Archinect - News 2016-10-27T18:47:52-04:00 PACT Conference in UEL brings Patrik Schumacher, Mario Carpo, Jose Sanchez and Benjamin Dillenburger gillesretsin 2016-09-07T01:36:00-04:00 >2016-09-13T00:22:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="920" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>University of East London hosts international PACT conference - two days of keynotes and discussions with Patrik Schumacher ( ZHA), Mario Carpo ( UCL), Jose Sanchez ( Plethora Project/USC) and Benjamin Dillenburger ( ETH/ITA).</p></em><br /><br /><p>PACT Conference UEL, 12.09-13.09&nbsp;</p><p>Please join for keynotes by Mario Carpo (UCL), Patrik Schumacher (ZHA), Jose Sanchez ( Plethora Project / USC) and Benjamin Dillenburger ( ETH/ITA) , followed by a series of provocative Panel Discussions. The Panel Discussions are organised around our keynotes speakers, which will be joined by a series of theoreticians, young practitioners and designers like Daniel Kohler ( iOUD/Lab EDS), Harald Trapp ( UEL), Mollie Claypool ( UCL), Soomeen Hahm ( SHD, Kory Bieg (OTA+/UT Austin) , Lei Zheng ( ZHA), Gilles Retsin (UEL/UCL/Retsin Architecture) and Manuel Jimenez ( UCL, MadM Design)</p><p>The morning keynote takes place at 9:30 am, evening keynote at 4pm, followed by panel discussion at 5pm.&nbsp;</p><p>Venue:<br>Lecture Hall 02, West Building (WB G02)&nbsp;<br>University of East London<br>Docklands Campus, London E16 2RD</p><p>Conference program can be downloaded here : <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;</p><p>PACT ( Parall...</p> HLM and Tectonics Architects win UK Passivhaus awards Abigail Banfield 2016-07-12T13:30:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:42:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Congratulations to triumphant Tigh na Croit by HLM Architects &amp; Lansdowne Drive by Tectonics Architects who were crowned the 2016 UK Passivhaus Awards winners. The Winners were announced at a ceremony held in London on the 7th July, attended by approximately 80 delegates.The winners were decided by PHT members and Award Ceremony delegates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>HLM have won the Rural category of this year's UK Passivhaus Awards. The house, which&nbsp;aimed to create a low-energy, modern solution for the 'outdoorsy' clients, has been designed to reflect its Scottish Highland context.</p><p>Tectonics Architects&nbsp;gained the award for the Urban category, with their fantastic project in Hackney.&nbsp;</p> reEarth: Hortum machina, B goes for a walk Ellen Hancock 2016-04-22T14:20:00-04:00 >2016-07-08T21:30:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Harnessing the collective intelligence of plant behaviour, the reEarth project explores new forms of bio-cooperative interaction between people and nature, within the built environment. Echoing the architecture of Buckminster Fuller, the geodesic sphere, is both exoskeleton and ecological iconography. Its core of twelve garden modules, each carrying native British species on outwardly-extending linear actuators allow the structure to become mobile by shifting its centre-of-gravity.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find relating articles here:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Science Nonfiction: bringing emerging technologies into the UK's architecture education</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Innovation with a heart: Guto Requena's technological and emotional designs</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This augmented reality helmet could revolutionize the construction site</a></li></ul> RIBA launches 2016 funding for new architecture research Ellen Hancock 2016-04-15T17:16:00-04:00 >2016-04-15T17:16:18-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="216" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is calling for applications from students, academics and practitioners interested in conducting research in architecture during 2016/17.<br><br>The RIBA Boyd Auger Scholarship aims to support applicants in their personal, professional and academic development within the architectural field, providing an opportunity for imaginative, original research, and travel.<br><br>In 2016, one scholarship worth &pound;5,000 is available to individuals or groups of students and graduates for a period of international travel (which can be during a period of international work experience).<br><br>The RIBA Research Trust Awards are offering grants of up to &pound;10,000 each, available to support original independent architecture research by practitioners, academics and recent graduates.<br><br>The judging committee particularly welcomes applications from practice-led researchers.<br><br>The RIBA LKE Ozolins Studentship is worth &pound;18,000 outside London or &pound;20,000 in London annually to a student who wis...</p> Olafur Eliasson: "The vast majority of architects are just filling up our society with trash" Alexander Walter 2016-04-11T18:09:00-04:00 >2016-05-02T23:01:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>He seems hungry for a serious discussion on everything from the refugee crisis &ndash; &ldquo;a really bad combination of European arrogance and North African ignorance&rdquo; &ndash; to the state of contemporary architecture &ndash; &ldquo;the vast majority of architects are just filling up our society with trash&rdquo; &ndash; and has a habit of speaking about his art in overwhelmingly conceptual terms. &ldquo;Are we consumers of space?&rdquo; he asks himself at one point. &ldquo;Or are we in fact producers of space?&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson to storm Versailles</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson wins a Crystal Award for "improving the state of the world"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson opens ship-themed pedestrian bridge in Copenhagen</a></li><li>and in a way:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry gives the crowd a piece of his mind (and his middle finger)</a></li></ul> SCAD student pens a blog post announcing, "I Am Not Going To Be An Architect." Orhan Ayyüce 2016-03-04T14:11:00-05:00 >2016-03-16T01:07:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I desperately tell myself as I hear students anxiously comparing internship applications and grad school plans. It&rsquo;s okay if at any point, now or in the future, you find that you are straying from the path of the building arts, because you&rsquo;ve collected some pretty valuable tools along the way. An architecture education provides much deeper skills than just designing and presenting buildings.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The SCAD School of Building Arts includes the allied disciplines of architecture, urban design, historic preservation, interior design, architectural history and furniture design, engaging&nbsp;more than 1000 students.&nbsp;The distinct collaborative environment within the School of Building Arts promotes interdisciplinary learning that fully prepares students for professional careers after graduation. At SCAD, students learn to become architects, designers and preservationists who are strategic thinkers, global communicators and ethical practitioners of the building arts.&#8203;"</p> Is architecture shifting from a profession to a lifestyle choice? Nicholas Korody 2016-02-17T13:42:00-05:00 >2016-04-05T18:21:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Practicing&rdquo; architecture is moving from a profession that focuses on building buildings as its highest calling, to a lifestyle that appreciates the beauty of architectural design, real or fantastic. This shift has two underlying realities. Just like the musician who lives his art, or the athlete who loves her sport, there are people that love architectural design, deeply, but fewer architects are needed to create buildings in this generation.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The lack of need is based on less construction activity (a normal cycle, but now longer than any living architect has experienced) and the fact that technology has pre-empted the body count necessary per building design."</em></p><p>For more on the current status of the profession, check out these articles:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index begins year with modest dip into negative terrain</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Easing from school into practice: GSAPP launches "Incubator"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The world in 2065: what do social scientists think the future holds?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As the U.S. loses more Mexican immigrants than it gains, the construction industry must adapt</a></li></ul> George King installs glowing string maze in former train underpass for Detroit Design Festival GeorgeKingArchitects 2015-10-12T13:30:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T00:01:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Lasermaze is an architectural installation formed from three miles of UV wool and over 3000 hand tied knots, suspended from an industrial structure of steel scaffolding and chains. Created for the 2015 Detroit Design Festival, Lasermaze is currently located along the Dequindre Cut, a former railway line in Detroit that has been converted to a greenway and walking track.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Lasermaze&rsquo;s playful structure invites visitors to get lost within a unique, surreal space as they journey towards the centre. The complex geometry of the form combined with the ethereal, semi-transparent nature of the walls adds to the challenge of this spatial puzzle. The dividing walls of the maze are formed from glowing string which creates a physical barrier but not an obviously visible one. Within the maze the layers of string and the barriers they form become almost imperceptible from each other, creating an overwhelming feeling of being lost within a distorted, surreal reality. In addition the unique glowing na...</p> Welcome to the jungle: Sou Fujimoto lectures on applying natural infrastructure to urban design Julia Ingalls 2015-05-12T17:39:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T17:56:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When an architect talks about &ldquo;transparency,&rdquo; as Sou Fujimoto did during his well-attended lecture at UCLA&rsquo;s Decafe at Perloff Hall on Friday, it&rsquo;s always a relief when it refers to more than a literal degree of opacity. Presenting nine of his projects in a lecture than ran ten minutes over time, Fujimoto framed his practice in terms of applying the complex organizational structure of nature to urban environments. Fujimoto grew up in relatively bucolic Hokkaido and later moved to Tokyo, where he perceived the mess of urban density with its skyscrapers and street-level food stalls as a kind of steel and glass forest, replete with pockets of intimacy and inspiring vistas. This central concept of the forest and its alternating layers of transparency and density neatly encapsulates the bulk of Fujimoto&rsquo;s work. But the &ldquo;transparency&rdquo; in Fujimoto&rsquo;s work extends far beyond the stagger of windows and literal glass houses: here is an architecture that seems to embody the 21st notion of priva...</p> Places Journal Launches New Tool for Sharing Articles on Architecture, Landscape, and Urbanism Nancy Levinson 2015-03-12T02:10:00-04:00 >2015-03-12T10:50:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="512" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>Places Journal </em>has long<em>&nbsp;</em>targeted an interdisciplinary readership &mdash; practitioners, scholars, and students in architecture, landscape, and urban design.</p><p>This week the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">journal</a>&nbsp;has launched a new tool &mdash; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reading Lists</a> &mdash; that promises to strengthen ties between the design disciplines and related fields such as&nbsp;ecology, history, geography, photography, and technology. As part of its commitment to public scholarship and innovative practice, <em>Places</em> is encouraging readers to share topical lists of articles, books, videos and other media in their areas of interest and expertise.</p><p>The new, interactive tool enables users to create and share a reading list, build an annotated bibliography, or&nbsp;bookmark <em>Places</em> articles for future reading. Lists can be cross-referenced by subject and shared privately or publicly.</p><p><em>Places</em> is launching the new channel with a collection of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Featured Lists</a> that includes <strong>Nate Berg</strong> on the aesthetic design of freeways; <strong>Kristi Cheramie</strong> on geo-engineering by the U.S. Army Corps; <strong>B...</strong></p> Society of Architectural Historians Presents Public Seminar at Chicago Conference SAH1365 2015-03-10T13:29:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T17:57:38-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="239" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Leading scholars from around the world will convene in Chicago, April 15&ndash;19, to present new research on the history of the built environment at the&nbsp;<strong>68th&nbsp;Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians</strong>. But the conference isn&rsquo;t just for academics. SAH aims to engage two important audiences&mdash;conference attendees and the local community&mdash;with public programs such as&nbsp;the&nbsp;SAH Chicago Seminar.&nbsp;</p><p>The SAH Chicago Seminar, &ldquo;Magnitudes of Change: Local Sites and Global Concerns in Chicago&rsquo;s Built Environment,&rdquo; will take place Saturday, April 18th, at The Gratz Center at Fourth Presbyterian Church. Hear from local architects, historians, and policy makers as they discuss the history and future of Chicago&rsquo;s waterways and neighborhoods. Harvard University professor <strong>Charles Waldheim</strong> will give the keynote address "Reading Chicago's Landscape as Urbanism."&nbsp;<strong>Alison Fisher</strong>, Harold and Margot Schiff Assistant Curator of Architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago, will moderate ...</p> Trahan Architects Release Short Film of Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum cbryan 2015-02-24T13:35:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T21:54:32-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spirit of Space</a>, in collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trahan Architects</a>, has created a short film featuring the award-winning design of the Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The museum was recently awarded the prestigious <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 AIA Institute Honor Award</a> and will be honored at the upcoming <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA National Convention</a> in Atlanta, Georgia.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>From Spirit of Space:</em></p><p>The Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum, designed by Trahan Architects, evokes the past as much as it signals the future. Set in the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase, the museum employs 21st century technology to execute a design language inspired by the carving and scouring of the nearby Cane River and the historic architecture of Natchitoches.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The film carries viewers past the historic district's references, around the pleated copper fa&ccedil;ade and into the sculpted interior.&nbsp; The cast stone panels define a fluid pathway that flows around, up and through th...</p> Tate Museum Creates Minecraft World Inspired by Famous Paintings Nicholas Korody 2014-12-01T15:57:00-05:00 >2014-12-01T15:57:43-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tate Worlds are exciting Minecraft &lsquo;maps&rsquo; that present virtual environments inspired by artworks from Tate&rsquo;s collection. The maps allow players of Minecraft to explore a range of paintings and sculpture, undertaking various activities and challenges that relate to the themes of the artworks, or exploring how they were made. Tate has teamed up with some of Minecraft&rsquo;s best known mapmakers to create these virtual artworks, offering a unique combination of art, history and adventure.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The first two maps were released by the museum on November 24th and were based on two famous paintings of urban settings:&nbsp;Andre Derain&rsquo;s 1906 painting of<em>&nbsp;</em>London<em>, The Pool of London</em>, and Christopher Nevinson&rsquo;s 1920 painting of New York,&nbsp;<em>Soul of the Soulless City</em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="">Andr&eacute; Derain, the influential Fauvist painter, depicted the bustling port of the Thames at the turn of the century. In the new Minecraft version of the painting, the &nbsp;bright colors employed by the painter are reproduced on an immersive scale. Gamers can wander the imaginary city and explore such historic sites as the Tower of London.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Christopher Nevin's futurist-influenced painting&nbsp;<em>Soul of the Soulless City</em>&nbsp;depicts New York in the 1920s, as it began to emerge both economically and architecturally as a modern metropolis. Fittingly, the experience of the corresponding Minecraft maps begins on a train that hurtles you into the city, just as Nevin's painting utilizes train tracks to convey its convoluted sense of perspectival moti...</p> When Did the Art World Get So Conservative? Orhan Ayyüce 2014-11-17T15:32:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T17:03:07-05:00 <img src="" width="560" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>How did we come to live in an insular tribal sphere where unwritten rules and rigid moralities &mdash; about whom to like and dislike, what is permissible to say and what must remain unsaid &mdash; are strictly enforced via social media and online disapproval, much of it anonymous? When did this band of gypsies and relentless radicals get so conservative?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Could this be translated to architecture? Sure thing... I think architecture has a built in conservatism to begin with. Just look what the architects are pooling for.., fighting territories for things those really don't matter, blaming each other for handrail details and teaching values of the empire while reinforcing its own specialized elitism to keep the trouble makers out. Look at the corporate schools, corporate offices and architects who offer nothing more than a fantasy drawings packaged as radicals riding on intern labored marketing renderings.</p><p>Who is kidding whom?&nbsp;</p> 3XN Designs Sydney High Rise 2014-09-25T12:34:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T21:58:54-04:00 <img src="" width="546" height="864" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>AMP Capital has named 3XN as the architect for the 49-story, 102,000sm 50 Bridge Street tower and master plan for the Quay Quarter Sydney (QQS) precinct. 3XN was selected via a multi-stage international competition, the fourth it has won this year, which included two Prtizker Architecture Prize-winning firms. Construction on this important new addition to the Sydney skyline is slated to begin in 2018.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The 50 Bridge Street "Quay Quarter Tower" represents the first major project designed by a Danish architect in Sydney since J&oslash;rn Utzon designed the landmark Opera House in 1973,</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>3XN's innovative design, already well-received by the community, will revitalize AMP Capital-s site, located close to the Opera House, into a vibrant destination for international and local businesses. The bold new tower will engage in an open dialogue with the skyline while also integrating itself into community life at the street level.</p><p>Louise Mason, AMP Capital Managing Director Office &amp; Industrial, said, "AMP ...</p> ARCHTOBER Design Festival for NYC Kicks Off Today, August 1, at 12 noon ccsullivan 2014-08-01T13:27:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T14:37:15-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Archtober is a collaborative initiative of the AIA New York Chapter, the Center for Architecture, and over fifty other organizations focused on the built environment," says Cynthia Kracauer, AIA New York managing director. "The flagship program is the Building of the Day, one for each of the thirty-one days of October."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Today the AIA New York is hosting a "Summer Live Tweet" event at 12:00 noon at the Public Theater in New York City's Astor Place to launch <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archtober</a>, the monthlong, citywide design festival.</p><p>The host, AIA New York, has offered free ice cream from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coolhaus</a> for anyone who tweets the event.</p><p>The reason the event is at The Public Theater is that it's the first announced "Building of the Day" for Archtober, set for a ticketed tour on October 1, the festival's first day.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>About Archtober:</strong><br>For anyone who loves architecture and design, New York in October offers crisp, pretty fall days -- and the biggest citywide design festival in the United States. The fourth annual Archtober Architecture and Design Month, led by the AIA New York and with 40-plus participating organizations, will take over the city.</p><p>Today's official kickoff for Archtober 2014 is called&nbsp;the Summer Live Tweet, and it takes place from 12-1:00pm, with FREE ice cream sandwiches by Brooklyn's architecturally inspired dessert-maker, Co...</p> Reality Check Shanghai Metropolitan Monk 2014-07-30T01:08:00-04:00 >2014-08-05T19:42:53-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="640" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In celebratory June-July 2014 issue of <a title="MARK Magazine #50 Jun-Jul14 | Frameweb" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark magazine #50</a>, <a title="MovingCities | website" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MovingCities</a> published &lsquo;<strong><a title="Reality Check Shanghai | MARK Magazine#50 | MovingCities" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reality Check Shanghai</a></strong>&lsquo; revisiting three Shanghainese buildings previously published and applauded in Mark: the <a title="Himalayas Centre | website" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Himalayas Centre</a> by <a title="Arata Isozaki | website" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arata Isozaki</a>, the 2010 Shanghai World Expo site and the <a title="Giant Interactive Group&rsquo;s headquarters | Morphosis" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Giant Interactive Group&rsquo;s headquarters</a> by <a title="Morphosis | website" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphosis</a>. <em>What has become of them?</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Excerpt from &lsquo;<strong><a title="Reality Check Shanghai | MARK Magazine#50 | MovingCities" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reality Check Shanghai</a></strong>&lsquo;:</p><p>" Making architecture in China is not easy; occupying it is even more difficult. In recent years, amazing stories have appeared in various media about China&rsquo;s shoddy construction culture, copycat designs, empty icons, and building projects apparently doomed to remain unfinished forever. [...] The area where once the European, Asian and American pavilions were located is in a serious state of disrepair. The French pavilion seems to be under (re)construction, the skin of <a title="EMBT | website" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EMBT</a>&rsquo;s Spanish pavilion has been removed, some of the Portuguese pavilion&rsquo;s cork has disappeared, and a few of my favourites &ndash; pavilions ...</p> Architecture and the Unspeakable 3 - Teaser Release johnszot 2014-01-24T20:34:00-05:00 >2014-01-28T15:10:27-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Today we released a teaser for the last installment of the Architecture and the Unspeakable video series. The full video is set to premiere in Chicago on April 8th as part of the MAS CONTEXT Spring talks for 2014. See <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this</a>&nbsp;for more details.</p> Cornell Design Students conceived hub for College of Human Ecology Bill Caplan 2013-12-02T15:05:00-05:00 >2013-12-02T15:05:59-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For help designing the College of Human Ecology's newest community space at Cornell, college leaders turned to a team of in-house experts: 10 senior interior design students in its Department of Design and Environmental Analysis. The 5,000-plus square foot Human Ecology Commons, which connects Martha Van Rensselaer Hall and the new Human Ecology Building opened . . . and has quickly become the hub of the college.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>Design and Environmental Analysis</strong> at <strong>Cornell University </strong>is doing some amazing things that bring architecture, engineering and the sciences together through the lens of Human Ecology.&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp;</strong>The<strong> DEA </strong>department<strong> </strong>is a&nbsp;very impressive&nbsp;program&nbsp;at the <strong>College of Human Ecology, </strong>an important transdisciplinary program of great interest to those studying architecture, engineering&nbsp;and the sciences.</p> Ruedi Baur: Architectural and Urban Inscriptions New School Communications 2013-11-08T10:59:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T22:12:22-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ruedi Baur will discuss, based on examples, the necessary synergy between designers, architects, landscape architects and lighting designers to create a city that goes beyond functionality to improve the quality of life for everyone.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Type Directors Club and Parsons The New School for Design present Ruedi Baur: Architectural and Urban Inscriptions, a presentation by this leading European designer on the occasion of his first major U.S. commission, a wayfinding system for The New School&rsquo;s University Center, a new campus center designed by Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill that will open in January 2014.</p> <p> Baur will present his approach to the question of orientation and identification of public institutions. He will share his thoughts about information design in a society dominated by commercial signs. He will discuss, based on examples, the necessary synergy between designers, architects, landscape architects and lighting designers to create a city that goes beyond functionality to improve the quality of life for everyone.</p> <p> Baur will be introduced by Tim Marshall, Provost of The New School, who will speak briefly about the university&rsquo;s commissioning of Baur and his studio, Int&eacute;gral Paris, for this landmark projec...</p> A profession almost as white as the walls. Gregory Walker 2013-11-07T09:46:00-05:00 >2013-11-14T14:24:24-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="984" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The differences in unemployment rates, participation rates, and average earnings between whites, blacks, and Hispanics aren't just stark. They're also sturdy, rarely yielding over the last 40 years. Whites account for about 81 percent of the workforce. But there are 33 occupations counted by the BLS (particularly those on farms, around heavy machines, in doctor's offices, and in C-suites) where whites officially account for nine in ten of all workers, or more. Here they are."</p></em><br /><br /><p> while my own experience doesn't fully bear this out, it's sadly not surprising to see us end up on a list like this (if the numbers are true). in short, yes, it seems fully plausible that our profession is really as white as the walls we paint.&nbsp;</p> <p> i'm not teaching on a full time basis any more - can people please give me some hope that the generations coming through reflect a little more color variation? pretty please?</p> Abitare China#34 | HUTONG/adaptation Metropolitan Monk 2013-11-04T23:36:00-05:00 >2013-11-04T23:39:45-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="189" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> ABITARE China magazine invited <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MovingCities</a> to guest edit its 34th issue on the topic of "(re) Design Heritage &ndash; Strategies of Urban Renewal and the Chinese City." Published in October 2013, MovingCities took this opportunity to address one of the most urgent issues to discuss when dealing with the urban, architectural, cultural, social and economical development of China and the city of Beijing &#21271;&#20140;: heritage, preservation, adaptive strategies and the hutong &#32993;&#21516;.</p> <p> Formal definition of hutong: <em>Hutongs are a type of narrow streets or alleys, most commonly associated with Beijing, China. In Beijing, hutongs are alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences. Many neighbourhoods were formed by joining one siheyuan to another to form a hutong, and then joining one hutong to another. The word hutong is also used to refer to such neighbourhoods.</em></p> <p> MovingCities choose "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HUTONG /Adaptation</a>" as the unifying theme for this themed issue, wishing to approach this much debat...</p> Luminous Talks New School Communications 2013-11-01T16:36:00-04:00 >2013-11-01T17:09:07-04:00 <img src="" width="450" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> On November 8, Philips and Parsons The New School for Design will bring together architects, lighting designers and researchers for a symposium on the dualistic relationship between natural light and the latest electric lighting technologies, and the influence these systems have on human well being. The event is part of Luminous Talks, a programming series now in its second year, which was developed by Philips and Parsons to inspire dialogue around relevant topics in the field. This year&rsquo;s theme, Nature and Man-Made, builds on last year&rsquo;s focus on human health and well being to consider the human presence amidst these forces and their psychological and physiological impact.</p> <p> The November 8 event will feature presentations by:</p> <ul><li> George Craford, a research scientist and lighting fellow at Philips, whose work focuses on LED technology, who will discuss the history, evolution and future trends of LED technology the design possibilities they enable for architects and lighting designe...</li></ul> Plan to Raze Five Paul Rudolph Buildings in Buffalo davvid 2013-10-30T10:55:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T23:36:15-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Buffalo Planning Board will be reviewing plans to construct 48 apartments in eight new buildings next week. The complex at 270 Niagara Street sits in the shadow of City Hall. It currently contains 472 units on 9.5 acres and was completed in 1972.</p></em><br /><br /><p> On Nov 6, 2013 in Buffalo the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City Planning Board</a> will meet to review plans submitted by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norstar Development </a>that will&nbsp;demolish five buildings of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Rudolph</a>-designed Shoreline Apartments to make room for eight new residential buildings. The is being described as "Phase 1," and the details of the later phases have not yet been made public.</p> <p> The Shoreline Apartments project was designed by Paul Rudolph and completed in 1974. It was featured in the September 1972 edition of Architectural Record.&nbsp;</p> What Starbucks Gets that Architects Don’t Nam Henderson 2013-10-18T15:00:00-04:00 >2013-10-24T15:30:47-04:00 <img src="" width="580" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The round tables at Starbucks were the result of asking the question how do we want people to feel before considering what do we want them to do...Form follows feeling.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Christine Outram (currently the Senior Inventionist at Deutsch LA.) penned an essay regarding what architects can learn from Starbucks, when it comes to human centered design. Specifically, in terms of user research, ethnography etc.</p> Jerde-designed Mandarin in Sochi marks first open-air lifestyle village of its kind in Russia Ashley Greer 2013-10-02T14:09:00-04:00 >2013-10-07T21:22:55-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Designed by international architecture and urban design firm, The Jerde Partnership, on behalf of Expo LLC, Mandarin is the first and only outdoor lifestyle entertainment center in Russia.&nbsp; Set within the country&rsquo;s largest resort city, between the Mzymta River and Black Sea, Mandarin is a new town center of beachfront entertainment attractions for the nearly 100,000 Adler district residents, nearly 450,000 Sochi residents, and approximately 2.5 million annual visitors. In addition to providing an important celebration and gathering space during the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics, Mandarin serves as a vibrant, open-air entertainment village, a first to market concept for the local community, that will promote year-round activity and enhance the region as an international resort destination.</p> <p> <img title="" alt="" src=""></p> <p> Jerde&rsquo;s design fulfills the developer&rsquo;s objective to &lsquo;bring the world to Sochi&rsquo; with a mixture of top restaurants, fashion retail, casual eateries, entertainment venues and gathering places....</p> ‘Thresholds’ marks the unmarked at Kent cemetery Bradly Gunn 2013-09-05T14:20:00-04:00 >2013-09-06T11:32:34-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;It is amazing to realize you could walk around the site not knowing if there is a body underneath you,&rdquo; Nelson said. &ldquo;How do you commemorate that?&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Of the approximately 200 people buried at Saar Pioneer Cemetery, there are 89 unmarked graves, each&nbsp;unable to inform visitors of their presence and the role they played in Kent history. Collaborative artists&nbsp;Frances Nelson and Bradly Gunn seek to mark the unmarked by creating a series &ldquo;thresholds&rdquo; to walk under&nbsp;and pass through, as an acknowledgement of the final resting place of Kent&rsquo;s founding pioneers.&nbsp;</p> <p> THRESHOLDS is generously supported by 4Culture&rsquo;s Site Specific Program and the University of&nbsp;Washington&rsquo;s College of Built Environment&rsquo;s Digital Fabrication Lab, with additional support from McLendon&nbsp;Hardware, Dunn Lumber and Miller Paint Co.</p> An interview with Indonesian architect Andra Matin Metropolitan Monk 2013-08-06T16:35:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T12:00:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A major force within contemporary Indonesian architecture, the soft-spoken man is recognized as the helmsman of a generation of independent architects, yet hardly anyone outside his native country knows his name. Locally celebrated but internationally undiscovered, Matin was one of the first Indonesian architects to establish an independent practice after the fall of Suharto in 1998.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark magazine #44</a> (June-July 2013) put the spotlight on the architectural scene in Indonesia. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MovingCities</a> contributed with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">an interview with leading Indonesian architect Andra Matin</a> who is hailed as &lsquo;<em>a well kept secret in the architecture world</em>&rsquo;. An extract:</p> <p> A major force within contemporary Indonesian architecture, the soft-spoken man is recognized as the helmsman of a generation of independent architects, yet hardly anyone outside his native country knows his name. Locally celebrated but internationally undiscovered, Matin was one of the first Indonesian architects to establish an independent practice after the fall of Suharto in 1998. (...) Andra Matin&rsquo;s portfolio is vast and diverse. He designs houses, museums, galleries, restaurants, public parks, mosques and artist studios. (...) In 2011 Rem Koolhaas visited Matin&rsquo;s office and future home. &lsquo;<em>I didn&rsquo;t understand why he wanted to see my house. The day before he arrived, he saw another project of mine, the Winfred House, wher...</em></p> What happens when we ask writers to try their hand at architecture? anthony dong 2013-08-06T11:26:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T11:30:26-04:00 <img src="" width="592" height="395" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Great architects build structures that can make us feel enclosed, liberated or suspended. They lead us through space, make us slow down, speed up or stop to contemplate. Great writers, in devising their literary structures, do exactly the same. So what happens when we ask writers to try their hand at architecture?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Beyond the Pritzker: What's Next for Women in Architecture? Places Journal 2013-07-30T20:07:00-04:00 >2013-07-31T12:44:59-04:00 <img src="" width="525" height="641" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>My own conviction is that the most meaningful prolonged response to the Pritzker &mdash; but much more, to the entrenched discrimination it both reflects and reinforces &mdash; will involve political action directed toward measureable change. It will involve ramping up the current professional and cultural conversation &mdash; now focused on sharing experiences, promoting awareness, influencing leaders in the field &mdash; and articulating specific goals, definable outcomes.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Lately the subject of women's status in architecture &mdash; long dismissed as essentialist and unnecessary &mdash; has bounded back onto the agenda. As recent articles, books, exhibitions, online discussions and petition campaigns all attest, the full integration of the profession remains a fraught and unfinished business. Nancy Levinson, editor of Places Journal, argues that it's time to engage the larger sphere of political activism &mdash; to translate the widespread awareness of tenacious inequality into an ongoing campaign with concrete goals.</p>