Archinect - News 2014-12-19T08:15:51-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/116268837/how-north-adams-became-a-company-town-for-art How North Adams became "a 'company town' for art" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-18T13:48:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T13:49:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4r/4reu1y8ewdrh4e0c.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>a $25.4 million state grant that, matched with upwards of $30 million in private funds, will allow the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) to renovate another 140,000 square feet into gallery space on its 13-acre campus. While this expansion will make it the largest contemporary art museum in the U.S., MASS MoCA has also been pioneering new economic models, civic engagement strategies and urban design interventions that are relevant for museums in much larger cities.</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/116203008/al-jazeera-looks-at-the-opposition-and-support-for-chicago-s-george-lucas-museum Al Jazeera looks at the opposition and support for Chicago's George Lucas museum Archinect 2014-12-17T17:02:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T19:17:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0b/0b8knc6kchnrm4jz.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ash-har Quraishi reports on why some Chicagoans oppose a plan for a museum for the &lsquo;Star Wars&rsquo; creator&rsquo;s artwork</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/116128341/heatherwick-studio-showcases-their-multi-disciplinary-design-skills-in-the-provocations-exhibition Heatherwick Studio showcases their multi-disciplinary design skills in the "Provocations" exhibition Justine Testado 2014-12-17T15:43:00-05:00 >2014-12-17T15:44:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c7/c796m9hnoge74u3x.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <em>Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio</em> exhibition presents&nbsp; the design concepts behind the span of projects that British designer <a href="http://www.heatherwick.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick </a>and his London-based studio have created worldwide. Currently at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas until January 4, <em>Provocations</em> will make its West Coast debut at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles on February 20.</p><p>Presented as a "jack of all trades" and organized by Hammer Museum curator Aram Moshayed, the upcoming L.A. exhibition will feature prototypes, photos, video footage, films, objects, and large-scale models.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zx/zxuiuef7r6mid2le.jpg"></p><p>The exhibition will include product designs like the "Spun" chair and the Longchamps Zip Bag as well as more recognizable icons like the Olympic Cauldron and the redesigned double decker buses from the London 2012 Olympic Games.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o6/o68tuvpi273jzeu7.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v9/v9xv34mhp8w7go5u.jpg"></p><p>"Provocations" will also highlight Heatherwick's large-scale projects like the UK Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, the Nanyang Technological University&nbsp;Learning ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116192545/u-s-in-the-race-for-2024-olympics-no-host-city-picked-yet U.S. in the race for 2024 Olympics, no host city picked yet Alexander Walter 2014-12-17T13:52:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T19:16:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d9/d91cd8e9a3ac7dad00793df53d26feda.jpg" width="514" height="241" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The United States Olympic Committee board of directors unanimously approved a U.S. bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the USOC announced today. Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., remain under consideration, with the selection of a U.S. bid city to be made in early 2015.&nbsp;[...] &ldquo;All four cities have presented plans that are part of the long-term visions for their communities,&rdquo; said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun.</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/116184493/sunset-magazine-kicked-out-of-their-beloved-cliff-may-designed-hq Sunset Magazine Kicked Out of Their Beloved Cliff May-designed HQ Donna Sink 2014-12-17T12:25:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:18:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c0/c0ciwgf7u8w7mgg7.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a letter to employees Wednesday, Time Inc. announced that it had sold Sunset&rsquo;s serene seven-acre Menlo Park, Calif., campus of carefully designed gardens and 1950s ranch-style buildings to Embarcadero Capital Partners, a San Francisco real estate investment and management company.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This is so sad, as it very likely means the demolition of Cliff May's beautiful and quintessentially Californian design.&nbsp; I would have loved to have visited the campus.</p><p>I can easily credit Sunset Magazine with being a major influence on my decision to become an architect: as a pre-teen I pored over their 1974 "Garden &amp; Patio Building" book - I literally read every single word multiple times.</p><p>My family had a subscription to the magazine, as have I for most of my adult life.&nbsp; In fact, just last night I made a recipe (Corn Flour Orange Chiffon Cake) from the current issue to bring to our office holiday party.</p><p>So sad.&nbsp; California 'necters, make sure to go visit this legendary place while you still can! Info on visiting <a href="http://tclf.org/landscapes/sunset-magazine-headquarters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116110641/how-to-rebuild-architecture-another-back-to-the-drawing-board-op-ed How to Rebuild Architecture: Another "Back to the Drawing Board" Op-Ed Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-16T12:24:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T21:18:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t3/t35p3owpvosdehj0.jpg" width="514" height="378" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture, of the capital &ldquo;A&rdquo; variety, is exceptionally capable of creating signature pieces, glorious one-offs. We&rsquo;re brilliant at devising sublime (or bombastic) structures for a global elite who share our values. We seem increasingly incapable, however, of creating artful, harmonious work that resonates with a broad swath of the general population [...] We&rsquo;ve taught generations of architects to speak out as artists, but we haven&rsquo;t taught them how to listen.</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/116076935/from-beirut-open-letter-to-mr-rem-koolhaas From Beirut: Open Letter to Mr. Rem Koolhaas Orhan Ayyüce 2014-12-16T11:11:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T22:44:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/58/581xvhernmk7srhw.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In light of the above, we are appealing to you in your roles as founder and lead architect of the firm, and as an educator and a public intellectual, to side by us in advocating to your client, but also to planning and urban authorities in Beirut the preservation of a site with unique characteristics, and withdraw services on this project. If such advocacy efforts falter, we urge you to dissociate yourself and your firm from this contentious project.</p></em><br /><br /><p>We have recently learned that the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has been commissioned to develop a design for a projected development on a prime sea-front location in Beirut (Lebanon): the Dalieh of Raoucheh. Proposing a private development over such a prime social, national, archeological and geological landmark in Lebanon has generated an ongoing public outcry, in the form of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1452074595037881/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">protests</a>, letters to officials,<a href="http://www.beirutreport.com/2014/05/the-fight-for-dalieh-one-of-beiruts.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussions</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/19679" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">media mobilization</a>. We are writing today to alert you to the disturbing facts behind the project, and solicit your support in outlining an alternative vision for Beirut&rsquo;s seafront.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116048024/the-louvre-to-undergo-reorganization The Louvre to Undergo Reorganization Nicholas Korody 2014-12-15T18:01:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:32:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v4/v4b9q3uvafrslm81.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A two-year, 53.5 million euro makeover, or nearly $67 million, is underway in the vast reception area below I. M. Pei&rsquo;s glass pyramid, where long lines of waiting visitors stream into a chaotic, open space that [the museum president] [Jean-Luc] Martinez likens to a noisy airport and that leaves many people disoriented and lost. He is also revamping the museum&rsquo;s basic storytelling tools: almost 40,000 banners, wall text, signs and symbols...</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/116032713/architectural-historian-discovers-chartres-cathedral-has-started-faking-it Architectural historian discovers Chartres Cathedral has started faking it Archinect 2014-12-15T12:05:00-05:00 >2014-12-16T12:40:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vi/vicscbqog5rvkand.jpg" width="450" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The first portion she pointed out was a pale ochre wall patterned with thin, perpendicular white lines mimicking mortar between masonry blocks. Looking upward we then saw panels of blue faux marbre, high above them gilded column capitals and bosses (the ornamental knobs where vault ribs intersect), and, nearby, floor-to-ceiling piers covered in glossy yellow trompe l&rsquo;oeil marbling, like some funeral parlor in Little Italy.</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/115976543/architect-eli-attia-sues-google-for-stealing-invention-that-streamlines-design-and-construction Architect Eli Attia sues Google for stealing invention that streamlines design and construction Archinect 2014-12-14T18:36:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:35:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bc/bc8d37a2645bed60e230eb992386001c.jpg" width="514" height="252" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The suit charges that Google and senior executives stole Eli Attia's invention, which is a technology that shortens and makes significantly cheaper the design and construction process, mainly for high-rise and large buildings. Google estimates that the invention has potential revenue of $120 billion annually.</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/115824990/student-led-rural-studio-continues-to-prove-the-value-of-socially-engaged-architecture Student-led Rural Studio continues to prove the value of socially engaged architecture Justine Testado 2014-12-12T19:29:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T21:55:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3i/3iwgzm8fmh2jszhv.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Rural Studio, Auburn University's off-campus undergraduate program in Newbern, Alabama, continues to gain recognition for their student-led design/build projects that assist the communities in one of the South's most under-served regions. Rural Studio has won several awards from 1995 until most recently as the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115670015/ehrlich-architects-wins-2015-aia-architecture-firm-award-peter-eisenman-takes-the-topaz-medallion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 recipient of the AIA's Whitney M. Young Jr. Award</a>. Named after the civil rights-era Urban League leader, the annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Award is given to an architect or architecturally related organization whose work greatly contributes toward progressive social advocacy and responsibility.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ss/sso3tjvown0ztlif.jpg"></p><p>Established in 1993 by D.K. Ruth and Samuel Mockbee, the student-led Rural Studio has completed parks, museums, a fire station, Boys and Girls Clubs, parks, and homes throughout western Alabama -- a region where 40 percent of the population lives under the poverty line. One of Rural Studio's projects that has attracted attention in recent years is the 20K House Product Line, which is ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115820972/the-qatari-royal-family-now-owns-more-of-london-than-the-british-crown The Qatari royal family now owns more of London than the British Crown Nicholas Korody 2014-12-12T18:06:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:35:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d1/d15362b91eeddda39a205d14dd37f65d.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Qatari royal family is planning to convert three of London&rsquo;s most prestigious addresses into a single mega-mansion valued at over &pound;200 million. The family, which already owns famous London landmarks including the Shard, Harrods and the Olympic Park, has submitted plans to convert three properties in Regent&rsquo;s Park [...] The Qatari royal family now owns more of London than the Crown Estate.</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/115812933/chicago-rethinks-rules-for-developers-to-increase-affordable-housing Chicago Rethinks Rules for Developers to Increase Affordable Housing Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-12T15:34:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:35:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jx/jxj2gbnmylu7mk6u.jpg" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the new [Affordable Requirements Ordinance] would require that at least 25 percent of affordable units be built on site, removing the ability to opt out totally. [...] Developers would also be allowed to meet the affordable unit requirement by building or rehabbing on other lots within a mile of the main site. The aim is to create affordable units in the neighborhoods where they&rsquo;re most scarce, rather than to continue to concentrate them in the city&rsquo;s poorer communities.</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/115810515/book-the-architect-s-apprentice-by-elif-afak Book: The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Şafak Orhan Ayyüce 2014-12-12T15:04:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:35:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y2/y2235t2nbnu9m9gz.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sinan&rsquo;s life was extraordinary, spanning the rule of three sultans, responsible for hundreds of buildings and for shaping the face of Istanbul even to this day, and he was considered on a par with Michelangelo in the West.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In Elif &#350;afak's (pronounced Shafak)new novel<em> The Architect&rsquo;s Apprentice</em>&nbsp;the city is the real star, the teeming bustle of the streets, the whorehouses and palaces, the markets and mosques, the dungeons and bridges. And as the narrative progresses, the work of Sinan, Jahan, and Chota the elephant begins to take on greater meaning, the constant construction and destruction, the endless reinvention and renewal, acting as powerful metaphors. At one point Jahan realises that the secret of his master&rsquo;s success lies not in toughness or indestructibility, &ldquo;but in his ability to adapt to change and calamity, and to rebuild himself, again and again, out of the ruins&rdquo;. It&rsquo;s this kind of depth and breadth of scope that makes The Architect&rsquo;s Apprentice an absorbing and moving piece of work.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115805685/50-years-of-gentrification-will-all-our-cities-turn-into-deathly-canberra 50 years of gentrification: will all our cities turn into 'deathly' Canberra? Alexander Walter 2014-12-12T13:22:00-05:00 >2014-12-14T09:35:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7f/7f5e5590afc12f6d79732487d759377f.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Economist Intelligence Unit puts Melbourne in first place, followed by Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto, Adelaide and Calgary. There is never any mention, on any list, of London or New York, Paris or Hong Kong. There are no liveable cities where you might actually want to live. [...] Liveability, it seems, is defined by a total absence of risk or chance, pleasure or surprise. It is an index of comfort, a guide to places where you can go safe in the knowledge you&rsquo;ll never be far from a Starbucks.</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/115799243/illegal-air-corridor-apartment-built-between-two-high-rises-in-china Illegal "air corridor" apartment built between two high-rises in China Archinect 2014-12-12T11:22:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:37:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eh/eh1h3i3b9l74oywl.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An illegally built corridor connecting two high-rise buildings in a residential area on Dongge Road of Nanning, Guangxi has become a cause for concern after images of the thing were posted online. The corridor joins two separate apartment buildings and was constructed and used by only one tenant.</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/115732640/not-so-bright-lights-big-city Not-So-Bright Lights, Big City Alexander Walter 2014-12-11T14:37:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:37:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/41/41jvwaz9hwwx5zy5.jpg" width="514" height="225" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You know how you&rsquo;re supposed to turn out the lights when you leave a room to save energy? New York City Council member Donovan Richards wants the owners of many of the city&rsquo;s office buildings to start doing the same&mdash;on a much bigger scale. Richards [...] has introduced a bill that would prohibit owners of approximately 40,000 New York commercial buildings from illuminating the interiors or exteriors of their structures once workers have gone home for the night.</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/115731034/google-is-letting-you-visit-museums-around-the-world-using-street-view-and-youtube Google is letting you visit museums around the world using Street View and Youtube Paul Petrunia 2014-12-11T14:05:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T14:27:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ry/rywzcyk2xsl4zwm9.jpg" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google announced today it&rsquo;s making a platform&nbsp;available to museums that enables them to build mobile applications that take advantage of Google technology, including Street View and YouTube, to bring their exhibits to anyone with a smartphone. Through partnerships between museums worldwide and the Google Cultural Institute, there are now 11&nbsp;museums and cultural institutions that&nbsp;have participated in this pilot project&nbsp;to date; their apps are live now on Google Play.</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/115731033/can-nyc-create-a-new-neighborhood-without-displacing-an-old-one Can NYC Create a New Neighborhood Without Displacing an Old One? Alexander Walter 2014-12-11T14:03:00-05:00 >2014-12-12T03:44:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4d/4d4b7358ed080fe35bf42449cab5419c.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With a nod to Mayor Bill de Blasio&rsquo;s affordable housing plans, New York City&rsquo;s Department of City Planning is inventing a &ldquo;new neighborhood&rdquo; to take what it thinks is a promising section of the Bronx from parking lots to high-rises. While the city has promised to make community outreach a cornerstone of its plans, the idea of a &ldquo;new neighborhood&rdquo; has left many who live there seeing Brooklyn-infused foreshadowing.</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/115729424/khamenei-s-fight-against-un-islamic-architecture-in-iran Khamenei's fight against "un-Islamic" architecture in Iran Archinect 2014-12-11T13:33:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:17:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cd/cd4b77qaj535seix.jpg" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For centuries, the spatial layout of house design in Iran reflected the patriarchal structure of the society through the rigid segregation between the andaruni and biruni, private and public space. [...] Modern architecture is also considered erotic because, unlike the spatially introverted pre-modern architecture of Iran, it faces outward with windows that shamelessly offer strangers a peek at the buildings&rsquo; private parts.</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/115651532/activists-evict-businesses-in-gentrifying-l-a-neighborhood Activists “Evict” Businesses in Gentrifying L.A. Neighborhood Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-10T13:22:00-05:00 >2014-12-10T13:22:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/71/7133dc7b5d6c2a511515f9bd1694c8c8.jpg" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On November 8th, a group called the North East L.A. Alliance (NELA Alliance) held a public art performance titled &ldquo;Procesion de Testimonios: Evicting Displacement,&rdquo; which sought to bring attention to changes in Highland Park. The procession began along the most visibly gentrifying corridor, York Boulevard, and the group served mock eviction notices to businesses the group didn&rsquo;t feel were &ldquo;culturally inviting, affordable and displaced long-time businesses,&rdquo; according to organizer Melissa Uribe.</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/115592953/building-a-collaborative-jig-saw-pavilion-at-the-media-and-architecture-biennale-in-aarhus Building a collaborative jig-saw pavilion at the Media and Architecture Biennale in Aarhus Justine Testado 2014-12-09T20:51:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:10:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lc/lctfdoc7igfva7x3.jpg" width="514" height="266" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"Programming Natural Affect" was one of the collaborative workshops during the <a href="http://mab14.mediaarchitecture.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Media and Architecture Bienniale 2014</a> last month in Aarhus, Denmark. Organized by Anna Ulak and Philipp Rahlenbeck of <a href="http://www.openconstructs.ca/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">openconstructs</a>, the workshop focused on fusing the organic properties of nature and the built urban environment through new media and architecture.</p><p>Participants learned about combining analog and digital production methods as they worked with each other and the organizers in building a small prefabricated pavilion. At the end of the workshop, the pavilion was displayed in the Main Exhibition during the Bienniale.</p><p>Ulak shared further project details below:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zp/zp5z2msfwtwd8sod.jpg"></p><p>"Rather than trying to fully control/manage the relationship between the natural and built environment with computation (and its metaphors), this proposal sets out to augment the natural world. Thus creating artificial environments that evokes the organic. An architecture that artificially amplifies the experiences of nature that is diminish...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115583325/steven-holl-architects-wins-star-studded-competition-to-design-mumbai-city-museum-north-wing Steven Holl Architects wins star-studded competition to design Mumbai City Museum North Wing Justine Testado 2014-12-09T16:09:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T22:28:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3i/3iw9q9sy7vkgjlux.jpg" width="514" height="396" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Out of a super-star list of competitors, a team led by Steven Holl Architects won the competition to design the North Wing -- or the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum -- of the Mumbai City Museum in India. The museum is one of India's leading cultural institutions and is undergoing a renewal process to establish itself as a cultural destination. The new 275 crore (approx $44.3 million) building will include new galleries and facilities.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ol/olsfdxpojyhpgmop.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/11/11wra7hhpq7ctt8n.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m7/m7yqhpteugii9ekr.jpg"></p><p>The Steven Holl Architects team included local architects <a href="http://www.opolis.in" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Opolis Architects</a>, Guy Nordenson &amp; Associates as structural engineers, and Transsolar as sustainability consultants.</p><p>Learn more about this project on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/steven_holl_architects_to_design_mumbai_city_museum_north_wing_in_star-stud/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115572057/jeanne-gang-s-thinning-ice-exhibit-in-miami Jeanne Gang's "Thinning Ice" exhibit in Miami Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-09T12:40:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:13:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a9/a92422a96863795cc2b1f2fabae1ea34.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Jeanne Gang] had just come back from a trip on which she&rsquo;d been using binoculars with Swarovski lenses and had become intrigued by the optical aspect of the crystal company&rsquo;s output. She had also become interested in James Balog&rsquo;s Extreme Ice Survey, a long-term project that documents glacier shrinkage using time-lapse photography [...] One challenge the studio faced was communicating the size of the glaciers photographed by Balog, and the extent of the devastation caused by global warming.</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/115502133/galapagos-art-space-to-relocate-to-detroit Galapagos Art Space to Relocate to Detroit Nicholas Korody 2014-12-08T14:53:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:14:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0i/0ippjjwtcqymhzo2.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Galapagos Art Space, a performance center and cultural staple in Brooklyn for nearly 20 years, will close this month, another casualty of rising rental prices that its founder says are making it difficult for independent arts organizations to survive in New York ... Galapagos helped put Williamsburg on the art map when it opened there in 1995 ... Although the last night of programming is likely to be Dec. 18, the center will have a second life &mdash; more than 600 miles away, in Detroit.</p></em><br /><br /><p>During its time in Brooklyn, Galapagos Art Space produced more than 7,500 shows. Hopefully, its legacy of progressive programming &ndash; from films to musical events to visual art exhibitions to burlesque &ndash; will continue after the space moves to Detroit. The new home of Galapagos Art Space includes nine buildings amounting to over&nbsp;600,000 square feet.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zx/zxm7hx73xywm4hgw.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115499716/marines-to-conduct-training-in-downtown-la Marines To Conduct Training In Downtown LA Orhan Ayyüce 2014-12-08T14:16:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:15:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ii/iiz1a8uhfpjqdajc.jpg" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's not going to look like 'Apocalypse Now' by any stretch of the imagination. The Marine Corps has held similar training in recent years in Atlanta, Memphis and other cities. The military worked closely with the Los Angeles Police Department and notified property owners so no one will be caught off guard</p></em><br /><br /><p>Message and the purpose is clear. US Government is training for urban warfare and large cities are the training grounds. Once we are done with&nbsp;foreign urban centers&nbsp;perhaps the idea is to "bring it on home."</p><p>Of course, it's all under the disguise of fighting terrorism (or is it Ferguson?).</p><p>"There&rsquo;s no terrorism threat out there that would be the reason that these exercises are being conducted, this is something that&rsquo;s been kind of ongoing for a while. This is one location amongst many that the Marines are gonna be kind of exposing their people to.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115492471/wilkinson-eyre-architects-accuse-italians-of-plagiarism-over-tree-design Wilkinson Eyre Architects accuse Italians of plagiarism over tree design Archinect 2014-12-08T11:50:00-05:00 >2014-12-08T22:26:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u7/u7t6f9l68fb8yia8.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s definitely derivative of the Gardens by the Bay concept,&rdquo; Chris Wilkinson, one of the British architects responsible for the &ldquo;super-trees&rdquo; in Singapore&rsquo;s Marina Bay, told The Daily Telegraph. &ldquo;You&rsquo;d have expected them to have come up with something a bit more original.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b3/b35a8e8024321c04fe726dea2bfe1cef.jpg"><br>"Super Trees", Singapore, designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115207766/archinect-s-lexicon-parametric-slug Archinect's Lexicon: "Parametric Slug" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-04T19:33:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T18:07:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dn/dnibfokztvtp9y7o.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Here at Archinect, we receive countless submissions of people's work, hoping to be published. Within recent memory (exactly when it began is uncertain), a particular type of work started popping up frequently.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xz/xzpxsy7zl9fe08u4.jpg"><br><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/82684993/student-works-saltworks-from-washington-university-in-st-louis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>"Saltworks" from Washington University in St. Louis.</em></a></p><p>The pieces were recognizable as parametrically-designed pavilions, and often (but not exclusively) were student-built, part of a studio program. Photos show these pieces installed on campus quads, somewhere in a public park, or elsewhere with a open, semi-public function &ndash; a structure that gives people an opportunity to gather and linger, but often without any more specific programming. More often than not, these projects look like giant armored slugs.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wt/wtpumv380m2pssap.jpg"><br><em><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/75126636/student-works-singapore-university-of-technology-and-design-library-pavilion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Singapore University of Technology and Design Library Pavilion</a></em></p><p>So it is respectfully and in the tradition of Venturi and Scott Brown's "duck vs. shed", that Archinect submits the "parametric slug" to <em>Archinect's Lexicon</em>. A "slug" is a typology defined by a simple tubular form, str...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115206156/how-architecture-is-helping-make-arcadia-a-magnet-for-chinese-money How architecture is helping make Arcadia a magnet for Chinese money Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-04T18:43:00-05:00 >2014-12-05T14:45:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u2/u2cod6udfjqbubtj.jpg" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Blocks that were once sleepy, with single-story ranch houses from the 1940s set comfortably back from the street, are now lined with bloated villas pushed near the front of their lots [...] What's happening in Arcadia is less about big new houses and startling sales figures than how new patterns of immigration are transforming the architecture of Southern California. [...] The architectural landscape is being remade not to displace [Chinese immigrants] but as a magnet for their money.</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/115194085/bass-lifts-the-lid-on-treasure-trove-interview-with-peter-marino Bass lifts the lid on treasure trove: interview with Peter Marino Alexander Walter 2014-12-04T14:45:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:58:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8v/8vc2lkb6lkl9h1bl.jpg" width="200" height="242" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>And do you live with as much of the collection as you can? Absolutely. I never keep fewer than five bronzes in my bedroom. It&rsquo;s incredible that I have these things. I have them all round my bed&mdash;my little friends. I have very little money in the bank. I&rsquo;m a hyper-materialist; enjoy it while you can. So many of my friends collect money in the way I collect art, but I don&rsquo;t see the point.</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>