Archinect - News 2016-05-25T16:55:14-04:00 Hole, no: Archinect's comparison of exterior facades Julia Ingalls 2015-08-20T09:07:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T12:35:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="238" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>There's a thin line (or radius, in this case) between what enhances a design and what simply makes it look like it's trying too hard. In the case of buildings with circular openings on their exterior facades, the effect is often visually arresting, but is it good architecture? The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">COR building</a> in Miami is arguably a blend of both: its proposed highly sustainable wind turbines, mounted in the circular openings of the exterior facade, make it stand out on the skyline as well as on energy-savings meters. Compare this to the Dream Downtown Hotel in Manhattan (see below), which is...well, it doesn't have wind turbines in its holes, let's put it that way.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>However, the Dream Downtown Hotel is aiming for an altogether different effect, which it achieves brilliantly. Thanks to the combination of stately steel and outsize circular holes, it's quite visually attractive without being ostentatious.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Presumably, guests would want to stay here because it's interesting&nbsp;without tipping over into Las Ve...</p> Prada vs Louis Vuitton: The new fashion foundations compared Alexander Walter 2015-06-17T14:14:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T20:23:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Money is not an issue here&rdquo; is the motto that leaps out at you in both the Prada and Vuitton Foundation museums, although in Paris it is thrown into high relief on the building&rsquo;s facade by the almost vulgar silver logo of Louis Vuitton&mdash;the star company in the LVMH group.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Wowza: Scale Maps of Barcelona and Atlanta Show the Waste of Sprawl Alexander Walter 2014-09-03T14:49:00-04:00 >2014-09-10T17:26:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="416" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Urban densities are not trivial, they severely limit the transport mode choice and change only very slowly. Because of the large differences in densities between Atlanta and Barcelona about the same length of metro line is accessible to 60% of the population in Barcelona but only 4% in Atlanta. The low density of Atlanta render this city improper for rail transit.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Britain's Architecture postgraduate and master's courses in 2013 Archinect 2013-02-26T14:59:00-05:00 >2013-03-04T21:12:06-05:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>University performance: Architecture in our sortable table .</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Guardian has put together a handy sortable table with the UK's architecture postgraduate and master's courses in 2013. Compare tuition fees, student numbers, completion rates, and more.</p>