Archinect - News 2015-07-30T10:10:12-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/132024752/uber-faces-suspension-and-7-3m-fine-in-california Uber faces suspension and $7.3M fine in California Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-16T13:07:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T14:07:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3u/3u7covbmplonsol4.jpg" width="514" height="378" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>an administrative judge recommended that the ride-sharing giant be fined $7.3 million and be suspended from operating in California. [...] Uber has not complied with state laws designed to ensure that drivers are doling out rides fairly to all passengers, regardless of where they live or who they are.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the<em>&nbsp;Los Angeles Times</em>, the crux of this decision comes not from questions of the ride-sharing app's legality in general, but its ethical practices in actual transit. In 2013, "ride-hailing firms" were made legal in California, with the requirement that companies like Uber provide data about a ride's fairness, that services are provided "regardless of where they live or who they are". The judge's ruling states that Uber hasn't been providing the necessary data, including "the number of requests for rides from people with service animals or wheelchairs; how many such rides were completed; and other ride-logging information".</p><p>Uber will appeal, and the $7.3M fine and suspension can't be instated until that process is over. The company&nbsp;asserts its position of not having to hand over any additional data.</p><p>Worldwide, Uber in particular has courted controversy, inciting <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130426595/paris-erupts-in-riot-as-taxi-drivers-protest-uber" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">riots in Paris</a>&nbsp;recently. But the home-state ruling for the company could hit harder.</p><p>More Uber news:</p><ul><li><a title="Two Uber executives detained in France" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130714690/two-uber-executives-detained-in-france" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two Uber exec...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/129640690/l-a-s-bootlegged-apartments-might-receive-amnesty-from-city-under-new-proposal L.A.'s "bootlegged" apartments might receive amnesty from city under new proposal Justine Testado 2015-06-15T15:00:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T19:25:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7i/7i3jzpevwbporwzb.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Loath to lose more housing, Los Angeles lawmakers are now taking steps to help legalize 'bootlegged' apartments that have long existed without municipal blessing...The goal, City Councilman Felipe Fuentes said, is to 'maintain affordability and try to get folks into stable, dignified housing.' Both tenant and landlord groups praised the budding plan as a 'win-win'...But the idea has already raised concerns among some residents who see it as a reward for flouting the law.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More:</p><ul><li><a title="In Los Angeles, homelessness is becoming more visible" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128653102/in-los-angeles-homelessness-is-becoming-more-visible" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Los Angeles, homelessness is becoming more visible</a></li><li><a title="Monterey Park City Council adopts tougher penalties for landlords of illegal boarding homes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127179161/monterey-park-city-council-adopts-tougher-penalties-for-landlords-of-illegal-boarding-homes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Monterey Park City Council adopts tougher penalties for landlords of illegal boarding homes</a></li><li><a title="Will Los Angeles be seeing more housing development along its LA River?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126287085/will-los-angeles-be-seeing-more-housing-development-along-its-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Los Angeles be seeing more housing development along its LA River?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126953722/another-case-of-poor-door-for-proposed-vancouver-high-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another case of "poor door" for proposed Vancouver high-rise</a></li><li><a title="Honolulu Law Criminalizes Homelessness" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111345242/honolulu-law-criminalizes-homelessness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Honolulu Law Criminalizes Homelessness</a></li><li><a title="Airbnb faces opposition from NYC affordable housing group" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98494414/airbnb-faces-opposition-from-nyc-affordable-housing-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb faces opposition from NYC affordable housing group</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/128583961/41-people-charged-for-murder-in-2013-bangladeshi-factory-collapse 41 people charged for murder in 2013 Bangladeshi factory collapse Justine Testado 2015-06-02T09:19:00-04:00 >2015-06-03T22:02:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4cyxxupe1dadt0er.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The police in Bangladesh filed formal murder charges on Monday against 41 people accused of involvement in the 2013 collapse of a building that housed several clothing factories, leaving more than 1,100 people dead in the worst disaster in garment industry history.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More:</p><p><a title="How concrete floors can prevent child deaths in Bangladesh" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107191804/how-concrete-floors-can-prevent-child-deaths-in-bangladesh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How concrete floors can prevent child deaths in Bangladesh</a></p><p><a title="&quot;The trauma of rebuilding&quot;: After Kathmandu's earthquake, what can architects do? We talk with a Nepalese architect on the ground for Archinect Sessions #27" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126441864/the-trauma-of-rebuilding-after-kathmandu-s-earthquake-what-can-architects-do-we-talk-with-a-nepalese-architect-on-the-ground-for-archinect-sessions-27" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The trauma of rebuilding": After Kathmandu's earthquake, what can architects do? We talk with a Nepalese architect on the ground for Archinect Sessions #27</a></p><p><a title="L.A. Mayor Calls for Mandatory Earthquake Retrofitting" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115511004/l-a-mayor-calls-for-mandatory-earthquake-retrofitting" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. Mayor Calls for Mandatory Earthquake Retrofitting</a></p><p><a title="China Quake Renews Worries Over Construction Practices " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105806337/china-quake-renews-worries-over-construction-practices" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China Quake Renews Worries Over Construction Practices </a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126887317/pei-cobb-freed-faces-lawsuit-from-cornell-over-faulty-johnson-museum-expansion-scheme Pei Cobb Freed faces lawsuit from Cornell over "faulty" Johnson Museum expansion scheme Justine Testado 2015-05-07T14:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-08T00:27:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3t/3tjpskp094rtran6.jpg" width="514" height="424" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cornell alleges that the firm Pei Cobb Freed &amp; Partners committed 'architectural malpractice' in its plans for the new wing of the museum, leading to structural deficiencies, cavities in the roof, cracks in the ceiling and other problems. The university says it has suffered 'at least' $1.1 million in damages as a result of the flawed designs. Pei, who also designed the original museum in 1968, was hired by the university to build the addition in 2006.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a title="Jean Nouvel loses court case over 'sabotaged' Philharmonie de Paris" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125524081/jean-nouvel-loses-court-case-over-sabotaged-philharmonie-de-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel loses court case over 'sabotaged' Philharmonie de Paris</a></li><li><a title='Cornell professor declares OMA-designed Milstein Hall "a disaster"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84210734/cornell-professor-declares-oma-designed-milstein-hall-a-disaster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cornell professor declares OMA-designed Milstein Hall "a disaster"</a></li><li><a title="Architects can now be held liable for building defects, rules California Supreme Court" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107113105/architects-can-now-be-held-liable-for-building-defects-rules-california-supreme-court" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects can now be held liable for building defects, rules California Supreme Court</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/125981161/miami-s-skyrise-tower-faces-legal-challenges-over-taxpayer-money Miami's SkyRise tower faces legal challenges over taxpayer money Alexander Walter 2015-04-23T15:37:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T08:59:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sw/swus92xyw30owg0w.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last August, Miami voters gave a developer permission to lease land on the city's sparkling downtown waterfront to build a 1,000-foot, hairpin-shaped tourist tower [...]. There was one key promise: No public money would be spent on the $430 million project. Now, the city and county are being sued by Raquel Regalado [...] Why? Because developer Jeffrey Berkowitz is seeking $9 million from an existing county economic development fund to pay for infrastructure improvements [...].</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/125910421/further-legal-setbacks-for-london-garden-bridge Further legal setbacks for London Garden Bridge Alexander Walter 2015-04-22T17:37:00-04:00 >2015-04-22T17:39:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/05sg2mvuyyyke8jc.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Campaigners opposed to the planned Garden Bridge over the River Thames in London have won the right to challenge a council's approval for it. The judicial review of Lambeth Council's decision to give planning permission for the &pound;175m bridge will be heard in June. Questions were raised about bridge's funding and its impact on views across the river of St Paul's Cathedral.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120969332/let-the-fighting-begin-london-garden-bridge-faces-legal-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Let the fighting begin: London Garden Bridge faces legal challenge</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125524081/jean-nouvel-loses-court-case-over-sabotaged-philharmonie-de-paris Jean Nouvel loses court case over 'sabotaged' Philharmonie de Paris Alexander Walter 2015-04-17T17:19:00-04:00 >2015-04-22T17:12:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m8/m8f54wc15n3qbq3j.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Jean Nouvel, the famed French architect, on Thursday lost a court battle against a &pound;280 million Paris concert hall he designed but whose architecture he claimed had been "martyred" and "sabotaged". Mr Nouvel boycotted the January opening of the Philharmonie de Paris, an ultra-modern building in the French capital's eastern Parc de La Vilette, accusing project managers of cutting corners to save money during its completion.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122138612/jean-nouvel-files-for-court-order-against-philharmonie-de-paris-dispute" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel files for court order against Philharmonie de Paris dispute</a></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118368797/jean-nouvel-boycotts-opening-of-his-philharmonie-de-paris" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel boycotts opening of his Philharmonie de Paris</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/122138612/jean-nouvel-files-for-court-order-against-philharmonie-de-paris-dispute Jean Nouvel files for court order against Philharmonie de Paris dispute Justine Testado 2015-03-04T18:32:00-05:00 >2015-03-04T21:45:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7c/7ctekwoowebgoe83.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Jean Nouvel applied for a court mandate ordering that his name and image be completely removed from all references to the "sabotaged" Philharmonie de Paris at the Parc de La Vilette. Nouvel <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118368797/jean-nouvel-boycotts-opening-of-his-philharmonie-de-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">boycotted</a> the grand opening of the unfinished 2,400-seat concert venue in January. In <a href="http://www.lemonde.fr/architecture/article/2015/01/14/jean-nouvel-pourquoi-je-n-irai-pas-a-l-inauguration-de-la-philharmonie_4555902_1809550.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a column</a> for Le Monde, Nouvel&nbsp;claimed he was used as a scapegoat for cost overruns and delays and he also wrote about how the venue's premature opening didn't "allow [the] architectural and technical requirements to be respected" (English translation <a href="http://www.jeannouvel.com/en/desktop/projet/tribune-le-monde-philharmonie" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>).</p><p>According to recent <a href="http://www.lefigaro.fr/musique/2015/02/17/03006-20150217ARTFIG00217-jean-nouvel-attaque-la-philharmonie-en-justice.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reports</a>, Nouvel's lawyers state that the architect is not seeking compensation but for modifications to remedy 26 parts of the building that did not comply to his original design. This includes the promenade, foyers, parapets, facades, and acoustic elements of the approximately $427.4 million (&pound;280 million) project.</p><p>The court hearing is currently scheduled for April 16.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120969332/let-the-fighting-begin-london-garden-bridge-faces-legal-challenge Let the fighting begin: London Garden Bridge faces legal challenge Alexander Walter 2015-02-17T13:57:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T21:08:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/43/4356w3w6vtjgdw5o.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A legal challenge is being launched in the High Court against plans to build a garden bridge over the River Thames in central London. A south London resident claims Lambeth Council unlawfully granted planning permission for the &pound;175m bridge. Michael Ball, from Tulse Hill in Lambeth, fears its impact will be "devastating". Lambeth Council said the bridge would potentially benefit "both the local and wider London economy".</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/529656/garden-bridge" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119344971/zaha-hadid-and-new-york-review-of-books-martin-filler-resolve-legal-dispute Zaha Hadid and New York Review of Books/Martin Filler resolve legal dispute Archinect 2015-01-27T12:05:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T08:35:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xo/xo60sk1aq7svigx7.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After a highly publicized five-month battle, the dust has finally settled on the lawsuit that Zaha Hadid filed against New York Review of Books (NYRB) and critic Martin Filler.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The following announcement was released:</p><p><em>On January 22, 2015, following extensive settlement negotiations, Ms. Zaha Hadid withdrew her lawsuit against the&nbsp;</em>New York Review of Books<em>&nbsp;and Mr. Martin Filler. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, which remain confidential, Ms. Hadid has accepted the apology of the&nbsp;</em>New York Review of Books<em>&nbsp;and Mr. Filler, and is pleased to announce, <strong>in conjunction with the settlement, the donation of an undisclosed sum of money to a charitable organization that protects and champions labor rights</strong>.</em></p><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107169286/zaha-hadid-sues-architecture-critic-martin-filler-over-book-review" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid sues architecture critic Martin Filler over book review</a> - Aug 22, '14</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107420491/martin-filler-issues-a-retraction-regarding-his-mistake-in-his-critique-of-zaha-hadid" target="_blank">Martin Filler issues a retraction regarding his "mistake" in his critique of Zaha Hadid</a> - Aug 25, '14</li></ul> 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/113424292/how-pictures-of-the-eiffel-tower-at-night-violate-copyright How pictures of the Eiffel Tower at night violate copyright Alexander Walter 2014-11-11T15:06:00-05:00 >2014-11-13T10:00:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ig/igiot3urxpazxl1r.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Indeed, taking a photo of the Eiffel Tower at night for any reason other than personal use is, technically, a violation of French copyright law [...]. A daytime photo is fine&mdash;copyright on the structure itself has expired&mdash;but night time photos remain problematic because the light show is more recent than the tower itself. Also illegal is taking a photo of the Atomium, Belgium&rsquo;s most famous tourist attraction [...].</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/109112857/prada-marfa-saved Prada Marfa saved Alexander Walter 2014-09-16T17:46:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T15:59:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/96/963100a38d08759b517e56e9870dd5b7.jpg" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The conceptual storefront Prada Marfa, 2005, by Elmgreen &amp; Dragset, has a new lease on life. The Texas Department of Transportation reached an agreement last week with the foundation Ballroom Marfa to preserve the sculpture after nearly one year of negotiations. The government threatened to shut down the work because it could be considered an illegal roadside advertisement under state law. [...] the foundation plans to lease the land underneath Prada Marfa and register it as an art museum.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/82065559/prada-marfa-declared-an-illegal-outdoor-advertisement-faces-possible-removal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prada Marfa declared an illegal outdoor advertisement, faces possible removal</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108190179/legal-troubles-dog-famed-spanish-architect-santiago-calatrava Legal Troubles Dog Famed Spanish Architect Santiago Calatrava Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-04T18:37:00-04:00 >2014-09-05T11:41:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/as/asjyqrasgl91odnp.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Calatrava's] at work in the new transit station at the World Trade Center in New York, but that project is massively over budget and behind schedule and it's highlighted some of Calatrava's legal troubles back in Spain. [...] The architect was supposed to be in Spain this week testifying as a suspect in a fraud case. Prosecutors say he got 3.6 million dollars to design yet another Spanish convention center that was never built, but Calatrava didn't show up for his court date.</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/107188591/hollywood-target-building-shut-down-during-construction-due-to-established-height-limits Hollywood Target building shut down during construction due to established height limits Nicholas Korody 2014-08-22T19:09:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T18:15:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mu/muvfh5uk0dig5qpc.jpg" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A judge has called for retail giant Target Corp. to stop work on a partly built shopping center in Hollywood, handing a stinging setback to a project championed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Superior Court Judge Richard L. Fruin Jr. sided with two community groups who said in separate lawsuits that the City Council should not have allowed Target to build a 74-foot-tall structure in a location where such projects cannot exceed 35 feet.</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/107169286/zaha-hadid-sues-architecture-critic-martin-filler-over-book-review Zaha Hadid sues architecture critic Martin Filler over book review Archinect 2014-08-22T12:40:00-04:00 >2015-01-02T13:12:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tc/tcv0c729w1m2t4si.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hadid, who was born in Baghdad and is now a British citizen, claimed that Filler falsely implied she was indifferent to the alleged difficult working conditions of migrant workers on high-profile construction projects in the Middle East, including her own. She also claimed Filler used large portions of his June 5 review of Rowan Moore's "Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture" to question her success and fault her personality, although she was not a prominent character in the book.</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/105016010/row-over-olympic-cauldron-design-settled-out-of-court Row over Olympic cauldron design settled out of court Archinect 2014-07-25T13:15:00-04:00 >2014-07-25T13:22:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0ezbuxnhmchxuzn5.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The startling cauldron of copper petals that rose up to form a flaming flower at the climax of the ceremony had been hailed as one of the most original in the history of the Games, and another triumph for the highly regarded British designer Thomas Heatherwick. But two years on, Locog has acknowledged in a statement that New York-based practice Atopia came up with five design principles that would go on to become defining characteristics of the cauldron.</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/104326642/wait-you-can-trademark-the-layout-of-a-store Wait. You can trademark the layout of a store? Archinect 2014-07-16T14:39:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/05ced60f451da3ceee70083bc4ca0b8f.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The trademark effort was reportedly spurred by copycat competitors seeking to emulate the Steve Jobs-inspired minimalism (and massive business success) of Apple&rsquo;s retail store. Alleged store copycat Microsoft, by the way, has its own trademark on its not-at-all-inspired-by-Apple retail stores...</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/00/005c3a5e07ad382d4a0c137de80cf894.jpg"><br><em>Microsoft's trademark layout</em></p><p>Of course, it isn&rsquo;t just dueling technology giants trademarking their retail layouts. The term of art for this kind of intellectual property protection is &ldquo;trade dress,&rdquo; and it has long been a staple of the retail world.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101574497/employers-should-pay-their-interns-here-s-why Employers Should Pay Their Interns. Here's Why Archinect 2014-06-10T20:24:00-04:00 >2014-06-16T10:51:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ne/ne0zt5ukj8m1uqed.jpg" width="346" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Proponents of unpaid internships say the jobs help aspiring professionals get on-site experience and r&eacute;sum&eacute; entries that can spur their careers. Detractors insist that unpaid positions exploit workers, take jobs from would be entry-level employees, favor the privileged who can afford to make no money, and perhaps most importantly, break longstanding labor laws... employment defense lawyers are increasingly advising clients to start paying interns at least the minimum wage...</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/101037764/eli-broad-s-art-showcase-in-los-angeles-still-unfinished-sues-over-delays Eli Broad’s Art Showcase in Los Angeles, Still Unfinished, Sues Over Delays Archinect 2014-06-03T21:42:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T21:10:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/24/24abec82c7ad004bcb23a1031955df21.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The flagship museum of the billionaire financier and art collector Eli Broad, still under construction, has filed a $19.8 million lawsuit against a German company for what it describes as delays in fabricating the building blocks for its unusual latticed facade.</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/100587807/lawsuit-filed-over-cooper-union-tuition Lawsuit Filed Over Cooper Union Tuition Archinect 2014-05-28T18:57:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T18:04:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/23/23ebc58326677872a251d28f64e0c286.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Slightly more than a year after the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art announced its plan to charge tuition, a group of professors, admitted students and alumni filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court on Tuesday against the school's board of trustees. The plaintiffs' aim: to stop the school from introducing tuition next fall and to prompt a court investigation into how the board has managed school finances.</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/99827942/calatrava-wins-law-suit-against-spanish-political-party-for-slander Calatrava Wins Law Suit Against Spanish Political Party for Slander Archinect 2014-05-15T15:35:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T22:02:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zx/zxgeug3xw6hlvw13.jpg" width="398" height="599" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We are receiving breaking news from Valencia, Spain where a court just ruled in favor of Santiago Calatrava, closing his recent slander case against Spanish political party EUPV. This is legal victory #1 for Calatrava, but more law suits <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90068033/valencia-sues-santiago-calatrava-as-white-elephants-rot" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">are piling up</a>.</p><p>Here's the statement in full:</p><p>"Santiago Calatrava, the Spanish-born architect and engineer, has won an action in Spain against the political party Esquerra Unida del Pais Valencia (&ldquo;EUPV&rdquo;) for persistent defamatory comments. (The EUPV is the local Valencia franchise for a coalition of Spanish far left and communist parties). &nbsp;</p><p>In the legal case against EUPV, Santiago Calatrava sought the protection of Spanish courts from the repeated public false and damaging allegations made by EUPV, directly and through a web site setup by the party, with the intention to smear Mr. Calatrava and his business. A number of media outlets in the U.S. and elsewhere covered the existence of the site and have reflected its content.&nbsp;</p><p>In the judgment, the Honour...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99358366/court-approves-demolition-of-foster-partners-harmon-hotel-in-vegas Court Approves Demolition of Foster + Partners' Harmon Hotel in Vegas Archinect 2014-05-07T12:10:00-04:00 >2014-05-13T23:05:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d6/d6hnm0ze7ezsnz4a.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Foster + Partners&rsquo; Harmon Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip is being razed without ever opening. Owner MGM Resorts International received court approval on April 22 to demolish the unfinished 27-floor, oval-shaped tower following a protracted legal battle with its contractor, Tutor Perini Corp., over building defects.</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/90068033/valencia-sues-santiago-calatrava-as-white-elephants-rot Valencia sues Santiago Calatrava as white elephants rot Archinect 2013-12-30T15:06:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T21:37:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/055d510515b32075972b480c9a880f78.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Santiago Calatrava is facing legal action from his native city as the dazzling City of Arts and Sciences complex begins to fall apart just eight years after inauguration</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/88596712/texas-to-require-architects-be-fingerprinted-starting-january-1st-2014 Texas to require architects be fingerprinted, starting January 1st, 2014 Archinect 2013-12-11T12:43:00-05:00 >2013-12-13T12:59:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7d/7dwssmw5oe3lprfx.jpg" width="514" height="262" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So what happens if an architect in good professional standing is revealed to have a minor crime on his record due to being fingerprinted? Could he lose his license, despite the quality of his work? The TBAE absolutely reserves that right.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The requirement applies not just to new applicants, but also to licensed architects seeking to have their registrations renewed. Violators face a fine of up to $5,000 per day in which they are not in compliance with the new law. Currently only one other state (Massachusetts) even runs criminal background checks on architects. Now Texas is upping the ante.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84212348/nyc-s-plaza-hotel-call-citi-bikes-an-affront-to-architecture NYC's Plaza Hotel call Citi Bikes an affront to architecture Archinect 2013-10-15T12:21:00-04:00 >2013-10-15T12:21:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7d/7dd8295cce81eaf1a2b0c1074177b7b6.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Plaza hotel is suing the city and Citibank &mdash; complaining in scorching court papers that the block-long bike rack outside the landmark building is a traffic-clogging, advertising-festooned &ldquo;eyesore.&rdquo; The row of bright-blue Citi Bikes that now stands across from the hotel along Grand Army Plaza is an affront to both architecture and city drivers, according to the suit.</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/82081631/court-oks-forfeiture-of-new-york-building-with-ties-to-iran Court OKs Forfeiture Of New York Building With Ties To Iran Archinect 2013-09-17T20:35:00-04:00 >2013-09-23T20:41:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0f/0f5c43228dc2f6719e4cc0856e995fc8.jpg" width="514" height="543" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A decision by a federal judge paves the way for the forfeiture of a 36-story Manhattan building that the U.S. alleges is secretly owned and controlled by the government of Iran. The court agreed with the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York that the owners are a front for the Iranian government and therefore in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, which restricts commerce with Iran.</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/82065559/prada-marfa-declared-an-illegal-outdoor-advertisement-faces-possible-removal Prada Marfa declared an illegal outdoor advertisement, faces possible removal Archinect 2013-09-17T15:32:00-04:00 >2014-09-16T17:48:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ef/efec13d2243e505390bd9342bb02677c.jpg" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nearly eight years after opening, Prada Marfa has been classified by the Texas Department of Transportation as an &ldquo;illegal outdoor advertising sign&rdquo; because it displays the Prada logo on land where that is prohibited. This could lead to forced removal of the installation, although the department has not yet decided what action it will take.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>UPDATE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109112857/prada-marfa-saved" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prada Marfa saved</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/77141277/lawsuit-filed-against-architect-tom-kundig Lawsuit Filed Against Architect Tom Kundig DianePham 2013-07-15T17:08:00-04:00 >2013-07-22T21:58:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g3/g3zaqpa2nizk9o1j.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We never would have expected Tom Kundig to be embroiled in legal battle with a community of conservationists, but the characteristically eco-minded architect was slapped with a lawsuit a few weeks ago by residents of Methow Valley, WA. As it turns out, one of Kundig&rsquo;s newest construction, dubbed the Flagg Mountain Hut, protrudes into the viewshed of a pristine ridge in the valley... the community is not happy with the project and they&rsquo;ve launched a campaign asking the owners to move the hut.</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>