Archinect - News 2017-08-18T12:45:05-04:00 Cuba to bring back hourly rental "love hotels" Nicholas Korody 2017-07-05T14:05:00-04:00 >2017-07-05T14:06:09-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The authorities in the Cuban capital, Havana, say they are restoring a network of hotels where rooms are rented by the hour to lovers. State-run "posadas", or love motels, disappeared during Cuba's economic crisis in the 1990s, when they became hurricane shelters. Private householders filled the gap in the market, but at exorbitant prices. Officials say the posadas will be cheaper and will help end the practice of love-making in Havana's open spaces.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Banal Sex Mansion: talking about sex and architecture with Aaron Betsky, on Archinect Sessions #62 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-28T13:56:00-04:00 >2016-05-01T00:38:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week we&rsquo;re joined by special guest co-host <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Betsky</a>, author of <em>Queer Space: Architecture and Same-Sex Desire&nbsp;</em>and <em>Building Sex: Men, Women, Architecture &amp; the Construction of Sexuality</em>.&nbsp;As a strong presence in the architectural discourse of gender and sexuality since the 1990s, Betsky discusses with us a few of our recent Features published under April's special editorial theme, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sex</a>, including:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The enduring influence of "Playboy Architecture"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Screen/Print #41: "Family Planning" from Harvard Design Magazine</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The gimp room, the padded cell, the medical office: inside the world of</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transparent Motives: the ins and outs of sex-specific architecture</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The difference between porn and erotica is the lighting." &ndash; One-to-One #19 with Jake Jaxson, CEO and Creative Director at CockyBoys</a></li></ul><p>Betsky was last on the podcast in his current professional capacity as the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dean</a> at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taliesin</a>,&nbsp;to talk about the school's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">then-uncertain future</a>. You can li...</p> The enduring influence of "Playboy Architecture" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-14T20:25:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T00:24:56-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Elmhurst Art Museum presents the U.S. debut of Playboy Architecture, 1953-1979, featuring an extensive collection of photographs, films, architectural models and more from Playboy magazine&rsquo;s inception in 1953 through the 1970s. Curated by Professor Beatriz Colomina and Pep Aviles ... the exhibition showcases how architecture and design played a role in creating the Playboy fantasy as well as how Playboy magazine came to influence the world of architecture and design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>We no doubt have Hugh Hefner and the Playboy empire to thank, in no minor part, for today's standards of architectural photography, and the preeminent role many midcentury designers, featured in their present day in Playboy, enjoy in today's culture.</p><p>Got your own take on how sex and sexuality intermingle with architecture? Submit to our open call for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our current editorial theme, Sex Aware Design</a>. Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to submit.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Do these buildings turn you on? The psychology of curvy architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Do these buildings turn you on? The psychology of curvy architecture</a></li><li><a title="Building for a better Sex Life" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building for a better Sex Life</a></li><li><a title="Design Crime: An Office Shaped Like Lady Parts" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Crime: An Office Shaped Like Lady Parts</a></li><li><a title="US student is rescued from giant vagina sculpture in Germany" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">US student is rescued from giant vagina sculpture in Germany</a></li><li><a title="Penis church, vagina stadium: Can genital-shaped architecture really be accidental?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Penis church, vagina stadium: Can genital-shaped architecture really be accidental?</a></li></ul> Open Call for Submissions: Sex Aware Design Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-13T15:32:00-04:00 >2016-05-03T00:33:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With April comes springtime, and a proliferation of reproduction symbols laden with the sticky pollen of the universal allergen &ndash; sex. We're devoting our next editorial issue on Archinect to themes of sex and sexuality in architecture, and we want you to submit (to our open call).</p><p>Effective immediately, we're accepting written and design work under the following guidelines:</p><p><strong>&#12299;EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS: <em>Architecture "Penthouse" Letters</em></strong><br>A skyscraper is never just a skyscraper &ndash; architecture, in its lines and curves, interiors and textures, is a sensual object. Its space and substance are all around us, and we spend our lives in a passionate, long-lasting relationship with it. Now, we want to hear how that admiration, devotion, fantasy, fetish, straight-up procreation &ndash; or whatever gets you going &ndash; intertwines with architecture. However architecture and sex become one in the same, send us your tales of architecture erotica.</p><p><strong>&#12299;PROJECT SUBMISSIONS: <em>Sex Aware Design</em></strong><br>We're looking for projects that w...</p> Do these buildings turn you on? The psychology of curvy architecture Archinect 2013-11-26T12:34:00-05:00 >2013-11-27T10:12:16-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Oshin Vartanian and his colleagues slipped a group of people inside a brain-scanning machine and flashed hundreds of interior designs -- some curvy, some angular -- in front of them. They then had the choice of describing each room as either "beautiful" or "not beautiful." The study found that participants overwhelmingly preferred interior spaces with curving coffee tables, meandering sofas and winding floor patterns to rooms filled with angular furniture and rectilinear design.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Building for a better Sex Life Nam Henderson 2013-07-01T01:13:00-04:00 >2013-07-08T19:44:15-04:00 <img src="" width="609" height="761" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s odd how little architects have had to say on the subject of sex. If they&rsquo;re routinely designing the buildings in which sex happens, then you might expect them to spend more time thinking about it. Buildings frame and house our sexual lives</p></em><br /><br /><p> Richard J Williams (Professor of Contemporary Visual Cultures at the University of Edinburgh) is the author of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sex and Buildings: Modern Architecture and the Sexual Revolution (2013)</a>. In a recent piece he explores the&nbsp;relationship between sex, communal living and architecture. Mr. Williams,&nbsp;believes that architecture can improve our sex lives.</p> Design Crime: An Office Shaped Like Lady Parts Archinect 2011-09-28T12:05:23-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The showpiece is a staircase smack dab in the middle of the first-floor work room that leads to a second floor with a gaping white void painted red inside. Taranta says it's &ldquo;reminiscent of a large droplet of water ready to fall from the ceiling.&rdquo; Uh, yeah. If a &ldquo;large droplet of water&rdquo; looks exactly like a vagina.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Karim Rashid Rates Dildo Designs Orhan Ayyüce 2010-07-17T18:50:00-04:00 >2017-01-16T17:47:57-05:00 <img src="" width="436" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>German newspaper die Welt asked superstar global design machine and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fun Factory</a> sextoy shop designer Karim Rashid to comment on dildos. For the one called <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dinky Digger</a> he said, "this is a small animal, huh?" <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welt Online</a></p> TMN on Love Hotels Paul Petrunia 2007-01-17T11:21:00-05:00 >2017-07-05T14:10:38-04:00 <img src="" width="550" height="556" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Morning News has a great photo gallery of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japanese Love Hotels</a>.<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption></figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption></figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption></figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption></figcaption></figure><figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></figure></figure><p><br><em>Unlike the dank motels where Americans allegedly seek anonymous sex, Japan&rsquo;s love hotels are playful and unapologetically sexual. Photographer Misty Keasler shows the humor, desire, and even the loneliness of these empty rooms.</em><br></p>