Archinect - News 2016-12-05T09:42:46-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149979855/how-these-u-s-cities-will-continue-to-fight-climate-change-during-trump-s-presidency How these U.S. cities will continue to fight climate change during Trump's presidency Justine Testado 2016-11-22T14:48:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T15:20:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/79/796f46t5myu20f7f.jpg" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What impact will Donald Trump&rsquo;s league of global-warming deniers and fossil-fuel boosters have on U.S. climate action? The short-term prognosis might not be as damaging as some fear, but...it seems safe to assume that for the next four years, domestic climate policy will be in the deep freezer&mdash;while the rest of us heat up...[But] U.S. cities have the power to shrink that footprint and prepare for the worst, even in the absence of financial or regulatory support from the federal government</p></em><br /><br /><p>A quick profile at how five American cities will&nbsp;continue progressing toward their goals to combat climate change, even without federal support from a Trump administration and a Republican-controlled Congress.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979049/trump-says-climate-change-is-a-hoax-yet-moves-to-protect-his-properties-from-sea-level-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump says climate change is a "hoax", yet moves to protect his properties from sea level rise</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979660/trump-pilfers-clinton-s-plan-for-an-infrastructure-bank" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump pilfers Clinton's plan for an 'infrastructure bank'</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149978660/frank-gehry-might-bail-on-the-u-s-now-that-trump-s-been-elected" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry might bail on the U.S. now that Trump's been elected</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149977560/how-the-stressful-voting-poll-experience-can-be-redesigned How the stressful voting-poll experience can be redesigned Justine Testado 2016-11-08T19:06:00-05:00 >2016-11-13T11:37:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/4z/4z6khk0nutn7nycr.gif" width="690" height="518" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From longer-than-expected lines to technological fumbles, voting polls in urban cities are typically a gnarly mess on Election Day &mdash; sometimes causing some voters to end up discouraged and skip out. In response to this <em>still</em>-too-common situation, the <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/81052576/van-alen-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Van Alen Institute</a> launched the <a href="https://www.vanalen.org/projects/open-poll" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Open Poll&rdquo;</a> flash competition, wherein&nbsp;interdisciplinary teams were invited to submit design proposals that create a more accessible, engaging voting experience for all.</p><p>The three finalist teams presented their proposals&nbsp;to the judges and the public got to watch and vote for their favorite entry.&nbsp;By the end of the one-day charrette, the winning team was announced. Have a look at the finalist entries below.</p><p><strong>Winner: &ldquo;Voting at Your Fingertips: A National Celebration of the Democratic Process&rdquo;&nbsp;</strong><br>Team: Racha Daher, Alexandra Gonzalez, and Elena Kapompasopoulou</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yc/ycdjvef01slp7xlh.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9f/9fzsldul5ac3jhga.jpg"></p><p>Project description: &ldquo;The current voting process is inefficient, strenuous, wasteful, non-inclusive, and prone to human error. This proposal aims to change ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149974688/how-frank-gehry-was-won-over-to-design-the-watts-children-s-institute-pro-bono How Frank Gehry was won over to design the Watts Children's Institute pro bono Alexander Walter 2016-10-21T13:44:00-04:00 >2016-11-02T01:38:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/29/29f1e513df8f2af6222f16869186b812.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"We explained what the agency does and what we stand for, and he gave me a handshake right there," offering to work pro bono. [...] Of his design &mdash; a series of two-story, garden-surrounded buildings that echo the modest scale of the neighborhood, their shiny roofs the only Gehry-esque note &mdash; he says: "This building is not fancy but has all of my heart and soul in it. I worked hard to make spaces for the kids and families that would use it so that they would feel special."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Gehry's Watts involvement previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136670734/frank-gehry-designed-children-s-center-planned-for-watts-neighborhood-in-l-a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry-designed children's center planned for Watts neighborhood in L.A.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104938794/can-a-frank-gehry-design-help-change-the-dynamic-of-watts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can a Frank Gehry design help change the dynamic of Watts?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149971820/2016-aga-khan-award-for-architecture-winners-revealed 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture winners revealed Justine Testado 2016-10-03T17:48:00-04:00 >2016-10-09T23:38:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1k/1k2hl9ib2h39amfj.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 2016 winners have been revealed for the honorable Aga Khan Award for Architecture...Starting out with 348 nominations for the 2014-2016 cycle, the independent Master Jury shortlisted 19 competitive projects this past May. Following rigorous deliberation, the jury finally selected the six winning projects, which...include a children's library in Beijing, a spirituality refuge in Dhaka, and the Zaha Hadid-designed Issam Fares Institute, to name a few.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a glimpse of the winning projects:</p><p>Bait ur Rouf Mosque | Dhaka, Bangladesh<br>Architect: Marina Tabassum Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mb/mbjfv9nhmj5yzol6.jpg"></p><p>Hutong Children&rsquo;s Library and Art Centre | Beijing, China<br>Architect: ZAO / standardarchitecture / Zhang Ke</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xj/xjl9qtzupdbrkcrm.jpg"></p><p>Superkilen |&nbsp;Copenhagen, Denmark<br>Architects: BIG &ndash; Bjarke Ingels Group, Topotek 1 and Superflex</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yy/yy3w5eve28irmn6j.jpg"></p><p>Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge | Tehran, Iran<br>Architect: Diba Tensile Architecture / Leila Araghian, Alireza Behzadi</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pg/pgyi20nx7y57kmc9.jpg"></p><p>Issam Fares Institute |&nbsp;Beirut, Lebanon<br>Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/83/83cutxhpqxcvvayy.jpg"></p><p>Friendship Centre | Gaibandha, Bangladesh<br>Architect: Kashef Chowdhury / URBANA</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cq/cqtty7pcusrdyjbs.jpg"></p><p>Learn more about each project <a href="http://bustler.net/news/5194/2016-aga-khan-award-for-architecture-winners-announced" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p><p>Previously:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/81462394/2013-aga-khan-award-for-architecture-winners-announced" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture winners announced</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102780/winners-of-the-2010-aga-khan-award-for-architecture-announced" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of the 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Announced</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964818/london-s-architectural-debate-society-turncoats-is-coming-to-d-c London's architectural debate society, Turncoats, is coming to D.C. Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-23T13:13:00-04:00 >2016-09-01T23:00:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n5/n564zblkk4k92jzo.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The idea behind Turncoats is for people to relax, slough off their more cautious professional selves, and engage in full-throated (yet respectful!), rapid-fire debate on a broad range of topics. Audience members are encouraged to speak up, Powerpoints are strictly forbidden, and alcohol is served liberally.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Started in London in the last couple years,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957588/provocative-architecture-debating-series-turncoats-goes-international" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turncoats</a>&nbsp;has chapters in Scotland, Vancouver, Serbia and now, the U.S. The first D.C. Turncoats event takes place tomorrow, August 24, and is centered around the debate topic of "D.C. Wants Boring Architecture". Find more details <a href="http://bustler.net/events/8130/d-c-wants-boring-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>More on debates and D.C.:</p><ul><li><a title='Archinect presents "Next Up," a live podcasting event in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, this Saturday, October 3rd!' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137806694/archinect-presents-next-up-a-live-podcasting-event-in-collaboration-with-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-this-saturday-october-3rd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect presents "Next Up," a live podcasting event in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, this Saturday, October 3rd!</a></li><li><a title="The race to complete the Capitol dome restoration in time for the inauguration of the 45th U.S. President" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145516502/the-race-to-complete-the-capitol-dome-restoration-in-time-for-the-inauguration-of-the-45th-u-s-president" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The race to complete the Capitol dome restoration in time for the inauguration of the 45th U.S. President</a></li><li><a title="Department of Transportation Secretary threatens to shut down DC Metro" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944472/department-of-transportation-secretary-threatens-to-shut-down-dc-metro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Department of Transportation Secretary threatens to shut down DC Metro</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959077/does-jeanne-gang-s-architecture-inspire-social-justice Does Jeanne Gang's architecture inspire social justice? Julia Ingalls 2016-07-21T12:36:00-04:00 >2016-07-26T16:18:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i1/i1q7y4r182lwz2cw.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In this <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/21/us/a-conversation-with-jeanne-gang-on-architecture-with-a-mission.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Times interview</a> with Ginia Bellafante, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/26953/studio-gang-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeanne Gang</a> discusses the importance and challenges of designing work that isn't simply aesthetically pleasing, but that influences positive changes in social behavior and policy. In addition to her work on waterways, she discusses her idea behind designing a fire rescue station in one of New York City's poorest and most violent neighborhoods:</p><p><em>You feel like you trust a firefighter, a rescue worker. And those doors on the building are often open. And we even put a bench in the front of the building so people can actually sit there instead of taking this approach of creating a fortress, which I think is a contrast to what we see in the design of police stations.</em></p><p><em>And so really designing this Fire Rescue 2 started me thinking about, are there ways that design could help improve the relationship between community members and police if we looked at the architecture? Not that it can solve everything. But I think, you know, maybe it can ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958163/boyle-heights-activists-want-all-art-galleries-to-gtfo-of-their-neighborhood Boyle Heights activists want all art galleries to GTFO of their neighborhood Justine Testado 2016-07-15T17:57:00-04:00 >2016-07-19T12:35:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kw/kwq64eauwim9ky4z.jpg" width="650" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"We&rsquo;re not against art or culture," [says Boyle Heights activist Maga Miranda.] "...But the art galleries are part of a broader effort by planners and politicians and developers who want to artwash gentrification." "We&rsquo;re saying that they need to make a bigger effort to amplify the voices of the people that are gonna be most affected by this, and that doesn&rsquo;t happen to be artists in this situation. It happens to be people who can&rsquo;t afford to live here anymore."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Amid widespread gentrification in LA, activists in Boyle Heights have been scrutinizing the art galleries that set up shop there in recent years &mdash; including significant spaces like Self Help Graphics, which helped put the Eastside neighborhood on the cultural map.&nbsp;While activists want to prevent developers from taking control and &ldquo;artwashing gentrification&rdquo;, some gallery owners have expressed mixed reactions. The debate gets even more convoluted considering that some activists are also working artists.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149949634/5-myths-about-gentrification-according-to-a-gsapp-urban-planning-professor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5 myths about gentrification, according to a GSAPP urban planning professor</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943937/a-telltale-sign-of-gentrification-in-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A telltale sign of gentrification in Los Angeles</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941499/how-a-group-of-boyle-heights-residents-are-fighting-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How a group of Boyle Heights residents are fighting gentrification</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143132832/how-l-a-can-reboot-its-creative-economy-so-artists-can-actually-live-in-town" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How L.A. can reboot its "creative economy" so artists can actually live in town</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957424/2016-fuller-challenge-announces-19-semi-finalist-initiatives 2016 Fuller Challenge announces 19 semi-finalist initiatives Justine Testado 2016-07-12T14:04:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:42:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/is/isekvfzvggaa1amn.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The ninth cycle of the prestigious 2016 Fuller Challenge is well underway, and competition is as fierce as ever. Following the expert jury's rigorous evaluations, 19 semi-finalists were announced today...Multi-disciplinary teams work hard for a chance at winning the $100,000 grand prize that will help implement their initiative.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A few of this year's semi-finalists include:</p><p><strong>Cooperaci&oacute;n Comunitaria</strong>, which works&nbsp;with marginalized communities in Mexico's most seismically active region to build housing that is affordable, seismically sound, sustainable, and culturally appropriate.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i2/i27lu4681ohwog8m.jpg"></p><p><strong>The African Design Center&nbsp;</strong>&ldquo;aims to transform the African built environment through a comprehensive program to recruit and train the next generation of African designers and architects.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yu/yuazuwj430knxlyi.jpg"></p><p><strong>Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE) </strong>produces sustainably designed feminine hygiene products made out of discarded banana fiber. They call out the lacking availability of such products in developing countries, as well as broader taboos surrounding menstruation.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mc/mcooisi40f3x2ld1.jpg"></p><p>(cover image) <strong>Taking Roots' CommuniTree</strong> project works &ldquo;to&nbsp;tackle deforestation, climate change, and poverty, through a comprehensive reforestation and carbon sequestration strategy&rdquo; in Nicaragua and Guatemala, in collaboration with local rural farmers and their families.</p><p>Check out the full list of se...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149949439/london-festival-of-architecture-2016-events-not-to-miss London Festival of Architecture 2016 - events not to miss Ellen Hancock 2016-06-05T07:07:00-04:00 >2016-06-14T00:24:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mc/mc4uwd8pnxumad6t.jpg" width="650" height="537" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the new mayor focusing our attention on smart development and social equality, 2016 will be a banner year for the London Festival of Architecture. Election watchers will be familiar with many of this year&rsquo;s hot topics: community spaces, social housing, docklands renewal. But considering the theme this year is &lsquo;community&rsquo;, there will be something for every tribe of Londoner. Out of 300 events, we&rsquo;ve picked the 10 must-sees.</p></em><br /><br /><p>See related news here:</p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149948840/this-week-s-picks-for-london-architecture-and-design-events" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This week's picks for London architecture and design events</a></p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149948715/london-s-natural-history-museum-to-create-outdoor-exhibition-spaces" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Natural History Museum to create outdoor exhibition spaces</a></p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149948008/zaha-hadid-s-repertoire-is-a-stunning-display-in-venice-s-palazzo-franchetti" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid's repertoire is a stunning display in Venice's Palazzo Franchetti</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943710/how-jane-jacobs-continues-to-be-an-influential-force-in-city-planning How Jane Jacobs continues to be an influential force in city planning Justine Testado 2016-05-04T14:19:00-04:00 >2016-05-18T01:34:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mk/mkvr3w2krj0f65hl.jpg" width="650" height="470" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>She would ask us to look at the consequences of these sub-economies for the city &ndash; for its people, its neighbourhoods, and the visual orders involved...Talking with Jacobs, it became clear that community battles were, for her, simply part of a wider inquiry as she sought to better understand, and develop concepts for, the role of cities in the economy.</p></em><br /><br /><p>And if you haven't already noticed it, there's <a href="http://google.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a special Google Doodle</a> celebrating Jacobs' 100th birthday.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ly/lyiqow9m56qtyq6z.jpg"></p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942780/u-s-transportation-secretary-foxx-on-the-troubled-relationship-between-infrastructure-and-race-we-ought-to-do-it-better-than-we-did-it-the-last-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx on the troubled relationship between infrastructure and race: "We ought to do it better than we did it the last time"</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140944999/a-closer-look-at-the-often-complicated-relationship-between-placemaking-and-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look at the often complicated relationship between placemaking and gentrification</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127114495/built-for-humans-bryce-t-bauer-interviews-sharon-zukin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Built for Humans: Bryce T. Bauer interviews Sharon Zukin</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98609735/robert-moses-vs-jane-jacobs-the-opera" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Moses vs. Jane Jacobs: The Opera</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942851/what-makes-an-age-friendly-city-older-citizens-worldwide-speak-out What makes an age-friendly city? Older citizens worldwide speak out Justine Testado 2016-04-28T20:35:00-04:00 >2016-04-29T22:52:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uo/uosk2sg8lo3ebxjy.jpg" width="640" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I believe it&rsquo;s important for all ages to interact on a day to day basis. It...hopefully removes the labelling of people as &lsquo;elderly&rsquo; or &lsquo;past it&rsquo; and the self-fulfilling behaviours that are often generated by this.&rdquo; &ldquo;Cities need cross-generational activities...People living alone of whatever age can become isolated, lonely and then mental health problems can develop.&rdquo; &ldquo;Teach young people that we are not going to move over, nor do we have to.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>How do you define an age-friendly city? Share in the comment section below.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937235/nation-s-first-combined-housing-complex-for-lgbt-youth-and-seniors-coming-to-hollywood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nation's first combined housing complex for LGBT youth and seniors coming to Hollywood</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940285/loneliness-is-on-the-rise-throughout-the-world-s-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Loneliness is on the rise throughout the world's cities</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119813867/midwest-developer-planning-shared-residence-for-seniors-and-young-adults-out-of-foster-care" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Midwest developer planning shared residence for seniors and young adults out of foster care</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128712541/rural-japanese-town-applies-creative-depopulation-to-attract-millennials-in-aging-population" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rural Japanese town applies "creative depopulation" to attract millennials in aging population</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940285/loneliness-is-on-the-rise-throughout-the-world-s-cities Loneliness is on the rise throughout the world's cities Justine Testado 2016-04-12T15:13:00-04:00 >2016-04-12T15:13:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sb/sbnc7vus9y6njm9l.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&rdquo;...it might be that loneliness is often due to circumstance. The thing with cities is we are absolutely surrounded by people...We can see other people living richer, more populated lives than our own. At the same time, we can feel very exposed &hellip; there are lots of eyes on everyone. That is why the loneliness of the city has a particularly distinct tang to it. Loneliness, however, is often like bad weather, &ldquo;it passes through our lives&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about mental health on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124360793/the-internet-and-the-future-of-loneliness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Internet and the Future of Loneliness</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138879113/an-environmental-psychologist-on-why-boring-design-is-bad-for-your-health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An environmental psychologist on why boring design is bad for your health</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135187854/how-urban-designers-can-better-address-mental-health-in-their-work-according-to-a-new-think-tank" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How urban designers can better address mental health in their work, according to a new think tank</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116114669/study-links-walkable-neighborhoods-to-prevention-of-cognitive-decline" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Study Links Walkable Neighborhoods to Prevention of Cognitive Decline</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938535/how-jeanne-gang-wants-to-make-police-stations-community-friendly How Jeanne Gang wants to make police stations community-friendly Justine Testado 2016-04-05T17:58:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:20:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qv/qvwkg4ahncgg3xkg.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;A police station could be welcoming...And if you can remake space, you can change a culture." Out of that comes Polis Station...Working in their home city, [Studio Gang] looked at a typical station on the troubled West Side. Their proposal reimagines the station house, placing the secure areas at the back and a variety of public services &ndash; a library, daycare, mental-health-care providers and a community room &ndash; all sharing a grand public entrance and adjacent to new park space.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149933852/studio-gang-architects-selected-to-design-new-u-s-embassy-in-brazil" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Gang Architects selected to design new U.S. Embassy in Brazil</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149827841/jeanne-gang-wins-architect-of-the-year-in-2016-s-women-in-architecture-awards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeanne Gang wins Architect of the Year in 2016's Women in Architecture Awards</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147905808/nypd-admits-to-using-stringrays-military-tech-that-sweeps-up-cell-data" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYPD admits to using "Stringrays," military tech that sweeps up cell data</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936161/a-bird-s-eye-view-of-la-with-geoff-manaugh-and-the-lapd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A bird's-eye view of LA with Geoff Manaugh and the LAPD</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/145575117/158-finalists-revealed-for-the-second-knight-cities-challenge 158 finalists revealed for the second Knight Cities Challenge Justine Testado 2016-01-12T12:41:00-05:00 >2016-01-12T12:41:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gu/gustsg171tprmh5y.jpg" width="530" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The second Knight Cities Challenge is ready to create a bigger impact in neighborhoods across the U.S. The Knight Foundation announced today a hefty shortlist of 158 Challenge finalist initiatives, which were selected out of a staggering 4,500 applicants who responded to the national call for ideas last October. Open to anyone, the Challenge posed one question: "What&rsquo;s your best idea to make cities more successful?"</p></em><br /><br /><p>The winners, who will share a $5 million prize to launch their projects, will be announced in the spring. Check out the full list of finalists on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/finalists_announced_for_second_knight_cities_challenge/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/145045336/lessons-learned-the-complex-realities-when-designing-communal-social-housing Lessons learned: The complex realities when designing communal social housing Justine Testado 2016-01-05T15:18:00-05:00 >2016-01-06T11:35:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5y/5yavohz6hjg2lk6p.jpg" width="650" height="483" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What went wrong in Winnipeg was not just about architecture, and 5468796 were stuck trying to make the best of a bad situation. The pulling out of government support to make Centre Village an actual co-operative changed the [project's direction]...'It&rsquo;s time to get the peanut butter off our fingers,' said Ross McGowan, former chief executive and president of CentreVenture...He admits that a failure to understand the needs of the community took a considerable toll on the project.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Despite good intentions to help families in need, perhaps the worst nightmare an architect can face when designing affordable housing is realizing that the project &mdash; which would of course already be fully built &mdash; doesn't meet the actual demands of the community, and then some. That's basically what happened to the <a href="http://archinect.com/5468796" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5468796 architecture</a>-designed&nbsp;Centre Village project in Winnipeg.</p><p>More about affordable housing on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138954637/california-to-decrease-parking-requirements-for-affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California to decrease parking requirements for affordable housing</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139400639/cutting-across-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-tatiana-bilbao-s-solution-to-mexico-s-housing-shortage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: Tatiana Bilbao's solution to Mexico's housing shortage</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137956953/up-to-50-of-all-renting-london-households-are-living-in-poverty" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Up to 50% of all renting London households are living in poverty</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139598283/the-promising-affordable-housing-of-hunters-point-south" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The promising affordable housing of Hunters Point South</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130954884/poor-doors-of-perception-discriminatory-design-collapsing-balconies-and-virtual-realities-on-archinect-sessions-36" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Poor Doors of Perception: discriminatory design, collapsing balconies, and virtual realities on Archinect Sessions #36</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/140828555/how-one-urban-planner-is-helping-revamp-a-miami-suburb-without-gentrification How one urban planner is helping revamp a Miami suburb "without gentrification" Justine Testado 2015-11-10T20:20:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T23:27:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/67/67vdxhragrdml7nj.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Germane Barnes wants Opa-Locka to be known for something else...He knows [change] can happen because he lives there, and has seen the work of a group of artists and organizers slowly change the landscape...The city's history intrigued him, not merely because it seemed like a perfect case study for his thesis about revitalizing a community without gentrification, but because it also spoke to his own experiences.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="In Chicago, forming economically integrated suburbs is more complex than it looks" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132341095/in-chicago-forming-economically-integrated-suburbs-is-more-complex-than-it-looks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Chicago, forming economically integrated suburbs is more complex than it looks</a></p><p><a title="Welcome to Evanston, Illinois: the carless suburbia" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139609547/welcome-to-evanston-illinois-the-carless-suburbia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to Evanston, Illinois: the carless suburbia</a></p><p><a title="Berliners are getting their hopes up for transformed Kulturforum arts district" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134492229/berliners-are-getting-their-hopes-up-for-transformed-kulturforum-arts-district" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berliners are getting their hopes up for transformed Kulturforum arts district</a></p><p><a title="With a little compromise, illegal urban squats like Ljubljana's Metelkova Mesto can do a city good" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132661925/with-a-little-compromise-illegal-urban-squats-like-ljubljana-s-metelkova-mesto-can-do-a-city-good" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With a little compromise, illegal urban squats like Ljubljana's Metelkova Mesto can do a city good</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/136670734/frank-gehry-designed-children-s-center-planned-for-watts-neighborhood-in-l-a Frank Gehry-designed children's center planned for Watts neighborhood in L.A. Justine Testado 2015-09-14T19:48:00-04:00 >2016-04-23T17:54:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lq/lqbf1y8wt3qox94n.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Frank Gehry, whose firm provided the work free of charge, spelled out his vision for a piece of property that extends nearly two blocks. The two-story structures will fit the neighborhood... offering a scale and a 'body language' that is residential in nature...[The] Children's Institute project is one of several signs that new services and amenities are coming to the neighborhood, which recently commemorated the 50th anniversary of the historic civil unrest that erupted in 1965.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More recent Frank Gehry-related news on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136359128/gehry-s-product-designs-to-be-honored-by-museum-of-california-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's product designs to be honored by Museum of California Design</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136351063/frank-gehry-opens-up-about-the-emotional-side-of-his-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry opens up about the emotional side of his architecture</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135191070/frank-gehry-s-renderings-for-l-a-s-sunset-strip-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry's renderings for L.A.'s Sunset Strip revealed</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133963543/gehry-to-prioritize-hydrology-in-la-river-revitalization-strategy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry to prioritize hydrology in LA River revitalization strategy</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/133512302/looking-to-frank-gehry-after-paris-but-before-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking to "Frank Gehry", after Paris but before Los Angeles</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134188780/last-chance-to-register-for-the-chidesign-cade-competition-is-august-19 Last chance to register for the ChiDesign CADE competition is August 19 Sponsor 2015-08-13T15:28:00-04:00 >2015-08-13T15:02:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/os/osa4dc855y499f7p.jpg" width="650" height="438" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>There's less than a week left to register for the ChiDesign CADE competition. Late registration closes next Wednesday, August 19.</p><p>As learning spaces become more open and communally oriented, the Chicago Architecture Foundation launched the competition seeking design ideas of a&nbsp;Center for Architecture, Design and Education (CADE), as a means to explore possible models for future educational facilities.</p><p>Competitors must incorporate the following into their CADE designs:</p><ul><li>a new headquarters, visitor center and exhibition spaces for the CAF</li><li>a new headquarters for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)</li><li>a design and allied arts high school</li><li>flexible learning spaces for out-of-school-time youth programs</li></ul><p>Late registration deadline:<strong> August 19, 2015</strong><br>Submission deadline: <strong>September 9, 2015</strong></p><p>The competition jury &mdash; who will evaluate all proposals as well as select the first, second and third prize winners &mdash; features:</p><ul><li>Stanley Tigerman, Tigerman McCurry Architects</li><li>David Adjaye, Adjaye Associates...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133432737/as-mining-threatens-kiruna-the-city-plans-for-possible-demolition-and-relocation-two-miles-east As mining threatens Kiruna, the city plans for possible demolition and relocation two miles east Justine Testado 2015-08-03T19:57:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T20:40:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eh/eh9x5wbcaw5g73x4.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a highly unusual case of urbanism, the whole town centre and its surrounding neighbourhoods are to be demolished...The 3,050 homes that would be affected by the impact of the mining &ndash; in addition to shops, offices, schools, the city hall and the hospital &ndash; will all be bought by [the LKAB mining company], knocked down and relocated. The process of moving the city will happen in phases, with the majority estimated to be completed by 2040.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rapid mining activity in Kiruna is already posing a serious threat to the city, to the point that the mining company LKAB plans to relocate the entire municipality two miles eastward to prevent buildings from collapsing into the mine. <em>The Guardian</em> gives an overview on how locals are reacting to the relocation proposal, and how those two miles could completely change everything.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Chinese coal mining company destroys nearly every building in protected village dating back to Ming dynasty" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121665563/chinese-coal-mining-company-destroys-nearly-every-building-in-protected-village-dating-back-to-ming-dynasty" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese coal mining company destroys nearly every building in protected village dating back to Ming dynasty</a></p><p><a title="Henning Larsen Architects wins Kiruna City Hall competition in Northern Sweden" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/81983612/henning-larsen-architects-wins-kiruna-city-hall-competition-in-northern-sweden" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Henning Larsen Architects wins Kiruna City Hall competition in Northern Sweden</a></p><p><a title="Louvre-Lens: helping a mining town shed its image" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/62803119/louvre-lens-helping-a-mining-town-shed-its-image" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louvre-Lens: helping a mining town shed its image</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132973249/don-t-forget-to-register-for-the-first-chidesign-competition-by-august-7 Don't forget to register for the first ChiDesign competition by August 7! Sponsor 2015-07-29T10:37:00-04:00 >2015-07-29T00:38:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0b/0b1ii1swyn83a3x1.jpg" width="650" height="438" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The registration deadline is almost here for the first ChiDesign ideas competition to design a Center for Architecture, Design and Education (CADE). As learning spaces become more open and communally oriented, the Chicago Architecture Foundation launched the competition as a means to explore possible models for future educational facilities.</p><p>Competitors must incorporate the following into their CADE designs:</p><ul><li>a new headquarters, visitor center and exhibition spaces for the CAF</li><li>a new headquarters for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)</li><li>a design and allied arts high school</li><li>flexible learning spaces for out-of-school-time youth programs</li></ul><p>Registration deadline:<strong> August 7, 2015</strong><br>Submission deadline: <strong>September 9, 2015</strong></p><p>The competition jury &mdash; who will evaluate all proposals as well as select the first, second and third prize winners &mdash; features:</p><ul><li>Stanley Tigerman, Tigerman McCurry Architects</li><li>David Adjaye, Adjaye Associates</li><li>Monica Ponce De Leon, MPdL Studio</li><li>Billie Tsien, Tod Williams Billie...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132953936/how-an-egalitarian-incubator-music-venue-hopes-to-revive-brooklyn-s-art-scene How an "egalitarian incubator" music venue hopes to revive Brooklyn's art scene Justine Testado 2015-07-28T16:56:00-04:00 >2015-08-11T17:05:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3c/3cz26j5dtetint7l.jpg" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Music venue National Sawdust, formerly OMW workshop, slated to open this fall, hopes to revive, even temporarily, the thrill of &lsquo;90s and early 2000&rsquo;s Williamsburg, a time when anything felt possible and artistic collaboration ruled supreme. The [13,000 sq.foot] space will offer a rare outlet for musicians of lesser appreciated art forms, from opera to experimental jazz, the opportunity to study, practice, perform, and receive mentorship through an in-venue, non-profit program.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z0/z0lv14k62k2u2pea.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e0/e0b75laypkknogvq.jpg"></p><p>Fresh faces for new spaces. Non-profit arts group National Sawdust collaborated with architect Peter Zuspan&nbsp;&mdash; founding principal (and classically trained opera singer) of local emerging practice Bureau V&nbsp;&mdash; in designing the group's upcoming music performance space. While Brooklyn has become a commodified brand in recent years, National Sawdust and Bureau V hope the new venue will mix things up a bit by "[combining] the historic European concert hall model with the late bare-bones blackbox [theater] model".</p><p>Check out more of Bureau V's work <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/84447/bureau-v" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Archinect</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132661925/with-a-little-compromise-illegal-urban-squats-like-ljubljana-s-metelkova-mesto-can-do-a-city-good With a little compromise, illegal urban squats like Ljubljana's Metelkova Mesto can do a city good Justine Testado 2015-07-24T19:38:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T17:46:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7f/7fmgsznbngzcm9vy.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The irony of [Metelkova Mesto's] transformation &ndash; from the military arm of a censorious regime to a tolerant artistic community &ndash; is what makes the regeneration project of this space so encouraging...Metelkova, in contrast, has built its image firmly on its artistic and cultural credentials. It&rsquo;s autonomous, but not anarchistic; liberal, but not lawless.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Developer wants to re-use and trademark the 5Pointz name for their new residential towers" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112872633/developer-wants-to-re-use-and-trademark-the-5pointz-name-for-their-new-residential-towers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developer wants to re-use and trademark the 5Pointz name for their new residential towers</a></p><p><a title="Muralists and the fragile relationship with the buildings they paint on" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131334432/muralists-and-the-fragile-relationship-with-the-buildings-they-paint-on" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Muralists and the fragile relationship with the buildings they paint on</a></p><p><a title="The Uncertain Future of Slab City, California" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122835818/the-uncertain-future-of-slab-city-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Uncertain Future of Slab City, California</a></p><p><a title="Herzog &amp; de Meuron to redevelop Berlin&rsquo;s infamous Tacheles cultural center; locals fear gentrification" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130331694/herzog-de-meuron-to-redevelop-berlin-s-infamous-tacheles-cultural-center-locals-fear-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron to redevelop Berlin&rsquo;s infamous Tacheles cultural center; locals fear gentrification</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131886682/follow-the-yellow-wooden-road-into-rotterdam-s-new-luchtsingel-pedestrian-park Follow the yellow wooden road into Rotterdam's new Luchtsingel pedestrian park Justine Testado 2015-07-14T19:46:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T14:01:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b0/b0v3ahtp8ertr3dp.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Rotterdam recently welcomed <a href="http://www.luchtsingel.org/en/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Luchtsingel</a>, a communal endeavor to spruce up the long-neglected Hofplein neighborhood in the heart of the city. Locally based architecture practice <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/87503546/zus-zones-urbaines-sensibles-b-v" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zones Urbaines Sensibles</a> (ZUS) devised The Luchtsingel in 2011. The focal point of the emerging "three-dimensional cityscape" is a nearly 400-meter wooden pedestrian bridge that was largely built from crowdsourced funds, accompanied by a network of refurbished public spaces.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y4/y484b5g4zwl05qg2.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ei/eikh35mt8q15r3eg.jpg"></p><p>"<em>Based on the idea of Permanent Temporality, the Luchtsingel introduces a new way of [city-making]. This means using the city's evolutionary character and existing forms as a starting point. Therefore, we have developed new instruments for design, financing, and planning,</em>" said ZUS partner Elma van Boxel in a statement.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ql/ql7y1kfr2xgxgxkc.jpg"></p><p>The project gained traction when ZUS set up the "I Make Rotterdam" crowdfunding campaign for the bridge. The campaign sold over 8,000 boards painted in a&nbsp;hard-to-ignore shade of yellow inscribed with the supporter's name...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131041582/trust-for-public-land-initiative-will-soon-bring-greener-alleys-to-l-a Trust for Public Land initiative will soon bring greener alleys to L.A. Justine Testado 2015-07-03T19:03:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T00:43:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ew/ew0t2ffr1j0o53bt.jpg" width="650" height="486" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If the project is scaled up, it could have a substantial impact on the urban fabric: Los Angeles has a total of almost 900 miles of alleys, roughly the length of the coast of California. Proponents believe that on a citywide scale, green alleys could act as significant rainwater sponges, mitigate the heat island effect, and reduce vehicle use, as well as bring social and health benefits to nearby residents.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Tori Kjer, a program director of the Trust for Public Land, and her colleagues won support from local South L.A. communities for their proposed Avalon Green Alley Network Plan, which will transform the city's alleyways into more community-friendly spaces for playing and for bike and walking routes. The plan will start with the renovation of two alleys early next year.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130412905/design-marfa-sheds-light-on-desert-living-design-in-2015-symposium-this-september Design Marfa sheds light on desert-living design in 2015 Symposium this September Justine Testado 2015-06-25T15:53:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T22:37:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qo/qokrs6nvf5821dbf.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://designmarfa.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Marfa</a> &mdash; the non-profit that hosted the <a href="http://designmarfa.com/housingcompetition.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marfa Multi-Family Housing Competition</a> this past fall &mdash; announced the details to their 2015 Symposium and Home Tour taking place September 18-19 at the Crowley Theater in the Texan desert town of Marfa. Although the topics focus on desert environments, they could still offer some handy tips for different locations and climates.</p><p>Friday, September 18 will include presentations from an international array of architects and designers such as, "Does This Structure Make Me Look Hot?" by Tucson architect Cade Hayes in regards to earthen building-materials like lava rock or adobe; DUST principal Brad Lancaster's session on harvesting rainwater; a presentation by multidsciplinary designer Gina Coffman on how to design community spaces that help increase walkability in our local neighborhoods, and more.</p><p>Then on September 19, Marfa Multi-Family Housing Competition winner Paul Vincent presents <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/a_closer_look_at_77_by_paul_vincent_the_design_marfa_housing_competition_w/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his design "7+7"</a>, while juror Sharon Odum delves into the ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126725644/tristan-da-cunha-riba-accepting-redesign-ideas-for-remote-fishing-farming-community Tristan da Cunha + RIBA accepting redesign ideas for remote fishing/farming community Justine Testado 2015-05-04T19:23:00-04:00 >2015-05-05T17:37:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a1/a1yy7nc2g34q5ex9.jpg" width="650" height="436" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Tristan da Cunha is an island in the South Atlantic Ocean, located about 1,750 miles southwest of Cape Town. Described as the remotest inhabited island in the world, Tristan da Cunha is internally self-governed and actually consists of four islands: Tristan (the main island), Nightingale and Inaccessible, and Gough Island. A tiny fishing/farming population of less than 300 people known as Edinburgh of the Seven Seas -- or locally as "The Settlement" -- permanently resides on the main island. In time for the island's 200th Anniversary in 2016, the Tristan da Cunha community is ready for a redesign to ensure a more self-sustainable future.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123826644/riba-seeks-architect-to-redesign-remote-island-community-of-300" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Earlier</a> this year, the island's <a href="http://www.tristandc.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Government</a> called upon RIBA to organize an international two-phase ideas competition to seek cost-effective schemes that would improve the quality and energy efficiency of Tristan's houses and government buildings. Additionally, the strongest ideas would enhance the island's agrarian systems to support grazing and grow...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124677931/aia-ala-library-building-award-winners-bolster-the-value-in-caring-for-community-libraries AIA/ALA Library Building Award winners bolster the value in caring for community libraries Justine Testado 2015-04-06T19:16:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T20:44:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k8/k8n5yt7g5us43uze.jpg" width="650" height="436" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The arched ceilings, stained glass windows, and other embellished details of some of the world's oldest university libraries or contemporary hotspots like, say, OMA's glass-clad Seattle Public Library get enough attention when it comes to the "best" library designs. While those libraries are impressive in their own regard, smaller and local community libraries are equally valuable. They can be that much-needed catalyst to revive a neighborhood or that comfortable quiet haven to get work done or temporarily escape from it all (including napping). Even as library archives become increasingly digital, libraries are evolving facilities that shouldn't be taken for granted.</p><p>In this spirit, the AIA and the American Library Association (ALA) like to recognize and promote local libraries that are considered to be exemplary models of stellar library design in their Library Building Awards program. The awards jury (listed at the bottom) selected six projects for 2015:</p><p><a href="http://www.aia.org/practicing/awards/2015/library-awards/cedar-rapids-public-library/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cedar Rapids Public Library...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121518570/aia-distinguishes-2015-thomas-jefferson-award-collaborative-achievement-honorees AIA distinguishes 2015 Thomas Jefferson Award + Collaborative Achievement honorees Justine Testado 2015-02-24T16:54:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T21:46:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xu/xu0ncqy5bh9386zi.jpg" width="650" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The AIA recently announced the 2015 recipients of their annual Thomas Jefferson Award and the Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement winners. The honorable achievement awards distinguish significant contributions and lasting influence in the architecture profession as well as the community.</p><p>Out of three categories in the Thomas Jefferson Award, the jury selected winners only for Category Two and Category Three this year. University campus architect <a href="http://www.aia.org/practicing/awards/2015/thomas-jefferson-award/thomas-lollini/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas E. Lollini, FAIA</a> won in Category Two, which recognizes public-sector architects that manage or produce top-quality design. More info <a href="http://www.aia.org/practicing/awards/2015/thomas-jefferson-award/thomas-lollini/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>The Category Three award highlights a public official or other individuals for raising the public's awareness and/or support of design excellence. <a href="http://www.aia.org/practicing/awards/2015/thomas-jefferson-award/thomas-luebke/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Luebke, FAIA</a>, who serves as the Secretary of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, was selected. The AIA awarded Luebke for his enduring advocacy of historic preservation and adaptive reuse and his long-term architectural contributions throug...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121048115/unesco-afghanistan-reveals-bamiyan-cultural-centre-competition-results UNESCO Afghanistan reveals Bamiyan Cultural Centre competition results Justine Testado 2015-02-18T15:28:00-05:00 >2015-02-25T23:17:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nz/nz3atmt6wur0pfv1.jpg" width="650" height="233" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The UNESCO Office in Afghanistan announced today the grand prize winner and four runner-up teams in the <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/unesco_accepting_entries_for_bamiyan_cultural_centre_in_afghanistan/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bamiyan Cultural Centre Design Competition</a>. Launched last November, the single-stage competition invited architects worldwide to propose designs for a cultural&nbsp; center in the Bamiyan Valley of Afghanistan that would contribute to the country's gradual process of reconciliation, restoring peace, and economic redevelopment after decades of political conflict.</p><p>In addition to complementing the physical and historical landscape of Bamiyan, the new Bamiyan Cultural Centre will be built as an emblem of heritage preservation, cross-cultural exchange, and strengthening cultural identity.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/83lpn6d7q95fe389.jpg"></p><p>Out of 1,070 submissions from 117 countries, the seven-member <a href="http://bamiyanculturalcentre.org/jury/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jury</a> selected "Descriptive Memory: The Eternal Presence of Absence" by Carlos Nahuel Recabarren, Manuel Alberto Martinez Catalan, and Franco Morero from Argentina as the winning proposal, with a cash prize of US$25,000. The Jury included Elizabeth...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119915064/make-it-right-reveals-new-family-housing-designs-for-kansas-city Make It Right reveals new family-housing designs for Kansas City Justine Testado 2015-02-03T23:12:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T19:54:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4k/4k1h0ic262y901kt.jpg" width="620" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://makeitright.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Make It Right</a>, the non-profit organization founded by actor Brad Pitt in 2007, recently revealed six new single-family housing designs for the Manheim Park neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri. The single-family homes will be built on vacant lots directly across the <a href="http://makeitright.org/kansas-city/kc-ribbon-cutting/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bancroft School Apartments</a>, an affordable housing and community complex that Make It Right collaboratively built in 2013 to provide homes for young people transitioning out of foster care, seniors, and families in need.</p><p>Six local architecture firms designed each of the houses in collaboration with the Manheim Park Neighborhood Association and homeowners in the community.</p><p>Cover image: El Dorado Inc.</p><p>BNIM Architects:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eb/eb6b2hef9lnvv0fs.jpg"></p><p>DRAW architecture + urban design:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ja/jawv3pwd6s7iohk5.jpg"></p><p>Hufft Projects:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sf/sfdzha2xd59ecaqn.jpg"></p><p>KEM Studio:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2x/2xp8gxuy7td177rm.jpg"></p><p>Pendulum Studio:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r5/r516t7ajkvprbxse.jpg"></p><p>You can support the project through <a href="http://makeitright.org/donate/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">donations</a>.</p>