Archinect - News 2015-03-05T03:03:56-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/122124114/seattle-architect-seeks-to-redesign-america-s-burial-landscape Seattle architect seeks to redesign America's burial landscape Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-04T13:30:00-05:00 >2015-03-04T16:28:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b1/b1f732423e82b1f8945b3f16a740e795.jpg" width="514" height="649" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seattle-based architect [Katrina Spade], originally from New England, has a vision that could radically reshape not just the death-care industry but the way we think about death itself. She calls her plan the Urban Death Project, and it proposes a middle road between burial and cremation: compost. [...] The centerpiece of the idea is an approximately three-story-high building in an urban center where people could bring their dead.</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/121971507/a-look-at-africa-s-modernist-architecture A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture Nicholas Korody 2015-03-02T13:57:00-05:00 >2015-03-02T21:01:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/dbzwxguikmp5tv05.jpg" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;There was an intense flowering of experimental and futuristic architecture in the 1960s and 70s, which the young African countries used to express their national identities,&rdquo; says [Swiss architect Manuel] Herz, who has curated an exhibition of more than 80 buildings from sub-Saharan Africa, showing at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, until May. &ldquo;But we simply don&rsquo;t know about it... we wanted to show this incredible cultural wealth that also exists.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Usually the projects of African "big man" leaders, the modernist buildings were often constructed for propagandistic purpose and tended to be designed by European architects. Noted architectural photographer Iwan Baan took many of the photographs in Herz's exhibit.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121968291/building-the-first-slavery-museum-in-america Building the First Slavery Museum in America Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-02T13:03:00-05:00 >2015-03-03T14:24:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sk/skkbwnyhendo5oxq.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Built largely in secret and under decidedly unorthodox circumstances, the Whitney [Plantation] had been turned into a museum dedicated to telling the story of slavery &mdash; the first of its kind in the United States. Located on land where slaves worked for more than a century, in a state where the sight of the Confederate flag is not uncommon, the results are both educational and visceral.</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/121761235/los-angeles-historic-places-made-accessible-and-searchable-for-all Los Angeles' historic places, made accessible and searchable for all Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-27T21:17:00-05:00 >2015-03-02T15:11:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aq/aqe7oi67qg0bmnb2.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s not uncommon to live in Los Angeles and still feel like a tourist. The author and seminal California-commentator Carey McWilliams <a href="http://www.publicartinla.com/Downtown/figueroa/Pershing_Square/mcwilliams.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">remarked</a> that it took seven years of living in Los Angeles before he no longer felt in exile, and the city has struggled with a history of atomization and segregation in the 60ish years since. There aren&rsquo;t as many glaring <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121511324/make-architects-founder-accuses-architects-of-taking-credit-for-engineers-work" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shiny erections</a> or obvious historical landmarks (maps to star homes don&rsquo;t count) declaring themselves on the landscape, but Los Angeles is dense with urban cultural significance, lying just out of sight. But now, thanks to a new online resource called <a href="http://www.historicplacesla.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HistoricPlacesLA</a>, that history is becoming much more accessible.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hc/hc5bdac1izan7egi.jpg"></p><p>A joint project from The Getty Conservation Institute and the City of Los Angeles, HistoricPlacesLA&nbsp;is essentially an online database of all the significant physical urban elements in LA &ndash; from buildings to bridges, parks to streets, districts to ditches. Everything in the inventory is described in detail, mapped, and acce...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121736292/isis-continues-destruction-of-ancient-artefacts-burns-mosul-library-smashes-antique-statues ISIS continues destruction of ancient artefacts, burns Mosul library, smashes antique statues Alexander Walter 2015-02-27T12:42:00-05:00 >2015-03-01T22:10:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5b/5bfef1bd282836ee279770669bc2ec28.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Islamic State militants ransacked Mosul&rsquo;s central museum, destroying priceless artefacts that are thousands of years old, in the group&rsquo;s latest rampage which threatens to upend millennia of coexistence in the Middle East. The destruction of statues and artefacts that date from the Assyrian and Akkadian empires, revealed in a video published by Isis on Thursday, drew ire from the international community and condemnation by activists and minorities that have been attacked by the group.</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/121646250/smart-buildings-architects-using-brain-science-for-design-guidance Smart buildings: Architects using brain science for design guidance Miles Jaffe 2015-02-26T12:14:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T12:24:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fs/fsz5vn0nipgun56d.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The push is on to incorporate brain science into design and architecture... Hopefully, the days of windowless classrooms to prevent vandalism and distraction are over.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Science once agains confirms what we already know, and architects turn it into a marketing tool.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121599690/baby-boomers-pass-the-mid-century-baton-in-palm-springs Baby Boomers pass the mid-century baton in Palm Springs Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-26T09:49:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T13:26:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d9/d9ts8wpr878bbk2q.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Along the highways leading from Los Angeles into the Coachella Valley desert, there are two types of sign-posts. One is the rocky, harsh faces of the imposing mountains &ndash; the closer the mountains are cut to the side of the road, the narrower the perspective and the less intimidating the surrounding desert seems, like blinders on a horse. The other is literal sign-posts, glowing lollipops of fast food restaurants, gas stations, motels and casinos. Floating above their signifieds like geotags on a satellite image, they make their offerings known &ndash; food! gas! fortune! In the desert&rsquo;s harsh environs, it&rsquo;s too risky to venture into the unknown, so best stick with the drive-through cheeseburger.&nbsp;</p><p>But then, suddenly there are neat rows of palm trees. Scattered lights on the nightscape coalesce into boulevards and fall in line with landscaped desert palms, manicured gravel patches, and curated cacti. And then there are the mid-century modernist dollhouses, amidst equally inspired gas station...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121610936/being-an-architect-is-sexy-according-to-modern-society Being an architect is sexy, according to modern society Justine Testado 2015-02-25T23:08:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T18:23:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kx/kxb5c4yjqftoqqpk.jpg" width="514" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nothing screams commitment like something that is built on a concrete foundation and set in stone: literally. Go ahead, then. Design something that will last forever.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While people working in architecture, whether through practice or academia, can give insight into the reality of the field, how does broader modern society perceive architects and architecture as a career?</p><p>In one of the more amusing approaches to that topic, sexy has stood as one assumption, especially when it comes to dating or looking for an ideal partner. According to one cringe-worthy heteronormative list aptly titled "Top 10 Sexiest Jobs for Men" by higher-education online database <a href="http://collegeatlas.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CollegeAtlas.org</a>, Architect ranked as number 1 -- accompanied by some oh-so-thoughtful commentary that is just comical gold (but not really). There's a list <a href="http://www.collegeatlas.org/sexiest-jobs-for-women.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">for women</a> too, but Architect or anything closely related to the field didn't make the cut. Big surprise.</p><p>Quite similarly, Mary Balfour of a dating agency called Drawing Down the Moon conducted a survey in 2012/13 that asked men and women what jobs they considered the most attractive. <a href="http://www.drawingdownthemoon.co.uk/does-your-job-attract-dates/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Those results</a> showed that men working as an Architect or Designer...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121585222/how-to-shop-for-an-nfl-stadium How to shop for an NFL stadium Alexander Walter 2015-02-25T13:38:00-05:00 >2015-02-25T13:48:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/37z7fymt4c5obdr6.jpg" width="514" height="224" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the last 20 years, just one NFL stadium has been built solely through private funding. [...] Still, when it comes to getting the best deal out of an arena, leaving taxpayer money off the tab is only a good start. Studies have repeatedly shown that sports teams don&rsquo;t have the far-reaching economic impacts that one might assume, and experts have noted that stadiums aren&rsquo;t as catalytic as some franchise owners might tout.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117649876/is-la-finally-going-to-get-a-football-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is LA Finally Going to Get a Football Stadium?</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/56308055/special-law-for-nfl-stadium-project-unconstitutional-lawsuit-claims" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Special law for NFL stadium project unconstitutional, lawsuit claims</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/37135555/farmers-field-bringing-football-back-on-a-need-to-know-basis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farmers Field: Bringing Football Back on a Need-to-Know Basis</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/121508108/love-letter-to-plywood-by-tom-sachs Love Letter to Plywood. By Tom Sachs Paul Petrunia 2015-02-24T13:42:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T23:03:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wd/wdjizu0gjygplsa7.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Already a couple years old, but a great piece by Tom Sachs on the beauty and nature of plywood. h/t <a href="http://kottke.org/15/02/a-love-letter-to-plywood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">kottke.org</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121507305/trahan-architects-release-short-film-of-louisiana-state-sports-hall-of-fame-and-regional-history-museum Trahan Architects Release Short Film of Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum cbryan 2015-02-24T13:35:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T21:54:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/10/104p7kstayr8jxqn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://spiritofspace.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spirit of Space</a>, in collaboration with <a href="http://www.trahanarchitects.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trahan Architects</a>, has created a short film featuring the award-winning design of the Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The museum was recently awarded the prestigious <a href="http://www.aia.org/practicing/awards/2015/interior-architecture/louisiana-st-sports-hof/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 AIA Institute Honor Award</a> and will be honored at the upcoming <a href="http://convention.aia.org/event/homepage.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA National Convention</a> in Atlanta, Georgia.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hc/hcvx7wdauf54gzig.jpg"></p><p><em>From Spirit of Space:</em></p><p>The Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum, designed by Trahan Architects, evokes the past as much as it signals the future. Set in the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase, the museum employs 21st century technology to execute a design language inspired by the carving and scouring of the nearby Cane River and the historic architecture of Natchitoches.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/25/2508aew6awm41d8r.jpg"></p><p>The film carries viewers past the historic district's references, around the pleated copper fa&ccedil;ade and into the sculpted interior.&nbsp; The cast stone panels define a fluid pathway that flows around, up and through th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121454319/thinc-design-s-usa-pavilion-exhibition-presents-america-s-role-in-the-future-of-food-for-milan-expo-2015 Thinc Design's USA Pavilion exhibition presents America's role in the future of food for Milan Expo 2015 Justine Testado 2015-02-23T21:02:00-05:00 >2015-02-24T13:48:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r9/r97emriplo5224a3.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>New York-based <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106373/thinc-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thinc Design</a> revealed their exhibition design for the USA Pavilion in the upcoming <a href="http://www.expo2015.org/en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan Expo 2015</a> this May. Collaborating with Friends of the USA Pavilion, Thinc Design's exhibition highlights America's role in the future of the global food system, as a response to the Expo's overall theme, "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life."</p><p>The food-related topic challenges the Expo's 140 participating countries to showcase their technological solutions on how to provide healthy, safe, and sufficient food for all, but through sustainable methods that won't disrupt the Earth's equilibrium.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ix/ixvg5yz79shv9cd7.jpg"></p><p><em>Above: Biber Architects' architectural design for the USA Pavilion.</em> <em>&copy; Biber Architects</em></p><p>Thinc Design's exhibition will be located inside a 26,000 sq.ft space of the USA Pavilion, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105497307/a-preview-of-biber-architects-usa-pavilion-design-for-milan-expo-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designed by Biber Architects</a>. Through a series of immersive presentations and with multilingual college-aged student "ambassadors" as guides, the exhibition will include interactive features and digital media that aim to p...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121447896/me-and-my-moulton-the-oscar-nominated-film-about-being-the-daughter-of-modernist-architects "Me and My Moulton", the Oscar-nominated film about being the daughter of modernist architects Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-23T19:25:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T21:38:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3h/3hreizrh9fubfhlc.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Nominated for best animated short at this year's Oscars, the Canadian-Norwegian film tells the story of two modernist architects' three daughters, who long for a bicycle.</p><p></p><p>Director Torill Kove previously won an Oscar in 2007 for "<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Danish_Poet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Danish Poet</a>".</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121203889/detroit-s-struggle-to-distinguish-between-graffiti-boo-and-murals-yay Detroit's struggle to distinguish between graffiti (boo!) and murals (yay!) Alexander Walter 2015-02-20T14:50:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T22:34:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/93/93cf7357b0ac146920632ea4bb637045.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But how to draw the distinction between unauthorized graffiti and murals? Late last year, city officials issued thousands of dollars worth of fines before admitting they couldn't tell the difference between vandalism and authorized artwork (they eventually dismissed the fines). To correct this,&nbsp;Casta&ntilde;eda-L&oacute;pez says the city is working on the seemingly Herculean task of creating a registry for all Detroit's existing street art.</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/121126039/s-ha-zkan-looks-globally-to-find-architectural-innovation Süha Özkan Looks Globally to Find Architectural Innovation Nicholas Korody 2015-02-20T11:12:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T22:53:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o0/o0lcp4uqq0fqvaev.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is the architectural legacy of May 1968? The question framed&nbsp;S&uuml;ha &Ouml;zkan&rsquo;s talk last Tuesday at <a href="http://www.sciarc.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>, which he began by invoking his own memories of being a young man in Paris during that year's turbulent month of student-worker protests. &ldquo;Let us be reasonable and ask for the impossible,&rdquo; &Ouml;zkan said, quoting the famous slogan that was &ldquo;uttered in the streets of Paris while stones were thrown.&rdquo;</p><p>For &Ouml;zkan, the demonstrations of &rsquo;68 introduced a new set of values into &ldquo;the architectural agenda.&rdquo; He described the preceding parts of the twentieth century as defined by &ldquo;polarities and oppositions&rdquo;: west vs east; capitalism vs communism; developed vs underdeveloped; blue vs red; north vs south; conservative vs progressive; right vs left. With &rsquo;68, a set of new values were introduced, disrupting this binary structure. According to &Ouml;zkan, these new values included participation, plurality, freedom, non-discrimination and peace. Today, during the beginning decades of the 21st century, &Ouml;...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121051330/do-israelis-have-any-idea-how-bad-it-is-in-gaza Do Israelis have any idea how bad it is in Gaza? Orhan Ayyüce 2015-02-18T15:30:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T14:09:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tv/tvfdkuu69xee057w.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m extremely concerned that if you leave Gaza in the state it&rsquo;s currently in, you&rsquo;ll have another eruption, and violence, and then we&rsquo;re back in a further catastrophe, so we&rsquo;ve got to stop that,-Tony Blair</p></em><br /><br /><p>Even a hawk like&nbsp;Tony is worried.</p><p>"The scope of destruction in Gaza remains enormous. According to the UN, over&nbsp;<a href="http://972mag.com/bombing-homes-in-gaza-it-was-supposed-to-be-their-shelter/101965/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">96,000 homes were either damaged or destroyed</a>&nbsp;by Israeli air strikes. The donor states that have pledged to transfer money&nbsp;<a href="http://972mag.com/un-aid-agency-to-gazans-sorry-but-theres-no-money/101917/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">have yet to do so</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://972mag.com/photos-in-gaza-rebuilding-is-still-over-the-horizon/98646/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">re-building is going nowhere</a>, many are still&nbsp;<a href="http://972mag.com/photos-amid-rubble-and-trauma-gaza-goes-back-to-school/96818/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">seeking refuge in UNRWA schools</a>&nbsp;and the winter storms have&nbsp;<a href="http://972mag.com/photos-war-ravaged-gaza-faces-winter-storm/102727/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">only increased the damage</a>&nbsp;to the homes and neighborhoods that survived. "</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121048115/unesco-afghanistan-reveals-bamiyan-cultural-centre-competition-results UNESCO Afghanistan reveals Bamiyan Cultural Centre competition results Justine Testado 2015-02-18T15:28:00-05:00 >2015-02-25T23:17:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nz/nz3atmt6wur0pfv1.jpg" width="514" height="184" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The UNESCO Office in Afghanistan announced today the grand prize winner and four runner-up teams in the <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/unesco_accepting_entries_for_bamiyan_cultural_centre_in_afghanistan/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bamiyan Cultural Centre Design Competition</a>. Launched last November, the single-stage competition invited architects worldwide to propose designs for a cultural&nbsp; center in the Bamiyan Valley of Afghanistan that would contribute to the country's gradual process of reconciliation, restoring peace, and economic redevelopment after decades of political conflict.</p><p>In addition to complementing the physical and historical landscape of Bamiyan, the new Bamiyan Cultural Centre will be built as an emblem of heritage preservation, cross-cultural exchange, and strengthening cultural identity.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/83lpn6d7q95fe389.jpg"></p><p>Out of 1,070 submissions from 117 countries, the seven-member <a href="http://bamiyanculturalcentre.org/jury/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jury</a> selected "Descriptive Memory: The Eternal Presence of Absence" by Carlos Nahuel Recabarren, Manuel Alberto Martinez Catalan, and Franco Morero from Argentina as the winning proposal, with a cash prize of US$25,000. The Jury included Elizabeth...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121046504/vatican-s-renovated-public-restrooms-provides-showers-haircuts-for-the-homeless Vatican's Renovated Public Restrooms Provides Showers, Haircuts for the Homeless Nicholas Korody 2015-02-18T15:02:00-05:00 >2015-02-25T22:54:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tv/tv68l6a1gc097k76.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Vatican said Friday it had finished renovations on public restrooms just off St. Peter's Square that will include three showers and a free barber shop for the city's neediest. Each "homeless pilgrim," as the Vatican called the clients, will receive a kit including a towel, change of underwear, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, razor and shaving cream. The showers will be open every day but Wednesday, when the piazza is full for the pope's general audience. Haircuts will be available Mondays.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The sleek, clean facilities &ndash; with grey walls, white washbasins and a "hi-tech looking" barber's chair &ndash; opened two days ago. According to Pope Francis'&nbsp;chief alms-giver, Monsignor Konrad Krajewski, the initiative is intended to help the homeless secure jobs and residences, something that is often incredibly difficult if they are perceived as dirty and smelly. Staffed by volunteer barbers, the facilities will be open everyday except Wednesday, when Bernini's famous square is filled with people attending the Pope's general addresses.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7fao6ws05qppg76.jpg"></p><p>Emerging out of the new Pope's stated imperative to (re)orient the Catholic Church around its poorest constituents, the bathrooms come after the Church recently distributed umbrellas and sleeping bags to the homeless. Additionally, over Christmas, the Church distributed 1,600 phone cards to migrants &ndash; chiefly Muslim and from North Africa &ndash; on the island of Lampedusa.</p><p>Projects like the new bathroom facilities are a great way to address the issue of homeles...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121042475/is-nyc-s-flower-district-the-new-chelsea Is NYC's Flower District the new Chelsea? Nicholas Korody 2015-02-18T12:45:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T21:12:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hr/hrubyz7uz6epx1se.jpg" width="514" height="377" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To stay in Chelsea and retain his lease, Mr. Kaplan [of Casey Kaplan Gallery] said, would have required paying twice the rent and taking on a much higher share of his building&rsquo;s escalating tax rate. Instead, he elected to move to a new space in the Flower District, on 27th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues. It will have double the square footage, he said, for half the cost [...] The Flower District doesn&rsquo;t draw the same kinds of numbers but is already on the art-world radar.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Another question: why do neighborhoods keep getting branded "the New _______"?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120893774/new-orleans-and-its-relativity-of-time New Orleans and its relativity of time Alexander Walter 2015-02-16T14:27:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T21:13:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/si/siqaw14myhg0jl01.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New Orleans is a city perfectly designed to warp time. [...] In New Orleans, the city itself has responded to an unusual ecology, geography and relationship with randomness. What&rsquo;s come out on the other side is something more akin to cobbling than calculation. And it has the effect of accordioning the way a given minute feels here.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://www.citylab.com/work/2015/02/peculiar-new-orleans-time-cityreads/385482/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t Citylab</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120839978/from-an-urban-planning-demographics-housing-junkie From an urban planning/demographics/housing junkie Nam Henderson 2015-02-16T10:32:00-05:00 >2015-02-16T10:32:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0f/0f9t98b30sijeu2q.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Increasingly, in the US at least, central cities are all becoming more or less the same...Meanwhile, the suburbs are becoming more diverse. Not just in terms of ethnicity as growing numbers of blacks, Asians, and Hispanics pour into the suburbs from central cities and abroad. But also in terms of winners and losers</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last year following visits to&nbsp;<a href="http://csen.tumblr.com/post/84634987174/thoughts-from-the-road-chattanooga-knoxville" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chattanooga, Knoxville, Lexington, Cincinnati, Columbus</a>, csen proposed <a href="http://csen.tumblr.com/post/85168617084/global-vs-local-neighborhoods-global-vs-regional" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">four basic city/neighborhood archetypes</a>&nbsp;for thinking about a non-dystopic 2030. He also wrote about <a href="http://csen.tumblr.com/post/105193722999/central-city-homogenization-and-suburban" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Central City Homogenization and Suburban Diversification</a>&nbsp;and argued for why&nbsp;<a href="http://csen.tumblr.com/post/105381170434/the-sun-belt-economic-model-is-amazon-omics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Sun Belt Economic Model is Amazon-omics</a><strong>.&nbsp;</strong>More recently, he asked&nbsp;<a href="http://When%20Will%20We%20Build%20Internet%20Cities%20the%20Way%20We%20Built%20Railroad/Steel%20Cities?" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">When Will We Build Internet Cities the Way We Built Railroad/Steel Cities?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120681172/mueller-texas-a-new-urbanism-shot-at-utopia Mueller, Texas: a new urbanism shot at utopia Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-13T20:32:00-05:00 >2015-02-15T21:13:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8p/8p80r62bjhe3hjfv.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mueller is the product of the "new-urbanism" concept: the idea that a built environment can create meaningful community. Planners minimize the supremacy of the automobile and shape the environment around pedestrians. [...] One of the criticisms of new urbanism is that its communities look too much like a movie set &mdash; too quaint, too utopic. Yet Mueller feels real, with its ample greenways, eclectic yard art and Craftsman-style homes built with lots of native limestone.</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/120663494/how-america-is-failing-to-preserve-its-historic-slave-markets How America is failing to preserve its historic slave markets Alexander Walter 2015-02-13T14:36:00-05:00 >2015-02-15T21:13:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/86/866ec85519e01d718ee6476a5ff762da.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s easy enough to blame economic forces for the postwar destruction of slave markets, but not for the persistent concealment of their history. One hundred and fifty years after the Civil War, the South has no shortage of memorials to the Lost Cause, while memorials to the slave trade remain few and far between. [...] After the Civil War, Johnson says, &ldquo;the price of moving forward for the white United States was the forgetting of slavery.&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/120612110/editor-s-picks-404 Editor's Picks #404 Nam Henderson 2015-02-13T13:37:00-05:00 >2015-02-15T21:13:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dk/dkfyg4asozqy11p7.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;argued for <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/119835565/pop-cultitecture-the-genius-of-david-byrne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Genius of David Byrne</a>&nbsp;who she likens to "<em>the deadpan docent of the infrastructural realm</em>".</p><p><strong>&nbsp;vado retro</strong> dropped by and chimed in "<em>most of these lyrics were written before i ever attended architecture school and that was a very long time ago. i read a similar essay about byrne and architecture around the time True Stories came out. fa fa fafa fa fa fafa fa fa.</em>"</p><p>Plus, on the occasion of the release of Oyler Wu Collaborative&rsquo;s (OWC) newly released book, 'Trilogy: SCI-Arc Pavilions', <a href="http://archinect.com/Ynotworkshop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey</a>&nbsp;attended an exhibit featuring some personal hand drawings by Dwayne Oyler.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/120061268/oyler-wu-collaborative-in-ink-graphite-and-steel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Therein he writes</a> "<em>The release of the new OWC book gave the firm a chance to also exhibit some of Dwayne Oyler&rsquo;s personal hand drawings...Dwayne Oyler, who worked for a period with Lebbeus Woods, has a deeply instilled drawing pedigree that continues to prosper in his work today</em>".&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/dpearson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David J Pearson</a>&nbsp;wanted "<em>to hear more about the influence</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>Jon Jerde <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120367884/jon-jerde-founder-and-chairman-of-the-jerde-partnership-has-died" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">has</a> died.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;eulogized "<em>He was un...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120582338/senator-proposes-mandatory-helmets-for-california-cyclists Senator proposes mandatory helmets for California cyclists Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-13T12:56:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T20:24:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rk/rkjlc6ztia1uydbf.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sen. Carol Liu on Wednesday announced a bill, SB 192, that will require bicycle riders to wear helmets or face a $25 fine. &ldquo;Any responsible bicycle rider should wear a helmet,&rdquo; Liu said ... &ldquo;This law will help protect more people and make sure all riders benefit from the head protection that a helmet provides.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>California law <a href="https://calbike.org/bicycling-in-california/sharing-the-road/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">currently</a> requires anyone under 18 to wear a helmet when riding a bike, nonmotorized scooter, skateboard, or wearing in-line or roller skates. Liu's SB 192 bill would extend this provision to everyone, not just minors, and also require cyclists to wear reflective clothing at night &ndash; requirements that no other state has adopted.</p><p>It might seem like wearing a helmet is the first-move for safe cycling, but Dan Snyder, head of the California Bicycle Coalition, disagrees: as quoted in the <em>Sacramento Bee</em>, &ldquo;We know that the most important thing to protect people who ride bikes is to get more people out there riding bikes. Forcing people to wear crash helmets when they ride is counter productive to that goal.&rdquo; This is the same reasoning behind &rdquo;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_Mass_%28cycling%29" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Critical Mass</a>": organized cycling tours that flood city streets with so many cyclists as to force car traffic into submission. Safety, for cyclists, is in numbers.</p><p>In countries with a hefty number of cyclists, where infrastructural adapta...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120640202/first-look-at-rick-joy-s-princeton-train-station First Look at Rick Joy's Princeton Train Station Keith Zawistowski 2015-02-13T10:55:00-05:00 >2015-02-24T21:50:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ma/map9ttw32rdnteyi.jpg" width="514" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Princeton University&rsquo;s campus is, in Rick Joy&rsquo;s words, &ldquo;a beautiful sculpture garden of famous architects&rsquo; buildings.&rdquo; Now Joy, the Tucson-based architect, has added his own sculpture to that garden, in the form of a train station made of blackened stainless steel and precast concrete.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Renown critic and photographer Fred Bernstein and Jeff Goldberg tag-team a first look at Rick Joy's built foray into public architecture and it's a real treat.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120619339/history-breaks-down-the-lincoln-memorial-s-bizarre-rejected-designs History breaks down the Lincoln Memorial’s bizarre rejected designs Archinect 2015-02-13T00:45:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T20:24:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k0/k0peu62v3mw75p7v.jpg" width="514" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The neoclassical monument designed by Henry Bacon has become an iconic piece of architecture, but had one of the designs from the other competing architect been selected, the familiar Lincoln Memorial would have looked jarringly different&mdash;perhaps in the form of a ziggurat, Mayan temple or Egyptian pyramid.</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/120587173/centre-pompidou-to-cover-france-with-pop-ups Centre Pompidou to cover France with pop-ups Alexander Walter 2015-02-12T14:47:00-05:00 >2015-02-18T23:26:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/92/9273ca8276e81d30e3b510b3e93fa75f.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Towns and cities across France will soon be able to boost their culture offerings by hosting pop-up branches of the Centre Pompidou. The Paris museum is expanding its empire, and aims to establish domestic temporary outposts. &ldquo;We will soon launch an open call for candidates [to select a French city],&rdquo; says a spokesman for the Centre Pompidou. These pop-ups will remain open for four years.</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/120449872/haunting-beauty-alexander-gronsky-photographs-russia-s-polluted-north Haunting beauty: Alexander Gronsky photographs Russia's polluted North Alexander Walter 2015-02-10T20:12:00-05:00 >2015-02-11T22:47:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1d/1d176207d8b475b87b8b1940965790a2.jpg" width="514" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Russia&rsquo;s northern cities are a triumph of will; grand settlements in the middle of snow and darkness where people are dwarfed by the outsized factories they&rsquo;ve built and helpless next to the industrial waste those factories create.&nbsp;Photographer Alexander Gronsky&rsquo;s images of Norilsk seem both close to reality and something out of a dream. [...] But at the same time it is a place of heart-wrenching almost Arcadian beauty. A place of pale skies and metallic rivers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Make sure to also check out the other tales in <em>Calvert Journal</em>'s excellent mini-series, "<a href="http://calvertjournal.com/features/show/3636" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Six stories&nbsp;from the Russian North</a>."&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120430562/china-s-most-influential-architect-is-not-pleased-with-the-state-of-chinese-urbanism China’s "most influential architect" is not pleased with the state of Chinese urbanism Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-10T14:17:00-05:00 >2015-02-11T22:39:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ud/ud4rhpkf1i1xc7mu.jpg" width="514" height="468" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For 70 years, Mr. Wu has ridden out the country&rsquo;s political storms, including one that killed his mentor, to establish himself as the most influential architect, urban planner and &eacute;minence grise of China&rsquo;s cities. But looking out the window of his apartment in this city&rsquo;s northern suburbs, he can only shake his head at the dim building emerging from the haze. &ldquo;Our environment is unfit for daily life, and the responsibility is very heavy on our shoulders,&rdquo; he said.</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>