Archinect - News 2015-10-13T03:24:58-04:00 Celebrate diversity! A Resource for your rendering needs Nam Henderson 2015-09-23T01:57:00-04:00 >2015-09-23T22:42:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="629" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kaleidoscope challenges the dominance of gendernormativity, ableism and race-blindness in architectural drawings by diversifying the population of represented peoples in renderings. Choosing to include underrepresented people in drawings not only reflects reality, but also actively imagines a more just, inclusive, and pluralistic society.</p></em><br /><br /><p>h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Justin Garrett Moore</a></p> Frank Gehry's renderings for L.A.'s Sunset Strip revealed Julia Ingalls 2015-08-26T15:00:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T11:50:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Initial renderings of the $300 million development depict a cluster of five architecturally distinct buildings distributed across the 2.6- acre site around a central plaza. In total, the project will comprise 333,600 square feet, and have 249 residential units. One of the architects&rsquo; primary goals was to make the site as approachable as possible to invite the surrounding community in to shop, dine, or simply relax in the plaza.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Renderings and model photos were released today of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a>'s proposed design for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">8150 Sunset Boulevard project</a>. Positioned at the so-called Gateway to the Sunset Strip at the curving intersection of Crescent Heights Boulevard, Havenhurst Drive and Sunset Boulevard, Gehry's mixed-use, three-story retail center and 11-story residential tower (which is expected to achieve LEED silver status) emphasizes pedestrian access and preserving Sunset's relatively low streetscape:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Gehry reportedly said of the project,&nbsp;&nbsp;&ldquo;[Residents and future visitors] should feel that they are part of L.A., a part of L.A. that has a culture that comes with it.&rdquo;</p><p>More on Gehry's latest projects:</p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry to prioritize hydrology in LA River revitalization strategy</a>&nbsp;</p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design gets green light from National Capital Planning Commission</a></p> Photorealistic cityscapes drawn in pencil only Julia Ingalls 2015-07-28T14:53:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T21:17:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Paul Cadden&rsquo;s work is astoundingly realistic.</p></em><br /><br /><p>If you think straining over Photoshop for hours on end sweating out the nuances of that latest rendering of a project is time-consuming, Paul Cadden voluntarily spends his time drawing photo-realistic versions of photographs with pencil. Only <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pencil</a>. According to the artist's website, "Although the drawings and paintings I make are based upon photographs, videos stills etc., the idea is to go beyond the photograph. The photo is used to create a subtler and much more complex focus on the subject depicted. The virtual image becomes the living image, an intensification of the normal. These objects and scenes in my drawings are meticulously detailed to create the illusion of a new reality not seen in in the original photo."&nbsp;The results, which frequently incorporate cityscapes, are worth a look:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> First glimpse at Diller Scofidio + Renfro's prelim designs for U.S. Olympic Museum in Colorado Justine Testado 2015-05-15T15:41:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T23:16:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="237" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whatever your feelings are toward the Olympic Games, plans for the upcoming <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum and Hall of Fame</a> in Colorado Springs are pushing forward so far. For starters, the Museum unveiled Diller Scofidio + Renfro's initial design concepts for the 60,000 sq.ft building, set to be built in the Southwest Urban Renewal District of Downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado.&nbsp;DS + R is part of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the team who won</a> the commission in a competition last fall.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>DS + R's design includes 20,000 sq. feet of exhibition space showing off artifacts, media, sports science technology and interactive exhibits that depict the history of the Games and the stories behind famous American Olympic and Paralympic athletes. And of course, the museum will include a theater, gift shop, cafe, and a broadcast studio.</p><p>"Inspired by the movement of athletes, the [museum] spirals up and outwards from a central atrium, drawing the public in at its base and propelling them up through the galleries,' Elizabeth D...</p> Wide Lens: Scott Frances talks post-production and retouching Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-17T13:24:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T21:03:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For this month's <strong>Wide Lens</strong>, a column that investigates the relationship between architect and photographer, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photography &amp; Architecture</a> editor <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julie Grahame</a> shares some insight from her interview with architectural photographer, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scott Frances</a>.</p><p><em>Julie Grahame</em>:</p><p>Post Production and Retouching of Architectural Imagery</p><p>Master architectural photographer Scott Frances has been in the industry for more than 25 years. He assisted Ezra Stoller in the 1980s, and was introduced by him to Richard Meier in 1988. Meier recalls the meeting in his preface to Frances' book, "MonoVisioN," saying "From my first encounter with Scott I was able to sense a particularly sensitive response to experiencing architecture in his work, and we started a good relationship that extends from the Grotta Residence all the way to my most recent residential project in Brooklyn, New York."</p><p>Frances is also a partner in New York's high-end <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House Tribeca</a> photo retouching house. Who better, then, to give us some thoughts on post-p...</p> Archiving the built environment in Joakim Dahlqvist's "Piminski" renderings Justine Testado 2014-02-18T14:59:00-05:00 >2014-02-19T14:27:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The 3D model renderings of architect, illustrator, and digital artist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Joakim Dahlqvist</a> are a tug-o'-war between reality and imagination &mdash; a constant tension reflected in the never-ending quest for design innovation. The smartly arranged objects in Dahlqvist's 3D renderings would have one think each piece required thorough, calculated thought every step of the way. They do, to an extent.</p><p>But after I had a short phone conversation with Dahlqvist, his creative thought process seems to lean toward an experimental and intuitive side that may not be easily detected in his work.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Always having an interest in collecting things and spotting interesting details in his everyday surroundings, Dahlqvist began piecing together the renderings as a "bureaucratic" exercise. The renderings were also a uniquely productive way for him to archive the items he had collected over the years.<br><br>When he was invited to exhibit his work at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WUHO Gallery</a> in L.A., he explained that he took it as an opportunity to c...</p> Seeing (Too Much) Green: Reality Cues' Eco-Porn Competition Justine Testado 2013-08-15T21:41:00-04:00 >2014-05-15T18:47:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="720" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whether by accident or on purpose, we've all seen it somehow.</p><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eco-Porn Competition</a>, which launched on August 11, is the latest in Reality Cues' series of tongue-in-cheek competitions that point out the tropes in architecture. The series gives entrants a chance to be sassy yet reverent with their submissions, while opening a broader discussion on various architectural trends. This time around, Reality Cues is looking for some top-notch Eco-Porn in the green architecture trend.</p><p>Sustainability, now a requirement in modern architectural projects, has brought about revolutionary ideas into the field. But there are those questionable renderings that go a little too far, adding excessive greenery and other common eco-friendly paraphernalia to merely sell the project as sustainable (a.k.a. eco-porn). The competition questions the motives behind this trend: Are architects seeing too much green?</p><p>Entries are being accepted until Sept. 21. Winners will be announced by Reality Cues on Oct. 31.</p><p><em>B...</em></p> Kickstarter bans renderings Archinect 2012-09-21T16:26:00-04:00 >2012-09-24T19:16:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Product simulations are prohibited. Projects cannot simulate events to demonstrate what a product might do in the future. Products can only be shown performing actions that they&rsquo;re able to perform in their current state of development. Product renderings are prohibited. Product images must be photos of the prototype as it currently exists.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Last night, in a blog post titled "Kickstarter Is Not a Store", Kickstarter announced that it will no longer accept renderings of products or projects seeking funding.</p> <p> What do you think about their decision to enforce realistic proposals by limiting virtual representation?</p> New Videos by Spirit of Space Archinect 2011-11-21T19:51:30-05:00 >2011-11-22T14:13:24-05:00 <p> Spirit of Space has shared with us two videos they have recently created.&nbsp; The first was created for a studio at Harvard GSD, the second for Gensler Architects + Virgin America.</p> <p> <strong>WATERLINE CHICAGO</strong><br> The cadence of morning rush hour reflects the rhythm of the Chicago River, but how often do we allow the river to reflect a wandering glance from us? This "glance" aims to bring to light the potential of Chicago's socially under utilized, aqueous artery.</p> <p> 'Waterline' was commissioned by Phil Enquist (Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill) in junction with the eponymous studio at the Harvard GSD for Fall 2011. Students will explore the realities of three sites along the South branch of the river and think of ways to make it more relevant to the public.</p> <p> <strong>SFO TERMINAL 2</strong><br> Gensler&sup1;s sustainable design solution for San Francisco International Airport&sup1;s Terminal 2 presents a fresh overhaul in airport design by focusing on what is most important: people. And while the routine of traveling may be comple...</p> The New World Trade Center Archinect 2011-09-20T14:45:00-04:00 >2015-06-05T18:45:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Piranha was commissioned by Silverstein Properties to create a short film depicting the completion of The New World Trade Center site. Piranha wrote, produced, art directed, filmed, and finished all vfx for this inspiring piece marking the 10th year anniversary of 9/11.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Piranha has shared with us a short film that they delivered on September 6th to Silverstein Properties that depicts the renaissance of downtown New York. It was presented at Tower 7 at a press event, in presence of Mayor Mike Bloomberg.</p><p>Produced by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Piranha NYC</a><br>Directed by Gaspard Giroud</p>