Archinect - News 2016-12-07T03:55:21-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149937223/university-of-waterloo-school-of-architecture-s-former-gm-on-trial-for-fraud University of Waterloo School of Architecture's former GM on trial for fraud Julia Ingalls 2016-03-30T12:50:00-04:00 >2016-03-30T18:25:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/01/01rcdqg8ruovvypt.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A University of Waterloo employee secretly arranged for his mother to be paid $148,000 from the school&rsquo;s coffers, his fraud trial heard Tuesday. Jeffrey Lederer is charged with fraud, theft and uttering forged documents. He was employed by Waterloo until 2011, when he was asked to leave his position as general manager of the university&rsquo;s architectural school.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although he's no Bernie Madoff, just how does the former General Manager's illegal fund finagling rank in the annals of architectural rip-offs?</p><p>Here's a tour of recent questionable architectural appropriations:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101782/sean-john-rips-off-pentagram-s-poster-for-yale-school-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sean John rips off Pentagram's poster for Yale School of Architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/18452/getting-ripped-off-as-foreign-architect-in-shanghai-help" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Getting ripped off as Foreign Architect in Shanghai? HELP.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115976543/architect-eli-attia-sues-google-for-stealing-invention-that-streamlines-design-and-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect Eli Attia sues Google for stealing invention that streamlines design and construction</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73576471/why-is-china-stealing-cities-towns-and-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Is China Stealing Cities, Towns, and Buildings?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146810440/top-13-floors-of-india-s-tallest-skyscraper-were-built-illegally-high-court-says Top 13 floors of India's tallest skyscraper were built illegally, High Court says Alexander Walter 2016-01-28T13:37:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:33:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jq/jq9uirxoiz9uqal0.jpg" width="650" height="878" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a fresh setback for India's tallest skyscraper, Palais Royale at Worli, the Bombay high court on Wednesday held that the 13 upper floors of the 56-storey building as well as a 15-storey public parking tower next to it were "completely illegal". [...] The builder also sought to claim that the tower with 900 parking spaces was in public interest. The HC disagreed, saying "but for the incentive FSI (that the developer could claim) they would not have constructed it for social service".</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>H/T&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ctbuh.org/News/GlobalTallNews/tabid/4810/language/en-US/Default.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CTBUH</a>.</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145577538/world-s-first-slum-museum-is-coming-to-mumbai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first Slum Museum is coming to Mumbai</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115583325/steven-holl-architects-wins-star-studded-competition-to-design-mumbai-city-museum-north-wing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl Architects wins star-studded competition to design Mumbai City Museum North Wing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126365016/are-india-s-cities-prepared-to-withstand-an-earthquake-like-in-nepal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are India's cities prepared to withstand an earthquake like in Nepal?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/109112857/prada-marfa-saved Prada Marfa saved Alexander Walter 2014-09-16T17:46:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T15:59:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/96/963100a38d08759b517e56e9870dd5b7.jpg" width="650" height="481" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/82065559/prada-marfa-declared-an-illegal-outdoor-advertisement-faces-possible-removal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prada Marfa declared an illegal outdoor advertisement, faces possible removal</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84211541/looser-rules-on-illegal-housing-sought Looser Rules on Illegal Housing Sought Archinect 2013-10-15T12:11:00-04:00 >2013-10-21T19:53:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e2/e25a8190b6ecff37145452f5de244f34.jpg" width="600" height="400" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/82065559/prada-marfa-declared-an-illegal-outdoor-advertisement-faces-possible-removal 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ef/efec13d2243e505390bd9342bb02677c.jpg" width="600" height="390" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/109112857/prada-marfa-saved" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prada Marfa saved</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/79451696/zhang-lin-builds-his-dream-mountain-home-on-top-of-a-beijing-apartment-building 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8f/8ff61ee5bb7ba174eff07207d7d84e33.jpg" width="570" height="379" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>