Archinect - News 2014-10-01T02:13:13-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/45251479/editor-s-picks-260 Editor's Picks #260 Nam Henderson 2012-04-16T22:45:00-04:00 >2012-04-17T08:10:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wx/wxluofur3rxjwgyq.jpg" width="514" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Trust for the National Mall exhibited the final design concepts of the National Mall Design Competition last week....Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce, argued "It is really deplorable when all the renderings are depicting entertained crowds and happy go around shopping mall like experiences. The National Mall is much more meaningful when it houses 'people' voicing something in masses.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/2235825/terri-peters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Terri Peters</a>&nbsp;offered up a report from SmartGeometry 2012 in Troy, New York.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/44893160/smartgeometry-2012-in-troy-new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SmartGeometry is an international community of academics and professionals who hold annual workshops and conference days at academic institutions around the world and the theme for this year (it&rsquo;s ninth) was Material Intensities</a>. This year featured clusters with titles like Bio-Responsive Building Envelopes, Gridshell Digital Tectonics, Reactive Acoustic Environments and Beyond Mechanics.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>News</strong><br> The Trust for the National Mall exhibited the final design concepts of the National Mall Design Competition last week. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/44492374/re-thinking-the-national-mall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The concepts, created by the country&rsquo;s top designers including amongst others; snohetta; Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Ken Smith, Rogers Marvel and Peter Walker</a> re-envision three prominent National Mall locations: Constitution Gardens, Washington Monument Grounds at Sylvan Theater and Union Square. The winning designs, to be selected by a Jury of design experts, will be announced in May.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1812010/orhan-ayy-ce" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy...</a></p>