Archinect - News 2014-10-30T14:35:19-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/106499498/weekly-news-round-up-for-august-11-2014-monumental-politics-smart-homes-and-gsapp-s-new-dean Weekly News Round-Up for August 11, 2014: Monumental politics, smart homes and GSAPP's new dean Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-18T12:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T02:00:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gf/gfty4bt05v45oeby.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 15</strong></p><ul><li><p><a title="Farewell to the Old Okura" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106634364/farewell-to-the-old-okura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farewell to the Old Okura</a>: The famous Hotel Okura, built in the 1960s in a distinctive fusion of modern and traditional Japanese styles, is closing in response to prohibitive earthquake retrofits and larger, newer hotels in the area.</p></li><li><p><a title="Samsung Acquires SmartThings, A Fast-Growing Home Automation Startup" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106628737/samsung-acquires-smartthings-a-fast-growing-home-automation-startup" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Samsung Acquires SmartThings, A Fast-Growing Home Automation Startup</a>: SmartThings, an aggregator for all "smart" internet-connected devices in the home, cost Samsung an estimated $200 million &mdash;chump change in comparison to Google's $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest.</p></li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 14</strong></p><ul><li><a title="One ridesharing app to rule them all: Ridescout moves into the competitive world of rideshare" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106553263/one-ridesharing-app-to-rule-them-all-ridescout-moves-into-the-competitive-world-of-rideshare" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One ridesharing app to rule them all: Ridescout moves into the competitive world of rideshare</a>: Ridescout aggregates hundreds of ridesharing services to compare trips, and will now include "carpool" options that can help users share trips. The announcement comes after last week's news that Uber and Lyft are now both offering carpooling services.</li><li><a title="Revisiting the American Folk Art Museum controversy, through comics" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106554065/revisiting-the-american-folk-art-museum-controversy-through-comics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Revisiting the American Folk Art Museum controversy, through comics</a>: A thoughtful and diplomatic look at AFAM's histo...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/106403110/oakland-hires-its-first-chief-resilience-officer Oakland Hires Its First “Chief Resilience Officer” Alexander Walter 2014-08-12T13:50:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:31:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/64/6445119f5f345242ee96e19851a32ad1.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Oakland has earthquakes, droughts and a host of other resilience problems to tackle. Now it has a Chief Resilience Officer to lead the charge. Today, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and Michael Berkowitz, president of The Rockefeller Foundation&rsquo;s 100 Resilient Cities initiative, will jointly announce that Victoria Salinas has been tapped as the city&rsquo;s first Chief Resilience Officer, a position being created in other cities across the world, as well.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106329191/resilience-on-the-fly-christchurch-s-scirt-offers-a-model-for-rebuilding-after-a-disaster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Resilience on the fly: Christchurch&rsquo;s SCIRT offers a model for rebuilding after a disaster</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94421510/artists-pine-for-pieces-of-old-bay-bridge Artists pine for pieces of old Bay Bridge Archinect 2014-02-26T14:14:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T20:55:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/396b05ab75c5e82bd9aa9fdd33e9eede.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For 76 years, the gray steel eastern span of the Bay Bridge was cursed and reviled but mostly just taken for granted. [...] At least two groups of artists and architects have mounted campaigns to spare some of the steel from the recyclers so that they can transform it into artworks that might include a home, a public gathering space and an Airbnb rental space - with a view of the new Bay Bridge.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85465617/winners-of-the-bay-bridge-house-student-design-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of the Bay Bridge House Student Design Competition</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/82785562/rethinking-the-bay-line" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rethinking The Bay Line</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/85465617/winners-of-the-bay-bridge-house-student-design-competition Winners of the Bay Bridge House Student Design Competition Justine Testado 2013-10-31T19:58:00-04:00 >2013-11-04T22:14:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ju/ju8mrrec4xpjr54m.jpg" width="514" height="728" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With a total of 73 entries from 37 schools around the world, the winners have finally been revealed for the Bay Bridge House Student Design Competition. Architecture and design students had to develop a modern, self-sustainable house made from the scraps of the soon-to-be-demolished eastern span of the historic Oakland Bay Bridge in the California Bay Area.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The winners are:</p> <ul><li> <strong>Overall:</strong> "Hanging House" by Lee Ka Chun and Ngan Ching Ying (The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture)</li> <li> <strong>Board Members winner: </strong>"An Invisible Triangle" by Qazi Shamsud Tamzeed (Chittagong University of Engineering &amp; Technology)</li> <li> <strong>Community Vote: </strong>"The Bay Bridge House&rdquo; by Romain Caba (University of Kansas / National superior school of architecture of Paris Val de Seine, France)</li> <li> <strong>Honorable Mention:</strong> "Reclaimed Lookout" by Chris Bennett (Harvard GSD)</li> <li> <strong>Honorable Mention: </strong>"Pier House" by Kate&#345;ina Krupi&#269;kov&aacute; and Gabriela Kr&aacute;lov&aacute; (AAAD)</li> </ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/79846150/after-6-4-billion-san-francisco-bridge-remains-a-mess After $6.4 Billion, San Francisco Bridge Remains a Mess Archinect 2013-08-19T17:05:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T20:15:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/31/31a4d0dff67f63dbb061521e7c4b962b.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was supposed to be the crowning glory of the bridge-builder&rsquo;s art, gracefully echoing the rolling hills surrounding San Francisco Bay. Yet as the project heads for a Labor Day opening after $6.4 billion and 15 years, the country&rsquo;s most daringly iconic highway bridge stands as a poster child for those who think major infrastructure projects are wasteful.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74178367/bolts-along-bay-bridge-bike-path-fail" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bolts along Bay Bridge bike path fail</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/54122633/walter-hood-is-flipping-the-script Walter Hood "is flipping the script" ... Nam Henderson 2012-07-25T13:10:00-04:00 >2012-07-25T13:11:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hx/hx0q5ufw15n15b7n.jpg" width="514" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"How do we revitalize a neighborhood? Put a train station there!" he questions. Yet he cautions that design can't fix social problems. "Infrastructure has fallen out and we expect public spaces to pick up the slack."</p></em><br /><br /><p> C B Smith-Dahl talked with Walter Hood about the work his firm West Oakland-based Hood Design has done redesigning Lafayette Park in Old Oakland and Splashpad Park by Lakeshore. The discussion also touched on the topic of gentrification and the importance of an urbanism of diversity.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/46884404/popuphood-aims-to-bring-new-business-to-old-oakland 'Popuphood' aims to bring new business to Old Oakland Alexander Walter 2012-05-01T02:13:00-04:00 >2012-05-01T07:52:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qa/qalezruy3bs3h54l.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You've heard of popup stores, right? Companies setting up storefronts that might only be around for a week or a day or even just a couple of hours. [...] In Oakland, Calif., they've taken it to the next level. A handful of stores have popped up all at the same time -- with no plans to close. It's called a popup hood. And Andrew Stelzer reports, it may be coming soon to a hood near you.</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>