Archinect - News 2016-10-23T20:13:35-04:00 If London Garden Bridge is cancelled, NAO report says taxpayers could lose £20m Justine Testado 2016-10-12T19:58:00-04:00 >2016-10-12T19:58:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ministers have repeatedly given more public money to London&rsquo;s planned garden bridge, despite official advice against doing so, and risk losing more than &pound;20m if the controversial project is cancelled, according to a report from the National Audit Office...The Garden Bridge Trust has yet to secure the necessary sub-lease on the area of the South Bank where the bridge will land, the report notes, while the main contractor [is] on standby and construction has been delayed for at least 18 months.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For previous news on this ongoing struggle:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London mayor Sadiq Khan blocks extra funds for garden bridge</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Allies and Morrison propose an alternative to the garden bridge</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's garden bridge, the saga continues</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sadiq Khan investigates troublesome details in Thames garden bridge project</a></p> Finnish government pulls funding for the Guggenheim Helsinki Julia Ingalls 2016-09-08T13:16:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T00:24:34-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="405" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Guggenheim Foundation's Helsinki museum, the design of which was chosen after a hotly anticipated competition last year, is now missing a major financial backer, namely, the government of Finland. Prior to its withdrawal, Finland was going to pick up construction costs and a portion of the operating fees in exchange for top-tier artworks and exhibitions from the Guggenheim.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>However, this pull-out isn't entirely unexpected. Before the winning design by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moreau Kusunoki Architectes</a>&nbsp;was even chosen, there were rumblings of dissent: many in Finland felt that the Guggenheim was becoming a bland franchise, to the point that an alternative competition, "The Next Helsinki," was launched to solicit other designs. As Sampo Terho, parliamentary head of the Finns Party, said, &ldquo;This is the end of the matter, we have ruled out state funding (for Guggenheim) once and for all, for this government.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to our interview with Moreau Kusunoki Architectes about their winning design for the Guggen...</p> Why are Heatherwick's proposals succeeding in New York but tanking in London? Julia Ingalls 2016-05-26T18:25:00-04:00 >2016-06-05T01:21:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="436" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The Garden Bridge is a land grab,&rdquo; says Michael Ball of Thames Central Open Spaces. &ldquo;That is, a major piece of public space and amenity &ndash; the South Bank, the River Thames, and the views across central London &ndash; would be sequestered for private interests, albeit cloaked in some appearance of charity and beneficence. When I saw Pier 55 I realised it was an even more blatant example of the same idea.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this piece design critic par excellence <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexandra Lange</a> analyzes two similar <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a> designed-projects, London's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garden Bridge</a> and New York's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pier 55</a>, in the hopes of discovering why one seems to be resonating with the public while the other has inspired <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">satiric contests to replace it</a>. Murky funding issues, misleading renderings, <em>Absolutely Fabulous</em> tie-ins: it's all here.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on the saga of the Garden Bridge:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sadiq Khan investigates troublesome details in Thames garden bridge project</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Infrastructure or advertisement? Sky to sponsor the Garden Bridge</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Garden Bridge will track visitors' phone signals, submitted plan says</a></li></ul> CA seeks to allocate $10 million in state funds to new earthquake early warning system Justine Testado 2016-05-16T18:34:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:50:56-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a major reversal, Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking state funds for a fledgling earthquake early warning system for California, which would allow for a limited rollout of alerts by 2018...Though the governor&rsquo;s proposed funding is a big step for the system, it does not come with ongoing funds to operate it. An earthquake early warning system for California alone will cost about $23 million to build and $12 million annually to operate[.]</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Checking in on Nepal, one year later</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Death toll climbs to 350 after powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake hits Ecuador</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Los Angeles, landlords and tenants will share seismic retrofit costs</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban builds earthquake-proof homes in Nepal: "I'm encouraging people to copy my ideas. No copyrights."</a></p> Italian government assigns €1B to cultural preservation Justine Testado 2016-05-03T19:31:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:38:26-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="393" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Italian government announced [May 2] that it is allocating &euro;1bn [approx. $1.15B] to major restoration and building projects at 33 museums, monuments and archaeological sites across the country, including Pompeii, the earthquake-stricken city of L&rsquo;Aquila and the Uffizi galleries in Florence. [C]ulture minister Dario Franceschini described the funding, which will continue until 2020, as the &ldquo;biggest investment in cultural heritage&rdquo; in Italy&rsquo;s history.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Better than ever: Mackintosh Building will reopen in 2018 along with campus expansion</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Recreation of Palmyra's Arch of Triumph presented in Trafalgar Square</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier's Cit&eacute; de Refuge in Paris to reopen after restoration</a></p> $26M shortfall of Milan Expo U.S. Pavilion calls for change in funding process Justine Testado 2016-03-18T14:51:00-04:00 >2016-03-18T15:25:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since the 1990s, the U.S. State Department has been barred from spending public funds on world expo pavilions. The result has been a series of disasters...Last year, the U.S. made a strong showing at the Milan Expo...But now comes a denouement that may cripple chances of there ever being a successful U.S. pavilion again: the architect, the exhibition designer, and the contractor have been paid only a fraction of what they are owed for work on the pavilion.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"According to sources who participated in a recent conference call between the [Friends of the USA Pavilion Milan 2015]&nbsp;group and the creditors [which includes Biber Architects and Thinc Design], there was discussion about whether federal departments other than State, such as the Department of Agriculture, could make up the shortfall. Another conference call is scheduled for March 24."</p><p>Previous coverage about this project on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hot Dogs Around the World: James Biber, architect of US Pavilion "American Food 2.0" at EXPO Milan, joins us for Episode #31 of Archinect Sessions</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The now-open Milan Expo U.S. pavilion salutes to the future of food, the American way</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Identity Parade: The USA Pavilion and its Neighbors at Expo Milano 2015</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thinc Design's USA Pavilion exhibition presents America's role in the future of food for Milan Expo 2015</a></p> NYC to receive $176 million in federal funds for flood-protection proposal Justine Testado 2016-01-22T15:25:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T00:44:01-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Through a national competition by the Department of Housing and Urban Development,] The money would be used to help fortify a stretch of shoreline from Montgomery Street on the Lower East Side to the northern tip of Battery Park City. Specific measures have not yet been determined, but could include adding sea walls and temporary flood walls that could be deployed before a storm, and building grass berms that could double as recreational areas.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Not to be confused with the Rebuild By Design competition-winning proposal, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The BIG U"</a>, from 2014.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Solar Decathlon winner Stevens Institute of Technology addresses post-Sandy resiliency with the SURE HOUSE</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">When the next disaster strikes, how resilient would future-proof cities in the U.S. be?</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Relocation or Adaptation: Creating resilience against natural disaster</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beyond the Grid's vision to make a Lower Manhattan neighborhood more resilient</a></p> Kingdom Tower megaproject secures new funding to complete long-delayed construction Alexander Walter 2015-11-30T13:33:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T01:31:31-05:00 <img src="" width="640" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The developer behind the Kingdom Tower, set to become the world&rsquo;s tallest building, has secured new funding to complete its construction. [...] The company said that 26 of the planned 252 floors of the tower had been completed by contractor Saudi Binladin Group (SBL). The tower would overtake the 828-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai as the world&rsquo;s tallest building when it is expected to be completed in 2018.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Work to start next month on 1km Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AS+GG Designs Kingdom Tower, to Be the World&rsquo;s Tallest Building</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Saudi Arabia's uneasy relationship with its cultural heritage of Mecca and Medina</a></li></ul> London Garden Bridge wins new supporters with revised funding deal Justine Testado 2015-11-02T19:34:00-05:00 >2015-11-05T21:21:28-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The controversial and seemingly doomed plan for a garden bridge over the Thames in London could be resurrected after the group behind the project reached an agreement with council officials over the level of public funding. On Monday...a joint announcement by Lambeth...and the Garden Bridge Trust said negotiations would resume after a deal to limit the money Transport for London (TfL) would have to pay towards construction to &pound;10m, from an original &pound;30m.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a title="London's Garden Bridge endangered by public funding shortfall" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Garden Bridge endangered by public funding shortfall</a></p><p><a title="As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead</a></p><p><a title="Satirical &ldquo;Folly for London&rdquo; competition mocks Garden Bridge project" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Satirical &ldquo;Folly for London&rdquo; competition mocks Garden Bridge project</a></p><p><a title="Zaha Hadid, Piers Gough, other leading cultural figures criticize Heatherwick's London Garden Bridge" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid, Piers Gough, other leading cultural figures criticize Heatherwick's London Garden Bridge</a></p><p>You can find more previous news on the Garden Bridge <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Emperor's New Clothes: Money Lacking for Facade of Berlin's New Palace Alexander Walter 2014-11-24T18:24:00-05:00 >2014-11-27T14:27:46-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The plans call for nothing less than the rebirth of the Prussian-era heart of Berlin. A new palace is currently under construction on the German capital's famous Museum Island to replace the Berlin City Palace, or Stadtschloss, the erstwhile residence of Prussian kings and German emperors that was demolished by the communists soon after the end of World War II. [...] But completion of the exterior may be in doubt.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> NCARB awards $50K to Parsons and Clemson University for development of new integrative curricula Justine Testado 2014-11-07T19:57:00-05:00 >2014-11-13T20:06:38-05:00 <img src="" width="530" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards have announced that the architecture programs of Parsons The New School for Design and Clemson University are the 2014 recipients of the NCARB Award. NCARB will award the schools a total of over US$50,000 to support the development of each school's proposed program, which explore new paradigms of integrating architectural practice and education.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The award is timelier than ever, in relation to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB</a>'s major announcements to expedite the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architectural licensure</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">examination</a> process in the U.S.</p><p><strong>Program: Clemson University, School of Architecture - Clemson, SC</strong><br><strong>Proposal: &ldquo;Graduate Program in Architecture + Health&rdquo;</strong><br>The project's mission is to advance healthcare facility design through the collaboration of architects, academia and members of the health care industry.</p><p><strong>Program: Parsons The New School for Design, School of Constructed Environments - New York, NY<br>Proposal: &ldquo;Student-Practitioner Partnerships in Building Performance Evaluation"</strong><br>Although there is stronger emphasis on sustainability, instruction on performance measurement is lacking. Clemson's proposal addresses a new and critical opportunity for architecture students to improve the environmental performance of buildings through measurement.</p><p>Head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for further details.</p><p><br>&nbsp;</p> Baltimore-DC High Speed Train Secures $5bn in Funding Nicholas Korody 2014-09-15T18:08:00-04:00 >2014-09-15T18:08:18-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An investor group hoping to build a high-speed train capable of cutting the travel time between Baltimore and Washington to 15 minutes says in a filing to state regulators that it has lined up more than $5 billion in financial backing. The commitment is from the Japanese government, which hopes to showcase the technology behind superconducting magnetic levitation or &ldquo;maglev&rdquo; trains to an American audience [&hellip;]</p></em><br /><br /><p>The article notes that the maglev train has detractors, many of whom complain at the cost, which is far higher than other high-speed rails like those currently being built in California. For more information on the California project, check out the Atlantic's coverage <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Meanwhile, Joanna Symons of <em>the Telegraph</em>&nbsp;rode around Japan to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">commemorate</a> the 50 year anniversary of the bullet train.</p> Mausoleum of Augustus stands derelict on anniversary of emperor's death Alexander Walter 2014-08-19T14:54:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T14:58:11-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Built in 28BC as a suitably glorious tomb for Augustus and his relatives, with pink granite obelisks, golden urns and a bronze statue of the emperor on top, it has suffered innumerable indignities ever since the sack of Rome. Now, fenced off and often used as a dumping site for litter, and even as an unofficial public lavatory, it goes almost unnoticed by the diners who crowd into the restaurants of the square around it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Saudi royal family could pay for restoration of Roman monuments</a></p> Obama to push for infrastructure funding Nicholas Korody 2014-07-15T16:22:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:02:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Obama has proposed a $302 billion, four-year transportation spending plan that is paid in part by closing corporate tax loopholes [...] The White House maintains that 65% of U.S. roads are rated in less than good condition, 25% of bridges require significant repair or can't handle today's traffic, and 45% of Americans lack access to transit.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> WUHO Gallery Kickstarts fund for the first Deborah Sussman retrospective Justine Testado 2013-11-07T13:23:00-05:00 >2014-08-20T14:07:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Love Deborah Sussman? Woodbury University's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WUHO Gallery</a> in Los Angeles began the "Deborah Sussman Loves LA!" <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> on Oct. 25 with a goal to host the first retrospective dedicated to the iconic graphic designer this December. Funding will mainly support installation of the exhibition as well as the creation of a poster and a panel discussion.</p><p><img alt="" title="" src=""></p><p>Here's a description of the exhibition:</p><p>"This December 2013, Woodbury University&rsquo;s WUHO Gallery will host an exhibition dedicated to the groundbreaking environmental graphic design of Deborah Sussman. This will be the first retrospective of her early work, including projects completed while she was at the Eames Office up to the 1984 Olympics. This will be a month-long celebration that will include a panel discussion, gallery exhibition, and poster publication. The exhibition is curated and organized by Catherine Gudis, Barbara Bestor, Thomas Kracauer, and Shannon Starkey."</p><p><img alt="" title="" src=""></p><p><img alt="" title="" src=""></p><p>"From her years with the Eames Studio in the 1950s and 1960s, her pa...</p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for October 2013 Justine Testado 2013-10-28T11:49:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T11:50:15-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="235" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Can't believe October is almost over. Well, that means it's time for our monthly round of Kickstarters picked from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> 1. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Painting an entire favela in Rio de Janeiro by Favela Painting</strong></a><br> Since 2005, Haas &amp; Hahn of the Favela Painting project and local community members have literally painted the town with their colorful pieces in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. They now aim to achieve their ultimate dream to plaster and paint an entire hillside favela.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> 2. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dithyrambalina-Musical Architecture for New Orleans by New Orleans Airlift</strong></a><br> Two years ago, New Orleans Airlift and artist Swoon successfully funded The Music Box prototype, which transformed the inside of a 150-year-old house into a temporary village of interactive, musical houses. The musical architecture project continues with Dithyrambalina, described as "a sonic playground, performance venue and laboratory for musical architecture in New Orleans."</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> 3. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>CONSTRUCTION MATTER...</strong></a></p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for September 2013 Justine Testado 2013-09-23T19:09:00-04:00 >2013-10-02T11:58:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Check out our latest roundup of Kickstarter fundraisers that we picked from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>!<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br> 1. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Made in the Lower East Side: miLES Storefront Transformer</strong></a> by miLES<br> The Made in the Lower East Side (miLES) Storefront Transformer is a portable 6-ft cube that can be easily set up and rearranged for various types of pop-ups. The Storefront provides basic functional elements and infrastructure like shelves, partitions, tables, seats, a stage, lighting, WiFi, speakers, power strips, and more that can program any storefront. Funding will support the transformation of a vacant storefront in New York into a local pop-up with 7 weekly themes this winter.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> 2. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>ZEUS: The World's First ALL-IN-ONE 3D Printer / Copy Machine</strong></a> by AIO Robotics<br> After 5 years in the making, the ZEUS is a multifunctional machine that offers the complete 3D printing experience with the ability to 3D scan, print, copy, and fax objects all from one machine--and at an affordable price. The ZEUS ...</p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for August 2013 Justine Testado 2013-08-01T18:25:00-04:00 >2013-08-06T17:59:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> It's time for our latest selection of Kickstarter projects from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>!</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marina Abramovic Institute </a><br> The Marina Abramovic Institute in Hudson, NY will be an interdisciplinary performance and education center, home to long durational work and the Abramovic Method. The MAI space will host lectures, workshops, and other communal activities to foster collaboration between art, science, technology, and spirituality. MAI plans to begin the design process, which will be led by world-renowned architects Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Art Museum </a><br> The Urban Art Museum will not be a single structure, but rather an urban network of commissioned art pieces to be installed in select areas of the Mills50 Main Street District in Orlando, FL. The Urban Art Museum will restore blighted structures, reduce pollution, deviant activity, increase the attractiveness of the district and to promote organized urb...</p> Huge Subsidy for Stadium Architect Paul Petrunia 2011-04-25T23:29:37-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="250" height="167" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has decided to spend $1 million in federal grants &mdash; money that had been avidly sought by residents of Skid Row &mdash; to instead help out San Francisco&ndash;based Gensler, a 2,800-employee giant that enjoyed $463 million in revenue last year.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>