Archinect - News 2014-08-20T04:55:23-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/106499498/weekly-news-round-up-for-august-11-2014-monumental-politics-smart-homes-and-gsapp-s-new-dean Weekly News Round-Up for August 11, 2014: Monumental politics, smart homes and GSAPP's new dean Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-18T12:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T02:00:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gf/gfty4bt05v45oeby.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 15</strong></p><ul><li><p><a title="Farewell to the Old Okura" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106634364/farewell-to-the-old-okura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farewell to the Old Okura</a>: The famous Hotel Okura, built in the 1960s in a distinctive fusion of modern and traditional Japanese styles, is closing in response to prohibitive earthquake retrofits and larger, newer hotels in the area.</p></li><li><p><a title="Samsung Acquires SmartThings, A Fast-Growing Home Automation Startup" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106628737/samsung-acquires-smartthings-a-fast-growing-home-automation-startup" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Samsung Acquires SmartThings, A Fast-Growing Home Automation Startup</a>: SmartThings, an aggregator for all "smart" internet-connected devices in the home, cost Samsung an estimated $200 million &mdash;chump change in comparison to Google's $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest.</p></li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 14</strong></p><ul><li><a title="One ridesharing app to rule them all: Ridescout moves into the competitive world of rideshare" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106553263/one-ridesharing-app-to-rule-them-all-ridescout-moves-into-the-competitive-world-of-rideshare" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One ridesharing app to rule them all: Ridescout moves into the competitive world of rideshare</a>: Ridescout aggregates hundreds of ridesharing services to compare trips, and will now include "carpool" options that can help users share trips. The announcement comes after last week's news that Uber and Lyft are now both offering carpooling services.</li><li><a title="Revisiting the American Folk Art Museum controversy, through comics" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106554065/revisiting-the-american-folk-art-museum-controversy-through-comics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Revisiting the American Folk Art Museum controversy, through comics</a>: A thoughtful and diplomatic look at AFAM's histo...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/106342044/ten-years-on-athens-2004-gives-greece-little-to-cheer Ten years on, Athens 2004 gives Greece little to cheer Alexander Walter 2014-08-11T18:50:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T18:54:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6c/6ca0f22c12a41a539bb41b7838a9960a.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was billed as a chance to transform Greece's image abroad and boost growth but 10 years after the country hosted the world's greatest sporting extravaganza there is little to celebrate at the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games. [...] For Greeks who swelled with pride at the time, the Games are now a source of anger as the country struggles through a six-year depression, record unemployment, homelessness and poverty. Greece has struggled to generate revenue from the venues.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/96045569/greece-protests-over-government-plans-to-sell-off-historic-national-buildings Greece protests over government plans to sell off historic national buildings Alexander Walter 2014-03-19T20:55:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T19:29:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/05cfa60528d175db55986250851881f4.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Greece's cultural gems have become the focus of renewed protest on the streets of Athens following the cash-strapped government's announcement of plans to include prime properties around the Acropolis, and other landmark buildings, in its privatisation programme. Furious opponents marched through the city centre at the weekend to denounce the "illegal sale" of the country's heritage.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/86931797/ann-beha-architects-selected-for-major-rehabilitation-of-gropius-designed-athens-chancery Ann Beha Architects selected for major rehabilitation of Gropius-designed Athens Chancery Justine Testado 2013-11-19T19:54:00-05:00 >2013-11-19T19:58:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/63/63ce3d6a5e2cdaab5245a42ed7356a27.jpg" width="514" height="414" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ann Beha Architects from Boston, MA was selected by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) for a major rehabilitation project of the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece. Walter Gropius and consulting architect Pericles A. Sakellarios designed the iconic embassy from 1959-1961. The building is also listed as a protected architectural landmark.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>Ann Beha Architects was given the task out of four shortlisted teams that included: DesignLab Architects, Inc. (Boston, MA); Machado Silvetti / Baker (Boston, MA); and Mark Cavagnero Associates (San Francisco, CA).</em></p> <p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73244017/four-design-teams-shortlisted-for-major-rehabilitation-of-gropius-designed-athens-chancery" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Four Design Teams Shortlisted for Major Rehabilitation of Gropius-Designed Athens Chancery</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/73244017/four-design-teams-shortlisted-for-major-rehabilitation-of-gropius-designed-athens-chancery Four Design Teams Shortlisted for Major Rehabilitation of Gropius-Designed Athens Chancery Alexander Walter 2013-05-15T19:26:00-04:00 >2013-11-19T19:55:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/re/relz5jgk7k683as6.jpg" width="514" height="414" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Four design firms have been shortlisted by the U.S. Department of State&rsquo;s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) for the major rehabilitation of the Athens Chancery project. The iconic modernist embassy building, designed by Walter Gropius with consulting architect Pericles A. Sakellarios, was constructed between 1959 and 1961 and is a protected architectural landmark.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The shortlisted firms are:</p> <ul><li> Ann Beha Architects, Boston, MA</li> <li> DesignLab Architects, Inc., Boston, MA</li> <li> Machado Silvetti / Baker, Boston, MA</li> <li> Mark Cavagnero Associates, San Francisco, CA</li> </ul><p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86931797/ann-beha-architects-selected-for-major-rehabilitation-of-gropius-designed-athens-chancery" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ann Beha Architects selected for major rehabilitation of Gropius-designed Athens Chancery</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/59575392/faliro-pier-athens-by-point-supreme-architects Faliro Pier Athens by Point Supreme Architects Alexander Walter 2012-10-18T17:55:00-04:00 >2012-10-21T17:14:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j1/j1glcayrgvk2k5ep.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Greek firm Point Supreme Architects has shared with us their latest project, Faliro Pier Athens. The proposal has recently emerged as the winning entry in a competition in conjunction with Athen's ambitious Stavros Niarchos Cultural Park project which started construction a few days ago.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/12433302/renzo-piano-unveils-green-roofed-stavros-niarchos-foundation-cultural-center-for-athens Renzo Piano Unveils Green-Roofed Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center for Athens MikeChino 2011-07-06T14:52:00-04:00 >2012-10-17T16:24:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s6/s6vj54bucrowe4q7.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Renzo Piano recently unveiled plans for a new waterfront cultural center and urban park in Athens that includes a massive opera house and a library that is directly connected to the park by a sloping green roof. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center will also incorporate several sustainable technologies with the hope of attaining LEED Platinum certification.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>