Archinect - News 2015-08-02T20:43:35-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/132962812/pedestrians-and-light-rail-retake-sydney-well-george-street-at-least Pedestrians and light rail retake Sydney (well, George Street at least) Julia Ingalls 2015-07-28T19:28:00-04:00 >2015-07-29T10:24:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8w/8wd8tkiieqtudcdi.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The transformative effect of removing cars from a dedicated street or urban center and creating a pedestrian-friendly area isn't a new idea, but it's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116577617/prince-charles-calls-to-reclaim-the-streets-from-cars-with-his-10-point-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a popular one</a>. Sydney, Australia has decided to repurpose its relatively trafficky George Street into an elegant shopping and walking area bisected by light rail, with design input from French architect Thomas Richez. According to <a href="http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/sydneys-light-rail-renowned-french-architect-thomas-richez-to-advise-on-design-20150727-gildif.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Sydney Morning Herald</a> Richez, who has overseen the development of numerous public spaces in Africa and Europe, is now working with the city to create a zone that would foster a more relaxed vibe among pedestrians. As he explains,&nbsp;"The idea is, a good tramway line&nbsp;is like a reserve, a pleasant place, whether people use the transportation system or not."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n1/n1ksas4z1f6m352p.jpg"></p><p><em>The tramway in Reims, with the cathedral in the background. (Photo: Richez Associes)</em></p><p>Even in car-centric Los Angeles, institutions as varied as <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/15822/getty-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Getty Center </a>&nbsp;and commercial shopping cluster The Grove have employed similar non-pedestrian design strategies ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132966837/how-university-presses-influence-our-understanding-of-urbanism-then-now-and-for-the-future How university presses influence our understanding of urbanism — then, now, and for the future Justine Testado 2015-07-28T18:52:00-04:00 >2015-07-28T19:23:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/36/36i2iw8hy5fjfka9.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many [university presses] have a storied history of amplifying voices that were long ignored...The litany is endless, underscoring the audacity of university presses in believing that every city deserves the best ideas possible. We need that. As we make choices about our modern cities, as policymakers, advocates or citizens, we need these books to ground our vision, to help us imagine what is possible. And that&rsquo;s why the tenuous future of university presses is so alarming.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Pump Out the Volumes: 50,000 free books form 1 art installation" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131426011/pump-out-the-volumes-50-000-free-books-form-1-art-installation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pump Out the Volumes: 50,000 free books form 1 art installation</a></p><p><a title="Bradley Garrett on the importance of gonzo journalism for understanding cities" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128177632/bradley-garrett-on-the-importance-of-gonzo-journalism-for-understanding-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bradley Garrett on the importance of gonzo journalism for understanding cities</a></p><p><a title="Wilkinson Eyre-renovated Weston Library at Oxford now reopened" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123814576/wilkinson-eyre-renovated-weston-library-at-oxford-now-reopened" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wilkinson Eyre-renovated Weston Library at Oxford now reopened</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/354209/screen-print" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Screen/Print series</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132953936/how-an-egalitarian-incubator-music-venue-hopes-to-revive-brooklyn-s-art-scene How an "egalitarian incubator" music venue hopes to revive Brooklyn's art scene Justine Testado 2015-07-28T16:56:00-04:00 >2015-07-28T14:56:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3c/3cz26j5dtetint7l.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Music venue National Sawdust, formerly OMW workshop, slated to open this fall, hopes to revive, even temporarily, the thrill of &lsquo;90s and early 2000&rsquo;s Williamsburg, a time when anything felt possible and artistic collaboration ruled supreme. The [13,000 sq.foot] space will offer a rare outlet for musicians of lesser appreciated art forms, from opera to experimental jazz, the opportunity to study, practice, perform, and receive mentorship through an in-venue, non-profit program.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z0/z0lv14k62k2u2pea.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e0/e0b75laypkknogvq.jpg"></p><p>Fresh faces for new spaces. Non-profit arts group National Sawdust collaborated with architect Peter Zuspan&nbsp;&mdash; founding principal (and classically trained opera singer) of local emerging practice Bureau V&nbsp;&mdash; in designing the group's upcoming music performance space. While Brooklyn has become a commodified brand in recent years, National Sawdust and Bureau V hope the new venue will mix things up a bit by "[combining] the historic European concert hall model with the late bare-bones blackbox [theater] model".</p><p>Check out more of Bureau V's work <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/84447/bureau-v" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Archinect</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132957969/zaha-hadid-and-pharrell-williams-are-co-designing-shoes-for-adidas Zaha Hadid and Pharrell Williams are co-designing shoes for Adidas Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-28T16:06:00-04:00 >2015-07-28T21:51:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0q/0q8y1bmzazv8pdbz.jpg" width="514" height="219" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"I&rsquo;m a huge fan of Zaha&rsquo;s, I&rsquo;ve always been. I would venture to say she&rsquo;s one of the most talented architects of our time and of history in my opinion. The kinds of shapes and the kinds of structures that she transcribes from her mind&rsquo;s imagination &ndash; I think that Zaha&rsquo;s designs are just like her buildings, they augment reality forever. And I feel like with the Supershell, she created, while using the dimensions of the shoe, cast shadows that weren&rsquo;t necessarily there&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>This isn't the first time the singer and architect have worked together &ndash; Williams referred to a&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/64826234/pharrell-williams-hints-at-pre-fab-collaboration-with-zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pre-fab housing collaboration back in 2013</a>. And his designs on associating with the architecture community were made clear at the AIA National Convention in 2014, where he delivered a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96407905/pharrell-williams-will-give-the-aia-2014-national-convention-keynote-address" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">keynote speech</a> alongside Jeanne Gang and Theaster Gates.</p><p>But the architect's influence is pretty understated, compared to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/76317316/zaha-hadid-designs-shoe-for-united-nude" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">other</a> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/88988/zaha-shoes-part-iii" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha-designed</a> <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/76858/zaha-does-shoes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shoes</a>. It appears as if the only major change to Adidas' classic Superstar trainer is to the pronounced ridges on the toes. Watch Pharrell's full spot for the "Zaha Hadid Supershell Superstar" shoes ($120 USD) below:</p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.designmena.com/specify/zaha-hadid-joins-forces-with-pharrell-williams-on-adidas-shoe-collection" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>h/t designMENA</em></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132949095/zaha-hadid-my-design-for-the-new-national-stadium-is-not-the-problem Zaha Hadid: My design for the New National Stadium is not the problem Julia Ingalls 2015-07-28T13:08:00-04:00 >2015-07-31T08:40:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ap/ap5bxwv3i79fzi9c.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to a statement issued on <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>'s website, the project-ending cost of the New National Stadium is not the fault of the design, but rather the "inflated costs of construction in Tokyo, a restricted and uncompetitive approach to appointing construction contractors, and a restriction on collaboration between the design team and appointed construction contractors." The stadium, whose controversial design has spawned a series of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">derisive memes</a>, was shut down after officials announced the cost would be 250 billion yen (approximately $2 billion U.S. dollars). The cost <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132028782/i-thought-what-when-i-heard-it-would-cost-252-billion-tadao-ando-says-about-national-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shocked</a> design committee chairman <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/99728/tadao-ando" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando</a>, who made a similar statement about the inflated construction costs in Japan.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0t/0t34rfhcg1yqo3q1.jpg"></p><p>In her statement, <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hadid</a> goes on to say that the arched roof structure was carefully designed so that it could be built in tandem with the seating bowl, and by Japanese engineering and design team estimates should only cost 23 billion yen. Hadid also notes that due to an increase in&nbsp;the&nbsp;price...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132949093/boston-backs-out-of-2024-olympics-bid Boston backs out of 2024 Olympics bid Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-28T12:50:00-04:00 >2015-07-28T12:50:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g9/g93b7jlojtug0l9y.jpg" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The United States Olympic Committee said Monday that it was withdrawing Boston as its proposed bid city because resistance among residents was too great to overcome in the short time that remained before the committee had to formally propose a bid city by Sept. 15. [...] U.S.O.C. intended to move quickly to prepare a bid from another city. While he did not mention Los Angeles by name, many people involved in the Olympics expect Los Angeles to enter the competition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news from the 2020 and 2024 Olympics:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash;&nbsp;Abe calls for a redesign from scratch</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129652792/david-manfredi-the-architect-behind-boston-s-2024-olympic-bid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Manfredi, the architect behind Boston&rsquo;s 2024 Olympic bid</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117960873/boston-wins-u-s-olympic-committee-s-bid-for-2024-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston wins U.S. Olympic Committee's bid for 2024 Games</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117806632/which-u-s-city-will-win-the-2024-olympic-bid-boston-la-dc-and-sf-duke-it-out" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Which U.S. city will win the 2024 Olympic bid? Boston, LA, DC and SF duke it out</a></li><li><p><a title="Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107949061/olympic-infrastructure-displaces-brazilian-families" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132866354/luxury-patterned-after-old-bohemian-farm-villages Luxury Patterned After Old Bohemian Farm Villages Richard Meier & Partners 2015-07-27T14:16:00-04:00 >2015-07-29T13:37:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eq/eq7dq15v4t0iu535.jpg" width="514" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The project, estimated at 400 million euros, or $433 million, features designs by the architects Eva Jiricna, Richard Meier and John Pawson, in addition to the 10 emerging firms, three of which are Czech and seven that are British.</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/132661925/with-a-little-compromise-illegal-urban-squats-like-ljubljana-s-metelkova-mesto-can-do-a-city-good With a little compromise, illegal urban squats like Ljubljana's Metelkova Mesto can do a city good Justine Testado 2015-07-24T19:38:00-04:00 >2015-07-26T04:31:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7f/7fmgsznbngzcm9vy.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The irony of [Metelkova Mesto's] transformation &ndash; from the military arm of a censorious regime to a tolerant artistic community &ndash; is what makes the regeneration project of this space so encouraging...Metelkova, in contrast, has built its image firmly on its artistic and cultural credentials. It&rsquo;s autonomous, but not anarchistic; liberal, but not lawless.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Developer wants to re-use and trademark the 5Pointz name for their new residential towers" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112872633/developer-wants-to-re-use-and-trademark-the-5pointz-name-for-their-new-residential-towers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developer wants to re-use and trademark the 5Pointz name for their new residential towers</a></p><p><a title="Muralists and the fragile relationship with the buildings they paint on" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131334432/muralists-and-the-fragile-relationship-with-the-buildings-they-paint-on" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Muralists and the fragile relationship with the buildings they paint on</a></p><p><a title="The Uncertain Future of Slab City, California" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122835818/the-uncertain-future-of-slab-city-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Uncertain Future of Slab City, California</a></p><p><a title="Herzog &amp; de Meuron to redevelop Berlin&rsquo;s infamous Tacheles cultural center; locals fear gentrification" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130331694/herzog-de-meuron-to-redevelop-berlin-s-infamous-tacheles-cultural-center-locals-fear-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron to redevelop Berlin&rsquo;s infamous Tacheles cultural center; locals fear gentrification</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132656311/clickhole-s-magnificent-spoof-on-starchitects-unbuilt-buildings ClickHole's magnificent spoof on starchitects' unbuilt buildings Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-24T17:44:00-04:00 >2015-07-26T20:38:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7b/7b13f0a8f5cea9bb09b9acabdfa327bf.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;a barbershop, a beautiful barbershop formed by curves of alabaster stone. It would resemble an albino slug that&rsquo;s eating a pile of white towels. Instead of sitting on swivel chairs during your haircut, you&rsquo;d rest on a big egg that rises out of an indoor reflecting pool. [...] Every day, I open the phone book and call a handful of random barbershops to see if anyone is interested, but I have yet to find a barber with the vision and bravery required.&rdquo; &ndash; Zaha Hadid</p></em><br /><br /><p>I had dreamed of the day when the visionary and hysterical ClickHole would lampoon starchitects. Now that day has come, and the resulting listicle does not disappoint.</p><p>Here's Frank Gehry's lost project for the "Evil Concert Hall":</p><p>"Instead of holding music, the evil hall would just house endless screaming and clanking chains, establishing an intriguing duality that exists not just in the Disney universe but throughout the entirety of the cosmos. The Disney family only approved the good building.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d8/d809307f4aa5a3ce1cb66f3f2a1134c4.jpg"></p><p>And poor Santiago Calatrava, disappointed to realize his design wasn't so original after all:</p><p>&ldquo;My best design ever was actually the Taj Mahal, but I found out that it had already been made. It was extremely humiliating, because I learned that while pitching it for a museum in Barcelona. When I unveiled the model, the clients said, &lsquo;This is the Taj Mahal. India has one,&rsquo; and I told them I was pretty sure they didn&rsquo;t, because I had just invented it. We looked up the Taj Mahal, and sure enough, it...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132645838/urbancampsite-amsterdam-lets-visitors-camp-in-style-in-these-artsy-tents UrbanCampsite Amsterdam lets visitors camp in style in these artsy "tents" Justine Testado 2015-07-24T15:41:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T17:42:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k2/k2c9phhzs7m5m0ec.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you happen to find yourself wandering <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/362290/ijburg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IJburg</a>'s Centrumeiland artificial island in Amsterdam this summer, you might encounter a peculiar group of art installations randomly camped out in what feels like the middle of nowhere. Although the installations alone are enough to draw in passers-by, they're actually part of UrbanCampsite Amsterdam, an outdoor public exhibition wherein you can, yes, go camping.</p><p>Founders Annette van Driel and Francis Nijenhuis launched UrbanCampsite Amsterdam this past June after a successful first exhibition last year. As a way to brighten up the "sandy piece of wasteland" on the IJburg island and attract visitors to the developing neighborhood, the project offers all the basics of outdoor camping&nbsp;&mdash; but appeals to anyone looking to add a "luxurious" artsy twist in their experience.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ji/jicekm5h54oim4cj.jpg"></p><p>The campsite features 12 very different installations mostly built out of waste materials. With an <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/287980/airbnb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb</a> reservation, a lucky number of visitors can spend the night in these char...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132566360/architects-are-not-the-creators-of-the-city-but-the-midwives-says-bjarke-ingels "[Architects] are not the creators of the city, but the midwives" says Bjarke Ingels Julia Ingalls 2015-07-23T13:51:00-04:00 >2015-07-27T12:15:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/if/if1e2w4z7ef1bb72.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a fifty-one minute conversation with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/2332/new-york-times" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Times</a> critic <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/15010/michael-kimmelman" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127173702/bjarke-ingels-wants-to-make-the-world-of-the-future-more-like-our-dreams" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a> does little to dispel his reputation as a media-friendly starchitect who dances his way around thorny design issues by reminding everyone of the rose. When Kimmelman brings up the wind issues that an 80th story outdoor space (such as the ones proposed for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129172637/renderings-of-big-designed-two-world-trade-center-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two World Trade Center</a>) is likely to encounter, Ingels relates an anecdote about how in Denmark the only car to have is a convertible, because even if the pleasant days are rare, they must be savored fully.</p><p>However, it is Ingels' redefinition of the architect's role, especially in the context of&nbsp;the&nbsp;discussion about how to shape the future cultural vibe of Manhattan, that makes Kimmelman shift in&nbsp;his&nbsp;seat:&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Ingels: [Architects] are not the creators of the city, but the midwives.</p><p>Kimmelman: You make the architect sound a little more passive or receptive than maybe I'm comfortable with. Do you think the architect is just receiving other peopl...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132554306/you-want-a-piece-of-renzo-piano You Want a Piece of Renzo Piano Isaac Wilhelm 2015-07-23T11:32:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T18:03:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m7/m79x3vd9i1g8fz4b.jpg" width="514" height="643" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>He&rsquo;s Mr. Lifestyle of the rich and famous, do you want a piece of him?&nbsp; No not Britney Spears, but rather world-renowned architect Renzo Piano. Visitors to the recent Piece by Piece: Renzo Piano Building Workshop at the Power Station of Art in Shanghai were engaged in the evolution of the famous architect&rsquo;s key works through multi-media presentations.&nbsp; Various study models made of wood, foam, morphed plastic, and even pantyhose provided insight into the limitless and unpredictable avenues of the architectural creative process. &nbsp;Suspended models of various scale and detail hovered above viewers as informative construction process documentaries played on the wall. &nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8v/8vwyqvgqly0stwaq.jpg"></p><p>The entire the exhibition space pulsed with creativity.&nbsp; It was as though visitors were inside Piano&rsquo;s brain. The display workshop tables the neurons. Visitors the receptors.&nbsp; The exploratory exhibit is now closed, but like a catchy American pop-song, piece by piece Renzo Piano&rsquo;s ingenious design ingenuity has already trick...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132512542/famous-architecture-as-rendered-through-google-s-creepy-deepdream Famous Architecture as Rendered Through Google's Creepy "DeepDream" Julia Ingalls 2015-07-23T01:07:00-04:00 >2015-08-01T19:27:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n0/n0tjjtl7zyrnoj9c.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Been a little too productive today? Amuse and potentially frighten yourself by seeing what architecture looks like through the warped, creepy lens of Google's "DeepDream," a recently unveiled image recognition software program that essentially displays what artificial neural networks think they are seeing, image-wise.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z1/z1wdkhkqbyy1auf3.jpg"></p><p>Technically, there's an app for that: <a href="https://dreamscopeapp.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DreamScope</a>, which <a href="http://gizmodo.com/someone-finally-turned-googles-deepdream-code-into-a-si-1719461004" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gizmodo</a> describes as being "like Instagram on LSD, all powered by Google" that allows you to upload a photograph and then watch it be transformed through 19 discrete filters. While the app boils down the complexity and Do-Androids-Dream-of-Electric-Sheep quality of the original program, it's still a trippy (and entirely legal) way to get a fresh perspective on reality. Upload your experiments in the comments section below, and we'll pick a winner!&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132497273/the-clearing-memorial-to-norway-s-july-22-attacks-opens-on-the-tragedy-s-fourth-anniversary "The Clearing", memorial to Norway's July 22 attacks, opens on the tragedy's fourth anniversary Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-22T19:30:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:40:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sv/svc1dgegedgwyjs8.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Called Lysningen or &lsquo;The Clearing&rsquo;, it has been designed by the Bergen-based architects 3RW. [...] &ldquo;It is actually much better than I had thought,.&rdquo; [J&oslash;rgen Watne Frydnes, the general manager of Ut&oslash;ya,] said. &ldquo;The frame around the woods and the silence of nature, makes it feel like a well.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>On July 22, 2011, on the island of Ut&oslash;yah, a lone gunman named Anders Breivik attacked a youth summer camp run by the Norwegian Workers&rsquo; Youth League (AUF), killing 69 people. Today, on the fourth anniversary of the attack, a memorial to the victims officially opens on the island. Known as &ldquo;Lysningen" (The Clearing), the memorial is designed by Bergen-based firm 3RW, and was selected through a competition hosted by AUF.</p><p>The design features a large metal ring, inscribed with the victims' names, suspended from pine trees over a clearing made by 3RW.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d8/d8losmof5r3yqgbi.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2u/2uu18x6nvmbzypci.jpg"></p><p>Vegard Gr&oslash;slie Wennesland, a survivor of the Ut&oslash;ya attack who served on the memorial committee, <a href="http://3rw.no/3rw-wins-the-competition-to-propose-memorial-on-utoya/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">says of 3RW's design</a>: "the idea is both sophisticated and unpretentious. No matter what social, cultural or religious affiliation, you can feel welcome here. It will be a beautiful place for remembrance."</p><p>Another competition, for two public memorials &ndash; one in Ut&oslash;ya and one in Oslo, where Breivik perpetrated a bombing attack on the same day &ndash; was wo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132504519/500-square-feet-and-falling 500 Square Feet and Falling Julia Ingalls 2015-07-22T18:59:00-04:00 >2015-07-23T10:52:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bu/buh07kd4842mqga5.jpg" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The trend toward living in less square footage isn't just about battling rent hikes: in Orange County, the able-bodied and financially resourceful are choosing to habitate (and sometimes co-habitate) in so-called micro or mini-apartments. Although the definition varies, anything below 500 square feet is generally considered to be on the petite side. The smaller appliances, constricted shelving, and overall compactness of these places requires spatial creativity and a Spartan materialism. According to the <a href="http://www.ocregister.com/lansner/apartment-671316-one-siler.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orange County Register</a>, nursing student and 475 square foot apartment dweller Cayla Alexander says of she and her husband,&nbsp;&ldquo;We have three bowls and five plates. But when you really come down to it, do you need anything else?&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yb/yb94k36bq75mxxh4.jpg"></p><p>Perhaps the most extreme example of this trend is the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/66031295/new-york-mayor-bloomberg-announces-winner-of-adapt-nyc-micro-unit-apartment-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">My Micro NY</a>, a complex of 55 apartments designed by nARCHITECTS in New York City that range in size from 260 to 370 square feet. According to <a href="http://www.capsyscorp.com/nextlevelbuilding/?tag=micro-unit-apartment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CapsysCorps</a>, the units make use of tall ceilings, large windows an...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132504520/berlin-s-world-class-museums-struggle-to-build-up-excitement Berlin's world-class museums struggle to build up excitement Alexander Walter 2015-07-22T18:30:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:38:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xu/xu19vv5oefbivite.jpg" width="514" height="235" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As far as major cities go, few other places are in possession of so many treasures that are so poorly exhibited as Berlin. It's as though cultural institutions here go out of their way to keep people from visiting. [...] The city is undeniably home to diverse, valuable and unique museum collections, but they aren't helping the city as much as they should be.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the SPIEGEL article's comment section,&nbsp;reader&nbsp;nsmith compares the museum situation in Berlin&nbsp;with New York and raises a word of caution: <em>"I read this article and I am envious. In New York City, it's almost impossible to get into any of the major Museums on any given day, unless you have nerves of steel, lots of patience and very DEEP pockets. Most New Yorkers can't even fit in because they're so full of tourists from around the country, and around the world. A word to the wise; Be careful what you wish for."</em></p><p>Archinectors, how would you describe the state of public art institutions in <em>your</em> city? Great shows and packed halls or much room for improvement?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132492446/esa-proposes-a-village-on-the-moon ESA proposes a village on the moon Julia Ingalls 2015-07-22T14:50:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:43:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pu/pu398j97ykmonglr.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"I propose a Moon village on the far side of the Moon.&rdquo; &ndash;Professor Johann-Dietrich Woerner, Director General of the European Space Agency</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Director General of the European Space Agency Johann-Dietrich Woerner has proposed creating an international village on the moon, partly as an apolitical way to bring more countries into the space program, and partly as a way to realistically pursue new frontiers in cosmic exploration.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mt/mt5xq55wc039a9wy.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;Although <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/58983/nasa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NASA</a> is currently investigating <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/429377/3d-printed-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D printing</a> a base on Mars, Woerner's proposed village would also enable scientists to test print much closer to home. The idea of 3D printing on the moon is not new&ndash;<a href="http://archinect.com/fosterandpartners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a> previously worked with the ESA to design a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/66633417/foster-partners-works-with-european-space-agency-to-3d-print-structures-on-the-moon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D printed&nbsp;lunar module</a> for four people from layers of regolith&ndash;but the village would be considerably more complex. As the BBC reports, Woerner said that&nbsp;&ldquo;A Moon village shouldn&rsquo;t just mean some houses, a church and a town hall. This Moon village should mean partners from all over the world contributing to this community with robotic and astronaut missions and support communication satellites.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a7/a7dev5p8ueilsph6.jpg"></p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/132409546/pulitzer-prize-winning-architecture-critic-blair-kamin-on-why-his-profession-isn-t-dead Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Blair Kamin on why his profession isn't dead Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-21T13:06:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:34:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ff/ffkr8fxypi4jahn9.jpg" width="514" height="306" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Clearly, the days of the critic&rsquo;s hegemony are done. [...] Yet as I know from years of blogging and tweeting, there is often wisdom in the crowd. The people who live in a neighborhood or work in a building often know more about it than the lazy critic who makes only a cursory inspection. My take on all this is that architecture criticism is not dead ... They fail to recognize that the circumstances of our time offer promise as well as peril.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a speech delivered this past spring at Chicago's Society of Architectural Historians, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/428238/blair-kamin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blair Kamin</a>, architecture critic for the&nbsp;<em>Chicago Tribune</em>,&nbsp;addressed the nature of architecture criticism in today's media landscape. The talk came after <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114124536/old-guy-fight-tribune-s-blair-kamin-vs-donald-trump" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kamin's contentious Twitter exchange with "comb-over vulgarian" (Kamin's words) and now Presidential contender, Donald Trump</a>, prompting a discussion of the critic's influence when their subjects (or anyone) can launch rebukes on social media.</p><p><em>Nieman Reports&nbsp;</em>has collected select excerpts from his talk, covering not only Kamin's approach and ideology towards architecture criticism, but why calling it "dead" is short-sighted.&nbsp;Here, Kamin outlines the five core questions he asks himself when assessing a structure:</p><p>"First, quality: Does the design elevate prosaic materials to visual poetry, as does the extraordinary brickwork of Henry Hobson Richardson&rsquo;s Sever Hall at Harvard? Or, like Peter Eisenman&rsquo;s Aronoff Center for Design and Art at the Universit...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132354802/a-student-architect-s-plan-to-repurpose-grain-elevators-into-community-spaces A student architect's plan to repurpose grain elevators into community spaces Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-21T10:52:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:31:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/99/992ce0c9096ccc31b6b82f32fb82dcbe.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Ali] Piwowar, who studied at Carleton University in Ottawa, wrote her masters thesis in architecture on preserving the heritage of grain elevators by transforming them into community spaces. Saskatchewan once had over 3,000 wooden grain elevators. One by one, however, the structures have been disappearing from the skyline, victims of changing economic and transportation conditions. Today, Piwowar estimates there are around 400 such elevators remaining with only 80 in working order.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the world of grain elevators and their reuse potentials:</p><ul><li><a title="The Evil, Evil Grain Elevator" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/30687960/the-evil-evil-grain-elevator" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Evil, Evil Grain Elevator:&nbsp;<em>Places Journal</em>&nbsp;studies how grain elevators can seem both friendly and terrifying.</a></li><li><a title="Stored Potential launches" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97773/stored-potential-launches" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stored Potential launches: a 2010 competition for an "iconic vacant grain elevator near downtown Omaha".</a></li><li><a title="The Wassaic Project" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90761/the-wassaic-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Wassaic Project: combining art gallery and grain elevator</a></li><li><a title="Grain Elevators" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/45870/grain-elevators" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grain Elevators: on reuse potentials of grain elevators</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132349164/beijing-s-challenges-to-become-the-center-of-jing-jin-ji-a-supercity-of-130-million-people Beijing's challenges to become the center of Jing-Jin-Ji — a supercity of 130 million people Alexander Walter 2015-07-21T08:00:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:37:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zb/zbbz32f1h7rag2q5.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For decades, China&rsquo;s government has tried to limit the size of Beijing, the capital, through draconian residency permits. Now, the government has embarked on an ambitious plan to make Beijing the center of a new supercity of 130 million people. The planned megalopolis, a metropolitan area that would be about six times the size of New York&rsquo;s, is meant to revamp northern China&rsquo;s economy and become a laboratory for modern urban growth.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120430562/china-s-most-influential-architect-is-not-pleased-with-the-state-of-chinese-urbanism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China&rsquo;s "most influential architect" is not pleased with the state of Chinese urbanism</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119439038/beijing-mayor-says-air-pollution-makes-his-city-unlivable" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing mayor says air pollution makes his city "unlivable"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105940558/china-moves-to-ease-home-registration-rules-in-urbanization-push" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China Moves to Ease Home-Registration Rules in Urbanization Push</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132339475/chilean-architect-alejandro-aravena-named-architecture-director-of-2016-venice-biennale Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena named architecture director of 2016 Venice Biennale Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-20T16:03:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:37:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/as/as54302p263wruux.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena has been named architecture director of the 2016 Venice Biennale, in a decision made by Biennale's Board on July 18. Known for award-winning architectural work under his own Santiao-based firm, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/10625115/ale-jan-dro-ar-ave-na-ar-chi-tects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alejandro Aravena Architects</a>, Aravena also serves as the executive director for <a href="http://www.elementalchile.cl/en/projects/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ELEMENTAL</a>, an &ldquo;Urban Do Tank&rdquo; focused on social housing, which he founded in collaboration with his architecture alma mater, <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/692/pontifica-universidad-catolica-de-chile" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Universidad Cat&oacute;lica de Chile</a>, and the&nbsp;Chilean Oil Company (COPEC). His work has previously been featured both in the 2008 and 2012 Venice Biennales, winning the Silver Lion in 2008. He was a visiting professor at <a href="http://archinect.com/harvard" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard University</a> (2000 - 2005), and has served on the Pritzker Prize Jury since 2009.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/in/in4fj62v5b0t90b4.jpg"></p><p>Regarding the theme of the 2016 Biennale, Aravena has proposed a focus on inspiring, vanguard work in architecture, and to exhibit &ldquo;success stories worth to be told and exemplary cases worth to be shared where architecture did, is and will make a difference in ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132341095/in-chicago-forming-economically-integrated-suburbs-is-more-complex-than-it-looks In Chicago, forming economically integrated suburbs is more complex than it looks Justine Testado 2015-07-20T15:37:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:35:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qj/qjhh4ei9fr0px6nj.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Housing advocates have long debated the merits of moving low-income families from high-poverty urban areas to suburbs like Glenview. The move can be challenging for families, who leave behind family and friends and enter a new, affluent world. But the research is increasingly conclusive: Living in a 'good' zip code dramatically improves kids&rsquo; chances of going to college, getting a good job, and escaping poverty.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Chicago to offer $5-per-year bike shares to low-income residents" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131350538/chicago-to-offer-5-per-year-bike-shares-to-low-income-residents" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago to offer $5-per-year bike shares to low-income residents</a></p><p><a title="New Urbanism takes over Chicago&rsquo;s suburbs" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131344105/new-urbanism-takes-over-chicago-s-suburbs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Urbanism takes over Chicago&rsquo;s suburbs</a></p><p><a title="Chicago's iconic Marina City could be headed for landmark status" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131580214/chicago-s-iconic-marina-city-could-be-headed-for-landmark-status" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's iconic Marina City could be headed for landmark status</a></p><p><a title="Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's &quot;High Line&quot;, but anxiety for its future remains" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129171831/locals-welcome-the-606-a-k-a-chicago-s-high-line-but-anxiety-for-its-future-remains" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's "High Line", but anxiety for its future remains</a></p><p><a title='Sarah Herda, co-director of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, on establishing "the city as the site"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128711733/sarah-herda-co-director-of-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-on-establishing-the-city-as-the-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sarah Herda, co-director of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, on establishing "the city as the site"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132328158/cult-of-the-temporary-is-the-pop-up-phenomenon-good-for-cities Cult of the temporary: is the pop-up phenomenon good for cities? Quilian Riano 2015-07-20T12:05:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:34:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tp/tp0ww59v3kmx9h3h.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These projects could be life changing for the vulnerable people they support. Yet in celebrating pop-ups as the solution to urban problems, are we simply distracting from the lack of structural public provision in these areas &ndash; and worse still, normalising, even glorifying, its absence through passionate avowals of temporariness?</p></em><br /><br /><p>These projects could be life changing for the vulnerable people they support. Yet in celebrating pop-ups as the solution to urban problems, are we simply distracting from the lack of structural public provision in these areas &ndash; and worse still, normalising, even glorifying, its absence through passionate avowals of temporariness?</p><p>...</p><p>And so, as pop-ups become an everyday feature of global cities, we should be alert to the conflicting ideologies embedded within them. As we seek to build on the innovation, resourcefulness and inclusion they enable, we must remain conscious of their potential to normalise and even glorify the precariousness of urban life.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132326552/liam-young-an-architect-s-skills-are-completely-wasted-on-making-buildings Liam Young: "an architect’s skills are completely wasted on making buildings" Donna Sink 2015-07-20T12:01:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T19:44:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/78m11v06gymdcyp1.jpg" width="500" height="439" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Listen, I advocate for an utter dissolution of the term architect. I think an architect&rsquo;s skills are completely wasted on making buildings. But I don&rsquo;t see it as weakening the profession, I see it as strengthening. It means that the profession can find traction in other fields: the architect as strategist, as politician, as planner; the architect as curator or editor or writer, as activist or storyteller. Finding ways to operate in other disciplines just gives us much more agency.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This is the direction we're headed and I agree with it. If you want to design and erect buildings, be a Registered Architect. If you get the education of an architect and want to improve the world in all kinds of other non-materiallly-based ways, you're an architect.</p><p>h/t to Javo Cado.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132109096/london-will-host-its-first-design-biennale-at-somerset-house-in-2016 London will host its first Design Biennale at Somerset House in 2016 Justine Testado 2015-07-18T03:25:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T13:23:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s1/s13w4h7ft23y80fh.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>London is ready to join the design biennale club as it begins working toward launching its very first international design biennale at the Somerset House on September 14 to October 5, 2016. Modeled after the biannual <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/453301/2014-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice</a> architecture and art events, London plans to gather up to 40 countries that will contribute representative design installations and exhibitions in response to a particular theme. The Neoclassical Somerset House, a former royal-palace cultural hotspot near the banks of the River Thames, will serve as an elaborate backdrop for the event.</p><p>With Dr. Christopher Turner as deputy director, participants will address the theme "Utopia by Design', in marking the 500th anniversary of the publication of Sir Thomas More's fictional classic <em>Utopia</em>.</p><p>"Participants are encouraged to interrogate the history of the utopian idea and engage with some of the fundamental issues faced by humanity, suggesting solutions to them that use design and engineering. Their responses will not only ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132106689/u-s-pavilion-at-the-2016-venice-biennale-the-architectural-imagination-now-open-for-submissions U.S. Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, "The Architectural Imagination", now open for submissions Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-17T14:51:00-04:00 >2015-07-21T12:41:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yz/yz30vjvtule7deu8.jpg" width="514" height="236" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Start sharpening those pencils &ndash; the US Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale is now open for submissions. The Pavilion's theme of "<a href="http://thearchitecturalimagination.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architectural Imagination</a>", <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129865735/monica-ponce-de-leon-and-cynthia-davidson-will-curate-us-pavilion-at-2016-venice-biennaleeton-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">curated</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128185684/monica-ponce-de-leon-appointed-as-new-dean-of-princeton-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Monica Ponce de Leon</a> and Cynthia Davidson, is looking for projects sited particularly in Detroit, while still having global potentials. The curators will commission a total of 12 domestic practices to be exhibited at the Biennale's US pavilion, as well as include them in a special "cataLog" issue of&nbsp;<em><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/46037753/log" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Log</a>&nbsp;</em>journal.</p><p>The US Pavilion's website's landing page features a photograph of Diego Rivera's "Detroit Industry" fresco (1932-33), referring to the curators' agenda to consider Detroit from its legacy as "a center of American imagination, not only for the products it made but also for its modern architecture and modern lifestyle, which captivated audiences worldwide."</p><p>In order to be considered, applicants must either themselves be an architect with US citizenship, or include one on their team, as well as have at least ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132048886/work-life-balance-how-one-architect-collaborates-with-his-teenage-son Work-life balance: how one architect collaborates with his teenage son Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-17T08:12:00-04:00 >2015-07-19T08:28:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/89/89je9nex3twv1nh2.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Sometimes, the inspiration for a single design element can be hard to pin down. Other times, it&rsquo;s coming straight out of your hammy fourteen year-old kid. This is something of a regular occurrence for Hector M. Perez, a San Diego-based architect who often collaborates with his son Adrian on projects for his own firm, De-Arc.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jt/jt2hvoblyjlbe4pu.jpg"></p><p>For a small mix-use project in downtown San Diego, <em>La Esquina </em>(pictured above),&nbsp;Perez had planned identical entryways for seven lofts, until his son intervened. Worrying that tenants might come home discombobulated from a night on the town and try to enter the wrong doorway, Adrian suggested marking each entryway with its own distinct color. Hector happily accepted the critique, and adapted it into the design. A short film made by Breadtruck Films captures Adrian's sage delivery to his father, "You're not doing it right!":</p><p></p><p><a href="https://vimeo.com/125510307" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hector M. Perez // Designer</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/breadtruckfilms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BREADTRUCK FILMS</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vimeo</a>.</p><p>Hector himself comments in the film on the very conscious involvement of his son in ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132048083/the-nature-of-this-spaciocide The nature of this spaciocide Nam Henderson 2015-07-16T20:32:00-04:00 >2015-07-17T15:12:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y1/y1emxcsxp8sgcrwb.jpg" width="514" height="415" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The spaciocide against homeless occupation is a landscape designed to strip bare the homeless right where they stand. It amounts to a complete negation of homeless rights, infrastructure, and ability to acquire jobs and services that exist outside of designated shelters and providers where the homeless can be tracked.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/finoki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bryan Finoki</a>&nbsp;describes the&nbsp;nature of spaciocide&nbsp;against homeless occupation.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132028782/i-thought-what-when-i-heard-it-would-cost-252-billion-tadao-ando-says-about-national-stadium “I thought, ‘What?’ when I heard it would cost ¥252 billion,” Tadao Ando says about National Stadium Julia Ingalls 2015-07-16T14:32:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T23:48:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9w/9ww7oi2mbx3l121j.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>World-famous architect Tadao Ando was astonished to learn that the design he chose for the new National Stadium would cost &yen;252 billion to build, he said at a press conference Thursday, where he spoke for the first time since the swelling cost became an issue.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/16/us-olympics-japan-stadium-idUSKCN0PQ0IP20150716" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reuters</a>, the massive ballooning in the construction costs of <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>'s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">relatively unpopular</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">proposed design</a> for Japan's National Stadium are not the fault of the chairman of&nbsp;the&nbsp;design committee, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/99728/tadao-ando" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando</a>: "Soaring construction and labor costs, along with a rise in Japan's sales tax, are blamed for much of the price surge." Ando also noted that&nbsp;&ldquo;We shouldn&rsquo;t drop Ms. Hadid&rsquo;s design, otherwise we&rsquo;ll lose credibility internationally.&rdquo; The enormous increase in the cost of&nbsp;the&nbsp;stadium is awkward, as the country is&nbsp;still&nbsp;not fully recovered from the devastation of the March 2011 T&#333;hoku earthquake and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/39226767/japan-earthquake-before-and-after" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tsunami</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8o/8omsxx86rwspvc3g.jpg">&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132024752/uber-faces-suspension-and-7-3m-fine-in-california Uber faces suspension and $7.3M fine in California Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-16T13:07:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T14:07:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3u/3u7covbmplonsol4.jpg" width="514" height="378" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>an administrative judge recommended that the ride-sharing giant be fined $7.3 million and be suspended from operating in California. [...] Uber has not complied with state laws designed to ensure that drivers are doling out rides fairly to all passengers, regardless of where they live or who they are.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the<em>&nbsp;Los Angeles Times</em>, the crux of this decision comes not from questions of the ride-sharing app's legality in general, but its ethical practices in actual transit. In 2013, "ride-hailing firms" were made legal in California, with the requirement that companies like Uber provide data about a ride's fairness, that services are provided "regardless of where they live or who they are". The judge's ruling states that Uber hasn't been providing the necessary data, including "the number of requests for rides from people with service animals or wheelchairs; how many such rides were completed; and other ride-logging information".</p><p>Uber will appeal, and the $7.3M fine and suspension can't be instated until that process is over. The company&nbsp;asserts its position of not having to hand over any additional data.</p><p>Worldwide, Uber in particular has courted controversy, inciting <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130426595/paris-erupts-in-riot-as-taxi-drivers-protest-uber" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">riots in Paris</a>&nbsp;recently. But the home-state ruling for the company could hit harder.</p><p>More Uber news:</p><ul><li><a title="Two Uber executives detained in France" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130714690/two-uber-executives-detained-in-france" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two Uber exec...</a></li></ul>