Archinect - News 2016-10-21T19:46:46-04:00 Documentary seeks funding to finish tour of UK-engineered social utopias Julia Ingalls 2016-09-01T13:03:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T23:42:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What are dreams made of? More importantly, how are these dreams executed, and how do we live in the corresponding gap between vision and reality? For the residents of the U.K. towns Basildon and Essex, who dwell in post-World War II "New Towns" designed to be social utopias, their struggles to thrive in a globalized reality are being chronicled in the documentary "New Town Utopias." The filmmakers, who have shot over 100 hours of footage, are currently seeking funding via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> to help them complete the film.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>While the film centers around the creative community, it also investigates the larger historical questions of place and belonging. As the Kickstarter description notes, "It is a meditation on British social history that asks the question:&nbsp;<em>do people make the place&hellip; or does a place make the people?"</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on innovative architectural documentaries:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">B&ecirc;ka &amp; Lemoine's cinematic canon acquired by MoMA</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">20 excellent films that feature cities as principal characters</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Lautner hits...</a></li></ul> The Wish Machine by Autoban, part of the London Design Biennale, invites visitors to walk through a tunnel made of transparent hexagonal tubes Ellen Hancock 2016-08-18T11:38:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:07:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This September the first ever London Design Biennale will take place at Somerset House with featured projects from over thirty countries. The inaugural show is themed 'Utopia by Design' and celebrates the 500th anniversary of the publication of Sir Thomas More's classic,&nbsp;<em>Utopia&nbsp;</em>(1516).</p><p>Turkey's contribution to the biennale is 'The Wish Machine' designed by Istanbul-based multidisciplinary design studio, Autoban. The installation is inspired by the cultural tradition of threading a note or memento&nbsp;to the&nbsp;branch of a tree as an act of hope born out of hopelessness.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>' The installation located in West Wing G1A at Somerset House appears as an interactive pneumatic system operating in a mirrored space. Visitors will be invited to walk through a tunnel that is made of transparent hexagonal tubes. They will share their hopes and wishes,&nbsp;</em><em>vision</em><em>&nbsp;of utopias, and aspiration for the future, by writing them on paper, and feeding them to the Wish Machine through a lid at the dead end. Notes will the...</em></p> Alissa Walker imagines a "utopian" Los Angeles in 2056 Nicholas Korody 2016-07-06T15:12:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T13:56:16-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sorry, I&rsquo;m not able to send this directly through SnapFace since your iPhone 6 doesn&rsquo;t support neural chat.&nbsp;Old-fashioned text pixels will have to do.&nbsp;Remember the movie &ldquo;Her&rdquo;? That&rsquo;s what Los Angeles is like in 2056.&nbsp;L.A. is the densest city in the U.S., with a population that&rsquo;s about a third larger than it was in 2016.&nbsp;Taller buildings are everywhere, including New DTLA &mdash; a corridor of super-talls that runs the length of Wilshire all the way to Santa Monica.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The speculative fiction details a "utopian" city primarily characterized by efficient, far-reaching public transport and fewer cars. There's no longer a drought, and buildings are wrapped in "solar skins" designed by Elon Musk.</p><p>For more speculative visions of a future California, check out these links from last summer's <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures</a></strong> competition:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Lagoonous Assemblage : Antifragile Urbanism for a dry Los Angeles," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Speculative category</a></li><li><a href="http://%22The%20Ocean%20Above%20Us,%22%20an%20honorable%20mention%20in%20Dry%20Futures%20Speculative%20category" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Ocean Above Us," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Speculative category</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Continental Compact," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Speculative category</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Freshly Squeezed- Survival on the Fringes," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Speculative category</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Grassroots Cactivism," 1st place winner in Dry Futures Speculative category</a></li></ul> Editor's Picks #449 Nam Henderson 2016-07-05T14:36:00-04:00 >2016-07-14T22:09:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Scheer</a>&nbsp;penned his first essay for Archinect, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a review of a new federal courthouse in Salt Lake City</a>, designed by Thomas Phifer &amp; Partners.&nbsp;</p><p>His <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">conclusion</a>? "<em>As a piece of construction, it is beautifully detailed and executed&mdash;a virtuosic performance of modern building technology. It functions beautifully as well, amply fulfilling the judges&rsquo; request for daylight and thoughtfully accommodating the judicial process, while meeting complex internal security requirements...</em>"</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a> liked what she read "<em>excellent piece of architectural criticism. I like the building very much, but it's a good piece of criticism that allows one to consider both good and bad aspects of the design and how they represent society.</em>"</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&nbsp;</p><p>After reading <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&rsquo;&nbsp;piece on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PodShare</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> and other co-living ventures</a>.&nbsp;<strong>Olaf Design Ninja_</strong> did not like what he read "<em>curates members......future is access......i actually find this alarming.</em>"<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ellen Hancock</a>,&nbsp;Archinect&rsquo;s UK Operations Manager, visited the Herz...</p> Flashback: Floyd McKissick's unfinished “Soul City” suburb in NC Justine Testado 2016-05-13T13:13:00-04:00 >2016-05-16T11:55:45-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="992" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There would be homes and industry surrounded by trees, hills and lakes. Above all, there would be no prejudice, poverty or slums, according to a Soul City brochure...Despite its name, Soul City was never intended to be an all-black town, but rather, a multi-racial community built and managed by black people. [But] Portions of the area resemble a ghost town, rotting &ndash; or perhaps waiting. Could Soul City ever be resurrected?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read up on the rise and halt of Soul City, a suburb that attorney and civil rights activist Floyd McKissick envisioned for North Carolina's Warren County in the late 1960s-70s.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Quintessential America" at play in the Museum of African American History and Culture</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">For Libertarian Utopia, Float Away on &lsquo;Startup&rsquo; Nation</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How one urban planner is helping revamp a Miami suburb "without gentrification"</a></p> "Latin America is where modernist Utopia went to die." – A closer look at the changing urban landscape of Caracas Alexander Walter 2015-11-25T17:24:00-05:00 >2015-11-25T18:40:30-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="461" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&lsquo;El mejor anuncio de la historia&rsquo;, or &lsquo;the best ad in history&rsquo; is a picture taken in February 2008, which neatly encapsulates several aspects of the city&rsquo;s urban landscape: the formal, the informal and the promotional. '[...]Around and in between the super bloques a carpet of slums has grown, an organism that now seems to bind the blocks together in some symbiotic relationship. These are the kind of hybrid forms that are developing in Latin American cities [...]&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venezuelan Government Evicts Residents From World's Tallest Slum</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Without Housing Reform, is a "Tower of David" Coming to Your City?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Housing mobility vs. America's growing slum problem</a></li></ul> Floating City Project advances to Phase II Nam Henderson 2015-07-04T14:37:00-04:00 >2015-07-10T14:46:14-04:00 <img src="" width="625" height="462" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We closed 2014 by taking a delegation of architects and engineers to an undisclosed location where we hope to locate the first floating city in the sea nearby. We believe there could be a market on our floating city for residences, tourism, aquaculture, a business park, a research institute, and a powerplant to sell energy and clean water back to the host nation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Seasteading Institute continues to work towards their goal of establishing the first floating city with significant political autonomy by 2020. Currently they are focusing on - enhancing novel seastead designs, which includes wave tank testing and acquiring more detailed financial calculations;&nbsp;deepening our diplomatic negotiations with several potential host nations;&nbsp;collecting potential resident feedback; and&nbsp;prospecting investors.</p><p>To learn more details about progress on Phase II, read a report from the&nbsp;<strong><a title="Floating City Project Update, Dec 2014" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fact-finding &amp; Diplomatic Floating City Project Mission</a>&nbsp;</strong>by Executive Director Randolph Hencken.</p><p>Previously on Archinect&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here </a>and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a></p> Editor's Picks #418 Nam Henderson 2015-06-05T09:22:00-04:00 >2015-06-10T19:23:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia_Ingalls</a>&nbsp;presented tips from firms about <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What should be in your portfolio</a>.&nbsp;One common theme was that applicants aren't expected to tailor their work to the specific types of projects the firm undertakes. As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lorcan O&rsquo;Herlihy</a> explained "<em>Don&rsquo;t target work that mimics ours&mdash;we look for evidence of thoughtfulness about architecture, whether that&rsquo;s demonstrated through research, entries into projects, or work at other firms</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Two pieces of good news for fans of historic preservation.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First</a>, New York City&rsquo;s Landmarks Preservation Commission rejected a plan which would have changed the interior of the Modernist (designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson in 1958) <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Four Seasons</a> restaurant. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Second</a>,&nbsp;the LA City Council backed a plan to designate Norms restaurant (a rare example of Googie architecture) as a historic monument.</p><p><strong>Mr_Wiggin</strong> rejoiced "<em>it's disheartening to see a money-chasing developer messing with history. &nbsp;As a human being I say, payback's a bitch to those in the...</em></p> 10 Failed Utopian Cities That Influenced the Future Orhan Ayyüce 2015-03-24T22:51:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T23:33:08-04:00 <img src="" width="636" height="523" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bonus: BoozeTown, the Crazy-Ass Town of Drunks</p></em><br /><br /><p>It is still up for debate, but I will say real estate ownership might be abolished and become irrelevant.</p> Paradise lost? The enduring legacy of a Soviet-era utopian workers’ district Alexander Walter 2014-12-04T14:36:00-05:00 >2014-12-04T20:38:49-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="417" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture critic Owen Hatherley travelled to Nizhny Novgorod to visit Avtozavod, a purpose-built &ldquo;workers&rsquo; paradise&rdquo;. The idealism may have gone, but its legacy remains strong</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> For Libertarian Utopia, Float Away on ‘Startup’ Nation Alexander Walter 2014-06-04T15:22:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T19:37:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As dawn breaks over the Gulf of Fonseca, southeast of El Salvador, Patri Friedman sets out for a jog. He trots past domed hothouses filled with fruit trees and feels the sidewalk sway gently underfoot as a tugboat chugs by with a floating apartment building in tow. The year is 2024, and Friedman lives on a so-called seastead, a waterbound city of some 1,000 people who produce their own food, their own energy and -- most important -- their own laws.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obscenely Rich Tech Folk Are Still Building Their Island Utopia Off The Coast of San Francisco</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paypal Founder Invests $1.25 Million to Create Floating Micro-Countries</a></p></li></ul> Jacque Fresco's and the Venus Project Nam Henderson 2013-08-26T09:08:00-04:00 >2013-08-27T15:19:52-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Instead of having parks, the whole city is a park...Like aluminum extrusions the whole building is extruded and then it is cut by laser beams, then inserted into a structure by machine. - Jacque Fresco</p></em><br /><br /><p> Paul Kerley explores the 97-year old architect's vision of the future. For the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venus Project</a>,&nbsp;the goal is a&nbsp;radically different society. One replete with monorails and retro-Modernist architecture &agrave; la Disney's Epcot, where everything from nations to jobs are no longer necessary.</p> Editor's Picks #311 Nam Henderson 2013-04-16T12:43:00-04:00 >2013-04-16T23:57:51-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="627" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> For the latest edition in his <strong>NEXT SERIES:</strong> features, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> spoofed the rise of architectural firms who hire media experts, also known as social media coordinators or marketing directors. The piece titled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Media Specialist Wanted</a> began provocatively "<em>in architectural media, what it used to be &lsquo;there is no such thing as bad publicity&rsquo; in the prime print years, has turned into &lsquo;puffery is the only publicity&rsquo; in the age of social media and infinite promotion</em>"...</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Cecchi</a> doubted "<em>an architect would personally insult someone who dislikes their building, why is OK for someone hired by an architect to do so? Have architects forgotten that they serve clients and the public, not their own egos and interests?</em>".</p> <p> While, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Galloway</a> offered up some praise for <strong>Orhan</strong> and an answer to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Ward</a>&rsquo;s previous comment/question "<em>another great piece of irony truth and fiction, orhan. @ steven, we never pay to be published, except that it costs us a bit of time to prepare material......</em></p> Call for contributions zawia#01:Utopia Moataz Faissal Farid 2012-12-17T13:20:00-05:00 >2012-12-17T13:21:04-05:00 <img src="" width="438" height="548" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"... If history has taught us that the realization of a utopia is necessarily its destruction, Can we regard this process as a continuously failing attempt of architectural hallucinations? Or is it a way to promote escapism from an inevitable dystopic reality? ..."</p></em><br /><br /><p> The call for contributions for the upcoming volume zawia#01:Utopia is out now. We are expecting abstracts until the 28th of January. Please download the document by visiting our website <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a> or by simply clicking here <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> [Zawia is an English &amp; Arabic publication &amp; collaborative events on architecture, design &amp; Urbanism]</p> Glen Small's Detroit Trilogy Orhan Ayyüce 2011-07-03T18:05:01-04:00 >2011-07-05T00:35:13-04:00 <img src="" width="639" height="556" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Glen Small's visionary urban projects of Detroit 1966-69:</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KERN BLOCK</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><br> VERTICAL ROAD MASS TRANSIT DETROIT </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><br> THE GREAT STADIUM</a></p>