Archinect - News 2014-04-25T00:47:39-04:00 Philip Johnson Was a Nazi Propagandist Archinect 2014-04-22T21:28:00-04:00 >2014-04-24T12:45:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Philip Johnson was a terrible, hateful human being. And he wasn't just some casual Nazi sympathizer whispering, "maybe Hitler has some good ideas" in shadowy bars, either. He actively campaigned for Nazi causes in the U.S. and around the world. Johnson visited Germany in the 1930s at the invitation of the government's Propaganda Ministry. He wrote numerous articles for far right publications. He started a fascist organization called the Gray Shirts in the United States...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> China censors sci-fi film about Hong Kong's political and social anxieties Justine Testado 2014-04-14T16:56:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T17:03:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The video reveals Hong Kongers&rsquo; anxieties over political and social issues, such as their increasingly crowded and materialist city and the growing numbers of mainlanders since the city's transfer from the United Kingdom to China in 1997. It sends the opposite message of a very common view among mainlanders, that without China's economic support, Hong Kong would have been dead long ago.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Hong Kong Will Be Destroyed After 33 Years" is a nearly seven-and-a-half minute video by local film studio G.V.A Creative. Set in present-day Hong Kong, the city has become the target of an approaching meteor expected to hit in 2047 -- the year when the Special Administrative Region of China ceases to have separate laws from mainland China. As nearly two-thirds of the population abandons the city, the city is reborn despite its doom.</p><p>You can watch the entire film below.</p> Russian pavilion commissioner for Venice Biennale fired for criticizing Putin Archinect 2014-04-10T17:58:00-04:00 >2014-04-10T17:59:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Grigory Revzin, a respected architecture critic, has been fired as the commissioner of the Russian pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale (7 June-23 November). Writing on Facebook on Monday, Revzin speculated that the cause was his vocal criticism of Russia&rsquo;s annexation of Crimea. In a statement posted on its website, the culture ministry said on Tuesday that he was fired due to his &ldquo;extremely active&rdquo; public positions.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> GSAPP Lecture Addresses Architecture's Role in New Democratic Systems Ayesha Ghosh 2014-03-31T18:31:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T20:59:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>GSAPP continued its spring lecture series&nbsp;last Thursday night&nbsp;with the Belgian political philosopher Chantal Mouffe. The talk provided a brief interlude away from pure architecture and explored Mouffe&rsquo;s theories on counter-hegemonic radicalization of democracy by the multitude through agonistic pluralism. Considering the entire lecture was as dense as the previous statement, Mouffe began with a much-needed summary of post-modern political philosophers ranging from Negri to Virno. She pointed out how they all advocated a general strategy of withdrawal, using exodus from established hegemonies as a form of political action. While Mouffe didn&rsquo;t directly address the architect&rsquo;s role within this paradigm, she noted how artists with political intentions abandon traditional institutions (museums, galleries, etc) to instill their work with radical meaning.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Mouffe formulated her lecture to bring up two essential points to her theories of agonistic pluralism, the first elucidating how withdraw...</p> Architects Laud Introduction of Bipartisan National Design Services Act As Way to Cut Spiraling Student Loan Debt Alexander Walter 2014-03-12T14:39:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T20:37:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="192" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) today committed to timely passage of the National Design Services Act (NDSA), which will give architecture students the same relief from crushing student loan debt, which is already granted young lawyers, doctors and others &ndash; in return for community service.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Indeed, enthusiasm for such legislation knows no bounds on the campuses of architecture schools and elsewhere among the emerging professionals community. One young architect, Evan Litvin of Philadelphia, has launched an online petition that enlists the support of architects nationwide for speedy passage of the NDSA. The link to that petition can be found <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=supporter_message" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</em>"</p> New petition urges to utilize open architectural competitions for the design of Federal buildings Alexander Walter 2014-02-26T13:13:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T20:00:45-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="102" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>43 signatures down, only 99,957 more to go&nbsp;&mdash; Archinect senior contributor <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Jourden</a> brought to our attention a new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">online petition at</a>, which urges the administration to award the design of new Federal building projects utilizing open architectural competitions.</p><p>The initiative has now until March 26 to reach its goal of 100,000 signatures to be considered for an earnest review.</p><p>Here's the petition text in full:</p><p>"The United States offers the best architectural education available in the world but has not engaged its young designer base in creating the vision for the future of America's built environment. American architecture programs as a leader in design education, technological innovation, and sustainability attracts students from all over the world yet the United States does not invite any input from its young designer base as is commonly done in many European countries. Young American designers truly represent an untapped resource for a new vision of the United Sta...</p> Egypt’s street artists now risk even more Alexander Walter 2014-02-19T15:22:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T18:27:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As more journalists are being arrested in Egypt, artists are under threat as well. [...] Political slogans and portraits of people who have died since the January 25 revolution are painted over by the government and replaced immediately by artists. The walls of Mohamed Mahmoud Street leading to Tahrir Square are layers of colorful murals over asymmetrical blotches of white paint. And despite its attempt to silence, the dictatorial white ironically makes a great primer for many of the artworks.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> LA Mayor talks urbanism and mass transit with architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-14T18:06:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T19:53:01-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="396" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last night on the bucolic hilltop campus of Occidental College, Los Angeles Mayor&nbsp;Eric Garcetti spoke with the Los Angeles <em>Times</em> architecture critic, Christopher Hawthorne, about the state of L.A. urbanism. This broad topical platform positioned Hawthorne's interview not as a political interrogation, nor as a staged public appearance, but as a relaxed discourse for Garcetti to mention policy while riffing on the kind of place he believes L.A. is becoming. You can review Archinect's live-tweets of the event <a href=";src=typd&amp;f=realtime" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>The discourse of L.A. urbanism is often bogged down by insufficient comparisons and false dichotomies -- sprawl vs. density, cyclists vs. drivers, liberals vs. libertarians, east vs. west, etc. -- that doggedly try to force the region into the conventions of other, completely incomparable cities. Early on, Hawthorne made clear that "Los Angeles" has to be thought of on the "regional scale", and shouldn't copy the developmental models of radically different cities. Garcetti ce...</p> The Legacy of Bloomberg’s New York: Who Was Left Behind? Archinect 2014-02-07T17:11:00-05:00 >2014-02-11T10:24:19-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to Brash, the administration had a singular &ldquo;grand urban vision&rdquo;&mdash;one of New York as a competitive hub for international business deeply rooted in neoliberal ideals.With a radically different vision of the city than those of the working class, Professor Brash argued, many New Yorkers failed to fully benefit from the mayor&rsquo;s projects and in many instances were left behind.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> SF gentrification doesn't have to be bad Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-24T13:56:00-05:00 >2014-01-28T15:10:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>San Francisco is practically the reductio ad absurdum of gentrification: It&rsquo;s already land limited on three sides by water, and the massive rise of the tech industry over the last few decades has dramatically increased both the population of the area and its wealth. [...] But the blame shouldn&rsquo;t go to the tech companies or their employees moving to San Francisco, however despicable some might be. Blame San Francisco for being pleasant, and its policymakers for being foolish</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Lessons from North Korean urbanism, pt. 2 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-10T14:56:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T20:57:40-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I foresee that major urban spaces of Pyongyang, such as Kim Il Sung Square, will be used as &ldquo;public&rdquo; space with a greater variety of urban activities, such as commercial activities and show events. [...] The last thing that may happen in North Korea, or the thing that should not happen in some sense, is the Chinese model. Considering the scale of the economy and the potential of the North Korean market compared to China, it is hard to picture radical and massive urban development in Pyongyang.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Part two of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>NK News</em>' interview with Dongwoo Yim</a> pushes the discussion of North Korean urbanism into the future, comparing potential development methods to those seen in China and South Korea. Focusing on capital Pyongyang, Yim proposes a "Bilbao effect" development strategy that is heavy on catalytic architecture, and soft on strategy -- Pyongyang has very strict development restrictions that keep it from expanding, and will not be remodeling its mass-demonstration public spaces anytime soon.</p> <p> Yim suggests that those spaces can be relevant in a post-dictatorship North Korea, and that they should be re-appropriated rather than razed for their history. How a hypothetical reunification with South Korea would look depends on how North Korean statehood is interpreted, as either autonomous or an infringement on South Korean land. But the prevailing lesson in Yim's interview is that Pyongyang is not going to be another Seoul, Guangzhou or Shenzhen, and will ultimately have to rely on it...</p> Bridge Over Troubled Waters - Open Letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio Quilian Riano 2014-01-07T12:11:00-05:00 >2014-01-07T21:50:33-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mayor de Blasio, your idea of a mandate for inclusionary zoning begins to address this crisis yet continues to depend on the tender mercies of private developers to actually produce the units. If you are going to tax them, why not collect the money, municipalize the program, and make gorgeous, genuinely affordable housing your greatest legacy, building it where it's most needed? We can do it! -Michael Sorkin</p></em><br /><br /><p> Dear Mayor Bill de Blasio:</p> <p> Along with many other architects and urbanists, I'm looking forward to your taking office this month as mayor of New York City, and working to implement the theme of your campaign, the elimination of the increasingly radical disparities that underlie that &ldquo;tale of two cities&rdquo; you so frequently spoke about&mdash;a tale, increasingly, about two nations. While this program of social equity must operate in many spheres&mdash;from the creation of jobs to the provision of services, to the fight for environmental and social justice&mdash;planning the physical city in its growth and transformation is one of the most important powers of municipal government, one that the Bloomberg administration has deployed with stark effectiveness...</p> <p> Mayor de Blasio, your idea of a mandate for inclusionary zoning begins to address this crisis yet continues to depend on the tender mercies of private developers to actually produce the units. If you are going to tax them, why not collect the mo...</p> Texas to require architects be fingerprinted, starting January 1st, 2014 Archinect 2013-12-11T12:43:00-05:00 >2013-12-13T12:59:40-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="262" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So what happens if an architect in good professional standing is revealed to have a minor crime on his record due to being fingerprinted? Could he lose his license, despite the quality of his work? The TBAE absolutely reserves that right.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The requirement applies not just to new applicants, but also to licensed architects seeking to have their registrations renewed. Violators face a fine of up to $5,000 per day in which they are not in compliance with the new law. Currently only one other state (Massachusetts) even runs criminal background checks on architects. Now Texas is upping the ante.</p> Beijing cracks down on the city's growing population of unofficial underground residences Archinect 2013-12-10T12:08:00-05:00 >2013-12-10T12:08:32-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Because of Beijing&rsquo;s sky-high apartment rental costs, as many as two million people&mdash;about a tenth of the city&rsquo;s population&mdash;are said to be living below street level in underground storage basements and air-raid shelters partitioned into cramped, windowless rooms. Many of those who have to crowd into these homes are migrant workers like Wang, from the nearby province of Hebei.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ohio Looks at Banning LEED Brian Henry 2013-11-23T12:37:00-05:00 >2013-12-12T03:12:24-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[U]nlike some other states that have moved to ban the use of LEED in public projects this year, [...] the Ohio resolution, SCR 25, takes on LEED v4 directly, asserting that LEED v4 should no longer be used by Ohio state agencies and government entities and that the state's Office of Energy Services begin an immediate review of alternative rating systems, codes, and standards.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Citing LEED's failure to adhere to "recognized voluntary standard development procedures," such as ANSI, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">resolution</a>&nbsp;makes a move to ban the use of LEED for its government buildings because of LEED's apparent lack of openness, transparency, and scientific basis in the development of its green building rating system standard. The USGBC has recently had to face similar challenges in other states including North Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, and Georgia.&nbsp;</p> Parametric smackdown: Patrik Schumacher and Reinhold Martin debate at CalArts conference Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-19T16:05:00-05:00 >2014-02-16T17:48:34-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="688" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> CalArts two-day symposium on &ldquo;The Politics of Parametricism&rdquo; opened last Friday with a conversation between Reinhold Martin, associate professor at Columbia University&rsquo;s GSAPP, and Patrik Schumacher, partner at Zaha Hadid Architects. Their debate, while at times tending more towards dysfunctional improv theater than academic discussion, revolved around the relationship between architecture and politics -- generally speaking, Martin sees the two as indelibly linked, while Schumacher idealizes their explicit separation. Their debate didn&rsquo;t concern the visual aesthetics of parametric design, so much as argue about its utility in political systems.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><em>Patrik Schumacher</em></p> <p> As an event presented by CalArts&rsquo; MA Aesthetics &amp; Politics program, the Martin-Schumacher debate did not explicitly discuss individual architecture projects, but tended more on the side of critical architectural theory. To introduce their debate, both Martin and Schumacher presented papers on their approach to parametr...</p> Regarding "Architecture and Capitalism" and Design as a Political Act Nam Henderson 2013-11-12T13:06:00-05:00 >2013-11-12T13:52:43-05:00 <img src="" width="440" height="440" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When I said that all design is a political act, I meant it both as a statement and as a question to provoke further discussion. Why is it important to state such a seemingly obvious point? Because architecture is not often discussed that way, especially in academia or in practice. I often go to reviews where students and faculty only discuss the formal aspects of projects, ignoring all social and political conditions produced by or enabling the work. - Quilian Riano</p></em><br /><br /><p> Last week, Ross Wolfe attended <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture and/or Capitalism</a> an event hosted by Storefront for Art and Architecture's Architecture and posted a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">review </a>over at Quaderns. Mr. Wolfe, was particularly taken aback by Quilian Riano's statement that "<em>all architecture is political</em>&rdquo;.&nbsp;He also found the discussion wildly uneven and concluded "<br><em>What was more unsettling, in all probability, was the tacit recognition that the present impasse of architecture</em>".</p> Garcetti calls for approval of L.A. River project during D.C. trip Archinect 2013-11-01T11:38:00-04:00 >2013-11-04T22:14:13-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles officials are seeking to transform a stretch of the river between downtown and Griffith Park into a civic attraction offering recreational opportunities and restored habitat. With their congressional allies &mdash; Democratic Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard of Downey, Xavier Becerra of Los Angeles and Schiff &mdash; they are working to persuade the Army Corps to go with a $1.08-billion restoration project, with federal taxpayers and the city sharing equally in the costs.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Angelenos: save the historic Figueroa-Riverside Bridge and preserve it for future park use Archinect 2013-10-28T17:45:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T17:45:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The communities and neighborhoods along the LA River in the Northeast of Los Angeles have traditionally had poor access to parks and open space. The Riverside Bridge is an opportunity to immediately transform the bridge span into a park to enjoy recreationally and to connect the Glassell Park and Cypress Park communities to the Greater Los Angeles area. It is also an opportunity for extending the LA River Greenway Trail to Downtown Los Angeles and to Pasadena for bicyclists and pedestrians.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Building a Better City Archinect 2013-10-17T11:52:00-04:00 >2013-10-21T20:18:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In his 12-year tenure, Bloomberg built a gleaming Oz of new parks and plazas, skyscrapers and bike lanes. This didn&rsquo;t stop plenty of terrible buildings from going up. But a focus on streets and architecture redrew whole swaths of the city: Brownstone Brooklyn boomed, the High Line opened, industrial wastelands became waterfront playgrounds. Urban living became a cause, a public good. Design, down to the curbside and the public bench, was no longer an afterthought...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The AIA issues statement on federal government shut-down Archinect 2013-10-01T12:17:00-04:00 >2013-10-01T12:43:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s been 17 years since the federal government last experienced a shutdown. As federal agencies begin the process of shutting their doors and furloughing non-essential personnel, there are lots of questions about how it will affect all Americans, especially those who work with (and for) the federal government. If your projects receive federal funding, will they have to stop? If you are a federal contractor, what should you be doing?</p></em><br /><br /><p> AIA President Mickey Jacob, FAIA, today issued the following statement on the partial federal government shutdown that began early this morning.</p> <p> &ldquo;The AIA is a non-partisan professional association; we work with members of both political parties. And like most Americans, AIA members are extremely disillusioned with the current state of affairs in the nation&rsquo;s capital.</p> <p> &ldquo;The design and construction industry is slowly recovering from one of the worst economic crises in modern history. The last thing we need is the self-inflicted wound that can potentially further damage the economy.</p> <p> &ldquo;We urge both political parties to set aside political divisions and put the &ldquo;common good&rdquo; of the American public first. That phrase is an anachronism in today&rsquo;s political vernacular, but lawmakers ought to commit it to memory in coming weeks as the fight over the budget commences and the deadline to address the debt ceiling arrives.</p> <p> &ldquo;We urge the public to ask their Congressional to refocus their d...</p> OMA's winning Santa Monica design is rejected by city council members Archinect 2013-09-04T15:38:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T18:50:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The design called for a series of rectangular buildings skewed on an axis comprised of ground-floor retail, office development and proposed residential and flex office space and the upper section would be a hotel, according to city officials. &ldquo;I have to say that the Metro Pacific is a beautiful project and you look at it and it&rsquo;s stunning architecturally,&rdquo; Davis said. &ldquo;The affordable housing is kind of an afterthought &hellip; . It&rsquo;s a little unclear of how many units we are going to get.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Obama names critic of Gehry’s design to Eisenhower Memorial Commission to oversee DC project Archinect 2013-09-04T13:07:00-04:00 >2013-09-10T13:23:48-04:00 <img src="" width="337" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>President Barack Obama is appointing a known critic of the planned Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial design to serve on the federal commission that oversees the project. The White House announced Obama&rsquo;s intent to appoint former National Endowment for the Humanities chairman Bruce Cole last month, but it drew little attention while Congress was in recess. Cole led the humanities endowment under former President George W. Bush.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Architect Renzo Piano named among honorary Italian senators Archinect 2013-09-03T18:48:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T18:51:18-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Renzo Piano, the award-winning architect who gave London the Shard and Paris the Pompidou centre, has been granted one of his country's highest honours, being named a senator for life by the Italian president. Giorgio Napolitano said the 75-year-old was among four distinguished Italians whose achievements in the cultural and scientific fields would allow them to contribute to the nation's parliament "in absolute independence of any party political considerations".</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> “The Politics of Parametricism” conference coming to Los Angeles this November Justine Testado 2013-08-28T12:57:00-04:00 >2013-09-02T21:03:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The Politics of Parametricism" conference at LA's Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) from Nov. 15-16 explores the vast complexities of Parametrics, the evolving design paradigm described as becoming the "avant-garde in architecture and design" and "the next 'grand style' of architectural movements."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Can Architecture Help Solve the Israeli-Palestinian Dispute? Archinect 2013-08-21T15:20:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T21:08:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re trying to fill the gap between the broad stroke of policymaking and the reality of life on the ground,&rdquo; says Bar-Sinai, who recently returned to Israel after a yearlong fellowship at Harvard University. &ldquo;Only thinking about these questions from the 30,000 foot high perspective isn&rsquo;t enough.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The secret to peace in the Middle East, at an architectural expo</a></p> Romania's church-building boom Nam Henderson 2013-08-07T13:54:00-04:00 >2013-08-07T13:54:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Romania's Minister of Religious Affairs, Victor Opaschi, concedes that there is a close working relationship between the church and politicians during electoral campaigns, and that this is "not a good thing".</p></em><br /><br /><p> Tessa Dunlop reports in from&nbsp;Romania where the Orthodox Church is in the midst of a growth spurt with as many as 10 new places of worship being completed every month, and the enormous Cathedral for the People's Salvation&nbsp;is slowly taking shape. However, Romanians have begun to question the use of public funds for such purposes, especially in one of the poorest countries in the EU.</p> NPR interviews Bruce Katz, author of 'The Metropolitan Revolution' Archinect 2013-07-30T09:07:00-04:00 >2013-08-05T19:47:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bruce Katz, vice president of the Brookings Institution, says that many American cities show promising signs of renewal. He's written a book with Brookings Fellow Jennifer Bradley called The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy. The book argues that metro areas &mdash; or, cities and suburbs together &mdash; are powerful economic engines with considerable political influence...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The secret to peace in the Middle East, at an architectural expo Archinect 2013-07-26T20:12:00-04:00 >2013-08-21T15:28:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As John Kerry was trying to renew negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority late last week, the "Architactics" exhibition opened at the ZeZeZe Architecture Gallery in Tel Aviv Port. This coincidence provides an injection of realism into what, a week earlier, seemed like a series of interesting mental exercises, but far from the present reality. The aim of the exhibition... is to mobilize tools from the world of design and architecture to help to promote the peace talks.</p></em><br /><br /><p> "The conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians is based mainly on a territorial problem, and therefore architects must play a central role in finding its solution," says architect Yehuda Greenfield-Gilat, who, together with fellow architect Karen Lee Bar-Sinai, founded Saya in 2006. Since then, they have been working to shape the nature of the diplomatic solution below the media radar, outside the architectural discourse and away from peace organization conferences.</p> <p> Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Architecture Help Solve the Israeli-Palestinian Dispute?</a></p> Plans to redevelop Taksim Square cancelled by judge Nam Henderson 2013-07-05T13:37:00-04:00 >2013-07-05T19:00:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Can Atalay, a lawyer for the Chamber of Architects which brought the lawsuit, said the administrative court ruled in early June at the height of the unrest that the plan violated preservation rules and unacceptably changed the square's identity. It was not clear why it had only now been released.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Ayla Jean Yackley reported that a Turkish court has canceled an Istanbul building project backed by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan which provided the trigger for nationwide anti-government demonstrations last month, a copy of the court decision showed.</p>