Archinect - News 2017-07-23T06:48:55-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150018827/kansas-city-s-iconic-willis-wood-theater-to-be-reproduced-in-walt-disney-world Kansas City's iconic Willis Wood Theater to be reproduced in Walt Disney World Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-21T21:01:00-04:00 >2017-07-21T21:02:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8v/8v9miccf1taddyud.jpg" width="650" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The company announced that a new live entertainment venue off the Magic Kingdom&rsquo;s Main Street will be modeled after KC&rsquo;s iconic, bygone Willis Wood Theatre. The original theater opened in 1902 at 11th and Baltimore streets and stretched for a block and a half. It was a cultural hub for the city before it burned down in January 1917.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Featuring large Ionic columns and Baroque embellishments, the Willis Wood Theater,&nbsp;was designed by Louis Curtiss,&nbsp;Canadian-born American&nbsp;architect noted as one of KC's most prominent architects.&nbsp;<a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/4g/4gmcbcbqil3xsp1s.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/4g/4gmcbcbqil3xsp1s.jpg"></a>It is speculated that Walt Disney frequented the theater when he was living in KC. &ldquo;It is consistent with the tradition with the Disney theme parks; he incorporated his life into every aspect of the parks,&rdquo; said Dan Viets, who co-wrote <em>Walt Disney&rsquo;s Missouri</em> with Star movie critic Robert W. Butler.</p> <p><br></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150018742/paul-goldberger-writes-on-the-mysticism-of-louis-kahn Paul Goldberger writes on the mysticism of Louis Kahn Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-21T14:07:00-04:00 >2017-07-21T14:07:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4u/4ug71o8yg7ceh5p9.jpg" width="650" height="405" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kahn led a generation of architects away from the standard-issue modernism of glass and steel boxes, but his route was gentle, thoughtful, philosophical, and sometimes vaguely mystical, which is part of the reason that he never really became famous. Kahn&rsquo;s semi-obscurity didn&rsquo;t just extend to the cops at Penn Station: The Times obituary had to be written on deadline the night his death became known, because the obit editors hadn&rsquo;t considered him important enough to merit one in advance.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his essay on Kahn, Goldberger examines methodologies of biographical writing, and explores the enigmatic aspects of the architect's identity and work.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>"You get his essence almost as much through his words as his buildings. Both are somewhat spare and cryptic, and both are rich in meaning. Who else but Kahn could have said, &ldquo;A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed and in the end be unmeasurable&hellip;. what is unmeasurable is the psychic spirit.&rdquo; Or, &ldquo;The sun never knew how great it was until it struck the side of a building.&rdquo; Or, &ldquo;I want to give the wall a consciousness.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><em>Kahn&rsquo;s writing could dance on the edge of psychobabble, and we almost certainly would have been less forgiving if his architecture hadn&rsquo;t been as good as it was. But at their most evocative, Kahn&rsquo;s words don&rsquo;t give us insight into his buildings so much as they do him and the reasons behind his designs. Kahn spent his life in pursuit of the distinct...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150018733/no-small-plans-a-graphic-novel-illustrating-urban-planning-of-the-past-the-present-and-the-future-chicago No Small Plans, a graphic novel illustrating urban planning of the past, the present and the future Chicago Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-21T13:27:00-04:00 >2017-07-21T17:49:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4o/4oiexi9ce7xkxd80.jpg" width="650" height="470" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>No Small Plans is a graphic novel that follows the neighborhood adventures of teens in Chicago's past, present and future as they wrestle with designing the city they want, need and deserve.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Inspired by the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.architecture.org/architecture-chicago/visual-dictionary/entry/wackers-manual/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1911 Wacker&rsquo;s Manual</a>, which was once used in classrooms to explain Daniel Burnham&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.architecture.org/architecture-chicago/visual-dictionary/entry/1909-plan-of-chicago/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1909 Plan of Chicago</a>, the book is filled with beautiful illustrations and divided into three chapters set in the years 1928, 2017 and 2211. Each chapter ends with a map and a short interlude about Burnham, to give readers insight into the creation of the 1909 Plan and other urban planning challenges.</p> <p><em>No Small Plans&nbsp;was launched in conjunction with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/289683/chicago-architecture-foundation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CAF</a>&rsquo;s 50th anniversary and our new &ldquo;Meet Your City&rdquo; initiative, which aims to foster civic engagement. In partnership with Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Public Library, CAF aspires to distribute 30,000 copies of&nbsp;No Small Plans&nbsp;for free to Chicago teens over the next three years.</em></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ku/kuk8c8hh8bdsxayf.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ku/kuk8c8hh8bdsxayf.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Chapter 2: The Present, pg. 33-34</figcaption></figure><p>A copy of the book can be pre-ordered&nbsp;<a href="https://shop.architecture.org/products/no-small-plans-graphic-novel-pre-order" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150018729/brutalist-sculptures-by-david-umemoto Brutalist sculptures by David Umemoto Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-21T13:05:00-04:00 >2017-07-22T09:51:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q3/q39li93a9rzx94jk.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>David Umemoto's modular cubic sculptures are studies of volume&mdash;at the juncture of sculpture and architecture . The miniature concrete structures are monumental and re-arrangable, conveying numerous images.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>"They refer to the archaic and the ephemeral, despite the solidity and the modernity of the medium. Appearing before our eyes are pre-Columbian rock dwellings, god statues from the Andes or Easter Island, steles deteriorated by rain, remnants of modern cities having survived a cataclysm, fragments of Babylonian cities, colonial settlements brought down to their foundations, cenotaphs abandoned in the jungle&hellip;"</em></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/au/auof7afxma8d7jip.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/au/auof7afxma8d7jip.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Soma Cube IX in various configurations</figcaption></figure><p>The works are produced slowly, in imitation&nbsp;of cycles of nature, cycles of erosion and re-creation.&nbsp;<em>Lines shift, change and are in a state of perpetual mutation due to the influence of time and&nbsp;</em><em>weather. The natural architectures of geological strata and crystals stand as models: They inspire the design of the molds&nbsp;in which the concrete ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150018570/shigeru-ban-is-building-shelters-for-a-kenyan-refugee-settlement Shigeru Ban is building shelters for a Kenyan refugee settlement Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-20T13:14:00-04:00 >2017-07-20T15:13:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8y/8yckl66z4nd6pq9c.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Due to the large influx of refugees, sheet walls of many temporary houses have begun to wear out. And there are other major constraints. There&rsquo;s low water supply, deforestation, and extremely hot temperatures, and a rainy season which often results in heavy flooding. Plus Kalobeyei remote location creates many obstacles. There are no commercial flights to the area, and it can take up to 3 days to get there by road for the capital, Nairobi, where some materials may have to be sourced from.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Shigeru Ban has signed an agreement with UN-Habitat to design up to 12,000 new homes in the Kalobeiyei refugee settlement site in Northern <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/20495/kenya" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kenya</a>.&nbsp;Commissioned in response to the settlement&rsquo;s rapid growth, which is expected to outnumber its original capacity of 45,000 within a year, the new housing will need to be a replicable model adaptable to the influx of refugees fleeing violence and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/167905/climate-change/45" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">climate change</a> in South Sudan and Somalia.</p> <p><em>"The key thing will be to design and construct shelter where no or little technical supervision is required,&rdquo;</em> noted Ban<em>, &ldquo;and use materials that are locally available and eco-friendly. It&rsquo;s important that the houses can be easily maintained by inhabitants.&rdquo;</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150018449/the-uk-parliament-to-be-restored-by-bdp The UK parliament to be restored by BDP Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-19T18:06:00-04:00 >2017-07-19T18:07:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uy/uym141aocn5h5j9f.jpg" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The full scope of work includes architecture, civil and structural engineering, building services engineering, interior design, landscape architecture, lighting design, acoustics and planning. Since its construction in the mid-1800s, many systems in the palace have never undergone a major renovation, and the heating, ventilation, water, drainage and electrical systems are antiquated.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/61784367/bdp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BDP</a>'s London studio beat <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/47465/allies-and-morrison" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Allies and Morrison</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/fosterandpartners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/9343/hok" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOK</a> in the competition and has been awarded a full interdisciplinary contract for client advisory services for the refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster, the meeting place for the two houses of the UK parliament.</p> <p>The firm will be collaborating with heritage and conservation specialist Donald Insall Associates, civil and structural engineer <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/29992454/alan-baxter-and-associates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alan Baxter Associates</a>, building services engineer Hoare Lea and planning consultancy Gerald Eve.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150018392/after-yo-yo-ma-s-plea-point-counterpoint-ii-louis-kahn-floating-concert-hall-may-be-saved-after-all After Yo-Yo Ma's plea, Point Counterpoint II, Louis Kahn floating concert hall, may be saved after all Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-19T14:14:00-04:00 >2017-07-19T15:04:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p2/p2s90amqyayw2f3d.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Officials and activists in the Hudson River town of Kingston, N.Y., plan to meet with the boat's owner Aug. 4 to discuss the possibility of transporting the vessel there from its current berth on the Illinois River in Ottawa, Ill. Late last month, musicians performed aboard the boat in the town, some 80 miles southwest of Chicago.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last week Archinect reported that&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150017456/louis-kahn-s-floating-concert-hall-point-counterpoint-ii-is-facing-demolition-and-yo-yo-ma-wants-it-saved" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yo-Yo Ma sent a letter</a> out through the&nbsp;<em>New York Review of Books&nbsp;</em>in an attempt to save the floating concert hall, designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/13825/louis-kahn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louis Kahn</a>, from demolition. The famed cellist pleaded: "At a time when our national conversation is so often focused on division, we can ill afford to condemn to the scrap heap such a vibrant ambassador for our national unity, so I humbly ask that your readers join Robert and me in finding a new home for&nbsp;Point Counterpoint II." After five decades of running the barge, the owners, Robert Boudreau and wife Kathleen, have decided to retire their duties as caretakers and have been struggling to find a new proprietor for the ship. However, with a little help from Yo-Yo Ma, they may have found the vessel a new home in Kingston, NY.</p> <p>Reportedly, Hutton Brickyards is being considered as the floating venue's new home. The former industrial site that supplied bricks to New York City up until the 80s was acquired by California-based deve...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150018390/lower-manhattan-is-quickly-becoming-the-epicenter-of-the-new-york-architecture-scene Lower Manhattan is quickly becoming the epicenter of the New York architecture scene Nicholas Korody 2017-07-19T14:03:00-04:00 >2017-07-20T12:08:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p2/p2lbakrm8igmzat8.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to <em><a href="https://therealdeal.com/2017/07/14/the-design-district-more-than-100-architecture-engineering-firms-relocated-to-lower-manhattan/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Real Deal</a></em>, via the Downtown Alliance, the center of the New York architecture world is heading south, with over 100 architecture and engineering firms concentrated in Lower Manhattan. Nearly half of them moved there in the last decade or so, while others&mdash;like SOM and AECOM&mdash;settled in the area even earlier.</p> <p>Apparently, a lot of the firms were once in Midtown South and SoHo, but rising rents forced them out. In fact, 10 of the 15 architecture firms that relocated to Lower Manhattan in 2014 were coming from the former. That&rsquo;s because, in part, rents jumped a solid 13% each year between 2010 and 2013 in Midtown South&mdash;the &ldquo;most expensive major market in the nation,&rdquo; according to Tristan Ashby of JLL.</p> <p>Other forces driving architecture down into the lower reaches of Manhattan include easy access to mass transit as well as an influx of new restaurants.</p> <p>But it&rsquo;s not clear how long Lower Manhattan will remain the loci of New York architecture. For example, BIG has announced t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150018376/inventor-of-the-one-and-only-self-cleaning-home-frances-gabe-has-passed-away-at-101 Inventor of the one and only self-cleaning home, Frances Gabe, has passed away at 101 Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-19T13:55:00-04:00 >2017-07-20T13:56:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zj/zjgygv8rae9meord.jpg" width="650" height="521" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In each room, Ms. Gabe, tucked safely under an umbrella, could press a button that activated a sprinkler in the ceiling. The first spray sent a mist of sudsy water over walls and floor. A second spray rinsed everything. Jets of warm air blew it all dry. The full cycle took less than an hour. Runoff escaped through drains in Ms. Gabe&rsquo;s almost imperceptibly sloping floors. It was channeled outside and straight through her doghouse, where the dog was washed in the bargain.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>More than half a century ago, incensed by the housecleaning that was a woman&rsquo;s chronic lot, Ms. Gabe began to dream of a house that would see to its own hygiene: tenderly washing, rinsing and drying itself at the touch of a button.</em></p> Ms. Gabe&nbsp;built the self-cleaning house with her own hands and money, receiving <a title="See it here." href="http://pdfpiw.uspto.gov/.piw?Docid=04428085&amp;homeurl=http%3A%2F%2Fpatft.uspto.gov%2Fnetacgi%2Fnph-Parser%3FSect1%3DPTO1%2526Sect2%3DHITOFF%2526d%3DPALL%2526p%3D1%2526u%3D%25252Fnetahtml%25252FPTO%25252Fsrchnum.htm%2526r%3D1%2526f%3DG%2526l%3D50%2526s1%3D4,428,085.PN.%2526OS%3DPN%2F4,428,085%2526RS%3DPN%2F4,428,085&amp;PageNum=&amp;Rtype=&amp;SectionNum=&amp;idkey=NONE&amp;Input=View+first+page" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>United States patent 4,428,085</u></a> in 1984. After more than 10 years of work and decades of planning, the house of about a thousand square feet was completed in the 1980s, at a cost of $15,000.<figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/xh/xhn669g1id6ka32v.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/xh/xhn669g1id6ka32v.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Floor plan</figcaption></figure><em>The house, whose patent consisted of 68 individual inventions, also included a cupboard in which dirty dishes, set on mesh shelves, were washed and dried in situ.</em><em></em><em><br></em>A&nbsp;tightly sealed cabinet was designed to deal with laundry. Soiled clothing was placed inside on hangers, washed and dried there with jets of water and air, and then, still on hangers, pulled neatly by a chain into the clothes closet. Her sink, toilet and bathtub were also self-cleaning.<br>In order to withstand their washing t... http://archinect.com/news/article/150018247/the-chicago-architecture-biennial-announces-special-projects The Chicago Architecture Biennial announces special projects Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-18T20:01:00-04:00 >2017-07-21T01:22:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tf/tfeox71im7fkix7n.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/815274/2017-chicago-architecture-biennial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> will be open to the public and on view from September 16, 2017, through January 7, 2018 at the Chicago Cultural Center, located in downtown <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4611/chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a>.<br></p> <p><em>The Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) announces special projects, including a <a href="http://archinect.com/so-il" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SO-IL</a> and Ana Prva&#269;ki collaboration and a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/93865/francois-perrin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Francois Perrin</a> installation at the Garfield Park Conservatory, a new performance artwork by Gerard &amp; Kelly at the Farnsworth House, and James Welling photographs and Gerard &amp; Kelly videos at the City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower.&nbsp;</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150018186/watch-the-progress-of-oda-s-living-facade-in-park-slope Watch the progress of ODA's "Living Facade" in Park Slope Julia Ingalls 2017-07-18T16:47:00-04:00 >2017-07-18T20:15:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/2y/2yzkmk91stzz3e6m.gif" width="600" height="600600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Construction of ODA's 251 1st Street residential complex in Park Slope is now reaching completion, demonstrating fragmented massing which the firm believes imbues the structure with a "living facade."</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/hn/hnrnaumth85l612g.gif" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/hn/hnrnaumth85l612g.gif"></a></p></figure><p>As the architects explain, "ODA&rsquo;s inflected the building&rsquo;s upper massing with a cascade of setbacks and terraces, yielding substantial outdoor space, as well as multiple exposures for units." Here's&nbsp;a gif demonstrating the concept from a different perspective:</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/9z/9z3vx1mhsh1yd3ng.gif" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/9z/9z3vx1mhsh1yd3ng.gif"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/g8/g8h7h9d5stp3kcpi.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/g8/g8h7h9d5stp3kcpi.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Miguel de Guzman</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/vg/vgxadyof2geq8vfv.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/vg/vgxadyof2geq8vfv.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Miguel de Guzman</figcaption></figure> http://archinect.com/news/article/150018137/ten-years-after-opening-morphosis-san-francisco-federal-building-is-not-a-crowd-pleaser Ten years after opening, Morphosis' San Francisco Federal Building is not a crowd pleaser Julia Ingalls 2017-07-18T13:02:00-04:00 >2017-07-19T14:41:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6z/6zd9ny7ob0qo3dyx.jpg" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Neighbors have complained about the plaza for years, calling it an unsafe blight. The frustration is shared by Maria Ciprazo, the federal architect who oversaw the process that in 1999 awarded the project to Mayne and his Southern California firm, Morphosis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this article, the San Francisco Chronicle takes issue with Morphosis' Federal Building, noting that its plaza has not become the cultural hotspot much hyped by developers at its opening in 2007: &nbsp;</p> <p><em>But when we view the complex in hindsight, it didn&rsquo;t transform the local architectural scene. It&rsquo;s a flash of isolated drama. Look no further than the three residential slabs that have been built on the block since then, each a box with no higher aspiration than to satisfy the developer&rsquo;s bottom line.</em></p> <p><em>As for the social agenda &mdash; to create a neighborhood haven &mdash; the plaza and its corner cafe have come up short on all fronts.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150018021/the-danish-government-looks-to-the-skaeve-huse-as-a-solution-to-homelessness The Danish government looks to the Skaeve Huse as a solution to Homelessness Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-17T19:32:00-04:00 >2017-07-17T19:33:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/39/39tw6b0edhf0idda.jpg" width="567" height="378" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/3692/denmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Danish</a> term &ldquo;Skaeve Huse&rdquo; roughly translates to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/640257/homeless-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">special houses for special people</a>. Since the early aughts, the government has been using this form of temporary housing to help shelter individuals who suffer from mental illness, drug addiction and/or have trouble adapting to normal living environments. Tiny house villages have become a common solution for cities experiencing high rates of homelessness. Even in the U.S., cities like Portland and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146268318/seattle-builds-village-for-the-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle are piloting similar programs</a>.</p> <figure><figure><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/n0/n0eoblhjw498skm2.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/n0/n0eoblhjw498skm2.jpg"></a></figure></figure><p>Placed in settlements of 8-12 small single-family homes, residents are provided with homes through a conventional tenancy agreements. Social workers pay regular visits with the underlying idea being that with some supervision, residents can come to themselves and social frictions will disappear from the neighborhood. &nbsp;While most Skaeve Huses are temporary, Trudo Housing Corporation wanted to create a community that offered permanent, energy-neutral homes that could offer long-term benefits.</p> <figure><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/1v/1vcj2u9weo71gcx4.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/1v/1vcj2u9weo71gcx4.jpg"></a></figure><figure></figure><p><a href="http://www.elmovermijs.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Elm...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150017739/portland-is-a-short-story-about-an-architect-and-an-odd-one "Portland" is a short story about an architect, and an odd one Gary Garvin 2017-07-15T15:43:00-04:00 >2017-07-17T12:55:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/w4/w4ec9hregp6mdo6s.jpg" width="650" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But it&rsquo;s the tattoo that holds him. It runs from her wrist up her right arm, covering it wholly, and disappears into the shoulder of the dress, a complicated design in fresh, bright colors he cannot make out in a single glance.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://numerocinqmagazine.com/2017/07/15/portland-fiction-gary-garvin/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Portland"</a> is a short story about an architect, and an odd one. While set in Portland,&nbsp;Boull&eacute;e's Cenotaph for Sir Isaac Newton is visited, along with an elaborate tattoo. Another excerpt:</p> <p>He is&mdash;or was&mdash;an architect for a large firm with a reputation in San Jose that has had several scores with the tech industry. He entered work with goals and with passion, but those dissipated over the years in the long hours, the manic schedules, the endless compromises, the suspicions, the not talking among his superiors and colleagues beneath the veneer of the firm&rsquo;s professed creative community. He wasn&rsquo;t especially proud of anything he did nor felt he made any dent in the architecture there, construction that looked forward without looking at anything, buildings without identity or architectural distinction. Above, beyond, or somewhere, the invisible spirit of Silicon Valley, its ceaseless wonder.<br></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150017681/heather-roberge-named-chair-of-ucla-department-of-architecture-and-urban-design Heather Roberge named Chair of UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-14T19:15:00-04:00 >2017-07-14T19:16:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/12/12b5ppwab16in0du.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Associate Professor <a href="http://archinect.com/hroberge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heather Roberge</a> has been appointed to the position of chair of the <a href="http://archinect.com/ucla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design</a> effective July 1, 2017. She will take over for interim chair, Professor <a href="http://archinect.com/nmda" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neil Denari</a>, alongside whom she has served as interim vice chair during this past academic year.&nbsp;</p> <p>A designer and educator who has served on the faculty at UCLA since 2002, Roberge is the founder and principal of <a href="http://archinect.com/murmur" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Murmur</a>, an award winning practice based in Los Angeles. Roberge&rsquo;s research and professional work investigate the spatial, structural, and atmospheric potential that digital technologies have on the theory and practice of building. Her teaching emphasizes innovative approaches to material, computation, and manufacturing to expand the formal vocabulary and spatial implications of building envelopes and assemblies.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150017658/moscow-s-new-avant-garde-museum-opens-to-the-public Moscow's new Avant-Garde Museum opens to the public Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-14T17:22:00-04:00 >2017-07-15T06:25:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/h1/h15ydhfohrznhwqr.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As government officials in Moscow earmark Constructivist buildings for demolition in a massive project to relocate up to 1.6 million of the city&rsquo;s residents, a non-profit museum dedicated to preserving Russia&rsquo;s avant-garde architecture has opened in the Shabolovka neighbourhood.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The new Avant-Garde Museum is located in Na Shabolovke Gallery, which is a part of&nbsp;Khavsko-Shabolovsky housing complex built in the late 1920s by the rationalist Asnova (Association of New Architects). It is part of a district with a rich heritage of early Soviet architecture and design, dominated by the famous hyperboloid Shukhov radio tower. Supported by private grants and volunteers, the museums features photographs, video footage, archaeological fragments, archival materials, blueprints, salvaged interior fittings such as door handle, and tools belonging to the tower's visionary engineer, Vladimir Shukov.&nbsp;</p> <p>"The idea for the space came from the local historian and activist Ilya Malcow, who has spent years collecting artifacts of the area&mdash;many of which are now on show at the museum. The neighborhood is unique, he says, because it was built virtually from scratch after the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 to house workers for the new factories and institutions.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/hn/hntg4a4wbucbwvr4.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/hn/hntg4a4wbucbwvr4.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Olga Alexeyenk...</figcaption></figure> http://archinect.com/news/article/150017636/design-academy-eindhoven-appoints-joseph-grima-as-the-new-chair-executive-board-creative-director Design Academy Eindhoven appoints Joseph Grima as the new Chair Executive Board / Creative Director Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-14T13:46:00-04:00 >2017-07-14T13:46:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i3/i3we3oczmrll8xjg.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Joseph Grima (40) is a graduate of <a href="http://archinect.com/architectural-association" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the AA</a> and the founder of Space Caviar (Genova, Italy), a design research studio operating at the intersection of architecture, technology, politics and the public realm. He has extensive international experience as curator, editor and writer in the fields of design and architecture.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149948918/if-houses-had-airplane-modes-an-interview-with-joseph-grima-of-space-caviar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Joseph Grima</a>: &ldquo;Despite the extraordinary proliferation of design schools in recent years, there is still an acute shortage of places that actually question what design is. <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/25720887/design-academy-eindhoven" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Academy Eindhoven</a> isn&rsquo;t a school where students simply learn design&mdash;they design design, and each day rethink the parameters through which it shapes society. I look forward to working with the Academy&rsquo;s exceptional staff to help them build a place in which the future is born.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150017433/dig-into-more-photos-of-big-s-invisible-tirpitz-museum Dig into more photos of BIG's “invisible” Tirpitz Museum Justine Testado 2017-07-13T16:19:00-04:00 >2017-07-14T13:41:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xa/xagrocb771nbbyfm.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>-designed Tirpitz Museum in the Danish coastal town of Bl&aring;vand recently had its grand opening and already appears to be attracting plenty of visitors to the historic site. Unlike its heftier neighbor, the German WWII Tirpitz bunker, the museum finely cuts into the dune landscape and appears to be hidden.&nbsp;</p> <p>The project's distinct form has already drawn a quirky comparison to a&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150016442/bjarke-ingels-compares-the-shape-of-the-just-opened-tirpitz-bunker-museum-to-a-freshly-sliced-hot-potato" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;freshly sliced hot potato&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;from&nbsp;Bjarke Ingels himself. On the flip side, the museum is designed to serve as a &ldquo;portal to the Danish West Coast's treasure trove of hidden stories&rdquo;, says Claus Kjeld Jensen, the Director of the Varde Museum. The Tirpitz Museum intends to take visitors on a scenic journey through the light and dark chapters of the region's history.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/3j/3jqbqus7bobjm6m5.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/3j/3jqbqus7bobjm6m5.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Mike Bink</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/1t/1t0ifc7zmj8fr9gc.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/1t/1t0ifc7zmj8fr9gc.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Photos: Mike Bink</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/4p/4pxg0u40j6ajx6gl.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/4p/4pxg0u40j6ajx6gl.jpg"></a> </p><figcaption>Photo: Colin John Seymour</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/5a/5a2oeytbbhlsyfm5.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/5a/5a2oeytbbhlsyfm5.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Colin John Seymour</figcaption></figure><p>The 2,800 m2 museum complex consists of concrete, steel, glass, and wood &mdash; four materials and elements that are also found in existing structures and landscape of ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150017456/louis-kahn-s-floating-concert-hall-point-counterpoint-ii-is-facing-demolition-and-yo-yo-ma-wants-it-saved Louis Kahn's floating concert hall, Point Counterpoint II, is facing demolition, and Yo-Yo Ma wants it saved Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-13T16:02:00-04:00 >2017-07-14T13:41:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/me/mejwdb5n54z0uyzz.jpg" width="650" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Anchoring in large cities and small towns, in busy shipping lanes and at public parks, the barge opens like a clamshell to reveal a glittering concert stage. Audiences on shore delight in the music, much of it specially composed for Maestro Boudreau and his American Wind Symphony Orchestra</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/13825/louis-kahn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louis Kahn</a> was commissioned to design&nbsp;<em>Point Counterpoint II</em>,&nbsp;a unique floating concert hall, by conductor Robert Austin Boudreau in the mid 1960s.&nbsp;Launched in 1976, the 195-foot&nbsp;structure carried an orchestra up and down America's waterways for five decades. Robert Boudreau and his wife, Kathleen, have recently decided that they cannot keep running the barge. At the conclusion of the Orchestra's 2017 tour, it will be broken down to scrap in a Louisiana shipyard&mdash;despite the owner's best efforts to find a new guardian for the unique, mobile cultural institution. </p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/oq/oqf3w5kfupuenqjx.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/oq/oqf3w5kfupuenqjx.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Drawing of Point Counterpoint II, by Louis Kahn</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/l3/l3n3oec2s46n9uur.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/l3/l3n3oec2s46n9uur.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Point Counterpoint II, Photo courtesy of American Wind Symphony Orchestra</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/6k/6kkeuz3cn7bkjw2r.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/6k/6kkeuz3cn7bkjw2r.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Point Counterpoint II, Photo by josepha on Flickr</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/l7/l7hw9ymt02x9gjax.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/l7/l7hw9ymt02x9gjax.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Point Counterpoint II, Photo courtesy of American Wind Symphony Orchestra</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ev/evf6u3gkldcotoqc.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ev/evf6u3gkldcotoqc.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Point Counterpoint II, Photo courtesy of American Wind Symphony Orchestra</figcaption></figure><p>Yo-Yo Ma,&nbsp;a French-born Chinese American cellist, <a href="http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2017/08/17/louis-kahns-endangered-floating-concert-hall/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently wrote</a> about his admiration for&nbsp;<em>Point Counterpoint II</em>, i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150017426/art-collective-meow-wolf-s-cool-new-model-for-artists-to-make-an-excellent-living Art collective Meow Wolf's cool new model for artists to make an excellent living Julia Ingalls 2017-07-13T13:53:00-04:00 >2017-07-13T13:54:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yh/yhrsoow40t5gr3rm.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Full-time creative positions, like architects and sound engineers, come with considerable salaries and benefits. &ldquo;We have 20-year-olds making $50,000 a year with us,&rdquo; remarks Everett.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Meow Wolf may have put the starving artist trope to rest in the form of a magnificent new business/installation model.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/s5/s5bkaxl6f4sapy4b.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/s5/s5bkaxl6f4sapy4b.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Kate Russell. Courtesy of Meow Wolf.</figcaption></figure><p>As this article explains:<br></p> <p><em>Since the Santa Fe-based art collective Meow Wolf opened its permanent installation, the House of Eternal Return, in March 2016, the project has been an unmitigated success in terms of viewership and profits. Housed in a 20,000-square-foot former bowling alley, the sprawling interactive artwork welcomed 400,000 visitors in its first year&mdash;nearly four times as many as expected&mdash;and brought in $6 million in revenue for the collective&rsquo;s more than 100 members.</em></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/di/diqdvrjbdeod2on9.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/di/diqdvrjbdeod2on9.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Founding members of Meow Wolf: Corvas Brinkeroff, Sean Di Ianni, Vince Kadlubek, Caity Kennedy, Matt King. Courtesy of Meow Wolf.</figcaption></figure><p>In even better news: at this time of this report <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs/entry/150015844/junior-designer-intern-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meow Wolf is currently hiring</a>!&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150017428/uk-s-royal-mail-issues-10-stamps-featuring-iconic-modern-architecture UK’s Royal Mail issues 10 stamps featuring iconic modern architecture Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-13T13:45:00-04:00 >2017-07-13T15:13:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lk/lkahxzt1fyiruqwf.jpg" width="650" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In announcing the stamps, Royal Mail said that they celebrate excellence in contemporary architecture and engineering in the United Kingdom and &ldquo;the renaissance in architecture of the past two decades in Britain.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>One strip of five pictures includes <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>'s&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94355496/it-s-like-swimming-in-a-spaceship-zaha-hadid-s-aquatics-centre-opens-to-public" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Aquatics Center</a>, the <a href="http://archinect.com/mecanoo/project/library-of-birmingham" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Library of Birmingham</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/mecanoo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecanoo</a>, Glasgow's SEEC Amadillio by <a href="http://archinect.com/fosterandpartners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/embt/project/scottish-parliament" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scottish Parliament</a> in Edinburgh designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/embt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EMBT</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/rmjm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RMJM</a>, and the Giant&rsquo;s Causeway Visitor Center in Northern Ireland by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/26550/heneghan-peng-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heneghang Peng</a>.</p> <p>Shown on the other strip are the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/55220775/rogers-stirk-harbour-partners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners</a>, the Eden Project in St. Austell by <a href="http://archinect.com/grimshaw" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw</a>, Liverpool&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111493176/haworth-tompkins-everyman-theatre-wins-the-riba-stirling-prize-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Everyman Theater</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/4735/haworth-tompkins" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Haworth Thompkins</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135577259/is-individual-expression-in-architecture-at-risk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Imperial War Museum</a>&nbsp;by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1493/studio-daniel-libeskind" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Libeskind</a>, and the Tate Modern&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/750268/switch-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Switch House</a> in London by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/577/herzog-de-meuron" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog and De Meuron</a>.</p> <p>Ordering information is available from&nbsp;<a href="http://shop.royalmail.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Royal Mail</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150017309/iotti-pavarani-architetti-designed-office-building-fills-an-entire-block-in-turin Iotti + Pavarani Architetti​-designed office building fills an entire block in Turin Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-13T09:48:00-04:00 >2017-07-13T12:08:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wz/wzki8e6kji88yofk.jpg" width="640" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The new operations headquarters of Reale Group, designed by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/20848/iotti-pavarani-architetti" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iotti + Pavarani Architetti</a>, was recently opened&nbsp;in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/244939/turin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turin</a>, Italy. Located on the southwestern border of the city&rsquo;s Roman castrum it replaced a building from the seventies, redefining and modernizing the entire block.&nbsp;</p> <p>Covering a built area of 23,500 square meters, the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/30730/leed-platinum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEED Platinum</a> certified building will accommodate 800 work stations, 150 parking spaces, a conference room for 280 people and will include a visible from the street&nbsp;1,700 square meter internal courtyard.</p> <figure><figure><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ek/ektcq1d1yufayjyk.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ek/ektcq1d1yufayjyk.jpg"></a><figcaption>Fernando Guerra | FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura</figcaption></figure></figure><p>"The entire complex takes on board the surrounding area and &ldquo;absorbs&rdquo; a protected historical <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/34080/facade" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fa&ccedil;ade</a> (that on Via Bertola and Via San Dalmazzo), creating a compositional solution in harmony with the surrounding buildings."</p> <figure><figure><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/2r/2r243lvsm3xxteun.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/2r/2r243lvsm3xxteun.jpg"></a><figcaption>Fernando Guerra | FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura</figcaption></figure></figure><p>"The architectural envelope becomes a fulcrum, a gravitational hub in the urban fabric of this part of the surrounding centre of Turin: it foc...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150017231/lille-france-and-sydney-australia-named-as-world-design-capital-2020-finalists Lille, France and Sydney, Australia named as World Design Capital 2020 finalists Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-12T14:59:00-04:00 >2017-07-12T14:59:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qo/qoei1rwdajmalo4l.jpg" width="650" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The World Design Organization today announced that Lille, France and Sydney, Australia have made the shortlist to become&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/317703/world-design-capital" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Design Capital 2020</a>, for their effective use of design to drive economic, social, cultural, and environmental development in their cities.&nbsp;City visits will be conducted prior to final WDC 2020 selection, to better assess the scope and capacity of each of the cities&rsquo; proposed programs. The winner will be announced on 14 October 2017 in Torino, Italy during WDO&rsquo;s 30th General Assembly.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Once an industrial center facing economic upheaval,&nbsp;<strong>Lille</strong>&nbsp;aims to engage its 2.1 million inhabitants (including companies, local authorities, research and training centers, cultural destinations and civic spaces) in collaborative design-driven projects. Under the theme,&nbsp;<em>Eldorado: the greatest design experiment</em>, it places design at the heart of its economic, societal and environmental transformation. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/124638/sydney" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sydney</a></strong>,&nbsp;in collaboration with Parramatta and other surrounding suburbs,&nbsp;wil...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150017226/the-norman-foster-foundation-announces-a-program-of-education-initiatives The Norman Foster Foundation announces a program of education initiatives Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-12T14:40:00-04:00 >2017-07-12T14:42:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j9/j9ueows2zqvffpfx.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Based in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/9274/madrid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Madrid</a> and operating globally, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150010620/norman-foster-turns-82-and-inaugurates-his-foundation-s-beautiful-madrid-headquarters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Norman Foster Foundation</a>&nbsp;is a non-profit promoting holistic education and interdisciplinary thinking and research.&nbsp;</p> <p>Followed from the <em>Future is Now</em> forum held in Madrid's Royal Theater on the 1st of June, Mayor of Madrid and Lord Foster brought together leading figures in the fields of science, design, architecture, politics, art, economics and history, to&nbsp;a capacity audience of 2,000 and 75,000 online viewers.&nbsp;</p> <p>With the support of the Rolex Institute, the Foundation will host week-long events in its Madrid Headquarters in November 2017. Grants will be awarded to ten students from around the world for a series of talks, think tanks and workshops led by key individuals, including Norman Foster, on issues such as the city, infrastructure, mobility and technology.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><figure><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/mj/mjigunfep5r2g4oe.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/mj/mjigunfep5r2g4oe.jpg"></a><figcaption>The Norman Foster Foundation. Image courtesy of the NFF</figcaption></figure></figure></figure><p>In October 2017 the Foundation will feature an exhibit titled Common Futures in Madrid's Espacio Fundacion Telefonica. Create...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150017099/starry-shortlist-of-architects-for-london-s-new-center-for-music Starry shortlist of architects for London’s new Center for Music Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-11T20:38:00-04:00 >2017-07-12T12:18:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vt/vts7igbhb890wk42.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The viability of building a major new concert hall in London has been widely debated, and the future of the Center was thrown into doubt last November, when the British government withdrew its commitment to contribute 5 million pounds (about $6.4 million) to pay for a business plan. The City of London Corporation stepped in with 2.5 million pounds (about $3.2 million) to allow project to go ahead.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The shortlist for the future home for the London Symphony Orchestra and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama was announced on Monday and consists of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/89559/amanda-levete-architects-al_a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>AL_A</u></a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/fosterandpartners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>Foster + Partners</u></a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/341/renzo-piano-building-workshop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>Renzo Piano</u></a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106441/diller-scofidio-renfro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>Diller Scofidio + Renfro</u></a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/gehry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>Gehry Partners</u></a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/snohetta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>Snohetta</u></a><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/23/garden/an-interview-with-craig-dykers-of-snohetta.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>, all of which have extensive experience working on cultural buildings. </p> <p>The center which will include a concert hall with up to 2,000 seats, as well as education and training spaces, will be located in&nbsp;what is currently the Museum of London, designed by Hidalgo Moya and Philip Powell in the 1970s. The building is estimated to cost 200 million to 250 million pounds ($257 million to $322 million) to construct and is to be covered by private and philanthropic donations. </p> <p>"The shortlisted architects have been asked to provide detailed designs as well as estimated costs, and the winner will be announced this fall."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150017019/brutalism-lovers-rejoice-plans-for-a-new-fbi-headquarters-are-canceled Brutalism lovers rejoice: Plans for a new FBI headquarters are canceled Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-11T14:40:00-04:00 >2017-07-11T19:34:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qr/qr3v6qz53tyd9nxl.jpg" width="650" height="512" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The decision follows years of failed attempts by federal officials to persuade Congress to fully back a plan for a campus in the Washington suburbs paid for by trading away the Hoover Building to a real estate developer and putting up nearly $2 billion in taxpayer funds to cover the remaining cost. For years, FBI officials have raised alarms that the decrepit conditions at Hoover constitute serious security concerns.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Built in 1975 in Washington DC, at $126 million, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/240908/fbi-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">J. Edgar Hoover Building</a> was the most expensive federal building ever erected. While much loved by some architectural critics, the building has also been under intense criticism for its appearance and functionality ever since its construction.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/xc/xcebsed1iu0kcny7.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/xc/xcebsed1iu0kcny7.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>J. Edgar Hoover Building from the street - taken in April 2007.</figcaption></figure><p>Some of its most distinctive features like its open courtyard, designed to allow visitors to walk freely into the inner courtyard, and its firing range equipped with a 162-seat auditorium, where visitors can sit and watch agents take shooting practice, have become obsolete over the years. The Stanislaw Gladych and&nbsp;Carter Manny-designed <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/403067/brutalist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalist</a> icon was going to be demolished and replaced with a&nbsp;mixed-use condo building, but as of now, it's destiny is unclear.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/digger/wp/2015/10/16/the-fbis-headquarters-is-falling-apart-why-is-it-so-hard-for-america-to-build-a-new-one/?utm_term=.9f8559d1d15b#comments" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">According to the Washington Post</a>, "Further <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/212775/retrofitting" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">retrofitting</a> is prohibitively expensive; despite the Hoover building&rsquo;s overall size of 2.4 million gross square feet only 53 perce...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150016983/sir-david-adjaye-sadie-morgan-join-london-mayor-sadiq-khan-s-good-growth-by-design Sir David Adjaye + Sadie Morgan join London Mayor Sadiq Khan's "Good Growth by Design" Julia Ingalls 2017-07-11T12:44:00-04:00 >2017-07-11T12:44:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p4/p4bpgsdfvlt6096d.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London needs to provide space for 46,000 new jobs and build 50,000 new homes a year just to keep up with demand, as well as build the social infrastructure to support both. Good Growth will enable this, leaving a legacy of world-class buildings, outstanding public realm and large-scale regeneration for Londoners of the future.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Exhibiting both farsightedness and excellent aesthetic taste, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has created a program specifically meant to help anticipate and solve London's growth (experts estimate the city will soon have a population of 10 million). The "Good Growth by Design"&nbsp;program will have an advisory panel of 50 design advisors, including Sir David Adjaye and Sadie Morgan.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/jw/jw5athh6irpyq68u.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/jw/jw5athh6irpyq68u.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>London. Image: Juan Cabanillas via Flickr</figcaption></figure><p>As the mayor explained in a statement, &ldquo;London is facing unprecedented population growth and with that comes challenging work, but also amazing opportunities to deliver a city that is socially integrated, sustainable, healthier, safer and with a world class public realm. We must embrace London&rsquo;s rapid growth with both hands and take this chance to use good architecture and planning to make a real difference to the lives of Londoners. And this is a chance to learn from past mistakes, some of which are still dotted across our city, and blight the lives of the communities that...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150016839/the-parthenon-of-books-is-constructed-with-100-000-banned-books-at-historic-nazi-book-burning-site 'The Parthenon of Books' is constructed with 100,000 banned books at historic Nazi book burning site Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-10T19:50:00-04:00 >2017-07-11T14:02:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qv/qv63b0vs9pxy838f.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Parthenon of Books in Kassel, Germany is part of the Documenta 14 art festival. With the help of students from Kassel University, Minuj&iacute;n identified over 170 titles that were or are banned in different countries around the world, and constructed the full-size replica of the iconic temple from those books, plastic sheeting, and steel.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/99/99shdvzxb85l329y.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/99/99shdvzxb85l329y.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: alexgorlin</figcaption></figure><p>Created by Argentinian artist Marta Minuj&iacute;n, 74,&nbsp;the&nbsp;monumental replica of Greek Parthenon consists of 100,000 banned books and symbolizes the resistance to political repression.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/6c/6c302atn7jkhami8.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/6c/6c302atn7jkhami8.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>The Parthenon of Books taking shape in Kassel. Photo by Rosa Ruehling</figcaption></figure> http://archinect.com/news/article/150016793/the-new-exhibition-at-the-national-building-museum-architecture-of-an-asylum-explores-the-links-between-mental-health-and-architecture The new exhibition at the National Building Museum, 'Architecture of an Asylum', explores the links between mental health and architecture Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-10T17:58:00-04:00 >2017-07-10T18:00:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vd/vd2lpvo4py9byo4h.jpg" width="650" height="418" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dix made sure the hospital that became St. Elizabeths in 1916 had heat, tall arched windows and screened sleeping porches where patients could catch summer breezes. Photos, models and floor plans included in the museum exhibit show handsome brick buildings &mdash; with towers, high ceilings, open space and river views.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Washington's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/136078/national-building-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Building Museum</a>&nbsp;features an exhibit that tells the story of architecture of St. Elizabeths or, as originally named upon its opening in 1855, the Government Hospital for the Insane.&nbsp;</p> <p>Started by Dorothea Dix, the 19th century reformer who fought for the facility to represent healthier standards for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/122656/mental-health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mental health</a> treatment, the history of the federally-operated hospital bears traces of America's changing healthcare system, evolving theories of how to care for the mentally ill, as well as the later reconfiguration of the campus as a federal workplace and mixed-use urban development.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/fo/fo3tgiea8vtp79b0.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/fo/fo3tgiea8vtp79b0.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>The porches of the 1890s Allison Buildings, shown above in 1910, were later enclosed to provide more space for patient beds. Image courtesy of National Building Museum</figcaption></figure><p>"Some things cannot be cured," says Denise Everson, an architect in the D.C. area who specializes in design and health. "But I think humane treatment &mdash; I think, creative treatment &mdash; is where we should go as a community, as...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150016506/soft-dome-by-atelier-yokyok-installed-in-the-national-museum-of-singapore Soft Dome by Atelier YokYok installed in the National Museum of Singapore Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-07T20:08:00-04:00 >2017-07-07T20:25:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/61/61n5pt6icl3fbxac.jpg" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It seems to be common practice now for museums to bring in installations and works commissioned by architects during the summer months as a way of drawing in the crowds of people whom have a little bit of extra time on their hands and are looking for ways to escape the blazing heat. MoMA PS1's 2017 Young Architects Program kicked off a few weeks ago with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/150015107/jenny-sabin-discusses-lumen-as-moma-ps1-s-2017-young-architects-program-opens" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a pavilion designed by Jenny Sabin</a>, the National Building Museum's Summer Block Party installation, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150016305/see-jeanne-gang-s-hive-get-built-in-this-time-lapse-of-the-national-building-museum-s-newest-installation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designed this year by Jeanne Gang</a>, opened over the weekend, and the prestigious Serpentine Gallery, started showing of their <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/150013518/di-b-do-francis-k-r-s-tree-inspired-serpentine-pavilion-fuses-cultural-african-references-with-british-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">summer pavilion designed by Di&eacute;b&eacute;do Francis K&eacute;r&eacute;</a> in late June.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/z0/z03dc2w2w321gri0.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/z0/z03dc2w2w321gri0.jpg"></a></p></figure><figure><p>In <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/1881/singapore" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Singapore</a>, the National Museum runs a similar summer series during June and July, but their's is catered towards children. Their Children's Season Singapore, is an annual festival now in it's 10th edition, that aims to make heritage content more accessible to younger generations and to encourage inter-generational bonding. In the Rotunda space, a...</p></figure>