Archinect - News 2014-04-18T11:59:35-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/67784286/our-parks-are-not-for-sale Our Parks Are Not for Sale Nam Henderson 2013-02-17T17:15:00-05:00 >2013-02-19T13:10:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rp/rpxmo6yp559mhdnd.jpg" width="514" height="235" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Community activism that simply nibbles at the edges is not enough. Small-scale rebellions can raise consciousness and help bring needed improvements to cities, but what we really need is a revolution.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In the Winter 2013 issue of Dissent (the quarterly magazine of politics and ideas), Alex Ulam follows a thread <em>From the Gold Coast of New York to the Venice Biennale</em>.&nbsp;He argues&nbsp; <a href="http://www.spontaneousinterventions.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spontaneous Interventions</a> "<em>was not an outlier at the Biennale</em>" but indicative of a general movement in support of the "Right to the City". Mr. Ulam then lays out a frame, wherein, the fact that many "<em>municipal parks agencies have become charity cases</em>", a new awareness of POPs, plus the continued selling off of corporate naming rights, are all examples of cities "<em>being redesigned to benefit moneyed interests</em>".</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/48377338/editor-s-picks-264 Editor's Picks #264 Nam Henderson 2012-05-14T11:59:00-04:00 >2012-06-18T19:07:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7s/7sizizadismyyr8h.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The latest Showcase feature profiles the Summer House in Austria by Judith Benzer Architektur, the design of which is oriented by the cubature of the Kellerst&ouml;ckel (wine house), typical of the Southern Burgenland region. stroke123 liked it but wondered "how does the roof shed water? Waterproof membrane and concealed gutters and downspouts?".</p></em><br /><br /><p> The latest <strong>Showcase</strong> feature <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/47317600/showcase-summer-house-in-southern-burgenland" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">profiles the Summer House in Austria </a>by <a href="http://www.judithbenzer.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Judith Benzer Architektur</a>,&nbsp;the design of which is oriented by the cubature of the Kellerst&ouml;ckel (wine house), typical of the Southern Burgenland region. I particularly loved the detailing for sharp edges of the cubature which are formed by copper corner plates.&nbsp;<strong>stroke123</strong> liked it but wondered "<em>how does the roof shed water?&nbsp; Waterproof membrane and concealed gutters and downspouts?</em>". While <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/10878493/andrew-chaveas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrew Chaveas</a>&nbsp;complemented the "<em>great compilation/composition of materials</em>"&nbsp;yet still thought <a href="http://www.herzogdemeuron.com/index/projects/complete-works/126-150/128-house-in-leymen/IMAGE.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">H&amp;dM has a better commentary</a>&nbsp;on the "house", here referring to that firm&rsquo;s House in Leymen.</p> <p> <br> For the latest <strong>In Focus</strong> interview Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/47288629/in-focus-brad-feinknopf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">spoke with American architectural photographer Brad Feinknopf</a>, who has shot over 100 AIA Award winning projects.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6b/6bbf1r8koafmjmlu.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/47664005/first-images-of-the-2012-serpentine-gallery-pavilion-by-herzog-de-meuron-and-ai-weiwei" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Serpentine Gallery released plans for the 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion designed by Herzog &amp; de Meuron and Ai Weiwei</a>.&nbsp;Although the original design announcement "<em>descr...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/31764688/thomas-balsley-on-nyc-s-greater-obligation Thomas Balsley on NYC’s greater obligation Nam Henderson 2011-12-21T22:34:00-05:00 >2011-12-27T11:01:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ga/ga9q4wbstm2v2ku0.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Putting aside the legal and constitutional issues that have been the focus of the Zuccotti debate, design really can help balance the competing imperatives of openness and order. And in fact Zuccotti Park&rsquo;s particular design manages this relatively well&mdash;it certainly can&rsquo;t be faulted for having made the recent situation any worse.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In light of the recent attention paid to the concept of POPS and the struggle over the usage rights of public space, Thomas Balsley &nbsp;(one of the foremost landscape architects in NYC, who happens to have designed more Privately Owned Public Spaces, than anyone else) shared his thoughts on the vital importance of POPS to the urban fabric of the city. He also opines on what their future should hold. Finally, Balsley hopes that rather than turning POPS into a scapegoat the recent controversy surrounding POPS will serve to focus the attention of designers, policy makers and the public on the need for NYC to "<strong>to create a new and more innovative kind of public space to do what POPS can&rsquo;t."</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/24933967/editor-s-picks-234 Editor's Picks #234 Nam Henderson 2011-10-23T19:45:44-04:00 >2011-10-24T14:24:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3r/3rcoitet911hnua2.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Orhan noted that in the language of "architectural poetics, the living room bathes you in a beautiful California light, washes your soul and takes your thoughts into the Pacific Ocean through the large window which sets the elevation on that side. Outside is wide and open, nurturing the peaceful inner space, this is something only great architecture can bless you with and masterfully achieved as in Schindler made experience."</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1812010/orhan-ayy-ce" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>,&nbsp;reported on his visit to Schindler's 1926 Lovell Beach House which the MAK Center and its brilliant curatorial team were able to gain access to as a <a href="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6160/6255006760_e129f7cb3e_b.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2011 fund raising event</a>.&nbsp;Orhan noted that in the language&nbsp;of "<strong>architectural poetics, the living room bathes you in a beautiful California light, washes your soul and takes your thoughts into the Pacific Ocean through the large window which sets the elevation on that side. Outside is wide and open, nurturing the peaceful inner space, this is something only great architecture can bless you with and masterfully achieved as in Schindler made experience.</strong>"&nbsp;SDR then posted some older B+ W documents "<em>As a contrast to (or context for) Orhan's new photos</em>".</p> <p> In <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/24220512/the-ideal-firm-s-profile" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Ideal Firm's Profile</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/20580749/sherin-wing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sherin Wing</a>,&nbsp;laid out a number of working conditions&nbsp; by which firms large and small can try to whether the effects of poor economic policies and deregulation throughout the 2000&rsquo;s will be felt for years to come.&nbsp;<strong>Lian Chikako Chang</strong> commented "'<em>But ...</em></p>