Archinect - News 2014-11-23T14:54:28-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/114195997/big-mother-the-tallest-mural-in-the-uk-to-highlight-affordable-housing-issues "Big Mother" the tallest mural in the UK to highlight affordable housing issues Alexander Walter 2014-11-21T15:21:00-05:00 >2014-11-21T15:26:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9b/9b239ea6293d6f1cf166a4b6b58c7ee5.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A newly completed 125 ft high mural painted by Stik on a condemned council owned tower block in Acton, West London is the tallest street artwork in the UK. The artwork depicts a mother and child looking forlornly from their condemned council block at the luxury apartment complexes being built around them. [...] Charles Hocking House was built for low income families in 1967 and is earmarked to be torn down in 2016.</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/114195194/reading-room-a-catalog-of-new-york-city-s-branch-libraries Reading Room: A Catalog of New York City’s Branch Libraries Alexander Walter 2014-11-21T15:07:00-05:00 >2014-11-21T15:08:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e8/e88d088e4a9b09d2521a1f59e464d93d.jpg" width="514" height="402" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Between 2008 and 2013, I photographed the branch libraries of New York City&rsquo;s three public library systems: 212 branches in all[1], spread across the five boroughs. Through arrangements with each of the library systems, I worked mornings before the branches opened to the public. I traveled by subway and bus and made six to twelve pictures of each branch, interiors and exteriors, using a 4&times;5 inch view camera. My archive, to date, holds over 2,000 negatives.</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/114126142/tracking-economic-conditions-with-satellite-imagery-and-shadows Tracking economic conditions with satellite imagery and shadows Archinect 2014-11-20T17:39:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T17:39:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/789648f9a507cb229e9feb24fe7993c3.jpg" width="514" height="218" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Proving that some market somewhere will find a value for anything, a company called Orbital Insight is now tracking "the shadows cast by half-finished Chinese buildings" as a possible indicator for where the country's economy might be headed.</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/114115688/the-architecture-of-loss-how-to-redesign-after-a-school-shooting The Architecture of Loss: How to Redesign After a School Shooting Alexander Walter 2014-11-20T14:22:00-05:00 >2014-11-21T10:30:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cc/ccf381e76f2c8bfa50335c50445d0a89.jpg" width="514" height="273" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Good architects strive to balance design and function while listening closely to a client&rsquo;s emotional needs for the space. Public projects often have the added layers of bureaucratic paperwork, &nbsp;media scrutiny, and community outreach. But rebuilding a school after a shooting presents a unique kaleidoscope of intense feelings. Architects must create an environment that not only promotes learning, but also helps the students&mdash;and their towns&mdash;heal from tragedy.</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/114040210/saving-buildings-with-social-media-or-not Saving Buildings with Social Media (Or Not) Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-19T14:56:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T12:45:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0r/0rnmtjgjd68r29w8.jpg" width="514" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We call it &ldquo;destructoporn&rdquo; (since 2007, according to Urban Dictionary) and it comes, unbidden, via digital media. Where did I see that Tod Williams and Billie Tsien&rsquo;s Folk Art Museum, just thirteen years old, was down to steel and rubble? The art critic Jerry Saltz&rsquo;s Instagram. [...] The dailiness, even hourliness, of social media makes it a perfect vehicle for documenting each thump of the wrecking ball, each crunch of the backhoe. Its visual slant is ideal for activism wrapped up in pictures.</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/113973577/red-bull-s-inaba-designed-office-is-the-antithesis-of-trendy-workspaces Red Bull's INABA-designed office is the "antithesis" of trendy workspaces Justine Testado 2014-11-18T19:05:00-05:00 >2014-11-21T13:42:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/14/14z3frrna9e26req.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When it comes to a high-energy drink giant like Red Bull, most would probably expect their corporate offices to reflect the sporty, frat bro-friendly culture that the brand overwhelmingly attracts. Not a single hint of that can be seen in the company's newly designed office in New York by Brooklyn-based architects <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106366/inaba-inc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">INABA</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pa/paddue86ipd16k51.jpg"></p><p>In fact, Red Bull's New York office looks generic and insignia-free -- which is not common for large companies. INABA states that the design doesn't integrate the latest theories of workplace productivity nor is it driven by narrative or graphic imagery. It ignores workspace interior trends like grand-scale gestures, playful recreational lounges, or urban-chic office decor. On the other hand, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112805150/muji-s-prefab-vertical-house-now-available-for-japanese-residences" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">no-brand minimal aesthetic</a> is a growing trend itself as well.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jz/jzn4krxmqkbt9gc7.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yi/yinastae02xmvmc4.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/up/up63mzq57r15f8zf.jpg"></p><p>The office's "timeless" and brandless design questions the standard that corporate offices must be a spatial representation of the company and the brand qualities of which it established itself. "Red Bull&rsquo;s New Yor...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113961523/berlin-after-the-wall-a-microcosm-of-the-world-s-chaotic-change Berlin After the Wall: A Microcosm of the World’s Chaotic Change Alexander Walter 2014-11-18T14:18:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T17:46:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9d/9din4efkmnnbm0qk.jpg" width="514" height="376" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Not far from the Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz was a no man&rsquo;s land during the Cold War. Then the Berlin Wall fell, and the German authorities made it a petting zoo for celebrity architecture. The corporate headquarters of Germany&rsquo;s new global swagger. But the ambitions for Potsdamer Platz, like the hopes and fears about a united Germany, turned out differently. The architecture was not so great. Many companies fled.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113115295/8-000-glowing-balloons-recreate-the-berlin-wall" target="_blank">8,000 Glowing Balloons Recreate the Berlin Wall</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113907749/this-is-not-just-hyperbole This is not just hyperbole Nam Henderson 2014-11-17T21:53:00-05:00 >2014-11-18T22:35:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/da/dan2yw88umjqqs26.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The pied-&agrave;-terre tax is seen by New York&rsquo;s wealthiest 1 percent as a question of fairness" - James Parrott, the chief economist at the Fiscal Policy Institute</p></em><br /><br /><p>New data from the&nbsp;Census Bureau&rsquo;s 2012 American Community Survey, confirms the high vacancy rate in certain "<em>billionaire buildings</em>" and neighborhoods of Manhattan. Some are making the case that&nbsp;an additional tax should be levied for these pieds-&agrave;-terres.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113901319/inside-the-dutch-village-where-everyone-has-dementia Inside the Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-17T19:50:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T22:43:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/47/47f3e781364f92d3c16c10830676875b.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubbed &ldquo;Dementia Village&rdquo; by CNN, Hogewey is a cutting-edge elderly-care facility&mdash;roughly the size of 10 football fields&mdash;where residents are given the chance to live seemingly normal lives. With only 152 inhabitants, it&rsquo;s run like a more benevolent version of The Truman Show [...] Last year, CNN reported that residents at Hogewey require fewer medications, eat better, live longer, and appear more joyful than those in standard elderly-care facilities.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Adapting to an unprecedented aging population means adjusting elder-care expectations and forms. So-called <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113421877/designing-for-seniors-and-soldiers-toward-a-silver-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Silver" architecture</a>&nbsp;aims to address this growing population, but what about an urbanism of the elderly? Knowing that <a href="http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/streams-of-consciousness/2012/04/24/the-importance-of-being-social/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">active social bonds can actually have long-term health benefits</a>, why not "silver" urbanism?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113886034/when-did-the-art-world-get-so-conservative When Did the Art World Get So Conservative? Orhan Ayyüce 2014-11-17T15:32:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T17:03:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sz/szqsn7p3vcikifyj.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>How did we come to live in an insular tribal sphere where unwritten rules and rigid moralities &mdash; about whom to like and dislike, what is permissible to say and what must remain unsaid &mdash; are strictly enforced via social media and online disapproval, much of it anonymous? When did this band of gypsies and relentless radicals get so conservative?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Could this be translated to architecture? Sure thing... I think architecture has a built in conservatism to begin with. Just look what the architects are pooling for.., fighting territories for things those really don't matter, blaming each other for handrail details and teaching values of the empire while reinforcing its own specialized elitism to keep the trouble makers out. Look at the corporate schools, corporate offices and architects who offer nothing more than a fantasy drawings packaged as radicals riding on intern labored marketing renderings.</p><p>Who is kidding whom?&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113882001/u-of-m-architecture-dean-encourages-minority-high-school-students-to-storm-barriers-in-a-field-dominated-by-white-males U of M architecture dean encourages minority high school students to storm barriers in a field dominated by white males Alexander Walter 2014-11-17T13:29:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:58:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g0/g0n0e1cpum2skza6.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Monica Ponce de Leon, a leading American architect proud of being a Hispanic woman in a field long dominated by white men, wants to change the face of her profession. [...] agreed to conduct a class earlier that day for juniors from John Hay High School - the vast majority of whom were black. Ponce de Leon, dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Planning [...], wanted to inspire the students to enter a field in which the vast majority of practitioners don't look like them.</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/113881197/the-mysterious-abandoned-silos-of-washington-dc The Mysterious, Abandoned Silos of Washington, DC Archinect 2014-11-17T13:22:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:57:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uk/ukrbntitr20otrgn.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The McMillan Sand Filtration Site is one of Washington, DC's most conspicuous mysteries. Unbeknownst to the thousands of commuters and residents that pass by its rusted gates daily, below this sprawling parcel of land lies a series of vast underground caverns built in the early 20th century by the Army Corps of Engineers as a natural purification facility for DC's turbid water supply.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The latest episode of PBS Digital Studios&rsquo;&nbsp;<em>Unusual Spaces</em>&nbsp;series visits mysterious abandoned silos and underground reservoirs at the McMillan Sand Filtration Site, just 2 miles north of Capitol Hill in DC.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113881193/the-academy-of-urbanism-awards-rotterdam-takes-top-prize The Academy of Urbanism Awards: Rotterdam takes top prize Nicholas Korody 2014-11-17T13:19:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:57:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/55/55x3ue308koxi99m.jpg" width="514" height="208" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rotterdam has been crowned as the best city in Europe at today&rsquo;s Urbanism Awards. The post-industrial city in the Netherlands beat off strong competition from Aarhus in Denmark and Turin in Italy. The award is one of five given out annually by the Academy to recognise the best, most enduring or most improved urban environments. Voted on by Academicians, each award covers a number of social, economic and environmental factors, including good governance and commercial success.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Additionally,&nbsp;Aberystwyth in Wales won the "Great Town" award. The lead assessor for the award, Tim Challans, stated, "The town&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/video-how-aberystwyth-recovered-devastating-6969139" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">resilience in recovering from the winter storms </a>demonstrates how its people are passionate about their home.&rdquo;</p><p>Holbeck Urban Village in the UK won the "Great Neighborhood" award.</p><p>Bridge Street / North Street in Taunton won the "Great Street" award.</p><p>St. Pancras International won the "Great Place" award.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113747197/picture-of-the-week Picture of the Week Orhan Ayyüce 2014-11-16T01:06:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:55:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rx/rxbn5ccj4h95vz0z.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Hacker Urbanism! Friday night in front of the Glendale City Hall, Courthouse and the Police Department, GPD.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113652533/towards-biology-tells-the-metaphysical-tale-of-ricardo-bofill-s-la-f-brica "Towards Biology" tells the metaphysical tale of Ricardo Bofill's La Fábrica Justine Testado 2014-11-14T15:51:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:54:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v0/v0g4eisskm9ik910.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura collaborated with <a href="http://www.onionlab.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Onionlab</a> from Barcelona to create a video-audio installation titled "Towards Biology" as part of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101261428/ricardo-bofill-s-time-space-existence-exhibition-on-la-fabrica-for-the-2014-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Time Space Existence" exhibition</a> at the soon-to-conclude <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/230035/venice-biennale-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Biennale 2014</a> in Italy.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gk/gk5hpc6rcczqgyf2.jpg"></p><p>The exhibition explores going beyond the physical existence of La F&aacute;brica&nbsp;-- the repurposed cement factory in Barcelona that has served as the Taller de Arquitectura's creative headquarters and Ricardo Bofill's private residence since the mid-1970s -- and reimagines it in different contexts, specifically in Venice.</p><p>In "Towards Biology", the rotunda-shaped screen draws in viewers to listen and watch a poetic narrative about La F&aacute;brica, which symbolizes the fundamentals of Taller de Arquitectura and the firm's approaches to architecture.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/et/et77o050r53ost3g.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f0v94zd2d46fny4x.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gl/gl6q6wyh9k2kclnx.jpg"></p><p><strong>Scroll further down to watch the installation in English or Italian.</strong></p><p>Project credits:</p><p>Produced by Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura and Onionlab<br>Technical direction: Onionlab<br>Technical Engineering: Lloc Audiovisu...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113578619/lucas-museum-faces-lawsuit-from-friends-of-the-parks Lucas museum faces lawsuit from Friends of the Parks Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-13T18:25:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T22:04:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ab/ab3c6b12195fee46a153a31d7737eeab.jpg" width="514" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Erecting such a building &ldquo;without authority of the General Assembly will diminish or impair the beneficial interest of plaintiffs and other Illinois citizens&rdquo; [...] such a designation conflicts with the trust, which calls for preserving property as &ldquo;a natural resource and as a free and open space not occupied by a giant building.&rdquo; [...] by acting without the approval of state lawmakers, the city and park district would have excessive power over the property &ldquo;for which they have no authority.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/113580225/re-education-campaigns-teach-china-s-new-ghost-city-dwellers-how-to-behave 'Re-education' campaigns teach China's new ghost city-dwellers how to behave Alexander Walter 2014-11-13T15:43:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T20:02:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cb/cbd5cf81987f83f21d1ed310fed45c67.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The region of Ordos made headlines in 2010 for the pre-built metropolis that had everything but people. Now, however, Kangbashi city is rapidly filling up with country people who are being encouraged to live in cities and diversify China&rsquo;s economy. For ageing farmers who&rsquo;ve spent their whole life on the land, however, becoming &ldquo;urbanites&rdquo; is a tall order.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/41748450/ordos-the-biggest-ghost-town-in-china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ordos: The biggest ghost town in China</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94911890/ordos-in-2014-brave-city-of-the-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ordos in 2014 - "Brave City of The Future"</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/113578622/all-those-new-museums-now-the-facts All those new museums? Now, the facts… Alexander Walter 2014-11-13T15:07:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T20:02:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/94/94d8b12d75147c2848993406c1d4a847.jpg" width="442" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2010, the Fondazione di Venezia&mdash;a well-endowed and entrepreneurial foundation with its historic roots in Italy&rsquo;s regional banking system&mdash;launched an architectural competition for a cluster of buildings in the centre of Mestre, one of the mainland urban areas of Venice. [...] The three accompanying essays, by Marco De Michelis, Aaron Betsky and M9 architect Matthias Sauerbruch, are less granular. They provide an overview of and perspectives on the museum-building boom [...].</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/113498245/two-window-washers-trapped-on-scaffolding-at-1-wtc Two window washers trapped on scaffolding at 1 WTC Archinect 2014-11-12T14:06:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T14:06:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6b/6bf2434118ee7d46c9c0c379cced7ec2.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Two window washers' lives are literally hanging in the balance - they're stuck on scaffolding at 1 World Trade Center, officials said Wednesday afternoon. The shaky scaffolding, which is suspended around the 69th floor, was seen dangling at an unstable angle, according to images that surfaced of the scene. The workers are dangling at a 65-degree angle, according to NYPD counterterrorism czar John Miller.</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/113496632/the-nyt-s-interview-with-karim-rashid-unlicensed-architect The NYT's interview with Karim Rashid, unlicensed architect Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-12T13:47:00-05:00 >2014-11-22T18:04:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zh/zhspgrin0l0q4ohv.jpg" width="435" height="467" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Q. You&rsquo;re an established industrial designer. Why the focus now on building design? A. I&rsquo;ve always taken a great interest in real estate; in fact, if I had more capital, I&rsquo;d probably be developing a lot more projects myself. There&rsquo;s also money to be made in real estate &mdash; much more than one can as a designer. [...] Q. But you&rsquo;re not a licensed architect. A. I am doing 11 buildings in the world, but I don&rsquo;t have a stamp as an architect and I wasn&rsquo;t educated as an architect.</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/113496634/the-race-to-save-architecture-in-myanmar-s-biggest-city The Race to Save Architecture in Myanmar's Biggest City Alexander Walter 2014-11-12T13:37:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T18:49:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ec/ecctuvx48cyhpfd6.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Through six decades of assault [...] the apartment building on Upper Pansodan endured, its graceful arches and colorful patios sacrificing little of their elegance and charm to the torments of time, nature, and repression. Then in 2013, three years into Myanmar's unprecedented political and economic opening up, the building succumbed to a force that proved too great to resist: development.</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/113487756/home-and-away-is-airbnb-a-threat-to-the-affordable-housing-market Home and Away: Is Airbnb a Threat to the Affordable Housing Market? dschulz18 2014-11-12T12:26:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T12:26:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6t/6tdu1ez8w741if8k.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Controversial room-sharing startup Airbnb, one of the most visible players in what is being called the &ldquo;sharing economy,&rdquo; has recently awakened the innovation vs. regulation argument in all the usual ways&ndash;and a few new ones, including the accusation that these short-term rentals are depleting the already-scarce affordable housing stock in pricey metro areas like San Francisco and New York City.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Is airbnb a threat to the affordable housing market? The hotel industry collects and pays a city a transient occupancy tax for the service they provide, while airbnb historically has not. Housing advocates note that in cities like NYC and San Francisco properties are being leased by single owners via airbnb, removing them from the pool of available rental housing.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113459671/mesmerizing-mosque-ceilings-built-by-muslims Mesmerizing Mosque Ceilings built by Muslims Orhan Ayyüce 2014-11-12T11:13:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T20:16:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6v/6vfcdjw7pq3qsg15.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I strongly disagree with the title. There is no such thing as Islamic Architecture or Islamic Culture. Islam is a multicultural faith with strong presence in Arab world, the Persian world, the Indian Subcontinent, in Eurasia and even in Europe. You cannot label an architectural style as Islamic just because it is used in a mosque. There are elements of the host culture present in this buildings. Mosques in Egypt or Turkey are significantly different from Mosques in Europe or India. -</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/113430740/the-house-of-mirrors-reinvents-the-australian-beach-hut-with-a-hint-of-mirror-magic The House of Mirrors reinvents the Australian beach hut with a hint of mirror magic Justine Testado 2014-11-11T17:02:00-05:00 >2014-11-11T18:33:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jo/jo20nwqufzownqw0.jpg" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At first glimpse, the House of Mirrors looks like a misplaced stack of wiry boxes randomly cast away along the Australian coast. Up close, the cubical structure further engages passersby as its steel frame draws them right to its mirrory middle, which appears to float inside as it reflects its coastal surroundings.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The House of Mirrors by London and Melbourne-based design studio <a href="http://www.seeneon.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NEON</a> was recently displayed at the Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2014, a large public outdoor exhibition that takes place along the Bondi to Tamarama shoreline in Australia.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4f/4f9n10bi9xhs16sl.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0eq106lag2hvxdlu.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pa/pa36ex0c77o55a3u.jpg"></p><p>For more details, head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/the_house_of_mirrors_reinvents_the_australian_beach_hut_with_a_hint_of_mirr/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113424292/how-pictures-of-the-eiffel-tower-at-night-violate-copyright How pictures of the Eiffel Tower at night violate copyright Alexander Walter 2014-11-11T15:06:00-05:00 >2014-11-13T10:00:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ig/igiot3urxpazxl1r.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Indeed, taking a photo of the Eiffel Tower at night for any reason other than personal use is, technically, a violation of French copyright law [...]. A daytime photo is fine&mdash;copyright on the structure itself has expired&mdash;but night time photos remain problematic because the light show is more recent than the tower itself. Also illegal is taking a photo of the Atomium, Belgium&rsquo;s most famous tourist attraction [...].</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/113348899/bed-stuy-in-memoriam Bed-Stuy In Memoriam Alexander Walter 2014-11-10T15:46:00-05:00 >2014-11-10T15:48:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9b/9b1e096241456c75abb63197650c9a26.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Neighborhoods of contemporary New York are primarily defined by the choices and actions of the people who call them home. They are collages fashioned from layer upon layer of small accretions that we plaster and paint onto our environments. Sometimes, this paint is literal [...] rich diversity of murals in memoriam found throughout Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn &mdash; public artworks that reflect a particular history of violence, racial prejudice, and, in some cases, the mixture of the two.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105939752/bed-stuy-prices-soar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bed-Stuy Prices Soar</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113343922/residents-of-nyc-adult-home-asked-to-repay-fema-aid-from-hurricane-sandy Residents of NYC Adult Home Asked to Repay FEMA Aid From Hurricane Sandy Nicholas Korody 2014-11-10T14:21:00-05:00 >2014-11-11T08:26:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p8/p8bb7ai2wqw983hr.jpg" width="430" height="261" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The residents of Belle Harbor Manor spent four miserable months in emergency shelters after Superstorm Sandy's floodwaters surged through their assisted-living center on New York City's Rockaway peninsula. Now, the home's disabled, elderly and mostly poor residents have a new headache: The Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked at least a dozen of them to pay back thousands of dollars in disaster aid.</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/113343921/guggenheim-names-troy-conrad-therrien-as-curator-of-architecture-and-digital-initiatives Guggenheim Names Troy Conrad Therrien as Curator of Architecture and Digital Initiatives Archinect 2014-11-10T14:14:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T23:10:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9s/9sto4k03r2cphum8.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation announced today that Troy Conrad Therrien will join the institution as curator of architecture and digital initiatives, a new position. Therrien has worked on exhibitions at the Berlage Institute, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Columbia University, MoMA PS1, and the New Museum. The museum&rsquo;s press release says, &ldquo;A major and immediate component of Therrien&rsquo;s work will be related to the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition.</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/113124949/19-precious-monuments-destroyed-by-war 19 precious monuments destroyed by war Archinect 2014-11-07T17:53:00-05:00 >2014-11-10T10:00:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/76/76f1778635d7c696cb99d0c9c3cb0b6d.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is a cruel irony that a region so blessed with the treasures of early human civilizations is also among those most troubled by conflict. As the violence threatens to annihilate some of history's greatest monuments, we count the cost of our irreplaceable losses</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/113108869/first-ever-chicago-architecture-biennial-taking-shape-for-2015 First Ever Chicago Architecture Biennial Taking Shape for 2015 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-07T13:14:00-05:00 >2014-11-07T18:09:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kq/kq56zus97zea2ac8.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The theme of the 2015 edition will be "The State of the Art of Architecture," named after Stanley Tigerman's 1977 conference, and will feature an array of exhibitions and newly commissioned works, including a photo exhibition by lensman Iwan Baan exploring Chicago. [...] The eventt ... is being planned by a group of heavy-hitters, including co-directors Sarah Herda, Director of the Graham Foundation, and Joseph Grima, former curator of Storefront for Art and Architecture</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102624628/chicago-plans-architectural-biennial-for-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago plans architectural biennial for 2015</a></p>