Archinect - News 2015-11-29T16:23:04-05:00 Take a virtual tour of Havana's modern architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-04T13:12:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T22:42:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the historic lifting of the Cuban embargo creating an instant rush to visit the long-cloistered island nation, a rush for rediscovery will bring all manner of Cuban art, culture and design to the fore. While it's not always acknowledged as such, Cuban architecture, especially modernist buildings, showcase an eclectic and exciting blend of styles, from the Spanish and Art Deco buildings that preceded them to the modern and Brutalist influences that came during the postwar period.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on Cuban architecture:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A glimpse at Havana's rooftop dwellers as urban landscape transforms</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cuba in talks for cultural exchange with US museum</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Havana's overlooked Art Deco architecture</a></li></ul> "Flammable" towers make a fiery statement on the modern skyscraper frenzy Justine Testado 2014-01-20T14:13:00-05:00 >2014-01-22T09:43:51-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Architects always have the future in mind when they design. That's particularly evident in today's cityscapes as they continuously try to one-up each other in who can raise the world's next tallest, more-modern-than-thou skyscraper for all to gaze in awe -- or not. For <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jingjing Naihan Li</a>, a long-time resident and practicing architect in Beijing, modern skyscrapers can be invasive and gradually make the city's public spaces feel less familiar.<br><br> As a clever response to the skyscraper frenzy she saw at home and abroad, Naihan created a collection of the most recognizable towers scaled down to meticulously replicated wax candles titled "Flammable."<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> "Together, it looks like a party of all the alpha males of the world," Naihan responded in an email. "In places like New York or Hong Kong where land is limited, it was somewhat justifiable to build high and dense. But as the cities with the skyscraper were viewed by other developed countries as the representative of modern success, the sk...</p> 15 Mid-Century Modern Dream Homes that will Kill Your Children Archinect 2013-04-08T13:36:00-04:00 >2013-04-15T22:55:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Do you know what I love more? My children. And that is why I will never live in my MCM dream home. Because mid-century modern architecture is designed to KILL YOUR CHILDREN. (Also, moderately clumsy or drunk adults).</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><em>Red arrows show the direction of travel of children&rsquo;s bodies</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><em>It is pretty certain that none of these children reached adulthood intact.</em></p> An Octogenarian’s Modernist Dream Comes to Life Archinect 2012-05-10T13:51:00-04:00 >2012-05-10T16:54:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="490" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Here is the most modern of modern houses I&rsquo;ve ever seen and loved,&rdquo; she wrote, describing the turquoise mosaic tile, the compact state-of-the-art kitchen, the distant views of city lights, the proximity to her daughter&rsquo;s family and the circular stairway that she felt, sadly, too old to sail down. &ldquo;I guess you can&rsquo;t expect to have too many dreams answered,&rdquo; she concluded. &ldquo;At least, I&rsquo;ve had the opportunity to see the Morris House, to know it existed.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Gordon Walker designs a house for the future Paul Petrunia 2011-10-10T15:14:25-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Walker showed his idea around. The response was near freezing. "So far, people don't like them," he says. "They say, 'I want something I recognize.' "The baby boomers are coming of age, and I always imagined that they were more design-minded than they turned out to be." Or they just haven't caught up to Gordon Walker.</p></em><br /><br /><p> A Seattle architect designs a house for him and his wife to grow old in, and realizes he's way more cool than most other senior citizens.</p>