Archinect - News 2016-10-25T02:49:48-04:00 Future sustainable skyscrapers will be made of...wood? Julia Ingalls 2016-05-18T12:29:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:48:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Proponents of the material, called cross-laminated timber, or CLT, say it can be used to erect buildings that are just as strong and fire-resistant as those made from steel and concrete. Those qualities have helped excite the passions of architects and environmentalists, who think it could unlock a greener method for housing the world&rsquo;s growing population, and timber producers, who hope to open a U.S. market for the value-added good.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Right now the structures are mainly proposals, but CLT could be the principal element of a 100-story tower nicknamed "The Splinter" in London as designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PLP Architecture</a>, while there's an ornamental 40-story timber tower in Stockholm on the boards, as designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anders Berensson Architects</a>:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>These aren't your grandfather's skyscrapers:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A bamboo skyscraper fosters public life</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look at BIG's West 57th Street "courtscraper"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Here comes the "dronescraper"</a></li></ul> Agence Ter and Team wins Pershing Square Renew with “radically flat“ proposal Justine Testado 2016-05-12T18:00:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T00:48:20-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pershing Square Renew</a> initiative revealed Agence Ter and Team as the winners of the competition to redesign Downtown L.A.'s oldest public park, exactly two weeks after the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">four finalist teams</a> delivered their final presentations.&nbsp;The winning consortium is led by French landscape practice Agence Ter, whose major landscape work is largely based in Europe. Agence Ter collaborated with L.A.-based firms like SALT Landscape Architects,&nbsp;Deborah Murphy Urban Design + Planning, Rachel Allen Architecture, as well as arts programming organization&nbsp;Community Arts Resources LA.&nbsp;</p><p>Titled &ldquo;The Dynamic Heart of Los Angeles&rdquo;, the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">proposal</a> is a plaza-park hybrid that would clear out the&nbsp;walls, ramps, and other such barriers along Pershing Square's perimeter, and transform the Square into an open rectangular lawn. Other elements include a &ldquo;smart canopy&rdquo; that provides shade during the day and lights up at night, a reflection pool, and new gardens and grassy lawns.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&ldquo;Because we believe that too much topo...</p> Dror envisions second geodesic dome in Montreal's Expo 67 site Justine Testado 2016-04-26T14:24:00-04:00 >2016-04-26T17:08:18-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Originally built as the U.S. Pavilion in the memorable World Expo of 1967, the steel structural frame of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buckminster Fuller</a>'s Biosphere remains standing to this day as a sole landmark in Montreal's&nbsp;Parc Jean-Drapeau.&nbsp;In planning&nbsp;for the&nbsp;50th anniversary of Expo 67 as well as Montreal's 375th anniversary next April,&nbsp;designer&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dror Benshetrit</a> of the New York-based practice Dror came up with the idea for adding, what do you know, a second geodesic dome near the Biosphere.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>After touring Montreal's &Icirc;le Sainte-H&eacute;l&egrave;ne with the Buckminster Fuller Institute,&nbsp;Benshetrit thought of a second dome as a way to help reinvigorate the seasonally used Expo 67 site grounds and evidently pay tribute to Fuller's landmark. Compared to the Biosphere, which is 76 meters in diameter and 62 meters high, Dror's proposed dome is a 150-meter-wide&nbsp;aluminum latticed sphere with a planted canopy.&nbsp;</p><p>The studio describes that its vegetated cover would act as a natural sound buffer and provide an enchanting public enviro...</p> Building upgrades proposed for Roche + Dinkeloo's Ford Foundation Building Justine Testado 2016-04-21T14:10:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:41:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="419" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Landmarks Preservation Commission is set to consider a proposed $190 million renovation to the Ford Foundation...Although many aspects of the building have long been is health and safety, not aesthetics or technology, that initially drove the foundation&rsquo;s plans. The city has given Ford until 2019 to bring the building up to code for fire safety and handicapped accessibility...</p></em><br /><br /><p>&ldquo;...But since they had to scratch the building&rsquo;s surfaces, Ford Foundation president Darren Walker and his staff decided to go further, upgrading not just by adding sprinklers to the ceilings and greater access to the atrium, but new security, new lighting and mechanicals, and a new spatial organization.&rdquo;</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Stop the unpermitted demolition": Roche Dinkeloo's shiny UN Plaza Hotel lobby might be remodeled</a></p> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Gang Architects selected to design new U.S. Embassy in Brazil</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeanne Gang wins Architect of the Year in 2016's Women in Architecture Awards</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYPD admits to using "Stringrays," military tech that sweeps up cell data</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A bird's-eye view of LA with Geoff Manaugh and the LAPD</a></p> Mark Foster Gage wants to propose this Game of Thrones-like skyscraper for NYC Justine Testado 2015-12-15T14:06:00-05:00 >2015-12-27T23:27:54-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="604" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>No, these images aren't for an upcoming Lego kit design or a fantasy-genre video game, although they might as well be. They're&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Foster Gage</a>'s concept for a 102-story ornamental skyscraper nicknamed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Khaleesi"</a>, proposed for&nbsp;41 West 57th Street in NYC's Billionaire's Row.</p><p>Interestingly enough, the luxury residential tower has garnered enthusiasm that's as amusing as its Gargoyle statue-like exterior, which has been described as&nbsp;"regal", "visionary", and "futuristic". According to a press release from the architect, Robert A.M. Stern commented with a "WOW" in a recent email to Gage. (Interpret that as you wish.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>An undisclosed developer commissioned Gage to design the tower to envision the possibilities of ultra-luxury designs for the site.&nbsp;Built with a concrete frame, the 1,492-foot structure is "draped in a&nbsp;fa&ccedil;ade of limestone-tinted Taktl concrete panels with hydroformed sheet-bronze details and brass-tinted alloy&nbsp;structural extrusion enclosures," Gage writes on his website. T...</p> $90K feasibility study proposed for Puget Sound bridge made from decommissioned aircraft carriers Justine Testado 2015-04-13T17:52:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:01:45-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The bridge, should it be built, would be about a mile long. It would span Sinclair Inlet, connecting Bremerton and Port Orchard, about 15 miles west of Seattle. Today, it&rsquo;s a 10-mile, often traffic-clogged, drive between the towns. Rep. Jesse Young, whose district includes these two towns, thinks using an old carrier or two would make a fine tourist attraction and tribute to the military.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> NCARB's "licensure at graduation" announcement rubs Archinectors both ways Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-04T21:13:00-04:00 >2014-06-06T15:48:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last week we reported on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB's announcement that it would offer a path to licensure through academic programs</a>, making it possible for architecture students to be licensed upon graduation. The proposal prompted a pretty divisive set of reactions from Archinect commenters, some excited by the opportunities inherent in the proposal, others despairing over its potential long-term effects.</p><p>At the time of this post, the original news piece had 61 comments, the major issues raised including impact on educational standards, earning potentials and the profession's reputation. What also surfaced was a generational bias, with those already firmly set in the practice (but still not licensed) feeling disadvantaged by an opportunity that came too late for them.&nbsp;We've gathered the gist of the commenter's opinions here.</p><p>The <strong>PROS</strong>:</p><ul><li>According to <strong>davvid</strong>, this new path to licensure will make it easier for graduates to get higher paying jobs more quickly after graduating, which "also increases their earni...</li></ul> Should tenants pay for earthquake retrofitting costs? Justine Testado 2014-02-25T20:17:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T20:03:51-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="401" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city of Los Angeles is considering a proposal from Councilman Bernard Parks that would pass the cost of retrofitting apartment buildings on to tenants. Currently, only 50% of major renovation costs may be passed along to tenants, with landlords and building owners paying the cost of retrofitting.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Paris' "ghost stations" could be revitalized as galleries, swimming pools, restaurants Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-07T14:42:00-05:00 >2014-02-07T14:42:42-05:00 <img src="" width="608" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Paris M&eacute;tro, opened in 1900, extends over more than 200 kilometers of track, serving more than 300 individual stops. But there are 11 more stations that, though once built, now stand nearly abandoned. Many of these "ghost" or "phantom" stations shuttered after the occupation during WWII. [...] Parisian mayoral candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet has a bold plan for these phantom stations ... these abandoned spaces should be reclaimed for the city's residents.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Working alongside mayoral candidate Kosciusko-Morizet, architect Manal Rachdi and urban planner Nicolas Laisn&eacute;&nbsp;composed a few renderings of what the stations could become under the proposal. Featuring Arsenal, one of the stations closed since 1939, here are a few potential uses:</p><p>Night club:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Restaurant:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Art gallery:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Theater:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>All images via&nbsp;NKM Paris, from Oxo architects + Laisn&eacute; Architect.</em></p> Runner-up proposals by Estudio Lunar for E12 Kosovo and E12 Germany Justine Testado 2014-02-06T12:52:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:20:13-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Here comes our first Europan 12 project of this week -- and it's a double whammy. Rotterdam-based Estudio Lunar scored runner-up for both the Gjilan site in E12 Kosovo (which had no declared winner) and for Regionale 2016 in E12 Germany.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a glimpse into the team's proposals</p><p><strong>"Welcome to Urban Wellness!" - E12 Kosovo, Gjilan</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>"Kein Land f&uuml;r alte M&auml;nner" - E12 Germany, Regionale 2016</strong><br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Find more about both proposals on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> What could have been of Gershwin Plot 14 by NL Architects Justine Testado 2014-01-20T19:48:00-05:00 >2014-02-16T21:53:31-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gershwin Plot 14 by Dutch firm NL Architects is an eye-catching project to start off the week. The proposal was the winning entry of a 2012 competition to design a new large residential building in Amsterdam. Unfortunately, the project was abruptly cancelled in 2013. Such is the world of architecture...</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Find out more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> “Inverse Boulevard” - Special Mention entry for Europan 12 Germany, Mannheim Justine Testado 2014-01-14T20:30:00-05:00 >2014-01-14T20:30:30-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Inverse Boulevard" by Kawahara Krause Architects is our first entry from Europan 12 Germany for the Mannheim competition site. The Hamburg-based firm received a Special Mention for their proposal, which is based on creating a boulevard that will better connect Mannheim's north and south areas -- and retain their distinct personalities.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Here's a little preview to their proposal:</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> You can find more details at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> “Adelaide Rocks” by Nice Architects - 2nd prize and People’s Choice Award for RAHsite competition Justine Testado 2014-01-03T17:07:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T19:30:29-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you saw our recent feature of the international Royal Adelaide Hospital Design Competition winning entries, here's a more detailed look into "Adelaide Rocks" by young Slovakian firm Nice Architects in collaboration with Mulloway Studios.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Check out some of the images from their proposal, which won a joint second prize and the People's Choice Award.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Click the thumbnails below for more images.</p> Ostim Eco-Park competition entry by ONZ Architects Justine Testado 2013-12-30T20:49:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T19:29:25-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>ONZ Architects participated in a restricted competition - among eight other teams - to design the Ostim Eco-Park, a green technological and research hub for the industrial region of Ostim in Ankara, Turkey.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Although <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ONZ Architects</a>' proposal did not come out as the competition winner, we're happy to present it in more detail below.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><em>All images courtesy of ONZ Architects.</em></p> <p> Click the thumbnails below for additional images.</p> H Architecture’s winning proposal for the Sejong Public Housing Development Justine Testado 2013-12-16T18:49:00-05:00 >2014-01-01T22:01:08-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="497" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York-based H Architecture sent us their winning proposal for the Sejong 2-2 M2 Block Public Housing Development competition. In celebrating its 50-year apartment building history, the Korea Land and Housing Corporation opened a call for ideas for its new 77,000m2 housing development in Sejong City, South Korea.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">H Architecture</a>'s proposal -- done in collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Haeahn Architecture</a> -- revolves around an open, versatile "not-to-define" concept as a response to the typical rigid approach of public housing design.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Korean Diaspora by Carlos Zarco Sanz - 3rd-prize entry from Re-thinking The Future Thesis Award 2013 Justine Testado 2013-12-06T19:05:00-05:00 >2013-12-07T02:43:47-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="231" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Carlos Zarco Sanz from the University of Madrid recently sent us his proposal, "Korean Diaspora" from Re-thinking the Future's International Architectural Thesis Award we previously featured. His design won 3rd place in the Public/Institutional category. Sanz's "Korean Diaspora" reimagines Manhattan's Koreatown as a shifting social and commercial space built for the neighborhood's present and future.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> For full details, head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> <p> <em>Images courtesy of Carlos Zarco Sanz.</em></p> "Stalactite" by APTUM Architecture - Warming Huts v. 2014 competition entry Justine Testado 2013-12-06T15:41:00-05:00 >2013-12-09T18:19:10-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Here's a pretty cool Warming Huts v. 2014 submission we received from APTUM Architecture, based in the U.S. and Switzerland. As its name states, APTUM's warming hut proposal was inspired by stalactite formations that hang from the ceilings of caves.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br> Head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> to learn more.</p> <p> <em>Images courtesy of APTUM.</em></p> Submit your proposal to the AIANY ENYA “Queensway Connection” competition by January 2014 Justine Testado 2013-11-14T12:36:00-05:00 >2014-07-07T20:10:21-04:00 <img src="" width="530" height="732" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Queensway Connection: Elevating the Public Realm</a>," the sixth biennial competition from the AIANY's Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) committee is open for submissions until <strong>January 6th, 2014.</strong></p> <p> The competition will support <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the feasibility study</a> &mdash; currently being conducted by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WXY Architecture + Urban Design</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dlandstudio</a> &mdash; as part of the process to transform the abandoned railway into a recreational area for the surrounding communities in central and southern Queens.</p> <p> "Queensway Connection" welcomes all design student and young professionals &mdash; not limited to architects, artists, engineers, landscape architects, urban designers and planners &mdash; to submit their ideas.</p> <p> After the submissions deadline, the Jury will deliberate in February. Winners will be announced in March 2014.</p> <p> The Jury:</p> <ul><li> <strong>Susan Chin</strong>, FAIA, Executive Director of the Design Trust for Public Space.</li> <li> <strong>Margaret Newman</strong>, FAIA, LEED AP, Chief of Staff to Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan at New York City Department ...</li></ul> "Relocation of the D. Maria Pia Bridge" proposal by Bandeira/Ramalho calls attention to urban regeneration policies Justine Testado 2013-10-22T16:14:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T21:59:51-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In a recent international call for ideas to regenerate the Aurif&iacute;cia block in Oporto, Portugal, architects <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pedro Bandeira</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pedro Nuno Rumalho</a> figuratively and literally made a monumental statement in their proposal to dismantle and relocate the decommissioned D. Maria Pia Bridge into the city center. The defunct bridge is described as a work of art and potential landmark that will revitalize the cityscape of Oporto. Although the architects didn't place in the competition, their proposal still makes a forward statement by tossing out the traditional idea and function of a bridge and it also brings attention to the failure of urban regeneration policies.</p> <p> Below is a more detailed project description written by and received from freelance architect and journalist Ana Laureano Alves:<br><br> "Two architects, Pedro Bandeira and Pedro Nuno Ramalho proposed the relocation of the Eiffel&rsquo;s D. Maria Pia Bridge to the city center, exposing its actual uselessness (not in use since 1991) and dras...</p> Proposed: A promenade up an expanded Park Avenue median Archinect 2012-10-19T12:44:00-04:00 >2012-10-21T17:14:14-04:00 <img src="" width="400" height="219" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chakrabatri is proposing that the city basically double the width of the medians along 11 blocks of Park Avenue, between 46th and 57th streets, and run a 12- to 15-foot-wide pathway up the middle, thereby creating 2.24-acre promenade surrounded by the sort of lush gardens and sculptures that already occupy the medians.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>