Archinect - News 2016-05-06T07:10:24-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149943941/aerial-cable-cars-proposed-for-chicago Aerial cable cars proposed for Chicago Julia Ingalls 2016-05-05T21:03:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T21:33:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0x/0xfc24u3gsm6fq5q.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/19439/london-eye-gets-eviction-notice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Eye</a> designers <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1923marks-barfield-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marks Barfield Architects</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://archinect.com/davis-brody-bond" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Davis Brody Bond</a>&nbsp;have created a new aerial cable car for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148835364/how-chicago-s-reviving-chinatown-is-building-upon-its-history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a>. The plans, which are being sponsored by&nbsp;Lou Raizin&nbsp;and Laurence Geller CBE, have yet to gain approval from any official city agency, but in the meantime here are a few renderings of the gleaming cars gliding to and fro across the cityscape:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3t/3tj8qhkt0tnchnh1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k6/k6tfg1bqwy9bfq9n.jpg"></p><p>By crushing over the&nbsp;Navy Pier, the Chicago Lakefront, the Riverwalk running alongside the Chicago River, and downtown Chicago, the cable cars would "showcase an aerial vista of Chicago and its architectural&nbsp;heritage to the eyes of the world." The full video can be seen at the 26:42 mark of this much longer tourism presentation spiel:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943943/kickstart-this-fa-adomy-a-new-journal-that-looks-at-gender-and-identity-through-architecture Kickstart this! Façadomy: a new journal that looks at gender and identity through architecture Nicholas Korody 2016-05-05T20:41:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T21:15:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xq/xqv183gsuye0z180.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Fa&ccedil;adomy is new publication that looks at contemporary identity through the lenses of art and architecture. Fa&ccedil;adomy's inaugural issue, Gender Talents explores the landscape of self-determined gender. It builds off the work of progressive sexologist Esben Esther P. Benestad, who has observed seven distinct genders in their practice as a therapist in Norway. Three prominent voices in contemporary art and architecture reflect on these seven themes...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Conversations around gender and identity &ndash; long excluded from the "gentleman's profession" of architecture &ndash; are seeping more and more into architectural discourse.</p><p>For example, the AIA <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943704/north-carolina-loses-aia-conference-due-to-anti-lgbt-hb2-bill-passage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a>&nbsp;recently that they would cancel their conference in North Carolina because of the passage of HB2, a bill widely described as transphobic, exclusionary, and bigoted. And, while the number of women in architecture <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149897681/why-international-women-s-day-matters-for-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">remains</a> low (with a high dropout rate post-college), and the way female architects are treated <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149897681/why-international-women-s-day-matters-for-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">remains</a> poor (if not violent and illegal), at least the conversation seems to have picked up in recent years.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/el/elqq8lwtjeshgycc.jpg"></p><p>But there's so much more to be said about the relationship between architecture and identity-formation than can fit into a crisis management-oriented footnote. The built environment both mirrors societal norms about identity and reinforces them. It's the ground on which we learn, perform, enforce, resist, or trouble gender norms.</p><p>Enter <em><a href="http://facadomy.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fa&ccedil;adomy</a>,</em> a new publication that looks squarely a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943937/a-telltale-sign-of-gentrification-in-los-angeles A telltale sign of gentrification in Los Angeles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-05T19:53:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T20:07:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/82/82420c9f58b01e7799525433fb7543e4.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's not clear where or when this wooden slat revival started exactly, but it was roughly a decade or so ago and has been creeping through Los Angeles like kudzu ever since. In decades to come, it'll be a signifier for the exhaustive pace at which the city has changed in the past 5 to 10 years&mdash;for better or worse. And even though it can be spotted throughout the greater L.A. area or other markets entirely, architectural designer Marc Cucco finds the slat to be "specific to Eastside L.A."</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news on gentrification in Los Angeles:</p><ul><li><a title="How a group of Boyle Heights residents are fighting gentrification" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941499/how-a-group-of-boyle-heights-residents-are-fighting-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How a group of Boyle Heights residents are fighting gentrification</a></li><li><a title="As LA densifies, its iconic roadside restaurants disappear" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146736553/as-la-densifies-its-iconic-roadside-restaurants-disappear" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As LA densifies, its iconic roadside restaurants disappear</a></li><li><a title="Venice Beach's ongoing grapple with the tech titan invasion" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134055238/venice-beach-s-ongoing-grapple-with-the-tech-titan-invasion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Beach's ongoing grapple with the tech titan invasion</a></li><li><a title="With gentrification, the end of racial segregation moves into LA's Highland Park neighborhood" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123586329/with-gentrification-the-end-of-racial-segregation-moves-into-la-s-highland-park-neighborhood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With gentrification, the end of racial segregation moves into LA's Highland Park neighborhood</a></li><li><a title="Activists &ldquo;Evict&rdquo; Businesses in Gentrifying L.A. Neighborhood" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115651532/activists-evict-businesses-in-gentrifying-l-a-neighborhood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Activists &ldquo;Evict&rdquo; Businesses in Gentrifying L.A. Neighborhood</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943929/obama-administration-to-designate-stonewall-as-america-s-first-lgbt-memorial Obama administration to designate Stonewall as America's first LGBT memorial Nicholas Korody 2016-05-05T18:41:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T20:12:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bf/bfjwt6fcscbd9z0a.jpg" width="485" height="744" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York's iconic Stonewall Inn, where the modern gay rights movement took root, will become the first national monument honoring the history of gays and lesbians in the U.S. under a proposal President Barack Obama is preparing to approve. Designating the small swath of land will mark a major act of national recognition for gay rights advocates and their struggles over the last half-century.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Originally built as stables in the 1840s, the Stonewall Inn was the site of historic riots after police raided the LGBT bar on June 28, 1969. While such raids were then common, that night the bar-goers fought back &ndash; in the process helping to catalyze the LGBT liberation movement.</p><p>The news was timed to coincide with LGBT Pride month, which is held in June each year in commemoration of Stonewall. While the article specifies the monument as honoring the history of gays and lesbians, it's important to note <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Rivera" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the pivotal role</a> transgender individuals played in the uprising.</p><p>According to AP, the Obama administration is considering including nearby Christopher Park in the historic designation.&nbsp;</p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943704/north-carolina-loses-aia-conference-due-to-anti-lgbt-hb2-bill-passage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Carolina loses AIA conference due to anti-LGBT HB2 bill passage</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140470448/toilets-for-everyone-the-politics-of-inclusive-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toilets for everyone: the politics of inclusive design</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934132/as-gayborhoods-gentrify-lgbtq-people-move-into-conservative-america" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As "gayborhoods" gentrify, LGBTQ people move into conservative America</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130505301/u-s-lgbtq-preservation-group-pushes-to-preserve-more-heritage-sites-at-the-national-level" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. LGBTQ preservation group pushes to preserve more heritage sites at the national level</a></li></ul>... http://archinect.com/news/article/149943909/waukegan-il-future-home-of-the-lucas-museum Waukegan, IL: future home of the Lucas Museum? Julia Ingalls 2016-05-05T16:02:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T16:03:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e1/e15b5b55onvpn20f.jpg" width="514" height="292" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the future of a Lucas Museum on Chicago's lakefront in doubt, the city of Waukegan is asking the organizers to look a little to the north. Waukegan Mayor Wayne Motley reached out to Mellody Hobson, a Chicago financial executive and the wife of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, about locating the proposed museum featuring digital, traditional and narrative art on Waukegan's lakefront, a city spokesman said on Wednesday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After a shake-up Tuesday wherein Chicago-based&nbsp;Friends of the Parks (which was taking a 30-day break from suing to prevent <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943464/lawsuit-against-lucas-museum-holds-off-for-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a> from being built) announced that it wasn't going to budge on its anti-LMNA position, George Lucas announced that he was seriously considering other locations. According to the <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-lucas-museum-friends-of-the-parks-lawsuit-20160503-story.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Tribune</a> Lucas' wife, Mellody Hobson, noted that&nbsp;"this process has been co-opted and hijacked by a small special interest group." On Thursday, The Chicago Tribune reported that&nbsp;Mayor Rahm Emanuel <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-rahm-emanuel-lucas-museum-met-0505-20160505-story.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">asked his Law Department Wednesday afternoon to ask a federal appeals court to reject the Friends of the Parks case before it is tried</a>. Could the force be with the industrial shoreline of Waukegan, Illinois, population 90K?&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7w/7wdxhh0dtzb9sive.jpg"></p><p>You can conquer the box-office, but stakeholder groups are a whole different echelon:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941584/even-after-improved-plan-lucas-museum-still-mired-in-legal-and-financial-problems" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Even after improved plan, Lucas Museum still mired in legal and financial problems</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940895/the-lucas-museum-may-have-found-a-new-location-but-is-it-a-trap" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Lucas Museum may have found a new location &ndash; but is it "a trap"?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140017491/chicago-city-council-approves-construction-of-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ch...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943892/the-first-us-exhibition-on-pierre-chareau-coming-to-the-jewish-museum The first US exhibition on Pierre Chareau coming to the Jewish Museum Nicholas Korody 2016-05-05T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T13:38:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oa/oa8aq203tsx38bht.jpg" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This fall, the Jewish Museum will present what it&rsquo;s billing as the first United States exhibition devoted to the work of Pierre Chareau, a French Modernist who for decades fell out of the mainstream history of art and architecture [...] Chareau (1883-1950) was a prolific designer and art collector in France, and best known for his Maison de Verre (&ldquo;Glass House&rdquo;), a landmark building in Paris created in 1928 in collaboration with the Dutch architect Bernard Bijvoet...</p></em><br /><br /><p>The exhibition, entitled "Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design", is the third exhibition in a trilogy of design exhibitions, following surveys of the work of Isaac Mizrahi and Roberto Burle Marx.</p><p>The French architect and designer also had an impressive collection of art, which will be on view in the exhibit.</p><p>The exhibition will be designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/63443/chareau-chareau-oh-chareau" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chareau Chareau, Oh Chareau</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/39746/maison-de-verre-s-nouveau-propri-taire" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Maison de Verre's nouveau proprietaire</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149940802/the-reluctant-architect-15-minutes-with-liz-diller" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Reluctant Architect: 15 Minutes with Liz Diller</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149936428/african-modernism-architecture-of-independence-showcases-a-history-of-no-easy-answers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"African Modernism: Architecture of Independence" showcases a history of no easy answers</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943882/co-living-nomadism-roam-wants-you-to-sign-a-lease-to-live-around-the-world Co-living + 'nomadism': Roam wants you to sign a lease to live around the world Nicholas Korody 2016-05-05T12:58:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T13:21:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4y/4ymxnr3gmv5fes78.jpg" width="514" height="429" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you can afford the airfare, it's getting easier to be a digital nomad. Roam, a new network of co-living spaces, offers a lease that lets you continually move: After a couple of weeks or months in Madrid, you can head to Miami, or Ubud, Bali. By 2017, the startup plans to have 8-10 locations around the world. These aren't designed as places for vacations. Instead, it's an alternative way to think about home for "location-independent" people who can work remotely.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Residents each have their own private bedroom and bathroom, but they also have access to a coworking space and shared communal areas. The point is to meet as many people as possible."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6aw7fnhbhbrz2zc5.jpg"></p><p>Their website includes copy like, "A new way of living: Sign one lease. Live around the world," and, "Show up and find community everywhere." And high-speed wifi is guaranteed!</p><p>No place like home, eh?&nbsp;For more on the changing landscape of domesticity today, check out some related Archinect coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149943348/previewing-the-2016-venice-biennale-the-british-pavilion-s-home-economics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previewing the 2016 Venice Biennale: the British Pavilion's "Home Economics"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937655/box-sweet-box-sf-man-lives-in-wooden-pod-in-friends-apartment-for-400-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Box sweet box: SF man lives in wooden "pod" in friends' apartment for $400/month</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937012/wework-airbnb-podshare-new-live-work-space-emerges-in-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WeWork + Airbnb = PodShare? New live-work space emerges in Los Angeles</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145729323/welive-wework-s-co-living-venture-opens-for-beta-testing-in-new-york-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WeLive, WeWork's co-living venture, opens for beta testing in New York City</a></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jl/jlckncrsie4evtee.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943868/a-blind-new-yorker-identifies-the-city-by-scent A blind New Yorker identifies the city by scent Julia Ingalls 2016-05-05T12:26:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T12:26:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zj/zjhsommkzou2t295.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m blind, so my nose tells me what neighborhood I&rsquo;m in. My dog and I &ndash; we walk. We&rsquo;ll walk from 125th down to Houston. The smell of Harlem is definitely different now. It&rsquo;s more open. There&rsquo;s a new class of people. The whole thing feels like someplace else.</p></em><br /><br /><p>To navigate a vast city, people often develop a set of idiosyncratic markers: personal landmarks, favorite coffee joints, or in Craig Taylor's case, the smell of a particular section of town. Should designers start thinking in terms of creating signature scents to help identify their work for a populace that can't "see" projects traditionally?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/w0/w08ocj5ewnyuetzt.jpg"></p><p>For all the best in the smells of architecture:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/83908091/experimental-architecture-history-exhibits-spaces-with-smell" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Experimental architecture history exhibits spaces with smell</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/45317618/the-scent-of-an-apple-product-sourcing-the-macbook-pro-fragrance" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The scent of an Apple product, sourcing the Macbook Pro fragrance</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/77868/what-does-your-office-smell-like" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What does your office smell like?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943855/brighton-s-embassy-court-by-wells-coates-featured-in-new-film Brighton's Embassy Court by Wells Coates featured in new film Ellen Hancock 2016-05-05T11:27:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T11:27:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0f/0f68b80f7e98041bebb504b917385544.jpg" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earlier this year, photographer Baker took us on an odyssey through two icons of Modernism in the UK by Wells Coates: London&rsquo;s Isokon building and Brighton&rsquo;s Embassy Court. Now he&rsquo;s teamed up with director Alex Simpson to create a mini-documentary, The Legacy of Wells Coates. The Isokon was once home to Soviet spies, Agatha Christie and Modernist &eacute;migr&eacute;s including the founder&nbsp;of Bauhaus school, Walter Gropius.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Find more tales of form following function here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943531/a-hidden-mies-van-der-rohe-masterpiece-receives-funding-for-renovation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A 'hidden' Mies van der Rohe masterpiece receives funding for renovation</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939854/a-tall-order-wooden-skyscraper-could-become-britain-s-second-tallest-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A tall order? Wooden skyscraper could become Britain's second tallest building</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149368552/working-out-of-the-box-jader-almeida" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working Out of the Box: Jader Almeida</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149936428/african-modernism-architecture-of-independence-showcases-a-history-of-no-easy-answers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"African Modernism: Architecture of Independence" showcases a history of no easy answers</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943704/north-carolina-loses-aia-conference-due-to-anti-lgbt-hb2-bill-passage North Carolina loses AIA conference due to anti-LGBT HB2 bill passage Julia Ingalls 2016-05-04T13:51:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:38:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/81/81r2yefa92iayc0i.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wilmington officials say the cancellation of an architect business conference due to HB2 will cost the city nearly $1 million. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced Monday it will nix its three-day conference scheduled for later this fall at the Wilmington Convention Center. AIA officials cited the passage of HB2 as the reason for the cancellation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Being a bigot isn't just ridiculous&mdash;it's costly! Supposedly pro-business Republican senators in North Carolina have managed to drive away Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, and now the AIA thanks to their passage of HB2, which <a href="http://www.towleroad.com/2016/04/democratic-lawmakers-north-carolina-file-bill-repeal-hb-2/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Towelroad</a> describes as a bill that "bans all local LGBT rights ordinances in the state" while introducing "some of the most draconian anti-trans 'bathroom regulations' in the U.S." Talk about pissing it all away...</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u4/u4mna09hnxwr95qe.jpg"></p><p>For more on the fight for equality:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140470448/toilets-for-everyone-the-politics-of-inclusive-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toilets for everyone: the politics of inclusive design</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937477/mapping-transgender-friendly-bathrooms-in-hostile-north-carolina" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mapping transgender-friendly bathrooms in hostile North Carolina</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934132/as-gayborhoods-gentrify-lgbtq-people-move-into-conservative-america" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As "gayborhoods" gentrify, LGBTQ people move into conservative America</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943681/forgotten-spaceships-of-po-valley Forgotten Spaceships of Po Valley Orhan Ayyüce 2016-05-04T13:30:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:37:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nh/nhvmnqlw4i39h1jh.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rem Koolhaas, in an infamous essay from 1995, goes straight to the point: &lsquo;the style of choice (of suburbia) is postmodern, and will always remain so&rsquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>'In the post-war period most of the middle class of northern Italy looked straightforwardly towards the future and refused to be &lsquo;contaminated&rsquo; by tradition. The best experimental designs by Franco Albini, Ignazio Gardella, Carlo Scarpa and Gianni Avon were inspired by the strong need for individual representation of these stubbornly progressive self-made men. This state of things was bound not to last. Starting from the early seventies, as migration flows from the city to its suburbs increased steadily, the need for a mass production of single-family houses emerged. Architects were ready to give up quality and exclusiveness in favour of quantity and repetition: the so-called&nbsp;<em>villetta</em>&nbsp;was born, accompanied by an update of its owners&rsquo; lifestyle."&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943543/italian-government-assigns-1b-to-cultural-preservation Italian government assigns €1B to cultural preservation Justine Testado 2016-05-03T19:31:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:38:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ug/ug0ftdi4lcqd2e0f.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Italian government announced [May 2] that it is allocating &euro;1bn [approx. $1.15B] to major restoration and building projects at 33 museums, monuments and archaeological sites across the country, including Pompeii, the earthquake-stricken city of L&rsquo;Aquila and the Uffizi galleries in Florence. [C]ulture minister Dario Franceschini described the funding, which will continue until 2020, as the &ldquo;biggest investment in cultural heritage&rdquo; in Italy&rsquo;s history.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941900/better-than-ever-mackintosh-building-will-reopen-in-2018-along-with-campus-expansion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Better than ever: Mackintosh Building will reopen in 2018 along with campus expansion</a></p><p><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></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938550/le-corbusier-s-cit-de-refuge-in-paris-to-reopen-after-restoration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier's Cit&eacute; de Refuge in Paris to reopen after restoration</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943531/a-hidden-mies-van-der-rohe-masterpiece-receives-funding-for-renovation A 'hidden' Mies van der Rohe masterpiece receives funding for renovation Nicholas Korody 2016-05-03T18:14:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:37:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dy/dyuin9q12ga84ck7.jpg" width="514" height="408" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A boxy steel and glass&nbsp;building standing just three stories tall, the Catholic Pastoral Center at 601 Grand Ave. doesn&rsquo;t command a lot of attention.&nbsp;But among local architects and history buffs, it has a cult following. &ldquo;This is a building that appears in architecture textbooks,&rdquo; said Jennifer James, an architectural historian... Now, the building is poised for a $10 million renovation that Catholic Diocese of Des Moines officials say will extend its life another 50 years.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gq/gqzc9jppydghqold.jpg"></p><p>The building in question, now known as the Catholic Pastoral Center, was designed by none other than Mies van der Rohe. One of the first steel and glass modernist buildings in Des Moines, it was originally known as the Home Federal Savings and Loan building and opened in 1962.</p><p>The building exemplifies Miesian geometry: its marble tiles, railings, and exterior form are all square. The renovation will replace antiquated plumbing, lighting, heating and other mechanics, as well as replace a hole left over from a skywalk entrance that was recently removed.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mv/mv1qcwshxwzkdyph.jpg"></p><p>More on Mies here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/133573310/completing-mies-van-der-rohe-s-brick-country-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Completing Mies van der Rohe's Brick Country House</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937684/will-mies-van-der-rohe-s-wolf-house-rise-again" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Mies van der Rohe&rsquo;s Wolf House rise again?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139043225/cutting-across-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-re-ordering-mies-in-we-know-how-to-order" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: Re-ordering Mies in "We Know How to Order"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129964678/view-from-the-farnsworth-house-may-soon-be-a-lot-drier" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">View from the Farnsworth House may soon be a lot drier</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124745471/redesign-of-dc-s-main-mies-library-tip-toes-around-the-good-and-the-bad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Redesign of DC's main Mies library tip-toes around the good and the bad</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943474/cobe-mvrdv-s-rockin-new-ragnarock-museum-opens-to-the-public COBE + MVRDV's rockin’ new Ragnarock Museum opens to the public Justine Testado 2016-05-03T13:27:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:28:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l3/l3q50agkyovo4ce8.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nestled within an industrial patch of warehouses in the Danish city of Roskilde stands the golden-studded, newly inaugurated Ragnarock, a museum where rock, pop, and youth culture are housed under one roof. COBE and MVRDV joined forces to design the new museum, which is part of the larger ROCKmagneten masterplan that the architects won in 2011.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xa/xa33y5fn1en901h3.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gz/gzmguh9syhs80stl.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qu/quct3fhnakitg4hu.jpg"></p><p>Head over <a href="http://bustler.net/news/4861/closer-look-cobe-mvrdv-s-rockin-new-ragnarock-museum-in-roskilde" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">to Bustler</a> for more details.</p><p>Previously:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/22264080/rockmagneten-mvrdv-and-cobe-win-danish-rock-museum-competition-in-roskilde" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ROCKmagneten: MVRDV and COBE Win Danish Rock Museum Competition in Roskilde</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943254/monu-25-is-seeking-submissions-for-independent-urbanism MONU #25 is seeking submissions for "Independent Urbanism" MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2016-05-02T14:32:00-04:00 >2016-05-02T14:32:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vb/vbxpysmrsenotdmd.jpg" width="514" height="306" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Although the idea that the nation-state as the exclusive agent of connections and relations between political communities is increasingly considered obsolete, the world has witnessed the emergence of more than 30 new countries over the last 3 decades. (Bernd Upmeyer, Editor-in-Chief, May 2016)</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although the idea that the nation-state as the exclusive agent of connections and relations between political communities is increasingly considered obsolete, the world has witnessed the emergence of more than 30 new countries over the last 3 decades. Especially the fundamental changes in world politics that unfolded across Europe at the end of the 1980s and early 1990s - most emblematically symbolized by the fall of the Berlin wall in November 1989, that led to the dissolution of the USSR and Yugoslavia - caused the creation of most of the <em><strong>newly independent states</strong></em>. Fifteen countries, such as Armenia, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, or Uzbekistan, to name just a few, became<em><strong> independent</strong></em> with the implosion of the USSR in 1991. Similarly, the former Yugoslavia dissolved into the <em><strong>independent countries </strong></em>of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, and Serbia and Montenegro, which in turn changed into the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro in 2003, and finally i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943264/how-la-is-changing-one-rail-line-at-a-time How LA is changing, one rail line at a time Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-02T13:07:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:30:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ob/obukwrzxck4mt4dp.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;A good part of any day in Los Angeles,&rdquo; Joan Didion wrote in 1989, &ldquo;is spent driving, alone, through streets devoid of meaning to the driver, which is one reason the place exhilarates some people, and floods others with an amorphous unease.&rdquo; I quote this statement every chance I get; it is among the most trenchant ever written about the place. But all that is changing, or might be, if the promises implied by the Expo Line expansion can be kept.</p></em><br /><br /><p>On May 20, Los Angeles's Metro will open the expansion of its Expo Line, stretching from downtown past its current terminus in Culver City all the way to Santa Monica, blocks from the Pacific Ocean. The dream of "Broadway to the beach" by train in LA will soon become a reality, and stands to be a watershed moment in the city's transit development, as David Ulin reflects in the&nbsp;<em>New York Times:</em></p><p><em>Regardless of what the Expo Line ultimately does or doesn&rsquo;t do for traffic, this is, I think, the essence of what it offers: the notion of Los Angeles as a space we occupy together, collective and evolving, where in the act of getting lost, as I discovered on Venice Boulevard, we may also unexpectedly be found.</em></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/140423053/the-long-and-weirding-road-a-tour-through-los-angeles-urbanism-in-sidewalking" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The long and weirding road: a tour through Los Angeles urbanism in "Sidewalking"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/37391/david-l-ulin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David L. Ulin</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136348612/l-a-seeks-to-accelerate-infrastructure-projects-in-advance-of-potential-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. seeks to accelerate infrastructure projects in advance of potential Olympics</a></li><li><a title="Will LA's new metro extension bring growth to the city's peripheries?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934138/will-la-s-new-metro-extension-bring-growth-to-the-city-s-peripheries" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will LA's new metro extension bring growth to the city's peripheries?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942979/mumbai-high-rise-at-the-center-of-adarsh-society-scam-to-be-demolished-high-court-rules Mumbai high-rise at the center of Adarsh Society scam to be demolished, High Court rules Alexander Walter 2016-04-29T15:05:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:31:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vm/vm0dtao01i103xiv.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In an order that sends a strong message against corruption, the Bombay High Court on Friday ordered the Union Environment Ministry to demolish 31-storey Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society. [...] The society, originally meant to be a six-storey structure to house Kargil war heroes and war widows, was converted into a 100-metre-tall building with politicians, bureaucrats and army officers allegedly conspiring to get flats allotted to them in the cooperative society at below-market rates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Click <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adarsh_Housing_Society_scam" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to learn more about the&nbsp;Adarsh Housing Society scam and corruption scandal.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146810440/top-13-floors-of-india-s-tallest-skyscraper-were-built-illegally-high-court-says" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Top 13 floors of India's tallest skyscraper were built illegally, High Court says</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937900/india-on-the-brink-what-s-in-store-for-the-country-s-architectural-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">India on the brink: what's in store for the country's architectural future</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145577538/world-s-first-slum-museum-is-coming-to-mumbai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first Slum Museum is coming to Mumbai</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942851/what-makes-an-age-friendly-city-older-citizens-worldwide-speak-out What makes an age-friendly city? Older citizens worldwide speak out Justine Testado 2016-04-28T20:35:00-04:00 >2016-04-29T22:52:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uo/uosk2sg8lo3ebxjy.jpg" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I believe it&rsquo;s important for all ages to interact on a day to day basis. It...hopefully removes the labelling of people as &lsquo;elderly&rsquo; or &lsquo;past it&rsquo; and the self-fulfilling behaviours that are often generated by this.&rdquo; &ldquo;Cities need cross-generational activities...People living alone of whatever age can become isolated, lonely and then mental health problems can develop.&rdquo; &ldquo;Teach young people that we are not going to move over, nor do we have to.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>How do you define an age-friendly city? Share in the comment section below.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937235/nation-s-first-combined-housing-complex-for-lgbt-youth-and-seniors-coming-to-hollywood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nation's first combined housing complex for LGBT youth and seniors coming to Hollywood</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940285/loneliness-is-on-the-rise-throughout-the-world-s-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Loneliness is on the rise throughout the world's cities</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119813867/midwest-developer-planning-shared-residence-for-seniors-and-young-adults-out-of-foster-care" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Midwest developer planning shared residence for seniors and young adults out of foster care</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128712541/rural-japanese-town-applies-creative-depopulation-to-attract-millennials-in-aging-population" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rural Japanese town applies "creative depopulation" to attract millennials in aging population</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942843/prince-s-minneapolis-estate-to-become-a-museum Prince's Minneapolis estate to become a museum Nicholas Korody 2016-04-28T19:59:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:10:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5c/5cdfv67be209zqh9.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Prince&rsquo;s Paisley Park home in Minneapolis is set to be turned into a museum, according to the late musician&rsquo;s brother-in-law, Maurice Phillips. &ldquo;We will turn Paisley Park into a museum in Prince&rsquo;s memory,&rdquo; Phillips told the Sun. &ldquo;It would be for the fans. He was all about the fans &mdash; this would remember his music, which is his legacy.&rdquo; Prince died last Thursday at the Paisley Park estate. An autopsy was conducted, but the cause of death has yet to be announced. His remains were later cremated.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Named after Prince's song of the same name, Paisley Park is located outside of Minneapolis. The $10 million, 65,000-square-foot space housed more than just the musician's private residence: it included recording studios, offices, and a nightclub.</p><p>The complex was built in 1987 and designed by Bret Thoeny of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/4996911/boto-design-architects" target="_blank">BOTO Design</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zv/zv0v0ky6a8ctiv0s.jpg"></p><p>For more news from the intersection of music and art, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941806/take-a-look-at-these-installations-from-this-year-s-coachella-festival" target="_blank">Take a look at these installations from this year's Coachella Festival</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935964/sex-pistols-graffiti-secures-famous-tin-pan-alley-building-grade-2-listed-status" target="_blank">Sex Pistols graffiti secures famous Tin Pan Alley building Grade 2* listed status</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147829447/beyonc-filmed-her-nola-themed-formation-video-at-this-historic-pasadena-mansion" target="_blank">Beyonc&eacute; filmed her NOLA-themed "Formation" video at this historic Pasadena mansion</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144515110/take-a-listen-to-the-nyt-s-beautiful-sonic-portraits-of-architectural-spaces" target="_blank">Take a listen to the NYT's beautiful sonic portraits of architectural spaces</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942822/qatar-world-cup-workers-fifa-launches-welfare-body-to-improve-labor-conditions Qatar World Cup workers: FIFA launches welfare body to improve labor conditions Alexander Walter 2016-04-28T17:49:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:08:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e5/e589u33bvzm7cezi.jpg" width="514" height="212" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Fifa president Gianni Infantino has announced the launch of a body to oversee the treatment of workers on Qatar&rsquo;s World Cup stadiums. Fifa has been under pressure from Amnesty International, among others, over the alleged human rights abuses suffered by construction operatives at World Cup venues.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144514304/7-000-construction-workers-will-die-in-qatar-before-a-ball-is-kicked-in-the-2022-world-cup-new-ituc-report-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"7,000 construction workers will die in Qatar before a ball is kicked in the 2022 World Cup," new ITUC report finds</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127580581/bbc-journalists-arrested-for-reporting-on-qatar-s-world-cup-laborers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BBC journalists arrested for reporting on Qatar's World Cup laborers</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/82702681/revealed-qatar-s-world-cup-slaves-to-build-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Revealed: Qatar's World Cup 'slaves' to Build Infrastructure</a></li></ul><p>Dire safety conditions also in Brazil:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942337/11-workers-have-died-so-far-during-rio-olympic-construction-audit-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">11 workers have died so far during Rio Olympic construction, audit finds</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942789/following-major-donations-peter-zumthor-s-lacma-redesign-moves-forward Following major donations, Peter Zumthor's LACMA redesign moves forward Nicholas Korody 2016-04-28T14:00:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:08:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g1/g1ncspkz7h9z2wqr.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It once seemed like a herculean, if not insurmountable, challenge &ndash; raising $600 million or more for an ambitious modernist building to serve as the new home for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Skeptics abounded when plans were first announced three years ago. But momentum now seems to be shifting in LACMA's favor with the announcement this week of two major donations that will push the fundraising campaign near the halfway point.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The donations together amount to the largest the museum has ever received. Elaine Wynn, a major collector and co-chair of the museum, pledged $50 million.&nbsp;Former Univision chairman A. Jerrold Perenchio has promised to give $25 million for the project.</p><p>Both donations hinge on the successful launch of the Zumthor project, which will begin environmental review in a few months. Construction would begin in 2018 and conclude in 2023 if everything goes according to plan.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xa/xala2d9cpvo1ugsv.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f4/f40achyb0mo7re0k.jpg"></p><p>For more episodes from the saga of the Zumthor-LACMA project, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134507579/sunshine-and-noir-peter-zumthor-s-new-los-angeles-county-museum-of-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sunshine and noir: Peter Zumthor's new Los Angeles County Museum of Art</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126728059/is-zumthor-s-inkblot-the-right-size-for-lacma-s-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Zumthor's inkblot the right size for LACMA's art?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125751245/peter-zumthor-at-lacma-a-preacher-in-the-wrong-church" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Zumthor at LACMA: A Preacher in the Wrong Church</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123916644/christopher-hawthorne-dissects-zumthor-s-inkblot-with-lacma-director-michael-govan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne dissects Zumthor's inkblot with LACMA Director Michael Govan</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123660296/lacma-latest-zumthor-reins-in-his-inkblot-redesign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LACMA latest: Zumthor reins in his inkblot redesign</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942752/950-for-a-mouldy-central-flat-welcome-to-london £950 for a mouldy 'central' flat? Welcome to London. Ellen Hancock 2016-04-28T10:59:00-04:00 >2016-04-28T12:09:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/he/hegddv2kqpuwiy8w.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you want evidence that London&rsquo;s renters are being taken advantage of, look no further than a new social media campaign. Launched Monday, the #rantyourrent hashtag encourages London&rsquo;s overcharged and poorly housed tenants to visually detail the bad conditions they&rsquo;re expected to put up with in return for large sums of monthly rent. &nbsp; The results, detailed in a new Tumblr called Vent Your Rent, make for sobering viewing.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More articles on London and the housing crisis here:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941650/the-root-of-london-s-housing-crisis-lies-beyond-its-borders" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The root of London's housing crisis lies beyond its borders</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938805/london-s-housing-crisis-is-creating-a-chasm-between-the-rich-and-poor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's housing crisis is creating a chasm between the rich and poor</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143145697/london-s-bleak-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942638/carsten-h-ller-to-unveil-his-arcelormittal-orbit-slide-in-june Carsten Höller to unveil his ArcelorMittal Orbit slide in June Paul Petrunia 2016-04-27T17:49:00-04:00 >2016-04-27T18:03:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3g/3gzwvhfsvinydg6h.jpg" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>H&ouml;ller&nbsp;wanted to&nbsp;show that you don&rsquo;t necessarily get to know a sculpture better by literally&nbsp;travelling&nbsp;through it; that once inside it begins to look like something else&nbsp;entirely... The Slide, a permanent fixture at London&rsquo;s Olympic Park, will give people a full 40 seconds to experience this and decide for themselves as they make their way down the 178m chute at an estimated 15mph.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942593/looking-to-buy-a-small-town-this-nevada-desert-gem-could-be-yours-for-8-million Looking to buy a small town? This Nevada desert gem could be yours for $8 Million Alexander Walter 2016-04-27T13:58:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T23:40:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1i/1ifbf03w953nf5cj.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An hour south from the bright lights of the Las Vegas strip, a tiny town in Nevada is up for sale. Cal-Nev-Ari, Nev. (pronounced Cal-Nev-Air) is off a lonely stretch of Highway 95, surrounded by distant mountains and endless desert. The town isn't far from the California and Arizona borders [...]. If you can afford the $8 million asking price, you'll get the airstrip, the diner and the town's only casino. That includes a dozen old slot machines and a smokey bar. This place has character.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938451/new-nevada-solar-plant-can-store-heat-from-the-sun-for-up-to-10-hours-with-molten-salt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Nevada solar plant can store heat from the sun for up to 10 hours &ndash; with molten salt</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940683/faraday-future-holds-groundbreaking-ceremony-for-1b-nevada-factory" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Faraday Future holds groundbreaking ceremony for $1B Nevada factory</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141435421/a-look-inside-tesla-s-growing-gigafactory-it-will-blow-your-mind" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A look inside Tesla's growing Gigafactory: "It will blow your mind."</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942585/kentucky-students-defend-shared-living-spaces-over-innovative-new-dorms Kentucky students defend shared living spaces over "innovative" new dorms Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-27T13:28:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T23:39:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/02/02pipo6pw0whseno.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>with the rise of these innovative areas, traditional-style dorms, characterized by shared bathrooms and two or more students living with one another in a single space, are becoming less frequent on campus, and will soon be discontinued altogether. [...] living in a traditional-style dorm is important, especially for first-year students, because the living arrangements allow for greater communication between residents that may not necessarily occur in the newer dorms.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Luxury UK student housing is on the rise, and with it, gentrification fears" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937221/luxury-uk-student-housing-is-on-the-rise-and-with-it-gentrification-fears" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luxury UK student housing is on the rise, and with it, gentrification fears</a></li><li><a title="Viennese student dorms may Passively House refugees" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139461710/viennese-student-dorms-may-passively-house-refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Viennese student dorms may Passively House refugees</a></li><li><a title="Homework and Jacuzzis as Dorms Move to McMansions in California" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/27359669/homework-and-jacuzzis-as-dorms-move-to-mcmansions-in-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Homework and Jacuzzis as Dorms Move to McMansions in California</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942419/checking-in-on-nepal-one-year-later Checking in on Nepal, one year later Julia Ingalls 2016-04-26T21:39:00-04:00 >2016-04-26T21:39:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vb/vbejgpasq40v1n5s.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the Nepalese government continues to face criticism for the slow pace of the country&rsquo;s reconstruction, Nepal&rsquo;s prime minister Khadga Prasad Oli announced today that the reconstruction of key heritage sites in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur is to finally begin, the Associated Press reports.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A year after the devastating quake, there is some good news in Nepal. As this article notes,</p><p><em>The World Monuments Fund (WMF) also announced today that it, in collaboration with American Express, was financing the rebuilding of the 16th-century Char Narayan Temple, which was reduced to rubble by the quake. The project is to receive a share of $1m in grants earmarked for five major preservation projects across the globe.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3l/3lbkgfvz2kcgi7j0.jpg"></p><p>For more on Nepal:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126442466/how-architects-can-help-nepal-and-learn-from-past-disastrous-mistakes-successes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Architects Can Help Nepal (And Learn From Past Disastrous Mistakes/Successes)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/147695167/a-recent-building-project-in-nepal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Recent Building Project in Nepal</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126947696/shigeru-ban-responds-to-the-emergency-in-nepal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban responds to the emergency in Nepal</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942320/dror-envisions-second-geodesic-dome-in-montreal-s-expo-67-site Dror envisions second geodesic dome in Montreal's Expo 67 site Justine Testado 2016-04-26T14:24:00-04:00 >2016-04-26T17:08:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lh/lh8udpaij749wmux.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Originally built as the U.S. Pavilion in the memorable World Expo of 1967, the steel structural frame of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/1243/buckminster-fuller" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buckminster Fuller</a>'s Biosphere remains standing to this day as a sole landmark in Montreal's&nbsp;Parc Jean-Drapeau.&nbsp;In planning&nbsp;for the&nbsp;50th anniversary of Expo 67 as well as Montreal's 375th anniversary next April,&nbsp;designer&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/dror" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dror Benshetrit</a> of the New York-based practice Dror came up with the idea for adding, what do you know, a second geodesic dome near the Biosphere.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ng/ngc0b1xsdvkb5cuj.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/64/64n8u3v0y9zt0ls7.jpg"></p><p>After touring Montreal's &Icirc;le Sainte-H&eacute;l&egrave;ne with the Buckminster Fuller Institute,&nbsp;Benshetrit thought of a second dome as a way to help reinvigorate the seasonally used Expo 67 site grounds and evidently pay tribute to Fuller's landmark. Compared to the Biosphere, which is 76 meters in diameter and 62 meters high, Dror's proposed dome is a 150-meter-wide&nbsp;aluminum latticed sphere with a planted canopy.&nbsp;</p><p>The studio describes that its vegetated cover would act as a natural sound buffer and provide an enchanting public enviro...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942339/is-brickbox-reductive-modular-design-or-flex-space-genius Is BrickBox reductive modular design or flex-space genius? Julia Ingalls 2016-04-26T13:37:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T23:37:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/me/men72zxp7tv7gngc.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Shelve your "bigger than a breadbox" jokes&mdash;literally. The BrickBox, a storage unit made from marine grade&nbsp;birch plywood, can be used a shelf, a room-divider, or even as porous furniture.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7v/7v5djbajn09qjlr0.jpg"></p><p>Each unit has cut-out handles and nylon connectors that can lock into the grooves of other units without the use of screws. One can accessorize with wheels, doors, and legs.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2b/2byz9r86b09e0vrk.jpg"></p><p>Is this great design, or is the austere laminate box reminiscent of boiled-down IKEA?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5u/5u8kouwzqeq75pg0.jpg"></p><p>For all the latest in experimental furniture design news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/130410491/leftover-inspiration-the-construction-aesthetic-of-chair-6-0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leftover inspiration: the construction aesthetic of "Chair 6.0"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149937104/opendesk-cracking-the-production-code-for-open-source-furniture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Opendesk, cracking the production code for open-source furniture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/147273569/a-misting-mirror-a-chair-that-shoots-fireworks-and-other-material-experiments-by-soft-baroque" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A misting mirror, a chair that shoots fireworks, and other material experiments by Soft Baroque</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942324/tensions-build-at-athen-s-port-of-piraeus-the-first-stop-for-many-refugees-seeking-asylum-in-europe Tensions build at Athen's port of Piraeus, the first stop for many refugees seeking asylum in Europe Nicholas Korody 2016-04-26T12:52:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T23:35:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i1/i1gynqxbucbu2ph1.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Squalid, chaotic, overwhelmed: Piraeus is the first port of call for the thousands now trapped in the capital, on the frontline of Europe&rsquo;s refugee crisis. Since the closure of Greece&rsquo;s northern border and with it the Balkan migrant trail &ndash; a move that has resulted in more than 46,000 stranded on the Greek mainland &ndash; it has been emblematic of the country&rsquo;s inability to cope with a situation few had envisaged.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"In passenger terminals never built to deal with a humanitarian crisis, facilities have been rudimentary, tensions high, and resources vastly overstretched."</em></p><p>The article notes that the growing refugee population is putting pressure on Athenian society, which was already tense as the country continues to struggles under crippling austerity measures imposed by the European Union. Far-right movements, like the Golden Dawn, are gaining popularity.</p><p>Meanwhile, a plan sponsored by the UN Refugee Agency proposes to house up to 20,000 refugees in private apartments around the capital.</p><p>For more on the refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940715/germany-announces-new-integration-measures-for-migrants-and-refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Germany announces new integration measures for migrants and refugees</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148285398/nobody-thinks-about-the-safety-of-these-women-the-harrowing-experiences-of-female-refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Nobody thinks about the safety of these women": the harrowing experiences of female refugees</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146808835/sweden-plans-mass-expulsion-of-up-to-80-000-refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sweden plans mass expulsion of up to 80,000 refugees</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144578495/ai-weiwei-documents-life-in-greek-refugee-camp-on-social-media" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140068061/the-vast-majority-of-syrian-refugees-are-seeking-refuge-in-cities-not-camps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The vast majority of Syrian refugees are seeking refuge in...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942319/aspiring-japanese-surgeons-build-tiny-models-to-get-hired Aspiring Japanese surgeons build tiny models to get hired Julia Ingalls 2016-04-26T12:41:00-04:00 >2016-04-27T13:54:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hk/hk0xh3ytj5q7pxw1.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Forget the life and death drama of heart transplant surgery&mdash;what about the insane pressure to expertly fold a piece of origami in under 15 minutes? Located in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942166/logo-design-chosen-for-2020-tokyo-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan</a>'s Okayama prefecture, Kurashiki Central Hospital&nbsp;is holding fierce recruitment competitions in which surgeons must assemble tiny models&mdash;in one case, a piece of sushi with a single grain of rice&mdash;to demonstrate their fine motor skills (and coolness in a complicated deadline situation: sound familiar, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/81150050/model-a-short-film-exploring-the-future-of-model-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">model builders</a>?). Here's the video of the tryouts:&nbsp;</p>