Archinect - News 2015-10-10T07:11:23-04:00 Architecture of correction: Rikers Island Alexander Walter 2015-07-08T18:00:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T21:37:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As long as the City of New York has owned Rikers Island, since the 1880s, it has been a place for the unwanted. For a time, pigs were raised for slaughter there. [...] was converted to a partial landfill, full of horse manure and garbage. The odor repelled its neighbors in the boroughs, and the refuse attracted a sizable rat population, which the city tried to contain by releasing wild dogs. [...] It took poison gas to kill off the rodents. Next the city moved humans to Rikers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The NYT on prison architecture and ethics</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From a "clean version of hell" to blabaerskog</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Prison Architecture Can Transform Inmates' Lives</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Should Architects Design for Solitary Confinement?</a></li></ul> From a "clean version of hell" to blabaerskog Nam Henderson 2015-05-03T23:01:00-04:00 >2015-05-03T23:02:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="770" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On any given day, there are 80,000 U.S. prisoners in solitary confinement...has led some prisoners into a profound level of what might be called &lsquo;ontological insecurity'</p></em><br /><br /><p>About a month ago the NYT published two pieces exploring two variants of the architecture of incarceration. The first essay, examined the stark conditions of&nbsp;United States&rsquo; only federal supermax facility. The second, explored <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The&nbsp;Radical Humaneness of Norway&rsquo;s Halden Prison</a>, designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Erik M&oslash;ller Arkitekter</a><strong>.</strong></p><p>Previously;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The NYT on prison architecture and ethics</a>&nbsp;and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pacific Standard&nbsp;on&nbsp;How Prison Architecture Can Transform Inmates' Lives</a></p> The NYT on prison architecture and ethics Alexander Walter 2015-02-17T13:34:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T11:05:12-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Faced with lawsuits and a growing mountain of damning research, New York City officials decided last month to ban solitary confinement for prison inmates 21 and younger. Just a few weeks earlier, the American Institute of Architects rejected a petition to censure members who design solitary-confinement cells and death chambers. [...] What are the ethical boundaries for architecture?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Should Architects Design for Solitary Confinement?</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ADPSP and the Architecture of Incarceration</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prison design faces judgment</a></p></li></ul> @Large: Ai Weiwei takes over Alcatraz with Lego carpets and a hippie dragon Alexander Walter 2014-09-24T13:00:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T21:59:27-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Welcome to prison, and a celebration of liberty. Ai Weiwei, the big man of Beijing, has spent years discovering pockets of freedom in the most straitened circumstances, resisting every effort by the Chinese government to shut him down. This week he opens a major new exhibition in a place that makes that resistance literal: on Alcatraz [...]. The United States has the highest incarceration rate on the planet. But this prison is decommissioned, and Ai is using it to extraordinary effect.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> How Prison Architecture Can Transform Inmates' Lives Archinect 2014-06-18T16:08:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T22:46:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Though many scholars focusing on&nbsp;penitentiaries&nbsp;suspect that staff-prisoner relations are molded by&nbsp;institutional&nbsp;architecture, little empirical work has been completed&nbsp;on the topic. Now, a new study&nbsp;led by Beijersbergen and published in Crime &amp;&nbsp;Delinquency&nbsp;has concluded&nbsp;that building styles,&nbsp;floor plans, and other design features do indeed have&nbsp;a significant&nbsp;impact&nbsp;on the way Dutch prisoners perceive their relationships with prison staff.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> ADPSP and the Architecture of Incarceration Nam Henderson 2013-12-12T18:09:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T19:51:23-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"ADPSP is asking the AIA to change their Code of Ethics to prohibit the design of spaces intended for executions and prolonged solitary confinement, as in 'supermax' prisons. This comes from the AIA's current code, which calls on members to 'uphold human rights in all their professional endeavors'&mdash;but includes no enforceable rules to provide discipline" - Raphael Sperry</p></em><br /><br /><p> Martin C. Pedersen interviewed San Francisco-based architect Raphael Sperry, ADPSP's (Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility) to get an update on ADPSP's ongoing effort to encourage architects from entering into the business of designing spaces "f<em>or killing, torture, and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment</em>".</p> <p> h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">demilit</a></p> Editor's Picks #344 Nam Henderson 2013-12-03T18:49:00-05:00 >2013-12-04T11:09:32-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>eric chavkin penned a review of "Glen Small: Recovery Room" an exhibit at Assembly in Los Angeles, organized and curated by Archinect's own Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce. MightyMike (aka Michael Locke) commented "For local (Los Angeles) fans of Archinect, there's a wonderful example of Small's work in the Franklin Hills...the Leiberman House". For his part davidd felt "This review and Small's work seems to come from an ingroup/niche point of view".</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>eric chavkin</strong> penned <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a review of "Glen Small: Recovery Room" an exhibit at Assembly in Los Angeles</a>,&nbsp;organized and curated by Archinect's own <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>.&nbsp;He concluded "<em>Despite the flaws the works of Glen Small offer so much that another architect could base an entire career on re-doing, modifying, repeating any one of his single works</em>".</p> <p> <strong>MightyMike</strong> (aka Michael Locke) commented "<em>For local (Los Angeles) fans of Archinect, there's a wonderful example of Small's work in the Franklin Hills...the Leiberman House, designed by Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 and completed by Anthony Eckelberry&nbsp; in 1995</em>".&nbsp;For his part <strong>davidd</strong> felt "<em>This review and Small's work seems to come from an ingroup/niche point of view</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> Plus, in latest edition of the series <strong>Working out of the Box</strong>, Archinect spoke with with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Microsoft Design Leads Mary-Lynne Williams and Moneta Ho Kushner</a>.</p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brian Henry</a>&nbsp;noted <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a move by Ohio towards banning LEED</a>.&nbsp;<strong>katscan</strong> thought "<em>It sure is about time, I was wondering why stat...</em></p> "Poczekalnia", a restaurant design inspired by prison Archinect 2013-11-22T19:07:00-05:00 >2013-11-22T19:07:50-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="293" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> "Poczekalnia", Polish for "Waiting Room",&nbsp; is the eleventh project of the collection "XII", by designer Karina Wiciak.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The designer has shared with us photos of the project and the following description...</p> <p> Not only the interior but also the name of the restaurant itself is a kind of metaphor, because the prison itself can be euphemistically described as a kind of waiting room.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The entire interior was done in white and black pop-art colours, with the addition of orange fabric - as a characteristic element of clothing of convicts in prison.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Prison bars, and even the cells in which paradoxically the VIP rooms are located, are the main element of the design. The bar is also behind the prison bars, and the toilets are designed in the form of iron cages, enclosed with orange curtains and glass wall (outside).</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Hanging lamps in the shape of handcuffs and a chandelier in the form of a key chain are another prison motives. Interiors are complemented by tables and chair...</p> BUREAU A’s “Parole” wins in Swiss Art Awards 2013 Justine Testado 2013-09-10T21:04:00-04:00 >2013-09-10T21:12:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Swiss firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BUREAU A</a> recently won first prize in Architecture in the Swiss Art Awards 2013 for one of their latest projects, "Parole - Champ-dollon 1/24." Although the project looks like a simple mouse cage, it comes with a strong message about complex social issues.</p> <p> "Parole" is a sculptural cage that is a reinterpretation of a part of the Champ-Dollon--a prison in Geneva, Switzerland that is known for its maximum occupancy ratios. The project highlights the debates regarding the role of architects and architecture when it comes to commissions of an ethically questionable and politically charged nature, like building a prison. Furthermore, the project emphasizes that architects should use their skills and tools to create structures that raise awareness of these debates and challenge these commissions instead of "quietly" designing them and aiming for perfection to appease the clients.</p> <p> Precisely scaled to the ratio of laboratory mice at 1:24, "Parole" also addresses ongoing glob...</p> Failed Icon Of Social Housing Becomes New Home For Former Inmates Archinect 2013-09-05T18:48:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T18:47:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It turns out pedestrians couldn&rsquo;t be bothered to detour through the pixellated concrete compound. &ldquo;Stairs were too steep, and people preferred crossing Blaak [the street passing under foot] at ground level,&rdquo; van Schaik explains. &ldquo;This left the bridge with serious problems. Most shops were vacant, as was the Supercube for a long time."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Prison design faces judgment Archinect 2013-09-04T18:04:00-04:00 >2013-09-04T18:04:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>And just as prisons in the U.S. are now designed to look not just secure and largely windowless but so nondescript that they practically disappear, architecture firms often coat their prison-design work in several layers of euphemism. Prisons and jails become "correctional facilities." On the website of the large corporate firm HOK Architects, which designed the 1997 Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown L.A., they are tucked into a broader portfolio of "justice buildings."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ai Weiwei’s Music Video, Recreating His Detention Archinect 2013-05-22T11:48:00-04:00 >2013-05-22T11:48:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now Mr. Ai is answering the guards&rsquo; request in a different key. He is presenting them, and the world, with his first heavy-metal music video, one with detailed re-creations of scenes from his 81 days of detention. He also portrays fantasies he imagines flitting through the guards&rsquo; minds. Mr. Ai posted the video on a Web site,, on Wednesday morning, Beijing time.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> schmidt hammer lassen + Friis & Moltke to Design Correctional Facility in Greenland Alexander Walter 2013-05-21T17:40:00-04:00 >2013-05-21T18:00:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="660" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>schmidt hammer lassen architects, in collaboration with fellow Danish architects Friis &amp; Moltke, landscape architects M&oslash;ller &amp; Gr&oslash;nborg and contractor Ramb&oslash;ll A/S, has won the competition to design the correctional facility Ny Anstalt in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland. This is the first such facility in Greenland.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>