Archinect - News 2016-10-01T13:22:27-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149970743/i-m-pei-s-national-gallery-of-art-building-set-to-reopen-this-week-in-washington I.M. Pei's National Gallery of Art building set to reopen this week in Washington Alexander Walter 2016-09-26T17:17:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T22:55:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/07/07c0uzpkaybv5gbj.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From the outside, not much has changed. After a three-year, $69m renovation, the East Building of the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington, DC, looks about the same as it did when it first opened in June 1978. [...] Step inside and the differences become clear. The gallery, which reopens to the public on 30 September, has managed to carve out more than 12,250 sq. ft of additional exhibition space without expanding its physical footprint.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dc/dcf584cmx699mhso.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;&nbsp;<em>I.M. Pei, who designed the East Building, on the structure's original opening day, June 1, 1978. Photo &copy; Dennis Brack/Black Star. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gallery Archives</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108175673/louvre-director-plans-its-grand-revamp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louvre director plans its grand revamp</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126887317/pei-cobb-freed-faces-lawsuit-from-cornell-over-faulty-johnson-museum-expansion-scheme" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pei Cobb Freed faces lawsuit from Cornell over "faulty" Johnson Museum expansion scheme</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144958591/98-year-old-i-m-pei-reportedly-assaulted-by-caregiver" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">98-year-old I.M. Pei reportedly assaulted by caregiver</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968720/oliver-wainwright-finds-the-national-museum-of-african-american-history-embodies-its-complexities-and-contradictions Oliver Wainwright finds the National Museum of African American History "embodies its complexities and contradictions" Nicholas Korody 2016-09-15T13:12:00-04:00 >2016-09-20T09:05:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2d/2dos47kzqui5aisf.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Standing assertively in the middle of a 15-acre lawn, between the sharp white obelisk of the Washington Monument and the colossal stone shed of the National Museum of American History, the latest arrival to this hallowed parade ground certainly holds its own. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture erupts from the ground, an inverted pagoda of three angular bronzed tiers on an all-glass base, departing from its neighbours&rsquo; sombre palette...with joyous glee.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Like the exhibitions inside it, the museum building embodies its complexities and contradictions, charged as it is with a brief and a site as impossibly fraught as the history it is telling. Despite some clunks, the result has a compelling, spiky otherness, standing on the Mall as a welcome rebuke to the world of white marble monuments to dead white men.</em></p><p>More on the newest addition to the National Mall:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942639/quintessential-america-at-play-in-the-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Quintessential America" at play in the Museum of African American History and Culture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940808/what-architecture-means-to-zena-howard-project-leader-of-the-national-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What architecture means to Zena Howard, project leader of the National Museum of African American History and Culture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/39005328/watch-first-look-at-the-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch: First Look at the Museum of African American History and Culture</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965503/the-unfinished-charm-of-the-smithsonian-s-arts-and-industries-building The “unfinished charm” of the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building Justine Testado 2016-08-26T18:01:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T11:32:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a3jj5h3xsq989fkc.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With its colorful facade, arched windows, spires and rotunda, the A&amp;I (as it's often called) is a festive relief...But despite the perky building's popularity, its reopening was hardly grand. Why so little fanfare? Lack of funding seems to be one explanation ...the building's "unfinished character is one of its charms...It hasn't always been as gently used as we would like. But that's an important part of our history &mdash; Smithsonian history and American history."</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958646/the-seagram-building-after-the-four-seasons-maintaining-a-costly-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Seagram Building after the Four Seasons: maintaining a costly landmark</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948814/rip-bruce-goff-s-bavinger-house-demolished" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIP: Bruce Goff's Bavinger House demolished</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938957/preserving-central-asia-s-ancient-architecture-through-code" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Preserving Central Asia's ancient architecture through code</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145516502/the-race-to-complete-the-capitol-dome-restoration-in-time-for-the-inauguration-of-the-45th-u-s-president" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The race to complete the Capitol dome restoration in time for the inauguration of the 45th U.S. President</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964818/london-s-architectural-debate-society-turncoats-is-coming-to-d-c London's architectural debate society, Turncoats, is coming to D.C. Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-23T13:13:00-04:00 >2016-09-01T23:00:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n5/n564zblkk4k92jzo.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The idea behind Turncoats is for people to relax, slough off their more cautious professional selves, and engage in full-throated (yet respectful!), rapid-fire debate on a broad range of topics. Audience members are encouraged to speak up, Powerpoints are strictly forbidden, and alcohol is served liberally.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Started in London in the last couple years,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957588/provocative-architecture-debating-series-turncoats-goes-international" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turncoats</a>&nbsp;has chapters in Scotland, Vancouver, Serbia and now, the U.S. The first D.C. Turncoats event takes place tomorrow, August 24, and is centered around the debate topic of "D.C. Wants Boring Architecture". Find more details <a href="http://bustler.net/events/8130/d-c-wants-boring-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>More on debates and D.C.:</p><ul><li><a title='Archinect presents "Next Up," a live podcasting event in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, this Saturday, October 3rd!' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137806694/archinect-presents-next-up-a-live-podcasting-event-in-collaboration-with-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-this-saturday-october-3rd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect presents "Next Up," a live podcasting event in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, this Saturday, October 3rd!</a></li><li><a title="The race to complete the Capitol dome restoration in time for the inauguration of the 45th U.S. President" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145516502/the-race-to-complete-the-capitol-dome-restoration-in-time-for-the-inauguration-of-the-45th-u-s-president" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The race to complete the Capitol dome restoration in time for the inauguration of the 45th U.S. President</a></li><li><a title="Department of Transportation Secretary threatens to shut down DC Metro" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944472/department-of-transportation-secretary-threatens-to-shut-down-dc-metro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Department of Transportation Secretary threatens to shut down DC Metro</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956425/dive-into-james-corner-s-field-of-icebergs-now-at-the-national-building-museum Dive into James Corner's field of ICEBERGS, now at the National Building Museum Justine Testado 2016-07-06T20:07:00-04:00 >2016-07-08T12:29:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3d/3de3add8x1a9s27v.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Walk into the Great Hall of Washington D.C.'s National Building Museum right now and you'll find a glacial landscape of geometric "icebergs" floating before you. Landscape architect James Corner worked alongside the NBM to design the chilling scene, as part of the museum's 2016 Summer Block Party. In the past, the yearly series hosted Snarkitecture's monochromatic&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131329607/snarkitecture-s-10-000-sq-ft-indoor-beach-at-the-national-building-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BEACH</a>&nbsp;and BIG's&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103881621/delve-into-the-big-maze-at-the-national-building-museum-in-washington-d-c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gigantic maze</a>.</p><p>Opening this past Saturday, ICEBERGS lets visitors catch a break from D.C.'s hot, humid summers.&nbsp;The installation is based on themes related to physical experience and landscape representation, according to James Corner Field Operations, welcoming visitors with an&nbsp;&ldquo;interactive and playful space of respite and reflection&rdquo;.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ne/ne70t4g8m050kn28.jpg"></p><p>Encased in a large blue net, the installation comprises over 30 prismatic triangular pentahedrons and octahedrons constructed from translucent polycarbonate panels, and&nbsp;range from 16-56 feet in height.</p><p>Visitors can cool off as they lounge on chunky, triangular beanbags strewn a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953094/david-adjaye-on-the-national-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture-and-other-projects David Adjaye on the National Museum of African American History and Culture (and other projects) Nicholas Korody 2016-06-21T17:49:00-04:00 >2016-06-30T00:23:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/04/04fkfdu3s4teonvn.jpg" width="514" height="310" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s about architecture, but also about memory and history,&rdquo; Adjaye says when we meet at the site on a cloudy afternoon in mid-May. &ldquo;I got exactly what I wanted on the exterior, which was a dark, brooding, bronzelike building.&rdquo;&nbsp; Before going inside, he points out what he calls the &ldquo;oculus,&rdquo; a circular raised platform at the west entrance through whose glass windows you can see the room below. &ldquo;We found out that this spot was once a slave market, right on the Mall,&rdquo;&nbsp; he says.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;The oculus is like a slave pedestal, levitated off the ground. I&rsquo;ve tried to make every decision here have some history.&rdquo;</em></p><p>For more on the British-Ghanaian architect, check out past Archinect coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951156/david-adjaye-is-releasing-a-vinyl-record-with-his-brother" target="_blank">David Adjaye is releasing a vinyl record with his brother</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942639/quintessential-america-at-play-in-the-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture" target="_blank">"Quintessential America" at play in the Museum of African American History and Culture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145677947/david-adjaye-is-the-best-bet-for-the-obama-presidential-library-but-not-because-of-the-color-of-his-skin" target="_blank">David Adjaye is the best bet for the Obama Presidential Library &ndash; but not because of the color of his skin</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142589277/the-wsj-s-review-of-making-place-the-architecture-of-david-adjaye" target="_blank">The WSJ's review of "Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944472/department-of-transportation-secretary-threatens-to-shut-down-dc-metro Department of Transportation Secretary threatens to shut down DC Metro Nicholas Korody 2016-05-10T17:35:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T22:05:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hd/hdehcumu5heks2ph.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Tuesday he seriously considered ordering a shutdown of the entire Washington Metro subway system last week and may still do that if local officials don't follow Transportation Department safety directives. "We have the ability to withhold (federal) funds from Metro. We have the ability to shut Metro down, and we're not afraid to use the authority we have," Foxx said told reporters. "This is serious business."</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Local officials have yet to identify the root cause of incidents involving electrical arcing, smoke and fire, and so have no plan for how to fix the problem, he said."</em></p><p>For more on the dilapidated state of American infrastructure:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942780/u-s-transportation-secretary-foxx-on-the-troubled-relationship-between-infrastructure-and-race-we-ought-to-do-it-better-than-we-did-it-the-last-time" target="_blank">U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx on the troubled relationship between infrastructure and race: "We ought to do it better than we did it the last time"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941219/why-american-infrastructure-funding-keeps-facing-such-an-uphill-battle" target="_blank">Why American infrastructure funding keeps facing such an uphill battle</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940957/connectivity-not-territory-why-we-need-to-make-a-new-map-for-the-us" target="_blank">Connectivity, not territory: why we need to make a new map for the US</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939041/how-prepared-are-american-cities-for-the-new-reality-of-self-driving-cars" target="_blank">How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942656/waiting-for-the-washington-metro-a-not-so-fictional-tale Waiting for the Washington Metro: A not-so-fictional tale Justine Testado 2016-04-27T20:27:00-04:00 >2016-04-28T14:34:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vz/vz0ancaswc55ev6w.jpg" width="514" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The train will not come because the track does not exist, says the voice on the loudspeaker. You must believe as hard as you can. Everyone on the platform ignores him. Your belief is not enough. It has never been enough. Construction has just begun on the new Fuchsia Line, which Metro management says will solve all the system&rsquo;s problems, and which is the only thing that anyone has allocated any funding for. It is entirely under water and plated in gold. It will be completed in 18 years.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Alexandra Petri of The Washington Post pens a maybe not-so-fictional tale about the &ldquo;horrors&rdquo; of the current state of the Washington Metro, which shut down last month.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938721/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-fictional-architecture-intern" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A day in the life of a (fictional) architecture intern</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936174/fairy-tales-2016-winners-highlight-real-architectural-issues-through-fictional-storytelling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fairy Tales 2016 winners highlight real architectural issues through fictional storytelling</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144591361/a-fairy-tale-for-an-age-of-global-urbanization" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A fairy tale for an age of global urbanization</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942639/quintessential-america-at-play-in-the-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture "Quintessential America" at play in the Museum of African American History and Culture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-27T17:59:00-04:00 >2016-04-28T14:37:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7b/7b1f45417d9234288d043ca620594a30.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Project leader Zena] Howard focuses on all of the aspects of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, but hones in on the porch, which happens to span 200 feet and it serves as an transitional space between the outside and inside of the museum. &ldquo;I think that the porch is&hellip;quintessential America,&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;This project&mdash;not only given the scale, the complexity, the political and contextual sensitivities&mdash;is an amalgam of all the problems that we, as architects, love to solve&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="What architecture means to Zena Howard, project leader of the National Museum of African American History and Culture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940808/what-architecture-means-to-zena-howard-project-leader-of-the-national-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What architecture means to Zena Howard, project leader of the National Museum of African American History and Culture</a></li><li><a title="David Adjaye talks about woven architecture and his new D.C. museum" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130952473/david-adjaye-talks-about-woven-architecture-and-his-new-d-c-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Adjaye talks about woven architecture and his new D.C. museum</a></li><li><a title="Obama to speak at African American history museum&rsquo;s groundbreaking" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/38286227/obama-to-speak-at-african-american-history-museum-s-groundbreaking" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama to speak at African American history museum&rsquo;s groundbreaking</a></li><li><a title="Watch: First Look at the Museum of African American History and Culture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/39005328/watch-first-look-at-the-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch: First Look at the Museum of African American History and Culture</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940808/what-architecture-means-to-zena-howard-project-leader-of-the-national-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture What architecture means to Zena Howard, project leader of the National Museum of African American History and Culture Justine Testado 2016-04-14T19:14:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T00:24:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2h/2h262g26qntzzajx.jpg" width="514" height="310" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"And to me, as an African American, just realizing that this has actually come to be, that there's an actual National Museum for African American History and Culture on the Mall of Washington, D.C., and this museum should have happened years and years ago, but the realization that finally in America we're at a place where we can accept it ... It's one of the most prominent sites on the Mall. It's not somewhere tucked away.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architect Zena Howard talks about what first drew her to architecture, the National Museum for African American History and Culture on which she worked as Senior Project Manager, and her outlook on the status of women in architecture.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939790/read-an-excerpt-from-the-new-where-are-the-women-architects-book" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Read an excerpt from the new &ldquo;Where Are the Women Architects?&rdquo; book</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145737366/meet-hossein-amanat-the-architect-who-designed-iran-s-most-famous-monument" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meet Hossein Amanat, the architect who designed Iran's most famous monument</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129867356/an-angry-passion-round-up-of-global-tributes-to-charles-correa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"An Angry Passion": Round-Up of Global Tributes to Charles Correa</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149935095/big-unveils-moat-encircled-stadium-design-for-d-c BIG unveils moat-encircled stadium design for D.C. Julia Ingalls 2016-03-16T20:26:00-04:00 >2016-03-18T01:15:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h3/h3ge13fp7y33clig.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The one thing that everybody's sort of excited about is this idea that the stadium is designed as much for the tailgating, the pre-game, as for the game itself,&rdquo; Ingels says in the 60 Minutes promo.</p></em><br /><br /><p>When sports fans think football, they think...moats? Although the proposed stadium for the still-offensively-named Washington Redskins hasn't officially found a site, team owner Dan Snyder is pushing for it to be located next to the&nbsp;Anacostia River, which would provide context for Ingels' moat, although this juxtaposition still leaves the purple moon unexplained.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wj/wji5cw5dkx43lv2a.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sz/sz3px4tqhlouavzz.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p2/p2rcl301a602g0ds.jpg"></p><p>More BIG news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934618/60-minutes-profiles-bjarke-ingels-the-starchitect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">60 Minutes profiles Bjarke Ingels, the "Starchitect"</a>&nbsp;</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149425610/albright-knox-gallery-announces-short-list-of-firms-for-80m-expansion-sn-hetta-big-oma-why-allied-works" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Albright-Knox Gallery announces short list of firms for $80m expansion: Sn&oslash;hetta, BIG, OMA, wHY, Allied Works</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148885108/serpentine-unzips-bjarke-ingels-pavilion-and-4-summer-houses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine unzips Bjarke Ingels' Pavilion and 4 Summer Houses</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149935036/dc-in-grid-lock-after-unexpected-metro-shutdown DC in grid lock after unexpected Metro shutdown Nicholas Korody 2016-03-16T13:39:00-04:00 >2016-03-16T13:45:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ka/ka8hf1q68qm4ew4h.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After officials announced that Metro, Washington&rsquo;s subway system, would be shut down for 29 hours, riders began preparations for another problematic travel day in a city already well known for its cramped and sometimes dangerous train commutes. The controlled chaos began early Wednesday and will continue until 5 a.m. Thursday, affecting 91 Metro stations that provide 700,000 rides each day in the city and its suburbs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>DC residents took to Twitter and other social media to voice their frustration with the unexpected shutdown, which was prompted by an emergency inspection of some 600 electrical cables.</p><p>Residents have been left to face grueling traffic, delayed buses, or surge-priced Ubers. The Department of Transportation offered free, 24-hour use of Capital Bikeshare bike.</p><p>For other infrastructure news, take a look at some past articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934138/will-la-s-new-metro-extension-bring-growth-to-the-city-s-peripheries" target="_blank">Will LA's new metro extension bring growth to the city's peripheries?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149933899/the-bike-wars-are-over-and-the-bikes-won" target="_blank">The Bike Wars Are Over, and the Bikes Won</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149908121/more-details-on-glendale-s-freeway-cap-park-emerge" target="_blank">More details on Glendale's "freeway cap park" emerge</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149815775/why-cranes-keep-collapsing-despite-sophisticated-equipment" target="_blank">Why cranes keep collapsing, despite "sophisticated equipment"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149512391/us-government-agency-develops-new-batteries-that-could-revolutionize-energy-infrastructure" target="_blank">US government agency develops new batteries that could revolutionize energy infrastructure</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149933901/cool-off-at-james-corner-s-icebergs-at-the-national-building-museum-this-summer Cool off at James Corner's ICEBERGS at the National Building Museum this summer Justine Testado 2016-03-09T17:45:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T23:24:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m8/m8ltxy3tab5s7ari.jpg" width="514" height="264" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/jcfo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Corner Field Operations</a> is transforming the National Building Museum's Great Hall into a glacial landscape of ICEBERGS for the museum's annual Summer Block Party installation, following two wildly successful years with Snarkitecture's monochromatic&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131329607/snarkitecture-s-10-000-sq-ft-indoor-beach-at-the-national-building-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BEACH</a> and BIG's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103881621/delve-into-the-big-maze-at-the-national-building-museum-in-washington-d-c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gigantic maze</a>. Today, James Corner revealed their initial concept for the collaborative project.</p><p>ICEBERGS emphasizes the themes of landscape representation, physical experience, geometry and construction, according to the architects. Once the installation opens on July 2, people&nbsp;will get to wander through an immersive underwater-world of geometric icebergs, with the tallest "bergy bit" towering at 56 feet to the third-story balcony of the museum.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ci/ci7g7kjqfnlhk9nh.jpg"></p><p>The 12,540 square-foot installation will be comprised of more than 30 prismatic triangular pentahedrons and octahedrons made from reusable translucent polycarbonate panels, with some hanging from the ceiling to appear as if they were floating.&nbsp;A&nbsp;"water line" suspended at 20 f...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146672126/25-year-old-architect-wins-wwi-centennial-memorial-competition-in-d-c 25-year-old architect wins WWI Centennial Memorial competition in D.C. Justine Testado 2016-01-26T18:28:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:05:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rs/rsemddksxhtya12i.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the cityscape of Washington D.C. continues to evolve, another project is in the works at the National World War One Memorial at Pershing Park. Today, the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission announced that 25-year-old architect Joseph Weishaar of Brininstool+Lynch and New York veteran sculptor Sabin Howard won the Centennial Memorial design competition with their proposal, "The Weight of Sacrifice". Not a bad start for Weishaar's professional career, no?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a glimpse of the winning proposal:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j8/j8r96t56b6rgyzyc.jpg"></p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8d/8d75ain4hvz2wn1q.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cx/cxtub84mbu65ulp4.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/24/241ojr9xti4g1gom.jpg"></p><p>More about the project&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/wwi_centennial_memorial_winner/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146368753/bjarke-ingels-shouldn-t-be-proud-to-have-the-washington-redskins-as-a-client-according-to-critic-philip-kennicott Bjarke Ingels shouldn't be proud to have the Washington Redskins as a client, according to critic Philip Kennicott Justine Testado 2016-01-22T20:04:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T01:24:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fg/fgmigfitkf5y475j.jpg" width="514" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To understand how strange this pairing of client and architect is, you have to contemplate two things: the deeply embedded social progressivism that has become the standard worldview of international architectural firms such as BIG; and organizations such as the NFL, a private club for 1 percenters that bullies municipalities and treats its own players&rsquo; health with indifference. Can this marriage last? Is BIG motivated by naivete or cynicism?</p></em><br /><br /><p>WaPo's art and architecture critic Philip Kennicott discusses the oddities of BIG's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145193852/bjarke-ingels-group-big-tackles-nfl-stadium-design-for-the-washington-redskins" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent commission</a> to design a new stadium for the Washington Redskins &mdash; and the team's problematic name is just the tip of the iceberg.</p><p>More on Archinect:&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145193852/bjarke-ingels-group-big-tackles-nfl-stadium-design-for-the-washington-redskins" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group, BIG, tackles NFL stadium design for the Washington Redskin</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145653809/nfl-football-is-officially-returning-to-los-angeles-gigantic-new-stadium-might-even-be-home-to-more-than-just-one-team" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NFL football is officially returning to Los Angeles: gigantic new stadium might even be home to more than just one team</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131279044/herzog-de-meuron-s-stadium-in-chelsea-will-be-a-hefty-brute-of-a-thing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron's stadium in Chelsea "will be a hefty brute of a thing"</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134568620/organic-kale-for-posh-la-football-fans-newly-unveiled-stadium-design-sports-a-farmers-market-and-vvip-parking" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Organic kale for posh LA football fans: Newly unveiled stadium design sports a farmers' market and VVIP parking</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/145516502/the-race-to-complete-the-capitol-dome-restoration-in-time-for-the-inauguration-of-the-45th-u-s-president The race to complete the Capitol dome restoration in time for the inauguration of the 45th U.S. President Alexander Walter 2016-01-11T18:36:00-05:00 >2016-01-12T09:44:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7i/7i0r0oei6ywvwwdd.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is fervently hoped that when the 45th president takes the oath of office outside the Capitol on 20 January 2017, a $60m project to restore the building&rsquo;s august cast-iron dome will have been completed. [...] &ldquo;There&rsquo;s never been a major renovation of the dome. It&rsquo;s important work and was long overdue. It apparently has a thousand cracks and pieces have been falling off for years but, once this work is done, it should be good for another 150 years.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/na/nakz768zglcrquvu.jpg"></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96639076/u-s-capitol-building-to-receive-much-needed-facelift" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Capitol building to receive much-needed facelift</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120896185/turns-out-the-washington-monument-is-shorter-than-we-thought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turns out the Washington Monument is shorter than we thought</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120619339/history-breaks-down-the-lincoln-memorial-s-bizarre-rejected-designs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">History breaks down the Lincoln Memorial&rsquo;s bizarre rejected designs</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135574011/the-beach-to-be-reincarnated-in-arts-competition-for-d-c-s-dupont-underground-initiative The BEACH to be reincarnated in arts competition for D.C.'s Dupont Underground initiative Justine Testado 2015-09-01T12:55:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T15:38:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/09/091cm4tbc4d9nycn.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The wildly successful BEACH installation is down to its final exhibition days at Washington D.C.'s National Building Museum. Since <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131329607/snarkitecture-s-10-000-sq-ft-indoor-beach-at-the-national-building-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opening on July 4</a>, over 120,000 visitors both young and old "splashed" around in its bubbly waters, lounged about on the "shore", and perhaps saw a live band rock out in the 10,000 square-foot monochromatic ball pit, designed by Brooklyn-based <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/94643/snarkitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Snarkitecture</a>. Although the Beach closes on September 7, that won't be the last of it.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tg/tgfj4lw34z6xw2vs.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kv/kvtw8ef5hcoiyi5m.jpg"></p><p>Recycling the Beach was always part of the plan. Even before the installation opened, representatives of the D.C.-based initiative, the <a href="http://dupontunderground.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dupont Underground</a>, proposed&nbsp;to transport, store, and re-use its building materials.</p><p>The Dupont Underground has set&nbsp;its sights on revitalizing&nbsp;an abandoned trolley station beneath the Dupont Circle neighborhood into a public venue for arts and design-oriented events. As part of their inaugural programming, the group will take the Beach's more than 650,000 anti-microbial plastic balls and its 6,000 ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135262578/sorry-l-a-but-the-nation-s-worst-traffic-is-in-d-c Sorry L.A., but the nation's worst traffic is in D.C. Alexander Walter 2015-08-27T13:11:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T13:13:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9n/9nicj58mgkqlz20s.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For those who assume&nbsp;Los Angeles has the worst traffic in the United States: Not so fast. Drivers in Southern California spent a whopping 80 hours sitting in traffic in 2014, according to a new report by the Texas A&amp;M Transportation Institute and the traffic data company Inrix. But the city with the dubious distinction of most time lost behind the wheel is Washington, D.C., researchers say, where commuters clocked 82 hours of delays in a single year.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Other metro areas snatching top spots according to the&nbsp;<a href="http://d2dtl5nnlpfr0r.cloudfront.net/tti.tamu.edu/documents/mobility-scorecard-2015.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard</a> report:</p><ul><li>San Francisco-Oakland CA (78 hours)</li><li>New York-Newark NY-NJ-CT (74 hours)</li><li>San Jose CA (67 hours)</li><li>Boston MA-NH-RI (64 hours)</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132504519/500-square-feet-and-falling 500 Square Feet and Falling Julia Ingalls 2015-07-22T18:59:00-04:00 >2015-07-23T10:52:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bu/buh07kd4842mqga5.jpg" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The trend toward living in less square footage isn't just about battling rent hikes: in Orange County, the able-bodied and financially resourceful are choosing to habitate (and sometimes co-habitate) in so-called micro or mini-apartments. Although the definition varies, anything below 500 square feet is generally considered to be on the petite side. The smaller appliances, constricted shelving, and overall compactness of these places requires spatial creativity and a Spartan materialism. According to the <a href="http://www.ocregister.com/lansner/apartment-671316-one-siler.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orange County Register</a>, nursing student and 475 square foot apartment dweller Cayla Alexander says of she and her husband,&nbsp;&ldquo;We have three bowls and five plates. But when you really come down to it, do you need anything else?&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yb/yb94k36bq75mxxh4.jpg"></p><p>Perhaps the most extreme example of this trend is the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/66031295/new-york-mayor-bloomberg-announces-winner-of-adapt-nyc-micro-unit-apartment-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">My Micro NY</a>, a complex of 55 apartments designed by nARCHITECTS in New York City that range in size from 260 to 370 square feet. According to <a href="http://www.capsyscorp.com/nextlevelbuilding/?tag=micro-unit-apartment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CapsysCorps</a>, the units make use of tall ceilings, large windows an...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131502328/gehry-s-modified-eisenhower-memorial-design-gets-green-light-from-national-capital-planning-commission Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design gets green light from National Capital Planning Commission Alexander Walter 2015-07-09T18:21:00-04:00 >2015-07-15T12:54:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/67/675e3ebdaf47843155eb3b07c86a332b.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Frank Gehry&rsquo;s modified design for the National Eisenhower Memorial received final approval from the National Capital Planning Commission Thursday, the final step in the federal approval process that has dragged on since 2011. The commission voted 9 to 1 to move forward with the design for a memorial park on a four-acre site along Independence Avenue in Southwest Washington.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125286004/chairman-of-eisenhower-memorial-commission-to-step-down" target="_blank">Chairman of Eisenhower Memorial Commission to step down</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110427299/eisenhower-memorial-clears-key-hurdle-on-gehry-design" target="_blank">Eisenhower Memorial clears key hurdle on Gehry design</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109173897/eisenhower-memorial-to-consider-plan-that-removes-most-of-frank-gehry-s-designs" target="_blank">Eisenhower Memorial to consider plan that removes most of Frank Gehry&rsquo;s designs</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106485841/eisenhower-memorial-politics-as-usual" target="_blank">Eisenhower memorial, politics as usual</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97261574/panel-rejects-design-for-eisenhower-memorial" target="_blank">Panel rejects design for Eisenhower Memorial</a></li><li>...and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/45183/eisenhower-memorial" target="_blank">many more</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/131329607/snarkitecture-s-10-000-sq-ft-indoor-beach-at-the-national-building-museum Snarkitecture's 10,000 sq ft indoor BEACH at the National Building Museum Justine Testado 2015-07-07T14:07:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T23:36:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6dspvysncsw6tsw4.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Following Bjarke Ingels Group's wildly successful <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103881621/delve-into-the-big-maze-at-the-national-building-museum-in-washington-d-c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG Maze</a> last summer, one could only wonder how Washington D.C.'s <a href="http://www.nbm.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Building Museum</a> would one-up itself this time around. Enter Alex Mustonen and Daniel Arsham of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/94643/snarkitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Snarkitecture</a>, who envisioned the 10,000 square-foot indoor BEACH that opened on July 4 in the Museum's Great Hall.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ft/ftf9zl0aede2ampn.jpg"></p><p>Decked out in Snarkitecture's all-white aesthetic, the monochromatic installation has beach chairs and umbrellas on the "shoreline" and an "ocean" of nearly 1 million recyclable translucent plastic balls for visitors to "splash" in, facing a mirrored wall that creates the illusion of a vast expanse. The Museum commissioned Snarkitecture to design the giant ball-pit&nbsp;&mdash; which was <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/snarkitecture_brings_the_beach_indoors_at_the_national_building_museum_this/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first announced</a> back in April&nbsp;&mdash; for the annual &ldquo;Summer Block Party,&rdquo; which consists of various public programming, exhibitions, and events.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q0/q0l6oof32bq4hpfs.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ao/aolxorvwcdqw3owg.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d0/d0o6rc7tixgkxdz4.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5m/5mtp5x1p370q1a0w.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3n/3n7ay8q2jj8coj4m.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ko/korf7u2kieofpq2j.jpg"></p><p>'We see the commission as an exciting opportunity to create an architectural installation that reimagines the qualities and possibilities of ma...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128637001/national-building-museum-turns-to-indiegogo-to-fund-upcoming-beach-installation National Building Museum turns to Indiegogo to fund upcoming BEACH installation Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-02T14:17:00-04:00 >2015-06-04T21:29:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/058ukrfavrte3k0t.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last summer, the National Building Museum in DC installed <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103881621/delve-into-the-big-maze-at-the-national-building-museum-in-washington-d-c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's giant wooden maze</a> in its atrium, and attracted over <a href="http://www.designboom.com/architecture/bjarke-ingels-group-big-hot-to-cold-exhibition-national-building-museum-01-21-2015/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">50,000 visitors</a>. Exactly a year later, the museum is planning another large-scale public installation to draw blockbuster attendance: BEACH, a playa-themed ball-pit for the museum's atrium. Brooklyn-based firm <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/94643/snarkitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Snarkitecture</a> is designing the enclosure that will house around 750,000 translucent balls, and a variety of beachy objects like beach chairs, umbrellas, and a snack shack. BEACH will open on July 4th of this year &ndash; that is, if the Museum can raise the money. Today, NBM announced that it was turning to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/build-a-beach-in-d-c#/story" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Indiegogo to crowdfund $10,000</a> for the installation and related summer programming.</p><p></p><p>Snarkitecture's BEACH installation was <a href="http://www.citylab.com/design/2015/04/the-national-building-museum-is-bringing-the-beach-indoors-this-summer/390054/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first announced back in April</a>, with no mention of the Indiegogo campaign. As an independent non-profit 501(c)(3), the Museum supports its exhibitions through admissions and outside contributions, but this will be its first crowdfunding effort. It...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128102115/not-all-sidewalks-are-created-equal-in-d-c Not all sidewalks are created equal in D.C. Alexander Walter 2015-05-26T15:59:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T22:51:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6k/6kx1frdaqmclzevm.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Instead, he lives on Buena Vista Terrace SE, a grim stretch of low-rise apartments pushed up against the Maryland border. And on Buena Vista Terrace, just standing outside can get you in trouble. [...] The law is meant to fight disorderly conduct, but some lawyers and the people arrested for the &ldquo;crime&rdquo; say it&rsquo;s routinely used to harass people seen as undesirable: protesters, the homeless, and black men.</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/124745471/redesign-of-dc-s-main-mies-library-tip-toes-around-the-good-and-the-bad Redesign of DC's main Mies library tip-toes around the good and the bad Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-07T15:52:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T20:41:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/45/45ec9cffe6221eae919909e3ad389e70.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s hard to find a landmark building in Washington more polarizing than the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Designed by legendary German-born architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the city&rsquo;s central library was never much loved by Washingtonians. If anything, its popularity has gone downhill since its 1972 opening. [...] But now, as a four-year process wends its way toward a final design, it&rsquo;s clear Washingtonians shouldn&rsquo;t expect a major overhaul of Mies&rsquo;s flawed design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the&nbsp;<em>Washingtonian</em>, Mecanoo (the firm leading the redesign) will release updates to their redesign (along with local partner Martinez &amp; Johnson) later this month. But only after many of the proposed redesign elements have already been nixed: a "3-story rooftop addition"; replacing the brick stairway enclosure with glass; turning windowless rooms into wide, open spaces. But, it's likely that the redesign will include:</p><ul><li>a one-story addition with bordering "garden-like public space"</li><li>a ground-floor cafe</li><li>a lobby that opens up into "an amphitheater-like performance space"</li></ul><p>Redesigning the Mies building is problematic for many reasons, especially considering Modernism's fraught reputation in the US, and the shifting status of public libraries. From&nbsp;<em>Washingtonian:</em></p><p>"Modernism&rsquo;s status as preservation-worthy is still relatively tenuous. The United States nominated its first examples of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119816278/10-frank-lloyd-wright-buildings-nominated-to-unesco-world-heritage-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Modernist architecture to the UNESCO World Heritage List</a> only earlier this year, all of them relatively...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123357674/duplitecture-and-the-downfall-of-rep-aaron-schock Duplitecture and the Downfall of Rep. Aaron Schock Nicholas Korody 2015-03-20T15:05:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T15:34:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yz/yzj8h9rpq8o08we7.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many and baroque have been the scandals that have toppled Illinois politicians. Rod Blagojevich, the most recent governor to be sent to prison, is behind bars for trying to sell the remaining years of Barack Obama&rsquo;s Senate term. But Aaron Schock, who announced his resignation on March 17th as Republican congressman for the state&rsquo;s 18th district, is the first to be felled by an over-talkative interior designer.</p></em><br /><br /><p>'Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois's 18th Congressional district is probably better known for showing off his abs on the cover of&nbsp;<em>Men's Health&nbsp;</em>(see below)&nbsp;than for any actual legislating. At 33, Schock holds the title of the third-youngest US representative, at least until the end of this month when he will resign.</p><p>Already a controversial figure for his (perhaps too) media-friendly presence, the muscular young politician became embroiled in a veritable firestorm after an unfortunate, chance encounter between his interior decorator and a <em>Washington Post</em> reporter.</p><p>"Bright red walls. A gold-colored wall sconce with black candles. A Federal-style bull&rsquo;s-eye mirror with an eagle perched on top. And this is just the Illinois Republican&rsquo;s outer office," describes Ben Terris in a recent <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/hes-got-a-downton-abbey-inspired-office-but-rep-aaron-schock-wont-talk-about-it/2015/02/02/1d3f1466-ab1f-11e4-abe8-e1ef60ca26de_story.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article</a> for the <em>Post</em>. When Terris ran into the woman responsible for the ornate d&eacute;cor, she told him, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s actually based off of the red room in &lsquo;Downton Abbey,&rsquo;" the popular British show that depicts the waning y...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120896185/turns-out-the-washington-monument-is-shorter-than-we-thought Turns out the Washington Monument is shorter than we thought Alexander Walter 2015-02-16T15:06:00-05:00 >2015-02-21T07:30:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4e/4eqv14rqggxusrkf.jpg" width="514" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Using new international measurement standards and technology not available in the past, NOAA&rsquo;s National Geodetic Survey has calculated the official architectural height of the Washington Monument to be 554 feet 7 11/32 inches [...]. Although the newly established architectural height differs from the historical height of 555 feet 5&#8539; inches, neither the starting point nor the so-called &ldquo;standard deviation&rdquo; used for the original 1884 measurement is known [...].</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/120619339/history-breaks-down-the-lincoln-memorial-s-bizarre-rejected-designs History breaks down the Lincoln Memorial’s bizarre rejected designs Archinect 2015-02-13T00:45:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T20:24:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k0/k0peu62v3mw75p7v.jpg" width="514" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The neoclassical monument designed by Henry Bacon has become an iconic piece of architecture, but had one of the designs from the other competing architect been selected, the familiar Lincoln Memorial would have looked jarringly different&mdash;perhaps in the form of a ziggurat, Mayan temple or Egyptian pyramid.</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/119441449/session-14-his-bjark-is-bigger-than-his-bjite-a-chat-with-bjarke-ingels-at-the-opening-of-big-s-hot-to-cold-exhibition Session 14: His bjark is BIGger than his bjite – A chat with Bjarke Ingels at the opening of BIG's "Hot to Cold" exhibition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-29T15:25:00-05:00 >2015-02-16T10:50:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xz/xzk0lh3uzjgmzs7y.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This episode is a doozy. Paul and Amelia left the temperate sunshine of Los Angeles for Washington, DC's frigid monumentality, to interview Bjarke Ingels on the eve of his "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119262224/playing-with-climate-at-big-s-hot-to-cold-now-open-at-the-national-building-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hot to Cold" exhibition at the National Building Museum</a>. The 40-year old architect shared some quick-won wisdom about scaling a business, the Danish condition, and the indispensability of humor and play in architecture.</p><p>Donna and Ken joined Paul and Amelia to speak with <a href="http://archinect.com/lchang" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lian Chang</a>&nbsp;about her&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/119056065/the-architecture-salary-poll-visualized" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently published visualizations</a>&nbsp;of the&nbsp;<a href="http://salaries.archinect.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Salary Poll</a>&nbsp;for the ACSA, in charming emoji-based data sets. The Sessions co-hosts also discuss <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119213308/aaron-betsky-to-lead-taliesin-west" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Betsky's new appointment as the head of the deeply troubled Taliesin West</a>, and what <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118346265/thom-mayne-razing-ray-bradbury-s-house-to-build-his-own" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thom Mayne's demolition of Ray Bradbury's house</a> means for architecture preservation and sentimentality.</p><p>And for another climatological analogy, Paul and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dykema.com/professionals-brian_newman.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brian Newman</a>, <strong><a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Session</a></strong><a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>s</strong></a>'s legal correspondent,&nbsp;poke at the tip of the iceberg concerning issues of copyright in architecture. &nbsp;</p><p>A remind...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119262224/playing-with-climate-at-big-s-hot-to-cold-now-open-at-the-national-building-museum Playing with climate at BIG's "Hot to Cold", now open at the National Building Museum Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-26T14:12:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T20:58:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dw/dwaqa1rqu35wfxzg.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From inside the National Building Museum&rsquo;s cavernous atrium, gaze upwards and you&rsquo;ll see a series of white icons, suspended from the ceiling. Printed on square boards, the symbols loop around the museum&rsquo;s 800-foot arcade, their background shifting from red to green to blue. This iconic distillation is the core organization strategy for <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group</a>&rsquo;s &ldquo;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115654753/big-s-hot-to-cold-exhibition-opens-at-the-national-building-museum-next-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hot to Cold</a>&rdquo; exhibition, which opened in DC last Friday, categorizing the wunderkind and novel-minded firm&rsquo;s global projects into climatological groups of hot, temperate, and cold.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ub/ubptnxn3c98yx2r4.jpg"></p><p>Despite the name, the exhibition isn&rsquo;t about the architectural imperatives of climate change. Rather, &ldquo;Hot to Cold&rdquo; is a showcase of BIG&rsquo;s diversity of work (built and not) around the world, in program and local biome. Opening to the public in the U.S. capital, the exhibition comes at a strategic time in BIG&rsquo;s project trajectory, having been <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113597893/smithsonian-hires-big-architecture-group-for-2-billion-south-mall-renovation-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently assigned to the massive Smithsonian renovation project</a>, and hot on the heels of their <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103881621/delve-into-the-big-maze-at-the-national-building-museum-in-washington-d-c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG Maze</a> at the s...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117806632/which-u-s-city-will-win-the-2024-olympic-bid-boston-la-dc-and-sf-duke-it-out Which U.S. city will win the 2024 Olympic bid? Boston, LA, DC and SF duke it out Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-07T13:13:00-05:00 >2015-01-07T13:47:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8s/8sprueup6ugineij.jpg" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The United States Olympic Committee seems ready to bid for the 2024 Summer Games. But the hard part is deciding which of the four finalists &mdash; Boston, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco &mdash; has the best chance of being chosen by the International Olympic Committee. The U.S.O.C. could make its selection as soon as this week, so we asked New York Times reporters in each city to describe the view from each place.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Some tastier nuggets from each city's reporter:</p><p><strong><em>Boston:</em></strong>&nbsp;</p><p>"Boston&rsquo;s modest $4.5 billion proposal envisions a new Olympic model: a walkable, bikeable, sustainable Games that uses mostly pre-existing structures. This compact city of 646,000 plans a downsized, compressed, antisprawl Olympics. No venue would be more than a 10-minute walk from a subway stop or a commuter rail line."</p><p><strong><em>Los Angeles:</em></strong></p><p>"Imagine the opening ceremony Los Angeles could put together: Meryl Streep riding sidesaddle on a dolphin. Magic Johnson and Mama Kardashian carrying the torch. Fireworks sponsored by &ldquo;Star Wars: Episode Ad Nauseam: Does It Really Matter What We Subtitle These Anymore, Part 1.&rdquo;"</p><p><strong><em>San Francisco:</em></strong></p><p>"Picture a hilly marathon tracing up the crooked block of Lombard Street. Or mountain biking in Marin County, the birthplace of the sport. Or the triathlon off Alcatraz, beach volleyball at City Hall, rowing in McCovey Cove. And if the Olympics still insist on golf, there is the Olympic Club or Pebble Beach."</p><p><strong><em>Washi...</em></strong></p>