Archinect - News 2014-10-24T06:29:24-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/111972700/how-has-the-world-changed-since-you-were-born How has the world changed since you were born? Nicholas Korody 2014-10-23T20:54:00-04:00 >2014-10-23T21:21:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wf/wfr3jnt1fcpoov9a.jpg" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Find out how, since the date of your birth, your life has progressed; including how many times your heart has beaten, and how far you have travelled through space. Investigate how the world around you has changed since you've been alive; from the amount the sea has risen, and the tectonic plates have moved, to the number of earthquakes and volcanoes that have erupted. Grasp the impact we've had on the planet in your lifetime...</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/111957365/don-t-forget-to-thank-your-socks-and-other-organizing-tips Don't Forget to Thank Your Socks (And Other Organizing Tips) Nicholas Korody 2014-10-23T18:47:00-04:00 >2014-10-23T19:21:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cg/cg4uirqmmpapswxr.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Marie] Kondo&rsquo;s decluttering theories are unique, and can be reduced to two basic tenets: Discard everything that does not &ldquo;spark joy,&rdquo; after thanking the objects that are getting the heave-ho for their service; and do not buy organizing equipment &mdash; your home already has all the storage you need [...] &ldquo;When we take our clothes in our hands and fold them neatly,&rdquo; she writes, &ldquo;we are, I believe, transmitting energy, which has a positive effect on our clothes.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The article goes on to quote&nbsp;Leonard Koren, a design theorist who has written extensively on Japanese aesthetics: "The idea of non-dualism is a relationship to reality that proposes that everything is inextricably connected and alive, even inanimate objects. If we are compassionate and respectful to everything that exists, then we would have to be compassionate about the socks in the drawer that aren&rsquo;t folded properly.&rdquo;</p><p>While perhaps laughable to some &ndash; particularly within the context of home-organizing &ndash;, taking seriously the idea that inanimate objects have a life of their own parallels a lot of emerging thought in contemporary philosophy. In particular, the philosophical school of "Object-Oriented Ontology" (OOO) seeks to destabilize the tradition of Western philosophy since at least Kant that relegates the reality of objects to their conforming to the human subject's perception. Graham Harman, whose doctoral dissertation&nbsp;"Tool-Being: Elements in a Theory of Objects" sparked the O...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111953344/a-preview-of-the-future-is-not-what-it-used-to-be-the-2nd-istanbul-design-biennial A preview of “The Future Is Not What It Used To Be”, the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial Justine Testado 2014-10-23T13:58:00-04:00 >2014-10-23T13:58:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4z/4z5n15j1kfpm9bp3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the upcoming 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial, "The Future Is Not What It Used To Be" questions the role of design, its relationship to society, and how it can potentially bring change. Curated by Zo&euml; Ryan and spanning all five floors of the Galata Greek Primary School from Nov. 1 to Dec.14, the biennial will showcase a designers' exhibition of over 50 projects that ask who defines the future and how it is defined. But the crucial aspect it explores is whose future could be affected.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In an area of approximately 2,300 square meters at the Galata Greek Primary School, the exhibition will feature more than 50 projects by designers worldwide. The event will also host various creative academic workshops, panels, and film screenings.</p><p>N&deg;40 Workoutcomputer by Desireee Heiss and Ines Kaag.<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9f/9fmqdbsdb7t6rgfk.jpg"></p><p>Fruit of the Polish Turkish culinary workshops<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ir/ir5sn48ztu3xxsqw.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/as/as38ayekd9c5r8j5.jpg"></p><p>Learn more about the event on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/a_preview_of_the_future_is_not_what_it_used_to_be_the_2nd_istanbul_design_b/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>!</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111897927/tour-los-angeles-history-with-ucla-s-new-interactive-urban-trail-app Tour Los Angeles history with UCLA's new interactive urban trail app Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-23T13:44:00-04:00 >2014-10-23T13:46:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1h/1hthdmjfuzz785nh.jpg" width="514" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Public parks do much more than provide places to play, relax or exercise &nbsp;&ndash; they can also preserve portions of the natural landscapes, and remind us of our city&rsquo;s history. In Los Angeles&rsquo; urban core, where public parks are few and much of the landscape has already been paved in concrete, combining peace and preservation becomes more difficult. But embracing infrastructure can lead to novel and engaging park systems, as seen in projects like the High Line, and now, in <a href="http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=22272" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles' State Historic Park (LASHP)</a>.</p><p>Situated in a former rail-switching yard in LA's Chinatown, LASHP sits at the base of Elysian Park&rsquo;s hills, stretching between an active light-rail line and the Los Angeles River. While still under construction, the park is already the focal point of an urban trail project, LASHP Trails, initially drafted by local high school students and developed by UCLA&rsquo;s <a href="http://remap.ucla.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance (REMAP)</a>. Originating in and around the park, the trails lead walk...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111950133/denver-s-union-station-is-lacking-diversity-and-local-critic-places-the-blame-on-the-architecture Denver's Union Station is lacking diversity and local critic places the blame on the architecture Archinect 2014-10-23T12:54:00-04:00 >2014-10-23T13:00:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oz/ozo9fb03fwqdu86p.jpg" width="514" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Let's start with the building itself, the actual architecture. Union Station is a neo-classical mix of styles &mdash; European styles. The symmetry, arched windows, ornate cornice and stacked, stone walls have their roots in the glory days of France, England, Greece and Rome, in empires that were nearly absent of ethnic minorities and who felt fully at ease invading, exploiting and actually enslaving the people of Africa, subcontinent Asia and South America.</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/111876186/what-makes-a-building-sacred What makes a building sacred? Alexander Walter 2014-10-22T13:47:00-04:00 >2014-10-22T16:44:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f283e8b12d8ffc800f56189e3ec91aab.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The new science of neuroaesthetics [...] tells us much about the way pure form is dealt with by the brain. [...] V S Ramachandran, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Diego, and William Hirstein, a philosopher at Elmhurst College in Illinois, argue that we are innately attuned to recognise things as unified objects &ndash; such that we find brushstrokes or architectural features that can be mentally assembled into a coherent whole more beautiful.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related Archinect Feature: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/111205340/aftershock-4-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-neuroscientific-architecture-research" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AfterShock #4: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neuroscientific Architecture Research</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111874576/back-to-the-future-the-fake-relics-of-the-old-chinese-city-of-datong Back to the future: the fake relics of the 'old' Chinese city of Datong Alexander Walter 2014-10-22T13:22:00-04:00 >2014-10-22T13:25:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/de/de23440dde4b355190358a7007e6bb17.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Six years ago the then-mayor launched an ambitious plan to reconstruct the lost walls, watchtowers and Ming-style homes of the city &ndash; resettling tens of thousands of residents and transforming Datong into a tourist site. Now few want to live here</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/111873772/buffalo-s-jewel-box-art-museum-to-grow Buffalo’s jewel-box art museum to grow Alexander Walter 2014-10-22T13:12:00-04:00 >2014-10-22T13:33:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cb/cb17aa9d6f8911359b6b5771a59fb58f.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, is preparing to launch its first major expansion effort in more than 50 years. [...] In 2012, the board commissioned the architectural firm Sn&oslash;hetta to produce a master plan for future growth, but the details of this project have remained under wraps. Museum leaders told the Buffalo News that they are interested in holding an architectural competition for design proposals following their meetings with the public.</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/111795771/tom-kundig-loses-lawsuit-against-his-washington-valley-cabin Tom Kundig loses lawsuit against his Washington valley cabin Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-21T13:48:00-04:00 >2014-10-22T17:46:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e7/e79f1dddeaeebf2e5e273c1c49d4a386.jpg" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The steel structure looms large from Midge Cross and Scott Johnston's back porch. And from the beginning they say Architect Tom Kundig and his partners ignored land covenants meant to prevent any ridgeline buildings that would be visible from below. "To me it was the extended third finger," said Cross. "Like, 'Up yours, Mazama, we can put this here and the heck with you guys.'"</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the fall of 2012, Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects built a private cabin on the picturesque ridge of the Methow Valley in Washington. Prior residents of the valley's Mazama community were miffed by the ruined view, and claimed that the cabin violated "protective covenants for visual consideration", established in 1987. They were joined by current property owners and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/77141277/lawsuit-filed-against-architect-tom-kundig" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sued Kundig last year</a>. Kundig has now been ordered by the court to move the hut away from the ridgeline.</p><p>Kundig is no stranger to Washington, or off-grid cabin architecture &ndash; a native of Spokane, Kundig was educated and practices as an architect in Washington with Olson Kundig Architects, and his "Rolling Huts" offer modest camping lodges near Mazama. While Kundig hasn't offered any official comments on the case, his office did state that&nbsp;"Tom Kundig designed this cabin with the valley's natural elements and history as a priority. His aim has been to create a building that embodies the Pacific Northwest spirit of ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111797408/an-architect-s-big-parisian-moment An Architect’s Big Parisian Moment Alexander Walter 2014-10-21T13:31:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T21:07:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b1/b1c87e26352d2acec2040ff4bc37064d.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a cultural twofer that makes it Frank Gehry week here, the Louis Vuitton Foundation, a private cultural center and contemporary-art museum designed by Mr. Gehry, had its official inaugural ceremony on Monday, attended by the French president, Fran&ccedil;ois Hollande. At the same time, the Pompidou Center across town is giving Mr. Gehry, based in Los Angeles, a major career retrospective, his first in Europe.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102640738/gehry-designed-fondation-louis-vuitton-to-open-this-october" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton to open this October</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111797399/obama-s-presidential-library-four-radical-visions-of-the-future-from-top-architects Obama's presidential library: four radical visions of the future from top architects Alexander Walter 2014-10-21T13:19:00-04:00 >2014-10-22T15:06:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/71/712f61acd201ca626a5b7f06fca33437.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Barack Obama still has two long years left to cement his legacy as something between &ldquo;yes we can&rdquo; and &ldquo;at least I tried&rdquo;. Regardless of how history remembers him, Obama will always represent a shift from the old guard, an idealistic starting point for what (and who) future presidents could be. For now, though, his official museum, his keeper of secrets: couldn&rsquo;t that still be a tangible change we can believe in? At least an architectural one?</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/111725875/studios-kabako-from-congo-wins-2014-curry-stone-design-prize Studios Kabako from Congo wins 2014 Curry Stone Design Prize Justine Testado 2014-10-20T15:12:00-04:00 >2014-10-20T15:37:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s4/s4ry8g3fy7ea37k1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Congolese performance and theater group Studios Kabako from Kisangani was announced as the 2014 Curry Stone Design Prize winner this past weekend at an awards ceremony in Brussels...Studios Kabako was established in 2001 to address the various emotions linked to the aftermath of civil war. Located in a city that is isolated geographically and culturally, the studio has provided its community a safe creative haven of dance, theater, and music through its urban interventions and cultural programs.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mc/mcrgzppcummsk5n2.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p2/p2hfibdcz9xgseac.jpg"></p><p>Studios Kabako will start a U.S. tour including in New York from October 21 to November 1, 2014, with two performances at the BRIC theater in Brooklyn.</p><p>The studio will receive a $100,000 grant prize, and were also featured in a short documentary by the Curry Stone Foundation, which you can watch entirely below.</p><p>Read more about the studio on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/studios_kabako_from_congo_wins_2014_curry_stone_design_prize/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111718628/give-and-take-michael-kimmelman-and-annabelle-selldorf-discuss-architectural-ethics-in-urban-environments Give and Take: Michael Kimmelman and Annabelle Selldorf discuss architectural ethics in urban environments Dane Borda 2014-10-20T13:58:00-04:00 >2014-10-22T21:17:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/69/69xlj5frkr1zrebz.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The power of architecture at work in the modern city was a theme that emerged from the start at last Thursday night&rsquo;s <em>Big Ideas, Bold Thinkers, Brilliant Dialogue </em>series at <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/72600/pratt-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pratt Institute</a>. This particular conversation featured <em>New York Times</em> architecture critic Michael Kimmelman and Architect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/15820/selldorf-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Annabelle Selldorf</a>. Moderator Spencer Bailey of Surface magazine used the broad term of &ldquo;power of architecture&rdquo; as a catalyst that spawned a conversation on the social responsibility of architecture as we move into an ever&#8208;growing, thickening urban environment.</p><p>Selldof&rsquo;s recent Sunset Park Recycling Center Brooklyn got the discussion going. Selldorf began by explaining why she was so excited to take on an infrastructure project, noting the architectural demands of the site and program were very interesting problems to take on. But the thing that most fascinated her about the project was its capacity to give back to the city by providing an important logistical hub to New York City as well as co...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111679285/end-of-weird-architecture-in-china End of weird architecture in China? Orhan Ayyüce 2014-10-20T11:44:00-04:00 >2014-10-24T00:34:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mo/moip4wwgkddu95py.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Art should serve the people, Xi Jinping says, and China's weird and wonderful buildings - including a mobile phone building, an excessivley blinged-up hotel, and a penis tower - are evidently not good examples of "morally inspiring art". Duh.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Is it possible&nbsp;Xi Jinping is using a diplomatic language to break loose from imported architecture? The so called elite star architecture now going to have third tier copies? Don't forget the elite post modernism was finally trickled down to strip mall architecture finally in early 90's.&nbsp;</p><p>This whole thing started with this link I got from my friend and continued with a conversation below.</p><p><a href="http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fshanghaiist.com%2F2014%2F10%2F18%2Feliminate_all_weird_architecture_in.php&amp;h=kAQFonHo0&amp;s=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="https://fbexternal-a.akamaihd.net/safe_image.php?d=AQANV_rkGA-6x1aX&amp;w=158&amp;h=158&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fshanghaiist.com%2Fassets_c%2F2014%2F10%2Fweird-building-china-1-thumb-640xauto-864354.jpg"></a></p><p><a href="http://shanghaiist.com/2014/10/18/eliminate_all_weird_architecture_in.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eliminate all weird architecture in China, Xi Jinping declares</a></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.tectonicus.com/about/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ben Lepley</a></strong>- Not sure what this means for MAD &gt;:l&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Orhan Ayyuce</strong>- Maybe he sees architecture as the poster child of socio-cultural threat?</p><p><strong>BL</strong>- Or a threat of power from investors who cant be controlled by state owned banks? Or both.</p><p><strong>OA</strong>- Are you back in China?</p><p><strong>BL</strong>- No, in Tucson still. Clean air here.&nbsp;but I keep in contact with those who are still there.&nbsp;I'm not sure if this statement from Xi was off the cuff, or an actual decision, but it could be big.&nbsp;If you want to know more I can introduce you to one of my old MAD co-workers who is still there...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111655995/the-portland-building-architect-michael-graves-fiercely-defends-his-controversial-creation-against-demolition The Portland Building: Architect Michael Graves fiercely defends his controversial creation against demolition Archinect 2014-10-19T17:22:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T21:44:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c5/c5f3f52a19d5d26f19a1552d3e88c3d4.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Graves came out swinging. "I saw some people outside selling tomatoes," he said. "I have no idea what that meant." He complained about his treatment in the local news media: "350 buildings, and I don't have this treatment anywhere else. . . Usually when I revisit buildings, it's to get the keys to the city. Here, there are tomatoes for sale."</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/111354100/the-boolean-created-situation-room-at-the-storefront-for-art-architecture The boolean-created “Situation Room” at the Storefront for Art + Architecture Justine Testado 2014-10-15T19:44:00-04:00 >2014-10-22T21:45:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k8/k8edcyl4ko5kl2ri.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Immersed in a neon bubblegum pink shell, walking through the Situation Room gives viewers a fascinating perspective of the digital and physical environments. Designed by MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY in collaboration with sound artist Jana Winderen, the installation was created by 20 spheres of various sizes fused by boolean operations. Storefront for Art and Architecture NYC commissioned the project for the WorldWide Storefront initiative launch.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a sneak peek of the installation:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rf/rfl29kl4qwo32ltb.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nv/nvnurkijsyn1j9nw.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ql/qlati1armgr97rws.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ky/ky5wiwlxob67ffeq.jpg"></p><p>Read more about it on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/the_boolean-created_situation_room_at_the_storefront_for_art_architecture/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111345242/honolulu-law-criminalizes-homelessness Honolulu Law Criminalizes Homelessness Nicholas Korody 2014-10-15T16:37:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T23:27:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1m/1mv8ire1wu9bmhgn.jpg" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Sept. 16, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed three bills that make it a misdemeanor (punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a maximum $1,000 fine) to sit or lie on sidewalks in the bustling tourist district of Waikiki and outlaw relieving oneself in public islandwide. Homeless advocates say the new laws unfairly target Hawaii&rsquo;s most vulnerable residents, especially since Waikiki has only one 24-hour public restroom in the crowded district.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a <a href="http://b.3cdn.net/naeh/c0c5bc347638fc86d5_qem6ihsg4.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 report</a>, Hawaii was ranked as the state with highest population of homeless residents, who provoke the ire of local businesses. Some opponents of the new law claim it breaks the traditional "<a href="https://www.hawaii.edu/uhelp/files/LawOfTheSplinteredPaddle.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">law of the splintered paddle</a>," introduced by King Kamehameha circa 1797. The law states:&nbsp;&ldquo;Let every elderly person, woman and child lie by the roadside in safety."</p><p>This is just a recent example of a growing trend of criminalizing homelessness in the US. For more information about such laws, as well as design solutions intended to circumvent them, read our coverage <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104801373/exclusionary-strategies-laws-and-designs-used-to-oust-homeless-population" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>. For design innovations particularly oriented around the lack of public bathroom facilities, click <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107953071/designing-bathrooms-for-the-homeless-and-everyone-else" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111338781/study-finds-ny-rats-have-alarming-diseases Study Finds NY Rats Have Alarming Diseases Nicholas Korody 2014-10-15T14:32:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T14:32:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o6/o65q12vrnum1aniw.jpg" width="514" height="409" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Recently, a team of pathogen hunters at Columbia University...conducted a survey of the viruses and bacteria in Manhattan&rsquo;s rats, the first attempt to use DNA to catalog pathogens in any animal species in New York City [...] Although the scientists examined just 133 rats, they found plenty of pathogens. Some caused food-borne illnesses. Others, like Seoul hantavirus, had never before been found in New York. Others were altogether new to science.</p></em><br /><br /><p>New York's notorious rat problem is just one of the many complex human-animal interactions that can lead to disease outbreaks. Ebola, which has decimated West Africa and is now <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/15/health/texas-ebola-outbreak/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">appearing in the US</a>, likely spread to humans from <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Health/ebola-emerged-jungle-photos/story?id=24740453" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">contact with infected primates</a>. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avian_influenza" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Avian flu</a> (H5N1) spreads from contact with contaminated birds, with the most deadly strains for humans likely coming from exposure to infected domesticated birds. Similarly, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swine_influenza" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">swine flu</a> comes from contact with pigs. And the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubonic_plague" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bubonic plague</a>, famously thought to have come from rats, is now thought to have spread from fleas carried by said rats.</p><p>All this shows that human habitations are actually within a complex mesh of interactions with other non-human agents, many of which pose grave or even fatal health risks. As&nbsp;Dr. Lipkin, director of the rat study, told the NY Times:&nbsp;&ldquo;I think people are going to have to start paying attention to this.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111300176/artist-vhils-dissects-the-city-by-by-taking-apart-and-reassembling-found-objects Artist VHILS dissects the city by by taking apart and reassembling found objects Metropolitan Monk 2014-10-15T11:37:00-04:00 >2014-10-22T21:14:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3x/3xl7kwntyswxjc9m.jpg" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Throughout the past decade, Portuguese artist <a title="VHILS | website" href="http://alexandrefarto.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VHILS</a> &ndash; born Alexandre Farto [Lisbon, 1987]&nbsp;&ndash; has been making a name for himself by taking apart and reassembling found objects. He uses a multitude of materials and formats to voice his stance on the city, which he bases on his experience of living and working in <a title="Shanghai | MovingCities tags" href="http://movingcities.org/tag/shanghai/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shanghai</a> &#19978;&#28023;, <a title="Moscow | MovingCities tags" href="http://movingcities.org/tag/moscow/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow</a>, New York, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Paris. VHILS&nbsp;now condenses his findings in his home town <a title="Lisbon | MovingCities tags" href="http://movingcities.org/tag/lisbon/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lisbon - </a>in an exhibition at Lisbon&rsquo;s <a title="Electricity Museum | EDP | website" href="http://movingcities.org/interviews/vhils-lisbon-mark-magazine-2014/www.edp.pt/en/sustentabilidade/fundacoes/fundacaoedp/museudaelectricidade" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Electricity Museum</a> &ndash; curated by Jo&atilde;o Pinharanda and aptly named &lsquo;<a title="Dissection | VHILS | website" href="http://www.alexandrefarto.com/index.php?page=news&amp;news=29" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dissection</a>&rsquo; &ndash; drawing from his work to produce a collective memory of the city. It is the artist&rsquo;s first big solo show. <a title="MovingCities | website" href="http://movingcities.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MovingCities</a> published, in the October-November 2014 issue of <a title="MARK Magazine #52 Oct-Nove-14 | Frameweb" href="http://www.frameweb.com/magazines/mark/mark-52" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark magazine #52</a>, an interview with Portuguese street artist:&nbsp;read <a title="Mark Magazine#52 | VHILS | MovingCities" href="http://movingcities.org/interviews/vhils-lisbon-mark-magazine-2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VHILS | Dissecting the City</a>.</p><p>Extract from <a title="Mark Magazine#52 | VHILS | MovingCities" href="http://movingcities.org/interviews/vhils-lisbon-mark-magazine-2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VHILS | Dissecting the City</a>:</p><p><em>'Debris is a prime material for me,</em>&rsquo; he says. &lsquo;<em>I like to use material that has been expelled from the city. I think this comes from my background in ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111259168/a-closer-look-at-unstudio-s-new-theatre-de-stoep-in-spijkenisse-the-netherlands A closer look at UNStudio’s new Theatre de Stoep in Spijkenisse, The Netherlands Justine Testado 2014-10-14T14:05:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T23:28:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j2/j28xsdkun8dymhxa.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the Dutch town of Spijkenisse, the Theatre de Stoep designed by UNStudio recently celebrated its grand public opening, not long after the theater was completely realized. Inspired by the type of liveliness only experienced through live theater performances, the new cultural theater features undulating edges and a striking color palette of white and vivid purple, and circular LED lights on its fa&ccedil;ade.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xj/xj08h44u9g197vnl.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kw/kwhekspdeitrngbf.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rm/rmax483sit5u22uw.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2n/2noz7l1lmb0jrhhb.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4r/4rrzbqet296xs4ta.jpg"></p><p>Check out a timelapse video of the theater's construction below. More details about the project on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/A_closer_look_at_unstudios_new_theatre_de_stoep_in_spijkenisse_the_netherla/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111195701/new-podcast-new-banknotes-new-neurons-weekly-news-round-up-for-october-6-2014 New podcast, new banknotes, new neurons: Weekly News Round-Up for October 6, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-13T20:27:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T21:26:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/28/28fvn3tucg9zxp2q.jpg" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Sunday, October 12:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111135399/a-classic-american-look-feng-shui-notwithstanding" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding</a>: Investigating the impact of wealthy Chinese immigrants on suburban Seattle's real estate boom.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Saturday, October 11:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Indiana Ponders Abolishing Licensing for Architects" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110936408/indiana-ponders-abolishing-licensing-for-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Indiana Ponders Abolishing Licensing for Architects</a>: Part of a state-wide reconsideration of more than "200 types of professional licenses, permits and certifications", aimed at cutting regulatory costs.</li><li><a title='Announcing "Archinect Sessions", our brand new podcast! Listen to Episode #1 now' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110877796/announcing-archinect-sessions-our-brand-new-podcast-listen-to-episode-1-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Announcing "Archinect Sessions", our brand new podcast! Listen to Episode #1 now</a>: We're launching a weekly podcast to discuss prominent news items, feat. members of the Archinect community and other special guests. Ep. #1: "Where are the women?"</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, October 9:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110875379/architects-create-a-3-d-printed-column-that-survives-earthquakes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes</a>: Made of cement and based on ancient Incan techniques.</li><li><a title="Renzo Piano admits he's &quot;struggling to do something good&quot; for the LA Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences project" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110868931/renzo-piano-admits-he-s-struggling-to-do-something-good-for-the-la-academy-of-motion-picture-arts-and-sciences-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano admits he's "struggling to do something good" for the LA Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences project</a>: A fable to remind us that architecture is never solely the product of architects.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, October 8:...</em></strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111184419/michael-maltzan-s-one-santa-fe-tries-to-make-density-appealing-in-los-angeles Michael Maltzan's One Santa Fe tries to make density appealing in Los Angeles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-13T14:45:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T23:18:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ba/baae44aca1a9035297357bd86617bd17.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is a fractal of contemporary Los Angeles architecture, the fragment that both contains and helps explain the whole. [...] What gives the $165-million project its unusual symbolic power is that it takes the generic stuff of a typical L.A. apartment building &mdash; a wood frame slathered in white stucco and lifted above a concrete parking deck &mdash; and expands it dramatically to urban scale. [...] The design takes banality and stretches it like taffy in the direction of monumentality.</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/111135399/a-classic-american-look-feng-shui-notwithstanding A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding Nam Henderson 2014-10-13T00:22:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T20:01:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ri/riovw8953qu1voxj.jpg" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Seattle was a better opportunity for me than China right now,&rdquo; Mr. Wang said. &ldquo;A lot of Chinese families are planning to move here.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Robert Frank reports in from Seattle, where wealthy Chinese seeking to relocate and/or invest are driving up the&nbsp;real estate market in eastern suburbs.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110818290/san-francisco-legalizes-regulates-airbnb-with-lots-of-amendments San Francisco Legalizes, Regulates Airbnb (With Lots of Amendments) Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-08T20:45:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T22:13:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cb/cb3bd778eee3d77534f9c9e06cf1fdc8.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city&rsquo;s board of supervisors voted to legalize and regulate short-term stays through a controversial piece of legislation that has been two years in the making [...] The key changes include a limit on non-hosted rentals for up to 90 days per year. [...] [The hosts will] also have to pay the city&rsquo;s hotel taxes. They &mdash; not Airbnb &mdash; are responsible for certifying that they&rsquo;re only hosting 90 days a year and for keeping records that prove this.</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/110733077/neighbor-can-you-spare-a-dime-citylab-conference-considers-sharing-economy-s-urban-impact Neighbor, can you spare a dime? CityLab conference considers sharing economy's urban impact Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-08T13:28:00-04:00 >2014-10-16T23:46:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cr/cr9bm7ok3zmsqaov.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For two days on the cusp of fall, a gaggle of mayors, journalists, technologists, and civic-minded entrepreneurs convened for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109875013/join-archinect-at-the-citylab-urban-solutions-to-global-challenges-conference-sept-29-30-in-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The Atlantic</em>&rsquo;s CityLab 2014 conference</a>&nbsp;in still-balmy downtown Los Angeles. The full title, "Urban Solutions to Global Challenges", jumps off of the presumption that cities, not countries, are at the forefront of public innovation, and then dives into the waters where civic tech and urban life intermingle &ndash; where local governments have got to make better use of digital technology, and fast. To take the panels and presentations as gospel, our cities are at the best of times and the worst of times; climbing to dizzying heights of technological capabilities and entrepreneurial hopes, while caught in the social and rhetorical undertows of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96550328/a-conversation-on-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the big &ldquo;G&rdquo; word</a>, income inequality and population growing pains. But throughout the lofty jargon, the clearest concern was how cultural shifts in information technologies can improve urban development.</p><p>It&rsquo;s easy to point to inst...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110794911/sn-hetta-selected-to-design-new-norwegian-banknotes Snøhetta selected to design new Norwegian banknotes Archinect 2014-10-08T13:19:00-04:00 >2014-10-10T12:15:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ac/ace80c1e675f4c39ac3f796c5b219346.jpg" width="514" height="271" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Norges Bank, the central bank of Norway, asked eight different designers to submit their proposals for the redesigned currency, to be put into circulation in 2017, and the winning design features images by Norwegian architecture firm Sn&oslash;hetta on one side and Oslo-based graphic design firm The Metric System on the other.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More details and designs also on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/snhetta_chosen_to_design_norways_new_colorful_banknotes1/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110688053/of-dirt-and-cleanliness-clean-india-campaign Of Dirt and Cleanliness – (Clean India Campaign) Orhan Ayyüce 2014-10-07T12:00:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T21:28:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2j/2jvubckb0ex14ej8.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"In all modern cultures, cleaning up merely involves moving &ldquo;dirt&rdquo; from one place to another. Five decades ago, cleaning up may have been easier. It would have meant restoring the predominantly organic and compostable discards in the waste stream to its rightful place &ndash; namely, the soil &ndash; and facilitating its transformation into manure. &nbsp;Over the past two decades, India has transformed from a sleepy nation living in its villages to an economic powerhouse with an urban population bursting at its seams. We can, as Modi did in the UN General Assembly, invoke our ancient culture to claim that Indians have a special relationship with and reverence for nature. But that does not take away from the fact that Indians or Americans, Hindus or Muslims, we are all worshippers of the same homogenising religion of consumerism. We are what our garbage is. Our garbage which once bore no resemblance to American garbage is increasingly peppered with the same brand names, the same indestructible materi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110427299/eisenhower-memorial-clears-key-hurdle-on-gehry-design Eisenhower Memorial clears key hurdle on Gehry design Archinect 2014-10-03T18:56:00-04:00 >2014-10-10T11:06:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wo/woz420y6jraqv6y8.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 10-to-1 vote by the National Capital Planning Commission represented a significant milestone for the tribute to the World War II general and 34th president, which has been stalled since 2011. The vote allows the Eisenhower Memorial Commission to take its new design to the Commission of Fine Arts, the other federal agency that must give a green light before construction can begin.</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/110422474/judge-punishes-colorado-s-aspen-art-museum-climbers Judge Punishes Colorado's Aspen Art Museum Climbers Archinect 2014-10-03T17:16:00-04:00 >2014-10-08T23:05:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/af/af5e56518645987a36e14a7099b26f3c.jpg" width="496" height="620" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Of course, the Aspen Art Museum is far more inviting than most edifices when it comes to climbing. The museum exterior is built from Prodema, a composite made of wood and paper pulp, bound by resin, and coated in a wood veneer. The long woven strips that encase the building are placed at regular intervals, creating a ladder-like structure that almost calls out to be scaled.</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/110407197/where-are-the-women-measuring-progress-on-gender-in-architecture Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-03T13:00:00-04:00 >2014-10-16T11:09:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b8/b8wxfphpb93cuj28.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The farther up you look in the world of architecture, the fewer women you see. In this chart, we&rsquo;ve rounded up some common and publicly available metrics behind this claim. Like thousands of aspiring architects, we&rsquo;ll start at the bottom and work our way up&mdash;while also pausing on the way to consider what these measures mean.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/lchang" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lian Chikako Chang</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/49082200/association-of-collegiate-schools-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ACSA</a>'s Director of Research + Information and <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/21449024/harvard-gsd-m-arch-i-lian" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">prolific Archinect blogger</a>, has created a series of infographics charting the progress of women's roles in architecture. The statistics are, at a glance, both depressing and hopeful: compared to overall representation in the population, women occupy a disproportionally tiny slice of architecture's higher tiers, but the numbers do seem to be increasing over time.</p><p>Check out all the infographics in our image gallery below. Lian also posted an <a href="http://archinect.com/ACSA/where-are-the-women-measuring-progress-on-gender-in-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in-depth look at the infographics over at the ACSA blog</a>, showing how the data was sourced and analyzed.</p>