured on <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115731034/google-is-letting-you-visit-museums-around-the-world-using-street-view-and-youtube" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Street View</a>. Compiled by Urb-i, these 41 intersections and urban streets are studies in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/509560/pedestrian" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pedestrian-friendliness</a>; as the years melt by, many of the municipalities and cities strip away traffic lanes and replace them with sidewalk planters, pavers, and other traffic-calming elements. In some cases, cars are removed entirely, letting people (and greenery) retake the streets. Here's a view of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/43490/hungary" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hungary</a>:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yt/yt9l007j8l7pauyb.jpg"></p><p>A street in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/12263/detroit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit</a>:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/93/93s6xxb21hu1r8ro.jpg"></p><p>Also in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90310460/speech-bubble-lamps-make-montreal-street-into-comic-strip" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Montreal</a>:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ey/eybuc17zt6nyv30m.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135731795/requirements-for-affordable-housing-in-chicago-under-attack-from-developers Requirements for affordable housing in Chicago under attack from developers Nicholas Korody 2015-09-02T15:24:00-04:00 >2015-09-04T11:05:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j0/j05gylrjnywcq1sl.jpg" width="514" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As Chicago prepares to enter a new era of ramped-up affordable-housing development, a key question is whether private developers will go along with the city&rsquo;s new guidances. A lawsuit filed... last Thursday shows signs of possible peril for the city&rsquo;s low-income housing agenda. At the heart of the lawsuit is the Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO), which is part of Chicago&rsquo;s five-year &ldquo;Bouncing Back&rdquo; plan for increasing affordable housing. [...]</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/135729371/moscow-russia-voted-world-s-unfriendliest-city-by-travelers Moscow, Russia voted world's unfriendliest city by travelers Julia Ingalls 2015-09-02T14:33:00-04:00 >2015-09-02T14:33:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aa/aavsq7ai6zwtc59s.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We suspect the city&rsquo;s notoriously bad traffic and general &ldquo;aloofness&rdquo; of the people contributed to its low ranking, as well as its culinary scene, which was also ranked dead last in this year&rsquo;s poll.</p></em><br /><br /><p>When Travel + Leisure compiled a survey of the places its readers love to visit, it also collected data on the 30 locales they loathe. While Moscow, Russia tops the list of the world's unfriendliest cities, a significant number of the top 10 are located in the United States (including <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/19263/los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/12384/new-york-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York City</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103168530/philadelphia-let-s-talk-about-frank-gehry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Philadelphia</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/201336/baltimore" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Baltimore</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/29854/las-vegas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Las Vegas</a> and the world's #2 unfriendliest burg,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/60372274/atlantic-city-boardwalk-collapse-as-hurricane-sandy-slams-coast" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atlantic City</a>).&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g8/g8ogm66q9mequt1h.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135725347/reporting-from-the-front-is-the-title-of-the-15th-venice-biennale-of-architecture "Reporting from the Front" is the title of the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture Nicholas Korody 2015-09-02T13:19:00-04:00 >2015-09-02T13:19:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0c/0cuqq0vidxq8egq1.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The President of la Biennale di Venezia, Paolo Baratta, accompanied by the curator of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, Alejandro Aravena, met today at Ca&rsquo; Giustinian with the representatives of 48 Countries. The 15th Exhibition will take place from May 28th to November 27th 2016...in the Giardini and the Arsenale and in various other venues in Venice. The title chosen by Alejandro Aravena for the 15th International Architecture Exhibition is: REPORTING FROM THE FRONT</p></em><br /><br /><p>"There are several battles that need to be won and several frontiers that need to be expanded in order to improve the quality of the built environment and consequently people&rsquo;s quality of life," <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132339475/chilean-architect-alejandro-aravena-named-architecture-director-of-2016-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alejandro Aravena</a>&nbsp;states in the announcement. "More and more people in the planet are in search for a decent place to live and the conditions to achieve it are becoming tougher and tougher by the hour. Any attempt to go beyond business as usual encounters huge resistance in the inertia of reality and any effort to tackle relevant issues has to overcome the increasing complexity of the world."&nbsp;</p><p>Employing a militaristic tone, Aravena is signalling an aggressive positioning for next year's Biennale, as well as a clear political stance. "Unlike military wars where nobody wins and there is a prevailing sense of defeat, on the frontlines of the built environment, there is a sense of vitality because architecture is about looking at reality in a proposal key," he states.</p><p>The Chilean architect is know...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135681135/new-showers-installed-at-auschwitz New Showers Installed at Auschwitz Miles Jaffe 2015-09-01T23:48:00-04:00 >2015-09-03T13:52:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3n/3nqzm2n5iarx39m3.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The management at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum has defended the installation of sprinkler showers at its entrance, after a visitor complained that the new facilities were a painful reminder of the gas chambers used to murder prisoners.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Is Auschwitz now a theme park?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135666658/it-s-not-worth-it-ad-exec-s-brutal-rant-before-he-died-of-cancer 'IT'S NOT WORTH IT': Ad Exec's Brutal Rant Before He Died Of Cancer Orhan Ayyüce 2015-09-01T19:13:00-04:00 >2015-09-03T20:51:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w9/w9kxfp3swqp8guds.jpg" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I think you&rsquo;re all fucking mad. Deranged. So disengaged from reality it&rsquo;s not even funny. It&rsquo;s a fucking TV commercial. Nobody gives a shit. This has come as quite a shock I can tell you. I think, I&rsquo;ve come to the conclusion that the whole thing was a bit of a con. A scam. An elaborate hoax.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Linds Redding, a New Zealand-based art director who worked at BBDO and Saatchi &amp; Saatchi, died last month at age 52 from an inoperable esophageal cancer.Redding also kept a blog, and after his passing an essay he wrote about the ad business, titled &ldquo;A Short Lesson In Perspective,&rdquo; has gained a new and sudden life, on the SF Egotist and on Adfreak.It will not make happy reading for the many people who knew Redding, know of his work, or anyone who works in the creative department of an ad agency."</em></p><p>Maybe change ad agency with architect's office? In most cases?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135574011/the-beach-to-be-reincarnated-in-arts-competition-for-d-c-s-dupont-underground-initiative The BEACH to be reincarnated in arts competition for D.C.'s Dupont Underground initiative Justine Testado 2015-09-01T12:55:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T15:38:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/09/091cm4tbc4d9nycn.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The wildly successful BEACH installation is down to its final exhibition days at Washington D.C.'s National Building Museum. Since <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131329607/snarkitecture-s-10-000-sq-ft-indoor-beach-at-the-national-building-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opening on July 4</a>, over 120,000 visitors both young and old "splashed" around in its bubbly waters, lounged about on the "shore", and perhaps saw a live band rock out in the 10,000 square-foot monochromatic ball pit, designed by Brooklyn-based <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/94643/snarkitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Snarkitecture</a>. Although the Beach closes on September 7, that won't be the last of it.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tg/tgfj4lw34z6xw2vs.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kv/kvtw8ef5hcoiyi5m.jpg"></p><p>Recycling the Beach was always part of the plan. Even before the installation opened, representatives of the D.C.-based initiative, the <a href="http://dupontunderground.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dupont Underground</a>, proposed&nbsp;to transport, store, and re-use its building materials.</p><p>The Dupont Underground has set&nbsp;its sights on revitalizing&nbsp;an abandoned trolley station beneath the Dupont Circle neighborhood into a public venue for arts and design-oriented events. As part of their inaugural programming, the group will take the Beach's more than 650,000 anti-microbial plastic balls and its 6,000 ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135646477/uber-brings-mad-max-to-seattle Uber brings Mad Max to Seattle Nicholas Korody 2015-09-01T12:44:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T12:54:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fr/frlxqnq76aaljh40.jpg" width="514" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To promote the new Mad Max video game coming out at the start of September, Uber teamed up with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment this weekend to give fans in Seattle real rides in real Fury Road vehicles. Through Monday (we know &mdash; not enough time, life isn't fair, etc.), those going to and from the city's PAX Prime gaming convention will have the chance to nab a varied set of postapocalyptic chariots that seat either one, three, or four other riders.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The rules are simple:</p><ul><li>Trips must begin and stay within downtown Seattle. The Wasteland is vast and gas is precious &mdash; the Warboys must remain near their Stronghold.</li><li>Your dollars are worthless in the Wasteland. Payment shall not be required.</li></ul><p>Here's a look at some of the cars helping to bring new meaning to "disruptive innovation":</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pw/pwina38h6g6iqmwg.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lu/lul5fyyxpmmzundc.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xd/xdyvjahxp5u64euq.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6p/6pb43tyxpzzzuxyc.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/69/69zkkwa0q6nrtgxd.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xf/xft7ihu1nrgsx6mm.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135636799/binational-urbanism-on-the-road-to-paradise-released Binational Urbanism – On the Road to Paradise Released BOARD 2015-09-01T10:13:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T12:23:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ft/ftr3p7vj5y3qxpky.jpg" width="514" height="415" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Binational urbanism has the potential to become one of the most interesting forms of life in the twenty-first century.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Amsterdam-based publishing house <a href="http://www.trancity.nl/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">trancityxvaliz</a> just released Bernd Upmeyer&rsquo;s new book entitled <a href="http://www.trancity.nl/publicaties/binational-urbanism.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Binational Urbanism &ndash; On the Road to Paradise&rdquo;</a>.<br><br>&ldquo;Never before was the mobility of individuals higher than it is today. People work and live not only in different places, but often even in different countries. Binational Urbanism examines the way of life of people who start a second life in a second city in a second nation-state, without saying goodbye to their first city. They live in constant transit between two homes, between two countries.</p><p>Binational urbanists come from all strata of society, from the highly educated and cosmopolitan creative classes to the working class. Through their continuous change of location, binational urbanists appear to be living in a state that is characterized by a constant longing, or a constant homesickness, for the other city. The author interviewed people of Turkish origin currently living in Germany, who commute regularly between cities in Germany a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135588605/antonia-malchik-on-the-end-of-walking-in-america Antonia Malchik on the end of walking in America Alexander Walter 2015-08-31T18:39:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T18:48:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cg/cg69dtqtycwsbyky.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For decades, Americans have been losing their ability, even their right, to walk. [...] there are vast blankets and folds of the country where the ability to walk &ndash; to open a door and step outside and go somewhere or nowhere without getting behind the wheel of a car &ndash; is a struggle, a fight. A risk. [...] we encourage car travel and discourage moving on foot. More than discourage it, we criminalise it where deemed necessary.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135027032/ny-mayor-de-blasio-s-times-square-overhaul-runs-into-massive-opposition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NY Mayor de Blasio's Times Square overhaul runs into massive opposition</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134589596/mit-s-placelet-sensors-technologize-old-fashioned-observation-methods-for-placemaking" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's "Placelet" sensors technologize old-fashioned observation methods for placemaking</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90280641/why-can-t-one-walk-to-the-super-bowl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Can't One Walk To The Super Bowl?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135577259/is-individual-expression-in-architecture-at-risk Is "individual expression" in architecture at risk? Nicholas Korody 2015-08-31T15:28:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T11:21:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rn/rndtlidh9xmud099.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona to the Sydney Opera House, the world's most recognizable landmarks display the character of the people who created them, but can individuality in architecture stand up to increasing pressure from developers to deliver universally popular designs? ...Daniel Libeskind warns that his profession is currently battling against commoditization and a "design by committee" approach that devalues the architect's role.</p></em><br /><br /><p>CNN Style has made Daniel Libeskind a guest editor for a series of articles around the theme, "Architecture and Emotion." In this article, Alyn Griffiths takes a look at "individuality" in architecture, with a general presumption that it's under attack.</p><p>While beginning with the caveat that every building is the product of "many minds and hands," the article is primarily oriented around Libeskind's belief that buildings best "engage people's emotions...&nbsp;when the architect's own vision and feelings are expressed through the design."</p><p>It's a bit unclear how much Libeskind was involved with the article itself, although he's quoted early on in the piece.&nbsp;"Individual expression is what makes people different from other animals," claims Libeskind. "It's what defines us as a species and yet, increasingly, individuality is a dirty word in architecture."</p><p>These are strong biological and sociological claims &ndash; with little backing offered. But assumptions aside, is their some validity to concerns tha...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135573196/about-overwork-whatever-doesn-t-kill-you-makes-you-slower About Overwork: Whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you… slower. Orhan Ayyüce 2015-08-31T13:48:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T21:29:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7z/7znij82ke856kpy9.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>That&rsquo;s when the ulcer started</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read on architects...</p><p>A personal note: During my travels to foreign countries I encounter one of the most frequented&nbsp;questions, "how come you guys in America work all the time?" &nbsp;Of course, I don't even bother to tell them "but we get TWO weeks of paid vacation after working diligently for three years" in order to prove them wrong! They would never understand how good we have it here.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135569973/isis-attacks-second-ancient-palmyra-temple-this-month ISIS attacks second ancient Palmyra temple this month Alexander Walter 2015-08-31T12:59:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T13:01:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tr/truwemi19z018aup.jpg" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Islamic State has destroyed part of another ancient temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra, according to activists on social media and a group monitoring the conflict, this time targeting the Temple of Bel. [...] It is the second temple that Islamic State has attacked in Palmyra this month. On 25 August, the group detonated explosives in the ancient Baal Shamin temple, an act that the cultural agency Unesco has called a war crime aimed at wiping out a symbol of Syria&rsquo;s diverse cultural heritage.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135031859/isis-blows-up-2-000-year-old-baalshamin-temple-in-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS blows up 2,000-year-old Baalshamin temple in Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134645642/isis-beheads-leading-archaeologist-in-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS beheads leading archaeologist in Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130329275/isil-destroys-ancient-mausoleums-in-historic-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIL destroys ancient mausoleums in historic Palmyra</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135357408/woman-s-dream-tiny-home-clashes-with-canadian-law Woman's dream tiny home clashes with Canadian law Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-28T18:43:00-04:00 >2015-08-29T23:21:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sb/sb91otet3c9n27ep.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cheryl Smith planned to move "off the grid" and into a small house near Clark's Harbour, N.S., a year ago. But thanks to Canadian building regulations, the four-by-six metre structure remains half-built and empty. [...] Canadian laws require living spaces to have access to power to run smoke detectors and air exchange systems. But Smith said the point of moving into her tiny home was to disconnect from the power grid.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the tiny home world:</p><ul><li><a title="Seattle high schoolers push to provide moveable, minimalist shelters for the homeless" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126280652/seattle-high-schoolers-push-to-provide-moveable-minimalist-shelters-for-the-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle high schoolers push to provide moveable, minimalist shelters for the homeless</a></li><li><a title="The problem with tiny homes - they can get stolen" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117724661/the-problem-with-tiny-homes-they-can-get-stolen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The problem with tiny homes - they can get stolen</a></li><li><a title="Swedish architects design for un-permited small-space living" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117134090/swedish-architects-design-for-un-permited-small-space-living" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Swedish architects design for un-permited small-space living</a></li><li><a title="The Tiny House Lover's Guide to Romance" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100062620/the-tiny-house-lover-s-guide-to-romance" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Tiny House Lover's Guide to Romance</a></li><li><a title="Teenager builds tiny home to avoid mortgage trap" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/18810722/teenager-builds-tiny-home-to-avoid-mortgage-trap" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Teenager builds tiny home to avoid mortgage trap</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135346125/your-annual-reminder-that-burning-man-isn-t-that-special-of-an-idea Your annual reminder that Burning Man isn't that special of an idea Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-28T15:17:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T15:17:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1t/1t6dmr7b6sb6tnb0.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While Burning Man really is a one-of-a-kind, temporary event, there are&nbsp;communities&nbsp;full of similarly minded radical folk across the globe.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Burners 'round the globe will soon make the pilgrimage to Black Rock City,&nbsp;a "temporary metropolis dedicated to art and community" in Nevada's desert. The psychedelic social experiment born of&nbsp;"radical self-reliance" known as Burning Man begins this Sunday, and in its nearly 30-year history has attracted legions of loyalists, while also being criticized for a radicalism compromised by expensive ticket prices and a "buddy-buddy relationship with Silicon Valley billionaires"<a href="http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/03/burning-man-founder-is-cool-with-capitalism-and-silicon-valley-billionaire/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">*</a>.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://static4.businessinsider.com/image/55db67c1bd86ef12008b57c5-4992-3744/burning%20man%20.jpg"></p><p>By its nature, Black Rock City disappears when Burning Man ends &ndash; but many similarly radical communities around the world are being built to last. Sure, no giant effigies, but often, infrastructure!</p><p>This piece from ajc.com looks at some of the other experiments in communal living from around the world &ndash; from ecovillage Findhorn Foundation in Scotland to Copenhagen's autonomous Christiana and even autonomous micronations like the Principality of Sealand.</p><p>More news from The Burn:</p><ul><li><a title='300-mile wall "proposed" for the Bay Area to exile Burning Man festivalgoers, forever' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133736405/300-mile-wall-proposed-for-the-bay-area-to-exile-burning-man-festivalgoers-forever" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">300-mile wall "proposed" for the Bay A...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135337269/why-we-blame-buildings Why we blame buildings Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-28T12:40:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T12:40:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8f/8f1ce4da3b488d0b5529437c40529608.jpg" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Accepted wisdom has it that the continuing social unrest in the banlieues, as these suburbs are called, is a direct result of their built form: repetitive slabs and blocks of modern housing, often in large isolated estates. [...] In fact, environmental determinism accompanied the very making of the French suburbs in the postwar period and the development of modern urbanism more generally. Why is it that we assign so much power to buildings?</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/135286699/architecture-shapes-hyperreal-photographic-narratives-in-art-collection-schude Architecture shapes hyperreal photographic narratives in art collection "Schude" Julia Ingalls 2015-08-28T00:20:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T06:46:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0c/0c2rtpxa5zx6nwi4.jpg" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Photographer Ryan Schude's narrative panoramas are as informed by the artist's humor as they are by the structures in which they often take place. Consider "The Saturn," a typical Southern California <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/99407/next-series-apartment-stories" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dingbat</a> that is transformed into a tableau of subjects wondering where they went wrong. There's the man whose belongings are being unceremoniously tossed out of a window by an enraged lover to the woman staring out of her kitchen window to the mildly distressed dingbat itself. At least, that's one reading. Look closer: other stories begin to emerge.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5v/5vbvnezrf1islcqf.jpg"></p><p>Beginning as an editorial portraitist for a magazine, Schude "wanted to figure out how to do more than just show a documentary aspect of [a subject's] personality. I wanted to tell a story that would be more interesting than the person themselves, and take that concept and apply it to a much bigger scene with actual actors and create another story, depending on the location."&nbsp;The narrative within "The Saturn" evolved as he sought a location....</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135281881/participating-architects-announced-for-the-us-pavilion-of-the-2016-venice-biennale Participating architects announced for the US Pavilion of the 2016 Venice Biennale Nicholas Korody 2015-08-27T19:55:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T16:19:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9e/9etsg1j6li9p6a7z.jpg" width="514" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The list of architects chosen to participate in the US Pavilion for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132339475/chilean-architect-alejandro-aravena-named-architecture-director-of-2016-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the 2016 Venice Biennale</a> has just been announced. Curated by Cynthia Davidson and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128185684/monica-ponce-de-leon-appointed-as-new-dean-of-princeton-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Monica de Ponce Leon</a>, "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132106689/u-s-pavilion-at-the-2016-venice-biennale-the-architectural-imagination-now-open-for-submissions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architectural Imagination</a>" seeks to be "an exhibition of new speculative architectural projects commissioned for specific sites in Detroit but with far-reaching application for cities around the world."</p><p>Out of more than 250 submissions, the following 12 architecture firms were chosen:</p><ol><li><a href="http://archinect.com/anoffice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>a(n) Office</strong></a> (Detroit, Michigan)<br>Marcelo L&oacute;pez-Dinardi&nbsp;and V. Mitch McEwen</li><li><a href="http://bairballiet.com/bairballiet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>BairBalliet</strong></a> (Columbus, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois)<br>Kelly Bair and Kristy Balliet</li><li><strong><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/702/greg-lynn-form" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Greg Lynn FORM</a></strong> (Los Angeles, California)<br>Greg Lynn</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1044/mack-scogin-merrill-elam-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects</strong></a> (Atlanta, Georgia)<br>Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/mbpro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>MARSHALL BROWN PROJECTS</strong></a>&nbsp;(Chicago, Illinois)<br>Marshall Brown</li><li><strong><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/25492488/mos-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MOS Architects</a></strong> (New York, New York)<br>Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith</li><li><a href="http://www.pita-bloom.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Pita &amp; Bloom</strong></a> (Los Angeles, California)<br>Florencia Pita and Jackilin Hah Bloom</li><li><strong>Present Future</strong> (Houston, Texas)<br>Albert Pope and Jes&uacute;s Vas...</li></ol> http://archinect.com/news/article/135280266/leaving-town-this-bot-will-write-your-goodbye-letter-for-you Leaving town? This bot will write your goodbye letter for you Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-27T19:31:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T20:24:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w2/w24s0s7dm43xdiqm.jpg" width="514" height="102" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Of course, San Francisco has much to offer. The clothing stores, the cable cars, the botanical gardens. My neighbor the conveyor operator, Alan. The libraries, the sports bars, the bus stations. Sigh.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Leaving Everywhere" is a piece of net art that spits out "break-up" letters with cities by citing randomly-selected data from the US Census Bureau. Made by <a href="http://tinysubversions.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Darius Kazemi</a>, the letters are all essentially Mad Libs for arguing about cities, where Kazemi's algorithm fills in the blanks.</p><p>The letters are all structured more or less the same, expressing things loved about the city followed by its flaws, then some redeeming quality, a comment on racial demographics, and then sometimes, a Shakespeare quotation. This gives a deliciously arbitrary, and at times a bit unsettling, flavor to the data.&nbsp;</p><p>Here's a prime example, to Boston:</p><p><em>Boston, it is time for us to part. In just a few weeks I'll be moving to Newark, New Jersey.</em></p><p><em>I'm going to miss things about this city for sure. The bakeries, the Belarusian restaurants, the convention centers. The Greek restaurants, the flower shops, the toll booths. My local communications equipment operator, Delaney. It is with a heavy heart that I leave here.</em></p><p><em>That ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135264994/an-architect-helps-transform-dangerous-alleys-into-cultural-hotspots An architect helps transform dangerous alleys into cultural hotspots Julia Ingalls 2015-08-27T14:26:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T12:58:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/dbso38lazmtfij5d.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It soon became apparent that the alley was not a great place to be: Further down the way was a cardboard box used as a makeshift toilet. Once, he saw a pool of blood and the apparent weapon, a pointy umbrella... Vogel asked an architect friend what he should do. &ldquo;She said the answer was simple: All I needed to do was put people in it [the alley],&rdquo; said Vogel.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although the traditional civic approach to dangerous <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131041582/trust-for-public-land-initiative-will-soon-bring-greener-alleys-to-l-a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">alley</a> behavior (violence, drug use, impromptu <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128864326/japan-s-simple-logic-for-putting-toilets-in-elevators" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">toilets</a>) is to block off public access and turn them into garbage-only collection points, director of the International Sustainability Institute in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131950076/how-the-cascadia-earthquake-threatens-america-s-coastal-northwest" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle</a>&nbsp;Todd Vogel decided on the opposite approach: put the public back into them, en masse. Poetry readings, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102031475/prepping-for-world-cup-brazilian-police-build-mock-favelas-to-train-officers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Cup</a> viewings, circus acts, and neighborhood-maintained planters soon transformed the alleys into destination points and greatly enriched the city's civic life. Crucially, the initial idea for all of this came from an architect, of course.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ve/vejylft8o0dw17re.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135261768/cap-d-agde-a-naked-city-in-the-south-of-france Cap d'Agde: a naked city in the south of France Nicholas Korody 2015-08-27T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T14:04:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wc/wcfeh8lampd9ctru.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the mid-1960s, the De Gaulle-instigated Mission Racine to develop Languedoc-Roussillon&rsquo;s tourist economy created six modernist seaside resorts from scratch, each a day&rsquo;s boat ride apart &ndash; still one of the largest state-run development schemes ever. ...there was some ideological overlap between the purifying doctrines of naturism and modernism: Le Corbusier himself enjoyed airing his bits on the Cote d&rsquo;Azur and shared the same teacher as Cap d&rsquo;Agde&rsquo;s chief architect, Jean le Couteur.</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/135199944/the-boring-domestic-origins-of-1980s-hardcore-music The boring domestic origins of 1980s hardcore music Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-26T17:45:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T00:22:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/35/35ff81e2d58eda1bb32e2e6fdc00e4c7.jpg" width="514" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hardcore Architecture is a project by Chicago artist Marc Fischer exploring the relationship between domestic spaces, urban and suburban neighborhoods, and underground hardcore and punk bands of the 1980s. [...] The results of his media archaelogy are a funny, ironic and intriguing snapshot of American vernacular architecture in the 1980s. It's also a fascinating alternative vision of the places where underground culture has been created and nurtured</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127248609/hardcore-architecture-the-homes-that-produced-80s-punk-bands" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Hardcore Architecture"</a>&nbsp;(which we also posted on back in May) is now available as a limited-edition booklet, featuring 68 Google Street View snapshots of homes that housed punk and hardcore bands in 1980s. Besides their shared genre-base, these homes all have one thing in common: they are pretty boring. Or to be more charitable, perfect examples of "American vernacular architecture in the 1980s".</p><p>In this MinnPost piece, Chicago-based artist and creator of "Hardcore Architecture" Marc Fischer spills some details behind the homes. Here's some select bits from his interview:</p><p>"...there are definitely sorts of trends in the building styles. If you&rsquo;re looking at a gigantic, long brick building in Syracuse, New York, in all likelihood it&rsquo;s student housing for Syracuse University if it&rsquo;s not a house. And certainly the homes in Chicago that I found all look pretty normal variations on Chicago types of homes &ndash; like brick two-flat buildings. Or in New York, of course, it&rsquo;s predictably either rea...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135191874/lonely-planet-names-queens-ny-the-no-1-travel-spot-in-the-us-for-2015 Lonely Planet names Queens, NY the No. 1 travel spot in the US for 2015 Nicholas Korody 2015-08-26T16:13:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T20:38:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pp/pppk2s3kppkifear.jpg" width="514" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Lonely Planet made a decision in December that stunned many in the travel industry, even those deeply invested in promoting the borough. It named Queens the No. 1 travel destination in the United States for 2015. Yes, Queens. Not Miami, the Grand Canyon, Washington, San Francisco or, more to the point, Manhattan, but rather New York City&rsquo;s equivalent of a flyover state, perhaps most famous for two sitcoms, one featuring a food-fixated deliveryman and the other a xenophobic bigot.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to data from&nbsp;NYC &amp; Company, the city&rsquo;s tourism marketing agency, the amount of visitors to the outer borough increased around 12 percent in a single year, between 2012 and 2013. Queens is also reported to be in the midst of a major hotel building boom, with five new ones opening last year alone.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135187854/how-urban-designers-can-better-address-mental-health-in-their-work-according-to-a-new-think-tank How urban designers can better address mental health in their work, according to a new think tank Justine Testado 2015-08-26T14:01:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T03:57:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ql/qljdtul9254499fr.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the huge impact of mental disorders on people&rsquo;s health and wellbeing, and the increased mental health risk of that comes simply from living in a city, you might think that mental health would be an urban health priority. In fact, few policies or recommendations for healthy urban environments address mental health in any depth.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Layla McCay, director of the recently launched <a href="http://www.urbandesignmentalhealth.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Centre for Urban Design &amp; Mental Health</a> think tank, gives her two cents on the stigma that still overshadows mental health, both in urban design and current society.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Mindy Thompson Fullilove is a psychiatrist for cities" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134889035/mindy-thompson-fullilove-is-a-psychiatrist-for-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mindy Thompson Fullilove is a psychiatrist for cities</a></p><p><a title="Jason Danziger heals psychosis with design" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134183942/jason-danziger-heals-psychosis-with-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jason Danziger heals psychosis with design</a></p><p><a title="Putting entire cities on the psychiatrist's couch" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130868125/putting-entire-cities-on-the-psychiatrist-s-couch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Putting entire cities on the psychiatrist's couch</a></p><p><a title="Study Links Walkable Neighborhoods to Prevention of Cognitive Decline" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116114669/study-links-walkable-neighborhoods-to-prevention-of-cognitive-decline" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Study Links Walkable Neighborhoods to Prevention of Cognitive Decline</a></p><p><a title="Mental Health Survey at University of Toronto&rsquo;s Faculty of Architecture Reveals Worrisome Results " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96244091/mental-health-survey-at-university-of-toronto-s-faculty-of-architecture-reveals-worrisome-results" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mental Health Survey at University of Toronto&rsquo;s Faculty of Architecture Reveals Worrisome Results </a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135130016/airbnb-to-collect-taxes-in-paris Airbnb to collect taxes in Paris Nicholas Korody 2015-08-25T20:30:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T20:30:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ou/ouph6cds0t29lh5l.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After imposing taxes on units in Amsterdam, Portland, Oregon, San Francisco and elsewhere, &ldquo;home-sharing&rdquo; facilitator Airbnb will now begin collecting taxes in Paris, the company&rsquo;s biggest market. Collection officially begins October 1st and some see the move as Airbnb&rsquo;s attempt at playing nice with city regulators. Venture Beat connects the change to Uber&rsquo;s troubles in Paris, where the ride service company fought new regulation policies.</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/135109039/what-happens-to-the-moma-ps1-young-architecture-program-pavilions-after-warm-up-is-over What happens to the MoMA PS1 Young Architecture Program pavilions after Warm Up is Over? Nicholas Korody 2015-08-25T13:51:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T19:28:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gp/gpvk4gf7ec4d5vtz.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For nearly two decades, the Young Architect's Program (YAP) has brought both young and established talent to MoMA PS1's courtyard to form a welcome space for overheated crowds that often interact with the work during the institution's popular Warm Up series [...] So what happens to the pavilions and their creators once the DJs pack up their gear, the throngs of people leave, and the summer is over?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Artnet news looked at the afterlife of some of YAP pavilions that have graced the MoMA PS1 courtyard in Queens. Here's a quick summary of some of the featured anecdotes:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l0/l0ye5uqbrznqwz3c.jpg"></p><p><strong>SHoP Architects "Dunescape," 2000</strong></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/shop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHoP Architects</a>, the firm behind the recently-inaugurated Barclays Center in Brooklyn, designed "Dunescape" comprising cedar structures that you could climb over and in. At the end of the summer, the wood was donated to a trade school where it used for woodworking practice.</p><p>More on SHoP Architects:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128246762/uber-hq-headed-to-san-francisco-s-mission-bay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber HQ headed to San Francisco's Mission Bay</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118430633/work-finally-resumes-at-brooklyn-s-modular-prefab-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Work finally resumes at Brooklyn's modular prefab tower</a></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f9/f9s96i9ihw6rbhr1.jpg"></p><p><strong>Tom Wiscombe Architecture&nbsp;"Light-Wing," 2003</strong></p><p>The designer behind the "Old Bank District Museum" projects slated for Downtown LA, <a href="http://archinect.com/tomwiscombe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tom Wiscombe</a>'s pavilion for MoMA PS1 featured shallow pools and a translucent roof. The structure was built with aluminum pipe and mesh, which was later sold for scrap.&nbsp;</p><p>More on Tom Wiscombe Architecture</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122304156/take-a-peek-at-tom-wiscombe-s-underground-old-bank-district-museum-scheme-for-l-a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a peek at Tom Wiscombe's "underground" Old Bank District Muse...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135106622/oklahoma-university-architecture-dean-apologizes-for-wearing-clothing-associated-with-islam Oklahoma University Architecture Dean apologizes for wearing clothing "associated with Islam" Nicholas Korody 2015-08-25T13:09:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T18:53:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ss/ssxd8gpi19fsd8gw.jpg" width="514" height="216" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The dean of OU's College of Architecture issued an apology Monday for wearing clothing associated with Islam at a back-to-school meeting. A photo on the College of Architecture's Facebook page that has since been deleted showed Dean Charles Graham wearing a white thawb and a red keffiyeh on his head at the meeting on Aug. 20.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his apology (posted below), Dean Graham wrote, "I asked a number of my Muslim friends around the campus and in Norman to see if my wearing the attire would be offensive in any religious way, and the answers were all resoundingly 'no.'" Still, his sartorial choice was controversial enough to generate three or four complaints to the president's office.</p><p>The University of Oklahoma maintains a study abroad program in Dubai focusing on building design and construction. In his apology, Dean Graham states he purchased the clothing during a visit there.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w6/w6iew15cbsl7b4ht.jpg"></p><p>As Dean Graham correctly notes in his letter, the keffiyeh and thawb are not specifically religious, but&nbsp;rather everyday attire in much of&nbsp;the Middle East, particularly the Arabia peninsula and the Levant. 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