Archinect - News 2014-10-25T08:05:25-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/111950133/denver-s-union-station-is-lacking-diversity-and-local-critic-places-the-blame-on-the-architecture Denver's Union Station is lacking diversity and local critic places the blame on the architecture Archinect 2014-10-23T12:54:00-04:00 >2014-10-23T13:00:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oz/ozo9fb03fwqdu86p.jpg" width="514" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Let's start with the building itself, the actual architecture. Union Station is a neo-classical mix of styles &mdash; European styles. The symmetry, arched windows, ornate cornice and stacked, stone walls have their roots in the glory days of France, England, Greece and Rome, in empires that were nearly absent of ethnic minorities and who felt fully at ease invading, exploiting and actually enslaving the people of Africa, subcontinent Asia and South America.</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/106425627/should-city-planners-have-to-live-in-cities Should city planners have to live in cities? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-15T14:06:00-04:00 >2014-09-10T14:13:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0d/0doqk232ncl6imgl.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brad Buchanan spends his summer weekends, and some predawn mornings, atop an ATV checking on his cattle along Kiowa Creek. [...] But each weekday, Buchanan shifts gears... The weekend farmer who's also a longtime architect ... is five months into his job as Denver's head city planner. That juxtaposition &mdash; an Eastern Plains rancher responsible for making key decisions about Denver's increasingly dense urban footprint &mdash; has some critics of the city's building bonanza grumbling.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In that ancient fable of localized identity, a city-dwelling mouse and his country-dwelling cousin try out life in each other's shoes. There are countless versions of this story, found in civilizations from all over the world. Invariably, when each mouse visits his cousin, he feels uncomfortably out of place &mdash; the food is strange, it's not clear what's dangerous, life's pace isn't quite right &mdash; and is relieved to return home.</p><p>Regardless of whether these stories end by taking a side, favoring city-life over country-life or vice versa, they all concede the idea that some folks get along better in the place they're from, and that makes them less capable in the other place. This classic urban v. rural dichotomy doesn't seem to matter much in contemporary architecture practice. It's common in the global economy for a firm that's based in a dense city center to build a monument in a rural setting, or for developers to flip properties in China from their offices in Ottawa. If the design is ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95336481/get-lectured-university-of-colorado-denver-spring-14 Get Lectured: University of Colorado, Denver Spring '14 Justine Testado 2014-03-10T12:51:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T18:52:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z4/z4y8br9r6dniqg1b.jpg" width="514" height="388" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/384806/2014-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2014</a></strong><br><br>Archinect's <em>Get Lectured</em> is up and running again for the Winter/Spring '14 term! As a refresher from our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/329751/fall-2013-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fall 2013 guide</a>, every week we'll feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current season. If you're not doing so already, be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>Our next poster comes from the University of Colorado, Denver, College of Architecture and Planning.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to <a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">connect@archinect.com</a>.</em></p><p>Listed below are upcoming lectures only. Unless noted, lectures begin at 6:00 pm at 1250 14th Street, Denver, Colorado | 2nd Floor Gallery | CU Denver Building<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>APRIL</strong></p><p><em>April 3</em><br><strong>Gerardo Salinas</strong>, AIA / Principal, Rojkind Arquitectos - Mexico City<br><strong>Chris O'Hara</strong>, PE, SECB / Principal, Fa&ccedil;ade Director, Studio NYL - Boulder<br>"Hecho en Mexico"</p><p><em>April 14</em><br><strong>Dick Farley </strong>/ Principal, Richard Farley Urb...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/89014953/editor-s-picks-346 Editor's Picks #346 Nam Henderson 2013-12-17T12:24:00-05:00 >2013-12-17T22:40:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ib/ib0pumdcpq6ws4hq.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Responding to some critical commentators Donna Sink pointed out "you realize she was one of the first architects to use reinforced concrete, right? The first woman admitted to the Ecole? Working in one of the most revered styles in our history when it was brand new?".</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/88696405/2014-aia-gold-medal-posthumously-awarded-to-julia-morgan-faia-the-first-female-recipient" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fifty-six years after her death, the Board of Directors of the AIA voted today to honor the AIA Gold Medal to Julia Morgan, FAIA (1872-1957) &mdash; the first woman to ever receive the award. Morgan will be honored at the AIA 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rh/rhzwmbfr4yof70lc.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/stevenward" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Ward</a>&nbsp;admitted feeling ambivalent "<em>Could they not find a living woman architect worthy of the honor - they had to comb through the history books?...I can see the flip side. If they had created a different award, they would have gotten criticism for that&hellip;Ah, well. Progress nonetheless!</em>". Responding to some critical commentators <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a> pointed&nbsp;out "<em>you realize she was one of the first architects to use reinforced concrete, right? The first woman admitted to the Ecole? Working in one of the most revered styles in our history when it was brand new?</em>".</p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/45588388/erin-lani" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Erin Lani</a>&nbsp;continued in this vein "<em>the work of Julia Morgan stands as one thorough exercise of an Architect's thesis, regardless of gender. She gat...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/82068784/studio-h-t-s-aia-viewfinder-gives-new-perspective-to-downtown-denver Studio H:T's AIA Viewfinder gives new perspective to Downtown Denver Justine Testado 2013-09-18T20:57:00-04:00 >2013-09-23T20:41:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6z/6z23zmeshtwwvgn4.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Simply put, the AIA Viewfinder by <a href="http://studioht.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio H:T Architecture</a> in Downtown Denver is like an amped-up version of the viewfinders used in photography, film, or just for fun. A co-winner of the <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;ved=0CC4QFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Faiacolorado.org%2Fresources%2Fsite1%2Fgeneral%2F2012%2F2013_National_Convention%2FConvention_Viewfinder_Guidelines.pdf&amp;ei=i0E6UrHaAcbkyQHUpICQAg&amp;usg=AFQjCNGeOU1z7gMWBfL3HZ9Q5CVQETqD6w&amp;sig2=Tsek9iM0p-CnudrbOhg5TA&amp;bvm=bv.52288139,d.aWc&amp;cad=rja" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA Viewfinder Colorado Competition</a> last year, the Studio H:T AIA Viewfinder is a 9-foot-tall "lens" that frames the landmarks of Downtown Denver through its multiple openings, situated at various heights and directions. As a result, viewers of any age and height can experience the city in a new way. Talk about an eye-catching city guide.<br><br> Learn more about the Viewfinder by checking out the Project Narrative and Data we received from Studio H:T.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hn/hnuc04kynm1lhich.jpg" title=""><br><br><strong>Project Narrative:</strong></p> <p> "This viewfinder realizes its genesis from a coalescence of specificity to site, technology of fabrication, sustainability of material, and ultimately engagement of the viewer as an aid to an understanding of this city."<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fl/flb5b4fzcxrp45en.jpg" title=""><br><br> "Mapping the views of the site is primary to the determination of each specific viewfinder. This is initiated with a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/74321801/results-of-denver-s-micro-housing-ideas-competition Results of Denver’s Micro Housing Ideas Competition Alexander Walter 2013-05-31T19:42:00-04:00 >2013-08-21T14:11:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/of/of7hposyz17eseyj.jpg" width="514" height="436" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Denver Architectural League recently announced the winners of their Micro Housing Ideas Competition as well as seven formal recognitions. Inspired by a concern about the lack of innovation in Denver's existing multi-family housing market where many banal apartment, townhome and condo complexes continue to be built, this competition offered designers an opportunity to engage in reinventing the notion of "responsible affordable housing" with an emphasis on regenerative design.</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/62729343/colin-l-powell-blake-mycoskie-and-cameron-sinclair-to-speak-at-2013-aia-national-convention Colin L. Powell, Blake Mycoskie, and Cameron Sinclair to speak at 2013 AIA National Convention Archinect 2012-12-04T12:41:00-05:00 >2012-12-10T18:52:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v3/v3e2kj76xj0614ew.jpg" width="514" height="233" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), former Secretary of State (2001 &ndash; 2005), joins Cameron Sinclair, co-founder and chief eternal optimist of Architects For Humanity, and Blake Mycoskie, founder and chief shoe giver of TOMS, as keynote speakers for the 2013 AIA National Convention. The nation&rsquo;s architects and design industry meet June 20-22, 2013 in Denver.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The AIA Convention is architecture&rsquo;s largest annual gathering to keep current with innovative design solutions and the latest products and services that architects specify for the clients and communities they serve. The 2013 &ldquo;Building Leaders&rdquo; theme will give architects and design professionals opportunities to learn, share, and demonstrate the essential qualities that define leadership today.&nbsp; Learn more at the AIA Convention site.</p> <p> &ldquo;Architects are more likely leading teams of talented professionals than working in the isolated, stereotypical way we see them in popular culture,&rdquo; said AIA President-elect, Mickey Jacob, FAIA. &ldquo;The &lsquo;Building Leaders&rsquo; convention theme is focused on better preparing architects to contribute creative solutions with lasting positive impact on the health and well being of society.&nbsp; General Powell, Blake Mycoskie, and Cameron Sinclair will inspire us through their insights and experiences to bring more to our roles in business, architecture, and civic li...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/29205641/colorado-design-build-firm-s-projects-under-scrutiny Colorado design/build firm's projects under scrutiny Chirigringo 2011-11-29T18:58:30-05:00 >2011-12-07T00:43:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dx/dxyx4x9y4loew1rt.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Structural issues have emerged at another school being constructed by the Neenan Co., a major builder of rural Colorado schools that already has admitted making mistakes that closed an $18.9 million school in Meeker.</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/21823919/denver-officials-grapple-with-dia-designs-after-santiago-calatrava-s-exit Denver officials grapple with DIA designs after Santiago Calatrava's exit Paul Petrunia 2011-09-26T17:35:00-04:00 >2013-03-18T16:04:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4c3d4c0cfb55e03137b08f17ee761f26.jpg" width="514" height="230" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A review of project invoices... shows $5.17 million in lump-sum payments for work done by Calatrava himself, mostly "visioning." There is little accounting of what Calatrava did and how much time he spent on it &mdash; which is not unusual with star architects but isn't always the case. The records provide other glimpses at the cost of doing business with someone of Calatrava's stature, including more than $640,000 spent on models and animation whose ownership is now in question.</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/20438838/architect-santiago-calatrava-makes-first-comments-since-dia-divorce Architect Santiago Calatrava makes first comments since DIA divorce Archinect 2011-09-14T18:19:00-04:00 >2013-03-18T16:04:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0f/0f2accac0978fb88096392ee08d28786.jpg" width="514" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"For the past several years, Denver International Airport and I have worked with a team of dedicated architects and engineers to try to bring this ambitious project to fruition," he said in a statement. "From the beginning we have had the project's best interests at heart and although we have decided to part ways, I wish DIA all the best with the South Terminal Redevelopment Program and its future success."</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/19777400/calatrava-hasta-la-vista-denver" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Calatrava: Hasta la Vista Denver!</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/19777400/calatrava-hasta-la-vista-denver Calatrava: Hasta la Vista Denver! archaalto 2011-09-08T22:52:00-04:00 >2013-03-18T16:04:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/17/17iix1i4ezpcd3rh.jpg" width="200" height="150" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Noted international architect Santiago Calatrava has informed Denver International Airport officials that he and his firm are halting their work on DIA's South Terminal Redevelopment Program and are withdrawing from the venture. DIA officials said they intend to proceed with the project using designs already produced by the Spanish architect and his firm, Festina Lente.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Calatrava is apparently quitting over the speculation that the city &amp; county of Denver does not have enough cash to complete the project to the level of quality that is befitting his name and the reputation of his firm.&nbsp;</p>