Archinect - News 2016-12-10T17:24:02-05:00 Charles Leadbeater on the meaning of home in today's culture of rootlessness Alexander Walter 2016-12-09T15:20:00-05:00 >2016-12-09T15:43:37-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The tiny house is just one example of the lengths to which people will go to create a sense of home even when they lack the means for it. It&rsquo;s just one symptom of a much wider and intensifying search for belonging, which makes home as important to politics as the idea of class or rights &ndash; especially now, when so many people feel displaced, both literally and figuratively, by life in innovation-driven, high-tech, networked capitalism.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Humans and other things that nest</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Tadao Ando defines his own "home for the spirit"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The downsides of the charming "holdout" houses</a></li></ul> Jean Nouvel's court battle over the Philharmonie continues Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-09T14:33:00-05:00 >2016-12-09T16:47:12-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Taking the view that the owner of the Philharmonie had modified and thus defiled his architectural work, Jean Nouvel had sued ... asking the court to order the owner to perform all works necessary for the restoration of his work so as to comply with the architectural plans he had initially drawn. [...] The case at hand renews the debate on the difficulties of granting remedies which constitute an acceptable way to balance the proprietor's rights and the moral rights of architects.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Get caught up on Nouvel's dispute with the Philharmonie:</p><ul><li><a title="Jean Nouvel loses court case over 'sabotaged' Philharmonie de Paris" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel loses court case over 'sabotaged' Philharmonie de Paris</a></li><li><a title="Jean Nouvel files for court order against Philharmonie de Paris dispute" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel files for court order against Philharmonie de Paris dispute</a></li><li><a title="Jean Nouvel boycotts opening of his Philharmonie de Paris" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel boycotts opening of his Philharmonie de Paris</a></li></ul> Cities should be very wary of Trump's 'Plan for Urban Renewal' Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-09T13:35:00-05:00 >2016-12-09T13:35:42-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="517" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Among scholars and many city dwellers, urban renewal is remembered for its vast destruction of minority communities, when entire neighborhoods were razed for housing, highways and civic projects. [...] Is Mr. Trump knowingly or accidentally embracing historical conflict? The answer depends, in part, on how much we think Mr. Trump, a real estate developer and son of a real estate developer, knows about the history of the conflict over the shape of the American city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="5 housing experts offer opinions about Ben Carson's direction as HUD head" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5 housing experts offer opinions about Ben Carson's direction as HUD head</a></li><li><a title="Frank Gehry on Trump: &quot;I'm very worried about him&quot;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry on Trump: "I'm very worried about him"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">America's 'inner city' dichotomy</a></li><li><a title="President-elect Trump offers HUD post to Ben Carson" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">President-elect Trump offers HUD post to Ben Carson</a></li><li><a title="Trump pilfers Clinton's plan for an 'infrastructure bank'" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump pilfers Clinton's plan for an 'infrastructure bank'</a></li></ul> DIY Space, After Ghost Ship: Safety, community and informal venues after Oakland's tragic fire, ft. S. Surface and David Keenan on Archinect Sessions #91 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-08T19:22:00-05:00 >2016-12-10T11:16:03-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last Friday night, a fire broke out during a concert at the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland, California, killing (at present count) 36 people. While the precise cause of the fire is still unknown, the building was rife with code violations that accelerated the fire's damage, many related to its adapted use for living and work-spaces. While criminal investigations are just beginning, local artists worry that the city will use the tragedy to crack down on other adaptive and DIY venues in the Bay Area, restricting access even further to affordable spaces in an already tight housing market.</p><p>Within the architecture community, the tragedy has prompted discussions surrounding the safety and vitality of DIY venues, and the long-term effects of such building code violations for gentrification and zoning. To discuss on the podcast, we're joined by two guests who have personal and professional experience with forming community spaces: designer, curator and organizer S. Surface, and David Keenan...</p> Remembering the AIDS epidemic—and its relationship to the New York real estate market Nicholas Korody 2016-12-08T17:14:00-05:00 >2016-12-08T17:18:13-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One good thing to come of the substitution of a hospital serving the whole downtown community with homogenous housing for the wealthy is St. Vincent&rsquo;s Triangle Park, [...] home to the nearly completed New York City AIDS Memorial [...] Real estate plays an outsize role in most New York stories. In the story of AIDS, it has become crucial to understanding both the way that the city handled, or mishandled, the crisis in its early days and the way that the crisis forever marked the city in return.</p></em><br /><br /><p>To mark the opening of the new New York City AIDS Memorial designed by Studio ai, Alexandra Schwartz reflects on the complicated relationship between the epidemic, the gay activist community, and real estate.</p><p>"The disease started charting its course through the city just as the bearish real-estate market, coaxed out of hibernation by policies favorable to developers, turned relentlessly bullish," Schwartz writes. "As people died, their same-sex partners, denied the sorts of survivor benefits to which a spouse would be entitled, were evicted from the homes they had shared; newly vacated blocks of affordable apartments were converted into high-end condos and market-rate rentals."</p><p>In fact, according to the article, the neighborhoods of Manhattan that had the highest rates of HIV infection later experienced the most rapid gentrification.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on public health, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Preventing disease and upholding public health through architecture</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pollution-plagued Paris to ban cars from ...</a></li></ul> SO-IL's new museum for UC Davis: "a building to boost your faith in the future of American architecture" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-08T13:28:00-05:00 >2016-12-08T15:56:57-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="483" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The museum is not a singular or path-breaking work of architecture; its design goals have more to do with manipulating light and shadow and with physical substance [...] Yet taken as a whole the museum offers a range of encouraging signs about the priorities of architecture&rsquo;s up-and-coming generation. These include a genuine interest in shifting definitions of public space in a digital age and &mdash; most important of all &mdash; a preference for measured and layered effects over operatic ones.</p></em><br /><br /><p>UC Davis' new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of art opened in November, and will function as a teaching museum with spaces for studios, galleries, and classrooms, including a courtyard for performances and installations.</p><p>According to Hawthorne, SO-IL's design (done in collaboration Karl Backus of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, an SF-based firm known for its multiple Apple stores), "flows primarily from [SO-IL leaders] Idenburg, 42,&nbsp;and Liu, 37, whose work tends to be porous and substantial at the same time, with cubic forms often cloaked or veiled by snug, semi-transparent skins." Hawthorne also refers back to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SO-IL's YAP-winning "Pole Dance"</a>,&nbsp;as a tone-setter for the firm's aesthetic.</p><p>Check out Iwan Baan's photos of the museum below.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Get the backsotry on SO-IL and the Shrem museum here:</p><ul><li><a title="UC Davis selects SO &ndash; IL to design art museum" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UC Davis selects SO &ndash; IL to design art museum</a></li><li><a title="WORKac, Henning Larsen and SO &ndash; IL compete to design UC Davis art museum" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WORKac, Henning Larsen and SO &ndash; IL compete to design UC Davis art museum</a></li></ul> SHoP Architects' "Flotsam & Jetsam" installation is world's largest 3D-printed object Julia Ingalls 2016-12-08T13:22:00-05:00 >2016-12-08T13:53:29-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Biodegradable bamboo filament makes up the globe's largest 3D printed object, an installation for this year's Design Miami Fair designed by SHoP Architects called "Flotsam &amp; Jetsam" that will make a subsequent appearance as a site for performances and educational programs in the&nbsp;Jungle Plaza in the Design District by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami&nbsp;in 2017.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In this <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art Newspaper</a> interview with SHoP principal&nbsp;Gregg Pasquarelli, he described the process behind the making of the installation. "We worked with two companies: Branch Technology based in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), which produced three-dimensionally printed bamboo," he said.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"We thought that could be an nice intersection between furniture and art. ORNL actually broke the &shy;Guinness World Record for the largest solid 3D-printed &shy;structure earlier this year [when it created a tool to be used for building Boeing jets], so they are breaking their own record with this pavilion."</p><p>For more...</p> PLP Architecture conceives of automated, underground "CarTube" for London Julia Ingalls 2016-12-08T12:45:00-05:00 >2016-12-09T13:38:48-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Imagine driving into London not on surface streets, but rather in an underground tube with automated, moving tracks designed specifically for electric cars. Like a kind of subterranean track-laden ferry, which drivers would be able to individually join and exit at numerous points, this "CarTube" concept is the work of Lars Hesselgren's research team at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PLP Architecture</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Although the proposal uses London as a starting point, the firm isn't limiting it to the U.K., as this <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guardian article</a> notes:</p><p><em>If the project&rsquo;s goal is to reduce street-level congestion, then is a city like London (which already has an extensive public transport system and congestion charge) its prime target? &ldquo;London is our case study, but chances are it will get built somewhere else where people are desperate for a solution,&rdquo; Hesselgren says, listing Mexico City, Delhi, Jakarta and Mumbai as the sorts of gridlock-heavy cities&nbsp;that could benefit from the CarTube. &ldquo;This kind of approach in those places could really make...</em></p> Indian Hindu temple planned as world's tallest religious structure Alexander Walter 2016-12-07T14:18:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T17:12:15-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="399" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With its indoor theme park and helipad, this building might seem more like it would belong in Las Vegas, but this towering Hindu temple is set to become the world's tallest religious skyscraper. [...] At 700 feet (210 metres), the temple will be taller than India's Taj Mahal, which stands at 239 feet (73m) tall, as well as St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, which measures 422 feet (128.6m).</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The illustration below shows the greater master plan for&nbsp;Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir. The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">project website</a> has this description:</p><p><em>"The skyscraper temple-cum-heritage project, conceived of by the devotees of ISKCON-Bangalore, will consist of a grand temple of Lord Sri Krishna at its centre. The grand temple shall be of monumental proportions and its iconic architecture shall harmoniously combine elements of both Indian temple architecture and modern architecture. This temple is poised to become the tallest, grandest and largest religious structure in India. The temple has a footprint of about 5.5 acres and rises to a height of about 700 feet (213 metres or 70 floors). The temple is planned to be vibrant with festivals and religious activities throughout the year."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Vedic Cosmology is an integral part of the design concept. The project website explains:</p><p><em>"A capsule elevator takes visitors from the ground level to the 700 ft. tall viewing Gallery giving an immersive 3D sound and light experi...</em></p> Chicago design firm casts hammy metaphor over Trump Tower Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-06T19:24:00-05:00 >2016-12-08T13:53:50-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="783" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New World Design Ltd. has shared a hypothetical proposal that would partially obscure the view of the infamous Trump Tower Chicago sign with four giant, gold-colored balloon pigs. [...] the pigs would be tethered to buoys in the Chicago River and provide &ldquo;visual relief to the citizens of Chicago,&rdquo; many of whom are presumably tired of seeing Trump&rsquo;s name everywhere.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More acts of architectural protest:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Respond to the AIA&rsquo;s Statement in Support of President-Elect Donald Trump</a></li><li><a title="Taking a stand against privately-owned public spaces" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taking a stand against privately-owned public spaces</a></li><li><a title="Hawaii protesters block construction of giant telescope on sacred mountain Mauna Kea" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hawaii protesters block construction of giant telescope on sacred mountain Mauna Kea</a></li><li><a title="Cooper Union graduates stage tuition protest at Commencement ceremony" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cooper Union graduates stage tuition protest at Commencement ceremony</a></li></ul> Vincent Callebaut's luxe, green Agora Garden Tower twists up the Taipei skyline Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-06T14:32:00-05:00 >2016-12-06T14:32:23-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="551" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After his firm Vincent Callebaut Architectures was awarded the bid to create the building in 2010, Callebaut decided to erect a structure that was "like an inhabited tree," that could create a green urban landmark for the city with a minimal carbon footprint. Slated for a completion in September 2017, the tower will stand 20 stories tall with a 90 degree twist that is achieved with a 4.5 degree turn per floor as the building ascends.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Vincent Callebaut, the Belgian architect known for audacious, ecologically-minded design proposals now has a project under construction in Taipei.&nbsp;We previously featured&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Callebaut's "LILYPAD, A Floating Ecopolis for Ecological Refugees"</a>&nbsp;in 2008.</p><p></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title='Architecture Dean Poh says reduction in energy savings is not enough: "I am for net zero."' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Dean Poh says reduction in energy savings is not enough: "I am for net zero."</a></li><li><a title='France Mandates "Green Roofs" for all new buildings' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">France Mandates "Green Roofs" for all new buildings</a></li><li><a title="Boeri Studio's Bosco Verticale in Milan makes the forest tower fantasy a reality" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boeri Studio's Bosco Verticale in Milan makes the forest tower fantasy a reality</a></li><li><a title="Eco-Porn Competition results expose the sassy side of green architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eco-Porn Competition results expose the sassy side of green architecture</a></li></ul> SCI-Arc announces full-tuition scholarship for LAUSD students Julia Ingalls 2016-12-06T12:52:00-05:00 >2016-12-06T16:52:46-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Are you a LAUSD student who loves architecture and would like to attend SCI-Arc free of charge starting in the fall of 2017? Well, you're in luck: if you apply online by January 15, 2017, you'll be in the running for the recently announced merit-based, full-tuition scholarship for first-year freshmen originating from the metropolitan school district which, if you stay in the top 10% of your class, could last all five collegiate years.</p><p>As SCI-Arc director Hernan Diaz Alonso sees it, &ldquo;SCI-Arc is embedded in the fabric of Los Angeles. With this scholarship we are reaffirming our relationship to the city&rsquo;s public education system. We are proud of our well-rounded and rigorous Undergraduate program. A Bachelor of Architecture from SCI-Arc provides a creative way to see the world not only in architectural terms, but in sociological, political and economic terms as well.&rdquo;</p><p>Get thee to an application form! &nbsp;In the meantime, check out these related posts about SCI-Arc:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc EDGE launches four...</a></li></ul> The cultural paradox of the Great Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba Nicholas Korody 2016-12-06T12:21:00-05:00 >2016-12-06T21:06:45-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="402" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The mosque-cathedral of C&oacute;rdoba in southern Spain is one of the great Rorschach tests of medieval architecture. Like the ink blots that psychologists use to divine unconscious thoughts, we tend to see in the building what we please. For some, it embodies the artistic creativity and religious tolerance of the Muslim period. For others, it is a symbol of the conquests and bloodshed that have washed over this region throughout the centuries.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Whichever message we choose, the mosque is surely one of the most beautiful and controversial monuments in Europe today.</em></p><p>More religious architecture:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Artist catalogs the drab architecture of America's megachurches</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Ancient Italian church comes back to life &ndash; built in wire mesh</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Omaha is building a Tri-Faith campus with a church, a mosque and a synagogue (no joke)</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Drought reveals 16th century church beneath Mexican reservoir</a></li></ul> Craig Dykers on Snøhetta's innovation lessons Alexander Walter 2016-12-05T17:31:00-05:00 >2016-12-05T17:32:33-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;ve been privileged to interview Craig Dykers, founding partner in the extraordinary global architecture firm Sn&oslash;hetta, on several occasions and walked away each time incredibly inspired by the breadth and depth of their creativity and innovation approaches. [...] Analyzing their innovation process can yield important lessons for companies. Here are some highlights.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <em>Forbes</em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">list</a> of&nbsp;Sn&oslash;hetta innovation lessons and glimpses into the firm's intercontinental problem-solving process includes flat hierarchies, embrace of contrasts across a variety of sectors, an internal podcast, and celebration of good news, among many others.</p><p>Other Sn&oslash;hetta&nbsp;stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta's expanded SFMOMA is 235,000 square feet of egalitarianism</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's critical round-up of Sn&oslash;hetta's SFMOMA addition</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Mountaineers: Craig Dykers and Elaine Molinar of Sn&oslash;hetta on One-to-One #27</a></li></ul> A new NIMBY-ism in America's foremost mansion district Nicholas Korody 2016-12-05T16:46:00-05:00 >2016-12-06T13:27:05-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This windswept outcropping, peering over the Atlantic, was a Gilded Age haven where the wealthy built mansions known by their names, not addresses: The Elms, Marble House and, most famous of all, The Breakers... Newport has cared deeply about appearances ever since. So when large steel beams rose high in the air between the city&rsquo;s most storied thoroughfares, framing a mansion that will have an unusual, many-sided shape and a flat roof, neighborhood residents and observers were aghast.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the architecture of the mega-rich:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Having bazillions of dollars helps</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">It's official: $250M mega penthouse in Stern-designed 220 Central Park South tower is now NYC's priciest address</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">$500,000,000 spec house under construction in LA</a></li></ul> Frank Gehry on Trump: "I'm very worried about him" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-05T13:35:00-05:00 >2016-12-05T14:01:32-05:00 <img src="" width="624" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... the dual Canadian-American citizen expressed serious concerns about the incoming commander-in-chief. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know whether we should get into politics here because some of you may think Trump is OK, but I&rsquo;m very worried about him,&rdquo; said Gehry, 87. &ldquo;I remember in 1937 and being in Canada and listening to Hitler&rsquo;s speeches on radio &ndash; and this resounded similar to me. It&rsquo;s just frightening.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Quoted above from a recent discussion at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Frank Gehry told the audience that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">he was not leaving the U.S. for France</a>, while facing the imminent future of a "frightening" Trump presidency. In a previous interview with&nbsp;<em>Le Figaro</em>, a French newspaper, Gehry had mentioned French president Francois Hollande's offer for him to seek self-exile in France.</p><p>More Gehry on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Frank Gehry and Maya Lin to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry and Maya Lin to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom</a></li><li><a title="Lawsuit alleges Frank Gehry's IAC Building is melting" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lawsuit alleges Frank Gehry's IAC Building is melting</a></li><li><a title="Frank Gehry's Sunset Strip mixed-user unanimously approved by L.A. City Council " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry's Sunset Strip mixed-user unanimously approved by L.A. City Council</a></li><li><a title="Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design accepted by Eisenhower family" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design accepted by Eisenhower family</a></li></ul> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-12-05T13:27:00-05:00 >2016-12-05T14:51:58-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At a perfect time of year to take stock (the 'silly season' of parties hasn't quite started, but we are quickly moving towards the year's close), this week provides a series of events focusing on reflection. From&nbsp;collections showing the life works of iconic creators to&nbsp;a discussion on how we continue to work in the city;&nbsp;and from looking at the concept of the city itself from a different (sweeter) angle, to challenging our consumer society through craft.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Workshop - Gingerbread Houses! |&nbsp;7-21&nbsp;December</a></strong></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gingerbread City - exhibition | 7-22 December</a></strong></p><p><a title="Image: Museum of Architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a></p><p><em>Image: Museum of Architecture</em></p><p>The Museum of Architecture are opening&nbsp;<em>The&nbsp;Gingerbread City</em> this week, a new, annual&nbsp;competition where practices have designed and created gingerbread plots, which come together to create an entire city of sugar.&nbsp;&nbsp;Different city zones had different briefs, ranging from Unite d&rsquo;Hobnob (high density, central urban a...</p> Moreau Kusunoki, winners of Guggenheim Helsinki competition, respond to rejected plans: "an extraordinary adventure despite the disappointing result" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-02T18:26:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T20:51:58-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Now that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helsinki's city council has rejected</a> the latest round of financing plans for the Guggenheim outpost, it appears that the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">winning design by Moreau Kusunoki</a> most certainly won't be built. We reached out to the architects for comment, and they provided the following statement:</p><p><em>Guggenheim Helsinki was an extraordinary adventure despite the disappointing result of the vote from the City Council of Helsinki.</em></p><p><br><em>The reflections we had in conceiving the 21th-century museum in Helsinki were thought-provoking and revelatory, such as the participatory and social dimensions of the museum, the studies on in-between spaces and flexible use, and the use of charred-wood cladding.</em></p><p><em>&nbsp;<br>This journey was also an opportunity to meet exceptional professionals, whose commitment to promoting art and architecture we deeply admire.</em></p><p><br><em>We are confident that this project represents a stepping stone and the possibility of an exciting future for our firm and for the field of architecture. It encourages new thoughts ...</em></p> Unfold Berlin's modern architectural history in this nifty paper map Justine Testado 2016-12-02T14:22:00-05:00 >2016-12-02T14:22:13-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="557" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At nearly 350 square miles, [Berlin is] a difficult city to tour without some guidance. Its vastness is doubly inconvenient for architecture buffs...The [Modern Berlin Map] documents 50 buildings, selected by Berlin-based journalist Matthew Tempest. Unfolded, the front of the guide displays the landmarks on a map of Berlin, while the reverse catalogues the buildings in chronological order. This provides a unique lens through which to track the city&rsquo;s political shifts.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Want more travel tips for Berlin? Check out Archinect's Berlin Travel Guide, which features recommendations from J&uuml;rgen Mayer H:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Let J&uuml;rgen Mayer H. help plan your next trip to Berlin with his own travel tips</a></p> São Paulo named Grand Prize Winner in 2016 Mayors Challenge Alexander Walter 2016-12-01T18:45:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T20:23:34-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As part of this year&rsquo;s Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge, the Brazilian megacity drafted a proposal for a digital interchange platform designed to connect vendors with restaurants, markets, and other retailers in an effort to make it easier for them to sell their wares. On Wednesday, S&atilde;o Paulo&rsquo;s proposal was named the winner of the third ever Mayors Challenge, which gives it a $5 million cash prize to implement the idea.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Four other cities will also receive $1 million each to implement their respective proposals. The winners include two Colombian cities, Medell&iacute;n and Bogot&aacute;, as well as Santiago, Chile, and Guadalajara, Mexico."</em></p><p>Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to learn more about&nbsp;the winning proposal "S&atilde;o Paulo: Growing Farmers&rsquo; Income, Shrinking Urban Sprawl."</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barcelona wins Grand Prize in Bloomberg Philanthropies&rsquo; Mayors Challenge for Europe</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">S&atilde;o Paulo's big bet on housing policy</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Odd beauty: downtown S&atilde;o Paulo through the lens of Felipe Russo</a></li></ul> Zaha Hadid's sleek, curvy BRIT Awards statuette revealed Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-01T14:24:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T20:23:15-05:00 <img src="" width="624" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Five different statues have been revealed, but only one - a depiction of Britannia with her hips to one side - will be handed out to winners at the February ceremony. [...] Brit Awards chairman Jason Iley said: "We are delighted with the finished statues. "Like Zaha, they are innovative and original and have gone well beyond our expectations to create something special that will progress the award into the future."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last month, the Brit Awards revealed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid's concept sketches</a> for their 2017 statuette. The finalized design will be given out at the BRITs ceremony on February 22nd in London.</p><p>More ZHA news:</p><ul><li><a title="Zaha Hadid Architects rejects Patrik Schumacher's &quot;manifesto&quot; in open letter" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects rejects Patrik Schumacher's "manifesto" in open letter</a></li><li><a title='Patrik Schumacher on architectural discourse and leadership: "People who are frank are trusted"' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher on architectural discourse and leadership: "People who are frank are trusted"</a></li><li><a title='"But always with Zaha&rsquo;s DNA"' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"But always with Zaha&rsquo;s DNA"</a></li><li><a title="Zaha Hadid's Jockey Club takes RIBA's award for International Excellence" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid's Jockey Club takes RIBA's award for International Excellence</a></li></ul> Eero Saarinen documentary to air on PBS Dec. 27th Julia Ingalls 2016-12-01T13:27:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T20:54:06-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For those who are interested in seeing <em>Eero Saarinen:&nbsp;The Architect Who Saw the Future</em> (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reviewed her</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">e on Archinect)</a>, they'll have their chance on December 27th when PBS airs the documentary as part of its American Masters Series. The film, which charts both Eero's professional and personal stories, will officially be released on DVD on January 3rd, 2017 from PBS distribution. In the meantime, here's a clip from the film where Eliel Saarinen finds out it is not him but his son Eero who has won the competition for St. Louis memorial design:</p> Guggenheim Helsinki plans nixed by city, citing "the project’s excessive cost for the Finnish taxpayer" Julia Ingalls 2016-12-01T13:24:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T20:41:42-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="456" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The mix of private and public funding for the Guggenheim Helsinki has officially been rejected in a city council vote, meaning that the plans for the museum designed by&nbsp;Moreau &amp; Kusunoki are unlikely to ever be built. A new financing plan that drew the bulk of public funding from the city and the rest from private fundraising had been approved by the city board in November, but was vetoed by the larger city council last night. According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>,&nbsp;Richard Armstrong, director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation in New York, said about the vote that&nbsp;&ldquo;I suppose that it was a reaction to a sense of engulfing internationalism, or a reaction against globalism. That&rsquo;s how I&rsquo;m explaining it to myself.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Meanwhile, Helsinki City Council member and Guggenheim opposer&nbsp;Osku Pajamaki said that&nbsp;&ldquo;I&rsquo;m exhausted but relieved. Instead of buying a subsidiary of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, we can now focus on creating unique local cultural attractions in Helsinki.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Offici...</p> New-Territories projects forward in its "retrospective" at the FRAC Centre in Val de Loire, France Nicholas Korody 2016-11-30T20:00:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T20:27:16-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"Architects corrupt discourse, manipulate competition, make morality their banner and social responsibilities into an amulet or agit-prop," writes <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New-Territories</a>, the constantly-mutating Bangkok-based, French-born architecture studio, previously known as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">R&amp;Sie</a> and elsewhere as M4 (MindMachineMakingMyths). &ldquo;They live and breathe the profound hypocrisy of human nature, with which they are consubstantial. Space is their playground, their control and coercion lever."</p><p>Deferring the authorial power assumed by architects stands as a central concern for New-Territories, which is integrally associated with the architect Fran&ccedil;ois Roche (despite his best efforts). Founded in 1993, New-Territories is officially &ldquo;headed&rdquo; by the &ldquo;Avatar&rdquo;, a digitally-generated androgynous figure, who tethers together a practice that is more fragmented than unitary. The &ldquo;Avatar&rdquo; also stands-in for a diverse roster of collaborators, including the artists Pierre Huyghe and Camille Lacadee. It is therefore a strange ...</p> Scott Frank, Senior Director of Media Relations for the AIA, resigns following the AIA's statement of support for President-elect Trump Nicholas Korody 2016-11-30T13:40:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T20:21:22-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s been a rocky few weeks for the American Institute of Architects. Shortly following the election of Donald Trump, AIA CEO Robert Ivy released a statement on behalf of the 89,000 members of the organization, stating, &ldquo;The AIA and its 89,000 members are committed to working with President-elect Trump to address the issues our country faces, particularly strengthening the nation&rsquo;s aging infrastructure.&rdquo; However, not all 89,000 members of the AIA do, in fact, commit to working with the controversial President-elect. As a result, many took to Twitter and other social media platforms to voice their discontent with the hashtag #NotMyAIA, which we&rsquo;ve collected&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Now, Scott Frank, the AIA&rsquo;s Senior Director of Media Relations, has resigned from his post in response to the controversy. Architect&rsquo;s Newspaper <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reports</a> that Scott resigned due to the &ldquo;AIA&rsquo;s severe mishandling of the situation&rdquo; and &ldquo;total lack of accountability&rdquo;. We reached out via email to the AIA&rsquo;s Senior Manager of Media R...</p> Mia Lehrer discusses her long-running history with the LA River's redevelopment on our final 'Next Up: The LA River' Mini-Session Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-29T13:09:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:44:58-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's here: our final interview from 'Next Up: The LA River', featuring Mia Lehrer of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mia Lehrer + Associates</a>. Lehrer was a major driving force in the 2007 Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan, and has worked for nearly 20 years on projects related to the River&mdash;undeniably preceding any involvement from Frank Gehry.</p><p>Paul Petrunia sits down with Lehrer to speak about her history with the river and its redevelopment, as well as her thoughts for how the project must proceed. Read more about Lehrer's work on the LA River <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>To get caught up on all Mini-Sessions from our Next Up: The LA River event, you can listen to the whole first half at once on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a> (the second half will be available next week), or download each interview separately through <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>&nbsp;Mini-Session #8&nbsp;</strong>from<strong>&nbsp;'<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up: The LA River</a>'&nbsp;</strong>with<strong>&nbsp;Mia Lehrer</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Po...</strong></li></ul> Zaha Hadid Architects rejects Patrik Schumacher's "manifesto" in open letter Julia Ingalls 2016-11-29T12:51:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:44:48-05:00 <img src="" width="640" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The perenially&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opinionated</a> Patrik Schumacher, who gave a speech about his "urban policy manifesto" at the November 17th World Architecture Festival in which he called for an end to all social housing and privatization of public space, has attracted push-back from an unexpected source: the firm he currently runs, which was founded by the late, great Zaha Hadid. In an open letter from the architectural office, Zaha Hadid Architects states that Schumacher's manifesto does not reflect the future direction of the firm, noting that Zaha "deeply believed in the strongest international collaboration" and she "did not write manifestos. She built them." The full text of the letter follows below:</p><p><em>November 29, 2016</em></p><p><em>Patrik Schumacher&rsquo;s &lsquo;urban policy manifesto&rsquo; does not reflect Zaha Hadid Architects&rsquo; past&mdash;and will not be our future.</em></p><p><em>Zaha Hadid did not write manifestos. She built them.</em></p><p><em>Zaha Hadid Architects has delivered 56 projects for all members of the community in 45 cities around the world.</em></p><p><em>Refusi...</em></p> Now you can listen to interviews from 'Next Up: The LA River' on One-to-One! Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-28T19:44:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:25:35-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Missed out on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up: The LA River</a>, Archinect Sessions' podcasting event? Now you can listen to the first half all at once, on One-to-One, recorded live. Next week we'll release the full second-half.</p><p>This playlist of live recordings features interviews with:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Frances Anderton</strong></a>&nbsp;(host, KCRW&rsquo;s DnA) and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Christopher Hawthorne</strong></a>&nbsp;(architecture critic,&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles Times</em>)</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Steven Appleton</strong></a>&nbsp;(co-founder, LA River Kayak Safari) and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Catherine Gudis</strong></a>&nbsp;(co-founder, Play the L.A. River game)</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Marissa Christiansen</strong></a>&nbsp;(Executive Director (formerly Senior Policy Director), Friends of the Los Angeles River)</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Deborah Weintraub</strong></a>&nbsp;(Chief Deputy City Engineer, LA Bureau of Engineering)</p><p>Individual episodes are available on Archinect Sessions. Listen and subscribe <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Listen to <strong>One-to-One</strong> #47, featuring the first four interviews from<strong>&nbsp;'<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up: The LA River</a>'</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCl...</strong></li></ul> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-11-28T15:24:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:32:28-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="489" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As we enter into December, it seems as though&nbsp;there are already too many Christmas fairs and markets to write about.&nbsp;So, if you need a break from the busy&nbsp;streets, then why not retreat to a gallery, an interesting talk,&nbsp;or to a botanical wonderland to avoid the rush of (early) Christmas shoppers?&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tour: Great British Buildings - Thornsett Road | 7 December</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Image: Allies and Morrison</em></p><p>Thornsett Road, designed by Allies &amp; Morrison, completed in 2015 by architects was awarded the RIBA London Award&nbsp; this year. The business headquarters&nbsp; south London is, in part, a new building and in part a respectful response to the existing buildings and context. This architect-led tour is a fantastic opportunity to get to grips with this south-of-the-river gem.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Rauschenberg | 1 December - 2 April 2017</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Image: Robert Rauschenburg</em></p><p>Opening this week is the comprehensive collection of the works of Rober...</p> How Tadao Ando defines his own "home for the spirit" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-28T13:04:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:22:15-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="648" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This should be Ando&rsquo;s residence. But there is no bedroom. Or food in the kitchen. And a couple of years ago he told Japanese TV that he lives in a normal apartment. This is Tadao Ando&rsquo;s house, but is it his home? [...] Ando built it to be his home in 1995 but never moved in. You can find it listed in architecture books as the &ldquo;Atelier&rdquo; or &ldquo;Studio Annexe&rdquo;. &ldquo;I wanted a fun place to live, a place where every day is thrilling, a quiet place to think,&rdquo; he says.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ando, on the ultimate home, to Robin Harding for the <em>Financial Times</em>:&nbsp;</p><p><em>&ldquo;Please write this,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;A church is a home town for the spirit, a place where the spirit lives. Big or small. It&rsquo;s the home of the spirit so when you go there you feel relief. You feel the spirit&rsquo;s richness. I have to think whether I have made a home for the spirit or not. A house is the same. It must be a home for that person&rsquo;s spirit."</em></p><p>More Ando on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Tadao Ando's sprawling Santa Fe compound for Tom Ford hits the market at $75M" href="" target="_blank">Tadao Ando's sprawling Santa Fe compound for Tom Ford hits the market at $75M</a></li><li><a title="New renderings of Tadao Ando's living wall in Manhattan" href="" target="_blank">New renderings of Tadao Ando's living wall in Manhattan</a></li><li><a title="Tadao Ando and Elyn Zimmerman win the 2016 Isamu Noguchi Award" href="" target="_blank">Tadao Ando and Elyn Zimmerman win the 2016 Isamu Noguchi Award</a></li><li><a title="&ldquo;I thought, &lsquo;What?&rsquo; when I heard it would cost &yen;252 billion,&rdquo; Tadao Ando says about National Stadium" href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;I thought, &lsquo;What?&rsquo; when I heard it would cost &yen;252 billion,&rdquo; Tadao Ando says about National Stadium</a></li></ul>