Archinect - News 2015-11-24T17:21:28-05:00 Architect Paul Michael Davis shares his favorite pitstops around Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood Justine Testado 2015-11-20T13:30:00-05:00 >2015-11-20T22:37:04-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>No two people, let alone architects, perceive even the most frequented cities in the same way.&nbsp;How do designers experience their cities as locals?</p><p>The coastal city of Seattle, Washington is not as "sleepy" as some would assume. It's full of gems that the architecturally inclined traveler can appreciate &mdash; aside obvious landmarks like the Seattle Central Library, the Experience Music Project, the Olympic Sculpture Park, and of course, the Space Needle, among other tourist hotspots. Not too far away from the central downtown area is Capitol Hill. Never heard of it? No need to be a bespectacled, coffee-guzzling, plaid-sporting millennial to enjoy this part of town. Archinect reached out to locally based architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Michael Davis</a>, who shared some of his favorite spots around this charming neighborhood that non-locals might overlook.</p><p>Give Paul Michael Davis' "stops" a try the next time you venture out to Seattle, and you might discover something new about this part of the Pacific Northwe...</p> Leading street artists weigh in on the gentrification debate Alexander Walter 2015-11-16T18:32:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T23:11:55-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earlier this week, the online street art community was abuzz about an article by Rafael Schacter for The Conversation, From dissident to decorative: why street art sold out and gentrified our cities. [...] Basically, Schacter argues that street art isn&rsquo;t rebellious anymore. Rather, that it&rsquo;s most notable form is as a tool used by corporations to spur gentrification. Agree or disagree, the article is a must-read.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Vandalog author RJ Rushmore reached out to some of the influential figures in street art and muralism to get their reactions to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Schacter's claim</a> that street art has sold out and become complicit in the corporate gentrification of our cities. He received responses from Buff Monster, Living Walls, 1xRun, Jeffrey Deitch, Libray Street Collective, Tristan Eaton, John Fekner, Gaia, Ganzeer, Carlo McCormick, The Painted Desert Project, Jessie Unterhalter, Vexta, Wall Therapy and shared their views <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Related news and one exclusive interview with Buff Monster on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look at the often complicated relationship between placemaking and gentrification</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit issues arrest for "vandal" Shepard Fairey</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Candy Coated City: Non Sequitur interviews Buff Monster</a></li></ul> "Take the 10 to the 110 to the 101": Why Southern Californians say "the" before freeway numbers Justine Testado 2015-11-11T13:14:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:13:11-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Southern Californians have a distinctive &mdash; 'Saturday Night Live's' Fred Armisen and Kristen Wiig might say funny &mdash; way of giving directions. To get from Santa Monica to Hollywood, take the 10 to the 110 to the 101. Burbank to San Diego? The 134 to the 5. And, if you can, always avoid the 405. Why the definite articles?...Most of North America, in fact, omits the 'the' before route numbers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about L.A. freeways on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Christopher Hawthorne on repairing L.A.'s long-broken relationship with its freeways" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne on repairing L.A.'s long-broken relationship with its freeways</a></p><p><a title="Largest wildlife overpass in U.S. proposed for L.A.'s 101 Freeway, could ease area's roadkill problem" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Largest wildlife overpass in U.S. proposed for L.A.'s 101 Freeway, could ease area's roadkill problem</a></p><p><a title="Ode to the Stack, Los Angeles's iconic infrastructure" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ode to the Stack, Los Angeles's iconic infrastructure</a></p><p><a title="Southern California not so sprawling after all" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southern California not so sprawling after all</a></p><p><a title="LA's Unbuilt Freeways" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's Unbuilt Freeways</a></p> Is America actually shifting away from its car obsession? Not entirely. Justine Testado 2015-10-23T18:45:00-04:00 >2015-11-05T11:57:33-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The plateauing and decline in U.S. vehicle miles traveled per capita that occurred between [2005-2014] was described by some hopeful commentators as a dramatic shift that was indicative of the preferences of a new workforce...Marginal changes in the way a new generation behaves...cannot overcome the realities of a country where more than three-fourths of jobs are located more than three miles from downtowns and where only one-fourth of homes are in places that their residents refer to as urban.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about car transit on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to Evanston, Illinois: the carless suburbia</a></p><p><a title="Dawn of the self-driving car: testing out Tesla's autopilot function" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dawn of the self-driving car: testing out Tesla's autopilot function</a></p><p><a title="From California to Texas, car culture is losing its monopoly" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From California to Texas, car culture is losing its monopoly</a></p><p><a title="Can a loss of driver autonomy save lives?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can a loss of driver autonomy save lives?</a></p><p><a title="Designers imagine a world of self-driving, mobile offices" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designers imagine a world of self-driving, mobile offices</a></p> New Heneghan Peng-designed Palestinian Museum to open in May 2016 Justine Testado 2015-08-21T16:30:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T19:28:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new museum dedicated to the history and culture of Palestine over the last two centuries is due to open in May next year in Birzeit...In a controversial move, the planned launch date coincides with the 68th anniversary of the Nakba, when the Israeli state was established in 1948 and more than 750,000 Palestinians went into exile. 'The decision to open the museum on May 15 is designed to underline the enduring importance of the Nakba to the museum&rsquo;s work,' says [museum director] Jack Persekian</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Israel-Palestine: Hope through architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Israel-Palestine: Hope through architecture</a></p><p><a title="Gaza attacks: Lethal warnings" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gaza attacks: Lethal warnings</a></p><p><a title="After Banksy: the parkour guide to Gaza" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After Banksy: the parkour guide to Gaza</a></p> Melbourne is world’s most liveable city for fifth consecutive year Alexander Walter 2015-08-20T15:24:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T18:23:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In any event, it's as you were for the "haves" at the top of list, with Melbourne taking the top spot for a fifth year running, with Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto and Adelaide/Calgary (tied at 5) completing the top five most livable cities in 2015. [...] these cities have "relatively few challenges to living standards," and enjoy a good infrastructure, healthcare system and a low murder rate. Unsurprisingly, Damascus remains the least livable city, with Syria embroiled in a bloody civil war.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Other articles related to <em>liveability</em> on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Think you live in a nice county? Find out where it stands on the nationwide Natural Amenities Index.</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Planning for Local and Liveable Neighbourhoods in Melbourne</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Jan Gehl winning his battle to make our cities liveable?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melbourne named world&rsquo;s most liveable city for fourth consecutive year</a></li></ul> New Orleans deliberates how to dismantle statues of U.S. Confederate figures Justine Testado 2015-08-18T09:36:00-04:00 >2015-08-19T23:09:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The question of the monuments&rsquo; removal comes after several US states...have withdrawn the Confederate flag, acknowledging it as a symbol of racial hate...The [statues] are on public land 'which means that African American tax money is being used to maintain them', [says Carol Bebelle, co-chair of the Mayor&rsquo;s committee for racial reconciliation]. 'What does it mean to be a city that pays tribute to part of its history that was about oppressing the major portion of its population?'</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="That new Texas Confederate Memorial on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">That new Texas Confederate Memorial on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive</a></p><p><a title="Documentary to Explore Racial Discrimination in Transportation Planning" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Documentary to Explore Racial Discrimination in Transportation Planning</a></p><p><a title="Building the First Slavery Museum in America" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building the First Slavery Museum in America</a></p> Art museums are more popular than ever – but what about the art inside? Nicholas Korody 2015-08-17T18:14:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T21:53:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...What [Gehry's Guggenheim Bilbao] showed, [is that] if you picked a remote part of the world and put a world-class museum in it, the world would beat a path to your door. That's the so-called "Bilbao Effect," but you'll notice that doesn't mention art; it mentions tourism, travel and finance. I feel we're in a strange time where we're building furious Potemkin villages of seeming life, behind which, if you looked with the right eyes, you would see cobwebs and skeletons.</p></em><br /><br /><p>NPR has curated a list of noteworthy-quotes from&nbsp;Michael Lewis, an art history professor at Williams College, who's interviewed in the recent issue of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Commentary Magazine</a>.</p><p>Never before has art sold better or museums drawn larger crowds. Yet, according to Lewis at least, most Americans have become "indifferent" to art.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Lewis isn't the first to note that today's spectacular museums serve as a fa&ccedil;ade that hides a pitiful situation in contemporary art. The contemporary artist and pioneer of institutional critique, Andrea Fraser, made a video in 2001 that touched on exactly this issue.</p><p>Entitled,&nbsp;<em>Little Frank and His Carp</em>, the work (posted below; warning, vaguely NSFW) features Fraser as she tours the lobby of the newly-opened Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. As Fraser listens to the audio guide describe the architecture in gushing, ecstatic terms, the artist herself verges on a near-sexual experience.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In a 2005 interview, excerpted on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UbuWeb</a>, Fraser explains, "What struck me about the audio tour...</p> Examining the spatial crime of burglary Justine Testado 2015-08-12T19:50:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T16:48:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="689" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Burglary is a spatial crime: its very definition requires architecture...Indeed, burglary's architectural interest comes not from its ubiquity, but from its unexpected, often surprisingly subtle misuse of the built environment. Burglars approach buildings differently, often seeking modes of entry other than doors and approaching buildings&mdash;whole cites&mdash;as if they're puzzles waiting to be solved or beaten.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="The Secret Service wants to build a fake White House" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Secret Service wants to build a fake White House</a></p><p><a title="Architecture of paranoia" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture of paranoia</a></p><p><a title="Curbing violence through better architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Curbing violence through better architecture</a></p><p><a title="Singapore's Sterile Authoritarianism" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Singapore's Sterile Authoritarianism</a></p> Admire the diversity of African vernacular architecture in this growing online database Justine Testado 2015-08-11T12:48:00-04:00 >2015-08-12T22:42:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Jon] Sojkowski worries that these building types, made with materials that are abundant in Africa and sustainable, will soon be lost to history because of a misconception that they are inefficient, outdated and only used by the poor. At one point during his research, he met a man who told him he wanted a Western-style metal roof. 'I asked him why, and he said, &lsquo;Because then I would be somebody,' Sojkowski recalls.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since architect Jon Sojkowski launched his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">African vernacular architecture database</a> last year, he has amassed a broad range of photos showcasing the traditional building techniques and materials from 48 countries. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photo submissions</a> are also welcome.</p><p>You can also check out video clips from Sojkowski's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">YouTube channel</a>.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture</a></p><p><a title="Toshiko Mori designs pro-bono a new artists' residency in Senegal" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toshiko Mori designs pro-bono a new artists' residency in Senegal</a></p><p><a title='Architecture for Humanity-designed "Football for Hope" Centers give African youth a solid start' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity-designed "Football for Hope" Centers give African youth a solid start</a></p><p><a title="Apartheid ended 20 years ago, so why is Cape Town still 'a paradise for the few'?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apartheid ended 20 years ago, so why is Cape Town still 'a paradise for the few'?</a></p><p><a title="Cape Town to House New Contemporary Art Museum " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cape Town to House New Contemporary Art Museum </a></p> Oana Stanescu, the architect behind Kanye's volcano, talks to NY Times about pushing design boundaries via pop culture Justine Testado 2015-08-06T18:45:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T10:31:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For a serious architect who has designed public housing in Dallas and a bridge in Slovenia, it may come as a surprise that Oana Stanescu&rsquo;s best-known work is a 50-foot-high volcano that Kanye West ascended onstage during his grandiose Yeezus tour...Along with Dong-Ping Wong, her partner in the West Village architectural firm Family, Ms. Stanescu is making a name for herself in design circles for her ability to merge pop culture with utilitarian design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more Family on Archinect, you can check out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oana's archived Archinect School Blog</a>, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">+POOL</a>, and the firm's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">other cool projects</a>.</p> With a little compromise, illegal urban squats like Ljubljana's Metelkova Mesto can do a city good Justine Testado 2015-07-24T19:38:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T17:46:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The irony of [Metelkova Mesto's] transformation &ndash; from the military arm of a censorious regime to a tolerant artistic community &ndash; is what makes the regeneration project of this space so encouraging...Metelkova, in contrast, has built its image firmly on its artistic and cultural credentials. It&rsquo;s autonomous, but not anarchistic; liberal, but not lawless.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Developer wants to re-use and trademark the 5Pointz name for their new residential towers" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developer wants to re-use and trademark the 5Pointz name for their new residential towers</a></p><p><a title="Muralists and the fragile relationship with the buildings they paint on" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Muralists and the fragile relationship with the buildings they paint on</a></p><p><a title="The Uncertain Future of Slab City, California" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Uncertain Future of Slab City, California</a></p><p><a title="Herzog &amp; de Meuron to redevelop Berlin&rsquo;s infamous Tacheles cultural center; locals fear gentrification" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron to redevelop Berlin&rsquo;s infamous Tacheles cultural center; locals fear gentrification</a></p> Tree-hugging in the modern age Alexander Walter 2015-07-13T13:13:00-04:00 >2015-07-17T22:40:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city of Melbourne assigned trees email addresses so citizens could report problems. Instead, people wrote thousands of love letters to their favorite trees.</p></em><br /><br /><p>One tree letter excerpt reads: <em>"My dearest Ulmus," the message began.&nbsp;&ldquo;As I was leaving St. Mary&rsquo;s College today I was struck, not by a branch, but by your radiant beauty. You must get these messages all the time. You&rsquo;re such an attractive tree.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Related Archinect news in the trees-are-friends genre:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">It's official: trees are good for your health</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">The public life of the world's celebritrees</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">New York City's tree species mapped</a></li></ul> Greek museums can't afford to keep the doors open Alexander Walter 2015-07-09T13:51:00-04:00 >2015-07-09T14:33:16-04:00 <img src="" width="426" height="250" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Major public cultural institutions in Greece are on the point of collapse, say leading Greek art professionals, as concerns mount that the country faces insolvency after 61% of the population rejected bailout proposals earlier this week made by international creditors.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read also:&nbsp;<strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture in crisis: reports from Greece</a></strong></p> U.S. LGBTQ preservation group pushes to preserve more heritage sites at the national level Justine Testado 2015-06-26T20:14:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T23:12:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'Recently, people were more worried about preserving their jobs, not preserving their history...Now a new generation is aware there was a history that came before them...Not a lot of our history has been preserved. People without a history can be erased.' &mdash; Mark Meinke, co-founder of the Rainbow Heritage Network</p></em><br /><br /><p>History was made today in American civil rights with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Supreme Court ruling</a> that legalizes same-sex marriage across all 50 states. The ruling is a major push toward marriage equality in the U.S., but like several historically marginalized communities, one giant obstacle that the LGBTQ community continues to face is cultural preservation and protection, in addition to spreading the awareness of that historical legacy both externally and internally.</p><p>You win some and unfortunately lose some in the unpredictable nature of preserving heritage sites, but proactivity is key. One such group is the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rainbow Heritage Network</a>, a developing coalition of over 400 preservationists and gay rights activists who advocate for the protection of LGBTQ heritage sites in the U.S. as one of their primary missions. Reportedly established only this past January, the group is working to gain more traction in their long-term efforts to protect LGBTQ sites on a local, state and federal level.</p><p>For starters, Rain...</p> ‘The Princes of Kings Road’: Neutra and Schindler the subject of a new site-specific play Nicholas Korody 2015-06-10T18:47:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T21:11:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Next September, the historic&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neutra Institute and Museum</a>&nbsp;in Silverlake will host a new play by&nbsp;Tom Lazarus entitled &lsquo;The Princes of Kings Road.&rsquo; Based on a true events, the production imagines a reunion between the two iconic figures of LA modernism, Rudolf Schindler and Richard Neutra.</p><p>The architects have a storied history, which was recounted in a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vanity Fair article</a> from 1999. After building his West Hollywood home (now the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAK Center</a>), Schindler and his partner invited Neutra and his wife to live with them. The house was originally intended as a communal living space for two couples, with open-air "sleeping baskets" rather than bedrooms. But after five years of&nbsp;cohabitation&nbsp;and professional partnership &nbsp;&ndash; the two architects collaborated on an entry for the&nbsp;the League of Nations palace in Geneva&nbsp;&ndash; their relationship turned sour, transforming into a bitter rivalry.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Lazarus' play imagines Schindler and Neutra reunited in a room at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital (now the bright blue Scien...</p> OMA-designed Chinese Pavilion now open at 2015 Venice Art Biennale Justine Testado 2015-05-23T01:31:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T21:10:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>OMA returns to Venice once again in the debut of the Chinese Pavilion they designed for the 2015 International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, "All the World's Futures", which opened to the public on May 9. Commissioned by the Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation, the multimedia exhibition balances aspects of traditional Chinese culture and society with the works of various contemporary artists and designers all under the theme, "Other Future."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The exhibition features work by notable Chinese creatives like classical composer Tan Dun, Liu Jiakun of Jiakun Architects, artist Lu Yang, filmmaker Wu Wenguang / Caochangdi Work Station, and Wen Hui / Living Dance Studio. The artworks are positioned against a backdrop of digital projections so as to connect the interior and exterior works.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>All images Copyright OMA</em>.</p><p>OMA Asia designed "Other Future" in collaboration with curatorial advisor Kayoko Ota, who was in charge of the Japanese Pavilion at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 Venice Architecture Biennale</a>. Dong...</p> Growing up in Case Study House #22: The Stahl House Justine Testado 2015-05-20T18:38:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T20:44:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[The Stahl House] may be more famous for its breathtaking view of the Sunset Strip, its immaculate midcentury design, and its oft-photographed pool, which is perched on the edge of a cliff, but I love it for another reason, too: It&rsquo;s living history. [...] The city around the Stahl House has changed, but the house itself has not. &mdash; Alison Martino</p></em><br /><br /><p>Writer Alison Martino interviews Bruce and Shari, two of Clarence and Carlotta Stahl's three kids, on their experiences growing up in The Stahl House a.k.a. Case Study House #22.</p> Challenging the space-age Manifest Destiny narrative, as Elon Musk vies to move humans to Mars Justine Testado 2015-05-08T12:26:00-04:00 >2015-05-08T19:50:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="424" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s a myth almost universally believed, that sits at the core of liberal technocratic thought, and has been embedded in practically every other work of speculative fiction for the last half century. You can sum it up like this: 'When we go into space, we will all magically become nice.'...It&rsquo;s early days, but if we really want to create a progressive new world then issues like these should be at the hearts of our efforts from the very start.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The longtime space-age Manifest Destiny of humans inhabiting Mars and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the prominently white, European male perspective that narrative perpetually emphasizes</a> has become a bubbling multi-faceted discussion among science bloggers as Elon Musk's staunch ambitions to ultimately turn humans into a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"multiplanet species"</a> continue to develop. Stemming from that discussion, writer Martin Robbins of The Guardian contemplates whether or not humanity's eventual future on Mars can exist without the earthly issues of sexism and racism.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Musk will build SpaceX launchpad in Texas</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The proliferation of the Western quest for exotic adventures has led to a new form of educational colonialism'</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plan Of The City - Skyscrapers on Mars</a>&nbsp;</li></ul> When the pressure is on, dedicated architecture students show how to power nap like a pro Justine Testado 2015-05-04T14:48:00-04:00 >2015-05-08T06:35:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With final crits creeping up for many architecture students, there's no doubt that the agenda includes sleepless nights in the studio and personal health becomes second priority. Sad but true. In recent years, some students turned to social media sites like Tumblr to post snapshots of their peers seizing the chance to catch up on some ZZZs -- whether as a way to share their woes with fellow architecture students, poke a little fun at their friends, to procrastinate, or maybe even as a cry for help. The widespread social-media trend is nothing new (neither is sleep deprivation among aspiring architects), but what it reflects of architectural education and studio culture is certainly still <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">up for debate</a>.</p><p>As anyone who has gone through architecture school may already know, the studio provides plenty of room&nbsp;&mdash; and materials&nbsp;&mdash; to get <em>some</em> form of shut-eye while working on big presentations:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>To any students going through this at the moment: Hang in there.</p><p>More photos <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Rel...</p> Old Royal Naval College aims to restore 40,000 sq.ft of its Painted Hall, plan to be unveiled in NYC next month Justine Testado 2015-04-28T19:44:00-04:00 >2015-04-29T19:03:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="799" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Arts patrons continue to support the restoration of the Painted Hall at the Christopher Wren-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Old Royal Naval College</a> at the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site in Greenwich, London. Over the next three years, the ORNC's three-stage conservation project would clean and restore the remaining 3,700 sq.m. (approx. 40,000 sq.ft) of the Painted Hall, sometimes dubbed "the Sistine Chapel of the U.K." The first phase restored 560 sq.m. of paintings in the Upper Hall back in 2013. The second phase focuses on the Lower Hall, the Vestibule, and the semi-underground King William Undercroft directly beneath the Painted Hall.</p><p>Housed inside King William Court, the Painted Hall was originally built as a dining hall for British naval veterans who lived at the Royal Hospital for Seamen. Once the hall was built, English painter James Thornhill began his 19-year endeavor of painting the interior from 1708 to 1727. As instructed, Thornhill's paintings largely pay tribute to the British Navy a...</p> Frank Gehry to design stage set for Berlin State Opera Alexander Walter 2015-04-27T18:34:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T21:00:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Frank Gehry will be the stage designer of a new production of the Christoph Gluck opera "Orfeo ed Euridice" for Berlin's Staatsoper, the company announced on Monday in unveiling its 2015-2016 season. [...] Gehry, one of the world's foremost architects, has engaged in arts projects in the past [...] designed a set for a concert staging of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" in Los Angeles in 2003.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Artist bedecks decrepit Bates Motel in ghost-white before eventual demolition Justine Testado 2015-04-24T14:34:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:57:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This project [titled 'Projection'], announced last October, is probably the first time in a long time that the old inn (aka the Sunset Pacific) has gotten so much attention. The Bates&mdash;whose nickname is as much a callback to 'Psycho' as it is to the motel's location near the intersection of Bates and Sunset&mdash;has been vacant for decades, except for the squatters and the occasional, totally fun-looking, likely illegal party</p></em><br /><br /><p>Artist Vincent Lamouroux went all out in covering Silver Lake's Bates Motel in stark white limewash for his piece titled, <em>Projection</em>, which officially opens on April 26. As of now, the derelict landmark will eventually be razed to make room for three mixed-users.</p> Married Couples Take on Roomies to Adapt to Sky-High NY Rents Nicholas Korody 2015-04-10T14:43:00-04:00 >2015-04-11T17:42:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Living with roommates is practically a rite of passage in New York City. It often begins with far too many people sharing too little space and ends with a move into an apartment of one&rsquo;s own, or with that special someone. But with rents reaching new highs, single 20-somethings are not the only ones looking for someone with whom to share the rent. Couples are living with roommates even after they&rsquo;ve tied the knot.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Looking at all sides of the Pier 55 offshore park development Justine Testado 2015-04-09T20:47:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T14:23:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For fans of the park, the gift from the Diller-von Furstenberg foundation represented more than the revival of Pier 54. It was a statement that Hudson River Park deserved to be in the same league as the city&rsquo;s other signature, showy spaces.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More details -- or opinions, perhaps -- are surfacing for the proposed Pier 55 "culture island", which media mogul Barry Diller commissioned Thomas Heatherwick to design for New York's Hudson River Park.&nbsp;Since the plan was first publicly announced back <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in November</a>, followed by a lease agreement approved <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in February</a>, plans to make the $130 million development a reality appear to gradually be moving forward.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> Detroit's P. Funk-inspired Mothership is ready to get the party started Justine Testado 2015-03-31T20:24:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T13:32:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Most people would probably be envious of the lucky DJs that got to spin tunes in The Mothership (I know I am). Ann Arbor-based practice <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anya Sirota + AKOAKI</a> looked to legendary funk collective <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">P-Funk</a> and their iconic album <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mothership Connection</a></em> to design the swanky modular DJ and broadcast booth for Detroit's North End neighborhood and its local music scene.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Akoaki created The Mothership to mark the start of the collaborative <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">O.N.E. Mile</a> initiative, which brings together architects, designers, and artists to revive the public spaces along historic Oakland Avenue for a series of experimental cultural events all year long. The Mothership made its debut during O.N.E. Mile's free (and unprecedented) Mothership Launch event this past October, where 12 honorary members of Parliament-Funkadelic did a special live performance in an empty garage on Oakland Avenue. The mobile unit is still stationed there but has more future public appearances in tow.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Mothership is constructed by an aluminu...</p> NY exhibitions reflect on Latin American midcentury architecture + design Justine Testado 2015-03-30T16:01:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T09:17:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Until the advent of cable television and then the Internet, Latin Americans, creators and consumers alike, were often more aware of trends in Europe and the United States than in nations neighboring theirs: Whatever similarities in style that emerged regionally were largely the result of discrete, parallel responses to the challenges of urbanization, poverty and the need to somehow integrate modernity and tradition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Midcentury architecture and design from the Latin America region seems to be a trend in recent exhibitions in MoMA, MAD, and Americas Society in New York. New York Times writer Larry Rohter compares and contrasts the exhibitions, which shed light on the all-too-familiar tension of integrating globalized innovation with local traditions and techniques that was present throughout Latin American architecture and design.</p> Málaga unveils outposts of two high-profile museums in one week Alexander Walter 2015-03-27T15:00:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T00:04:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For M&aacute;laga&rsquo;s mayor, Francisco de la Torre, the rebirth of Hotel Miramar is a sign that his &euro;100m gamble on rebranding the city is paying off. During his 15 years in office he has lead an aggressive campaign to turn M&aacute;laga into a place brimming with culture. [...] His campaign reached new heights this week with the opening of the first foreign outposts of two high-profile museums: the Centre Pompidou M&aacute;laga and the M&aacute;laga branch of the St Petersburg State Russian Museum.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Centre Pompidou to cover France with pop-ups</a></p> Turns out the U.S. has more museums than the combined number of Starbucks and McDonalds Alexander Walter 2015-03-26T13:27:00-04:00 >2015-03-27T20:35:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There are roughly 11,000 Starbucks locations in the United States, and about 14,000 McDonald's restaurants. But combined, the two chains don't come close to the number of museums in the U.S., which stands at a whopping 35,000. So says the latest data release from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent government agency that&nbsp;tallies&nbsp;the number and type of museums in this country.&nbsp;[...] the 35,000 active museums represent a doubling from the number estimated in the 1990s.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Büro Ole Scheeren reveals design of new Guardian Art Center hybrid auction house in Beijing Justine Testado 2015-03-10T15:21:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T17:57:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Construction is already in progress for the new Guardian Art Center, China's oldest auction house, in Beijing. Designed by B&uuml;ro Ole Scheeren in collaboration with Beijing Institute of Architectural Design and local planning authorities over four years, the Guardian Art Center is an embodiment of its significant historic surroundings that "explicitly pays respect to its context and location" while still functioning as an auction house, Ole Scheeren describes in a statement.&nbsp; In other words, the GAC is yet another structure that reflects the balance between tradition and contemporary, a concept that is growing more prominent as China continues to undergo major urban development.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The GAC is located at an intersection where commerce and culture meet: Wangfujing, Beijing's famous commercial street and Wusi Dajie, where the New Cultural Movement originated following the Qing Dynasty. As a souped-up version of its typology, the hybrid auction house consists of 8 levels above ground and 5 be...</p>