Archinect - News 2015-07-07T09:30:29-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/130329275/isil-destroys-ancient-mausoleums-in-historic-palmyra ISIL destroys ancient mausoleums in historic Palmyra Nicholas Korody 2015-06-24T13:39:00-04:00 >2015-06-24T14:34:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m7/m7k74ocnpdmwbs5z.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Members of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have destroyed two historic mausoleums in the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria's top antiquities official said Wednesday, raising fears that the armed group could next target the town's famed Roman ruins. Maamoun Abdulkarim, the head of the government's Antiquities and Museums Department, told [AP] that ISIL destroyed the grave of Mohammad Bin Ali, a descendant of Imam Ali, cousin of Islam's Prophet Muhammad...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title='ISIS allegedly not interested in bulldozing Palmyra architecture but intends to "pulverize" statues' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128169576/isis-allegedly-not-interested-in-bulldozing-palmyra-architecture-but-intends-to-pulverize-statues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS allegedly not interested in bulldozing Palmyra architecture but intends to "pulverize" statues</a></li><li><a title="ISIS militants seize control of ancient Syrian city of Palmyra" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127649418/isis-militants-seize-control-of-ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS militants seize control of ancient Syrian city of Palmyra</a></li><li><a title="Ancient Syrian city of Palmyra under threat by ISIS" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127351681/ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra-under-threat-by-isis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ancient Syrian city of Palmyra under threat by ISIS</a></li><li><a title="ISIS continues destruction of ancient artefacts, burns Mosul library, smashes antique statues" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121736292/isis-continues-destruction-of-ancient-artefacts-burns-mosul-library-smashes-antique-statues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS continues destruction of ancient artefacts, burns Mosul library, smashes antique statues</a></li><li><a title="ISIS militants seize control of ancient Syrian city of Palmyra" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127649418/isis-militants-seize-control-of-ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS militants seize control of ancient Syrian city of Palmyra</a></li><li><a title="ISIS Threatens Southern Tunisian Towns Including the Star Wars Set for Tatooine" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123741480/isis-threatens-southern-tunisian-towns-including-the-star-wars-set-for-tatooine" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS Threatens Southern Tunisian Towns Including the Star Wars Set for Tatooine</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/128169576/isis-allegedly-not-interested-in-bulldozing-palmyra-architecture-but-intends-to-pulverize-statues ISIS allegedly not interested in bulldozing Palmyra architecture but intends to "pulverize" statues Alexander Walter 2015-05-27T12:21:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T13:27:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e1/e1c84b7b6d3998395115f296ae3b912e.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In an apparent video message, ISIS forces occupying the ancient city of Palmyra and its environs have stated that they do not intend to bulldoze its architecture, but plan to &ldquo;pulverize&rdquo; unspecified statues that they believe have been worshipped by &ldquo;heretics&rdquo; in the past. [...] The veracity of the message cannot be independently confirmed, but it has been assumed to be authentic by specialists on the subject, including the journalist Hassan Hassan, co-author of &ldquo;ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127649418/isis-militants-seize-control-of-ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS militants seize control of ancient Syrian city of Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127351681/ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra-under-threat-by-isis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ancient Syrian city of Palmyra under threat by ISIS</a></li></ul><p>Meanwhile in Palmyra:&nbsp;<a href="http://aranews.net/2015/05/isis-executes-more-than-300-civilians-in-syrias-palmyra/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS executes more than 300 civilians in Syria&rsquo;s Palmyra</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127649418/isis-militants-seize-control-of-ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra ISIS militants seize control of ancient Syrian city of Palmyra Alexander Walter 2015-05-20T17:51:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T18:59:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eh/eh71qgcn94e5zym3.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Islamic State militants swept into the desert city of Palmyra in central Syria on Wednesday, and by evening were in control of it [...]. Palmyra has extra resonance, with its grand complex of 2,000-year-old colonnades and tombs, one of the world&rsquo;s most magnificent remnants of antiquity [...] that has raised fears both locally and internationally that Palmyra, a United Nations world heritage site, could also suffer irrevocable damage.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127351681/ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra-under-threat-by-isis" target="_blank">Ancient Syrian city of Palmyra under threat by ISIS</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127351681/ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra-under-threat-by-isis Ancient Syrian city of Palmyra under threat by ISIS Alexander Walter 2015-05-15T14:18:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T18:02:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iz/izidl28189yxfcsq.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The ruins of an ancient city that have withstood centuries of conflict in the Syrian desert are now facing their greatest threat yet: the militants of the Islamic State. Activists, officials and citizens of the city say ISIS has launched a prolonged assault on Palmyra, an "oasis in the desert" north of Damascus that the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO says contains the "monumental ruins of a great city that was one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world."</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127649418/isis-militants-seize-control-of-ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS militants seize control of ancient Syrian city of Palmyra</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/464321/isis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119437423/monuments-men-u-s-army-struggles-to-recruit-enough-heritage-specialists-for-conflict-areas Monuments Men: U.S. Army struggles to recruit enough heritage specialists for conflict areas Alexander Walter 2015-01-28T16:53:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T18:19:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d3/d31aaf863c51a949f8b7de87650c8894.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The US Army is looking to recruit the next generation of &ldquo;Monuments Men and Women&rdquo; to help preserve sites and cultural property in combat zones and to advise troops on heritage. [...] It is turning to museum directors, archaeologists and preservationists to fill these posts. [...] With extremist groups such as Islamic State using the destruction of cultural heritage as a tool of war, such expertise is needed more than ever.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105791045/monuments-men-the-quest-to-save-syria-s-history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Related</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117123658/the-most-relevant-news-of-2014-for-architects The Most Relevant News of 2014 (for Architects) Nicholas Korody 2014-12-30T14:02:00-05:00 >2015-01-05T18:25:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xn/xnawzkr1kg61094f.jpg" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Sometimes it's easy to pretend that architecture exists outside of this world, erupting instead in the blank of a 3D space governed only by the laissez-fair laws of software. But sometimes a news headline will penetrate through this fog of imagination, appearing as a blazing light shining forth from an image of some distant row of houses hollowed by mortar fire and colored with the blood of a strangers' body. "This is the real of architecture," the news seems to silently implore.</p><p>As gravity serves as the counterweight to the feverish, technofuturism fashionable to today's students, news events seem to ground architecture just at the moment it seems like it may finally escape into the vapors of idealism. While it may seem that architecture is increasingly consigned to the building of institutions or expensive residences, the demand for buildings and dwellings simultaneously grows louder and more desperate with every unfolding disaster.</p><p>A year-end round-up is as fraught as a ranking. If...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115039931/the-suffocating-life-in-a-syrian-refugee-tent The "suffocating" life in a Syrian refugee tent Nicholas Korody 2014-12-02T15:00:00-05:00 >2014-12-04T21:06:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8a/8a268e056890c534f77ec3651dfb1901.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the tents of Syrian refugees, stories abound and tragedies surround them daily... With the passage of time, a tent becomes a home and shelter, their only place in this limited world. When rain exhausts the roof of the tents and wind uproots them, the refugees agonize as much as they did over the destruction of their houses in al-Raqqa or Aleppo. &ldquo;We may have grown accustomed to our tent. Some of us like it, and others still cannot stand it. Do you know how the world can become a tent?&rdquo;</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/107953878/what-does-the-syrian-refugee-crisis-mean-to-architecture What Does the Syrian Refugee Crisis Mean to Architecture? Nicholas Korody 2014-09-02T15:22:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T00:43:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mb/mbjcjlk5dt7lcgrf.jpg" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As a result of the Syrian civil war, there are now 3 million Syrian refugees registered in neighboring countries &mdash; an exodus that began in March 2011 and shows no sign of abating, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday. The record figure was 1 million refugees more than a year ago, and an additional 6.5 million are displaced within Syria, meaning that "almost half of all Syrians have now been forced to abandon their homes and flee for their lives," it said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As the Islamic State rampages through Syria and Iraq, thousands are being displaced to add to the growing refugee population created by a civil war against Bashar al-Assad. <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/107492865/water-wars-the-islamic-state-and-the-mosul-dam" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Islamic State actively uses infrastructure, specifically hydoinfrastructure, as a militaristic tactic exacerbating conditions for these displaced people.</a>&nbsp; Many architects have developed projects specifically oriented to the global refugee crisis, of which Syria is part. In a past <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/105264254/architectures-of-the-disaster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article</a>, I asserted that this is not just a general ethical imperative, but also specific to architecture. The problems of a refugee camp or urban enclave are often architectural issues that require design solutions. Additionally, architecture can be considered complicit in the forces generating the crisis as millions are displaced because of climate changes, which architecture contributes to significantly.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105937332/weekly-news-round-up-for-august-4-2014-musk-martha-and-monuments Weekly News Round-Up for August 4, 2014: Musk, Martha and monuments Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-11T15:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T15:57:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y6/y6sa3nbrnw2xq3x2.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 8</strong>:</p><ul><li><a title="Guggenheim Bullies Journalist" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106106156/guggenheim-bullies-journalist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Bullies Journalist</a>: Molly Crabapple reports for <em>Vice</em> on inhumane immigrant labor conditions on Saadiyat island in the UAE,&nbsp;where a new arm of the Guggenheim (and Louvre, and NYU) is being built. The Guggenheim holds its cards close and skirts responsibility when Crabapple pushes for answers.</li><li><a title='Controversial new app will keep you away from "sketchy" areas' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106097322/controversial-new-app-will-keep-you-away-from-sketchy-areas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Controversial new app will keep you away from "sketchy" areas</a>: "SketchFactor" rates an area's "sketchiness" based on crowd-sourced local data. Critics are worried that the app will amplify racial profiling and encourage stereotyping.</li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 7:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016117/gentrification-and-the-persistence-of-poor-minority-neighborhoods" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods</a>: Harvard sociologists identify another determinant in the gentrification debate: racial composition. Their report, focusing on Chicago, found that a neighborhood's economic redevelopment depended on certain thresholds of black and white residents.</li><li><a title="Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu called for the suspension of the Israeli Architects&rsquo; Association from an international architectural body " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016118/archbishop-emeritus-desmond-tutu-called-for-the-suspension-of-the-israeli-architects-association-from-an-international-architectural-body" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu called for the suspension of the Israeli Architects&rsquo; Association from an intern...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/105791045/monuments-men-the-quest-to-save-syria-s-history Monuments Men: The Quest to Save Syria's History Alexander Walter 2014-08-04T15:15:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T20:19:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/so/sow8ub4xq7m33s76.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While the civil war in Syria has killed tens of thousands of people, it has also destroyed countless of the country's ancient treasures. Now a number of Syrians are trying to save what artifacts they can -- and are risking their lives to do so.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/263868/syrian-conflict" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104708117/us-museums-provide-emergency-support-for-syria US museums provide emergency support for Syria Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T13:18:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T13:19:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9f/9f0802ba47b7c1650f43d989271f2a8d.jpg" width="484" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>US museums are teaming up with the Syrian Interim Government&rsquo;s Heritage Task Force to help protect Syrian museum collections and stem the loss of cultural heritage amid the country&rsquo;s ongoing civil war. Late last month, experts from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and the Pennsylvania Museum&rsquo;s Penn Cultural Heritage Center quietly organised a three-day training session for curators, heritage experts and civilians in an undisclosed location outside of Syria.</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/103628490/refugee-camp-for-syrians-in-jordan-evolves-as-a-diy-city Refugee Camp for Syrians in Jordan Evolves as a DIY City Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-07T12:39:00-04:00 >2014-07-07T17:04:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/50/503169a89595d045131f846d0e06d70b.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zaatari is becoming an informal city: a sudden, do-it-yourself metropolis of roughly 85,000 with the emergence of neighborhoods, gentrification, a growing economy and, under the circumstances, something approaching normalcy, though every refugee longs to return home. [...] The change, accelerated by regional chaos and enterprising Syrians, illustrates a basic civilizing push toward urbanization that clearly happens even in desperate places.</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/93446416/how-to-build-a-perfect-refugee-camp How to Build a Perfect Refugee Camp Alexander Walter 2014-02-13T14:13:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T17:17:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d9/d9555d93d49058de5e736d47308be851.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many of the world&rsquo;s displaced live in conditions striking for their wretchedness, but what is startling about Kilis is how little it resembles the refugee camp of our imagination. It is orderly, incongruously so. Residents scan a card with their fingerprints for entry [...]. Inside, it&rsquo;s stark: 2,053 identical containers spread out in neat rows. No tents. None of the smells &mdash; rotting garbage, raw sewage &mdash; usually associated with human crush and lack of infrastructure.</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/82508115/zaha-builds-for-the-people Zaha Builds for "The People" b3tadine[sutures] 2013-09-23T11:56:00-04:00 >2013-09-27T00:25:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kr/kr16xrwaz8n3orbs.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the sake of argument, let's say that Bashar al-Assad is on the phone. He wants her to build him a prison in Damascus. "Well, I wouldn't mind building in Syria," she shrugs. "I'm an Arab and if it helps people, if it's an opera house or a parliament building, something for the masses, I would do it. But if someone asks me to build a prison, I wouldn't do it. I wouldn't build a prison, irrespective of where it is, even if it was very luxurious."</p></em><br /><br /><p> She won't build a prison? How many buildings have been designed, and constructed where the intent is one thing, and the ultimate use has been for something quite nefarious?</p> <p> I don't care who she builds for, ultimately she has to live with those decisions, but she can't be this naive, and expect not to be taken to task, for her blindness.</p> <p> I am sure there are many Syrians that would see her buildings in Syria, as extensions of the oppression by the Assad regime, and might even find that those small, windowless rooms, quite appropriate for torture.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/81209553/heritage-and-the-syrian-crisis Heritage and the Syrian crisis Alexander Walter 2013-09-06T13:11:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T12:19:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c2/c27cbf3f3f4968a5ca7cea3d78028696.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Protecting heritage is inseparable from protecting populations, because heritage enshrines a people&rsquo;s values and identities,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;Serious damage has already been inflicted on Syria&rsquo;s heritage. The destruction of sites such as the historic souk [market] in Aleppo has made headlines around the world. I urge all parties to take all necessary precautions to stop the destruction of Syria&rsquo;s cultural heritage.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71979022/aleppo-landmark-mosque-a-unesco-world-heritage-site-has-been-destroyed" target="_blank">Aleppo landmark Mosque, a Unesco world heritage site, has been destroyed</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/71979022/aleppo-landmark-mosque-a-unesco-world-heritage-site-has-been-destroyed Aleppo landmark Mosque, a Unesco world heritage site, has been destroyed Nam Henderson 2013-04-26T12:48:00-04:00 >2013-04-30T10:32:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7d/7d3w89nlivpgsz09.jpg" width="464" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The mosque, which is a Unesco world heritage site, has been in rebel hands since earlier this year but the area around it is still contested.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Both the state news agency and footage uploaded on YouTube show the 'disappearance' of Aleppo's Umayyad Mosque. The mosque is a Unesco world heritage site but has been at the heart of bitter fighting for several months as rebels try to oust President Bashar al-Assad. In photos published by AP on&nbsp; April 16th&nbsp; it was battered but still standing.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/59843310/danish-architect-maps-every-plane-helicopter-shot-down-by-syrian-rebels Danish Architect Maps Every Plane, Helicopter Shot Down by Syrian Rebels Archinect 2012-10-22T17:29:00-04:00 >2012-10-29T23:29:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sm/sm6kvp6t3nsm0rz9.jpg" width="514" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>a Danish architect and part-time aviation journalist is mapping each claimed shoot-down of Assad&rsquo;s jets and helicopters, resulting in the first running tabulation of the cost &mdash; at least in terms of machinery &mdash; of the escalating Syrian air war. Bj&oslash;rn Holst Jespersen&rsquo;s map, sponsored by journalist David Cenciotti&rsquo;s blog The Aviationist, marks 19 possible &ldquo;kills&rdquo; by rebel forces, as reported in the press or seen in YouTube videos.</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/59585249/law-number-66-and-l-invraisemblable-politique-d-urbanisme Law Number 66 and L'invraisemblable "politique d’urbanisme" Nam Henderson 2012-10-18T23:56:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T15:30:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5x/5xeep3el7lud3wun.jpg" width="514" height="217" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The authorities would have us believe this is urban planning when we are in the middle of a war&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Journalist <a href="https://twitter.com/SarraGrira" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sarra Grira</a> alerts us to the latest turn of events in the ongoing Syrian crisis. The government of Bashar al-Assad has begun selective implementation of Law Number 66. While the law&rsquo;s official goal is demolition of buildings built in southern Damascus without state approval, for purposes of better urban policy/form. Ms. Grira wonders "<strong>Is it just a coincidence that the pro-rebellion suburbs are the first ones being targeted?</strong>".<br>&nbsp;</p>