Archinect - News 2016-10-23T10:20:42-04:00 Artist catalogs the drab architecture of America's megachurches Alexander Walter 2016-05-03T13:50:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:38:18-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Lisa Anne Auerbach created a &lsquo;megazine&rsquo; of structures reminiscent of shopping malls or warehouses, hidden away from city centers, where thousands of people worship every week [...] The conception of the cathedral is not only where one goes to be spiritual or commune with God, but to feel awe through the grandeur of the architecture [...] the US megachurch buildings are stripped wholesale of that sense of wonder and connection to the past; they are also far from the focal point of a city.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Related news stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ancient Italian church comes back to life &ndash; built in wire mesh</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Omaha is building a Tri-Faith campus with a church, a mosque and a synagogue (no joke)</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Modern Architecture Struggles to Inspire Catholics</a></li></ul> Leaking water delays opening of World Trade Center Transit Hub's luxury shopping mall Alexander Walter 2015-11-16T15:54:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T23:13:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="863" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A persistent water leak is among the problems that have delayed the opening of the mall, which was supposed to be operating by now, to the first half of 2016. It is the latest setback to bedevil the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, the $3.7 billion rail terminal that will also house Westfield&rsquo;s $1.4 billion shopping center. [...] The latest twist involves water penetration around the construction site of 3 World Trade Center, an office tower abutting the hub, which began in late summer.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Massive 'spine' skylight in Calatrava's WTC Oculus nears completion</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">There's a chance the Hudson is leaking into the WTC site</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYMag talks to Santiago Calatrava about his WTC Station, budget, reputation</a></li></ul> Istanbul's storied relationship to shopping malls Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-09T18:51:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T22:14:10-05:00 <img src="" width="620" height="414" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With their sustainable growth slowing down, things didn't look good at all for the future of Turkey's malls. [...] With interest in city conservation growing, a popular opposition against gentrification projects rising, and a newborn curiosity for the country's Ottoman-era buildings being threatened by construction companies, talking positively about shopping malls came to be considered sacrilegious from 2013 on.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Istanbul's architecture:</p><ul><li><a title="Istanbul&rsquo;s introverted megaspaces " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Istanbul&rsquo;s introverted megaspaces</a></li><li><a title="Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after landmark court ruling" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after landmark court ruling</a></li><li><a title="An urbanist's guide to Istanbul: &lsquo;We live in a giant construction site&rsquo;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An urbanist's guide to Istanbul: &lsquo;We live in a giant construction site&rsquo;</a></li><li><a title="Gezi Park: Architecture and the Aestheticization of Politics" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gezi Park: Architecture and the Aestheticization of Politics</a></li></ul> Ten Top Images on Archinect's new "Shopping Spaces" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-11-06T20:01:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T21:59:34-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="974" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the <strong>brand new</strong> board<em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shopping Spaces</a></em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mills Pharmacy</a> in<strong> </strong>Birmingham, MI by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">M1/DTW</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rehabilitation of Santa Caterina Market</a> in Barcelona, Spain by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miralles Tagliabue EMBT</a>; Photo: Alex Gaultier</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Showroom Eurobike - Porsche</a> in Bras&iacute;lia, Brazil by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1:1 arquitetura:design</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">T-MAGI</a> in Copenhagen, Denmark by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WE Architecture</a>; Photo: Enok Holsegaard</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">XOCOLATTI</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">De-Spec</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Otsuka-Dofukuten</a> in Kyoto, Japan by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yusuke Seki</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aesop DTLA</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brooks + Scarpa</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAC BEBEKOY</a> in Istanbul, Turkey by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">URAS X DILEKCI</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uhrwerk (shop)</a> in Vienna, Austria by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">smartvoll Architekten ZT KG</a></p><p>(Cover pic: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melissa - We Are Flowers</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SO...</a></p> A supermall grows in fracking country Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-08T14:13:00-04:00 >2015-06-09T09:55:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today Williston&mdash;which sits atop the oil-rich Bakken shale formation&mdash;is enjoying a second life as a key player in the state's booming economy. Following several years of record population growth and real estate development, the town will soon boast one more draw: a $500 million retail mecca complete with shopping, a hotel and indoor water park. Not bad for a town of just 32,000 people. [...] "The U.S. isn't overretailed, it's under-idea-ed"</p></em><br /><br /><p>We discuss the decline and (perhaps inevitable) death of the American shopping mall on episode #32 of Archinect Sessions, "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">For in that death of malls, what dreams may come?</a>"</p><p>More info and recent news on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dead malls</a>:</p><ul><li><p><a title="Dead Malls and Shopping Dinosaurs" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dead Malls and Shopping Dinosaurs</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Dead-malls and the return of Main Street" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dead-malls and the return of Main Street</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Debating the Root Causes of Zombie Infrastructure" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Debating the Root Causes of Zombie Infrastructure</a></p></li></ul> Can't find office space in San Francisco? Try the mall. Alexander Walter 2015-06-02T18:21:00-04:00 >2015-06-04T20:11:45-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For a fledgling startup, finding an office in San Francisco can be a real nightmare. Rents are&nbsp;now climbing past $60 a square foot, second only to Manhattan in the US [...]. This means young startups have to get creative if they insist on staying within the city. And Westfield, one of the world&rsquo;s largest mall operators, has a&nbsp;solution for them: Bespoke, a 37,000-square-foot coworking and event space within its shopping center&nbsp;in downtown San Francisco.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Dubai planning the world's biggest shopping mall Alexander Walter 2014-07-09T13:54:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:03:11-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubai is already home to the biggest shopping mall in the world, but that apparently isn't enough. The emirate is planning an even bigger mall, one so massive it's already being described as a temperature-controlled city. It's going to be called Mall of the World, and will stretch for 48 million square feet. The plan may seem curious to Americans watching their neighborhood shopping malls start to fade.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> UNStudio completes Hanjie Wanda Square in Wuhan, China Justine Testado 2013-12-03T18:20:00-05:00 >2013-12-09T18:29:39-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>UNStudio has surely been on a roll in completing projects for the past few weeks. Ben van Berkel and co. recently finished the Hanjie Wanda Square at the Wuhan Central Culture Centre in Wuhan, China. UNStudio's overall design for the facade and interior of the new luxury shopping plaza won a 2011 international competition. Using sophisticated yet simple materials, the plaza has sleek colors and dynamic patterns that are also a suitable match for its luxury retail features.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <em>All images courtesy of UNStudio, photography &copy; Edmon Leong.</em></p> Grand Bazaar in Istanbul in Danger of Collapse? Archinect 2013-08-30T13:33:00-04:00 >2013-08-30T13:37:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="242" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's one of largest and most popular covered markets in the world -- but now management claims vendors have weakened the structure of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar to the point it may collapse. Merchants view the situation differently.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 'Dead malls' get new life Alexander Walter 2013-07-08T13:10:00-04:00 >2013-07-15T18:16:19-04:00 <img src="" width="610" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Shopping malls around the country are dropping like flies. Roughly a third have trouble keeping the lights on. And estimates from Green Street Advisors suggest 10 percent of indoor malls will go dark within a decade, due to changing consumer tastes. But some malls are putting up a fight, even with one foot in the grave.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> China's 'ghost mall' Archinect 2013-05-14T20:15:00-04:00 >2013-05-21T18:06:57-04:00 <em><p>The New South China Mall was once promoted as the world's biggest mall, but it's now pretty much deserted.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> What exactly is Bluewater's secret? Nam Henderson 2012-08-10T15:32:00-04:00 >2012-08-10T15:32:46-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to its architect Eric Kuhne, head designer at the multinational firm CivicArts, Bluewater is "a city rather than a retail destination".</p></em><br /><br /><p> With the news that the enormous north Kent shopping mall, is planning an extension Owen Hatherly examines the mall and its environs to ascertain the secrets of Bluewater's success.</p> The Shopping Mall Turns 60 (and Prepares to Retire) Archinect 2012-07-17T12:18:00-04:00 >2012-07-23T19:07:27-04:00 <img src="" width="608" height="447" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gruen&rsquo;s idea transformed American consumption patterns and much of the environment around us. At age 60, however, the enclosed regional shopping mall also appears to be an idea that has run its course</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Megastructures are the Shopping Malls of the Avant-Garde croixe 2012-03-27T12:51:00-04:00 >2012-04-03T10:07:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="441" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>What About ideal cities, and counter revolutionary master plans?</strong></p> <p> <strong>Avant-Garde</strong><br> The avant-garde is a paradoxical state. In order to exist, it relies on its incongruous condition of being both fundamentally contemporary and ahead of its time. A conceptual palimpsest, the avant-garde requires writing its history over its own past keeping a vulnerable balance between present problems, and possible future solutions. All about contextualizing the perfect timing, what happens when the avant-garde goes out of sync; when its solutions are overlooked for being too premature, or ridiculed for being delayed?</p> <p> In the past century alone, the avant-garde was victim of two untimely appearances. In the first one, its proposals arrived too early; the world was taken aback by the boldness of its ambitions, by the audacity of its delirium. In the second coming, the avant-garde was too late. Here its stratagems were on a futile mission of inventing a program that already existed.</p> <p> These consecutive...</p> Making Over the Mall With Parks and Sermons Archinect 2012-02-06T14:17:00-05:00 >2012-02-06T14:32:43-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designers in Buffalo have proposed stripping down a mall to its foundation and reinventing it as housing, while an aspiring architect in Detroit has proposed turning a mall&rsquo;s parking lot there into a community farm. Columbus, Ohio, arguing that it was too expensive to maintain an empty mall on prime real estate, dismantled its City Center mall and replaced it with a park.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Commercial architecture’s similarity across nation provides mobile Americans with a sense of stability, study says Alexander Walter 2011-09-23T14:11:38-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="296" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Perhaps you have noticed that commercial architecture lining roads in Maryland and Virginia looks more or less the same and not much different from strip malls and boxy stores lining roads in Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas, Ohio or Oregon. [...] Why do housing developments and retail shopping facilities look so much alike, given how much Americans value individuality, freedom of expression and independence?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A Pompidou-style mall with a stunning view Nam Henderson 2011-06-03T14:12:13-04:00 >2011-06-07T12:15:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"It might have been easier to completely rebuild it," Rogers tells me. "It was a very weak structure with very thin walls. We had to shore the facade, then almost completely rebuild it inside. But the thing they insisted on, and I think they were proven right, was keeping the circular form, the historic form. It's not just a building &ndash; it's a piece of Barcelona."</p></em><br /><br /><p> Steve Rose reviews Las Arenas, Barcelona's former bullring and its newest shopping mall completed in March by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. He finds that the people of Barcelona are now flocking back to this once cherished second bullring.</p>