Archinect - News 2017-08-16T11:33:00-04:00 Ole Bouman appointed as Director of Shekou Design Museum Orhan Ayyüce 2015-01-10T20:18:00-05:00 >2015-01-10T20:39:57-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>China Merchants Group (CMG) has appointed Ole Bouman as Director of the Shekou Design Museum in Shenzhen, a project being developed in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&amp;A) to become a major design hub for China. Bouman will take up his new role from the beginning of January 2015.</p><p>Bouman is a cultural historian, editor and critic, and cross-disciplinary curator who was formerly the Director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute (2007-2013), and the Creative Director of the fifth Shenzhen Architecture and Urbanism Biennale in 2013/14. Bouman will head up a small founding team in Shenzhen comprising Zhao Rong as Project Manager and Yuan Man and Wu Sichao as Project Assistants.</p><p>Zhang Lin, Vice General Manager of China Merchants Property Development, said: &ldquo;I am delighted to welcome Ole Bouman as the Director of the Shekou Design Museum. He has a strong track record of finding innovative formats to produce, present, explore and discuss design, which we believe will b...</p> Editor's Picks #367 Nam Henderson 2014-05-14T14:10:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T06:51:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>She explains "Our role then, in Shenzhen, wasn&rsquo;t to play cultural ambassador or artistic exposition-ers, but to effectively perform the moods of Los Angeles from a distance, through whatever interpretative media each individual deemed to be most fit"...</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia</a> published <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What is the Los Angeles Biennale of Architecture / Urbanism?</a></p><p>&nbsp;She explains "<em>Our role then, in Shenzhen, wasn&rsquo;t to play cultural ambassador or artistic exposition-ers, but to effectively perform the moods of Los Angeles from a distance, through whatever interpretative media each individual deemed to be most fit</em>"...</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Plus, the fifteenth edition of <strong>Screen/Print </strong>featured <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sophie Yanow</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&rsquo;s graphic novel,</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">War of Streets and Houses</a>.&nbsp;The novel examines the student protests in Montreal in February of 2012</p><p><br><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;alerted readers, to the news t<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hat the Sandinista government finally managed to blow down Managua&rsquo;s iconic Concha Ac&uacute;stica the elegant shell-shaped structure designed by architect Glen Small</a>.&nbsp;<strong>snooker-doodle-dandy</strong>&nbsp;mourned "<em>Now this is a Sad Day!</em>"</p><p>Over at the Atlantic Cities, Sarah Goodyear reviewed her time spent wearing NeuroSky, one of a range of new "brain-computer interfaces" that promise to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Measure the Brain's Response to Urban Design</a>. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">C</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hris Teeter</a>&nbsp;was looking fo...</p> Editor's Picks #365 Nam Henderson 2014-04-30T15:24:00-04:00 >2016-05-07T00:02:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><br>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dave Heller spoke with Inga Saffron</a> about not just architecture but "<em>city life criticism</em>".&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Evan Chakroff</a>&nbsp;asked for tips "<em>Has anyone compiled a good 'top ten' of her articles?</em>"</p><p><strong>&nbsp;Quondam</strong> replied "<em>Links to Saffron's articles appear almost weekly within ArchNewsNow's daily collection of worldwide architecture news. The articles themselves, however, may not have a broad audience appeal because they are, for the most part, very Philadelphia centric. What is significant though, is that a local newspaper still publishes the work of a critic that is so in tune</em>"...</p><p>Referring to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Catalog #1</a> of the Los Angeles Biennale of Architecture/Urbanism <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;warned interested buyers "<em>for now, the aim is first limited and numbered edition of 100</em>".</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The NYT published an editorial by John Freeman Gill</a>, which points out similarities between the fate of the Laing Stores (sometimes called the Bogardus Building) and the current FolkMoMA discourse/proposals.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Ward</a>&nbsp;proposed a future PS1 competi...</p> Editor's Picks #361 Nam Henderson 2014-04-01T17:34:00-04:00 >2014-04-03T10:01:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest <strong>ShowCase: </strong>was a private <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">residence in Weinheim by Wannenmacher-M&ouml;ller Architekten</a>.&nbsp;<strong>megan_eleven</strong> commented "<em>I like the interior. The outside looking, I think, is not like a home, not warm enough~ I still prefer a house giving people warm and love.......This one, it looks a little cold~Just my opinion....</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Plus, the eleventh edition of <strong>Screen/Print:</strong> featured <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">an article by Juhani Pallasmaa published in 2013 in OASE #91: "Building Atmosphere</a>". The essay examines the "<em>haptic and &lsquo;dense&rsquo; spaces</em>"&nbsp;found in Frank Lloyd Wright&rsquo;s buildings and the "<em>the importance of atmospheres in architecture</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a>&nbsp;reported the news that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban</a> was &nbsp;announced as the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For his part <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peyton Westlake</a>&nbsp;felt it was a "<em>Savvy choice by the Pritzker; award an architect who does projects for all social types (disaster and ny condos alike) in beautifully constructed and detailed ways...Still, it feels about five years late</em>".</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher</a> off...</p> Editor's Picks #356 Nam Henderson 2014-02-25T05:28:00-05:00 >2014-02-26T05:31:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia</a>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interviewed Jason Pomeroy</a> an architect, academic and urban planner based in Singapore, about his new travel show City Time Traveller.</p><p>His travels through Asia have convinced him "<em>What transcends culture though is an indigenous civilisation&rsquo;s understanding of basic environmental and social needs, embodied in many of these historical buildings. Shelter from the elements, natural light, natural ventilation, locally sourced materials and a spatial &lsquo;encoding&rsquo; as to who can come in and occupy a particular space, and who must stay outside, can be found in al</em>l".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the seventh edition of Screen/Print featured Bauhaus-University Weimar, </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Horizonte</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'s Ausgabe 08</a>.&nbsp;Specifically an essay authored by Tyler Survant&rsquo;s titled 'Biological Borderlands: Ant Farm&rsquo;s Zoopolitics'.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The NYT published a trend-piece of sorts,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">about the new permanent, intern underclass</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>In response&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miles Jaffe</a>&nbsp;argued the "<em>Sad thing about this article is they're pushing the idea that this an acceptable lifestyle choic...</em></p> Editor's Picks #346 Nam Henderson 2013-12-17T12:24:00-05:00 >2013-12-17T22:40:25-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Responding to some critical commentators Donna Sink pointed out "you realize she was one of the first architects to use reinforced concrete, right? The first woman admitted to the Ecole? Working in one of the most revered styles in our history when it was brand new?".</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fifty-six years after her death, the Board of Directors of the AIA voted today to honor the AIA Gold Medal to Julia Morgan, FAIA (1872-1957) &mdash; the first woman to ever receive the award. Morgan will be honored at the AIA 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Ward</a>&nbsp;admitted feeling ambivalent "<em>Could they not find a living woman architect worthy of the honor - they had to comb through the history books?...I can see the flip side. If they had created a different award, they would have gotten criticism for that&hellip;Ah, well. Progress nonetheless!</em>". Responding to some critical commentators <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a> pointed&nbsp;out "<em>you realize she was one of the first architects to use reinforced concrete, right? The first woman admitted to the Ecole? Working in one of the most revered styles in our history when it was brand new?</em>".</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Erin Lani</a>&nbsp;continued in this vein "<em>the work of Julia Morgan stands as one thorough exercise of an Architect's thesis, regardless of gender. She gat...</em></p> Shenzhen biennale explores postindustrial urbanism Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-31T18:23:00-04:00 >2013-11-04T22:14:40-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="247" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The 5th&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB)&nbsp;</strong></a>will reflect on southern China's rapidly developed recent past, while focusing attentions on its postindustrial future. Co-organized by Shenzhen and Hong Kong, the biennale presents a variety of international studies on urbanism, through architectural, ethnographic and artistic means. True to its future-focus, the biennale will renovate former industrial sites to use as venues, including an old waterfront warehouse and a former glass factory.</p> <p> Shenzhen's rapid urban growth began in 1979, when the Chinese government named the small village a "special economic zone" for manufacturing and employment. Since then, the city has been flushed with Chinese and foreign investments, primarily in manufacturing -- now, Shenzhen aims to develop more service industries and away from its fast-earned industrial past.</p> <p> <strong>UABB </strong>purports to be the only biennale in the world devoted entirely to urbanism and urbanization, and&nbsp;will be held from Dec...</p>