Archinect - News 2014-10-02T06:36:23-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/110277897/has-floating-architecture-s-moment-finally-arrived Has Floating Architecture’s Moment Finally Arrived? Archinect 2014-10-01T20:23:00-04:00 >2014-10-02T06:35:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/05bcb2beaf2c700961e44430708f6a2d.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a quiet, shady street in Rijswijk, the Netherlands, Koen Olthuis and the design team at Waterstudio are changing the world. From this deceptively nondescript headquarters, Waterstudio is designing the cities of the future. If Olthuis has his way, they will be safer, more flexible and more resilient than current cities. How will he do this? Olthuis is designing floating cities.</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/110262611/architectural-history-in-tiny-tokyo-capsules Architectural history in tiny Tokyo capsules Archinect 2014-10-01T15:39:00-04:00 >2014-10-02T04:11:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k0/k0wqcbomn2eodqev.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Every night in Tokyo, the few remaining residents of the Nakagin Capsule Tower bed down to sleep in the once-futuristic white pods they call home. Unlike the tiny, coffin-like cabins of Japan's numerous capsule hotels, where office workers who have missed the last train can catch a few hours' sleep, the 140 units at Nakagin represent a special part of the history of architecture, and one that is worth protecting against plans to tear it down, say campaigners.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"We're going to collect donations from all over the world. We're trying to buy each capsule one by one. Each room counts as one vote, to decide what to do," said Masato Abe, founder of the Save Nakagin Capsule Tower Project.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110235274/has-mecca-been-robbed-of-its-history Has Mecca Been Robbed of its History? Nicholas Korody 2014-10-01T11:31:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T22:12:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lb/lb1opi3yrrsguxzn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The dominant architectural site in [Mecca] is not the Sacred Mosque, where the Kaaba, the symbolic focus of Muslims everywhere, is. It is the obnoxious Makkah Royal Clock Tower hotel, which, at 1,972 feet, is among the world&rsquo;s tallest buildings. It is part of a mammoth development of skyscrapers that includes luxury shopping malls and hotels [...] The city is now surrounded by the brutalism of rectangular steel and concrete structures &mdash; an amalgam of Disneyland and Las Vegas.</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/110244100/richard-meier-on-his-mentors Richard Meier, on His Mentors Richard Meier & Partners 2014-10-01T11:29:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T11:40:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/io/iom8h7n1a9pawk0q.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The first job I had after graduating from architecture school was in the office of Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill. And I worked under the head person, Gordon Bunshaft, who was terrific. And, after I was there for six months, I was offered a position in the office of Marcel Breuer. So, I went and told Mr. Bunshaft, &ldquo;I'm sorry that I've only been here a short time&hellip;&rdquo; but I wanted to work in Breuer's office because it was smaller and more of the kind of office I had one day hoped to have for myself.</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/110183096/in-light-of-5-pointz-demolition-defaced-fights-to-protect-nyc-s-artistic-roots In light of 5 POINTZ demolition, DEFACED fights to protect NYC's artistic roots Justine Testado 2014-09-30T17:20:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T09:36:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0w/0wvwht5fcs6bs0fn.jpg" width="514" height="454" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Upon the recent controversial demolition of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/360147/5-pointz" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"5 POINTZ" graffiti mecca</a> in Long Island City, NY, a group of architects consisting of <a href="http://archinect.com/AriannaArmelli" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arianna Armelli</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/ikumar21" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ishaan Kumar</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/davidsepulveda" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Sepulveda </a>and Wagdy Moussa came up with the idea of DEFACED. In the proposal, DEFACED is an organization that is dedicated to the preservation of cultural landmarks, districts, and neighborhoods worldwide.</p><p>Using 5 Pointz as a starting point, DEFACED asserts not only the timeless value of open artistic expression but also the need to build communities where all inhabitants can benefit and thrive. The proposal calls attention to NYC's gentrifying cityscape over the last decade, ongoing socio-political concerns, and last but not least, that a structure like 5 Pointz &mdash; although considered an eyesore to some &mdash; was truly a luxury of its own kind.</p><p>Below is the project in fuller detail, provided by the architects:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vu/vutnsb7wudpx8nvn.jpg"></p><p>"INTRODUCTION: You see, it goes like this; New York City was affordable when it was ugly and unpleasant; when di...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110170211/tech-tycoon-loses-forced-to-keep-beach-open Tech-Tycoon Loses Forced to Keep Beach Open Nicholas Korody 2014-09-30T11:34:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T23:17:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/52/52xkv2oq9wazqyy7.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>San Mateo County Court Judge Barbara Mallach has ruled against Silicon Valley billionaire Vinod Khosla in a lawsuit over public access to Martin&rsquo;s Beach. According to the ruling, Khosla will be required to seek a permit from the California Coastal Commission before locking gates at the beach, as well as to consult with the community to determine changes to the property and public access to the beach.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The secluded Martin's Beach in San Mateo County has been a cherished spot for locals for decades. When Khosla purchased his 53-acre property there in 2008, he locked the gate to the beach, closing off public access. This is just one example of a long history of wealthy property owners trying to privatize beaches. But in the state of California, everything below the mean tide line is public. Still, since access paths sometimes have to be maintained by adjacent property owners, things tend to get complicated.</p><p>A few months ago, we posted about the case as it was <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102259076/a-battle-for-public-beach-access-continues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">developing</a>. We mentioned the LA Rangers, an awesome group of urban vigilantes who lead tours on how to access beaches that have &ndash; often illegally &ndash; been marked as private. Check out their work <a href="http://laurbanrangers.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110114834/la-drops-helipad-requirement-for-tall-buildings-enter-la-skyline-2-0 LA drops helipad requirement for tall buildings; enter LA skyline 2.0 Archinect 2014-09-29T17:36:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T23:20:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ez/ezlmwktd0f9h494z.jpg" width="514" height="232" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a move that could dramatically change Los Angeles&rsquo; skyline, city leaders announced Monday that helicopter landing facilities will no longer be required atop new buildings. The fire code requirement has been criticized for contributing to the &ldquo;flat-topped&rdquo; look of Los Angeles&rsquo; skyline, particularly in downtown. Los Angeles was the only major U.S. city with such a rule, which has been in place since at least the 1970s.</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/110105158/how-majora-carter-plans-to-transform-a-building-of-injustice-in-new-york How Majora Carter Plans to Transform a Building of Injustice in New York Archinect 2014-09-29T14:35:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T23:20:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/65/6583b5af5525ac0d48811152abce6359.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Spofford Juvenile Center was a particularly painful landmark in the Hunts Point community in the Bronx when it was built in 1957... [Majora Carter] envisions the Spofford site combining mixed-income housing, open space and economic development that would appeal to the neighborhood&rsquo;s existing demographics. Carter is a supporter of affordable housing, but thinks that if it&rsquo;s built in isolation, you still haven&rsquo;t solved the problems of employment and a lack of amenities.</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/110035369/design-dialogue-brian-mackay-lyons Design Dialogue: Brian Mackay-Lyons Keith Zawistowski 2014-09-29T00:41:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T21:57:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yn/yncw2lmnrqnepcmr.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On August 22nd, 2014 Brian Mackay-Lyons hopped off his tractor and wiped the diesel fuel off his hands to discuss architectural education with Keith and Marie Zawistowski, co-founders of the design/buildLAB at Virginia Tech and partners of OnSite Architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong><em>Brian MacKay-Lyons</em></strong><em>&nbsp;is the founding partner of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mlsarchitects.ca/mobile/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects</a>, a professor at Dalhousie University, and the founder of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aia.org/practicing/awards/2012/architecture/GhostArchitecturalLaboratory/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ghost Lab</a>&nbsp;&ndash; the now legendary 2-week summer design/build program that took place on his family farm in Nova Scotia from 1994 to 2011.&nbsp;</em><em>While relentlessly local, Brian&rsquo;s work has been recognized internationally with more than 100 awards, 300 publications, and 100 exhibitions. In 2012, the American Institute of Architects recognized the collective work and influence of Ghost with an&nbsp;</em><em>Institute Honor Award for Architecture.&nbsp;</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l9/l9jpt7k3n9vwl14c.jpg"></p><p><strong>Keith:&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; So what do you think the education and the architect ought to look like?</p><p><strong>Brian:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Well, what I don&rsquo;t think it needs to look like is an all design/build curriculum. I guess I have also learned that it has its limitations, like everything. One reason that Ghost has taken this hiatus is because I realized that I was being insincere.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6i/6i9iqxvay5cvjld3.jpg"></p><p>I believe an architect&rsquo;s role is not to be the builder. The architect&rsquo;s role &mdash; like a conduc...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109875013/join-archinect-at-the-citylab-urban-solutions-to-global-challenges-conference-sept-29-30-in-los-angeles Join Archinect at the "CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges" conference, Sept. 29 & 30 in Los Angeles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-26T17:00:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T21:57:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4s/4stksfh093zn7qic.jpg" width="514" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>CityLab's more than 400 attendees will bring together the people who are creating the cities of the future&mdash;dozens of mayors from around the world, practitioners, planners, architects, artists, economists, urban scholars, and other civic leaders&mdash;to discuss emerging trends and share best practices for common challenges.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Archinect will be covering the second annual "CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges" conference, a summit for top figures in city governments, design, architecture, journalism and technology to address pressing urban issues. Hosted by&nbsp;<em>The Atlantic</em>&nbsp;in partnership with The Aspen Institute and Bloomberg Philanthropies, the program will include presentations by:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/404112/eric-garcetti" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Eric Garcetti<em>, </em></strong></a>Mayor,&nbsp;Los Angeles</li><li><strong>Brian Chesky</strong>, CEO and Founder, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/287980/airbnb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb</a></li><li><strong>Henk Ovink</strong>, Senior Advisor to Secretary Shaun Donovan, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development</li><li><strong>Donald Shoup</strong>, Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies, <a href="http://archinect.com/ucla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a></li><li><strong>John Zimmer</strong>, Co-Founder and President, Lyft</li><li><strong>Bill Peduto</strong>, Mayor, Pittsburgh</li><li><strong>Kasim Reed</strong>, Mayor, Atlanta</li></ul><p>We'll be live-tweeting the whole thing <strong><a href="https://twitter.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Archinect</a></strong>, Monday September 29 and Tuesday September 30, <strong>#CityLab2014</strong>. You can also&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/live/events/citylab/2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">live-stream it here</a>.</p><p>If you're in Los Angeles and looking to take part, CityLab is also hosting "CityLab: Making L.A....</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109819649/a-bread-baker-first A bread baker first Nam Henderson 2014-09-26T11:25:00-04:00 >2014-09-29T13:18:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gx/gx2pj2vpd9riu4hx.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"We have been spending eight months in the neighborhood, getting ideas from the residents, thinking about how do we repurpose these vacant lots...They can't all just be parks"</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://www.pitch.com/kansascity/ArticleArchives?author=3295677" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Natalie Gallagher</a><strong>&nbsp;</strong>profiles&nbsp;Kansas City Art Institute alum and&nbsp;community/social practice artist, Sean Starowitz. Some of&nbsp;Starowitz's projects include; Fresh Bread, Bread KC, Lots of Love and the Talk Shop.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109814027/an-illustrated-history-of-canberra-the-australian-capital-designed-by-american-architects An illustrated history of Canberra, the Australian capital designed by American architects Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-25T20:13:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T23:27:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i2/i2rgm9pcov989twd.jpg" width="514" height="468" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Cartoonist and journalist <a href="http://elerimai.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eleri Mai Harris</a> tells&nbsp;the story of Canberra's creation by architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahoney Griffin (who also happened to be married to one another, and worked with Frank Lloyd Wright).</p><p>Read the piece in full, gorgeous watercolor on <em>Medium</em>:&nbsp;<a href="https://medium.com/re-form/the-utopian-city-that-wasnt-fba57df43875" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Utopian City That Wasn't:&nbsp;How two American architects won a competition to design Australia&rsquo;s capital in 1912</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109792318/hong-kong-tops-bloomberg-s-list-of-most-crowded-cities-by-2025 Hong Kong tops Bloomberg's list of "Most Crowded Cities" by 2025 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-25T14:20:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T21:58:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qs/qs2huqyyqtr3vfjm.jpg" width="514" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/visual-data/best-and-worst/most-crowded-in-2025-global-cities-1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Bloomberg </em>published their predictions for the top forty most densely populated cities</a> by 2025, with current #1 Hong Kong keeping the top spot, at nearly twice the projected density of #2, Salvador, Brazil. Hong Kong's population growth is predicted to grow by 32.8%, while Salvador's is nearly triple that rate at a 97.3% increase. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107479955/mexico-city-s-new-and-vivacious-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mexico City</a> is #3, at 45.3% increase. The "crowded" metric is population per square mile, assuming that borders don't change (by land erosion or reclamation) by 2025.</p><p>Of the Top 40, the two cities with the highest estimated population growth (within the span of the generation leading up to 2025) are both in Saudi Arabia: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/95877/zaha-hadid-s-petroleum-research-center-ironically-aims-for-leed-platinum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Riyadh</a> (166.6% increase) and&nbsp;Jiddah (137.4% increase), trailed by <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4597/brasilia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brasilia</a>, Brazil at 118.6%. The only other city with a projected growth of more than 100% is <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/86820/atlanta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atlanta</a>, Georgia, at 114.7% population growth to become the 40th most crowded city by 2025.</p><p>The cities with the lowest projected population growth are: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/11458/seoul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seoul-Incheon</a>, South Korea at 1.4...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109663689/hacking-rem-koolhaas-2014-venice-biennale-with-project-source-code "Hacking" Rem Koolhaas' 2014 Venice Biennale with Project Source Code Justine Testado 2014-09-24T15:33:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T21:59:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vy/vyippqf09u94mzp3.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Hacking an architecture exhibition through augmented reality? Yes, there's an app for that. "Project Source Code" is a digital guerrilla-style exhibition created by architect/artist/researcher <a href="http://ozeloffice.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">G&uuml;ven&ccedil; &Ouml;zel</a> that lets mobile-device users "hack" key works in Rem Koolhaas' "Elements of Architecture" exhibit currently at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Blending digital and physical space, the project is deemed to be the first to use augmented reality on a live exhibition and also the first time that raw 3D architectural models are treated as exhibition pieces.</p><p>Ozel's selection includes 6 pioneering works he directly acquired (with prior approval) from contemporary architects and designers known for their use of digital design techniques. This includes Asymptote Architecture, Greg Lynn FORM, Neil M. Denari Architects, and Oosterhuis_L&eacute;n&aacute;rd.</p><p>Ozel fully explains his project in the info he provided below:</p><p><strong>PROJECT SOURCE CODE</strong></p><p>"In the field of computer science, SOURCE CODE refers to a set of instructions...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109722333/seven-myths-about-new-urbanism Seven Myths About New Urbanism Alexander Walter 2014-09-24T15:21:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T19:31:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fi/fi93eax346528oo0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Joel Kotkin, a fellow at Chapman University and an untiring defender of the suburbs, begins a recent column in the Washington Post with a valid question: &ldquo;What is a city for?&rdquo; He then proceeds to get that question completely wrong. But really, we should be thanking him. In his article, he neatly sums up many of the key myths emerging from the anti-urbanism set, making my job of debunking these myths a lot easier.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The aforementioned WP column already managed to spark a lively discussion last month <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106633556/the-people-designing-your-cities-don-t-care-what-you-want-they-re-planning-for-hipsters" target="_blank">here on Archinect</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109714290/large-ai-weiwei-takes-over-alcatraz-with-lego-carpets-and-a-hippie-dragon @Large: Ai Weiwei takes over Alcatraz with Lego carpets and a hippie dragon Alexander Walter 2014-09-24T13:00:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T21:59:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/12/124531be4366ad75d2c0371cc144d0ed.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Welcome to prison, and a celebration of liberty. Ai Weiwei, the big man of Beijing, has spent years discovering pockets of freedom in the most straitened circumstances, resisting every effort by the Chinese government to shut him down. This week he opens a major new exhibition in a place that makes that resistance literal: on Alcatraz [...]. The United States has the highest incarceration rate on the planet. But this prison is decommissioned, and Ai is using it to extraordinary effect.</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/109586513/jean-nouvel-s-massive-catalyzing-design-for-the-new-namoc-in-beijing Jean Nouvel's massive "catalyzing" design for the new NAMOC in Beijing Justine Testado 2014-09-23T18:00:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T18:00:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/29/29djkceg1b7ebwpq.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ateliers Jean Nouvel's new National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) in Beijing will be quite the culture giant. Built in 1963, the new NAMOC will be 130,000 sq. meters to house its various collections of 100,000 pieces from the 1500s to contemporary times. Jean Nouvel and the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD) announced late last week the official launch of the design and construction of the new museum.</p><p>Ateliers Jean Nouvel describes that the museum is designed to "catalyze" the senses and to physically convey the complex "spirit of Chinese civilization" throughout its history. This concept of the passing of time and timelessness is suggested through the museum's vast historical collection and the museum's natural elements that change with the seasons. The program includes permanent and temporary exhibition galleries, a research and education center, reserves, an auditorium, and public and admin spaces.</p><p>Here are more details the architecture firm sent us:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a8/a8l8ige65g3c19su.jpg"></p><p>"At the beginning of...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109584106/larry-page-wants-a-google-2-0-that-will-build-cities-and-airports-report-says Larry Page wants a Google 2.0 that will build cities and airports, report says Archinect 2014-09-22T20:21:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T21:20:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ue/uefwaebk6c4qxgt1.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Information reports that Page started up a Google 2.0 project inside the company a year ago to look at the big challenges facing humanity and the ways Google can overcome them. Among the grand-scale plans discussed were Page's desire to build a more efficient airport as well as a model city. To progress these ideas to fruition, the Google chief has also apparently proposed a second research and development lab, called Google Y...</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/109578481/ncarb-announces-major-changes-to-idp-program NCARB announces major changes to IDP program Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-22T19:05:00-04:00 >2014-10-02T00:24:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fx/fxipse6l24y9rdqu.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) announced today that it will be making significant changes to its Intern Development Program (IDP). Separate from <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108199808/ncarb-revises-intern-architect-title-for-architects-pursuing-licensure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">other considerations to change the IDP's terminology</a>, this decision chiefly includes two phases: (1) the removal of "elective" hourly requirements, and (2) condensing IDP's experience areas from the current 17 into six "practice-based categories", linked to future sections planned for the revised Architect Registration Examination (ARE) 5.0. These changes will be implemented beginning mid-2015 and mid-2016, respectively.</p><p>By removing the "elective" IDP hours, NCARB is decreasing the total required from 5,600 to 3,740 (still based on the seventeen "core experience areas", until ARE 5.0 is in place). NCARB reportedly made this decision to cut down on the average amount of years it takes "interns" to become licensed. The current average is more than seven &mdash; five years for IDP and another 2.2 to complete the ARE...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109567194/watch-the-trailer-for-briefly-a-short-film-on-the-creative-brief Watch the trailer for "Briefly", a short film on the creative brief Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-22T15:18:00-04:00 >2014-09-22T15:24:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/55/55s95einjfy4q5fd.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>Briefly</em>, a new documentary short film by Tom Bassett (<a href="http://bassett.tv/about/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bassett &amp; Partners</a>), explores the relationship between creative professionals and the brief. Featuring interviews with <a href="http://archinect.com/gehry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a>, Yves Behar (Fuseproject), David Rockwell&nbsp;(<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/8706/rockwell-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rockwell Group</a>), Maira Kalman, John C Jay (Weiden + Kennedy) and John Boiler (72 &amp; Sunny),&nbsp;<em>Briefly</em>&nbsp;tries to understand the secrets behind a compelling brief, and its potential to innovate.</p><p>The full film <a href="http://bassett.tv/briefly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">will be available online</a> on September 30.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109564767/china-s-pearl-river-delta-tying-11-cities-into-a-megaregion China's Pearl River Delta: Tying 11 Cities into a Megaregion Alexander Walter 2014-09-22T14:18:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T12:52:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f7/f72fefa7434bfe273756d1a5d9a1a545.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today, on China&rsquo;s southern coast, the integration of the Greater Pearl River Delta (PRD) is turning fiction into fact (sans the harsh lawman), with 11 cities linking to create an urban area of 21,100 square miles (55,000 sq km) and a population of up to 80 million. The nine cities of the PRD, plus the special administrative zones of Hong Kong and Macau, are becoming increasingly linked by a series of bridges, tunnels, roads, and high-speed rail networks.</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/109563939/can-graffiti-be-copyrighted Can Graffiti Be Copyrighted? Alexander Walter 2014-09-22T14:05:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T12:52:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/41/410a9c3e03e977239fc84201a3ee806e.jpg" width="514" height="483" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In July, Anasagasti hired a lawyer and filed a copyright-infringement lawsuit, accusing American Eagle of stealing his work and seeking monetary damages. If it sounds novel to apply copyright to graffiti art, that&rsquo;s because it is: Lawyers who work in this area say it&rsquo;s not clear anyone has ever tried this in court. Copyright law, as its name suggests, lays out the rules for when it&rsquo;s okay to copy something. But does it extend to art that's on public walls?</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/109557507/the-eerie-architecture-of-east-germany-s-secret-police The Eerie Architecture of East Germany's Secret Police Archinect 2014-09-22T12:05:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T19:48:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f090b1382010e44f0b4cfac42aa71a19.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The sterility of the photos, especially the images of prisoner bedrooms, hints at the degree to which the Stasi kept a tight lid on dissenters. In prison culture (or at least prison culture as it&rsquo;s portrayed in the movies), there&rsquo;s a lot of graffiti: on the walls, in library books, between cells. &ldquo;We were searching for any scratching or anything in the cells&mdash;usually you would think they were sending messages&mdash;but it was very clear you couldn&rsquo;t see anything&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/109353010/nyc-s-historic-190-bowery-part-of-massive-buy-up-by-developer-rfr-holdings NYC's historic 190 Bowery part of massive buy-up by developer RFR Holdings Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-19T20:25:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T17:26:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2o/2o2zmf22q0z4k13l.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>RFR plans to spend $250 million on Manhattan land purchases, up to $500 million on office building deals and $100 million to $150 million more on retailing properties &mdash; all before the end of the year. [...] Perhaps the most under-the-radar purchase was 190 Bowery... Developers have been trying for years to buy the six-story Renaissance Revival structure, which appears abandoned, with blocked-off doorways, boarded-up windows and graffiti covering nearly all of the lower facade.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For some more context on 190 Bowery, check out <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109347390/life-in-the-bowery-s-72-room-bohemian-dream-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wendy Goodman's 2008 profile of the family living there</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109347390/life-in-the-bowery-s-72-room-bohemian-dream-house Life in the Bowery's 72-room "Bohemian Dream House" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-19T18:35:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T17:27:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zr/zrw6wcidqw9m16u4.jpg" width="514" height="475" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>190 Bowery is a mystery: a graffiti-covered Gilded Age relic, with a beat-up wooden door that looks like it hasn&rsquo;t been opened since La Guardia was mayor. [...] With the Bowery Hotel and the New Museum, the Rogan and John Varvatos boutiques, 190 is now an anomaly, not the norm. Why isn&rsquo;t some developer turning it into luxury condos? Because Jay Maisel, the photographer who bought it 42 years ago for $102,000, still lives there, with his wife, Linda Adam Maisel, and daughter, Amanda.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This 2008 piece on 190 Bowery is being published for historical context, on the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109353010/nyc-s-historic-190-bowery-part-of-massive-buy-up-by-developer-rfr-holdings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent occasion of the property being sold</a> to NYC developer, RFR Holdings.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109342572/macarthur-fellow-rick-lowe-reclaims-urban-neighborhoods-through-art MacArthur Fellow Rick Lowe Reclaims Urban Neighborhoods Through Art Alexander Walter 2014-09-19T17:11:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T19:22:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8d/8da9176a9a9e368797dd944387e4c679.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Grassroots, place-based arts initiatives got a boost yesterday when the artist Rick Lowe was named a 2014 MacArthur Fellow. Earlier this week, I profiled Lowe&rsquo;s dynamic approach to arts-driven revitalization in &ldquo;Street Makeover: Artists Bring Visibility to a Low-Lit Alley.&rdquo; Lowe is currently working as a multi-year resident of the Pearl Street Project, an alleyway transformation launched by Philadelphia&rsquo;s Asian Arts Initiative.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108641438/how-many-artists-does-it-take-to-make-an-arts-district" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Many Artists Does It Take to Make an Arts District?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109328885/archinect-is-at-the-salk-institute-covering-the-academy-of-neuroscience-for-architecture-conference Archinect is at the Salk Institute, covering the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture Conference Archinect 2014-09-19T12:47:00-04:00 >2014-09-21T20:01:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n8/n8wekdscruifjtpo.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Look for coverage of the confernce here on Archinect next week. For now, follow <a href="http://twitter.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect on Twitter</a>, or via <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/anfarch?f=realtime&amp;src=hash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#anfarch</a></p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/anfarch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#anfarch Tweets</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o4/o4si8xoylf15k6gd.jpg"></p><p><em>The <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/event/academy_of_neuroscience_for_architecture_conference/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ANFA Conference</a> will explore, from a scientific basis, the range of human experiences with elements of architecture, through collaboration between architects and neuroscientists.&nbsp; The goal is to inspire ideas and new collaborations that will ignite change and unlock the potential of Neuroscience for Architecture.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109258234/the-getty-foundation-selects-the-first-10-modern-projects-to-receive-grants-in-worldwide-preservation-effort The Getty Foundation selects the first 10 modern projects to receive grants in worldwide preservation effort Justine Testado 2014-09-18T15:07:00-04:00 >2014-09-22T20:32:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s2/s281l23n1qanmok1.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the sake of preserving the holy modern architectural canon (and some), The Getty Foundation officially announced today the first 10 projects to receive grants of their Keeping it Modern initiative. In a race against time among other challenging factors, the philanthropic effort aims to conserve the world's architectural landmarks of the 20th century.</p><p>The Foundation states Keeping it Modern will address the pressing issues involved with the conservation of modern architectural heritage through the support for key model projects. Each grant project was selected for its architectural significance and its potential to advance conservation practices relevant to modern architecture.</p><p>The first ten projects selected to receive funding are:</p><p>(Above) Louis Kahn&rsquo;s Salk Institute for Biological Studies</p><p>J&oslash;rn Utzon&rsquo;s Sydney Opera House<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/du/du509lx90l79ljwu.jpg"></p><p>Hilario Candela&rsquo;s Miami Marine Stadium<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nu/nuwhs0ap0vfodstg.jpg"></p><p>Alvar Aalto&rsquo;s Paimio Sanatorium<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ee/ee2u4suzfske6jhq.jpg"></p><p>Frank Lloyd Wright&rsquo;s Robie House<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xz/xz4g2n6bupzp44um.jpg"></p><p>Ray and Charles Eames&rsquo; residence &lsquo;The Eames House&rsquo;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4s/4slo03ymxffsamkg.jpg"></p><p>I.M. Pei&rsquo;s Luc...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109256627/the-future-of-gay-neighborhoods The future of gay neighborhoods Nam Henderson 2014-09-18T14:24:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T15:22:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7r/7r0c9tf1bwk6bw9t.jpg" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Historically, gay neighborhoods are spatial expressions of a specific form of oppression. If the form of oppression changes, so will the spatial expression. So we live in a moment of unprecedented societal acceptance of homosexuality, and as a result the meaning and the composition of these districts are in flux.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Amelia Abraham interviewed&nbsp;Amin Ghaziani, author of a new book titled&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gayborhood-Princeton-Studies-Cultural-Sociology/dp/0691158797/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">There Goes the Gayborhood?</a>&nbsp;</em>The discussion touched on; the history of these neighborhoods, their&nbsp;four defining characteristics and their role in gentrification or urban revitalization.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109222894/parkour-architectural-villa-savoye Parkour Architectural | Villa Savoye Orhan Ayyüce 2014-09-18T12:59:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T19:11:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o7/o71ep1i78ssfl52t.jpg" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Discover the Villa Savoye as you've never seen it before, through the discipline of Parkour and the movements of traceurs !</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2TWJf9B-4qI/TZytrftI1vI/AAAAAAAAVxs/nxDmtuPvaeg/s1600/corbusier%2Bhead%2B2%2B%25281%2Bof%2B1%2529.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier</a>, the real grandfather of hip-hop, could also be the inspiration behind the parkour?&nbsp;</p>