Archinect - News 2015-05-06T06:28:58-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/126787225/ncarb-will-resolve-intern-architect-title-debate-at-aia-national-convention NCARB will resolve "Intern Architect" title debate at AIA National Convention Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-05T20:48:00-04:00 >2015-05-05T23:17:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/91b7fnloj88675mk.jpg" width="514" height="635" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Back in August of 2014, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108199808/ncarb-revises-intern-architect-title-for-architects-pursuing-licensure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB began reevaluating</a> whether the title "Intern Architect" was an appropriate label for those pursuing licensure. Currently used to call an architect experienced enough to be working towards licensure, but not yet licensed, "Intern Architect" is <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/623/unpaid-internship" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fraught</a> by the associations around the status of an "intern" in most professional cultures, as someone not inherently experienced and near the absolute bottom of an employment hierarchy.</p><p>Now, NCARB aims to settle the debate over the title in an announcement formally made at the <a href="http://convention.aia.org/event/homepage.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA National Convention</a> next week in Atlanta, Georgia.&nbsp;Culminating the efforts by NCARB's "Future Title Task Force" devoted to this issue, the announcement will not only mark changes in titling for the architecture profession, it will also set out new guidelines for US licensing boards.</p><p>If you plan on attending the AIA National Convention, NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong will address these issues&nbsp;on May 14 at 2pm (booth #2415),&nbsp;at the&nbsp;Georgia Worl...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126775719/massive-tomb-complex-unearthed-in-beijing-suburb Massive tomb complex unearthed in Beijing suburb Alexander Walter 2015-05-05T16:34:00-04:00 >2015-05-05T17:28:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/02/024e4e0f29cd07f1f73261049ebe8ece.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Archeologists have unearthed a massive tomb complex in a southwest suburb in Beijing, according to the Beijing Institute of Cultural Heritage on Monday. They said the complex is a rare discovery given its size, time span and location. The 70 hectare archeological site consists of 129 tombs built over 1,100 years, spanning from the East Han Dynasty (25-220) to Tang Dynasty (618-907) and Liao (907-1125).</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/126769064/la-s-skid-row-the-homeless-capital-of-america-seeks-to-establish-own-neighborhood-council LA's Skid Row, the "homeless capital of America", seeks to establish own neighborhood council Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-05T13:05:00-04:00 >2015-05-05T21:13:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c4/c402582dbd1a5161e450adc654b5eec3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While neighborhood councils don't have governing power, they are crucial for the public to come together and discuss issues and concerns, organize projects and lobby for change from City Council. [...] Page and other activists say that Skid Row is underrepresented in the [Downtown LA Neighborhood Council] [...] He likened downtown to a glazed donut, where the shiny donut part is the rapidly gentrifying downtown, and where Skid Row is the empty hole in the center.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more about homelessness in Los Angeles and its infamous "Skid Row":</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108635812/los-angeles-funds-213m-policy-to-end-chronic-homelessness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles funds $213M policy to end chronic homelessness</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105013578/the-last-skid-row-in-america-faces-increasing-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Last Skid Row in America Faces Increasing Gentrification</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126728059/is-zumthor-s-inkblot-the-right-size-for-lacma-s-art Is Zumthor's inkblot the right size for LACMA's art? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-04T20:10:00-04:00 >2015-05-05T09:29:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hc/hcnu6ks3mst6bk3m.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What will Zumthor's plan do for the museum's art and its audience? An art museum presents our histories in visual form; is LACMA making room for enough stories? [...] Los Angeles is one of the world's four major centers of art production. Yet the museum has no permanent-collection galleries that tell a California-authored story of contemporary art. [...] The proposed Zumthor building is also awfully expensive given its modest gain in exhibition space.</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/126726246/university-of-chicago-will-reportedly-win-race-for-obama-presidential-library University of Chicago will reportedly win race for Obama Presidential Library Alexander Walter 2015-05-04T18:38:00-04:00 >2015-05-05T16:59:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e5/e50ws66i2n3oljzo.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>President Obama will choose the University of Chicago as the site for his presidential library, according to several reports and sources close to the Obama family. The proposal from the University of Chicago in Chicago&rsquo;s South Side Hyde Park neighborhood, which is near where the Obamas have a home, their daughters attended grammar school and Michelle Obama worked as a vice president of the university&rsquo;s medical center, is the apparent winner, reports and these sources say.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nh/nh05izwqufyu9515.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qp/qpc8dd9rut3xy35t.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/517819/barack-obama-presidential-library" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126714152/when-the-pressure-is-on-dedicated-architecture-students-show-how-to-power-nap-like-a-pro When the pressure is on, dedicated architecture students show how to power nap like a pro Justine Testado 2015-05-04T14:48:00-04:00 >2015-05-05T21:48:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p5/p524td3vpx47ps7c.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With final crits creeping up for many architecture students, there's no doubt that the agenda includes sleepless nights in the studio and personal health becomes second priority. Sad but true. In recent years, some students turned to social media sites like Tumblr to post snapshots of their peers seizing the chance to catch up on some ZZZs -- whether as a way to share their woes with fellow architecture students, poke a little fun at their friends, to procrastinate, or maybe even as a cry for help. The widespread social-media trend is nothing new (neither is sleep deprivation among aspiring architects), but what it reflects of architectural education and studio culture is certainly still <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126539522/aias-launches-survey-to-reassess-studio-culture-s-broken-status-quo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">up for debate</a>.</p><p>As anyone who has gone through architecture school may already know, the studio provides plenty of room&nbsp;&mdash; and materials&nbsp;&mdash; to get <em>some</em> form of shut-eye while working on big presentations:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7acglu0ho13sbk8n.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q3/q33wiginj3gx9wln.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2t/2trrgofjlr37e9em.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/15/15vf3jorex2hlj31.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/or/oro03j5tsh2wgcpf.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rj/rjd0bx9acxw5tqpx.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/91j0oaf4dbn2480a.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sz/sz3xt1otxnp7lz5q.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yw/ywkyfb3aog65popt.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ah/ahhwbqq43ugrs0e4.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jj/jj5i4wbczmoulamp.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/24/24k4qc2jsahj5b3b.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5o/5o6x4uv6ee4gkd7q.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n7/n77jmyxzry41e4bv.jpg"></p><p>To any students going through this at the moment: Hang in there.</p><p>More photos <a href="http://realstarchitectssleeparound.tumblr.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>, <a href="http://gsappsleep.tumblr.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>, and <a href="http://architectssleepinginstudio.tumblr.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Rel...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126711733/take-a-virtual-tour-of-havana-s-modern-architecture Take a virtual tour of Havana's modern architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-04T13:12:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T14:40:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gi/gic268c3igyncbo3.jpg" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the historic lifting of the Cuban embargo creating an instant rush to visit the long-cloistered island nation, a rush for rediscovery will bring all manner of Cuban art, culture and design to the fore. While it's not always acknowledged as such, Cuban architecture, especially modernist buildings, showcase an eclectic and exciting blend of styles, from the Spanish and Art Deco buildings that preceded them to the modern and Brutalist influences that came during the postwar period.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on Cuban architecture:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124359173/airbnb-now-open-for-business-in-cuba-despite-anemic-internet-access" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123298247/a-glimpse-at-havana-s-rooftop-dwellers-as-urban-landscape-transforms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A glimpse at Havana's rooftop dwellers as urban landscape transforms</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016921/cuba-in-talks-for-cultural-exchange-with-us-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cuba in talks for cultural exchange with US museum</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/70047584/havana-s-overlooked-art-deco-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Havana's overlooked Art Deco architecture</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/126711128/pop-brixton-to-open-in-late-may-2015 POP Brixton to open in late May 2015 Joachim Perez 2015-05-04T12:52:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T12:52:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cq/cq5wkfh61lgetox9.jpg" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Created from low-cost, low-energy, shipping containers, the refreshing design has a focus on sustainability and efficiency. The converted units will create a mini-city, providing much needed flexible studio, retail, office and workshop space in one of London&rsquo;s most vibrant communities.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For those of you that miss the<a href="http://dekalbmarket.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Dekalb Market in Brooklyn</a>, a new shipping container campus will be opening later this month in London. &nbsp;Designed by<a href="http://www.ct-architects.co.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Carl Turner Architects</a>, <a href="http://www.popbrixton.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">POP Brixton</a> promises to be an incubator space for start-ups and small business, as well hosting private parties, community film screenings, street kiosks, workshops and more. Construction has already begun on the project with an opening scheduled later this month.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126538318/old-kathmandu-what-was-lost Old Kathmandu - What was lost Paul Petrunia 2015-05-01T13:15:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T21:42:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h9/h9kfk03r424hp4wc.jpg" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Photographer&nbsp;Kevin Kelly shares a <a href="https://plus.google.com/photos/+KevinKelly/albums/6143452853299253009" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">collection of beautiful photos</a> he took in 1976. Heart wrenching.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v0/v0tgu8nqho2e9u9t.jpg"></p><p><em>Katmandu was an intensely ornate city that is easily damaged. The carvings, details, public spaces were glorious. My heart goes out to its citizens who suffer with their city. As you can see from these images I took in 1976, the medieval town has been delicate for decades. Loosely stacked bricks are everywhere. One can also see what splendid art has been lost. Not all has been destroyed, and I am sure the Nepalis will rebuild as they have in the past. Still, the earthquake shook more than just buildings.</em></p><p><em>If you look carefully you may notice something unusual about these photos. They show no cars, pedicabs, or even bicycles. At the time I took these images, Katmandu was an entirely pedestrian city. Everyone walked everywhere. Part of why I loved it. That has not been true for decades, so this is something else that was lost long ago. Also missing back then was signage. There are few signs...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126537113/the-proliferation-of-the-western-quest-for-exotic-adventures-has-led-to-a-new-form-of-educational-colonialism ‘The proliferation of the Western quest for exotic adventures has led to a new form of educational colonialism’ Quilian Riano 2015-05-01T12:49:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T23:05:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dr/dr09j6n5mbjlh0cp.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Colonialism found in the Modernist project a powerful and willing partner for the shaping of conquered territories in the southern hemisphere. Today, amid a new wave of colonial activity based on subtler and less easily identifiable strategies, little is done to understand its effects on the way people live and give form to their shelters. Neo-colonialism is an urgent issue but one which most of the profession is ill-prepared to interrogate.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Colonialism found in the Modernist project a&nbsp;powerful and willing partner for the shaping of conquered territories in the southern hemisphere. Today, amid a new wave of&nbsp;colonial activity based on subtler and less easily identifiable strategies, little is done to&nbsp;understand its effects on the way people live and give form to&nbsp;their shelters. Neo-colonialism is an urgent issue but one which&nbsp;most of the profession is ill-prepared to&nbsp;interrogate. In order to address the underlying questions of the appropriateness of architectural concepts and their technical implementation, local and foreign experience needs to come together in an&nbsp;unbiased way to&nbsp;negotiate the challenges of&nbsp;intercultural communication. This is an indispensable prerequisite if such&nbsp;cooperation is to have sustainable and productive results.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126521452/new-call-for-submissions-for-monu-23-participatory-urbanism New Call for Submissions for MONU #23 - Participatory Urbanism MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2015-05-01T11:24:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T14:52:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kd/kd1ws1d7xaal1rgc.jpg" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We need to talk! We at MONU think that the time has come to talk with you about "participation" in architecture and urbanism and re-evaluate and re-examine developments around this topic in recent years and what the future might hold. (Bernd Upmeyer, Editor-in-Chief, May 2015)</p></em><br /><br /><p>We need to talk! We at <strong>MONU </strong>think that the time has come to talk with you about <strong><em>"participation"</em></strong> in architecture and urbanism and re-evaluate and re-examine developments around this topic in recent years and what the future might hold. Our 11th issue on the topic of <em>"Clean Urbanism"</em>, around 6 years ago, instigated a similar day of judgement when we asked how <em>"Clean Urbanism"</em> might become more than just a brand label for a city, or how we could smarten up existing cities and transform them into truly clean cities. This time we would like to initiate a critical discussion on what is currently happening in cities with regard to <strong>"Participatory Urbanism"</strong>.</p><p>These days, most urban designers and architects would agree that involving the public in planning processes and city building is a good thing or that - at least - a mix of bottom-up and top-down planning mechanisms need to be achieved. We at <strong>MONU</strong> are also strong believers and supporters of <em><strong>participatory decision-making</strong></em> and collaborative k...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126441864/the-trauma-of-rebuilding-after-kathmandu-s-earthquake-what-can-architects-do-we-talk-with-a-nepalese-architect-on-the-ground-for-archinect-sessions-27 "The trauma of rebuilding": After Kathmandu's earthquake, what can architects do? We talk with a Nepalese architect on the ground for Archinect Sessions #27 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-30T18:57:00-04:00 >2015-05-01T10:57:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hp/hpelfezltd8t64q5.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last Saturday, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Kathmandu, precipitating catastrophic destruction throughout Nepal and a death toll currently marked at more than 5,000. Reports have been very bleak, with citizens taking to living outside in public spaces, fearful of more damage from aftershocks. Aid and relief efforts are slowly beginning to appear, but basic necessities such as food, water and shelter are still desperately needed.</p><p>In the face of such large-scale damage to buildings and infrastructure, architects have a professional imperative to consider their role (from near or far) in reconstruction and relief efforts. At the same time, assistance must take the long-view &ndash; for survivors, the worst part of such disasters may not have the immediate event, but the trauma and tedium of the long return to normal.</p><p>On this episode, <a href="http://archinect.com/rajan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rajan Karmachaya</a>, a Nepalese architect in Kathmandu,&nbsp;spoke with us&nbsp;about what it's like in Kathmandu now, and what architects can (or shouldn't) do to help.&nbsp;R...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126493763/richard-serra-engages-with-the-qatari-desert-landscape-in-his-new-sculptural-piece Richard Serra engages with the Qatari desert landscape in his new sculptural piece Justine Testado 2015-04-30T18:51:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T22:19:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ft/ft7fg3kg1qh16xf6.jpg" width="514" height="187" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Richard Serra&rsquo;s new sculpture, 'East-West/West-East,' is a set of four standing steel plates rolled in Germany, shipped via Antwerp, and offloaded, trucked, and craned into place in the middle of the western Qatari desert...the steel is the same that he&rsquo;s used in his other pieces, and it will oxidize in the same way, albeit more quickly in the hot, salty conditions of the Brouq Nature Reserve. The plates will [ultimately] turn a dark amber&mdash;approximately the same color...as the Seagram Building.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a title="Richard Serra is the first artist to receive the President's Medal from the Architectural League of New York" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98562050/richard-serra-is-the-first-artist-to-receive-the-president-s-medal-from-the-architectural-league-of-new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Serra is the first artist to receive the President's Medal from the Architectural League of New York</a></li><li><a title="&ldquo;Serra Gate&rdquo; salutes to Taksim Square protests in Istanbul, will tour city next year" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114437437/serra-gate-salutes-to-taksim-square-protests-in-istanbul-will-tour-city-next-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Serra Gate&rdquo; salutes to Taksim Square protests in Istanbul, will tour city next year</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/126440657/how-urban-cities-continue-to-veer-toward-new-forms-of-mobility How urban cities continue to veer toward new forms of mobility Justine Testado 2015-04-30T09:32:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T22:17:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5z/5zpneggcificcvb9.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gilles Vesco calls it the 'new mobility'. It&rsquo;s a vision of cities in which residents no longer rely on their cars but on public transport, shared cars and bikes and, above all, on real-time data on their smartphones...'Multi-modal' and 'interconnectivity' are now the words on every urban planner&rsquo;s lips...This model of denser, less car-dependent cities is becoming the accepted wisdom across the developed world.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Writer Stephen Moss talks to urban planners and transportation authorities around Europe to get a glimpse into how cities worldwide continue to wean themselves off car dependency and explore new forms of mobility, all while city density increases.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126426103/a-peek-into-the-uk-s-beehive-inspired-pavilion-for-milan-expo-2015 A peek into the UK's beehive-inspired pavilion for Milan Expo 2015 Justine Testado 2015-04-29T18:24:00-04:00 >2015-04-29T20:00:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0o/0oedm7o6do2i7gdv.jpg" width="514" height="612" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As the issue of <a href="http://www.qmul.ac.uk/media/news/items/se/147864.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bee population decline</a> continues to gain more public attention, the United Kingdom's Milan Expo 2015 pavilion, "The Hive", pays tribute to the hard-working honeybees and their essential role of pollination in helping produce the food we eat. Once the 1,910 m2 pavilion officially opens this Friday at the Milan Expo, it will serve as a space for a program of UK business, science and cultural events during the Expo's six-month run.</p><p>Designed by Nottingham-based artist Wolfgang Buttress in collaboration with engineer Tristan Simmonds and architectural practice BDP, the Hive's design concept was inspired by the perspective of a honeybee buzzing about its beehive. Fabricated by York-based <a href="http://www.stageone.co.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stage One</a> (who has created installations for Olympic Games Ceremonies and the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion since 2009), the pavilion boasts 169,300 individual aluminum components.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uh/uhv0twjs3ayucc1b.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0h/0hgcb83bwmmz10cr.jpg"></p><p>Assembled into 32 horizontal layers, the pavilion's main body is made up of concentric zig-zag-shaped nodes, whic...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126435207/future-cities-of-the-past Future cities of the past Alexander Walter 2015-04-29T18:17:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T21:17:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/58/58f7a7cadfe54f27fa968e49e9d2a21a.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But supplementing that aesthetic of &ldquo;the future&rdquo; sketched in imaginary edifice, the full SF vision of the future city is a mosaic, constructed from fragments of the cities that we recognize, including symbols that are decidedly from the past. [...] If SF functions by taking the world we know and altering it with a constructed future fantasy, the Statue of Liberty serves as the junction point, the axis where the speculative fantasy begins and ends.</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/126421871/gov-brown-issues-order-to-reduce-california-s-greenhouse-gas-emissions Gov. Brown issues order to reduce California's greenhouse gas emissions Nicholas Korody 2015-04-29T13:09:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T21:24:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pf/pfjw7bxz60a2yb23.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order to establish a California greenhouse gas reduction target of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 - the most aggressive benchmark enacted by any government in North America to reduce dangerous carbon emissions over the next decade and a half. "With this order, California sets a very high bar for itself and other states and nations, but it's one that must be reached - for this generation and generations to come," said Governor Brown.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Currently in the midst of four consecutive years of exceptional drought, California is experiencing first-hand the real-life implications of a warming climate. Before the order, the state was already on track to "meet or exceed" targets for reducing CO2 emissions to pre-1990 levels in the next five years. But with Gov. Brown's new executive order, California should be able to reach 40% below 1990-levels by 2030, making it possible to achieve a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. These goals are oriented around the scientific consensus of the need to limit global warming to a pivotal 2&#730; Celsius mark &ndash; the threshold for what's known as "runaway climate change," or unpredictable, chain-reactive climate events.&nbsp;</p><p>The order also mandates updating the state's climate adaptation strategy &ndash; "Safeguarding California" &ndash; every three years. The plan is intended to identify vulnerable infrastructure, resources, services, transportations, etc. Other details o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126380297/ai-weiwei-jacob-appelbaum-and-the-dissident-experience Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and the dissident experience Alexander Walter 2015-04-28T20:20:00-04:00 >2015-04-29T19:02:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4cf5514582f69a4b70cef5ff6eea99d4.jpg" width="514" height="522" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s a Thursday morning in Beijing, and the world&rsquo;s most famous living artist, Ai Weiwei, is sitting with one of the world&rsquo;s most controversial technologists, Jacob Appelbaum, in the second-floor lobby of the East Hotel. [...] On a whim, Ai suggests that they call Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living for the last two years at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. [...] Ai and Assange talk for several minutes about the mundanities of the dissident life.</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/126377080/old-royal-naval-college-aims-to-restore-40-000-sq-ft-of-its-painted-hall-plan-to-be-unveiled-in-nyc-next-month Old Royal Naval College aims to restore 40,000 sq.ft of its Painted Hall, plan to be unveiled in NYC next month Justine Testado 2015-04-28T19:44:00-04:00 >2015-04-29T19:03:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zq/zqkjkv1orzi61smp.jpg" width="514" height="799" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Arts patrons continue to support the restoration of the Painted Hall at the Christopher Wren-designed <a href="http://www.ornc.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Old Royal Naval College</a> at the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site in Greenwich, London. Over the next three years, the ORNC's three-stage conservation project would clean and restore the remaining 3,700 sq.m. (approx. 40,000 sq.ft) of the Painted Hall, sometimes dubbed "the Sistine Chapel of the U.K." The first phase restored 560 sq.m. of paintings in the Upper Hall back in 2013. The second phase focuses on the Lower Hall, the Vestibule, and the semi-underground King William Undercroft directly beneath the Painted Hall.</p><p>Housed inside King William Court, the Painted Hall was originally built as a dining hall for British naval veterans who lived at the Royal Hospital for Seamen. Once the hall was built, English painter James Thornhill began his 19-year endeavor of painting the interior from 1708 to 1727. As instructed, Thornhill's paintings largely pay tribute to the British Navy a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126364209/designers-imagine-a-world-of-self-driving-mobile-offices Designers imagine a world of self-driving, mobile offices Nicholas Korody 2015-04-28T15:12:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T20:44:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9j/9j9ge8nk3usq3f5g.jpg" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Self-driving cars will certainly change&nbsp;our habits on the road. But truly autonomous vehicles will also affect how we work, says Tim Brown, chief executive officer and president of design consultancy IDEO...Without having to navigate city streets, people will be more productive during their commute. IDEO also envisions self-driving trucks...delivering everything from new jeans to grilled cheese. Most radical of all: Your workplace could be set on wheels to travel to you, rather than you to it. &nbsp;</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/126358573/manchester-man-gets-potholes-fixed-by-drawing-giant-penises-around-them Manchester man gets potholes fixed by drawing giant penises around them Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-28T13:22:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T21:30:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4d/4d911886de2fe558ab1c0d3b2e454058.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After claiming he saw his friends injured in pothole-related bike accidents, one anonymous resident has taken matters into his own hands. He goes by Wanksy. And using what appears to be an industrial level chalk, he draws penises around the potholes, creating moments of visual terrorism that the city can&rsquo;t ignore. [...] within 48 hours of Wanksy&rsquo;s efforts, many of Manchester&rsquo;s problematic potholes, which had been a nuisance for years, were filled. Within a week, even more were fixed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This recent case of vandalism for the public good, albeit juvenile and a bit obscene, seems to have gotten the job done. It's hard to make the case that this is the best tactic for enacting public safety measures, but Wanksy seems to have hit a sweet spot of using public shaming and vandalism to increase awareness and provoke action. Plus, it's way funnier than a hashtag.</p><p>Here are a few examples of Wanksy's public work:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a9/a90e3c7cf0ffb2b874099f35c7a9d34b.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8d/8decb6bf5928cc3013baa95efe18c0cd.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cd/cdc2b02b1023992856bbabe98f8c51bd.jpg"></p><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123372967/kant-is-a-moron-graffitied-on-the-philosopher-s-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Kant is a moron" graffitied on the philosopher's home</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126299939/susan-s-szenasy-on-the-importance-of-design-in-the-everyday Susan S. Szenasy on the Importance of Design in the Everyday Nicholas Korody 2015-04-27T19:19:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T22:49:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/96/96urljwhvowfffzu.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Inside the soon-to-be-demolished <a href="https://aplusd.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A+D Museum</a> in Los Angeles, a small group gathered last week for a conversation with Susan S. Szenasy, the Editor-in-Chief of <a href="http://www.metropolismag.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Metropolis Magazine</a>, followed by a signing of her new book of collected writings, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Szenasy-Design-Advocate-Writings-Metropolis/dp/1938922395" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Szenasy, Design Advocate</em></a>. The talk is likely the last the museum will host in its Miracle Mile location, as the museum prepares to move to a new home in the Downtown Arts District following the expropriation of the current building to make room for an extension of the Metro Red Line. Moderated by architecture writer and curator Greg Goldin (whose previous &ldquo;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/78446579/the-science-fiction-of-never-built-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Never Built: Los Angeles</a>&rdquo; exhibition was on show at the A+D in 2013), the conversation focused on the personal relationships we have with design in everyday life.<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0ehqk33m7a83b6sy.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;I was always railing against the idea that people were never talked about in architecture,&rdquo; Szenasy recalled of her formative years at <em>Interior </em>magazine. &ldquo;Designers reflect us back to ourselves,&rdquo; she added a bit later. &ldquo;They have a hug...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126299129/frank-gehry-to-design-stage-set-for-berlin-state-opera Frank Gehry to design stage set for Berlin State Opera Alexander Walter 2015-04-27T18:34:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T21:00:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qx/qxn18jui31gkyv6w.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Frank Gehry will be the stage designer of a new production of the Christoph Gluck opera "Orfeo ed Euridice" for Berlin's Staatsoper, the company announced on Monday in unveiling its 2015-2016 season. [...] Gehry, one of the world's foremost architects, has engaged in arts projects in the past [...] designed a set for a concert staging of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" in Los Angeles in 2003.</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/126280652/seattle-high-schoolers-push-to-provide-moveable-minimalist-shelters-for-the-homeless Seattle high schoolers push to provide moveable, minimalist shelters for the homeless Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-27T12:52:00-04:00 >2015-04-27T13:12:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/84/84cf8ba3e99f5e84a500c282323e5d2d.jpg" width="514" height="306" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After past run-ins with the city, the nomadic Nickelsville has shifted from temporary place to temporary place. Most recently, the group struggled with a location, after Seattle decided to authorize and regulate three homeless encampments in the city. &ldquo;There&rsquo;s a need for a transportable, insulated, tiny house that provides privacy and isn&rsquo;t going to be a huge burden for them when they move,&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/126205945/deadly-7-9-magnitude-earthquake-in-nepal-destroys-architectural-landmarks Deadly 7.9-magnitude earthquake in Nepal destroys architectural landmarks Paul Petrunia 2015-04-26T13:41:00-04:00 >2015-04-26T17:09:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c6/c67343eaa98587586ca13e7de13de098.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The powerful temblor measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale on Saturday practically levelled the nation's tangible cultural history, robbing it of its architectural jewels, including the landmark Dharhara Tower, in an eerie reminder of the 1934 quake that claimed over 10,000 lives. The 19th century nine-storey minaret, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which once offered a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley, turned into graveyards for over 200 people.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Follow <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NepalEarthquake&amp;src=tyah" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#NepalEarthquake</a> on Twitter for up-to-the minute updates</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126054273/artist-bedecks-decrepit-bates-motel-in-ghost-white-before-eventual-demolition Artist bedecks decrepit Bates Motel in ghost-white before eventual demolition Justine Testado 2015-04-24T14:34:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:57:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oz/ozdba6291tojl21w.jpg" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This project [titled 'Projection'], announced last October, is probably the first time in a long time that the old inn (aka the Sunset Pacific) has gotten so much attention. The Bates&mdash;whose nickname is as much a callback to 'Psycho' as it is to the motel's location near the intersection of Bates and Sunset&mdash;has been vacant for decades, except for the squatters and the occasional, totally fun-looking, likely illegal party</p></em><br /><br /><p>Artist Vincent Lamouroux went all out in covering Silver Lake's Bates Motel in stark white limewash for his piece titled, <em>Projection</em>, which officially opens on April 26. As of now, the derelict landmark will eventually be razed to make room for three mixed-users.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125983571/exclusive-photos-take-a-tour-inside-the-brand-new-whitney-museum EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Take a Tour Inside the Brand New Whitney Museum! Alyssa Alimurung 2015-04-23T18:38:00-04:00 >2015-04-24T10:04:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uk/ukubdy9rb9lsicbo.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>May 1st will mark a new era for the Whitney when its brand new home along the High Line swings its doors open to the public for the first time. A project that has been decades in the making, the $422 million structure designed by Renzo Piano is a game changer for a museum that had long outgrown its Upper East Side space.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fg/fgs0lxv7kqjdfeae.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e3/e3if2kutbxhdj18b.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j0/j093jmfk9idjwzgy.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8b/8bumyykj487sr9u7.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4k/4kmppoerzomfgffx.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bc/bcfqnp7965tunmrn.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125764129/archinect-sessions-episode-26-modernism-peru-s-common-denominator-a-conversation-with-lima-architect-sebasti-n-bravo Archinect Sessions Episode #26: Modernism - Peru's Common Denominator; A Conversation with Lima Architect Sebastián Bravo Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-23T15:39:00-04:00 >2015-04-25T19:03:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/beav76flni453rdo.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week on the podcast, Paul shares an interview he did in Lima with <a href="http://archinect.com/bravoarquitectos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sebasti&aacute;n Bravo</a>, a local architect and maker of <a href="http://www.pacapaca.pe/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">award-winning pisco</a>. Studying and practicing architecture in a city with a very fresh history of terrorism and ongoing political corruption is no easy feat, and the rapidly urbanized/urbanizing city makes practicing all the more challenging, but Bravo is up to the challenge.</p><p>We also briefly discuss a recent workshop Paul attended with the <a href="http://archinect.com/ACSA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture</a>, which took a close look at why enrollment rates at architecture schools are falling, and the stereotypical misunderstandings of what skills high schoolers need to study architecture. In the news, we consider what it means for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125745572/we-ve-got-enough-millionaires-george-lucas-wants-to-build-affordable-housing-on-his-own-land" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Lucas to be building affordable housing in Marin County</a>, whether <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125510369/liquid-metal-discovery-paves-way-for-shape-shifting-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">metal really can move by itself</a>, and briefly look to the deluge of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125835685/archinect-s-critical-round-up-for-the-new-renzo-piano-designed-whitney-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Whitney Museum reviews</a>.</p><p>Listen to episode twenty-six of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Modernism - Peru's Common Denominator":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/125900756/society-of-architectural-historians-announces-2015-award-winners-and-fellows Society of Architectural Historians Announces 2015 Award Winners and Fellows Helena Karabatsos 2015-04-22T23:41:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:41:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x4/x48zzs2diztn3qt2.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Society of Architectural Historians announced the winners of the 2015 Publication Awards and the 2015 SAH Award for Film and Video at its 68th&nbsp;Annual International Conference Awards Ceremony in Chicago, Ill., on April 16. The Society also named four individuals as SAH Fellows for their lifelong contributions to the field of architectural history.</p><p><strong>2015 Publication Award Recipients</strong><br>Each year, SAH presents publication awards honoring excellence in architectural history, urban history, landscape history and historic preservation scholarship as well as architectural exhibition catalogues.</p><p>The winners of the Society&rsquo;s 2015 Publication Awards are listed below. The 2016 award cycle opens on June 1, 2015. For more information, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sah.org/conferences-and-programs/awards-programs/publication-awards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sah.org/publication-awards</a>.</p><p><strong>Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award</strong></p><p>Richard Harris,&nbsp;<em>Building a Market: The Rise of the Home Improvement Industry, 1914&ndash;1960&nbsp;</em>(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012)</p><p>Christopher Curtis Mead,&nbsp;<em>Making Modern Paris: Victor Baltard&rsquo;s Central ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125909615/book-review-designed-for-the-future-80-practical-ideas-for-a-sustainable-future Book review: Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable Future Nicholas Korody 2015-04-22T18:40:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:35:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ls/lspw0ezv0s5tj87z.jpg" width="514" height="582" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I have to admit to a degree of wariness when I first opened <a href="https://www.papress.com/html/book.details.page.tpl?isbn=9781616893002" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World</em></a>, a new book edited by Jared Green and published by Princeton Architectural Press. The introduction makes some bold claims for a rather slim book with little text. &ldquo;We have the answers. We are both the cause of the problems and the solution to them,&rdquo; Green writes with supreme optimism. The book is a collection of eighty projects that leading architects, urban planners, artists, critics and thinkers chose as a response to the question: &ldquo;What gives you hope for the future?&rdquo; The criteria for their responses stipulated that they must discuss a project they admire, not their own. And the results are as varied as one might imagine for a question that is both vague and expansive.&nbsp;</p><p>More than anything else, the responses highlighted the mutability of the term &ldquo;sustainable&rdquo; within contemporary architecture discourse. &nbsp;Some of the responses, such as that of Katrin Kling...</p>