Archinect - News 2014-08-02T04:46:14-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/105555912/jacko-s-neverland-ranch-is-up-for-sale-at-50-75m Jacko's Neverland Ranch is up for sale at $50-$75M Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-01T14:12:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T14:12:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7e/7ee04f797d7645b75bb63570746e095b.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 2,700 acre property in Santa Barbara, California, was bought by Jackson in 1988 at the height of his fame, a place where the pop legend was reputed to have found sanctuary and happiness away from the illness and controversy that plagued his adult life. [...] In 2008, heavily in debt, Jackson was forced to hand over ownership rights to Tom Barrack's Colony Capital and since then, as well as paying off $23million of unpaid debt, the company has coughed up $5million per year just in upkeep</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/105555322/plans-approved-for-damien-hirst-s-village-on-the-british-coast Plans approved for Damien Hirst's village on the British coast Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-01T14:07:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T14:07:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/04/0422ea7f8e7fafe3b443d085c90d8858.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Outline plans for the project were approved by the North Devon Council this week. The village will officially be known by the surprisingly prosaic name Southern Extension, and will include shops, a primary school, a sports pitch and woodlands. [...] The project will include 75 affordable homes, and will be built over the next 10 to 15 years. Renderings show an extremely typical suburban town filled with identical houses and strolling pedestrians.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Hirst is collaborating with the <a href="http://www.rundellassociates.com/practice-profile" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Rundell Associates</a>, who have yet to complete such a large scale project. Related news from the world's richest living artist:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/38548368/artist-damien-hirst-s-eco-homes-vision-to-regenerate-town-is-unveiled" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Artist Damien Hirst's eco-homes vision to regenerate town is unveiled</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104862450/damien-hirst-s-london-art-space-due-to-open-next-spring" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Damien Hirst's London art space due to open next spring</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/105555105/a-transit-agency-for-the-future A Transit Agency for the Future Alexander Walter 2014-08-01T13:51:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T13:55:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/011b1f966180424e4679f1346d925d2a.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With so many crossovers in private operations, public data, and private uses, our future transit agency would blur the line between public and private sectors in a way we haven&rsquo;t yet pioneered. The challenge is one of governance, bureaucratic turf, organizational development, planning, and public policy, not simply one of technology. Technology is just a tool, and our human institutions can either make use of it or try to ignore it.</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/105547048/archtober-design-festival-for-nyc-kicks-off-today-august-1-at-12-noon ARCHTOBER Design Festival for NYC Kicks Off Today, August 1, at 12 noon ccsullivan 2014-08-01T13:27:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T14:37:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ps/ps53bfjykyfgque0.jpg" width="514" height="233" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Archtober is a collaborative initiative of the AIA New York Chapter, the Center for Architecture, and over fifty other organizations focused on the built environment," says Cynthia Kracauer, AIA New York managing director. "The flagship program is the Building of the Day, one for each of the thirty-one days of October."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Today the AIA New York is hosting a "Summer Live Tweet" event at 12:00 noon at the Public Theater in New York City's Astor Place to launch <a href="http://www.archtober.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archtober</a>, the monthlong, citywide design festival.</p><p>The host, AIA New York, has offered free ice cream from <a href="http://eatcoolhaus.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coolhaus</a> for anyone who tweets the event.</p><p>The reason the event is at The Public Theater is that it's the first announced "Building of the Day" for Archtober, set for a ticketed tour on October 1, the festival's first day.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8d/8dra2hp9529gp6co.jpg"></p><p><strong>About Archtober:</strong><br>For anyone who loves architecture and design, New York in October offers crisp, pretty fall days -- and the biggest citywide design festival in the United States. The fourth annual Archtober Architecture and Design Month, led by the AIA New York and with 40-plus participating organizations, will take over the city.</p><p>Today's official kickoff for Archtober 2014 is called&nbsp;the Summer Live Tweet, and it takes place from 12-1:00pm, with FREE ice cream sandwiches by Brooklyn's architecturally inspired dessert-maker, Co...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105497307/a-preview-of-biber-architects-usa-pavilion-design-for-milan-expo-2015 A preview of Biber Architects’ USA Pavilion design for Milan Expo 2015 Justine Testado 2014-07-31T20:03:00-04:00 >2014-07-31T20:10:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qs/qsliw21s7qgwlxa8.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Biber Architects of New York recently announced the groundbreaking of the USA Pavilion, "American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet", for the Milan World Expo in 2015. The US pavilion is one of 147 participating countries responding to the expo's theme, "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life", which addresses global issues regarding food security, access and waste, and the challenging prospect of nutritiously feeding 9 billion people by 2050.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Highlighting America's role in the global food system, the barn-inspired pavilion includes features like a a harvestable vertical farm, food trucks, and a boardwalk.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/km/kmx5l6rot5u1u1j4.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/14/14oc1u9ycwcdz492.jpg"></p><p>Read more about it on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/a_preview_of_biber_architects_usa_pavilion_design_for_milan_expo_2015/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105476396/how-the-us-crushed-youth-resistance How the US Crushed Youth Resistance? Orhan Ayyüce 2014-07-31T14:25:00-04:00 >2014-08-02T01:57:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4w/4wmue7pe9g4t6xs5.jpg" width="514" height="269" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Traditionally, young people have energized democratic movements. So it is a major coup for the ruling elite to have created societal institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance to domination.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the darkness of the passive and compliant society we are living in, the article by&nbsp;Bruce E. Levine offers some clues to why it is like this. Are we now "WHATEVER PEOPLE?"</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105416946/the-new-museum-launches-new-skateboard-shaped-as-the-sanaa-designed-museum-building The New Museum launches new skateboard shaped as the SANAA-designed museum building Justine Testado 2014-07-30T19:03:00-04:00 >2014-07-31T11:38:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6h/6hwu3kf57gct7dp7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As a nod to skate culture innovation, the <a href="http://www.newmuseum.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Museum</a> in New York collaborated with U.S. skateboard manufacturer <a href="http://www.chapmanskateboards.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chapman Skateboards</a> to create a limited-edition skate deck shaped as the iconic staggered-block building that was designed by Japanese firm <a href="http://archinect.com/sanaa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANAA</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jp/jp07dvjlwvtp69g0.jpg"></p><p>Inspired by a New Museum Store window installation by Canyon Castator and Richard Duff from 2012, the Chapman x New Museum skateboard is handcrafted from Canadian Hardrock Maple wood featuring a high-gloss paint mix. Only 150 of the skateboards were produced. Retailed at $125, they're available for purchase at the New Museum store or <a href="http://www.newmuseumstore.org/browse.cfm/chapman-x-new-museum-skatedeck/4,6495.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">online</a>.</p><p>Check out the video below to see the board in action.</p><p>See more skate-related posts <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/15910/skateboard" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105411297/long-time-residents-worry-about-changes-to-los-angeles-art-district Long-time Residents Worry About Changes to Los Angeles Art District Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T17:31:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T00:57:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/80/80dftum18wufgz0m.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...In the 1970s, the streets east of Little Tokyo and west of the L.A. River made up a dingy district of hollowed-out warehouses that landlords rented to artists who needed a lot of space for little money [...] Then a decade ago, what started with a new restaurant on this block and then another up that street, turned into an avalanche of development [...]</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105403239/leading-saudi-artist-focuses-on-the-modernisation-of-mecca-and-jerusalem Leading Saudi artist focuses on the modernisation of Mecca and Jerusalem Alexander Walter 2014-07-30T14:30:00-04:00 >2014-07-30T14:35:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/45/45afb3c31c3cc2619ad7d629c632c387.jpg" width="425" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The leading Saudi artist Ahmed Mater, who caused a stir with a series of photographs depicting the rampant redevelopment around Mecca, is due to take part in his first public talk in the UK at Sotheby&rsquo;s London (12 August). Mater will also discuss this work in relation to other cities such as Jerusalem and Medina during the discussion, entitled &ldquo;Contemporary photography and hybrid architecture&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/60101271/mecca-s-mega-architecture-casts-shadow-over-hajj" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecca's mega architecture casts shadow over hajj</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105400021/medieval-frescoes-uncovered-and-displayed-in-rome Medieval Frescoes Uncovered and Displayed in Rome Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T14:07:00-04:00 >2014-07-30T14:08:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p4/p4p9lea1md298g33.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rome may be a mecca for Medieval art, but it isn&rsquo;t every day that conservationists there discover a trove of long-lost frescoes dating to the 1240s. That&rsquo;s what happened a few years ago in the Gothic Hall of Santi Quattro Coronati convent, after a restoration project funded by ARCUS began in 1996. This summer, for the first time ever, those artworks can be seen by the public [...] [The frescoes] reveal how cardinals&rsquo; palaces were &ldquo;places from which to launch very clear political messages.&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/105397603/ny-times-enters-the-starchitect-debate NY Times Enters the "Starchitect" Debate Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T13:58:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T11:32:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k3/k3ti8x3ufdkbdw74.jpg" width="514" height="590" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Witold Rybczynski, the architect and emeritus professor of urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania, complained recently about &ldquo;starchitects&rdquo; who often work in cities they are unfamiliar with, creating buildings that are out of sync with their surroundings. In an interview, he argued in favor of local architectural talent, or &ldquo;locatecture.&rdquo; Are superstar architects ruining city skylines?</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this "Room for Debate" at <em>the New York Times,&nbsp;</em>Allison Arieff, Vishaan Chakrabarti, Beverly Willis, and Angel Borrego Cubero all provide their opinions on the much-used and controversial portmanteau.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105331734/the-best-new-yorker-articles-on-buildings-cities-and-landscapes The Best New Yorker Articles on Buildings, Cities, and Landscapes Places Journal 2014-07-29T18:45:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T18:46:02-04:00 <em><p>Cities that are growing and cities that are shrinking, climate change, environmental health and equity, resource scarcity, technological change &mdash; all demand that we rethink how we plan, design, construct, and maintain the built environment. These challenges also demand that serious design journalism and scholarship move from the margins to the center of the larger cultural discussion.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last week The New Yorker opened up part of its archive, setting off a mad dash through the corridors in search of great summer reading.</p><p>The editors at Places Journal have rounded up some of the best articles on architecture and urbanism, including profiles of David Adjaye and Bjarke Ingels, interviews with window-washers and elevator testers, reviews of the Google car and the Oslo Opera House, and searing reports from Elizabeth Kolbert and George Packer.</p><p>Places also announces a major transition: "After five valuable years in partnership with Design Observer, we're deepening our commitment to public scholarship and critical journalism by launching a new, independent website at <a href="http://www.placesjournal.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.placesjournal.org</a>."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105324500/a-lost-cause-alfredo-jaar-s-a-logo-for-america-coming-to-times-square-again A Lost Cause? Alfredo Jaar’s “A Logo for America” Coming to Times Square Again Alexander Walter 2014-07-29T14:07:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T14:52:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cd/cd5126c37fcaa7fe76d11f5412fef4f1.jpg" width="514" height="444" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Alfredo Jaar&rsquo;s glittering &ldquo;A Logo for America&rdquo; video first played on a Times Square billboard in 1987, it riled up New Yorkers. [...] shows the words &ldquo;This is not America&rdquo; inside the outline of the United States. &ldquo;A Logo for America&rdquo; will receive a second life this week; beginning on August 1, the video will pop up on Times Square signs and screens between 11:57 pm and 12:00 am. But this 2.0 version loses some of the video&rsquo;s original intent to reach a broad&mdash;and hopefully attentive&mdash;audience.</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/105251391/inside-the-famous-phnom-penh-cinema-that-has-become-a-living-nightmare Inside the famous Phnom Penh cinema that has become a living nightmare Alexander Walter 2014-07-28T15:19:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T12:39:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f6/f653057ac028b7d9c3ca786b723076b6.jpg" width="460" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Hemakcheat was once one of Cambodia&rsquo;s most beloved cinemas and Meas Sopheap one of its star dancers. Today it is a notorious slum, and Meas one of hundreds who shelter there. [...] Hundreds of men, women and children shelter here, many on the ground-floor auditorium where they are shrouded in permanent darkness among hundreds of bats that screech and flap their wings constantly. [...] More waste falls from makeshift floors constructed above. The rotten stench of sewage is overpowering.</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/105244141/blowing-up-mosul-s-historic-mosques-is-a-war-crime Blowing up Mosul's historic mosques is 'a war crime' Alexander Walter 2014-07-28T13:12:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T13:17:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c9/c959e36acd74f41e6a9791f1ef3d3819.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Leading British archaeologist and member of the House of Lords, Colin Renfrew, says the destruction of historic mosques in Mosul, northern Iraq, by Islamic state militants (Isis) &ldquo;is a disaster for the cultural heritage of Iraq, and indeed of Islam&rdquo;. The Prophet Jirjis mosque and shrine in Mosul was destroyed on 27 July, according to unconfirmed press reports. The 14th-century mosque was the latest in a series of holy sites targeted by the jihadist group.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104956548/islamic-state-jihadis-destroy-ancient-mosque-in-mosul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Islamic State jihadis destroy ancient mosque in Mosul</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105242532/george-lucas-announces-mad-and-studio-gang-as-architects-for-his-museum-of-narrative-art-in-chicago George Lucas announces MAD and Studio Gang as architects for his Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago Archinect 2014-07-28T12:44:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T13:30:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6q/6qvs8aumpd8dxpbb.jpg" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Star Wars" creator George Lucas on Monday will announce an architectural team for his controversial planned museum on Chicago's lakefront: an avant-garde Chinese designer whose credits include Toronto-area skyscrapers dubbed the "Marilyn Monroe Towers" and Chicago's Jeanne Gang, shaper of the undulating Aqua Tower here.</p></em><br /><br /><p></p><p>Read our recently published <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/100175622/a-new-nature-interview-with-ma-yansong-of-mad-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interview with Ma Yansong of MAD</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105235286/christopher-scoates-named-director-of-cranbrook-academy-of-art-and-art-museum Christopher Scoates Named Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum Donna Sink 2014-07-28T12:05:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T15:21:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2o/2olc9wnwdv7n8nvo.jpg" width="300" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Cranbrook Educational Community Board of Trustees announced today that after a comprehensive one-year search, Christopher Scoates has been named Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. He begins his tenure August 1. Scoates is a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art, having received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography in 1986. Scoates succeeds Reed Kroloff, who is stepping down after seven years in the position.</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/105020837/the-secret-of-minecraft-and-its-challenge-to-the-rest-of-us The secret of Minecraft; And its challenge to the rest of us Archinect 2014-07-25T14:33:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T22:16:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iy/iypwz85ub147eo0i.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>People often compare Minecraft to LEGO; both support open-ended creation (once you&rsquo;ve mastered the crafting table, you can build nearly anything) and, of course, they share an essential blockiness. But I think this comparison is misleading, because a LEGO set always includes instructions, and Minecraft comes with none. Minecraft is a game about creation, yes. But it is just as much a game about secret knowledge.</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/105016813/north-carolina-museum-of-art-receives-grant-for-a-high-tech-education-center North Carolina Museum of Art Receives Grant for a High-Tech Education Center Nicholas Korody 2014-07-25T13:29:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T19:49:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4g/4gpzuq6jg56vdlvz.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The North Carolina Museum of Art on Tuesday received a $1.9 million grant from the State Employees&rsquo; Credit Union Foundation for art education research. The grant will establish a high-tech education center that will serve as a portal for accessing the museum&rsquo;s collection, exhibitions and programs.</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/105016010/row-over-olympic-cauldron-design-settled-out-of-court Row over Olympic cauldron design settled out of court Archinect 2014-07-25T13:15:00-04:00 >2014-07-25T13:22:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0ezbuxnhmchxuzn5.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The startling cauldron of copper petals that rose up to form a flaming flower at the climax of the ceremony had been hailed as one of the most original in the history of the Games, and another triumph for the highly regarded British designer Thomas Heatherwick. But two years on, Locog has acknowledged in a statement that New York-based practice Atopia came up with five design principles that would go on to become defining characteristics of the cauldron.</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/105016006/cape-town-to-house-new-contemporary-art-museum Cape Town to House New Contemporary Art Museum Nicholas Korody 2014-07-25T13:14:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T21:17:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1p/1pfjvsf8qyg82mkf.jpg" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Cape Town's waterfront at the southern tip of Africa, the world's biggest museum of contemporary art from across the continent is being carved from a conglomeration of concrete tubes nine storeys high. The $50 million (36.7 million euro) project to transform the grim functionality of 42 disused colonial grain silos into an ultramodern tribute to African creativity is driven by an international team of art experts and architects.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The project &ndash; &nbsp;the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa &ndash;&nbsp;will be designed by&nbsp;British architect Thomas Heatherwick.&nbsp;"How do you turn 42 vertical concrete tubes into a place to experience contemporary culture?" the architect said.&nbsp;"We could either fight a building made of concrete tubes or enjoy it's tube-iness."</p><p>The museum will focus on works since 2000 and will be directed by&nbsp;Mark Coetzee.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105014387/families-removed-from-tower-of-david-skyscraper-slum Families Removed From 'Tower of David' Skyscraper Slum Archinect 2014-07-25T12:43:00-04:00 >2014-07-25T12:44:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nk/nkgnr0n6r2prg6bv.jpg" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Andre&iacute;na Contreras, a 26-year-old mother of two, lived until this week in the &ldquo;Tower of David,&rdquo; in Caracas, Venezuela, which has been described as the world&rsquo;s tallest slum, because it is situated in an abandoned skyscraper. She is among an estimated 1,150 families living in the tower who are to be removed and relocated permanently this week, seven years after the officially named Torre Confinanzas was first occupied as a result of Venezuela&rsquo;s financial crisis...</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/105013578/the-last-skid-row-in-america-faces-increasing-gentrification The Last Skid Row in America Faces Increasing Gentrification Nicholas Korody 2014-07-25T12:39:00-04:00 >2014-07-25T12:39:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mb/mb0wj2marizq3iw6.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As shocking as it is to look upon the rows and rows of makeshift encampments and thousands of roving, hopeless people, perhaps even more shocking is this: Los Angeles is the last major American city with a single district of anything approaching this magnitude of homelessness and extreme poverty [...]</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/104958157/rotch-scholar-christopher-karlson-publishes-yearlong-research-on-european-performing-arts-based-architecture Rotch Scholar Christopher Karlson publishes yearlong research on European performing arts-based architecture Justine Testado 2014-07-24T20:41:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T19:50:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l6/l6hhfwn75s1ew8e7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After Christopher Karlson <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/3342770/christopher-karlson-wins-rotch-travelling-scholarship" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">won the coveted Rotch Travelling Scholarship</a> in 2011, he was required to document his research as images, drawings, and text to be submitted as a compilation report to the Rotch Trustees. Now, that report is finally available to the public as a print-on-demand book.</p><p>The 363-page document shows Karlson's yearlong journey to 35 European performance arts landmarks as an exploration of commercialized culture in the 'post-Bilbao' period (1997 to the present).</p><p>More details on Karlson's research right below:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hb/hbr9x7sc7443xh7z.jpg"></p><p>"<strong>Research Brief: </strong>A total of 35 examples of performing-arts-based architecture - spanning almost 240 years of civic metamorphosis - was observed in 28 autonomous cities using Europe&rsquo;s crowded and competitive urban network as a point of reference and comparative analysis."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a8/a8v8kpq7tav4xtva.jpg"></p><p>"The intention is to investigate the results of such completed projects that all encounter distinctive urban scales, cultural settings, and political footing - with focus on engagement in urban re...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104956551/vandals-break-into-the-historic-new-york-state-pavilion-and-set-fire-to-a-stolen-van-damaging-the-50-year-old-terrazzo-map Vandals break into the historic New York State Pavilion and set fire to a stolen van, damaging the 50-year-old terrazzo map Archinect 2014-07-24T18:41:00-04:00 >2014-07-24T18:42:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bf/bfde12d5681ff5f4255b81bfa06288a2.jpg" width="514" height="513" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Vandals broke into the historic New York State Pavilion last weekend, setting a stolen van on fire and damaging a piece of its deteriorating terrazzo map, park watchdogs said. The shocking mayhem in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park was heartbreaking for volunteers who have been working for years to spruce up the aging 1964 World&rsquo;s Fair relic.</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/104956548/islamic-state-jihadis-destroy-ancient-mosque-in-mosul Islamic State jihadis destroy ancient mosque in Mosul Archinect 2014-07-24T18:38:00-04:00 >2014-07-26T20:14:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6u/6u62qy3f30d2psa4.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The mosque was built on an archaeological site dating back to 8th century BC and is said to be the burial place of the prophet, who in stories from both the Bible and Qur&rsquo;an is swallowed by a whale. It was renovated in the 1990s under Iraq&rsquo;s late dictator Saddam Hussein and until the recent militant blitz that engulfed Mosul, remained a popular destination for religious pilgrims from around the world.</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/104941214/anti-surveillance-camouflage-for-your-face Anti-Surveillance Camouflage for Your Face Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-24T13:53:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T19:45:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/95/95b1c92cde607682ba8aef6c3d41f637.jpg" width="514" height="129" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The idea behind CV dazzle is simple. Facial recognition algorithms look for certain patterns when they analyze images: patterns of light and dark in the cheekbones, or the way color is distributed on the nose bridge&mdash;a baseline amount of symmetry. These hallmarks all betray the uniqueness of a human visage. If you obstruct them, the algorithm can&rsquo;t separate a face from any other swath of pixels.</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/104939599/leading-museum-directors-artists-and-architects-call-on-italian-government-to-ban-giant-ships-from-venice Leading museum directors, artists and architects call on Italian government to ban giant ships from Venice Alexander Walter 2014-07-24T13:20:00-04:00 >2014-07-25T08:44:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a1f79424da5cc7036b1062c8b81c70b7.jpg" width="300" height="203" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>More than 50 leading figures from the worlds of art, film, fashion and architecture have signed a petition calling for a ban on giant cruise ships sailing through Venice. [...] Nicholas Penny, the director of the National Gallery in London, Richard Armstrong, the director of the Guggenheim Foundation, the architect Norman Foster and his wife Elena also endorse the appeal which has been launched by the Association of the International Private Committees for the Safeguarding of Venice [...].</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/104937987/medell-n-made-urban-escalators-famous-but-have-they-had-any-impact Medellín made urban escalators famous, but have they had any impact? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-24T12:50:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T22:22:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/62/62201c98423eac9c80c955cd686936d1.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Medell&iacute;n has gained much attention for its urban transformation &mdash; and the escalators, which won several international prizes for innovation, make up one of the most striking projects. [...] But are the escalators making any real economic or social impact in the neighborhood? To find out, I spent three months in Medell&iacute;n talking with people in Comuna 13 about what has and hasn&rsquo;t changed 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/104877757/two-new-films-showcase-steven-holl-s-addition-to-the-glasgow-school-of-art Two new films showcase Steven Holl's addition to the Glasgow School of Art Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-23T19:11:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T21:58:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6q/6qwr759xupbm0ku0.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Working simultaneously from the inside out - engaging the functional needs and psychological desires of the program - and the outside in - making connections to the city campus and relating to the Mackintosh building opposite - the design embodies the school's aspirations in the city's fabric.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Just one month before a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104807798/uk-contributes-10m-to-glasgow-school-of-art-half-for-mackintosh-restoration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">disastrous fire broke out at the Glasgow School of Art's historic Mackintosh Library</a>, a brand new addition to the campus opened up across the street. Designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1405/steven-holl-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl Architects</a>, the new <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97637684/living-up-to-a-charles-rennie-mackintosh-classic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reid Building</a> is a modernist complement to the Mackintosh, riffing on similar themes a century apart.</p><p>In collaboration with Steven Holl Architects, filmmakers <a href="http://spiritofspace.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spirit of Space</a> produced two pieces to celebrate the Reid building's opening in April. The first film (see below) features interviews with Steven Holl and Chris McVoy (one of the partners in charge of the project), explaining the structure's symbiotic relationship to the Mackintosh, and its attention to multi-disciplinary socialization. The second film is in Spirit of Space's signature archi-documentarian style, capturing the building at all times of the day, rich with humming activity inside, while carefully capturing pivotal design details.</p>