Archinect - News 2015-10-06T16:20:24-04:00 Syracuse University student and faculty work: a review of Trans(inter)ference Julia Ingalls 2015-07-23T19:11:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T17:29:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">iconic</a> in architecture? It's a debate that will never be settled precisely because the definition of "icon" is perennially changing to reflect the culture from which it derives. An icon, after all, is not necessarily a classic, and this inherent tension is partly what fuels Trans(inter)ference, an installation designed by Maya Alam in collaboration with Daniele Profeta and three <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Syracuse University</a> students:&nbsp;Emily Greer, Waralee Kaewkoon and Thomas Byung H. Kim.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Made up from repurposed VHS tape strung over a frame system that has a rectangular series of partitions and a curved awning-like flourish, the work seems to never quite come into focus due to the fluttering of the tape. This constant subtle motion means that there is no one "right" way to perceive it: each observer's experience is free from a predetermined context. In this sense, Trans(inter)ference achieves its stated goal of being "an in-between object that weaves subject, object, and context into one."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Mounted in ...</p> "Soundscape New York" captures the sounds of NYC's iconic buildings Justine Testado 2015-03-18T14:13:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:20:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Karen Van Lengen, who created the installation with her husband, James Welty, says to really soak in a building, you need to listen to it. 'If you close your eyes, what you're going to hear are things that you can't hear with your eyes open,' says Van Lengen, an architecture professor at the University of Virginia.</p></em><br /><br /><p>You can also find more about the exhibition on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.&nbsp;</p> A second chance for a new St. Petersburg Pier Justine Testado 2014-08-18T19:34:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:16:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="437" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The City of St. Petersburg is up for attempt #2 in selecting a new architect to redesign the historic St. Petersburg Pier after the first proposal, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Lens"</a>,&nbsp; was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">met with controversy</a> and never built -- even after <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">revisions</a> were made.</p><p>In hopes that a new iconic Pier can be built this time around, the City recently set up a two-stage Request for Qualifications where balancing community input will be key. Once the September 5 deadline passes, each Statement of Qualification will be reviewed by the seven-member Selection Committee who will shortlist up to eight teams to be invited to Stage II. Shortlisted teams will each receive a $30,000 stipend and 10 weeks to submit a complete initial design concept.</p><p>After a technical review to analyze the concept's feasibility and budget, the committee will select the finalists, whose concepts will be presented to both the committee and the general public. The public will then have the chance to vote in a public survey. The committee will take resu...</p> Mid-century Norwegian design pieces make their way to New York’s Openhouse Gallery in Soho Justine Testado 2014-05-21T20:38:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T20:01:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After success in Oslo and Tokyo, the Norwegian Icons: Important Norwegian Design exhibition is ready to make its U.S. debut in New York's Openhouse Gallery starting May 23. Highlighting Norway's contribution to mid-century Scandinavian design, the selling exhibition will showcase over 500 high-end designer objects created by 44 Norwegian designers between 1940-1975.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The objects will be arranged with iconic Norwegian artworks, including those by renowned artist Edvard Munch. Works will be presented so as to showcase the artists' various roles in shaping the traditions of Norwegian design and architecture during the 20th century.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find more event details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Postcard-perfect: the big business of city branding Alexander Walter 2014-05-06T15:38:00-04:00 >2014-05-13T23:05:20-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yet uniqueness is the goal of city branding, which during the past few years has grown into a global industry connected to tourism and the media-sports-and-entertainment complex. Originally a promotional scheme meant to lure new residents, city branding is now a slogan tied to a public relations campaign to make the places where we live into &ldquo;destinations&rdquo;. As always with branding, image is everything.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> André Chiote illustrates the role of iconic buildings in the "urban collective memory" Justine Testado 2013-12-09T13:52:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T19:21:18-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="719" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Rendered into clean lines and bold graphic hues, Oporto-based architect and illustrator Andr&eacute; Chiote draws some of the world's most iconic contemporary structures designed by their equally iconic architects. He began developing this project by choosing specifically-programmed buildings that became cultural symbols eventually engrained into the "urban collective memory."<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Even by only highlighting a particular detail, the building is still recognizable whether one remembers seeing it on TV, online, in print, or in person. The souvenir poster/advertisement-like quality of Chiote's illustrative style further emphasizes the popularity of these structures.</p> <p> In his last approach, Chiote illustrated famous museums like Renzo Piano's addition to LACMA or the Mercedez-Benz Museum by UNStudio, among others.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Chiote continues exploring the role of these memorable buildings with "Sport's Buildings" -- many that have been seen in past Olympic Games. Here, he describes them as examples of "...</p> Investing in risk: How the Gherkin became a British icon Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-23T20:50:00-04:00 >2013-12-05T18:52:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Architecture is stuck between past and future -- years of anticipatory planning designs a structure that, once constructed, is stuck referring to all that came before.&nbsp; A building can't actually predict the future, although it seems like the best ones always run the risk of trying. Jonathan Massey's essay "Risk Design", perceives architecture as a mediator and optimizer of risks, using&nbsp;Foster + Partner's fantastically phallic skyliner in London's financial district, known as the "Gherkin", as a case study. Massey turns the Gherkin inside out, mapping details of its design onto local and global concerns such as terrorism and global warming, in an attempt to understand how architecture negotiates risks, and whether it succeeds. That the Gherkin's major tenant, Swiss Re, is a reinsurance company adds no small irony to his study.</p> <p> Archinect is proud to feature Massey's piece in full, in line with our ongoing investigation of architectural accountability. "Risk Design" was originally ...</p>