Archinect - News 2015-05-27T12:03:44-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/128117392/chinese-game-developer-designs-hq-after-star-trek-uss-enterprise Chinese game developer designs HQ after Star Trek USS Enterprise Justine Testado 2015-05-26T20:30:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T20:30:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qq/qqxbzlhog8k58zd8.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 260-meter long, 100-meter wide, six-floor building was built by Hong Kong-listed Chinese online game developer NetDragon Websoft, whose founder Liu Dejian &mdash; a 43-year-old University of Kansas alumni &mdash; is a huge [Trekkie]...With a total investment of 600 million yuan ($97 million), the building was inspired by the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E, which appeared in three &ldquo;Star Trek&rdquo; movies in the late 1990s and early 2000s.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sources report that construction of the office building started in October 2010 and was then completed in May 2014.</p><p>Check out the building on <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Changle,+Fuzhou,+Fujian,+China/@25.963433,119.6955983,528m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x3441b0d56df58391:0xe5e086c4e19c6ce2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Maps</a> or in the drone footage below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128107747/airbnb-rentals-cut-deep-into-san-francisco-housing-stock-report-says Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-26T17:05:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T10:11:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zc/zcupwpwpyehh334p.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Between 925 and 1,960 units citywide have been removed from the housing market by hosts renting out entire units on Airbnb for more than 58 days, the [San Francisco Budget &amp; Legislative Analyst's] report estimates. [...] The report draws a comparison between the number of evictions in neighborhoods with the most hosts, though notes there is no way to draw a direct connection. In the Mission, for example, there were 315 hosts last year and 323 evictions.</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/128102115/not-all-sidewalks-are-created-equal-in-d-c Not all sidewalks are created equal in D.C. Alexander Walter 2015-05-26T15:59:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T15:59:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6k/6kx1frdaqmclzevm.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Instead, he lives on Buena Vista Terrace SE, a grim stretch of low-rise apartments pushed up against the Maryland border. And on Buena Vista Terrace, just standing outside can get you in trouble. [...] The law is meant to fight disorderly conduct, but some lawyers and the people arrested for the &ldquo;crime&rdquo; say it&rsquo;s routinely used to harass people seen as undesirable: protesters, the homeless, and black men.</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/128095662/college-wins-5-5mm-lawsuit-against-firm-for-use-of-unlicensed-architects College wins $5.5MM lawsuit against firm for use of unlicensed architects Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-26T13:25:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T11:50:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eu/euwon1kuezmk8hu0.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The community college had sued architectural and design firm Burt Hill Inc., now known as Stantec Architecture and Engineering LLC, for using unlicensed architects with no higher-education project experience and interns from Drexel University after being promised services from "senior-level" professionals [...] Additionally, the community college claimed Burt Hill caused delays in the project and upped the final price of construction by over 50 percent from $28 million to $42 million.</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/127807528/oma-designed-chinese-pavilion-now-open-at-2015-venice-art-biennale OMA-designed Chinese Pavilion now open at 2015 Venice Art Biennale Justine Testado 2015-05-23T01:31:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T21:10:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n7/n7za0b1guwwn3px2.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>OMA returns to Venice once again in the debut of the Chinese Pavilion they designed for the 2015 International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, "All the World's Futures", which opened to the public on May 9. Commissioned by the Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation, the multimedia exhibition balances aspects of traditional Chinese culture and society with the works of various contemporary artists and designers all under the theme, "Other Future."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8s/8sunhytc3bmxfk00.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/44/44dpl3gjdzxb7sia.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ge/gerogi3ip2jroeh4.jpg"></p><p>The exhibition features work by notable Chinese creatives like classical composer Tan Dun, Liu Jiakun of Jiakun Architects, artist Lu Yang, filmmaker Wu Wenguang / Caochangdi Work Station, and Wen Hui / Living Dance Studio. The artworks are positioned against a backdrop of digital projections so as to connect the interior and exterior works.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7w/7wvyszdshnu174f4.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fo/fo0nwk9a1irj2rin.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ni/niek2i57d17vkt7f.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1c/1cltdd178ywjro9x.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dq/dqriwnv8otxys7sc.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ok/ok7kt76temaq6uxx.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tv/tvqjrxj1t6x3l0g2.jpg"><br><em>All images Copyright OMA</em>.</p><p>OMA Asia designed "Other Future" in collaboration with curatorial advisor Kayoko Ota, who was in charge of the Japanese Pavilion at the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/453301/2014-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 Venice Architecture Biennale</a>. Dong...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127799498/police-shut-down-mosque-installation-at-venice-biennale Police Shut Down Mosque Installation at Venice Biennale Orhan Ayyüce 2015-05-22T17:21:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T21:08:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wa/wafm2zfw8d3o5iva.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The police in Venice closed an art installation in the form of a functioning mosque on Friday morning, after city officials declared the art project a security hazard and said that the artist who created it, Christoph B&uuml;chel, had not obtained proper permits and had violated laws by allowing too many people inside the mosque to worship.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"There is no mosque in Venice, so the thousands of M</em><em>uslim</em><em> tourists visiting Venice must pray in a converted factory in Mestre, which is the polluted part of Venice.</em></p><p><em>This until the swiss artist Buechler converted an abandoned and unused former catholic church into a functioning mosque for the duration of this&nbsp;</em><em>year's</em><em> Art Biennial.&nbsp;<br>Short lived though, Venice Municipal Authorities just yanked the permit.<br>Reason: Security and</em><em>Safety-it</em><em> </em><em>was</em><em> too</em><em> </em><em>popular, too</em><em> many people wanted to see it or pray in it.<br>As usual security trumps everything"</em></p><p>As quoted by a friend.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127723149/frank-gehry-awarded-getty-medal-for-changing-the-course-of-architecture Frank Gehry Awarded Getty Medal For "Changing the Course of Architecture" Julia Ingalls 2015-05-21T17:21:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T17:05:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7b/7bozjq5p0yrhc4ey.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gehry becomes the first designer or artist to win the award that the Getty launched in 2013. The prize &ndash; a bronze medal with a profile portrait of J. Paul Getty &ndash; recognizes lifetime contributions in various art-related fields that are part of the Getty&rsquo;s mission, including philanthropy, art-history research, archeology and conservation of art and architecture, as well as art-making.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Frank Gehry can now add the Getty Medal to his collection of esteemed prizes, including the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/51168/pritzker-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker</a>, the Order of Canada, and the <a href="http://www.aia.org/practicing/awards/AIAB025046" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA Gold Medal</a>. The <a href="http://www.getty.edu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Getty Trust</a> announced the awarding of the medal to Gehry, with an official dinner to follow on September 28, 2015. The award seems fitting for a man who, while he has never been comfortable calling himself an artist, last year stated that "I don't beg for work. I don't have publicists. I'm not waiting for people to call me. I work with clients who have respect for the art of architecture."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/st/stte819zo4bnk49s.jpg"></p><p>As J. Paul Getty Trust President and CEO James Cuno noted, "There have been very few individuals in all of history who have changed the course of architecture, and Frank is one of them. He effectively reinvented architecture with his use&nbsp;of new technologies in the design of beautiful and iconic buildings. And architecture will never be the same as a result.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127711878/new-york-london-ranked-highest-in-2015-global-cities-index New York & London ranked highest in 2015 Global Cities Index Alexander Walter 2015-05-21T14:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T14:23:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m5/m5yxcyxv5xetp1q4.jpg" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York and London remain the world&rsquo;s most global cities, as they are the only cities to rank in the top 10 of both the Global Cities Index and the Global Cities Outlook according to the A.T. Kearney Global Cities 2015 [...]. San Francisco leads the Global Cities Outlook due to its strength in innovation. Other cities ranking at the top of the Global Cities Outlook include London (#2), Boston (#3), New York (#4), and Zurich (#5).</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pm/pmthe53mzemffmja.jpg"></p><p>For lovers of city rankings:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106959605/melbourne-named-world-s-most-liveable-city-for-fourth-consecutive-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melbourne named world&rsquo;s most liveable city for fourth consecutive year</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105942974/forbes-releases-baffling-coolest-cities-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forbes Releases Baffling "Coolest Cities" List</a></li></ul><p>For skeptics:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.citylab.com/work/2015/05/the-top-6-reasons-to-be-wary-of-city-rankings/393686/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Top 6 Reasons to Be Wary of City Rankings, Ranked</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127651840/two-million-swedes-can-t-be-wrong-populace-helps-design-ideal-home-via-mouse-clicks Two Million Swedes Can't Be Wrong: Populace Helps Design Ideal Home Via Mouse Clicks Julia Ingalls 2015-05-20T19:59:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T21:18:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6i/6irpl6jbd70kn33a.jpg" width="514" height="377" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although analyzing 200 million data points and 86,000 top-ranked online properties may not sound like the sexiest way to begin residential concept design, this is precisely how Swedish property site Hemnet began the statistically-oriented process for designing the ideal "Swedish home." An estimated two million Swedes participated in the survey by clicking on their favorite design features and ideal property types. Hemnet gave the user-generated information,&nbsp;such as preferred number of rooms, bathrooms, ideal room size and overall price, to architects&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tvark.se/the-hemnet-home/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tham &amp;&nbsp;Videg&aring;rd</a>, who took the data and transformed it into a tangible, livable design.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2i/2icmef1aaz37k4i6.jpg">&nbsp;</p><p>In addition to utilizing the popularly derived statistically-oriented data (Swedes prefer 1.5 floors, 120 square meters, three bedrooms, and an open kitchen, among other amenities), the architects blended iconic Swedish aesthetic concepts to create the final design. The red wooden exterior is meant to recall a traditional Swedish cottage, while the w...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127650629/growing-up-in-case-study-house-22-the-stahl-house Growing up in Case Study House #22: The Stahl House Justine Testado 2015-05-20T18:38:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T20:44:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/od/odwy4n9rnr9m2xm9.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[The Stahl House] may be more famous for its breathtaking view of the Sunset Strip, its immaculate midcentury design, and its oft-photographed pool, which is perched on the edge of a cliff, but I love it for another reason, too: It&rsquo;s living history. [...] The city around the Stahl House has changed, but the house itself has not. &mdash; Alison Martino</p></em><br /><br /><p>Writer Alison Martino interviews Bruce and Shari, two of Clarence and Carlotta Stahl's three kids, on their experiences growing up in The Stahl House a.k.a. Case Study House #22.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127589042/creating-a-northern-england-powerhouse Creating a Northern England Powerhouse Nam Henderson 2015-05-20T05:00:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T17:01:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6t/6t3z1cfceizjj0kx.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's insane. Each city in the North is too small to fight against that. We can only drag some of that investment northwards if we work together</p></em><br /><br /><p>In England efforts have begun&nbsp;to corral the North's population of 15 million into a collective force that could begin to rival that of London and the South East. A minister for the Northern Powerhouse has been appointed and the&nbsp;initial/low hanging fruit would include, devolution of some fiscal powers and regional cooperation on issues of major public investment, such as&nbsp;in transport infrastructure.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127580581/bbc-journalists-arrested-for-reporting-on-qatar-s-world-cup-laborers BBC journalists arrested for reporting on Qatar's World Cup laborers Alexander Walter 2015-05-19T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T19:51:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c8/c8bdbc595d4d57aa0127c415c22637f7.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We were invited to Qatar by the prime minister's office to see new flagship accommodation for low-paid migrant workers in early May - but while gathering additional material for our report, we ended up being thrown into prison for doing our jobs. Our arrest was dramatic.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116273652/a-memorial-for-the-workers-dying-while-constructing-the-qatar-world-cup-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Memorial for the Workers Dying While Constructing the Qatar World Cup Stadium</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108467854/world-cup-slaves-scandal-qatar-holds-2-uk-rights-researchers-over-emigration-violations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Cup &lsquo;slaves&rsquo; scandal: Qatar holds 2 UK rights researchers over &lsquo;emigration violations&rsquo;</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/127522043/jean-nouvel-s-super-tall-53w53-moma-tower-is-still-an-art Jean Nouvel's super-tall 53W53 MoMA tower is "still an art" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-18T13:19:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T19:12:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nh/nhz6x1546ep992ef.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nouvel&rsquo;s aspirations for 53W53, scheduled for completion in fall 2018, sound almost modest: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s going to try to hold its place, [...] It&rsquo;s going to try to be good enough for New York &hellip; it&rsquo;s going to try to make its own small contribution, and it&rsquo;s done in a way that ensures this contribution is readable, understandable, and it&rsquo;s maybe a bit more precious than others. And it&rsquo;s a little linked to this notion &ndash; a fairly disputed notion these days &ndash; that architecture is still an art, sometimes.&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/127354099/baidu-is-building-self-driving-smartbikes Baidu is building self-driving "smartbikes" Nicholas Korody 2015-05-15T16:30:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T12:21:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ad/adk89l2iiuo61ava.jpg" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After a flurry of speculation, the&nbsp;Chinese tech&nbsp;giant [Baidu]&nbsp;has confirmed it's&nbsp;gunning for driverless electronic bikes. Baidu is China's largest web services company&mdash;in the region, it commands upwards of 73 percent of the search market&mdash;and it has apparently pursued a "secret plan"&nbsp;to debut a prototype of a self-driving electric bicycle&nbsp;by the end of the year.&nbsp; Baidu calls it, simply. the&nbsp;'smartbike.'</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/127354098/germany-to-help-fund-renovations-of-tel-aviv-s-historic-bauhaus-buildings Germany to help fund renovations of Tel Aviv's historic Bauhaus buildings Nicholas Korody 2015-05-15T15:29:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T22:02:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2g/2g29s1dz57dnw2l2.jpg" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thousands of Bauhaus buildings are concentrated in a central district of Tel Aviv, called the "White City." It became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003. These houses were built by Jewish architects who fled Nazi Germany and emigrated to what was the British Mandate of Palestine at the time. They designed their houses according to the principles developed by Walter Gropius [...] Germany plans to invest 2.8 million euros ($3.2 million) to help preserve the cultural heritage.</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/127352892/golden-lions-for-armenian-pavilion-american-artist-adrian-piper-at-venice-biennale Golden Lions for Armenian pavilion & American artist Adrian Piper at Venice Biennale Alexander Walter 2015-05-15T14:54:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T15:06:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c0/c0c4adbf93138b7dca0720a24bd3b12b.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Armenian pavilion at this year&rsquo;s Venice Biennale has won the Golden Lion for best national pavilion. The pavilion, Armenity, features a group exhibition by 18 diaspora Armenian artists and grandchildren of survivors of the Armenian genocide, who the jury praised for &ldquo;forming a pavilion based on a people in diaspora, each artist engaging their specific locality as well as their heritage&rdquo;. [...] American artist Adrian Piper was awarded Golden Lion for best artist.</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/127351681/ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra-under-threat-by-isis Ancient Syrian city of Palmyra under threat by ISIS Alexander Walter 2015-05-15T14:18:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T18:02:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iz/izidl28189yxfcsq.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The ruins of an ancient city that have withstood centuries of conflict in the Syrian desert are now facing their greatest threat yet: the militants of the Islamic State. Activists, officials and citizens of the city say ISIS has launched a prolonged assault on Palmyra, an "oasis in the desert" north of Damascus that the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO says contains the "monumental ruins of a great city that was one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world."</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127649418/isis-militants-seize-control-of-ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS militants seize control of ancient Syrian city of Palmyra</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/464321/isis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127304066/crowded-skies-sunlight-as-the-new-amenity-for-the-super-rich Crowded skies: Sunlight as the new amenity for the super rich Alexander Walter 2015-05-14T18:37:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T20:48:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0y/0yofa17h51chktyy.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] shadows even turn light into another medium of inequality. Light becomes a resource that can be bought by the wealthy, eclipsed for the poor. [...] multimillion-dollar apartments in the sky will darken parts of the park a mile away. Enjoyment of the park in the park &ndash; a notably free activity in a high-cost city &ndash; will be dimmed a little to give billionaires views of it from above.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98843123/welcome-to-the-permanent-dusk-sunlight-in-cities-is-an-endangered-species" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the permanent dusk: Sunlight in cities is an endangered species</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127248609/hardcore-architecture-the-homes-that-produced-80s-punk-bands Hardcore Architecture: the homes that produced ’80s punk bands Alexander Walter 2015-05-13T19:24:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T20:37:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/61/6192a81d17e6165b8d44289e820f8674.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Of all the variants of punk rock, hardcore always gave the impression of having the most blue collar flavor to its anti-authoritarian vibes. Pulled from the 1982-1989 issues of the infamous punk fanzine Maximum Rocknroll, Hardcore Architecture examines how true that impression is. Cross-referencing the addresses of mostly long-extinct hardcore and punk bands with modern Google Street View [...] snapshot of the homes, neighborhoods, and early apartments of these struggling bands.</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/127176132/eco-gentrification-or-the-social-ramifications-of-urban-greening "Eco-Gentrification," or the social ramifications of "urban greening" Nicholas Korody 2015-05-12T15:38:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T22:41:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nz/nzmu71gicj4s2trj.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The High Line is...a perfect example of &ldquo;environmental gentrification&rdquo; &ndash; the growing phenomenon of rising property values in the wake of a large-scale urban greening project... While intended to serve existing residents, in reality it tends to increase land values to the point that those who live there are forced to leave. This exodus in turn transforms the sociological contours of the area and, by extension, the spatial segregation of the entire city.</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/127175516/will-india-s-smart-city-initiative-exacerbate-social-stratification Will India's 'smart city' initiative exacerbate social stratification? Nicholas Korody 2015-05-12T14:29:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T20:47:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tn/tn1ne5lr7m1h6x5f.jpg" width="514" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Recently, the Indian cabinet green-lit a &pound;10 billion scheme that will be divided equally between building 100 smart cities, and rejuvenating another 500 cities and towns over the next five years. Yet many experts and planners fear that such &ldquo;insta-cities&rdquo;, if they are made, will prove dystopic and inequitable. Some even hint that smart cities may turn into social apartheid cities, governed by powerful corporate entities that could override local laws and governments to &ldquo;keep out&rdquo; the poor.</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/127176127/christopher-hawthorne-on-chris-burden-s-architectural-intelligence Christopher Hawthorne on Chris Burden's 'architectural intelligence' Nicholas Korody 2015-05-12T14:04:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T20:45:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/55/556d1b149c6938bdf20888a2ea8d0ea5.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The fundamentally architectural character of "Urban Light" -- the artist called it "a building with a roof of light" -- was no anomaly for Burden, who grew up in France and Italy and studied at Pomona College and UC Irvine. Themes connected to architecture and urbanism run through his work, typically with the same wry attitude about the relationship between structure and art-making that the lampposts suggest. &ldquo;Originally I was going to study architecture,&rdquo; Burden said at a&nbsp;lecture...in 2003.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The conceptual artist Chris Burden <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127084952/conceptual-artist-chris-burden-dies-at-69" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">died</a> two days ago at the age of 69.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127118732/amid-historic-nuclear-negotiations-tehran-s-urbanism-is-shifting Amid historic nuclear negotiations, Tehran's urbanism is shifting Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-11T13:58:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T20:30:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b5/b54622b68267da60ba29ee066a0ae181.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If ongoing discussions with the United States and others prove successful, sanctions affecting the Iranian economy will likely be lifted, exposing the country to a forceful wave of globalization. But the shift from isolation to inclusion has already begun to transform Tehran. [...] It&rsquo;s a city that, at this moment, is intensely influenced by international relations, shaping itself into a burgeoning urban hub.</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/127114495/built-for-humans-bryce-t-bauer-interviews-sharon-zukin Built for Humans: Bryce T. Bauer interviews Sharon Zukin Orhan Ayyüce 2015-05-11T12:40:00-04:00 >2015-05-11T12:59:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/16/167un8nv1pwcze07.jpg" width="500" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When you have every neighborhood looking the same, you know the city is at a danger point. And why should anybody want to live here, why should anybody want to visit here? A metropolis like New York or London or Shanghai is built on a strong sense of individual neighborhoods, and we are destroying that.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The sociologist <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharon_Zukin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sharon Zukin</a> on the role of the artist in gentrification, challenges to affordable housing, and the commodification of New York City&rsquo;s loft lifestyle.</p><p>"I blame it all on&nbsp;<em>New York</em>&nbsp;magazine. In the late &rsquo;70s, early &rsquo;80s, New York, like other US cities, was just coming out of twenty years of middle-class flight. When Jane Jacobs wrote&nbsp;<em>The Death and Life of Great American Cities</em>, she, of course, was a gentrifier, but she represented a minority view: &ldquo;Aren&rsquo;t cities great? Aren&rsquo;t cities exciting?&rdquo; I think, still, most Americans would rather live in homogenized, clean suburbs than live in gritty cities, certainly in gritty areas. But&nbsp;<em>New York</em>&nbsp;magazine upheld the good of cities. And from a certain point of view, you can&rsquo;t complain that they were making city life look vibrant."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127084952/conceptual-artist-chris-burden-dies-at-69 Conceptual artist, Chris Burden, dies at 69 Paul Petrunia 2015-05-10T23:55:00-04:00 >2015-05-11T09:32:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ut/utrt65hciyum31nw.jpg" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Paul Schimmel, a close friend of the artist and the former chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art who had organized Burden&rsquo;s first retrospective exhibition in 1988, said the cause was malignant melanoma. Burden was diagnosed 18 months ago, Schimmel said, but kept the information private except for a few family members and friends.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1d/1d1il0awlxqtmo29.jpg"></p><p>Small Skyscraper, a collaboration between <a href="http://www.taalmankoch.com/Small-Skyscraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tallmankoch</a> and Chris Burden</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126944062/ubc-student-writes-52-438-word-architecture-dissertation-with-no-punctuation UBC student writes 52,438 word architecture dissertation with no punctuation Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-08T13:19:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T03:44:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/23/23fffd8c717d5341d05fbdafb39ca968.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Stewart&rsquo;s dissertation, titled Indigenous Architecture through Indigenous Knowledge, eschews almost all punctuation. [...] And so what? &ldquo;There&rsquo;s nothing in the (UBC dissertation) rules about formats or punctuation,&rdquo; he insists. A 61-year-old architect from the Nisga&rsquo;a First Nation, Stewart explains that he &ldquo;wanted to make a point&rdquo; about aboriginal culture, colonialism, and &ldquo;the blind acceptance of English language conventions in academia.&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/126901864/challenging-the-space-age-manifest-destiny-narrative-as-elon-musk-vies-to-move-humans-to-mars Challenging the space-age Manifest Destiny narrative, as Elon Musk vies to move humans to Mars Justine Testado 2015-05-08T12:26:00-04:00 >2015-05-08T19:50:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7m/7mzqw4s1enrx45ay.jpg" width="514" height="424" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s a myth almost universally believed, that sits at the core of liberal technocratic thought, and has been embedded in practically every other work of speculative fiction for the last half century. You can sum it up like this: 'When we go into space, we will all magically become nice.'...It&rsquo;s early days, but if we really want to create a progressive new world then issues like these should be at the hearts of our efforts from the very start.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The longtime space-age Manifest Destiny of humans inhabiting Mars and <a href="http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/urban-scientist/2015/03/26/when-discussing-humanitys-next-move-to-space-the-language-we-use-matters/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the prominently white, European male perspective that narrative perpetually emphasizes</a> has become a bubbling multi-faceted discussion among science bloggers as Elon Musk's staunch ambitions to ultimately turn humans into a <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2015/04/16/elon_musk_and_mars_spacex_ceo_and_our_multi_planet_species.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"multiplanet species"</a> continue to develop. Stemming from that discussion, writer Martin Robbins of The Guardian contemplates whether or not humanity's eventual future on Mars can exist without the earthly issues of sexism and racism.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105791849/musk-will-build-spacex-launchpad-in-texas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Musk will build SpaceX launchpad in Texas</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126537113/the-proliferation-of-the-western-quest-for-exotic-adventures-has-led-to-a-new-form-of-educational-colonialism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The proliferation of the Western quest for exotic adventures has led to a new form of educational colonialism'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/8311143/plan-of-the-city-skyscrapers-on-mars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plan Of The City - Skyscrapers on Mars</a>&nbsp;</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/126841497/leading-artists-call-to-action-against-the-frick-expansion-plans Leading artists call to action against the Frick expansion plans Alexander Walter 2015-05-06T18:58:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T22:24:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dm/dmljshrmqoy9wka5.jpg" width="514" height="250" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While the museum describes the 42,000-square-foot addition as something that would &ldquo;further fulfill Henry Clay Frick&rsquo;s long-standing vision to offer public access to its works of art," others, including a group of 51 prominent artists and architects &mdash; Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman [...] among them &mdash; think it would undermine exactly what they love about the place. Under the banner of Unite to Save the Frick, this group sent a letter to the city, copied to the museum, expressing their displeasure.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's the letter that <a href="http://unitetosavethefrick.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unite to Save the Frick</a>&nbsp;sent to NYC leaders today:</p><p><em>May 6, 2015</em></p><p><em>Dear Mayor de Blasio and Chair Srinivasan:</em></p><p><em>The residential scale of the Frick Collection exerts a special power over those who walk its halls. To have visitors experience the feeling of living with art was the intention of founder Henry Clay Frick as he envisioned his personal residence being opened to the public. Up until now, the Frick&rsquo;s fidelity to its founder&rsquo;s vision of a &ldquo;house museum&rdquo; has been laudable. Those of us in the art world who cherish the unique and tranquil ambiance offered by the Frick are urging the Frick to withdraw its proposed plan and consider alternative methods of expansion that would preserve the character essential to its appeal.</em></p><p><em>As professionals working in the art world (sculptors, painters, critics, journalists, dealers, gallerists, financiers, and more), we strongly believe that the Frick&rsquo;s effectiveness as a display space lies in its intimacy. Viewing highlights of the co...</em></p> 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 >2015-05-15T10:37:07-04:00 <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 #2145),&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 >2015-05-12T22:53:42-04:00 <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>