Archinect - News 2017-08-18T06:52:05-04:00 What U.S. cities can learn from Vienna's urban housing policy Alexander Walter 2017-07-26T14:39:00-04:00 >2017-07-26T14:46:40-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is a two-part series on housing policy in Vienna and how it could be a model for progressive housing policy in Seattle, where I live, or other American cities struggling with affordable housing. The first part is an overview of financing and subsidies. Part two, coming tomorrow, looks in detail at how zoning and development supports housing affordability.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Mike Eliason,&nbsp;passivhaus designer with&nbsp;Seattle-based&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patano Studio</a>, penned an insightful two-part commentary for <em>City Observatory</em>, looking at issues of financing, zoning, affordability, sustainability, and quality of life in a side-by-side comparison of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vienna</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle</a>.</p> Austria flip-flops over future of Hitler's birth house Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-19T13:13:00-04:00 >2016-10-24T22:35:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="454" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A day after the Austrian government said it was planning to tear down the house where Adolf Hitler was born, the interior minister now says it is likely to be redesigned. The idea is to prevent the property from being a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis. [...] "the new plan comes after members of a government-appointed commission on the future of the house suggested that erasing the house would give the impression Austria was trying to erase its past."</p></em><br /><br /><p>The tricky business of architectural preservation:</p><ul><li><a title="Plans unveiled to save Aberdeen home of Mitsubishi founder" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plans unveiled to save Aberdeen home of Mitsubishi founder</a></li><li><a title="RIP: Bruce Goff's Bavinger House demolished" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIP: Bruce Goff's Bavinger House demolished</a></li><li><a title='No guarantees for historic residential architecture in "real-estate limbo"' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No guarantees for historic residential architecture in "real-estate limbo"</a></li><li><a title="The price of keeping Britain's 'Downton Abbeys' from crumbling" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The price of keeping Britain's 'Downton Abbeys' from crumbling</a></li><li><a title="Preserving Central Asia's ancient architecture through code" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Preserving Central Asia's ancient architecture through code</a></li></ul> Eric Owen Moss wins top Austrian honor Julia Ingalls 2016-07-07T13:17:00-04:00 >2016-07-07T13:51:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="730" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Very few people have a neutral reaction to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Owen Moss</a>: in his conversation and his work, he can be abrasive, challenging, enlightening, and inspirational. For its part, Austria awarded him with its&nbsp;Decoration of Honor for Science and Art on June 21st, celebrating five decades of practice that have produced the Hayden Tract and the&nbsp;Albuquerque Rail Yards Master Plan, among other works.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Culver City's Hayden Tract, which has gradually filled out with Moss' buildings since he was initially commissioned to work on the project in 1991, is arguably one of the most compact yet engrossing architectural walking tours in Los Angeles. Formerly a strip of overlooked industrial warehouses, this part of the city has in the past few decades emerged as a low-slung cultural nexus, rewarding those who take the time to note the unusual and painstakingly rendered structural details. There's a raft of cactuses suspended mid-air, the Cold War afterimage of Stealth, the glass bisected Slash and Backsla...</p> Global warming is redrawing national borders Nicholas Korody 2016-06-16T12:35:00-04:00 >2016-06-16T12:35:16-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Climate change is happening so fast and on such a huge scale that it's forcing us to change the borders of a country," said head of the mapping expedition, Marco Ferrari... The borders of a country are "something we always consider as stable, as a political device, the foundation of the modern state, the most sacred thing, but this huge natural transformation makes clear how disruptive and alarming these changes are," he said.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Even the biggest and most stable things, like glaciers, mountains&mdash;these huge objects, they can change in a few years. We live on a planet that changes, and we try to make rules, to give meaning, but this meaning is completely artificial because nature, basically, doesn't give a shit."</em></p><p>Global warming is one of the most visible aspects of the <a href="" target="_blank">Anthropocene</a>, a name for the era in which humans activity registers on the geological record. For more on the Anthropocene and its relation to architecture, check out past some past Archinect coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Architecture of the Anthropocene, Part 1</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Architecture of the Anthropocene, Pt. 2: Haunted Houses, Living Buildings, and Other Horror Stories</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Architecture of the Anthropocene, Pt. 3: Getting Lost in the Ozone</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Ways of Seeing in the Anthropocene: Review of "The Geological Imagination" and "The Underdome Guide to Energy Reform"</a></li></ul> Hyperloop announces plans for first European routes Alexander Walter 2016-03-11T13:23:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T21:40:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a joint statement yesterday the Playa Vista, California-based Hyperloop Transport Technologies (HTT) and the Slovak Republic&rsquo;s economy minister held out the future vision of the Hyperloop whisking passengers at 760 mph between Vienna in Austria, Budapest in Hungary and the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. A Bratislava-to-Vienna route would take just 8 minutes at full speed, while a Bratislava-to-Budapest route would take 10 minutes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Hyperloop previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT and TU Delft emerge victorious at Hyperloop competition; Elon Musk drops hint about "electric jets"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop, brought to you by Aecom</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unpacking the Hyperloop's lofty promises</a></li></ul> Vienna holds top position as world's nicest city for business professionals Alexander Walter 2016-02-29T14:08:00-05:00 >2016-03-15T23:16:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="522" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Vienna has once more been named the city with the best quality of life for business professionals by Mercer Consulting, the world&rsquo;s biggest human resources company. &nbsp; It headed a top 10 dominated by neighbouring cities in Germany and Switzerland, together with Auckland (3), Vancouver (5) and Sydney (10). &nbsp; The survey is intended to give multinational companies a reference point when deciding how to compensate staff for postings.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the Mercer report, the world's most desirable cities for business professionals to relocate to are:</p><ol><li>Vienna, Austria</li><li>Zurich, Switzerland</li><li>Auckland, New Zealand</li><li>Munich, Germany</li><li>Vancouver, Canada</li><li>Dusseldorf, Germany</li><li>Frankfurt, Germany</li><li>Geneva, Switzerland</li><li>Copenhagen, Denmark</li><li>Sydney, Australia</li></ol><p><em>"Problems with crime placed most American cities below that level, with the exception of San Francisco (28), Boston (34) and Honolulu (35). The most dangerous city in the US was Detroit (70), which is still recovering from the trauma of de-industrialisation."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Find your ideal neighborhood with this new 'Livability Index' online tool</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melbourne is world&rsquo;s most liveable city for fifth consecutive year</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Think you live in a nice county? Find out where it stands on the nationwide Natural Amenities Index.</a></li></ul> Stand on the shoulders of giants as CERN's architect in residence Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-05T15:40:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T19:14:11-05:00 <img src="" width="640" height="418" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A year before discovering the Higgs boson, aka &ldquo;God&rdquo;, particle, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) established its own arts residency. Formed in 2011, the Collide@CERN program pairs artists with CERN physicists in Geneva to collaborate on art and research projects, banking on the idea that artistic experimentation and theoretical physicists are both ultimately concerned with the same thing: "both are ways to explore our existence &ndash; what it is to be human and our place in the universe,&rdquo; <a href=";utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+gizmodo%2Ffull+%28Gizmodo%29" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">according to</a> program director Ariane Koek. The first collaboration between artist Julius von Bismarck and theoretical physicist James Wells was so fruitful that CERN developed Accelerate@CERN in 2013, which enables a country to set up and sponsor a specific "Research Stay" within CERN&rsquo;s labs. Now, Austria is looking for an architect to work at CERN.</p><p>What does this entail? For one month of pure research, an architect will be paired with a CERN physicist &ndash; to work, think, and ideate to...</p> Another big concrete panel falls off Zaha Hadid-designed library Archinect 2015-01-05T17:15:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T11:49:20-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It keeps raining fiber-reinforced concrete at Vienna's latest educational facility: A large concrete facade panel weighing 80 kilograms (176 pounds) came crashing down from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a>-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Library and Learning Center</a> at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, reports Austrian newspaper <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Die Presse</em></a>.</p><p>According to the source, this has not been the first incident of failing cladding elements at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">award-winning building</a>, which opened only a little over a year ago: In July of 2014, another concrete panel measuring 1.2 by 2.5 meters had fallen off the structure. The fault of the first case was blamed on "assembly error" by the contractor and eventually repaired. An independent consultant will now investigate the second event and publish the result by Thursday.</p><p>Luckily nobody was injured in both incidents, however the school has now cordoned off the area around the building and allows students to enter only through the side entrance of the Library Cafe.</p> Winner of "Adolf Loos: A Private Portrait" and "Escape Home: Rebuilding a Life After the Anschluss" Justine Testado 2014-07-09T18:28:00-04:00 >2014-07-09T18:28:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="471" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We have our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">book giveaway</a> winner for&nbsp;<em>Adolf Loos, A Private Portrait </em>and&nbsp;<em>Escape Home, Rebuilding a Life After the Anschluss</em>! The two memoirs were each written by family members of Austrian architect Adolf Loos.</p><p><em>Adolf Loos, A Private Portrait</em> is the first English translation of the 140-page biography written by Adolf's last wife Claire Beck Loos, who wrote it to help pay for her husband's tombstone.</p><p><em>Escape Home</em> shares the story of Vienna-born architectural designer and Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice Charles Paterson, who was the nephew of Claire Loos. Charles co-wrote the family memoir with his daughter Carrie Paterson.</p><p>Our lucky winner of these two great titles is <strong>Roy P.</strong> <strong>from Los Angeles, CA</strong>. Congrats!</p><p>Thanks to everyone who participated!</p><p>More details about the books <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Win two memoirs from Adolf Loos' family Justine Testado 2014-06-27T18:56:00-04:00 >2014-06-27T19:33:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="471" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Time for another book giveaway! We've got two great titles from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DoppelHouse Press</a>. The first is the first English edition of<em> Adolf Loos, A Private Portrait</em> by Claire Beck Loos, who was the last wife of Austrian modern architect Adolf Loos. The 140-page biography was originally published in German in 1936 to help pay for Loos' tombstone.</p><p>The second title is <em>Escape Home, Rebuilding a Life After the Anschluss</em>, a memoir about Vienna-born architectural designer and Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice Charles Paterson, who was the nephew of Claire Loos. Charles co-wrote the family memoir with his daughter Carrie Paterson.</p><p><strong>For a chance to win both titles, fill out <a href=";formkey=dHg1M0xIaVVoaEtVUUhDcXh1UkVjNmc6MA#gid=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this survey</a> by Wednesday, July 2nd. Two winners will be selected at random. Good luck!</strong></p><p>Read on for more about each book:</p><p><strong><em>Adolf Loos, A Private Portrait</em></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Lively and often humorous vignettes provide 'Snapshots' of the last years of Loos&rsquo; life (1929-1933), and reveal the personality and philosophy that helped shape Modern architecture in Vienn...</p> Parliament-themed Austrian Pavilion revealed for 2014 Venice Biennale Justine Testado 2014-03-18T19:39:00-04:00 >2014-07-23T08:00:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Power to the people is the driving force behind the Austrian Pavilion for the upcoming 2014 Venice Biennale. The pavilion will include an exhibition that explores the concept of parliament and its architectural influence on the world's more than 200 national parliament monuments.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The pavilion was designed by a collective team including Commissioner Dr. Christian K&uuml;hn, Harald Trapp, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coop Himmelb(l)au</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aub&ouml;ck + K&aacute;r&aacute;sz Landscape Architects</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kollektiv/Rauschen</a>, and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vienna University of Technology - Institute of Architecture and Design</a>.</p><p>Here's a glimpse of the models in the exhibition:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Find out more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> “En Pointe” runner-up entry by The Open Workshop + Lorena Del Rio Architects for E12 Austria, Kagran Justine Testado 2014-01-10T17:29:00-05:00 >2017-03-16T18:12:36-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="588" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After submitting "En Pointe" to the Europan 12 Austria competition, The Open Workshop + Lorena Del Rio Architects team placed as a Runner-Up in a three-way tie for the Kagran site (In other words, a "Winner" title wasn't given.) "En Pointe" uses the arcade concept and hybrid, multi-functional spaces to improve Kagran's connectivity and potentially enhance the city at an architectural and urban level.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a preview of their project:</p><p><img alt="" title="" src=""><br><br><img alt="" title="" src=""><br><br><br><img alt="" title="" src=""><br><br><br><img alt="" title="" src=""><br><br><img alt="" title="" src=""><br><br>Find out more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.<br><br>You can also click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to see other Europan 12 entries.</p> “OPEN” - winning entry by Ramon Bernabe Simo + Tomas Labanc for Amstetten in Europan 12 Austria Justine Testado 2014-01-06T18:53:00-05:00 >2015-05-12T11:05:12-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Shanghai-based architects Ramon Bernabe Simo and Tomas Labanc collaborated to create "OPEN", the winning entry for the Amstetten site in the Europan 12 Austria competition. As suggested by its name, their team's proposal is a response to improve connectivity, livability, and "opening up" the city to leave room for potential urban expansion.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Take a peek at their proposal:<br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><em>Renderings by</em></p> Bramberger [architects] wins competition for the High Tech Campus in Villach, Austria Justine Testado 2013-12-09T19:51:00-05:00 >2013-12-10T17:19:30-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bramberger [architects] from Graz, Austria had the winning scheme to design the High Tech Campus in Villach, Austria. Bramberger's clear-cut scheme integrates office and educational facilities with green space that will eventually connect with surrounding buildings to create a fully functioning campus.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The project is in the planning phase, with construction scheduled to begin in spring 2014. Completion is expected in summer 2015.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Find out more at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> <p> <em>Images courtesy of Bramberger [architects].</em></p> Get Lectured: University of Applied Arts, Vienna Fall '13 Justine Testado 2013-11-26T13:02:00-05:00 >2013-11-27T16:20:16-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="919" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2013</strong></a><br><br> "Get Lectured" is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series--along with their snazzy posters--for the current season. Although the fall term is about to wrap up, we'll still post some select posters and lecture series worth checking out.</p> <p> Our featured poster this time comes from the <strong>University of Applied Arts, Vienna - Institute of Architecture. </strong></p> <p> Here's a summary of the Sliver Lecture Series '13-'14 - Digital Craft:</p> <p> "Advanced fabrication technologies, once dominated by other disciplines, are now not only a major component in architectural schools and related research labs around the world, but have now become an integral part of a contemporary architectural practice. In this lecture series we want to emphasize our attention and curiosity for formal engineering challenges. We invited practitioners, engineers, theoreticians, and artists who, embedded in their networks, meander between different disc...</p> World Class Architects Design Bus Stops in Austria Alexander Walter 2013-11-07T15:56:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T22:16:09-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The tiny Austrian village of Krumbach has commissioned international architecture firms to build avant-garde bus stops. The "Bus:Stop" project was conceived by Krumbach's cultural association, which hired prominent Austrian architect Dietmar Steiner to act as curator. Though he counts major architects from around the world among his contacts, he chose to maintain a boutique feel: "No starchitects, just small offices with sculptural interest."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Edible Austrian Pavilion for 2015 Milan Expo by penda & Alex Daxböck Justine Testado 2013-10-29T19:04:00-04:00 >2013-10-29T19:57:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="737" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Austrian Pavilion by Chris Precht of penda and Alex Daxb&ouml;ck won first runner-up in an international design competition for the Expo 2015 in Milan. Inspired by the strong presence of organic and locally grown foods in Austria, Precht and Daxb&ouml;ck took a creatively literal and communal approach to the 2015 Expo's universal theme "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life."</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>Visitors are the true designers of the pavilion as they plant seeds of fruits, vegetables, or herbs in the gaps of its timber exterior during the summer months of the Expo. Once the crops are fully grown, they'll be harvested and cooked into traditional Austrian dishes in the pavilion's restaurant. In essence, visitors get to eat their design.</em></p> kadawittfeldarchitektur’s Salzburg Central Station wins two awards as project nears completion Justine Testado 2013-10-23T15:21:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T21:39:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After 15 years, kadawittfeldarchitektur's redesign for the historic Salzburg Central Station is steadily inching toward completion. Before reconstruction began in 2009, the firm won a two-phase competition out of 12 architecture teams back in 1999. [...] Even before its expected completion in mid-2014, kadawittfeldarchitektur has already received the Austrian "Staatspreis Design" award and the European Steel Award.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Archinect Field Trip: Solar Decathlon 2013, Basking in Arrays of Energy Efficiency Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-15T15:28:00-04:00 >2016-03-15T13:50:39-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Plopped down on a former Marine Corp air station in the geographic middle of Orange County, nineteen solar-powered model homes line the runway to be judged in the U.S. Department of Energy&rsquo;s 2013 Solar Decathlon. For its first year held away from the National Mall in Washington D.C., the Solar Decathlon was staged in Irvine&rsquo;s Great Park, which while being an abandoned airstrip surrounded by farmland, housing developments and dirt, purports to be the &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first major metropolitan park of the 21st century</a>&rdquo;. For ten days, collegiate teams from around the world showcased their houses for public tours and competition in ten categories that grade affordability, marketability, design and energy efficiency. Each team has architects and engineers (sometimes from multiple schools) collaboratively design and build a fully functional solar-powered home for their chosen environment.</p><p>What does the Department of Energy do with these winning designs once the competition is over? Anticlimactically, most ...</p> Winners of the best architects 14 awards Alexander Walter 2013-07-30T19:43:00-04:00 >2013-08-06T18:14:46-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="931" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now in its 8th year, the best architects award just announced its winners. Organized annually, the program recognizes outstanding architectural design in the German-speaking countries Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the South Tyrol province of Italy.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Günther Domenig (1934-2012) Archinect 2012-06-20T14:47:00-04:00 >2012-06-25T08:58:03-04:00 <img src="" width="632" height="419" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;He was an extremely talented architect who deserved to be better known but he wasn&rsquo;t on the circuit and only spoke German,&rdquo; said former chair of architecture at the Bartlett, Peter Cook. &ldquo;In a way he was the architectural equivalent of Walter Pichler - he was an exponent of that kind of Austrian art. His bank was an extraordinary piece both formalistically and surface-wise.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Chinese secretly copy Austrian town Archinect 2012-06-07T13:13:00-04:00 >2012-06-13T11:11:43-04:00 <img src="" width="573" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The original is a centuries-old village of 900 and a UNESCO heritage site that survives on tourism. The copycat is a housing estate that thrives on China's new rich. In a China famous for pirated products, the replica Hallstatt sets a new standard.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Xeroxed Village(s)?</a></p>