Archinect - News 2016-10-01T15:04:13-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149971237/public-art-i-am-from-st-johns Public art: I Am From St. Johns Gary Garvin 2016-09-29T19:05:00-04:00 >2016-09-29T19:37:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4f/4f0wbxvmle0a8g9u.jpg" width="514" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Spiro Kostof, concluding his history, tells us we need "to come to terms with our past and to take shelter and find pride in the continuities of time and place. This is not alone a professional imperative. All of us&mdash;architects and users, environmental policymakers and consumers of such policies&mdash;need to become engaged."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g4/g4iur6ecrxlp56pd.jpg"></p><p>This&nbsp;<a href="http://numerocinqmagazine.com/2016/09/22/st-johns-sharon-bobby/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">link</a>&nbsp;takes you to the full text of a public artwork in the St. Johns neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. Sharon's words not only provide a link to the past, publicly on view, but also tap a vital democratic spirit, of special relevance this election season.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149971231/great-brutalist-buildings-it-turns-out-have-soul "Great brutalist buildings, it turns out, have soul" Julia Ingalls 2016-09-29T13:27:00-04:00 >2016-09-29T14:31:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3brhpk73nc5vebfh.jpg" width="514" height="214" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In this thoughtful ode to the unexpected charms of brutalism, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/sep/28/grey-pride-brutalist-architecture-back-in-style" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Felix Salmon</a> explores why the formerly nightmarish architectural style is experiencing a renaissance, or at least a renewed appreciation. Salmon's observation that ubiquitous, unimaginative glass towers have replaced brutalism as the new hated icon of class strife is ace:</p><p>"The international style evolved, and not well. What used to be aspirational started becoming an in-your-face statement of conspicuous consumption. The gauche gaudiness of was embraced not only where you might expect it (the Wynn towers of Las Vegas, say), but also in places with real history, such as New York City. Go to Columbus Circle today, for instance, and you&rsquo;ll see Christian de Portzamparc&rsquo;s billionaire condos at <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/71438/one57" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One57</a> face off against 'a 1950s international style glass skyscraper in a 1980s gold lame party dress,' as Muschamp described&nbsp;the Trump International Hotel. Such erections generate almost as much hatred today as the worst mistakes of brut...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149971213/needle-exchange-a-look-at-herzog-de-meuron-s-transformative-needle-tower-development-in-dtla-s-arts-district Needle exchange: a look at Herzog & de Meuron's transformative "needle" tower development in DTLA's arts district Julia Ingalls 2016-09-29T12:56:00-04:00 >2016-09-29T18:08:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sw/swmg1st1vtouj0wo.jpg" width="514" height="496" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The name of Herzog and de Meuron's proposed new development for downtown Los Angeles' <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968098/bureau-spectacular-s-first-retail-project-is-now-open-in-l-a-s-arts-district" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">arts district</a>, 6 AM, seems like an hour/mindset that most of its current residents experience only because they stayed up much too late. But no one can stop the dawn of high-concept gentrification from breaking all over the district of former abandoned warehouses, especially when that concept promises to embody the so-called "DNA"of Los Angeles.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n0/n0v11stosvts5aeu.jpg"></p><p>According to an <a href="http://blogs.kcrw.com/dna/herzog-and-de-meuron-propose-massive-change-in-dtla-arts-district" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article by Frances Anderton</a>, de Meuron purposefully nixed medium height buildings from 6 AM's design in favor of nose-bleed high rises and squat, table-like mixed-use structures, as this was reflective of how he views Los Angeles:</p><p>&ldquo;The high rise for us is important to make a difference between the low and the high because I think this is a part of specificity of Los Angeles.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s either flat or it&rsquo;s high. You don&rsquo;t have in between&nbsp;bulky&nbsp;buildings. So (we&rsquo;d) rather do extremely low and then you go higher. (The towers are)&nbsp;needle like &mdash; it shows...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149971132/how-to-paint-an-architect How to paint an architect Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-28T17:32:00-04:00 >2016-09-29T18:09:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ov/ovpchpzk88g4wtfl.jpg" width="514" height="680" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Ralph Simons'] portrait is the earliest known example of what became the conventional manner of depicting an architect by having him holding one of these instruments of his profession. [...] Needless to say, this tradition is dying &ndash; and not just because architects don&rsquo;t use compasses, or draw, any more (how do you represent computer-aided design software in a painting?).</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the architect's image:</p><ul><li><a title="&ldquo;sensitive, but not girly&rdquo; &ndash; pinning down the typical Hollywood architect" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149967051/sensitive-but-not-girly-pinning-down-the-typical-hollywood-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;sensitive, but not girly&rdquo; &ndash; pinning down the typical Hollywood architect</a></li><li><a title="Watch the official trailer for Tomas Koolhaas' upcoming documentary, 'REM'" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149963381/watch-the-official-trailer-for-tomas-koolhaas-upcoming-documentary-rem" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch the official trailer for Tomas Koolhaas' upcoming documentary, 'REM'</a></li><li><a title='"Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect" documentary announced for 2016' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134181529/kevin-roche-the-quiet-architect-documentary-announced-for-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect" documentary announced for 2016</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149971071/national-building-museum-selects-studio-gang-to-design-2017-summer-block-party-installation National Building Museum selects Studio Gang to design 2017 "Summer Block Party" installation Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-28T13:37:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T14:06:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t8/t80fzo6jo1bcinru.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Studio Gang has worked with the museum before, on its 2003&nbsp;<em>Masonry Variations&nbsp;</em>exhibition and as a part of the 2009&nbsp;<em>Transforming Skylines and Communities</em>&nbsp;series. While designs for the installation won't be fleshed out until early 2017, it will most likely follow in the playful, accessible style of previous Summer Block Party installations by <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103881621/delve-into-the-big-maze-at-the-national-building-museum-in-washington-d-c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135574011/the-beach-to-be-reincarnated-in-arts-competition-for-d-c-s-dupont-underground-initiative" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Snarkitecture</a>, and most recently, <a href="http://archinect.com/jcfo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Corner Field Operations</a>.</p><p>The museum's aim is for the designers to create "innovative, interactive experiences that temporarily transform the Museum&rsquo;s historic home and challenge visitor perceptions of the built environment." Studio Gang's appointment to next year's installation comes on the heels of the closing of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956425/dive-into-james-corner-s-field-of-icebergs-now-at-the-national-building-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Corner Field Operations' "ICEBERGS" pavilion</a>&nbsp;earlier this month.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Jeanne Gang wins Architect of the Year in 2016's Women in Architecture Awards" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149827841/jeanne-gang-wins-architect-of-the-year-in-2016-s-women-in-architecture-awards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeanne Gang wins Architect of the Year in 2016's Women in Architecture Awards</a></li><li><a title="A peek at Jeanne Gang's Flintstones-esque addition to the Museum of Natural History" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140468024/a-peek-at-jeanne-gang-s-flintstones-esque-addition-to-the-museum-of-natural-history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A peek at Jeanne Gang's Flintstones-esque addition to the Museum of Natural History</a></li><li><a title="Jeanne Gang and the Greening of Chicago" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/66226408/jeanne-gang-and-the-greening-of-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeanne Gang and the Greening of Chicago</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968937/thom-mayne-and-jeanne-gang-play-it-safe-with-heliomorphism-keynotes-at-the-gsd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thom...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970910/salk-institute-to-be-refurbished-by-the-getty-conservation-institute Salk Institute to be refurbished by The Getty Conservation Institute Julia Ingalls 2016-09-27T14:38:00-04:00 >2016-09-27T15:31:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kp/kpgqrsw4f1x25ilh.jpg" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Fungal biofilm and water sealant failure have added a black patina to the Salk Institute's iconic teak paneling, making the material vulnerable to decay. In order to save what is considered to be one of the world's finest architectural projects (and coolest structural alignment of the sunset save for perhaps <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956860/this-week-s-picks-for-nyc-architecture-and-design-events" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manhattanhenge</a>), the Getty Conservation Institute undertook three years of careful study and is now ready to start implementing those improvements. &nbsp;</p><p>According to Getty Conservation Institute project specialist Sara Lardinois, &ldquo;The GCI sought to address issues on a long-term basis while preserving cultural significance and addressing the needs of those managing the site. Our aim was to help the Salk Institute incorporate a conservation approach into its overall site management at a critical point in the building&rsquo;s history&mdash;the 50-year mark often coincides with the need for a first major repair in modern buildings.&rdquo;</p><p>For more on all things Louis Kahn:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86856293/kimbell-s-135-million-expansion-has-light-needs-soul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kimbell&rsquo;s $135 Million Expansion ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970744/alberti-program-introduces-kids-to-power-potential-of-architecture Alberti Program introduces kids to power, potential of architecture Liam Otten 2016-09-26T18:44:00-04:00 >2016-09-29T11:12:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1f/1f5mtm8ij3iru153.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architecture shapes our environment. But studying architecture shapes how we see, understand and interpret the world. A building, a neighborhood, a city &mdash; each is the result of particular priorities, circumstances and choices.</p><p>It&rsquo;s a startling realization, especially for young people, but also inspiring. Our surroundings are not merely the way they are &mdash;&nbsp;they are the way that people have made them to be.</p><p>Over the last 10 years, Washington University in St. Louis&rsquo;&nbsp;<a href="http://samfoxschool.wustl.edu/alberti_program" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alberti Program</a>&nbsp;has introduced hundreds of kids, ranging from 8 to 15 years old, to the power and potential of architecture and design. Led by students and faculty in the Sam Fox School of Design &amp; Visual Arts &mdash;&nbsp;<a href="https://source.wustl.edu/2015/12/alberti-program-to-partner-with-pgav-destinations/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">with major support from PGAV Destinations</a>&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;the tuition-free program operates year-round: as a day camp in June and on Saturday afternoons throughout the fall and spring semesters.</p><p>&ldquo;Alberti adopts a way of learning by doing,&rdquo; said&nbsp;Bruce Lindsey, dean of the Sam Fox School&rsquo;s College of Architecture and Graduate School o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970749/one-to-one-39-with-tomas-koolhaas-filmmaker-and-son-of-rem One-to-One #39 with Tomas Koolhaas, filmmaker and son of Rem Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-26T18:13:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T22:54:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ut/utxvllt2l155um0w.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Tomas Koolhaas is a filmmaker in Los Angeles, whose most recent project, a documentary about his father Rem, recently premiered at the Venice Film Festival. REM follows its titular architect around the world, visiting his projects and investigating their human impact. Aware of his special perspective on the film's subject, Tomas didn't want the film to be a teary biopic or heady architectural salvo, but something more impressionistic and accessible, appealing to emotions over intellectualism. We speak about managing family relationships in creative work, his influences as a filmmaker, and film's role in architectural media at large.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/670405/one-to-one" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#39 with&nbsp;<strong>Tomas Koolhaas</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/neil-denari/id1057340260?i=356797877" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="http://onetoone.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://onetoone.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/onetoone/One_To_One_Episode_39_Tomas_Koolhaas.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes</strong>:</p><p><em>REM</em>'s trailer:</p><p></p><p>Screenshots from REM&nbsp;&darr;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f9/f9ri9xg2onn0uvb3.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dy/dyicw1xlcirfox0w.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lm/lmvb5szerw1wgh7w.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dn/dn8aruzp88xntds1.jpg"></p><p>Film...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970651/this-week-s-picks-for-london-architecture-and-design-events This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-09-26T13:46:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T23:03:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e5/e5tcdlk3pnysj4bj.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week, plunge yourself into the art world with opening shows, private views and controversial subjects all on offer in <a href="http://bustler.net/events_location/694828/london-gb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>. Works on display throughout the exhibitions seek to challenge the viewer, and in the case of Guerrilla Girls, bring about big, tangible&nbsp;change through art.&nbsp;</p><p>Additionally, this week is one of the last chances to visit the incredible&nbsp;<a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149950561/inside-bjarke-ingels-serpentine-pavilion-the-work-becomes-a-pure-manifestation-of-that-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine Pavilion by BIG,</a> if you haven't already, ahead of its closure on the 9th October.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/747353/weekly-events-ldn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/events_location/694828/london-gb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/8322/silhouettes-and-shadows-david-bowie-remembered" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Silhouettes and Shadows: David Bowie Remembered |&nbsp;Open now until 26 October</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/rt/rtuag61zynuma203.jpg"></p><p><em>Bowie on the album cover of "Heroes", image: Masayoshi Sukita</em></p><p>David Bowie has been celebrated widely in London since his death at the beginning of this year. This exhibition remembers the star through&nbsp;photographs and&nbsp;accompanying stories from the photographers who knew and worked with him over the years. Including previously unseen prints, this exhibition seeks to...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970122/replica-of-palmyra-arch-presented-in-new-york Replica of Palmyra Arch presented in New York Nicholas Korody 2016-09-22T17:57:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:27:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w9/w9vd249as7xvwmy7.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A recreation of Palmyra&rsquo;s Arch of Triumph was unveiled in New York on Monday, almost a year after Islamic State militants destroyed the original structure. The 1,800-year-old Roman arch was blown up by the extremist group last October, but a team of archeologists at Oxford University&rsquo;s Institute for Digital archeology (IDA) set about recreating it, in an act of resistance to Isis&rsquo;s rampant acts of cultural destruction in Iraq and Syria.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The recreation, which is two-thirds the size of the original, was constructed with 3D printing technology using Egyptian marble. Historically, the arch marked the entrance to the Temple of Baal, which was later converted into a church and then a mosque.</p><p>The recreated arch was displayed last spring in Trafalgar Square. It will stay in New York &mdash; at City Hill park &mdash; for one week before heading to Dubai.&nbsp;</p><p>Watch a video of the construction here:</p><p></p><p>For more on Palmyra and the destruction caused by ISIL, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149964570/international-criminal-court-hears-first-case-of-cultural-destruction-as-war-crimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Criminal Court hears first case of cultural destruction as war crimes</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954716/download-a-3d-model-of-a-column-from-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Download a 3D model of a column from Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945094/syrian-architect-talks-about-the-past-and-future-of-her-destroyed-hometown-of-homs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Syrian architect talks about the past and future of her destroyed hometown of Homs</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941575/recreation-of-palmyra-s-arch-of-triumph-presented-in-trafalgar-square" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Recreation of Palmyra's Arch of Triumph presented in Trafalgar Square</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970082/the-end-of-shenzhen-s-baishizhou-urban-village The end of Shenzhen’s Baishizhou 'urban village' Alexander Walter 2016-09-22T15:37:00-04:00 >2016-09-29T15:22:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g6/g6xqpwih3loh4ni2.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Village&rdquo; may not seem like the right term for a cluster of tenement-style walkups that can house more than 100,000 people.&nbsp;Chengzhongcun&nbsp;hang onto the name partly because of the familiarity evoked by the traditions and small-scale businesses that thrive among their migrant populations, and partly because when modern Shenzhen began growing, these places really were just villages in the middle of the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961213/a-tragic-tale-of-live-and-let-die-development-on-shanghai-s-street-of-eternal-happiness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A tragic tale of live-and-let-die development on Shanghai's Street of Eternal Happiness</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962264/ai-weiwei-calls-modern-chinese-architecture-fatalistic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei calls modern Chinese architecture 'fatalistic'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944440/take-a-look-at-the-rapid-urbanization-of-china-s-pearl-river-delta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look at the rapid urbanization of China's Pearl River Delta</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970032/norman-foster-reimagines-global-infrastructure-strategies-in-new-essay Norman Foster reimagines global infrastructure strategies in new essay Julia Ingalls 2016-09-22T13:36:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:32:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zu/zubb009o0xoqimuk.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Back in May, Foster + Partners unveiled their design for the Droneport, a modular shell-like structure that is constructed with local labor from earthen bricks and thin compressed tiles to create loading areas for food and medical-aid bearing transport drones. A version of the Droneport was built at this year's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/24748/venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Biennale</a> (which is open until November 27th).&nbsp;Now, in the freshly unveiled <a href="https://www.unops.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/ASR/2015-ASR-supplement.pdf#page=14" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">thematic supplement to the&nbsp;</a><a href="https://www.unops.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/ASR/2015-ASR-supplement.pdf#page=14" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement,</a> Norman Foster has written an essay which builds upon the idea of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/1243/buckminster-fuller" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buckminster Fuller</a>'s "trim tab" to help foster enormous change in Africa and other countries with relatively small, if holistically conceived, gestures such as the Droneport.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/k8/k805xcuq9zmj9b06.gif"></p><p>Norman writes: "There is a moral imperative to provide more globally available energy while seeking to conserve its consumption. The answer to this apparent paradox is to adopt&nbsp;a holistic approach to the design of sustainable communities in which the infrastructure and indi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970029/the-olympics-are-a-dream-that-turn-into-a-nightmare-rome-s-mayor-pulls-2024-olympic-bid “The Olympics are a dream that turn into a nightmare." – Rome's mayor pulls 2024 Olympic bid Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-22T12:45:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:21:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yi/yipdi9xeowjirxuz.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Virginia Raggi, who was elected in June and has faced a tumultuous start to her tenure, said in a highly anticipated press conference that it would be irresponsible to move forward with the bid, given the debts that it would accrue and the burdens it would place on Roman taxpayers. [...] The 38-year-old lawyer said the city was still paying debts it had accrued for the Games in 1960, and would not stand for more &ldquo;cathedrals in the desert&rdquo; &ndash; abandoned stadiums &ndash; that the city could ill afford.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Take the Olympics, please!</p><ul><li><a title="Wilkinson Eyre, designers of Rio's biggest Olympic stadium, reflect on the Games' architectural legacy" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968313/wilkinson-eyre-designers-of-rio-s-biggest-olympic-stadium-reflect-on-the-games-architectural-legacy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wilkinson Eyre, designers of Rio's biggest Olympic stadium, reflect on the Games' architectural legacy</a></li><li><a title="How are London's Olympic grounds being used 4 years later?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961406/how-are-london-s-olympic-grounds-being-used-4-years-later" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How are London's Olympic grounds being used 4 years later?</a></li><li><a title="Boston backs out of 2024 Olympics bid" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132949093/boston-backs-out-of-2024-olympics-bid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston backs out of 2024 Olympics bid</a></li><li><a title="Japanese slam highly unpopular Tokyo Olympic Stadium design with hilarious memes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japanese slam highly unpopular Tokyo Olympic Stadium design with hilarious memes</a></li><li><a title="On decentralizing the Olympics" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149959104/on-decentralizing-the-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">On decentralizing the Olympics</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969926/david-adjaye-on-designing-a-museum-that-speaks-a-different-language David Adjaye on Designing a Museum That Speaks a Different Language b3tadine[sutures] 2016-09-22T00:11:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:21:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yn/ynoanx0ygsy8wf1u.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I was completely moved by the corona motif. It seemed like a way to start to tell a story that moves from one continent, where people were taken, along with their cultures, and used as labor, then contributed towards making another country and new cultures. That history then continues in the decorative patterning of those panels.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/su/suo8imo4pwpoycug.jpg"><br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g9/g9usn5x2zp1xonr3.jpg"></p><p>Adjaye.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969744/johnston-marklee-announced-as-the-artistic-director-of-the-2017-chicago-architecture-biennial Johnston Marklee announced as the artistic director of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial Nicholas Korody 2016-09-21T12:46:00-04:00 >2016-09-24T05:05:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gp/gp91q79htsi3bdo3.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/465082/chicago-architecture-biennial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> and Mayor Rahm Emmanel announced the curators of the second iteration of the Biennial: the Los Angeles-based firm <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/4256960johnston-marklee" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Johnston Marklee</a>. The studio, which comprises Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, will be assisted by Todd Palmer of the National Public Housing Museum, who has been named Executive Director.&nbsp;</p><p>The second edition of the Biennial will take place from September 16-December 31, 2017. The two major supporters of the last Biennial will continue their patronage of the event. SC Johnson will provide $2.5 million, while BP will give $1 million. Like last year, the Biennial will be centered in the Chicago Cultural Center in downtown Chicago.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xx/xxmx2iujioi9pnkp.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vg/vgin588p6rsurkke.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9q/9qkblg2olju4wpsg.jpg"></p><p>"The Chicago Architecture Biennial's return in 2017 confirms Chicago as an architectural hub," states Mayor Emanuel in the press release. "Last year's edition was a resounding success, and I'm pleased to see the great planning and support for the second Biennial, which will be even better. Not only is the Biennial's r...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969601/the-set-of-number-four-privet-drive-childhood-home-of-harry-potter-is-up-for-sale (The set of) number four Privet Drive, childhood home of Harry Potter, is up for sale Nicholas Korody 2016-09-20T19:55:00-04:00 >2016-09-21T16:16:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7z/7zqmcv9506mt1m1h.jpg" width="514" height="212" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Are you looking for just the right home for you, your corpulent husband, spoiled son, and abused nephew of mysterious provenance? Just can&rsquo;t find the right-sized cupboard-under-the-stairs? Now you&rsquo;re in luck: the 3-bedroom detached house used as the set of Harry Potter&rsquo;s childhood home has been listed for &pound;475,000.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/65/65ps1reoqsdt2q93.jpg"></p><p>Located in Bracknell, Berkshire &mdash; not Privet Drive in Little Whinging&nbsp;&mdash; the home has a recently renovated kitchen, a living room with garden access, and an en-suite bathroom in the master bedroom. It&rsquo;s close to Martins Heron Station. And a young Daniel Radcliffe honed his acting skills in its foyer.</p><p>As noted in the Telegraph, the color palette, thankfully, does not include the &ldquo;peach and salmon pink&rdquo; favored by Petunia Dursley.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/80/80gyg9pej6ek53ky.jpg"></p><p>Some older, but related, posts:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/58824/harry-potter-theme-park-to-open-in-florida" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harry Potter theme park to open in Florida</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/39699/invisibility-cloak" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Invisibility Cloak</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/90439/harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-prince-book-movie" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Book &amp; Movie</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/83482/any-harry-potter-fans-new-book" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Any Harry Potter fans? New Book!</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969486/cooper-union-appoints-first-woman-president-laura-sparks Cooper Union appoints first woman president Laura Sparks Julia Ingalls 2016-09-20T18:46:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T23:27:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yx/yx9mlzsea6tyd20y.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's been a tumultuous year for Cooper Union:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135726149/cooper-union-to-return-to-tuition-free-model" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">after revoking and then reconsidering its free tuition policy</a> for students last year, the institution saw numerous prominent trustees resign. Now, Cooper Union has appointed executive director of the William Penn Foundation Laura Sparks as its first woman president, whose background in philanthropy and successful community engagement seems like an ideal match for the school. As Sparks noted about her appointment:</p><p>"I have been impressed with the passion, commitment and determination of Cooper&rsquo;s board and search committee to &lsquo;look forward&rsquo; while also acknowledging and respecting dissenting views and the voices of many throughout the wider school community. I am eager to meet more of the college&rsquo;s passionate, thoughtful and accomplished students, and to engage with its extraordinary faculty as we move the institution forward while holding true to its founding principles. I am confident that together we can reaffirm our sense of mission, stab...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969510/meet-ernst-neufert-father-of-building-standards Meet Ernst Neufert, father of building standards Orhan Ayyüce 2016-09-20T17:32:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T23:30:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xt/xtam831fp6zl8lfh.jpg" width="514" height="453" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Almost every kitchen counter in the United States is 36 inches tall. And 25 inches deep. Eighteen inches above the counters are the cabinets, which are 16 inches deep. Where do these sizes and dimensions come from? Have they always been so exact?</p></em><br /><br /><p>"In 1938 Hitler&rsquo;s chief architect Albert Speer hired Neufert to, as Speer put it, &ldquo;oversee the standardization of building parts, and the rationalization to building methods.&rdquo; He got to lead his own team of designers and technicians. They were called The Neufert Department.</p><p>He created the Octametric Brick, a standard-sized masonry unit that would come to replace any other sized brick in Germany (the bricks were 12.5 centimeters wide, or one-eighth of a meter, hence its name). Adoption of the brick, as Neufert saw, would create a standardized, modular world that all construction would occur in&mdash;no more custom shapes or sizes within buildings, no more worrying that cabinets would be the same height as the stove.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0u/0ujvl4c51e9gv0ri.jpg"></p><p>With the Octametric Brick, buildings could still look different and be different sizes, but everything, when reduced to its smallest part, would have this as a base unit. This overarching uniformity, based around the dimensions of a single brick, would be called the Octametric Sy...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969454/gehry-s-modified-eisenhower-memorial-design-accepted-by-eisenhower-family Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design accepted by Eisenhower family Julia Ingalls 2016-09-20T12:54:00-04:00 >2016-09-27T23:42:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pi/piqeag193qrr9x39.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After more than four years of wrangling over&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136351063/frank-gehry-opens-up-about-the-emotional-side-of-his-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry's</a> proposal for the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/45183/eisenhower-memorial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eisenhower memorial</a>, the Eisenhower family has removed its objections to a modified version of the initial design. Although information about specific design changes and compromises was scant, according to <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-eisenhower-memorial-idUSKCN11P1VD" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reuters</a> the controversial steel "tapestries" will remain in some form on the family-approved version, even though Justin Shubow, president of the National Civic Art Society, referred to them as invoking the problematic imagery of an "iron curtain."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wa/waykvlqa3weatxe4.jpg"></p><p>For more on the fraught history of the Eisenhower Memorial:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131502328/gehry-s-modified-eisenhower-memorial-design-gets-green-light-from-national-capital-planning-commission" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design gets green light from National Capital Planning Commission</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125286004/chairman-of-eisenhower-memorial-commission-to-step-down" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chairman of Eisenhower Memorial Commission to step down</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110427299/eisenhower-memorial-clears-key-hurdle-on-gehry-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eisenhower Memorial clears key hurdle on Gehry design</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969376/win-2-tickets-to-beaux-arts-ball-2016-tabula-rasa Win 2 tickets to Beaux Arts Ball 2016: Tabula Rasa! Justine Testado 2016-09-20T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-09-23T13:27:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l8/l8yclc01gi4t9xcu.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://archleague.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural League of New York</a> is getting ready to kick off another eventful <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149967441/beaux-arts-ball-2016-tabula-rasa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beaux Arts Ball 2016: Tabula Rasa</a>, taking place on September 30 at the new nARCHITECTS-designed A/D/O space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Co-chaired by Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown,&nbsp;this year's Tabula Rasa theme is all about celebrating creativity in progress, the act of fresh-thinking, and New York's ceaseless reinvention.</p><p>Attendees will get to mingle with fellow designers and friends, see site-specific installations from Ultramoderne and Wild Dogs International, and enjoy a menu of light fare by Fredrik Berselius of Aska.</p><p><strong>Thanks to The Architectural League, Archinect is giving away two pairs of tickets to two of our readers!</strong>&nbsp;</p><p>For a chance to win, respond to the following question in the comment section below by <strong>Friday, September 23, 12 p.m. Eastern Time</strong>: &nbsp;Name your favorite instance of fresh-thinking and innovation in architecture this year (a project, research, an award recipient, etc.).</p><p>Only your first comm...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969375/how-the-design-of-a-parliament-building-affects-the-politics-that-happen-inside How the design of a parliament building affects the politics that happen inside Nicholas Korody 2016-09-19T18:56:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T23:01:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ix/ixhmzql4g1odx8s0.jpg" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the past five years van der Vegt and Max Cohen de Lara, his partner at XML, have studied the halls of parliament of all 193 United Nations member states. In a new book, Parliament, the duo elegantly connects architecture to the political process. All 193 assembly halls fall into one of five organizational layouts: &ldquo;semicircle,&rdquo; &ldquo;horseshoe,&rdquo; &ldquo;opposing benches,&rdquo; &ldquo;circle,&rdquo; and &ldquo;classroom.&rdquo; And these layouts make a difference.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>If you can imagine how debating with someone seated beside you might feel different from arguing with someone standing at a pulpit, you can appreciate the impact.</em></p><p>For more on the intersections of the architectural and the political, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960427/looking-into-the-white-house-s-much-longer-history-of-slave-labor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking into the White House's &ldquo;much longer history&rdquo; of slave labor</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956644/hillary-clinton-campaign-ad-highlights-architect-screwed-by-trump" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hillary Clinton campaign ad highlights architect screwed by Trump</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938426/poland-to-remove-soviet-era-memorials" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Poland to remove Soviet-era memorials</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934054/budapest-s-building-boom-draws-critics-of-hungarian-leader-s-edifice-complex" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Budapest's building boom draws critics of Hungarian leader's "edifice complex"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969309/show-and-tell-moma-s-chief-curator-of-architecture-and-design-martino-stierli-on-one-to-one-38 Show and Tell: MoMA's chief curator of architecture and design, Martino Stierli, on One-to-One #38 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-19T17:04:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T22:56:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yh/yhsvrqv8ciyo8vw3.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Martino Stierli took over as MoMA's chief curator of architecture and design in 2015, when the museum was already undergoing major changes. Diller Scofidio + Renfro's redesign was underway, and the architecture and design galleries faced something of an uncertain future in the expanded museum layout. On the podcast, Stierli dispels the rumors that the galleries would be closed permanently, and discusses MoMA's strategies for exhibiting architecture, as well as his plans to diversify the museum's collection.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/670405/one-to-one" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#38 with&nbsp;<strong>Martino Stierli</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/neil-denari/id1057340260?i=356797877" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="http://onetoone.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://onetoone.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/onetoone/One_To_One_Episode_38_Martino_Stierli.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969310/breaking-the-single-family-mold-to-design-around-real-american-families Breaking the (single-family) mold to design around real American families Nicholas Korody 2016-09-19T14:11:00-04:00 >2016-09-20T08:58:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4o/4on6gi3dli2dr3jt.jpg" width="514" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Home design is among the many subtle and not so subtle indicators of cultural norms that tell us what the ideal family should look like. But more families&#8202;&mdash;&#8202;through choice and circumstance&#8202;&mdash;&#8202;are creating families in ways that don&rsquo;t match up with the nuclear family ideal. In post-World War II America, marriage rates have decreased and more children are born to unmarried parents. Today there is no one family form in which the majority of kids grow up.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>If you could throw out all the conventions and constructs and limitations of our current understanding of family, what would you create for yourself? And what&rsquo;s stopping you?</em></p><p>For more on the politics of home design, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149961338/if-you-can-t-stand-the-domesticity-get-out-of-the-kitchen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">If you can&rsquo;t stand the domesticity, get out of the kitchen</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149956613/falling-through-the-sharing-economy-s-looking-glass-and-into-an-ocean-of-unpaid-gendered-domestic-labor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Falling through the sharing economy's looking glass&mdash;and into an ocean of unpaid, gendered, domestic labor</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149959097/living-together-is-only-possible-if-there-is-always-the-possibility-to-be-alone-dogma-studio-s-hard-line-look-at-architectural-solitude" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Living together is only possible if there is always the possibility to be alone." &ndash; Dogma studio's hard-line look at architectural solitude</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969297/when-designing-for-mental-health-how-far-can-architects-go When designing for mental health, how far can architects go? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-19T13:23:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T23:01:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5d/5d8rehcgoneopzdu.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Genetics, early experiences, family relationships and social settings can&rsquo;t be addressed through urban design,&rdquo; McCay explains. &ldquo;But urban design can and should play a role, just as it does for physical disorders, which have equally complex causes.&rdquo; [...] But experts believe guidelines for healthy urban environments are currently failing to take this growing awareness into consideration. [...] &ldquo;understanding of these issues is not yet mainstream&rdquo; in the architectural community.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Layla McCay, director of the Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health, outlines the various ways urban design and mental health intersect:</p><p></p><p>Check out more videos from UDMH on <a href="http://www.urbandesignmentalhealth.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">their website</a>.</p><p>For more news on urban psychology:</p><ul><li><a title="Measured Genius: One-to-One #29 with Pierluigi Serraino, author of 'The Creative Architect'" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954286/measured-genius-one-to-one-29-with-pierluigi-serraino-author-of-the-creative-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Measured Genius: One-to-One #29 with Pierluigi Serraino, author of 'The Creative Architect'</a></li><li><a title="The high psychological cost we pay for boring buildings" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940354/the-high-psychological-cost-we-pay-for-boring-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The high psychological cost we pay for boring buildings</a></li><li><a title="Putting entire cities on the psychiatrist's couch" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130868125/putting-entire-cities-on-the-psychiatrist-s-couch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Putting entire cities on the psychiatrist's couch</a></li><li><a title='Designing and understanding the "Happy City"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/88462415/designing-and-understanding-the-happy-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing and understanding the "Happy City"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969280/this-week-s-picks-for-london-architecture-and-design-events This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-09-19T12:23:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T23:03:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/em/emywwwsujqlo6slw.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week&rsquo;s picks come with an energy and collaborative passion which is so&nbsp;characteristic of this time of &nbsp;year. With the London&nbsp;Design Festival raging on and the anticipation&nbsp;of a new season hanging thick in the air, it seems as though London has started afresh, seemingly recovering from the events of this summer. Walking around the city, and at events,&nbsp;it is hard to not feel that same energy buzzing all around.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/747353/weekly-events-ldn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with <a href="http://bustler.net/events_location/694828/london-gb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a><a href="http://bustler.net/events_location/694828/london-gb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'s latest happenings</a> and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/8277/turner-prize-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turner Prize 2016 | 27 September - 2 January 2017</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/ew/ewum7jniwxf8libb.jpg"></p><p><em>Assemble's Sugar House Studios, Turner Prize Winners, 2015. Image: Assemble</em></p><p>The Turner Prize, founded in 1984, is a celebration of artists under 50 years old who have created &ldquo;an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding&rdquo;. &nbsp;Past winners have included Grayson Perry, Antony Gormley, Damien Hirst, Richard Long, and <a href="http://uk.archinect.com/features/article/147196490/talking-with-assemble-before-they-won-the-turner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Assemble</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>This year&rsquo;s panel comprises of esteemed directors and cur...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969134/moma-makes-all-its-museum-exhibition-archives-available-online MoMA makes all its museum exhibition archives available online Orhan Ayyüce 2016-09-18T17:24:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T05:48:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vc/vczmue2alkxx4an2.jpg" width="514" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Exhibitions from our founding in 1929 to the present are available online. These pages are updated continually.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Go ahead and dig in! All there, including architecture. Now, that's a museum service.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968921/this-man-is-building-an-entire-village-from-recycled-plastic-bottles This man is building an entire village from recycled plastic bottles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-16T14:37:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T00:16:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c7/c7df4x1s5jkn3oah.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"Humanity went through stone age, went through ice age, and today, going through plastic age. We need to find solution,&rdquo; explains Robert Bezeau, the man intent on amending the global reach of plastic waste by building houses out of it. A transplant to Panama from Montreal, he has started building an entire village from discarded plastic bottles, placing them inside metal cages, and then stacking them into a simple house structure.</p><p>A recent scientific study estimates that currently, there are over 150 million tons of plastic waste in our oceans, and by 2050, that amount could outnumber fish. In places like Bocas del Toro, where Bezeau is building his plastic village, a rapid influx of new residents produced waste at a rate the city couldn't handle, resulting in an overflow of plastic garbage.</p><p>To cope with the issue, Bezea began gathering plastic bottles from locals and using them as building insulation. Check out <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/500036/plastic-bottle-village/?utm_source=nl-video-series-if-our-bodies-could-talk-091516" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The</em> <em>Atlantic</em></a>'s&nbsp;video below for his story.</p><p></p><p>Bezea isn't the only one buildin...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968710/the-architecture-of-grief-inside-oma-s-an-occupation-of-loss The architecture of grief: inside OMA's "An Occupation of Loss" Julia Ingalls 2016-09-15T13:09:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T00:14:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ts/tswbv7e60ow119fu.jpg" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In OMA and artist&nbsp;Taryn Simon's&nbsp;"An Occupation of Loss," professional mourners create unique performances of grief into an enormous sculpture of eight 45 foot concrete inverted wells that act as "a discordant instrument." It's not just for professional criers: during the day, visitors are encouraged to interact with the sculpture, exploring their own grief while recordings of the previous evening's performance are played in the background.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/88/883d428glpzlqbvt.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7d/7dx4qdjwf6q9qxbo.jpg"></p><p>On display at the&nbsp;Park Avenue Armory&rsquo;s Wade Thompson Drill Hall through September 25th, the sculpture will be moved to the Artangel in London next year.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c8/c84rsqebewx8euu3.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fr/fr701yjn8z3qm4xf.jpg"></p><p>As OMA's Shohei Shigematsu noted,&nbsp;&ldquo;The design was sonically-motivated, focusing on the performative act of loss&nbsp;rather than its physical manifestation, which has been historically marked by multiple scales &ndash; from tombstones to the World Trade Center Memorial. The industrial wells were configured into a readymade ruin that responds to both personal and monumental dimensions."</p><p>For the latest on OMA:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149966545/oma-mad-herzog-de-meuron-among-2016-designs-of-the-year-architecture-nominees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OM...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968625/the-real-estate-market-shows-modern-is-in-and-mediterranean-is-out The real estate market shows modern is in and Mediterranean is out Orhan Ayyüce 2016-09-15T01:35:00-04:00 >2016-09-18T23:24:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wc/wc7g4dk8bh7b6tl2.jpg" width="514" height="234" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There was a period where people created a caricature of the Mediterranean or Tuscan style, increasingly ornate and garish</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Along with Beanie Babies, the Sony Discman and other trends of the 1990s, the once wildly popular Mediterranean-style home has fallen out of fashion.</p><p>An&nbsp;<a href="http://research.realtor.com/review-home-style-trends/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">analysis of current home listings</a>&nbsp;shows that asking prices for Mediterranean-style homes&mdash;known for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748704204304574546032606496964" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">stucco walls, tumbled stone and wrought-iron accents</a>&mdash;have stalled in recent years, though they remain high. Now, modern architecture, with its subdued color palette and minimalist design, is popular."</p><p>Good news: "you, modernist architect, are in demand."</p><p>Related:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149966963/is-the-mcmansion-era-finally-over" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is the McMansion era finally over?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968533/bjarke-ingels-gets-the-rolling-stone-treatment Bjarke Ingels gets the Rolling Stone treatment Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-14T13:20:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T09:31:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ul/ulkgmi30fi9tsxez.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At 41, Bjarke Ingels could be fairly described as architect-famous, meaning people outside of his profession might be able to finger one of the buildings he's designed, but not the man himself. In person, he exudes a boyish charisma that one minute suggests a Silicon Valley wunderkind and the next a president of a frat house. [...] His most distinctive features are his eyes, which are such dark pools you can practically see your own twin reflections in them.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from BIG and its founder:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119441449/session-14-his-bjark-is-bigger-than-his-bjite-a-chat-with-bjarke-ingels-at-the-opening-of-big-s-hot-to-cold-exhibition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Session 14: His bjark is BIGger than his bjite &ndash; A chat with Bjarke Ingels at the opening of BIG's "Hot to Cold" exhibition</a></li><li><a title="Inga Saffron calls BIG's new Navy Yard building &quot;mesmerizing&quot;, &quot;reminiscent of a Richard Serra sculpture&quot;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953927/inga-saffron-calls-big-s-new-navy-yard-building-mesmerizing-reminiscent-of-a-richard-serra-sculpture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inga Saffron calls BIG's new Navy Yard building "mesmerizing", "reminiscent of a Richard Serra sculpture"</a></li><li><a title="Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944742/bjarke-ingels-group-aecom-join-forces-with-hyperloop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop</a></li><li><a title='"The first major architect who disconnected the profession completely from angst": Rem on Bjarke' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941747/the-first-major-architect-who-disconnected-the-profession-completely-from-angst-rem-on-bjarke" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The first major architect who disconnected the profession completely from angst": Rem on Bjarke</a></li><li><a title="BIG unveils moat-encircled stadium design for D.C." href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935095/big-unveils-moat-encircled-stadium-design-for-d-c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG unveils moat-encircled stadium design for D.C.</a></li><li><a title='60 Minutes profiles Bjarke Ingels, the "Starchitect"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934618/60-minutes-profiles-bjarke-ingels-the-starchitect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">60 Minutes profiles Bjarke Ingels, the "Starchitect"</a></li></ul>