Archinect - News 2017-04-27T18:46:35-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150004902/new-usc-dean-milton-curry-shifts-pedagogical-focus-toward-theory New USC Dean Milton Curry shifts pedagogical focus toward theory Julia Ingalls 2017-04-27T15:30:00-04:00 >2017-04-27T14:30:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r3/r3al3lj00px2o7io.jpg" width="650" height="269" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When you think about diversity and globalization and urbanization, you can&rsquo;t do it without a theoretical underpinning. You just can&rsquo;t. And I think that what we&rsquo;re seeing in the discipline at large is the limit conditions of thinking a-theoretically about urbanism, about inequality, about what we should do about environmental challenges and sustainability. We&rsquo;ve got to address it through a theoretical lens. - Milton Curry</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this interview conducted by Christopher Hawthorne as part of his pithy Building Type column, the soon-to-be-Dean of USC's School of Architecture Milton Curry talks about reintroducing a theoretical emphasis to the school's programs. Curry, who in his time at University of Michigan experienced <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149982006/when-you-cut-funding-and-abandon-people-surprises-happen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit's imploding urbanity</a> first-hand, also wants to build greater connections between underserved students in Los Angeles and the university. "Los Angeles metro region is huge in its economic footprint, its land footprint," Curry explains. "I believe cities to some degree have more influence than merely being one of a combination of cities within one nation. They execute trade deals on their own, in some cases. They execute climate policies, other kinds of policing policies on their own. I think that some of those lessons will apply to Los Angeles."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004888/rejecting-modernist-master-planning-notions-mad-s-milan-master-plan-repurposes-dilapidated-rail-yards-by-symbiosis Rejecting modernist master planning notions, MAD's Milan master plan repurposes dilapidated rail yards by symbiosis Julia Ingalls 2017-04-27T14:02:00-04:00 >2017-04-27T14:02:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uq/uqloz1u3cgshdh9c.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Repurposing and renovation have gained greater appeal in the years since the overwhelming success of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/145736562/liz-diller-gets-high-discussing-the-high-line-s-development-with-christopher-hawthorne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The High Line</a>, extending to a variety of applications and structures. At the recent Milan Design Week, MAD took this to a new level by showcasing their proposal for a new masterplan of Milan, which transforms dilapidated rail yards into a series of thriving new city districts, or micro-systems.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pb/pbjne28qxi2qt0ag.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5h/5hykl1i9b5tk7b0w.jpg"></p><p>According to MAD, these spatial districts, termed&nbsp;&ldquo;City of Connections,&rdquo; &ldquo;City of Green,&rdquo; &ldquo;City of Living,&rdquo; &ldquo;City of Culture,&rdquo; and &ldquo;City of Resources" each address "a vernacular development typical of Italian cities, where various typological elements and scales are overlapped into dense systems of relations. Designing first at the human scale within recognizable landmarks, the broader urban scale is connected to smaller ones through the interjection of topographic landscapes, serving to unify the continually changing relations of the pedestrian, city, and nature. Each of the yards, following t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004746/the-neutra-vdl-house-celebrates-its-national-historic-landmark-status The Neutra VDL House Celebrates its National Historic Landmark Status Nicholas Korody 2017-04-26T13:13:00-04:00 >2017-04-26T18:04:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/30/30txefaizmy0vkzc.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Built in 1932, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/45241/neutra-vdl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VDL Research House</a> designed by Richard Neutra is one of Southern California&rsquo;s modernist gems. Now it has been named a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior following the tireless work of its owners, the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/7374/california-state-polytechnic-university-pomona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cal Poly Pomona</a> Foundation and, in particular, the VDL House director and chair of the architecture department at Cal Poly, <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/2668661/sarah-lorenzen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sarah Lorenzen</a>. The effort was assisted by Los Angeles Congressman Adam Schiff, who helped celebrate the designation last Sunday.</p><p>Neutra&rsquo;s third building in the United States, and his own private home, the House is said to encapsulate his ideas. For the famed Austrian-American architect, the role of contemporary architecture was to shape life in the modern world, marked by new technologies and new lifestyles. According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, the House is &ldquo;the only property where one can see the progression of his style over a period of years and is among the key properties to understanding the nation...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004572/will-luxury-apartment-owners-shut-down-the-tate-s-viewing-platform Will luxury apartment owners shut down the Tate's viewing platform? Julia Ingalls 2017-04-25T13:55:00-04:00 >2017-04-25T13:57:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/37/37jl60ykda6piaca.jpg" width="600" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Good walls make good neighbours &ndash; but not, it seems, when they are made entirely of glass. Five residents of the multi-million-pound Neo Bankside towers, which loom behind Tate Modern like a crystalline bar chart of inflated land values, have filed a legal claim against the museum to have part of its viewing platform shut down. They claim that its 10th-floor public terrace has put their homes into a state of &ldquo;near constant surveillance&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In an apparent case of art interfering with life, the owners of the apartments next to the Tate Modern's viewing platform are trying to legally erect some kind of visual barrier between them and the visitors of the museum (although the exotic technology of curtains has apparently not yet made it to the U.K.). This attempt at transforming the viewing platform into just a platform is raising ire for several good reasons, chiefly because it places the comfort of a few above the aesthetic pleasure of potentially millions. On the plus side, it has also caused Oliver Wainwright to write a highly enjoyable piece delving into barely restrained class tension and London's swollen luxury real estate market.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004552/aia-awards-100-000-to-five-intriguing-upjohn-research-initiative-projects AIA awards $100,000 to five intriguing Upjohn Research Initiative projects Julia Ingalls 2017-04-25T12:46:00-04:00 >2017-04-25T13:12:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m6/m6ddysae2r1pn1ln.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From a Circadian Daylight Metric and Design Assist Tool to Trashwalls, the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.aia.org/press-releases/80866-aia-selects-2016-upjohn-research-initiative-" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA has announced the five projects it has selected for its 10th annual Upjohn Research Initiative grants</a>, and they're all fairly promising. Speaking broadly, the projects each propose investigating a particular aspect of the built environment in an effort to try and improve the quality of life of that structure's likely daily inhabitants. For example, the Trashwalls from a team of researchers from Washington State University are "fabricated using materials harvested from the local solid waste stream, are designed to reduce heat loss from rented apartments, improve the comfort of those spaces during hot or cold weather, and save renters money on their utility bills, while reducing pollution. The purpose of this project is to design, construct, and examine prototypes of interior insulating walls that are attractive, have an R-value&nbsp;of R-10 (US) or greater, cost less than ten cents per square foot, are built fr...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004548/the-new-inflatable-moment-at-bsa-space-will-explore-the-role-of-pneumatic-architecture-in-envisioning-utopia 'The New Inflatable Moment' at BSA Space will explore the role of pneumatic architecture in envisioning utopia Nicholas Korody 2017-04-25T12:21:00-04:00 >2017-04-25T12:21:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wp/wpjbs6de7nlvbir3.jpg" width="650" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Pneumatic architecture&mdash;aka inflatables&mdash;have been a mainstay of avant-garde and experimental architecture for decades. Back in the &rsquo;60s, figures like Buckminster Fuller and Frei Otto, alongside radical practices like Haus-Rucker-Co, Utopia and Ant Farm, pioneered the use of these structures. They&rsquo;ve also been used by more mainstream studios, from <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106441/diller-scofidio-renfro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio + Renfro</a> to <a href="http://archinect.com/grimshaw" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw</a>.</p><p>Now, they&rsquo;re the subject of an exhibition at BSA Space in Boston. Entitled <em>The New Inflatable Moment</em>, the exhibition, which opens on May 3, &ldquo;will explore inflatable structures used in architecture, art, and engineering since the emergence of the hot air balloon,&rdquo; with a particular focus on their role in &ldquo;envisioning utopia.&rdquo;</p><p>The exhibition is inspired by a recently-released book, <em>The Inflatable Moment: Pneumatics and Protest in &rsquo;68. </em>It looks at renewed interest in the architectural media within this historical context.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;With this exhibition, we revisit the moment of the 1960s explored by Dessauce to sugges...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004453/this-week-s-picks-for-london-architecture-and-design-events This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-04-25T03:30:00-04:00 >2017-04-24T19:12:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x4/x4oc6nonah1ulg4i.jpg" width="650" height="429" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Returning once again, the Tate opens its doors wide <a href="http://bustler.net/events/9314/uniqlo-tate-lates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this Friday night</a> to mark the end the&nbsp;month. Expect the usual views and sunsets from the Switch House tower, as well as workshops and talks throughout the building. What better start to the bank holiday?</p><p>The Bartlett's talk <a href="http://bustler.net/events/9294/new-london-vernacular-urban-qualities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New London Vernacular/Urban Qualities</a>, hasn't yet been fully booked, so make sure you register before all the tickets are gone.</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/gs/gsl3fiw6md0epvzg.jpg"><br><em>Image credit: RIBA Collections</em></p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/9203/james-and-jazz" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James and Jazz | 2 May</a></strong></p><p>James Stirling may be world-renowned for his contributions to architecture, but he was also well known for his 'larger-than-life character'. His love of jazz music will be celebrated in this evening of live music, top DJs, and hearing from Stirling's life-long friends including Robert Maxwell, who studied alongside the great architect at Liverpool. This event is part of the&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/events/search/stirling/9087/mies-van-der-rohe-james-stirling-circling-the-square" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Circling the Square</a>exhibition.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/wp/wpheptqjt7ye7qc1.jpg"><br><em>Image: Design Museum</em></p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/9316/get-into-design-family-workshop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Get into Desi...</a></strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004391/untangling-louis-kahn-s-life-and-work Untangling Louis Kahn's life and work Nicholas Korody 2017-04-24T12:38:00-04:00 >2017-04-24T12:38:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/79/79h1m1juq5q2kgdu.jpg" width="650" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is one of history&rsquo;s cruelties that Louis Kahn is almost better known for his unconventional domestic arrangements than for his architecture. Kahn gave us a remarkable string of masterpieces that includes the Salk Institute and the Kimbell Art Museum, and yet he was one of those shambling geniuses whose life was a mess of contradictions. While his commissions took him around the world, he managed to maintain three separate families at home in Philadelphia.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"He had a reputation for blowing deadlines and budgets, testing the patience of clients. No one was surprised to learn after his death in 1974 that his firm was deep in debt. The turmoil of his life came to overshadow his accomplishments."</em></p><p>The author, Inga Saffron, reviews&nbsp;<em>You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn </em>by Wendy Lesser, a new biography/monograph on the renowned architect. "Wendy Lesser&rsquo;s <em>You Say to Brick </em>is easily the most complete narrative of Kahn&rsquo;s life and career, magnificently researched and gracefully written," she writes.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004330/a-night-in-paris "A Night in Paris" Orhan Ayyüce 2017-04-23T21:58:00-04:00 >2017-04-24T00:48:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/39/396ifxvg4euzhx2f.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Protests in Paris in the aftermath of the vote have turned violent with smoke grenades, flares and glass bottles thrown at police. More rallies, dubbed the &ldquo;night of the barricades,&rdquo; are expected to take place in 13 cities across France.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwFPwFpS-gM" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Live event cameras</a> covering the night of French elections. The footage follows night time streets and other public spaces romancing the dreamy city with shadowy elevations, silhouettes and the sounds of the Parisian architecture and urbanism. Considering the French tradition of protest, this is certain to get bigger as the second round of elections approaching in May. Let's hope nobody gets hurt.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003944/touring-danish-playground-emphasizes-multi-faceted-nature-of-play-with-modular-elements-a-smoke-machine Touring Danish playground emphasizes multi-faceted nature of play with modular elements + a smoke machine Julia Ingalls 2017-04-20T13:06:00-04:00 >2017-04-20T13:06:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z5/z5d50l04kih6628k.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In addition to conceptually representing the inherent creativity of play, this&nbsp;touring modular playground made up of 35 white cubes mounted on safety rubber&nbsp;also features inlaid LEDs and a smoke machine, making it ridiculously cool for its target demographic.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0v/0vx66brkmcwz3a4f.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m3/m36u4se2qixinfoy.jpg"></p><p>As Stephan Gustin, one of the designers behind architecture firm Gustin Landscape's playground explains, "Kids are like grown-ups &ndash; we are all different, and since the &lsquo;classic&rsquo; playground design only considers&nbsp;physical play, it is this variation in personality that is a high priority for My Playground.&nbsp;We created a set of &lsquo;building blocks&rsquo; that can be configured in several ways to fit different places. We created these white cubes with&nbsp;refined decorations that have the feeling of a 'non-specific' landscape, meaning that you can create your own story, your own drama and your own fantasy. The cubes will then transform and blend into different environments. This could not happen if it looked&nbsp;like a giant ladybug - or classic swing...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003540/the-next-international-architecture-biennale-of-rotterdam-will-be-split-across-two-years-and-two-countries The next International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam will be split across two years and two countries Nicholas Korody 2017-04-20T12:14:00-04:00 >2017-04-20T13:33:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/go/gosttfl6ed8v9b1r.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The next <a href="http://archinect.com/la-in-sz" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam</a> (IABR) will be split in two parts, the first held in 2018 and the second in 2020. Appropriately dubbed IABR&mdash;2018+2020, it will be based in both the Netherlands and Belgium and use &ldquo;the world as its source of inspiration&rdquo;. This follows in line with a couple other major cultural events that have recently spread out from their original base, notably this year&rsquo;s documenta, which is held in both Kassel and Athens.</p><p>The curators of IABR&mdash;2018+2020 will be Floris Alkemade of Floris Alkemade Architectm, the Chief Government Architect of the Netherlands; Flemish Government Architect Leo Van Broeck of Bogdan &amp; Van Broeck; and Joachim Declerck of the Belgian practice Architecture Workroom Brussels.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2f/2f60l285qqcelqeb.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xk/xka44zhwbqtgk01l.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z0/z00ak1b1z69cdjg2.jpg"></p><p>The Biennale will use the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143667350/what-the-paris-agreement-means-for-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris Agreement</a>&nbsp;as its impetus, which they consider &ldquo;an actual change of direction, a fundamental transition&rdquo;. To that end, the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt Delta and the Low Countries serve as appropriate workspaces. The regions b...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003547/so-called-parking-podiums-are-aesthetically-ruining-downtown-los-angeles So-called "parking podiums" are aesthetically ruining downtown Los Angeles Julia Ingalls 2017-04-18T13:58:00-04:00 >2017-04-18T19:53:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lt/ltxyqc06olrvbw49.jpg" width="650" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As L.A. pats itself on the back for its freshly angular skyline, a new architectural trend &mdash; enabled by another city ordinance &mdash; threatens to turn the beating heart of modern Los Angeles into a cold, lifeless and unwalkable place.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This excellent piece by the aptly named Steven Sharp delves into the uglification of downtown Los Angeles via the "parking podium," wherein large buildings dedicate their first few floors to a parking garage to meet code requirements for parking, thereby plunging the pedestrian realm back into an unwelcome "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122585949/the-days-of-infinite-thinking-what-city-of-quartz-means-for-los-angeles-25-years-later" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City of Quartz</a>" vibe. Putting the parking in the first few floors is cheaper than digging underground or creating surface lots, but honestly: <em>ugh!&nbsp;</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003454/developing-flexible-parking-garages-for-a-rideshare-dependent-la Developing flexible parking garages for a rideshare-dependent LA Justine Testado 2017-04-18T13:37:00-04:00 >2017-04-24T01:29:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t0/t0sxr2csk6duns8u.jpg" width="540" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The strategy reflects a consensus among some developers and planners that California&rsquo;s vaunted car culture is inevitably going to run out of gas...[Andy] Cohen, co-chief executive of Gensler, predicts car ownership will peak around 2020 and then start to decline, with more Americans relying on some form of ride-sharing than their own vehicles by 2025. That means cars gradually would disappear from home garages, curbs and parking structures, freeing up acre upon acre of real estate for new uses.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Some developers are already planning for a not-so-far-off future Los Angeles where more people primarily rely on ridesharing (including from autonomous vehicles) than driving their own car, particularly in the form of parking garages that can be redesigned for other uses like commercial spaces or live/work units.</p><p><em>&ldquo;...despite what some believe is the inevitability of a transportation revolution, many builders are reluctant to pay for flexibility until changes in driving habits are more pronounced, said Los Angeles real estate attorney Justin Thompson of Nixon Peabody. A lot of developers may think, &lsquo;Well, that&rsquo;s going to be on the back burner for a while,&rsquo; Thompson said, &lsquo;but the progressive developers are going to factor this in.&rsquo;&rdquo;</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003538/indian-bar-legally-evades-closure-by-adding-250-meter-long-maze-entrance Indian bar legally evades closure by adding 250-meter long maze entrance Julia Ingalls 2017-04-18T12:38:00-04:00 >2017-04-18T13:11:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lu/lucoxqswicnjsau4.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since April 1 a large number of the bars, pubs and liquor shops across India has gone out of business, thanks to a Supreme Court order that the outlets should be at least 500m away from state and national highways...The Aishwarya Bar in North Paravoor, a Kochi suburb has built a 250m-long maze-like walkway to the entrance, theoretically making it more than 500m away from the highway.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a move that has even delighted the bureaucrats who initially drafted the rule that no bar could be within 500 meters of a highway, an Indian bar has managed to stay in business by virtue of building a 250 meter long maze that, like the snaking lines at an amusement park, greatly expands the literal number of feet one must traverse to get to the bar's actual entrance. While this clever invention may necessitate a designated walker to help steer patrons back out, it ranks among the best architectural interpretations of law we've seen in some time. Cheers!</p><p>h/t <a href="http://www.bldgblog.com/2017/04/entry-maze/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bldgblog</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003368/this-week-s-picks-for-london-architecture-and-design-events This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-04-18T03:30:00-04:00 >2017-04-18T05:36:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x1/x1i6tbbfjmfdi6zk.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As we move into another four day week for us in London, we can think ahead to the weekend sooner than normal. The RA has a late night on Saturday themed around&nbsp;the <em>American Dream</em>, and Sunday has a family day packed full of activities&nbsp;at <em>The Japanese Hous</em>e exhibition. If you find some spare time before then, make sure to catch the <a href="http://bustler.net/events/8345/fear-and-love-reactions-to-a-complex-world" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Fear and Love</em></a>&nbsp;exhibition at the Design Museum, and The Geffrye Museum's <a href="http://bustler.net/events/8889/exhibition-teenage-bedrooms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Teenage Bedrooms</a>, before they close next week.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://bustler.net/news/tags/bustler-weekly-event-picks/118688" 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/0f4s6zlw2fc3hg29.jpg"><em>Image: Barbican Centre</em></p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/9179/the-japanese-house-family-day" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Japanese House - Family Day | 23 April</a></strong></p><p>The Barbican Centre's&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/events/9152/the-japanese-house-architecture-and-life-after-1945" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Japanese House Architecture and Life after 1945</a> exhibition&nbsp;continues to <a href="http://uk.archinect.com/features/article/150000966/review-the-japanese-house-architecture-and-life-after-1945-at-barbican-centre?ukredirect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pull in crowds</a>, with its 1:1 scale models&nbsp;and examples of design. This 'family day' allows grown ups and children alike to get creative with design and the concept of home. Activities range from working on masterplans with concrete shapes, to creating a take-away living home model...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003415/imagining-the-popular-elena-ferrante-novel-my-brilliant-friend-as-a-building Imagining the popular Elena Ferrante novel "My Brilliant Friend" as a building Nicholas Korody 2017-04-17T18:00:00-04:00 >2017-04-17T18:02:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2n/2np6pj146hgfkzik.jpg" width="650" height="503" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tension and compression often meld into each another. In this&nbsp;building, two volumes are interwoven by strong connecting rods, extended columns and daring&nbsp;beams, with one of the two seemingly suspended from the other. With its mass and swirled&nbsp;dynamism, the suspended volume (that we will call&nbsp;Lila) seems to be slipping away from the one&nbsp;that is holding it up (that we will call&nbsp;Elena) making it extend and stretch as if it was Lila that was&nbsp;shaping Elena and providing her with her dynamic energy...</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The name of this architectural complex is </em>My Brilliant Friend<em>, after Elena Ferrante&rsquo;s novel in which the relationship between its two protagonists (Elena, the narrating voice, and her childhood friend Lila) is a constant, alternating flux of blurred identities and imperfect dreams.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/co/con4vyhbc224raxy.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002920/archinect-sessions-episode-100-with-steven-holl Archinect Sessions Episode 100 with Steven Holl Paul Petrunia 2017-04-13T18:42:00-04:00 >2017-04-17T17:47:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rc/rcbxw9t8nrpsromt.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week, for our 100th episode of Archinect Sessions, we are excited to share our conversation with Archinect favorite <a href="http://archinect.com/stevenholl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl</a>. Our conversation spans a number of topics, including&nbsp;growing up in a small town in Washington state, his early career struggles, his inspirations, working in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/643/china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China</a>, globalism, his friendship with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/110/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha</a>, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/51168/pritzker-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Prize</a>,&nbsp;and the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150001771/the-steven-myron-holl-foundation-announces-a-new-summer-architecture-fellowship-in-rhinebeck-new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Myron Holl Foundation</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pw/pwye60sgiqc8gb1u.jpg"></p><p>Listen to "Archinect Sessions Episode 100 with Steven Holl":</p><ul></ul><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/archinect/Archinect-Sessions-100.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes:</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gy/gy2ykan66jhktbw3.jpg"><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982422/steven-holl-architects-designed-library-in-malawi-approved" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Malawi Library</a> sketch</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mv/mvb79vh1ugbfk6mm.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bu/bujpp418cq5b9us3.jpg"><br>Steven Holl's Alvar Aalto medal&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/78/78m20a51me1bn9ez.jpg"><br><a href="http://www.stevenholl.com/books/28" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anchoring,&nbsp;1989, Princeton Architectural Press</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002915/a-factory-making-factory-assemble-revives-manufacturing-sort-of A factory-making factory: Assemble revives manufacturing (sort of) Julia Ingalls 2017-04-13T17:39:00-04:00 >2017-04-15T19:18:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nf/nf9kdfy29di8543p.jpg" width="650" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>By creating a machine that extrudes shaped clay, Assemble have created a factory that places an emphasis on the physical creation of one's environment (as well as the spontaneous ideas that can develop from working with materials and processes).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hg/hgtdg0jgs2kc3k6n.jpg"></p><p>It's a throwback to the late 19th/early 20th century days when factories weren't necessarily about dehumanizing automation but rather more about the complexity of manufacturing using all sorts of tools and last-minute problem-solving techniques. This video by Vice gives a thorough tour of the concept, process, and blue-and-white-clad result of Assemble's "A Factory As It Might Be"...&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002911/l-a-s-petersen-museum-receives-2017-american-architecture-award L.A.'s Petersen Museum receives 2017 American Architecture Award Julia Ingalls 2017-04-13T16:58:00-04:00 >2017-04-17T10:57:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/al/al5nvzjda83yqgmh.jpg" width="650" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Despite receiving <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143075812/urban-blight-a-review-of-the-petersen-automotive-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a substantial drubbing from architectural critics</a>, the Petersen Museum has managed to garner a 2017 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athanaeum Museum of Architecture and Design (among 78 other finalists).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ye/yeghvpa3gpstropg.jpg"></p><p>The award, which has been given out since 1994, recognized the new design of the museum for transforming "the Petersen building into one of the most significant and unforgettable structures in Los Angeles." The award panel went on to note that:</p><p><em>Unlike most museum renovations, which involve complete building teardown, this is a repositioning project. To use the metaphor of a car, if the existing building is a car&rsquo;s chassis, the design is the body. The bones of the structure remain, and the existing concrete portico on Wilshire is removed. The rooftop becomes converted into a party space which can be rented out. A corrugated aluminum rain screen outboard wraps around the building on each of the three street frontages, giving the museum an entirely new look...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002881/jose-oubrerie-s-legendary-and-innovative-miller-house-on-the-market-for-550k Jose Oubrerie's legendary and innovative Miller House on the market for $550K Julia Ingalls 2017-04-13T14:34:00-04:00 >2017-04-13T14:38:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r8/r802ljamoqcjlara.jpg" width="650" height="263" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to a listing on <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/832-Lochmere-Pl-Lexington-KY-40509/84437815_zpid/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zillow</a>, Jose Oubrerie's&nbsp;visually complex, materially innovative Miller House is now on the market for $550,000. Each room is a study in unusual and exactingly executed detail; cabinets transition seamlessly into L-shaped shelving, while doors become hosts for asymmetrically placed conduits latched with what appears to be matte-finished silver nickel. Vivid bursts of color abruptly appear among otherwise natural-toned wood, from an electric blue wall to a wild red kitchen cabinet.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1a/1alncr6gm1elif8y.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kz/kzltc5052gffx89h.jpg"></p><p>The effect is something akin to traveling through an architect's unbridled imagination; although the house does possess its own internal logic, the constant visual stimulus delivers perpetual surprise.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yy/yynosqndj7ns5eek.jpg"></p><p>The Zillow listing possess a link to a <a href="https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=7Jn6dSiMtvV&amp;mls=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D photographic tour</a> of the house, which allows one to get a fuller sense of how the elements interlock, and just how dizzying it is to stride from one floor to another.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002867/remembering-the-holocaust-via-anish-kapoor-and-zaha-hadid-architects-memorial Remembering the Holocaust via Anish Kapoor and Zaha Hadid Architects' Memorial Julia Ingalls 2017-04-13T12:58:00-04:00 >2017-04-15T18:11:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0o/0oj0ed5uksf4v6t9.jpg" width="650" height="565" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a week in which the White House Press Secretary stated that Hitler never gassed his own people, it's worth taking a moment to remember the Holocaust. In the U.K., the&nbsp;United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial Foundation and the British Government have enlisted some of the top design firms in the world, including Anish Kapoor and Zaha Hadid Architects,&nbsp;to design a Holocaust Memorial. Kapoor and ZHA's proposal, which places a purposefully awkwardly-sited bronze-cast meteorite partially below ground, is simultaneously disturbing and contemplative.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4s/4s9zj2n175r80n60.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/59/59og7fydi18w3pg2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/45/45uzvvig1mn15p5b.jpg"></p><p>As the architects explain in their statement, "Meteorites, mountains and stones are often at the centre of places of reflection, especially in the Jewish tradition. They call on the vastness of nature to be a witness to our humanity. A memorial to the Holocaust must be contemplative and silent, such that it evokes our empathy. It must be a promise to future generations that this terrible chapter in human history can never occur again."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yy/yy4y7cegnnq50gne.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uq/uqqc2pqw2q9oil5z.jpg"></p><p>In the video ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002682/ben-carson-gets-stuck-in-an-elevator-during-a-tour-of-a-public-housing-complex Ben Carson gets stuck in an elevator during a tour of a public housing complex Nicholas Korody 2017-04-12T12:24:00-04:00 >2017-04-13T11:06:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4x/4xtp2ks9dwpgweur.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With limited funds, many American affordable housing projects aren&rsquo;t in great shape. Their fate is ever more tenuous with the impending budget cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development proposed by the Trump Administration. In an ironic twist of fate, the often-sorry state of affordable housing was brought to the attention of the controversial new secretary of the HUD, Ben Carson, when he and his wife were trapped in an elevator at a Miami public complex on Wednesday, as <a href="http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2017/04/ben-carson-visits-miami-housing-development-and-gets-stuck-in-elevator.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reported by the Miami Herald</a>. The couple were stuck for a full fifteen minutes before firefighters freed them.</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002545/2017-julius-shulman-photography-awardee-todd-eberle-to-exhibit-his-portraits-of-architecture-s-icons-at-wuho-gallery 2017 Julius Shulman Photography Awardee Todd Eberle to exhibit his portraits of architecture's icons at WUHO Gallery Justine Testado 2017-04-11T17:28:00-04:00 >2017-04-11T17:39:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/de/de5qv3o5uv8p3b04.jpg" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Known for portraying a &ldquo;clean and analytical minimalist aesthetic&rdquo; in his work, New York-based photographer Todd Eberle has captured sharp, personable portraits of architectural icons like David Adjaye, Rem Koolhaas, Frank Gehry, Phyllis Lambert, and Philip Johnson...Most recently, Woodbury University's Julius Shulman Institute bestowed its prestigious JSI Excellence in Photography Award to Todd Eberle for 2017.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Todd Eberle will be presented with the JSI Photography Award on May 4, during opening night of his <a href="http://bustler.net/events/9273/julius-shulman-institute-presents-todd-eberle-empire-of-space" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Empire of Space&rdquo; exhibition</a> at the WUHO Gallery.&nbsp;Previous recipients of the award include James Welling, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122049433/h-l-ne-binet-celebrates-first-u-s-exhibit-at-wuho-with-the-2015-julius-shulman-institute-photography-award" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">H&eacute;l&egrave;ne Binet</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/95969942/grant-mudford-to-receive-2014-julius-shulman-institute-excellence-in-photography-award" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grant Mudford</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136902980/pedro-e-guerrero-spotlighted-in-latest-episode-of-pbs-american-masters-premiering-sept-18" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pedro E. Guererro</a>, Catherine Opie, Richard Barnes, and Iwan Baan.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/91/91s0b4oyu8zvpim4.jpg"><em>Julius Shulman, Kaufmann House, Palm Springs, CA, July 2003. Photo &copy;2017 Todd Eberle.</em></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/y3/y3n2ww3c5pkgq0le.jpg"><em>David Adjaye in Length x Width x Height (2004), London, October 2004. Photo &copy;2017 Todd Eberle.</em></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/dm/dm127sj3w5vdunt7.jpg"><em>Frank Gehry in his sculpture &ldquo;A Study, 1999&rdquo;, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA, March 1999. Photo &copy;2017 Todd Eberle.</em></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/19/192xk3437mqt3vfp.jpg"><em>Rem Koolhaas and client, Jean Fran&ccedil;ois Lemoine, Maison &aacute; Bordeaux, May 1998. Photo &copy;2017 Todd Eberle.</em></p><p>Check out more of Eberle's work <a href="http://bustler.net/news/5569/todd-eberle-to-receive-2017-julius-shulman-institute-photography-excellence-award" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002391/jimenez-lai-named-as-one-of-the-2017-swarovski-designers-of-the-future-award Jimenez Lai named as one of the 2017 Swarovski Designers of the Future Award Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-04-11T14:34:00-04:00 >2017-04-14T10:16:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hk/hk5howfuo24twey0.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Perennial-favorite, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/126662/jimenez-lai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jimenez Lai</a>, has been named as one <a href="http://www.swarovskigroup.com/S/home/index.en.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Swarovski</a>'s 2017 Designers of the Future. Along with the story-teller and founder of the firm&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/90423/bureau-spectacular-jimenez-lai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bureau Spectacular</a>, the crystal company has also knighted industrial-designer,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.marjanvanaubel.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marjan van Aubel</a>, and the "design do tank",&nbsp;<a href="http://www.taktproject.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Takt Project</a>. In conjunction with&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/36031/design-miami" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Miami</a>, the chosen designers will put&nbsp;forth innovative projects inspired by the transparent quartz Swarovski is famous for at this years event. While the winners will each create separate pieces, they will be exhibited as a single installation for Design Miami/Basel 2017.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/62/62rk56bf8e8zp4vf.jpg"></p><p>Marjan van Aubel is experimenting with solar technology to develop a series of living light objects and Trakt Project is collaborating with MICRON3DP to produce a series of tabletop objects that will be 3D printed with Swarovski crystals. Lai will produce a surface-based installation for the event while also responsible for creating the overall architectural character of the piece, designing a string of three ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002483/milton-curry-named-usc-s-new-dean-of-the-school-of-architecture Milton Curry named USC's new Dean of the School of Architecture Julia Ingalls 2017-04-11T12:28:00-04:00 >2017-04-11T12:28:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9w/9wngpinct4p93crv.jpg" width="600" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After serving two influential five-year terms, USC's&nbsp;<a href="http://Curry%20arrives%20from%20the%20University%20of%20Michigan%20Taubman%20College%20of%20Architecture%20and%20Urban%20Planning,%20where%20he%20is%20associate%20dean%20for%20academic%20affairs%20and%20strategic%20initiatives.%20He%20was%20chosen%20for%20the%20post%20at%20USC%20based%20upon%20his%20expertise%20%E2%80%9Cat%20the%20forefront%20of%20disciplinary%20areas%20on%20race,%20architecture%20and%20urbanism%20that%20engages%20cultural%20theory%20and%20humanities%20research,%E2%80%9D%20the%20announcement%20said.%20%20Curry%20founded%20the%20CriticalProductive%20Journal,%20which%20examined%20scholarship%20and%20creative%20pursuits%20in%20architecture,%20urbanism%20and%20cultural%20theory.%20He%20also%20co-founded%20Appendix%20Journal%20in%20the%20early%201990s,%20which%20helped%20to%20catalyze%20debate%20on%20architecture%20and%20race,%20among%20other%20subjects." rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Qingyun Ma</a> will remain on the faculty but step down as the Dean of The School of Architecture on July 1st, when he will be replaced by Milton Curry. According to the L.A. Times:</p><p><em>Curry arrives from the University of Michigan&nbsp;Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, where he is associate dean for academic affairs and strategic initiatives. He was chosen for the post at USC based upon his expertise &ldquo;at the forefront of disciplinary areas on race, architecture and urbanism that engages cultural theory and humanities research,&rdquo; the announcement said.</em></p><p><em>Curry founded the CriticalProductive Journal, which examined scholarship and creative pursuits in architecture, urbanism and cultural theory. He also co-founded Appendix Journal in the early 1990s, which helped to catalyze debate on architecture and race, among other subjects.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002323/this-week-s-picks-for-london-architecture-and-design-events This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-04-11T03:30:00-04:00 >2017-04-10T13:30:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d9/d9l8evgj8sgfglij.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With the prospect of a 4-day weekend ahead, London's residents and businesses are making plans to make the most of what should be a sunny and busy break. While London has some incredible green parks to enjoy, make sure not to miss out on special exhibitions and events over the break.&nbsp;</p><p>Why no fill a free day over the long weekend with&nbsp;visiting closing exhibitions, including <a href="http://bustler.net/events/8743/the-fantastic-barbican-world" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Fantastic Barbican World</a> and <a href="http://bustler.net/events/8930/revolution-russian-art-1917-1932" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Revolution: Russian Art 1917&ndash;1932</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><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/7k/7kcjp3lac0033yat.jpg"><em>Image: Fairground Ride&nbsp;by Iantresman (Own work)&nbsp;CC BY 3.0,&nbsp;via Wikimedia Commons</em></p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/9252/fairground-an-exploration-of-art-politics-and-ideas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fairground: an exploration of art, politics and ideas | 13-15 April</a></strong></p><p>With games including <em>Coconuts Complaints</em> and <em>Smash the Patriarchy,</em> this take on a traditional fairground explores the political and social issues faced today through clever takes on traditional games. Visitors will be entertained and challenged in a way which they never have been before.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/ia/iayvgcn63ctvhsj7.jpg"><em>Image, "The Ligh...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002204/prewar-is-so-last-year Prewar Is So Last Year Nam Henderson 2017-04-10T16:12:00-04:00 >2017-04-13T23:05:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/um/umb6rexwccbnof67.jpg" width="650" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Moldings, profiles, traditional cabinets &mdash; they&rsquo;re not really interested in that. They&rsquo;re really interested in something more modern and definitely more linear....Of course, paring down with such attention to detail comes at a price. Where baseboards and moldings can be used to hide uneven edges, the cleaner lines favored by millennials require more precision....Yet dramatically altering the DNA of a prewar apartment could harm its resale value</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jill Krasny highlights a growing trend among younger, buyers. They may prefer older, prewar apartments to newer, cookie cutter options, yet aren't necessarily interested in the traditional finishes and historical details. Rather they are more interested in clean lines, "gap reveal" and&nbsp;open, modern spaces.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001830/in-china-70-of-millenials-own-property In China, 70% of millenials own property Nicholas Korody 2017-04-06T17:44:00-04:00 >2017-04-12T17:25:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/la/lahz9ezlg4jlrqua.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Unless you live under a rock, you&rsquo;ve probably read some think piece about how millenials aren&rsquo;t buying homes. Sometimes this is construed as a cultural thing, but it probably has more to due with coming of age during and after the Great Recession.</p><p>In any case, according to a <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-39512599" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BBC article</a>, that&rsquo;s not universally the case. In China, 70% of millennials own their own home and 91% plan to buy one in the next five years. Meanwhile, in Mexico, 46% of millennials own property and, in France, 41% do. The US edges out the UK and the UAE for the fourth spot, with 35% owning property.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001752/comedy-meets-architecture-as-michael-ian-black-chats-with-deborah-berke Comedy meets architecture as Michael Ian Black chats with Deborah Berke Julia Ingalls 2017-04-06T12:18:00-04:00 >2017-04-06T12:21:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uz/uzg0x4bc6ikth1k4.jpg" width="650" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although certain architects have attempted&nbsp;<a href="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" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">to inject humor into the profession</a>, architecture is generally not known for its slapstick and wry timing, which makes the pairing of interviewer Michael Ian Black (formerly of classic comedy show <em>The State</em>) and <a href="http://archinect.com/yale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale</a> <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149958873/deborah-berke-shares-her-vision-as-incoming-dean-at-the-yale-school-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dean of Architecture Deborah Berke</a> just...unusual, but great. You can listen to their talk about the role of architecture in everyday life&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/prx/how-to-be-amazing-with-michael-ian-black/e/53-deborah-berke-49443280" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>While you're at it, take a listen to Archinect's podcast conversation with Deborah Berke...</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001481/border-wall-submissions-are-in-including-proposals-with-solar-panels-tourist-destinations-nuclear-waste-storage-art-and-a-shared-co-nation Border Wall submissions are in, including proposals with solar panels, tourist destinations, nuclear waste storage, art, and a shared "co-nation" Joachim Perez 2017-04-05T19:29:00-04:00 >2017-04-07T15:36:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lj/ljy4hhzfts5b6me7.jpg" width="650" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The government won't identify companies until contracts are awarded around June 1 &mdash; and even then, only the winners &mdash; but some bidders released plans on their own</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although many political agendas have trickled into the realm of design, the border wall continues to be a hot topic for architects. Since the inception of this project, social media has highlighted the "We Won't Build Your Wall" campaign, which has been prevalent at a number of architectural schools in the U.S. and overseas. This campaign did not stop the U.S. government from soliciting ideas and proposals from contractors which were due Tuesday. The request for proposals (RFPs) deadline for the U.S.-Mexico border wall are in, and the Associated Press points out that companies will not be revealed until an award is given. However, some proposals&nbsp;have been released by the bidders themselves.</p><p>The sample list presented in the article give variations on the future wall with some employing different traits such as using art, renewable energy resources, novelty architecture, and nuclear waste storage. &nbsp;</p><p>___</p><p><strong>SOLAR PANELS</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r8/r8txqlcdjelhn7ha.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://www.strutchannelfittings.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gleason Partners LLC</a> of Las Vegas proposes solar panels to cover sections...</p>