Archinect - News 2014-11-01T00:46:46-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/112517112/choral-fields-1-6-of-mirrorcity-in-london-ponders-the-urban-city-s-rhythmic-flow ‘Choral Fields 1-6’ of MIRRORCITY in London ponders the urban city’s rhythmic flow Justine Testado 2014-10-30T23:18:00-04:00 >2014-10-31T18:04:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m0/m0yxzw07rvbgvyuk.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For as long as digital technology continues to creep into every part of our daily lives, so will the discussion regarding its impact on everyday reality. Over at London's Hayward Gallery, the MIRRORCITY exhibition features the multimedia works of London-based emerging and established artists that address the dilemmas, consequences, and experiences of living in the digital revolution. MIRRORCITY will be at the Hayward Gallery until January 4, 2015.</p></em><br /><br /><p>One of the MIRRORCITY artists is Emma McNally whose Choral Fields (1-6) graphite drawings are featured in the exhibition. If McNally's name sounds familiar, she exhibited her beautiful <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84998562/drawing-space-by-emma-mcnally-to-show-at-abstract-drawing-exhibition-in-london-s-drawing-room" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cosmos-inspired <em>drawing/space</em></a> body of work in the Drawing Room's "Abstract Drawing" last year. Similar to <em>drawing/space</em>, McNally's Choral Fields offers a metaphysical, cartographic perspective to contemporary urbanism.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5n/5nxlkvfbjqrlu989.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rf/rf3zj66eqb41baaa.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1x/1x4iwso10ieallwv.jpg"></p><p>Read more about it on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/choral_fields_1-6_of_mirrorcity_in_london_ponders_the_urban_citys_rhythmic_/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84998562/drawing-space-by-emma-mcnally-to-show-at-abstract-drawing-exhibition-in-london-s-drawing-room" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"drawing/space" by Emma McNally to show at &ldquo;Abstract Drawing&rdquo; exhibition in London&rsquo;s Drawing Room </a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112498635/10x10-london-auction-renders-100-drawn-perspectives-around-the-shard 10x10 London auction renders 100 drawn perspectives around The Shard Justine Testado 2014-10-30T18:14:00-04:00 >2014-10-31T18:04:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ad/adz6txdwlb9tpl62.jpg" width="514" height="640" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>10x10 Drawing the City London is an annual fundraising event established by British architect <a href="http://www.makowerarchitects.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tim Makower</a> and organized by charity group <a href="http://www.article-25.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Article 25</a> that gets its name from the 100-square grid that captures one particular area in the city of London.</p><p>Each square of the grid is assigned to 100 participants, who are typically some of the U.K.'s most well-known and emerging architects, designers, and artists. Participants will then create and donate an original work of art inspired by the buildings and public spaces within their assigned square. For 2014, The Renzo Piano-designed Shard will be the center of the grid.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t7/t7xx0zjn4447auhp.jpg"></p><p>This year's set of participants include notable names and 10x10 favorites like <a href="http://archinect.com/fosterandpartners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/55220775/rogers-stirk-harbour-partners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ivan Harbour</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/109716704/o-donnell-tuomey-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sheila O'Donnell</a>, C.J. Lim, Piers Gough, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/11712/wilkinson-eyre-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Wilkinson</a>, textile designer Celia Birtwell, artists Norman Ackroyd and Roger FitzGerald, and 10x10 founder Tim Makower himself.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6k/6kjs53cnp3grurtz.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1q/1qax7kptu4hmdwyf.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3g/3gst301ajgou2zqo.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sz/szcx3m1majjxvdf3.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fs/fs3r3agkconbin24.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vk/vktc2l510x6w65e0.jpg"></p><p>Online bidding for the art begins November 4 through November 25, followed by an exclusive evenin...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112035318/archinect-s-lexicon-anthropocene Archinect's Lexicon: "Anthropocene" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-30T15:34:00-04:00 >2014-10-31T18:04:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g3/g3m8fnjbos4ed7lm.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>Welcome to Archinect's Lexicon. Architecture notoriously appropriates and invents new language &ndash; sometimes to make appeals, sometimes to fill conceptual gaps, sometimes nonsensically. But once a word is used, it's alive, and part of the conversation. We're here to take notes.</em></p><p><strong><em>Anthropocene&nbsp;</em></strong>[&aelig;n&theta;r&#601;&#712; po&#650; sin],&nbsp;noun: "the era of geological time during which human activity is considered to be the dominant influence on the environment, climate, and ecology of the earth" (Oxford English Dictionary).</p><p>The term "Anthropocene" first appeared on Archinect in April of 2007, in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/56261/bbc-presents-the-reith-lectures-2007" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a news post</a> recommending a series of lectures by economist <a href="http://jeffsachs.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeffrey Sachs</a>. In June of 2014, the <a href="http://public.oed.com/the-oed-today/recent-updates-to-the-oed/june-2014-update/new-words-notes-june-2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oxford English Dictionary</a>&nbsp;officially adopted it:</p><p><em>The&nbsp;-cene&nbsp;suffix, derived from the Greek for &lsquo;new&rsquo; or &lsquo;recent&rsquo;, has been used since the 1830s to form names denoting the epochs and strata of the present Cenozoic era of geological time, ranging from the Palaeocene to the Holocene. The Holocene epoch covers roughly the past 10,000 year...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112494619/documentary-to-explore-racial-discrimination-in-transportation-planning Documentary to Explore Racial Discrimination in Transportation Planning Alexander Walter 2014-10-30T14:29:00-04:00 >2014-10-31T16:48:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/co/coj2va5cbiwdql02.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Beavercreek, Ohio, nabbed its own infamous place in civil rights history last year, when the Federal Highway Administration ruled that the suburb had violated anti-discrimination laws by blocking bus service from nearby Dayton. [...] The Beavercreek case illustrates larger, more widespread problems with America&rsquo;s transportation system [...]. The Kirwan Institute is producing a one-hour documentary exploring the Beavercreek case and how racism can influence transportation decision making.</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/112493007/arctic-adaptations-inuit-architecture-showcased-in-venice-biennale Arctic Adaptations: Inuit Architecture Showcased in Venice Biennale Alexander Walter 2014-10-30T13:55:00-04:00 >2014-10-31T18:04:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a4/a4793015cf82380a26b3dfaae02becb7.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the first time in the 14-year history of the International Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Nunavut flag flew at the entrance to the Canadian Pavilion, an Inukshuk floating at the entrance of &ldquo;Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15.&rdquo; The exhibit, curated by architects Lola Sheppard and Mason White, from Toronto-based design firm Lateral Office, coincides with the 15th anniversary of the territory&rsquo;s creation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100239685/arctic-adaptations-nunavut-at-15-to-represent-canadian-pavilion-at-2014-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15&rdquo; to represent Canadian Pavilion at 2014 Venice Biennale</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112418302/california-s-at-risk-cultural-landscapes-include-watts-towers California's 'at-risk' cultural landscapes include Watts Towers Alexander Walter 2014-10-29T14:31:00-04:00 >2014-10-30T18:55:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/703d7cf9b3f3a26fbfbad6fcea7e735c.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three sites in California &mdash; the Watts Towers, Noah Purifoy's Outdoor Desert Museum in Joshua Tree and the "Bay Lights" installation on the Oakland-Bay Bridge &mdash; have been named to a list of 11 "at-risk" sites by The Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington, D.C. [...] "Landscapes often die quiet deaths when you're dealing with the elements," says foundation President Charles Birnbaum.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/70471495/ucla-engineers-will-study-the-stability-of-watts-towers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA engineers will study the stability of Watts Towers</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112400616/us-currency-reimagined-to-celebrate-ideas-not-the-dead US currency reimagined to celebrate ideas, not the dead b3tadine[sutures] 2014-10-29T11:42:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T16:07:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sz/szn5rqp8qggsvk87.jpg" width="514" height="548" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Purrington says he removed the Founding Fathers from his design as this was a practice Congress had wanted to abolish following the American revolution. He wanted to focus instead on the attributes shared by workers in a community, and "how these attributes contribute to the principles we end up seeing as valuable."</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://www.travispurrington.com/211378/2317660/gallery/2014-usd-proposal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Travis Purrington</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112337949/picasso-museum-reopens-after-five-year-renovation Picasso Museum reopens after five-year renovation Alexander Walter 2014-10-28T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T21:43:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8d/8db65c8821200f5dc9bb88513b0cd063.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of the most popular museums in Paris, the Picasso Museum, reopens on Saturday after a five-year closure for a costly and controversial renovation. [...] In the run-up to the big day, Lebon has been busy conducting VIP tours. Among his guests: the American architect Frank Gehry, whose monumental Louis Vuitton art foundation has just opened on the other side of Paris. "I am not here to criticise the architecture, but to praise the painting - which is of course phenomenal," says Gehry.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111797408/an-architect-s-big-parisian-moment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An Architect&rsquo;s Big Parisian Moment</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112336336/kean-university-announces-the-michael-graves-school-of-architecture Kean University announces the Michael Graves School of Architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-28T13:23:00-04:00 >2014-10-30T14:02:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oq/oqr7p7x04ywzrk3f.jpg" width="514" height="516" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The School&rsquo;s curriculum will intensively utilize the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area and the Wenzhou region of China, where Kean University has an English-speaking campus [...] &ldquo;Michael Graves&rsquo; philosophy is to draw by hand first so that the students see, &ldquo;feel&rdquo; and experience the new building spatially. Then, only after the drawing is complete will the students transfer the design to a computer so that the computer becomes an execution tool, not an ideation tool.&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/112259973/los-angeles-cultural-boom-gives-city-s-artists-spaces-they-can-call-home Los Angeles cultural boom gives city’s artists spaces they can call home Alexander Walter 2014-10-27T13:30:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T19:51:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/df/dfc412c65bea37363e7ea8e7b76fd3b1.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;People used to complain that people went to New York to buy what they could buy in LA,&rdquo; said Kathy Halbreich, the associate director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think that happens anymore. I think there&rsquo;s a recognition that the city matters, that the people aren&rsquo;t just there for the weather. You see a level of ambition that&rsquo;s been ratcheted up.&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/112254318/predicting-the-jobs-of-the-future Predicting the jobs of the future Archinect 2014-10-27T11:32:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T20:01:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3f/3fdf8929304ecef785623ff61946c02e.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As technology evolves, what today seems science fiction may become the job market of tomorrow. Experts predict that 60% of employments in the next 10 years haven&rsquo;t even been invented yet.</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/112142042/wtf-human-marionettes-draw-structures WTF, Human Marionettes Draw Structures Orhan Ayyüce 2014-10-26T12:11:00-04:00 >2014-10-26T12:11:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mt/mta1gpt1k22eq1rr.jpg" width="514" height="280" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>thanks lot my dear friend Very nice amazing beautiful day wonderful day to you dear friend God bless you too much kind regards Best wishes Ahmed &#65279;-a youtube quote on the video</p></em><br /><br /><p>Probably you have seen it already last August. For those who have seen it I recommend Giraffe f**k on the same youtube page. "How this video and rest of the videos on that page are related?., is my open question to you.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111972700/how-has-the-world-changed-since-you-were-born How has the world changed since you were born? Nicholas Korody 2014-10-23T20:54:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T19:51:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wf/wfr3jnt1fcpoov9a.jpg" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Find out how, since the date of your birth, your life has progressed; including how many times your heart has beaten, and how far you have travelled through space. Investigate how the world around you has changed since you've been alive; from the amount the sea has risen, and the tectonic plates have moved, to the number of earthquakes and volcanoes that have erupted. Grasp the impact we've had on the planet in your lifetime...</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/111957365/don-t-forget-to-thank-your-socks-and-other-organizing-tips Don't Forget to Thank Your Socks (And Other Organizing Tips) Nicholas Korody 2014-10-23T18:47:00-04:00 >2014-10-31T14:31:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cg/cg4uirqmmpapswxr.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Marie] Kondo&rsquo;s decluttering theories are unique, and can be reduced to two basic tenets: Discard everything that does not &ldquo;spark joy,&rdquo; after thanking the objects that are getting the heave-ho for their service; and do not buy organizing equipment &mdash; your home already has all the storage you need [...] &ldquo;When we take our clothes in our hands and fold them neatly,&rdquo; she writes, &ldquo;we are, I believe, transmitting energy, which has a positive effect on our clothes.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The article goes on to quote&nbsp;Leonard Koren, a design theorist who has written extensively on Japanese aesthetics: "The idea of non-dualism is a relationship to reality that proposes that everything is inextricably connected and alive, even inanimate objects. If we are compassionate and respectful to everything that exists, then we would have to be compassionate about the socks in the drawer that aren&rsquo;t folded properly.&rdquo;</p><p>While perhaps laughable to some &ndash; particularly within the context of home-organizing &ndash;, taking seriously the idea that inanimate objects have a life of their own parallels a lot of emerging thought in contemporary philosophy. In particular, the philosophical school of "Object-Oriented Ontology" (OOO) seeks to destabilize the tradition of Western philosophy since at least Kant that relegates the reality of objects to their conforming to the human subject's perception. Graham Harman, whose doctoral dissertation&nbsp;"Tool-Being: Elements in a Theory of Objects" sparked the O...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111953344/a-preview-of-the-future-is-not-what-it-used-to-be-the-2nd-istanbul-design-biennial A preview of “The Future Is Not What It Used To Be”, the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial Justine Testado 2014-10-23T13:58:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T20:03:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4z/4z5n15j1kfpm9bp3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the upcoming 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial, "The Future Is Not What It Used To Be" questions the role of design, its relationship to society, and how it can potentially bring change. Curated by Zo&euml; Ryan and spanning all five floors of the Galata Greek Primary School from Nov. 1 to Dec.14, the biennial will showcase a designers' exhibition of over 50 projects that ask who defines the future and how it is defined. But the crucial aspect it explores is whose future could be affected.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In an area of approximately 2,300 square meters at the Galata Greek Primary School, the exhibition will feature more than 50 projects by designers worldwide. The event will also host various creative academic workshops, panels, and film screenings.</p><p>N&deg;40 Workoutcomputer by Desireee Heiss and Ines Kaag.<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9f/9fmqdbsdb7t6rgfk.jpg"></p><p>Fruit of the Polish Turkish culinary workshops<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ir/ir5sn48ztu3xxsqw.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/as/as38ayekd9c5r8j5.jpg"></p><p>Learn more about the event on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/a_preview_of_the_future_is_not_what_it_used_to_be_the_2nd_istanbul_design_b/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>!</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111897927/tour-los-angeles-history-with-ucla-s-new-interactive-urban-trail-app Tour Los Angeles history with UCLA's new interactive urban trail app Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-23T13:44:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T22:05:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1h/1hthdmjfuzz785nh.jpg" width="514" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Public parks do much more than provide places to play, relax or exercise &nbsp;&ndash; they can also preserve portions of the natural landscapes, and remind us of our city&rsquo;s history. In Los Angeles&rsquo; urban core, where public parks are few and much of the landscape has already been paved in concrete, combining peace and preservation becomes more difficult. But embracing infrastructure can lead to novel and engaging park systems, as seen in projects like the High Line, and now, in <a href="http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=22272" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles' State Historic Park (LASHP)</a>.</p><p>Situated in a former rail-switching yard in LA's Chinatown, LASHP sits at the base of Elysian Park&rsquo;s hills, stretching between an active light-rail line and the Los Angeles River. While still under construction, the park is already the focal point of an urban trail project, LASHP Trails, initially drafted by local high school students and developed by UCLA&rsquo;s <a href="http://remap.ucla.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance (REMAP)</a>. Originating in and around the park, the trails lead walk...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111950133/denver-s-union-station-is-lacking-diversity-and-local-critic-places-the-blame-on-the-architecture Denver's Union Station is lacking diversity and local critic places the blame on the architecture Archinect 2014-10-23T12:54:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T22:55:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oz/ozo9fb03fwqdu86p.jpg" width="514" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Let's start with the building itself, the actual architecture. Union Station is a neo-classical mix of styles &mdash; European styles. The symmetry, arched windows, ornate cornice and stacked, stone walls have their roots in the glory days of France, England, Greece and Rome, in empires that were nearly absent of ethnic minorities and who felt fully at ease invading, exploiting and actually enslaving the people of Africa, subcontinent Asia and South America.</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/111876186/what-makes-a-building-sacred What makes a building sacred? Alexander Walter 2014-10-22T13:47:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T22:08:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f283e8b12d8ffc800f56189e3ec91aab.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The new science of neuroaesthetics [...] tells us much about the way pure form is dealt with by the brain. [...] V S Ramachandran, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Diego, and William Hirstein, a philosopher at Elmhurst College in Illinois, argue that we are innately attuned to recognise things as unified objects &ndash; such that we find brushstrokes or architectural features that can be mentally assembled into a coherent whole more beautiful.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related Archinect Feature: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/111205340/aftershock-4-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-neuroscientific-architecture-research" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AfterShock #4: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neuroscientific Architecture Research</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111874576/back-to-the-future-the-fake-relics-of-the-old-chinese-city-of-datong Back to the future: the fake relics of the 'old' Chinese city of Datong Alexander Walter 2014-10-22T13:22:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T21:38:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/de/de23440dde4b355190358a7007e6bb17.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Six years ago the then-mayor launched an ambitious plan to reconstruct the lost walls, watchtowers and Ming-style homes of the city &ndash; resettling tens of thousands of residents and transforming Datong into a tourist site. Now few want to live here</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/111873772/buffalo-s-jewel-box-art-museum-to-grow Buffalo’s jewel-box art museum to grow Alexander Walter 2014-10-22T13:12:00-04:00 >2014-10-22T13:33:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cb/cb17aa9d6f8911359b6b5771a59fb58f.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, is preparing to launch its first major expansion effort in more than 50 years. [...] In 2012, the board commissioned the architectural firm Sn&oslash;hetta to produce a master plan for future growth, but the details of this project have remained under wraps. Museum leaders told the Buffalo News that they are interested in holding an architectural competition for design proposals following their meetings with the public.</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/111795771/tom-kundig-loses-lawsuit-against-his-washington-valley-cabin Tom Kundig loses lawsuit against his Washington valley cabin Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-21T13:48:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T13:34:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e7/e79f1dddeaeebf2e5e273c1c49d4a386.jpg" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The steel structure looms large from Midge Cross and Scott Johnston's back porch. And from the beginning they say Architect Tom Kundig and his partners ignored land covenants meant to prevent any ridgeline buildings that would be visible from below. "To me it was the extended third finger," said Cross. "Like, 'Up yours, Mazama, we can put this here and the heck with you guys.'"</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the fall of 2012, Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects built a private cabin on the picturesque ridge of the Methow Valley in Washington. Prior residents of the valley's Mazama community were miffed by the ruined view, and claimed that the cabin violated "protective covenants for visual consideration", established in 1987. They were joined by current property owners and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/77141277/lawsuit-filed-against-architect-tom-kundig" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sued Kundig last year</a>. Kundig has now been ordered by the court to move the hut away from the ridgeline.</p><p>Kundig is no stranger to Washington, or off-grid cabin architecture &ndash; a native of Spokane, Kundig was educated and practices as an architect in Washington with Olson Kundig Architects, and his "Rolling Huts" offer modest camping lodges near Mazama. While Kundig hasn't offered any official comments on the case, his office did state that&nbsp;"Tom Kundig designed this cabin with the valley's natural elements and history as a priority. His aim has been to create a building that embodies the Pacific Northwest spirit of ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111797408/an-architect-s-big-parisian-moment An Architect’s Big Parisian Moment Alexander Walter 2014-10-21T13:31:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T21:07:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b1/b1c87e26352d2acec2040ff4bc37064d.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a cultural twofer that makes it Frank Gehry week here, the Louis Vuitton Foundation, a private cultural center and contemporary-art museum designed by Mr. Gehry, had its official inaugural ceremony on Monday, attended by the French president, Fran&ccedil;ois Hollande. At the same time, the Pompidou Center across town is giving Mr. Gehry, based in Los Angeles, a major career retrospective, his first in Europe.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102640738/gehry-designed-fondation-louis-vuitton-to-open-this-october" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton to open this October</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111797399/obama-s-presidential-library-four-radical-visions-of-the-future-from-top-architects Obama's presidential library: four radical visions of the future from top architects Alexander Walter 2014-10-21T13:19:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T22:11:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/71/712f61acd201ca626a5b7f06fca33437.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Barack Obama still has two long years left to cement his legacy as something between &ldquo;yes we can&rdquo; and &ldquo;at least I tried&rdquo;. Regardless of how history remembers him, Obama will always represent a shift from the old guard, an idealistic starting point for what (and who) future presidents could be. For now, though, his official museum, his keeper of secrets: couldn&rsquo;t that still be a tangible change we can believe in? At least an architectural one?</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/111725875/studios-kabako-from-congo-wins-2014-curry-stone-design-prize Studios Kabako from Congo wins 2014 Curry Stone Design Prize Justine Testado 2014-10-20T15:12:00-04:00 >2014-10-20T15:37:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s4/s4ry8g3fy7ea37k1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Congolese performance and theater group Studios Kabako from Kisangani was announced as the 2014 Curry Stone Design Prize winner this past weekend at an awards ceremony in Brussels...Studios Kabako was established in 2001 to address the various emotions linked to the aftermath of civil war. Located in a city that is isolated geographically and culturally, the studio has provided its community a safe creative haven of dance, theater, and music through its urban interventions and cultural programs.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mc/mcrgzppcummsk5n2.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p2/p2hfibdcz9xgseac.jpg"></p><p>Studios Kabako will start a U.S. tour including in New York from October 21 to November 1, 2014, with two performances at the BRIC theater in Brooklyn.</p><p>The studio will receive a $100,000 grant prize, and were also featured in a short documentary by the Curry Stone Foundation, which you can watch entirely below.</p><p>Read more about the studio on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/studios_kabako_from_congo_wins_2014_curry_stone_design_prize/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111718628/give-and-take-michael-kimmelman-and-annabelle-selldorf-discuss-architectural-ethics-in-urban-environments Give and Take: Michael Kimmelman and Annabelle Selldorf discuss architectural ethics in urban environments Dane Borda 2014-10-20T13:58:00-04:00 >2014-10-31T20:35:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/69/69xlj5frkr1zrebz.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The power of architecture at work in the modern city was a theme that emerged from the start at last Thursday night&rsquo;s <em>Big Ideas, Bold Thinkers, Brilliant Dialogue </em>series at <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/72600/pratt-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pratt Institute</a>. This particular conversation featured <em>New York Times</em> architecture critic Michael Kimmelman and Architect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/15820/selldorf-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Annabelle Selldorf</a>. Moderator Spencer Bailey of Surface magazine used the broad term of &ldquo;power of architecture&rdquo; as a catalyst that spawned a conversation on the social responsibility of architecture as we move into an ever&#8208;growing, thickening urban environment.</p><p>Selldof&rsquo;s recent Sunset Park Recycling Center Brooklyn got the discussion going. Selldorf began by explaining why she was so excited to take on an infrastructure project, noting the architectural demands of the site and program were very interesting problems to take on. But the thing that most fascinated her about the project was its capacity to give back to the city by providing an important logistical hub to New York City as well as co...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111679285/end-of-weird-architecture-in-china End of weird architecture in China? Orhan Ayyüce 2014-10-20T11:44:00-04:00 >2014-10-24T13:55:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mo/moip4wwgkddu95py.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Art should serve the people, Xi Jinping says, and China's weird and wonderful buildings - including a mobile phone building, an excessivley blinged-up hotel, and a penis tower - are evidently not good examples of "morally inspiring art". Duh.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Is it possible&nbsp;Xi Jinping is using a diplomatic language to break loose from imported architecture? The so called elite star architecture now going to have third tier copies? Don't forget the elite post modernism was finally trickled down to strip mall architecture finally in early 90's.&nbsp;</p><p>This whole thing started with this link I got from my friend and continued with a conversation below.</p><p><a href="http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fshanghaiist.com%2F2014%2F10%2F18%2Feliminate_all_weird_architecture_in.php&amp;h=kAQFonHo0&amp;s=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="https://fbexternal-a.akamaihd.net/safe_image.php?d=AQANV_rkGA-6x1aX&amp;w=158&amp;h=158&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fshanghaiist.com%2Fassets_c%2F2014%2F10%2Fweird-building-china-1-thumb-640xauto-864354.jpg"></a></p><p><a href="http://shanghaiist.com/2014/10/18/eliminate_all_weird_architecture_in.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eliminate all weird architecture in China, Xi Jinping declares</a></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.tectonicus.com/about/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ben Lepley</a></strong>- Not sure what this means for MAD &gt;:l&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Orhan Ayyuce</strong>- Maybe he sees architecture as the poster child of socio-cultural threat?</p><p><strong>BL</strong>- Or a threat of power from investors who cant be controlled by state owned banks? Or both.</p><p><strong>OA</strong>- Are you back in China?</p><p><strong>BL</strong>- No, in Tucson still. Clean air here.&nbsp;but I keep in contact with those who are still there.&nbsp;I'm not sure if this statement from Xi was off the cuff, or an actual decision, but it could be big.&nbsp;If you want to know more I can introduce you to one of my old MAD co-workers who is still there...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111655995/the-portland-building-architect-michael-graves-fiercely-defends-his-controversial-creation-against-demolition The Portland Building: Architect Michael Graves fiercely defends his controversial creation against demolition Archinect 2014-10-19T17:22:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T23:42:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c5/c5f3f52a19d5d26f19a1552d3e88c3d4.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Graves came out swinging. "I saw some people outside selling tomatoes," he said. "I have no idea what that meant." He complained about his treatment in the local news media: "350 buildings, and I don't have this treatment anywhere else. . . Usually when I revisit buildings, it's to get the keys to the city. Here, there are tomatoes for sale."</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/111354100/the-boolean-created-situation-room-at-the-storefront-for-art-architecture The boolean-created “Situation Room” at the Storefront for Art + Architecture Justine Testado 2014-10-15T19:44:00-04:00 >2014-10-22T21:45:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k8/k8edcyl4ko5kl2ri.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Immersed in a neon bubblegum pink shell, walking through the Situation Room gives viewers a fascinating perspective of the digital and physical environments. Designed by MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY in collaboration with sound artist Jana Winderen, the installation was created by 20 spheres of various sizes fused by boolean operations. Storefront for Art and Architecture NYC commissioned the project for the WorldWide Storefront initiative launch.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a sneak peek of the installation:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rf/rfl29kl4qwo32ltb.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nv/nvnurkijsyn1j9nw.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ql/qlati1armgr97rws.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ky/ky5wiwlxob67ffeq.jpg"></p><p>Read more about it on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/the_boolean-created_situation_room_at_the_storefront_for_art_architecture/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111345242/honolulu-law-criminalizes-homelessness Honolulu Law Criminalizes Homelessness Nicholas Korody 2014-10-15T16:37:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T23:27:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1m/1mv8ire1wu9bmhgn.jpg" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Sept. 16, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed three bills that make it a misdemeanor (punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a maximum $1,000 fine) to sit or lie on sidewalks in the bustling tourist district of Waikiki and outlaw relieving oneself in public islandwide. Homeless advocates say the new laws unfairly target Hawaii&rsquo;s most vulnerable residents, especially since Waikiki has only one 24-hour public restroom in the crowded district.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a <a href="http://b.3cdn.net/naeh/c0c5bc347638fc86d5_qem6ihsg4.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 report</a>, Hawaii was ranked as the state with highest population of homeless residents, who provoke the ire of local businesses. Some opponents of the new law claim it breaks the traditional "<a href="https://www.hawaii.edu/uhelp/files/LawOfTheSplinteredPaddle.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">law of the splintered paddle</a>," introduced by King Kamehameha circa 1797. The law states:&nbsp;&ldquo;Let every elderly person, woman and child lie by the roadside in safety."</p><p>This is just a recent example of a growing trend of criminalizing homelessness in the US. For more information about such laws, as well as design solutions intended to circumvent them, read our coverage <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104801373/exclusionary-strategies-laws-and-designs-used-to-oust-homeless-population" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>. For design innovations particularly oriented around the lack of public bathroom facilities, click <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107953071/designing-bathrooms-for-the-homeless-and-everyone-else" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111338781/study-finds-ny-rats-have-alarming-diseases Study Finds NY Rats Have Alarming Diseases Nicholas Korody 2014-10-15T14:32:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T14:32:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o6/o65q12vrnum1aniw.jpg" width="514" height="409" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Recently, a team of pathogen hunters at Columbia University...conducted a survey of the viruses and bacteria in Manhattan&rsquo;s rats, the first attempt to use DNA to catalog pathogens in any animal species in New York City [...] Although the scientists examined just 133 rats, they found plenty of pathogens. Some caused food-borne illnesses. Others, like Seoul hantavirus, had never before been found in New York. Others were altogether new to science.</p></em><br /><br /><p>New York's notorious rat problem is just one of the many complex human-animal interactions that can lead to disease outbreaks. Ebola, which has decimated West Africa and is now <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/15/health/texas-ebola-outbreak/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">appearing in the US</a>, likely spread to humans from <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Health/ebola-emerged-jungle-photos/story?id=24740453" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">contact with infected primates</a>. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avian_influenza" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Avian flu</a> (H5N1) spreads from contact with contaminated birds, with the most deadly strains for humans likely coming from exposure to infected domesticated birds. Similarly, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swine_influenza" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">swine flu</a> comes from contact with pigs. And the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubonic_plague" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bubonic plague</a>, famously thought to have come from rats, is now thought to have spread from fleas carried by said rats.</p><p>All this shows that human habitations are actually within a complex mesh of interactions with other non-human agents, many of which pose grave or even fatal health risks. As&nbsp;Dr. Lipkin, director of the rat study, told the NY Times:&nbsp;&ldquo;I think people are going to have to start paying attention to this.&rdquo;</p>