Archinect - News 2015-07-30T06:19:23-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/127366753/u-s-needs-reliable-rail-systems-where-traveling-106-mph-is-considered-slow-u-s-pirg-asserts-amid-amtrak-debate U.S. needs reliable rail systems where 'traveling 106 mph is considered slow', U.S. PIRG asserts amid Amtrak debate Justine Testado 2015-05-15T20:40:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T22:24:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kx/kxmvkdfc644hiqgq.jpg" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In an unfortunate sequence of events, reports earlier this week state that the U.S. House Appropriations Committee <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2015/05/amtrak-budget-house-panel-crash-117904.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">voted to cut Amtrak funding</a> by an estimated $260 million -- one day after a fatal Amtrak passenger-train derailment in Philadelphia on May 12. As investigations on the accident ensue, public debate regarding the nation's transportation needs has reignited.</p><p>In one response, the <a href="http://www.uspirg.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Public Interest Research Group</a> consumer organization released their latest statement by Transportation Campaign Director John Olivieri. Olivieri stresses in a "if they can do it, so can we" manner that it's about time American policy makers catch up with international competitors and invest on designing a safe high-speed passenger rail system.</p><p>Below is Olivieri's statement from the U.S. PIRG website:</p><p>"'This is a horrible tragedy, and our condolences go to those whose family and friends have been lost or injured. Events like this must be prevented.'</p><p>'Our policy makers should take the long view. We...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125524081/jean-nouvel-loses-court-case-over-sabotaged-philharmonie-de-paris Jean Nouvel loses court case over 'sabotaged' Philharmonie de Paris Alexander Walter 2015-04-17T17:19:00-04:00 >2015-04-22T17:12:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m8/m8f54wc15n3qbq3j.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Jean Nouvel, the famed French architect, on Thursday lost a court battle against a &pound;280 million Paris concert hall he designed but whose architecture he claimed had been "martyred" and "sabotaged". Mr Nouvel boycotted the January opening of the Philharmonie de Paris, an ultra-modern building in the French capital's eastern Parc de La Vilette, accusing project managers of cutting corners to save money during its completion.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122138612/jean-nouvel-files-for-court-order-against-philharmonie-de-paris-dispute" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel files for court order against Philharmonie de Paris dispute</a></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118368797/jean-nouvel-boycotts-opening-of-his-philharmonie-de-paris" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel boycotts opening of his Philharmonie de Paris</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/124744662/seattle-s-massive-bertha-tunnel-drill-is-up-for-repair-but-still-faces-a-shaky-outlook Seattle's massive Bertha tunnel drill is up for repair, but still faces a shaky outlook Justine Testado 2015-04-07T16:25:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T10:45:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i6/i63v3y12bioyszdm.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Megaprojects almost always fall short of their promises&mdash;costing too much, delivering underwhelming benefits, or both. Yet...cities still fall for them, seduced by new technologies and the lure of the perfect fix. A mix of factors has given Seattle a particularly acute sense of angst. The project depends on a singular piece of engineering. And Bertha&rsquo;s building a highway for cars in a city where workers overcrowd buses and commuters wrap themselves in waterproof everything to bike in the rain.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bedecked with amusingly cutesy illustrations, <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2015-bertha/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a> tells the exasperating tale of the giant tunnel drill dubbed <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/About/FollowBertha" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bertha</a>, which began digging the new State Route 99 tunnel underneath downtown Seattle in summer 2013 to replace the current street-level Alaskan Way Viaduct and ideally clear up the city's waterfront for a park. Named after Seattle's only female mayor Bertha Knight Landes, Bertha is reportedly the world's biggest tunnel drill at five stories tall, built with a 25,000-horsepower motor, 260 steel teeth, and has an $80 million price tag.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ff/ffky8mny9386xutf.jpg"><br><em>Bertha near completion back in 2012 before its shipment to Seattle</em>.</p><p>But in December 2013 after digging through about 1,000 feet, Bertha's seals busted from increasing temperatures and grit clogged up its teeth, so, it broke. Debate amongst Seattleites ensued. What the hell will happen to Big Bertha now? The project was originally <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/Schedule" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">scheduled</a> to be done this November.</p><p>Last week, <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Washington State</a>'s contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners safely haul...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122138612/jean-nouvel-files-for-court-order-against-philharmonie-de-paris-dispute Jean Nouvel files for court order against Philharmonie de Paris dispute Justine Testado 2015-03-04T18:32:00-05:00 >2015-03-04T21:45:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7c/7ctekwoowebgoe83.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Jean Nouvel applied for a court mandate ordering that his name and image be completely removed from all references to the "sabotaged" Philharmonie de Paris at the Parc de La Vilette. Nouvel <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118368797/jean-nouvel-boycotts-opening-of-his-philharmonie-de-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">boycotted</a> the grand opening of the unfinished 2,400-seat concert venue in January. In <a href="http://www.lemonde.fr/architecture/article/2015/01/14/jean-nouvel-pourquoi-je-n-irai-pas-a-l-inauguration-de-la-philharmonie_4555902_1809550.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a column</a> for Le Monde, Nouvel&nbsp;claimed he was used as a scapegoat for cost overruns and delays and he also wrote about how the venue's premature opening didn't "allow [the] architectural and technical requirements to be respected" (English translation <a href="http://www.jeannouvel.com/en/desktop/projet/tribune-le-monde-philharmonie" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>).</p><p>According to recent <a href="http://www.lefigaro.fr/musique/2015/02/17/03006-20150217ARTFIG00217-jean-nouvel-attaque-la-philharmonie-en-justice.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reports</a>, Nouvel's lawyers state that the architect is not seeking compensation but for modifications to remedy 26 parts of the building that did not comply to his original design. This includes the promenade, foyers, parapets, facades, and acoustic elements of the approximately $427.4 million (&pound;280 million) project.</p><p>The court hearing is currently scheduled for April 16.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121435019/bamiyan-cultural-centre-online-petition-calls-for-jury-to-revise-winning-decision Bamiyan Cultural Centre online petition calls for jury to revise winning decision Justine Testado 2015-02-23T15:00:00-05:00 >2015-03-02T09:05:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mp/mp2bkitdkz3q4rxw.jpg" width="514" height="184" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>Note: This post has been updated to correctly list the petition organizers, the number of signatures, and includes a comment from the team.</em></p><p>Shortly after the UNESCO Office in Afghanistan <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121048115/unesco-afghanistan-reveals-bamiyan-cultural-centre-competition-results" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced the anticipated results</a> of the <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/competition/bamiyan_cultural_centre_design_competition/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bamiyan Cultural Centre Design Competition</a> on February 18, competition entrants Kia Massoudi along with Nick Roseboro, Fabio Pradarelli, and Alessandro Orsini of New York-based firm Architensions set up an online petition expressing opposition against the Jury's selection of the winners. It currently has 89 signatures.</p><p>A total of 1,070 online submissions to the single-stage competition, which invited professional architects worldwide to propose designs for the new Bamiyan Cultural Centre in the Bamiyan Valley of Afghanistan, near the World Heritage property of the Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of Bamiyan. The Jury selected "Descriptive Memory: The Eternal Presence of Absence" by Carlos Nahuel Recabarren, Manuel Alberto Martinez Catalan, and Fran...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113571377/moma-s-uneven-growth-case-studies-conclude-with-exhibition-this-month MoMA's “Uneven Growth” case studies conclude with exhibition this month Justine Testado 2014-11-13T13:03:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T14:22:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ns/nsuzdoq1ilt7iso4.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>MoMA began its "Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities" initiative last year aiming to advance international discussion on disproportionate urban development and its potential consequences. To address this issue, six interdisciplinary teams spent 14 months in workshops designing proposals that investigate new architectural possibilities for six metropolises. Each case study will be exhibited to the public at MoMA starting on November 22.</p></em><br /><br /><p>But the discussion doesn't end there. MoMA also created a user-generated <a href="http://uneven-growth.moma.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tumblr</a> that collects examples of emerging modes of tactical urbanism taking place in the six cities.</p><p>Here's a glimpse:</p><p><strong>LAGOS</strong><br>By NL&Eacute; (Lagos, Nigeria and Amsterdam, Netherlands)<br>Zoohaus/Inteligencias Colectivas (Madrid, Spain)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0o/0ons4nm5za66uq8d.jpg"></p><p><strong>HONG KONG</strong><br>By MAP Office (Hong Kong, China)<br>Network Architecture Lab (Columbia University, New York, U.S.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s7/s7and5psdjvpi2kc.jpg"></p><p><strong>ISTANBUL</strong><br>By Superpool (Istanbul, Turkey)<br>Atelier d&rsquo;Architecture Autog&eacute;r&eacute;e (Paris, France)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m3/m37c1xfs7kyexzfw.jpg"></p><p><strong>MUMBAI</strong><br>By URBZ: user-generated cities (Mumbai, India)<br>Ensamble Studio/MIT-POPlab (Madrid, Spain and Cambridge, U.S.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/18/18hxwgs39hw2eswn.jpg"></p><p><strong>RIO DE JANEIRO</strong><br>By RUA Arquitetos (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)<br>MAS Urban Design at ETH (Zurich, Switzerland)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jh/jhveryk6ljc91i7n.jpg"></p><p><strong>NEW YORK</strong><br>By SITU Studio (New York, U.S.)<br>Cohabitation Strategies (CohStra) (Rotterdam, Netherlands AND New York, U.S.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ll/ll9izqxg6cri2hqq.jpg"></p><p>For further details and images from each case study, head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/moma_concludes_uneven_growth_workshops_case_studies_to_be_exhibited_this_mo/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101784206/jury-members-of-the-2015-holcim-awards-are-announced Jury members of the 2015 Holcim Awards are announced Justine Testado 2014-06-13T13:55:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T17:39:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cn/cnp9mq2f5z2ea6zk.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The fourth cycle of the Holcim Awards has appointed its international expert jury members, who will take on the big task of selecting this cycle's winners of the prestigious global competition, which has a total cash prize of US$2 million...More than 6,000 submissions from 152 countries were sent to this year's call for entries. Later this year, regional winners will be selected based on their team's entry addresses the competition's target issues regarding sustainable construction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The jury members are:</p><ul><li><strong>Mohsen Mostafavi</strong> (head), Dean of the Graduate School of Design (GSD), <a href="http://archinect.com/harvard" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard University</a> (USA)</li><li><strong>Marc Ang&eacute;lil</strong>, Senior Dean, Department of Architecture, <a href="http://archinect.com/ethz" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ETH Zurich</a> (Switzerland)</li><li><strong>Alejandro Aravena</strong>, Executive Director, Elemental (Chile)</li><li><strong>Maria Atkinson</strong>, Founding CEO, Green Building Council of Australia (Australia)</li><li><strong>Yolanda Kakabadse</strong>, President, WWF International (Ecuador)</li><li><strong>Matthias Schuler</strong>, Founder, Transsolar Energietechnik (Germany)</li><li><strong>Rolf Soiron</strong>, Chairman, Holcim Foundation (Switzerland)</li></ul><p>Read more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/jury_members_of_the_2015_holcim_awards_are_announced/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96426490/2014-smibe-not-so-big-data-challenge-opens-march-28 2014 SMIBE - NOT SO BIG DATA challenge opens March 28 Justine Testado 2014-03-24T19:33:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T18:48:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5u/5u5xxot1bue831pu.jpg" width="514" height="691" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Tell your story about the built environment as a one-minute moving infographic for the <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/competition/2014_smibe_moving_infographic_competition/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 SMIBE Moving Infographic Competition, "NOT SO BIG DATA"</a>.</p><p>Starting this Friday, you can submit a moving-image story that investigates, explores, and of course can entertain the design community about the social, environmental, political, technological, and economic issues that should be discussed -- all within 60 seconds.</p><p>Submissions should not exceed 1 minute in duration and can be produced in any motion image medium. Entry is free.<br><br>Participants -- whether individually or in groups -- may submit entries on <a href="http://vimeo.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vimeo</a> beginning <strong>March 28, 2014</strong> and ending <strong>May 16, 2014</strong>. All entries must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on May 16, 2014.</p><p>The winner will receive a cash prize of $250.</p><p>To learn more, visit <a href="http://smibe.net" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">smibe.net</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93092704/finalists-of-storefront-s-competition-of-competitions Finalists of Storefront’s Competition of Competitions Justine Testado 2014-02-08T11:23:00-05:00 >2014-03-12T10:19:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/07/074rb01xvq75hv7u.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Competition briefs for urban development can overlook the most pressing and relevant needs of local communities, and architects are usually limited to satisfying the brief's requirements in their proposals. As a response, Storefront set up the Competition of Competitions, where interdisciplinary teams got to ask the questions in creating their own competition briefs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Eighteen finalists were chosen out of 100 submissions. The jury will then select 3 winners, 7 honorable mentions, and a Storefront Special Prize. The Special Prize will get to run their submitted competition as part of the 2014 Storefront for Art and Architecture program calendar.</p><p><strong>The 18 finalists are:</strong></p><ul><li>TAKING BUILDINGS DOWN by IncA&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>THE DISCREET ARCHITECT by Local provision Studio&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>OPEN SOURCE OPEN SPACE, HACKING THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT by Boot Trunk&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>THE CITY by Form Fiction Format&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>NO TITLES by GroundLAB&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>NATURE, ERROR, BABIES by Metonymy's Architecture&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>DEPLOY YOURSELF, NOT YOUR DESIGNS by CIRCa&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>DEPOLITISIGN by Min Chen &amp; Kristin Enright&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>AMAZONIA 2020 by Civic Projects&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; .</li><li>THE NEXT SUBURB by The Thirteenth Hour&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>OFF-THE-RADAR: THE ARCHITECTURE OF NON-EXISITING SPACE by MITNICK-RODDIER&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>LABYRINTH COMPETITION by Gray_matter(s)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>ARCHITECTURAL WORK by The Architecture Lobby&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>BLISS [BETTER LIVING THROUGH INTUITIVE SOFT SURVEILLANCE] by Yeadon Space Agency&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>FUTUR...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/84313753/participatory-city-100-urban-trends-exhibition-by-the-bmw-guggenheim-lab-examines-key-themes-and-issues-in-urbanism "Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends" exhibition by the BMW Guggenheim Lab examines key themes and issues in urbanism Justine Testado 2013-10-16T20:39:00-04:00 >2013-10-21T20:14:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o6/o6p2pavikqjmkwje.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Opening last week at the <a href="http://www.guggenheim.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Museum</a>, the "Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends" exhibition by the BMW Guggenheim Lab is the interdisciplinary team's latest project in continuing the global conversation on major urban issues of the world's cities.</p> <p> "Participatory City" delves into key themes and concepts in urbanism and architecture that the Lab team gathered during their travels to New York, Berlin, and Mumbai from 2011 to 2013. The exhibition is accompanied by a schedule of free film screenings, lectures, and symposia that further explore these topics. Last but not least, the event also showcases the Lab team's architects, graphic designers, special contributors, and other emerging-talent Lab members working in education, science, sustainability, art, and technology.</p> <p> "Participatory City" will continue until Jan. 5, 2014. For more info, click <a href="http://www.guggenheim.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p> This event is also in association with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/331403/archtober-2013" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archtober 2013</a>, New York City's month-long architecture and design festival in Octo...</p>