Archinect - News 2017-05-26T22:45:29-04:00 Don't miss Neil Denari's “Displaced Buildings in Aperiodic City” at the ‘T’ Space Gallery Justine Testado 2017-05-25T20:35:00-04:00 >2017-05-26T12:44:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="847" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Think you've seen all of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neil Denari</a>'s work? Eleven inkjet drawings featuring unbuilt visions by Denari's studio NMDA will be showcased in his &ldquo;Displaced Buildings in Aperiodic City&rdquo; exhibition, opening May 27 at the Steven Holl-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&lsquo;T&rsquo; Space Gallery</a> in Rhinebeck, New York. If you'll be in the area in the coming weeks, it could be worth checking out.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NMDA</a>&nbsp;created the drawings over the past seven years. Ranging from port terminals to museums, each project was originally designed for specific contexts in various cities.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><em>Image credit:&nbsp;Neil M. Denari Architects.</em></p><p>&ldquo;A number of buildings designed over the last seven years have been displaced from their original context as a life-enhancing act, given that their material lives never began. Designed for specific contexts in various cities, they now occupy peculiar voids in Aperiodic City,&rdquo; Neil Denari writes. &ldquo;In this new context, these buildings take on new meanings, yet they retain all the attributes of their original locations. But the ...</p> The Graham Foundation awards over $560,000 in Grants to Individuals Nicholas Korody 2017-05-24T12:40:00-04:00 >2017-05-24T13:48:56-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Twice a year, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Graham Foundation</a> issues a series of significant grants, first to individuals and then to organizations. The Foundation has just released the list of recipients of the 2017 Grants to Individuals, totaling over $560,000 divided amongst 72 projects.</p><p>"Many of our grantees this year are exploring the agency of design," states Graham Foundation director <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sarah Herda</a>. "They are testing the limits of conventional practice to make new work that directly engages the social and political dimensions of the designed environment."</p><p>Here&rsquo;s the full list of grantees:</p><p><strong>Exhibitions</strong></p><p>Marcelo Araya, Andr&eacute;s Garc&eacute;s, Iv&aacute;n Ivelic &amp; Manuel Sanfuentes<br>Daniel Cardoso Llach<br>Assaf Evron<br>Nathan Friedman<br>Anna Halprin<br>Suzanne Harris-Brandts &amp; Angela Wheeler<br>Rick Lowe<br>Zahra Malkani &amp; Shahana Rajani<br>Senam Awo Okudzeto<br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Maxi Spina</a><br>Martine Syms</p><p><strong>Film/Video/New Media Projects</strong></p><p>Josef Asteinza &amp; Mariano Ros<br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TOMA</a>: Leandro Cappetto, Mathias Klenner, Eduardo P&eacute;rez, Ignacio Rivas &amp; Ignacio Saavedra<br>Aggie Ebrahimi, Oscar Molina, Br...</p> Italy is giving away over 100 historic buildings to be restored into “slow tourism” spots Justine Testado 2017-05-23T15:12:00-04:00 >2017-05-23T19:06:09-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Italy is giving away more than 100 historic buildings - including castles, houses, and towers - in a bid to boost 'slow tourism' and tempt visitors away from the overcrowded city centres. The only catch is that those who take up the offer will have to commit to restoring and transforming the sites into tourist facilities, such as hotels, restaurants, or spas. Successful applicants will get an initial nine-year period to work on their project...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Italy is &ldquo;giving away&rdquo; over 100 ancient castles, homes, and towers for free to be restored into new tourist spots, in hopes to lure travelers away from already-crowded city centers.&nbsp;Successful applicants are given an initial nine-year contract to work on their project, and can potentially renew the contract for another nine years. Entrepreneurs with the most concrete proposals might be able to acquire a 50-year lease, The Local reports.</p> Korea's High Line, the MVRDV-designed Skygarden, opens in Seoul Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-23T14:38:00-04:00 >2017-05-25T22:47:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ever since the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line</a> appeared above the streets of Chelsea in New York, cities across the globe have been working on creating their own variations of the civic project. In London, this iteration was to be the Thomas Heatherwick designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garden Bridge</a>. However, the project was marred by controversy due to suspicious funding and motives and was finally <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">nixed by the Mayor</a> back in April. Well, as <em>the Guardian</em>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">points out</a>,&nbsp;&nbsp;London could've stood to take a few pointers from the South Korean capital of Seoul, whose <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> designed Skygarden opened over the weekend to much excitement.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The firm won the bidding process back in May 2015 and have since been working to transform an existing overpass in the heart of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seoul</a> into a 983-meter long public garden, overlaying a matrix of Korean flora onto the 16m elevated steel and concrete structure. The Rotterdam-based architecture and urban design practice has gathered 50 families of plants, collecting around 228 species and sub-species and arrange...</p> This contemporary medieval-style castle is being built using only medieval tools Julia Ingalls 2017-05-23T13:13:00-04:00 >2017-05-23T19:27:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Funded mainly by tourist dollars, the French site of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guedelon</a> has been building a medieval-style castle for the last 17 years using only the technology and tools that would have been available circa 1245. The result, which has created a living lab of craftspeople visited by curious schoolchildren, is helping archaeologists to understand not only what it was like to live and work in the Middle Ages, but also is reviving physical crafting techniques that are increasingly archaic, if not forgotten, in a digital age. In addition to inducing a desire to visit wine country, this video explains how the castle design itself was conceived:</p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-05-23T03:30:00-04:00 >2017-05-24T17:44:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week is Clerkenwell Design Week, which brings showcases of&nbsp;the best in new design, as well as celebrations and networking. We've picked out some highlights below, but the full experience is an exploratory&nbsp;one taken by foot. Also happening&nbsp;this week is the annual Chelsea Flower Show, and openings of&nbsp;exciting exhibitions. Catch <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Imagine Moscow</a>&nbsp;and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">America After the Fall</a> before they finish, and visit the Tate Modern for the monthly <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNIQLO TATE LATES</a>.</p><p>Check back next week for our picks of this year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Festival of Architecture</a>. In the meantime,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s&nbsp;latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><img alt="" src=""><br><em>Image: Jim Stephenson</em></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clerkenwell Design Week | until 28 May</a></strong></p><p>Clerkenwell Design Week returns for its annual festival celebrating makers and designers. Each year, the EC1 area is overrun with some of the best emerging designers and big brands alike showcasing their approach to the creative environment.&nbsp; Innovative technology will sit beside stunning ...</p> High School Students Interpret Neutra's VDL House with Art Archinect 2017-05-19T19:31:00-04:00 >2017-05-19T19:31:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="1005" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Tomorrow evening the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neutra VDL House</a> will host an exhibition of work by high school students (age 16-18) from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts</a>, curated by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VAPA</a>&nbsp;high school student Avery Wilcox. Each artwork offers new interpretations of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neutra VDL House</a> expressed in a variety of mediums - film, ceramic, painting and photography. More importantly these artistic expressions, given the age of the makers, will allow all of us to see this historic house with fresh eyes.</p><p>The exhibition will take place tomorrow, May 20, from&nbsp;5-8pm.</p> RIBA responds to Conservatives Manifesto Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-05-19T05:49:00-04:00 >2017-05-20T11:30:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The Conservative Party&rsquo;s manifesto outlines its vision to further empower communities. Whoever forms the next government should ensure that plans to build high quality housing and infrastructure are linked with industrial and devolution strategies to encourage more jobs and a better quality of life for people across the country.&#8203;"</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the publication of the Conservatives manifesto, published earlier today.</p><p><em>"The RIBA welcomes the Conservatives&rsquo; acknowledgment that the UK&rsquo;s architects are the finest in the world. This is recognition of the vital role that good design has on improving quality of life, sustainability and social integration; and acknowledgement that architects are the design professionals that make this happen."</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>On Brexit: </strong></p><p>&ldquo;The RIBA has long been calling for the rights of non-UK EU nationals to be confirmed. I&rsquo;m happy to see it is included in the Conservative manifesto. Skilled architects come to the UK from across the world, giving us the edge in creativity and innovation; we need to ensure this continues into the future.</p><p>&ldquo;British architects have been clear about our key asks from Brexit through RIBA&rsquo;s &lsquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global By Design&rsquo;</a> report. The RIBA will continue to be a strong voice for the sector in the coming weeks and months.&rdquo;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>On planning and co...</strong></p> 2017's 10 best gas stations, worldwide, as ranked by Design Curial Julia Ingalls 2017-05-18T15:58:00-04:00 >2017-05-19T12:48:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Angelenos may be mildly alarmed to learn that local favorites <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Johnston Marklee Architects</a>'s striking Helios House (co-designed with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Office dA</a>)&nbsp;has slipped two spots to eighth place from its ranking on last year's top ten global filling stations as assembled by Design Curial. However, it's for a good cause: new entrants are fueling some alternative aesthetic takes on the usually quotidian gas station. Here are the winners:</p><ul><li>FIRST PLACE: REST AREA NIEMENHARJU, by Studio&nbsp;Puisto&nbsp;Architects, in&nbsp;Niemenharju, Finland</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>SECOND PLACE: POPS ARCADIA ROUTE 66, by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elliott + Associates Architects</a>, in&nbsp;Oklahoma, USA</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="">&#8203;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>THIRD PLACE: BATUMI PETROL STATION, by Giorgi Khmaladze, in&nbsp;Batumi, Georgia</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="">&#8203;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>FOURTH PLACE: NP GAS STATION, by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moneo Brock Studio</a>, in&nbsp;Madrid, Spain</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="">&#8203;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>FIFTH PLACE: ORIVAL GAS STATION, by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Samyn and Partners</a>, in&nbsp;Orival, Belgium</li></ul><p>&#8203;<img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>SIXTH PLACE: ESSO MOBIL STATION, by Eliot Noyes,&nbsp; in&nbsp;Leicestershire, UK</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="">&#8203;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>SEVENTH PLACE: HOUTEN SERVICE STATION, by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Samyn and Partners</a>, in&nbsp;Houten, Netherlands</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="">&#8203;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>EIGHTH PL...</li></ul> The "tectonic bravery" of NBBJ's Nanjing Eco-Tech Exhibition Centre Julia Ingalls 2017-05-18T14:11:00-04:00 >2017-05-18T14:12:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="595" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Symbolizing mountain ranges in architecture has the potential for a dramatic, iconic payoff, especially when the materials used to do so play an integral role in the interior experience of the building (think: the fabric peaks of the Denver International Airport, which allude to the Rocky Mountains and Native American settlements while providing ample natural light). NBBJ's Nanjing Eco-Tech Exhibition Centre manages not only to reference the&nbsp;Zhong and Stone Mountains with its eight-peaked, light cannon rooftop, but also represent the economic ascension of Nanjing itself.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Each peak drives light through the four principal floors of the structure, weaving instances of what the architects describe as "tectonic bravery" throughout. This bravery becomes the signature characteristic of the structure. While the Exhibition Centre lists a typical compliment of sustainable 21st century amenities (roof garden, integrated water retention and distribution, natural ventilation, responsive facades,...</p> RIBA responds positively to Corbyn's new manifesto for Labour Nicholas Korody 2017-05-16T15:43:00-04:00 >2017-05-19T00:55:06-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="1004" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In mid-April, the Prime Minister Theresa May reversed her earlier stated decision and called for a snap election&mdash;a move that surprised many. While some called the move opportunistic, others supported the early election, including Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Labour, the opposition party. The Labour Party currently trails behind the Conservative Party, led by May, in national polls. Today, Corbyn released a manifesto, intended to make clear his party&rsquo;s positions and to drum up support for the embattled party.</p><p>The manifesto, dubbed &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">For the Many, Not the Few</a>&rdquo;, takes strong positions. Around &pound;50B sourced primarily from taxes on corporations and the country&rsquo;s wealthiest citizens would be used to fund major new public programs, from housing to education to healthcare to transit. The manifesto rules out rises in VAT, national insurance, and income tax for all but the top 5% of earners.</p><p>For some, the manifesto is seen as stridently leftist. By all accounts, it represents a stark difference to th...</p> Check out the wild variety of virtual reality at Bjork's Magic Box installation Julia Ingalls 2017-05-16T15:12:00-04:00 >2017-05-16T23:12:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As highlighted in this&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">week's edition of Archinect's Event Picks</a>, Bjork's virtual reality showcase at the Magic Box at The Reef in downtown LA will run from May 19th-June 4th, with an in-person performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic by the artist on May 30th. What's worth checking out in detail is the scope of the VR exhibit, which incorporates a variety of different directors, locales, and landscapes. According to a press release, the VR installations include:</p><ul><li>Stonemilker VR&nbsp;- Filmed on a remote beach location in Iceland&nbsp;and directed by Andrew Thomas Huang,&nbsp;Stonemilker VR&nbsp;presents Bj&ouml;rk in a windswept 360-degree film performing the first track from&nbsp;Vulnicura.</li><li>Black Lake&nbsp;VR&nbsp;- Commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, New York,&nbsp;Black Lake VR&nbsp;features a custom-built immersive space featuring a bespoke, cutting-edge surround sound setup to create an immersive and visceral virtual reality experience. Filmed in the highlands of Iceland, the video was directed by Andrew Thomas Huang....</li></ul> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-05-16T03:30:00-04:00 >2017-05-15T19:32:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With a focus on the housing market and the future of living in London, the topics covered in this week's events vary from flying cars and future regeneration, to DIY and the celebration of existing structures. Be sure to take the time to visit exhibitions which are coming to a close within the next couple of weeks. Notably the Tate's&nbsp;showcase&nbsp;of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Hockney</a>&nbsp;and the Saatchi Gallery's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From Selfie to Self-Expression</a> exhibitions are deserving of the attention they have gained since their openings earlier this year.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s&nbsp;latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><img alt="" src=""><em>Camden Lock Market, Image: Glenn Copus</em></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taking Stock: London&rsquo;s evolving markets | 19 May</a></strong></p><p>London's street markets are so often&nbsp;globally&nbsp;depicted as a hub of community activity, however how are they coping in today's climate? Over 300 markets across London supply and support their surrounding&nbsp;communities, and provide a&nbsp;sense of place. Speakers, including planners and designers, ...</p> The Aga Khan to receive the 2017 Architectural League President's Medal Justine Testado 2017-05-15T21:05:00-04:00 >2017-05-15T21:05:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architectural League of New York awarded their 2017 President's Medal to the honorable Aga Khan, the League revealed in an announcement today. The President's Medal is the League's highest accolade bestowed to an individual in recognition of a distinct body of work in architecture, urbanism, art, or design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architectural League President Billie Tsien will present the award to the honorable Aga Khan during a dinner on May 18 in New York.</p><p>The Medal's notable roster of recipients include Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, Ada Louise Huxtable, Richard Meier, Amanda M. Burden, Renzo Piano, Henry N. Cobb, artist Richard Serra, and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, among others.</p><p>Learn more <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> Thousands protest in Moscow against planned demolition of Soviet-era housing blocks Alexander Walter 2017-05-15T14:46:00-04:00 >2017-05-15T15:02:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An interactive map of the former Soviet Union&rsquo;s Constructivist architectural heritage went online just days before the city of Moscow published a list of 4,500 apartment buildings proposed for demolition as part of a plan to relocate up to 1.6 million residents. Describe by many residents as a property grab [...] the demolition plan has proven so unpopular that thousands turned up for a demonstration against it in Moscow on Sunday 14 May carrying signs with slogans like &ldquo;My house is my castle&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The plan has also alarmed preservationists," <em>The Art Newspaper</em> writes. "Initially described as an effort to upgrade residents from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pre-fabricated mass housing</a> built under Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, the architectural targets have broadened and fears are mounting that it has become a carte-blanche for developers to destroy any building that stands in their way."</p><p><em>The Guardian</em>'s Alec Luhn <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">calls the demolition plans</a> "the most extensive Russian resettlement project in half a century," and some compare them to the forced collectivization of property under Stalin.</p> A vending machine for luxury cars Nicholas Korody 2017-05-15T12:53:00-04:00 >2017-05-16T11:59:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Forget about soft drinks and potato chips - a "vending machine" in Singapore is offering up luxury vehicles, including Bentleys, Ferraris and Lamborghinis. Used car seller Autobahn Motors opened a futuristic 15-story showroom in December, with vehicles on display in 60 slots, billing it as the "world's largest luxury car vending machine".</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A monumental new biography of Kahn Nam Henderson 2017-05-12T19:39:00-04:00 >2017-05-13T18:38:59-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="982" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In You Say to Brick, her subtle interpretations of conversational remarks by Kahn&rsquo;s intimates, and especially of of Kahn&rsquo;s written ephemera&mdash;a dream journal entry on the back of an airline receipt, an unsent postcard&mdash;are luminous and deep. It is difficult to develop, in prose, an architectural equivalent for this kind of close reading or close listening.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Over at n+1, Thomas de Monchaux reviews&nbsp;Wendy Lesser's newly published '<strong><em>You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn'</em></strong>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>While everyone knows the story of Kahn's gothic and ignominious death,&nbsp;did you also know that "<em>When Kahn died, his firm...owed its creditors $464,423.83. In 1974 dollars</em>"?</p> Duality + tension = elegance in the Ivanhoe House Julia Ingalls 2017-05-11T18:03:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T18:04:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How does one maintain excitement while embodying elegance? The artful tension of the Ivanhoe House, as designed by Billy Kavellaris of the Australian firm KUD, is an excellent example. Located in the Melbourne suburb of Ivanhoe, the single-story 370 square meter house initially engages visitors with its unusual aesthetics and then creates settings that are elegant without ever becoming staid. "The house is a clever orchestration of balancing tension that has created wondrous moments throughout. Ivanhoe house can be read as a conversation of dualities, of heavy and lightness, public and private and of light and darkness," as the architect explains in his project description.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>This conversation starts with the imposing rectilinear entryway, which combines weighty solidity with the allure of a luxurious glassed-in portico. During the day, the entryway resembles a black void, but at night with the lights on, it becomes a vividly lit domestic portal. The mass of the entryway is echoed by a...</p> This bacteria-infused concrete "heals" when cracked Julia Ingalls 2017-05-11T12:35:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T14:22:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While there's no word on what would happen if someone skinned their knee on this bacteria-infused concrete, the premise is certainly intriguing in theory: concrete that patches cracks in itself for up to 200 years after its initial formation. Here's a brief video outlining the process:</p> L.A. Mayor Garcetti proposes gondola lift to the Hollywood sign Julia Ingalls 2017-05-09T19:36:00-04:00 >2017-05-10T09:25:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To snap a photo of the Hollywood sign, tourists have clogged hillside streets and hiking paths, spurring battles in Hollywood Hills neighborhoods and in court over how people should be able to access the iconic landmark. Now Mayor Eric Garcetti has floated an alternative: Building a gondola to ferry visitors to the beloved sign.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Instead of having to evade trespassing laws (or take the long way around), those who want to visit the Hollywood sign up close may be able to simply take an aerial gondola lift if Mayor Eric Garcetti's recent remarks become a reality. As this article notes:</p><p><em>Garcetti spokesman George Kivork said in a written statement Monday that the mayor was "open to exploring ideas that ease congestion and encourages creative thinking when looking at ways to give Angelenos and tourists better access to the Hollywood sign and other iconic landmarks and destinations.&rdquo;</em></p> New renderings of Hudson Yards’ retail and restaurant spaces Dana Schulz 2017-05-09T17:34:00-04:00 >2017-05-12T04:15:40-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kenneth A. Himmel, president of Related&rsquo;s mixed-use division Related Urban, said in a statement, &ldquo;Exceptional dining experiences are extremely important in curating not only the restaurant collection, but the new neighborhood we are creating, and we are thrilled with the caliber of chefs and restaurateurs that will be coming to Hudson Yards. These chefs and restaurateurs represent the most creative and visionary leaders both in this industry and around the world.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Yesterday, developers&nbsp;Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group announced that celebrity chef&nbsp;Jos&eacute; Andr&eacute;s would bring a 35,000-square-foot food hall to Hudson Yards.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Fresh off the news, they've also released a slew of new renderings of the mega-development's&nbsp;retail and restaurant spaces, which include a big new restaurant from David Chang and the massive Neiman Marcus store set to anchor the project.&nbsp;</p> Socialism and Nationalism on the Danube Places Journal 2017-05-09T15:57:00-04:00 >2017-05-09T15:58:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Both Vienna and Budapest can be viewed as battlefields in an unfolding European crisis of identity and confidence that threatens the continent&rsquo;s political unity and raises fundamental questions about what exactly it means to be European, to be Europe. Can we read these crises at the level of architecture?</p></em><br /><br /><p>In light of contemporary political turmoil in the region, Owen Hatherley examines key moments in the architectural histories of two quintessentially European cities, from the development of Vienna's monumental public housing to Budapest's experimentation with an ethnonationalist style.&nbsp;</p> Stefano Boeri joins curatorial team for Shanghai Urban Space Art Season 2017 Justine Testado 2017-05-09T14:48:00-04:00 >2017-05-09T19:16:59-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Stefano Boeri &mdash; known for designing the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vertical Forest typology</a>&nbsp;&mdash; was recently appointed as a curator for the 2017 Shanghai Urban Space Art Season, deemed as Shanghai's most relevant architecture, city planning, and public art event. Boeri will work alongside&nbsp;Dr. Li Xiangning, professor and dean&rsquo;s assistant of Tongji University of Architecture and Urbanism, and international artist, art critic, and curator Fang Zhenning.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Image via&nbsp;</em></p><p>Opening this September at the Huangpu River waterfront, SUSAS' 2017 &ldquo;Metropolitan Game&rdquo; theme will focus on &ldquo;practices of connection and disconnection&rdquo; in response to the prominence of digital communication and the resulting &ldquo;metropolitan loneliness&rdquo; caused by lack of human contact in real life. Stefano Boeri Architetti will design a thematic central installation that will feature a &ldquo;sequence&rdquo; of public spaces for visitors to interact.</p><p>SUSAS will host various workshops, performances, and exhibitions showcasing design and research p...</p> HUD head Ben Carson thinks creature comforts are not for those on Section 8 Julia Ingalls 2017-05-09T13:22:00-04:00 >2017-05-09T23:05:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As he toured facilities for the poor in Ohio last week, Mr. Carson, the neurosurgeon-turned-housing secretary, joked that a relatively well-appointed apartment complex for veterans lacked &ldquo;only pool tables.&rdquo; He inquired at one stop whether animals were allowed. At yet another, he nodded, plainly happy, as officials explained how they had stacked dozens of bunk beds inside a homeless shelter and purposefully did not provide televisions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a recent visit to a public housing facility in Columbus, Ohio, HUD head Ben Carson reiterated his stance that anyone receiving Section 8 housing vouchers or federal assistance should not get too comfortable, as this would lead them to simply want to stay in their federally provided digs. Ironically, studies have shown that for the chronic homeless population, remaining in one place is actually <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">much cheaper for the state</a> than having them constantly bouncing between shelters and the street once emergency room visits and legal fees are added into the mix. Carson did make allowances for those who are mentally ill or unable to provide for themselves, but in his view there is to be no rest for who he defines as the able-bodied.&nbsp;</p> University of Arizona appoints Nancy Pollock-Ellwand as new Dean of College of Architecture Julia Ingalls 2017-05-09T12:41:00-04:00 >2017-05-09T12:46:01-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Formerly a professor and Dean of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nancy Pollock-Ellwand</a> will become the Dean of the College of Architecture at the University of Arizona starting July 31st. As University of Arizona Senior Vice President for academic affairs and provost Andrew Cormie explained to AZBigMedia, &nbsp;&ldquo;Nancy brings a breadth of international expertise and insight to the UA, in her scholarly and professional work as well as in her extensive administrative experience at one of the top research universities in Canada. With a multidisciplinary approach to urban reform and heritage conservation, Nancy offers a collaborative perspective in the field of design, and she is known as a smart, thoughtful and engaging leader.&rdquo;</p> Happy with your employer's architecture labor practices? Nominate your firm in the JustDesign.Us initiative Justine Testado 2017-05-05T15:44:00-04:00 >2017-05-08T17:54:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="512" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Working toward fairer&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">professional architectural practice</a>&nbsp;is an ongoing uphill climb in the industry, but which practices are already getting it right? The Architecture Lobby recently co-launched an initiative called <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">JustDesign.Us</a>, a certification process to distinguish architecture firms with exemplary labor practices, including fair pay, family-friendly policies, diversity, transparency, and agency.</p><p>Certification is a two-stage process. In Stage I, employees who want to nominate their firm will answer an online questionnaire &mdash; which The Architecture Lobby, the&nbsp;Yale School of Architecture&rsquo;s Equity in Design, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design&rsquo;s Women in Design developed. Submissions will remain anonymous.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Image via</em></p><p>In the second stage, JustDesign.Us will ask the nominated firms corresponding questions that may lead to certification (endorsed by the JustDesign.Us partners and affiliated organizations like SEED, ArchiteXX, and the American Colleges and Schools of ...</p> JR's "Wrinkles Of The City", portraying the faces affected by gentrification and rapid urbanization, hits Istanbul Orhan Ayyüce 2017-05-04T23:42:00-04:00 >2017-05-05T00:43:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If I was a poet, I would speak of Istanbul If I were a musician, my music would belong to Istanbul If I was a painter, I would paint Istanbul -Mihail</p></em><br /><br /><p>Prolific French artist JR continues to produce impactful work, following up his latest public exhibition&nbsp;with a special installation of his &ldquo;Wrinkles of the City&rdquo; series. First launched in 2008, the series is meant to&nbsp;visually portray the faces affected by gentrification and rapid urbanization in the world&rsquo;s largest cities. Accordingly, JR spent the past two weeks in the alleyways and rooftops of Istanbul, forcing residents to confront the elderly&rsquo;s personal stories through singular images.&nbsp;</p> Peter Zumthor unveils scheme for Fondation Beyeler extension in Riehen Justine Testado 2017-05-04T18:25:00-04:00 >2017-05-08T14:28:51-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="417" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After being unanimously chosen out of 11 renowned architecture firms, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Zumthor</a> presented his vision for the expansion project of the reputable <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fondation Beyeler Museum</a> in Riehen, Basel. Joining the original Renzo Piano-designed museum building, the new expansion will provide more room for the Museum's cultural events as well as more gallery space for their growing permanent collection of modern and contemporary art.&nbsp;</p><p>Zumthor's scheme reflects the Museum's focus on &ldquo;the visitor's personal and sensory experiences in encountering art and nature&rdquo;. The expansion will be&nbsp;constructed on private land of the Iselin-Weber Park, which will become accessible to the public.</p><p>The scheme distributes the Museum's various functions among three buildings, like a village-like community,: an administrative building, a transparent events pavilion, and the &ldquo;House for Art&rdquo;.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Images Courtesy Atelier Peter Zumthor &amp; Partner.</em></p><p>Visitors will&nbsp;be able to easily access recreation areas in the Iselin-Weber Park&nbsp;a...</p> Dror and Gensler propose underground cruise operation for Istanbul's Galataport masterplan Julia Ingalls 2017-05-04T18:11:00-04:00 >2017-05-04T18:12:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Imagine combining the movable gangway employed for airplane passengers with the slender above-ground urban footprint of a subway station, and you have the basic concepts behind Gensler and Dror's proposed underground cruise operation in their masterplan for the&nbsp;Galataport in Istanbul. Using a hydraulic boardwalk that deploys a rising gangway when and only when a ship docks, the system&nbsp;only takes up 3.5 meters of boardwalk.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The architects wanted to free up the now mainly inaccessible-to-the-public 1.2 kilometer Bosphorus abutting boardwalk while still servicing cruise ships, so they invented this underground system in combination with&nbsp;interdisciplinary firm BEA.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As Dror Benshetrit, principal of Dror explains,&nbsp;&ldquo;Through the collaboration of our partners, we&rsquo;ve been able to relocate the cruise terminal in an unprecedented way and design a plan that respects the cultural texture of Istanbul. It is our hope that the revitalized neighborhood will reconnect local residents and visitors with n...</p> Christopher Hawthorne, LA Times architecture critic, reviews Harvard's first online architecture course Julia Ingalls 2017-05-04T14:42:00-04:00 >2017-05-13T18:52:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[K. Michael Hays] represents an approach to teaching architecture and architectural theory that has held sway in the American academy for at least a generation. This approach doesn&rsquo;t simply treat architecture as a discipline separate from the rest of the world, with its own passwords and protocols. It guards that separation with its life.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A spirited Christopher Hawthorne reviews Harvard GSD's first online course as taught by K. Michael Hays, who appears to prize obfuscation and condescension as teaching methods (Hawthorne does explain the history behind this autonomous pedagogy, which resulted from architects of the 1970s needing to break away from corporate/political control). Still, the question of whether online courses are actually any different than the level of instruction you would receive in a classroom appears to be trending toward no, at least in substantive terms. The medium isn't the message, especially if you're taking instruction from a lecturer who thinks speaking at you, rather than engaging with you, is the way to go.&nbsp;</p>