Archinect - News 2017-08-18T10:45:15-04:00 Elevate your senses at the Church of Cannabis, a renovated 113-year-old Denver church Justine Testado 2017-06-28T15:55:00-04:00 >2017-06-28T17:18:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A 113-year old church in Denver, Colorado recently reopened after a renovation [as the] new home and place of worship for the Elevation Ministries of the International Church of Cannabis (ICOC), better known as the Church of Cannabis [...] you must become a member in order to gain access at other times and enjoy the complete experience. Nevertheless, member or not, visiting the church in sober condition is quite the adventure.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>Painted with mythological creatures in a hallucinating rainbow of colors, the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Church of Cannabis</a> is a non-profit religious group whose beliefs are founded on &ldquo;Elevationism&rdquo;, which welcomes&nbsp;&ldquo;adults everywhere who are looking to create the best version of themselves by way of the sacred plant&rdquo; &mdash; at least from Thursday-Sunday from 1-3 p.m. during public access.Elevationism&rdquo;, which welcomes&nbsp;&ldquo;adults everywhere who are looking to create the best version of themselves by way of the sacred plant&rdquo; &mdash; at least from Thursday-Sunday from 1-3 p.m. during public access.</p> An avenue, a promenade, a colonnade, not a terrible new structure Nam Henderson 2017-04-18T12:31:00-04:00 >2017-04-24T01:08:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When the decision was made at the beginning of 2014 to relocate the Kirkland Museum, Hugh Grant, the institution&rsquo;s founder, insisted that the studio be moved to the new site along with the collections...The old studio is attached to the new construction via a glass curtain wall...One striking feature that will also be in the back is the original outhouse, with its marble toilet, which Grant had moved from the original site;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Last month, Michael Paglia got a peek&nbsp;at the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kirkland Museum</a>'s incomplete interior. The tour was led by Jim Olson, a partner with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olson Kundig&nbsp;</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architects</a>;&nbsp;Martha Rogers, also from Olson Kundig; and included several others who are intimately involved in the design and construction of the promising new building.</p> 400 of the smartest acres in the country Nam Henderson 2017-01-31T19:06:00-05:00 >2017-02-01T14:32:01-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Japanese technology giant wanted a place to experiment with solar power and renewable energy, autonomous vehicles and other technologies. And it needed a public partner and community support. It found that in Denver, DIA, Xcel Energy, developer LC Fulenwider and many others.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Tamara Chuang highlights some of the technology (ranging from consumer electronics, to "smart" public infrastructure) Panasonic was hawking at CES 2017. Some of which will be employed at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pe&ntilde;a Station Next</a>, a new TOD, smart city lab on the edge of Denver International Airport. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Last month</a>, she reported on the installation of some of the first bits, brains for 53 street lights.</p> On the ground, a “new suburbanism”? Nam Henderson 2017-01-09T16:01:00-05:00 >2017-01-23T16:01:50-05:00 <em><p>In 2015, 18 percent of all existing housing units on Long Island were multifamily. While that is less than half the percentage in New York metropolitan suburbs over all, change is apparent across the island...12,500 condominium and rental units within half a mile of train stations had been approved over the last 11 years, 7,000 of which have been built. Another 10,000 units could be approved in five to six years.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Marcelle Sussman Fischler reports in from the&nbsp;suburbs around New York City, where luxury, amenity-rich, mixed-used TOD is offering up an urbanized suburbia.</p><p>Meanwhile in the Denver region, an innovative public-private financing tool <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denver Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Fund</a>, is attempting to "<em>preserve and create affordable housing and community facilities</em>". Denver's official&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transit Oriented Development Strategic Plan</a> from 2014.</p><p>Also previously,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New Suburbanism</a>&nbsp;by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Joel Kotkin</a>.</p> In the spirit of Ponti Nam Henderson 2016-12-30T00:18:00-05:00 >2017-01-04T22:28:35-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>DAM has spent considerable sums in the past decade on new buildings&mdash;practically rivaling what much larger museums in New York and San Francisco have expended for new construction and renovation projects in that same time period. The Hamilton Building, completed in 2006, cost $100 million. And just two years ago, DAM moved its administration offices into a new $12 million building on the campus.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Earlier this month, Josephine Minutillo reported on the plans by Denver Art Museum, for an $150 Million upgrade and addition to it's Gio Ponti building.</p> The 2017 Solar Decathlon, is less than a year away Nam Henderson 2016-11-07T09:01:00-05:00 >2016-12-16T20:01:03-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="402" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Solar Decathlon houses will join the landscape at Pe&ntilde;a Station Next, a burgeoning &ldquo;smart city&rdquo; between downtown Denver and the airport that city planners began mapping out several years ago...We&rsquo;re proud to partner with the City of Denver as we count down to Solar Decathlon and help shape a brighter, more sustainable future.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Linda Silverman, Director of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon</a>, looks ahead to the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Solar Decathlon 2017</a>&nbsp;kick off in Denver.</p><p>Previously reported;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denver selected to host the 2017 Solar Decathlon</a></p> Why it just isn't possible to build affordable housing in the current U.S. housing market Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-26T13:03:00-04:00 >2017-01-03T01:01:04-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nudge down the design and development fees, pay the construction workers less, drop the interest rate as low as it will go, spend nothing on maintenance, even assume that someone gave the land for free &mdash; and the buildings still aren't feasible. A 50-unit apartment is still millions short. "Even if you try to tweak a lot," Poethig says, "for people of extremely low incomes, there&rsquo;s just going to be this gap to the cost of development and production of housing."</p></em><br /><br /><p>A very enlightening (and depressing, but with tentative solutions!) <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interactive</a> from the Urban Institute uses data from Denver, Colorado's housing market to show how building affordable housing just doesn't "pencil out"&mdash;meaning, as Emily Badger puts it for the <em>Washington&nbsp;</em><em>Post</em>, "The costs of building&nbsp;them outstrip&nbsp;what&nbsp;the people who may live in them could afford to pay in rent."</p><p>As Badger explains it, this is mostly due to an imbalance between public and private involvement in the affordable housing system. It isn't profitable for developers to make affordable units, because the tenants just can't pay enough, but public subsidies often can't bridge the gap either. She sums it up:</p><p><em>To the extent that government should step in when the&nbsp;private market&nbsp;can't, affordable housing is a prime example. The larger&nbsp;problem, though, is that we hardly devote the kind of public resources to this market failure&nbsp;that it demands.</em></p><p>Denver was chosen because "It doesn't have a white-hot&nbsp;housing market like...</p> Texas has more design dialogue going on than Denver Nam Henderson 2016-07-03T13:29:00-04:00 >2016-07-05T09:42:49-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="267" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Who will replace the voices of architects like Jeff Sheppard, Gary Desmond and Brian Klipp? Before us, it was George Hoover, Cab Childress and Peter Dominick. They were all incredibly passionate about architecture</p></em><br /><br /><p>A survey of current industry conditions in Denver. As a result of;&nbsp;M&amp;A activity, a generational transition and changing firm culture, there is a concern for the next generation of engaged civic leadership.</p> Denver is “Baroque-a-colas” and “CAD-itecture” galore Justine Testado 2016-04-20T16:19:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:04:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="827" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If Donald Trump were a building, he&rsquo;d be Baroque-a-cola: It&rsquo;s bombastic, pretentious, clumsy, tacky and absolutely over the top, just like he is. Most Baroque-a-cola structures are in the form of showy townhouses or McMansions, but downtown Denver has been unlucky enough to have witnessed the erection of several high-rises of the type...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Denver does have its historic architectural gems, but several recent developments in the city have been dull, if not straight-up hideous (What's with all the random patches of brick?). Writer Michael Paglia dives into Denver's &ldquo;sea of awful architecture&rdquo; and lists the city's &ldquo;Hateful Eight&rdquo; buildings.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Denver is failing at Good Design</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeff Sheppard calls downtown Denver's new housing developments "meaningless, uninspiring"</a></p> How Denver is failing at Good Design Nam Henderson 2016-04-10T16:32:00-04:00 >2016-04-11T15:27:30-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="443" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>you can spend a lot of money, but it doesn't necessarily mean that you're going to come to an outcome that is going to be good over the long run. I think that, you know, it really comes to the design of the building, how the material transitions are treated, color is a huge issue that often doesn't get I think enough attention and can hugely influence the outcome in a building</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last month Ryan Warner talked with architect Jeff Sheppard (of the firm Roth Sheppard)&nbsp;and Matt Schildt (managing director of development for Trammell Crow Residential), regarding the city's current construction boom. Concerns range from "<em>luxury apartments</em>" whose facades are a "<em>mishmash of architectural styles</em>", to&nbsp;worries about becoming a "<em>plywood city</em>",&nbsp;to too much infill and kit development. One proposed solution is the implementation of&nbsp;city-wide&nbsp;design review committees.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Denver selected to host the 2017 Solar Decathlon Alexander Walter 2016-03-15T13:56:00-04:00 >2016-03-18T00:49:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dr. Orr revealed that Denver won the bid to host this biennial event, in which student teams compete to design, build, and operate cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive solar-powered houses. [...] The competition is planned to be staged near a new development close to Denver International Airport. The area around the 61st and Pe&ntilde;a Commuter Rail Station is positioned to become a national model for sustainable, transit-oriented, greenfield development [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Archinect coverage of previous Solar Decathlons:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Solar Decathlon winner Stevens Institute of Technology addresses post-Sandy resiliency with the SURE HOUSE</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Students endure the final home stretch at the U.S. Solar Decathlon 2015</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Field Trip: Solar Decathlon 2013, Basking in Arrays of Energy Efficiency</a></li></ul> The iconography of an airport hotel Nam Henderson 2015-12-08T08:00:00-05:00 >2015-12-08T10:11:21-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="422" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Building upon imagery of flight and aviation, the sleek form resembles a bird with its wings extended as it hovers above the public plaza, framing and ascending the acclaimed tents of the Jeppesen Terminal</p></em><br /><br /><p>A&nbsp;new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler designed</a>&nbsp;Westin&nbsp;Hotel&nbsp;at Denver International Airport opened last month. While some (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">like Mayor Hancock</a>) are talking how a quality hotel and&nbsp;Transit Center&nbsp;(opening in 2016) with train connection to downtown, will help the airport and city compete "<em>on an international scale</em>",&nbsp;others can't help but focus on it's image/form. Seeing in it, everything from "<em>a mustache to a pirate ship to a whale&rsquo;s tale</em>". How about you?</p><p>Related <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eikongraphia</a></p> Get Lectured: University of Colorado - Denver, Fall '15 Justine Testado 2015-09-30T11:36:00-04:00 >2015-09-30T13:49:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="838" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is ready for another school year.&nbsp;<em>Get Lectured</em>&nbsp;is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>Our next featured poster comes from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Colorado, Denver, College of Architecture and Planning</a>.</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</em></strong></p><p>Free and open to the public.</p><p><strong>Sept 28</strong><br>Kivi Sotamaa &amp; Tuuli Sotamaa / Co-Principals, Atelj&eacute; Sotamaa<br>"Atelj&eacute; Sotamaa (Striving for Sensation)"</p><p><strong>Oct&nbsp;15</strong><br>Keith Zawistowski &amp; Marie Zawistowski / Co-founders, design/buildLAB | Partners OnSite Architecture<br>"Why Architecture Matters"</p><p><strong>Oct 29</strong><br>Michael Kimmelman / Architecture critic of The New York Times<br>"Reshaping our Cities: Taking Back the Streets"&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Nov 2</strong><br>Kristina Hill / Assoc. Professor of Landscape Arch...</p> Editor's Picks #429 Nam Henderson 2015-09-18T12:46:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T21:21:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today's Editor's Picks is a special themed "place based" edition - highlighting content (old/newish) from the archives/site - about Denver and Colorado. Partly as an apology for the brief/unexpected lull in the Picks. Also, inspired by my own recent relocation to The Mile High City. Just one part of an ongoing attempt to learn about my new home.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While MArch students at the University of Colorado, Denver, Patrick Beseda and Lacy Williams realized a design/build project for a micro-dwelling. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOUNDhouse</a> inspired by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WikiHouse project</a>, was an exploration of digital fabrication, the possibilities of DIY and the democratization of housing/shelter.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br>Back in the 1990s the Denver area was site of an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">extreme makeover </a>(aka environmental remediation) for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">6,500 acre</a> Rocky Flats DOE nuclear industrial site.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Archinect ex-Editor in Chief | Staff Editor <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Jourden</a>&nbsp;coined <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bil(Denver)bao</a>&nbsp;in response to the news that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Adjaye</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Libeskind</a>, all had active projects in the same city - Denver. Similarly in a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">post</a> on how cities across America are gambling on architecture to revitalize aging downtowns, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;criticized "<em>i hate the new 'ready made culture' trend. new museums=starbucks</em>".</p><p>Richard Florida used occupational data from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">labor market data and research firm EMSI</a> to map&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">America's Leading Design Cit...</a></p> Editor's Picks #412 Nam Henderson 2015-04-21T12:20:00-04:00 >2015-04-21T20:31:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest edition of <strong>Deans List</strong>; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;profiled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Speaks, the Dean at </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Syracuse Architecture</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ken Koense</a>&nbsp;commented "T<em>he SU Architecture program stands in stark contrast to what is happening, and has recently occurred at NJIT. Credible, steady leadership at Syracuse, instability in the leadership at NJIT.</em>"&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jolanda Morkel</a>&nbsp;felt the piece was "<em>Wwll worth a read</em>".</p><p><br><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The roster of over 60 architecture firms and artists who will exhibit their work at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">was announced</a>.&nbsp;<strong>jla-x</strong> proposed "<em>Archinect field trip anyone</em>"? Meanwhile <strong>Lightperson</strong> tried not to get his hopes up "<em>I'm excited to see the new crop of architecture ideas but also get the feeling this will be another Tactical Urbanism show from the usual suspects, the cool European curators</em>".</p><p>Denver Post Fine Arts Critic, Ray Mark Rinaldi <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">explained</a> why locals should listen to Jeffrey Sheppard&rsquo;s (co-founder and design principal for Roth Sheppard Architects in Denver) <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">criticism...</a></p> Jeff Sheppard calls downtown Denver's new housing developments "meaningless, uninspiring" Alexander Walter 2015-04-13T14:09:00-04:00 >2015-09-17T11:50:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's a big deal when Denver's top architect publishes an essay saying this city is failing at design downtown. That we are building one mundane apartment building after the next. That we are wasting the opportunity to become a national leader and ruining the urban landscape by putting profit above civic pride. Jeff Sheppard said all that [...] in a guest editorial in last Sunday's Denver Post. And we'd be wise to hear him and do what he's suggesting: Knock it off immediately.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sheppard's opinion piece "Denver is a great city, so why the bad buildings?"&nbsp; in the <em>Denver Post</em> can be found <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Get Lectured: University of Colorado - Denver, Spring '15 Justine Testado 2015-03-06T15:01:00-05:00 >2015-03-06T15:19:14-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="860" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter-Spring 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a> is back in session! <em>Get Lectured</em> is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>Today's featured poster comes from the University of Colorado at Denver, College of Architecture and Planning (CAP).</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></p><p>Below are upcoming lectures only. Lectures take place at 6 p.m. at CAP, 2nd floor. Free + open to the public.</p><p>Mar 19<br><strong>DAVID GREUSEL, FAIA</strong> / Principal, Convergence Design<br>"Architecture for Human Flourishing"</p><p>Apr 13<br><strong>CAROLYN ARMENTA</strong> / Architecture historian, curator + writer on contemporary African/Black Diaspora architects<br>"Multiple Modernities and Continuities of African Diaspora Architects"</p><p>For further details, visit <a href="http://CAP.UCDENVER.EDU" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p><strong>Check...</strong></p> Law breakers, prize winners, bird flippers: Weekly News Round-Up for October 20, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-27T17:53:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T22:14:16-04:00 <img src="" width="580" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, October 24:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Architecture in Flux: Reporting from ACADIA Conference, Day 1" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture in Flux: Reporting from ACADIA Conference, Day 1</a>: The Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture has changed a lot since its inception in the early 1980s; the conference takes a look at the present moment of "digital design" practice, while that term still exists.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, October 23:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Frank Gehry gives the crowd a piece of his mind (and his middle finger)" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry gives the crowd a piece of his mind (and his middle finger)</a>: At a press conference in Oviedo, Spain, in response to a reporter's insinuation that his architecture was "showy". Frank Gehry is 85 years old.&nbsp;</li><li><a title="Keep Portland Architecture Weird!: Episode 3 of Archinect Sessions out now" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Keep Portland Architecture Weird!: Episode 3 of Archinect Sessions out now</a>: Feat. special guest <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brian Libby</a>, we discuss the trials and tribulations of Michael Graves' Portland Building, and&nbsp;<em>The</em>&nbsp;<em>Guardian</em>'s speculations on Obama's presidential library.&nbsp;</li><li><a title="Denver's Union Station is lacking diversity and local critic places the blame on the architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denver's Union Station is lacking diversity and local critic places the blame on the architecture</a>: The&nbsp;<em>Denver Post</em>'s fine arts critic sees a lack of diversity at Union Station's multi-use redesign, and...</li></ul> Denver's Union Station is lacking diversity and local critic places the blame on the architecture Archinect 2014-10-23T12:54:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T22:55:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="441" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" width="650" height="432" 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> 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="" width="650" height="491" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><a href="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></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> Editor's Picks #346 Nam Henderson 2013-12-17T12:24:00-05:00 >2013-12-17T22:40:25-05:00 <img src="" 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="" 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="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" 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="" 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="" 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> 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="" width="650" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Simply put, the AIA Viewfinder by <a href="" 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=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;ved=0CC4QFjAA&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="" 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="" title=""><br><br> "Mapping the views of the site is primary to the determination of each specific viewfinder. This is initiated with a...</p> 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="" width="650" height="552" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" width="650" height="294" 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> 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="" width="600" height="399" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" width="600" height="269" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" width="600" height="348" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Calatrava: Hasta la Vista Denver!</a></p> Calatrava: Hasta la Vista Denver! archaalto 2011-09-08T22:52:00-04:00 >2013-03-18T16:04:52-04:00 <img src="" 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>