Archinect - News 2017-08-17T04:00:29-04:00 Meet the "Social Design Circle": the 100 architects awarded this year's Curry Stone Design Prize Nicholas Korody 2017-01-04T12:18:00-05:00 >2017-01-08T23:46:20-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="459" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Each year, the Curry Stone Design Prize is awarded to projects that &ldquo;use design to address pressing social justice issues.&rdquo; To mark the 10th anniversary of the award, the Curry Stone Foundation will award 100 projects&mdash;&ldquo;the most compelling social design leaders from across the world.&rdquo; Dubbed the Social Design Circle, the group was selected by a jury of Foundation members and invited international experts. Every month, a new set of winners will be introduced on the Curry Stone Foundation <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>, with some of them participating in a new podcast hosted by Eric Cesal and Emiliano Gandolfi. For January, the winners are Arquitectura Expandida, City Repair, Estudio Teddy Cruz + Forman, Ctrl+Z, Pico Colectivo, and Recetas Urbanas.</p><p>Find out more about the winners <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>For more on the Curry Stone Design Prize, check out past coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Curry Stone Design Prize goes to Rural Urban Framework for revitalizing China's shrinking villages</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up Mini-Session #11: John Lin of Rural Urban Framework</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studi...</a></li></ul> Carrying a racist legacy, highways today play a central role in civil rights activism Nicholas Korody 2016-07-13T12:59:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T09:59:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="467" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Block a highway, and you upend&nbsp;the economic life of a city, as well as the spatial logic that has long allowed people to pass through them without encountering their poverty or problems.&nbsp;Block a highway, and you command&nbsp;a lot more attention than would a rally outside a church or city hall &mdash; from traffic helicopters, immobile commuters, alarmed officials.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The article notes that, historically, highway construction decimated black communities, such as in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Baltimore, Oakland, and many other cities. In New York, Robert Moses explicitly used highways to clear "slums," in the process devastating parts of the Bronx and other black neighborhoods.</p><p>Highways were also used as weapons in the arsenal of segregation. For example in Chicago, Mayor Richard Daley separated traditionally white Irish neighborhoods from black communities in the South Side with the Dan Ryan Expressway.</p><p>Today, highways carry additional symbolic weight for Black Lives Matter protestors. Many of the black men killed by police over the past few years &ndash; Philando Castile, for example &ndash; were stopped in routine traffic checks.</p><p>Infrastructure also has symbolic resonance in the larger history of the civil rights movement. The article mentions as examples the Selma March, the Freedom Rides, and Rosa Park's refusal to sit at the back of a public bus.</p><p>For more on th...</p> Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media Alexander Walter 2015-12-30T14:12:00-05:00 >2015-12-30T16:00:55-05:00 <img src="" width="598" height="445" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei is visiting Lesbos to document the plight of thousands of refugees who arrive daily on the Greek island by boat from Turkey. For the past two days, Ai has been photographing orange rubber dinghies coming into shore, families huddled around fires, people queuing to register at the Moria refugee camp and piles of discarded lifejackets, among other scenes [...] It is understood Ai will be creating a work in response to the refugee crisis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here are just a few of Ai Weiwei's recent photos from the Lesbos refugee camp; giving a human face to people and entire families escaping war and persecution in their home countries of Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, as well as documenting humanitarian workers, such as the Norwegian group, Drop in the Ocean.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>All photos by Ai Weiwei via&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@aiww</a>&nbsp;on Instagram.</p><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and the dissident experience</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The vast majority of Syrian refugees are seeking refuge in cities, not camps</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Refugees Welcome: the "Airbnb for Refugees"</a></li></ul> Susan Surface, the "humble pioneer" for socially responsible design Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-28T12:49:00-05:00 >2016-01-01T01:57:52-05:00 <img src="" width="570" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"'Are you going to do beautiful architecture or do-gooder architecture?' I want to do neither and both." [...] "It's not like you're going to design some single product that revolutionizes the way people shape the world around them," Surface said. "You have to change fundamentally how your organization is structured, how your resources are allocated, stop thinking of yourself as a gatekeeper. It's about redistributing how power and decision making and resources are divided between people."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Prompted by her work with Design in Public in Seattle, this profile of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Susan Surface</a> dips into her professional and personal background to designing like she gives a damn, covering the diversity of ways she seeks to question the power structures that perpetuate socially irresponsible or discriminatory designs.</p><p>Susan joined us on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">episode #42 of <strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, where we address issues of gender inclusive design in public restrooms.</p> Cooper Union graduates stage tuition protest at Commencement ceremony Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-28T18:17:00-04:00 >2015-06-04T21:30:11-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="800" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Cooper Union students pinned red felt squares to their graduation gowns and refused to acknowledge president&nbsp;Jamshed Bharucha, in the latest protest against <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the school's instatement of undergraduate tuition</a>.&nbsp;The protest took place at the 2015 Commencement Ceremony yesterday, and was organized&nbsp;by student activist group <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Free Cooper Union</a>,&nbsp;which <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">has directed</a> a variety of informational and protest actions in response to the landmark tuition decision.</p><p>On May 27, the day of the Ceremony, Free Cooper Union posted the following on Facebook:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>At the ceremony, graduates receiving their diplomas refused to shake hands with President Jamshed Bharucha, who oversaw the school's decision to begin charging undergraduate tuition. Many students in the audience turned their backs on Bharucha during his presidential address. The protest echoed similar actions staged at 2014's Commencement, the year Cooper Union officially began charging.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In an effort to mitigate a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">lawsuit filed against the schoo</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">l</a> by a stud...</p> Open data's potential & challenges to boost tenants’ rights activism Alexander Walter 2015-05-11T17:54:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T20:31:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="461" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Open data, and the interactive mapping and data visualization that can come of it, has become a de facto engagement and storytelling tool among contemporary journalists, social justice activists, and civic-minded technologists. But despite its allure, open data&rsquo;s potential for fostering civic engagement and creating transparency and dialogue is plagued by issues of usability, access, and quality control.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Year 2014 in Architectural Activism Alexander Walter 2014-12-29T10:00:00-05:00 >2015-01-02T15:28:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Let's admit it, we architects much too often get lost in narcissistic own-horn-tooting, passionate ego-inflating, disillusioned navel-gazing, vile shit-flinging or simply in the mundane day-to-day operations for the paying clientele.&nbsp;</p><p>But all is not completely lost thanks to the tireless work and burning passion of individuals and groups around the world seeking the greater good, putting humanity first, improving this planet one initiative at a time.&nbsp;</p><p>Topics we had the honor of reporting about on Archinect &amp; Bustler this year ranged from the Israel-Gaza conflict, Syrian refugee crisis, Ukrainian revolution, climate change, historic preservation, #folkmoma, abortion clinics and affordable housing all the way to still very recent issues like the Ebola epidemic and Ferguson protests.</p><p>Following is my personal (and hopelessly incomplete) list of noteworthy and much-discussed examples of architectural activism on Archinect &amp; Bustler in 2014:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Exhibition Explores the Design of Protest Movements...</strong></a></p> Saving Buildings with Social Media (Or Not) Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-19T14:56:00-05:00 >2014-11-24T15:25:09-05:00 <img src="" width="599" height="585" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We call it &ldquo;destructoporn&rdquo; (since 2007, according to Urban Dictionary) and it comes, unbidden, via digital media. Where did I see that Tod Williams and Billie Tsien&rsquo;s Folk Art Museum, just thirteen years old, was down to steel and rubble? The art critic Jerry Saltz&rsquo;s Instagram. [...] The dailiness, even hourliness, of social media makes it a perfect vehicle for documenting each thump of the wrecking ball, each crunch of the backhoe. Its visual slant is ideal for activism wrapped up in pictures.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Robert Moses vs. Jane Jacobs: The Opera Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-24T16:27:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T19:26:14-04:00 <img src="" width="608" height="469" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's the urban planning equivalent of Rinaldo. Except instead of the siege of Jerusalem, it's the battle for Greenwich Village. The legendary 1960s struggle pitted planning czar Robert Moses against neighborhood activist Jane Jacobs. Moses wanted to make the city easily navigable by car [...] But the powerful planner met his match when he proposed an expressway through Lower Manhattan. Though she had little institutional support, Jacobs built a citizen coalition that ultimately defeated Moses.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> MoMA pulls back from original plan to destroy award-winning American Folk Art Museum building folkMoMA 2013-05-11T22:08:00-04:00 >2013-05-11T22:08:17-04:00 <em><p>Thursday, MoMA director Glenn D. Lowry sent a memo to MoMA's trustees and staff announcing the museum had retained Diller Scofidio + Renfro to "work with us to design a plan that will integrate the Museum's current building with the property of the American Folk Art Museum. . . . We readily agreed to consider a range of options, and look forward to seeing their results."</p></em><br /><br /><p> Thursday, MoMA director Glenn D. Lowry sent a memo to MoMA's trustees and staff announcing the museum had retained Diller Scofidio + Renfro to "work with us to design a plan that will integrate the Museum's current building with the property of the American Folk Art Museum. . . . We readily agreed to consider a range of options, and look forward to seeing their results."</p> <p> A statement from Diller Scofidio + Renfro said the design firm would explore all possibilities, "which include, but are not limited to, integrating the former American Folk Art Museum building, designed by our friends and admired colleagues, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien."</p> <p> "My sense is they will try to save at least some of it. I can't imagine good designers destroying a great building for no good reason," said Quilian Riano, acting professor of design at Parsons The New School.</p> <p> Riano helped lead a digital battle to offer MoMA "alternative visions" to destroying the 12-year-old building that swept world arch...</p> Outside the Citadel, Social Practice Art Is Intended to Nurture Archinect 2013-03-25T18:15:00-04:00 >2013-03-25T22:30:11-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="401" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the commercial art world in America rides a boom unlike any it has ever experienced, another kind of art world growing rapidly in its shadows is beginning to assert itself. And art institutions around the country are grappling with how to bring it within museum walls and make the case that it can be appreciated along with paintings, sculpture and other more tangible works.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Manuel Castells on the rise of alternative economic cultures Archinect 2012-11-12T11:45:00-05:00 >2012-11-12T12:56:22-05:00 <img src="" width="464" height="261" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We live in a culture of not virtual reality, but real virtuality because our virtuality - meaning the internet networks - are a fundamental part of our reality. All the studies on the internet show that people who are more social on the internet are also more social face-to-face.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale Announces Participating Projects Alexander Walter 2012-06-22T21:04:00-04:00 >2012-08-27T18:01:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The U.S. Pavilion at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, organized by the Institute for Urban Design on behalf of the U.S. Department of State&rsquo;s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, will be devoted to the theme Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good. The exhibit features 124 urban interventions initiated by architects, designers, planners, artists, and everyday citizens that bring positive change to their neighborhoods and cities.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here</a> to see more Archinect News posts related to the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.</p> IluminAction by UrbanoActivo Selected for Venice Architecture Biennale Alexander Walter 2012-06-19T13:45:00-04:00 >2012-08-27T18:02:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The project IlluminAction by UrbanoActivo, an open design collective from Puerto Rico, has been selected to represent the island in the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale in Italy this fall (August 29 &ndash; November 25). The selection was narrowed from 450 project submissions nationwide and will be presented as part of the Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good exhibition by The Institute for Urban Design.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>This exhibit will be part of an archive of actionable strategies around U.S. cities to improve the public urban realm.</em></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here</a> to see more Archinect News posts related to the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.</p> Art & Agenda: Political Art and Activism Alexander Walter 2011-04-28T17:50:15-04:00 >2011-05-10T22:48:00-04:00 <img src="" width="230" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Life has become significantly more political in the new millennium, especially in the aftermath of worldwide financial crisis. Art is both driving and documenting this upheaval. Increasingly, new visual concepts and commentaries are being used to represent and communicate emotionally charged topics, thereby bringing them onto local political and social agendas in a way far more powerful than words alone.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In the light of politically active artists facing more and more opposition and oppression (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei</a> remains under Chinese arrest), the just released book <em>Art &amp; Agenda</em> is an important documentation of current urban interventions, installations, performances, sculptures, and paintings and also points to future forms of political discourse.</p> Activists respond to sit-lie with handmade benches Quilian Riano 2011-04-19T11:43:28-04:00 >2011-04-19T13:21:11-04:00 <img src="" width="325" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sometime before 1 a.m. on April 11, a group of activists installed handmade benches at 10 different locations throughout San Francisco as a political statement against the city's sit-lie ordinance. The law, approved by voters last November, prohibits sitting or lying down on city sidewalks.</p></em><br /><br /><p> A spokesperson from the group offered to share images of the benches with the Guardian on condition of anonymity. The person noted that the benches were built by hand using wooden pallets found on the side of the road. The images were sent in an email with the subject line, "Angry queers protest sit/lie with public art."</p>