Archinect - News 2016-04-28T15:52:32-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149937117/act-fast-only-one-week-left-to-enter-the-2016-core77-design-awards Act Fast - Only One Week Left to Enter the 2016 Core77 Design Awards Sponsor 2016-03-30T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-03-30T12:26:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6j/6j06h13ldq48mugl.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://bit.ly/1V0VsWM" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Core77 Design Awards</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>With only seven days left before the Final Deadline hits on April 6th, at 9pm Eastern, designers, educators and strategists from all over the globe are putting the finishing touches on their entries for the <a href="http://bit.ly/1V0VsWM" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Core77 Design Awards</a>. Once the Final Deadline passes, the entries from the program&rsquo;s 14 categories will be reviewed and critiqued by internationally distributed jury panels of design experts who will decide which projects deserve the coveted honors and the Core77 Design Awards Trophy.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/14/14prercaoze1oxpf.jpg"></p><p>To commemorate the 2016 season, Core77 commissioned a limited-edition, eye-popping poster from The Pressure design studio of Portland, OR. Every person who enters the Design Awards this Friday, April 1st, between midnight and 11:59pm Eastern will receive the <a href="http://bit.ly/1V0U5Yb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">poster for free</a>. In addition to the poster, entrants will also receive a copy of <a href="http://bit.ly/1V10BOF" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing HERE/NOW</a>, a global selection of objects, concepts and spaces for the future based upon entries i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149936515/utopian-dreams-london-s-first-design-biennale-reveals-its-opening-theme Utopian dreams; London's first Design Biennale reveals its opening theme Ellen Hancock 2016-03-25T13:11:00-04:00 >2016-03-25T13:39:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/23/2361c19a5e7a62cdb72d55093a34c020.jpg" width="514" height="770" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London&rsquo;s inaugural Design Biennale is set to open at Somerset House this September, based around the idea of Utopia to coincide with the venue&rsquo;s year-long events programme. The biennale is headed up by London Design Festival director Ben Evans, biennale director Christopher Turner, former editor of Icon, and London Design Festival co-founder Sir John Sorrell. More than 30 countries are taking part in the event.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Representing the UK will be the design duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby best known for designing the London 2012 Olympic Games Torch and their work with <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/41593210/vitra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vitra</a>. Their installation will be curated by London's Victoria and Albert Museum.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149936159/bridging-the-gap-tintagel-castle-design-contest-winning-design-revealed Bridging the gap; Tintagel Castle design contest winning design revealed Ellen Hancock 2016-03-23T13:36:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T00:38:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/co/co9oe6bd2esz50u8.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The daring concept proposes one cantilever on the Cornish mainland and another on the island fortress, where, legend has it, King Arthur was conceived. The two structures stretch out to each other across the void but do not quite meet.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The victorious design was&nbsp;conceived&nbsp;by the Belgian company Ney &amp; Partners Civil Engineers in&nbsp;partnership with British architects William Matthews Associates.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149935855/the-design-museum-s-new-home-to-open-this-november-in-kensington The Design Museum's new home to open this November in Kensington Ellen Hancock 2016-03-22T03:39:00-04:00 >2016-04-04T22:54:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/da/dae72b29b1d68aedaeaa9ed8f89c7095.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The contemporary design champion&nbsp;is moving from its current location in Shad Thames to the former Commonwealth Institute building, a Grade II*-listed 1960s landmark conceived by architects RJMM. Its new home, which is being remodelled by designer John Pawson, will provide three times more space and have a learning centre, auditorium, library and a &lsquo;Designers in Residence&rsquo; studio.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/149583085/don-t-miss-the-march-8-regular-deadline-to-enter-the-2016-core77-design-awards Don’t Miss the March 8 Regular Deadline to Enter the 2016 Core77 Design Awards Sponsor 2016-03-04T13:56:00-05:00 >2016-03-04T14:03:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f0fmb5ds9ao1cn7j.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://bit.ly/1WXpUjt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Core77 Design Awards</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>With the Regular Deadline for entry right around the corner on March 8th, the <a href="http://bit.ly/1WXpUjt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Core77 Design Awards</a>&nbsp;invites designers from all over the world to put their best work forward and&nbsp;participate in this annual celebration of design enterprise and intent. The program embraces a wide range of design practice:&nbsp;commercial, cultural, social and environmental. Each year, thousands of professional and student designers submit their projects and&nbsp;ideas to be critiqued and honored by globally distributed panels of juries. The result is a collection of projects that inspire a broader&nbsp;discussion about the current state and future of design.</p><p>Each year, the 14 categories of entry are juried by independent Jury teams assembled and lead by design thought leaders from around&nbsp;the world. This year's Jury Captain line up includes:</p><ul><li>Arthur Huang, Miniwiz - Built Environment Jury Captain</li><li>Alexis Lloyd, Creative Director, New York Times R&amp;D Lab - Interaction J...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149065865/the-tyranny-of-bad-doors-must-end "The tyranny of bad doors must end." Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-26T20:35:00-05:00 >2016-02-29T23:50:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f4/f4ow4c7yxala5gvw.jpg" width="514" height="273" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The podcast devoted to all things design, 99% Invisible, collaborates with Vox Media on a video explaining the backstory to "Norman doors". You know, those infuriatingly unclear doors where you can't tell if you should push or pull. The name honors design kingpin and advocate of human-centered design, Don Norman, for defining the problem that plagues these doors: they lack "discoverability", that is, their function isn't made obvious and "discoverable" to the person wanting to use it.</p><p></p><p><em>h/t user "go do it" in the <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/149061048/it-s-not-you-bad-doors-are-everywhere" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forum</a></em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/148372939/jony-ive-s-design-philosophy-plays-the-long-game Jony Ive's design philosophy plays the long game Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-18T14:07:00-05:00 >2016-02-18T14:30:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cq/cq6yvutukgxldh60.jpg" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;technology is at last starting to enable something that was the dream of [Apple] from the very beginning&mdash;to make technology personal. So personal that you can wear it.&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;Both the hand and the machine can produce things with exquisite care or with no care at all. But it&rsquo;s important to remember that what was seen at one time as the most sophisticated technology eventually becomes tradition. There was a time when even the metal needle would have been seen as shocking and profoundly new."</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Vogue</em>&nbsp;interviews Jony Ive and Apple CEO Tim Cook, on the construction site of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/148075/apple-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster's new spaceship HQ</a> and back at the old campus, about Apple's convergence with the fashion world and its obsession with design.</p><p>More on Ive and Apple:</p><ul><li><a title="Apple's next, HOK-designed Silicon Valley spaceship revealed" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138032380/apple-s-next-hok-designed-silicon-valley-spaceship-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's next, HOK-designed Silicon Valley spaceship revealed</a></li><li><a title="Construction update: More (unofficial) drone footage of Apple's spaceship campus" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135672288/construction-update-more-unofficial-drone-footage-of-apple-s-spaceship-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction update: More (unofficial) drone footage of Apple's spaceship campus</a></li><li><a title="With the Apple Watch coming soon, Jony Ive is already revamping the Apple Store design for its arrival" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120981400/with-the-apple-watch-coming-soon-jony-ive-is-already-revamping-the-apple-store-design-for-its-arrival" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With the Apple Watch coming soon, Jony Ive is already revamping the Apple Store design for its arrival</a></li><li><a title="Marc Newson to Join Apple, Jony Ive's Design Team" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108265664/marc-newson-to-join-apple-jony-ive-s-design-team" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marc Newson to Join Apple, Jony Ive's Design Team</a></li><li><a title="Why Steve Jobs Obsessed About Office Design (And, Yes, Bathroom Locations)" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110815874/why-steve-jobs-obsessed-about-office-design-and-yes-bathroom-locations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Steve Jobs Obsessed About Office Design (And, Yes, Bathroom Locations)</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145577538/world-s-first-slum-museum-is-coming-to-mumbai World's first Slum Museum is coming to Mumbai Alexander Walter 2016-01-12T13:39:00-05:00 >2016-01-12T14:30:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l8/l8cliz8abvzly4u5.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mumbai&rsquo;s gigantic slums are one of the city&rsquo;s most prominent&mdash;and problematic&mdash;features. Dharavi, located in the heart of&nbsp;Mumbai, is&nbsp;home to upwards of 1.5 million people, giving it the distinction of being one of the largest slums in all of Asia. [...] it will also be home to what organizers are calling the first slum museum. [...] The museum itself will be a small, flexible mobile structure, which will make it easy for it to be pulled through the slum&rsquo;s streets on a bike or small vehicle.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127524458/mumbai-s-dharavi-slum-opportunities-challenges" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mumbai's Dharavi 'slum': Opportunities &amp; challenges</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102551431/the-slumdog-millionaire-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Slumdog Millionaire Architect</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115583325/steven-holl-architects-wins-star-studded-competition-to-design-mumbai-city-museum-north-wing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl Architects wins star-studded competition to design Mumbai City Museum North Wing</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/138701726/george-king-installs-glowing-string-maze-in-former-train-underpass-for-detroit-design-festival George King installs glowing string maze in former train underpass for Detroit Design Festival GeorgeKingArchitects 2015-10-12T13:30:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T00:01:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qy/qylggqs28yd4ry12.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Lasermaze is an architectural installation formed from three miles of UV wool and over 3000 hand tied knots, suspended from an industrial structure of steel scaffolding and chains. Created for the 2015 Detroit Design Festival, Lasermaze is currently located along the Dequindre Cut, a former railway line in Detroit that has been converted to a greenway and walking track.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yq/yqnafdfubpx6vy66.jpg"></p><p>Lasermaze&rsquo;s playful structure invites visitors to get lost within a unique, surreal space as they journey towards the centre. The complex geometry of the form combined with the ethereal, semi-transparent nature of the walls adds to the challenge of this spatial puzzle. The dividing walls of the maze are formed from glowing string which creates a physical barrier but not an obviously visible one. Within the maze the layers of string and the barriers they form become almost imperceptible from each other, creating an overwhelming feeling of being lost within a distorted, surreal reality. In addition the unique glowing na...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131039979/0-to-1-approaches-special-needs-design-differently 0 to 1 approaches special needs design differently Alexander Walter 2015-07-03T18:18:00-04:00 >2015-07-13T17:10:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0e8415f06a17134775ac8a0723925102.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most planners and architects can speak volumes about accessibility requirements [...]. Tamara Petrovic and Garner Oh, partners of the architecture and design firm 0 to 1, are intimately aware of such needs. To address their son&rsquo;s difficulty with balance and motor skills, the pair developed a range of products for the home that transform his living environment into a safe and appealing space for all members of the family and resist the institutional aesthetic often seen in special needs products.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/126299939/susan-s-szenasy-on-the-importance-of-design-in-the-everyday Susan S. Szenasy on the Importance of Design in the Everyday Nicholas Korody 2015-04-27T19:19:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T22:49:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/96/96urljwhvowfffzu.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Inside the soon-to-be-demolished <a href="https://aplusd.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A+D Museum</a> in Los Angeles, a small group gathered last week for a conversation with Susan S. Szenasy, the Editor-in-Chief of <a href="http://www.metropolismag.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Metropolis Magazine</a>, followed by a signing of her new book of collected writings, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Szenasy-Design-Advocate-Writings-Metropolis/dp/1938922395" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Szenasy, Design Advocate</em></a>. The talk is likely the last the museum will host in its Miracle Mile location, as the museum prepares to move to a new home in the Downtown Arts District following the expropriation of the current building to make room for an extension of the Metro Red Line. Moderated by architecture writer and curator Greg Goldin (whose previous &ldquo;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/78446579/the-science-fiction-of-never-built-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Never Built: Los Angeles</a>&rdquo; exhibition was on show at the A+D in 2013), the conversation focused on the personal relationships we have with design in everyday life.<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0ehqk33m7a83b6sy.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;I was always railing against the idea that people were never talked about in architecture,&rdquo; Szenasy recalled of her formative years at <em>Interior </em>magazine. &ldquo;Designers reflect us back to ourselves,&rdquo; she added a bit later. &ldquo;They have a hug...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124665842/los-angeles-has-created-the-perfect-parking-sign Los Angeles has Created the Perfect Parking Sign DianePham 2015-04-06T15:11:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T21:27:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o0/o0l58rqxpyo880q6.jpg" width="514" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the quest to make parking suck less, there are apps that help you find a space, and meters where you can pay with a swipe of your credit card. But LA has launched a simple, low-tech solution to make parking better: Well-designed signage that offers no ambiguity whatsoever when it comes to where you can park, when you can park there, and how much it will cost.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/124665848/attend-dwell-on-design-la-may-29-31 Attend Dwell on Design LA, May 29-31! Sponsor 2015-04-06T14:44:00-04:00 >2015-04-06T14:45:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xb/xb8jzs6sm9q9asir.jpg" width="514" height="198" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.dwellondesign.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dwell on Design LA</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><a href="http://www.dwellondesign.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dwell on Design LA</strong></a>, America&rsquo;s Largest Design Event, curated by the editors of <a href="http://www.dwell.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dwell</strong></a> magazine, returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center, May 29-31, celebrating its 10th year.&nbsp;Join 30,000+ attendees at this magnificent 3-day wonderland of modern design that will be sure to amaze, delight and inspire.</p><p>See thousands of the best modern products across five design zones including Furniture &amp; Accessories, Kitchen &amp; Bath, Design Materials, Dwell Outdoor and more. Connect with hundreds of brands such as Bugaboo, Cosentino, Hansgrohe, Lutron, Marvin Windows &amp; Doors, Miele, Panasonic, TOTO, Sunbrella and more. Check out a full list of exhibitors at this year&rsquo;s show <a href="http://www.DwellonDesign.com/directory/exhibitors" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Hear from 250+ design industry experts on three stages on topics such as Design for Humankind, Smart Tech, Resiliency, Energy 360 and more. Be sure not to miss keynote speaker, <a href="http://www.dwellondesign.com/blog/announcing-dutch-designer-marcel-wanders-dwell-designs-2015-keynote-speaker" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marcel Wanders</a> giving the keynote address on Friday May 29th and other speakers over three days in...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119044780/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-furniture-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Furniture" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-01-23T15:43:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T20:57:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/je/je1g8r984o132ll6.jpg" width="514" height="766" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People </a>profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip: </strong>use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/furniture/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Furniture</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ia/iawrabnszgdfl3mu.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/i29ia/project/office-04-tribal-ddb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">office 04 / Tribal DDB</a> in Amsterdam, the Netherlands by <a href="http://archinect.com/i29ia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">i29 interior architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1j/1jrr7867cg7jw5jt.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/108610895/rua/108618115" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rua</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/larusdesign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LARUS DESIGN</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2s/2s6rc1rqxvw5ajfg.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/38193635/mit-beaver-works/106633555" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT Beaver</a> Works in Cambridge, MA by <a href="http://archinect.com/mergearchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Merge Architects</a>; Photo: John Horner Photography/David Bragdon</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jc/jc5ald6b7zbkm68t.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/rise/project/classroom-2-everywhere2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Classroom 2 Everywhere</a> in New York, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rise Projects LLC</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e3/e3q47u5rx49f0yu0.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/56904349/woods-loft/109636293" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Woods Loft</a> in New York, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/56904349/specht-harpman" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Specht Harpman</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yv/yvcj5acxbwbdl1sw.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/111113741/bottles-congress/111161076" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bottles' Congress</a> in Braga, Portugal by <a href="http://archinect.com/tiagodovalearqtos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tiago do Vale Arquitectos</a>; Photo: Jo&atilde;o Morgado</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nl/nlsu6zdzq0as0jit.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/AlfredoPimentel/project/skel_bench" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SKEL_Bench</a> in Cambridge, MA by <a href="http://archinect.com/AlfredoPimentel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alfredo Pimentel</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/br/br3rfesjz5ke790s.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/81147630/giving-shelter-benefit-for-fixnation/109727976" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Giving Shelter" Benefit for FixNation (a.k.a. the "Cat Condo")</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/58779921/rnl-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">team RNL</a> (Jeffrey Anglada, <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/81147630/giving-shelter-benefit-for-fixnation/109727976" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Joshua Reitz</a>, James Sarratori, Colin Winchell); Photo: Grey Crawford</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5t/5ti9b64ja78rqnpz.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118194332/relax-on-kepler-16b-where-your-shadow-always-has-company Relax on Kepler-16b: Where Your Shadow Always Has Company Nicholas Korody 2015-01-12T13:39:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T20:41:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pk/pk6zrbphelj29f6b.jpg" width="514" height="742" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Remember the memorable double sunset on the desert planet Tatooine in the original Star Wars? As it turns out, such a vista isn't unimaginable &ndash; if you can get to Kepler-16b, an exoplanet about 196 light years away. Of course, if you did get there, you might be disappointed to find that the planet is actually a gas giant, or that its temperature is close to that of dry ice.</p><p>One of a thousand such exoplanets recently discovered by NASA, Kepler-16b has been commemorated in a poster designed by&nbsp;Joby Harris, David Delgado and Dan Goods. In a style reminiscent of early 20th-century travel advertisements, the poster is part of a <a href="http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/images" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">series</a> that playfully celebrates the exciting discoveries that have been made by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kepler_%28spacecraft%29" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kepler telescope</a>, launched in 2009 to discover Earth-like planets. Published under the guise of the fictional "Exoplanet Travel Bureau," the posters help bring the excitement of the project into legible terms for us layfolk.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ld/ld796dlp2i03gmwa.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>"Experience the gravity of HD 40307G," a "super planet" with ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112400616/us-currency-reimagined-to-celebrate-ideas-not-the-dead US currency reimagined to celebrate ideas, not the dead b3tadine[sutures] 2014-10-29T11:42:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T16:07:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sz/szn5rqp8qggsvk87.jpg" width="514" height="548" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Purrington says he removed the Founding Fathers from his design as this was a practice Congress had wanted to abolish following the American revolution. He wanted to focus instead on the attributes shared by workers in a community, and "how these attributes contribute to the principles we end up seeing as valuable."</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://www.travispurrington.com/211378/2317660/gallery/2014-usd-proposal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Travis Purrington</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109343375/zaha-hadid-launches-luxury-homeware-range-with-harrods Zaha Hadid launches luxury homeware range with Harrods Alexander Walter 2014-09-19T17:24:00-04:00 >2014-09-19T22:44:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/17/17ba721321c8b50afbe763a2828a45da.jpg" width="460" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If the sinuous curves of the bone china teacups don&rsquo;t betray their creator then the gently undulating Aqua Platter surely will. Dame Zaha Hadid has launched her first &ldquo;luxury homeware line&rdquo; and the exclusive Harrods range, which includes a &pound;9,999 serving platter, boasts the signature aesthetic of the acclaimed architect.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98163364/zaha-hadid-granite-marble-furniture-collection-for-citco" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Granite &amp; Marble Furniture Collection for CITCO</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98090199/in-at-the-deep-end-zaha-hadid-takes-the-plunge-into-swimwear" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In at the deep end: Zaha Hadid takes the plunge into swimwear</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84210724/zaha-hadid-designs-superyachts-for-blohm-voss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Designs Superyachts For Blohm+Voss</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/107715658/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-art-chitecture-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Art-chitecture" Pinterest Board Archinect 2014-08-29T14:57:00-04:00 >2014-08-29T15:08:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w4/w4cozzycgxhps8o7.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip: </strong>use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/art-chitecture/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Art-chitecture</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2b/2bxzp7e5og5ihub4.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/formationassociation/project/collapse-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Collapse Construction</a> in Los Angeles, CA by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/formationassociation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Formation Association</a> in collaboration with Los Angeles artists, Edgar Arceneaux and Nery Gabriel Lemus; Photo: Hammer Museum</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ap/apwu38wiqgvoe7pv.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; From "<a href="http://archinect.com/mmcglynn/project/personal-work" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Personal Work</a>" by <a href="http://archinect.com/mmcglynn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Megan McGlynn</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3j/3j6fuqqhgbxq35hi.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/jfbautista/project/2014-empty-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Empty Architecture</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/jfbautista" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">J. F. Bautista</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ne/neindqoos17mb0fc.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; From "<a href="http://archinect.com/christophercalexander/project/selected-artwork" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selected Artwork</a>" by <a href="http://archinect.com/christophercalexander" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Alexander</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vn/vn2gi19hmw6vo0i8.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/DimitraTampaki/project/google-campus-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GOOGLE CAMPUS project</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/DimitraTampaki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dimitra Tampaki</a> in cooperation with Irem Dokmeci, Dimitra Pavlakou, Angel Tenorio</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lq/lqh2agisyh7dpy5d.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/38038465/the-chair-pavilion/92320407" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Chair Pavilion</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/michael-jantzen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Jantzen</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3g/3gmd9am4xzdefydl.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/fei_alexeli/project/cable-car-project-in-wengen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cable car project in Wengen</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/fei_alexeli" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fei Alexeli</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ru/ruuawqxyk9xcmvlr.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/aimilios/project/vista-initiation-12" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vista Initiation 12</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/aimilios" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aimilios Davlantis Lo</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/19/19po3bxmhdzo9pl9.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/nurhangokturk/project/drawings-on-john-cage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drawings on John Cage</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/nurhangokturk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nurhan Gokturk</a></p><p>(Cover pic: <a href="http://archinect.com/angelbeale/project/illustration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Illustration</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/angelbeale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Angel Beale</a>)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/117299/archinect-pinterest" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click her...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107637739/a-sticker-pack-for-urban-item-sharing A Sticker Pack For Urban Item Sharing Alexander Walter 2014-08-28T14:15:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:46:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/22/22f74e911a92b07ecff4ff8155687108.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Haven&rsquo;t we all a huge pile of very handy but hardly used things in our house that fill our closets and make us need even more space than we already occupy? Swiss initiative Pumpipumpe wants to encourage urbanites to share all these occasionally used items with a handy set of stickers. The Pumpipume stickers, that can be stuck to front doors or mailboxes, allow urbanites to easily indicate which items they are willing to loan to neighbors.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107559001/more-is-more-the-gaudy-genius-of-the-late-deborah-sussman More is more: the gaudy genius of the late Deborah Sussman Alexander Walter 2014-08-27T13:57:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:11:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/00/00a676160925a9eeb275afa7c4114184.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;More is more,&rdquo; was the motto of Deborah Sussman, the graphic designer behind this brilliant visual riot, who died last week at the age of 82. Trained in the office of Charles and Ray Eames, she took their love of colour and pattern to new heights, establishing a studio with her husband, Paul Prejza, that would tackle everything from shop fit-outs to city wayfinding, sprinkling her distinctive brand, like sugary confetti, from Philadelphia to Santa Monica.</p></em><br /><br /><p>One week ago: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107018227/deborah-sussman-designer-has-died-at-age-83" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deborah Sussman, designer, has died at age 83</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106870325/exhibition-explores-the-design-of-protest-movements Exhibition Explores the Design of Protest Movements Nicholas Korody 2014-08-18T15:26:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:16:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qa/qa209ehk87bl41og.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In late May of 2012, my friends and I travelled up to Montreal from upstate New York for the first time, only vaguely aware of the escalating student demonstrations there. When we arrived, we found ourselves in a sea of red. The students we stayed with all had little red felt squares pinned to their shirts and gave us some. Their apartment overflowed with red pamphlets and posters. Plastered beneath overpasses and on bus stops, Paris &rsquo;68-inspired silk-screened posters &ndash; some by the collective<a href="http://ecolemontagnerouge.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> &Eacute;cole de la Montagne Rouge</a> &ndash; served as a backdrop for the massive daily protests that shut down major arteries and overpasses. Students in the streets and their parents on porches loudly banged pots and pans, a chaotic orchestra playing the deafening <em><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cacerolazo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">casserole</a>. </em>It felt as if there was not a single square inch of the city that was not red: even the lights of traffic signals took on a revolutionary hue.&nbsp;</p><p>The students were protesting a planned gradual tuition raise of over one thousand dollars. As ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104705706/herman-miller-buys-dwr-for-154-million-what-does-that-mean-for-chairs Herman Miller Buys DWR for $154 Million. What Does That Mean for Chairs? Archinect 2014-07-21T12:41:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T12:41:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/80/80af9e7d7d3324424cecf93e76f01d4d.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Herman Miller, the manufacturer of classic midcentury designs, will buy the contemporary retailer Design Within Reach (DWR) for $154 million in a bid to establish itself as a &ldquo;premier lifestyle brand.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104338763/designer-uses-magnetized-clay-to-create-radical-forms Designer Uses Magnetized Clay to Create Radical Forms Nicholas Korody 2014-07-16T18:22:00-04:00 >2014-07-18T12:35:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v3/v3p1nsuvbg1erga4.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Magnets might hold mysterious appeal for some, but for Jolan Van der Wiel, they&rsquo;re just another tool. For the past few years, the Dutch designer has been experimenting with magnetism to shape and create objects like violent looking stools and futuristic couture dresses [...] He envisions that someday&mdash;with a big enough magnet, of course&mdash;we could use this same principle to shape larger architectural pieces.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/101575299/30-weeks-an-experimental-new-design-school-backed-by-google 30 Weeks: An Experimental New Design School, Backed By Google Archinect 2014-06-10T20:30:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T17:34:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/23/23pf5xlpy2xuwx0a.jpg" width="514" height="234" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Following Apple's success, many companies are finally starting to recognize the crucial role design plays in building a desirable (and profitable) product. Yet very few companies are actually founded and led by designers. Here to change that is 30 Weeks, a new program by a powerhouse team of New York design schools--Parsons, Pratt, School of Visual Arts, and The Cooper Union--in collaboration with the education company Hyper Island and Google.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The 30-week program will operate out of a coworking space in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Twenty students will be invited to participate. The only requirements are that they&rsquo;re designers 18 or older and have an idea for a product.</p><p>Interested? <a href="https://www.30weeks.com/apply" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apply here.</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98163364/zaha-hadid-granite-marble-furniture-collection-for-citco Zaha Hadid Granite & Marble Furniture Collection for CITCO Alexander Walter 2014-04-16T20:18:00-04:00 >2014-04-17T08:12:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8f/8fc703d17bd44353f588481582a2df02.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] Zaha Hadid took to Milan Design Week&rsquo;s Salone del Mobile to unveil a series of brand new series of furniture. Created for Italian interior design firm CITCO, the series consists of three distinct pieces: a shelving unit, table, and fireplace.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/95028678/plant-architect-wins-national-csla-award PLANT Architect Wins National CSLA Award PLANT Architect Inc. 2014-03-06T12:00:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T20:54:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e1/e120ufv3wvqt8rs5.jpg" width="514" height="441" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Pottery Road Bicycle and Pedestrian Crossing in Toronto recognized by CSLA as preeminent example of Canadian landscape architecture.</strong></p><p>Ottawa, 6 March 2014 &mdash; The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) announced the national and regional winners of its annual Awards of Excellence.&nbsp; The&nbsp;<i>Pottery Road Bicycle and Pedestrian Crossing</i>&nbsp;is one of fifteen projects that received a national award this year. It is the first component of a larger scheme to provide interpretation, accessibility, and environmental control for the Lower Don Recreational Trail in Toronto.&nbsp;</p><p>Pressured by its urban location, the site&rsquo;s heavy usage by cyclists and pedestrians resulted in numerous unplanned and unsustainable trails, including a widely used but extremely dangerous crossing at Pottery Road. PLANT Architect addressed these and other issues by designing a new controlled crossing and reconfigured road-island with visual graphics and laser-cut signage to direct and control traffic.&nbsp;</p><p>Since its unveiling in ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93717939/ncsu-faculty-member-vincent-petrarca-receives-acsa-faculty-design-award NCSU Faculty Member Vincent Petrarca Receives ACSA Faculty Design Award kimweiss 2014-02-17T11:13:00-05:00 >2014-02-19T10:45:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ax/axzzzvhg3qj2qzaq.jpg" width="500" height="750" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>For a Modernist house designed and built by his firm Tonic Design + Tonic Construction</em></strong></p><p>February 17, 2014 (Raleigh, NC) -- Vincent Petrarca, an&nbsp;adjunct faculty member in the Department of Architecture at&nbsp;North Carolina State University&rsquo;s College of Design and a founding partner of the Raleigh, NC-based design/build firm&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tonic-design.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tonic Design + Tonic Construction</a>, has received a prestigious 2013-2014 Faculty Design Award from the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.acsa-arch.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)</a>&nbsp;for his design of &ldquo;Crabill Modern,&rdquo; a Modernist, single-family house in Hillsborough, N.C.</p><p>Each year, the ACSA honors architectural educators for exemplary work in areas such as building design, community collaborations, scholarship, and service.&nbsp;</p><p>The ASCA&rsquo;s Faculty Design Awards honor built work that &ldquo;advances the reflective nature of practice and teaching by recognizing and encouraging outstanding work in&nbsp;architecture and related environmental design fields as a critical endeavor,&rdquo; according to the ACSA. Winning ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/92378345/quilian-riano-of-dsgn-agnc-awarded-a-vilcek-prize-for-creative-promise Quilian Riano of DSGN AGNC awarded a Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise Archinect 2014-01-29T13:41:00-05:00 >2014-02-02T22:00:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xn/xntipe76smkny1zg.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Announcing good news is a splendid way to kick off a Wednesday morning: our respected friend, long-time Archinect contributor and founder of <a href="http://archinect.com/dsgnagnc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DSGN AGNC</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/quilian" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quilian Riano</a>, has been named today as one of three winners of the <a href="http://www.vilcek.org/prizes/prize-recipients/2014.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 Vilcek Prizes</a> for Creative Promise in the Arts, this year focusing on design. Paired with a $35,000 cash prize, the annual awards recognize young immigrants who have had a significant impact on the American arts early in their career.</p><p>"We are delighted to recognize Quilian with a Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise," said Marica Vilcek, vice president of the Foundation. "His philosophical approach to urban planning and design addresses social justice needs and brings cohesion to the communities he works with."</p><p>In addition to Riano, Israeli-born material designer Neri Oxman was awarded the $100,000 Vilcek Prize. The other two Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise for Design were awarded to Iranian-born game designer Yasaman Hashemian and Togolese-born product designer Ma...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90049524/solving-problems-for-real-world-using-design Solving Problems for Real World, Using Design anthony dong 2013-12-30T13:57:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T19:30:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0f/0f3uqlg629506mm8.jpg" width="514" height="376" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While the projects had wildly different end products, they both had a similar starting point: focusing on how to ease people&rsquo;s lives. And that is a central lesson at the school, which is pushing students to rethink the boundaries for many industries. At the heart of the school&rsquo;s courses is developing what David Kelley, one of the school&rsquo;s founders, calls an empathy muscle.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/87916031/cornell-design-students-conceived-hub-for-college-of-human-ecology Cornell Design Students conceived hub for College of Human Ecology Bill Caplan 2013-12-02T15:05:00-05:00 >2013-12-02T15:05:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6e/6e9hpst9r96e06i8.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For help designing the College of Human Ecology's newest community space at Cornell, college leaders turned to a team of in-house experts: 10 senior interior design students in its Department of Design and Environmental Analysis. The 5,000-plus square foot Human Ecology Commons, which connects Martha Van Rensselaer Hall and the new Human Ecology Building opened . . . and has quickly become the hub of the college.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>Design and Environmental Analysis</strong> at <strong>Cornell University </strong>is doing some amazing things that bring architecture, engineering and the sciences together through the lens of Human Ecology.&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp;</strong>The<strong> DEA </strong>department<strong> </strong>is a&nbsp;very impressive&nbsp;program&nbsp;at the <strong>College of Human Ecology, </strong>an important transdisciplinary program of great interest to those studying architecture, engineering&nbsp;and the sciences.</p>