Archinect - News 2016-09-30T07:49:53-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149959104/on-decentralizing-the-olympics On decentralizing the Olympics Justine Testado 2016-07-21T14:23:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T01:37:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ht/htgz9jxmofjoobql.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>More broadly, this reconfiguration would make the games, for the first time, a truly global event. Dozens of countries that could never afford to host the Olympics in their current form &ndash; Kenya, Thailand, Chile, to name a few &ndash; might easily host a single Olympic sport. Rather than being an occasion for nationalistic displays by a single, powerful host country, the Olympics would become a celebration of human diversity.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With overwhelming evidence that hosting the Olympics is a huge burden for several cities, Paul Christesen, a Professor of Classics at Dartmouth, makes a case for the possible advantages of having Olympic sports competitions take place in different cities throughout the globe. He also makes suggestions on how decentralizing the Games can be carried out to other aspects of the event.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957955/rio-mayor-admits-olympics-were-a-missed-opportunity-but-believes-the-city-has-been-unfairly-portrayed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rio mayor admits Olympics were a &ldquo;missed opportunity&rdquo;, but believes the city has been unfairly portrayed</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951809/the-rapid-gentrification-of-rio-s-favelas-in-advance-of-the-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The rapid gentrification of Rio's favelas in advance of the Olympics</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940794/california-pledges-to-pick-up-some-of-the-cost-overruns-of-la-2024-olympic-bid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California pledges to pick up (some of the) cost overruns of LA 2024 Olympic bid</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942166/logo-design-chosen-for-2020-tokyo-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Logo design chosen for 2020 Tokyo Olympics</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145735758/tokyo-olympics-refusing-to-pay-zaha-hadid-for-work-on-the-national-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tokyo Olympics refusing to pay Zaha Hadid for work on the national stadium</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135884547/architecture-for-humanity-begins-crowdsourced-rebranding-campaign Architecture for Humanity begins crowdsourced rebranding campaign Justine Testado 2015-09-04T15:33:00-04:00 >2015-09-08T10:37:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4j/4j0crtc3ee95l631.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Nine months after abruptly shutting down and filing for bankruptcy, <a href="http://archinect.com/architecture-for-humanity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity</a>&nbsp;has begun a campaign in efforts to&nbsp;rebrand itself as a "collectively defined, collaboratively run, and inclusive" non-profit. Launched Tuesday, the&nbsp;<a href="https://afhnetwork.wordpress.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AFH Chapter Network</a>&nbsp;is gathering opinions and ideas worldwide in the form of video responses in <a href="https://instapa.nl/Bt8EFP" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a short survey</a> until September 8. Participants will answer questions on&nbsp;how the new AFH should restructure its mission, value, and goals.</p><p>Once the responses are collected, the AFH Network will search for key findings alongside brand strategists at Skyrocket Digital and then work towards finding a new name for the organization.</p><p>The AFH Network posted their reasons for rebranding in a generalized&nbsp;list <a href="http://afhnetwork.wordpress.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on WordPress</a>:</p><ul><li><strong>A few reasons why we&rsquo;re looking for a new name: We are a new organization:</strong> While the mission remains similar, we are focused on consensus building, professional development, and support for local groups to develop innovative business models whil...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/121532238/mvrdv-approved-to-redesign-the-70s-vandamme-nord-block-in-montparnasse-paris MVRDV approved to redesign the '70s Vandamme Nord block in Montparnasse, Paris Justine Testado 2015-02-25T15:28:00-05:00 >2015-02-25T16:50:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ay/ayxv10c0s34slo51.jpg" width="514" height="312" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>MVRDV officially got the green light from the City of Paris for their plans to restructure the Vandamme Nord at Ga&icirc;t&eacute;-Montparnasse in Paris' 14th arrondissement. Built in the early 1970s by French architect <a href="http://www.pierre-dufau.com/realisations.cfm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pierre Dufau</a>, the mixed-use complex is located on a triangular island bordered by Rue Mouchotte, Avenue du Maine, and the rail tracks to Gare Montparnasse.</p><p>The Vandamme was once a landmark as one of the largest urban projects at the time, but -- with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119304867/dead-malls-and-shopping-dinosaurs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dying malls</a> continuing to be the norm -- its glory days faded away as it failed to keep up with a changing urban society.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0x/0xsxtpkc1im0adsl.jpg"></p><p>Aiming to renew a sense of place within the Montparnasse district and improve public accessibility, MVRDV plans to give the building a new fa&ccedil;ade as well as completely reorganize and open up the building's internal program. The complex will be broken up into a collection of "boxes" inserted in the existing structural frame that will vary in size, program, color, and materials, and will also be flexibly designed for...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94907060/lan-chosen-to-restructure-iconic-grand-palais-in-paris LAN chosen to restructure iconic Grand Palais in Paris Justine Testado 2014-03-04T21:48:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:02:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qg/qgvenand625crrnc.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The historic Grand Palais is due for a contemporary touch-up from French firm LAN, who recently won the competition to restructure and expand the monument...Looking beyond the museum's Beaux-Arts style, LAN highlights the museum's durability and flexibility in an effort to bring out the building's full potential.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Have a glimpse of LAN's winning proposal below:<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7b/7bej9uj529z2mgad.jpg"><br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b3/b3vqe6lewkkts5yq.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iw/iwm1n98liqgt2h4f.jpg"><br><br><strong>Drawings:</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f2w9u4o2safi8wge.jpg"><br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lu/lubyhj65w2ylfq1v.jpg"><br><br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h5/h5zj04jq2h6anaaj.jpg"><br><br>Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/lan_chosen_to_restructure_iconic_grand_palais_in_paris/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p>