Archinect - News 2015-04-21T10:47:17-04:00 Blatant Racism displayed by owner of Berkeley-based Sachi Landscape Orhan Ayyüce 2014-10-03T14:06:00-04:00 >2014-10-09T18:31:31-04:00 <img src="" width="199" height="199" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Are you joking? Go ask a Latino based org. I am not interested in assisting anyone from a Latino based org. Its racist to even ask and frankly my business has [been] ruined by fucking illegal immigrants. Are we clear! Don&rsquo;t ever email this address again. If there weren&rsquo;t so many damn illegal immigrants in this state, i would have work for myself. Now piss off!</p></em><br /><br /><p>'Landscaper Refuses to Help Berkeley Students Because of &lsquo;F*cking Illegal Immigrants&rsquo;. This quote is not from the Onion, but written as a response to Vanessa Hern&aacute;ndez Ju&aacute;rez, a member of UCal Berkeley&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a title="Casa" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chican@/Latin@ Architecture Student Association</a>&nbsp;who e mailed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sachi Landscape</a> &nbsp;asking for a studio visit from UC Berkeley Landscape Architecture students.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I like how one of my favorite cartoonists&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lalo Alcaraz</a> responded to Sachi.</p><p><em>&ldquo;Are you the racist landscaping company? I&rsquo;m looking for one, thanks.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>Sorry.</em></p><p><em>Before I became a freedom-loving cartoonist and writer, I used to be an architect in training.</em></p><p><em>I got my Master&rsquo;s Degree in Architecture from UC Berkeley, and as I said, I was a member of CASA. Our purpose was to give each other support as Latino students at a big, daunting and prestigious university, and to form relationships with professionals in our intended profession. Field trips to firms often led to internships, experience and future employment.</em></p><p><em>To be an architect, or a landscape...</em></p> Prada Marfa saved Alexander Walter 2014-09-16T17:46:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T15:59:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The conceptual storefront Prada Marfa, 2005, by Elmgreen &amp; Dragset, has a new lease on life. The Texas Department of Transportation reached an agreement last week with the foundation Ballroom Marfa to preserve the sculpture after nearly one year of negotiations. The government threatened to shut down the work because it could be considered an illegal roadside advertisement under state law. [...] the foundation plans to lease the land underneath Prada Marfa and register it as an art museum.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prada Marfa declared an illegal outdoor advertisement, faces possible removal</a></p> Looser Rules on Illegal Housing Sought Archinect 2013-10-15T12:11:00-04:00 >2013-10-21T19:53:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York City&rsquo;s Department of Buildings issues more than 4,400 violations a year for illegally converted basements, cellars and attics that cannot be occupied because of health and safety hazards, like poor ventilation or a lack of multiple exits. But with the scarcity of affordable housing in the city and with many New Yorkers already living in makeshift apartments, some housing advocates are calling for a new approach.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Prada Marfa declared an illegal outdoor advertisement, faces possible removal Archinect 2013-09-17T15:32:00-04:00 >2014-09-16T17:48:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nearly eight years after opening, Prada Marfa has been classified by the Texas Department of Transportation as an &ldquo;illegal outdoor advertising sign&rdquo; because it displays the Prada logo on land where that is prohibited. This could lead to forced removal of the installation, although the department has not yet decided what action it will take.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>UPDATE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prada Marfa saved</a></p> Zhang Lin Builds His Dream Mountain Home... On Top Of A Beijing Apartment Building Archinect 2013-08-14T14:23:00-04:00 >2013-08-19T20:06:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the past six years, professor Zhang Lin has been moving rocks and rubble to construct his dream mountain home in the Renji Mountain area of Beijing, China. The catch? It's actually on the roof of a 26-story apartment building. And according to the South China Morning Post, the structure is completely illegal, as he never received the necessary planning permission for this extreme dwelling.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>