Archinect - News 2014-04-18T19:17:21-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/89832860/in-los-angeles-walking-illegally-is-more-than-twice-as-expensive-as-parking-illegally In Los Angeles, walking illegally is more than twice as expensive as parking illegally Archinect 2013-12-27T14:00:00-05:00 >2014-01-01T13:05:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bf/bfeffbcb7c08e9e68e03c58d3dfa56dc.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city of Los Angeles is cracking down on pedestrians who sneak across streets when the traffic signal says &ldquo;don&rsquo;t walk.&rdquo; But when you put a price on bad behavior, like being in a public street illegally, you see clearly what a city values. The cheapest parking ticket in Los Angeles (pdf) is $58, and the one most commonly issued for parking in a prohibited zone is $73. Jaywalking&mdash;the term of art for a pedestrian crossing against the light&mdash;will cost you $197.</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/79829222/sex-box-the-newest-architectural-typology Sex box - the newest architectural typology? Paul Petrunia 2013-08-19T11:59:00-04:00 >2013-09-26T10:01:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5c/5c2aea3d830d123c863d180a52e58d46.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>They look like shelters for hikers in a national park, but these wooden sheds in Switzerland have a rather less innocent purpose &ndash; they provide a discreet location for men to have sex with prostitutes.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In an attempt to "regulate prostitution, combat pimping and improve security for sex workers", Zurich has opened nine "sex boxes" in the former industrial zone of Zurich. The boxes are accessed by drivers following signed routes, where customers will find up to 40 prostitutes waiting to offer their services.</p> <p> The boxes prominently display posters advocating safe sex, and provide alarms for the prostitutes to trigger if they feel threatened.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/67661567/design-law-charity Design Law & Charity Archinect 2013-02-15T18:53:00-05:00 >2013-02-20T09:48:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xl/xls2wnmn7t3dqu4m.jpg" width="514" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> A few weeks ago <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/66634129/apple-trademarks-design-of-its-retail-stores" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">we reported</a> that the USPTO granted trademark protection to Apple for aspects of its retail store designs (Reg. No. <a href="http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&amp;state=4007:952rgh.3.1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">4277914</a> &amp; <a href="http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&amp;state=4007:952rgh.3.1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">4277913</a>).</p> <p> <em>Image above, Reg. No. 4277913 (claiming color)</em><br><em>Image below, Reg. No. 4277914 (not claiming color)</em><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/59/59d91tf69ja4qspn.jpg" title=""></p> <p> While most architectural works don&rsquo;t have the notoriety and consumer association necessary to obtain federal trademark protection, architects have long relied on copyright and design patents to protect their creations.&nbsp; Since 1990 when &ldquo;<a href="http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ41.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architectural works</a>&rdquo; were first incorporated into our federal copyright regime, much has been written about its use and impact.&nbsp; Yet few architects have stopped to consider the role of design patents.</p> <p> But design patents aren&rsquo;t new.&nbsp; Architects in the US have relied on them for over a century to protect new, original, and ornamental designs for any article of manufacture.&nbsp; For example, Frank Lloyd Wright was granted numerous design patents on everything from <a href="http://www.google.com/patents?id=bEoCAAAAEBAJ&amp;zoom=4&amp;dq=ininventor%253Afrank%2520wright&amp;pg=PA1#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">chairs</a> to <a href="http://www.google.com/patents?id=nAByAAAAEBAJ&amp;zoom=4&amp;pg=PA1#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">desk</a> and <a href="http://www.google.com/patents?id=nQByAAAAEBAJ&amp;zoom=4&amp;dq=ininventor%253Afrank%2520wright&amp;pg=PA1#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">home</a> designs.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0p/0pegylz56ex4ax9h.jpg" title=""><br><em>Design ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/58505523/wright-masterwork-is-seen-in-a-new-light-a-fight-for-its-life Wright Masterwork Is Seen in a New Light: A Fight for Its Life anthony dong 2012-10-03T11:34:00-04:00 >2012-10-03T15:15:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sp/spr778ovjmffk09e.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s hard to say which is more startling. That a developer in Phoenix could threaten...to knock down a 1952 house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Or that the house has until now slipped under the radar, escaping the attention of most architectural historians...a spiral home for his son David.</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/55753518/lack-of-detail-no-reason-to-deny-copyright-protection-to-architectural-works Lack of Detail No Reason to Deny Copyright Protection to Architectural Works Paul Petrunia 2012-08-22T14:40:00-04:00 >2012-08-23T12:07:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tx/txwpna8q7kelfx2o.jpg" width="302" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There is no requirement that architectural drawings contain sufficient detail to support actual construction in order to warrant copyright protection under Section 102(a)(5) of the Copyright Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held Aug. 15 (Scholz Design v. Sard Custom Homes LLC, 2d Cir., No. 11-3298, 8/15/12).</p></em><br /><br /><p> In a recent legal case issued by architecture firm Scholz Design Co., against builder Sard Custom Homes, it was confirmed that &ldquo;Copyright protection of a pictorial work, whether depicting a house, or a flower, or a donkey, or an abstract design, does not depend on any degree of detail.&rdquo;</p> <p> Initially, however, in a lower court, the judge decided in favor of Sard Custom Homes, the defendant, claiming the stolen designs were taken from drawings with insufficient detail. When Scholz Design appealed, a higher court dismissed the initial decision, in favor of the plaintiff.</p> <p> Good news for architects!</p>