Archinect - News 2016-10-25T16:55:43-04:00 AECOM to build $1B electric vehicle plant in Vegas Nicholas Korody 2016-10-19T19:08:00-04:00 >2016-10-19T23:01:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Aecom, America&rsquo;s largest design engineer, will have its skills tested with a contract to build a high-tech factory for Chinese electric vehicle start-up Faraday Future (FF) in Las Vegas. The work will have a construction value of $500m, signed on a guaranteed maximum price basis, but FF has said in the past it wants the factory built in half the normal time. In all, FF is reported to be investing $1bn in its new plant.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Netherlands considers a ban on gasoline-powered vehicles</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Faraday Future holds groundbreaking ceremony for $1B Nevada factory</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The "Impossible" Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wired takes a look inside Tesla's car factory of the future</a></li></ul> Crossrail unveils images of new Elizabeth line stations Ellen Hancock 2016-05-12T12:23:00-04:00 >2016-08-01T04:46:15-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Elizabeth line will link London and the South East from Reading to Heathrow with 10 new stations and upgrades to 30 existing stations.&nbsp;</p><p>Currently Europe's largest infrastructure project the &pound;14.8 billion scheme began in Canary Wharf in 2009 and is now 75% complete. Services will begin in 2018.</p><p>Although the stations will have recognisable features uniting them; Crossrail have said that each station will have it's own distinctive character that reflects the heritage and local culture of the area.&nbsp;</p><p>The stations have been specifically designed to make travel as easy as possible with accessibility, comfort and safety in mind.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Mike Brown MVO, London's Transport Commissioner, said:&nbsp;</strong><em>&ldquo;The TfL-run Elizabeth line will transform travel across London, reducing journey times, relieving congestion on the Tube network, and radically improving step-free access with brand new accessible stations.&nbsp; This exhibition will enable customers to really start to see what their new stations will look like whe...</em></p> Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop Julia Ingalls 2016-05-11T19:32:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T23:14:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Not content to merely redefine <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">skyscrapers</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">football stadiums</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the agency of the architect</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group</a> is now leaping into the realm of transportation, joining up with Hyperloop to "transform the future of public infrastructure."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Bjarke explained it thusly:&nbsp;"Traditionally, the work of an architect is to design buildings for the same known program - a residence or a workplace - and try to squeeze in a marginal improvement here or an elegant design solution there. With Hyperloop we are not only designing a futuristic station or a very fast train - we are dealing with an entirely novel technology with the potential to completely transform how our existing cities will grow and evolve - &nbsp;and how new cities will be conceived and constructed."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For its part, AECOM will focus on improving the freight end of the transportation system, focusing its highly trained teams on the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.&nbsp;"AECOMs partnership with Hyperloop One has the potential to transform ...</p> Take a look at these bold visions for Downtown LA's next park Nicholas Korody 2016-02-24T14:26:00-05:00 >2016-03-01T13:33:33-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>LA has few corners as prominent as First and Broadway. Directly adjacent to the art deco City Hall and across from the LA Times building, the nearly-2 acre lot stands at the center of an increasingly well-trafficked pedestrian area. Now, some of the biggest names in town are competing to transform the lot into a bold new park.</p><p>After a wider call for proposals, the LA Bureau of Engineering, in conjunction with the Mayor's Office, announced a shortlist of finalists late last year: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>AECOM</strong></a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Brooks + Scarpa Architects</strong></a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Eric Owen Moss Architects</strong></a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Mia Lehrer + Associates</strong></a> in collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>OMA</strong></a>. Each practice was given six weeks to produce a design, which are currently of public view.</p><p>Soon, the City will announce the winners of the competition, following input from the public, and then will proceed to finalize the designs.</p><p>Since the new park abuts the larger Grand Park (designed by Rios Clementi Hale Studios), it needs to both stand out as a unique design and seamlessly mesh with the exi...</p> Hyperloop, brought to you by Aecom Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-27T13:19:00-05:00 >2016-01-27T20:35:07-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>SpaceX has selected Aecom ... to build its Hyperloop test track later this year [...] The nearly one-mile-long test track will be built adjacent to SpaceX's Hawthorne, California, headquarters [...] The test track's six-foot diameter steel tube will include a non-magnetic sub-track ... Cradled in place above ground, it will serve as a vacuum-sealed, high-speed proving ground for transport pod prototypes being developed as part of a SpaceX design competition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Aecom is also reportedly not committing to any one Hyperloop company by partnering with SpaceX for the test track &ndash; they're also linked to Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, one of the two hyperloop-happy startups based in L.A. (the other, Hyperloop Tech, is sponsoring the competition).</p><p>And here's Aecom's flashy teaser:&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Keep up with the Hyperloop happenings:</p><ul><li><a title="Reality checking the Hyperloop hyperbole" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reality checking the Hyperloop hyperbole</a></li><li><a title="A first look at the Hyperloop's real tubes and imagined winged terminals" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A first look at the Hyperloop's real tubes and imagined winged terminals</a></li><li><a title="Unpacking the Hyperloop's lofty promises" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unpacking the Hyperloop's lofty promises</a></li><li><a title="Elon Musk launches Hyperloop Pod Competition to university students and engineers" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon Musk launches Hyperloop Pod Competition to university students and engineers</a></li><li><a title="The town that Hyperloop built" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The town that Hyperloop built</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing the Hyperspace: UCLA studio imagines Hyperloop's future in California</a></li></ul> From Z to A: Peter Zellner joins us in the studio Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-16T18:27:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T14:00:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week on the podcast: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's design for the Eisenhower memorial is finally approved</a>, Zaha Hadid's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Stadium in Tokyo gets cut-and-pasted</a> into some very Japanese situations, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Zellner</a>, Principal and Design Lead of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AECOM</a>'s Los Angeles&nbsp;architecture division, and founder of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zellnerplus</a>, sits down for a chat.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Listen to episode thirty-eight of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "From Z to A: Peter Zellner joins us in the studio":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>Stitcher</strong>:&nbsp;<a href=";refid=stpr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to listen</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes</strong>:</p><p>Paul's trip to the races: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southern California Timing Association</a></p><p>Take a tour along the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ballona Creek bike path</a>, from Culver City to the Pacific Ocean</p><p>At the <a href=";;t=3h13m44s" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Congressional hearing over the Eisenh...</a></p> Gensler surpasses $1 billion in revenue for 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-13T20:10:00-04:00 >2015-07-14T12:03:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gensler surpassed $1 billion in architectural revenue in 2014, setting a record and maintaining its leading status for the fourth consecutive year on RECORD&rsquo;s annual Top 300 Architecture Firms list, which ranks companies based on earnings from the prior year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to&nbsp;<em>Architectural Record</em>, Gensler definitely crushed it in 2014. The firm tallied $1.04B in architectural revenue last year, $778.5M of which was earned domestically. This jives with overall gains in the domestic architectural market, where firms' revenue grew approximately 6% from 2013-2014.</p><p>Coming in second place for the 2014 rankings was AECOM, which pulled in $801.5M. Gensler and AECOM have regularly occupied to spots on <em>Architectural Record</em>'s rankings since the 2006 report, despite fluctuations from the Recession.</p><p>For more on Gensler and it's newly minted status in the 3 comma club:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Studio of 4,500: Inside Gensler's Culture</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Do your homework: The most required skills to work at the top 50 architecture firms</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler brings &lsquo;hackable&rsquo; buildings to the real estate market</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler's plan for world domination</a></li></ul> NYC's Liberty Park comes into view Nam Henderson 2013-11-25T11:34:00-05:00 >2013-11-25T11:56:16-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;They have taken what could have been a barren rooftop and turned it into much needed public space for the community...Because it&rsquo;s elevated, it&rsquo;s out of the flow of the street...There&rsquo;ll be a sense of calm". - Catherine McVay Hughes, chairwoman of Community Board 1 in Lower Manhattan</p></em><br /><br /><p> David W Dunlap reports that although plans for&nbsp;Liberty Park have been mostly unknown till now, last month images of St. Nicholas Church and Liberty Park appeared on the website of the architect Santiago Calatrava, who is designing the church. The park was rendered in sufficient detail that it was possible for the first time to understand its basic design.&nbsp;The principal designer is Joseph E. Brown, a landscape architect who is the chief innovation officer at Aecom.</p> Olympic Displacement: Atlanta 1996 to Rio 2016 Places Journal 2013-04-15T17:35:00-04:00 >2013-04-15T17:38:27-04:00 <img src="" width="525" height="565" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Atlanta and Rio are but two chapters in the long history of displacement that has accompanied mega-events like the Olympics. Similar dynamics reshaped London&rsquo;s Clays Lane Estate, Beijing&rsquo;s hutongs, the Marousi Roma settlement in Athens, Barcelona&rsquo;s Poblenou and Seoul&rsquo;s hanoks. . . . Today the people of Vila Aut&oacute;dromo are struggling for what housing scholar-activist Chester Hartman has aptly called &ldquo;the right to stay put.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> As plans unfold for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, MIT's Lawrence Vale and Annemarie Gray consider the case of Vila Aut&oacute;dromo, a former fishing colony on the Olympic site whose residents have organized to resist displacement. They compare ongoing events in Rio to the demolition of Atlanta's Techwood Homes, the first public housing in America, prior to the 1996 Olympics.</p> Editor's Picks #282 Nam Henderson 2012-09-18T11:58:00-04:00 >2012-09-18T12:49:22-04:00 <img src="" width="365" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The NYT reported that Pedro E. Guerrero, a former art school dropout , died on Thursday at his home in Florence, Ariz. w. wynne A.I.A. offered up the following "Pedro has a wonderful book about his photographic work, and I am sadden to hear of his death. Mr. Wright called him &lsquo;Peter&rsquo;, but the story of his life with FLW is very nice and interesting account of the middle career of Mr. Wright."</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>News</strong></p> <p> <br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The NYT reported</a>&nbsp;that Pedro E. Guerrero, a former art school dropout who showed up in the dusty Arizona driveway of Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939, boldly declared himself a photographer and then spent the next half-century working closely with him, capturing his modernist architecture on film, died on Thursday at his home in Florence, Ariz.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">w. wynne A.I.A.</a>&nbsp;offered up the following "<em>Pedro has a wonderful book about his photographic work, and I am sadden to hear of his death. Mr. Wright called him &lsquo;Peter&rsquo;, but the story of his life with FLW is very nice and interesting account of the middle career of Mr. Wright.</em>"</p> <p> Bustler announced that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architect Deborah Berke, founder of New York City-based firm Deborah Berke Partners, was selected as the first recipient of UC Berkeley&rsquo;s College of Environmental Design (CED) inaugural 2012 Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professorship and Prize</a>.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Willette</a>&nbsp;commented "<em>I had the pleasure of working with Deborah at Ghost 10, and to nobody's surpri...</em></p> Golden State Warriors Select Snøhetta And AECOM As Architecture Team To Build New Arena On SF Waterfront Archinect 2012-08-27T16:39:00-04:00 >2012-08-27T16:40:06-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="274" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Sn&oslash;hetta&rsquo;s extensive experience with ambitious waterfront projects and its world-class architects&rsquo; familiarity with San Francisco through their work on the SFMOMA expansion was a huge factor in our decision,&rdquo; said Joe Lacob, Co-Executive Chairman and CEO of the Warriors. &ldquo;All you have to do is look at what they&rsquo;ve done for the new National Opera House in Oslo and the Great Library of Alexandria in Egypt to see what is possible at Piers 30-32.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> London's Olympic venues challenge architects Archinect 2011-11-29T00:10:56-05:00 >2011-11-29T02:29:10-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In London's case the practicality of the architecture is a reaction to the economic rather than the political excesses of the recent past. The 2012 Games are shaping up, in fact, as one of the clearest signs yet that the architectural boom years of the last decade or so in the West have definitively ended.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>