Archinect - News 2014-10-31T07:39:59-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/104937987/medell-n-made-urban-escalators-famous-but-have-they-had-any-impact Medellín made urban escalators famous, but have they had any impact? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-24T12:50:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T22:22:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/62/62201c98423eac9c80c955cd686936d1.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Medell&iacute;n has gained much attention for its urban transformation &mdash; and the escalators, which won several international prizes for innovation, make up one of the most striking projects. [...] But are the escalators making any real economic or social impact in the neighborhood? To find out, I spent three months in Medell&iacute;n talking with people in Comuna 13 about what has and hasn&rsquo;t changed here.</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/104712137/romanian-andy-pascali-arrived-at-holiday-home-to-find-it-had-disappeared Romanian Andy Pascali arrived at holiday home to find it had disappeared Archinect 2014-07-21T14:34:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T14:35:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a2/a230fdc94861b95cb2b0b70006b64fe4.jpg" width="514" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>He said the property that he had inherited from his parents who had built it in 1986 had also been fully furnished with a brand-new fitted kitchen and bathroom. He added: 'I had been worried about thieves maybe breaking in and stealing the television or something, and so I put a barbed wire fence up around the house for added security. But they stole that as well.'</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/101249386/minimalist-homes-rise-in-tijuana-as-violence-subsides Minimalist Homes Rise in Tijuana as Violence Subsides Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-06T15:08:00-04:00 >2014-06-06T15:09:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/46/46416b0af97b699708e5f1793e77da50.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ask almost any of the local architects in this Mexican border town and they will tell you Tijuana has become a hotbed of building activity. The growing demand for designer homes, they say, is being driven primarily by Tijuana natives returning to the city... Most of the developments in Tijuana are for upper-middle-class families ... but the spare designs and basic building materials, especially concrete, used by Mr. Medina and others make it possible for more residents to have designed homes.</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/74584622/lahore-authorities-battle-to-restore-splendour-of-ancient-walled-city Lahore authorities battle to restore splendour of ancient Walled City Archinect 2013-06-04T17:19:00-04:00 >2013-06-04T17:19:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7g/7goa03ntt17vad4g.jpg" width="514" height="393" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Walled City's gardens and squares are now obscured by illegal shops and businesses, the skyline cluttered by unplanned tenements and bundles of cables. For many of the 200,000 inhabitants crammed into these 4sq km, a fraction of Lahore's 7m population, drinking water is a rarity. But last month the new Walled City of Lahore Authority met for the first time. The body oversees the ambitious plan to restore the past glory of the city's oldest neighbourhood.</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/67193537/vandalism-at-the-louvre-lens-references-architects-engineers-for-9-11-truth-group Vandalism at the Louvre Lens references "Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth" group Archinect 2013-02-08T20:29:00-05:00 >2013-02-09T15:30:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cp/cpwp7qyffauz2jme.jpg" width="514" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The woman wrote &ldquo;AE911&rdquo; on the bottom right-hand corner of the painting before she was challenged by a security guard and a visitor. A Louvre conservation expert cleaned off the writing yesterday and the unharmed painting will be on show to the public once again this morning. &ldquo;AE911Truth&rdquo; is the name of a website for Architects &amp; Engineers for 9/11 Truth, a group which claims that the official version of the terrorist attacks on Manhattan and Washington on 11 September 2001 is a cover-up.</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/62459069/architect-accused-in-firefighter-s-death-to-face-trial Architect accused in firefighter's death to face trial Archinect 2012-11-30T12:29:00-05:00 >2014-01-03T14:57:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/22/22f193df5b993080cb0178f090374b53.jpg" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A German architect charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of a veteran firefighter last year will next appear in court Dec. 12, authorities say. A judge ruled Wednesday that Gerhard Becker will face trial in the case. Prosecutors allege he negligently installed outdoor fireplaces at his Hollywood Hills home, a decision they say ultimately led to the death of firefighter Glenn Allen.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously:<br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/38186395/architect-charged-for-the-death-of-a-firefighter" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect charged for the death of a firefighter</a><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/39688487/aia-la-statement-on-tragic-death-of-la-firefighter" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA|LA Statement on Tragic Death of LA Firefighter</a><br> &nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/59901119/narquitectura-inside-the-fortified-palaces-of-mexico-s-drug-lords Narquitectura: Inside the Fortified Palaces of Mexico's Drug Lords Archinect 2012-10-23T13:59:00-04:00 >2012-10-24T15:01:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/07/0787002dcb65b115e5276138ebede9d9.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A gangster lives a fast, dangerous life &mdash; especially Mexico's brutal narco-chieftains. Just look at their houses. With the prospect of death never far away and plenty of money to burn, it makes sense to spend lavishly on a mansion &mdash; especially a fortified one. The locals have a term for the style: narquitectura.</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/59424458/koolhaas-kunsthall-in-art-house-caper koolhaas kunsthall in art-house caper Gregory Walker 2012-10-16T15:29:00-04:00 >2012-10-18T18:59:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m9/m9si2jafzo5b2v2i.jpg" width="390" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thieves broke into a Rotterdam museum on Tuesday and walked off with works from the likes of Picasso, Monet, Gauguin and Matisse potentially worth hundreds of millions. "Those thieves got one hell of a haul," said Chris Marinello, who directs the Art Loss Register.</p></em><br /><br /><p> thieves broke into rem koolhaas' iconic <a href="http://www.kunsthal.nl/en-2-Kunsthal-Rotterdam" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kunsthal</a> building in Rotterdam early Tuesday, making off with a number of paintings. while details of the break-in have not been disclosed yet, the collection that the paintings were a part of were being displayed in public for the first time.</p> <p> i wonder what kind of <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/07/15/architect-rem-koolhaas-and-the-next-world-wonder.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">narrative</a> koolhaas would write about this one...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/53064775/stolen-lettering-from-wright-s-unity-temple-re-created-restored Stolen lettering from Wright's Unity Temple re-created, restored Archinect 2012-07-06T15:04:00-04:00 >2012-07-06T17:47:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sk/skhowo0s8104sdt1.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Soon after the September 2010 theft, leaders of the Unitarian Universalist church and the restoration foundation assembled a team of architects, Wright scholars and others to help design precise replicas of the letters and determine how to attach them to the structure. After extensive research, replicas were crafted and installed in May. As shiny as experts believe the originals looked when the church was dedicated in 1909, the new letters look brighter than the stolen ones...</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/51167159/studio-visit-takeshi-miyakawa Studio Visit: Takeshi Miyakawa Archinect 2012-06-12T17:54:00-04:00 >2012-06-12T17:54:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a9/a9f732d6c37976815677145c47daee81.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After being takent to the precinct in Greenpoint, Takeshi used his one telephone call to contact, not a lawyer, but the office of Rafael Vinoly, as he was working on a project for them. But at 7AM, the only person around to answer the phone was a security guard. Takeshi proceeded to calmly dispense instructions for a project that was supposed to occur later that day. After jotting everything down, the guard &ndash; presumably confused and slightly bewildered &ndash; asked if Takeshi needed any help.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Takeshi Miyakawa, as you may recall, was recently arrested for his art installation that was mistaken as a planted bomb in NYC. Spoon &amp; Tamago visits him in his studio to discuss his 5 days in jail, Milton Glaser, some new works as well as his current feelings about NY.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/44621144/the-architecture-of-juvenile-detention-in-america The Architecture of Juvenile Detention in America Archinect 2012-04-11T11:45:00-04:00 >2012-04-18T11:46:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c8/c850df04337659dbb6a14ef03ca82d6e.jpg" width="514" height="777" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On any given night in the U.S., there are approximately 60,500 youth confined in juvenile correctional facilities or other residential programs. Photographer Richard Ross has spent the past five years criss-crossing the country photographing the architecture, cells, classrooms and inhabitants of these detention sites.</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/39688487/aia-la-statement-on-tragic-death-of-la-firefighter AIA|LA Statement on Tragic Death of LA Firefighter Archinect 2012-02-28T17:35:00-05:00 >2012-03-04T08:38:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w1/w1si0gctmyqvgbi5.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last week's LA Times article, "Architect of Hollywood Hills mansion damaged in fire, is charged in firefighter's death," stirred discussion, particularly among architects, as the individual who designed the home was not a licensed architect. Aside from requesting that the LA Times retract the word "architect" from the article, the [AIA|LA], in conjunction with [AIACC] Executive Vice President, Paul Welch, Hon. AIA, have released the following statement...</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/38186395/architect-charged-for-the-death-of-a-firefighter" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect charged for the death of a firefighter</a></p> <p> Statement from AIA|LA...</p> <p> Editor,</p> <p> The recent Los Angeles Times article concerning the negligent activities of an individual purporting to be an architect, and how those activities resulted in the tragic death of Los Angeles Firefighter Glenn Allen, serve to remind us all that the profession of architecture is about much more than aesthetics.</p> <p> The profession of architecture is carefully regulated in the state of California by the California Architects Board (CAB). While the title of "architect" is easily understood by the public, unfortunately, we find many examples of misuse of the term. Despite the Los Angeles Police Department, Fire Department, Building Department, and District Attorney's Office identifying Gehard Albert Becker as an architect, and Mr. Becker identifying himself an architect, a query of the California Architects Board's (CAB) records confirms that Mr. Becker is not, nor was he ever, licensed to p...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/35755120/breaking-out-and-breaking-in Breaking Out and Breaking In Archinect 2012-01-25T15:09:00-05:00 >2012-01-25T15:12:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e6/e62f3df667823352d3ac8df077258716.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Breaking Out and Breaking In is an exploration of the use and misuse of space in escapes and heists, where architecture is the obstacle between you and what you're looking for.</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/35100454/redlining-2-0-microsoft-app-would-help-you-avoid-blighted-areas-and-keep-them-blighted Redlining 2.0: Microsoft App Would Help You Avoid Blighted Areas—And Keep Them Blighted Archinect 2012-01-19T20:37:00-05:00 >2012-01-25T10:46:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/38/38fdd08ed83eee0b506d6b235121cc50.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Steering pedestrians away from neglected areas only prolongs their &ldquo;ghetto&rdquo; status, denying the attention needed to fill storefronts with businesses and populate streets with enough people to counteract crime. Making it visible to outsiders, on the other hand, can call attention to a neighborhood&rsquo;s potential and allow it to move away from stagnation and blight.</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/35087202/pinkberry-co-founder-ex-architect-is-arrested-after-brutally-attacking-homeless-man Pinkberry co-founder/ex-architect is arrested after brutally attacking homeless man Archinect 2012-01-19T17:50:00-05:00 >2012-01-22T23:39:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/65/65f0f502dc48d062b580ea00920c3a31.jpg" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The co-founder of Pinkberry frozen yogurt attacked a homeless man with a tire iron after the panhandler flashed a sexually provocative tattoo in his direction, Los Angeles police said Tuesday. Lee and the other man chased and beat the homeless man, according to witnesses. The homeless man required hospitalization with a broken left forearm and cuts on his head.</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/28518304/rape-victim-sues-architect-contractor Rape victim sues architect, contractor Archinect 2011-11-23T20:02:13-05:00 >2011-11-29T09:35:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/58/5864988284659f4e1129fcf3d19974a3.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The victim, who was 17 at the time, suffered brain damage in the attack, is blind, and can't eat, walk or stand up without help. In the suit filed Nov. 14 in Hillsborough County, her family says the design and construction of the library, built in 2005, contributed to the attack.</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/9223875/dept-of-education-breaks-down-stockton-mans-door-for-wife-s-defaulted-student-loans Dept. of Education breaks down Stockton mans door [for wife's defaulted student loans] Paul Petrunia 2011-06-08T16:37:57-04:00 >2011-06-08T16:38:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aa/aa7f7b8fa7e73b6499ab8582adc46f3b.jpg" width="514" height="306" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"They put me in handcuffs in that hot patrol car for six hours, traumatizing my kids," Wright said. Wright said he later went to the mayor and Stockton Police Department, but the City of Stockton had nothing to do with Wright's search warrant. The U.S. Department of Education issued the search and called in the S.W.A.T for his wife's defaulted student loans. "They busted down my door for this," Wright said. "It wasn't even me."</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>