Archinect - News 2015-11-25T22:28:51-05:00 UrbanCampsite Amsterdam lets visitors camp in style in these artsy "tents" Justine Testado 2015-07-24T15:41:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T17:42:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you happen to find yourself wandering <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IJburg</a>'s Centrumeiland artificial island in Amsterdam this summer, you might encounter a peculiar group of art installations randomly camped out in what feels like the middle of nowhere. Although the installations alone are enough to draw in passers-by, they're actually part of UrbanCampsite Amsterdam, an outdoor public exhibition wherein you can, yes, go camping.</p><p>Founders Annette van Driel and Francis Nijenhuis launched UrbanCampsite Amsterdam this past June after a successful first exhibition last year. As a way to brighten up the "sandy piece of wasteland" on the IJburg island and attract visitors to the developing neighborhood, the project offers all the basics of outdoor camping&nbsp;&mdash; but appeals to anyone looking to add a "luxurious" artsy twist in their experience.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The campsite features 12 very different installations mostly built out of waste materials. With an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb</a> reservation, a lucky number of visitors can spend the night in these char...</p> LEGO Architecture launches new student acoustic-design challenge to restore a destroyed music theater Justine Testado 2015-07-22T14:29:00-04:00 >2015-07-22T14:30:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="238" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Following a successful inaugural event <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">last year</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEGO Architecture</a> is presenting another opportunity for architecture students in the Villa Pennisi in Musica 2015 summer workshop to hone their acoustic-design and LEGO-building skills in the upcoming #FILLTHETHEATRE challenge.</p><p>Taking place in August at the Villa Pennisi in Italy, the workshop challenge is part of the 15-day <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Villa Pennisi in Musica</a> festival that brings together classical music, architecture, and performance design. Attendees get to check out live music performances, exhibitions, lectures, and presentations by major classical musicians and notable practitioners in architecture and sound design.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Using the 1,200-piece monochromatic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEGO Architecture Studio sets</a>, students will build scale models of indoor structures that will amplify the acoustics of the historic Teatro Bellini of Acireale, a baroque theater that was destroyed in a fire in the 1960s. The theater was only partially reconstructed, but is no longer in use due...</p> REMINDER: The 2015 AA Summer DLAB :: RED application deadline is July 20! Sponsor 2015-07-14T17:25:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T13:58:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="727" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>There's still time to apply for the AA School of Architecture 2015 Summer DLAB :: RED workshop. Starting July 27 through August 14, the summer program emphasizes the integration of algorithmic / generative design methodologies and large scale digital fabrication tools. Student participants get to explore natural formation processes and interpret them as innovative architectonic spaces.</p><p>Continuing its yearly color-based agenda with RED, the 2015 Summer DLAB will investigate the phenomenon of decay in nature.</p><p>The program is open to all current architecture and design students. <strong>The application deadline is July 20.</strong> (Application form below)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>By investigating the process of decay across various scales in natural organisms, DLAB participants will formulate rules of generating decomposition as their design research area. These rules will then evolve into design strategies for the creation and fabrication of a large-scale prototype. The design and fabrication process will be informed by the use ...</p> Snarkitecture's 10,000 sq ft indoor BEACH at the National Building Museum Justine Testado 2015-07-07T14:07:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T23:36:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Following Bjarke Ingels Group's wildly successful <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG Maze</a> last summer, one could only wonder how Washington D.C.'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Building Museum</a> would one-up itself this time around. Enter Alex Mustonen and Daniel Arsham of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Snarkitecture</a>, who envisioned the 10,000 square-foot indoor BEACH that opened on July 4 in the Museum's Great Hall.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Decked out in Snarkitecture's all-white aesthetic, the monochromatic installation has beach chairs and umbrellas on the "shoreline" and an "ocean" of nearly 1 million recyclable translucent plastic balls for visitors to "splash" in, facing a mirrored wall that creates the illusion of a vast expanse. The Museum commissioned Snarkitecture to design the giant ball-pit&nbsp;&mdash; which was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first announced</a> back in April&nbsp;&mdash; for the annual &ldquo;Summer Block Party,&rdquo; which consists of various public programming, exhibitions, and events.</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=""></p><p>'We see the commission as an exciting opportunity to create an architectural installation that reimagines the qualities and possibilities of ma...</p> Make Music NY crowdfunds upcoming youth archi-music show "Concerto for Buildings" Justine Testado 2015-06-11T09:04:00-04:00 >2015-06-15T21:30:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The architecturally and musically inclined can join in on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Make Music New York</a> festivities this year with a special orchestral performance called "Concerto for Buildings" on Sunday, June 21. Make Music New York is a one-day music fest on the first day of summer that boasts more than 1,000 free concerts, which all take place throughout NYC's five borroughs.</p><p>For its ninth year, MMNY <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">set up an Indiegogo campaign</a> with a flexible goal of $7,000 to reel in further support for Concerto for Buildings. The musical showcase stars two NYC youth orchestra ensembles, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Face The Music</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mantra Youth Percussion</a>, and four composers: Paula Matthusen (winner of the 2014-2015 Rome Prize), Scott Wollshleger, Daniel Goode, and Face the Music student-composer Elijah Valongo. Surrounded by SoHo's historic cast-iron buildings, the performers will play their hearts out as they take advantage of the structures' percussive qualities, thus transforming them into a complementary musical backdrop.</p><p>Funds from the In...</p> Have a seat at the "Urban Reef" installation in downtown Vancouver, Canada Justine Testado 2014-08-12T18:52:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T21:06:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Meandering down a section of Robson Street on the iconic 800 block in downtown Vancouver, passers-by can sit, relax, play, and socialize on the "Urban Reef" installation. Designed by Kaz Bremner and Jeremiah Deutscher with local furniture collective Higher Works, Urban Reef won the inaugural VIVA Vancouver: Robson Redux design-build competition out of 78 submissions worldwide.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The competition had entrants create a temporary urban installation to transform the block to a welcoming public plaza from Canada Day (July 1) until Labor Day (September 1).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>More details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Check out a timelapse video and the making-of teaser below.</p> A preview of the VIS-Á-VIS performance series at Materials & Applications in Los Angeles Justine Testado 2014-08-06T15:07:00-04:00 >2014-08-06T20:08:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Materials &amp; Applications in Los Angeles has some fun social Saturday night events lined up for the entire month of August! The four-part VIS-&Aacute;-VIS performance series will include dance, music, a video and sound installations, and a film screening.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Starting August 9, all events will take place in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Materials &amp; Applications</a> space at the La Cage aux Folles, a 346-piece metal pipe temporary playground installation designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Warren Techentin Architecture</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>August 9:</strong> LA Fort Presents:&nbsp;Daedelus (DJ set), Lawrence Lindell, Matt McGuire and Will Walden (StaG) - experimental + electronic music performance</p><p><strong>August 16</strong>: Tracy Abbott Szatan / IN/VISIBLE - video installation and performance</p><p><strong>August 23: </strong>bel-air / New York Memo - sound recording installation</p><p>AND Ear Cleaning Workshop with Greg Ruben, based on the teaching methodology by Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer (spaces limited)</p><p><strong>August 30</strong><strong>: </strong>Eugene Kotlyarenko presents: "Nobody Wants to Play With Me" (Werner Herzog)+rare feature film - a film screening curated by L.A. filmmaker Eugene Kotlyarenko.</p><p>Head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> to learn more about each event.</p> The reUNION Public House Alexander Walter 2012-07-13T21:27:00-04:00 >2012-07-13T21:34:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Remember how four years ago French architecture collective EXYZT and filmmaker Sara Muzio created the acclaimed Southwark Lido, a temporary bath in the heart of London? Well, they're certainly back - this summer with...BEER! The reUNION Public House sets out to celebrate a "cornerstone of British life" and will be serving a selection of London's finest micro-brewed beers while hosting neighborhood feasts, live music, and film screenings.</p></em><br /><br /><p> According to the organizers, "The reUNION will go further in testing the economic sustainability of pop-ups, and their potential influence on permanent urban development."</p> <p> The reUNION is free and open to everyone. Check the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">event website</a> for opening hours and directions.</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here</a> to revisit the Southwark Lido Showcase Feature from July 2008.</p> From the School Blogs: Slow summer...slummer Archinect 2011-08-18T12:43:08-04:00 >2011-08-18T13:02:14-04:00 <img src="" width="419" height="556" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Do you remember when you took driving lessons and the teacher said to be particularly careful about your speed when you're exiting a highway, because you've adjusted to its high speeds? Same thing here, the other way around. And the lazy pace of a summer of glorious unemployment surely also helps, but a walk to the gym, to the river, or to see friends a few blocks away is enough for me at the moment.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Unpaid Interns, Complicit Colleges Paul Petrunia 2011-04-03T18:29:56-04:00 >2011-04-03T18:29:56-04:00 <em><p>ON college campuses, the annual race for summer internships, many of them unpaid, is well under way. But instead of steering students toward the best opportunities and encouraging them to value their work, many institutions of higher learning are complicit in helping companies skirt a nebulous area of labor law.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>